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Backyard Ideas Tip #3: Get a Landscape/Hardscape Construction Blueprint

So you’ve finally decided to get around to that home project you’ve been dreaming of. Great!

You research around and find the best reviewed masonry contractor and landscaper in the area. The contractor takes measurements at your home and discusses your project with you. Everything is coming together and sounds amazing.

Just then comes a surprise most homeowners are not aware of…a hardscape/landscape construction blueprint is needed.

2D Hardscape/Landscape Construction Blueprint for Pavers Remodel & Artificial Turf Placement in Lake Forest, CA

The above example illustrates a proper construction blueprint, which is comprised of exact measurements, materials used and where, accurate labeling, proper scaling, installation specifications, and even identifiers such as company name and homeowner contact info (which has been censored here for privacy)

Most homeowners also don’t realize that almost all masonry contractors aren’t able to create this necessary blueprint to guide them through the construction process. They usually refer you to a designer and bill you separately − an unexpected cost to say the least.

Creating a construction blueprint requires a very particular skillset that combines art design with developmental science. Most designers go to trade schools to become proficient in this area.

Even more important, this blueprint ensures there’s no surprises for not only the contractor, but the homeowner as well. Namely, it provides very specific expectations so as to eliminate any possible surprises that may arise during construction. Because as we all know, any surprise during outdoor space renovations means more money out of the homeowner’s pockets.

So make sure your contractor uses a construction blueprint and sticks to it exactly. This will save you from a lot of unnecessary headaches, and save you money and time as well.

Home Project Highlight: Interlocking Paverstone Pool Remodel with Outdoor Fireplace in Villa Park, CA

2D Outdoor Space Construction Blueprint for House in Villa Park, CA

Our unique integrative construction process involves coming out to your home and taking precise measurements, showing you 3D renderings of exactly what your home project will look like, and providing construction blueprints to the best local residential contractor in your area!

Outdoor Space Remodel in Villa Park, CA

Home Project: Paver Pool Remodel and Outdoor Fireplace with Landscaping

Location: Villa Park, CA

Designer: Simple Outdoor Living

Contractor: Organic (no one contractor)

Suppliers/Materials:

  • Interlocking Paverstones
  • Outdoor Stone Fireplace

Measure twice, construction once!

Drone Aerial View of Outdoor Space Remodel Project in Villa Park, CA
3D Aerial View of Outdoor Space Remodel with Pavers in Villa Park, CA

Latest in residential construction technology

Most accurate outdoor space measurements available in Orange County.

 

Drones, laser tape measures, 25 year expertise…

and much, much more!

But see the results for yourself…

3D Paver Pool Remodel (Day)
3D Pool Remodel & Outdoor Fireplace (Day)
3D Paver Pool Remodel (Night)
3D Pool Remodel & Outdoor Fireplace (Night)

Stay tuned for article updates showing photos of this finished home project!

Backyard Ideas Tip #1: Paver Pool Remodels

In this new installment of backyard ideas in Orange County, we take a look at the age-old debate of concrete versus paver pool remodels. We believe that paver pool remodels make the most sense. They’re affordable, add instant value to your home, and are a generally safer option.

 

Finished Paver Pool Remodel in Anaheim Hills, CA

 

Paver Pool Remodels Upgrade Your Home and Add Instant Value

In almost all cases, upgrading your pool with paverstones instantly increases the property value of your home — especially in Orange County, CA. While concrete has been around for awhile and has dominated the “pool deck game” for decades, pavers have been around for literally thousands of years. Pavers are a tried-and-true option with proven results.

Masonry contractors report that pavers serve as a special material in Southern California.

It blends well with the beautiful sunny weather, unique greenery of Palm Trees and other Californian plant life, art of outdoor living, and science of home project construction and installation.

And with all the options available, pavers are certain to match any homeowners personal taste and style. This will help bring the most out of your backyard. We recommend visiting our new design center and showroom, or even your local material supplier, to see the many, many options now available (click to enlarge).

Some Paver Samples on Display at our New Showroom in Anaheim, CA

 

Paver Pool Remodels Are Generally Safer than Concrete Pools

While concrete is kind of a classic look for pools, pavers are proven to be generally safer. First, pavers are more porous and less likely to suffer the wear and tear that concrete faces. Concrete is also more subject to water damage than pavers.

3D Design Rendering of Paver Pool Remodel in Yorba Linda, CA

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What We Do For Your Home Project in Orange County, CA!

 

You want your backyard remodel done right the first time without hassle or haggling, all with your overall budget in mind. No problem, because we are the first and only construction integration company in Orange County, CA

This means we help with every step of your home project: from beginning to end! We bring outdoor designers, masonry and paver contractors, and local material suppliers all under one convenient roof for the homeowner. No more guesswork needed from any party involved because this is your outdoor remodel we’re talking about.

 

Some of the tools we use to measure your outdoor living space!

 

In our new design center in Anaheim, CA we have it all…from the latest in 3D design and project cost analysis, to local contractor bidding and best material selection. This ensures you save time, money, and convenience every time.

But come check it out for yourself! Visit our new design center and see what all the fuss is about.

 

3490 E. ORANGETHORPE AVE. ANAHEIM, CA 92806

714-388-5878

Home Project Highlight: Paver Patio Remodel with Outdoor BBQ in Signal Hill, CA

Just look at these comparisons between our 3D renderings and the finished home project!

Simple Outdoor Living saved this homeowner time and money by connecting them to both an outdoor living designer and several high-rated masonry contractors to bid on their home project for them. And the results are simply beautiful to say the least.

Home Project: Paver Patio Remodel and Stone BBQ with Landscaping and Outdoor Lighting

Location: Signal Hill, CA

Designer: Enrique

Contractor: West Hills Masonry in Anaheim, CA

Suppliers/Materials:

  • Duracool Aluminum Patio Covers,
  • Belgard Outdoor Living,
  • Site One Supply,
  • Hunter Industries,
  • Eldorado Stone and Belgard Pavers from Thompson Building Materials

 

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Paver Sealant: To Seal or Not to Seal

Paver sealant is an important maintenance tool to keep paver patios, walkways, driveways and pool decks looking as beautiful as they day they were installed.  However, “too much of a good thing” can come into play, and you should be wary of over-applying paver sealer by reapplying too often, which could create a haze. This week’s blog offers tips for knowing when it’s time to seal and how to best achieve the desired look.

Should all concrete pavers be sealed?

Yes. Concrete is porous and will absorb stains if not sealed. Sealants can also protect paver color from fading.

Do all paver sealant brands offer the same basic protection?

There are definitely some poor products on the market. Don’t trust the fact that you bought it at a big box store or that it’s a high-profile brand. Just because a brand is good at one product category (like paint) doesn’t mean they are the best in another. Belgard recommends Techniseal® sealants. When it comes paver sealant, Techniseal® is a pioneer in the industry has a robust R&D department, resulting in effective and durable products specifically created for paver installation and maintenance.

Is any one paver sealant finish more protective than another?

There are basically two types of paver sealants: film-forming (gloss or semi-gloss finish) and non-film-forming (matte finish). Film-forming sealants, such as Wet Look and Clear Look, offer the ultimate protection because they create a physical barrier on the paver surface. However non-film-forming sealants, Natural Look and Color Boost, still offer excellent protection and last a bit longer.

Techniseal Concrete Paver Sealer

How long should new pavers cure before they are sealed for the first time?

If using a non-film-forming paver sealant, wait one week before sealing. If using a film-forming sealant, wait 30 days to avoid trapping moisture under the protective barrier.

Is there a prep process before applying paver sealant?

Even new pavers should be cleaned with Techniseal® Paver Prep prior to sealing. Not only will it clean the pavers, but it will open the pores on the surface to allow better penetration of the sealant. Older pavers will also benefit, as Paver Prep will remove any efflorescence (or whitish salt buildup) that has accumulated. Any stains should be removed prior to applying Paver Prep, using the specific stain remover for the type of stain. For more information, read last week’s blog on paver stain removal.

How long should pavers dry after being cleaned and prepped?

The answer depends on your climate. In warm, sunny climates, the pavers will be dry and ready to seal in a few hours. In cooler climates or shady areas, it’s best to wait about 24 hours.

What are the ideal weather conditions for sealing?

Ideal conditions would be 75 degrees and sunny; however, anywhere between 50-90 degrees is generally fine. Take note that solvent-based sealants evaporate faster, so lower temperatures are better for application.

How often should paver sealer be reapplied?

The basic rule of thumb is every 3-5 years. For film-forming sealants, you will be able to notice when the physical barrier is showing signs of wear. For non-film-forming sealants, you will begin to see a significant color change of pavers during a rain when the sealant is wearing thin. Keep in mind that in cases of a really heavy rain, even well-sealed pavers may darken for a couple of days until the water fully evaporates, which is not an indication of sealant failure.

PAVER SEALANT APPLICATION TIPS:

  • Like with painting, it’s best to keep a wet edge on a continuous area. In other words, don’t let a section dry before you finish. Once you start working, keep working.
  • An application sprayer (available at any hardware store) makes it easier to work faster.
  • Apply paver sealant to saturation. Get the pavers good and wet to make sure all crevices are covered. Then use a dry roller to soak up the excess to avoid lines and drip marks.
  • Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Visit Techniseal’s website for more DIY paver sealant application tips. When in doubt, hire a professional.

 

This post was originally written and published on Belgard.com

Introducing New Agilina™ Plank Pavers: Available in Orange County, CA

Agilina Plank Paver

There’s a reason why plank pavers are trendier than ever before. Inspired by the clean lines of modern design trends, new Agilina™ Plank is a marriage of old-world aesthetics and contemporary lines. With the beautifully textured face of natural cut stone, Agilina™ Plank pavers are available in multiple size formats to create numerous looks and patterns for stylish outdoor living designs. Varied widths and lengths allow for multiple running bond patterns to create either a random or more stylized look, depending upon preference. Agilina™ Plank also works well as a border for mixed paver designs, and when using the longer planks, requires fewer cuts.

Applications of Agilina™ Plank Pavers

All sizes of Agilina™ Plank pavers work well for contemporary paver patios, walkways or pool decks.

Agilina Plank Paver Patio

The three-piece 60mm-profile system can also overlay existing concrete with the help of DriBond™ advanced mudset to transform existing living outdoor spaces.

Agilina™ Plank is also available in 80mm profile, which is capable of supporting light vehicular loads for creating stylish paver driveways. When overlaying a sound concrete base, the 60mm profile can also be used for residential vehicular applications.

Agilina Plank Paver Driver

Areas of Distribution

Agilina™ Plank pavers are currently available throughout the Midwest, Northeast and Southern regions and will be launched in other markets throughout the year.

 

This post was originally written and published on Belgard.com

2018 Landscape Architect Survey Results on Outdoor Living Design Trends in Orange County, CA

Belgard Outdoor Backyard Design Infographic ASLA Survey

 

This post was originally written and published on Belgard.com

The Benefits of Concrete Pavers Versus Brick Pavers in Orange County, CA

When planning a paver project in Orange County, it’s important to know that not all pavers are equal. When choosing paver materials, it’s particularly essential to understand the differences between brick pavers and concrete pavers and the multiple benefits of choosing concrete pavers over traditional clay brick.

Paver Sizes & Shapes

Concrete pavers come in a tremendous variety of shapes and sizes –- from small 4″x8″ and 6″x6″ all that way up to 24” slabs, as well as irregular and plank shapes.  Clay brick pavers typically only come in 4″x8″ sizes.

Paver Finishes & Styles

While brick pavers all have a similar face, concrete pavers are available in an endless array of finishes — including smooth finishes, natural stone textures, cobbled looks, antique tumbled looks and more.  Most concrete paver finishes incorporate blends of colors, and many have unique faces created with specialized aggregates.

Paver Colors

Clay brick pavers are typically only available in a limited number of shades or color blends. However, concrete pavers are available in a wide array of hues and color blends — including warm color tones, cool color tones, deep shades, and variegated color blends. This allows for greater design flexibility and the ability to create more coordinated outdoor designs. Some concrete pavers also have built-in protectants to help prevent the color from fading over time.

Consistent Paver Sizes

Concrete pavers are made in a highly controlled environment, allowing for more uniformed and consistent shapes and sizes within a particular style. This allows for more efficient installation. Brick pavers can often be warped as part of the firing process, which can make installation more challenging.

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