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Emerging Trends in Large Scale Patio Pavers in Orange County, CA

There’s an old saying that “bigger is better.” Although that’s quite often not true at all, in the contemporary world of outdoor living design, large scale pavers certainly are one of the hottest trends.

This phenomenon has a lot to do with the continuing evolution of what’s known in design circles as “indoor/outdoor living.” In layman’s terms, this design concept refers to outdoor living designs that are a continuation of the interior environment. For the last several years, popularity has continued to increase for larger tiles and wider wooden planks for interior flooring. Continuing this trend outdoors was a natural progression in creating designs that flow more easily from one environment to the other. And as demand for larger pavers continued to grow, a multitude of style options began to emerge.

Popular Paver Face Textures

Natural stone textures have been popular for the last several years — and continue to be so, particularly in certain regions — however, there’s a rising trend towards smoother faced pavers that offer crisp, clean lines. With the rise in porcelain pavers, there has also been an increase in woodgrain-textured pavers. This is reflective of a rise in the popularity of interior wood look porcelain tile — one of the hottest trends in interior flooring. This style offers the look of natural wood without any of the stain or maintenance worries, which is particularly beneficial in an outdoor environment.

Trends in Plank-Style Pavers

You guessed it…with an increase in woodgrain pavers, the plank shape naturally followed suit. In addition to porcelain styles, plank-style concrete pavers are also trending. With woodgrain porcelain pavers, wider planks are more popular, as they more closely mimic wooden decking and also reflect interior flooring trends. However, both wide and narrow planks are trending in the concrete styles, both in textured and smooth-face plank pavers. Plank shapes are also available in the Belgard’s versatile Moduline Series™, which offers an array of colors that allow designers to have some fun with their paver designs.

Large Scale Paver Shapes

It’s definitely hip to be square, and the larger the better. This can be seen in both slab-style pavers and numerous porcelain paver lines. Belgard regularly sees orders for sizes up to 24″ x 24″, with custom orders of porcelain pavers in even larger squares. However, large rectangles are also quite popular, which is more reflective of the current trends in interior flooring.

Laying Patterns for Large Scale Pavers

Popular pattern styles vary, depending on paver shape. With square pavers, a straight (or stacked bond) lay is most often seen, which is actually a contrast to the stagger patterns more often seen in interior flooring. Diagonal patterns are sometimes seen, too, but are not quite as popular. Rectangular and plank pavers are most often laid in a staggered running bond, but are sometimes seen in a herringbone pattern in more adventurous designs. Modular ashlar patterns are also quite popular, which incorporate multiple pavers shapes and sizes. A newly emerging trend is to entangle the pavers with the surrounding landscape, either by staggering the edge of the paver field or by using squares in a checkerboard or stepping-stone pattern.

 

This post was originally written and published on Belgard.com

3D paver patio remodel in yorba linda ca

Home Project Highlight: Paver Patio Remodel with Outdoor BBQ and Fire Pit in Yorba Linda, CA

2D plan paver patio remodel yorba linda ca

Home Project: Paver Patio Remodel with Outdoor BBQ and Fire Pit

Location: Yorba Linda, CA

Designer: Simple Outdoor Living

Contractor: West Hills Masonry

Materials: Belgard pavers, SiteOne Landscape Supply lighting (see above)

Supplier: Thompson Building Materials

 

 

Before…3D Design Plan…After

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Patio remodel in Yorba Linda, CA (before shot)

3D rendering of paver patio remodel with outdoor BBQ and fire pit yorba linda ca

3D rendering of paver patio remodel with outdoor BBQ and fire pit in Yorba Linda, CA

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Paver patio remodel with outdoor BBQ and fire pit in Yorba Linda, CA (after shot)

 

And More Before…3D Design Plan…After

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Paver patio remodel in Yorba Linda, CA (before shot)

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3D rendering of paver patio remodel with outdoor fire pit in Yorba Linda, CA

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Paver patio remodel with outdoor fire pit installation in Yorba Linda, CA (after shot)

 

And More Before…3D Design Plan…After…Again!

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Paver patio remodel in Yorba Linda, CA (before shot)

3D paver patio remodel with water feature yorba linda ca

3D rendering of paver patio remodel in Yorba Linda, CA

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Paver patio remodel with outdoor water feature in Yorba Linda, CA (after shot)

Backyard Ideas: Plank Pavers are Becoming the Go-To Paver Choice in Orange County, CA

3D Design Plan Displaying Plank Pavers for this Stunning Home in Anaheim, CA

 

The go-to paver choice for many Orange County homes is definitely plank pavers. They’re an engaging option whether you’re the hostess-with-the-mostest, or simply want a backyard to sit back, relax and enjoy the sunny weather.

Plank pavers are just like the name suggests: pavers that are shaped like planks. They come in different sizes, textures, and colors − complimenting various types of backyards, front yards, and other home projects you may have in mind.

 

Plank paver systems are versatile to fit virtually any homeowner’s wish list including style preference, outdoor space functionality, or even budget size!

 

Local paver contractors can also attest to the unique durability plank pavers can offer, guaranteeing many years of use and enjoyment to come.

 

Here a just a few of our favorite plank pavers:

Belgard’s Agilina Silex Blend with its natural stone texture,

 

Rinn Padio 14 with its clean lines and smooth face,

 

and the Melville Plank with its contemporary look with classic appeal (as seen in the video within this article).

 

Honestly, every paver is unique like the homeowner we serve. There are so many great options for paver remodels, and we’re absolutely positive we can find the perfect match for you and your home. Contact us today for your free consultation.

2019 Trends in Outdoor Living for Orange County, CA

2019 Trends in Outdoor Living for Orange County, CA

The need to maintain real human connections in the digital age has greatly influenced the design elements of the outdoor living movement. A simple patio with weatherproof chairs and portable grill just won’t do the trick anymore. People want a comfortable spot to connect with family and friends that replicates, and in many cases exceeds, the comfort of their indoor gathering spots. With that in mind, here are some of the prevailing trends that can be expected to continue to gain popularity in the coming year.

Contemporary Outdoor Design

Contemporary Outdoor Design Trends 2019

Current outdoor living spaces are definitely following the interior design trend toward the clean lines of contemporary design. People normally associate modular-shaped pavers with contemporary design, but that isn’t necessarily true. The textures and colors used can also sway a look towards a more contemporary feel. Although modular-shaped pavers are expected to continue to rise in popularity, expect to see an increase in smoother textures in various styles of pavers. The contemporary trend also leans towards monochromatic color schemes with pops of color.

Pantone Color of the Year

Pantone Color of the Year 2019 Outdoor Living Trends

Each year, the Pantone® Color Institute declares an official Color of the Year, which influences many of the design trends. The company recently announced “Living Coral” as the 2019 Color of the Year. This color can be incorporated into outdoor living design in a number of ways. Some pavers have hues of coral incorporated into the color blend. There are also many paver styles with complementary colors that can work well in conjunction with Living Coral. Living Coral can also be used as an accent color for pillows, umbrellas and decorative accessories.

Entanglement with Nature

Nature Elements Outdoor Living Trends

One of the hottest up-and-coming trends is to “entangle” hardscape installations with the surrounding landscape. This can be done in several ways. Pavers can be entangled with adjacent grass or gardens in a “fade away” effect. This effect is even more dramatic when used with plank-style pavers. Another, more formal application of this idea is to use porcelain pavers spaced out with strips of grass to create a checkerboard or stepping stone pattern.

Natural Textured Walls

Textured Walls Outdoor Living Space Trends

More and more homeowners are requesting retaining and free standing walls that have natural stone textures. Trending styles include walls that offer the look of tumbled stone or chiseled stone. Homeowners are also increasingly drawn to wall installation patterns with clean, contemporary lines.

Gray and “Greige” Tones

Gray Brick Pavers Outdoor Living Trends

From light gray to charcoal, gray tones continue to dominate current hardscape trends. However, an up-and-coming trend is starting to lean back toward warmer tones. This transitionary color phase is coined “greige”… a blending of grey and beige tones. Homeowners across the country are currently looking for these muted gray/tan color blends in hardscapes for their ability to work well with both warm and cool design palettes.

Blurring Transitions from Inside to Outside

Outdoor Living Space Design Trends

One of the biggest trends in new home and remodeling is the blurring of the line between the indoor and outdoor. This involves much more than windows and patio doors. Fully folding walls and screens are being installed that allow spaces such as a family room to open and create a seamless transition into the outdoor space. Or, a standard kitchen can become an outdoor one in warmer months with the flip of a switch.

Linear and Large Format Pavers

Linear Pavers Outdoor Living Trends

The trend toward larger and more linear pavers continues to grow at a rapid pace. Not only are consumers looking for clean, modular textures, they are leaning toward plank-style pavers, and very large format slab pavers.

Formal Water Features

Outdoor Living Space Water Features

People love the soothing sound of running water, and the trend of incorporating formal water features into outdoor designs is growing at an exponential rate. With our busy lifestyles, however, consumers also want a water feature that is simple to take care of — adding beauty, ambiance and value to the outdoor living space without additional maintenance time and cost.

Outdoor Lighting Trends

Outdoor Lighting

The vast majority of time spent in most outdoor spaces is in the evening and on weekends. Because of this, outdoor living trends are moving towards well-designed built-in lighting systems. With today’s LED technology and smart phone apps, installing an automated lighting system has never been easier. However, this type of system is not very easy to retrofit after-the-fact and is more common in new construction. For existing outdoor living spaces, expect to see a continued increase in landscape lighting and durable string light options, like commercial grade Edison-style LED string lights.

 

This post was originally written and published on Belgard.com

Landscape Design: Porcelain Pavers With Artificial Grass Make For a Modern Look in Orange County, CA

A fast growing trend is becoming a huge hit in the southern Orange County area. Namely, combining large gorgeous porcelain pavers with artificial grass makes for a nice modern look any homeowner would want, and any neighbor left green with envy. Imagine this combo on your driveway…talk about extending the welcome mat to your garage! Or maybe even in your patio remodel where you can escape into your own personal oasis with a cup of coffee, chat with some friends, or read a book in peace.

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Artificial grass outlines each paver square, providing a typical modern style utilizing strong shapes and bold lines. These particular options in hardscape and landscape design are great at withstanding various weather conditions in Southern California. They’re built tough to withstand both car and foot traffic without sacrificing its aesthetics.

 

3D rendering of pavers with artificial turf synthetic grass in Orange County CA3D Rendering of Artificial Turf Blended Within Hardscape in this Outdoor Space Remodel

 

The stark contrast of porcelain and landscape will make your outdoor space pop with both life and structure…greenery and purpose. Why keep the landscape only outside and hardscape only inside when you can integrate them. And with synthetic grass there’s no need to mow, trim, or water! After all, there are many different uses for artificial turf for your outdoor space remodel.

Lake Forest Orange County Hardscape and Landscape 2D Plan

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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