Staycation

When you hear the term “staycation” what comes to mind? In past years, it probably meant something very different than what the word has come to mean in 2020. 2020 has been a difficult year, during that time many people have taken to making the most of their home and outdoor space. In this blog, we are going to discuss a few things you can do to make the most of your outdoor space and create an oasis for yourself.

Fire Pits

Fire pits are a beautiful way to create a focal point for any outdoor space. Not only do they give the idea of a destination, but they also create a sense of gathering and community. Fire pits can be as simple or as elaborate as you choose. One thing to consider when thinking about where to place your fire pit is the traffic flow. Some people will place their fire pit right in the middle of their backyard space. While that might look beautiful, it cuts down the ability to move around the backyard and gives an overall “choppy” feel to the space. If your backyard will be designed in phases, give proper consideration to additional features you might be adding down the road. If possible, have a whole plan for your backyard in mind before starting out.

Seating Walls

Depending on how your backyard is laid out, making the most of seating walls could be an excellent solution to gain more seating. While having actual patio furniture is beautiful and cozy, many people find that they need more seating than what can be accomplished with patio furniture. Seating walls are also a fantastic way to divide spaces while also allowing for traffic flow.

Planters

This might seem like common sense, but the addition of beautiful planters spilling over with flowers, bushes and plants will soften the overall look and feel of your outdoor space. Planters can be built out of pavers and raised, or can be level with the ground. If you are going to be adding planters to your outdoor space, consider how free flowing lines could accentuate the curves of your backyard and draw the eye in. While straight lines absolutely have their place, consider the alternative.

Outdoor Kitchen

Isn’t this a dream for many? Given the beautiful weather we have, it seems reasonable to take advantage of cooking outdoors as much as possible. Outdoor kitchens (like fire pits) can be as simple or as elaborate as you want. Many people find value in having sinks built into their outdoor kitchens as well as some type of mini fridge. Ultimately, it depends on how you want to use the space.

If you are considering a backyard remodel and would like to transform your backyard into your own staycation destination, we would love to meet with you and discuss your project. Our website is packed with lots of ideas for stunning hardscape design ranging from patios, to outdoor kitchens, planters, seating walls to walkways. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

Enjoy Being in Your Backyard

In our last blog we talked about the possibility of an outdoor space being an oasis, and an escape from daily stress. The ideal outdoor space looks very different for everyone, and will depend greatly on how you intend to use that space. For example, a family with young kids will use a space very differently than a retired couple. Before charging ahead with a backyard remodel, take some time to consider what you want your space to do for you. What types of gatherings will you have in it?

Hardscape design is a beautiful and durable way to give a space form and function. Pavers by their very nature are beautiful to look at, but will also last for years. We previously talked about outdoor kitchens and BBQ’s, in this blog we are going to take a look at seating walls and fire pits.

Seating Walls

A seating wall is just what it sounds like – a wall that also offers seating! These types of low walls can create clearly defined outdoor spaces (patio area, landscaped area) but also offer flexibility to be used as informal seating for people when gathering. The overall look and feel of seating walls can also be softened with strategic use of pillows! Can you imagine how inviting that would look and feel?

Fire Pits

What summer memory would be complete without a campfire or fire pit? There is something wonderful about the smell of the wood burning and the knowledge that another beautiful summer day has passed. One of the beautiful aspects of pavers is their design flexibility. As a result, fire pits can be designed in many shapes and sizes. Pair a beautiful fire pit with a seating wall – and now you have a backyard destination.

While seating walls and fire pits sound wonderful, if you are considering adding these design elements to your backyard, make sure you have enough space. At times people don’t take into proper consideration how much space either of these additions require. The end result can feel cramped. That being said, there is tremendous flexibility to work with many different types of spaces. Fire pits and seating walls are built to specification and can be specifically designed to suit a particular need or space.

Love Your Outdoor Space!

When you think of your current outdoor space, what comes to mind? Is it a feeling of relaxation and enjoyment – or does it bring up thoughts of work and stress? This past year has thrown everyone a huge curveball. Vacations have been cancelled, events have been postponed – it has been a hard year. But, what if you could escape to your backyard? Your own staycation – so to speak…

At Legacy Pavers we have built a reputation in the local area for designing and creating stunning outdoor kitchens, BBQs, seating walls, fire pits, walkways, driveways and more. In this blog and in the few to come, we are going to discuss in more detail some of these features and just why they might be a good fit for you and your family.

Outdoor Kitchens

Not that this heading needs much explaining, but if you enjoy entertaining, then you will LOVE having an outdoor kitchen. Think of your own indoor kitchen, isn’t that where people gather during a party or get-together? What if you could expand that gathering area by taking it outdoors! With an outdoor kitchen the sky is literally the limit. Some outdoor kitchens are simple while some are much more elaborate. It just depends on the type of cooking and entertaining you plan to do as well as the budget you want to allocate for the project.

BBQ’s

If you enjoy grilling, then imagine how a built in BBQ will change the everyday experience you have while grilling! Like outdoor kitchens, built in BBQ’s can be as elaborate or as simple as you wish. Many people strive to design a BBQ with a large countertop area that can double as a buffet table for larger gatherings. Others, would prefer to allocate that space for an outdoor sink (Imagine the convenience of that!).

We will cover more in future blogs, but the most important thing is that however you design your backyard, make sure you love it and it is a place where you want to spend time. We invite you to visit our website and gain inspiration for your outdoor space.

Summer Winding Down

The Labor Day weekend always seems to signal the “end” of summer – even though we officially have a couple more weeks until the start of fall. One of the best parts about living in Florida is the beautiful year round weather! And for many – the fall months are a favorite. This year has thrown so many curve balls to all of us. Vacations have been cancelled, kids have been home, school policies have been changed, and many have had changes in terms of being able to work. Given all the stress, being able to retreat to your home and backyard have probably never been more important than it is now! In this blog and in the next few to come we are going to give you some practical tips that will help you turn your backyard into a bit of an oasis – where you can relax and take a mental break from life.

Prune it!

When it comes to landscaping, many people don’t recognize how fast landscape can grow. Very quickly, plants that once looked “beautifully in place” can appear overgrown, and seem to be taking over an area. The solution is simple – bust out the clippers! Trim back the hedges, bushes and trees! If you don’t know where to start, pick one plant and determine the shape you want it to take. Consider if it is obstructing a pathway? Is it blocking other plants? You will be amazed at how a fresh pruning will instantly make your outdoor space feel more open, well kept and in general, a place you want to spend time in.

Scrub it down…

Just like the inside of your home, your patio, concrete and even the exterior of your home can get dirty and full of grime build up. Breaking out the hose is a great solution to break up a build up all these things. A push broom can help you break up dirt and grime if need be, a simple exterior window washing at the end will help your outdoor space feel brand new!

Weeding!

When was the last time you gave your planters a bit of attention? It is very easy to let weeds take over. Examine each planter and pull out the weeds – a simple churning of the dirt will also give your flower beds a fresh and “kept” appearance.

Paver Fire Pits

When you think of your ideal backyard design, what does it look like? Any well thought out space will have a focal point. Many times for people that focal point will be a swimming pool, outdoor kitchen – or, a fire pit. We love the idea of creating an outdoor fire pit for several reasons. An outdoor fire pit can be adjusted to accommodate pretty much any size. If you have a large outdoor space, then more circular seating can be added. If it is a smaller area that is available, then a more cozy and intimate space can be designed.

Fire pits and their overall design are flexible based on the amount of space in a backyard. When determining where to place a fire pit, it is important to keep in mind the overall flow of a space. For example, while it might be convenient to have the fire pit close to your back door, will the heavy paver block required to build the fire pit give the space near your home a “tight” or claustrophobic feel? Walking out your backdoor into solid seating walls or structures isn’t going to be the overall look or feel you want long term. Instead, we suggest placing your fire pit in an area of your backyard that in a sense creates a “destination” while also allowing those seated around the fire pit to partake of the activities happening in other areas of the outdoor space. Keeping in mind the flow of traffic, how the rest of the space might be used, how many people will or could be using the fire pit at a given time are all important things to consider when planning out your backyard.

Here are a few beautiful examples to inspire you! Which is right for your outdoor space?

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Creating a Space You Love…

One of the best parts of designing an outdoor space is that you literally get to decide how you want to use your outdoor space and use that as your base-point. For example, do you have young kids and is the goal to make it a child friendly area with sand boxes and swing sets? Or is your family a bit older and looking for a more quiet place to relax? Or, is it a combination of both? By putting some intentional thought into your backyard, the area where the swing set is can in time become the perfect area for a fire pit or additional seating area. By thinking through how you want the space used both now and in the future can save on the cost of needing to continually overhaul your backyard as the needs of your family change.

In this blog we are going to talk about how to make the most of a smaller backyard. While a smaller space can seem limiting, it can also be a great opportunity for creative solutions. For example, a planter that allows for beautiful greenery when properly designed can also double as a seating wall. Add some colorful pillows and you instantly have fun pops of colors, additional seating and a wall where it’s ultimate function was a planter – talk about a win – win.

Another trick with a small backyard is to not over clutter the area. Many times people tend to put larger than life patio furniture into a space that should be many times larger than what it is in order to accommodate the furniture. Or, they put double the amount of patio furniture. You wouldn’t do this with your living room, so why would you do this with your outdoor patio? A simple motto to live by is “less is more”. Don’t over clutter the space with endless loungers, chairs and tables. Pick out your furniture carefully and intentionally.

If you are considering redesigning your outdoor space, we’d love to be a part of the process. Visit our website for ideas and inspiration, if you have any questions or would like an estimate, please give us a call.

Building an Outdoor Space you Love

In our last blog we spoke about “staycations” and building an outdoor space you can enjoy. In this blog we are going to discuss some of the planning that goes into building and designing an outdoor space.

While many people love the idea of overhauling their backyard all at once, for many people that just isn’t financially feasible. The important part if you are going to renovate your backyard in phases is to have a cohesive plan for how you are going to do this. For example, if hardscape is part of the renovation, it might be wise to do all of the hardscape at the same time. If you are unable to do all of the hardscape at the same time, then consider doing the same type of hardscape at the same time. For example, all of the paver patio or all of the paver walls. The reason for this is that pavers like carpet have dye lots. While the color is mostly the same, there is a slight variance. If you are spacing out a project over the course of a few years or even months, then the color difference could make a difference. In the end, if the color doesn’t match, then there is nothing you the homeowner or your contractor can do about it.

Additionally, on the same note, having a plan for the whole backyard and a finished concept will be crucial. This plan will allow you to discuss with a contractor the best ways to break up the project in sections to allow for a more cohesive finished project in the end. Check back for our next blog as we continue this series on designing your dream outdoor space!

Build an Outdoor Oasis

With the increase cost of travel, many people are taking “stay-cations”. While for many this idea is a good one, it can also be a disappointing concept. But, what if you had a gorgeous backyard you could relax and enjoy? What if your “vacation” was no further than your backyard? What would that look like? At Legacy Pavers, we are dream builders – we have built a reputation in the area for taking unused, empty and uneven spaces and turning them into areas of tranquility and retreat.

Hardscape and landscape design is one of the areas of home design that will yield a return on the value. Sure, landscaping needs to be replaced and maintained over time. But hardscape – especially pavers require minimal effort to maintain and can provide tremendous resell value. – If you ever plan on selling your home that is. But in the meantime, why not enjoy your outdoor space for yourself?

In the next few blogs we are going to examine just what goes into creating a gorgeous outdoor oasis. First, we’ll start with beautiful options for a paver patio. Just look at these colors and textures. One of the wonderful things about pavers is that there are so many styles, shapes and colors to choose from. You are sure to find the perfect paver to suit your needs and overall color pallet.

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Summer is here!

School is out, the weather is warm which means it is the perfect time to play outside with your family! In this blog we are going to review a few tips to get your backyard in tip top shape with just bit of elbow grease and perhaps a trip to your local Lowe’s or Home Depot.

Wash it down…

After the winter it is always amazing how much dirt, leaves and dust can accumulate in an area. Grab the hose and push broom and give your backyard patio a good wash and scrub down!

Clean out the planters…

Many people think that landscape once in place is there to stay. Few things could be further from the truth. Grab your clippers and trim your unruly bushes! Get them back down to size and you will be amazed at how much of a difference that makes for your yard.

Get rid of the sun bleached and broken stuff…

It’s no joke that the sun is harsh – and it can ruin things as it bakes year after year. Evaluate what needs to be replaced. If lawn chairs are broken – send them to the trash and get some new ones. For some extra fun add some colorful new outdoor pillows!

Get some fresh mulch…

Head to your local Home Depot or Lowe’s and grab a few bags of fresh mulch. You will be amazed at how this instantly freshens up your planters!

What are you cooking on?

Do you enjoy cooking? Chances are no matter the answer, we are guessing you would enjoy it a whole lot more if you had a beautiful outdoor kitchen to grill on!

The concept of outdoor living is here to stay – and with that comes outdoor kitchens. Can you imagine having a beautiful outdoor kitchen that works as an anchor point for your backyard? By using pavers, literally the sky is the limit in terms of shape, color and overall design.

Pavers as a material offer a broad spectrum of colors and textures to choose from. If you are looking for a more sleek and clean finish – there is a paver for that. If you love a more rough finish – there is a paver for that. Pavers are also durable and strong enough to hold either a concrete counter or granite countertop – which by itself also provide a multitude of design options.

Here are a couple outdoor kitchens that we thought were striking and worth sharing!

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If you are thinking about adding an outdoor cooking space to your backyard design, we’d love to meet with you to discuss potential plans and ideas.