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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
Have you ever driven by your neighbors yard and been a little jealous of their gorgeous green grass? Have you ever wondered how having a beautiful green yard could transform the curb appeal of your home?
It’s no secret that having a beautiful green yard takes work. It has to be watered, mowed, and fertilized on a regular basis. For most families that are swamped with kids, careers and the regular demands of life – this is no easy task.
There is an easier way… What if you could have beautiful grass and never have to mow, water or fertilize? The answer is simple – synthetic grass!
Synthetic grass has come a long way in recent years. If you are thinking of the cheap old, roll out carpet type grass of years past, you would be sadly mistaken. The synthetic grass of today is lush, thick and beautiful! It is perfect for playing on no matter if you have kids or dogs. It’s great for rolling around on and the low maintenance requirement is incredible. Once you have artificial grass installed you will never be jealous of another person’s yard again!
One of the wonderful things about pavers is that if you maintain them just a little throughout the years they will continue to look beautiful for decades. Unlike concrete, pavers won’t crack or break – so the only thing that can really impair them is dirt and grime. In this blog we are going to continue our theme of “Spring Cleaning” and give you some tips on how to keep your pavers looking beautiful for years to come!
Get rid of the big debris…
While this may seem like common sense, having leaves decay or large piles of dirt sit on your pavers over time can cause discoloration to your pavers. This discoloration can be permanent. To avoid this, if you see large piles of debris accumulating, simply brush it off – it is as simple as that.
Scrub them down…
Not that you need to break out the toothbrush and get on your hands and knees, but a good rinse down will get rid of the loose dirt. If needed, you can add a small bit of soap to dissolve any grease that is sitting on the surface of the pavers. Just be sure to rise it completely.
Sealing and resanding…
Sealing your pavers is a great way to lock in the color and to even enhance the true color of the paver. Sealing the pavers will help fill in the porous areas of the pavers while still allowing for the actual paver to be rough to the touch. Sealing will also help lock in the sand in between the joints of the pavers which will reduce the need to resand as often. When you think of sealing, think of it in terms of a clear nail polish. It just adds a beautiful finish and enhances the overall look and will make the surface more durable.