Why Pavers?

If you have been reading our blog, then you probably know that we are pretty much in love with pavers! We love the texture and interest that they add to even the most mundane of spaces. In this blog, we will briefly capture a couple of the many reasons we feel that pavers are superior to poured in place concrete.

– They won’t crack! Unlike poured in place concrete, you don’t have to worry about the pavers cracking.

Here is a pic that shows how unattractive concrete is once it has cracked – not that you needed a visual.

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Who could love that? Pavers don’t crack because they are jointed together with sand. As opposed to cracking, they will just shift slightly. As the years go by, they will still look beautiful.

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Now, if you had to choose between concrete and pavers, what would you choose?

Another reason we love pavers is because if you have an oil spill or if a paver becomes damaged in any way, it is easy to pop that paver out and replace it. This means that you can continually keep your driveway fresh and clean looking with no stains or markings. Unlike concrete, if you have a stain – you are pretty much stuck.

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Does your driveway look anything like this one? If you had pavers, you wouldn’t have to look at past oil stains. If you are ready to give your driveway a new facelift and add some curb appeal to your home, we’d love to chat with you about a paver driveway!

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Paver Retaining Walls

Many times when people think of retaining walls, the image that comes to mind is one of cylinder blocks that are gray and unattractive. What most don’t know is that pavers are strong and durable enough to be used as retaining walls also! Now, if you had your choice, would you rather look at gray cylinder block which may or may not be covered in stucco or would you rather look at a paver wall which would have gorgeous texture and beautiful variations of color? For us, the choice is simple!

Here are some examples of paver retaining walls:

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Another way that many people use pavers is by creating a paver seating wall. A paver seating wall is a great way to 1.) improve flow of traffic 2.) increase amount of seating and 3.) it can also serve as a small retaining wall. Here are some beautiful paver seating walls that we just had to show you!

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Have any of these images inspired you? Hardscape is a great way to take a space that was previously inaccessible or unusable and turn it into a beautiful space that can be used on a regular basis. In addition, pavers can add texture and color to what was otherwise a dull and uninteresting space.

If you are considering adding hardscape design to your outdoor space, we’d love to meet with you! Our team of designers are very creative and can help you create a beautiful oasis that will match your entertaining and outdoor living goals. If you would like an estimate, please do not hesitate to reach out.

 

 

Spring is Here – Part II

Welcome back to the second part of our blog. Our first blog reviewed two very simple ways that you can refresh the exterior of your home for spring. In this blog, we’ll give you a few more tips and tricks!

1.) Few things scream “spring is here” like the addition of color! Head to your local nursery and grab a couple flats of color. Make sure you pay attention to the type of sun they require. The last thing you want to do is plant shade color in full sun – you won’t like the result! However, you will love the result of a freshly planted carpet of color to welcome you home!

2.) Fresh dirt or wood chips! It’s amazing, but something really simple like a nice dark layer of rich dirt or wood chips over the top of a flower bed can really make a difference. If you don’t believe us – just give it a try!

3.) Clean up your lights! Dirty cobwebs scream poor upkeep. So make sure you clean up any outdoor lighting fixtures and get rid of those cobwebs.

4.) Touch up the paint! Paint is a funny thing – it’s cheap to buy, yet the results can make something look like a million bucks. If the paint is peeling off your gate, or your door is all scuffed up – breathe new life into it with a coat of paint!

If you have any hardscape projects that are tad large for you to handle on your own – give us a call. We’d be happy to come out and give you an estimate.

Spring is here!

Spring is here! And that means that it is time to refresh and rethink at least the exterior of your home. If you are a homeowner who already has pavers -then this blog is for you!

There is something very therapeutic about working in your yard at the beginning of spring. Maybe it’s the promise of warm summer days, or simply knowing that the work you do in the garden today will pay dividends tomorrow. In this two part blog, we are going to review some simple ways to make sure that your yard looks fantastic and well kept.

1.) Give your pavers a good wash

Over the winter months dirt can get caked on the pavers and can ultimately dull their appearance. A good rinse down (nothing crazy) will remove the major dirt and will give your pavers a more fresh look. This is also the time to evaluate if any pavers have any oil stains. If they do, it’s likely that your contractor left you with a few replacement pavers. Simply, pop out the problem paver and insert a new fresh on in its place.

2.) Plants are not made to last a lifetime

One of the fastest ways to spoil good landscape or to make a house look dated is to have plants that are too large for the space. Oftentimes people think that because they landscaped once 5+ years ago, that they are good for the duration of their mortgage. – Not exactly true. While there are no hard or fast rules, small color needs to be replaced seasonally while larger plants might need to be replaced every couple of years (give or take). At the very least, many will require a good trim. By keeping your plants in an appropriate size and shape for the yard, it will keep your space looking manicured and fresh.

Check back for part two!

 

Curb Appeal

When it comes to selling your home, many real estate agents will encourage you to spruce up your paint and plant fresh flowers. If you read about the importance of curb appeal, many writers will tell you that buyers will make up their mind on a house before they set one foot in the door. Why is that? It all comes down to curb appeal. Now, you may not be wanting to sell, but don’t you want to have the most awesome home on the block? In this blog, we are going to highlight a few sure-fire ways to do that!

1.) Evaluate your grass

Your grass can make a big difference! A little bit of fertilizer and new seed can go a long way – and spring is the time to do it!

2.) Plant fresh flowers and plants

Many people think that once you have done some landscape, that you are good to go – pretty much forever. Just like with anything else, plants need to be ripped out, and new ones need to be planted. Some will get too big for the space and others will become too “stocky”. Being able to evaluate plants with a fresh eye and being okay with ripping out ones that are no longer appropriate will keep your landscape looking fresh.

3.) A fresh coat of paint on the trim

We are always amazed a how a little paint can go a long way! If the front of your home is looking a bit drab, then we recommend breaking out the sandpaper and heading down to Home Depot or Lowes for some paint. A good hard weekend worth of prep and paint and you will be amazed at the difference!

4.) Pavers

How could we possibly mention updating the exterior without talking about pavers? If pavers are in the budget – adding a new paver driveway is a surefire way to add curb appeal!

When You Have An Oil Spil…

We’ve all done it…

Imagine this. After a long day, you finally pulled the car into the driveway, ran into the house, fed the kids, cleaned the house, did the laundry, the dishes and gone to bed only to remember at 2am that the car was leaking oil that morning. And yep, you parked that car right on top of your gorgeous paver driveway. (I am most definitely not sharing a true to life personally story) Normally with concrete or any other type of hardscape surface, this could launch any self-respecting homeowner into a fit of panic. Normally you would race to find your bathroom, keys, baking soda, or anything else that might fix the mess and pray that despite the dark hour that you could scrub out the oil before it fully penetrates your concrete driveway. But instead, you remember that you have beautiful pavers… And additionally, you have extra beautiful pavers stacked on the side of your house for just such an emergency – so you roll over and go back to sleep.

How is this possible?

Well, unlike other types of hardscape (namely concrete or asphalt), pavers aren’t glued down or set in concrete. So if one becomes damaged, all you have to do is literally pop it out and replace it with another. It’s a simple fix and one that will keep your driveway looking clean, fresh and beautiful for years to come!

A client’s before and after paver pool patio

If you have been following our blog, you have no doubt heard us mention multiple times what an incredible impact of pavers in pretty much any space. To further illustrate that point – check out this before and after.

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Unfortunately, we don’t have a full picture of what this space looked like before. But imagine tired, old, gray and cracked concrete. Now, check this out!

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These pavers make this backyard feel modern, current and fresh! We love the geometric pattern of the pavers themselves – and who could not fall in love with the various color tones! Pavers in our opinion are the ideal material to use around pools. Because of their porous surface, they aren’t slippery – even when wet. Additionally, the various shapes, colors, and textures mean that there are virtually endless possibilities when it comes to matching an existing structure or going for a particular type of feel.

Now, the only question that remains is… Don’t you think that you should update your paver pool patio?

We hope you enjoyed this post that demonstrates how much of a visual impact pavers can have on a space. Check back soon and we’ll show you more before and after projects!