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.

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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!

Pavers vs. Stamped Concrete

The days of having boring, gray poured in place concrete are over. Now, people are using their driveways, patios, and walkways to make a design statement. Chances are you have seen both pavers and stamped concrete. And while from afar, they can seem like a very comparable product – but when you get up close, that’s when you will start to notice the difference. In this blog we are going to explore some of the reasons why we feel that pavers are a better investment than stamped concrete.

1.) Pavers are more expensive than stamped concrete

There, we said it. And unless you find a crazy good deal – it’s true. However, many people are surprised that while pavers are more expensive, it tends to be a much closer number between the two than people originally thought. When you factor in the longevity of pavers vs. concrete, the cost is substantially less than that of stamped concrete.

2.) Pavers won’t crack

We’ve all seen concrete driveways filled with cracks – once it cracks, even if it is filled, there is nothing that one can do to repair it aesthetically. Pavers on the other hand, will not crack. Because they are individually placed, the weight is dispersed, therefore when under pressure, they simply shift slightly – but won’t crack.

3.) Stains…

We’ve all done it… Changed the oil in the driveway with the thought that there would be no way we would spill anything. Or, we’ve tripped and dropped a pan full of grease which has left a lovely reminder on the driveway. When you have stamped concrete and there is a grease spot, you might as well get attached to it. Or, become creative and add other matching spots. Once it’s in the concrete, you are stuck with it. With pavers on the other hand, you can simply pop out the stained paver and replace it with a new one. The entire process is quite simple and it will leave you with an immaculate driveway with ZERO stains!

While we doubt that you needed more convincing, here are a few images to help you become a total believer!

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Summer is Here!

School is out, the temperatures are rising and summer is here! Summer is a time for backyard hangouts, BBQ’s and pool parties. What better way to spend the warm days than with friends and family?

Having a great outdoor entertaining space is crucial – especially in Florida. Here are just a few reasons why we think that gorgeous hardscape can really make or break an outdoor entertaining space!

Paver Patios – They wear well!

If you don’t believe this, all you have to do is look at the old streets of Europe. Those roads were built centuries ago and the pavers are still beautiful. Our point is that pavers are a very durable product – so you don’t have to wonder if your outdoor space will look “weathered” after a few years. Paver patios can literally last a lifetime, it’s a great investment in your home.

Seating Walls – Extra Space

For most of us, we have more friends than there are chairs to sit on outside. But, renting chairs can become expensive and cumbersome – who wants to look at a sea of folding chairs? Paver Seating Walls are a great way to divide spaces in your backyard. By creating distinct areas for sitting, you are facilitating great conversation and gatherings.

If you are considering a new hardscape design for your backyard, please don’t hesitate to give us a call. We’d love to meet with you, discuss your ideas and give you ours! We hope to meet you soon.

Paver Driveways

One of our favorite creations with pavers are paver driveways. The reasoning is simple – never will you ever find or see a more gorgeous material that is strong enough to be used in a driveway. Pavers come is an incredible assortment of varieties, colors, shapes and sizes. If your home has a modern flair to it – there is a paver for that. If traditional is more your style – you guessed it, there is a paver for that.

Pavers are essentially manufactured pieces of stone. Depending on the type of paver you choose, the pavers will be arranged in a more geometric pattern or one that is more free flowing. The style and type of paver you choose will determine this (for the most part) for you.

Because pavers are held in place with sand, they will not crack under weight or pressure. This ensures that you will be able to drive and walk on them for years to come with no issue. If you are looking for a material that will stand the test of time – pavers are a perfect fit.

Here are a few example of the beauty and richness that pavers can add to a space!

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If you are considering ripping out your tired asphalt or concrete and replacing it with pavers – then we would love to speak with you. We have years of experience and can help you decide on colors, texture and paver shapes. We hope to meet you soon!