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.
Spring is just around the corner – and with that comes a sense of wanting to spring clean and freshen up your outdoor space. In this blog we are going to give you a few ideas of ways to freshen up your outdoor space.
Clean out the dead and overgrown plants!
People tend to think that landscape is a “one and done” type thing. Landscape should be maintained and redone to some degree every year. Plants that are large and overgrown need to be ripped out or trimmed back. Having appropriately sized plants for your outdoor space will allow it to seem well cared for and manicured. Few things scream of neglect like large and overgrown plants.
Add fresh mulch!
You will be amazed at the difference fresh mulch will make! Simply scoop out the old mulch and add new – the difference will be astounding!
Selected a few flats of color…
Adding color (small colorful plants) to your flowerbeds can take a dull and dreary space and bring it to life! For added interest, mix up the colors and textures.
Clean the walkways and front of your home…
The winter months can add a layer of dirt to your fences and the front of your home. Simply take your hose and rise off the front of your house and power wash your walkways. Having a clean home and walkways will also make a big difference to the overall curb appeal of your home.
The New Year is always an exciting time to create goals, make plans and to try to better oneself. If you are a homeowner, then you probably have a few ideas of updates you want to make to your home. If enhancing your backyard or boosting your curb appeal is on that list – then updated hardscape might be something to look into in 2019.
What is hardscape?
Hardscape is any type of solid surface that makes up your outdoor space. This can be anything from walkways, to steps, driveways, pillars or mailboxes. Many times people neglect to look past the beat up and dated hardscape that makes up their home. Think lava rock on the face of a home built in the 60’s and you’ll get the idea. Not that we have anything against lava rock, but if you are wanting a more sleek and updated exterior look for your home, then that rock needs to come off and pavers could be put in their place.
Pavers in the last decade or so have become incredibly popular. As a result, people are looking for paver hardscape when they purchase a home. Unlike concrete, pavers will last for decades (think the streets of Europe). If you have any plans to sell your home, pavers are a great option and you might as well enjoy their beauty before you sell.
Here are some great examples of how pavers can update your home and make a drastic impact!
In our last blog we talked about the wide array of colors, styles and textures that are available when selecting the perfect paver for your home. In this blog, we will be discussing how paver ribbon can bring your pavers to life, add visual interest and also help define spaces.
While pavers come with a beautiful selection of colors, like a frame, paver ribbon creates a contrast and distinction. Typically, paver ribbons are darker in color and provide a color contrast with the other tones that are used.
If you have a large backyard that will have areas for specific entertaining purposes, then paver ribbons are a great way to help define areas a bit. Take a look at this semi circle seating area for example (see image below). Obviously this space is well defined, but the paver ribbon creates an outline from the rest of the backyard and very subtly leads the person into the area.
Here are some great example of how pavers ribbons have been used to provide contrast or define a space!
If you are sold on pavers and now are just looking for ways to incorporate them into your outdoor space, then this blog is for you. One of the things that we love most about pavers is the tremendous flexibility they offer. For example, no matter the architectural style of you home, or intended purpose, there is a paver for you! If your home is more European in style, then cobblestone pavers are perfect! If you are looking for clean and modern lines – there is an endless selection of styles. In addition to the style choices, there is an endless selection of colors and textures. If your home has more cool tones, then you can choose from stunning grays with hues of blues. If your home is more warm, then there is an equal amount of selection of browns, taupe, creams and reds to choose from. In our experience, we have never worked with a client who couldn’t find a type of paver they absolutely loved!
Once you have the color and style selected then you can start looking at options for how the pavers are laid. The type of paver you select will have an impact on your options but an experienced contractor will be able to guide you. For example, if you select a rectangular shaped paver then you can choose from a brick lay pattern, herringbone or a more square pattern.
Here are a few examples of the different types of pavers, colors and option that are available.
Let’s face it – pools are pretty much a way of life in Florida. They add value to your home but also create a wonderful space where your family can make memories and spend time together. For decades, concrete was the common choice of pool decking material. There are just a few things wrong with concrete.
It’s very slippery…
How many times have you told your kids to stop running on the wet pool deck? With a concrete pool patio, it is inevitable that at some point someone will slip and fall. In contrast, pavers have textured surface. So while it’s still probably not a good idea to run around on when wet, the texture allows for much more grip than a concrete patio ever would!
If you have had a pool for any length of time, then you have probably at some point had a problem with your pool pump. With concrete, the only way to fix your pump is to jack hammer up the concrete, fix the pump and pour new concrete in it’s place. And of course, the concrete will never match and there will be seams. With pavers, it is very simple! All you have to do is pull up the pavers in the area you need to access, fix the pump and put the pavers back in place. It’s a much easier fix and when you are finished, there will be no unsightly seams.
And… I mean, how could anyone resist gorgeous pool patios like these!
You’ve probably seen turf or grass pavers – but may not have known what they were or what they are used for. Grass pavers while common are not nearly as popular as traditional pavers. But, they do have a very specific use and function. Grass pavers are very effective at preventing soil erosion. Additionally, their honeycomb design allow for water to penetrate through.
While they are called turf or grass pavers, they can be used to lock in any area of ground and don’t have to be filled with grass. If you live in an area that deals with soil erosion, then grass pavers could be a very attractive solution for you.
Here are a few examples of how grass pavers are used:
One of the best parts of summer is being able to spend time outside with your friends and just enjoy the outdoors. No one wants to spend their time maintaining their hardscape with sealers and cleaners. That is one of the reasons why we love pavers so much! Pavers unlike stamped concrete are individual pieces and require very little to zero maintenance. Pavers are jointed together by sand. This allows for them to flex when under pressure – you know what that means? NO CRACKING!
Every few years it is a good idea to seal your pavers, but for the most part their surface allows for dirt to naturally fall off. Despite the smooth surface of a paver, they provide a stunning visual element that few people consider – texture! Texture can really become a huge part of a design – and you won’t know how much it contributes until you add it. If you are looking for a stunning hardscape that will allow years and years of wear and tear while still looking beautiful, then pavers are the right choice for you. So next summer, spend less time “cleaning” your backyard space and more time enjoying it. If you would like a consult on your outdoor project to help determine if pavers are a good fit for you, we’d be happy to meet with you!
If you have been watching HGTV or just looking around your neighborhood, you have probably noticed that in the last few years pavers have become a very popular choice for driveways. While there are a multitude of reasons for this, we are going to highlight a couple of what we consider to be the most important in this blog.
Especially if you are looking to update your home or plan on selling it in the future, few things will drastically change the overall look of your home like pavers. Think for a moment about your existing driveway… How does it look? Is the asphalt or concrete cracked? Black asphalt or colorless gray concrete do few things to boost the overall curb appeal of your home. Now consider beautiful pavers in a wide array of colors – either subtle or more dramatic. Think about how that will make your home literally “pop”. Hardscape is a way to transform the exterior of a home from one that seemed bland to one that feels warm and inviting.
We talk about this a lot. And the reason is because this is such a HUGE feature that so many people overlook! Concrete and asphalt WILL eventually crack. It will also become stained and discolored. Pavers on the other hand are incredibly durable (in terms of weight bearing capacity) AND if they will never crack. The sanded joints allow for slight flexing in between the pavers which shifts the weight load – unlike concrete.
When it comes to selecting the right pavers – this is where you need to speak with an expert. Not all pavers are created equal and are suited for your purpose. Pavers are an investment, and taking a bit more time to speak with the right contractor can make a world of difference.