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.

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!

First Impressions…

You’ve heard the expression, “You only have one chance to make a good first impression.” Well, the same goes for your home. Within seconds of pulling up to your home, your guests and friends will have an impression of what your home is like. Think about your own home for a moment, what would be the first three words that would come to mind if you were seeing your home for the first time? Would words like manicured, maintained, be what you think of? Or would terms like outdated and sloppy be more likely?

While there are lots of things that you can do to update the curb appeal of your home, few things add as much visual impact as a gorgeous paver pathway. To illustrate our point, here are a few images.

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While having beautiful and manicured landscape absolutely helps – we think that the main show stopper is this gorgeous paver path. We love the colors that it infuses into the space – something that concrete could never do.

If you are thinking about giving the pathway to your home a facelift, we’d love to meet with you. No matter your personal style or taste, there is a paver to suit to match it.

Travertine Pavers

If you have been paying attention to trends, chances are that you have noticed an increased use of Travertine Pavers. Travertine Pavers are cut from natural stone and are thought to be one of the best materials for pool patios because of their constant cool temperature. One of the unique and desirable qualities of Travertine Pavers is the different shading and veining. Most commonly Travertine is found in shades of tan, but it can also be found in shades of gray and even a rich charcoal color. Travertine is a very porous material and is also very sensitive to different types of acids – which is why you will never see it used in kitchens or on countertops.

One aspect of Travertine Pavers that any potential homeowner should keep in mind is how porous of a material it is. For this reason, Travertine Pavers should be sealed on a regular basis. Depending on the type of sealer used, the sealer could also make the Travertine Pavers slippery when wet. If a sealer that penetrates the stone is used, the paver will be  able to absorb the water thus making it less slippery.

Here are some gorgeous examples of how Travertine Pavers can be used:

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If you are considering Travertine Pavers – or any type of hardscape, we’d love to speak with you! Our team of consultants can work with you to find the perfect hardscape material and can educate you on the differences between them. We look forward to hearing from you soon!