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.

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.

Summer Winding Down

The Labor Day weekend always seems to signal the “end” of summer – even though we officially have a couple more weeks until the start of fall. One of the best parts about living in Florida is the beautiful year round weather! And for many – the fall months are a favorite. This year has thrown so many curve balls to all of us. Vacations have been cancelled, kids have been home, school policies have been changed, and many have had changes in terms of being able to work. Given all the stress, being able to retreat to your home and backyard have probably never been more important than it is now! In this blog and in the next few to come we are going to give you some practical tips that will help you turn your backyard into a bit of an oasis – where you can relax and take a mental break from life.

Prune it!

When it comes to landscaping, many people don’t recognize how fast landscape can grow. Very quickly, plants that once looked “beautifully in place” can appear overgrown, and seem to be taking over an area. The solution is simple – bust out the clippers! Trim back the hedges, bushes and trees! If you don’t know where to start, pick one plant and determine the shape you want it to take. Consider if it is obstructing a pathway? Is it blocking other plants? You will be amazed at how a fresh pruning will instantly make your outdoor space feel more open, well kept and in general, a place you want to spend time in.

Scrub it down…

Just like the inside of your home, your patio, concrete and even the exterior of your home can get dirty and full of grime build up. Breaking out the hose is a great solution to break up a build up all these things. A push broom can help you break up dirt and grime if need be, a simple exterior window washing at the end will help your outdoor space feel brand new!

Weeding!

When was the last time you gave your planters a bit of attention? It is very easy to let weeds take over. Examine each planter and pull out the weeds – a simple churning of the dirt will also give your flower beds a fresh and “kept” appearance.

The Perfect Space

If you are contemplating reconfiguring or redesigning your backyard, then you have stumbled onto the right blog. Here we will give you a few ideas that will help you start outlining the important functions of your soon to be new outdoor space! A good designer will help you walk through each of these questions to make sure that the final design is in line with your vision and goals.

1.) How will you use the space? This might seem obvious, but it’s also important to think long term. How will the space change as your family grows? Are you planning on entertaining in the space? Will your entertaining change over the years?

2.) What is a realistic budget? Many times, people will do a project in phases, this is very helpful financially and therefore allows the homeowner not to skimp on things that are important.

3.) What is the general feeling you want to have in the space? Are you looking to have a space that is more modern, traditional, old world?

4.) Seating… When it comes to hardscape design, seating walls are an awesome way to increase the seating in a space without the need for folding chairs. When contemplating the layout of a space, think about where seating walls would be appropriate. Seating walls serve as two functions 1.) they nicely divide up a space and 2.) they give tons of seating without cluttering an area.

If you are contemplating redesigning your backyard or are looking to update it with pavers, then we would love to speak with you. Our teams of designers are experts and can discuss your ideas and turn them into a fantastic plan for your outdoor space!

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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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Paver Ribbon Trim

One of the things that we love most about pavers is the flexibility of color and style. It doesn’t matter if you prefer a more old world cobblestone type effect, or if you want something more sleek and contemporary. – There are literally hundreds of pavers to choose from. In addition to the different styles, there are literally endless color and texture options to choose from as well. When it comes to selecting colors, we love designs that frame a space and make the pavers pop! One of the ways to achieve this is by having a contrasting paver ribbon that frames the space. Typically, the ribbon has been a slightly darker color of the existing pavers, but more and more we are seeing bright and vibrant contrasts. – And we have to say that we absolutely love it!

Here are a few examples:

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See how the paver ribbons bring out and accentuate the pavers? We absolutely love how it draws the eye in. If you are contemplating a paver project in the near future, we would love to meet with you and discuss your needs and possible ideas. Please don’t hesitate to give us a call! 

Landscape

It’s all about the landscape!

Few things can make a house look attractive (or unattractive for that matter) more than IMAG0227landscape. Think about some of the houses on your block, no matter if it is intentional or not, judgments are made about the people living inside based upon the initial assessment of the home’s curb appeal.

As with everything, landscaping is something that can be completely done on more of a basic level, or it can be something more complicated.  It truly just depends on both your budget and the need of the space. In this blog we are going to run through a few ideas that will help you get the most bang for your landscaping buck!

Rip it out…

Time and time again, we have seen people spruce up their yard – but neglect to ever get dunedin_residential_landscaping_tbecrid of what the actual problem is. Large and overgrown plants date a house faster than anything else! Another small piece of advice, when you meet with your landscaper –listen to what they recommend. They are professionals for a reason.

Define the planters…

If you have an older home, or a home that hasn’t been recently landscaped in a long time, it may be important to redefine the planters. If you have grass that runs up next to the planter, landscape curbing is a great and effective way to section off the space.

Stay tuned for our continued blog on tips and tricks for landscaping! As always, if you have any questions that we can help you with, please feel free to give us a call!

Enjoy the Space you Live in

If you have finally decided that it is time to give your backyard a facelift – then this is the blog for you. In previous blogs, we have reviewed two major factors that are worth outdoor-living-spaces_0004_04considering when renovating your backyard. The first was the importance of hiring a licensed contractor and the second is the value in selecting your primary building material first, and then selecting coordinating pieces.  However this is just scratching the surface when it comes to updating your backyard. Check out below for more ideas on how to make the most of your space!

Flow of Traffic…

Have you ever wandered into a building or home and wondered what were they thinking when they built xyz? Considering the flow of traffic is one of the most important elements to consider when designing and outdoor space. The best way to design with this in mind is to create a bubble diagram and see how each space relates to each other. Make sure that there is a clear and direct path to each “section” of the backyard.

Design it in a way that it can be used…

Nothing would be worse than having a beautiful backyard finished and then wishing that you hadn’t taken up the space for the basketball court and wish that it had been used for a patio room instead. We suggest making a list of what you would like to be able to do in your outdoor space. For example, is your number one priority to swim? Is the ability to play sports more of a priority? Make a list and then order each item in number of importance. This should give you a pretty clear outline of what would be great things/elements to include in your backyard.

Driveway Pavers

If you have been keeping up with our blog, then by now you probably have a pretty good working understanding of what pavers are and why they are so popular. In this blog, we are going to talk specifically about driveway pavers and how they work if your patio and driveway connect.

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One thing that you may not realize about pavers is that they come in different sizes; there is one size for patios and another for driveways. As you could probably infer, the patio pavers are not as thick as the pavers that are used for driveways. This is because the driveway pavers need to be able to withstand the weight of trucks and heavy vehicles – chances are your patio won’t be seeing that much “heavy traffic”.

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If your patio and driveway connect (some people have driveways that wrap around the back of their home) then there is a simple and beautiful solution to allow for the transition of patio and driveway pavers. While all will be the same height, for the most part, patio pavers are all around slightly smaller than driveway pavers. Many people use this as an opportunity for creative embellishments. For example, some people will order an entirely different color paver and use either a lighter or darker color as a ribbon that flows along the edge of the driveway and patio. This creates movement within the space and also allows for a transition of pavers.

Many people stray away from pavers because they automatically think that they are to expensive. And while some types of pavers are a bit on the pricey side, pavers for the most part are much cheaper than pouring concrete. Now let’s think about this, would you rather have a slab of grey concrete or beautiful pavers? – Not a hard choice to make.

Outdoor Living

Chances are that you have most likely heard of outdoor living. But do you know what this means for you and your backyard? If you have ever had any questions about outdoor living, this blog is for you.

What’s the Big Deal?

Chances are you are probably thinking, yeah, yeah, outdoor living – what’s the big deal. Well, we will tell you. Outdoor living is a way of extending your living space to the outdoors. Awesome-Outdoor-Living-fireplaceFor beautiful states (like Florida) this is quite popular. One of the great things about outdoor living is that it is a completely loose and flowing term. This means that if you would rather have a backyard designed to house and entertain a bunch of teenagers, then that is a part of outdoor living. If your style is one that is more of wanting to have an elegant space to entertain – then you guessed it, it fits the bill of outdoor living.

So, What Are Common Things That People Have in Their Backyards?

Many people who embrace the idea of outdoor living have installed BBQ’s, Fire Pits, Gazebo’s, and Outdoor Kitchens. The first step is to determine what you will use the outdoor space for – from there, the planning is fun and easy.

Outdoor Kitchens

The most commonly used feature of an outdoor living space is an outdoor kitchen. These kitchens are literally extensions of the one that is in your home. These spaces make a great area to entertain people and often come complete with BBQ, sink, burner, refrigerator and more.

The Use Of Pavers In Your Outdoor Space

As you can tell by the name of our company, we are absolutely in love with everything to do with pavers. If you are considering updating your backyard, we highly recommend the use of pavers. Not only are pavers cheaper than concrete, but they will last for decades with limited maintenance.