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!

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It’s really all about lines…

When you look at a design that is well done, what is one of the first things that you notice? The composition? The color? The layout? All these things when properly thought out create absolutely stunning spaces. But have you ever noticed the important role of lines? Lines can be used to create separate spaces for different activities, they elongate a space, and they have the power to move your eye around an area.

You might be thinking, “this sounds good, but how does it apply to pavers?” Well, take a look at this design!

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Few could disagree that these are beautiful pavers. But what really makes the space is the use of lines. The gentle curve of the walkway adds much more visual interest than a straight walkway ever could. The height of the planter wall adds dimension and draws the eye up – which elongates the space.

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This is an awesome example of how line can really impact a space. The gentle curves of the planter and patio draw the eye around and are much more visually interesting to look at than simple straight lines. Additionally, the various height of planter and retaining wall used add a sense of complexity to the design.

If you are considering hardscape or masonry, we’d love to chat with you about your project. Please give us a call with any questions that you might have.

Why Choose Pavers?

If you haven’t already been able to tell by the numerous images that we share on our old_world2Facebook Page, we simply love pavers! In this blog, we are going to share a few of the reasons why we love using pavers for patio spaces – if you have been thinking about adding pavers to your patio, then this blog is for you.

Colors…

We feel that it is safe to assume that anyone who is remodeling their backyard is doing so in order to accomplish two primary functions. 1.) They want to increase the aesthetic beauty of the space 2.) they want to increase the functionality. While there are many other reasons as to why people give their outdoor spaces an overhaul, we feel that those two reason are the most prominent. One of the reasons why we love pavers so much is because of the vast array of colors that they come in. It doesn’t matter if your house is painted in warm or cool colors – you are sure to find a paver that compliments your existing color scheme perfectly.

Shapes…

mega_bergerac2If you have ever Googled “pavers” online before, then you are already aware of the vast array of shapes and sizes that they come in. If you love the geometric look – there are pavers that are perfect for that. If natural and more free flowing is your style – yep, you guessed it, there are plenty to choose from.

Why Use Pavers for Patios?

Pavers are an incredibly versatile material. They complement patio areas beautifully because of the color and texture that they add to the space.  Additionally, pavers if they are taken care of will last for decades – now when was the last time you were able to say that about concrete?