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.

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.

Curb Appeal

When it comes to selling your home, many real estate agents will encourage you to spruce up your paint and plant fresh flowers. If you read about the importance of curb appeal, many writers will tell you that buyers will make up their mind on a house before they set one foot in the door. Why is that? It all comes down to curb appeal. Now, you may not be wanting to sell, but don’t you want to have the most awesome home on the block? In this blog, we are going to highlight a few sure-fire ways to do that!

1.) Evaluate your grass

Your grass can make a big difference! A little bit of fertilizer and new seed can go a long way – and spring is the time to do it!

2.) Plant fresh flowers and plants

Many people think that once you have done some landscape, that you are good to go – pretty much forever. Just like with anything else, plants need to be ripped out, and new ones need to be planted. Some will get too big for the space and others will become too “stocky”. Being able to evaluate plants with a fresh eye and being okay with ripping out ones that are no longer appropriate will keep your landscape looking fresh.

3.) A fresh coat of paint on the trim

We are always amazed a how a little paint can go a long way! If the front of your home is looking a bit drab, then we recommend breaking out the sandpaper and heading down to Home Depot or Lowes for some paint. A good hard weekend worth of prep and paint and you will be amazed at the difference!

4.) Pavers

How could we possibly mention updating the exterior without talking about pavers? If pavers are in the budget – adding a new paver driveway is a surefire way to add curb appeal!

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!

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! 

Pavers vs. Stamped Concrete

If you are looking into redesigning your hardscape, we are guessing that at some point the idea of stamped concrete crossed your mind. And really, who could blame you? Stamped concrete truly can be beautiful – but as if you hadn’t already guessed, we are partial to pavers – and here is why.

1.) Durability

Simply stated, there is no comparison between the durability of stamped concrete and that of pavers. Over time, concrete will crack – pavers on the other hand will not because of the sand that is used to hold them in place. The sand allows them to gently shift with the movement of the foundation below it. Because no stress is placed on any one particular paver, they last for decades.

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2.) Options

If you love a more subdued color palette or one that is more vibrant and flamboyant – there is absolutely a paver to suit your taste. Stamped concrete on the other hand can be very limited. Colors have to blend throughout a space to work effectively, and there are far less shapes and patterns to choose from.

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3.) Keeping it beautiful

We’ve all seen it – a concrete driveway with an ugly oil spill or some sort of demarcation. Unfortunately, when it comes to concrete, all you can hope for is to scrub it out. If is an oil of some type, the stain will probably not come out. With pavers, you can simply pop out the stained paver and replace it with a new one.

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