Explore the Outdoor Living Spaces of the 2017 Coastal Living Idea House

Belgard is proud to once again partner with Coastal Living magazine as a sponsor of the 2017 Coastal Living Idea House, located in the historic New England town of Newport, Rhode Island. The bay-front home boasts amazing panoramic waterfront views and is packed with classic style, smart decorating ideas and a trove of seaside inspiration. As the official hardscapes sponsor, we are excited to offer you this virtual tour of some of the home’s more than 1,000 square feet of outdoor living spaces.

Varied sizes of Provence® Slab are laid on the bias and bordered in large 15×30 pieces. The limestone driveway is lined with rustic Bergerac® pavers to add a contrasting texture and tie in with the brown color tones of the home’s exterior.

Step up to this welcoming front porch by way of the lovely Belgard walkway. The featured paver chosen for the Newport Idea House is our new Provence® Slab, which utilizes the innovative Satura™ color technology to offer the most realistic look and feel of natural stone available in a manufactured paver. To complement the blue color theme used throughout the interior and exterior of the home, the designers chose the Shenandoah Blue paver color, which emulates the look of natural bluestone and includes variegations of brown tones to coordinate with the home’s taupe siding. The paver sizes were varied and laid at a 45-degree bias to add a formal touch to what are otherwise casual outdoor living spaces.

Next, step onto the rear terrace, which includes multiple lounging areas, a dining area and a pool.  Striped fabrics and vibrant blue pillows pair with crisp white wicker to create a nautical ambiance.

Garden Wall: Celtik® Wall. Pavers: Provence® Slab.
Photo credits: Amy Neunsinger (top), Chipper Hatter (bottom).

Lastly, join us on the charming fire pit patio. A circular design of rustic Bergerac® pavers centers on a Countryside Fire Pit, beckoning guests to gather and share fireside chats while taking in the breathtaking view of Easton Bay.

Photo: Amy Neunsinger

The home is currently open for tours  Thursdays through Sundays through September 4, 2017.  For more information on dates and times, click here.  To virtually explore the interior spaces of this amazing home, visit the 2017 Coastal Living Idea House web page.

In Honor of National S’mores Day, We’re Giving Away a Belgard Fire Pit!

Today is National S’mores Day, so get ready for some ooey, gooey, chocolatey goodness. In honor of this delectable treat, we picked today to kick off our contest to win a fabulous Belgard Fire Pit!

Fire pits have become one of the fastest growing trends in outdoor living design, and with good reason. They appeal to people of all ages and instantly become everyone’s favorite gathering spot. Fire pits have the magical ability to break down generational barriers as everyone gathers around the flames, sharing remembrances while creating new ones. It just so happens that many of those memories include roasting marshmallows, which is why we chose to celebrate National S’mores Day with a fire pit giveaway.

As part of the fire pit giveaway contest, we’re collecting s’mores recipes and fireside memories from people around the nation to share with our blog readers. We all know the classic s’mores recipe of a roasted marshmallow sandwiched with milk chocolate and graham crackers, but maybe your family has come up with a new twist — like using Andes mint chocolates or peppermint bark. If you’ve tried a fun variation, we’d love to hear about it. We’d also love to share some of those fireside memories that make gathering around a fire such a meaningful pastime.

The contest ends August 31, so click the link below to enter today!

Enter Now for Your Chance to Win!

 

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Come back next week to get a sneak peek at the outdoor living spaces of the 2017 Coastal Living Idea House in Newport, Rhode Island.

Sneak Peek at the 2017 Southern Living Idea House

This year’s Southern Living Idea House is located on picturesque Bald Head Island, North Carolina, a car-free barrier island that is accessible only by boat — located about 35 miles south of Wilmington, North Carolina, and 70 miles north of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. A true coastal retreat, the island is bordered by the Cape Fear River to the west and the Atlantic Ocean to the east. Nearly 10,000 of the island’s 12,000 acres remain as a preservation easement. The porch-surrounded homes on the island rest quietly on sand dunes beneath a canopy of trees and moss. Located on a wooded homesite bordering The Common in Cape Fear Station on Bald Head Island, the Idea House is just a short walk from the island’s distinctive Southern Living community.

The front of the 2017 Southern Living Idea House features a quaint Cambridge Cobble® driveway and adjoining walkways in Savannah color, trimmed with contrasting borders of Westerwood color. The driveway leads to the crofter cottage, which is a Bald Head Island term for the golf cart garage typically found on Bald Head Island homes that also functions as a guest suite. The foot of the driveway is bordered with permeable Turfstone® pavers to manage rainwater and prevent runoff.
Outdoor bar area looking into the kitchen.

Designed to have stunning views from every room, the interior of the home focuses on comfort, with an emphasis on natural materials and pops of color that continue to the outdoor design. The open floorplan boast a wall of double doors that open to the back porch to create a seamless integration between the indoor and outdoor living spaces. Bifold windows also open from the kitchen out onto a bar on the porch as a continuation of the indoor/outdoor experience.

Over 1,300 square feet of outdoor living space is provided by ample porches that span both floors of the rear of the home, plus an adjacent outdoor deck and a welcoming fire pit patio.

The highlight of the outdoor living space is the fire pit patio, which features Cambridge Cobble® pavers (Savannah color) and a Weston Stone® Fire Pit.

The home is currently open for tours through October with tours available on Wednesday through Sunday each week through the end of August, and Saturday or Sunday tours available during September and October. To book a tours of the Idea House, visit Ideahousebhi.com.

To get a quick peek inside the home, view the 2017 Southern Living Idea House gallery or watch the video below.

 

Photos courtesy Southern Living magazine. Photography: Laurey W. Glenn; Styling: Buffy Hargett Miller

Building Patios for Disabled Veterans

The Tunnel to Towers foundation honors both firefighter Stephen Siller, who laid down his life to save others on September 11th, and our nation’s military and first responders who continue to make the supreme sacrifice of life and limb for our country. One of the organization’s programs, Building for America’s Bravest, builds single-family housing for disabled veterans across the country.

Belgard has partnered with Tunnel to Towers and Building for America’s Bravest by providing all materials and installation of backyard patios on the 12-15 homes scheduled for construction this year.

“Belgard is incredibly honored to lend our backyard living expertise to the men and women who have given back so much for our country, so they can fully enjoy their new homes,” stated Wade Ficklin, President APG West/Canada and Tunnel to Towers project coordinator.

The first patio was completed in Virginia in March, with pavers donated by Anchor South, an Oldcastle company, and installed by a group of Belgard representatives with assistance from contractor Chris Ianndrelli with All Seasons Landscaping and Irrigation, who installed the base. The 425 square foot patio was constructed with Lafitt® pavers (Bella color) installed in a running bond pattern and bordered with Old York™ pavers (Charcoal color). The design for the patio was created by the Belgard Design Studio, who made recommendations on the products and installation pattern and provided design renderings and materials estimates to help facilitate and expedite the project.

A Belgard team member wets the patio with a hose to activate the polymeric jointing sand, the finishing touch for the first Building for America’s Bravest patio.

“I was proud of how everyone pulled the project together on such a short turnaround,” said Sam Bond, who coordinated the volunteer effort on behalf of Belgard.

Paver installation was led by Ben Hulvey and Brandon Ford of the Belgard sales team for Anchor South, along with additional volunteers from Anchor South and the Belgard retail team.

The group installed their second patio this month, this time for a newly constructed home in Sumerduck, Virginia, with the project led by Belgard sales team members Ben Hulvey and Todd Stiffler. Assistance on this project was provided by Marc Salafia of The Stone Center of Fredericksburg, who provided all of the base materials, and Jim Mauro of M&M Hardscaping who assisted with hardscape installation.

“Jim Mauro was especially excited to have the opportunity to be part of this charity installation because he has a brother who is a firefighter and other family members who are servicemen,” said Hulvey.

This second patio also included a retaining wall to control the slope of the backyard. The project included 940 square feet of pavers:  Lafitt® Grana Slab (Bella color) trimmed with Old York™ Pavers (Charcoal color). Bordering the project is an attractive 272 square foot Celtik® Wall (Bella color).

The second Virginia patio includes a covered area, shaded by an overhead balcony, and a multi-tiered retaining wall.

This same group plans to install three more Building for America’s Bravest patios int he Maryland and Virginia area this year. The remainder of teh projects will be installed by other Belgard teams in various locations across the country. The Belgard Design Studio will continue to work with each group to provide designs and materials needs.

The next patio installation is currently in progress in Pompey, New York, with two additional patios currently in the design phase in Texas. Additional locations planned through the end of the year include sites in North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Washington, Maryland, Florida, Boston, Upstate New York and Southern California.

Don’t Just Take Our Word for It

Good Housekeeping Seal_Black_FINALBelgard is proud to be the only hardscape manufacturer to earn the Good Housekeeping Seal. So, what does that mean exactly? It means that Belgard is a brand you can trust. And, you don’t have to take our word for it.

How does a product earn the seal?
Those who grew up with Good Housekeeping magazine know that the Seal represents verified quality and reliability. But in the new digital age, there may be those who are not as familiar with the process or meaning behind the Seal. Know that earning the Seal is not an easy task. After a company submits a product to the Good Housekeeping Institute for consideration, it is evaluated in an independent lab by scientists and engineers who rigorously test the product for effectiveness and quality. Evaluation of a product also includes a review of any marketing claims. The product must live up to their high standards in order to earn the Seal.

Why is the seal valuable?
In a marketplace glutted with products that make a vast number of claims, the Good Housekeeping Seal offers consumer guidance for making smart purchases, backed with the knowledge that the Good Housekeeping Institute offers a two-year limited warranty on any product bearing the Seal. The limited warranty reflected by the Good Housekeeping Seal means that if a product bearing the Seal is defective within the first two years of purchase, Good Housekeeping will replace the product or refund the purchase price. This is an indication of their commitment to the quality of the products they endorse. We believe in our products so much, we already offer the best warranty in the business, but now you can rest assured that the Good Housekeeping Institute believes in our products, too.

What does the Belgard Warranty cover?
The Belgard lifetime transferable limited warranty guarantees that Belgard products will be free from defects and will maintain a consistent level of product integrity after installation. Once installed by an authorized Belgard Contractor, your Belgard pavers and walls are covered under this warranty for as long as you own your home, and the warranty can even be transferred should you sell your home.

To learn more about the Good Housekeeping Seal and for a complete listing of tested products, please visit their website.

Join Us at Sunset Celebration in Cornerstone Sonoma – May 20-21

0517_celebrationwknd1Belgard is once again excited to be a part of Sunset magazine’s annual Sunset Celebration Weekend, to be held this year at Cornerstone Sonoma in Sonoma, California, on May 20 and 21. Prepare to immerse yourself in everything we love about life in the West—including gourmet food, exceptional wine and fabulous outdoor living. This will be the second year that the event will be held in the new Cornerstone location.

At this year’s Celebration Weekend, you can check out the latest in smart home technology with Sunset’s Smart Cottage home exhibit, get inspired for “glamping” with the Camp Sunset activities and display, tour nourishing Test Gardens, and attend celebrity chef demonstrations on the Outdoor Cooking Stage.

Belgard will be hosting wine tastings in our booth, which will be located by the beer garden. Our booth will be an outdoor living room featuring Mirage® porcelain pavers, a Belgard fire pit, and built-in seating constructed with Shelton Wall. The installation will be a permanent addition to the venue to be enjoyed for years to come. As a long-time sponsor of Sunset Celebration Weekend, we have been proud to provide multiple hardscape installations for this event in the past.

Cambridge Cobble® paver walkways line the gardens of Sunset magazine’s corporate grounds in Menlo Park, California.

In 2009, Belgard installed a 2,000 square foot Cambridge Cobble® paver patio for the test kitchen on Sunset magazine’s corporate grounds in Menlo Park, California, the former location of the annual Celebration Weekend. In 2011, Belgard also helped update the beauty of the grounds by replacing aged, cracked asphalt garden pathways with Belgard Cambridge Cobble® pavers to coordinate with the test kitchen. The high-traffic capacity of the paver walkways improved both the look and functionality for the annual event, which draws thousands of attendees each year.

The Belgard outdoor living room at Sunset’s Menlo Park corporate headquarters.

In 2013, Belgard installed yet another permanent addition to the corporate grounds with an outdoor living room that features more Cambridge Cobble pavers — installed in a circular pattern — and a Weston Fire Pit, surrounding with comfy built-in seating. The spot proved to be a favorite respite for many event-goers at that year’s celebration and the years that followed. The outdoor living room and fire pit to be installed at the new venue in Cornerstone Sonoma is sure to be a favorite gathering place at this year’s event, as well. Come join us for a sample of delicious wine!

Click here for info on ticket packages.

Wondering what to expect? Watch this recap video from last year.