Belgard Hardscapes Showcased in Southern Living Show Homes across the South in 2014

Showcase homes and idea houses are sponsored by various magazines, builders, design professionals, organizations and manufacturers across the country to illustrate the top design trends in today’s custom homes. In 2014, Southern Living Magazine looked to Belgard Hardscapes to create stunning designer looks for a total of nine showcase homes across the south. Here is a taste from some of these stylish homes.

Southern Living Idea House – Palmetto Bluff (Bluffton, SC)

Belgard Aqua-Bric permeable pavers not only add character to the parking areas and walkways of this airy coastal-style home, they also filter pollutants from stormwater to help protect the three rivers that surround the development. In a separate and unique interior application, Lafitt Grana Slab added a rustic touch to the mudroom, powder room, and multi-purpose “clutter room” off of the home’s kitchen.

Creative Home Concepts Showcase Home – Hallsley (Midlothian, VA)

The hand-cobbled appearance of Bergerac pavers provided the perfect complement for the walkways and back patio of this English-style cottage, further enhanced by the rough-hewn texture of Celtik Wall on the fire pit and surrounding seat wall. Both the front and back porches were floored with the slate-like Lafitt Grana Slab in coordinating colors to add a contemporary touch.

Wayne Harbin Builder, Inc., Showcase Home – Ford’s Colony (Williamsburg, VA)

The random flagstone appearance of Mega-Arbel pavers creates a striking look for the back patio and sunken fire pit of this colonial-style home. Mega-Bergerac provides the step ledge and complements the patio trim of smaller Bergerac pavers. Weston Stone provides the ledge fascia, fire pit and surrounding seat wall and end caps in a texture, laying pattern, and color scheme that coordinates with the home’s brick accents.

Join the Thousands Using
Belgard Style File

A few months ago, we launched the new Belgard website with a unique feature, the Belgard Style File. Since that time, over 12,000 Style Files have been created by more than 8,000 homeowners and contractors across the country.

How People are Benefiting from Belgard Style File
Style File allows you to collect, organize, and share ideas you love from the Belgard website. Web surfers can browse our image gallery, save photos for inspiration, explore styles and textures, and collaborate on projects with friends and professionals. Homeowners are using Style File to help with the planning, designing, and decision-making processes of outdoor living projects. At the same time, contractors and dealers are also using Style File to share design solution ideas and information with their customers.

stylefile_iconHow to Create Your Style File
If you haven’t already starting filing your ideas in your own Style File, simply click here to get started or click on the Style File icon (see image at right) in the upper right corner of any page on Belgard.com. Then select Sign Up and fill out a brief form (see image below). Select Get Started on the form to start collecting your ideas.

8.26.13 - 2Once you’ve set up your Style File profile or have logged in, simply click on the Start a New File button to create a new file and begin organizing your favorite photos, products, and contractor information. 8.26.13 - 3As you browse the website, click on the plus sign on any photo to add it to one of your Style Files. At any time, you can print one of your Style Files or share them with others via email, Pinterest, Twitter, or Facebook.

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Ready to “Visualize” Your Backyard Makeover?

LibraryBelgard’s new and improved online Project Visualizer gives you the ability to be your own hardscape designer. Choose from one of our library images of patios, driveways, and walkways or upload your own photo to experiment with a variety of paver styles and colors and explore an infinite number of design possibilities.

Image Editing

Library images are divided into paver regions. Regions will be listed on the left and viewable by mousing over the image. By selecting one of the regions, you can choose from the many styles, colors, and laying patterns available in your geographic area to change the paver design. The visualizer is powered by sophisticated imaging software that allows you to get a realistic view of each design. Mix or match paver choices in the available hardscape regions to create your own unique look.

Upload Your OwnTo create a custom design, simply upload your own photo and use the easy-to-navigate tools to create your own paver regions that you can customize with the same variety of paver choices. The design grid incorporates click-and-drag maneuverability, making it easy to edit your paver regions to create the exact look you desire.

Whether working with a design from the image library or creating your own custom design, you can print, save, or share your designs to turn them into realities.

Click here to get started.

How to Create Your Style File

If you’ve been keeping up with our blog, you know about some recent upgrades we’ve made to the Belgard website. One of our favorite additions is the Belgard Style File.

What is the Belgard Style File?
Now you can collect and organize ideas you love with your own Belgard Style File. Browse our image gallery, save photos for inspiration, explore styles and textures, and collaborate on projects with friends and professionals.

How to Create Your Style File
To create your Style File, simply click on the Style File tab in the upper right corner and then select Sign Up.

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Fill out the brief form and then select Get Started.

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And just like that your profile is created!

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From here, just click on the Start a New File button to begin organizing your favorite photos and products. You can create as many files as you’d like and easily print or share them.

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Plus, we make it easy to take your dreams to a reality by providing recommended dealers and contractors, as well as a local Belgard expert to answer any questions you may have.

Good luck and happy filing!

Outdoor Entertaining Tip of the Month: Enter the My Belgard Backyard Sweepstakes!

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We’ve teamed up with the folks at Time Inc., publishers of Southern Living, Coastal Living, Sunset and This Old House to bring you the My Belgard Backyard Sweepstakes.

From now until November 17, 2013, you can enter for a chance to win a Brighton fireplace from the Belgard Elements Collection valued at $10,000!

For full contest rules and regulations and to enter, visit Belgard.com/fireplace.

Good luck!

Introducing the NEW Belgard Website

We’ve been hard at work improving our website to make it easier to get inspired and find the products you’re looking for.

Among the changes, the first to note is our URL. Previously Belgard.biz, we have officially moved to Belgard.com .

Upon arriving at Belgard.com, visitors will notice that we’ve updated the design to reflect a clean, easy-to-navigate interface and menu bar.8.5.13 - 1

When clicking on the Inspiration tab, visitors are taken to a highly visual page featuring stunning photos of outdoor living spaces. Notice that each photo has a plus sign in the upper, right corner. This is so you can add it to your personal Style File – but more on that later.8.5.13 - 2

The Style Studio tab helps visitors explore design principles and expert advice that will help you create the perfect space that matches your taste. You’ll learn about the basics of good outdoor living design, color, patterns and style.

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The Products tab will help take you from dreaming to reality where you can select the perfect Belgard products for the job. Here, visitors can view pavers, retaining wall blocks, the Elements Collection and finishing touches.

Remember, our site is geo-targeted so make sure you entered the correct zip code to find products available in your area. If you need to change your zip code, you can do this in the upper left corner of any page.8.5.13 - 4

The Contact tab allows you to quickly and easily order a free Idea Book – 100 pages of ideas, photographs and Belgard products. Plus, you can also select the option to be contacted or set up a free estimate or design consultation with just a click.8.5.13 - 5

One of our favorite features of the new website is the Style File. Visitors can collect and organize ideas with a personal Belgard Style File. You can browse our image gallery, save photos for inspiration, explore styles and textures, and collaborate on projects with friends and professionals – all in one place!8.5.13 - 6

Finding a Belgard Authorized Contractor or Dealer has never been easier. Simply select the Belgard Locator in the upper left corner and a map will populate with resources near you. We even provide a handy key to identify qualifications, products, and other information.8.5.13 - 7

We hope that you find the new Belgard website easy to use and full of inspiration. For our professional partners, make sure you switch from Homeowner View to Professional View in the upper left hand corner for an experience customized for you.