Belgard Introduces the Chicago Brick Oven Collection

Belgard recently announced the addition of the Chicago Brick Oven collection to their product line.  “We have always focused on creating a spectacular outdoor living environment,” states Ken O’Neill, Vice President of Belgard Hardcapes. “The addition of the Chicago Brick Oven Collection will help homeowners and contractors create a focal point for outdoor living spaces without the hassle of working with multiple distributors.” The ovens are light-weight, easy to install and can fit into a variety of landscape design and styles.

The oven line includes a variety of pre-fabricated models, “finish-it-yourself” models, and oven kits bundled with Belgard’s hardscape products. The flagship of the oven product line is the series created especially for world-renowned New York chef and restaurateur Mario Batali. “Nothing beats the authentic taste of food cooked in a wood-fired oven,” states Batali, who purports the wood-fire cooking method for bringing out the natural flavor of food.

The above picture shows a combination of modular units from the Nottingham collection. The Nottingham Brick Oven comes in two pieces. The top unit features a wood-fired brick oven and the bottom unit is designed for wood storage. The kit also includes a pizza peel and brush. In addition, this outdoor area features the Nottingham Bar/Grill Island. To view the full collection of modular units offered through Belgard, visit our website to download the 2010 Belgard Elements product catalog.

Over the coming months, Belgard and Chicago Brick Ovens will be co-hosting a number of events to promote the product line partnership and illustrate a variety of uses, design options, and product specifications. In addition to trade show presentations, Belgard will be offering specification and design information on their new oven line at upcoming Belgard University distributor training classes.

Visit the BelgardOutdoorLiving YouTube channel to see a Chicago Brick Oven in action.

Belgard Congratulates HGTV’s 2010 Dream Home Winner!

Belgard would like to congratulate Ms. Myra Lewis of New Orleans, Louisiana! Yesterday, HGTV announced Ms. Lewis as the winner of the 2010 Dream Home. In addition to winning the custom-designed 3,900 square-foot home, she will also receive a cash prize of $500,000, a 2010 GMC Terrian and several other housewarming gifts for a grand-prize package valued at more than $2 million. Ms. Lewis stated that she has entered the HGTV Dream Home Giveaway for years. This year she and her sister reminded each other to enter the contest every single day.  According to HGTV, Myra loves this year’s Dream Home and is already making plans to host many visitors.

The HGTV 2010 Dream Home is located in Sandia Park, New Mexico. When building the house, the goal was to combine southwestern architecture with modern design. In addition to a spacious, lavishly designed interior, this year’s home features a number of stunning outdoor spaces beautifully accented with Belgard pavers. Among the outdoor spaces featured in this year’s home are a motor court area (which doubles as a private outdoor dining room), a large grilling area accompanied by an outdoor entertaining area and a private patio with an outdoor fire place. All of these areas will allow Ms. Lewis to entertain her guest outdoors while enjoying the breathtaking views of the San Pedro Mountains.

This year’s house features Belgard’s Mega Lafitt and BelAir WallTM pavers. These pavers were used for the driveway, walkways, patios and even the fire pit and grill surrounds. Mega Lafitt features the most natural-looking texture available in a modern paver – the perfect complement to the Dream Home’s natural scenery. Its larger proportions and modular shapes allow for ample design flexibility.  BelAir Wall offers designers, contractors and homeowners the ideal solution for residential and light commercial retaining and free-standing wall construction where pleasing aesthetics are a key consideration. Belgard pavers have a long history of successful applications on thousands of residential and commercial projects.

We wish Ms. Lewis many happy memories in her new HGTV Dream Home!

Visit our website for ideas on how you can create your own Outdoor Living Spaces!

Work Your Magic Guidelines

TRADE PROFESSIONALS — Show us how you Work Your Magic!

Send us before and after pictures of your recently completed Belgard projects for a chance to have YOUR project featured on the Outdoor Living by Belgard blog.

Any project (driveways, walkways, pool decks, patios, outdoor kitchens, retaining walls) large or small is welcome! We want to see how you use Belgard pavers to create beautiful, functional outdoor living spaces for your clients!

To Participate:

  • Send before and after snapshots of your projects to belgardmedia@meshdesign.biz using the subject line “Work Your Magic”.
  • Please include the following information in your email:
  1. Company Name
  2. Project Location (city/state)
  3. Belgard products featured in project
  4. Name, email address and phone number of the person we should contact if your project is selected
  • All submissions must be received no later than March 26, 2010.

PLEASE NOTE: You MUST own the rights to all photos submitted. By submitting these photos, you are agreeing to allow Belgard to use these photos on the Belgard blog, the Outdoor Living by Belgard Facebook page and Belgard’s Twitter profile.

The selected project will be featured in an upcoming article on the Belgard blog.

A selection will be made by April 9th, 2010.

We look forward to seeing your projects! And, if you have any questions along the way — feel free to post them here on the blog or visit our discussion thread on the Outdoor Living by Belgard Facebook page.

Belgard Presents: Belgard University

In today’s economy, staying ahead of the learning curve is absolutely essential to growing your business. Belgard has introduced Belgard University to offer trade professionals a unique opportunity to expand their hardscapes knowledge. Both new and existing Belgard customers can benefit from the basic and advanced levels of classroom and hands-on industry training provided at Belgard University. Our focused classes supply the resources needed to help grow your business.

 

Belgard is part of the international building company CRH, the second largest manufacturer and distributor of building products in the world. While Belgard has been a brand for Oldcastle APG since 1995, some of our European companies have manufactured pavers since the 1950s. In 2001 we created Belgard University as a forum for sharing our 50 years of industry knowledge with our valued trade professionals. Contractors, dealers and design professionals are all important to Belgard; we train more trade professionals about the hardscapes business than anyone in the industry. Due to the overwhelming success of last year’s classes, we will host over 40 Belgard University classes across the U.S. in 2010.

Belgard University provides the latest tools, techniques and programs in the market today. Here are just a few of the advantages BU has to offer:

  • Receive new 2010 Belgard literature
  • Be the first to see our new 2010 product launches
  • Network with other trade professionals
  • Learn valuable tips your competitor is not
  • Earn ICPI and NCMA certification

This year’s curriculum also includes exclusive presentations from Belgard product partners including Chicago Brick Oven, Harmony Outdoors and Medium Rare.

Tim Loy of Water and Rock in Spring, Texas recently attended a BU event held in Houston. Here’s what Tim had to say, “Just writing to tell you how much I appreciated the Belgard University Class. The class had lots of real life application that has really helped out in the field. Sure is nice to know that a company is willing to invest in its contractors like Belgard does. Thanks for the opportunity.”  Join Tim and hundreds of other trade professionals that are staying ahead of the learning curve by taking advantage of the Belgard University program.

Visit www.belgarduniversity.com for information about upcoming events in your area. To register, simply click on the class you would like to attend and complete the registration form. If you would like additional information on a particular class, please call the contact listed for that event.

We hope to see you there!

A Welcome Message from Belgard’s Vice President, Ken O’Neill

At Belgard, we pride ourselves on doing things differently. Over the last 20 years we have quite literally changed the way people look at hardscapes, offering homeowners an unparalleled world of possibilities with a myriad of style, texture and design options. By dedicating ourselves to innovation and improvement in both the technical and aesthetic aspects of our products, we’ve set a new standard of quality, and we’re quite proud it. But, the most impressive thing about our innovation is the future. We feel our best ideas are yet to come. As we prepare for the future, we continue to actively solicit the advice and feedback of our customers, making this a truly collaborative effort. We’re excited to share our future with you.

I’d like to welcome you to Outdoor Living by Belgard, the place for homeowners, contractors, designers, and dealers to share ideas, tips, how-tos, and the latest information on products, hosted by America’s leader in outdoor hardscapes. This year our focus is to improve overall communication with our internal and external customers. We are excited to share up-to-the-minute information with you including new programs and events, market trends, featured projects and more! Check back with us each week for informative, inspirational messages from the Belgard Hardscapes team! And, don’t be shy — your participation is necessary to our success.

Our professional staff is committed to providing the tools and solutions you need to assist with your toughest landscaping challenges. Belgard sets the standard for landscape design ideas and innovation. See for yourself; here are a few resources to get you started:

New Belgard Website: We have organized our new website to assist the homeowner throughout the planning process – using the elements of Color, Shape, Texture and Pattern. We have also added an impressive collection of inspirational images – categorized by collection and application to simplify your search. Lastly, our new site is easy to navigate and designed to serve as a tool to help contractors guide clients through the design and purchasing process

Belgard Product Catalog: Packed with fresh ideas, our catalogs show you numerous ways Belgard hardscapes deliver added value. In addition to creating your ideal outdoor entertaining environment, our products improve resale value and boast an impressive return on investment. Request your free catalog today!

Belgard University Website: This website serves as a one-stop shop for our contractors, design professionals and dealers to locate and register to earn certification in ICPI and NCMA classes and expand their hardscapes knowledge with classes like “Building Success from Failures” and “LEED Training”

Belgard Design Pro: Designers, whether at your computer or on-the-go Belgard offers you instant access to case studies, construction diagrams, patterns and technical data – all categorized for ease of reference.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Ken