The Unmatched Versatility of the Tandem Platform

Belgard has a long-standing reputation for innovation in the hardscapes industry. The newest line in the Belgard evolution is the most versatile to date: The Tandem® line of wall products, which offers the natural look of chiseled stone and includes a range of specific products that together can accomplish more outdoor living design goals and site solutions than any other hardscape product on the market.

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The flagship of the Tandem line, the patented installation system of Mega-Tandem Mass Segmental Retaining Wall allows it to be quickly and efficiently installed for a variety of uses that range from residential to heavy commercial, including use as gravity walls and flood walls, and in most cases reduce excavation.

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Tandem® Wall

Capable of building straight or curved retaining walls, seat walls, or freestanding walls for lighter residential and commercial use, Tandem Wall also utilizes a patented installation system and includes an optional ashlar pattern, as well as the larger block pattern — for a total of 24 distinct aesthetic options.

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TandemGridTandem® Modular Grid

The incredibly versatile Tandem Modular Grid can be used to enhance the face of a porch or deck or to create outdoor kitchens, built-in seating, furniture, and more. With the use of galvanized grids, Tandem veneer units affix to a wooden frame or existing structure to create limitless outdoor living designs.

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Tandem® Column Kit and Tandem® Cap

The Tandem Column Kit and coordinating Tandem Cap unit can be used to complement other Tandem outdoor living designs or as stand-alone structures. Build a mailbox, create a driveway entrance, embellish existing posts, or add a column to a freestanding wall. You won’t believe how quickly these kits install.

What makes the Tandem platform so unique?

Both Mega-Tandem Wall (pictured below) and Tandem Wall are installed using three basic components: textured concrete panels, polypropylene connectors, and aggregate.

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Tandem Modular Grid and Tandem Column Kit also include three basic components: textured veneer units, galvanized grids, and specialized connectors. The textured face of all Tandem products are designed to work together to create coordinated outdoor living designs.

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Build Custom Outdoor Kitchens and Fireplaces with Less Hassle

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Custom outdoor kitchens and living rooms continue to gain in popularity all across the nation. The modular design of the Belgard Elements collection allows you to create a custom look in a fraction of the time and for significantly less cost than building from scratch on site. Couple that with the fact that homeowners can spread the cost out over time with Belgard Preferred Payment same-as-cash options, and designer outdoor living spaces suddenly become much more affordable for a wider range of homeowners.

Belgard Elements are built in a controlled factory setting and shipped in pieces on pallets and install in a matter of hours, once the footings are in place. Constructed with Belgard pavers and walls and coordinating Echelon Masonry, the Belgard Elements line blends seamlessly with Belgard patios and poolscapes to create beautifully cohesive outdoor living designs.

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But, don’t just take our word for it! See what contractors across the country are saying:

Clint Tucker, Sugar Hill Outdoors – Auburn, GA

“Belgard Elements are easy to move with a forklift. You pop two stones out, run the forklift under the base of the fireplace, or the log boxes, take them to where you created the footing, set it into place, and they’re ready to go. On one project, we installed a fireplace with matching woodboxes, a very nice grill island with a stainless steel grill, and a brick oven with a log box underneath. Had we done this with a more traditional masonry product, it would have taken close to a month. All of that would be out of most people’s price range if it was done in true masonry.”

John Brightenstine, The Paver Company – Rancho Cordova, CA

“Belgard Elements really add a wow factor. And because they’re made with Belgard products, they coordinate with other Belgard hardscapes to tie everything together.”

Andrew Vear, PaverCrafters – Reno, NV

“So often with a lot of custom construction projects, everything takes two weeks. Installing an Elements fireplace takes about two hours because the modules are prebuilt. It looks exactly as it does in the catalog. You just can’t build anything like that by hand. And, I don’t have to go shopping for any other materials. Everything that I need is right in the kit.”

Rod Trahan, La Pavers – New Orleans, LA

“Outdoor kitchens are gaining popularity in our area. The Elements line has the potential to go through the roof. It’s faster, safer and cheaper to install and ties in with the pavers. Building this project by hand would have taken at least three or four times longer. Plus this way, the customer knows exactly what they’re getting.”

For more on the benefits of Belgard Elements, check out our Belgard Elements Outdoor Kitchens blog.

Contractor’s Corner:
What’s on Your Holiday Equipment Wish List?

Sometimes it’s that one piece of equipment that puts you ahead of your competitors. This month’s Contractor’s Corner blog looks at some of our favorite must-haves for the residential hardscape contractor preparing for 2016.

Aerial Video Drone

Aerial DroneIt’s not just a totally cool piece of equipment, it’s also an awesome selling tool. Don’t just take photos of your completed projects, bring them to life with fly-through videos that you can add to your company website or Facebook page. Showing videos to homeowners on an iPad will allow them to virtually walk through a design and see it from every angle, potentially visualizing how they would live in that space at their own home. Inexpensive drones are available just about everywhere, but if you’re a serious shopper, read PC Magazine’s Best Drones of 2015.

Paver Slab Vacuum Installer

Mammoth Vacuum EquipmentLarger format pavers are widely popular right now, but installing them can be a tedious and strenuous process. Speed installation of large pieces and minimize worker fatigue with vacuum installation equipment specifically designed for paver slabs. Check out the Mammoth VH from Pave Tech®, which comes with two different handle sets: one for single workers, and one for lifting by two workers.

Paver Placer™ Installers

model2--300I know what you’re thinking…Now that I have a more efficient way to install the big pieces, what about the smaller ones? Have no fear, PaveMor™ is here. They offer a line of hand-held paver installation machines that hook up to a standard air compressor to speed installation and reduce workplace injuries. The model pictured here can be used to pick up one standard sized paver or two smaller units at once.

iQ Dustless Saw

HERO-WishListAnyone in the paver industry knows that cutting pavers or wall block creates a cloud of dust. Overexposure to silica dust can cause serious health problems, but wearing a respirator can be a pain — not to mention the cleanup required from the dust and slurry. If you want to see the difference a dustless saw can make, click to view this video.

Contractor’s Corner: Project Spotlight – A 1970s Home Transformed

Contractors play a pivotal role in helping homeowners bring their outdoor living visions to life. Each month, we’ll offer a Contractor’s Corner post to share tips to help our contractor partners offer even more to homeowners and their landscapes.

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With over 20 years of experience making improvements to other people’s homes, Jared Mellick, president of Universal Roof & Contracting in Orlando, Fla., decided it was time to make some upgrades to his own outdoor living space.

A 1970s Home Unfit for Entertaining
Jared, his wife Cara, and their three boys needed a space that was conducive to frequent entertaining. Their 1970s home did not provide enough space for outdoor entertaining and the space they did have wasn’t very usable. Plus, the Chattahoochee stone pool deck was outdated and unattractive.

When they did have guests over, they noticed that friends and family would approach the informal entrance from the side garage driveway rather than using the main front entryway.

To get the project started, Jared visited a Belgard showroom in Orlando and assessed his paver style and color options, ultimately deciding on City Series pavers in an Oak Run color blend.

A Pool Deck, Fire Pit and Seating, Oh My!
Jared wanted to create an outdoor space that his family could truly live in and enjoy with guests. To achieve this, Jared enlarged the space to accommodate a table and chairs, replaced the unattractive stone pool deck, added a poolside waterfall feature, and added a fire pit with a separate seating area.

These changes made the area much more usable and created separate areas enhancing the atmosphere for backyard entertaining. By incorporating a blend of materials with varying textures including concrete pavers, cultured stone and brick exterior, Jared was able to create one outdoor space with a cohesive design that provides both comfort and relaxation.

Added Parking and Curb Appeal
With a backyard suited for entertaining, Jared also wanted to make improvements to the front of his home to help welcome visitors. Using the same Belgard City Series pavers selected for the backyard, Jared added a circular driveway that would provide additional parking.

“We carried the enhanced look onto the front porch area complete with a small sitting area,” Jared said. “We used the same color and style of Belgard pavers used for the pool deck in our circular driveway to provide continuity from front to back outdoor spaces.”

To complete the updated classic look, Jared replaced the aging wood siding on the cinder block home’s exterior with Nob Hill Thin Brick veneer by Glen-Gery.

“The transformation is amazing; the brick adds dimension and blends well with the other textures we chose. We know this timeless material won’t rot and never requires maintenance.”

For more information, visit www.universalroof.com or tune in every Sunday at 2 p.m. to “In The House with Ken & Jared” on WDBO’s News Talk FM96.5.

Contractor’s Corner: Project Spotlight – Happy Homeowners in Kansas

Contractors play a pivotal role in helping homeowners bring their outdoor living visions to life. Each month, we’ll offer a Contractor’s Corner post to share tips to help our contractor partners offer even more to homeowners and their landscapes.

When the outdoor living stars align the result is a beautiful outdoor space that brings together hardscapes, landscaping and happy homeowners.

That’s exactly what happened for this project in Overland Park, Kansas installed by Landworks, Inc.

A Blank Canvas
The existing property featured a worn deck off the main level of the house with a staircase leading down to a concrete slab patio off of the finished basement. Light landscaping surrounded the concrete patio but little was done with the rest of the backyard.

“We essentially started with a blank canvas,” said Jeff Welch, vice president of Landworks, Inc. “The homeowners were prepared to scrap the existing features of their outdoor space and start from scratch.”

Defining the Design
To start the design process, Welch and his team worked with the homeowners to determine their needs for their outdoor space and how it could be tailored to their lifestyle.

“The homeowners stressed their need for a functional outdoor living space,” Welch said. “They wanted a beautiful and relaxing place for family gatherings and social entertaining with friends.”

Welch and his team created a design plan that included a new main level deck from one of their decking partners. Introducing wood into a hardscape design can soften the look, increase design flexibility, and create opportunities to broaden the scope of a project.

“Combining multiple design elements and mediums is a rising trend in residential outdoor living design,” said Ken O’Neill, senior vice president of marketing for Belgard Hardscapes. “One example is the combination of decking and hardscapes. Whether working with composite or organic wood, the aesthetic combination of wood and stone together creates a warm and inviting look and helps homeowners solve a multi-level space dilemma.”

To tie the design together, Landworks added a mid-tier landing with an intimate seating area for two. This landing helped to bridge the gap between the wood deck off the main level and the paver patio at ground level. The wooden deck stairs led down to the landing and paver stairs led to the patio area.

In order to fulfill the homeowners’ need for a functional space for entertaining, additional seating was included through the use of retaining walls. The homeowners were also interested in adding a fire feature as a focal point in their patio and as a way to extend the outdoor season.

Product Selection
With the design elements in place, the team knew they were looking at paver flooring and wall block selections.

“Our clients were torn between the look of Belgard Mega-Lafitt and Mega-Bergerac pavers,” Welch said. “Mega-Lafitt has a natural-looking texture resembling the look of cut flagstone and Mega-Bergerac has a timeless, hand-cobbled appearance.”

The homeowners ultimately chose Mega-Lafitt pavers in the Dansville Biege and Cotswald Mist Blend for underfoot. To settle the debate, Mega-Bergerac pavers in Ashbury Haze were used in an accent border. Pairing well with the flooring selection, the homeowners chose Belair Wall.

Knowing that the homeowners wanted a fire feature in their outdoor space, Landworks recommended they look at the Belgard Elements Collection.

“The Belgard Elements Collection features pre-built modular hardscape elements that make creating an outdoor living space easier and more affordable than ever,” O’Neill said. “Elements are designed to coordinate with Belgard pavers and wall block so they can be seamlessly integrated into the space.”

The Nottingham fireplace they chose featured Belair Wall, the same wall block selected for the seating walls and stairs.

Integrating Hardscapes and Landscape
With a new outdoor living space on the horizon, the homeowners also wanted a landscape plan that would add interest to their backyard and provide privacy from neighbors in close quarters.

Welch and his team chose a variety of blue and green spruces, roses, grasses, and shrubs. Upright junipers also were planted for screening from the neighbors. A total of 14 trees and 20 shrubs now fill the previously landscape-lacking backyard.

With a new outdoor living space complete with a fireplace, seating areas and privacy from the neighbors, the homeowners could enjoy the backyard of their dreams.

Award-Winning Results
Not only was the finished product a result of the outdoor living stars aligning, but it was also an award-winning design. The Mid-America Green Industry Council awarded Landworks a Distinction Award in the Residential Design/Build category for its annual Landscape Improvement Awards.

“This project really was the ideal scenario,” Welch said. “We had a great team, quality products and, best of all, happy homeowners.”

Contractor’s Corner: 2013 Hardscape North America

Contractors play a pivotal role in helping homeowners bring their outdoor living visions to life. Each month, we’ll offer a Contractor’s Corner post to share tips to help our contractor partners offer even more to homeowners and their landscapes.


We’re gearing up for the 2013 Hardscape North America (HNA) show October 23 through 25 in Louisville, Ky.

Join us at the booth #1216 and see the winning designs of the 2013 Belgard HNA Design Challenge contest.

This year’s nationwide design challenge drew innovative entries from all over the country. We selected four winners with the best design that utilized Belgard products in the following categories: Patio, Outdoor Kitchen, Driveway, and Pool Deck.

Did your design win? Find out at HNA and see how Belgard converted the 2-D entries into 3-D video presentations using the Belgard Design Studio, which contractors can access to bring outdoor space renderings to life for their customers.

Find out more about Belgard Design Studio at the Belgard booth or by visiting http://belgarddesignstudio.com.