Belgard Pavers Selected for “The Ultimate Outdoor Home”

Belgard recently partnered with Garden Design Magazine and several other partners to create “The Ultimate Outdoor Home” at the American Society for Landscape Architects’ 2010 Annual Meeting and Expo. The team spent 36 hours transforming a 1,200-square-foot space on the expo floor using 45,000 pounds of Belgard pavers, 12,000 pounds of plants and 7,920 pounds of sand. The four-day show, held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, hosted 5,242 landscape architecture professionals (the second largest crowd in the event’s history).

“The Ultimate Outdoor Home” included a patio and walkway featuring Belgard’s Mega Arbel, Mega Lafitt, Subterra pavers an outdoor kitchen with a Bristol grill island from the Belgard Elements collection.

For more information on the Belgard products used in “The Ultimate Outdoor Home” display, please click the links above or visit www.belgard.biz.

Belgard Elements Training

We will be hosting Belgard Elements training sessions in the San Antonio and Dallas areas in October. Learn about the Belgard Elements modular collection and how selling and installing them can improve your bottom line!

You’ll also have a chance to participate in live cooking demonstrations on a Chicago Brick Oven.

Food and refreshments will be served!

Tuesday, October 5th

5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Custom Stone San Antonio
23754 US Hwy 281 N
San Antonio, TX

Thursday, October 7th

5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Custom Stone Dallas
2627 Joe Field Rd.
Dallas, TX

Please RSVP to Joyce Cammack:

Joyce.Cammack@oldcastleapg.com or 254-772-5256

Belgard’s Urbana Pavers Selected for FOX News Charlotte’s Outdoor Kitchen

The Blue Max Terrace, featuring Belgard Urbana pavers, is the newest addition to the set at FOX News Charlotte. Belgard partnered with Blue Max Materials to plan, design and install the 14′ x 18′ terrace. The space was designed to include a number of items from Belgard’s product partners, including Harmony Outdoor Living, Chicago Brick Oven and MediumRare. The project began with several planning sessions, which resulted in a 3D rendering of the space generated by Harmony’s Sketchup software.

Upon finalizing the rendering, Blue Max and Belgard worked together to secure materials and construct the terrace on site at FOX Charlotte’s studio. The plan incorporated modular units from Harmony’s Wexford collection, a gas grill from MediumRare and a brick oven from Chicago Brick Oven. Belgard’s Urbana 60mm pavers were chosen to complete the project.

The finishing touches were a set of 3 engraved pavers provided by Pinnacle Stone and landscaping provided by Pine Lake Nursery.

The Blue Max Terrace includes the following products:

Belgard Hardscapes:

  • 3-piece Urbana 60mm in Smokey Mountain

Harmony Outdoor Living:

  • Wexford Grill Island
  • Wexford Brick Oven
  • Wexford Fire Table
  • Wexford 24″ Pillars
  • Wall Inserts # 109
  • Custom Wall Unit

Materials used include Weston Stone in Ashbury Haze and Old World in Gascony Tan.

MediumRare:

  • 37″ Gourmet Grill, rotisserie and 27″ SS double doors with storage trays

Click here to see more photos and videos of the Blue Max Terrace.

Permeable Pavement Design and Life-Cycle Costing with David Hein

November 4, 2010

8:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Cost: $25.00

Storm water management is a key component of urban infrastructure design.  If properly designed and constructed, porous pavements can help rainwater infiltrate soil, decrease urban heating, replenish groundwater and reduce overall storm water runoff.  The construction of permeable pavement systems that can accommodate surface water runoff is gaining increasing attention through the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program.

In a 1999 storm water technology fact sheet on porous pavements, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) indicated that porous pavements traditionally have a failure rate of over 75 percent.  Failure was generally attributed to poor design, inadequate construction quality, improper treatment of the subgrade soils and overloading of under designed pavements.  Recent studies in the United States, United Kingdom and Australia have shown the significant benefits of permeable pavement designs.

David Hein is one of the leading authorities on segmental and permeable pavements in North America and is the Principal Engineer and Vice-President of Transportation with the Applied Research Associates,Inc. (ARA) Toronto, Ontario office. He is the manager of the ARA Infrastructure Management Division and responsible for the civilian and military airport pavement evaluation groups in Toronto, Ontario, Madison, Wisconsin, Gainesville, Florida and Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. He is responsible for pavement design, evaluation, value engineering and pavement and highway and airport infrastructure management.

Location:

Renaissance

The Del Monte Lodge & Spa

41 North Main Street

Pittsford, NY 14534

Agenda:

7:30 am – Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:00 am – Welcome, Introductions

8:15 am – Theory of Permeable Pavement Design

  • Hydrological design
  • Structural design

9:30 am – Design Examples Demonstration and Workshop

10:15 am – Coffee Break

11:00 am – LEED Design Principals

11:15 am – Permeable Pavement Construction

12:00 pm – Concluding Remarks

12:00 pm – Lunch & Door Prizes

This course is worth 3.0 Professional Development Hours

Choosing a Fire Feature

When deciding on which type of fire feature to choose from, a number of factors come into play, including space, budget, building codes, and lifestyle. To make your decision easier, Belgard’s Vice President, Ken O’Neill, and Joe Raboine, President of Harmony Outdoor Living, Inc., offer advice on selecting the right fire feature for your outdoor space.

“Industry-wide, I think fire pits outsell fireplaces. However, with our company, it’s the opposite—fireplaces are king,” says Raboine. When deciding on an option, Raboine suggests asking yourself how you foresee using your backyard.

“Fire pits are great for entertaining large groups. Both children and adults love to gather around a fire pit and talk or roast marshmallows.  Fireplaces have greater visual impact and provide a more intimate conversation area for couples or smaller groups,” says Raboine.

Local building codes often play a huge roll regarding both the type of fire feature and the decision to go with wood-burning or gas.  Typically, wood-burning units must be placed anywhere from 10 to 25 feet from any structure, while gas-burning units can be placed almost anywhere.  Some subdivision covenants may offer additional restrictions regarding the use of fire elements.  In cases where space is at a premium and wood is not an option, gas-burning fire tables can offer a unique alternative that can serve both as a bar and a fire feature.

“Fire tables are not quite as popular yet because they’re relatively new, but they are definitely catching on,” says O’Neill. “We’re also seeing an increase in demand for brick ovens, which is why we’ve added Chicago Brick Ovens as part of the Elements line.”

Sometimes the choice is a personal one.  Some homeowners prefer gas, due to the elimination of sparks and ash, while others prefer the smell and crackle of wood.  Often, there are design considerations that may necessitate the use of one fire feature over another due to cleaner lines and overall flow with the surrounding landscape.

Visit our website for ideas on creating your own backyard oasis, complete with any number of fire features.

Top Outdoor Living Features for 2010

According to a recent survey conducted by ASLA, over 94% of landscape architects rated outdoor living spaces as somewhat or very popular for 2010. Outdoor grills, seating/dining areas and fireplaces and fire pits were among the most popular features — all were rated as somewhat or very popular by more than 90% of the architects polled.

The interest in outdoor living is continuing to rise. People are traveling less and are looking for ways to expand or enhance their homes by creating spaces to entertain and relax with family and friends. Research shows that outdoor living is becoming more than just a smart investment, it is actually improving the quality of life for those enjoying more time outdoors. Findings suggest that outdoor living will soon be considered a staple of the American home.

With Fall just around the corner, now is the perfect time to install an outdoor kitchen or patio with fireplace that will allow you to enjoy the outdoors and entertain guests year round.

Click here to view a complete list of the most popular outdoor living features for 2010.