What Other Bloggers are Saying About the Belgard Outdoor Spaces of the HGTV® Dream Home 2019

The HGTV® Dream Home 2019 in Whitefish, Montana, has been getting lots of interest from design bloggers around the country. As the exclusive hardscape sponsor, Belgard is excited to be part of all the buzz. Even though it’s too late to enter to win this stunning mountainside retreat, that doesn’t mean you can’t still get inspiration from the design ideas to create your own beautiful spaces. Take a look at what some of the most influential design bloggers are saying:

Southern State of Mind

HGTV® Dream Home 2019 in Whitefish, Montana
This southern blogger looks right at home on the fabulous doorstep of the mountainside retreat. (Photo credit: Southern State of Mind)

Heather is an Atlanta blogger who has been featured in regional and national magazines and specializes in Southern style and living. Read this southern girl’s take on the exterior and interior design of the HGTV Dream Home 2019.

Run to Radiance

Obsessed with DIY projects, blogger Tania lives in Dallas with her real estate agent husband, Scott. The couple regularly relocates from fixer-upper to fixer-upper with Tania blogging about each renovation project along the way. Together, they took a trek to the HGTV Dream Home 2019 to get ideas for renovating their current home.

Belgard Design Studio Outdoor Living Space Rendering
Design rendering of Tiana’s and Steve’s current home. (Image credit: Belgard Design Studio)

During their visit to Montana, Tania and Scott viewed the Belgard Design Studio’s virtual reality design renderings of the backyard of this year’s HGTV Dream Home and were blown away by the realism. They then worked with the Design Studio to develop outdoor makeover ideas for their current fixer-upper. Read about it in the blog below.

Wit & Delight

HGTV® Dream Home 2019 Outdoor Fireplace Patio Living Space
Kate Arends writes about how outdoor fireplaces make the perfect venue for meaningful memories. (Photo credit: Wit & Delight)

An award-winning marketing consultant for the design industry, Kate Arends is a St. Paul-based blogger renowned for working with brands like Target and Fossil. See what this design expert had to say about the experience of visiting the HGTV Dream Home 2019.

Coco Kelley

HGTV® Dream Home 2019 Outdoor Fireplace in Winter
Coco Kelley blogger Cassandra LaValle writes about how the design focuses on the view and the expansive outdoor living spaces. (Photo credit: Coco Kelley)

Based in Seattle, Coco Kelley is a platform dedicated to a “well-styled life” from design and entertaining to food and travel. So, traveling to scenic Whitefish, Montana, was right up founder Cassandra LaValle’s alley. Get her take on the home’s indoor/outdoor living concept.

Gardening Know How

Shelley writes about how the Belgard outdoor spaces make the perfect setting for enjoying the outdoors during every season. (Photo Credit: Shelley Pierce)

Of course, no blog about outdoor design bloggers would be complete without a foray into the world of gardening. Despite the snowy landscape during the December launch of the HGTV Dream Home 2019 Giveaway, gardening guru Shelley Pierce found a lot to blog about, thanks to the home’s ample natural light and indoor/outdoor living concept. Not only did she cover the topics of bringing the outdoors in, but also offered sage advice on tackling Montana’s challenging gardening season — from plant choices to protecting your garden from hungry elk.

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Weston Stone® Fire Pit Giveaway at the Philadelphia Flower Show

Belgard is once again excited to be the exclusive hardscapes sponsor of the most fabulous horticultural event in the country — the annual Philadelphia Flower Show — which began on March 2 and runs through March 10, 2019. In honor of the event, Belgard is giving booth visitors a chance to enter to win a charming Weston Stone® Fire Pit to enhance their backyard. Those who can’t make it to the show can still enter to win by clicking the image below!

Those attending the show will be treated to amazing displays across the ten-acre Flower Show floor. The world’s leading floral and garden designers used this year’s theme of “Flower Power” to explore how flowers convey a wide range of messages in a universal language that transcends cultures and borders. Stunning landscapes, vibrant gardens, and breathtaking floral displays interpret flowers’ power to inspire and enrich our lives. Through imaginative exhibits, concepts like community, healing, peace, transformation and hope have been brought to life in surprising, vibrant ways.

The Belgard display booth at the Flower Show was designed to emulate the experience of walking through the lush outdoor spaces of a beautiful home, from the front paver walkway and garden entrance through the Ultimate Backyard. This year’s backyard design features raised planters, a vertical garden, an outdoor theater, and a fireside conversation area with two fire features: a Bordeaux™ Series Fireplace and a contemporary linear gas fire pit. In a nod to the “Flower Power” theme, the display showcases how flowering plants and lush greenery can be incorporated with a wide variety of pavers and landscape walls to create welcoming outdoor living spaces for both relaxation and entertaining.

In addition to use in the Belgard booth, Belgard paver and retaining wall products were used in displays throughout the show in a variety of creative ways. Click on the galleries below to peruse images from the show.

Image Gallery: Belgard’s Ultimate Backyard Booth

VIDEO: Panoramic View of the Belgard Backyard

Image Gallery: Philadelphia Flower Show Displays

Introducing New ‘Collections by Belgard’ for Coordinated Outdoor Design

Designing well-coordinated outdoor living spaces just got easier! Say hello to Collections by Belgard, launching in the Southwest, Midwest, and Southeast regions for this year’s building season with a nationwide rollout to follow. Collections combines complementary products in a way to more effortlessly pair hardscapes with a home’s style or design aesthetic, simplifying the design and planning process. Collections by Belgard features six unique looks, which each relate to architecture trends and styles across North America.

Legacy Collection

Belgard Legacy Collection

Perfect for evoking old-world charm or providing a timeless accent, the Legacy Collection represents the traditional aesthetic and classic spirit of Belgard. With soft edges and ground or split-face textures, the Legacy Collection creates a time-honored look that never goes out of style. You can also look here for border inspiration and accents to enhance the look of any design.

Heritage Collection

Belgard Heritage Collection

Where traditional style meets modern convenience, the Heritage Collection allows for a time-worn aesthetic without the wait. Antiqued and tumbled so that every piece is unique, this collection adds charm and warmth to neutral palettes.

Natural Collection

Belgard Natural Collection

The Natural Collection embraces the casual spirit of life without borders, featuring natural stone textures with organic warmth. With laid-back, design-forward products, this collection is perfect for combining old and new, living in harmony with its natural surroundings.

Metropolitan Collection

Belgard Metropolitan Collection

Strong lines paired with smooth textures give the Metropolitan Collection a bold, modern look. This streamlined, contemporary aesthetic emphasizes natural light and neutral tones with wood accents to give a modern flair that is cozy, not cold.

Porcelain Collection

Belgard Porcelain Collection

Versatile and ultra-contemporary, the Porcelain Collection is stunning with a streamlined, upscale appearance and superior performance. Compact, resistant and virtually non-porous, this collection provides a modern aesthetic best complemented by blacks, whites and other pale neutrals.

Environmental Collection

Belgard Environmental Collection

A true marriage of form and function, the Environmental Collection ensures that homeowners can be water wise and house proud. Classic lines and smooth finishes complement the traditional and the modern, providing a stunning solution to standing water and irrigation needs.

To find more information on Collections by Belgard, visit Belgard.com/locator to find a Belgard Authorized Contractor near you.

Emerging Trends in Large Scale Patio Pavers

There’s an old saying that “bigger is better.” Although that’s quite often not true at all, in the contemporary world of outdoor living design, large scale pavers certainly are one of the hottest trends.

This phenomenon has a lot to do with the continuing evolution of what’s known in design circles as “indoor/outdoor living.” In layman’s terms, this design concept refers to outdoor living designs that are a continuation of the interior environment. For the last several years, popularity has continued to increase for larger tiles and wider wooden planks for interior flooring. Continuing this trend outdoors was a natural progression in creating designs that flow more easily from one environment to the other. And as demand for larger pavers continued to grow, a multitude of style options began to emerge.

Popular Paver Face Textures

Natural stone textures have been popular for the last several years — and continue to be so, particularly in certain regions — however, there’s a rising trend towards smoother faced pavers that offer crisp, clean lines. With the rise in porcelain pavers, there has also been an increase in woodgrain-textured pavers. This is reflective of a rise in the popularity of interior wood look porcelain tile — one of the hottest trends in interior flooring. This style offers the look of natural wood without any of the stain or maintenance worries, which is particularly beneficial in an outdoor environment.

Trends in Plank-Style Pavers

You guessed it…with an increase in woodgrain pavers, the plank shape naturally followed suit. In addition to porcelain styles, plank-style concrete pavers are also trending. With woodgrain porcelain pavers, wider planks are more popular, as they more closely mimic wooden decking and also reflect interior flooring trends. However, both wide and narrow planks are trending in the concrete styles, both in textured and smooth-face plank pavers. Plank shapes are also available in the Belgard’s versatile Moduline Series™, which offers an array of colors that allow designers to have some fun with their paver designs.

Large Scale Paver Shapes

It’s definitely hip to be square, and the larger the better. This can be seen in both slab-style pavers and numerous porcelain paver lines. Belgard regularly sees orders for sizes up to 24″ x 24″, with custom orders of porcelain pavers in even larger squares. However, large rectangles are also quite popular, which is more reflective of the current trends in interior flooring.

Laying Patterns for Large Scale Pavers

Popular pattern styles vary, depending on paver shape. With square pavers, a straight (or stacked bond) lay is most often seen, which is actually a contrast to the stagger patterns more often seen in interior flooring. Diagonal patterns are sometimes seen, too, but are not quite as popular. Rectangular and plank pavers are most often laid in a staggered running bond, but are sometimes seen in a herringbone pattern in more adventurous designs. Modular ashlar patterns are also quite popular, which incorporate multiple pavers shapes and sizes. A newly emerging trend is to entangle the pavers with the surrounding landscape, either by staggering the edge of the paver field or by using squares in a checkerboard or stepping-stone pattern.

A Bird’s Eye View into Three Stunning Belgard Backyards

(Cue Music) Drones…HUH! What are they good for? Giving backyard enthusiasts the optimal ocular experience needed to start planning their dream backyard. Okay, maybe the original song was better. But luckily, we’re not in the music business. We’re in the business of creating beautiful outdoor living spaces. In today’s blog, we’re letting the drones do the talking (singing) with three majestic videos that capture inspirational designs from every angle.

This Backyard is a Hole-In-One

This golf lover’s patio features the natural cut flagstone look of Lafitt® pavers complemented by a semicircular ashlar Tandem® Wall, which features the appearance of natural chiseled stone and borders a rustic fire pit. Sweeping arches throughout the design provide the perfect complement to a private backyard putting green that offers three different holes to help improve your short game. Contrasting paver borders and alternating paver patterns help create the illusion of separate outdoor rooms. Grab your putter and check it out!


Installer: Articulate Landscaping, Cedar Grove, WI

Warning! This Backyard is Too Hot (Almost)

This backyard design is anchored on one end by a hot tub pergola and by a fire pit patio on the other. And in the center, a beautifully constructed built-in grill island accommodates two different types of grills. Now that’s hot! The open pergola sits on the stone pillars of a landscape wall and slightly shrouds the multi-person hot tub. A u-shaped stone seat wall surrounds the fire pit, defining the space and providing extra seating. The design is all accentuated by Lafitt® and Mega-Arbel® pavers laid in patterns that define each entertaining area and feature an artistic inlaid triple-diamond mosaic. Take a look!


Installer: Central Services Co., Waukesha, WA

Take a Trip to Belgard’s Grill Island

This trip begins with a peek at a cozy outdoor living room, featuring a Bordeaux™ Series Fireplace that gives the space a nice rustic feel to it. The stacked stone fireplace is accented by two matching wood storage boxes. The outdoor living room is covered by an open-air pavilion that ties in with the look of the home’s roofline. An inlaid paver pattern creates a faux paver area rug to complete the “living room” look. Next stop is a contemporary Lafitt™ Grana Slab patio that features a multi-purpose L-shaped grill island and bar, outfitted with both a stainless gas grill and a charcoal kamado grill. The island includes an expansive stone countertop for all food prep and serving needs. The best part about this trip? It’s only one click away.

Installer: Celtic Landscaping, Channahon, IL

PROJECT PROFILE: Old Town Oasis

The welcoming outdoor spaces of this old town oasis in Fort Collins, Colorado, incorporates an eclectic mix of concrete pavers and natural elements. This striking project features the timeless look of Cambridge Cobble® pavers and garnered first place in the “Concrete Paver” (less than 3,000 SF) category at the annual Hardscape North America awards. Take a virtual walk-through of the award-winning design.

Cambridge Cobble stone paver walkway and patio
WELCOMING ENTRYWAY: A reclaimed wooden gate and terraced landing create a charming entrance to the home. Lush potted plants and shabby-chic wicker furnishings create a sense of casual elegance.
SPRAWLING VIEW: This overhead view of the backyard outdoor living spaces showcases how all of the concrete, wood and natural stone design elements work together and coordinate with the native landscaping.
ZEN FIRE PIT PATIO: A stone garden wall defines the perimeter of the fire pit area, incorporates ample seating for large groups, and includes a built-in planter to emulate the look of a vertical garden. Anchored and detached wooden benching help soften the look of the stone elements to create a more relaxed, casual atmosphere. A Cambridge Circle breaks up the modular paver pattern to add visual interest to the paver field.
outdoor living space with fire pit area
CASUAL FAMILY-STYLE DINING: The fire pit area looks over into the dining area, which functions as a separate entertaining zone. Multiple picnic tables provide seating for feeding large groups, with bonus built-in seating to accommodate larger gatherings. A built-in grill area includes oversized countertops for meal prep and serving. Low-voltage hardscape lighting is incorporated throughout the fire pit and dining areas for both safety and ambiance.
paver hardscape design and backyard patio with dual arbors
MULTI-ROOM LIVING AREA: Dual arbors and a terraced level help create the look of distinct rooms to create multiple conversation areas, ideal for large parties.

Design and installation by Lindgeren Landscape of Fort Collins, Colorado. To view a flythrough video of the project, visit their website at LindgrenLandscape.com.

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