Mega-Tandem™ Provides Striking Support for Utah Homebuilder

During the construction of a home in the Salt Lake City area, the landscape contractor was challenged with building a retaining wall that would support the garage and driveway area, which had an elevation drop of about twenty feet into the property line and neighbor’s yard and needed to be terraced according to city codes. The home also needed a grass ramp sloping from the driveway into the home’s own backyard, which was at the same elevation as the neighbor’s, twenty feet below. The Mega-Tandem™ Mass Segmental Retaining Wall system achieved the project’s structural goals, with the bonus of an enhanced aesthetic look of natural stone.

DEVELOPER: Ken & Kristen Keller, Keller Development

INSTALLER: Terra-Scape Landscaping – Rand Locke, Owner

DEALER: Beehive Brick & Stone – Dee Young, VP of Sales

SUPPLIER: Amcor, an Oldcastle company

 

Family Backyard Getaway

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The goal of this project was to create a backyard getaway where the homeowners could enjoy family time within the outdoor environment. The outdoor living room, complete with Belgard patio and outdoor fireplace, was designed as an extension of the home’s existing wood deck. The installer also included a mix of shrubs, trees, plants, and large boulders to enhance the natural feel of the landscape.

Notice the difference in paver color before the color boost sealer was applied.
Notice the difference in paver color before the color boost sealer was applied.

The installer was able to include many different types of natural and man-made products to create a unique sitting area that includes a beautiful fireplace for friends and family to enjoy. The homeowner also liked the way the patio looked after a rain storm, so Belgard suggested to clean and seal the patio and utilize Belgard’s BG-2295 color boost sealer, which enhances the blended colors throughout the entire patio.

PROJECT LOCATION: Framingham, MA

APPLICATION: Backyard patio with fireplace

PRODUCTS USED:

DEALER: Cornerstone Landscape Supplies, Inc. – Framingham & Marlborough, MA

SUPPLIER: Anchor, an Oldcastle Company

Homeowner Gets the Look of Slate without the Cost

Profile-CPM-Apr2015This comfortable and intimate outdoor patio was created using Lafitt™ Rustic Slab, which offers the look and texture of cut slate. This fantastic foot-traffic paver uses elegant modular lines in a rich range of color options and can either be used to overlay an existing patio or can be installed using standard paver patio construction. Multiple sizes allow laying patterns that mimic natural stone without the cost.

Retaining and seat walls add dimension to the patio design and allow the patio to feel as though it is cut out of the countryside. The landscaped water feature adds to the natural feel and serves as both a serene backdrop and a visual anchor to the overall design.

PROJECT LOCATION: Oregon

PRODUCT USED: Lafitt Rustic Slab – Color: Toscana

INSTALLER: Northwest Outdoor Living and Landscapes – Robert Lussier

DEALER: John Deere Landscapes – Clackamas, OR – Jim Vachter

SUPPLIER: CPM, an Oldcastle Company

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.

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.”

Calling All Belgard Projects!

Would you like the chance for your hardscape installation to be photographed and featured in the 2013 Belgard catalog and other marketing materials? Send us your submissions.

We are looking for projects from all regions of the country. We want to see the best use of space, most unique applications and overall beautiful outdoor living transformations using Belgard products. Please submit quality “before,” “during,” and “after” photos for a chance to show off your amazing outdoor space.

• Photos should be at least 4″x6″ at 300 DPI.
• For amateur photographers, a 6-megapixel camera or better with the photo quality settings on high should do the trick.
• For best results, take photos from multiple angles, remembering to take before, during, and after shots from each angle.
• Try to avoid shadows cast by trees and surrounding structures and furniture. Often, this is best achieved by shooting early in the morning or near dusk.