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.
Previously we’ve talked about how to become a Belgard Authorized Contractor, so let’s take it up a notch this week and talk about how you can go from being a BAC to a Master Craftsman – the highest level of certification from Belgard.
All Belgard Authorized Contractors looking to become a Master Craftsman must complete the following requirements:
- Must meet all BAC requirements
- Recognized as a winner of at least 1 national award OR 2 local awards for projects in the past 24 months
- Must have an employee complete the ICPI Residential Paver Technician Course
- Must have 5 years install experience
- Must be authorized in 2 of the following areas:
- Retaining Walls
- Belgard Elements
- Belgard Certified Applicator
- Must meet 2 of the following installation requirements as it relates to your areas of authorization within a 12 month period prior to applying for Master Craftsman status:
- 20,000 SF of Belgard Pavers
- 3,000 SF of Belgard Wall Product
- 7 projects containing at least one Belgard Element
- Clean and seal 25 paver projects
- 5 year workmanship guarantee
- Must attend 3 educational events provided by or approved by Belgard
- Must hold BAC status for 3 years prior in at least 1 area.
- 100% service satisfaction commitment
In addition to the initial requirements, all Master Craftsmen must submit to these yearly requirements:
- Maintain authorized status in at least two areas
- Must install/perform the following as it relates to your areas of authorization:
- 20,000 SF of Belgard pavers each year
- 2,000 SF of Belgard wall product each year
- 7 projects containing a Belgard Element each year
- Clean and seal 25 paver projects each year
- Must attend 3 educational events provided by or approved by Belgard
- Maintain 100% service satisfaction commitment
For more information on becoming a Belgard Master Craftsman, visit http://belgard.biz/docs/bac_requirements.pdf or contact your Belgard sales representative.
Current Belgard Master Craftsman include contractors from: Accent Paving, Inc., ACP, Arizona Royal Landscaping and Design, Autumn Blaze Construction, Black Diamond Paver Stones & Landscape, Inc., Brookstein Services, Continental Landscaping, Creative Outdoors, CYC Landscaping, Dean’s Landscaping, Inc., Desert Designer, European Pavers, Gardner Landscapes, Gulfstream Hardscape & Garages, Lawnscapers, Inc., Outdoor Design & Construction, Pavers 4 Less, Pavers Installed Company, Precise Paving, Precision Pavers- Outdoor Living, Stefano’s Landscaping, Waterquest Landscaping, Western Pavers, Inc., Wirth Services Inc., and York’s Landscape Service.
Spring and summer provide homeowners with warm temperatures for enjoying the outdoors, but it’s never too soon to plan ahead for when those temperatures get a little too warm! This week we’re sharing our favorite products for keeping cool outdoors so you can enjoy your outdoor living space even in the heat of summer.
Air circulation is essential to making a space feel cool and refreshing. An outdoor fan (1) on a patio or porch can not only help keep you cool but looks stylish and adds charm to any home.
It’s all about relaxation when it comes to enjoying a warm summer day. A comfy hammock (2), complete with pillow, lets you swing in a soft breeze.
Adding a Belgard water feature (3) to your outdoor space provides calming, natural sounds while you day dream the afternoon away.
Throw back a refreshing beverage from a tumbler (4) designed to keep drinks cold while the outside of the glass stays condensation-free.
Lastly, if you’re the neighbor entertainer, keep drinks cool for a group with a drink dispenser (5) with a built in ice compartment.
1. Hampton Bay Sailwind II Outdoor Ceiling Fan from Home Depot
2. 2-Point Beige Hammock from Target
3. Water Feature from the Belgard Elements Collection
4. 16 oz. Tumbler from Tervis
5. Drink Dispenser with Ice Chamber from Pier 1
The summer state of mind has us ready for a party! Get the party started with this recipe for Watermelon Tequila Cocktails. For a nonalcoholic version, skip the tequila and add a little water to help blend the mixture.
1 seedless watermelon (about 6 lbs.)
3/4 cup lemon juice
2 cups silver (also called blanco) tequila
1. Cut melon into chunks and discard rind. Purée chunks in batches in a food processor. Pour mixture through a strainer into a bowl. Pour 4 cups into another bowl; whisk in lemon juice. Save any remaining watermelon juice for another use. Pour juice mixture into 4 ice cube trays* and freeze until firm, at least 3 hours or overnight.
2. Make drinks: Whirl half the watermelon cubes in a food processor until broken up, then add 1 cup tequila and whirl until blended. Pour into a pitcher and repeat with remaining ingredients.
*A standard ice cube tray has 14 cube slots.
From Sunset July 2011
We’re are so excited to be participating again in Sunset Celebration Weekend, a weekend event presented by Sunset magazine celebrating the best in gardening, decorating and cooking.
The Belgard booth #319 is located between the Travel Stage and the Wine Seminars. Many Belgard products will be on display including more than a dozen styles of pavers and wall block along with a fire pit, a fireplace from the Belgard Elements Collection and a Chicago Brick Oven.
Local Belgard Authorized Contractor Black Diamond Paver Stones & Landscape will be on-site to help you start planning your outdoor living project with Belgard.
We’ll also be helping Sunset create a permanent display outside of the Sunset Home Reimagined, a celebration of iconic Sunset spaces from 1940-1980 created by a team of talented designers.
Plus, be sure to stop by our booth to find out how you can get $500 off a Chicago Brick oven. We can’t wait to see you there!
Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial kick-off to the summer season and we’ve got plenty of tips for making your outdoor space the place to be with friends and family.
- What better way to celebrate Memorial Day than to fire up the grill and cook up some all-American favorites like hot dogs, burgers and corn-on-the-cob? An outdoor kitchen is the perfect accessory for entertaining and eating outdoors.
- The Memorial Day holiday is a popular time for homeowner to open their pools for the summer season. So don’t forget to invite guests to bring their bathing suits for the first pool party of the year.
- Keep plenty of cool beverages within easy reach. Adding a mini fridge to your outdoor kitchen is a small investment you won’t soon regret.
- Refreshing snacks like fresh fruit and veggies are easy-to-eat munchies that are perfect for a warm day.
- Whether your patio is equipped with an outdoor speaker system or you have a portable speaker for your iPod, create a summer jam playlist that will keep the good tunes riding all weekend long.
While the weekend is all about entertaining and enjoying the company of friends and family, be sure to schedule some relaxation time to unwind. Enjoy a quiet Monday evening on the patio under the stars and listen to nature’s music before the real world begins again Tuesday morning.
These Open-face Caprese Sandwiches are a refreshing snack you can enjoy cooking on the grill. Ripe, juicy tomatoes are the perfect foil to crunchy, grilled Italian bread and they are a breeze to make. Follow the simple recipe below and be prepared as your family requests it again and again.
2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 teaspoon minced garlic
8 slices (about 1/2 in. thick) crusty Italian bread
3 medium ripe tomatoes, sliced
1 pound fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced thinly
16 medium basil leaves
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
freshly ground black pepper
1. Prepare a grill for medium heat (350° to 450°). Combine 1 tbsp. oil and the garlic and brush onto 1 side of bread.
2. Lay bread oiled side down on grill and cook until slightly toasted, about 2 minutes. Turn bread over, lay tomato slices on bread to fit, overlapping if needed, then lay cheese slices over tomatoes. Cover grill and cook until cheese starts to melt, about 4 minutes.
3. Transfer sandwiches to a platter. Put 2 basil leaves over each sandwich and drizzle with remaining 1 tbsp. oil and the vinegar. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
From Sunset July 2009
As we prepare to head into the month of May, we can’t help but admire the colorful blooms popping up around the garden. Here are a few of our favorite ways to incorporate flowers on and around the patio: