We’re on Florida’s Gulf Coast drying off from the torrential rain Tropical Storm Debby has brought with her, our thoughts are with those impacted and recovering from the effects of her strong winds and rain. We’re glad to be a part of the 2012 Coastal Living Ultimate Beach House to bring sunshine back to the residents of Panama City Beach.
This year’s home features beautiful outdoor living spaces with Belgard Domino Pavers. From the courtyard, loggia and outdoor kitchen to walkways and driveway, 2,680 square feet of our newest patio paver will adorn the home’s vast exterior.
The Domino Paver is perfect for this home because of the aesthetic interest it will add to a home that’s already in a breathtakingly stunning vacation spot. The natural stone look is complemented by texture in a unique design that is based on the concept of an actual domino – an attractive look that is great for a beachside home.
The Domino Paver comes in one size that can be laid in a variety of patterns including a running pattern, herringbone and basket weave. Domino is available in multiple color tones and has a 3-D texture giving the illusion of a multi-dimensional paver.
The 2012 Ultimate Beach House is located along the Florida panhandle’s scenic Route 30A in Rosemary Beach at 194 West Kingston Road, Panama City Beach, Florida, 32413. The house is open for public tours starting today, June 29. Tickets are $15 per person and can be purchased at the house. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Rosemary beach Foundation.
For more information on the Coastal Living 2012 Ultimate Beach House and to read behind-the-scenes sneak peek blog posts, click here.
Belgard has partnered with home expert and TV host, Chip Wade. Throughout the year, we will be collecting your questions for Chip so he can answer your queries on your own outdoor projects.
Chip is excited to help our readers with their own projects. If you don’t see your question below, keep checking back as Chip continues to answer homeowner questions throughout the year. Here are his tips:
We have a one-story brick ranch home with a wooden deck, and we’ve always wanted to build a patio out from the deck to give us more outdoor living area and space for a Jacuzzi. I retired last month and finally have the time to enjoy this space, but I’m concerned about mixing brick with brick and the wooden deck. How do you think those two go together, and do you have any recommendations for what we should do to get started?
- Catherine W.
A wood deck can be nice, but it takes a lot of maintenance, especially if you are not using premium exotic hardwoods, which can be extremely expensive and still require maintenance. You can stain the wood to match the deck, again that is that maintenance issue that will come up every year to protect your investment. Putting in a hardscape with pavers might give you a little more peace of mind in the maintenance category. Pavers outlast any decking, and Belgard offers a variety of natural tones to complement any existing color scheme, even brick.
We recently put an addition on our house to expand our kitchen. In order to free up space for that, we pulled up the old patio. Now we are going to lay a new patio. I’d like to reuse the bricks from the old one if we can. Is that a good idea? If so, is there anything we can do to keep the grass and weeds from growing up between the bricks like they did in our old patio?
- Kara W.
This can be a good idea if the bricks are in good shape, if there are enough of them, and if they are thick enough. I would recommend using the bricks potentially as an accent, and use another material that is more suited to last in a paver form that is more cost effective to install. If you properly prepare your grade and pavers with the right base, there are only a few types of plants that can successfully root in the sand. These plants are easily kept at bay with the bimonthly spray of weed killer.
Three years ago we bought a home on Florida’s west coast. It had a concrete lanai with a small concrete patio outside, and we added large concrete pavers to make the patio area larger. The concrete lanai has a design in it and there are several cracks, so it needs a facelift. What we’d like to do is put smaller pavers over the entire area. Can we do this, even though there are two different bases? And, can we use an adhesive instead of sand? I don’t want sand inside my lanai, and I’d like the interior and exterior living spaces to be the same.
- Elaine S.
As long as the concrete is not displaced, meaning it has big cracks with the concrete being left very uneven, you can go right over the top. You can do a crush and sand base over the concrete or you can clean the concrete thoroughly and add a bonding catalyst, then you can mortar the pavers right down to the surface. This can be a very effective way of using what is already there.
How accurate is the Belair retaining wall stone in height when you mix the three inch and the six inch block together? I am assuming the two threes match the six inch brick in height otherwise you would have a wave in the wall, correct?
- David K.
Great question. The 6” and the 3” Belair are compatible to work in combination with each other as a multi height retaining or free standing wall structure. Belair is designed to be easy-to-use and to give design flexibility. Belair Wall can be used for free standing walls or columns as well as retaining walls and even sweeping curves. It’s also a great product for terraces, raised patios and steps. Belgard has some good information and laying patterns for combination Belair Wall on their website, http://belgard.biz/belairwall.htm.
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.
Combining multiple design elements and mediums has become a rising trend in residential outdoor living design. One example of this 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 that continues to grow in popularity.
Belgard Hardscapes is the preferred hardscapes supplier for Archadeck®, the nation’s largest builder network specializing in custom-designed and custom-built decks, screened porches, sunrooms, gazebos and related outdoor living structures. We asked them what they’re seeing in outdoor living projects:
“We’ve seen a trend of homeowners seeking the natural style of wood decks paired with paver patios,” says Rob Haislip, vice president of franchise services for Archadeck. “Belgard’s wide variety of colors, shapes and textures pair beautifully with the look of synthetic or composite decking. Much of our business is moving towards combination projects – projects that include both decking and patios.”
“In elevated areas, building a deck above and a patio below increases livable square footage outdoors,” he said. “When considering these types of projects, homeowners should work with a design professional to ensure a logical order for installation; including features such as an outdoor kitchen or fireplace or fire pit need to be well-thought-out during the planning phase.”
Introducing wood into a hardscape design can soften the look, increase design flexibility, and create opportunities to broaden the scope of a project. Examples can include multi-level landings, arbors, trellises, bridges, and built-in seating.
Homeowners want outdoor living spaces that reflect their personality and specific needs. By offering decking and hardscapes together, your clients won’t have to choose.
Dad: Master of the Grill, Keeper of the Lawn and Devourer of Deliciousness – it’s no wonder all of these outdoor living goodies and gadgets made our Father’s Day Gift Guide list. If you’re still looking for that perfect something for the special father in your life, check out our picks for Father’s Day giving.
1. These BBQ sauces from Williams-Sonoma are unexpected and delicious! Dad is sure to love the flavor combinations of Jalapeño Peach, Cherry Chipotle, Spicy Root Beer, Sweet Onion Apple Wood, Bourbon and Black Pepper, and Maple Mesquite.
2. What grill master doesn’t love the Big Green Egg? Customize dad’s grill station with Belgard pavers surrounding your prized egg and creating a prep station for meats.
3. We love this Kabob Set by Weber – it’s perfect for adding a little char to veggies and seafood.
4. Your old man would love nothing more than to spend some quality time with you on Father’s Day. How about tossing around this Rawlings ST5 Game Football from Dick’s Sporting Goods in the backyard?
5. After all that exercise in the summer sun, Dad will need a cold, refreshing beer to cool off. Why not serve it to him in one of these glasses from the Craft Brew 12 Piece Set from Target – he’ll love having just the right glass for all his favorite varieties.
6. The Lexington Bar Set from Wicker Patio Furniture and More would be a beautiful addition to dad’s patio. It’s the perfect height for entertaining – sitting or standing, guests can take their pick.
A simple, refreshing treat for those hot summer days is the perfect complement to a day spent outdoors. This recipe for Triple-Berry Popsicles is delicious but feel free to mix it up with your own combinations and make it just how you like it. You can strain out the seeds, but we love the texture they lend to the popsicles.
2/3 cup sugar
1 cup blueberries
1 cup strawberries, hulled and sliced
1 cup raspberries
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1. Put sugar and 1/3 cup water in a small saucepan and bring to boil over high heat, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Set aside.
2. Combine blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, and lemon juice in a blender and purée until smooth, about 30 seconds. Add 1/3 cup of sugar mixture and blend just until combined. (Left over sugar mixture can be used for sweetening iced tea or other summer treat.)
3. Transfer purée to popsicle molds and freeze 4 hours. Insert popsicle sticks and freeze an additional 4 to 6 hours, or until frozen solid.
From Sunset July 2008
Thank you so much to all of you who came out for Sunset Celebration Weekend this past weekend. We had a blast getting the chance to talk with many of you and hear about your own outdoor projects. If you weren’t able to join us, here are a few photos from the event:
If you were at Celebration Weekend and got your photo taken with expert craftsman Chip Wade, click here to find your picture.