Chances are that when you start the selection process for a landscape contractor you experience feelings of anxiety and panic. Choosing the right contractor can be a very difficult task, but finding the right one can save you money by avoiding costly mistakes and big headaches. There are several resources available to find a good contractor and trade associations are one of those.
The concept of 3D design is not as new as you may think. However, in the so called “mainstream” world the concept is almost unheard of. So why is it that a vast majority of people have not utilized or been enlightened by the 3D design technology that is available today? Yes, there are endless commercials that advertise 3D televisions, but we’re talking about the capability of designing landscapes with 3D models: the power of seeing a project long before it is complete. As a result of this prevailing technology, both homeowners and contractors everywhere are finally able to answer the question, “what will the design look like?” And this is all thanks to 3D design.
Have you ever walked on pavement in the rain? I am assuming at one time or another you have and were forced to dodge puddles. As a result I’m sure you had wet shoes or maybe even socks.
Where do you want to add landscape lighting? Perhaps to your patio, driveway or pool deck. Wherever it may be paver lighting adds ambience to any design. Whether it’s a sidewalk, driveway, patio, garden and retaining wall system, courtyard, pool deck, road way or even a commercial site like a bike path or parking lot, adding paver lighting adds beauty, functionality and most importantly safety. Incorporating a lighting system into a new paver project is a great way to add a dynamic effect while increasing the level of safety by clearly defining the area for pedestrians or vehicles. In addition to ambience and safety it will also increase the value to a residential or commercial property. All things to strongly consider when planning your next landscape project.
Prior to coming to work at Unilock, I worked for 20 years in the green industry. Actually, I come from a family of landscapers and always knew where my career path would lead. I worked summers and weekends for a very talented landscaper during high school and decided to pursue horticulture in college. That was where I was trained in design and that training served me well both as a designer and installer over the years.
As of now, your project area is beginning to take shape with a solid prepared base. The next step is laying the pavers where you can finally begin to see your plan take action! The following guidelines will help ensure your project is exactly what you have imagined.
It is now time to get your project started. Preparing a proper base is crucial for any paving stone project; again, you can refer to Unilock’s technical guide as well as take into account the following pieces of advice to ensure the pavers are being placed on a substantial base:
People don’t realize the amount of work involved with the installation of our paving stones, I am not saying that to scare anyone off of their project but a little planning will go a long way. Unilock provides an excellent technical guide for the proper installation of pavers, so please refer to it for details. To avoid common mistakes, follow these steps:
In the last eight years, what used to be the paver patio business has evolved into creating functional yet decorative outdoor living spaces. Various elements of interior design have been increasingly incorporated into this trend, resulting in outdoor rooms.
Putting your pavers on a general cleaning schedule is a great way to keep them looking tidy. How many times per year is up to you. Some folks in Germany clean their pavers every weekend, some sort of Sunday ritual. Most cleanings can be done using every day household cleaners. Dish soap, laundry soap, and bleach are widely used. Hiring a hardscape firm that specializes in cleaning is also an easy choice.
Every year, I have the privilege of viewing some of the most stunning landscapes in Ontario, and by far, the most remarkable seem to be backyard landscapes with a pool. Contractors and homeowners are creating extraordinary pool-scapes utilizing Unilock pavers and retaining walls accented with natural soft elements and landscape lighting. Pool decks can be exciting and versatile with the right Unilock product for your project and proper installation techniques. You can now create that same type of dynamic design around your pool, that you would for the inside of your home, by combining different paver styles creating accents, borders, and inflecting your own personal style.
When most people think of courtyards they are probably thinking of spaces at the side or at the back of a home. In actuality courtyards are most often created in the area between the front entry to your home and your driveway. What better way to create additional living space and curb appeal to your home than by creating a beautiful front courtyard. My wife and I love to sit outside in the front of our home in the evenings just to say hello and meet up with neighbors that we have not seen in a while. We also like to sit in our courtyard early on Sunday mornings, as we enjoy our coffee and the morning sun that we do not get in the backyard.