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What Colors Affect My Patio Design and How?

Posted on March 6th, 2014


When planning a new patio, sidewalk, or other outdoor living environment enhancement, homeowners usually look first at the colors in their home.  Options get quickly narrowed down to complement or match strategies and many beautiful options are always available.

However, the decision tends to become much more difficult when the existing environment features the color red.  For any shopper who has ever tried to find a red blouse or shirt to match the red in another piece of clothing, the issue is obvious.  Reds don’t match.

All grays blend.  You can always find a brown that will complement another brown. But not reds.  Reds are blue or orange or pink or purple.  The variety in shades of red is endless.

If you have red siding, red shutters, red shingles, red brick veneer, look for grays, browns or a gray brown blend.  Unless you get amazingly lucky, a new red will clash.

If you have manufactured red pavers or walls and you want more red, use the same color from the same manufacturer.  But check to make sure the formula for the color has not changed since you installed your existing project.

Manufacturers of concrete pavers make reds that are designed to look good with clay brick.  And once in a while, the combination works.  But, not often.  If you think you see a product that will work for you, take a color sample home before making your final decisi


Things to Consider for Any New Hardscape Design

Posted on February 27th, 2014


Hardscape has become the new buzz word for homeowners. The term refers to landscaping features constructed from inorganic materials and can include driveways, patios, walkways, water features, fire pits, and planters. While landscape installation may have been affected by the housing slowdown, homeowners have developed a deep love for their outdoor spaces and the hardscape business has remained relatively strong.

“We’ve seen an increase in hardscaping including larger patio spaces, outdoor kitchens, and fireplaces,” says Danny Triplet, president Westland Landscape. “Our customers are telling us they don’t want a yard that demands high maintenance. We recently finished a job with a large concrete slab throughout the backyard which created a contemporary look we’re noticing is becoming more popular.”

No wonder hardscape is becoming a key component to an inviting outdoor sanctuary. Adding an outdoor kitchen allows families to entertain outside, drinking coffee on a patio is a peaceful way to start the day, winding through a garden walkway is always a pleasure, and an outdoor fireplace is pure tranquility after a hard day at work. In addition, hardscape conserves water, adds value to a property, and can divide areas for different purposes.

Material selection is important. A wide variety of choices are available to complement any home. For example, brick, stonework, or pavers can be used for a classic, elegant, or natural look or a contemporary look can be achieved by using concrete to establish stark contrasts and clean lines.

Homeowners should plan and install hardscape first before they begin planting. “Keep in mind all the possibilities when designing an outdoor space now and for the future,” advices Danny. ”Homeowners should envision different options they would like to add over the years. If it isn’t feasible to complete the entire project at once, the features can be added later as their budget allows.”

Westland Landscape stays up to date on all the materials, methods, and latest trends. They carefully listen to homeowners’ ideas and build on them to create an individualized beautiful retreat. With 26 years of landscaping experience and specialized teams, Westland Landscape can care for all of a homeowner’s outdoors needs. To see samples of their work and learn more about this unique company, please visit their website


Hardscapes and Outdoor Kitchens from Belgard

Posted on June 4th, 2012


With summer just around the corner and fall just a handful of months away, it’s time to scope out that back patio or outdoor living project you’ve been dreaming about. Just imagine all the fun the family will enjoy around a newly-landscaped back patio area. Start with a broad expanse of concrete interlocking pavers, and add a curved retaining wall that encircles you with elegant stacked stone, and cap it off with a custom outdoor kitchen or fireplace to create an enjoyable outdoor living and dining area that’s sure to please every member of the family and make a few neighbors envious.