Bahler Brothers Blog
When you pull up to the the Hebert residence, one of the first things you notice is the large set of concrete steps leading up to their side entry, with a walkway leading only part way to the patio. When you take the walkway (or grass) to the back patio...you discover what used to be a beautiful patio years ago but now needs a little face lift.
Working with this customer was an incredible joy.
They were not satisfied with their yard as it was so they called us in to help them out. It was amazing to watch this transformation unfold and now you can too!
Topics: Paver Patio Design, Wall Design, Retaining Wall, Retaining Walls, Outdoor Living, Patio, Steps, Driveways, Transformation, Built-in Grill, Outdoor Kitchen, Project Design, Raised Patio, Fireplace, Pool Patio, Gas Fire Pit
How do you know what your project will look like when you sign on the dotted line?
Creating your backyard oasis is not something to take lightly. It is a considerable investment and takes time to create the perfect plan.
Almost every time you choose a contractor to have a project done at your home, a contract is involved. Of course you want to read through it to know exactly what you are going to be getting for your money. So why should a landscape contract be any different? When a construction project is involved, we always want to know what the contractor is going to do and have a drawing to give us some idea of what they plan to do. In the landscaping business especially, it is important to know exactly what your landscape plan and design entails. How can you know what's going to be built if you don't have a drawing or designed plan?
Wow! From Pool to Paver Patio.
Wow! What a transformation! This customer came to us and said he was sick of the gunnite pool. His kids were all grown up and it was time to create a space they could not only entertain in, but also could enjoy by themselves. The stone wall that was holding up the hill side was also leaning forward and needing to be replaced before it got any worse. We sat down with him and worked on many designs, and finally came up with the perfect plan. Remove the pool, install a multi-level paver patio with a fire pit, landscape lighting, an area for their hot tub and landscape beds.
The other day I was reading through some literature that I received at a trade show or seminar given by one of the paver manufacturers in our area and discovered this great little booklet called Design Basics. It was put together by Belgard Hardscapes, and the more I read of it the more I found that hey, this is exactly how we try to work through the design of a project with our customers. So here's some of what the booklet had to say...
This paver patio installation was simple but brought much more character to the customer's front porch area. They use their front porch a lot, but it wasn't big enough. They also wanted to include an area "just for mom", have steps stepping down the hill leading to the pool area, and have a small path through the herb garden to access the hose faucet. Some landscape lighting was also added. Here is what we came up with, resulting in a very satisfied customer!
This project was our first project on the calendar this year. It was a pleasure working with this couple who love to read and enjoy the outdoors. We designed them a paver patio with the works.
How much does a paver patio cost? That's a great question and one that we get on a regular basis. The question I would pose to you is 'what are the functions you would like it to perform?' Jen wrote a fabulous article a while back called 6 Things to consider when designing a paver patio. In this arcticle, she lays out the thought process that a homeowner should have when they begin to think about a patio.