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Paver Patio Face Lift

Posted by Amanda Bahler on Wed, May 28, 2014 @ 09:26 AM

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 discover what used to be a beautiful patio years ago but now needs a little face lift.

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Topics: Paver Patio Design, Fire Pit, Retaining Wall, Outdoor Living, Patio, Sitting Wall, Techo-Bloc, Steps, Transformation, Project Design, Sitting Bench, Overlay, Walkway

Paver Driveway: Customer Journal

Posted by Amanda Bahler on Mon, Jul 30, 2012 @ 09:42 AM

Driveway, walk, front steps, drainage, and grading project.

Completed June 18-22, 2012

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Topics: Techo-Bloc, Paver Installation, Choosing a Contractor, Driveways, Problems and Solutions for Pavers, Paver Comparison

Wow! From Pool to Paver Patio

Posted by Amanda Bahler on Thu, Jun 28, 2012 @ 02:12 PM

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.


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Topics: Paver Patio Design, Fire Pit, Retaining Wall, Retaining Walls, Outdoor Living, Sitting Wall, Landscape Lighting, Techo-Bloc, Paver Installation, Raised Patio, Retaining Wall Cost

A Place for Everyone - Paver Patio Installation

Posted by Amanda Bahler on Fri, Apr 27, 2012 @ 10:33 AM

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!

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Topics: Paver Patio Design, Outdoor Living, Patio, Sitting Wall, Landscape Lighting, Techo-Bloc, Steps

Rainwater Harvesting Systems

Posted by Josh Bahler on Thu, Mar 01, 2012 @ 09:12 AM

In todays society we need to conserve water.  According to a Gallup poll in March 2008 Americans rated their level of worry about each of 12 environmental concerns, the top 4 all related to the quality of water.  Harvesting rainwater is better all around for you, your children, grandchildren and the generations to come.  A quality company who is the leading innovator of water features Aquascape, Inc. has designed a revolutionary system known as the  RainXchange sytem.  Harvesting rainwater helps to avoid strict watering schedules during droughts and reduce water bills.  Recycled rainwater is also better for the plants in your yard because no chemicals are added to rainwater.  The water feature created from the system enhances the yard and increases value.  Tying the downspouts into the system will recycle the rain water which falls on the roof.  One inch of rain on a 2,000 sf. house is the equalivent of 1,250 gallons of water.  According to the DEP website, Connecticut recieves on average 45 inches of rain.  Just in one year on one roof that is 2,000 sf, harvesting the rainwater from just the roof alone would recycle 56,250 gallons.  Harvesting the rainwater that falls on the driveway by using a Permeable pavement system would increase the amount of gallons conserved.  For a short video on the installation of a rainwater harvesting system click here.  Use the RainXchange system to get up to 12 LEED points on a "Green Project".
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Topics: Techo-Bloc, Water Feature, Permeable Pavers, Rainwater Harvesting

Advancements in Permeable Pavements

Posted by Josh Bahler on Mon, Feb 20, 2012 @ 01:18 PM

Over the last 20 years we have seen major advancements in permeable pavements.  The first permeable paver was introduced here in North America in 1989.

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Topics: Paver Patio Design, Patio, Techo-Bloc, Driveways, Water Feature, Permeable Pavers, Rainwater Harvesting, Non Permeable Pavement, Pool Patio, Unilock

Techo-Bloc Rocks the Market with Great NEW Materials

Posted by Brad Wiegand on Wed, Jan 25, 2012 @ 03:35 PM

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Topics: Techo-Bloc, Steps

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