How to Design a Cozy Outdoor Space in NJ

We’ve all done it- flipped through Home and Garden magazine and wished we had the same amazing spaces you see that are picture perfect. The problem is we think we either don’t have enough money or we just don’t know where to start. When designing with concrete and hardscape in South Jersey you want to be sure that it will blend with either your current landscape or theme, and also that you communicate with us what your vision is for your backyard space.


Hardscaping is a popular and inexpensive solution that many homeowners choose because it is so flexible in it’s design. You can match paver colors to your existing landscape or think outside the box and try a new color. From burnt oranges to charcoal greys and pinks to blues – the options are endless. One of the most popular for the classic look is harvest patch. Harvest patch has a rustic orange color mixed with browns that adds a cozy feel to any back patio or fire pit. In areas like Avalon, Cape May, Sea Isle and all along the Jersey shore many people opt for pavers. If you drive by any neighborhood along the coast you will see houses furnished with beautiful custom paver decks, patios, stairs, walkways, driveways, and fire pits.


NJ already offers natural beauty with our wide variation of tree and plant diversity, the key in designing an outdoor space is to first figure out your color scheme. For example if you have dark cherry wood fencing, you might pick a brick paver color that would complement the dark tones in the fencing. If you look at the picture below you can see how the homeowner chose to match the tones in the dark mulch and nearby bushes, this property was in Ocean City NJ (Ocean City Concrete Contractor)


Their outdoor space ultimately ends in a beautiful paver patio with gazebo. These are just a few ideas. It’s easy to imagine your outdoor space just let us share your vision!


Designing With Pavers

Designing with Pavers


Pavers form a gateway to your home and the first taste of what to expect once you’re inside. Pavers can be used to set a mood and establish a design style and, whether you’re building or renovating your home, you’ll want to get it right.


You’ll find pavers in a range of materials, from warm and natural terracotta to eminently stylish granite and slate and you’ll have noticed them gracing many paths, patios, and driveways. But with a complex field of colors and patterns from which to choose, how do you pick the perfect paving pattern for your home? Here are a few classic designs to get you started.


Herringbone: A classic, interlocking design that is sturdy enough for use on your driveway, the herringbone pattern features one vertical paver nestled atop a horizontal paver, with corners meeting snugly. Herringbone designs can be laid out at a straight 90-degree angle, or set at a diagonal 45 degrees. Herringbone paving will best maintain its shape when laid on a square surface with a border and using pavers in a darker color to frame the body of your pavement will create a refined and stylish look.


Radial paving: A trendy design for use on patios and outdoor entertainment areas, a radial pattern moves outwards from a central point, featuring ever-expanding circles. For extra interest, you also can lay this design against one wall.


Stretcher Bond: Suitable for use with square or rectangular pavers, this pattern features a staggered design, just as you see on a traditional brick wall. Adding an inlay of contrasting pavers is a great way to create interest when using this design.


Stack bond: The simplest of paving designs, the stack bond pattern features uninterrupted stretches of rectangular or square pavers. This pattern is easy on the eyes and perfect for use in lighter traffic areas.


Stack bond 45: Consider laying your pavers diagonally rather than horizontally, for an appealing twist on the traditional stack bond design. While the 45-degree variation is a tempting innovation, avoid using it in driveways where the weight of your car might shift your pavers out of alignment.


Mixing your patterns


Once you decide which of the basic patterns will suit your home and lifestyle, you can get truly creative and start combining patterns to form your design. Consider:


  • Pairing herringbone and stack bond designs
  • Combining a simple stretcher bond pattern with a radial border.
  • Mixing colors and textures, as well as patterns.


Once you have the basics, the sky’s the limit! Talk to your local South Jersey Concrete Contractor, Deep Sea Concrete for tips!


Paving is about so much more than creating a place to walk or park your car. With the right materials, the perfect pattern and professional paving assistance, your pavers will set the tone for what’s in store inside your home. So choose well, and enjoy designing with pavers. If you’d like to know more about pavers don’t hesitate to ask!


Landscaping Tips

Landscaping has often been likened to the painting of a picture. Your art-work teacher has doubtless told you that a good picture should have a point of chief interest, and the rest of the points simply go to make more beautiful the central idea, or to form a fine setting for it. So in landscaping there must be in the gardener’s mind a picture of what he/she desires the whole to be when he completes his landscaping project.

Should you include lots of bare open lawn in your landscaping theme? Should you include decorative concrete, or concrete pavers? A large extent of open luscious green lawn space is always beautiful, but it is the details that really count.

This type of open landscaping adds a feeling of space to even small grounds. If you cover your lawn space with many trees, with little flower beds here and there, the general effect is choppy and fussy. A bit like an over-dressed person. Not the most visual appealing result from your landscaping efforts.

When landscaping, a single tree or a small group is not a bad arrangement on the lawn. Do not centre the tree or trees. Let them drop a bit into the background. Make a pleasing side feature of them. In choosing trees for your landscaping project, keep in mind a number of things. You should not choose an overpowering tree. The tree should have a good shape, with something interesting about its bark, leaves, flowers or fruit.

For the beauty of landscaping, the catalpa is quite lovely by itself. Its leaves are broad, its flowers attractive, the seed pods which cling to the tree until way into the winter, add a bit of picturesqueness. The bright berries of the ash, the brilliant foliage of the sugar maple, the blossoms of the tulip tree, the bark of the white birch, and the leaves of the copper beech all these are beauty points to consider when planning your overall landscaping arrangement.

Landscaping may follow along very formal lines or along informal lines. The first would have straight paths, straight rows in stiff beds, everything, as the name tells, perfectly formal. The other method is, of course, the exact opposite. You should consider the advantages and danger points in each.

In conclusion, plan for open lawn spaces in your overall landscaping design and keep a visually appealing tree to blend in the background. Think balance and you will come up with a beautiful landscaping design for your yard.


Spring Savings

Now that the weather is getting warmer and Spring is here we will be offering one of best discounts of the season – 20% off any concrete or paver job now until summer! This is one of our best deals because you will save on your longer projects in the long run.

During the winter, he effects of snow and salt can do a lot of damage to already aging concrete, but the good new is we specialize in the repair of concrete cracks, in driveways, patios, walkways and stairs. Our process is simple, if you give us a call at (856) 938-7012 we can stop out, at your earliest convenience, to give you a free no hassle estimate. . We pride ourselves in a providing quick, professional and dependable service and we hope that you choose Deep Sea Concrete & Hardscape, LLC to materialize your vision for your next outdoor landscaping project.




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