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Backyard Remodel Cream Ridge NJ

Problem:

Replace an existing pool and empty back yard into a complete outdoor entertainment area tying it into an existing deck.

Project Information

Estimated Project Cost (2017): ± $143,000 (not including the pool)

Estimated Project Duration: 1.5 months (Including permit inspections, subcontractors work, and pool removal and installation)

Project Location: Cream Ridge NJ

Completion Date: 09/17/2017

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The Solution

After the installation of the pool we designed and installed a 1085 sq. ft. pool deck with double borders. On the shallow end and rear length of the pool a short retaining wall was put in place to add landscaping beds around the pool and create the feeling of an outdoor living space. We included some pillars for decoration and lighting with 2 of them featuring large fire bowls on the pavilion side of the pool. A custom built 20′ x 16′ pavilion was built on top of a 420 sq. ft. patio area featuring a bar area with MSI natural ledger stone panels and a 42″ steel insert natural gas reclaimed wood fireplace with a TV. We also installed a complete outdoor lighting package and a full landscape design complimenting their outdoor entertainment area. All pavers, wall blocks, caps, and pool coping are from Techo-Bloc. Outdoor lighting comes from Coastal Source and the bar appliances are all Delta Heat products. The two pillars supporting the fire bowls were also built with MSI natural ledger stone panels matching the bar area.

Materials Used: Pool Area

  • 220 sq. ft. of Techo-Bloc Borealis smoked pine wall block.
  • 80  ln. ft. of Piedmonte riviera wall caps.
  • 1085 sq. ft. of Techo-Bloc BLU60 shale gray pavers for the pool deck.
  • 362 ln. ft. of Techo-Bloc Villagio chocolate brown pavers for the inside border.
  • 465 ln. ft. of Techo-Bloc Blue 60 shale gray pavers for the outside border.
  • 132 ln. ft. or Techo-Bloc Piedemonte riviera pool coping.
  • 119 ln. ft. of Techo-Bloc Parisian shale grey pavers for the coping border.
  • 2 – 2′ x 2′ x 3′ pillars by the pool entrance built with Borealis smoked pin block and Piedmonte riviera caps.
  • 2 – 2′ x 2′ x 2′ pillars at the far end of the pool to hold the two large firebowls with MSI ledger stone veneers.

Materials Used: Pavilion Area

  • 20′ x 16′ custom built pavilion with upgraded vinyl ceiling. 
  • 420 sq. ft. Techo-Bloc Borealis hazelnut raised floor with a Techo-Bloc Rocka rock garden brown border/step
  • 25 ft. L shaped bar with MSI natural stone ledger panels with a Delta Heat refrigerator and built in stainless steel storage units.
  • 42″ natural gas vent free fireplace with a recessed area for a TV. Stainless steel fireplace insert with a reclaimed wood exterior.

Materials Used: Landscaping

  • 20 – 24-48″ Wintergem Boxwoods
  • 2 – Boxwood cones
  • 1 – Phantom Hdrangea
  • 3 – 2.5″-3″ caliper Rose of Sharon
  • 1 – Chanticleer Pear, 2.5″-3″ caliper
  • 8 – 3 gallon Hughes Junipers
  • 4 – Maiden grass
  • 35 – 1 gallon assorted perrenials
  • 29 – 4-5 ft. Emerald Green Arbroviteas
  • 5 – Limelight Hydrangea
  • 8 – Fire Nandina red
  • 4 – Dwarf Mugo Pines
  • 1 – Globosa Spruce
  • 17 – Red Knockout Roses
  • 15 – yards of mulch
  • 9 – tons of stone for highlights

Materials Used: Landscape Lighting

  • 5 – Coastal Source MR-II LED spotlights 
  • 8 – Coastal Source small China hat LED path lights
  • 1 – Coastal Source transformer and digital timer

5 Benefits that Water Features Provide to Your Landscaping

Have you ever considered adding a water feature to your landscaping? Water features add sound, texture, and movement to landscaping designs and help homeowners to feel that their surroundings are more natural and unique.

Landscaping water elements are eye-catching, but they’re more than that. A functional and eye-pleasing landscape consists of several different elements working harmoniously together. One landscaping element that greatly contributes to the overall beauty of a design is water. Including water features in your landscaping provides some unexpected benefits.

 

1. They bring the sounds of nature to your doorstep. You work long hours, and it’s not often possible to get away from it all and enjoy nature’s soothing sounds. In this case, bring nature to you. With today’s technology and a clever plan designed just for your property, the soothing sounds of nature can be just outside your doorstep.

Imagine coming home from work, dropping your papers at the door, and wandering around to the patio table next to your water feature. The stressful day can melt away as you listen to the cascading water washing away your workday cares. But the sounds of nature aren’t the only benefit of your water feature.

 

2. They will attract natural wildlife and enhance your local ecosystem. As soon as your water feature is installed, you’ll begin to notice an increase in wildlife on your property. Birds will visit, and dragonflies will dart around. Instead of a barren span of horizontal land, your yard will become a haven for beneficial wildlife. Inviting wildlife onto your property provides endless hours of entertainment and educational opportunities for you and your family.

All living creatures need water to survive, so you’ll be supporting life in your little corner of the world. The plants you include in your landscaping plan, along with your water features, bring your property into harmony with the habitat around you.

 

3. They can be adapted to fit smaller spaces. Don’t automatically dismiss the idea of including water features in your landscaping design just because you have a small yard. Well-designed pondless water elements don’t require much space, so you can still enjoy the sound of water and the increased wildlife without taking up much of your precious land. A water feature can be tucked into an area of your property that previously seemed a waste of space. Often, awkward spaces are the best places to put small water features; you can turn an ill-used area into a beautiful focal point.

 

4. They require very little maintenance. Unlike swimming pools, which require vigilant monitoring, pondless water features can supply you with texture, natural sounds, and visual interest without much effort at all.

Simple wall fountains, huge cascading waterfalls, and other pondless water features are great choices if you don’t want to deal with much maintenance. The water in these features essentially re-circulates, so they don’t use much water and or grow much bacteria. Pondless water features are also great for families with young children because they don’t pose safety risks.

 

5. They give you an opportunity to make your landscaping one-of-a-kind. When you design a water feature for your yard, you get a chance to make your home truly unique. Everything about your water feature can be specially designed for your space. For instance, rocks can be hand carved to create beautiful flowing water elements and falls.

Outdoor Living Spaces..What is it?

The exterior of a home has now become an expansion of the interior living spaces. Design ideas are endless with the availability of many different exterior building materials such as; Brick Pavers, Cultured Stone, Natural Stone, Blue Stone, Travertine and many other collections. With the interior of a home having various rooms used for specific times and purposes, the exterior of a home is now being designed very similar.

The most common spaces are noted below

Outdoor Kitchen Area- Compromised of a built in grill, refrigerator, sink, ice maker.

Outdoor Bars- Long islands at a the typical bar height and over hang with granite and natural stone tops.

Dining area- Many times a lower level of the patio where a 5-10 person table is placed for eating. Fire Place or Fire Pit: A secluded area with a gorgeous stone fireplace or fire pit. Both natural gas and wood burning options used.Pool Space: A built in gunite or liner swimming pool with a surrounding pool patio space for lounging and at times additional dining area.

Pool House: For larger homes and back yards clients are now building separate pool houses which include a secondary outdoor kitchen, sitting space with an outside plasma TV. Most importantly an exterior shower and bathroom to keep guest from entering the house. With all of these of elements designed into a single backyard you will have the ultimate Outdoor Living Space.:)

Outdoor Living Needs & Ideas

The term “hardscape” means outdoor landscaping other than plants or other greenery. It is becoming increasingly more popular among homeowners, as evidenced by the National Association of the Remodeling Industry ranking outdoor living areas at No. 4 on the list of top remodeling trends.

The following is a list of five hardscape projects that homeowners are using to spruce up their backyards.

1. Retaining walls

Retaining walls were originally used for simply holding back earth, but they have evolved from merely a functional item to one that can be a centerpiece of a home beautification project. Stunning retaining walls can be a great component of a home landscape.

2. Walkways and water features

Steps and walkways not only serve a utilitarian purpose, they can add a very nice aesthetic touch to your outdoor living area as well.

3. Backyard patio

Done correctly, a backyard patio will not only improve the appearance of your home, it will make it look larger as well. A patio can be other attached to a house or detached from it, and can be constructed in a variety of shapes.

4. Sitting bench

Benches give you a way to have a seat and appreciate the tranquility of your outdoor living area.Picture Perfect Landscaping gives artisans the flexibility of building a bench in nearly any shape imaginable, so homeowners can have them custom made for a truly unique look.

5. Waterfalls and other backyard water features

Waterfalls add to the serenity of an outdoor living area, as do other water features. They come in a wide range of shapes and sizes, depending on the type of landscape on which they are constructed. Ponds are another popular water feature, and they normally are stocked with various forms of aquatic life, including both fish and plants.

6.) Outdoor kitchens and bars are 1 of the most exciting factors to any outdoor space. Picture Perfect Landscaping & Outdoor Costruction carry a full line of Outdoor Grill & Accesory Equipment as well as beautiful high end patio furniture . A one stop shop all under 1 roof.

All of these and more hardscape projects can be made quickly and inexpensively thanks to the Picture Perfect Landscaping Team. Call us at (855) 4PPLScapes  and we’ll tell you how we can build the backyard living area of your dreams.