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Pool Deck & Landscaping

Landscape & Pool Makeover in Marlboro, NJ

We recently completed an entire landscaping, patio, and pool deck design for a client in Marlboro, NJ.

Our clients wanted an entire make over of their backyard in Marlboro, NJ. Our designers put together a complete landscape design for the backyard including a new patio, steps, pool deck, and pool coping.

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Pool Deck Pool Coping & Landscape Design

Pool Coping & Deck in Manalapan Completed!

Last week we finished up our customers new pool deck and pool coping in Manalapan, NJ.

Along with the pool deck and pool coping we installed a sitting wall by the pool. The landscaping around the pool was designed to tie in the new pool area with the look and feel of the rest of the outdoor living space. The new pool deck and coping transformed the pool into an extension of the outdoor living space.
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Driveway & Steps in Toms River, NJ – Part 1

All hands are on deck in Toms River, NJ. Our latest client in Ocean County New Jersey is doing a major overhaul of their property. The site has been prepped and installation of the Techo-Bloc Industria border pavers for the driveway is progressing nicely. There is a ton of work to do before the debut of our new secret weapon and the work on the steps and pillars can begin.

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Permeable Pavers

Techo-Bloc released its Inflo tongue-and-groove paver system, which was designed for the industrial, commercial and institutional markets. According to the company, the Inflo can be used to pave large surfaces and eliminates rainwater runoff.

Inflo includes an integrated self-locking system with vertical, horizontal and rotational interlock. In addition, it eliminates the need for retention basins and relieves demand on municipal storm sewers, says Éric Clavette, vice president of sales at Techo-Bloc.

The Inflo pavers, which are made from concrete, allow water to be directly absorbed into the ground. They can be used for a number of applications, including large parking lots, public squares, residential streets, sidewalks, crosswalks and patios.

The Inflo system’s design and installation process is based on four variables, including type of soil, regional rainfall conditions, loads and traffic intensity. Each variable is considered when installing the system in order to ensure efficiency.

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 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.

Cost Of Installing Pavers

OK, so everyone asks, “How much does it cost per square foot to install pavers?” Unfortunately, there is no simple answer. Oh sure, we can do calculations all day long to figure out that last week we installed a 430 sf patio for Mrs. Jones for $6,785.00, and yes, with some quick math, we know that it was installed for $15.78 per square foot. But we also know that we installed a walkway last week for the Smiths, who live next door to Mrs. Jones, and it was closer to $26.00 per square foot? So what gives? Why the difference? And what goes into the pricing for each job?

Here’s the catch… no one prices strictly by the square foot anymore – or at least, no one should be pricing that way. It does not make good business sense. All of the industry leaders say that the best practice is to price out each job individually and to not lump every job into a general price bracket. Here’s why… Every job is different. Simple, right? Let’s take a look.

Mrs. Jones’s patio was in the back yard. It was fairly accessible for our trucks and machinery to get in and move around. The soils had decent drainage and stability. There was nothing there that needed to come out first – other than grass and dirt. The paver Mrs. Jones chose was a traditional 4 by 8 brick shape that she wanted laid in a herringbone pattern.

Next door, the Smiths just had a new driveway installed and the walkway connected it to the front door. We couldn’t drive on the new asphalt, so we came in from the road across the front yard. Oh, and by the way, the septic tank is in the front yard so we couldn’t bring our truck in. Everything had to be moved in or out of the walkway area by skid steer or wheel barrow. The soils here were the same as at the Jones house, and we laid the same paver in a running bond pattern.

So what are the factors that we see as important to each project? The main ones are as follows:

1.Project Type – is it a large area where we can be very efficient with our materials and crews or is it a smaller project with a lot of intricate detail?

2.Existing Conditions/Structures – is there concrete to remove or just a few a shrubs?

3.Soil Conditions – clay soils? well draining sandy soils?

4.Excavation Depth – is the project a driveway or a walkway?

5.Site Access – can we get in with a truck and machines?

6.Site Dump – can we leave excavated materials on site or do we have to haul it away?

7.Paver Choice and Pattern – was a basic paver and pattern chosen or is there an upgrade?

Paver Walkways

Walkways do not only enhance the aesthetics of your yard, they also create functional pathways to your garage, your shed and to your front door. Especially in the wintertime you will appreciate established and well-maintained walkways. They will make it easier and safer to get around on your property.
To prepare for the snowy season it is a good idea to clear all the sideways and walkways around your home. Clear any tools, hoses, rocks and debris form the walkways, so that shoveling or snow blowing will be easier and smoother once winter hits.
Check for Problem Spots Now
Another good idea is to check for cracks and other problem spots now. The extreme temperature-change will worsen the cracks over the winter – and the repairs will be more extensive and expensive in the spring. You also want to make sure to get rid of any low spots where puddles can develop and water might collect.
Inspect the Drainage System
Another important thing to check, is your water drainage system: Make sure, that rain and melting snow will not spill directly on your walkway, but can flow freely through your drainage system. If water gets under your walkway during the cold winter month, and the water freezes, it can actually rise up the walkway in certain spots. The consequence is, that the walkway will crack or get otherwise damaged in these areas.
Hire a Professional
“I can’t tell you how many times I get calls for walkways from people who have a walkway that is in disrepair or simply never had one to begin with“, says George Cavanaugh, Picture Perfect. „And every one of them in the end wished they had acted sooner.“ Picture Perfect is ICPI certified and a member of the NCMA (Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute and National Concrete Masonry Association respectively). “We do not only want to transform the curb appeal of your home, we have the skills necessary to install a walkway that will last the life of your home.”
Keep it Safe
By keeping your walkway clean and well maintained you also keep it safe. According to the National Floor Safety institute, there are more than 8 million emergency room visits and 21,000 deaths each year because of slip, trip and fall accidents. Most of these incidents happen on even floor, in 55 percent of all cases, the walkway is implicated as the cause.