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Landscape Design & Poolscape in Manalapan, NJ

Full Property Landscape Remodel in Manalapan, NJ - Total Renovation Cost Under $120,000

Our latest client in wanted to refresh their entire property. A full redesign of their current landscaping in the front of the house. Part of the remodel included an update their back yard and pool area. To bring the design together we tied the patio, pool deck and their new pavilion area with multiple walkways and stepping stone paths. All new hardscape design elements feature concrete pavers and blocks from Techo-Bloc.

 

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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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Pool Coping Install In Manalapan, NJ

Last week we started work on our clients pool in Manalapan, NJ. We ripped out the old natural stone pool coping and replaced it with Techo-Bloc’s Travertina coping. There is still a ton of work to do as we attach the current patio and walkway to the pool deck. We also have other decorative and functional touches being added to the area. More to come!

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4 Vacation Retreats In Your Own Backyard

1. Decks: Outdoor Living

Decks have become an extremely popular, low-cost way to add living space to a home. They not only make it convenient to enjoy sitting outside day or night, they also open up the home and facilitate entertaining and outdoor dining.

Outdoor rooms are becoming very popular, in fact, and not just in warm weather climates. Homeowners are remodeling their decks and patios into small- and full-scale outdoor kitchens, dining and entertaining areas

Even with a small budget you can create an enjoyable outdoor room for dining and entertaining. There are three basics to any outdoor kitchen: grilling area, food prep area and sink and, of course, dining area. Unless you have an extravagant budget to work with, the grill is a good basis for most outdoor kitchens.

But, before you can even begin cooking you will want to have a food preparation area. For many homeowners, a simple counter space will suffice for this. Another basic necessity for food preparation is an outdoor sink.

Perhaps the most important aspect of your outdoor kitchen is the dining area. Be sure to choose a location on your deck that is comfortable. If you’re eating during the daytime you’re not going to want the sun beating down on you or your food. A tabletop umbrella, a pergola, or even large trees will do the trick.

 

2. Patios: Low-Maintenance Retreat

If you don’t enjoy working on your landscaping and yard work, a small, low-maintenance patio is a good solution for you.

Small doesn’t have to mean dull and uninteresting. A well-designed patio, no matter how small, can be a fun escape from indoors. Use this link to install a patio.

The choice of materials for your patio is based on personal taste. Many people like the classic look of brick, which is durable, easy to install and available in many colors. Patio pavers are also inexpensive and easy to install. They are available in many shapes and sizes and are long lasting and durable. A third option is flagstone. Available in many shapes and colors, flagstone can be pre-cut for standard sizes or custom shapes.

If you would like to have box gardens or a small patch of grass on your patio, plan to have them in the areas that receive consistent amounts of sunlight.

A fountain or small waterfall will add a luxurious and exotic feel to your patio. Running water helps obscure outside noises and creates a relaxing atmosphere, especially if you are in an urban area.

There is nothing as pleasant as enjoying a meal on your patio. Design an area large enough for a table and a few chairs. If you are very limited on space, built-in planters with wide borders offer a place to sit for buffets and casual gatherings.

 

3. Landscape: Your Personal Garden Escape

There are numerous traditional landscaping and garden styles which you can model your own after. Or, you can be creative and incorporate elements from different styles to create a look of your own design. One of the most important things in landscape design, however, is to work with what you have.

English Garden Style: Utilizes many shrubs and perennials in a design that complements the architectural style of your home. Other decorative elements might include an arbor or bird bath.

Oriental Landscape: Uses water, rocks and evergreens with a variety of plants to create distinctive perspectives. Also popular is the traditional Japanese Zen garden.

Woodland Landscape: Reflects the natural way that fauna grows in a wooded area, this design has a less manicured appearance. A good choice if you do not wish to spend a lot of time on maintenance.

Butterfly Gardens: Butterfly or bird species common to your area make a welcome addition to many gardens. Certain species of plants provide a food source and are useful for attracting these flying friends.

Xeriscape Gardens: Includes lots of low-water plants and flowers, as well as design ideas to reduce water evaporation.

Remember, you will spend a lot more time in your yard if you have a landscape design that you are happy with.

 

4. Swimming Pools and Hot Tubs: Soak Away Stress

Why should you only enjoy a swimming pool or hot tub while you’re on vacation? If you install your own, every day can be a vacation. A swimming pool can provide hours of relaxation and fun.

Swimming pools come in a variety of different materials, some requiring more maintenance than others. No matter which type fits your liking, use this link to get your own swimming pool.

The slick surface of fiberglass pools repels algae, but it will need occasional re-coating.

Concrete pools can take more wear and tear than other pool materials, however they need to be replaced or resurfaced every 7 to 10 years.

Tile is a concrete pool with a tile finish instead of a plaster finish. The tile surface requires less surface maintenance than other surfaces.

Vinyl-lined pools have a slick surface that, like fiberglass, repels algae. It’s easier to maintain the chemical balance in vinyl pools, but they need to be replaced about every 10 years.

Hot tubs also serve as the ultimate personal retreat. The tub’s therapeutic waters are ideal for stress relief and relaxation, alleviating the aches and pains of everyday demands in the privacy of your own home. Hot Tubs are direct paths to relaxing evenings.

 

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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.:)