The Benefits of Installing Raised Patios

Raised patios provide versatile options for New Jersey homeowners looking to enhance the outdoor space in their home. This is due to the fact that this form of patio construction can be implemented in just about any space, in any style and in any size, with virtually no limitations. There are a number of benefits that raised patios offer in comparison to other types of patio and deck construction.

Below we outline some of the biggest benefits:ments of your landscape:

  • Endless Design Options – One of the greatest benefits of raised patios as compared with traditional deck installation or replacement is the endless design options. They can be designed in almost any shape, size or style and can be situated in virtually any location. There is no need to be constrained by the grading of the surrounding landscape during the design. When creating a raised patio design, options can include multiple levels, steps, curved edges, incorporated seating and more. And since most raised patios only sit a short distance off the ground, there is no need to include railings in the design, making it easy to design a space that flows freely into the surrounding landscape.
  • Minimal Construction Constraints – Raised patios can be constructed in areas that lack uniform grading or those that do not come in contact with the surrounding landscaping. They can be installed in almost any space with few constraints. Other amenities are also easily incorporated are outdoor kitchens, built-in benches, pergolas and more.
  • Numerous Material Choices – There are many material choices to be considered including pavers, interlocking blocks, natural stone and poured concrete work well for the base of the patio. Stacked stone, faux or natural stone veneer, natural stone, bricks, blocks, pavers and concrete can be utilized to create retaining walls, steps and other prominent features. Any material that can be used to create a patio situated directly on the ground can be used to create a raised patio. The primary difference in installation is the amount of base material that is laid under the patio paving materials, as well as any additional side walls or steps that are required to transition the patio towards the surrounding landscape.
  • Low or No Maintenance Requirements – Raised patios offer an easy, maintenance free outdoor space that can be enjoyed for years and years. Unlike wood decking, there is no staining, painting or sealing that needs to be done on a periodic basis. And unlike a patio that is situated directly on the ground, there are no issues with weed growth to contend with. All that is typically required is a periodic cleaning to keep the patio material, whether stone, concrete or pavers, looking its best and keeping it free from the accumulation of mold or mildew.
  • Cost Savings – The cost of installation is typically lower than that of installing a similar sized deck. As an added bonus, there are almost no maintenance requirements, keeping the long-term costs significantly lower than decks.

Adding a raised patio to your outdoor landscape design can be the perfect finishing touch to your outdoor space, providing more usable entertaining space and offering a beautiful transition from the steps of your home into the surrounding yard.

If you are thinking about installing a raised patio in your New Jersey backyard, speak to the professionals at Grandview Outdoor for design advice, as well as information about material choices, construction options, pricing and more. Call us (973) 601-1114.

Posted: May 4th, 2012 | Permalink

Water Features in the New Jersey Landscape

Water features can make a big impact on NJ landscape designs. For years, architects and designers have chosen water as a focal point or an accent to compliment designs and plans. This is due to the effect that water can have on its surroundings, from a visual, auditory and overall aesthetic perspective. In fact, poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow noted the impact of water’s beauty through these words – “My soul is full of longing For the secret of the Sea, And the heart of the great ocean Sends a thrilling pulse through me.”

Residents of New Jersey can attest to the beauty that water has on its surroundings. With many NJ residents living within a stone’s throw of the ocean, it is no wonder that water features in New Jersey landscapes are so popular. Landscaping water features can recreate the beauty and soothing effects of natural bodies of water right in our own backyard. Beyond water’s natural part in our universe, it has definitely found its place in adorning our homes and landscapes.

To capture water’s true beauty, we need to be artisans and yet be respectful of water’s part in our eco-system. Whether a simple pondless water feature or an elaborate Koi pond is chosen as a landscaping accent, water can add a sustainable element of life to your NJ landscape design. The challenges of adding a water dynamic to the landscape, however, are directly related to the scale and splendor that you wish to implement when designing your water feature.

Below are some key planning points to ensure a successful water feature project:

  • Do your homework. Even the simplest water or pondless projects, when poorly implemented, can end up costing twice their value. As an example, the most crucial element of any successful pond is its ability to hold water. Therefore, a heavy gauge liner with a suitable underlayment is important in order to insure good water retention and should be considered. Otherwise, if the pond leaks, it can cost a lot more than the initial extra cost for the better quality liner. For larger projects, it is best to seek professional advice from a trusted industry contractor.
  • Have a complete plan in place that encompasses not just the water feature, but its surrounding location and serviceability needs. For example, a pond in the sun requires more maintenance than one situated in a shadier spot. Most ponds require electricity and proper filtration, so if you are interested in installing a waterfall or fountain, be sure you can get electricity to the location. A licensed electrician is needed for this type of application. Other things to consider include the filtration system, which can be just a skimmer with a mechanical filter or a UV filter, depending on your specific pond.
  • Know what features you want and plan accordingly. No two features are exactly alike. Water gardens are distinctly different than Koi ponds and can’t easily be interchanged. Koi ponds must be of a certain size, depending on how many Koi you want and the smallest Koi ponds are typically around 1000 gallons. Water gardens, on the other hand, can be as small as 15 gallons. Pondless features do not require a set volume of water, but rather a specific flow rate [gpm] that produces the effect that you desire. Keep in mind that pump sizing, in conjunction with flow valves and manifolds, are key to effective water features. If you know what you want from the beginning, choosing the proper sizing and accessories will be key to getting the desired outcome.
  • Be mindful of the environment. Water is not only a natural resource, but a key part of our eco-system. There needs to be a delicate balance maintained in order to sustain a healthy pond environment that is suitable for aquatic life. Improperly maintained ponds can have negative effects on the surrounding environment and on any inhabitants within the pond. When undertaking any outdoor project, especially one involving water, it is best to make eco-friendly decisions from the start.

Incorporating a water feature within your NJ landscape design can add beauty and tranquility to your backyard landscape. Whether you are interested in a Koi pond, pondless waterfall, fountain, waterwall or other water feature, the professionals at Grandview Outdoor can help you with all aspects of planning, design, installation and even servicing of your water feature.

Posted: February 25th, 2012 | Permalink

Pool Design in NJ: Salt vs. Chlorine

There are two popular types of pools being designed and built today in the New Jersey area. One of the most popular trends are salt water pools vs. the traditional chlorine pools. Here are some simple facts that will help you decide which option is best for you.

Both pools use chlorine, but salt water swimming pools require much less, are more gentle to the skin and will less likely burn swimmers eyes. The mechanics of a salt water system is what produces the chlorine so that tablets are not required.

At first glance, salt water swimming pools do cost more to build and to get started. This upfront additional cost can discourage consumers who are on a tight budget, but after the first couple of seasons, the savings in chemicals will not only pay for the increased costs but will save you money long term.

Since the salt used in the pool is more natural than chlorine, it is considered to be a healthier option and this weighs heavy on many minds in a time where organic and chemical free services are popular choices for a healthy lifestyle.
So when considering what type of swimming pool is right for you and your family, you may want to explore having a salt water pool built instead of the traditional chlorine type, as it will provide you with years of low maintenance enjoyment and possibly improve the long term value of your investment with a health conscience world that we live in today.

Grandview swimming pool contractors offers NJ swimming pool design, installation and renovation services throughout northern and central New Jersey. Call (973) 601-1114 for a quote.

Posted: January 26th, 2012 | Permalink