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Pool Coping and Treads

When designing a new Residence or Commercial Property, consider these ideas to keep up with the trend toward more modern clean lines:

1. Squared off edges on Cast stone copings and caps with either 90 degree edges or a simple 45 degree chamfer.

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2. Choose either a Smooth, Light Texture or Acid Wash finish to enhance the the squared off edges and keep the focus on the shapes rather than the finish.

3. Stay with cooler colors such as Kerckhoffstone White, Marco, or Bristol or paired with our cool greys such as Tarpon, Dolphin, 5 Points Grey, or Charcoal.

4. Use Linear Pavers and running bond patterns in Veneer and panels.

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So you’re ready to landscape your garden! And of course, like any discriminating homeowner, you want to use the highest quality materials you can find. Thus, you’re certainly leaning toward Kerckhoffstone Cast stone to beautify your backyard.

But although Cast stone is a beautiful material, there are just so many options when it comes to using it in and around your home. How do you decide what kind of Cast stone to use? And how much is too much? What features of your yard and garden do you want to highlight, and how?

Here are a few design tips for using Cast stone features in your home landscaping.

Pavestones

There’s nothing more beautiful than a pathway paved with gorgeous and durable Cast stone flagstones. Whether you are creating a footpath from your back porch to your garden, or whether you want to create a lovely path to encircle a pond, flagstones can help to beautify any backyard.

Cast Stone Veneer

You’ve been glaring at the ugly garden wall for ages, without knowing how to fix it up. It’s made of weather-stained concrete blocks, and you experience physical pain every time you see it. If only there was a way to make that wall more attractive without completely tearing it down and starting over.

Lucky for you, there is! Cast stone veneer allows you to adhere thin pieces of Cast stone to that unsightly garden wall. This makes it look as though the whole wall is built of beautiful granite or limestone, when in reality it is an outer shell of Cast stone. Much less expensive, but still perfectly gorgeous!

Fire Pit

This sounds so much more difficult than it is! A cast stone fire pit is simple to build and it immediately adds an attractive and functional piece to any backyard! Creating your own fire pit is an easy three-step process. First, dig out your firepit; second, order a kit from DC Kerckhoff Co or simply purchase your own cast stone wedges, and finally arrange them in a two-layer circular rings. There are plenty of DIY articles and videos available on line. Once you see other beginners give it a try, you will feel much more confident and ready to start building.

Cast Stone Treads

This is even easier than the fire pit. Slabs of staggered simulated limestone or slate can be arranged against a hillside so as to create steps leading to a porch, backyard, or garden. This is a beautiful and simple way to create outdoor stairs – so much simpler than building a staircase out of wood! Although you may spend a little more money on quality cast stone than a porch steps built of two-by-fours, the cast stone steps will last longer and retain their beauty for years to come.

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Whether you’ve decided to tackle a DIY project by installing your own patio or you’ve hired a contractor or landscape designer to do it for you, you’re going to have to select the materials you prefer. There are many choices to consider.

Between Cast stone pavers, concrete, gravel, and even wooden decking, it can be difficult to determine the materials that are most suitable for your patio. How can you make the right decision? There are several factors to consider when making your choice.

Usage

Above all, you need a product that’s going to meet your practical needs. Sure you might like the look of wooden decking, but does it have the same longevity as Cast stone?

Naturally, your personal taste and the style of your home will play some role in your decision, but first and foremost you need patio materials that suit a functional purpose. For example, if you plan to place furniture on your patio, you might prefer a smooth surface like concrete or Cast stone pavers instead of, say, gravel or uneven rock surfaces, so that your furniture doesn’t tip every time it’s touched.

Do you want your patio to double as a sport surface where your kids can shoot hoops? In this case a concrete surface might be your best bet. Before you even start looking at patio materials, take the time to consider planned usage to ensure the end product meets your needs.

Climate

Materials designed for use in patio surfaces should have features that allow them to hold up under a variety of weather conditions. After all, they’re meant for outdoor use. That said, certain materials are bound to be more durable than others when faced with extreme weather conditions.
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Wooden decking can be lovely, but even with weather protection in place, it’s only a matter of time before exposure to the elements takes its toll. Over time you could be dealing with rot, mold, warping, and a variety of other issues that make your patio surface unusable and even dangerous.

Even in a relatively temperate climate this might still be an issue as even rain and sun can wear down certain materials.

Maintenance

Every patio surface is going to need some kind of maintenance to avoid damage and keep it looking good for years. The question is how much. What will it cost you in time, effort, and money?

When considering materials, it’s best to ask about appropriate maintenance so that you have an understanding of the relative difficulty and cost of upkeep.

Cost

The cost of materials and installation is always relevant when it comes to home upgrades. Your patio isn’t likely to show much return on investment, but attractive outdoor spaces can definitely make your home more appealing.

Regardless, you likely have at least some idea of a budget going in and you’ll need to find materials that meet functional needs, suit your aesthetic, and come in under budget.

Expert Advice

Most people don’t know the first thing about patio materials. But purveyors of pavers and other patio surfaces can offer a wealth of knowledge and experience. Come prepared with questions and you’re sure to get the expert advice you need to make an informed decision.

Add a wow factor to your landscaping project by adding hardscaping components to complement and enhance living elements.

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In case you haven’t heard the term before, hardscaping is any part of your outdoor landscaping that is manmade, including items made from Cast stone, brick, concrete, metal, or wood. This is as opposed to living plantscape, which generally consists of the flora in your yard.

A modern outdoor design project will incorporate both hard and soft elements working together to create a beautiful and functional outdoor space that acts as an extension of your home for your family and friends to enjoy. If you do it right, your hardscaping could even transform your outdoor space from a traditional yard with pretty flowers and plants to an exciting and unique living space.

Here are a few helpful hardscaping tips that will allow any homeowner to make the most of available outdoor space.

1. Measure Your Space

You can’t really get started planning your hardscaping project until you know what kind of space you’re working with. This knowledge can help you to put together a design and create a budget before starting your project.

2. Plan Ahead

There are two things to consider in the planning process: budget and design. You don’t want to start any hardscaping project if you’re missing one or both of these elements.

If your budget allows, consider hiring a professional to put together a design for you. There are programs you can use to dream up your outdoor spaces on your own, but without a background in design you might end up with a major disaster in your yard.

3. Comparison Shop

Even with a design in place that sketches out the basic layout of your yard, you might not have a firm handle on the hardscape materials and elements you want to include.

Your best bet is to comparison shop, learning about the differences in cost, construction, durability, and aesthetic appeal associated with a variety of materials. Even though you might like the price point of concrete, the look may not appeal to you as much as, say, natural stone. So shop around before making any decisions.

4. Functionality

In design, form follows function. Before you start perusing planter boxes and pavers, you need to make sure that you have considered how you want your yard to function, as well as the role that your intended usage, regional weather, and other environmental factors will play.

5. Aesthetics

Finally, it’s time to think about the element of beauty in your yard. Hardscaping, when done right, can transform your yard into an attractive retreat.

Think about how every paver, planter, and piece of furniture will work together to create a cohesive whole and provide visual appeal, in addition to functional value. You’ll end up with a hardscape that perfectly compliments your living landscape and makes your home more attractive overall.