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Escape In This Gilbert Backyard Landscape Renovation!

Escape in this Gilbert backyard landscape renovation!  Marbella landscape pavers were installed over an existing patio and extended to create additional patios that tie seamlessly with the pool deck.  An Aluma-Wood patio cover was built off from the existing patio to provide additional shade from our sizzling Arizona sun!  Stone veneer was added to the patio columns to add that unique custom look.  Many hours can now be spent using their very own backyard putting green.  The homeowners will be sure to relax and entertain in their very own “Dream Retreat!”

Thin-Overlay Landscape Paver Pool Decks

Arizona’s climate allows for homeowners to enjoy their outdoor living spaces year-round.  For many Arizona homeowners a swimming pool is one element of their outdoor entertaining options.  Along with the pool always comes the pool deck which is an important functional and visual aspect to an Arizona landscape design.  Over the last few years, thin-overlay landscape pavers have overwhelmingly become the hardscape of choice for pool decks with our clients.

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Remodel pavers can be used to overlay many different surfaces.  Thin-overlay pavers are primarily used on pool decks and patios.  These thin remodel pavers are installed over an existing concrete or spray deck surface.  The pavers are generally approximately 1 1/4″ in thickness.  Since the pavers are free floating on a bed of sand, this application is the best choice for an existing surface that has structural, and or stress cracks.

Since landscape pavers come  in many shapes and colors, the landscape design options are endless.  A landscape paver pool deck provides a tremendous face-lift to an existing, often undesireable pool deck!


Remodel Your Pool Deck Using Thin Overlay Pavers

Although the temperatures outside still aren’t quite pool season,  we all look forward to warmer days to relax by the pool.  Now is the perfect time to start planning your paver pool deck so it’s ready in time for cannon ball season.  Artistic landscape pavers have been a hot trend being used to create beatiful patios and pool decks.  It’s become quite easy to tie existing pool decks and patios together using both regular sized pavers along with thin overlay pavers which can be installed directly on top of existing pool decks and patios.  Artistic landscape paver selections are extensive and come in many sizes and styles.  Check out these pictures of some of our recent jobs.  Our photo gallery is full of inspiration!

Gilbert Landscape Contractor Travertine Pool Deck

Arizona Landscape Design Paver Pool Deck

Phoenix Landscape Design Travertine Pool Deck

Buyer Beware! Is Your Arizona Landscape Contractor An ICPI Certified Paver Installer?

With the current recession that plagues us; there is growing concern of the number of unqualified landscapers that are working within the landscape contracting industry.  Concern of unqualified landscape contractors is growing within many Homeowner Association Communities who are trying to uphold standards regarding landscapes within their communities to aid in maintaining home values in an already challenging housing industry.  HOA’s aren’t the only segment that this concern is growing among, many licensed, experienced landscape contractors and manufacturers of building materials are also being affected by unqualified “landscapers.” Professional landscape contractors are being undercut in bidding wars with these so called landscapers along with manufacturers are being affected by the bad name their product is getting because these “landscapers” will almost always blame the product not the installation when their work begins to turn bad.

There are numerous unlicensed, unqualified, uninsured landscape contractors within the Phoenix area that many homeowners are hiring to provide landscaping services especially in the area of concrete thin overlay landscape paver installations for new driveways, patio’s, sidewalks and pool decks.

Dream Retreats landscape paver pool deck

Landscape pavers are an alternate to poured concrete surfaces that provide brilliant color, shapes and sizes that can provide “curb appeal” and value to homeowners.  There are currently several different manufacturers here in the Phoenix area that produce superior products at reduced prices due to the collapse of the building industry.

The success of any landscape paver project depends on the willingness of the installer to install landcape pavers correctly.  This often seems to be  the big problem!  Almost all paver installations should be installed over 2″ of base material (referred to as ABC) that needs to be compacted with 1/2″ to 1″of finish sand over the ABC to provide a proper bedding platform on which the pavers rest.  To do otherwise results in project failure (heaving and shifting movements that look like ocean waves) that often gets blamed on the paver itself, when in fact it is the installation process.  If paver projects are installed correctly by a licensed, experienced contractor, they will provide a lifetime of beauty and functional service.

There are a flood of purported contractors that leave business cards on homeowner doors.  Many of these are people that have no business being in business.  The only attraction they present to the unsuspecting homeowner is the cheap price.  Many of the prices we see out there are below the cost of what a legitimate installer can charge, let along the idea of making a profit to enable them to stay in business.  Usually it takes a year or so for paver project failures to present themselves- by then the cheap-guy in long gone.  Try calling him to stop by to correct the problem – more than likely he is long gone and you are stuck with a mess.  The blame for these failures are then unfairly placed on the pavers themselves.

Dream Retreats landscape paver patio

Thankfully, there is an organization named “I.C.P.I. of Arizona” short for “Interconnecting Concrete Paver Institute” that can provide homeowners with certified and licensed contractors to call for bids.  Dream Retreats is a landscape contractor that serves the Phoenix  area that is ICPI Certified.  At Dream Retreats we have gone through the professional training and certification through the ICPI Institute.  We will provide to homeowners the professional proper installation of landscape pavers.

Landscape Pavers: Great Hardscape for Pool Decks & Patios

Are you tired of looking at your ugly gray concrete patio? Or how about your cracking and peeling pool deck coating?  Are you worried about the cost and mess involved in removing all that concrete in order to update your pool deck or landscape?  Well I have a great solution for you to beautify your front or backyard landscape or redo your pool deck without having to go through all the cost and hassle.  The latest products in the market are the new thin overlay paverslandscape pavers.  These pool deck landscape thin overlay pavers can be placed right over the top of your concrete patio or pool deck.  They can also be used to extend any patio or pool deck!

The best choices for pool decks are the new white cement thin overlay pavers from Arizona Block or the travertine pavers.  Both are cool on your feet, look great, and have coping pieces that finish around the pool without having to remove the pool deck or damage the tile or pool interior.

If you’re considering extending your current patio to create a larger outdoor living space, thin overlay landscape pavers are a great. The paver can be placed on the existing concrete and then extended out into the yard on a prepared crushed granite sub-base. This is a great way to beautify your current patio as well as achieve the appearance of a larger overall space since it’s all one type of material.

In either case, using thin overlay landscape pavers is a great way to improve your landscape patio, or pool deck without the hassle of removing the existing concrete.  Check out these jobs we did in Scottsdale and Chandler.

Thin Overlay Pavers for a patio & patio extension

Thin Overlay Pavers for a patio & patio extension

Thin Overlay Pavers used for a pool deck

Thin Overlay Pavers used for a pool deck