Winter Tips for Any Outdoor Holiday Gathering!

California gatherings are often celebrated outdoors. For those of us that enjoy outdoor gatherings, especially during the holiday seasons. Follow these 5 simple tips to make sure you’re the ultimate host.

Call Your Outdoor Makeover Specialist 

Most importantly get a hold of a fully qualified outdoor makeover specialist. Genesis Stoneworks has been Southern California’s Premiere Outdoor Makeover Specialist for 24 years and counting. Qualified with more licenses than anyone else. Along with over 13,000 delighted clients, Genesis brings your outdoor dreams of a perfect paradise to life.

Shelter 

Bring the festivities outside by creating a protected outdoor living space for your family and friends with our patio covers. Whether an attached extension to your home or a free-standing structure, these patio covers provide a safe and inviting environment. An elegant pergola or patio cover can extend the use of your pool or outdoor living space during those warm California days. They provide loungers and swimmers with a relaxing and shaded area from the hot afternoon sun. As the season changes into cooler weather, the combination of a covered patio and fireplace will keep your guests comfortable while they enjoy your spectacular ambiance and festivities.

Create Entertaining Attraction 

Attractions such as pools or putting greens can take any outdoor gathering to the next level. Putting greens, while blending stylishly into your surrounding landscape, provide instant allure. Another appealing feature may include a center island for your pool. Giving not only a unique quality that sets your outdoor space apart from the rest, but can assist as a platform for tropical plants, rocks and outdoor decor. Alternatively, it may also be used for sunbathing and childish adventures. Never the less outdoor attractions make it easy to keep your guest entertained for hours.

Light It Up

Outdoor lighting will not only bring curb appeal to your home, it provides added safety and security. Pathways, steps and all pedestrian traffic areas throughout your property should always be correctly lit. Proper lighting also projects a beautiful aesthetic quality and adds warmth to your home. Pools and or spa lighting can add glamorous highlight to any outdoor decor, water feature or plant life. Most importantly, outdoor lighting prevents the setting daylight from stopping your celebrations.

Keep Warm 

As cooler evenings approach, welcome your guests with a warm and bright fire. Fireplaces and fire pits can be a focal point for your outdoor gatherings, drawing people together with inviting warmth. They add radiance while contributing a cozy atmosphere making it possible to bring your holiday festivities outdoors.

Holiday Escapes: Beautiful Driveway and Backyard Designs

Estate style driveway with matching pilasters by Genesis Stoneworks.

Long weekends like the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday take people outside. I like to think of them as an exodus from office chairs and television screens, to sunshine and BBQ chicken with friends.

However, the view may be startling for some.  Un-kept lawns, cracking driveways, and cluttered patios can easily put a damper on high spirits.  Rather than spend yet another long weekend watching home remodeling shows, why not take action!?

Consider a change.  Winter is an excellent time for remodeling.  Social events gravitate towards warmer months of the year, and Southern California winters are dry.  These factors make for great opportunities to make big changes during these “slow” months.

With start to finish times as fast as two days, Genesis could transform your home into an enviable paradise faster than your Amazon book arrives.  Let Genesis turn a cluttered patio into a resort style escape! How about transforming that embarrassing driveway into an elegant approach!?

New research in permeable paving stones and heat island effects show that interlocking paving can even benefit Mother Earth.  Excess run-off from landscape irrigation or seasonal rain storms can cause erosion and water contamination. Permeable paving counteracts this by filtering excess water through sand and gravel sub-grade, which removes contaminants and limits run-off volume.  Choosing light colored stone helps to battle the heat island effect on a micro scale.  By choosing interlocking paving over asphalt, the property stays cooler.  This is because dark-colored materials absorb more solar energy, getting hot, and stay hot long into the evening.  Light colored interlocking paving reflects that solar energy and keeps the property cooler.

Genesis Stoneworks specializes in outdoor remodels for driveways, patios, and even landscaping.  With 10,000 satisfied clients and counting, you’ll be working with someone who knows how to create the most beautiful version of your home.

To schedule a free estimate, call Genesis toll free at 888.389.5533, or visit our free estimate page.  Don’t settle for another weekend inside, make the exodus into a more beautiful life today.

Driveway Pavers Installation

The difference between a professional construction team, and an amateur ‘weekend warrior’ is obvious. Detail.

Consider the photo depicted in figure 1. When there’s limited access to install a back patio or walkway, sometimes the only solution is a straight line. The straight line can lead right through the front and rear exits of the home.

When Genesis consults on a project, access represents a key concern. Pricing and the time-table of the project depend heavily on the distance between crew vehicles and supplies and the paved area. Our goal is to get your home back to 110% as soon as possible, and sometimes this means unconventional measures.

Special Access Project
[Figure 1] This project required special access through the home to reach a back patio.

In figure 1 left, the crew’s only access leads right through the home. To protect against damage and dirt, Genesis developed a specific technique for through-the-home access. In figure 1, notice the tarp covering the floor, nearby cabinets, and furniture. This ensures not dirt, dust, or pebbles touch the residence. Temporary plywood flooring above the tarp further protects from grime and scratches.

Upon project completion, the crew rolls up the tarp and reveals the spotless condition of the pathway. It’s like Genesis was never even there, except for the beautiful new outdoor feature that neighbors will envy for years to come. This writer recommends inviting the neighbors over to gloat, I mean dinner.

For all your outdoor remodeling visions, contact Genesis today. Many members of our design team have been with us for 15 years or more, so we have the experience needed to raise your expectations of your property. Allow us to surprise you. For a free estimate, call toll free 888.389.5533 or visit our free estimate page.

New! Vinyl Fencing

Duramax is now at Genesis!

These vinyl products are engineered at the highest level of durability and beauty, giving your home the most bang for your buck. The experts at Duramax have designed these products specifically to withstand the ultraviolet rays of Southern California, one of the harshest environments for outdoor decorations. Not only do we now carry vinyl fencing, but walls, patio decks, sheds, trimming, and gazebos.

New! Vinyl Fencing and more!

Aestheticaly pleasing, these new products can be ordered as straight vinyl, or foe wood and stone.

In addition to vinyl fencing’s incredible lightness, strength, and durability, it is also less costly than alternative products. Several qualities of vinyl products ease installation and maintenance:

First: of all no trenching is required; the products are engineered hollow to cut down on weight, but also with internal structural supports that increase strength.

Second: repairs to any damaged structures are only a fraction of the expense as to other decorative materials; the low weight decreases the need for bulky footings and supports.

Third: most walls are engineered with drainage systems, but vinyl has no need of this. The bulk of the structure does not rest on the ground, therefore water cannot build up and cause soil erosion. Vinyl products are simply easier to work with.

Give Genesis a toll free call at 888.389.5533 and we’d love to talk you through the new system. We will send a representative to your home to give you a consultation free of charge. No obligations and no regrets. It is your home and it deserves the best. Let us help you on the path to a richer life.

-Genesis

Free Paver Rendering

The recurring issue with purchasing a product is that you are never quite sure what you are really getting. There is always that element of risk. We here at Genesis are positive you will be pleased with our results, so we’ve done something novel; we provide an image of your finished product, before we even begin demolition.

Free Paver Rendering
Our photo editing software is very precise, able to match the colors and patterns you have envisioned. All you have to do is send us an image of the space, and we will generate an electronic composite. We will eliminate that element of risk and give proof that your home is worth investing in. Send us an image today and see what we can do! You will be impressed with the potential of your home…

GenesisWalls.com

Genesis is proud to introduce GenesisWalls.com! This is the newest online tool for customers to use in identifying which look is best for their home. Soon to come on the site are Stone Veneer, Retaining Wall, Garden Wall, and Fence Wall articles that could help customers figure out which wall best fits their needs. Feel free to stop by and take a look at the different property design opportunities!

Elegance…

Elegance is an interesting word. In many circles it represents the idea that the simplest solution is also the most beautiful. This idea permeates the world of stone pavers. There is no process simpler than the installation of stone pavers to one’s drive; and there is no driveway surface that is more beautiful. Every home owner looking to improve curb appeal and/or the value of their property should consider this elegant decision for their home. Visit our site at Genesis Stoneworks to see what we mean.

Safety in the winter season…

With all of the dynamic weather systems hitting the California coat this time of year, it is a good idea to think of the safety of yourself and your loved ones. Heated driveways can eliminate ice buildup and also provide an element of comfort to your hardscape drive. For those with existing paver drives the instalation is quick and painless because of the flexibility of stone pavers. If a concrete drive already exists, then this could be an excellent opportunity to upgrade the appearance of your home with stone pavers.