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Enhanced Patios and Walkways Using Brick Pavers in Denver


August 16, 2017

One of the best ways to beef up your home’s curb appeal and make it one of the best on the block is through enhanced patios and walkways using brick pavers in Denver! Brick has so many benefits and advantages that concrete does not have, especially when it comes to aesthetics. Even a few simple changes will make a world of difference! Learn more about the top reasons to use brick pavers, ideas for creating pathways in your front and back yards, and tips for upgrading your landscaping.

Top Reasons to Use Brick Pavers

Brick pavers provide an upscale as prestigious look to your home. They are unique and will help your home stand out in the neighborhood. But not only do they have great aesthetic appeal, they have a quality that is unmatched by many other types of materials. For a great price, you can count on brick pavers to last for years to come. First, they are stronger than concrete and asphalt. They do not crack, fade or chip which allows them to maintain their great appearance even when battling the outdoor elements. Speaking of outdoor elements, having brick pavers installed will help snow and ice removal a breeze as it is a smooth, solid surface. This applies during the summer as well as you can sweep through it without having to get caught on gaps.

Ideas to Create Pathways

If you have paths around your home that are cracking and in poor shape, not only could this hurt the value of your home, but can also be a danger as well. You will want to fix this as soon as possible—and brick pavers are just the solution. Start by installing a brick paved driveway that makes for a welcoming entryway. Continue this design by creating a pathway that leads to your front porch. If you have landscaping along the side of your house, spruce it up by adding a small path around it. If you have a detached garage, it is also helpful to extend your brick pavers to lead to the entrance.

Tips for Upgrading Your Landscaping

Brick pavers are the perfect compliment to great landscaping. To add an extra pop to your newly installed pathways, line the outer side of the pavers with small, colorful flowers. If you have pavers installed on the side of your home, you can fill the space between the pavers and the home with decorative rocks—which also helps you cut down on mowing. As you work to enhance your lawn, HGTV has an extensive list of landscaping ideas to help.

For more ideas to enhance your home’s curb appeal, review these Denver hardscaping tips for your front yard. To help you install the perfect set of brick pavers, contact AMK Hardscapes. To get started to complete your project, contact AMK Hardscapes. We will help you create the perfect design that you will love all year long. Call us today at 303-525-8601 to see how we can help you design a perfect patio and/or walkway.
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Summer Entertaining Ideas and Brick Driveways in Castle Pines


August 2, 2017

Are you looking for ways to ramp up your home to be able to wow guests with your summer entertaining ideas? There are many different types of activities and events that you can plan to make the most of your outdoor space investments. Whether you are looking to relax with family or play host to a larger group, learn more about fun activities you can incorporate into your yard, ways to enjoy the cool Denver evenings and nights, and reasons to upgrade your brick driveways in Castle Pines.

Fun Activities

When it comes to fun activities that you can do in your own backyard, you can do quite a bit at a low price! If you are looking to make a large investment, consider installing a pool if your homeowner’s association allows it. This is one way to help you increase the value of your home. For something a little less permanent, consider purchasing a trampoline. This is a great way for anyone in the family to have fun and exercise. If you enjoy games, purchase a corn hole set which is a great way to spend a fun afternoon with friends. In addition, there are many other lawn games you can purchase that only take minutes to setup and teardown. Some of these include horseshoes, croquet, bocce ball, and lawn darts.

Enjoying Cool Nights

Is there anything better than a lovely evening relaxing on your porch or backyard? There are many relaxing ways to spend your cool Denver nights. First, consider installing a fire pit. You can consider purchasing models that allow you to cook food over it—just like campfire but quicker to get running. You can also install a small grill or cooking area with an outdoor refrigerator to have drinks and snacks readily available. Pair this with a comfortable outdoor furniture set that has chairs, couches, and foot stools. You can also add in a hammock that you can permanently install, or a model that is mobile if you are on-the-go. Wondering how you can really surprise your guests? Try one of these eight genius backyard entertaining ideas you’ll wish you thought of first from Country Living.

Reasons to Upgrade Your Brick Pavers

For many, a great way to kick back and relax is as simple as a couple of lawn chairs and relaxing in your driveway. But when was the last time you looked at the quality of the pavers in your driveway? Over time your driveway will begin to fall apart which can lead to serious issues. Large holes can be risky for those walking through, especially elderly or young children. If there are cracks, they can become a breeding ground for a plethora of issues as things like oil, winter weather protectant, and more build in the spaces over time. Also, when they become uneven, they will not drain properly leading to many issues for your front yard. It may be time to replace if your driveway is not in good shape. Learn more about the reasons why use interlocking paving stones and what you can do for yours.

To make sure your driveway is in premier shape and doing its job correctly, talk to the experts at AMK Hardscapes on how we can help. Contact AMK Hardscapes today to get started.
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Enhance The Exterior of Your Business with Denver Paver Hardscaping


July 19, 2017

A business that is visually appealing on the exterior will increase the chances of new customers feeling welcome to come inside. By making a few small enhancements and changes to the outside of your business, you might be able to really help your bottom line. As you work to find ways to increase your business, there are a few considerations to make for its exterior. Learn more about landscaping tips to spruce up the area around your business, ways to enhance your company’s signage and marketing and reasons to use Denver paver hardscaping at your business.

Landscaping Tips

One of the ways to make the outside of your business more friendly to prospective or current customers is with landscaping. For many business owners, the inside is where a majority of the effort is put, which is important for business. However, it is important that you not write-off the outside. Consider even a simple front facing garden with mulch, shrubs and trees. If your business has a long walkway to its entrance that is surrounded by two sides of your building, create a grand entrance! In addition to mulch, you can plant colorful flowers mixed in with shrubs and a few trees for a grand appearance. For a final touch, add a bench or seating for guests to relax. Learn more about the 11 tips on how to affordably design a gorgeous garden.

Signage and Marketing

The signage outside of your business is a simple yet very important element of your business. Not only does it need to be legible, but also needs to reflect your marketing and be easy to see. Customers need to be able to quickly identify your business as they are driving up to it. If your business is a brick and mortar establishment and this will be a key component of attracting new customers along with other online marketing tactics and word of mouth. Investing in high quality signage will be worth it. Make sure it is installed up high and easily identifiable. Before the installation of a new sign, it is beneficial to review your current signage design. It might be a great time to re-do the logo and font to match a style that matches your business and showcases your business to prospective and current customers pulling up to your building.

Using Pavers and Hardscaping

Pavers and hardscaping is a great investment to help improve the exterior of your commercial building. Eliminate cracked or buckling sidewalks and trade them out for high quality pavers. Not only are these appealing but have benefits too for maintenance. Interlocking brick pavers are non-skid and non-slip meaning your customers will be safe all year long. They are also smooth on the surface allowing your maintenance department to easily keep them clean in both the summer and the winter. To help expand the overall appearance of your business, consider adding hardscaping. You can create a tiered level that is great to add in additional signage that can point customers to entrances, share important news and more.

For help installing pavers and hardscaping at your commercial property, AMK Hardscapes can help. Be sure you learn more about why you should choose Denver hardscaping for commercial properties. To get started, contact AMK Hardscapes. We will help review your current landscape and help you to create solutions to help bring in more customers to your business.
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Outdoor Lighting and Electrical Ideas from Your Denver Hardscaping Company


July 5, 2017

When it comes to adding electrical outlets or lighting, and performing electrical work, many people immediately think of working inside the home. Have you ever considered what you could do in your front and backyard by having electrical outlets or lighting? Adding outlets or lighting to your exterior areas can help make spaces more practical or usable. From porch and patio lighting to accent lighting to practical electrical needs outdoors, learn what you can do from your go-to Denver hardscaping company.
 

Porch and Patio Lighting

 
Are your front and back entrances well lit? Having dark areas around your come can lead to safety and security issues at night. In addition, areas that have little to no lighting are unusable at night. Adding lighting to your porch not only will help reduce safety issues but can make your home stand out at night. While two lanterns on the outside of a door can bring an aesthetic appeal, you can add additional lighting to your porch as well. Consider adding recessed lighting throughout the space that provides practical and functional brightness in the needed areas. On your patio, consider adding hanging lights around your yard. This is great for a night out on the deck with friends or family, or if you just need a well-lit place to rest and relax.
 

Landscaping and Hardscaping Accent Lighting

 
Did you know that you can make your landscaping and hardscaping pop, even at night? The best way to do this is accent lighting! Outdoor accent lighting helps you get a better return on your investment when it comes to all the work you have done. Why? It makes it more usable and easy to be seen at night. It also has many practical uses as well. If you spend time or think you would spend time outdoors, adding accent lighting along your pathways will allow you to easily walk through your lawn. You can also add accent lighting to trees and shrubs. Add larger and brighter lighting under your tree to shine up against it showing it off. If you have multiple trees in your area, you can selectively add it to each or a key number of them. You can also add lanterns around gating and other lighting to show off the best elements of your hardscaping.
 

Practical Electrical Needs Outdoors (water safe)

 
By having electrical outlets outside, you will be able to do more outside of the space. This could be adding outlets in a bard or working shed for you to complete projects and tasks outdoors. If you have any outlets added, you need to be sure they are GFI. This stands for “ground fault interrupter.” This will make it so if water is in an area, the GFI will shut down power for safety. This will help keep people safe from potential electrical issues and contact. Learn more from DIY Network about the best ways to run power to the outdoors.
 
Are you looking to enhance your outdoor living space? Consider adding hardscaping! This is the perfect complement to your already beautiful landscape. For help, you can trust AMK Hardscapes. Check out our project gallery and contact AMK Hardscapes today to get started with your next project.
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Wheelchair Accessibility Tips and Incorporating Denver Hardscaping


June 21, 2017

When there is a person in your home that needs permanent accessibility options, it is important to make sure everything is done correctly. With a little bit of work, you can easily incorporate ramps and pathways with Denver hardscaping to make it easy for you or your loved one to navigate. As you work to incorporate accessibility options both inside and outside of your home, there are a few key things to consider. Learn about some mobility tips for inside your home, ways to incorporate outside accessibility ramps, and other additional outdoor accessibility features.

Mobility Tips for Inside the Home

When making a few key upgrades to your home, you can guarantee that you or your loved one that needs wheelchair accessibility throughout the home can live an independent life. To get started, it is important to list all the areas that will need to be changed to accommodate a wheelchair. This includes doorways that are wide enough for a wheelchair to roll through. Next, you need to make sure areas are low enough, such as doorknobs, sinks, and counters, for a person in a wheelchair to reach. If the home has carpet, you may want to consider a surface that is easier for a person in a wheelchair to navigate on. For bathrooms, you will need to make sure they are wide enough to accommodate the wheelchair. It is also important to install a shower solution that can easily accommodate the person in the wheelchair. If your home has multiple floors, you can install special chairs to easily take a person up the stairs.

Outside Accessibility Ramps

Outdoor accessibility is important to be able to easily get indoors and outdoors. When there are steps leading to the home, you will need a ramp option to help a person in the wheelchair up to the door. The United States Access Board (USAB) defines the rules for ramps and curb ramps to follow. Some of the tips they note include having a minimum of a 36-inch width, handrails if the rise on the slope of the ramp is higher than 6 inches, and an easy slope rise with a running slope with a 1 to 12 ratio. This will depend on the length of your ramp and will easily ensure the person in the wheelchair can easily make it up the ramp. The USAB maps out specific directions on how to accomplish this.

Additional Outdoor Accessibility Features

There are many options available to make your home wheelchair accessible. By incorporating smooth pavers, you can create paths to all areas they would need to get to in your front or backyard. If you have a driveway, it is a good time to review its quality. If it is cracking, has large holes or is uneven, it is time to upgrade your driveway to make this a single smooth surface.
 
Once you have repaired and upgraded the pavers to make your outdoors more accessible for those in your home in a wheelchair, it is crucial to use Denver paver hardscaping tips for driveway maintenance. This will keep your investment well cared for and issue free for years to come. To get started creating smooth options for pathways for your home, AMK Hardscapes can help. Call us at 303-525-8601 today to see how we can help.
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