Dine Al Fresco with These Techo-Bloc Outdoor Kitchen Designs

If you’re like lots of other NJ homeowners, you like to dine outdoors when the weather is beautiful. For many, this means whipping up a meal indoors and then carrying it outside to the patio before chowing down with family and friends.

What if you didn’t have to run back and forth between the indoors and outdoors, though? What if you could take your Al Fresco dining experience to a whole new level?

Techo-Bloc provides homeowners like you with tons of amazing and affordable options for constructing a fully functional outdoor kitchen that will improve your outdoor lifestyle while increasing your property value.

See for yourself how you can construct the perfect outdoor kitchen with Techo-Bloc products.

Cool, Practical Flooring

If you want your kitchen to be inviting and practical, you need to start with a solid base, and that means picking the right Techo-Bloc materials for your outdoor kitchen “floor”. The good news is that you won’t have any shortage of great options.

Techo-Bloc pavers and slabs are designed and manufactured from reliable concrete and porcelain materials that are perfect for constructing a fully functioning outdoor kitchen. Why? Not only are each of the paver and slab collections uniquely beautiful and glamorous, but they are also extremely tough and durable.

This means that they won’t become scratched or chipped easily when exposed to regular usage, wear and tear. They are also naturally stain resistant and easy to clean.

On top of everything else, the materials are non-combustible and don’t tend to retain heat which means that your outdoor cooking area will remain safe, cool and comfortable as you whip up a delicious meal for your loved ones.

Because every style of Techo-Bloc pavers is ideal for an outdoor kitchen, all you have to do is make sure that you select a paver or slab material that suits your individual tastes and design needs.

We really enjoy the look of checkerboarded Tux slabs that resemble a classic kitchen floor. Borealis slabs create a unique and warm “hardwood” floor look that can really impress your guests. Or for a more natural and rugged appeal, you might settle on Flagstone or Eva pavers.

Stunning Pizza Ovens

A modern outdoor kitchen should be comprised of more than just a simple grill for barbecuing. If you want to host an outdoor dining event that your friends, family and neighbors will be talking about for a long time, we encourage you to consider installing a Techo-Bloc pizza oven.

Available in several varieties, these pizza ovens are both attractive and highly functional. Each kit is crafted to look as though it was built with natural stone, making it easy to integrate the oven into the rest of your outdoor kitchen and landscape.

The wood-burning pizza ovens will do more than just let you toss some dough and whip up a simple pizza meal, though.

You’ll be able to add brick oven flavor and crispness to a variety of dishes, including roasted vegetables that will delight your taste buds and keep you and your guests coming back for more. You’ll be able to cook with ease and flare without having to keep rushing back inside to check on the stove or the oven. This means that you’ll have more time to mingle with your guests as you prepare the food.

Complete Grill Islands

The Techo-Bloc grill island is the perfect thing for the NJ homeowner who loves to cook and entertain. Techo-Bloc has a fabulous sense of style and really knows how to take all of your favorite cooking essentials and transform them into an architecturally pleasing element of your hardscape that will transform the look of your backyard and increase the value of your home.

The beautiful faux stone island will compliment Techo-Bloc floors and surrounding walls perfectly while also standing out on its own. Within the island you’ll be able to have access to everything you need to create a mouth-watering and memorable meal for your guests.

Built-in stainless steel appliances look amazing when contrasted against the natural stone appearance of the island itself while offering up modern conveniences that will make your home appear sleek and sophisticated.

You’ll be able to reach into your convenient refrigerator in order to grab your meat, produce and other ingredients for cooking directly on your huge and oh-so good looking grill stop or oven. You can even rinse off produce, boil water, or wash dishes from the built-in sink.

There’s absolutely no need to run back inside unit the night is over and all of your guests have gone.

Fabulous Counters

Although the Techo-Bloc grill island comes with fabulous counters of its own, you may be interested in creating your own custom island or countertops making use of Techo-Bloc wall blocks and slabs.

Whether you’re interested in creating a completely sleek and ultra modern counter with Graphix or Raffinato wall blocks, prefer the aged look of the Brandon collection, or are interested in the architecturally intriguing design of Mini-Creta and Mini-Creata Architectural “stones”, you’ll be able to create an outdoor kitchen experience that is perfect for your needs and wants.

In addition to building islands for preparing and serving up delicious meals, you might also consider using these wall blocks and slabs in order to create a bar island for watching the big game on the weekends. Pull up a stool to your fully-stocked bar with a flat screen wall mounted behind it and become THE place to be when your favorite team is playing.

Finishing Touches

Fireplaces and fire pits can also make for a great touch when completing the look of your perfect outdoor kitchen, and Techo-Bloc manufactures both. Adding a fireplace to your kitchen or using a fireplace as a dividing “wall” between your kitchen and dining areas can add a touch of warmth and vitality to these areas.

The traditional looks of Manchester Elite and Manchester Foyer fireplace kits mimic the look of natural stone fireplaces that were once built into colonial kitchens, creating a classic theme for your outdoor living space.

Fire pits can tie the look and feel of your outdoor kitchen, too, by creating a space where you and your guests can move to stay warm and keep the party going after the plates have been cleared and the sun goes down.

Consider toasting marshmallows and making a campfire dessert to share after your piping hot pizza. S’mores are always a favorite of those who gather around a beautiful Techo Bloc fire pit on a crisp NJ summer or autumn evening.

Building a Techo-Bloc Outdoor Kitchen in NJ

The beautiful NJ weather is calling your name, and it’s time to get started on building the outdoor kitchen of your dreams. Braen Supply is the leading supplier of Techo-Bloc products in NJ, and we carry a full inventory of stunning materials that can be used to turn your outdoor cooking dreams into a reality.

All of our Techo-Bloc outdoor kitchen materials are available at competitive prices and can be picked up or bulk delivered to areas throughout parts of NJ & NY and limited parts of PA & CT.

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Feeling Uninspired? These 7 Techo-Bloc Inspiration Designs Will Leave You Speechless

You already know that Techo-Bloc landscaping and hardscaping products are among the best of the best. These beautifully crafted materials are able to completely transform the look and feel of any property, increasing value and creating a truly enjoyable outdoor living space that will be loved and cherished in the many years to come.

Knowing this, however, is only half the battle. Before you can start enjoying a Techo-Bloc landscape of your own, you need to come up with a perfect design that will meet your unique needs and personal sense of style.

For those who aren’t professional landscaping designers, it can be challenging to settle on the right design concept. If you’re feeling uninspired and unable to dream up the ideal Techo-Bloc landscaping design for your home, this article can help. Here’s a look at 7 popular design ideas that will serve as your Techo-Bloc Inspiration.

1. Polished Casual

You consider yourself to be a laid back and easy going type of person. At the end of a long day or a hard week at work, you want to be able to kick back and relax with your family friends in an attractive, polished, yet low-key and casual outdoor living space. If this sounds familiar, you might want to take a look at the Techo-Bloc Aberdeen slab collection.

These incredible slabs are massive in size but are very simplistic, smooth and sleek in their design. When installed as a patio or swimming pool deck, the Aberdeen collection is able to add drama and luxury to your outdoor living space without ever feeling pretentious or overdone.

The subtle, calming, naturalistic colors lend themselves to blending in with your laid back lifestyle so that you can enjoy the simple things in life like making memories with your family and friends.

The great thing about the Aberdeen collection is that it is able to work with and complement a number of other Techo-Bloc hardscaping and landscaping features, like traditional and inviting outdoor fireplace kits, or cozy fire pits.

2. Country Rustic

If you are big on family and traditional country values, you’re looking for a way to bring some rustic country charm to your backyard. One of our favorite ways to add the warmth of farmhouse friendliness and the slower more relaxed pace of life to a NJ landscape is by working with product from the Borealis collection.

Start things off by creating a faux hardwood floor for your outdoor living space. The Borealis slabs give that classic, rustic country look to your outdoor kitchen, dining room and even your living room. You’ll feel warm and cozy, just like you did at Grandma and Grandpa’s cottage.

Borealis steps can then be used to build faux wood plank stairs that lead to your vegetable garden or swimming area, and wall blocks can be used to create naturalistic and rustic feeling planters and flower boxes that will add even more charm to your outdoor living space.

The country vibe might also be completed by adding an aged stone veneer to the walls surrounding the space, or by installing a beautiful and inviting fireplace as the focal point of your seating area.

3. English Garden

We’re obsessed with the look and style of the Brits. After all, England is the motherland, and it’s known for its class, beloved tradition and beauty.

If you love the idea of being transported to the other side of the globe for afternoon tea on your English garden style patio, you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for from amazing Techo-Bloc products in the Allegro collection.

The designers and engineers at Techo-Bloc took their inspiration for the Allegro collection directly from the cobbled roads of Britain, and it shows. These concrete pavers emulate the look of cobblestone and brick, with subtle detailing, soft corners and delightful patterning.

The pavers can be arranged into fabulous mosaics that will warm the heart. Add to the English country garden experience by surrounding the space with beautiful planters.

Mini Creta wall blocks can complement Allegro pavers nicely while fitting the English theme, and make for fabulous planters. You can complete the look with a charming fountain or reflection pool.

4. Southwestern Vibe

The warm hues and old charm of the southwest is growing popular in NJ. Rugged Mista or Inca floors interspersed with Antiqua pavers, and richly colored and textured Manchester walls are the perfect fit for this traditional style.

5. Euro Flair

Go beyond the islands of Britain and embrace all of the inspiration and culture that Europe has to offer.

Techo-Bloc designers are frequently drawn to the style of European nations, and have come up with many incredible product lines that can help you to turn your outdoor living space into a whole new world.

Many NJ homeowners are falling in love with the idea of bringing the warmth, vibrancy and glamor of Greece and Croatia to their own backyards with smooth, sleek slabs from the Sunrock collection.

The porcelain tiles are simple yet so sophisticated, and instantly make your property look more expensive. When used for a swimming pool deck, you’ll truly feel as though you have escaped on an exotic getaway to the Mediterranean. If traditional European style is more appealing to you, we suggest that you take a look at Parisien pavers.

These small, lovely, cobbled pavers allow you to bring a touch of France to your property, inspiring the imagination. Go French with a modern twist by installing a Techo-Bloc grill island. The French are major foodies, and you can serve lengthy, Parisian-style meals on your patio with your nearest and dearest.

6. Modern Chic

You love being on the cutting edge of style and adding that special “wow” factor to your landscape. You want to dazzle and delight your guests, being the total envy of your neighborhood.

If this is you, you’re looking for Techo-Bloc materials that will allow you to create an ultra modern and chic outdoor living environment, and you won’t be disappointed with your options.

For something unique and funky, you might want to consider the 3-Dimensional look of the Graphix wall collection for establishing retaining walls, planters, kitchen islands and veneers. For something very sleek and cool, the Raffinato collection may fit the bill. Raffinato walls, steps and even fire pits will give your backyard a truly sophisticated air.

7. Vintage Appeal

The Tux collection of Techo-Bloc slabs is perfect for homeowners who want to enjoy a vintage, 50s vibe while still staying modern and sophisticated. Because this look is great for outdoor kitchens, you might also consider building custom, sleek islands and installing a fully equipped outdoor kitchen and vintage-style wet bar for entertaining.

Getting Inspired with Techo-Bloc in NJ

Need more inspirational ideas for building with Techo-Bloc in NJ? Be sure to visit the Braen Supply showroom. As authorized Techo-Bloc dealers, we’re able to provide you with access to tons of inspirational products and ideas for your own backyard.

Our products are competitively priced and can be picked up at your convenience or bulk delivered to job sites throughout parts of NJ & NY and limited parts of PA & CT.

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Home Tips for Improving Your Backyard Using Only Techo-Bloc Landscape Supplies

Do you have “backyard envy”? This phenomenon occurs when you look at your friend’s and neighbor’s outdoor living spaces and wish that your lackluster backyard could look that amazing.

If this sounds familiar, you’ll be excited to know that creating the backyard living space of your dreams is a lot easier (and more affordable) than you think!

Techo-Bloc offers a huge selection of gorgeous, versatile and budget-friendly landscape supplies that can completely transform your property. This post will show you how to give your backyard an incredible makeover using nothing but Techo-Bloc landscape materials.

Techo-Bloc Pavers

Pavers serve as the “building blocks” of any backyard landscape or hardscape, and Techo-Bloc is known for manufacturing some of the very best and most beautiful concrete pavers in the industry.

For many NJ homeowners, the first step to improving a backyard outdoor living space involves constructing a gorgeous patio floor. As you look through your many exciting options, you’ll notice that there’s Techo-Bloc paver collection for every taste and style.

The irregular cuts and rich texturing of the Flagstone collection offer a naturalistic vibe, while the Industria and Blu collections are perfect for a more modern home. The cobbled look of Allegro and Parsien pavers can create a classic elegance that reflects Old World Europe.

In addition to being great for installing patio floors, these pavers can also be great for establishing charming paths and walkways that connect various landscaping features together, or that lead guests through your sprawling gardens.

We love the look of Antiqua and Victorien pavers for this purpose. If your backyard features a swimming pool, we recommend working with Techo-Bloc pavers in order to establish a stunning pool deck.

Techo-Bloc pavers are designed to improve traction while resisting heat from the sun, making them perfect for wet surfaces that are exposed to the sun. We think the bold, geometric shapes and flagstone texturing of the Eva collection looks amazing poolside.

Techo-Bloc Walls

After establishing a fabulous foundation, you’re ready to move up with the Techo-Bloc wall collections.

The solid and structurally durable blocks crafted by Techo-Bloc are ideal for establishing retaining walls that will level off sections of land, created beautiful terraces and tiers, establish rich and inviting flower boxes and planters, serve as the walls for staircases and even prevent soil erosion from occurring throughout the backyard.

Like Techo-Bloc pavers, there are a wide range of different styles available within the retaining wall collection. Those who like the rustic appeal of the Old West will be drawn to the Manchester and Mini Creta series of stone.

Those who want something edgy and modern will be blown away by the Graphix series and its 3-Dimensional appeal. Homeowners who prefer a woodsy storybook vibe will be exchanged by the Semma series.

From classic and traditional to sleek and cutting-edge, there’s a wall for everyone from Techo-Bloc. And these “stones” don’t have to be used strictly for retaining walls, either.

Techo-Bloc wall blocks are designed to be used to build up islands and cooking surfaces within outdoor kitchens as well.

Techo-Bloc Steps

Homeowners who are making use of Techo-Bloc retaining wall blocks in their backyards can significantly benefit from adding beautiful faux “stone” steps into the mix. Many of Techo-Bloc’s steps and caps are specifically designed to be visually and structurally compatible with its wall systems, making for a smooth and seamless transition.

Steps are a fabulous way to connect the different levels or tiers of your outdoor living space terraces and gardens, or to provide access to a swimming pool from a patio at a higher elevation.

Whether the steps are sleek and straight or are curved and winding, the outdoor staircase will add a touch of glamor and luxury to your backyard that will delight you and your guests while making your space more functional and cohesive.

The Venetian collection is one of our top choices for constructing short staircases with wide steps that are intended to make a grand impression.

The Maya series, on the other hand, with its irregular cuts and rugged facing are best suited for long and curved or winding staircases in a naturalistic setting. Borealis steps are unique in that they resemble a natural, wood plank staircase.

The Rocka collection is another popular pick, as it offers a stunning, natural stone facing and feeling while also being upscale and elegant. These steps are available in various widths, making them great for short staircases with wide steps, or long staircases with narrow steps.

Techo-Bloc Edging Materials

Your Techo-Bloc patio or walkway may look beautiful, and your flower beds and vegetable gardens may be thriving, but you may still feel like something is missing.

If you want to truly make these areas of your landscape stand out and “pop”, we suggest that you consider creating a border around these spaces with attractive and exciting Techo-Bloc edging materials.

Many NJ homeowners like to use Techo-Bloc “stones” with a very naturalistic and rugged appearance when surrounding flowers, gardens and other vegetation as this establishes a harmonious vibe. If this rings true for you, we recommend looking closely at the Avignon, Pietra, or Rocka collections.

For a more rugged appeal, the rough texturing and warm hues of the Belgik series could captivate your imagination. Smooth, sleek and modern edging materials area also available to add some intriguing visual contrast to your backyard.

The Raffinato collection is a great pick for this purpose. Of course, you could ditch the “natural stone” appeal altogether and go for a Borealis edging material that will mimic the look of wood planks.

Techo-Bloc Fire Features

Finish off your perfect landscape by incorporating one of Techo-Bloc’s stunning fire features into your backyard. Fire pits have grown extremely popular in recent years, and Techo-Bloc offers several options for creating a beautiful focal point for your hardscape where you can gather with family and friends.

From the rounded look of the Valencia fire pit to the ultra modern appearance of the Raffinato kit, there’s truly something special for everyone. You can also improve the functionality of your outdoor cooking and dining space by installing a Techo Bloc pizza oven kit.

These beautiful ovens are perfect for hosting a cookout with the neighbors. Lastly, consider installing a Manchester Foyer outdoor fireplace to add warmth and coziness to your outdoor living space in all seasons.

Complete a Techo-Bloc Backyard Makeover in NJ

NJ homeowners know they can trust Braen Supply with all their Techo-Bloc backyard landscaping needs. As an authorized Techo-Bloc dealer, we are the leading supplier of Techo-Bloc landscape supplies in the Tri-State area.

We have exclusive access to all of Techo-Bloc’s latest product offerings, in a full range of colors and styles. Our team of experts is knowledgable about all of the Techo-Bloc products we sell and can answer any questions you may have.

We offer low, competitive prices on Techo-Bloc landscape materials. Feel free to pick up your materials on-site at your convenience or have them bulk delivered to areas throughout parts of NJ & NY and limited parts of PA & CT.

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Add Some Life to Your Outdoor Living Area with a Techo-Bloc Fire Pit

You’ve got a nice, big patio where you can gather with your family and friends on a beautiful summer afternoon. You’ve got a barbecue for grilling out, or maybe even a fully equipped outdoor kitchen.

You may even have a great big swimming pool for making a splash after hours. But what do you and your loved ones do after the sun goes down? Instead of sitting underneath a dim dome light over your patio, wouldn’t it be a lot more fantastic to be able to get together around the flames of a fire pit?

As Techo-Bloc fire pits have grown increasingly popular throughout NJ and the northeastern states in recent years, we’ve seen new life breathed into countless homeowner’s outdoor living spaces and now it’s your turn.

Today’s post will highlight the different types of Techo-Bloc fire pits available and will offer up some inspirational tips for incorporating these stunning fire pits into your own backyard.

Techo-Bloc Fire Pits Bring Landscapes to Life After Hours

First things first: why should you be interested in building a Techo-Bloc fire pit in your backyard? If you’re like most NJ homeowners, you love spending time outside and you really love entertaining your nearest and dearest.

After an afternoon of grilling out and lounging by the pool, many parties tend to come to a natural end as it grows darker and chillier outside. Those with fire pits, though, are able to keep the party going for as long as they like.

People are naturally drawn to the glowing warmth and dancing flames of a beautiful fire pit. These areas create a mysterious, romantic and relaxing atmosphere where friends and loved ones can talk, laugh and create beautiful memories – regardless of the temperatures outside.

A Techo-Bloc fire pit lets your outdoor living space stay alive and exciting after traditional outdoor living hours and it adds to the overall value of your home.

Types of Techo-Bloc Fire Pits

Techo-Bloc is known for producing high quality and affordable landscaping and hardscaping features and each of its four lines of outdoor fire pits live up to this standard. Here’s a quick look at the brand’s exquisite fire pits:


The newest addition to the Techo-Bloc fire pit family, Brandon fire pits are the epitome of sleek sophistication. Using the Brandon 90 mm block for its construction, these fire pits feature ridged texturing that intrigues the eye and soft neutral tones of gray and brown to set the tone for your landscaping style.

The smooth caps add a touch of luxury to the fire pit. Brandon fire pits are available in both square and rectangular shapes, depending on your needs and preferences.


The Prescott fire pit kit offers a more rugged and natural appeal to homeowners who love feeling at one with nature.

They are comprised of materials from the Prescott wall block collection which offers a deeply textured and aged finish in both brown and gray color families. This particular fire pit is great for wood burning, natural gas, or propane gas fires.


Homeowners with a taste for modern chic styles of decor will fall in love with the Raffinato fire pit kit from Techo-Bloc. Ultra smooth and sleek blocks in geometrically pleasing rectangles are paired with soft, smooth caps that create a completely polished and trendy look.


While the other three Techo-Bloc fire pit kits are able to be arranged into square and rectangular layouts, the Valencia fire pit is perfect for those who like a cozy and intimate space for gathering around a rounded pit.

The curved and ruggedly faced blocks allow for a completely natural setting. Valencia fire pit kits are available in a wide range of colors so it’s easy to find the perfect shade for your backyard.

Ideas for Installing Techo-Bloc Fire Pits in NJ

It’s easy to fall in love with the look of Techo-Bloc fire pits, but you may struggle to envision the fire pit within the scope of your existing landscape. How can you truly highlight the fire pit so that it stands out as a unique focal point within your backyard?

While working with a professional landscape designer or making use of online design software tools can certainly be helpful, we’ve also come up with a few great ideas for installing a Techo-Bloc fire pit in your backyard:

Sunken Fire Pits

One of our favorite ways to incorporate a Techo-Bloc fire pit into a NJ landscape is to construct a sunken or recessed fire pit. This area may be adjacent to an other outdoor living space, such as a living room.

Several steps leading down to the fire pit will allow you to create a unique and distinct area that is perfectly crafted for relaxing and unwinding. The bottom step to your recessed pit may even be used for seating and can be adorned with pillows in order to make the space even more comfortable for you and your guests to enjoy on a summer or fall night.

Embrace Water

Fire always looks spectacular when contrasted against water. If your backyard features a swimming pool or hot tub, you might consider situating your fire pit near these. The shimmering flames will cast radiant reflections onto the clear waters, adding to the magic and mystery of the evening.

It will also keep the area warmer for those who want to keep swimming after the sun goes down, while also allowing them to stay connected with those who are sharing stories and toasting marshmallows around the fire pit.

Tiered Seating

If you love to entertain and frequently have many guests over to your house at once, we suggest considering building tiered, “stadium”-like seating up and around your fire pit. This creates an intimate and focused environment for singing campfire songs and having meaningful discussions with your nearest and dearest.

Dividing Line

Create division between different “rooms” of your outdoor living space with the strategic placement of a fire pit. Situating a fire pit between a dining and living space, for example, can create a boundary between the two areas while still allowing the space to remain open and free-flowing as the fire pit can be used by both “rooms.”

Working with Tech-Bloc Fire Pits in NJ

If you’re excited about the idea of introducing a Techo-Bloc fire pit to your landscape, Braen Supply is ready to help you select the perfect kit for your home. We are authorized Techo-Bloc dealers and have exclusive access to all four fire pit kits available through the industry leading manufacturer and can offer you access to all available color choices.

Feel free to visit our showroom in order to see how beautiful these stunning pits look within the scope of an outdoor living space. While you’re here, be sure to speak with an expert regarding any questions you may have. You’ll find that our Techo-Bloc fire pit kits are always available at the lowest and fairest market rates.

Techo-Bloc fire pit kits can be picked up at your convenience or can be bulk delivered to areas throughout parts of NJ & NY and limited parts of PA & CT.

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7 Things You Didn’t Know About the Techo-Bloc Allegro Paver

You already know that Techo-Bloc designs and manufactures some of the most incredible landscaping and hardscaping materials in the world. You also know that the Allegro series of Techo-Bloc pavers is extremely popular and versatile.

There are, however, several things that you probably don’t know about Allegro pavers that may be of significant interest to you. This post will highlight everything you need to know about Techo-Bloc’s magnificent Techo-Bloc pavers.

Techo-Bloc Allegro Pavers At-A-Glance

Before we dive into the things that you may not know about the Allegro series from Techo-Bloc, let’s take a quick look at what these incredible pavers have to offer. The design of these attractive concrete pavers are designed to be simplistic and subtly beautiful.

Each paver is crafted into a square or rectangular shape that features soft corners and texturing. The Allegro series pavers are tough and durable to be purposed for an array of functions throughout the landscape.

Many homeowners love the look of Allegro pavers around the swimming pool, while others prefer to build front driveways, paths, walkways and even large patios with these wonderful pavers. The sky is truly the limit, which is one of the many reasons why Allegro pavers are so popular in NJ and its surrounding areas.

1. It’s Inspired By Britain

The Techo-Bloc design team always works hard to create gorgeous faux stone pavers that are able to look and function just like the real thing. In order to do so, the designers draw inspiration from multiple sources.

In the case of the Allegro series of Techo-Bloc pavers, the designers and engineers took their cues from the cobbled streets of Britain. As you look at Allegro pavers in use, it’s easy to see the resemblance between the pristinely crafted pavers and the antique cobblestone of yesteryear in old world Europe.

The soft texturing and small sizes of the brick shaped pavers are what give it such a distinctive appearance and bring something truly special to your landscape and hardscape.

2. It Offers Color for All Tastes

Should you decide to work with Techo-Bloc’s Allegro series of pavers, you’ll find that you’ll have no shortage of options when it comes to selecting the color palette that works for your unique needs and desires.

The Allegro series is available to homeowners like you in seven color families. Autumn red highlights brilliant shades of red, rust and tan, whereas Champlain Gray cools things off with sleek shades of gray and beige.

Chestnut Brown provides homeowners with a naturalistic vibe, while Shale Gray offers more of a stately, traditional feel. Unique color families like Sandlewood, Harvest Gold and Mojave Beige offer a combination of shades and hues for a truly unique visual experience.

As you browse the different color options, you’ll find that it’s easy to choose pavers that will complement the existing color scheme of your landscape and hardscape and that will work well with your outdoor furnishings.

3. It’s a Work of Art

Techo-Bloc makes it simple for homeowners to arrange their pavers into a layout that offers beauty and intrigue. While they do offer preconceived patterns for establishing attractive designs for landscapes and hardscape, they also are known for creating products that lend themselves to creative design and energy.

Allegro pavers are available in different sizes, dimensions and colors that may be arranged together to create unique and dazzling patterns. When creating a layout for the beautiful pavers, you’ll find that you can come up with your own distinctive patterns and mosaic works of art that will add value to your property while delighting your friends and loved ones.

4. It’s Aged Yet Timeless

A big part of the appeal of working with Techo-Bloc pavers with an aged finish like those found in the Allegro series is that they create the impression of an antique design with a classic sense of elegance and sophistication.

As mentioned earlier, the Allegro series is specifically designed to emulate the traditional cobbled style of Britain and therefore offers an incredible aged beauty that will make you feel as though the “stones” came from another place in time.

Even so, Allegro pavers offer a timeless loveliness that will continue to please you and your loved ones in the many years ahead. Because the design is so simplistic and subtle and because the colors are so universally attractive, you can count on the fact that the pavers will always remain in style and will always be compatible with other landscaping designs and elements in the future.

5. It’s Extremely Easy to Work With

Techo-Bloc has long been known for the fact that it works diligently to produce high quality products that are easy to install and work with and the Allegro series of pavers is no exception to this rule.

While the small, geometrical patterns associated with the allegro pavers may look extremely complex and difficult to lay out, the reality is that the varying dimensions and lengths of the pavers actually make the installation process very fast and simple.

The soft cuts and gentle curves of the pavers also eliminate the need for difficult and time-consuming cuts. Because you can install your pavers so quickly and efficiently, you’ll be able to enjoy your completed project right away.

6. It’s Great in All Four Seasons

Here in NJ, it’s extremely important to select a hardscaping material that will be able to hold its own against the elements – no matter how hot or cold it gets. Allegro pavers from Techo-Bloc are able to resist fading when exposed to UV rays and they don’t easily chip or crack when they are faced with the harsh cold of winter.

What’s more, the pavers are manufactured to be 100% safe to use with de-icing salt materials. This means that you can protect the integrity of your pavers while still keeping your property completely safe during inclement weather.

7. It’s Backed By Warranty

It’s always nice to know that, once your hardscape is installed, it will be backed by a manufacturer warranty. Allegro pavers fall under Techo-Bloc’s lifetime and transferrable warranty.

This is great news for homeowners because while Allegro pavers are tough and durable, you will still be able to enjoy the peace of mind that should something go wrong, you won’t have to deal with large, out-of-pocket expenses for repairs and/or replacement.

Working with Techo-Bloc Allegro Pavers in NJ

Could Allegro pavers be the right fit for your home landscaping and hardscaping needs? Braen supply is the leading supplier of Techo-Bloc products – including the Allegro series – in NJ and its surrounding areas.

We are authorized Techo-Bloc dealers who have been working closely with the brand for many years. As such, we have insider access to information about Techo-Bloc products and can offer the fairest and most competitive prices on the market.

Feel free to visit our showroom to see firsthand how beautiful Allegro pavers can be. Our Techo-Bloc materials can be picked up at your convenience or can be bulk delivered to areas throughout parts of NJ & NY and limited parts of PA & CT.

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5 Techo-Bloc Paver Patterns That Are Trending for This Summer

Summer is the perfect time to consider revamping your lackluster landscape or hardscape, and Techo-Bloc pavers provide a fast, affordable and upscale means of doing so. NJ homeowners love working with Techo-Bloc products because they are available in a wide range of style and colors that suit every lifestyle, and they also offer a lot in the way of design flexibility.

This is because many of Techo-Bloc’s stunning pavers can be arranged into a variety of different patterns and layouts, all of which have something unique and exciting to offer. No matter how you choose to arrange the gorgeous pavers throughout your property, they’ll look fantastic, but if you want to truly fall in love with your completed project time and again, it’s imperative that you lock down your ideal pattern.

In order to help you make the best decision, we’ve written up this quick guide to trending Techo-Bloc paver patterns in summer 2017.

Layout Matters

We often hear that “size matters”, but we believe that the pattern or layout you choose is equally important. The ways in which your pavers are laid out and arranged can make a significant impact on how you and your guests view them, and on the overall theme and tone of your Techo-Bloc hardscape.

You want to choose a pattern that speaks to your unique personality and your individual sense of style as a homeowner. This is what will set your hardscape apart from others on the bloc and what will make you truly feel “at home” in your outdoor living space.

The only way to make sure that you settle on the perfect pattern for you Techo-Bloc pavers is to know what your options are, and the following choices are very popular in NJ right now:

1. Linear

Linear patterns are one of the most classically sophisticated types of patterns used with pavers. In this type of pattern, pavers are arranged into interesting geometrical patterns that move from left to right, and may vary slightly in their placement from one row to another in order to offset the look of the row preceding it and to add visual interest.

Any number of different stones can be incorporated into the linear pattern, and this is repeated again and again. Exciting variations can be made when larger stones are mixed in with smaller stone, and you’ll have a lot of fun exploring your creativity. Nearly all Techo-Bloc pavers can be arranged into linear patterns.

2. Random

It’s become quite popular for homeowners to move away from modular looks and patterns in favor of a more unique and randomized layout. Random patterns are generally best suited to pavers with an irregular cut or those that are cut to resemble natural flagstone.

The irregular sides and shaping of the “stones” lend themselves to being arranged around one another like puzzle pieces being fit together in dazzling patterns. The effect mirrors that of a kaleidoscope, and it is just as eye-catching and visually stimulating.

You will have a great time playing around with the layout and will fall in love with it time and again. We’ve seen amazing random patterns completed with Antika paver collection.

3. Herringbone/Modified Herringbone

Herringbone patterns are a lot of fun and add a touch of something different and engaging to any hardscape. One or more pavers are arranged vertically, while the end of another paver or group of pavers is placed horizontally in an adjacent row.

This creates a fascinating zig-zag effect that is not unlike the shape and appearance of the bone structure of a fish, such as a herring. Modifications can be made to this traditional pattern in order to add more depth and volume, further customizing your space.

Examples of herringbone patterns can be found in the Blu, Hera, Aberdeen and Villago collections, amongst others.

4. Parquet

People love parquet patterns for their indoor flooring, so it only seems natural that so many NJ homeowners are taking the parquetry outdoors and incorporating it into their hardscape and other outdoor living areas.

Parquet style patterns are very angular, and act as a true geometric mosaic that captivates the imagination while screaming sophistication and elegance. The repeated patterns can be as simple or complex as the designer likes, and the user will always notice something new. The Hera and Parisien collections are well suited to this type of pattern.

5. Checkerboard

This summer we’ve seen an uptick in the number of people who are interested in creating stunning outdoor floors that feature a checkerboard style pattern in order to dazzle and delight. One of our favorite ways to pull off this look is with stunning pavers or slabs from the Tux collection.

Here, homeowners can alternate with shades of deep black and soothing white in order to create fabulous contrasts. We’ve also seen amazing checker boarding examples with homeowners who have mixed things up, playing off of the looks of both squares of paved tiles and green grass. This creates fantastic texturing.

Which Techo-Bloc Pattern is Right for Me?

After reviewing each of these spectacular options, you may find yourself wondering how you can possibly decide which is the best fit for your home and property. We suggest that you start by evaluating the style and theme you wish to create for your property.

Understanding what your end goal is for your outdoor living space and the overall vibe you’re trying to achieve will help you to narrow down your options and hone in on those that fit best with your needs and desires.

There is often an element of “going with what your gut tells you”, here, as you really focus on the patterns that speak to you most. Once you’ve focused on two or three choices that interest you most, it’s a good idea to make use of a reliable online design software tool.

Techo-Bloc offers tools that allow homeowners to visualize what a specific paver or pattern will look like in your space. You can make sure that the design won’t overwhelm the space or clash with any of your existing landscaping or architectural features.

Finally, it’s smart to ask a professional for his or her input on the matter. After working with many homeowners and Techo-Bloc products, design and hardscaping professionals may be able to provide you with pro tips and advice for choosing the right pattern.

Hardscaping With Techo-Bloc in NJ

When you’ve settled on a pattern and are ready to start working with Techo-Bloc products, Braen Supply is here to help. We have a long-standing relationship with Techo-Bloc and work as Techo-Bloc authorized dealers in NJ and the greater Tri-State area.

As experts on these products, our team of professionals are able to answer any and all of your questions about Techo-Bloc pavers and to provide you with information about the various patterns that you can choose for your hardscape upgrade.

We always offer the lowest and most competitive prices on Techo-Bloc materials, and we also offer bulk delivery services throughout parts of NJ, NY, NYC and PA. Give us a call or visit our showroom to start your dream project today.

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5 Ways a Hardscape Design Software Can Help Your Property Makeover

It’s easy to fall in love with Techo-Bloc hardscaping materials, but it’s not always quite as easy to lock down your design plans. In fact, coming up with a workable design that matches your personal sense of style and tastes requires a lot of thought and careful planning.

After all, you’re going to be living with the finished product day in and day out in the many years to come. If you’re struggling a bit to come up with the perfect design concept for your outdoor living space, take comfort in knowing that you’re not alone – and you don’t have to go it alone either.

By making use of a reliable hardscape design software tool you’ll enjoy the freedom to get creative and come up with a brilliant plant. A design software, for example, makes it easy and fun to make plans for your upcoming project. Take a look at why design software programs are so important, as well as at the following 5 ways that a design software can help you give your property the makeover of your dreams.

The Value of a Design Software

If you’ve got a few ideas floating around in your head about how you’d like your finished landscape and hardscape to look, you may be wondering if a design software tool is really necessary.

Unless you’re a professional designer, we strongly encourage you to make use of the tools that are available to you, and to avoid going “off the cuff” with your plans. While an idea may seem great in theory, it may not be practical or possible in practice.

The last thing you want is to invest a great deal of time, money and effort on a project that doesn’t look the way that you’d envisioned it. When you take advantage of tools like a design software, you’re able to get a more accurate sense of what type of space you have to work with, and how you can maximize and makeover that space.

In other words, using a software tool essentially means that you’re not leaving anything to chance.

5 Benefits of a Design Software

So how, specifically, can a design software help you with your project? Here’s a closer look:

1. Zero In On The Space

The first thing that a good design software tool can do is help you to get a better handle on the space available within your property. This is important, because when it comes to landscaping and hardscaping, size really does matter.

Throughout the years, we’ve seen homeowners overestimate the amount of space they have and create outdoor living spaces that completely smother their landscapes, and we’ve seen people underestimate the size of their properties and create tiny patio areas that look out of proportion when compared to the rest of the landscape.

When you make use of design tools, you’ll have the ability to see a scale image of the boundaries and limitations of your property, and you’ll be able to see how specifically sized patios and other outdoor living features fit into that space and how they look.

2. Play With Color and Texture

Locking down the right colors and textures for your finished landscaping and hardscaping project is essential to your overall level of happiness and satisfaction.

A design software will give you a solid understanding of which colors work best within your space, and how to choose patterns that will compliment your property rather than overwhelm it.

It’s easy to flip through your options in the Designer’s Toolbox, and you can always request samples directly from Techo-Bloc.

3. Visualize Hatch Patterns

Linear, Modular, Random, Herringbone…these are just some of the many different hatch patterns that can be used with a variety of different Techo-Bloc materials. When you have so many options, you can quickly become overwhelmed and unsure of which is right for your property.

Once great way to step back and objectively assess the situation is to take a look at Techo-Bloc’s Auto CAD Hatch Pattern guide. This part of the design process is essential as it allows you to visualize different pattern possibilities, and to understand how the pieces fit together during installation.

Whether you prefer Parquet patterns or a classic Herringbone, you’ll be able to see which patterns are available for which materials and how they look within the scope of that particular collection.

4. Get Inspiration

For the majority of us who are not professional landscaping designers, drawing inspiration for the perfect outdoor design schematic isn’t necessarily a simple task. If you’re feeling stuck or going through a creative block, you might want to take advantage of Techo-Bloc design tools like their Decorative Mozaiks.

This particular tool lets you take a look at preconceived design concepts that are centered around various patterns and colors available throughout Techo-Bloc collections. Another great way to get your creative juices flowing is to check out before and after project pictures to see what is possible in the type of space that you have, or to flip through the Techo-Bloc design book.

You might even consider taking the company’s backyard quiz to get a better feel for what you want to do with your outdoor living space.

5. See How It All Fits

One of the most challenging parts of designing your landscape and hardscape is determining where everything is going to go and how it’s going to fit. This is especially true when you’re bringing patio or pool deck furniture into the mix, or when you’re introducing fire pits, fireplaces, or outdoor kitchen features to the space.

You don’t want your furnishings and features to eat up so much space that you and your loved ones aren’t able to move around and enjoy it. A design software lets you play with Google Sketchup Software which gives you a 3D glimpse of your property.

Being able to visualize the space in this way will let you play around with different layouts and concepts, ensuring that everything will fit, and allowing you to make any changes as you go along. You can even see how different furnishings will look when contrasted against the textures of Techo-Bloc pavers and other materials.

Working With Techo-Bloc in NJ

Homeowners who are interested in working with Techo-Bloc products know they can rely on Braen Supply for all their project needs. For years, we have worked closely with Techo-Bloc, acting as authorized dealers of their high-quality products.

We’re proud to provide our customers with a full inventory of these fabulous materials at competitive, affordable prices. In addition to being knowledgeable about Techo-Bloc materials, we’ve also established strong connections with local contractors who are familiar with Techo-Bloc installations.

We’re happy to direct you to professionals who make good use out of design software and are able to handle your project with speed and precision. Give us a call or stop by today to learn more about Techo-Bloc products and design software, or to talk about how to order your materials today. We bulk deliver to areas throughout parts of NJ & NY and limited parts of PA & CT.

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How Much Do Patio Pavers Cost?

Throughout the years, patio pavers have continued to grow in popularity throughout NJ and the northeast, and the trend will continue to grow in 2018. As property owners continue to take advantage of improved economic conditions in order to upgrade the exterior of their homes and places of business, we expect to see a boom in the purchase and installation of patio pavers in the new year and beyond.

So, how much can an average person expect to spend on a project involving patio pavers? Consider the following information to dive deeper into this trend, explore what patio pavers cost and the many factors that influence cost to ensure that you get the best deal on pavers in 2018.

What Do Patio Pavers Cost?

Before you can start diving in and making plans to upgrade your landscape with patio pavers, you first need to have a working understanding of how much those patio pavers cost, and how to start creating an accurate budget.

While there are no “one-size-fits-all” answers to this question, you’ll find that there are some general rules and considerations that will help you to estimate how much you’ll need to plan on investing in patio pavers. In order to help you budget more accurately, here’s a closer look at some of the most important factors which impact patio paver pricing:


Patio pavers cost different amounts based on the materials that they are manufactured from. Patio pavers that were produced from 100% natural stone, for example, will tend to be more expensive than materials that were generated from concrete or brick. You may also find pavers that were manufactured from porcelain, and again, the costs may differ.


The overall price tag on your patio pavers will also vary depending on the manufacturer. There are a number of fantastic manufacturers of natural stone pavers, concrete pavers, brick pavers, and porcelain pavers throughout the United States. Each individual manufacturer may have its own processes for designing and engineering its pavers, and these processes can impact your final cost.


The manufacturer isn’t the only one that plays a role in how much your patio pavers will cost; it’s also very important to take the time to find the right paver supplier.

While some larger chain retailers have a tendency to inflate prices in order to maximize profits, other individual sellers may try to vend a sub-par or knockoff product for an extremely cheap price.

In order to avoid getting ripped off, it’s important to find suppliers that are authorized dealers for the patio paver brands they sell, or that manufacture their own natural stone products on-site. Be sure to shop around and get estimates from local suppliers in order to ensure that you get the best price possible.

Project Size & Scope

Obviously, the size and scope of your project will play a significant role in patio paver expenses. A very large, paved patio or front courtyard, for instance, will require much more material and labor than a small garden path or walkway.

This, in turn, results in an increased initial cost to you. Taking the time to carefully plan out your project needs and what works for your property will help you to ensure that your project size and scope doesn’t exceed your budget.


Different types of styles of patio pavers may come with a different price tag than others. Generally speaking, the more detail that goes into the design of pavers, the more expensive it will tend to be. This is because more extensive manufacturing processes are used to add texture and color to the pavers.


When considering how much patio pavers cost, it’s also smart to consider where the materials where manufactured and where they are coming from. Purchasing from a local supplier will mean that you won’t have to worry about paying for hidden transportation, shipping, and delivery fees.

In addition to saving you money, this also cuts back on your carbon footprint, as fewer emissions are used in the transpiration of your materials.

Fuel Prices

As fuel and oil prices fluctuate, so can the costs of patio pavers. This is because these costs can impact how much expense is required in the manufacture of pavers, as well as in their transportation from manufacturer locations to supplier stores. Fortunately, the outlook for fuel prices in 2018 is quite good at this time.


Once you’ve purchased your patio pavers, you’ll need to have a way of getting them from the supplier to your project site. If you have ordered bulk quantities of pavers, this will likely result in the need to have a professional delivery service transport your materials on your behalf.

In order to keep your patio paver costs at a minimum, it’s wise to choose a supplier that offers quality, affordable bulk paver delivery in your area.

Getting the Best Patio Paver Prices

Now that we’ve explored some of the factors that impact patio paver prices, you may find yourself wondering how you can get the very best deals. Here are a few tips for doing just that:

Stay Local

Avoid the extra hassle and costs associated with attempting to buy patio pavers online or from remote locations. It’s far more affordable to find a local supplier that will provide you with access to high-quality materials at reasonable rates.

Insist on Authorized Dealers

Never waste your time buying name brand patio paver products from suppliers that haven’t been authorized to sell them. The leading patio paver manufacturers require dealers to go through a specific process in order to ensure they have the knowledge required to properly sell their products.

Authorized dealers are the only suppliers who will have access to the latest manufacturer product offerings and who will be able to offer the lowest and most competitive prices.

Check Reviews

It’s always in your best interest to check out reviews and testimonials from satisfied customers before working with a prospective supplier. The best suppliers will have no problem providing you with references to happy clients.

Start Early

Patio pavers cost the most during “peak” construction season – generally late spring and summer. To keep your expenses at a minimum, it’s smart to start buying materials for your construction project early in 2018.

In addition to finding great deals, you’ll also be able to get a head start on finding the best contractor at the lowest rates, and you’ll be able to enjoy the completed project faster.

Buying Patio Pavers in NJ

If you’re looking for the best patio paver prices in NJ, you’ll find them at Braen Supply. As a leading manufacturer and supplier of tons of patio pavers from a range of different leading manufacturers, we are proud to connect customers like you with high-quality materials at affordable prices.

The Braen Supply team is always happy to work closely with you in order to provide valuable advice and to answer any questions you may have about choosing materials, the installation process, pricing, etc.

Our patio pavers are always available at the lowest and most competitive rates and can be picked up at your convenience or bulk delivered to areas throughout parts of NJ & NY and limited parts of PA & CT.

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The 5 Patio Designs that Will Never Go Out of Style

If you love spending time in the outdoors, you’ve probably given some serious thought to installing a paver patio. A well-constructed paver patio can help you maximize your outdoor living space while adding to the curb appeal and dollar value of your property. In order for a patio to continue satisfying your needs and wants into the future, though, you have to get the style just right.

After all, you don’t want to spend your time and energy building a patio that will only be considered fashionable and attractive until the next big trend sweeps the nation.

Instead, you want to settle on a style that transcends the tests of time and will continue to look fabulous, come what may. So which paver patio styles will never go out of style? Here’s a look at five of our favorites:

1. Bluestone

NJ homeowners absolutely love the look of natural stone and bluestone is one of the most popular varieties of natural stone available for paver patios. Bluestone is available in either “all blue” (strictly in shades of blue and blue-gray) or in “full color”, where shades of green, tan or beige may be present.

Regardless of the color chosen, the smooth, sleek and classically elegant look of bluestone creates a sense of timeless beauty that will make you fall in love with your patio time and again.

Bluestone can be used for a patio in one of two ways. First, the bluestone can be purchased with an irregular flagstone cut. This way the stone is naturally split into irregular shapes that can be fit together like a puzzle.

The other option is to purchases bluestone with a dimensional cut. Natural cleft bluestone, for example, can be arranged into geometrical patterns.

2. Tennessee Buff

Tennessee Buff stone is another great option for those who are interested in working with natural flagstone for their paver patio. This particular type of paving material is composed of struggling and durable sandstone. As a result, you’ll notice numerous shades of warm browns, tans, beiges, and buffs.

These warm hues generate a feeling of warmth and comfort throughout the patio area. This makes the pavers perfect for establishing outdoor living rooms and dining rooms that will look incredible throughout the generations.

Another interesting aspect of Tennessee Buff flagstone is that its rich, sandstone texture creates more visual interest and extra traction. Tennessee Buff, like Bluestone, is available in either an irregular and naturalistic cut or in a dimension cut. This “honed” version of Tennessee Buff allows for a smoother and more consistent finish.

3. Clay Brick

Perhaps natural stone isn’t what you’re looking for. Whether you feel that natural stone is a little too pricey or it just doesn’t fit with the style that you’re trying to achieve, you’ll find that you can still have a sense of classic and timeless beauty by working with clay brick pavers. Brick pavers have been used throughout the centuries to pave roads, paths and courtyards.

Today, a growing number of NJ homeowners are bringing this Old World look to their own backyards by establishing stunning patios with clay brick pavers. Brick pavers offer a subtle elegance to any space and because the pavers are available in a wide range of different colors, it’s easy to find a style that will meet your needs in the many years ahead.

In addition to looking great, clay brick pavers are also extremely practical for the present and the long-term. This is because brick pavers are able to adapt when the ground beneath it shifts. This means that your paver patio will continue to look and function perfectly for a long time.

4. Concrete Pavers

If you love the look of natural stone but don’t feel like it’s the most practical or affordable option for your paver patio, we suggest that you consider working with well-crafted concrete pavers.

Manufactured and designed concrete pavers, actually look just like natural stone. Because the pavers are available in a number of different shapes, sizes, styles, and colors, it’s simple to find a style that speaks to your unique tastes and that you feel that you’ll love both now and in the future.

5. Porcelain Pavers

Finally, porcelain is a fine option for constructing a paver patio that will never go out of style. Like concrete pavers, porcelain is manufactured to look and feel just like natural stone.

Because it is designed and engineered professionally, each paver is uniform and consistent, allowing you to achieve absolute perfection with your paver patio design. Outdoor porcelain pavers don’t always look like natural stone, though.

In addition to emulating beautiful stone flagging, porcelain pavers can be manufactured to look like natural hardwood. Hardwood design is a style that has endured throughout centuries of interior and exterior design and it won’t be going anywhere anytime soon.

The beauty of working with porcelain pavers over actual hardwood is that you won’t have to worry about the “wood” becoming weathered or warped after being exposed to the elements. Instead, porcelain is extremely tough and durable and will continue to meet your needs for as long as you live in your home – and beyond.

Choosing the Right Materials for Your Paver Patio

Each of the materials listed above would make an excellent choice for a long-lasting and beautiful paver patio that would boost your property value both now and in the future. Making the right decision for your home will depend on your unique needs and style preferences.

In order to determine if a certain material would look amazing within the scope of your landscape, we suggest requesting samples from your manufacturer or supplier, as well as taking advantage of online design software programs and tools.

Be sure to also spend some time talking to your supplier about the materials you’re considering. The more you know about the paver patio products, the better a decision you will be able to make for your own project.

Buying Paver Patio Materials in NJ

Braen Supply is a top supplier of patio materials in NJ and its surrounding areas. We produce high-quality, natural stone flagging from our locally owned and operated quarries and we are also authorized to act as dealers for some of the biggest brand names in concrete and porcelain pavers.

As such, we are able to offer a massive inventory of materials to suit your every need and whim. Feel free to visit our local showroom for inspiration for your project and feel free to ask questions and obtain advice from our team of experts.

Our paver patio materials are available for pickup or they can be bulk delivered to areas throughout parts of NJ and NY and limited parts of PA and CT.
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The 2017 Belgard Retaining Wall Installation Guide for Homeowners

A well-constructed wall can go a long way in improving the look and functionality of your property. Whether you’re looking to increase the amount of usable space in your backyard, would like to beautify the landscape of your front yard, or are simply looking for an attractive and effective way to prevent erosion, a Belgard retaining wall is the perfect solution.

Belgard is regarded for its high-quality tandem wall blocks that are designed to look just like natural stone. Because the blocks are available in a wide range of colors and textures, it’s easy to create the perfect look for your property without skimping on practicality. If you’re ready to start building a Belgard retaining wall, this simple installation guide will get you through the process.

Step 1: Choose Your Materials

Belgard is a great fit for any homeowner because the brand offers a wide variety of wall block systems for you to choose from. Spend some time considering the overall look and theme you’d like to create for your property in order to narrow down your options.

We also recommend visiting a local showroom in order to get a firsthand look at the blocks you’re considering working with. Belgard also offers landscaping software design tools that make it easier to picture specific materials in your own yard.

Step 2: Plan Your Design

One of the great things about Belgard retaining wall systems is that they offer a great deal of design flexibility. The blocks can be arranged in straight, curved, or rounded configurations with ease. Texturing and coloring are featured on all sides of the blocks so that you’ll be able to enjoy their beauty no matter what your position.

Throughout the design phase of your project, it’s also a good idea to call your local utility providers and have them evaluate your plans. These professionals will be able to tell you if there are important cables, pipes, or other utilities located beneath your project area that could negatively impact your property now or in the future.

Another thing to remember is that if you are planning on constructing a tall Belgard retaining wall (over 3′ in height), you will need to work with a qualified engineer to ensure that the wall is secure and up to code.

Step 3: Gather Your Materials

In addition to your Belgard tandem retaining wall blocks, you’ll need to gather a few additional materials and supplies in order to get going on your project. Polypropylene connection members, for instance, make it easier for you to construct walls that are attractive and sturdy, without the use of geogrid (in walls 3′ in height or less).

You will also need tools and equipment for excavation and compaction. For smaller project areas, you may be able to work with a shovel, wheelbarrow and a hand tamping tool.

For larger undertakings, you may need to make use of a bobcat, a heavy-duty roller, or other similar pieces of equipment. 3/4″ Crushed stone will be required for the establishment of a leveling pad and for filling in your wall blocks for added internal gravel interlocking.

It’s a good idea to consult with a landscaping professional to determine how much crushed stone to purchase for this purpose. Make sure that you have a shovel on hand for this process, and we recommend using gloves for safety and comfort. You should also have a level handy in order to make sure that your wall is completed with care and precision.

If you are installing a curved or round retaining wall, you will need to have a radius on hand. Finally, make sure that you have the materials required to install a drain pile adjacent to the back of the wall.

Step 4: Create a Leveling Pad

You will need to excavate 6″ plus the height of the block being used prior to installing your Belgard retaining wall system. The soil must be carefully compacted down and cleared of any debris. Once completely level, 6″ of crushed stone must be introduced to the leveling pad and compacted.

Step 5: Start Building

Once the leveling pad is complete, you’ll need to assemble a row of interlocking tandem retaining wall blocks on top of the pad. Use a mallet to ensure that the blocks are securely in place, and be sure to use a level in order to make sure that the blocks are not only level from side to side, but also from front to back.

This is crucial not only to the overall aesthetic of the wall, but also to its overall level of strength and integrity. As you build up the wall, you will need to fill the installed blocks with 3/4″ crushed stone or gravel before proceeding to the next row of blocks.

In addition to adding gravel interlocking, this crushed stone also helps with internal drainage, thus relieving hydrostatic pressure that could negatively impact the strength of the wall over time.

Step 6: Install a Drain Pile

Because NJ and other areas throughout the northeast are so prone to experiencing heavy rainfall and precipitation, it’s very important that you take the time to install a drain pile directly behind the retaining wall. This allows for positive drainage and will keep your wall in the best shape and condition possible so that it can serve your needs for many years.

Step 7: Cap It Off

When you have built your wall the the desired height, you will use Belgard wall caps in order to add even more strength to the wall system while also adding a touch of beauty and sophistication. A strong construction adhesive will need to be used in order to secure the caps in place.

DIY vs Professional Contractors

Those with some DIY-experience and who enjoy hardscaping will find that it’s simple to install a Belgard retaining wall. If, after reading through this installation guide for Belgard retaining wall systems, you are uncertain about your ability to construct your own retaining wall, we strongly urge you to consult with a professional, Belgard Authorized Contractor.

An authorized contractor will be familiar with Belgard products and will know how to properly install your wall blocks in order to protect your investment and your warranty. Talk to your Belgard Authorized Dealer for recommendations for authorized contractors in your locale.

Constructing a Belgard Retaining Wall in NJ

When you’re ready to start work on your Belgard retaining wall system, Braen Supply is ready to help make your dreams come true. As one of the leading Belgard Authorized Dealers in NJ and the northeast, we are able to offer a full inventory of gorgeous, high-quality Belgard retaining wall blocks at the lowest and most competitive prices possible.

Our team is qualified to answer any questions you may have about the design or installation process, and can help connect you to skilled Belgard contractors and designers in the area.

Our Belgard retaining wall products can be viewed in our local showroom, and can be picked up or bulk delivered to areas throughout parts of NJ and NY and limited parts of PA and CT. Give us a call or stop by to learn more today.

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