Want to Gain Control of your Lawn?

I must admit that this season has been incredibly busy!  So I’m just checking in to show you some photographs of our latest work this past week.    For the job on the left, we were hired on by a Master Builder for a project in the Dr. Phillips area.  It was a large job, so we had to prove that we had insurance and workers’ comp for them – no problem!  Curb Appeal Concrete Landscaping Borders has been established since 1998, completely insured!

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We showed up on time and completed the job as agreed.  I do want to point out that the pavers were installed by another company, but just look at that straight line!  Isn’t that great!  The homeowners were extremely happy, so we were too!

Another photo from a job a few days prior that I wanted to show you was on a sidewalk.   Simply artistic and beautiful, as well as manageable for lawn mowers.  It keeps the mulch in, and the grass out!  This particular design, I believe, enhances to landscaping and “frames” everything beautifully!

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Need some help? What are you waiting for?  You can control mulch and keep your maintenance to a minimum by having concrete landscaping borders installed.

Call us today for your free estimate!  407-957-9208.  Serving most of Central Florida.  Call me, I can help get your lawn back into shape!

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Put Your Tax Dollars to Work

With tax refund season rapidly approaching, you might be entitled to a refund!  Have you ever thought of reinvesting it back in towards the equity of your home?

Whether you’re planning on living in your home for the next 20 years, or just another year; Curb Appeal is very important to anyone who drives by.  After all, if your average ‘Joe’ in the neighborhood drives by every day and actually admires your landscaping, then don’t you think that he’ll think that your home is impressive?

Here are a few ideas of what some of our customers have done in the past.  I think you’ll agree that having a manicured and framed landscape can make a huge difference in the appearance of your living domicile  to everyone!

Owners elected to paint the curbs with Driveway Paint, which can be any color that the homeowner chooses! Note: Don't use concrete stain!

Owners elected to paint the curbs with Driveway Paint, which can be any color that the homeowner chooses! Note: Don’t use concrete stain!

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Keeps mulch in, while also keeping grass out!

Also keeps your sidewalk and driveway safer by containing the mulch.

Contact us today for your FREE estimate!  Proudly serving most of Central Florida since 1997 – we’ve weathered the storm, and we’re still on top!

Give us a call – just ask for Scott.

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New “After” Photographs

We had some things to do in town on Friday, January 1, 2016.  Roads were pretty clear in the morning, so after the errands we decided to visit one of the homes that we had done curbing for.  We knew that the homeowners were supposed to add landscaping and rocks after our borders were put in, but WOW, was I surprised to see how the pictures came out after everything was done.  It’s unusual that we get to see the finished product, but I’m sure you’ll agree, this looks great!

Owners elected to paint the curbs with Driveway Paint, which can be any color that the homeowner chooses!  Note:  Don't use concrete stain!

Owners elected to paint the curbs with Garage Floor Paint, which can be any color that the homeowner chooses! Note: Don’t use concrete stain!

Just because we install the borders doesn’t mean that we’re not willing to help and point you in the right directions to save a few dollars. In this case, the homeowners went to a local paint store and purchased Garage Floor Paint (don’t ever buy concrete stain), and they ordered a color that enhanced their home, and made their borders blend in wonderfully, which saved them money in the long run!  Now their landscaping looks like a piece of art!

Garage Floor paint contains sealant, which protects your borders from mold, mildew, etc., but you only have to apply the paint in one coat! It is made for smooth concrete, and holds its’ color for many years.  Not only does this save money, but it protects the borders, keeping the color intact for many years!

For those of you who do not want to physically paint your borders, we also offer color added to the mix, and we do offer a commercial brand sealant – better than what you can buy at your local hardware store.  It’s your choice!

Beautiful design on existing asphalt driveway.

Beautiful design on existing asphalt driveway.

This was actually the first time for me seeing the borders placed on asphalt as opposed to concrete driveways or sidewalks, and I have to admit, I was impressed!  This looks so wonderful!  Don’t you agree?

The homeowners did a beautiful job, and I would be proud to say that Curb Appeal Concrete Landscaping Borders, LLC helped make the Curb Appeal of this home even better!

Keeps mulch in (or in this case, gravel), and grass OUT!

Call us today for your free estimate within Central Florida!  You may find that the prices are quite affordable, and will do nothing but enhance your home, adding equity!

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Get Ready for the Holidays!

Are you expecting family over this Christmas?

Does your mulch spill out on to your sidewalk making your front entrance hard to maneuver?  Consider adding Curb Appeal, Concrete Landscaping Borders to your home!  Not only will you be giving your home a manicured effect, but it will also keep your guests safer!

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Our concrete borders are 6″ high x 4″ wide, and are durable!  They can keep your driveway and sidewalks mulch-free.  And, you can choose from a multitude of colors; whether you want them to match your front door, to simply complement your home in a more subtle way.

These are not forms, your borders are poured in place to mimic or help design a more cohesive landscaping design around your home.  We have the machinery and skill to make this happen for you.

Our team has over 18 years of experience in designing landscaping beds to be mower friendly – making your life easier.  And, our borders can withstand residential mowers, and edgers, so taking care of your lawn will be less time consuming.

We do have some openings in our schedule in December, so please contact us today at 407-957-9208 for your Free Estimate within Central Florida.  Or, visit our website at Curb Appeal Concrete Landscaping Borders to learn more about our product and service.

We hope to hear from you soon!

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How Much Does Curbing Cost?

One of the first questions that people ask is; “how much do you charge per foot?”  Well, the answer to that question is normally, “Do you know how much footage you have?”  

Even though most curbing companies will come out and give you a free estimate, you still should know an approximate footage that you have before you call, so you can tell if you’ve received a good price.

But how do I do that?

HoseGo get your garden hose.  Your average garden hose at home is usually 25 feet.  Lay it out in the design of your garden bed or in a circle around that tree.  How many times did you have to move it?  Two?  Three?  Well, that tells you approximately how many linear feet you have – more than you thought, huh?  Curbing companies go by the “Linear Foot,” which means that your otherwise straight line – may “curve.”

Most companies work with a minimum, which means that they have to charge you a certain amount – even if you have 25 linear feet, or a thousand; we all must work with a minimum.  Every time they move that trailer or get a crew, it will cost them a certain amount of money.

So, on average (in Central Florida), most companies have a minimum dollar amount to even show up at your house with crew and trailer – let’s say, $450.00 for the sake of this post.  That will get you UP TO their minimum footage (usually 75-100 feet) of curbing.  Anything over that will probably be charged by the linear foot.  However, as I mentioned before, estimates are usually free, so take advantage of a professional in your area.

Now, understand that  all companies are not alike, and prices/minimums may differ.  This is just a “guide” to help you understand the “ball-park” figure, and to know what to expect when hiring a curbing contractor.

It’s better to work with a contractor who has a solid history in Concrete Landscaping Borders.  As in all trades, there is a knowledge and experience necessary to make your curb installation right.  And, our curbing is 4″ x 6″, which is a lot more stable/sturdy that some others out there.  This is a diagram of the most popular “Mower Style” that we offer. It is 4″ x 6″.Mower Style

I also want you to keep in mind that the company has to purchase equipment, tools, trailers, trucks, fuel, uniforms, insurance, concrete, dyes, fiber, employee’s, taxes and so forth.  This is another reason that you should only hire someone who is established in your area.  We can handle the overhead, and do not ask for money in advance (or at least we don’t).  And, we can take all major credit cards, so if you’d like this option, please let us know!

Ask them how long they have been doing business here in Central Florida. Can they show you their actual work, or refer you to another homeowner close by so you can see yourselves?  You want to make sure that you can get help to replace or repair if you need it.   You can’t do that if your selected less experienced contractor is out of business.

Curb Appeal Concrete Landscaping Borders has been proudly serving Central Florida for 18 years right here!  Our professionals are available to assist you!  Contact us today at 407-957-9208 for your free estimate.  Visit our Curb Appeal Concrete Landscaping Borders, LLC website to learn more!

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Meet Scott Bailey – Owner & Operator of Curb Appeal Concrete Landscaping Borders

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Animal lover and nature enthusiast!  Here, we were simply enjoying an afternoon one day in our back yard, when we had an unsuspected visitor!  This beautiful little blue jay was too young to think that “humans are bad,” and this baby bird spent about 10 minutes hopping all over Scott!  The moral of this story is that this little bird obviously felt safe with Scott.

And you should too.  Scott has spent over 18 years perfecting his concrete landscaping borders business.  He carefully did research and selected the best machine that would support not only the weight of standard home-owner lawnmowers, but he built a custom made efficient trailer to work out of.

Scott is a real stickler about customer service and his quality of work!  He ensures that the customer is always satisfied with the job they needed, and he performed!  He has worked for both homeowners and major companies alike!

Scott’s background is the hospitality industry, and now-a-days, that’s a rare find!  We receive so many phone calls from people that ask if we “need” the work because they’ve been turned down or disappointed in so many other companies!   The average consumer has a difficult time getting someone to actually do their job. Unbelievable!   In our world, the customer is always the main focus.

We relocated from Orlando to Saint Cloud about 20 years ago to make a life for ourselves, and our family.  This isn’t a secondary job for him, it is his livelihood and his passion.  He can’t afford to get it wrong or make mistakes.  He wants, and is proud of his work and accomplishments!  That is his “drive.”

Scott understands the needs of the average homeowner and helps to design a flowerbed or landscaping project that best suits the individual home.  No house is the same – even if they’re in a cookie-cutter designed community – Scott can frame your landscaping, and make your home stand out!Troweling

His philosophy is built on a handshake.  His word is his bond!  When you consent to a job, he will book the job, buy the materials, hire the crew, show up as scheduled, pour your borders, clean-up and finish as agreed.  You pay after the completion of the job, not before.  He guarantee’s the workmanship and materials.  We have many repeat customers, so I guess you can say that we’re not a love-them-and-leave-them type of company.  We’ve been here through thick and thin.

If you would be interested in Concrete Landscaping Borders around your home, give us a call.  Estimates are free within the Central Florida area!  You can’t beat Curb Appeal Concrete Landscaping Borders – or Scott Bailey!

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The 7 Best Home Improvements for $500 or Less

March 13, 2015

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Give your home’s look a makeover without breaking the bank.

When it comes to upgrading our homes, there seems to be a never-ending list of things to do. There are the upgrades we’d love to make, like buying new furniture or replacing countertops. And then there are the things we have to fix, like inefficient appliances or a leaking roof. But there are a whole range of inexpensive improvements that don’t take much effort but can go a long way toward increasing your enjoyment of your home—and adding to its value too.

Here are 5 such upgrades you can make for less than $500.

1. Increase curb appeal

Even if you’re not planning on selling your home, curb appeal is important. For you, that might mean pressure-washing the driveway (rent one for about $100 per day), repairing broken stairs, or updating your mailbox (anywhere from $50 to $200, depending on style). Sometimes upgrading curb appeal is simply a matter of spending time in the yard and getting your hands dirty by edging the lawn, trimming hedges, or pulling weeds. You could get concrete landscaping borders (average $450=100 linear feet) to frame your yard, and keep your landscaping defined.  To keep costs down, plant perennials that keep their greenery all year long and invest time in maintaining your garden tools so you don’t have to purchase new ones.

Read more about budget-friendly curb appeal projects

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2. Fix the front door

Your front entrance can say a lot about your home. Upgrading to a high-end fiberglass door can cost more than $1,000, but you can get a whole new look for a lot less simply by adding new hardware and a fresh coat of paint. Installing a new doorbell (kits cost about $50 to $100) or updating the lighting (anywhere from $25 to $100) are also inexpensive fixes that can add instant appeal to the front entry. Pair your newly painted door with a clean doormat ($20) or fresh pot of flowers, and you’ll have a whole new entrance for under $500.

3. Repair interior walls and paint

If your walls are a standard height, it’s easy to make simple repairs like patching holes or sanding. It’s also fairly easy to prime and paint your walls, which can instantly upgrade the look of any room. You’ll need to buy paint and primer (most brands start around $30 per gallon) plus painter’s tape, brushes and rollers. (Read this to learn more about how to budget for your painting project.)

Painting can get complicated and expensive if you need to repair a significant amount of drywall, remove mold, or have really tall ceilings, so always consult a professional if you feel you might be in over your head.

4. Update lighting and change bulbs

The lighting fixtures in your home are like jewelry on an outfit—they can instantly add pizzazz or look dated. Switching out a chandelier or sconce is a fairly easy, budget‐friendly project. Shop big-box stores for inexpensive pendants, or ask about floor sample sales at retail outlets. Plan on spending at least $200 for a large fixture, about $100 for a bathroom vanity light, and $100 or less for a wall sconce. If you’re on a tight budget, consider using the fixtures you already have but updating them with a coat of spray paint, a new light shade, or a dimmer switch. To make sure you’re really adding value, switch to energy efficient bulbs like LEDs (about $7 for a 60W equivalent) or CFLs (about $9 for a 60W equivalent) bulb. Although both are more expensive than an incandescent bulb, they last longer and require less energy.

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5. Install new toilets

Your motivation for buying and installing a new toilet may be for aesthetic reasons, but newer toilets can also save you money. Toilets installed prior to 1995 use as much as 6 gallons of water per flush; newer WaterSense models use as little as 1.2 gallons.

Over time this can represent thousands of gallons of water you won’t have to pay for. Additionally, older toilets are more likely to leak, wasting even more water and money. A slowly running toilet can waste as much as 200 gallons of water a day. Replacing a toilet (about $100‐$200) isn’t hard for an experienced DIYer. But call the plumber if you have other leaks in the bathroom or kitchen; getting them fixed will save you water and money.

6. Maintain your mechanics

Just like maintaining a car, regularly having your appliances and mechanical devices inspected and tuned up can save you lots of money in the long run. Major repairs or replacements can run into the thousands, but a simple check up might be as little as $100. Ask your serviceperson to let you know about any special customer care programs. Sometimes long-term customers are rewarded with free inspections or discounted servicing. (Thinking about DIY appliance repair? Read this first.)

7. Monitor energy usage

There are many smart-home devices on the market aimed at letting you get to know your home habits and helping you save money on energy or utility costs. Devices like Iris (Comfort & Control kit is $80) can help you regulate the temperature of your home and alert you to any unexplained changes. Add-on devices like the Utilitech Water Leak system ($30) can alert you to water leaks. Ultimately these devices help you save money on your energy and utility bills and keep you from expensive repairs down the line.

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Anne Reagan is editor-in-chief of Porch.com.

A Guide To Landscaping Around Your Home

By on Mar 5, 2015 (she’s great!)
Your home is looking good! You have repainted the inside of your house. You have redecorated the inside with new furniture. And, you have put in new lighting so your home is nice and bright. However, the inside of your home is only half the battle. You also need to look and work at the outside of your home.

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Other than painting the outside of your house, there are a number of other ways homeowners can improve the look, and just as important, the value of your home. One of the easiest ways to improve your home is through the use of landscaping around the house. Landscaping the areas surrounding the house can make your home look nicer and improve the look of your neighborhood. These are factors that can help improve the value of the house.  Adding borders, for example, on your sidewalk keeps the mulch in, and your grass out!

Homeowners have many different ways to help landscape their homes. Many can be accomplished by yourself at minimal expense. Landscaping can take different forms such as planting flowers, trees, bushes and maintaining a healthy looking lawn. There are also other methods of improving your home including having a nice looking deck or patio, improving your outdoor lighting and even having a water feature in your yard. Another important part of landscaping is keeping pests away from your lawn, trees and gardens.

All of these methods of landscaping can help improve the look of your home and raise the home’s value. To learn more about landscaping around your home, please take a peek at the following resources. We hope that you learn how to properly landscape and also work on your own around the house. Also, please feel free to share this information with others looking for information on landscaping.

For more information on how Curb Appeal Concrete Landscaping Borders can help you design your perfect yard, call us today! Proudly serving Central Florida since 1997!

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Why you should give your home an outdoor makeover

Published Carson Arthur – March 20, 2015     Looking for our Share & Win contest?

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Spring has finally arrived! Well, at least the calendar says so. That means the home renovation industry is shifting gears and moving home improvement projects outside. Outdoor design expert Carson Arthur has talked to us about the importance of landscaping, but stresses the benefits of giving your home an outdoor face lift. Arthur educates us on how to do just that. 

The Shift: From landscaping to complete outdoor makeovers

For my entire media career in landscape design and outdoor living, I have been trying to convince homeowners that focusing on the outdoors not only improves their own way of life, it also increases the value of their homes. As new information comes out each season from national companies like Century 21 Canada and regional organizations like Landscape Ontario, I have been adding to my own messaging to help homeowners make truly informed choices.

Now I am officially crowing at the top of my lungs that not only does good landscaping positively impact a home’s perceived value…outdoor renovations have taken over the top five home improvements according to Remodeling Magazine’s 2015 Cost vs Value report. Step aside you interior experts…its time for the landscapers to take center stage!

These outdoor improvement projects knocked kitchens and baths out of the usual top spots:

A New Front Door

This is the only improvement for the entire house that is worth more money the moment you install it! Adding a new solid steel door to the front of your home is expected to see a return of 101.8%! Even I was surprised by this one. Although, it does make sense. A front door for your home is like the wheels on a new car. Nobody buys a car because of the wheels, but everyone checks the wheels before they buy a car. The front door doesn’t sell a home, but it is the very first item that a potential buyer checks when walking in. If the front door is solid and in good condition, buyers assume that the rest of the home will be up to the same standards.

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In case you missed it: Read our handy guide on choosing a front door. We discuss the pros and cons of door materials and how much they’ll cost you.

Manufactured Stone Veneers

More companies are entering into this market everyday and with an expected rate-of-return of 92%, consumers are happy to have the choices. Having stone veneers at the front of your home is a great way to add visual impact without rebuilding your house. Stone gives the impression that a home is solid and able to withstand the elements (and the children). The key to successful veneers is in the colour saturation. More colour in the stone means that the colour will last long – holding its value longer too!

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A Wood Deck

I’ve always been an advocate of expanding your living space into the backyard. For most of us, a wood deck is a simple and effective way to create an outdoor room…with an 80.5% return-on-investment! Traditionally, cedar has had the best-perceived value, but with rising material costs, this has been changing. MicroPro Sienna, the brown version of pressure treated is poised to take over the top spot. With the rich look of cedar at significantly reduced cost, more homeowners are opting for this new style of wood over the green alternative.

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Surprised? Don’t be. When it comes to home renovations, most homeowners want to achieve the following:

  1. Add value to the home;
  2. Let the home speak for itself by making a good first impression for future buyers;
  3. Stay on budget while updating and improving the space.

In order to get people inside, you have to draw them in from the outside, which is why we should stop thinking about landscaping, flowers and gardens and start thinking about the house as a whole.

Ready to get that outdoor project underway? We can put you in touch with the right professionals. Scroll through our database of landscaping and design professionals. If you’re looking to replace your front door, we have experts for that too.

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4 Ways Green Roofs Help Manage Stormwater

 Green roofs have a number of environmental benefits. In addition to improving air quality, conserving energy and reducing the urban heat island effect, green roofs benefit water quality by absorbing water during small storms and slowing stormwater runoff from large storms. A green roof of any size can be implemented in the home landscape as part of a sustainable stormwater landscape design.
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