This is Small Spaces
We know that each yard is as unique as the people who spend time in it. Some of you are first time homeowners, some have a limited project budget, or a small, urban backyard. Small Spaces was created specifically with these situations in mind. Fashion a fantastic backyard that fits your life, exactly as you live it right now.
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Barkman products can be installed by the do-it-yourselfer, however a certain degree of landscaping know-how is required. These short articles will get you on the right track and help you create your own small space.
Planning Your Landscape Project In 2020
Planning a landscape project can be a daunting task. Approaching it in phases can help make the project more manageable. This guide summarizes the different elements involved in planning. 1. Get Inspiration From Designs You Love What do you want? This is where you should begin. Here are some questions to ask yourself. […]
Choosing the Perfect Fire Pit for your Backyard
At Barkman, we love spending long evenings around a fire with family and friends. Roasting marshmallows, making gooey s’mores and enjoying frothy cups of hot chocolate is the perfect way to spend an evening. Finding a fire pit to fit your own style can be hard, so we’ve put together a list of options you […]
How To Build a Patio
Adding a patio to your backyard is an excellent way of getting more out of summer. Building a patio, however, takes a bit of work and careful planning. Here is how to correctly install a Barkman patio in your backyard. 1. Planning Once you have chosen your location, it’s time to do some preliminary design […]
Enhance Your Garden with Concrete
Let it be said that no patio, walkway, or retaining wall, no matter how beautifully constructed, will ever outshine a well-tended garden. Whether it’s a carefully plotted French garden, or something a little more informal, gardens bring a fresh, living element to any space that simply cannot be achieved any other way. Pavers and retaining […]
Advantages of Polymeric Sand
Applying polymeric sand is one of the last steps in installing a patio or path and comes after all the paving stones have been laid. Polymeric sand is designed to fill the gaps between pavers, to keep them solidly in place, prevent weed growth, and allow for proper drainage from the patio. This step finishes […]
Creating a Backyard Oasis with Barkman’s Landscape Kits
Homeowners can elevate their backyard in many ways, creating an outdoor living space that their family can enjoy for years. It provides a venue to socialize outdoors, a staycation that can host numerous events. In fact, a recent survey shows 66% of homeowners would like to own fire pits and fireplaces in their residential space. […]
To Snap Edge or Not to Snap Edge? That is the Question.
Snap Edge is a product that is installed after a patio is fully laid. It’s a plastic rail designed to surround the pavers you just installed, and hold them in place to prevent shifting. It can be used with almost every kind of paver installation, be it a patio, path or driveway. These plastic rails […]
4 Things to Help you Get Ready for Installing your Barkman Project
If you are in the process of starting a patio or other backyard project, there are a few things you should do before turning dirt and laying bricks. Design Your Project Designing your patio is one of the most important and crucial steps in the whole process of building one. However, the patience to […]
Bridgewood Slab Installation Tips
Bridgewood Slab is a wonderful and unique concrete product designed to look like old, weathered wood. With it you can achieve beautiful rustic designs and aesthetics impossible with other more traditional precast concrete slabs or bricks. The Bridgewood Slab is now a family of products that include the Bridgewood Step and Bridgewood Wall, all having […]
Plants for Your Patio
Warm weather is here which means it’s patio season! Patios are a wonderful addition to any backyard because they allow us to connect with nature in a practical and beautiful way. Sitting and relaxing on your backyard pad is always wonderful, but there are ways to make your patio even better this season, and one […]
How to Keep Your Pavers Weed Free
Choosing to build a driveway, patio, pool deck or walkway with pavers is one of the best long term investments you can make. Pavers don’t crack like poured pads and are easily repaired and re-levelled. However, without occasional maintenance, the look of a paved surface can deteriorate over time. It is commonly thought that weeds […]
What to Do with White Residue on Pavers
Having installed your newly purchased hardscape product, you might have noticed in some cases that there’s a bit of white residue that won’t seem to come off. The most likely cause of this white residue on the surface of pavers is a naturally occurring phenomenon called efflorescence. It occurs when water-soluble salts within the paver migrate […]
Summer Student Builds Fireplace Kit
This summer I, JayZ, a summer student here at Barkman Concrete, was given a challenge to build a Compact Fireplace. At first, I did not think I would be able to build it because of my total lack of construction skills, but after some reassurances and encouragement, I decided to give it a go. Now, […]
Curing Your Quarry Stone Pizza Oven
Upon purchasing your Quarry Stone Pizza Oven, it is important cure the oven in order release the latent moisture left over from the manufacturing process. It’s a great opportunity to practice building fires in your new oven and ensures it performs at its best. Here’s a short video explaining the process.
Cleaning Concrete Countertops
As with any other type of stain, stains on your concrete countertop should be removed as soon as possible. The longer a stain is left untended, the further it can migrate into the concrete, making removal increasingly difficult. Generally, a bit of water and a mild dishwashing soap will take care of most stains. We […]