Outdoor Kitchen

Make your outdoor living space the envy of every charcoal chef in the neighborhood!

Stone Veneer Grill Island

Bring together the pleasures of good food, warm weather, and the company of friends and family into your backyard! With an outdoor kitchen or grill island entertaining has never been better; you can prepare meals and be around your guests with minimal time spent running back and forth between the kitchen.

Transform a boring stainless steel grill into a wonderful work of art with natural stone veneer. Stone veneer comes in many different colors and shapes so whether your style is Rustic, Colonial, Contemporary, Modern, Tuscan or Log Cabin, you can create a beautiful outdoor kitchen that is tailored to your unique taste.

Pre-assembled outdoor kitchens and grills are available but our helpful guide will show you how to spice up your outdoor grill by creating a natural stone veneer grill island at a fraction of the cost!

7 Step Guide to Build a Natural Stone Veneer Grill Island

Step 1: Build the Frame

Before you begin your project there are a few things to take into consideration. Think about your entertaining needs and your budget. You will also want to determine the best location for your kitchen, the size requirements, design layout, countertop placement, and the appliances you’ll need. Finally, you must choose the best materials and equipment for accomplishing all your goals.

ConcreteBlockThere are many options you can build an outdoor grill island out of but using concrete block as your frame is affordable, weather and fire resistant, and can be easy to work with. A good height to build your frame up to is 38 inches. This is a comfortable height for elbow resting and food preparation.

Be sure to build on a paved and level surface. Create open boxes in your design to allow for steel doors, drawers, or other storage compartments or to conceal a propane tank for a gas grill.

Step 2: Calculate Stone Veneer

Stone Veneer Grill Island Boston BlendCalculate the square footage of the area. Veneer stone is available in corner pieces and flat pieces. Corners are sold by the linear foot and flats are sold by the square foot.Be sure to subtract the areas that will be used for doors and other storage openings!

Step 3: Stone Veneer Layout

Lay out the stone on a flat surface to create a visual template of how you will place them on the finished grill island. It is helpful to start with the corner pieces and then fill the inside. Pieces may need to be cut to lay flush against the ground. Cut the pieces with a wet saw using a carbide or diamond tip blade. Be sure to wear protective eyewear and follow proper safety measures when cutting stone veneer.

Step 4: Apply Polymer Modified Mortar

Stone Veneer Grill Island GroutWe recommend using Ardex X5 which is a highly versatile, polymer modified mortar with an easy to apply creamy consistency. Ardex X5 will adhere to concrete block without the use of fabric or wire mesh. Using a trowel, apply a 1/4 inch layer of Ardex X5 to the back of the stone. Place the stone onto the wall and wiggle it gently to ensure even coating and a secure bond. If the mortar seeps out  use a damp cloth to wipe it away.

Step 5: Point 

Once the stone is in place you can grout the joints using Type S mortar mix. Use a joint slicker to carve out the wet mortar joints. Clean the stone with a damp cloth if any mortar gets on the surface of the stone.

Step 6: Install Fixtures

Stone Veneer Grill Island Door

After the stone has dried (24 hours) install cabinet doors, fixtures, and a counter top. TLC Supply carries an assortment of bluestone, granite, blue mist granite, brownstone, and limestone treads which we can custom fabricate to fit on top of your outdoor grill island.

Step 7: Fire Up & Enjoy!

AssembledStone Veneer Grill Island
Belgard Assembled Grill
Stone Veneer Grill Island
Fieldstone Veneer Grill
Stone Veneer Grill Island
Veneer Outdoor Grill
Stone Veneer Grill Island
Ledgestone Veneer Grill Island

Don’t feel like doing all the work? Pre-Assembled Grill Kits are available at TLC Supply from leading paver manufacturer’s Techo Bloc, Belgard, and Cambrige Pavers.

If you liked this page be sure to share it with all your friends! And for even more inspiring outdoor kitchens as well as great grilling recipes and outdoor entertaining ideas follow us on Pinterest! 

And before you go, check this out! You may be interested in our post How to Build a Paver Patio!

The helpful staff at TLC Supply are happy to answer any of your project questions, just give us a shout! Just leave your comments below. 

 “Best Price, Best Advice” -TLC Supply,Inc.

Brick Walkway|How to Build a Brick Walkway or Patio

Brick walkways are a great way to add aesthetic charm and timeless beauty to your home. Now you can create your own distinctive and classic brick walkway or patio with our helpful guide.

 10 Steps to help you build your very own brick walkway or patio!

Brick Walkway

Step 1: Plan

Brick Pattern

Determine what kind of brick you would like to use for your walkway. Some traditional brick used for walls may be too porous and may crack so be sure to select a brick that can withstand foot traffic such as a brick paver.

Sketch out the size, length, and design of your walkway. You may want a straight walkway or one that is serpentine. Calculate your square footage to determine how much material you will need by multiplying length by width. There are many patterns you can create with brick as well.

Step 2: Prepare the Area

Clear any plants, roots, large rocks, or existing material that may interfere with the path or cause unevenness.

Step 3: Mark the Area

StakesOutline your area with chalk line or landscape spray paint. If you are doing a curved design you can use a garden hose to mark the shape you wish to take and trace with chalk or paint.

Tip: Before digging call your local utility company or “Dig Safe” and have them identify any buried gas, water, or electrical lines.

Step 4: Excavate

You want a depth that is at least 4” deep. We recommend going approximately 7”. Also, you may want to slightly slope the walkway to help water drainage. The required slope is 1⁄4 in. per every 4 ft. of run. Another option is to place more sand in the middle of the walk so that water will run off the to the sides. This will be discussed in a later step.

Tip: You can lay boards across the area and use a level to help you determine the slope.

Option: At this point you may want to add Geotextile fabric for added durability and stability.

Step 5: Back Fill

Fill the area with 4” inches of base material such as ¾” dense grade. This will help provide a solid base and aid in proper water percolation into the soil. After filling the area use a tamper to compact the material.

PaverCompacterTip: Fill the area with dense grade in 2” increments and compact with a machine plate compacter. This will ensure that the material is tightly packed. Pour another 2” of grade and repeat the steps until everything is compacted evenly to a depth of about 6”.You can even spray the area with water to help keep the dust down when tampering.

Step 6: Sand

Apply concrete sand over the crushed stone. Lay down two pieces of round level piping and push it a little into the sand. Depending on the width of your walkway you may need to use a longer or shorter pipe. Doing this is going to help ensure your base is level before applying the brick. Now spread more sand to make sure it is flush with the pipe. You can use a 2 x 4 to screed the sand to a smooth surface. If you cut a 1 3⁄4-in.-deep notch at each end of the 2 x 4, you can rest the notches on the edge restraints while you pull the 2 x 4 across the sand. Once the area is leveled, gently remove the pipe and fill the void with sand and smooth the area out. To prevent water build up you may want the center to be slightly pitched or crowned so water runs off the sides. To do this you can add more sand to one side or make the sand higher in the center.

Tip: We recommend concrete sand rather than mason sand because it will provide more stability and assist in water percolation.

Step 7: Lay Bricks

Brick LayingStart laying bricks around the edge of the path and gently pressed them down with a rubber mallet. To better fit pieces you may need to use a wet saw to cut pieces to the desired measurement.

Brick Layers

 So far you should have something like this.

Step 8: Edging

BeastPaverEdgingAdd plastic edging to the sides to define the perimeter of the walkway and to hold the pavers in place. Hold the edging in place with spikes. We recommend B.E.A.S.T. Plastic Paver Edging for its strength and flexibility. B.E.A.S.T. edging comes in 8 ft. sections and can be nailed in with 10” or 12” spikes. This edging is also made from recycled material and it allows for the growth of vegetation.

Step 9: Fill Joints

Joint Brick SandWhen you finish laying the brick pour polymeric sand over the top and gently sweep the sand over the whole area to fill the joints. Tamper the top to ensure compaction. Brush away any excess sand and mist the walkway with water to secure the sand and brick. You may need to go back once it is dry and fill the joints with more sand.

Tip: We recommend using polymeric sand over mason sand because it contains binders that help maintain a firm bond between the bricks which in turn helps to secure them in place.

Step 10: Touch Up

Fill any voids around the walkway, covering the exposed webbing of the edge restraint. Tamp the soil down to compact it, then plant grass to fill in the lawn up to the edge of the walk. The roots of the grass will grow through the holes in the edge restraint to further lock it in place. You also can also add cobble stones or paver edging and even plant decorative flowers or shrubs for a finishing touch to your walkway.

* You can also follow this guide for creating a brick patio.

BrickPatio

BrickWalkway

TLC Supply has all the materials you need to get your project done! We carry a wide selection of modular, paver, and thin brick from premium brands such as Rocky Ridge, Harmar, Cushwa, Pine Hall, McAvoy, KF, and Stiles & Hart. With hundreds of brick sample boards in our display room, you are sure to find something for a new or existing brick project. We also provide custom fabrication if you wish to have your brick engraved. Please visit out website to see even more hardscape and masonry products ranging from bluestone,granite,pavers,natural stone,block,sand, and cement!

If you liked this page be sure to share it with all your friends! And for even more inspiring brick walkways and patios as well as backyard DIY projects and outdoor entertaining ideas follow us on Pinterest!

WAIT! Before you go, check this out! You may be interested in our post How to Build a Paver Patio!

The helpful staff at TLC Supply are happy to answer any of your project questions, just give us a shout! Send us an email to info@tlcsupply.com or leave your comments below. 

 

 “Best Price, Best Advice” -TLC Supply,Inc.

Bricks (Types, Styles, Colors, and Textures)

A Quick Overview of Brick Styles, Colors, and Textures!

With so many manufactures and innovative computer technology, consumers now have an even greater selection of classic brick styles, colors, and textures. Brick can deliver classic beauty, strength, and durability to any home or building.

We will give you a very brief overview of some popular brick manufacturing processes, finishes, and colors!

Manufacturing Process:

Clay Brick can be molded in several ways but we are just going to touch upon some common processes.

1. Water struck brick is a type of mold that is popular in New England. During the brick making process, soft clay in pressed into a mold and water is used as the release medium to keep the clay from sticking to the mold. Water struck brick produces a smooth, hard, sand free texture.

2. Sand molded brick is similar to the water struck process but instead of water sand is used in the lining to keep the clay from sticking to the mold. The result is a smooth sandy texture.

Handmade Brick
Redland Brick Cushwa Handmade

3. Hand molded brick just as the name implies is clay that is individually molded by hand. Unique features rise out of hand molded brick such as folds and crevices which give it distinguished classic appearance.

4. Extruded brick or machine molded is a more modern method of producing brick. Through this process you can achieve a wire cut, rolled edged, glazed, or smooth finished brick. Extruded brick can be more regular in size compared to hand molded brick. Through this process low moisture clay is extruded under pressure through a die to produce a distinctive brick shape.

Types of Finishes:

1. Wire cut brick or matt refers to bricks that are sliced by the wire. The wire pulls the edge of the brick, stressing the clay and creating small cracks in the surface of the stretched material. When fired in a kiln, the stretch marks on the surface of the baked brick separate into rough cracks and crevasses. This feature is what gives the bricks the visual appeal that many builders and homeowners seek in a finished appearance.

2. Antique bricks are machine molded brick with a handmade appearance. Antique bricks are wonderful for achieving that reclaimed look due to production methods to give them that, aged, tumbled and worn appearance.

3. Glazed brick has a glaze applied to it prior to firing and results in hardened surface with textures that vary from glass-smooth, speckled, and rough.

Brick Vertical Score
Endicott Vertical Score

4. Vertical Score brick have a face surface with vertical cuts to give it a very distinct texture and look.

Brick Colors:

Clay Brick can come in an array  of colors such as white, tan, rose, pink, red, orange, gray, cream, burgundy, buff, brown, and black!

Full Range is the term referred to brick that display a full range of color rather than being one color as a whole. For example, you may have a cube of brick with varying tones of red and black.

Brick Flashing
Redland Brick KF Pavers with Flashing

Sometimes you may even see brick with various dark spots on the face or surrounding the edge. This is referred to as “flashing”. Iron spots found on brick refer to little black dots speckled on the surface.

In addition to the various brick colors you can even choose to change the color of the mortar joint. Changing the mortar color can alter the appearance of your bricks so it is important to plan your brick and mortar colors together. Mortar color can bring about a light warmer feel or even a dramatic contrasting effect.

Brick Mortar Color

TLC Supply, Inc. has all the materials you need to get your project done! We carry a wide selection of premium modular, paver, and thin brick from brands such as Rocky Ridge, Harmar, Cushwa, Pine Hall, McAvoy, KF, Endicott, and Stiles & Hart.  We have hundreds of brick sample boards displaying the many different brick colors, textures, and molds.

So whether you are looking to build something new or add to an existing brick surface you are sure to find something to meet your needs! In addition we provide custom fabrication if you wish to have your brick engraved.

If you liked this page be sure to share it with all your friends! And for even more inspiring brick walkways and patios as well as backyard DIY projects and outdoor entertaining ideas follow us on Pinterest!

WAIT! Check this out! You may even be interested in our post How to Build a Brick Walkway & Patio. 

The helpful staff at TLC Supply are happy to answer any of your project questions, just give us a shout! Send us an email to info@tlcsupply.com or leave your comments below. 

10 Unique Hardscape Ideas

10 Hardscape Ideas You Can Do to Enhance Your Backyard Living!

Incorporating hardscape into your landscape design is a great way to add major curb appeal and value to your home.

There are many ways you can create an enticing and beautiful backyard and/or frontyard that your whole family will enjoy for years to come. Check out these ideas below!

Idea #1: Use various colors and textures to create eye catching paver patterns and mosaics.

Chevron Hardscape Pattern
Techo Bloc Borealis Chevron Pattern
Pavers Techo Bloc
Techo Bloc Travertina
Hardscape Pavers
Techo Bloc Antika / Blu Grande

Idea #2: Include custom design work by engraving your stone.

Custom Stone Fabrication
TLC Custom Fabrication

 Idea #3: Bring the waterpark to your backyard with permeable pavers by building a fountain play area for kids or pets.

Permeable Pavers
Belgard Permeable Paver Eco Dublin

Idea #4: Entertain your guests with outdoor kitchens, pizza ovens, fireplace kits, and recessed seating areas.

Outdoor Fireplace
Techo Bloc Mini Creta
Outdoor Kitchen Hardscape
Belgard Harmony Element Kitchen
Hardscape Outdoor Fire Pit
Techo Bloc Valencia Firepit

 Idea #5: Add decorative paver edging and cobble stones to a garden or create raised planters to keep pet’s out of your beautiful flowers.

Paver Edging
Techo Bloc Avignon
Hardscape Retaining Wall Stone
Belgard Retaining Wall Stone

Idea #6: Dress up a garden with natural stepping stone, garden stones, or slate pavers.

Natrual Stone Step

Natural Stone Step
Techo Bloc Maya Step

 Idea #7: Create the illusion of separate spaces by using different pavers in various areas and separating spaces with retaining wall systems or pillars.

Hardscape Ideas
Belgard Weston wall

Outdoor Hardscape Grill

 Idea #8: Light up the night with paver and outdoor lighting.

Hardscape Patio Ideas
Techo Bloc Raffinato
Cambridge Pavers
Cambridge Pavers LED Lights

Idea #9: Bring the resort spa into your backyard with natural stone and stone veneer.

Natural Stone Veneer
Natural Stone / Veneer
Natural Stone Veneer
Realstone Systems Shadowstone

Idea #10: Relax with the soothing sound of an outdoor water feature or pond.

Natural Stone

waterfeature
Techo Bloc Mini Creta

Start planning your springtime hardscape project with TLC Supply. We are open year round so come on down with your plans, pictures, and ideas. Beat the rush by planning early and let us dedicate our time to you so that you can create the wonderful outdoor living space you’ve been dreaming of all winter.

TLC Supply carries a wide selection of premium pavers from Techo Bloc as well as from BelgardCambridge Paving Stone, and Genest. Please visit our website to see even more hardscape and masonry products ranging from bluestone,granite,brick,natural stone,block,sand, and cement!

If you liked this page be sure to share it with all your friends! And for even more inspiring paver patios as well as backyard DIY projects and outdoor entertaining ideas follow us on Pinterest!

WAIT! Before you go check this out! You may even like our post How to Build a Paver Patio!

We are happy to answer any of your project questions, just give us a shout! Send us an email to info@tlcsupply.com or leave your comments below. 

 

 “Best Price, Best Advice” -TLC Supply,Inc.

 

Custom Fabricated Granite Steps Rock Berkley Street!

A client who required specially cut Caledonia Granite steps with a clean, beveled look and a minimized gap between the tread and the step riser, came to us for custom fabrication.

Berkley St./Custom Fabrication
TLC Supply bevel cut the risers and put a bevel cut and ease on the front edge of the treads, almost eliminating the appearance of a joint. The beautiful results, shown above, are durable granite steps that welcome the customer into the store.

TLC Supply has the expertise to help you with your custom fabrication projects. We carry a wide variety of granite, as well as bluestone, brownstone, and limestone treads. We also have curbing, benches, mailboxes, mantles and hearths–many in-stock. Visit or call us at 617-773-0055 for supplies, information and advice before you tackle your next project.

TLC Supply Custom Fabricates!

Compass Rose Custom Fabricated by TLC Supply

Looking for a special, unique piece? Design it yourself and we’ll custom fabricate it to your specifications. We’ve been asked to make items such as compass roses, curved granite steps, custom outdoor fireplaces and more! Call or drop by and turn your paper sketch into a reality.