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New Products, Materials, and Hardscapes of 2018 for Your Colorado Landscape

Spring is just around the corner, and soon Colorado homeowners will get moving on landscape installations. The good news is that you still have time to beat the spring rush and get your projects started now. The winter months tend to be the slowest months for the landscape design industry, so you’ll have the undivided attention of your landscape architect. You can also benefit from being one of the first to utilize the newest products, materials, and hardscapes of 2018 in your landscape installation.

Here are some of the latest additions that you can expect to find in high-end landscape design in Colorado this year:

3/4″ Porcelain Tile

A durable and functional outdoor space will continue to be a priority for homeowners in 2018, and 3/4″ porcelain tile is the perfect material as it can withstand our harsh Colorado climate and is easy to maintain. Consider using these sturdy tiles on your patio, walkway, or other high-traffic outdoor space. At Lifescape Colorado, we like Mirage by Belgard porcelain tile as it’s frost-resistant, skid-resistant, and offers high breakage loads. These porcelain tiles will create a clean and modern look for your outdoor entertaining space and are available in a variety of colors.

Synthetic Turf

Do you have areas in your yard where you aren’t able to grow grass? Synthetic turf is a great solution, particularly for smaller outdoor spaces. This material has come a long way in recent years and offers a very realistic appearance. Synthetic turf is durable, low water and low maintenance.

Permeable Surfaces

You can expect to find more permeable surfaces used in Colorado landscapes in 2018 as they allow water to return to the soil and create less run-off and erosion. We like to incorporate permeable pavers into our Colorado hardscaping projects as they conserve water, improve irrigation, offer aesthetic appeal, and are low maintenance.

Are you interested in learning more about the new products, materials, and hardscapes of 2018 for your next project? Contact us today at Lifescape Colorado to get the process started for your landscape installation.

Instagram-Worthy Landscape Designs

Lifescape’s own Dan DeGrush was recently featured in the winter 2018 issue of Colorado Lawn & Landscape for his take on Instagram-worthy landscape designs.

With social media playing a pivotal role in people’s lives today, homeowners no longer need to invite their friends over to show off their landscape. Instead, they can display their new landscape design features by sharing pictures on social media channels like Instagram and Facebook.

What Makes for Instagram-Worthy Landscape Designs?

According to DeGrush, many homeowners today want to incorporate modern and bold features into their landscape design that offer a mix of materials, such as metal and wood.

Many homes in the Denver area sit on small lots, so maximizing the available outdoor space is essential. One way to make a smaller outdoor space feel larger is by using landscape design features that offer clean lines and geometric shapes instead of traditional curving bed lines.

Today’s homeowners want a connection between the indoor and outdoor entertaining spaces. To create a fluid design, large glass doors and windows are being used to provide a smooth transition between these two areas. Another growing trend is to use thick 3/4 inch tile in outdoor entertaining areas to essentially create an interior room outside.


Pet-friendly landscape design is another growing trend. Instead of having to maintain sod and protect it from the stresses that dogs put on grass, many homeowners are opting for synthetic turf.

About Dan DeGrush

Dan DeGrush has been a landscape architect with Lifescape Colorado for the past 10 years. He’s recognized as a leader in the Colorado landscape design industry and was recently awarded a gold medal at the Colorado Awards for Remodeling Excellence (CARE). He’s in-tune with the latest industry trends and offers valuable insight into what today’s homeowners consider to be Instagram-worthy landscape designs.

Contact us at Lifescape Colorado to learn more about Colorado landscape design trends for 2018.


Grow Your Career at Award-Winning Lifescape Colorado!

Lifescape Colorado is a high touch, high quality provider of award-winning landscape design/build and maintenance services. It’s also an amazing place to build your career in the green industry. Our list of high end, high expectation clientele means we have to deliver excellence day-in, day-out, through every season of the year. And that means that we need the best of the best when it comes to Team leaders, design professionals, foremen, techs and front line teams.

We believe that the people, the culture and the possibilities at Lifescape are second to none. Founded in 1976, Lifescape’s business has been built on quality, custom residential and commercial projects by performing landscape design, project construction and ongoing maintenance. Our attention to detail, from our creative designs to craftsman construction, has always set us apart. As demonstrated by the ever-growing list of awards and recognitions we receive, our work attracts attention locally and nationally.

We embrace our hard work ethic along side a family-friendly work environment that values a happy, outgoing outlook. Yes, we work hard, but we also enjoy time together and seek to build up not only our team members, but the communities around us as well. We need Team members with a passion for nature and a passion for people! And we just happen to be in a location that is incredible for outdoor beauty and activity.

If you are looking for the newest possibilities for growth in the green industry, we are too. Contact Lifescape today or visit our website to see what the possibilities could be for your career.

Lifescape’s Mike Ransom to Serve as President of the ALCC

Our team at Lifescape Colorado is passionate about improving Colorado landscapes and conserving our planet’s resources, and this is evident through the active role that we play in our community. We’ve been a part of the Colorado landscape industry for more than 40 years, and many members of our team serve in leadership positions for local and national trade organizations.

Congratulations to Mike Ransom, New President of the ALCC

We’re proud to share that Mike Ransom, Construction Division Manager for Lifescape Colorado, was recently named President of the Associated Landscape of Colorado Contractors. For more than 50 years, this trade organization has been serving Colorado’s landscape community and providing a wealth of information to homeowners and property managers throughout the state. ALCC is passionate about sustainability and promoting responsible use of water and other resources, and environmental stewardship is something we also feel strongly about at Lifescape Colorado.

As President of ALCC in 2018, Mike looks forward to increasing the awareness of all that the trade organization offers to its members and the community. From continuing education opportunities at conferences such as the upcoming ProGreen EXPO a prominent green industry conference in the West on February 13 to promoting career opportunities to high school and trade school students through our Landscape Career Pathways project, the ALCC offers a lot of value to members and community residents alike.

Mike has more than 20 years of experience in the green industry and has been a part of the Lifescape Colorado team since 2010. We’re grateful to have talent like Mike on our team, and we want to congratulate him on the well-deserved opportunity to serve as President of ALCC this year.

Contact us at Lifescape Colorado to learn more about our active role in the green community in Colorado.

The Value of Hiring a Landscape Professional

Given the attention we pay to our outdoor spaces, outdoor kitchens, water features, landscaping and resource management in Colorado, it’s wise to rely on a landscape professional when it’s time to remodel or build that dream environment. Hiring a professional to design, build and maintain your home’s landscape can save both time and money, and assure that the latest sustainability techniques are used.

At Lifescape, our landscape architects often collaborate with an architect, interior designer and general contractor; the synergy between the various groups helps create a cohesive, well-planned design, with smooth implementation and fewer cost overruns.

Professionals have access to the latest and highest quality materials, which means your project will be crafted for top performance, beauty and long life.

Lifescape landscape professionals are there long after the initial work is done to provide long-term maintenance and stand behind our products. Make sure you work with a well-established organization that carries industry certifications. An award-winning company has a proven track record of excellence.

A trained, experienced design team will consider the local climate, seasonal changes, soil types and more in order to select the right plant for the right place. Using proper construction techniques, mindful product sourcing and cutting-edge water management methods, the Lifescape team will make sure your project is both beautiful and sustainable.