Mother’s Day is fast approaching. Finding a gift that honors Mom can sometimes pose a challenge. Over the years, Mom has probably collected all the material things she needs. Of course, Gift Plan A would be a winning lottery ticket worth millions with which Mom can travel the world or buy more of those collectibles she loves. Plan B is to give her something very few mothers have: her own space outdoors and time to spend in it.
The EP Henry family loves to support our communities. Being family-owned and steeped in generations of tradition, we especially enjoy watching the next generation grow. In Centre County in Pennsylvania, we noticed a special spark of creativity and charity in a group of students and their teacher, and we were honored to lend them a hand.
We love the concept of patio season - the early Spring to late Autumn months when we can take advantage of the longer days and warmer nights. Outdoor living is about getting use out of your patio space whenever it’s possible. Also, getting some fresh air is always great for health and happiness.
It’s been a long road. They haven’t always walked a straight path but they made it. They are finishing one goal and beginning the steps toward another. Now it’s time to honor their accomplishments. It’s time to place the stepping stone and mark the start of their new lives.
How To Design an Outdoor Space
Nothing boosts your home’s “Wow Factor” than a beautifully designed outdoor living space. Well-planned outdoor rooms not only add value to your home (sometimes increasing sales price up to 20%), they add value to your life.
You remember your baby, jumping from stone to stone, holding your hand while hopping up the walk, chubby toddler legs too short to take big steps. One day that baby could walk the whole way alone, usually in a zig-zag line but it got the job done. There were falls. Scrapes. Sometimes you were waved off. Sometimes you’d cry together.
It’s not news that custom outdoor living spaces are becoming more the norm than the exception in yards all around the country. However, in regions that experience frigid winters, like here in the northeast, hanging outdoors all year round isn’t always an option. There are some great ways to extend your timeline to enjoy your outdoor living space, and a fire pit is a fantastic, and affordable, option.
Is the dreary weather getting to you? As winter slogs along with cold temps and frozen or slushy ground, chances are you need a distraction to focus on that makes you dream of the warmth of spring, new flowers, and the great outdoors of your own landscape. We’re happy to help.
Are you looking for a way to redefine your landscape? Maybe you have slopes around your property that make creating the space you want difficult. Perhaps you have a sweeping yard that offers no way to landscape except at the far edges? Or do you live on a hill that falls towards or away from you home, making any kind of gardening a fight against gravity? In any of these scenarios, or if you just want a way to recreate your landscape, nothing offers a solution to these landscaping dilemmas like retaining walls.
When it comes to options of building products for your outdoor living spaces, there are several available to fit your budget, your style and goals. There is a lot of controversy out there about what Hardscaping product is best for your patio, and while we would be biased in saying pavers are the best choice, the fact is, the statistics and benefits speak (loudly) for themselves.
As winter continues, it may be that thoughts of spring landscape planning seems a little premature, but the fact is, making use of being more housebound during the next few weeks will really pay dividends in achieving your goals. Not only can you do your research on plans and products, but if you plan to use a contractor, you’ll be able to review estimates and get on their schedule before they get booked up for the season.
Think about it. The pattern every year is pretty much the same.:
Your yard can be whatever you imagine it to be, no matter the size, shape or surroundings. Defining spaces and creating the perfect entryway is a great start to making your yard uniquely “yours”. Adding a walkway to the landscape not only adds a welcoming feature to your space, it sets the stage for your design direction. From formal, to rustic or natural, walkways are one of the first impressions of your home. Invest in walkways that define your space, with a little inspiration from us.
Walls are the defining pieces to your outdoor living spaces. They allow sloped yards to become usable space, break up wide expanses into cozy sections and support hilly areas to be both decorative and functional. With all these benefits, walls also need to add design and beauty to your yard, and there’s no better way to do that than with cast veneer stone. If you are looking for the most natural look in a cast stone wall, without the cost of natural stone, then Cast Stone Wall stands alone as the solution to your wall needs.
Do you long for natural lines and colors as part of your home décor? Do you have a love affair with the outdoors that you’d like to keep with you, all year-round? If you are looking for a natural stone effect in your space, then this segment of our cast veneer stone series is for you.
How unique is your home’s design? When you look around your rooms, or outside at your yard or house, do you see your special touches that say “This is Me!”? Your home is the hub of your life, where you spend much of your down time, where you raise your family and entertain friends. Décor is personal, and should represent the feeling and experiences that make you who you are, and cast veneer stone is a fantastic product with which to do just that.
While it may seem a little early in the year to be thinking about updating your backyard, the fact is there is no better time to get the ball rolling with your landscape design plans to be sure you’re ready to meet with a local hardscaping professional by early spring. They can help you see what possibilities lay in your yard, and develop the perfect plan to fit your design ideas.
Welcome to 2016! Just about a full calendar year lay before you with possibilities and potential. What are your plans?
As the days stay short and the wind makes you more apt to stay indoors, the winter blahs can set it in. Battle those blues by planning your garden that will be filled with beautiful flowers, succulents and plants to create a brightly-colored escape in your own backyard. Since you’re only hindered by your own imagination, the sky is the limit – and we have a few suggestions to help launch your landscape design ideas a little higher.
No matter what holidays you celebrate in December, chances are you will have visitors at one point during the season and as the old saying goes, “You never get a second chance to make a first impression.” Your driveway and front walkway are some of the first landscaping impressions you can make on your visitors, and they set the stage for their expectations of your home’s interior.
It happens at odd times throughout the year; as you’re gearing up for spring and cleaning out flower beds, during a barbecue in the backyard, or when you’re winterizing your garden and yard. Each of these moments are times when you took stock of the condition of your landscape and make a mental note of the things you want to do “next year” to spruce it up. Next thing you know, you’re back to spring again going through the same yard routine without having made a dent in that landscape wish list you built the past year.
For 2016, make your landscape one of your New Year’s resolutions.