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“A picture is worth a thousand words…”

It has been said over and over, ‘a picture is worth a thousand words’ and this is true when it comes to sales, particularly Hardscaping Sales. To help your homeowners see the potential of their outdoor spaces and to show them the craftsman that you are – what better way is there than to show them beautiful and professional photos of jobs that you have completed? Or better yet, have them featured in a manufacturer’s catalog and have official “bragging rights.”

Making the Most of Your Fire Pit

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Ever since humans mastered the controlled use of fire we have been fascinated by it. The domestication of fire allowed mankind to add light to evening hours, cook plants and animals for food, clear land for planting, and help keep predators at bay. Maintaining a campfire became so important to prehistoric man’s survival that he would assign a “fire-watcher” from the tribe to look after the fire to prevent it from going out. Perhaps these are some of the reasons why we are instinctively drawn to fire.

April Showers- A Pretty Solution for Stormwater Runoff

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We’ve all heard that April showers brings May flowers, but for some of us, April’s heavy rainfall can wreak havoc on a landscape design. If you live on a hilly terrain or have property that slopes you may see that a sudden deluge may leave your yard with a mudslide straight through your flower bed or garden. That’s because water will always take the path of least resistance, with zero regard for a carefully planned garden or landscape design. Over time, the water will erode the landscape and create an unsightly rut.

The Look For Less - How to Get It Wright

In the 1950’s, while most Americans were outfitting their homes with knotty pine, laminate furniture and Formica counter tops, a couple by the name of Hagan decided that they were going to go with a new trend.

Outdoor Living; Ooh-la-la! French Country Style

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When it comes to French décor, you may think of the opulent style of Marie Antoinette. Her over-the-top neoclassical style, as seen in the Palace of Versailles, has been copied the world over. Maybe you think of a Parisian café, or the bright colors and distinct patterns of Provencal décor.

Exit Stage Left: Integrating an Exit to Comply with Codes

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A Haymarket, VA basement remodel was a well thought out dream come true for its owners. Seeking to add more than just additional living space, these homeowners wanted a basement where they could entertain friends and family in grand style. In order to do so, their plans included a wine bar, theatre room, sauna, and guest bedroom. But when they sat down with their contractor to review their ideas, they learned that their new entertainment living space would require its own exit in order to comply with the local fire code.

5 Tips to Help you Plan Your Outdoor Kitchen

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It wasn't that long ago when cooking outdoors meant that you broke out the briquettes and tossed (burned) a few burgers on the grill. While it remains true that an outdoor kitchen is still used as a place to cook out on the patio, homeowners nowadays treat their patio as an extension of their home's livable space.

Ladies Night: DIY Terrariums Part II

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Check your terrarium for the first few weeks; as diseases often appear at this time. Any leaves that die or plants that do not appear healthy should be removed immediately. Root rot is often a sign of too much water. If rot develops in a closed terrarium, take the cover off and allow it to air dry.

Ladies Night: DIY Terrariums - Part I

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It’s that time of year again; when the holiday season is behind us and hibernating from the winter weather is starting to get really old. Why not plan a ladies craft night and make terrariums? These miniature nature scenes are fun to make and can work with any home décor style.

The Future of Hardscaping: CPI Students at the Pennsylvania State Farm Show

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Most schools have pep rallies before the big football, basketball, or soccer championship game; but at CPI, a Pleasant Gap, PA Science & Technology School, the big win can come in the form of landscape and hardscape design competition sweep. In September of 2014 the students enrolled in CPI's Horticulture and Landscaping Design course accepted the Hardscaping™ challenge set forth by The Pennsylvania State Farm Show. The contest, open to any school in Pennsylvania, is to design and construct 15 x 10 foot Hardscaping™ display featuring plants native to the area. EP Henry was a proud supporter of this exciting challenge - so we reached out to Joe Luther, Instructor in Horticulture and Landscaping Design, and spoke with him and two of his students, Taylor Shook and Ethan Van Horn, the day before judging took place.

Organic Chemistry: How Cast Veneer Stone Complements Every Style

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If you are thinking about a home renovation, consider incorporating organic colors and textures of cast veneer stone into your design and décor. Designers from around the world agree that using cast veneer stone is a great way to update a tired space and create instant drama in any room of the house.

Patio Planning- Getting a Jump on Your Hardscaping Needs

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Even though we just saw the first snow fall, and a cold front has washed over the Northeast, this is the best time to begin the planning stage if you are considering adding a new patio, walkway or wall (the idea here is to list specific project types, whatever you want) to your home.

Tips for an Indoor Herb Garden

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Just because it’s winter time doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy the taste of fresh herbs. By establishing and maintaining an indoor garden you’ll encourage more creative cooking and freshen the air in your kitchen at the same time.

7 Holiday Themed Cocktails

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‘Tis the season! The holiday festivities are in full swing. So dash through the snow, deck the halls and get out there and enjoy a holiday themed cocktail to help get you in the spirit.

7 Unique Gifts for the Outdoor Living Enthusiast

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With its colder temperatures and shorter days, the winter is a rough time of year for those of us who enjoy outdoor living. Sure, fire pits and fireplaces can extend the season by weeks, but when the temperatures drop and stay below freezing for days and days on end, it may leave you feeling like you’ll never see spring again. So for those folks who yearn to feel the sun on their backs and the grass between their toes, receiving a gift intended for the great outdoors may just be the ticket to cheer them up!

Baby Boomer Christmas Must-Haves

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It is well known that from 1946 to 1964 America experienced a baby boom. These post-war years showed an increase in U.S. babies like never before. A time of increased optimism and stability, the population explosion during these years expanded the middle class and helped define the suburban dream. Savvy manufacturers were quick to get new and exciting products to market for this new, large group of consumers; and there was no better time of year than Christmas to do it.