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Dog Scaping: 5 Pooch Friendly Patio Ideas

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If you have (or are planning to install) a patio or outdoor living space, why not incorporate a few Fido friendly patio ideas or accessories into the plan.

Patio Privacy Please

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Whether you live in a rural, wide open space or a densely populated subdivision, you may want to incorporate some privacy elements into your new or existing landscape design to avoid feeling “watched over” from passers-by or your neighbors. There are lots of ways to create a little privacy and, depending on your porch or backyard layout, you may only need to enclose one or two sides of the space.

Patio Party Series: Outdoor Bar Tips and Ideas

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The warmer weather is in full swing, which means a lot of us are already spending more time outdoors with friends and family. Dining al fresco on the patio is a one of the main reasons so many people decide to add an outdoor living space onto their home in the first place. It’s no wonder, now that fully functional outdoor kitchens (once only thought of for Hollywood royalty) are becoming standard in many suburban backyards.

Consider a Pergola for Hot Summer Days

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Adding a pergola to your patio design is a great way to add both shade and privacy to your outdoor living space. Both decorative and functional, these permanent structures can be constructed using wood, vinyl, fiberglass, aluminum or cellular PVC.

First Impressions Count: Creating Curb Appeal

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Even though it’s subjective, good curb appeal is easy to spot when you see it. The next time you spot a stunning home, take a longer look and you’ll see that all the best examples have some things in common. Curb appeal includes a decided look and feel that encompasses landscaping, Hardscaping™, architectural details, paint palette, lighting, and structural integrity. Less is typically more when it comes to decorative lawn elements because the house takes a back seat and the eyes will wander.

Patio Décor: Defining the Space

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Great, so you finally decided that you are going to have the patio of your dreams! Today’s outdoor living rooms are so much more than years ago; everything from pavers to pillows to plants are chosen to make your patio a true extension of your home.

Mother’s Day Memories and Unique Gifts

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Way back in May of 1914, then President Woodrow Wilson made history when he signed a Joint Resolution proclaiming the second Sunday in May as Mother's Day. Today, no doubt many children are busy in school creating unique “home décor” items using paint, paste and glitter. Moms all across the country will wake up this Sunday to breakfast-in-bed and a cyclone in the kitchen. Eleventh-hour Dads will be seen lined up in the drug store card aisle picking out the “perfect” card while silently wondering, “Flowers? Candy? Jewelry?... what am I going to get?

She-Sheds: Restful Garden Retreats for the Lady of the House

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While man-caves are still popping up all over the country, a newer and slightly clandestine movement is beginning to sweep the nation; She-Sheds. Also known as Lady Lounges, ordinary backyard sheds that once held rakes, trimmers and a mower are being transformed into peaceful and private paradises by the lady of the house.

Taking the Plunge- Adding a Backyard Patio or Pool

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From the initial meeting, to the design proposal, to the working job site, we wanted to learn more about how homeowners communicate their wants and ideas to the contractor so that they are thrilled with the final result.

Patio Party Series- Wines that Pair Well with Grilled Food

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While most folks know that hotdogs and beer go well together, we wanted to learn what types of wines pair best with grilled foods. Since the outdoor living trend has brought full-fledged kitchens out onto the patio these days, it’s taken the typical patio fare from hamburgers to halibut. Gourmet burger recipes include everything from whipped feta to Jalapeño-Cilantro Mayo; so we were excited to learn from an expert what wines to serve or bring to a backyard barbeque this season.

“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.