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.

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.

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.

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!

Tips for an Eco-Friendly Christmas

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It is said that it’s the most wonderful time of the year-but, it can also be the most wasteful. Perhaps because it’s the most hectic, we can sometimes choose shortcuts that are not so eco-friendly. While some people are earth-aware and have changed their life styles accordingly, everyone can make a difference with a few minor changes in their holiday preparation plans.

Non Traditional, Traditional Décor: Square Wreaths

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Did you ever wonder why we hang wreaths on our front doors? Historians agree that it seems likely that wreaths were made popular almost 3000 years ago. It all started in Greece during the Olympic Games when small wreaths (made of laurel leaves) were used to crown the winning participants. Later, when the Games began to move to different cities, each host city would award head garlands made using branches from their local trees.

Do-It-Yourself Hardscaping™ Project Story: New Providence NJ

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We were amazed when Seth Netter, EP Henry's sales rep for Northern NJ, sent us these DIY patio pictures. This 850 s.f. patio, with EP Henry Fire Pit Kit, was excavated and installed by the homeowners (along with twoverygood friends, Tina and Tracy Toribio) themselves. We just had to find out how they were motivated to undertake this not-so-small DIY project. So we called and spoke with homeowner Linda Haines to find out more about this project, and how they accomplished it.

Welcome to the Stone Age

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A very, very long time ago, during the pre-historic age, humans figured out that stone had many uses in their world. This abundant natural resource was used for many things, such as: furniture, cutting tools, and weapons. Not only did they use it to build walls for shelter and fortification, they used smaller stones (like flint and river rocks) to create spears and to break open fruits and nuts. It was everywhere; and they must have been felt like the luckiest beings in the land!

Clean Air Act

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Bringing outdoor patio plants indoors for the winter has other advantages besides being decorative. With the windows closed due to the cold temperatures the air inside your home can become pretty stale. Additionally, indoor renovation projects, like painting and or staining, release harmful toxins that linger far longer in winter’s closed window months.