Fall on the Patio Series: Game-Day

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It's been around for years, seen in college parking lots and NFL stadiums around the country; the pre-game fall tailgating party has become an American tradition that is here to stay. There's a reason why people tailgate before a football game, it's a chance to get together with friends, eat, drink and get pumped up for the big game.

Tips on Selecting a Hardscaping™ Contractor

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When it comes to planning a Hardscaping™ project, choosing a contractor should be at the top of your list. As more people are expanding their living space by adding outdoor rooms, choosing the right contractor for the job is critical to your project’s success. One of the biggest mistakes you can make when choosing a contractor is to pick someone from the Yellow Pages without interviewing them first.

Bringing Your Outdoor Potted Plants Indoors

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For those of us who have cold and snowy winters, container plants allow us to decorate our patios with plants that we wouldn’t otherwise be able to enjoy. We recreate relaxing oasis’ by enhancing our patios with Boston ferns, parlor palms, and dracaena in outdoor pots during the summer, and then bring them inside to use as indoor plants as winter sets in.

Fire Pit or Fireplace?

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If you are planning a fire feature for your patio, you may ask yourself “Should we get a fire pit or fireplace?” Both are great additions to any outdoor space that create a friendly atmosphere that gives off both light and warmth.

Paver Maintenance 101: Tips to Keeping your Patio Looking Good

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In the same way you might polish your floors or wax your car, patio pavers require some routine maintenance in order to restore them to their original look and to protect them from staining in the future. Check out these frequently asked questions on how to keep you Hardscaping™ looking its best.

Ideas for Creating a Rustic Man Cave That Does Not Include a Beer Tap (because we know you have that one covered)

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Let's face it, when it comes to home décor decisions, the majority of the time the woman of the household takes the lead. From the lighting fixtures and rugs, to the wall colors and pillows, most men know that they better check in before they even think about hanging a picture.

Patio Pavers: Mixing Mediums

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When it comes to patio pavers, you may think that once you pick out your preferred style, that you are finished with your Hardscape™design decisions. Not so fast. You may ultimately decide to have the lawn meet up to your patio pavers, but if you are looking for a more natural or rustic landscape, consider incorporating other outdoor Hardscape™ elements such as boulders, rocks, stones or gravel.

DIY Hardscaping Tips for Paver Installation

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Make no mistake, tackling a DIY paver project is not an easy task and will require assistance from friends and/or family. However, enterprising folks can get the job done and the results and return on investment are well worth it. Just as with any do-it-yourself home improvement project, you’ll need to research paver installation before you begin.

Aquatic Ambiance: Tips To incorporate a Water Feature into Your Backyard

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Dating back to the ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans, water fountains have been a part of our lives for a very long time. Long before everyone had indoor plumbing, people flocked to community fountains to collect safe water for drinking, cooking and washing. Constructed over a spring or connected to an aqueduct, these early water fountains relied on gravity in order to operate efficiently. Present day engineers are still in awe of how they accomplished the feat of bringing clean water to the masses, without the use of modern technology.

Adding Curb Appeal with Pavers and Plants

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If you live in a residential neighborhood and have a home with a front yard, chances are you have some sort of walkway to the front or side door. Whether it is a no-nonsense straight walkway, or a casual, winding garden path, it serves as your home's "first impression". Check out these tips if your home could use a little curb appeal.

Still Inspiring Dreams of Freedom: The Statue of Liberty

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We've all heard of Liberty Island, home to our nation’s most beloved and iconic symbol of freedom, The Statue of Liberty. But did you know that the island was originally named, Bedloe's Island? Located in the Upper New York Bay and covering approximately 14 acres, Bedloe ’s Island was at one time a small pox quarantine station. Privately owned for many years, it was eventually sold to the Corporation of the City of New York.