The history of using paving dates back to ancient times when trade and travel necessitated passable roads free of rocks and trees. As cities expanded and populations grew, paving stones were used to create walkways for pedestrian traffic, and roadways were built to accommodate the increase in horse and carriage traffic.
So the weather is finally cooperating and it's time to enjoy the outdoors once again. Whether you're completing a new patio or updating an existing one, the final touches can make all the difference in your end result. Much the same as an interior room makeover, elements such as lighting, furniture, accessories and décor will all have to be thought through.
All too often, homeowners think that because they have a small or moderate backyard that they are limited to just a patch of grass and perhaps a bird bath. Not true. In fact, to really enjoy gardens, they need to be right under your nose, and smaller backyards are just the place to get closer and smell the roses.
We've all heard the term veranda in movies, and perhaps even envisioned ourselves on one sipping a mint julep or two. Although this word is most commonly heard in the South in relationship to home design or even on cruise ships, it may surprise you to know that if you are thinking of adding a porch, you may actually be thinking of adding a veranda.So what is the difference?
Cape Cod, Dutch Colonial, Queen Anne, Cottage, these are just a few of the many styles of historic homes found in North America. The Concrete Jungle Post World War II, when "Baby Boomers" made the scene and America grew at an alarming rate, cities expanded and suburban neighborhoods popped up to make room for the population explosion.
In 2003, when Hollywood released "Under the Tuscan Sun", Americans all over the country were suddenly re-decorating and bringing warm and woodsy earth tones and golden hued paint colors into their homes. The New-Old Outdoors This enduring trend continues today, bringing aged elegance to both to indoor and outdoor living spaces.
Courting Tips Looking to update your existing patio or create one? Consider a courtyard as your next outdoor project. These intimate outdoor spaces have been delighting homeowners as far back as 3000 BC. Courtyards are customarily identified as being open to the sky and closed off on 3 or 4 sides using walls, buildings or plantings.
Living Styles That Grow On You In the 1990’s the new hot trend in home design was “Bringing the Outside, In”. Designers created boldly themed outdoor inspired rooms with natural color palettes of grays, greens and browns. Typical outdoor elements of wood, wrought iron and cut stone brought in texture and provided visual interest.
The time has finally come. We turn our clocks back at 2:00 AM this Sunday, March 9, signaling daylight savings time, which is also a harbinger of the spring season (and the warm weather that comes with it)
Even with temperatures in the teens and snow falling from the sky, there is little doubt that spring will be here soon. While garden enthusiasts yearn for the day that they can break soil and begin planting, rearranging their landscape and planning new landscape designs, the harbingers of spring continue to press forward with signs of an end to this longer-than-usual winter.
Far from trendy, a recent discovery of a fire pit in Tel Aviv, Israel cave suggests that humans have been gathering around fires as far back as 300,000 years ago. What is hot now is installing a pre-fabricated outdoor fire pit or fireplace kit.
Whether you are undertaking a new landscape design project, or waking up an existing garden in your yard, adding pavers or walls can instantly add curb appeal well before the first flower has bloomed. Many homeowners without "green thumbs" use Hardscaping™ to bring color and texture into their front or back yards without the commitment expansive gardens require.
For anyone that has decided to redo or install a new patio, walkway or driveway, selecting the best material to use can be a difficult decision to make, especially if you are choosing between concrete pavers or bricks. When it comes to making this decision, it's important to understand the difference between pavers and bricks.
As we move deeper into the heart of winter, it's important to keep in mind that the time to prepare for garden landscaping will soon be upon us. Here in the northeast, March 17th, Saint Patrick's Day, is the "go" date for garden prep and planting, presumably being just past the frost timeline.
For anyone that is trying to increase the overall value of their home, there are a wide range of property additions and modifications available that will prove to be essential in the appraisal process. This is especially true when it comes to changing the appearance of your property's driveway or walkway.
As we begin 2014, it's time to make plans for what we'll create and how we can improve. What New Year's resolutions are you putting on your list? Go to the gym? Eat healthier? Why not add creating a sustainable landscape to the list? Sustainability isn't a trend; it's a way of life.
There's nothing quite like being home for the holidays. Family, friends and holiday cheer warm us up during the cold winter weather - but there are other ways to warm your home, as well! EP Henry's Cast Veneer Stone provides a natural look to the interior or exterior of your home, and can be used to complete almost any project. Cast Veneer is so close to natural stone in appearance, color and texture, that the two are virtually indistinguishable.
As people continue to realize the benefits of being environmentally friendly, sustainable design is a growing trend. There are many ways for homeowners to help the environment - and their wallets - by investing in sustainable landscaping. Lawns, more than any other landscaping element, take away from a person's sustainability efforts.
The unofficial start to winter has begun with snowfalls and freezing temperatures reaching much of the nation. Though it's not at the top of everyone's mind, this time of year it's important to be aware of stormwater management.
With the bitter cold already showing its face and the holidays fast approaching, it may seem a bit early to be "thinking spring," but it's never too early to consider sprucing up your outdoor landscape. Though most people often stick to simply planting trees and shrubs, installing a retaining wall can be an interesting way to refresh your landscaping and create the ideal outdoor living space.