Your yard and garden are your pride and joy, the setting for everything from parties to relaxing days outdoors. You’ve designed your landscape to fit your unique style and color pallet to accent your home and create the outdoor living space you’re proud to share with your friends and neighbors. Anyone who has even a slightly-green thumb knows the time and dedication it takes to create and maintain a beautiful yard, but there may be a simpler way to keep your garden vibrant that saves you time and money. Interested?
No matter how large or small you backyard is, there are always ways you can partition and redesign your space to fit your outdoor living lifestyle. Depending on the complexity of the project you have in mind and the space you have to cover, you can phase the project to fit your budget and timeline as needed.
By using pavers to build a walkway or patio or by installing a garden, seating or retaining wall to break up your space, you are investing in your property and adding to the value of your home.
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.
For some, flea market and yard sales give them the opportunity to furnish an entire room, or house, on a tight budget. For crafters and DIYer’s, it’s a great way to get resourceful material for very little cost.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
The end of the summer is here and the kids are back in school. With fall just around the corner, take advantage of the weeks ahead to plan your end of season upkeep routine, before the *gasp* holiday madness begins.
Here are a few things to keep in mind when planning your yard work maintenance.
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.