On Tuesday, June 14, 2016, we will celebrate Flag Day, a national holiday meant to show our love and respect for the flag under which are united these 50 States of America. For many citizens, Flag Day is a reminder to retire any Old Glory that has seen better days. Ripped, worn, soiled or tattered flags have served their country well and deserve a respectful retirement.
When Summer comes, getting outside more often is like re-learning a language. It may take a few stuttering steps to get into a routine that includes more time outside, but once you get into the swing of things you’ll remember how much you loved it.
Crack open an outdoor living magazine and you’ll see spreads of beautiful backyards, designed in harmony with nature and dotted with rambling garden paths leading to decorative pergolas. Flowering annuals and grape vines perfectly shade breathtaking outdoor living patios.
Your outdoor room deserves a beautiful landscape and hardscape design that provides a lifetime of hours soaking up sun and fresh air. Sustaining your patio as well as the environment makes sense for now and generations to come. EP Henry’s permeable pavers make “eco-design” of your hardscape possible.
If you live in the northeast US, you may be still waiting for a break in the rain. It’s been a soggy Spring, and your garden patio may not be as filled with beautiful blooms as you’d like. Early plantings may not have happened, as most perennials probably needed to be planted last month. And perennials are great: You plant them once and they come back every year (well, they’re *supposed* to come back). But even if you missed this year’s planting window there are still some perennial varieties you can plant now. An informed salesperson at your local plant nursery or home DIY store can help you find some perennials to plant now.
“I walk slowly, but I never walk backwards.” -Abraham Lincoln
Raising children is an experiment with time. Some years go by in a day; some days take a year to end. Rest assured, children will move forward. Step by step or in leaps and bounds, life usually averages out to be a slow walk into the future.
You may think of pavers as a big part of patio design. Pictures of pool decks, outdoor kitchens, fire pits, sidewalks and pathways are the common images related to pavers, but a growing number of homeowners are installing pavers to increase the visual appeal of their driveways and garage door areas.
Step up your fiesta with an authentic flair
Cinco de Mayo is commonly thought of as the holiday to celebrate Mexican independence, but it is actually a celebration of all things Mexican, based on the day Mexican army forces fought back French invaders in a tiny little town called Puebla de los Angeles in 1862. Cinco de Mayo is a time when we can all share in the proud and rich cultural history of our neighbor to the South.
Mother’s Day is fast approaching. Finding a gift that honors Mom can sometimes pose a challenge. Over the years, Mom has probably collected all the material things she needs. Of course, Gift Plan A would be a winning lottery ticket worth millions with which Mom can travel the world or buy more of those collectibles she loves. Plan B is to give her something very few mothers have: her own space outdoors and time to spend in it.
The EP Henry family loves to support our communities. Being family-owned and steeped in generations of tradition, we especially enjoy watching the next generation grow. In Centre County in Pennsylvania, we noticed a special spark of creativity and charity in a group of students and their teacher, and we were honored to lend them a hand.
We love the concept of patio season - the early Spring to late Autumn months when we can take advantage of the longer days and warmer nights. Outdoor living is about getting use out of your patio space whenever it’s possible. Also, getting some fresh air is always great for health and happiness.
It’s been a long road. They haven’t always walked a straight path but they made it. They are finishing one goal and beginning the steps toward another. Now it’s time to honor their accomplishments. It’s time to place the stepping stone and mark the start of their new lives.
How To Design an Outdoor Space
Nothing boosts your home’s “Wow Factor” than a beautifully designed outdoor living space. Well-planned outdoor rooms not only add value to your home (sometimes increasing sales price up to 20%), they add value to your life.
You remember your baby, jumping from stone to stone, holding your hand while hopping up the walk, chubby toddler legs too short to take big steps. One day that baby could walk the whole way alone, usually in a zig-zag line but it got the job done. There were falls. Scrapes. Sometimes you were waved off. Sometimes you’d cry together.
It’s not news that custom outdoor living spaces are becoming more the norm than the exception in yards all around the country. However, in regions that experience frigid winters, like here in the northeast, hanging outdoors all year round isn’t always an option. There are some great ways to extend your timeline to enjoy your outdoor living space, and a fire pit is a fantastic, and affordable, option.
Is the dreary weather getting to you? As winter slogs along with cold temps and frozen or slushy ground, chances are you need a distraction to focus on that makes you dream of the warmth of spring, new flowers, and the great outdoors of your own landscape. We’re happy to help.
Are you looking for a way to redefine your landscape? Maybe you have slopes around your property that make creating the space you want difficult. Perhaps you have a sweeping yard that offers no way to landscape except at the far edges? Or do you live on a hill that falls towards or away from you home, making any kind of gardening a fight against gravity? In any of these scenarios, or if you just want a way to recreate your landscape, nothing offers a solution to these landscaping dilemmas like retaining walls.
When it comes to options of building products for your outdoor living spaces, there are several available to fit your budget, your style and goals. There is a lot of controversy out there about what Hardscaping product is best for your patio, and while we would be biased in saying pavers are the best choice, the fact is, the statistics and benefits speak (loudly) for themselves.