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Patio fun for fall: fires, caramel apples and more

The crisp fall days are here. Relish the four seasons by getting outside to enjoy that patio. Here are a few fall favorites to get your ideas churning for a dreamy autumn patio day. Cozy blankets      There’s something comforting in being covered up. Keep several wool throw blankets handy out on the patio. Have one

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Hardscape project timelines: What’s realistic?

Hint: once you come up with the idea, it’s never too early to contact a contractor When we decide to move forward on a major upgrade to our Hardscape, we can’t get started quickly enough. Dreams of lounging by the new pool or grilling in the outdoor kitchen are so close to becoming real that

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Elements of Industrial Design

Exposed brick, concrete countertops, tile and stone floors are chic decor elements with a hardened past. The first factories of the industrial revolution were built in the late 1700s. Forging steel, laundering fabrics, or glass-making involved very hot and often unwieldy fire. By the early 1900s the onset of unreliable electrical wiring added to the

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Let it rain: A garden for the good of the planet

A rain garden helps nature help itself by capturing and filtering rain water. Landscapes bring us some of the simplest but purest pleasures: feeling our bare toes in lush green grass; picking fresh peas from growing gardens; eating blueberries straight from the bush. Our backyards give us the long summer nights around a fire or

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What’s the difference between a retaining wall and a garden wall?

A number of landscaping elements have similar terms but mean very different things. Getting them mixed up can cost you time and money. We all know what a house’s walls do: they divide rooms and perhaps support the roof and upper floors of the home. Indoor walls receive pressure from above, i.e. vertical pressure. Walls

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Love the look of natural stone? Here’s why porcelain may be the better choice.

Outdoor flooring has to be hearty. Many homeowners like the look of a natural stone like Travertine (a limestone deposit) but beside the sky-high price tag, they discover it can tend to crack and split from repeated exposure to very high and very low temperatures. Originating from mild-climate Italy, Travertine is a porous rock. Water

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Cast Veneer Stone: A modern answer to an old problem

Stone surfaces aren’t what they used to be, and that can be a good thing. All along farming hills and valleys are fieldstone walls that were piled by the land workers as they tilled the earth. The low walls would stretch far and wide, sometimes acting to prevent livestock from grazing the crops, other times

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Sweet Mid-Atlantic states: potluck desserts from NC to NY

Every family has that one dessert that disappears first from the patio table. The favorites are often eaten before the burgers are served. But what is sweet in one state can be an unknown in another. Here are some interesting desserts from North Carolina to New York. North Carolina Sonker is a rectangular, deep dish

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Drawing the eye: paver borders bring beauty to your Hardscape

Walkways, steps and garden walls work together to define the purpose of each architectural element in the landscape. Breaking up a swath of color with an accent color creates  beauty, interest and purpose. This is where the border paver shines. Professional hardscapers use color, texture, lines, and a combination of materials to bring more  function

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Pets on the patio: Summer tips for dogs and cats

We love our pets. We want them to participate in our summer fun on the patio, but sometimes we forget our pets have special needs. For example, did you know that some dogs need sunscreen? Read on for more tips to keep your furry kids happy this summer. Pools Swimming in pools is one of

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