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Transition Space for Steps is Good Design

This entry step design is beautiful - we love it!

When we see steps that were constructed at the very edge of a walk or driveway, when there was ample room to move the steps back away from these objects, it is puzzling to us. In fact, as landscape (outdoor) architects, it is a pet peeve of ours!   If you can’t picture what we […]

Creating an Inviting Entry at the Top of a Slope

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We think that one of the first impressions people have of someone’s home can come from the entry way leading to the front door. A homeowner may think they’re out of luck in ever being able to build an attractive and inviting entry design to their home if their front yard is on a slope. […]

Paver Trash Can Storage Area

Paver storage pad: an atrractive solution providing a tidy look

Some homeowners keep trash cans in the garage, and others store them outdoors. A great way for a homeowner to spruce up the outdoor area where the trash cans are kept is to install a hard surface pad for their storage. This can be a more attractive solution than having to set the cans right […]

Concrete Can Be an Attractive Choice

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We want to share a project of ours to show you another option in selecting a material to use for a walk or patio. This was a unique project for us in regard to the technique that was used to achieve the intricate design.     This is a residential project we did for a homeowner […]

How to Make Your Entryway Function Better

Use of entry walk is limited by lack of circulation

Creating an inviting entry way can be one of the fun aspects of being a homeowner. A well-defined and well-designed entry leading to your front door can add value to your home in many ways. A beautiful entryway can boost curb appeal, enhance visual interest through the use of certain construction materials, colors, and outdoor […]

Natural Stone: Wall Stone & Flagstone

Wall stone used to build a stone column

Homeowners seem to really like the idea of using natural stone for many outdoor projects. What wall, patio or terrace, entry walk, or porch stoop wouldn’t be enhanced in some way from the intrinsic beauty of natural stone?   Limestone, sandstone, and bluestone are some popular natural stones for outdoor home improvement projects. These stones […]

Pennsylvania Bluestone

Entry walk with selected blue tones

One of the most beautiful natural stones for decorative paving for your home is Pennsylvania bluestone. This bluestone is a type of sandstone characterized by a unique range of colors: blue, blue-green, blue-grey, golden brown, and violet. Stone companies can source the full range of these colors, known as full color, or if you specify, […]

Gravel Base: Driveways, Walks, Patios

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Are you going to be installing any type of pavement in your yard, such as a paver driveway, patio, or walk? Even if you will be hiring a contractor to install concrete or asphalt, or a skilled mason for a mortared pavement, you’ll find it beneficial to have an understanding of the importance of a […]

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