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Wordless Wednesday – Design Inspiration in Stone

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Wordless Wednesday – One needs a bit of inspiration for one’s projects. This is a front entry walk in an older neighborhood of large beautiful period homes.   A few outdoor flooring choices in natural stone :  slate, bluestone, limestone, granite, rough-cut marble, and locally quarried stone.     Wordless Wednesday – Design Inspiration in […]

Finding Your Patio Inspiration

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Before we all know it the warm weather will be upon us. We are counting the days! The up side of it still being a while before the temps warm up is that if you’re building a patio this year, there is still plenty of time to find a design and style that you love. […]

Entry Walk Project – Phase 3: Installing the Edging Restraint, Bedding Sand, and the Pavers

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This paver project used sand joints, and the construction method is referred to as an interlocking paver system. The pavers are not mortared, but laid on a sand bed abutting each other. The interlocking concept means that the pavers can’t move independently, when they are held in place by angular sand particles and edging restraints. […]

Installing Pavers Next to Existing Asphalt Driveway

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Recently, we saw in someone’s yard, a newly installed area (about 8’ x 2.5’) of pavers with sand joints, that had been installed alongside an existing asphalt driveway. Unfortunately for the homeowner, it was poor construction. Using pavers along side a driveway can be a great solution for many reasons, such as adding more space […]

How to Fix a Crack in a Concrete Slab

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It’s so important to stay behind maintenance repairs so that the condition doesn’t deteriorate further. A surface crack across a concrete driveway or patio may not seem like a big deal, but if left unrepaired over time it can become wider, deeper, and become chipped.   Why Does Concrete Crack? Concrete can crack from various […]

Creating an Old World Look with the Unique Textures of Concrete Pavers

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Have you ever seen a paver walk or patio that has a charmingly weathered or textured appearance that reminded you of the old narrow streets or large piazzas in photos of Europe (or perhaps from a visit to Europe), and thought ‘where can I find a paver like that for my patio’? They are not […]

Entry Walk Project – Phase 2: Site Issues & Aggregate Base Installation

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After the demolition of the old walk, and the excavation for the new brick walk were completed, the next phase of the project included accommodating a drainage pipe from a downspout of the house that needed to cross under the walk, preparing the soil subbase, and installing the aggregate base. To recap from Phase 1 […]

Entry Walk Project – Phase 1: Removing the Old Walk

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When beginning a new home improvement project, it can be both exciting and intimidating all at the same time. A homeowner can joyfully anticipate what will be a beautiful addition or renovation to the outdoors of their home. Over the next weeks we’ll spotlight the various phases of this outdoor home improvement project. The project […]

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