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Which is Better for You and Your Home: a Fireplace or a Fire Pit?

Which is Better for You and Your Home: a Fireplace or a Fire Pit?

Fire pits and fireplaces add warmth, light, and elegance to your outdoor living space. They can become a focal point for entertaining and a feature that anchors the space. Choosing which of these features are best for you and your home is dependent on your style, purpose, and budget.

Fire Pits

Fire pits are more commonly installed than fireplaces and tend to be more affordable. Additionally, fire pits feature an open design. Other great attributes of fire pits include:

  • Fire pits can sit a larger group of people in a circle, square, or oval, facing one another. This invites conversation and entertainment throughout the evening.
  • It is easier to incorporate built-in seating around a fire pit.
  • Fire pits are small structures that do not block scenery. If your home boasts a beautiful nighttime view, a fire pit is the way to go!

Conversely, fire pits are unable to block the wind and provide less privacy than a fireplace.

Fireplaces

If you are ready to get cozy in a more intimate atmosphere, a fireplace may be ideal for your space! Fireplaces seat smaller groups of people and faces them in the same direction. However, it can provide for a comfortable night with close friends. Additional benefits of fireplaces are:

  • They are great for blocking the wind.
  • A fireplace is a great feature to block unwanted views and create your own outdoor oasis.
  • A fireplace can be more aesthetically pleasing.

It should be noted that fireplaces require a larger...

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Landscape Lighting Techniques & Where They Should be Used

Landscape Lighting Techniques & Where They Should be Used

Highlighting the beauty of your landscape structures can be achieved through a number of different techniques. The various techniques available are, in part, due to the versatility that today's lighting sources have, with regards to where they can be placed. Designed to blend in, modern lighting elements are easily hidden in ground coverings, submerged in water features, or placed into trees. Below are three popular lighting techniques used to accentuate your landscape.

Up Lighting

Up lights are designed to show off the specifics of your landscape, such as unique plants or architectural elements. Up lights also add dimension to walls, fences, or other flat surfaces, add ambient light for walkways, and create dramatic silhouettes with well-placed highlights and shadows.

Up lighting is achieved with many different types of lights, such as spotlights or floodlights. They are usually mounted at ground level (or sometimes even below ground level), with the light turned upward to create the desired effect.

Down Lighting

In contrast to up lights, down lights, as their name implies, are turned to face downward and can be placed above ground in patio covers, stone walls, trees, or house eves. This illuminates large spaces to bathe the ground in light and define specific areas by using an inviting glow.

Downlighting can be used to spotlight a flower bed or waterfall, for example, and can be a very effective way to illuminate a doorway. When placed high up in...

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The 5 Most Popular Plants that Thrive during the Summer in Mt. Juliet, TN

The 5 Most Popular Plants that Thrive during the Summer in Mt. Juliet, TN

Mt. Juliet, TN reach an average of 80°F throughout the summer months. Plants in your landscaping design need to be able to withstand the more intense sun and heat to bloom all summer long. Choose native plants that can endure the heat, while adding beauty and style to your landscaping.

Below are five top choices for the area of Mt. Juliet that bring ease of maintenance, beauty, and enjoyment during the hot summer months.

1. Purple Coneflower

Coneflowers are a beautiful plant that brings vibrancy and color to your bedding design. They are immune system-boosting herbs that can grow up to 47" tall. Coneflowers are a versatile plant that can flourish in full sun or partial shade. The most common variety of coneflower, the purple coneflower, typically has purple petals with gold centers.

However, this species is available in a rainbow of colors to suit your landscaping preferences.

2. Hosta

Hostas are shrubs that are a popular choice in a variety of areas across the nation, due to their resilience to heat and drought. They do well in shade and grow all season long. These plants make an excellent landscape filler that breaks up the bold colors of your perennial and annual flowers.

3. Daylilies

Another low-maintenance and beautiful option for your landscape design are daylilies. These flowers bloom in a gorgeous fashion from May through August and present a vibrant display of color. The most common daylilies, a bright yellow version, can create an...

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Improving the curb appeal of your home with a new walkway and steps.

Improving the curb appeal of your home with a new walkway and steps.

Add Curb Appeal to Your Home with a New Front Walkway and Steps

The entrance to your home is your first impression to guests and your lasting impression on neighbors. Your home may be beautiful, but does it have true charisma? The move from stale to stunning may be as simple as framing your front door with a new walkway and steps that show off your stage and reflect your style.

The First Step: Location

Determine where a walkway is needed. You may have an existing sidewalk, but is it's placement awkward? Consider where guests park and see which path makes the most sense. Think about how neighbors, or delivery people, approach your door and what would be most convenient for them. You may find that two separate walkways that converge before reaching the steps and entrance, for example, could be the perfect hardscape solution.

The Second Step: Style

A large, traditional home may call for something formal, perhaps with a wide brick walkway and steps, leading straight through a symmetrically-landscaped garden. A craftsman cottage, on the other hand, could need a casual, laid-back look... maybe a winding flagstone path and wooden steps wandering through a landscape of perennials would reflect the style you're seeking. Another way to add a stylistic accent could be to look for ways to mimic the design elements of your home in your new walkway and steps. Ask your landscaping professional about all the different options available to you.

The Third Step:...

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Top 3 Things to Consider When Hiring a Professional Landscaper

Top 3 Things to Consider When Hiring a Professional Landscaper

Quality landscaping can be an important factor towards enhancing the beauty and enjoyment of your home. This is why a professional landscaper can be your lawn’s best friend.

However, in order to avoid potential frustration and headache, it’s important to take a few things into consideration, before you hire a landscaper. With that in mind, we would like to offer our top 3 things to consider, when hiring a professional landscaper.

1. Is the company reputable?

There are a couple of important questions to keep in mind, such as:

  • How long have they been in business?
  • Are there any complaints about the quality of their work?
  • Do they have any online reviews that speak positively about their services?
  • Do they conduct themselves in a professional manner?

To answer these questions, you may want to talk to friends or neighbors to see if they have used that particular company before, and whether or not they would recommend hiring them. The Internet can be a useful resource for your research, by searching for reviews or ratings they have received.

Once you have selected a professional landscaper, ask to see examples of their designs and photographs of their work.

2. Do they specialize in what you would like to have done?

It's important to make sure that the landscaper is experienced enough and is an expert in the type of work you want to have done. For example, a company that you use to mow your lawn, may not be the best choice if you...

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Top 3 Reasons to Build an Outdoor Kitchen

Top 3 Reasons to Build an Outdoor Kitchen

This year, entertain your family and friends in an outdoor oasis with your very own outdoor kitchen. Outdoor kitchens are all the rage and for good reason. Small touches can add dimension, style, and decoration when you transform your outdoor space into an extended living space.

All outdoor kitchens are fully customizable. Homeowners choose exactly which appliances, building materials, and additions they want for their home. Some of the most prominent features of an outdoor kitchen include a stove, grill, or oven, sink, countertops, and even tables or seating areas.

Why do you want an outdoor kitchen this summer? Let us tell you five reasons why summer is the perfect time for you to invest in this addition to your family's home!

1. An outdoor kitchen will increase the value of your home.

Most homeowners have so much useful, empty space outdoors. Take advantage and utilize that space by turning it into a full-functioning kitchen. This extended living space allows for a unique and valuable option that increases your home's worth, by adding a modern and luxurious feel to the outdoors, that combines both form and function seamlessly.

In fact, according to reputable sources, such as CNN Money, Remodeling Magazine, and About.com, outdoor kitchens can provide a return on investment (ROI) from 100% to 200% of the improvement’s cost.

Your outdoor kitchen will transform your backyard into a functional and sophisticated living space.

2. Outdoor...

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How 3D technology is changing landscape and hardscape projects.

How 3D technology is changing landscape and hardscape projects.

When you’re approaching a new landscaping or outdoor living space project, the most exciting step—and the most challenging—is the conception and design of the space. Landscape design was originally a slow and labor-intensive process using pencil, ink, and extensive descriptions to translate your ideas onto the page. But now, using 3D modeling, a CAD (Computer-Aided Design) expert can create an accurate, interactive model of your space in a fraction of the time. Here are a few of the benefits of working with a CAD designer for your new landscaping or hardscaping project:

From your vision to a rendered image.

You know exactly what your dream yard looks like—you’ve imagined sitting on your new patio and how your landscaping would look. But those ideas can be difficult to communicate to a landscaper. Using 3D modeling, we can take your vision for an outdoor space and put it on the screen. By seeing your ideas mocked up, it limits any potential miscommunication and gives you a sense of what it will really look like when completed.

Easily adjustable with day and night views.

Sometimes, what you imagined in your head doesn’t work as well once it is rendered to a graphic. Maybe one element drowns out another, or you have more room for a patio then you expected. Once the designer has created the initial mockup, we can work together to manipulate the design. This also allows us to see how your landscaping will age and grow, and to...

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