About Landscaping & Hardscaping In Tennessee.
Paver patios are both a beautiful and unique look for your property. Many options for style, size, and shape can help you create a customized pattern. However, to preserve the longevity of your paver patio or walkway, you have to be prepared to protect it from harsh weather.
The harshest weather can be found from the bitter cold temperatures in the winter. The freeze-to-thaw cycle can really do a number on the positioning and the condition of your pavers.
Sealing your pavers is the most effective way of protecting them from the snow, ice, and any other damaging elements throughout the year. Applying a seal coat is relatively simple. A brush is used over the surface and sides of the pavers to apply seal coating. You will need to retreat the pavers periodically when the shine on the pavers vanishes.
The lifespan of your pavers is based on how much care you put into them. Preventative measures taken up front will help make your pavers last for years to come!
You should consider investing more money up front on your pavers. Choosing high-quality pavers from the beginning will result in less time and money spent trying to repair or replace pavers down the road.
Make sure to use quality concrete as well during your paver process. Weak concrete can lead to shifts, cracks, and will make your paver surface more susceptible to deicing agents....
Outdoor entertaining, whether it is an intimate family gathering or a large party, requires plenty of seating options. Many homes have enough space on a patio for seating a small gathering with a table and a handful of chairs. Without additional seating for guests, homeowners have to bring indoor furniture, like their dining room chairs, outside or have an array of plastic chairs available during larger get-togethers.
The downside? Bringing interior dining chairs onto your patio may result in damage from improper use or the weather. Plastic chairs can be a safety hazard for senior adults and children. Additionally, storing plastic chairs when they are not in use can be a waste of usable space.
One solution to your outdoor seating problem is to invest in permanent seating, by having a seating wall built. Seating walls are a great way to add practical hardscaping into your landscape design, without sacrificing additional space. They provide beauty and function that adds year-round extra seating to your entertaining space.
In addition to creating seating, you can make your wall a multi-purpose outdoor piece. Retaining walls are a great option for adding both seating and raised garden beds. Use seating to enhance a garden area by...
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 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:
Conversely, fire pits are unable to block the wind and provide less privacy than a fireplace.
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:
It should be noted that fireplaces require a larger...
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 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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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:
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.
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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