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Category Archives: Patio Planning

Choosing the Right Border for Patio or Walkway

Border 1 e1534347523712 Choosing the Right Border for Patio or WalkwayBorders are not usually necessary, however they can be used to create visual definition within your patio or walkway project. The one situation which strongly suggests a border is when the outside perimeter is so curved that small cuts are required to complete the body of the area.  In this case, a border will both hold the small pieces in place and draw ones vision away from the cuts.

When considering a border there are 3 things to keep in mind to make your choice a success: color, texture and size. In this article we will discuss all three options and how they affect the appearance of a border.

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How to Design a Patio

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When you used to dream of owning a home, those dreams included a patio. You had the perfect patio design in your head, a place where you could host boisterous cookouts or just sit back and relax.

Now you’re a homeowner, but the patio you’ve always dreamed of hasn’t – for whatever reason — materialized yet.

That’s OK. We understand. Life gets in the way of a lot of things, including patio design. That’s why we’ve put together this list of tips for designing your perfect patio.

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Why My Polymeric Sand Did Not Set

patio e1527777824714 Why My Polymeric Sand Did Not SetEveryone dreams of a maintenance free patio that always looks amazing, so yes, of course you used polymeric sand in between your joints to make this scenario more likely. You followed all the directions, and yet…it’s still soft! Why? People are quick to yell “bad batch” for the failure; turns out, that outcome is actually rare. The following variables are most likely one of the reasons your poly is still soft:

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5 Steps to a Landscape Design You’ll Love

iStock 478011074 1024x682 5 Steps to a Landscape Design You’ll LoveGood landscaping doesn’t happen by accident.

When we’re out and about in our neighborhoods, looking for great examples of Bucks County landscape design, we see properties whose owners put a lot of thought into their look and feel.

Are you looking for ways to improve your home’s landscaping? Start with these tips.

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How to Choose the Best Natural Stone for Patios

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Travertine and Flagstone Patio

When it comes to selecting natural stone for patios, you have a lot of choices.

Brick. Bluestone. Travertine. All attractive picks, all with their own benefits.

No matter what you pick, you’ll be getting a patio that lasts for decades, requires little maintenance and adds beauty to your home. Let’s take a closer look at these patio materials so you can decide which one is right for you.

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A Simple Guide to Patio Planning: Winterizing – Guest Post

iStock 155385877 300x200 A Simple Guide to Patio Planning:  Winterizing   Guest PostAfter careful planning, selecting a professional, watching the installation, and enjoying your new outdoor living environment,  the season changes and it is time to move indoors. So,

What about Winter?

Patios do require seasonal maintenance and caring for them in wintertime will ensure yet another full year of relaxing moments outdoors. Here’s a checklist for your own outdoor space, which you should ideally tick off well before the year’s first snowfall:

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A Simple Guide to Patio Planning: Safety – Guest Post

iStock 181688821 300x206 A Simple Guide to Patio Planning: Safety   Guest PostOutdoor living is a major trend and it’s here to stay. You read my article “A Simple Guide to Patio Planning” so you’ve made all the important decisions, identified a trustworthy professional to help you with the project, and are ready to take this patio show on the road. What else should you be aware of?

Safety First

Extra amenities and fire hazards

Having an open grill, a furnace, some lighting, and plants in or around your patio sounds great – and kudos to you if you can afford them. However, it’s extremely important to note that the lighting should be low voltage and very well insulated, for outdoor use. Furthermore, any sort of cooking equipment that involves an open fire should ideally be placed outside the patio, with all the proper safety measures for ventilation in place. Also, make sure the base of the patio is level, to avoid wobbly chairs and tables.

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A Simple Guide to Patio Planning – Guest Post

patio via Flickr labeled for reuse 300x200 A Simple Guide to Patio Planning   Guest PostWord on the street – or, better said, in the great outdoors – is that outdoor living is a major trend and it’s here to stay. You see it in camper van remodels, the revival of camping and hiking—and, of course, in the increased number of patios popping up left and right., in gardens all over the country.

The beauty of a patio is many-splendored, as this relatively low-cost and low-maintenance upgrade to your property can serve a great number of purposes. It can be a decorative addition, with a beautiful structure and hanging plants all over it. It can stand as the new family gathering space for fun-filled board game nights outside or cozy summer lunches. Last, but not least, it allows you to enjoy time outside, either socializing or reading, without being exposed to the scorching sun and its harmful UV rays.

That said, where do you start, when you’ve already decided you want a patio? We’ve put together a quick list of tips and tricks, selected from the experts, and here’s what they have to say about your soon-to-be favorite outdoor hangout.

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