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How to Extend Entertainment Space Outside

For many homeowners here in the Northeast, having enough space for entertaining guests can be a bit challenging. A good cost-effective alternative to full-scale home additions or remodeling is creatively extending your entertainment space outside.

Through professional landscape design and master planning, common yards can be transformed into both practical and highly aesthetic entertaining areas, ones that compliment the look and flow of your existing home.

Regardless of how big or small your yard space may be, an inspired, well-conceived design plan can determine the most effective and attractive use of your space.

Something as simple as a walkway made of pavers, and a bench, can be used to create a quiet garden retreat. Or resurrecting that long neglected lawn into a thriving, safe organic grass play area for your family and pets.

Outdoor kitchens have become increasingly popular, offering an enjoyable combination of grilling space and garden beds. Space heaters can extend the use of these areas well into the fall months.

There are a wide variety of design elements to choose from to create a relaxing space that is uniquely your own and reflects your individual lifestyle. From plush gardens and blue stone patios, to decks and arbors, your yard can become the envy of the neighborhood!

Whether you do the work yourself or have it professionally done, begin with a design plan that is custom-tailored to your specific needs and desires. To better understand the design process, please download our free guide.

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  • FAQs About How to Install a Paver Patio

    Anne Marie DiMatteo | 10 April, 2012 | Hardscape

    If you're looking to install a paver patio in your backyard, the process is limited only by your imagination. Once you've decided what kind of pavers you want to incorporate in your patio design, it simply becomes a matter of installing everything step-by-step.

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  • How To Design Your Backyard- What's the Best Patio Size?

    A patio is an investment not only in the value and outdoor appeal of a home, but also an investment in the quality of life for the homeowners that live there.  A quality outdoor patio material and of the right size provides the perfect environment for kids to play, entertainment area for your friends, or just to kick back and unwind at the end of a long day.

One of the many considerations that goes into a new outdoor patio is simply "how big should it be?".  If a patio is built too small it will feel crowded by the time the furniture, grills and planters are put on it.  If it's too big, you'll lose that intimate feel that patios can provide.  Feel free to use these ideas when deciding on just how big of a patio space you or your family may need.  



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  • Patio Materials- How Much Do Fieldstone Patios Cost?

    Anne Marie DiMatteo | 18 February, 2012 | Hardscape

    Part 3 of Patio Materials: FIELDSTONE- How much does a fieldstone patio cost?

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  • Patio Materials- What is the Cost of a Brick Patio?

    Anne Marie DiMatteo | 11 February, 2012 | Hardscape

    Welcome to our 2nd blog series on Choosing Paving Materials- Understanding How Much Patio Materials Cost.

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  • How To Choose The Right Patio Material?

    Choosing the right type of patio material is the hardest part of designing or redesigning a patio. Here is a quick summary of the most commonly used material for patio design and installation.

    Outdoor Patio Materials can be divided into 4 basic categories:

    1-Brick: best used in locations with some sunlight, it can become moss-covered if there is not enough sun; shades of red and brown make up a variety of brick color. Learn about the cost of a brick patio here.

    2-Concrete Pavers: many variations in color, shape, and texture; moderately priced; add long-lasting value to a home with durability and easy maintenance. Learn about the cost of paver patio here.

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