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Come Alive Outside: Games to Get the Whole Family Outdoors

Posted by Deanna Wiegand on Thu, Jun 18, 2015 @ 12:23 PM

We all know the importance of activity in a healthy lifestyle. While it's important for us as adults, it's equally important to teach our children about getting outside and getting some exercise. Of course, there's always exploring nature, hiking, the joy of finding a hidden stream, but there are also the times when you want something to do right in your own backyard. We will talk about some outdoor games, maybe some you even played as a child, to get the whole family outdoors and "Come Alive Outside".

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Topics: Outdoor Living, Come Alive Outside


Posted by Deanna Wiegand on Thu, Jun 04, 2015 @ 09:56 AM

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Topics: Fire Pit, Outdoor Living, Outdoor Fireplace, Landscaping

How to Create your Dream Outdoor Kitchen

Posted by Deanna Wiegand on Thu, Dec 11, 2014 @ 08:20 PM

As we are becoming well aware, outdoor kitchens are becoming more and more popular.

 “Outdoor kitchens have exploded in popularity because they provide an enjoyable space to cook and share food in the beauty of a garden environment,”

says J. Gieo Peonsoneault, host and producer for The New American Landscape Channel, an online resource for the green industry. While your kitchen can be tailored to your budget and tastes, here are four things for anyone to consider while planning your dream outdoor cooking space. 

Click here for many great outdoor kitchen ideas.

1. Evaluate your space and design a layout that works with your area and your budget.

2.  Decide which materials you would like to use for your floor, raised structure and counter tops.

3.  Think about your appliances, and what you would like to incorporate into your kitchen.

4.  Overhead roof type of structure, such as a pergola or a pavilion.

The first thing to consider is the space you are working with and the most efficient layout for your space. You should also consider your indoor space while planning this. You want your kitchen to be visually appealing from the inside as well at outside. Your budget and preferences also need to be taken into account at this stage, but you need to think about how the layout can be the most efficient for your needs and wants.

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Topics: Outdoor Living, Outdoor Kitchen, Pergolas

Create The Ultimate Outdoor Living Space

Posted by Deanna Wiegand on Fri, Nov 21, 2014 @ 09:54 AM

When you think of your ultimate backyard, what thoughts come to mind?

Do you envision yourself gathered around your outdoor kitchen with family and friends for a picnic? Or do you see yourself roasting marshmallows over your fire pit in your own resort-like setting, with a water feature slowly trickling in the background?

We are going to discuss 6 elements to help create the ultimate outdoor living space. Even if you currently have a patio or deck, here are some more ideas to maximize your outdoor experience.

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Topics: Outdoor Living, Landscape Lighting, Water Feature, Outdoor Kitchen, Landscaping

What kind of Return on Investment can I get from my Outdoor Space?

Posted by Brad Wiegand on Tue, Sep 30, 2014 @ 09:12 PM


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Topics: Outdoor Living, Paver Cost

20 Outdoor Rooms with Entertaining Flair

Posted by Brad Wiegand on Wed, Sep 17, 2014 @ 08:52 PM

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Topics: Outdoor Living, Patio

Paver Patio Face Lift

Posted by Amanda Bahler on Wed, May 28, 2014 @ 09:26 AM

When you pull up to the the Hebert residence, one of the first things you notice is the large set of concrete steps leading up to their side entry, with a walkway leading only part way to the patio. When you take the walkway (or grass) to the back discover what used to be a beautiful patio years ago but now needs a little face lift.

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Topics: Paver Patio Design, Fire Pit, Retaining Wall, Outdoor Living, Patio, Sitting Wall, Techo-Bloc, Steps, Transformation, Project Design, Sitting Bench, Overlay, Walkway

What is a Sitting Wall?

Posted by Phil Bahler on Fri, Apr 18, 2014 @ 10:03 AM

So, what is a sitting wall?

A sitting wall is a low wall built on a patio that can also serve as seating. 

Typically built to the vertical height of approximately 18" to 21", a sitting wall is usually about 12" to 24" wide. This allows an individual to sit in a comfortable position. 


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Topics: Wall Design, Retaining Wall, Outdoor Living, Sitting Wall, Sitting Bench

Permeable Pavers vs. Non-Permeable Pavers

Posted by Amanda Bahler on Wed, Mar 12, 2014 @ 07:22 PM


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Topics: Outdoor Living, Driveways, Permeable Pavers, Non Permeable Pavement

Can I replace my deck with a patio?

Posted by Brad Wiegand on Wed, Mar 05, 2014 @ 02:52 PM

My deck is falling apart, and I don't know what to do with it!  Can I replace my deck with a patio?

This question is posed to me quite often.  The short answer is: most times.  While most decks can simply be removed and a patio installed in its place, we need to step back and examine the project as a whole.  A couple of questions that you may want to ask yourself are:

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Topics: Outdoor Living, Transformation, Decks

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