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The Outdoor Living Blog

Bahler Brothers Blog

This blog addresses many of the questions, issues and design options for paver and wall installations.

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Landscaping  |  Pondless Waterfeature  |  Ponds  |  Water Feature  |  Water Garden

Using Water Features in Your Landscaping

Landscaping doesn’t have to be restricted to hardscapes and plantings. When you add a water feature, you open up your yard to much larger opportunities for visual impact. A water feature such as a pond invites many interesting visitors, like birds, dragonflies, frogs, and other wildlife, as well as offers a tranquil setting in which to relax and enjoy. But before you start digging, make sure you’re ready. Water features can take time, energy, and a healthy budget to install. This post will help you decide if a water feature is right for your home. Take our patio style quiz for insight and inspiration!

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Fire Pit  |  Fireplace  |  Gas Fire Pit  |  Outdoor Fireplace

Outdoor Fireplace vs. Fire Pit: Find Your Ideal Solution

Incorporating a fire element into your outdoor living space will provide unbeatable ambiance and enjoyment. Whether your idea of the perfect night is roasting marshmallows with the kids or snuggling fireside with your sweetheart, an outdoor fire feature is sure to bring your entire patio space together.

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Contractor Comparison Worksheet

Contractor Comparison Worksheet

Take the frustration out of comparing bids from different landscape contractors with our Contractor Comparison Checklist

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Front Entrance Design  |  Landscape Lighting  |  Walkway

Walkways and Front Entrances

A warm and welcoming front walkway design is the perfect way to charm your guests, increase curb appeal, and add style to your front yard. Investing in a well designed walkway that compliments your home, your landscaping, and your style will not only increase your property value, but it will protect your lawn and provide an easy way for guests to reach your home.

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Built-in Grill  |  Outdoor Kitchen  |  Patio Design

Outdoor Kitchens 101: Your Fundamental Design Considerations

You may not need a kitchen on your patio, but installing a grill, prep area or more can be an amazing and effective use of your space. An outdoor kitchen is a luxury that not only gives you more flexibility, but it’s a great way to spend more time in fresh air. The idea of designing a patio that offers comfort, beauty, relaxation and functionality may be overwhelming – especially if you don’t have the help of a landscape designer or outdoor living space specialist. But if you understand how to approach designing your outdoor kitchen, you’ll have a much easier time choosing the right elements.

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Hardscaping  |  Patio  |  Patio Design  |  Project Design  |  landscape designer

Patio Designs That Truly Fit Your Space

If you look outside your window or walk in your backyard, you may envision a day when you can walk out onto a patio and relax on a warm summer day. Perhaps later in the evening you’ll grill a delicious meal and enjoy dinner with a side of fresh air. You may even be thinking as grand as swimming in a pool or lounging on a sundeck.

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Patio Cost  |  Pavers

How much does a Paver Patio Cost?

UPDATED 4/24/18: That's a great question and one that we get on a regular basis.  The question I would pose to you is 'what are the functions you would like it to perform?'  Jen wrote a fabulous article for Bahler Brothers a while back called 6 Things to consider when designing a paver patio.  In this article, she lays out the thought process that a homeowner should consider when they begin to think about a patio. 

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