Bahler Brothers Blog https://www.bahlerbrothers.com/blog This blog addresses many of the questions, issues and design options for paver and wall installations. en-us Wed, 10 Aug 2022 12:52:28 GMT 2022-08-10T12:52:28Z en-us A Pergola That Can Do It All! https://www.bahlerbrothers.com/blog/adding-a-pergola-to-your-outdoor-spaces <div class="hs-featured-image-wrapper"> <a href="https://www.bahlerbrothers.com/blog/adding-a-pergola-to-your-outdoor-spaces" title="" class="hs-featured-image-link"> <img src="https://www.bahlerbrothers.com/hubfs/Pergola%20example%201.1.png" alt="A Pergola That Can Do It All!" class="hs-featured-image" style="width:auto !important; max-width:50%; float:left; margin:0 15px 15px 0;"> </a> </div> <p><span>A beautiful outdoor living space is usually a combination of both flat and vertical design elements. Sometimes pergolas are added to the checklist of installed items being a versitile structure in many applications . &nbsp;In most hardscape designs they are used to define a certain space on a patio or outdoor area, such as a lounging&nbsp;space&nbsp;or dining area. Traditionally when we think of adding a pergola to your outdoor living space, we all can agree that a white PVC structure is what comes to mind. As freestanding structures, they are beautiful, cost effective, and the long term maintenance is relatively low. &nbsp;However, the market is ever changing and now we have new options on the design table for your project to help you create that focal point.</span></p> <p><span>A beautiful outdoor living space is usually a combination of both flat and vertical design elements. Sometimes pergolas are added to the checklist of installed items being a versitile structure in many applications . &nbsp;In most hardscape designs they are used to define a certain space on a patio or outdoor area, such as a lounging&nbsp;space&nbsp;or dining area. Traditionally when we think of adding a pergola to your outdoor living space, we all can agree that a white PVC structure is what comes to mind. As freestanding structures, they are beautiful, cost effective, and the long term maintenance is relatively low. &nbsp;However, the market is ever changing and now we have new options on the design table for your project to help you create that focal point.</span></p> <p></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img src="https://www.bahlerbrothers.com/hs-fs/hubfs/IMG_6324.jpeg?width=263&amp;name=IMG_6324.jpeg" alt="IMG_6324" width="263" style="width: 263px; float: right;">Ultimate Louvered&nbsp;Pergolas, a revolutionary powder coated aluminum&nbsp;pergola structure that has interlocking&nbsp;tongue and groove rafters is just want you may be looking for. With an all-weather, low maintenance construction and automated louvers that open quickly, either by a touch of a button or remote control, the interlocking&nbsp;louvers create an overhead seal to stop the elements from coming through.&nbsp;This allows for fast protection from a surprise summer shower. With&nbsp;the use of ball bearings, the mechanics of this&nbsp;structure are quiet. And once the louvers are closed the ceiling becomes water tight, allowing you to enjoy your outdoor space when the weather conditions are less than ideal.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span><img src="https://www.bahlerbrothers.com/hs-fs/hubfs/IMG_7300-1.jpg?width=301&amp;name=IMG_7300-1.jpg" alt="IMG_7300-1" width="301" style="width: 301px; float: left;"></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span>Ultimate Louvered Pergolas&nbsp;also boast of many unique design features that allows customization to be a breeze. The structure itself is available in </span><span>2&nbsp;</span><span>styles to compliment any style whether its </span><span>traditional </span><span>New England</span><span>&nbsp;or sleek and modern. &nbsp;The aluminum structure is also available in a variety of colors like Bronze, White, Black, and Adobe making it effortless to coordinate with all hardscape materials, whether they are manmade or natural. Another wonderful feature of this product is that multiple structures can be combined together to create larger structures allowing size and design to now fit your design needs rather than the other way around. With a list of accessories that can be designed into the structure, your imagination is the limit. Exterior light fixtures, overhead fans, retractable bug screens and shade screens are just some of the great features you may want to consider during the design process. These features allow for extended comfort during peak summer hours. &nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span><img src="https://www.bahlerbrothers.com/hs-fs/hubfs/Bahler_brothers_pergola_white_traditional.jpeg?width=276&amp;name=Bahler_brothers_pergola_white_traditional.jpeg" alt="Bahler_brothers_pergola_white_traditional" width="276" style="width: 276px; float: right;">It's the internal mechanics of this product that are also pretty unique. With a built in gutter system and internal downspouts this allows melting snow load and summer rain to be properly distributed and drained out and down one of the posts. This allows water to be directed away from finished hardscapes. This is a great feature that helps with the longevity of the product and project itself. And with multiple ways of installing the actual structure it helps with making customization simple. Ultimate Louvered Pergolas can be installed over patios using tradition concrete anchor points as well as on decks.</span><span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span>Naturally with design features like this,&nbsp;it’s a simple decision to add an Ultimate Louvered Pergola as an architectural interest to any space. With a 10 year &nbsp;manufacturers&nbsp;warranty on the structure and a 5 year a warranty on all mechanics, this is a product we can feel good standing behind. Talk to your Designer about how to incorporate one in your next project.</span><br><span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span>Follow &nbsp;this link below to learn more&nbsp;about Bahler&nbsp;Brothers and the design process to&nbsp;include a&nbsp;pergola in your next project!</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a class="cta_button" href="https://www.bahlerbrothers.com/cs/ci/?pg=7f22a113-fbe9-49f3-802e-c8b6c75f3e46&amp;pid=129930&amp;ecid=&amp;hseid=&amp;hsic="><img class="hs-cta-img " style="border-width: 0px; /*hs-extra-styles*/; " alt="Learn More!" src="https://no-cache.hubspot.com/cta/default/129930/7f22a113-fbe9-49f3-802e-c8b6c75f3e46.png"></a></p> <img src="https://track.hubspot.com/__ptq.gif?a=129930&amp;k=14&amp;r=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.bahlerbrothers.com%2Fblog%2Fadding-a-pergola-to-your-outdoor-spaces&amp;bu=https%253A%252F%252Fwww.bahlerbrothers.com%252Fblog&amp;bvt=rss" alt="" width="1" height="1" style="min-height:1px!important;width:1px!important;border-width:0!important;margin-top:0!important;margin-bottom:0!important;margin-right:0!important;margin-left:0!important;padding-top:0!important;padding-bottom:0!important;padding-right:0!important;padding-left:0!important; "> Pergolas Tue, 09 Aug 2022 15:03:52 GMT kristi@bahlerbrothers.com (Kristiann Vargas) https://www.bahlerbrothers.com/blog/adding-a-pergola-to-your-outdoor-spaces 2022-08-09T15:03:52Z What is Hardscape Cleaning & Maintenance & When Should I be Doing it? https://www.bahlerbrothers.com/blog/hardscape-cleaning-and-maintenance-services <div class="hs-featured-image-wrapper"> <a href="https://www.bahlerbrothers.com/blog/hardscape-cleaning-and-maintenance-services" title="" class="hs-featured-image-link"> <img src="https://www.bahlerbrothers.com/hubfs/bahler_brothers_hardscape_cleaning-1.jpeg" alt="What is Hardscape Cleaning &amp; Maintenance &amp; When Should I be Doing it?" class="hs-featured-image" style="width:auto !important; max-width:50%; float:left; margin:0 15px 15px 0;"> </a> </div> <h5>Everyone loves a newly installed hardscape. We take pride in the newly renovated spaces we build and the upgraded curb appeal they provide. &nbsp;What we don't talk about enough is the routine maintenance needed to keep that beautiful hardscape looking its best for years to come.</h5> <h5>&nbsp;</h5> <h6 style="font-weight: normal;">Hardscape materials have advanced tremendously over the years. Manufacturers have revolutionized the aggregates and pigments used in their materials, extending the life of their products. There is however still basic cleaning and maintenance required. Without following a structured maintenance schedule, you will slowly see wear and tear on your outdoor living space. Left undone, this could contribute to erosion and costly repairs.&nbsp;</h6> <h6 style="font-weight: normal;">&nbsp;</h6> <h6 style="font-weight: normal;">What should I expect to see after a hardscape installation?</h6> <h6 style="font-weight: normal;">Shortly after installation you may see some efflorescence on your pavers and walls.&nbsp;These are naturally occurring white chalky stains that develop on the face of concrete products.&nbsp;While they may seem unsightly, these stains dissipate in time. You can choose to have this haze removed by an annual cleaning and sealing. With time you may also&nbsp;start to notice the joint sand failing. This is usually signified by moss growth or wash out.&nbsp;</h6> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h5>Everyone loves a newly installed hardscape. We take pride in the newly renovated spaces we build and the upgraded curb appeal they provide. &nbsp;What we don't talk about enough is the routine maintenance needed to keep that beautiful hardscape looking its best for years to come.</h5> <h5>&nbsp;</h5> <h6 style="font-weight: normal;">Hardscape materials have advanced tremendously over the years. Manufacturers have revolutionized the aggregates and pigments used in their materials, extending the life of their products. There is however still basic cleaning and maintenance required. Without following a structured maintenance schedule, you will slowly see wear and tear on your outdoor living space. Left undone, this could contribute to erosion and costly repairs.&nbsp;</h6> <h6 style="font-weight: normal;">&nbsp;</h6> <h6 style="font-weight: normal;">What should I expect to see after a hardscape installation?</h6> <h6 style="font-weight: normal;">Shortly after installation you may see some efflorescence on your pavers and walls.&nbsp;These are naturally occurring white chalky stains that develop on the face of concrete products.&nbsp;While they may seem unsightly, these stains dissipate in time. You can choose to have this haze removed by an annual cleaning and sealing. With time you may also&nbsp;start to notice the joint sand failing. This is usually signified by moss growth or wash out.&nbsp;</h6> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3 style="font-size: 20px;">What hardscape maintenance services are available?</h3> <h3 style="font-size: 20px;">Joint Re-Sanding</h3> <img src="https://www.bahlerbrothers.com/hs-fs/hub/129930/file-1202239811-jpg/techniseal-sweeping-sand.jpg?t=1426776711934" alt="Hardscape Cleaning and Maintenance Joint Re-Sanding" align="right" style="float: right;" title="Hardscape Cleaning and Maintenance Joint Re-Sanding"> <p style="font-size: 20px;"><span>Failing joint sand (signified by growing weeds, moss and ants hills/insects) along with all other joint</span>&nbsp;contents are removed by pressure washing with a special nozzle and setting.&nbsp; Once the surface is dry, new high-performance Polymeric Joint-Sand is swept into the joints, and then compacted using a vibratory plate compactor.&nbsp; This process is repeated until the satisfactory density of polymers and sand is achieved.&nbsp; Sand is then moistened with a hose insequential steps to activate polymers (polymerization).&nbsp;</p> <p style="font-size: 20px;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="font-size: 20px;">&nbsp;</p> <img src="https://www.bahlerbrothers.com/hs-fs/hubfs/bahler_brothers_hardscape_cleaning-1.jpeg?width=246&amp;name=bahler_brothers_hardscape_cleaning-1.jpeg" alt="bahler_brothers_hardscape_cleaning-1" width="246" style="caret-color: #000000; color: #000000; float: right; width: 246px;"> <h1 style="font-size: 20px;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>Cleaning</strong></span></h1> <p style="font-size: 20px;">With a stripping agent, any previous sealant coating and&nbsp;residue will be removed (if applicable and necessary.)&nbsp; This is followed by cleaning with a Hardscape Cleaner/Paver Primer to free the surface of any ground in dirt, efflorescence, staining or oxidation. This also&nbsp;opens the concrete pores to “accept” the new sealer that will be applied.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div> <p style="font-size: 20px;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="font-size: 20px;"><strong>Sealing</strong></p> <img src="https://www.bahlerbrothers.com/hs-fs/hubfs/2019_06_27_16_04_31-00_00_35_08-Still004.jpeg?width=246&amp;name=2019_06_27_16_04_31-00_00_35_08-Still004.jpeg" alt="2019_06_27_16_04_31-00_00_35_08-Still004" width="246" style="caret-color: #000000; color: #000000; float: right; width: 246px;"> <p style="font-size: 20px;">Using semi-gloss finishes, the surface will be sealed with either a&nbsp;natural-look,&nbsp;wet-look&nbsp;or clear-look water-based sealer. &nbsp;This leaves a water resistant, professional strength finish to protect from future wear, staining, dirt, and contamination.&nbsp; This helps to sustain and enhance the look &amp; life of your hardscape. It also helps keep&nbsp;joints secure and protected from stains and aggregate depletion.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="font-size: 16px;">&nbsp;</p> </div> <div> <h3 style="font-size: 20px;">Repairs</h3> <p style="font-size: 20px;"><img src="https://www.bahlerbrothers.com/hs-fs/hubfs/IMG_0720.jpeg?width=224&amp;name=IMG_0720.jpeg" alt="IMG_0720" width="224" style="float: right; width: 224px;"></p> <p style="font-size: 20px;">Over time installations can shift and sink. There are many causes for this including poor drainage (such as improper down spout placement), excessive tire traffic, and edge restraint failure. Also, if your house doesn't have a gutter system installed, drip lines can cause permanent damage to the face of your hardscapes. &nbsp;The required hardscape repairs can range from leveling the base and reinstalling sunken pavers to replacing broken materials and reinstalling edge restraint, and so much more.&nbsp;</p> <h3>&nbsp;</h3> <h3><span style="font-size: 18px;"><span style="font-size: 20px;">When should I have these hardscape services completed?</span></span></h3> <h3 style="font-size: 20px;">1 year after installation</h3> <p style="font-size: 20px;">While some pavers and hardscape materials come with built in sealing products, not all do. We recommend hardscape sealing to help preserve and protect your project be done within 6 months to a year after installation. This will help with joint sand longevity and long lasting stain protection. Once it is sealed it is recommended to repeat the process every 3-5 years.&nbsp;</p> <p style="font-size: 20px;">&nbsp;</p> <h3 style="font-size: 20px;">2-3 years after installation</h3> <p style="font-size: 20px;">If no maintenance is done within the first year, it is typically recommended to have the entire installation deep cleaned by power washing and followed up with a sealing.</p> <p style="font-size: 20px;">&nbsp;</p> <h3 style="font-size: 20px;">4 plus years after installation</h3> <p style="font-size: 20px;">About this time, you will want to take a good look at your hardscape project to determine if new joint sand is required, or if any minor touchups and repairs are necessary. Also at this time you can talk to our HCM specialists about any cleaning and sealing options they feel would benefit your project.</p> <p style="font-size: 20px;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="font-size: 20px;">The goal to any well maintained hardscape is to keep up with a routine schedule preventatvie maintenance to protect your investment. Seal your recently installed job sooner rather than later to preserve its beauty, or have us restore your old project back to life. &nbsp;Our high-performance joint sands, cleaners &amp; coatings will enhance the look and protect your investment from future wear, efflorescence, staining, and contaminants.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a class="cta_button" href="https://www.bahlerbrothers.com/cs/ci/?pg=e474c6da-a62d-430a-881d-158570cc908f&amp;pid=129930&amp;ecid=&amp;hseid=&amp;hsic="><img class="hs-cta-img " style="border-width: 0px; /*hs-extra-styles*/; " alt="Learn more about Cleaning &amp; Maintanence" src="https://no-cache.hubspot.com/cta/default/129930/e474c6da-a62d-430a-881d-158570cc908f.png"></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-size: 14px;">Related Articles:</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://www.bahlerbrothers.com/blog/bid/103099/The-Top-7-Problems-and-Solutions-for-Interlocking-Concrete-Pavers">The Top 7 Problems and Solutions for Interlocking Concrete Pavers</a></p> <p><a href="https://www.bahlerbrothers.com/blog/bid/108049/What-is-Joint-Sand-for-Pavers">What is Joint Sand for Pavers?</a></p> <p><a href="https://www.bahlerbrothers.com/blog/bid/121782/What-is-the-white-stuff-on-my-pavers-and-retaining-walls">What is the white stuff on my pavers and retaining walls?</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> <img src="https://track.hubspot.com/__ptq.gif?a=129930&amp;k=14&amp;r=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.bahlerbrothers.com%2Fblog%2Fhardscape-cleaning-and-maintenance-services&amp;bu=https%253A%252F%252Fwww.bahlerbrothers.com%252Fblog&amp;bvt=rss" alt="" width="1" height="1" style="min-height:1px!important;width:1px!important;border-width:0!important;margin-top:0!important;margin-bottom:0!important;margin-right:0!important;margin-left:0!important;padding-top:0!important;padding-bottom:0!important;padding-right:0!important;padding-left:0!important; "> Patio Pavers Maintenance Patio Repairs Hardscaping Paver Joint Sand Hardscape Cleaning and Maintenance Tue, 22 Mar 2022 16:31:52 GMT kristi@bahlerbrothers.com (Kristiann Vargas) https://www.bahlerbrothers.com/blog/hardscape-cleaning-and-maintenance-services 2022-03-22T16:31:52Z Watering Tips to Avoid Summer Heat Drought https://www.bahlerbrothers.com/blog/watering-tips-to-avoid-summer-heat-drought <div class="hs-featured-image-wrapper"> <a href="https://www.bahlerbrothers.com/blog/watering-tips-to-avoid-summer-heat-drought" title="" class="hs-featured-image-link"> <img src="https://www.bahlerbrothers.com/hubfs/how-to-water-perennials-water-deeply-at-roots-1.jpg" alt="landscaping_planting_hardscaping" class="hs-featured-image" style="width:auto !important; max-width:50%; float:left; margin:0 15px 15px 0;"> </a> </div> <span style="font-weight: 400;">This Summer is starting out drier than normal. As the Summer heat starts to kick in, we worry about our <a href="https://www.bahlerbrothers.com/services/landscaping">landscaping</a> drying out and about any new plant material. &nbsp;It's a must to keep your new plantings, sod and newly seeded grass well watered to keep them looking great. Avoiding drought distress by following these guidelines:</span> <p style="color: #444444; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; margin: 0px; line-height: 26.25px;"><span style="font-weight: 400;"><img src="https://www.bahlerbrothers.com/hs-fs/hubfs/water%20copy.jpg?width=1200&amp;name=water%20copy.jpg" alt="water copy" width="1200" style="width: 1200px;"></span></p> <span style="font-weight: 400;">This Summer is starting out drier than normal. As the Summer heat starts to kick in, we worry about our <a href="https://www.bahlerbrothers.com/services/landscaping">landscaping</a> drying out and about any new plant material. &nbsp;It's a must to keep your new plantings, sod and newly seeded grass well watered to keep them looking great. Avoiding drought distress by following these guidelines:</span> <p style="color: #444444; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; margin: 0px; line-height: 26.25px;">&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><span style="font-size: 13.5pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">Pro Tips - </span></strong><span style="font-size: 13.5pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">Early morning is the best time to water your garden. It's beneficial for both you and the garden due to cooler temperatures which allows for less evaporation and longer soakings. </span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 13.5pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">While some may not have irrigation systems, oscillating and impact sprinklers are the best tools for water large garden beds and newly seeded lawns and sod. However, soaker hoses and drip irrigation systems are the best method to water plant material, allowing for root penetration and a set it and forget it watering times. Also mulching planting beds and around perennials can help cut down water evaporation, keeping the root system cooler during heat spells.</span></p> <br> <p style="font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 11pt; line-height: 18pt;"><strong><span style="font-size: 13.5pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">For New Plants </span></strong><span style="font-size: 13.5pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">- When watering any new plantings (e.g. shrubs, trees, perennials) avoid quick sprinkles. Instead opt for a deep watering once in the morning at the base of the plant. This is the best way to promote long roots. Also, spraying the leaves may result in leaf damage as the hot sun dries the water on the leaves. &nbsp;</span></p> <p style="font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 11pt; line-height: 18pt;"><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 11pt; line-height: 18pt;"><span style="font-size: 13.5pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">If watering by hand, water deeply and thoroughly,&nbsp;allowing the water to soak through the mulch and&nbsp;reach the root system. &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 11pt; line-height: 18pt;"><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 11pt; line-height: 18pt;"><strong><span style="font-size: 13.5pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">For New Sod or Seed</span></strong><span style="font-size: 13.5pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;"> - water once in the morning and once late afternoon to early evening. &nbsp;Each watering cycle should last 20-30 minutes for the first few weeks to allow the top couple of inches of soil to be soaked. During unusually long periods with no rainfall, you may consider sneaking in a third watering midday.&nbsp; Remember, seed and sod like to stay moist and should only be dry for brief periods until fully established.&nbsp;After watering&nbsp;the seed for&nbsp;the first time, the growing process has begun.&nbsp;Be mindful…seed can die in just one day during hot temperatures without water!&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 11pt; line-height: 18pt;"><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 11pt; line-height: 18pt;"><span style="font-size: 13.5pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">Many homeowners over-fertilize lawns and plants - when really all they need is more water! When watering, you should use a "gentle shower" setting or use a misting sprinkler.&nbsp; Water sections of new lawn until the water starts to puddle without quickly draining back to the earth.&nbsp; Be careful not to wash the seed out or damage sod by pressure spraying or holding the hose on one area for too long!</span></p> <p style="font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 11pt; line-height: 18pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 11pt; line-height: 18pt;"><span style="font-size: 13.5pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;"><img src="https://www.bahlerbrothers.com/hs-fs/hubfs/how-to-water-perennials-water-deeply-at-roots-1.jpg?width=298&amp;name=how-to-water-perennials-water-deeply-at-roots-1.jpg" alt="how-to-water-perennials-water-deeply-at-roots-1" width="298" style="width: 298px;"><img src="https://www.bahlerbrothers.com/hs-fs/hubfs/Email%20Header%20Images/bahler-brothers-email-img-header-06.jpg?width=551&amp;name=bahler-brothers-email-img-header-06.jpg" alt="bahler-brothers-email-img-header-06" width="551" style="font-family: Lato, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; caret-color: #000000; color: #000000; width: 551px; float: right; margin: 0px 0px 10px 10px;"></span></p> <h1 style="font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 11pt; line-height: 18pt;">&nbsp;</h1> <h1 style="font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 11pt; line-height: 18pt;"><span style="font-size: 13.5pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">Consistent, Moderate Watering is Better Than Inconsistent, Heavy Watering!</span></h1> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 11pt; line-height: 18pt;"><span style="font-size: 13.5pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">Many times, homeowners&nbsp;plant new seed or plants and forget to water for days at a time.&nbsp; Then they say to themselves, "I really should water tonight!".&nbsp; Unfortunately, it is often too late.&nbsp; Any new grass seed may have already died off, and new plantings may be stressed beyond revival.&nbsp; &nbsp; </span></p> <p style="font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 11pt; line-height: 18pt;"><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 11pt; line-height: 18pt;"><span style="font-size: 13.5pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">As a general rule of thumb, landscapes need 1 inch of rain per week for success, and it is better to water for&nbsp;30 minutes every day rather than 2 hours once per week! &nbsp;Additionally, inconsistent watering patterns can often lead to fungus, disease and other damage.</span></p> <p style="font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 11pt; line-height: 18pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 11pt; line-height: 18pt;">&nbsp;</p> <h1 style="font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 11pt; line-height: 18pt;"><span style="font-size: 13.5pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">Know Your Landscape's Water Requirements!</span></h1> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 11pt; line-height: 18pt;"><span style="font-size: 13.5pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">Different plants have different needs…just like us.&nbsp;&nbsp; Knowing your landscape will ensure that you are watering appropriately.&nbsp; Sometimes, homeowners&nbsp;with&nbsp;irrigation systems actually water new plantings too much.&nbsp; Juniper, for example, only needs watering 3 times per week until fully established.&nbsp; On the other hand, Iris and Hydrangea benefit from watering once per day when trying to establish.&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 11pt; line-height: 18pt;"><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 11pt; line-height: 18pt;"><span style="font-size: 13.5pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">It costs money to install new lawns and plants…be informed and protect your investments!</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><a class="cta_button" href="https://www.bahlerbrothers.com/cs/ci/?pg=64430af7-5608-464d-9ca2-86cccede72e4&amp;pid=129930&amp;ecid=&amp;hseid=&amp;hsic="><img class="hs-cta-img " style="border-width: 0px; /*hs-extra-styles*/; margin: 0 auto; display: block; margin-top: 20px; margin-bottom: 20px" alt="New Call-to-action" src="https://no-cache.hubspot.com/cta/default/129930/64430af7-5608-464d-9ca2-86cccede72e4.png" align="middle"></a></strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <img src="https://track.hubspot.com/__ptq.gif?a=129930&amp;k=14&amp;r=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.bahlerbrothers.com%2Fblog%2Fwatering-tips-to-avoid-summer-heat-drought&amp;bu=https%253A%252F%252Fwww.bahlerbrothers.com%252Fblog&amp;bvt=rss" alt="" width="1" height="1" style="min-height:1px!important;width:1px!important;border-width:0!important;margin-top:0!important;margin-bottom:0!important;margin-right:0!important;margin-left:0!important;padding-top:0!important;padding-bottom:0!important;padding-right:0!important;padding-left:0!important; "> Outdoor Living Maintenance Landscaping Trees Tue, 23 Jun 2020 21:29:49 GMT https://www.bahlerbrothers.com/blog/watering-tips-to-avoid-summer-heat-drought 2020-06-23T21:29:49Z Kristi Vargas Landscape Lighting: 10 Ways it Can Upgrade Your Outdoor Space https://www.bahlerbrothers.com/blog/landscape-lighting-can-upgrade-your-outdoor-space <div class="hs-featured-image-wrapper"> <a href="https://www.bahlerbrothers.com/blog/landscape-lighting-can-upgrade-your-outdoor-space" title="" class="hs-featured-image-link"> <img src="https://www.bahlerbrothers.com/hubfs/Lighting%206.jpg" alt="Lighting 6" class="hs-featured-image" style="width:auto !important; max-width:50%; float:left; margin:0 15px 15px 0;"> </a> </div> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Lighting is an incredibly powerful addition to your outdoor living space. It can highlight your favorite features, help you set the mood for special occasions, and even protect your home from potential threats like burglars.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Lighting is an incredibly powerful addition to your outdoor living space. It can highlight your favorite features, help you set the mood for special occasions, and even protect your home from potential threats like burglars.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"><br></span><span class="s1">We choose fixtures designed to meet our client’s specific needs and personal taste. We create your outdoor living area as a holistic space, so the entire picture works together — aesthetically and functionally. </span></p> <p class="p2">&nbsp;</p> <p class="p2">Pretty much anything is possible when it comes to lighting your landscape!<br><span class="s1"></span></p> <p class="p2">&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">And if you want to enjoy your backyard after dusk, lighting is key.</span></p> <p class="p1">&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"><img src="https://www.bahlerbrothers.com/hs-fs/hubfs/Lighting%204.jpg?width=500&amp;name=Lighting%204.jpg" width="500" style="width: 500px;" alt="Brick home with patio lighting"></span></p> <h2 class="p1"><span class="s1">Here’s How Landscape Lights Can Make Your Outdoors More Livable</span></h2> <p class="p2">Here are 10 ways landscape lights can benefit you and your family’s enjoyment of your outdoor living space as spring and summer set in:<br><span class="s1"></span></p> <ol> <li class="p3"><strong>Extend the use of your </strong><a href="https://www.bahlerbrothers.com/blog/patio-designs-that-truly-fit-your-space"><span class="s3"><strong>patio</strong></span></a><strong> beyond sunset.<br></strong><span class="s1">When the sun goes down, the fun can stop. After all, pitch darkness doesn’t lend itself to socializing or hanging around outside. Luckily, landscape lighting can ensure you’re able to use your patio, <a href="https://www.bahlerbrothers.com/services/landscape-lighting"><span class="s4">landscape </span></a></span><span class="s5">accessories</span><span class="s1">, or other outdoor space well after sunset. With the help of different lighting options, you can host (or cook!) dinner parties, lounge in your hot tub, or even play games.<br><br></span></li> <li class="p2"><strong>Curb appeal.&nbsp;<br></strong>Lighting can help your home look its very best. Landscape lighting can add a significant amount of attractiveness to any space, and maximize the appeal of your outdoor area. That not only makes your family more likely to enjoy the space, but it can also increase your home’s value. Our manufacturer partners like <a href="https://www.allianceoutdoorlighting.com/"><span class="s4">Alliance Outdoor Lighting</span></a> offer every type of lighting fixture and accessory, from path lights to wall sconces to ledge lights. Add some finishing touches to your beautiful outdoor space, and, you’ll impress all your guests!<br><br><img src="https://www.bahlerbrothers.com/hs-fs/hubfs/Lighting%201.jpg?width=500&amp;name=Lighting%201.jpg" alt="Home with accent lighting" width="500" style="width: 500px;"></li> <li class="p2"><strong>Use light where you need it most.<br></strong>Lighting is about ambience and aesthetics, but it’s also incredibly functional. Take a look at your outdoor space and see where lighting could make a difference. If there are any dark spots that could use a little extra attention or you have a different vision for the space — lighting can be just the addition you need. With the vast array of options, you can find a lighting solution that’s the right fit. A deeply shadowed yard doesn’t get used as often after dark as one that has a little bit of soft landscape lighting in it. The light invites you out of the house and into the yard.<br><br></li> <li class="p2"><strong>Light your favorite items.&nbsp;<br></strong>If you’ve put a lot of time, attention, and money into your outdoor living space, it’s likely you have some key pieces you really love. That could include art, functional items like hot tubs, or even specimen trees or other cool plants. Adding lighting features specifically designed to highlight your favorite items will make you more likely to spend time outdoors! It’s also a way to help you get more enjoyment out of your investments.<br><br><img src="https://www.bahlerbrothers.com/hs-fs/hubfs/Lighting%208.jpg?width=500&amp;name=Lighting%208.jpg" width="500" style="width: 500px;" alt="Pool with lighting"><br><br></li> <li class="p2"><strong>Safety.&nbsp;<br></strong>Lights are an easy way to make any area safer. Having outdoor lights in the evening will deter potential burglars and other criminals who may be scoping out your house — burglars are far less likely to hit a bright home than a dark one. In addition, lights will make it safer for you and your family to move around outdoors and avoid potential hazards like steps, <a href="https://www.bahlerbrothers.com/blog/using-water-features-in-your-landscaping"><span class="s4">ponds</span></a>, pools, and structural elements.<br><br></li> <li class="p2"><strong>Highlight architectural elements.&nbsp;<br></strong>Your home is your castle, and your outdoor space should be a natural extension. Undoubtedly you have specific architectural elements that make the most visual impact, and these deserve special lighting. Whether it’s an architectural accent on your house or a stunning landscape feature like a pergola or trellis, custom lights can highlight these key elements and make them even more impressive.<br><br><img src="https://www.bahlerbrothers.com/hs-fs/hubfs/Lighting%207.jpg?width=500&amp;name=Lighting%207.jpg" width="500" style="width: 500px;" alt="Patio with accent lighting"><br><br></li> <li class="p2"><strong>Customized lighting for key spaces.&nbsp;<br></strong>There are as many outdoor lighting options as there are outdoor activities! From string lights to lanterns to professional fixtures with integrated LEDs, we customize lighting to your individual spaces. If you have a space like a dining area, for example, lighting can help to create a cozy ambience. Hot tubs, walkways, fish ponds, <a href="https://www.bahlerbrothers.com/blog/outdoor-kitchens-101-your-fundamental-design-considerations"><span class="s4">outdoor kitchens</span></a>, and other key spaces in your outdoor area can all be accented with soft lighting.<br><br></li> <li class="p2"><strong>Ambiance! Set the mood.&nbsp;<br></strong>Nothing sets the mood like lighting. Tiki torches can help enhance a party, while bistro lights might set the stage for a romantic occasion. There are countless options for any and every possible ambiance. Many controllers even come with specific themes and mood lighting settings so it’s easy to change your surroundings up in order to match the occasion.<br><br></li> <li class="p2"><strong>Colorful decor for holidays and special occasions.&nbsp;<br></strong>Love the holidays? So do we! One of the best ways to start feeling festive is to use outdoor lighting to celebrate holidays and special occasions, from Halloween to the Fourth of July to New Year’s Eve. Colored lights can help make your other decorations pop. A themed birthday party or next week’s game night – change the colors of the lights to match the event.<br><span class="s1"></span><span class="s1"><br>Special occasions also get an upgrade with special lighting — <a href="https://www.familyhandyman.com/smart-homeowner/14-outdoor-lighting-trends-for-2018/"><span class="s4">romantic lanterns, string lights, or exotic table lights</span></a> can all set the mood for a party, event, or intimate couples’ dinner.<br><br><img src="https://www.bahlerbrothers.com/hs-fs/hubfs/Lighting%206.jpg?width=500&amp;name=Lighting%206.jpg" alt="Patio and pool with colored lights" width="500" style="width: 500px;"><br><br></span></li> <li class="p3"><strong>Use tech to set it and forget it.&nbsp;<br></strong>One of the coolest things about modern landscape lighting is that technology and smart features have made it easier than ever. With apps and other tech, you can “set it and forget it.” From turning on and off at a certain time to monitoring energy usage to <a href="https://www.familyhandyman.com/smart-homeowner/14-outdoor-lighting-trends-for-2018/"><span class="s4">using smart light sensors</span></a> to deter theft, technology offers a wealth of options. There are many transformers used today that have location based astronomical timers. These adjust on/off times daily for sunset and sunrise and will even adjust for daylight savings time without reprogramming.<br><br>One manufacturer often used, FX Luminaire, <a href="https://www.fxl.com/news/enter-next-chapter-digital-lighting-control-new-luxor-controller"><span class="s4">offers a Luxor® controller</span></a> that lets you set zoning, dimming, and color from one device. It works with an array of lighting options, and it can create up to 40 themes. The controller also comes preset with calendar-based programming, timed sunrise and sunset offsets, and dual 15V outputs.</li> </ol> <h2 class="p1"><span class="s1">Have You Considered the Impact of Landscape Lighting?</span></h2> <p class="p2"><br>As the season sets in, now’s the time to consider all the ways you want to use your outdoor space this spring and summer. If you have specific goals for utilizing your patio, events you want to host, or plans to get your family more engaged —landscape lighting fixtures and an improved ambiance can help you make some unforgettable memories.<br><span class="s1"></span></p> <p class="p2">&nbsp;</p> <p class="p5"><span class="s5"><a href="https://www.bahlerbrothers.com/contact-us">Contact us</a></span><span class="s1"> if you’d like to discuss your outdoor living options and explore all the ways your family can come alive outside!<br></span></p> <p class="p5">&nbsp;</p> <p class="p5" style="text-align: center;"><span class="s1"><a class="cta_button" href="https://www.bahlerbrothers.com/cs/ci/?pg=2319dc98-051d-49be-9dc9-bb1640f2fe31&amp;pid=129930&amp;ecid=&amp;hseid=&amp;hsic="><img class="hs-cta-img " style="border-width: 0px; /*hs-extra-styles*/; " alt="Book My Appointment" src="https://no-cache.hubspot.com/cta/default/129930/2319dc98-051d-49be-9dc9-bb1640f2fe31.png"></a></span></p> <p class="p2">&nbsp;</p> <p class="p5"><span class="s1"></span>&nbsp;</p> <img src="https://track.hubspot.com/__ptq.gif?a=129930&amp;k=14&amp;r=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.bahlerbrothers.com%2Fblog%2Flandscape-lighting-can-upgrade-your-outdoor-space&amp;bu=https%253A%252F%252Fwww.bahlerbrothers.com%252Fblog&amp;bvt=rss" alt="" width="1" height="1" style="min-height:1px!important;width:1px!important;border-width:0!important;margin-top:0!important;margin-bottom:0!important;margin-right:0!important;margin-left:0!important;padding-top:0!important;padding-bottom:0!important;padding-right:0!important;padding-left:0!important; "> Landscape Lighting Landscaping landscape designer Front Entrance Design Tue, 07 May 2019 15:17:02 GMT https://www.bahlerbrothers.com/blog/landscape-lighting-can-upgrade-your-outdoor-space 2019-05-07T15:17:02Z Jen Kloter How a Gunite Inground Pool Can Change Your Entire Outdoor Living Space https://www.bahlerbrothers.com/blog/gunite-inground-pool-change-outdoor-living-space <div class="hs-featured-image-wrapper"> <a href="https://www.bahlerbrothers.com/blog/gunite-inground-pool-change-outdoor-living-space" title="" class="hs-featured-image-link"> <img src="https://www.bahlerbrothers.com/hubfs/gunite-pool-and-natural-stone-patio.jpg" alt="gunite-pool-and-natural-stone-patio" class="hs-featured-image" style="width:auto !important; max-width:50%; float:left; margin:0 15px 15px 0;"> </a> </div> <p>On a hot summer day, there’s absolutely nothing like access to cool, refreshing water right in your own backyard. A beautiful pool can bring the whole family together and help the space to come alive all season long.</p> <p>On a hot summer day, there’s absolutely nothing like access to cool, refreshing water right in your own backyard. A beautiful pool can bring the whole family together and help the space to come alive all season long.</p> <p>But there’s a lot more to choosing a long-lasting, aesthetically appealing swimming pool than seems obvious at first.</p> <p><strong>The perfect pool can be the key in transforming your outdoor living space into a beautiful oasis</strong>, but it’s so important to choose an option that works for your space, budget, and taste.</p> <p><a href="https://aquapool.com/">Aqua Pool and Patio</a>, one of Bahler Brothers’ partners, specializes in one particular kind of pool that they consider to be the very best: <strong>a gunite inground pool.</strong></p> <h3>What Makes a Gunite Inground Pool So Special?</h3> <p><strong><img src="https://www.bahlerbrothers.com/hs-fs/hubfs/gunite-pool-with-sun-deck-and-spa.jpeg?width=500&amp;name=gunite-pool-with-sun-deck-and-spa.jpeg" alt="gunite-pool-with-sun-deck-and-spa" width="500" style="width: 500px; float: right; margin: 0px 0px 10px 10px;">A gunite inground pool is essentially a pool design that uses a rebar framework sprayed over with concrete.</strong></p> <p>Because they’re so solid, these are high-end pools that last forever — and in the long run they’re cheaper to own than other options. They can be fixed and renovated over the decades, and are truly built to last.</p> <p>Hotels, condos, and campgrounds (establishments that are making long-term investments in their pools) almost all have inground gunite pools.</p> <p>And in the words of Mike Giannamore, owner of Aqua Pool,</p> <blockquote> <p>“A well-designed gunite swimming pool is yard art.”</p> </blockquote> <p>Aqua Pool has chosen to focus exclusively on gunite inground pools.</p> <blockquote> <p>“We think that by specializing in one thing and doing our best at it allows us to say we're experts in the field,” Mike says.</p> </blockquote> <p>It’s a truly engineered product that can be customized to every need, hence why Aqua Pool is our preferred partner for executing the visions that our clients have for their outdoor spaces.</p> <h3>Gunite Inground Pools As a Specialty</h3> <p><img src="https://www.bahlerbrothers.com/hs-fs/hubfs/Aqua%20Pool%20logo.jpg?width=300&amp;name=Aqua%20Pool%20logo.jpg" alt="Aqua Pool logo" width="300" style="width: 300px; float: left; margin: 0px 10px 10px 0px;">With Aqua Pool, creating these beautiful, functional aquatic environments has been a family passion for decades.</p> <p>Mike’s father bought a pool from Aqua Pool back in 1970. Because he loved the pool so much, he first became a salesman, then bought the entire company. Later, Mike bought it from his dad.</p> <p>The team is dedicated to being the best at what they do. These are premiere pools that can &nbsp;transform an entire outdoor living space and truly help to create a one-of-a-kind elegant environment for families to enjoy.</p> <p>With 45 employees, Aqua Pool has an incredible team that works with Bahler to envision and execute luxurious outdoor spaces customized to a client’s needs.</p> <p>As Mike likes to say, outdoor spaces are so much more than just a pool or a backyard.</p> <blockquote> <p>“It’s a living space. It’s a piece of yard art — a whole outdoor living area.”</p> </blockquote> <h3>If You Can Dream It, We Can Deliver It</h3> <p><img src="https://www.bahlerbrothers.com/hs-fs/hubfs/gunite-pool-and-natural-stone-patio.jpg?width=500&amp;name=gunite-pool-and-natural-stone-patio.jpg" alt="gunite-pool-and-natural-stone-patio" width="500" style="width: 500px; float: right; margin: 0px 0px 10px 10px;">Through Bahler Brothers’s partnership with Aqua Pool, we’re able to create outdoor living spaces that incorporate the pools of our client’s dreams, at all sizes and budgets.</p> <blockquote> <p>“If you can draw it, we can build it,” says Mike.</p> </blockquote> <p>The design possibilities are almost endless. Pools can be customized by depth, shape, and a&nbsp;whole host of other options. With gunite inground pools, cost is based on square footage and perimeter footage, so the sky’s the limit as far as shape and design.</p> <p>In other words, there’s no need to have a traditional rectangular pool if you prefer something more suited to the unique aesthetics of your outdoor space.</p> <h3>Gunite Inground Pool Options to Consider</h3> <p>When envisioning your perfect pool, there are lots of factors to consider — aesthetics, functionality, size, etc.</p> <p>The key factor that Mike suggests to all customers is incorporating an attached hot tub or spa. There are massive benefits to this kind of addition, he explains.</p> <p>In cold weather climates, pool season can be very short. But with a hot tub attached to your gunite inground pool, the window of time for outdoor enjoyment gets much longer.</p> <p>With the heat of the hot tub, you can continue to enjoy the space into late fall and winter.</p> <p>And because gunite inground pools are so versatile, there are countless other options to consider.</p> <p><img src="https://www.bahlerbrothers.com/hs-fs/hubfs/gunite-pool-infloor-cleaning-system.jpg?width=400&amp;name=gunite-pool-infloor-cleaning-system.jpg" alt="gunite-pool-infloor-cleaning-system" width="400" style="width: 400px; float: left; margin: 0px 15px 10px 0px;">These include:</p> <ul> <li>Automation — With this feature, the pool can be managed from any internet controlled device.</li> <li>Vanishing edges or infinity pools — These exotic-looking pools appear to make water disappear over the horizon. It’s then caught in a basin and recirculated.</li> <li>Pebble or tile interiors — Depending on your preferred look or feel, there are different interior options to choose from that will complement the rest of your outdoor space.</li> <li>Self-cleaning systems — These work much like a sprinkler; filtered water pushes debris out of the pool, and the system is almost invisible.</li> </ul> <h3>All Pools Are for Cooling Off, but Gunite Inground Pools Are a Step Above</h3> <p>While all pools essentially serve the same purpose, aesthetics and functionality can make all the difference between whether a family actually enjoys their pool or lets it sit underutilized.</p> <blockquote> <p>“Beauty is crucial to the whole process,” says Mike. “It’s not just something you cool off in.”</p> </blockquote> <p>Regardless of size or budget, the key ingredient is that the pool fits into the entire outdoor space in a way that makes it enjoyable for everyone.</p> <blockquote> <p>“We’re all so busy that when you finally get out there and trying to destress and enjoy yourself, backyard beauty is crucial. It’s a whole lot more than cooling off, and it involves more than a pool company. You need a<a href="https://www.bahlerbrothers.com/blog/why-should-you-hire-a-landscape-designer"> designer</a> and contractors like Bahler Brothers,” Mike adds.</p> </blockquote> <p>When we work with partners like<a href="https://aquapool.com/"> Aqua Pool</a>, we’re able to execute an entire vision that incorporates all elements of a luxurious outdoor living space.</p> <p>From fire pits to pools to patios to bubbling fountains, we can build a space that offers an oasis for the entire family — versus a boring backyard that sits unused.</p> <p>Now that<a href="https://www.bahlerbrothers.com/blog/how-to-get-your-yard-ready-for-spring"> Spring</a> is here and Summer is approaching,<a href="https://www.bahlerbrothers.com/contact-us"> contact us</a> if you’d like to discuss your outdoor living options and <em><strong>explore all the ways your family can come alive outside!<img src="https://www.bahlerbrothers.com/hs-fs/hubfs/gunite-pool-with-waterfall-and-pool-patio.jpg?width=3242&amp;name=gunite-pool-with-waterfall-and-pool-patio.jpg" alt="gunite-pool-with-waterfall-and-pool-patio" width="3242" style="width: 3242px;"></strong></em></p> <img src="https://track.hubspot.com/__ptq.gif?a=129930&amp;k=14&amp;r=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.bahlerbrothers.com%2Fblog%2Fgunite-inground-pool-change-outdoor-living-space&amp;bu=https%253A%252F%252Fwww.bahlerbrothers.com%252Fblog&amp;bvt=rss" alt="" width="1" height="1" style="min-height:1px!important;width:1px!important;border-width:0!important;margin-top:0!important;margin-bottom:0!important;margin-right:0!important;margin-left:0!important;padding-top:0!important;padding-bottom:0!important;padding-right:0!important;padding-left:0!important; "> Outdoor Living Pool Patio Gunite Pools Wed, 10 Apr 2019 18:05:00 GMT https://www.bahlerbrothers.com/blog/gunite-inground-pool-change-outdoor-living-space 2019-04-10T18:05:00Z Jen Kloter Do I Need a Retaining Wall on My Property? https://www.bahlerbrothers.com/blog/maintain-your-property-with-a-retaining-wall <div class="hs-featured-image-wrapper"> <a href="https://www.bahlerbrothers.com/blog/maintain-your-property-with-a-retaining-wall" title="" class="hs-featured-image-link"> <img src="https://www.bahlerbrothers.com/hubfs/maintain-your-yard-with-retaining-wall.jpg" alt="maintain-your-yard-with-retaining-wall" class="hs-featured-image" style="width:auto !important; max-width:50%; float:left; margin:0 15px 15px 0;"> </a> </div> <p>Retaining walls are found around many homes, businesses and schools. But chances are, you’ve never really noticed them. Though they can be beautiful additions to a property, they serve a fundamental purpose: expanding your useable outdoor living space.</p> <p>Retaining walls are found around many homes, businesses and schools. But chances are, you’ve never really noticed them. Though they can be beautiful additions to a property, they serve a fundamental purpose: expanding your useable outdoor living space.</p> <p>A properly-built retaining wall provides extra support for the additional architectural items on your property like your driveway, shed or patio, by preventing the land beneath them from sliding downhill. From a physics perspective, the wall battles the gravitational force of a hill, ensuring that the soil beneath these additions is stable.</p> <p><a href="https://www.bahlerbrothers.com/blog-subscribe">Retaining walls</a> provide additional benefits as well. By turning what was once a graded hill into a plateau, you’ll slow water runoff from your home and protect your yard from flooding in heavy rainfall. Instead of running straight down a hill, the flat area breaks the momentum of the running water.</p> <h4 style="text-align: center;">Looking for a Contractor to Help?<br> Download Our Contractor Comparison Worksheet</h4> <p><strong><span><a class="cta_button" href="https://www.bahlerbrothers.com/cs/ci/?pg=7d92974a-cf8f-4a33-96f3-c619a9813914&amp;pid=129930&amp;ecid=&amp;hseid=&amp;hsic="><img class="hs-cta-img " style="border-width: 0px; /*hs-extra-styles*/; margin: 0 auto; display: block; margin-top: 20px; margin-bottom: 20px" alt="Learn More" src="https://no-cache.hubspot.com/cta/default/129930/7d92974a-cf8f-4a33-96f3-c619a9813914.png" align="middle"></a></span></strong></p> <p>Retaining walls also provide more usable space around your property, turning what was functionally difficult to use into a flat, friendly surface. With that space, you could create a garden, patio, or walkway. Or you could simply open up more of your yard for easy walking, playing or resting.</p> <p><span>Unsure if you need a retaining wall or want to better understand how they’re built? This article will address these topics and explain what considerations are important before you begin building.</span></p> <h2><strong>When do You Need a Retaining Wall?</strong></h2> <p><img src="https://www.bahlerbrothers.com/hs-fs/hubfs/retaining-wall-3.jpg?width=300&amp;name=retaining-wall-3.jpg" alt="retaining-wall-3" width="300" style="width: 300px; float: right; margin: 0px 10px 10px;">There are several scenarios which could call for building a <a href="http://mypavementguy.com/blog/maintenance-tips/when-do-you-need-a-retaining-wall/">retaining wall</a>. Let’s start at the top of the hill. When your home sits at the top of a hill, you won’t have to worry about flooding, but you may not have much room for gardening or entertaining. If you build several short retaining walls, you can create a few “steps” or terraces on your land to help you maximize the usable flat space on your property. And as we alluded to above, you could also raise a patio with a retaining wall on the edge.</p> <p>Now, if your home sits at the bottom of a hill, it is smart to protect against the real risk of flooding. Even if you live next to a decent-sized hill, a retaining wall (along with other drainage solutions and structures) can help to protect your home from harmful flooding and the risk of erosion. Without the wall, erosion of the hill’s soil can cause quite a bit of damage to your property over time.</p> <p>Perhaps you have a walk-out basement or want to build a pool. Homes with the former require retaining walls to protect the entrance to the walkout basement. The same applies to a garage entrance that may be under the house. If you plan to install a pool, you’ll need to ensure that the land you build it on is perfectly level. In many cases, it’s tough to find a large-enough and flat-enough space to accommodate an in-ground pool without needing to level the soil. A retaining wall ensures that your land is perfectly level and suitable for a pool.</p> <h2><strong>How a Retaining Wall is Built</strong></h2> <p>In order to create a flat surface out of a hill, a contractor needs to install a compacted base material under the wall to provide a level surface to build upon. This is the the red material shown in the figure below, which sits under the first row of wall block.</p> <p>Next comes the building of the retaining wall itself. In order to construct a retaining wall that will last decades, at least 10% of the height of the wall should be buried beneath ground. As shown in the figure, the first block sits beneath the surface.</p> <p>In order to prevent erosion and protect the wall, drainage stone should be installed at least three-feet behind the wall. This is shown in the square-like section behind to the right of the retaining wall and below the plateau. It’s important that the excavated slope is as stable as possible, which ensures the longevity of the build. The backfill must be compacted with the proper wall materials to keep your property safe and looking beautiful for decades to come.</p> <p><img src="https://www.bahlerbrothers.com/hs-fs/hubfs/ncma-retaining-wall-standards.jpg?width=1000&amp;name=ncma-retaining-wall-standards.jpg" alt="ncma-retaining-wall-standards" width="1000" style="width: 1000px; margin: 0px auto; display: block;"></p> <h2><strong>The Different Types of Retaining Walls and Materials Used</strong></h2> <p>The two common types of <a href="https://www.landscapeeast.com/blog/do-you-need-a-retaining-wall-2011-08">retaining walls</a> are gravity and engineered walls. Gravity walls work by using the weight of a block or stone material to hold the wall together and retain the soil. Engineered walls stabilize soil with Geogrid – a geosynthetic material that’s designed to reinforce soils and hold back the slope of a hill. The outside of an engineered wall is typically finished with a veneer (usually concrete wall block made to do the job) to provide a beautiful face to the underlying construction..</p> <p>From natural stone to concrete, several different materials can be used to create different looking and functioning retaining walls.</p> <ul> <li><strong><img src="https://www.bahlerbrothers.com/hs-fs/hubfs/retaining-wall-1.jpg?width=500&amp;name=retaining-wall-1.jpg" alt="tiered-segmental-retaining-walls" width="500" style="width: 500px; float: right; margin: 0px 10px 10px;">Segmental retaining wall blocks</strong> are processed with an interlocking system to hold a wall together and fortify its structure.</li> <li><strong>Natural stone</strong> is typically appropriate for smaller walls and give a natural look. These are some of the most gorgeous stones.</li> <li><strong>Wood timbers and railroad ties</strong> also provide a natural aesthetic that’s best used to build smaller walls - keeping in mind that wood does not have the longevity of stone and will rot with time.</li> </ul> All of these materials are often used for a dual purpose -&nbsp;if the the retaining wall is built at sitting height it can double as a bench. <br> <ul> <li><strong>Gabion</strong>– wire baskets with stone inside – are a great option for homes in areas that get a lot of rainfall. This materials drains water very efficiently.</li> <li>Lastly, <strong>poured-in-place concrete </strong>is best for walls that must withstand the worst of flooding. Functioning like your home’s foundation, concrete walls are bested by no other material. They do require a footing below front however, so are not always the best solution. Building your wall from concrete won’t mean it will look like a concrete slab, though. These walls can be veneered with many different manufactured and natural products.</li> </ul> <h2><strong>Before You Finalize Your Construction...</strong></h2> <p>From protecting your property to adding more livable space, a retaining wall is incredibly valuable to many buildings. But don’t make the mistake of moving forward without first doing some homework.</p> <p>First and foremost, do some research on your area’s permit process. Building a wall might require you to submit paperwork for approval or a permit. There may also be underground utilities below your home that your municipality has records of.</p> <p>Similarly, you need to learn your area’s engineering requirements. For example, the state of Connecticut requires you to produce a stamped drawing from a licensed engineer before building anything over 36 inches. Other requirements will depend on the town where you live.</p> <p>Beyond approvals, you also need to have a thorough understanding of what it will take to install a retaining wall. Additional necessities such as guardrails may affect your budget. In Connecticut, building code requires any structure over 48 inches tall to have a railing.</p> <p>If you do your due diligence and work with a partner that can recommend the ideal way to build your retaining wall, you’ll have a structure that protects your property for decades while affording you more space and adding a beautiful touch to your home.</p> <p>If this process seems a little daunting, you can always reach out to our experts for advice or have us <a href="https://www.bahlerbrothers.com/blog/bid/111056/How-much-do-Retaining-Walls-Cost">give you an estimate </a>to do the work for you. If you’re looking for a contractor to help, look over our <a href="https://www.bahlerbrothers.com/blog-subscribe">contractor comparison checklist</a>.</p> <p><a class="cta_button" href="https://www.bahlerbrothers.com/cs/ci/?pg=64430af7-5608-464d-9ca2-86cccede72e4&amp;pid=129930&amp;ecid=&amp;hseid=&amp;hsic="><img class="hs-cta-img " style="border-width: 0px; /*hs-extra-styles*/; margin: 0 auto; display: block; margin-top: 20px; margin-bottom: 20px" alt="New Call-to-action" src="https://no-cache.hubspot.com/cta/default/129930/64430af7-5608-464d-9ca2-86cccede72e4.png" align="middle"></a></p> <img src="https://track.hubspot.com/__ptq.gif?a=129930&amp;k=14&amp;r=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.bahlerbrothers.com%2Fblog%2Fmaintain-your-property-with-a-retaining-wall&amp;bu=https%253A%252F%252Fwww.bahlerbrothers.com%252Fblog&amp;bvt=rss" alt="" width="1" height="1" style="min-height:1px!important;width:1px!important;border-width:0!important;margin-top:0!important;margin-bottom:0!important;margin-right:0!important;margin-left:0!important;padding-top:0!important;padding-bottom:0!important;padding-right:0!important;padding-left:0!important; "> Retaining Wall Landscaping Thu, 22 Nov 2018 12:59:00 GMT https://www.bahlerbrothers.com/blog/maintain-your-property-with-a-retaining-wall 2018-11-22T12:59:00Z Jen Kloter Using Water Features in Your Landscaping https://www.bahlerbrothers.com/blog/using-water-features-in-your-landscaping <div class="hs-featured-image-wrapper"> <a href="https://www.bahlerbrothers.com/blog/using-water-features-in-your-landscaping" title="" class="hs-featured-image-link"> <img src="https://www.bahlerbrothers.com/hubfs/20180727_105411.jpg" alt="20180727_105411" class="hs-featured-image" style="width:auto !important; max-width:50%; float:left; margin:0 15px 15px 0;"> </a> </div> <span style="font-weight: 400;"></span> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">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. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">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. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">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 </span><a href="https://www.bahlerbrothers.com/patio-design-style-quiz"><span style="font-weight: 400;">patio style quiz</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> for insight and inspiration! </span></p> <img src="https://www.bahlerbrothers.com/hs-fs/hubfs/images/Patio-Quiz/Q5-Contemporary.jpg?width=500&amp;name=Q5-Contemporary.jpg" alt="Pondless Water Feature triple urn fountain" width="500" style="width: 500px; margin: 0px 0px 10px 10px; float: right;"> <span style="font-weight: 400;"></span> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">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. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">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. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">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 </span><a href="https://www.bahlerbrothers.com/patio-design-style-quiz"><span style="font-weight: 400;">patio style quiz</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> for insight and inspiration! </span></p> <p></p> <h1><span style="font-weight: 400;">7 Benefits of a Water Feature</span></h1> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">If you’re thinking about adding a pond, waterfall, or other large water feature to your landscape, consider some of the </span><a href="https://www.bahlerbrothers.com/patio-design-style-quiz"><span style="font-weight: 400;">benefits</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> that are associated with them. </span></p> <h2><span style="font-weight: 400;"><img src="https://www.bahlerbrothers.com/hs-fs/hubfs/IMG_4969.jpg?width=500&amp;name=IMG_4969.jpg" alt="small pondless water feature and stream" width="500" style="width: 500px; float: left; margin: 0px 10px 10px 0px;">1. A Healthier You</span></h2> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Water features are good for the spirit. They provide soothing sights and sounds that help promote relaxation and reduce stress. Sitting near a pond, watching the fish swim, or just enjoying the peace of your garden is a wonderful way to reduce stress and relax after a long, hard day.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h2><span style="font-weight: 400;">2. Decrease Noise</span></h2> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The sound of moving water is a great way to mask or cover up unwanted noise from a busy roadway, city street, etc. It doesn’t take a lot of water or a large waterfall to create enough of a ripple and buffer to do the trick. The results are amazing and so soothing.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h2><span style="font-weight: 400;">3. Define Your Lawn or Garden</span></h2> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Use water features to add a unique and specific definition to your landscape. Create added visual interest with a water focal point. A water feature also adds a </span><a href="https://www.bahlerbrothers.com/blog/why-should-you-hire-a-landscape-designer"><span style="font-weight: 400;">designer touch</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> to your property. It provides sound and movements to an otherwise still area. This offers definition and provides more opportunities to use your yard.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <img src="https://www.bahlerbrothers.com/hs-fs/hubfs/Fish.jpg?width=500&amp;name=Fish.jpg" alt="Fish" width="500" style="width: 500px; float: right; margin: 0px 10px 10px;"> <h2><span style="font-weight: 400;">4. Enjoy Wildlife</span></h2> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Wildlife is attracted by water. By installing a water feature to your home, you will attract songbirds and other native wildlife to your property. This is especially rewarding if you are a birdwatcher, or if you simply want to expand the ways you can fully enjoy your property. Active wildlife is a sign of a healthy ecosystem.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h2><span style="font-weight: 400;">5. Increased Value</span></h2> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A well-maintained and designed landscape may </span><a href="https://www.bahlerbrothers.com/patio-design-style-quiz"><span style="font-weight: 400;">increase the value</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> of your real estate investment by as much as 20%. Not only will this offer increased enjoyment for your personal use, it will offer an increased selling point should you decide to sell your home. Prospective buyers will pay more for an established landscape, just as people will pay more for an already updated kitchen or bathroom. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Water gardens also add curb appeal, which helps to increase property values even more.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <img src="https://www.bahlerbrothers.com/hs-fs/hubfs/Photo%20Jul%2016,%203%2032%2004%20PM.jpg?width=500&amp;name=Photo%20Jul%2016,%203%2032%2004%20PM.jpg" alt="Photo Jul 16, 3 32 04 PM" width="500" style="width: 500px; float: left; margin: 0px 10px 10px 0px;"> <h2><span style="font-weight: 400;">6. Maximize Small Spaces </span></h2> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">If you have a </span><a href="https://www.mygreenimpressions.com/blog/bid/258888/5-benefits-that-water-features-provide-to-your-landscape"><span style="font-weight: 400;">smaller outdoor space</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">, do not worry. A water feature is still within reach. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Water elements can be as simple as a small waterfall or fountain. Well-designed pondless water elements such as these don’t require much space, so you can still enjoy the tranquil sounds of moving water and the benefits of increased wildlife even with a smaller property. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A water feature can be tucked into an area that may be otherwise unusable. Often, smaller, awkward spaces are an options for a pondless water feature. This way you can turn an otherwise unusable area into a beautiful focal point.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h2><span style="font-weight: 400;">7. Low Maintenance Required</span></h2> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Unlike swimming pools or hot tubs, which require a lot of monitoring, chemical testing, and cleaning, water features can supply you with texture, natural sounds, and visual interest </span><a href="https://www.lifehack.org/articles/lifestyle/10-reasons-introduce-fountains-and-other-water-features-into-your-garden.html"><span style="font-weight: 400;">without much ongoing maintenance</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> at all. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Simple wall fountains, cascading waterfalls, and pondless water features are great low-maintenance water feature choices. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The water in these features re-circulates, without impacting your water bill. The constant movement helps prevent buildup of algae as well, which means less cleaning for you. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Pondless water features are also great for families with young children, because they don’t pose the safety risks that a swimming pool or hot tub might present.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h1><span style="font-weight: 400;">Types of Water Features</span></h1> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">There are many </span><a href="http://www.bluethumbponds.com/types-of-water-features.html"><span style="font-weight: 400;">options</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> as to which water feature is right for your space, </span><a href="https://www.bahlerbrothers.com/patio-design-style-quiz"><span style="font-weight: 400;">budget</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">, and personal preference. </span></p> <h2><span style="font-weight: 400;">Pond/Water Garden</span></h2> <img src="https://www.bahlerbrothers.com/hs-fs/hubfs/20180727_105411.jpg?width=500&amp;name=20180727_105411.jpg" alt="large fish pond with wetland bog filter and streams" width="500" style="width: 500px; float: right; margin: 0px 0px 10px 10px;"> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The average pond is about 11 feet by 16 feet in size, but can be as small as 6 feet by 8 feet, which uses about 550 gallons of water. We generally recommend leaving 2-3 feet of space surrounding the pond for landscaping to tie the look together. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Ponds are usually the most costly water feature option to install, ranging anywhere from $7,500-$25,000 or more depending on the size and and the rock work involved in sculpting the land. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Ponds do require some maintenance, such as cleaning the skimmer and pump every 10-14 days. It’s important to add beneficial bacteria every week to maintain the health of the pond as well.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h2><span style="font-weight: 400;">Pondless Waterfalls</span></h2> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;"><img src="https://www.bahlerbrothers.com/hs-fs/hubfs/Karabinis.jpg?width=500&amp;name=Karabinis.jpg" alt="pondless water feature with large falls" width="500" style="width: 500px; float: left; margin: 0px 10px 10px 0px;">A pondless waterfall is a great smaller water feature option, and can be placed almost anywhere. The </span><a href="https://www.bahlerbrothers.com/patio-design-style-quiz"><span style="font-weight: 400;">installation costs</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> can vary based on the size and rock work necessary, but prices generally range from $2,500-$15,000.&nbsp; On a more elaborate water feature </span>with multiple stream beds and waterfalls you can expect to spend upwards of $40,000.</p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Refilling the reservoir every few weeks to account for evaporated water is about the extent of needed maintenance. This takes but a few short minutes to do.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h2><span style="font-weight: 400;">Bubbling Rock Fountains</span></h2> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">These can be as small as 4 feet by 4 feet, and so are among the most versatile water feature options. Low in cost, at an average of $2,200-$5,000 to install, </span><a href="https://www.bahlerbrothers.com/services/water-features"><span style="font-weight: 400;">bubbling rock formations</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> only need a few minutes of maintenance every few weeks, to add water to account for evaporated water.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h2><span style="font-weight: 400;">Column Fountains</span></h2> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">These are bigger than a bubbling rock formation, but offer more relaxation given the sound they emit. Installed at around 8 feet by 8 feet, this is a medium-sized option. The average cost to install runs about $4,000-5,000, and maintenance is just as easy as with bubbling rock or </span><a href="https://www.bahlerbrothers.com/blog/bid/100157/Winterizing-Pondless-Water-Features"><span style="font-weight: 400;">pondless waterfalls</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">. Just add a bit of extra water every few weeks or so.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h2><span style="font-weight: 400;"><img src="https://www.bahlerbrothers.com/hs-fs/hubfs/IMG_8130.jpg?width=300&amp;name=IMG_8130.jpg" alt="IMG_8130" width="300" style="width: 300px; float: left; margin: 0px 10px 10px 0px;">Vase Fountains</span></h2> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">This is the smallest option for a water feature. Vase fountains just need 16 inches by 16 inches worth of space for installation. They cost between $1,800-3,500 on average to install, and require very little maintenance. Simply add a bit of extra water every few weeks to account for what evaporates and you’re in business.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h2><span style="font-weight: 400;">Garden Fountains</span></h2> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Possibly the most versatile option, garden fountains come in a variety of sizes and can fit in just about any space. They can work well in front yards, backyards, and near circular driveways. Installation costs can be fairly </span><a href="https://www.bahlerbrothers.com/patio-design-style-quiz"><span style="font-weight: 400;">minimal and competitive</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">, at $1,500-2,500, though larger fountains can cost upwards of $5,000. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Refilling the reservoir occasionally and running fountain cleaner through the system every few weeks is necessary, though this only takes an hour or so every few weeks.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h1><span style="font-weight: 400;">What to Consider When Installing a Water Feature</span></h1> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">While the benefits of water features are largely aesthetic, there are some practical considerations when choosing the right water feature for you.</span></p> <h4>Location</h4> <p>Just as with real estate, the key factor in where to put your water feature is location, location, location. You don’t want to put a pond in a low spot that gets a lot of runoff when it rains, because that can lead to flooding. Overflow from a lawn could bring with it chemicals or fertilizers into the pond that could harm wildlife or water plants.</p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">If you're going to invest money on a water feature, you want to be able to see it - from inside the house and outside. Good visibility is key, to maximize your personal enjoyment of the water feature. Room for seating, such as a bench or chairs on a small patio, will enhance usability.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h4><span style="font-weight: 400;">Sunshine</span></h4> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Keep effects of the sun in mind when choosing a location. Any water feature you choose will need about half a day’s sun, away from large plants that can cause debris and over-shading.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h4><span style="font-weight: 400;">Power</span></h4> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">An outdoor rated GCFI outlet is required for water pumps. You may want an aerator, too, especially if you add fish to your water feature. An outlet also provides easy access for outdoor lighting and other accessories.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h4><span style="font-weight: 400;">Call Before You Dig</span></h4> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Be sure to have all of the utilities located before you dig. This is a huge safety requirement. It is a free service that arranges for all of the utilities on a property to be marked. If you work with us, we will take care of this for you. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Before you dig, check local regulations and zoning restrictions. If you belong to a neighborhood homeowners’ association, check to see if you need approval to add a pond to your property.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h4><span style="font-weight: 400;">Cost</span></h4> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Like with most home improvements, your budget will dictate the size of your pond and the materials you will be able to use. Don’t forget the additional costs, such as plants, fish, pots, fertilizer, rocks, thermometers, and test kits. A local landscaper or pond professional can help you choose the right equipment and help you tailor your water feature dreams to your practical budget.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;"><a href="https://www.bahlerbrothers.com/patio-design-style-quiz"><span>Operating costs</span></a><span>&nbsp;for water features are fairly minimal once installation is complete, though there can be some additional expenses. Water features with pumps, chemicals, or external water supplies can add to your monthly bills.</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h2><span style="font-weight: 400;">Cautions of Water Features</span></h2> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">With any addition to your property come potential downsides. For a water feature, in particular, insects are a slight possibility. If the water feature is not installed properly insects can become a problem, so be prepared with insect repellent handy. Be ready, also, for the potential increase in deer, racoons, great blue herons and rabbits, but also watch for foxes and coyotes and other predators. Small pets and children may be at risk, so keep a close eye out. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Speaking of children, water is always a potential hazard, and it’s important to have eyes on children at all times when a water feature is present. A pondless waterfall or </span><a href="https://www.bahlerbrothers.com/blog/bid/100250/Getting-my-fountain-ready-for-winter"><span style="font-weight: 400;">fountain</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> can be a safer option than a pond, but be sure to consider water safety with smaller water features as well.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Before installing any water feature, be sure to consider potential flooding. Consult with a water feature installation expert to learn more about your risk. Check with your homeowner’s insurance policy to review potential flood or water damage coverage as well.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h2><img src="https://www.bahlerbrothers.com/hs-fs/hubfs/20161009_182046.jpg?width=600&amp;name=20161009_182046.jpg" width="600" style="width: 600px; float: left; margin: 0px 10px 10px 0px;" alt="large water fall and pond with bridge and wading pool">Conclusion</h2> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A water feature provides a great deal of value to your yard, both in terms of traditional property value but especially in terms of your personal enjoyment. With the right considerations, you can enjoy a wonderful backyard scene that satisfies any budget, and any size space. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Ready to get started? Take our </span><a href="https://www.bahlerbrothers.com/patio-design-style-quiz"><span style="font-weight: 400;">patio style quiz</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> now. </span></p> <img src="https://track.hubspot.com/__ptq.gif?a=129930&amp;k=14&amp;r=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.bahlerbrothers.com%2Fblog%2Fusing-water-features-in-your-landscaping&amp;bu=https%253A%252F%252Fwww.bahlerbrothers.com%252Fblog&amp;bvt=rss" alt="" width="1" height="1" style="min-height:1px!important;width:1px!important;border-width:0!important;margin-top:0!important;margin-bottom:0!important;margin-right:0!important;margin-left:0!important;padding-top:0!important;padding-bottom:0!important;padding-right:0!important;padding-left:0!important; "> Water Feature Ponds Water Garden Pondless Waterfeature Landscaping Tue, 02 Oct 2018 13:15:00 GMT https://www.bahlerbrothers.com/blog/using-water-features-in-your-landscaping 2018-10-02T13:15:00Z Jen Kloter Outdoor Fireplace vs. Fire Pit: Find Your Ideal Solution https://www.bahlerbrothers.com/blog/outdoor-fireplace-vs-fire-pit <div class="hs-featured-image-wrapper"> <a href="https://www.bahlerbrothers.com/blog/outdoor-fireplace-vs-fire-pit" title="" class="hs-featured-image-link"> <img src="https://www.bahlerbrothers.com/hubfs/Fire%20Features/fire-pits-fire-features-slide-2.jpg" alt="fire-pits-fire-features-slide-2" class="hs-featured-image" style="width:auto !important; max-width:50%; float:left; margin:0 15px 15px 0;"> </a> </div> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Incorporating a fire element into your outdoor living space will provide unbeatable ambiance and enjoyment.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">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.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Incorporating a fire element into your outdoor living space will provide unbeatable ambiance and enjoyment.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">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.</span></p> <p></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">While both fireplaces and fire pits add appeal to outdoor living areas, they are actually two completely different structures. They not only provide uniquely different experiences, they also vary significantly in </span><a href="https://www.bahlerbrothers.com/project-cost-calculator"><span style="font-weight: 400;">cost</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">, size, and required resources. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">So how are you to decide which is the better fit for your space? </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In this post, we will help you determine the right fire feature and fuel source option for your outdoor space, as well as walk you through how to </span><a href="https://www.bahlerbrothers.com/project-cost-calculator"><span style="font-weight: 400;">budget</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> and plan for the perfect fire feature for your home.</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong><span style="font-size: 20px;">Be sure to use our FREE Cost Estimator to help determine what type of fire feature is right for you.</span></strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong><span style="font-size: 20px;"><a class="cta_button" href="https://www.bahlerbrothers.com/cs/ci/?pg=0f75ab0b-5b42-4ea9-8f78-aad67ee7ab8c&amp;pid=129930&amp;ecid=&amp;hseid=&amp;hsic="><img class="hs-cta-img " style="border-width: 0px; /*hs-extra-styles*/; " alt="Use Our Free Cost Estimator" src="https://no-cache.hubspot.com/cta/default/129930/0f75ab0b-5b42-4ea9-8f78-aad67ee7ab8c.png"></a></span></strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h2><strong>Outdoor Fire Pit vs. Fireplace</strong></h2> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The first decision when planning for the addition of a fire feature is whether to go with a fire pit or fireplace. To make that decision, some </span><a href="https://www.bahlerbrothers.com/project-cost-calculator"><span style="font-weight: 400;">important things to consider</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> are:</span></p> <h3><span style="font-weight: 400;">What to consider about a Fire Pit</span></h3> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;"><img src="https://www.bahlerbrothers.com/hs-fs/hub/129930/file-993096594.jpg?width=500&amp;name=file-993096594.jpg" width="500" style="width: 500px; float: right; margin: 10px;" alt="back yard firepit"><span>A </span><a href="https://www.bahlerbrothers.com/services/fire-features"><span>fire pit</span></a><span> is suitable for you and your guests to gather around it, creating an experience that is both intimate as well as interactive – think s’mores!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">This situation is especially great for families with children or people who like to entertain, and who want to spend a lot of time around the fire enjoying each other’s company. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">While no chimney is necessary, fire pits can produce a lot of smoke. They are generally installed as a permanent patio feature, and location is very important to ensure that the smoke is directed where you want it to go. Working with a </span><a href="https://www.bahlerbrothers.com/blog/why-should-you-hire-a-landscape-designer"><span style="font-weight: 400;">landscape designer/architect</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> to ensure your fire pit is positioned in the right place is a good idea. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Fire pits are very easy to use, and can fit any look or feel you like to work seamlessly with an existing patio or furniture. They have the added bonus of generally being less expensive than a fireplace. </span></p> <h3><span style="font-weight: 400;">What to consider about a Fireplace </span></h3> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;"><img src="https://www.bahlerbrothers.com/hs-fs/hub/129930/file-17342612.jpg?width=500&amp;name=file-17342612.jpg" alt="outdoor fireplace" width="500" style="width: 500px; float: left; margin: 10px 10px 10px 0px;">A fireplace is designed so that you and your guests will primarily sit in front of it as opposed to around it. This creates a more sophisticated ambiance as well as warmth. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">There are many options for fireplace design, and they can make an elegant architectural statement as well as serve as a focal point in your yard or outdoor space. They can have a small footprint, fitting well into both large and smaller patio designs. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The smoke must be directed up and out of a chimney, though can be used even in inclement weather when incorporated into a covered patio design, such as with a pavilion or pergola. Your fireplace can even be designed with a television mounted to it to combine ambiance with entertainment.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Given the design options as well as need for ventilation and smoke management, a fireplace tends to be more expensive than a fire pit.</span></p> <h2><strong>Wood Burning Fire Pit vs. Gas Fire Pits</strong></h2> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">With fireplaces, fuel options are pretty straight forward: most require wood. However, a fire pit does allow for options when it comes to fuel source. </span></p> <h3><span style="font-weight: 400;">What to Consider about a Gas Fire Pit:</span></h3> <p><span><img src="https://www.bahlerbrothers.com/hs-fs/hubfs/Fire%20Features/fire-pits-fire-features-slide-3.jpg?width=500&amp;name=fire-pits-fire-features-slide-3.jpg" alt="gas fire pit" width="500" style="width: 500px; float: right; margin: 10px;">There are several important </span><a href="https://www.bahlerbrothers.com/blog/bid/154859/The-Gas-Fire-Pit"><span>considerations</span></a><span> when deciding which type of fuel source to use with your fire pit.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">First, consider fuel availability. If you are interested in installing a gas fire pit, it’s important to know if you have the capability to connect to the natural gas line of your home. If not, do you have an appropriate storage option to house a large propane tank that must remain accessible for gas deliveries? </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Next, consider convenience. Gas is very convenient to use. Simply toggle an on/off switch and enjoy the warmth. There is no ash to sweep up or dispose of, and no wood to store. Gas fire pits are also smoke free, which is particularly desirable if you have allergies or respiratory concerns, or if you simply do not wish to smell like a campfire. Gas heat is also fuel efficient and warm, though possibly not as warm as a wood burning fireplace. In the past couple of years a less-smoke wood burning insert has also become available. It is not smoke free, but the insert does have a considerably less smoke.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">With any fire element inside or outside your home, it is crucial to consider safety. With gas, the possibility of leaks is rare, but must be considered. Professional installation is the best option to ensure your safety from leaks. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The initial cost and installation for a gas fire pit can take up to 50% longer than wood. This initial outlay of time is offset by the time saved in the long run from chopping, buying, or storing wood, as well as the time needed to start the fire. With gas, simply turn the switch and you’re ready to go! </span></p> <h3><span style="font-weight: 400;">What to Consider about a Wood Fire Pit</span></h3> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;"><img src="https://www.bahlerbrothers.com/hs-fs/hubfs/Fire%20Features/fire-pits-fire-features-slide-1.jpg?width=500&amp;name=fire-pits-fire-features-slide-1.jpg" alt="fire-pits-fire-features-slide-1" width="500" style="width: 500px; float: left; margin: 10px 10px 10px 0px;">A wood fire pit can be a great way to use your outdoor space. If you live in a wooded area, chopping your own wood is great exercise and can be a fun family activity. While lighting a wood fire may take a bit more time to start a gas fire, this can also be enjoyable for those looking to get the most out of their outdoor space and feel closer to nature while still close to home. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Wood burning fire pits are less expensive than those that burn gas because you do not have to run a fuel line or install a propane tank, though that time is offset by time needed to obtain, store, and use wood. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">While it's best to determine which type of fire pit or fireplace you want to install at the beginning of the project, it’s important to keep in mind that most fire pits and fireplaces can be converted from wood to gas by installing an </span><a href="https://www.warming-trends.com/"><span style="font-weight: 400;">insert</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">- a gas insert is an upgrade of $2800 to $6000 depending on how far the gas line needs to be run and how much stonework needs to be taken apart and rebuilt.</span></p> <h2><strong>Financial Requirement for an Outdoor Fire Pit vs. Fireplace</strong></h2> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">As with any home improvement,&nbsp;</span><a href="https://www.bahlerbrothers.com/project-cost-calculator"><span style="font-weight: 400;">cost</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> is an important factor. Fire pits are less expensive than fireplaces in many ways. They involve less expensive materials, and less structural design and labor costs. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Fireplaces, though, will generally increase the resale value of your home more than a fire pit, though both will add value, as will the patio itself. </span></p> <h2><strong>Spacing Requirement for an Outdoor Fire Pit vs. Fireplace</strong></h2> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;"><img src="https://www.bahlerbrothers.com/hs-fs/hub/129930/file-993101619.jpg?width=425&amp;name=file-993101619.jpg" width="425" style="width: 425px; margin: 10px; float: right;" alt="patio fire pit and fire place">While the financial costs are an important consideration to make when deciding between a fire pit and a fireplace, it is also important to consider the physical space needed.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">While a fire pit itself is small, installing one requires that you take into consideration the wider space around it so that you have adequate seating available to enjoy it. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Because fireplaces require less seating, they require less area to enjoy their benefits, though they do require planning in terms of chimney placement.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The distance away from the house is an important consideration, as well. Because of this, fire pits can be added anywhere on the patio, though fireplaces are typically located along the perimeter. </span></p> <h2><span style="font-weight: 400;"><strong>Other Options for Adding Heat/Warmth to a Patio</strong> </span></h2> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In some circumstance a fire pit or fireplace may not be in the cards. Whether the cost is prohibitive or there just isn’t enough space, there are still options for warming the patio and extending the outdoor living season by several weeks.</span></p> <h3><span style="font-weight: 400;">Gas/Electric Patio Heaters:</span></h3> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">These are convenient to place, use, and store. Turn on or off with the flick of a switch and enjoy the ability to control the temperature of your outdoor living space. Heaters are energy efficient, relatively inexpensive to purchase and to use, and are available in gas or electric versions. </span></p> <h3><span style="font-weight: 400;">Infrared Heaters</span></h3> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">An </span><a href="http://infratech-usa.com/"><span style="font-weight: 400;">infrared heater</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> projects heat directly to the object below the heater, as opposed to the air below or around the heater. This results in a more direct, controlled source of warmth. </span></p> <h3><span style="font-weight: 400;">Fire Tables </span></h3> <p><a href="https://restorationmasterfinder.com/restoration/advantages-and-disadvantages-of-fire-tables/"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Fire tables</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> are similar to a fire pit, but provide a more high end luxury feel. Great for entertaining, a fire table also allows for easy on and off use, and is energy efficient. </span></p> <h2><strong>Conclusion</strong></h2> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">There is much to </span><a href="https://www.bahlerbrothers.com/project-cost-calculator"><span style="font-weight: 400;">consider</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> when choosing a fire element for your patio. Both fire pits and fireplaces offer ambiance and warmth. Both offer opportunities for you and your guests to gather together and enjoy spending time outdoors, even when the weather is chilly. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Either way, you can’t go wrong with choosing a fire element to your patio. Either option will enhance the value of your home while providing opportunities for your friends and family to come together and enjoy time outdoors. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Given the safety concerns of installing a fire element properly as well as the design concerns to ensure seamless integration into your space, working with a landscape designer to custom design and install either option is strongly recommended. </span></p> <p><strong>Determine what’s in your budget, click below&nbsp;to help determine what type of fire feature is right for you.</strong></p> <p><strong><a class="cta_button" href="https://www.bahlerbrothers.com/cs/ci/?pg=fd276964-2494-4837-8185-a9d4bc59c080&amp;pid=129930&amp;ecid=&amp;hseid=&amp;hsic="><img class="hs-cta-img " style="border-width: 0px; /*hs-extra-styles*/; " alt="Free Cost Estimator" src="https://no-cache.hubspot.com/cta/default/129930/fd276964-2494-4837-8185-a9d4bc59c080.png"></a></strong></p> <img src="https://track.hubspot.com/__ptq.gif?a=129930&amp;k=14&amp;r=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.bahlerbrothers.com%2Fblog%2Foutdoor-fireplace-vs-fire-pit&amp;bu=https%253A%252F%252Fwww.bahlerbrothers.com%252Fblog&amp;bvt=rss" alt="" width="1" height="1" style="min-height:1px!important;width:1px!important;border-width:0!important;margin-top:0!important;margin-bottom:0!important;margin-right:0!important;margin-left:0!important;padding-top:0!important;padding-bottom:0!important;padding-right:0!important;padding-left:0!important; "> Fire Pit Fireplace Outdoor Fireplace Gas Fire Pit Wed, 22 Aug 2018 12:23:00 GMT george@bahlerbrothers.com (George Siriotis) https://www.bahlerbrothers.com/blog/outdoor-fireplace-vs-fire-pit 2018-08-22T12:23:00Z Walkways and Front Entrances https://www.bahlerbrothers.com/blog/walkways-and-front-entrances <div class="hs-featured-image-wrapper"> <a href="https://www.bahlerbrothers.com/blog/walkways-and-front-entrances" title="" class="hs-featured-image-link"> <img src="https://www.bahlerbrothers.com/hubfs/Walkways/Photo%20May%2010,%205%2045%2022%20PM.jpg" alt="Photo May 10, 5 45 22 PM" class="hs-featured-image" style="width:auto !important; max-width:50%; float:left; margin:0 15px 15px 0;"> </a> </div> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A warm and welcoming front <a href="https://www.bahlerbrothers.com/services/walkways">walkway</a> 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 <span>your home,&nbsp;</span>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. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A warm and welcoming front <a href="https://www.bahlerbrothers.com/services/walkways">walkway</a> 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 <span>your home,&nbsp;</span>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. </span></p> <p><span>Not sure what it will cost to add or update a walkway to your home? Use our easy </span><a href="https://www.bahlerbrothers.com/project-cost-calculator"><span>Project Cost Calculator </span></a><span>to get a quick and easy estimate. In a matter of minutes, you can receive estimated pricing for a project of any scope, to include costs with or without specialized design features such as pillars, landscape lighting, or even a water feature.</span></p> <h2><strong>Creating a Front Walkway that Charms &amp; Welcomes</strong></h2> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;"><img src="https://www.bahlerbrothers.com/hs-fs/hubfs/Walkways/IMG_1663.jpg?width=500&amp;name=IMG_1663.jpg" alt="IMG_1663" width="500" style="width: 500px; float: right; margin: 10px 10px 10px 0px;">When choosing a new front walkway design, there are some important </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">considerations</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> to help customize the new look with your home. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Choosing a walkway style that matches or compliments your home’s architecture and design is one of the easiest ways to customize your new look. For example, a more flowing, naturalistic walkway would compete with a structured modern house design, but a sleek design with straight lines would pair well with modern architecture. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Consider using the form and shape of your walkway to highlight the detail of your existing landscaping. A winding walkway can accommodate a mature tree, for example. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Materials are an important consideration as well. Choose materials that will hold up over time and in v</span>arious weather conditions.<span>&nbsp;The right landscaping company should be able to make </span><span>recommendations</span><span> as to what materials are right for your home and terrain. Accent bands and borders or stone edging are also great ways to add style to your front walkway design. Consider a complementary shape or color to create rich contrast and elevate the overall look.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Don’t forget the details such as lighting and landscape design. </span><a href="https://www.bahlerbrothers.com/services/landscape-lighting"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Incorporate lighting</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> for safety and ambiance. A well-lit walkway not only enhances safety, it presents a welcoming entrance to your home. Add curb appeal with flower beds and other landscape upgrades like water features or pillars. Even a simple design with manicured shrubs or properly placed ground cover can enhance any look.</span></p> <h2><strong>Entrance &amp; Walkway Design Considerations</strong></h2> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;"><img src="https://www.bahlerbrothers.com/hs-fs/hubfs/IMG_8469.jpg?width=500&amp;name=IMG_8469.jpg" alt="IMG_8469" width="500" style="width: 500px; float: left; margin: 10px 10px 10px 0px;">Incorporating the perfect elements to your new design is where </span><a href="https://www.bahlerbrothers.com/blog/why-should-you-hire-a-landscape-designer"><span style="font-weight: 400;">hiring a professional</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> can greatly enhance the end result. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Scale is perhaps one of the most important design considerations to make when determining the overall look. It is essential to create a walkway that blends seamlessly with your home and doesn’t stand out like a sore thumb.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">To achieve the perfect sense of scale, be sure to choose the right materials to achieve the look you want, as well as to suit the area in which you live. Typical walkways should be wide enough for two people to walk side by side, usually four feet. Your new front walkway design should complement your existing landscaping. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Finally, when considering scale, don’t forget to choose the proper placement of your new walkway, as it will guide guests from the street or the driveway to your home. Practicality is key.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Accent elements such as pillars, lighting, sitting walls, or water features are all possibilities to personalize the design of your new walkway. Curb appeal is not to be underestimated, both for your own enjoyment of your home and should you consider your home’s resale value. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Architectural style is a key consideration when designing a front walkway as well. A modern home would not work well with large concrete pillars, just as a Craftsman style home would not work well with more modern touches. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The primary versus secondary entrances to your home are important to consider as well. If your home has a main entrance plus a visible side door or a garage door, consider incorporating both into your design so that guests feel welcome and charmed either way they enter, and so that the front of your home has a cohesive look.</span></p> <h2><strong>Quick Fixes for Improving You Current Walkway</strong></h2> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">If you don't have the </span><a href="https://www.bahlerbrothers.com/project-cost-calculator"><span style="font-weight: 400;">budget</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> to design and build a brand new walkway, that’s okay. Here are a few things you can do to improve your home’s curb appeal without breaking the bank.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Consider repairing or refinishing stained or cracked concrete with an overlay or with veneers. Overlays blend polymer resins with cement, sand, and other additives and are applied in layers over existing concrete to improve its performance and extend its life. Veneers function the same way, but are made from fiber-enforced concrete to go right over existing concrete to improve its performance and extend its life. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Adding new steps to your entranceway is a great way to provide aesthetic value to your home. They are practical and provide safety, making it easier and safer to move around your property. Steps can be as simple or complex a design as fits your taste and budget. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">And, don’t worry, if a full redesign is not in your budget, a cost effective way to update your look is to use stone stone or pavers to update an existing walkway. There are lots of options to make the old style look fresh and new.</span></p> <h2><strong>Safety Concerns with Updating a Front Entrance/Walkway</strong></h2> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;"><img src="https://www.bahlerbrothers.com/hs-fs/hubfs/Landscaping/landscape-slide-2.jpg?width=500&amp;name=landscape-slide-2.jpg" alt="landscape-slide-2" width="500" style="width: 500px; float: right; margin: 10px 10px 10px 0px;">Safety should always come first and is at the forefront of every project we design. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">It is important to </span><a href="https://www.bahlerbrothers.com/blog/bid/112536/The-Benefits-of-Landscape-Lighting"><span style="font-weight: 400;">ensure</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> you can see out from the inside of your home. You don’t want any elements of your walkway or entrance to prevent you from being able to see who’s at the door. Proper</span><a href="https://www.bahlerbrothers.com/blog/bid/112536/The-Benefits-of-Landscape-Lighting"><span style="font-weight: 400;"> lighting </span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">ensures that those walking can see where they are going at night. Lighting has the added benefit of adding ambiance.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Make sure to consider what </span><a href="https://www.bahlerbrothers.com/services/steps"><span style="font-weight: 400;">steps</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> are needed to navigate a steep yard. The last thing you want your new walkway or landscaping to do is create hiding places for intruders. Adding landscape </span><a href="https://www.bahlerbrothers.com/blog/bid/112536/The-Benefits-of-Landscape-Lighting"><span style="font-weight: 400;">lighting</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> can help with this, by creating a safe, secure, and welcoming environment.</span></p> <h2><strong>Don’t Forget About Maintenance And Upkeep</strong></h2> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Like any other upgrade or home improvement, maintenance and care are essential to preserve your new investment (or rejuvenate your older one).</span></p> <h3><span style="font-weight: 400;">Joint Re-Sanding</span></h3> <p><a href="https://www.bahlerbrothers.com/blog/hardscape-cleaning-and-maintenance"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Joint Re-Sanding</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> involves sweeping high-performance Polymeric Joint Sand into the joints of existing paver stones. It is then compacted down and moistened with a hose to activate the polymers.</span></p> <h3><span style="font-weight: 400;">Cleaning</span></h3> <p><a href="https://www.bahlerbrothers.com/blog/hardscape-cleaning-and-maintenance"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Cleaning</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> is one of the simplest yet most effective ways to maintain your hardscaping. We use a stripping agent to remove previous sealants and residue, and then use a Hardscape Cleaner/Paver Primer to remove any ground-in dirt, staining, or oxidation. </span></p> <h3><span style="font-weight: 400;">Sealing</span></h3> <p><a href="https://www.bahlerbrothers.com/blog/hardscape-cleaning-and-maintenance"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Sealing</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> is a great way to update paver stones, typically in conjunction with cleaning. Using semi-gloss finishes, the paver surface is sealed with your choice of a natural, wet, or clear look. </span></p> <h2><strong>Walkway/Entrance Ideas </strong></h2> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;"><img src="https://www.bahlerbrothers.com/hs-fs/hubfs/Walkways/3.jpg?width=300&amp;name=3.jpg" alt="3" width="300" style="width: 300px; float: right; margin: 10px 10px 10px 0px;">There are many options available to customize a front walkway design that suits your taste, home, and budget. Take our fun <a href="https://www.bahlerbrothers.com/patio-design-style-quiz">Patio Style Quiz</a> to see what design style you are. It can be applied to your front entrance too. Here are some examples of popular walkway materials:</span></p> <ul> <li><span>Cut Natural Stone</span></li> <li><span>Interlocking Concrete Pavers&nbsp;</span></li> <li><span>Irregularly shaped&nbsp;Flagstones or Stepping Stones make a<span>&nbsp;walkway that offers a more informal look and combines the natural look with a lot of flexibility for plantings.</span></span></li> <li><span style="font-weight: 400;"><a href="https://www.houselogic.com/photos/yard-patio/walkway-design-ideas/slide/walkways-that-talk/">Pea gravel</a></span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> offers a satisfying crunch as you walk and is great in a more rustic setting. Although it can be a little unstable to walk on, pea stone can be less expensive than pavers or natural stone. It does require a curbing stone along it's edge though to keep it neat and tidy.</span></li> </ul> <h2><strong>Conclusion</strong></h2> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The best part of choosing a new walkway for your home is that a front walkway design is a relatively small project with very big potential for impact. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Are you excited and ready to start planning your walkway renovation, but not sure where to start? Use our free cost estimator to see how much you can expect to pay for your desired look and feel: </span><a href="https://www.bahlerbrothers.com/project-cost-calculator"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Project Cost Calculator</span></a></span></span></span></p> <img src="https://track.hubspot.com/__ptq.gif?a=129930&amp;k=14&amp;r=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.bahlerbrothers.com%2Fblog%2Fwalkways-and-front-entrances&amp;bu=https%253A%252F%252Fwww.bahlerbrothers.com%252Fblog&amp;bvt=rss" alt="" width="1" height="1" style="min-height:1px!important;width:1px!important;border-width:0!important;margin-top:0!important;margin-bottom:0!important;margin-right:0!important;margin-left:0!important;padding-top:0!important;padding-bottom:0!important;padding-right:0!important;padding-left:0!important; "> Landscape Lighting Walkway Front Entrance Design Wed, 11 Jul 2018 19:18:18 GMT https://www.bahlerbrothers.com/blog/walkways-and-front-entrances 2018-07-11T19:18:18Z Tom Bahler Outdoor Kitchens 101: Your Fundamental Design Considerations https://www.bahlerbrothers.com/blog/outdoor-kitchens-101-your-fundamental-design-considerations <div class="hs-featured-image-wrapper"> <a href="https://www.bahlerbrothers.com/blog/outdoor-kitchens-101-your-fundamental-design-considerations" title="" class="hs-featured-image-link"> <img src="https://www.bahlerbrothers.com/hubfs/IMG_8054-2.jpg" alt="IMG_8054-2" class="hs-featured-image" style="width:auto !important; max-width:50%; float:left; margin:0 15px 15px 0;"> </a> </div> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">You may not </span><i><span style="font-weight: 400;">need</span></i><span style="font-weight: 400;"> a kitchen on your patio, but </span><a href="https://docs.google.com/document/d/1TOZTTO_FgLQ8ZMko-EjbVfvy-QoKZ-STioCVQo4nTXQ/edit#PatioDesignBlog"><span style="font-weight: 400;">installing a grill, prep area or more</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> 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.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The idea of designing a patio that offers comfort, beauty, relaxation </span><i><span style="font-weight: 400;">and</span></i><span style="font-weight: 400;"> functionality may be overwhelming – especially if you don’t have the help of a </span><a href="https://www.bahlerbrothers.com/blog/why-should-you-hire-a-landscape-designer"><span style="font-weight: 400;">landscape designer</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> 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.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">You may not </span><i><span style="font-weight: 400;">need</span></i><span style="font-weight: 400;"> a kitchen on your patio, but </span><a href="https://docs.google.com/document/d/1TOZTTO_FgLQ8ZMko-EjbVfvy-QoKZ-STioCVQo4nTXQ/edit#PatioDesignBlog"><span style="font-weight: 400;">installing a grill, prep area or more</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> 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.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The idea of designing a patio that offers comfort, beauty, relaxation </span><i><span style="font-weight: 400;">and</span></i><span style="font-weight: 400;"> functionality may be overwhelming – especially if you don’t have the help of a </span><a href="https://www.bahlerbrothers.com/blog/why-should-you-hire-a-landscape-designer"><span style="font-weight: 400;">landscape designer</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> 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.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;"></span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">What are the most fundamental considerations when designing the ultimate outdoor kitchen? What are the best ways to enjoy your outdoor living space? Let’s break it down based on our three main project initiatives: </span></p> <ol> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Designing</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Building</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Enjoying</span></li> </ol> <h2><strong>1) Designing the Perfect Outdoor Kitchen</strong></h2> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;"><br><img src="https://www.bahlerbrothers.com/hs-fs/hubfs/Outdoor%20Kitchens/outdoor-kitchens-slide-8.jpg?width=600&amp;name=outdoor-kitchens-slide-8.jpg" alt="outdoor-kitchens-slide-8" width="600" style="width: 600px; float: right; margin: 10px 10px 10px 0px;">You can’t design the perfect kitchen if you don’t know what you’re trying to build. An outdoor kitchen and patio serve a purpose. In the initial design phase, it’s important to ask essential questions about how you want your patio to serve you. Approach your outdoor living space as a whole and think critically about your answers.<br></span></p> <ul> <li><strong>Do you want to entertain guests? How many? </strong><span style="font-weight: 400;">If you plan to host outdoor gatherings, you have to take into account how often you plan to entertain guests, and how many you’ll typically host. You want to ensure that you’ll have enough seating, but also enough space around your kitchen for safe mingling.</span></li> </ul> <ul> <li><strong>How do you want to use the space? </strong><span style="font-weight: 400;">Whether inside or outside, people tend to gather in the kitchen. Would you prefer that people hang out with a drink by the grill, or do you want a separate dining area or simple bar?</span></li> </ul> <ul> <li><strong>What time of day will you most frequently use your kitchen? </strong><span style="font-weight: 400;">You may dream of having your morning cup of coffee and paper in the sun. You may dream of enjoying family dinner with a glass of wine. Certainly, you can do both. But the ideal sunlight, shade and lighting is different from morning to evening. You’ll want to plan for the time of day you’ll most use your patio.</span></li> </ul> <ul> <li><strong>Will you prepare and serve food outdoors? </strong><span style="font-weight: 400;">Some people prefer preparing food indoors before heading outside to cook. Others want prep space, refrigeration and water in their outdoor kitchen. Your preference will determine what appliances you need and how to use your space. This consideration will also impact your utilities and food safety.</span><img src="https://www.bahlerbrothers.com/hs-fs/hubfs/Garden%20Mags.png?width=300&amp;name=Garden%20Mags.png" alt="Garden Magazines" width="300" style="width: 300px; float: right; margin: 0px 10px 10px 0px;"></li> </ul> <div> &nbsp; </div> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">After you’ve determined the main purposes of your patio and outdoor kitchen, you can start gatheri</span>ng&nbsp;<span>inspiration and ideas on how you can design your space. Manufacturers’ product catalogs, home, garden or landscape magazines and&nbsp;</span><a href="https://www.hgtv.com/remodel/outdoors/outdoor-kitchen-design-ideas"><span>HGTV</span></a><span>&nbsp;are all great resources for brainstorming.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;"><span>Some of our favorite resources are </span><a href="https://www.gardendesign.com/"><span>Garden Design</span></a><span>, </span><a href="https://www.southernliving.com/"><span>Southern Living</span></a><span>, </span><a href="https://www.coastalliving.com/"><span>Coastal Living</span></a><span>, </span><a href="https://landscapearchitecturemagazine.org/"><span>Landscape Architecture</span></a><span> and </span><a href="https://www.bhg.com/"><span>Better Homes and Gardens</span></a><span>. You might also find great inspiration from </span><a href="https://www.pinterest.com/bahlerbrothers/"><span>Pinterest</span></a><span> and </span><a href="https://www.houzz.com/pro/bahlerbrothers/bahler-brothers"><span>Houzz</span></a><span>. While you research, take note or what does and does not appeal to you. Colors, textures and overall ambiance are key considerations to creating a patio and kitchen you’ll truly love.</span>&nbsp;</span></p> <h3><strong>Choosing the Right Cabinets</strong></h3> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">An outdoor kitchen is an investment. You want it to last a long time. Choosing the proper materials for your cabinetry is essential to ensuring your kitchen is as low maintenance as possible. Cabinet options include stainless steel, polymer, composite lumber and wood.</span></p> <p><strong><img src="https://www.bahlerbrothers.com/hs-fs/hubfs/Outdoor%20Kitchens/outdoor-kitchens-slide-9.jpg?width=600&amp;name=outdoor-kitchens-slide-9.jpg" alt="outdoor-kitchens-with-stainless-steel-cabinets" width="600" style="width: 600px; float: right; margin: 10px 10px 10px 0px;">Stainless steel</strong><span style="font-weight: 400;"> has </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">become the go-to choice for outdoor kitchen cabinetry. It has </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">a fabulous, polished, eye-catching look with tons of great benefits. </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Stainless steel cabinets are weatherproof, durable, environmentally friendly and easier to clean and maintain then polymer or wood. They’re available in many textures and patterns, and you can paint them to match your design preferences. Stainless steel is often more expensive than other options, however. They can also become hot when exposed to direct sunlight, and without proper coating and finishing, can be prone to fingerprints and oils.</span></p> <p><strong>Polymer</strong><span style="font-weight: 400;"> is a great option if you live in a place with harsh winters and warm, sunny summers – like we have here in Connecticut. </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Also known as high-density Polyethylene or HDPE, polymer is affordable, durable and easy to maintain and clean. It’s weather resistant, non-corrosive, stain and fade resistant and won’t crack, split or rot. Polymer can warp over time, however. And depending on the brand, polymer cabinets may not appear as luxurious as othe</span>r materials, You’ll also have a relatively-limited selection of colors and textures.</p> <p><strong>Wood</strong><span style="font-weight: 400;"> offers a </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">beautiful, natural look and feel for your outdoor kitchen. </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">While it’s not as durable as some options, </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">marine-grade lumber such as teak, cypress and bamboo </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">are better suited for outdoor use</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">. To look great over time, wood does require regular maintenance and upkeep, though it can eventually fade and. But if you take the time to develop and follow a proper maintenance routine, you can enjoy beautiful wood outdoor cabinets for years to come. Just keep in mind that wood is on the more expensive side of materials.</span></p> <h3><strong>Choosing the Right Grill and Appliances</strong></h3> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">When shopping for the right grill, there are several important considerations to keep in mind. The most important is the style of cooking and fuel you want to use. You can use propane or natural gas, charcoal, wood or hybrid-based grill. You can also choose between direct and indirect heat or a smoker. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">You also need to choose between a roll-in or drop-in grill. To prevent having to rebuild a portion of your outdoor kitchen, we highly recommend buying a drop-in grill that’s built with quality craftsmanship to will withstand various weather conditions and last a long time.</span></p> <p><a href="https://www.summersetgrills.com/"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Summers</span>et</a> and <a href="http://www.deltaheat.com/index.shtml">Delta Heat</a> are brands that offer a solid baseline of quality grills. Their 32” to 36” grills sell for $1,800 to $2,800. <a href="https://twineaglesgrills.com/">Twin Eagles</a> offer a mid-range line of grills with excellent quality and features that start around $3,400. Viking, Wolf and Lynx cost closer to a range of $5,000 and $10,000. Primo and Kalamazoo are high-end luxury brands that offer greater specialty features – ceramic grills, indirect or convection cooking and hybrid grills that use a mix of fuels if desired. A 32” to 36” Kalamazoo grill will cost closer to $15,000.</p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;"><img src="https://www.bahlerbrothers.com/hs-fs/hubfs/fuel%20drawer%20options.jpg?width=400&amp;name=fuel%20drawer%20options.jpg" alt="fuel drawer options for a grill" width="400" style="width: 400px; float: right; margin: 10px 10px 10px 0px;">Some features worth considering are a rotisserie, sear burner, spring-loaded lid, grease pan, ignition options, grill lighting and easy cleaning features.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">While the grill is your main attraction, you can benefit from building accessories or appliances into your outdoor kitchen. You might consider a:</span></p> <ul> <li><span style="font-weight: 400;">Stovetop with additional burners for cooking with pots and pans</span></li> <li><span style="font-weight: 400;">Griddle or large power burner</span></li> <li><strong><span style="font-weight: 400;">Small, under-the-counter refrigerator</span></strong></li> <li><span style="font-weight: 400;">Sink with hot and/or cold water</span></li> <li><span style="font-weight: 400;">Roll-out trash bins/drawers</span></li> </ul> <h3><strong>Determining the Best Layout &amp; Design</strong><strong><br></strong><span style="font-weight: 400;"></span></h3> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;"><img src="https://www.bahlerbrothers.com/hs-fs/hubfs/kitchen-work-zones.jpg?width=300&amp;name=kitchen-work-zones.jpg" alt="kitchen-work-zones" width="300" style="width: 300px; margin: 0px 10px 10px 0px; float: left;">Inside or out, every kitchen can be organized into four basic functions – preparation, cooking, serving and entertaining. You don’t have to include all four elements, and you can combine different zones depending on what your space allows. One unique and important consideration of outdoor kitchens is the space behind your grill. Make sure you don’t put seating where your grill’s smoke and heat will be released.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;"><img src="https://www.bahlerbrothers.com/hs-fs/hubfs/Kitchen-Work-Triangle.gif?width=300&amp;name=Kitchen-Work-Triangle.gif" alt="Kitchen-Work-Triangle" width="300" style="width: 300px; margin: 5px 10px 10px 0px; float: right;">No matter what needs you have, use the standard kitchen triangle layout model when building your outdoor kitchen. This well-known model helps determine the most efficient working distance between your stove, sink and refrigerator. </span></p> <ul> <li><span style="font-weight: 400;">How far do you have to walk to get cold food from a fridge? </span></li> <li><span style="font-weight: 400;">Do you have to go inside? </span></li> <li><span style="font-weight: 400;">How will you move through your patio?</span></li> </ul> <h2><strong>2) Building Partners and Methods </strong><strong><br></strong></h2> <p><img src="https://www.bahlerbrothers.com/hs-fs/hubfs/utility%20dwg.jpg?width=600&amp;name=utility%20dwg.jpg" alt="drawing-showing-where-all-the-utilities-are-for-an-outdoor-kitchen" width="600" style="width: 600px; float: right; margin: 5px 0px 10px 10px;">Constructing an outdoor kitchen can often include many special concerns. For instance, what type of permits are required before you can build your patio? You’ll also need to consider hiring plumbers, electricians, gas service technicians, carpenters, hardscapers and other partners to complete your project.<strong><br></strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Far too often, homeowners look for the wrong type of contractor. A specific mistake people often make is hiring a landscaper to build hardscaping for their patio. Unlike landscapers, hardscapers are construction minded – They understand equipment, compaction, utilities, flow of materials and the effects of the environment on their projects. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Choosing the right contractor is as important as any other variable in your project. You want to know what you’re paying for and what services you may have to outsource to other vendors. When interviewing contractors, ask for the following information (if you’re not already given them): </span></p> <ul> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">A client reference list</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Information about their reputation with suppliers</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Industry certifications, e.g. Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute (ICPI), National Concrete Masonry Association (NCMA)</span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Be sure to download our <a href="https://www.bahlerbrothers.com/download-the-contractor-comparison-worksheet">Contractor Comparison Worksheet</a> to help sort out what matters when choosing someone to build your outdoor kitchen.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h2><strong>3) Enjoying Your New Outdoor Kitchen</strong></h2> <p><img src="https://www.bahlerbrothers.com/hs-fs/hubfs/IMG_8113.jpg?width=600&amp;name=IMG_8113.jpg" alt="relaxing with neighbors on the patio" width="600" style="width: 600px; float: right; margin: 5px 10px 10px;">Now that you’ve got an idea of how start designing and building your ultimate outdoor kitchen, you can contemplate some of the best ways to enjoy it.</p> <ul> <li><span style="font-weight: 400;">You can enjoy dinner with your family for three (or even four) seasons out of the year. </span></li> <li><span style="font-weight: 400;">Host weekend BBQs with family and friends, all day and night. You may have a simple lunch and or a fancier, more elaborate dinner. </span></li> <li><span style="font-weight: 400;">Invite your friends and neighbors to a grilling class, teaching them your best grilling techniques. </span></li> <li><span style="font-weight: 400;">Host your child’s little league team for postgame burgers and dogs. </span></li> <li><span style="font-weight: 400;">Throw a Girls Night party with wine and appetizers served al fresco. </span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Creating an outdoor kitchen is a major investment, but it can become the staple of your home life. With the right consideration, thorough brainstorming and inspiration, you can create a space that delivers the ultimate value and experience. Are you ready to plan your new hotbed?</span></p> <p><strong>Not sure how much your ideal outdoor kitchen will cost? Click below to use our free cost estimator.</strong></p> <p><strong><a class="cta_button" href="https://www.bahlerbrothers.com/cs/ci/?pg=fd276964-2494-4837-8185-a9d4bc59c080&amp;pid=129930&amp;ecid=&amp;hseid=&amp;hsic="><img class="hs-cta-img " style="border-width: 0px; /*hs-extra-styles*/; " alt="Free Cost Estimator" src="https://no-cache.hubspot.com/cta/default/129930/fd276964-2494-4837-8185-a9d4bc59c080.png"></a></strong></p> <img src="https://track.hubspot.com/__ptq.gif?a=129930&amp;k=14&amp;r=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.bahlerbrothers.com%2Fblog%2Foutdoor-kitchens-101-your-fundamental-design-considerations&amp;bu=https%253A%252F%252Fwww.bahlerbrothers.com%252Fblog&amp;bvt=rss" alt="" width="1" height="1" style="min-height:1px!important;width:1px!important;border-width:0!important;margin-top:0!important;margin-bottom:0!important;margin-right:0!important;margin-left:0!important;padding-top:0!important;padding-bottom:0!important;padding-right:0!important;padding-left:0!important; "> Built-in Grill Outdoor Kitchen Patio Design Mon, 18 Jun 2018 13:53:39 GMT https://www.bahlerbrothers.com/blog/outdoor-kitchens-101-your-fundamental-design-considerations 2018-06-18T13:53:39Z Jen Kloter