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Natural Stone Steps Are A Growing Trend

7/7/18 8:11 AM / by Mike Wolfe posted in Natural Stone Steps, stone steps, Landscape Architecture, Landscape

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If you work in the stone industry it's no surprise to see natural stone steps grow in popularity. These products have been a part of architecture and design for centuries but were typically used on "high end" projects due to the cost. Now they are more available and less expensive so they are used more often. 

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How to Design a Patio on a Budget

8/28/17 9:14 AM / by DelgadoStone posted in Guest Post, Home Improvement, Homeowners, Landscape, Landscape Architecture, Natural Stone, Outdoor Design, Patio, Stone, Thinstone Veneer

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A well-designed patio adds value to your home in more ways than one. Going the whole nine yards in setting up your patio, however, can get expensive. The cost of the finest patio furniture and materials can easily run up to thousands of dollars. You can still achieve amazing patio designs on a budget though. Here are some ideas that may help you achieve just that.

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Real Estate Trends: Natural Stone Steps

8/14/17 5:49 AM / by Mike Wolfe posted in Home Improvement, Landscape, Landscape Architecture, Landscape Design, Natural Stone Steps, Real Estate, Trending

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One of my jobs as Director of Operations is to stay on top of the trends in various industries related our business. This includes real estate trends (commercial & residential), the building materials industry, stone veneer, technology, and of course, manufacturing. As I continue to read articles and analyze our data I have noticed a recent trend: Natural Stone Steps.

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How to Create Shade in Your Garden

7/31/17 3:42 PM / by DelgadoStone posted in Gardening, Guest Post, Landscape, Landscaping

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The last trip I made to a colleague of mine gave me a clear picture on how a garden can be sculpted to a space of undisturbed relaxation away from the indoors. On a cool day, it is the ultimate place to get some fresh air, but in the heat of summer, even a lavishly manicured yard could get uncomfortable. It is in times like this that you would consider creating shade in your garden. Here are some useful ideas on how to keep the sun away while you relax in the green area:

 
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Shrubs

There are millions of plants known for providing shade in the garden but research is mandatory as some species only thrive in certain conditions. Small shrubs are excellent for providing shade in walkways but they should not be too short. Vines may be trained over arbors to provide shade and exceptional beauty.

Timber Structures

Timber structures have been preferred for providing garden shade since time immemorial. They are available in different shapes and styles, offering a private space for you to recluse away from the sweltering hot sun.

Fabric Canopy

If such a permanent solution isn’t ideal for you, consider a simple fabric canopy to bring the shade when needed. There are varieties of outdoor fabrics that are strain-resistant, waterproof and fade-resistant to match each homeowner’s needs. For an ideal fabric for sun awnings, Phoenix experts recommend those that are strong enough to withstand external elements. If fabrics aren’t ideal for your lifestyle, consider awning to bring shade in specific parts of your garden.

Trees

In the yard, you can go bigger with trees like crape myrtle, and Catalina ironwood, which have dense foliage and reaching branches. Trees may be planted in the middle of a garden to maximize the effect or next to the patio if you intend to shade specific areas. It is advisable to pay attention to root zones to avoid damage to nearby plants and structures. Mixing plants is a great way of creating contrast and achieving shade pockets in specific areas.

Parasols

This is an excellent choice for those seeking shelter without compromising scents, cool breezes, and other outdoor pleasures. There are countless options available that can easily blend with your home’s decor. Posts for this purpose must be sturdy and termite resistant. Ideally, parasols should be anchored to a patio or sunk into concrete for guaranteed stability.

Landscape professionals agree on combining different methods to achieve much-needed results in a garden. Having trees doesn’t mean you cannot add a parasol or fabric canopy to a corner in the garden. In fact, combining mediums is the most creative way to add shade and accentuate the outdoors.

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5 Tips for Outdoor Landscape Design

6/15/17 3:57 PM / by DelgadoStone posted in Architecture, CADdetails, Guest Blog, Guest Post, Landscape, Landscape Design

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Designing a landscape is more than just planting a few trees and tending to a flower garden. It’s all about considering ways to achieve a harmonious atmosphere between the outdoors and the built environment. It’s not an easy task to achieve and requires a lot of careful planning and considerations. Luckily we’ve rounded up 5 tips that can help you design an ideal landscape.

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