Outdoor settings

8 12, 2015

What’s your garden vision?

By |2018-02-19T16:01:23-06:00December 8th, 2015|Back Yard, Curb Appeal, Garden Planning, Outdoor settings|0 Comments

A client's garden vision is the best starting point when we take on a project. Sometimes it's crystal clear, other times it's in need of refining. If it's the latter, browsing through our portfolio for ideas helps. Websites like Pinterest and Houzz can also help seekers discover looks they like and compile them in a gallery or an idea book. [...]

6 10, 2015

A Built-in Fire Pit: Styles, Options and Tips

By |2018-02-19T16:01:23-06:00October 6th, 2015|Fire Features, General News, Outdoor Living, Outdoor settings, Paving and Hardscaping|0 Comments

A well-designed built-in fire pit is not only a beautiful focal point in your garden but also an outdoor setting in which to gather around and enjoy cool autumn evenings. Many styles and features are available to create the fire pit you want. In this article, we describe in closer detail some of our recent fire pit projects, and [...]

16 12, 2010

Case Study: A Nantucket Style Retreat

By |2018-02-19T16:01:30-06:00December 16th, 2010|Bluestone, Case Studies, Landscaping, Natural Stone, Outdoor Living, Outdoor settings, Paving and Hardscaping|0 Comments

Our clients enjoyed everything about their new home– except the back yard, which was exposed to the street, had only grass, a dull, poured concrete patio installed by the home’s contractor, consistently wet soil, and a large, unsightly catchbasin in the lawn. The wide, poured concrete driveway also looked too plain next to the intricately [...]

13 08, 2010

Case Study: Making the Grade

By |2018-02-19T16:01:30-06:00August 13th, 2010|Case Studies, Natural Stone, Outdoor Living, Outdoor settings, Paving and Hardscaping|0 Comments

The existing patio was crumbling and framed with old, unsightly shrubs. Our clients’ magnificent home, built in 1903 for Gordon L. Pirie and Samuel Carson (of Carson, Pirie & Scott), is built on a steep slope from the front of the house to the back alley. A two-story, four bedroom coachhouse was located [...]