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  • Make Good Choices With Your Hardscape Project

    • By Charles Gamarekian
    • Created: September 2, 2016

    Make Good Choices With Your Hardscape Project
    Back in the seventies and eighties - hardscaping's evolving years - do-it-yourselfers took on tasks like installing paver walkways, small patios and even modest-sized driveways. These were often considered viable weekend projects... Read More »


  • Create A Modern-Day Mosaic With New And Broader Paver Choices

    • By Charles Gamarekian
    • Created: July 18, 2016

    Create A Modern-Day Mosaic With New And Broader Paver Choices
    Constantin Brancusi (1876 - 1957), Romanian sculptor, painter and photographer, is considered a pioneer of modernism, and one of the most influential sculptors of the 20th-century. Brancusi was once quoted as saying: "Architecture is inhabited sculpture." Which brings me to the topic at hand... Read More »


  • New Trends in Landscaping for 2015

    • By Charles Gamarekian
    • Created: May 9, 2015

    New Trends in Landscaping for 2015
    With Spring finally here, it's time to start thinking about landscaping. Maybe you're planning a total backyard renovation-complete with an outdoor living space and brand new landscaping concepts-or maybe you're just looking to spruce up a few sections of your backyard. Either way, consider one, or a few, of these popular trends to add a bit of oomph to your backyard. Read More »


  • Hardscaping Is Setting New Trends In Outdoor Landscape Design In 2015

    • By Charles Gamarekian
    • Created: March 23, 2015

    HARDSCAPING IS SETTING NEW TRENDS IN OUTDOOR LANDSCAPE DESIGN IN 2015
    One of the best ways to weather through the final stretch of winter chill is to simply "think spring". The first step is to let thoughts of your outdoor lifestyle preferences be a guiding force. You may find that today's hardscaping products - interlocking pavers, wall systems and other components produced specifically for outdoor living - are compatible with your ideas for updating most areas around the exterior of your home for the upcoming seasons. Step two is to learn what new products are available from leading manufacturers and what styles and colors are in fashion. Read More »


  • Hardscaping can turn a drive-by into a stop and buy

    • By Charles Gamarekian
    • Created: January 13, 2014

    	
Hardscaping can turn a drive-by into a stop and buy
    The front of the house is a term associated with restaurant operations outside of the kitchen. It can refer to matters from decor and patron amenities to the attitude and service of a hostess or wait staff. What makes it important to the success of an eatery also likens to the successful sale of a home by making a good first impression. For this reason, savvy restaurateurs give it a great deal of thought and attention and so do proactive homebuyers. The term commonly used by real estate professionals, sellers and buyers is curb appeal. Read More »


  • Hardscaping: Easy Solutions Resolved for Difficult Conditions

    • By Charles Gamarekian
    • Created: December 19, 2013

    Hardscaping: Easy Solutions Resolved for Difficult Conditions
    Pairings is a term normally associated with collaborations between head chefs and sommeliers, which join up recommended wines with entrees and other dining courses on various culinary menus. Eclecticism in interior design, a trend that incorporates distinctive pairings, has found its way out the back door and into the outdoor living room, pool deck and even smaller patio designs where space is a premium. The movement combines modern with traditional design characteristics that include the use of a variety of colors, textures and patterns in an integrated design. Leading manufacturers of hardscape materials have broadened their product lines to reflect the avant-garde tastes of homeowners, landscape designers and hardscape contractors who share this sprightly, "almost anything goes" mindset. Read More »


  • Creating the transparent indoor/outdoor experience with hardscaping

    • By Charles Gamarekian
    • Created: October 22, 2013

    	
Creating the transparent indoor/outdoor experience with hardscaping
    It can be said that legendary landscape architects James Rose and Lawrence Halprin, along with architects Frank Lloyd Wright and Philip Johnson, were visionaries whose many pioneering designs kept inside and outside spaces visually and sensually transparent. A prime example is The Glass House created in 1949 during a mid-career break by Johnson, America's "dean of architecture," and scion of a New Amsterdam family. Located in New Canaan, Connecticut, it remains a National Trust Historic Site frequently visited by curious tourists and followers of his and other's artistic expressions of the "transparent experience." The iconic 20th century structure is an interpretation of modern architecture, landscape, and art. Read More »


  • Finding a remedy for end-of-summer blues can be the pits

    • By Charles Gamarekian
    • Created: August 16, 2013

    Finding a remedy for end-of-summer blues can be the pits
    For many homeowners who can't get enough time outdoors watering flowers, tending to their herb gardens, plucking plump red tomatoes, and grilling meals morning, noon and night, facing the doldrums of fall and winter is simply the pits. There is an easy-to-obtain solution to these seasonal blues (that is ironically also the pits) - a backyard fire and barbecue pit. Having one will allow you to not only enjoy its many benefits in summer months, but also extend fireside pleasures all year long. Read More »


  • Add stylish accents when designing a manufactured wall system

    • By Charles Gamarekian
    • Created: December 6, 2012

    	
Add stylish accents when designing a manufactured wall system
    As an increasing number of landscape architects, designers and contractors, turn to manufactured wallstones, they are discovering - with the help of leading manufacturers of hardscape products - interesting techniques and points of interest that cannot be easily achieved when building walls with natural stone. Manufactured wallstones come in various shapes with differences in heights, lengths, depths, textures and other design/build characteristics, which can make choosing the best product for the job both tricky and time-consuming. Read More »


  • Take a fresh look at today's case stone products

    • By Charles Gamarekian
    • Created: November 29, 2012

    	
Take a fresh look at today's case stone products
    Cast stone products have come a long way from ornamental benches, columns, handrails and balusters, statuary and other architectural accoutrements. For starters, colors and textures now resemble natural stone and not just natural cement. It is also refreshing to see their entry into the mix of modern-day hardscape products and as a result, many hardscape product manufacturers have jumped onto the bandwagon and are offering an interesting mix of cast stone items along with their traditional, concrete paver and wall selections. They are representing viable alternatives to many of the age-old masonry and concrete components used in landscape or exterior architectural design. Read More »


  • Versatility makes manufactured wallstones the perfect landscape and garden wall solutions

    • By Charles Gamarekian
    • Created: November 20, 2012

    	
Versatility makes manufactured wallstones the perfect landscape and garden wall solutions
    Manufactured wallstones are more than just functional, and when properly installed, should in no way be compared to painted or texture-faced, cinderblock landscape wall units that are subject to chipping, peeling, cracking, dislodging and more importantly, structural failure. When compared to natural stone such as sandstone, slate, limestone, granite and flagstone, manufactured wallstones are usually a far less costly material. Because the wallstones are designed to use in a wall system, versatility and ease of installation are also prime factors. Read More »


  • Heavily textured pavers remain in fashion

    • By Charles Gamarekian
    • Created: November 14, 2012

    	
Heavily textured pavers remain in fashion
    The trend toward heavily textured pavers made its debut on the hardscape scene a few years back and it continues to grow as the 2012 seasons gets underway. The reason for this rise in popularity stems from homeowner desires for a well-planned, yet completely natural-looking, outdoor environment. The surface choices offered on this type of paver can play an integral role in achieving that goal in an overall landscape design. Read More »


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