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7 Benefits To Backyard Water Features

Creating a backyard retreat is like adding additional  rooms to a home.   Outdoor kitchens, patios and for a peaceful setting, water features. Large or small, water features add serenity to a backyard. The tranquil sound of trickling water is  a great way to unwind after a long day.  Here are 7 reasons to consider adding a waterfall or pondless waterfall to  backyard projects.

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Topics: outdoor living area, water features

Stonemakers Partners With Vizterra: 5 Benefits For Dealers

StoneMakers has partnered with Structure Studios to offer the Vizterra 3D landscape design software   This customized version features rock patterns and hardscape features that Stonemakers dealers can incorporate into 3D renditions to give their clients the experience of the design from virtually any perspective.  How will this benefit dealers and their customers?

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Topics: hardscape design, Stonemakers dealer training, landscape design

4 Steps To A Successful Hardscape Demonstration Promotion

One of the most successful methods Stonemakers dealers have had in generating new business is by hosting a demonstration day.  Any contractor that does hardscapes, retaining walls, water features, outdoor living areas and patios can benefit from this type of promotion.  Belknap Landscape Company in Guilford, NH and Complete Concrete in Sykesville, MD both had tremendous returns from hosting a demonstration.  Here are the four key areas to ensure success.

Plan:
1.    Select a date 4-6 weeks out in advance.
2.    Find a suitable location that can accommodate a good number of people and has some traffic.  Car dealerships and retail shopping centers lend well to a promotion, and you'll gain exposure beyond the demonstration. Typically a water feature and 30-40 ft of sitting wall can be completed in 4-5 hours.  Offer to cover the cost of labor if they'll pay for only the materials in exchange to do the promotion.  They can also help in cross promoting through their local advertising.

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Topics: concrete retaining wall, demonstration day

Stonemakers Hardscape System VS Concrete Wall Block And Pavers

As the demand for outdoor living areas and innovative hardscape design continues to grow, homeowners have a number of choices for building retaining walls, patios, walkways and water features.  Here's a comparison of the Stonemakers System and concrete block and pavers.
 
Concrete wall block and pavers:
1.    Can be purchased at any local supplier or retail outlet.

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Topics: retaining walls, concrete retaining wall, hardscape