I, Stonemakers Dealer Ryan Miller recently finished my first job at Frank Blanchard's home in Pensacola Florida. Frank was medically discharged after he was blown up by a RPG in a special ops mission. He and his service dog Violet love the work from Stone Works USA and Stone Maker Products.
As we get set to start a new season (for those of you who had a winter) of hardscape projects , concrete retaining walls and outdoor living areas, we wanted to touch up on the subject of safety gear that can help you protect yourself while working. We all know that it can be a pain sometimes but in the long run it’s always worth the effort.
The project for the StoneMakers April training in New Orleans, LA is an example of the extreme backyard resort style outdoor living area the StoneMakers system has evolved into. The need to use heavy equipment to move natural rock into place to create dramatic water features has been eliminated, as well as the safety issues dealing with 10 ton natural rock. And the time on the job? Rather than taking weeks or months to complete, this project was completed in just 4 days.
Taking the time to plan your outdoor living space involves careful consideration of your options. One benefit of the Stonemakers system is the nearly limitless ways your concrete patio can be customized to fit what your imagination can picture.
If you haven't heard yet, the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) list of top remodeling trends is out and number four on that list for 2011 is outdoor living areas including patios, outdoor kitchens, water features and retaining walls. This creates an opportunity for landscape and hardscape contractors to meet this pent up demand and increase the bottom line in the new year. What is the most effecient way to achieve growth and how do you do it?