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4 Things To Consider When Planning Your Backyard Concrete Patio

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.

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Topics: patios, outdoor living areas, concrete patios

11 New Dealers Are Taught The Stonemakers System Of Hardscapes

After four days of  hard work, learning and a whole lot of fun, Stonemakers wrapped up the first new dealer training of the year on January 21, 2011, in Orlando, FL.  Lead by David Montoya, founder and president, 11 new dealers were trained and licensed to install retaining walls and hardscape features using the Stonemakers system for stacking and carving concrete.  Here are the new dealers that were in attendance:

o    Mike Gates, Preferred Landscape Inc., Cedar Springs, MI  
o    Brad Matthews, Lasting Impressions Decorative Concrete, Conway,AR    
o    Chris Wolfe, Nostalgic Stone, Denver, CO   
o    John Giusto, Giusto Landscaping LLC, Byfield, MA   
o    Chuck Bryson, A & C Concrete LLC, Mechanicsville, MD  
o    Charlie    Allen, New Life Nurseries, Inc., Melbourne, FL    
o    Micheal Jones, MJMJ Enterprises DBA Artscapes, Gurley, AL  
o    Steve Thoms, Thoms Bros. Landscaping, Rochester, MI  
o    Jim Ayers, Ayers Drywall, Insulation & Supply, Inc., Lincoln, AR   
o    Matt Otero, Designs By Stonescapes, Commerce City, CO    www.designsbystonescapes.com
o    Brent Montry, Tri state Basement Repair, Richland Center, WI   

Here's a look at the project:

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Topics: outdoor living area, concrete retaining wall, water features, patios

Five Reasons For The Increased Demand For Outdoor Kitchens

The growth in demand for outdoor kitchens has continuously climbed over the past five years.  In the coming years, as dwelling sizes decrease, nearly 20% of all new homes built will have an outdoor kitchen.  Why?  Here are 5 advantages to having an outdoor kitchen:

1.    Cooking outdoors isn't a chore.
2.    Grilled food taste better.
3.    The fish you cook on the grill doesn't linger in the backyard for days.
4.    You can hose spilled beer off the patio.
5.    Holiday celebrations can be held at home.

Today's outdoor kitchens can be perfectly customized with a refrigerator, grill, storage compartment, sink, stereo system, television, bar, kegorator, stovetop-style burners, prep area, griddles, storage space, low counters, bar-height counters for guests, just about any amenity to increase the outdoor living experience.

The most amazing thing about building outdoor kitchens is the ability to customize everything, from countertop height to cabinet depth and accessories.  Outdoor kitchen designs can be incorporated into any existing space. U-shaped, L-shaped, round, bar-style and island style are just a few design ideas that can be built.

An investment in an outdoor kitchen can range from approximately $3,000 to more than $30,000.  This offers an opportunity for talented contractors to capitalize on this demand and carve a niche in this growing segment of home improvement.

The growth in demand for outdoor kitchens has continuously climbed over the past five years.  In the coming years, as dwelling sizes decrease, nearly 20% of all new homes built will have an outdoor kitchen.  Why?  Here are 5 advantages to having an outdoor kitchen:

 

1.      Cooking outdoors isn't a chore.

2.      Grilled food taste better.

3.      The fish you cook on the grill doesn't linger in the backyard for days.

4.      You can hose spilled beer off the patio.

5.      Holiday celebrations can be held at home.

 

Today's outdoor kitchens can be perfectly customized with a refrigerator, grill, storage compartment, sink, stereo system, television, bar, kegorator, stovetop-style burners, prep area, griddles, storage space, low counters, bar-height counters for guests, just about any amenity to increase the outdoor living experience.

 

The most amazing thing about building outdoor kitchens is the ability to customize everything, from countertop height to cabinet depth and accessories.  Outdoor kitchen designs can be incorporated into any existing space. U-shaped, L-shaped, round, bar-style and island style are just a few design ideas that can be built.

 

An investment in an outdoor kitchen can range from approximately $3,000 to more than $30,000.  This offers an opportunity for talented contractors to capitalize on this demand and carve a niche in this growing segment of home improvement.

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Topics: outdoor living area, retaining walls, water features, patios, hardscape, outdoor kitchens

Seven Beautifying Features In Hardscape Design

Hardscape design, the landscaping term that typically refers to outdoor landscaping other than plants and greenery, has become increasingly more popular with homeowners.  In the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) top remodeling trends, outdoor living areas ranked number four.  What are consumers looking for?  Here's a list of seven features homeowners are building in their backyards.

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Topics: outdoor living area, retaining walls, water features, patios, hardscape, outdoor kitchens