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  • Beat the End of Summer Blues

    • By Charles Gamarekian
    • Created: August 30, 2015

    Beat the End of Summer Blues
    It's almost time for kids to go back to school and the leaves to change colors. Fall is fast approaching and soon hot summer days will be a memory. But that doesn't mean it's time to head indoors. Read More »


  • If You Think The Outdoor Patio Season is Over Think Again

    • By Charles Gamarekian
    • Created: August 30, 2015

    If You Think The Outdoor Patio Season is Over Think Again
    Instead of packing up the patio furniture and putting it away in the shed, tying down the barbeque grill, hanging up the barbeque apron, and saying good-bye to the many facets of backyard family activities, outdoor living aficionados are stretching the creature comforts of the summer season thanks to the wide range of products that are readily available in the marketplace. Read More »


  • Before and After: Transforming Concrete Slabs

    • By Charles Gamarekian
    • Created: August 18, 2015

    Before and After:  Transforming Concrete Slabs
    These concrete slabs were transformed into an exquisite entryway using Cambridge's Sherwood Collection Random Design Kit in Salmon/Onyx with a Circle Kit and a 6 x 9 Onyx border. Read More »


  • 8 Questions to Ask Your Contractor Before You Start Your Project

    • By Charles Gamarekian
    • Created: August 18, 2015

    8 Questions to Ask Your Contractor Before You Start Your Project
    Finding a contractor is an important part of your backyard renovation. Here are 8 questions you should ask your contractor before signing the contract: Read More »


  • Before and After: Unbelievable Backyard Makeover

    • By Charles Gamarekian
    • Created: August 4, 2015

    Before and After:  Unbelievable Backyard Makeover
    This unbelievable backyard makeover was completed by JM Masonry using Cambridge's Sherwood Collection Ledgestone 3-Pc. Design Kit in Sahara/Chestnut, The Crusader Collection Bullnose 4x12 in Sahara/Chesnut, a 4-Column Pergola with Red Canopy Set, and an Olde English Wall Bar Module Kit in Onyx/ Natural with the Venetian Gold Granite countertop. These homeowners also used Cambridge's DesignScape Visualizer to create a realistic, computer-generated image to plan their renovation. Read More »


  • Turn Your Backyard Into Your Personal Outdoor Oasis

    • By Charles Gamarekian
    • Created: August 4, 2015

    Turn Your Backyard Into Your Personal Outdoor Oasis
    Families across America are redesigning their backyards to create their own personal outdoor oasis! Your backyard can be transformed into a place of rest, relaxation, and fun, where you can spend the whole day. Friends and family will love coming over to your place to get away from the hustle and bustle of daily life, and you can save some extra cash by having a "staycation". Read on to see how you can make your backyard an idyllic resort: Read More »


  • Before and After: Relaxing Outdoor Oasis

    • By Charles Gamarekian
    • Created: July 29, 2015

    A pavingstone patio makes a big difference!
    This backyard was transformed into a relaxing outdoor oasis by John Sparrow Landscaping. The beautiful pavingstone patio was created using Cambridge's Sherwood Collection Ledgestone 3-Pc. Design Kit mixed with 18x18 in Sahara/Chestnut, bordered by The RoundTable Collection 6x9 in Chestnut. Cambridge's Stone Veneer in Canyon Ledge Autumn Blend was used on the custom kitchen, fire pit, columns, and home facade. This gorgeous backyard also features a Cambridge 4-Column Pergola Kit. Read More »


  • Hardscape Industry is Redefining the Backyard Bar Scene

    • By Charles Gamarekian
    • Created: July 17, 2015

    Hardscape Industry is Redefining the Backyard Bar Scene
    If your idea of gearing up for a Hawaiian luau, weekend poolside party or full-fledged entertainment haven this summer season means dragging out that wobbly old, bamboo tiki bar from the shed to squeeze out another round of backyard partying, think again. Hardscape products companies like Cambridge, makers of interlocking pavers with ArmorTec® and wall systems, have changed the patio landscape once again by adding another dynamic to backyard get-togethers - the built-in refreshment bar. Read More »


  • Before and After: A pavingstone patio makes a big difference!

    • By Charles Gamarekian
    • Created: July 15, 2015

    A pavingstone patio makes a big difference!
    A pavingstone patio makes a big difference! John Joseph Pools gave these homeowners a backyard that would look beautiful and stand the test of time! This beautiful pool patio features Cambridge's Sherwood Collection Ledgestone XL 3-Pc. Design Kit in Sahara Chestnut. The border was created using Cambridge's RoundTable Collection 6x9 pavers in Chestnut. Read More »


  • 3 Reasons to Add an Outdoor Kitchen to your Backyard!

    • By Charles Gamarekian
    • Created: July 8, 2015

    3 Reasons to Add an Outdoor Kitchen to your Backyard!
    There's no need to go out to get a gourmet meal! Gain a new appreciation for your backyard with a new outdoor kitchen and grill. Here are three benefits of updating your outdoor living space. Read More »


  • Tips for Throwing this Summer's Best Backyard Bash

    • By Charles Gamarekian
    • Created: June 25, 2015

    Tips for Throwing this Summer's Best Backyard Bash
    The Fourth of July is the perfect time to throw the perfect backyard bash! Whether you're a seasoned host or a new to entertaining, there are a few things to keep in mind to help your July 4th party be the one everyone talks about for the rest of summer. Read More »


  • Before and After: This entryway got a Cambridge Pavers makeover!

    • By Charles Gamarekian
    • Created: June 22, 2015

    This entryway got a Cambridge Pavers makeover!
    This entryway got a Cambridge Pavers makeover! Trevisan Pavers replaced the existing entranceway with Cambridge Renaissance Collection 6x9 pavingstones and a Cambridge Sigma 8 wall system with a MaytRx double sided cap, in Toffee/Onyx. Read More »


  • Before and After: Look at the difference hardscaping can make!

    • By Charles Gamarekian
    • Created: June 4, 2015

    Look at the difference hardscaping can make!
    Look at the difference hardscaping can make! This backyard was redone by Concrete Connection using Cambridge Pavingstones with Armortec, The Sherwood Collection, Ledgestone 3-Pc. Design Kit in a mix of the following colors: Onyx Chestnut, Sahara/Chestnut, Chestnut Bronze and Chestnut Mixed. The border is The RoundTable Collection 6x9 in Chestnut. This backyard also features an Olde English Outdoor Fireplace in Sahara/Chestnut. Read More »


  • 4 Ways to Bring Your Backyard to Life This Summer

    • By Charles Gamarekian
    • Created: June 2, 2015

    4 Ways to Bring Your Backyard to Life This Summer
    Transform your backyard vision into a reality this summer. The summer months are filled with outdoor entertainment and gatherings, so there's no better time to create a space you can enjoy with your friends and family. These four tips will help you create the backyard you've been imagining in an easy and affordable way. Read More »


  • Staying Cool Without The Pool

    • By Charles Gamarekian
    • Created: May 15, 2015

    Staying Cool Without The Pool
    Summer is almost here, and with warm days ahead you'll be looking for a getaway to cool off. Beaches and pools are great, but what if your home is a ways away from a refreshing source of water? Luckily, there are still ways to stay under the sun without breaking a sweat! 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 »


  • Concrete Pavers Lend Curb Appeal To Steps, Staircases and Stoops

    • By Charles Gamarekian
    • Created: May 5, 2015

    Concrete Pavers Lend Curb Appeal To Steps, Staircases and Stoops
    Most homeowners and real estate professionals would agree that the walk-up to a home should be inviting, not forbidding. Making sure that address numbers are in place and polished, the front door and gutters have a fresh coat of paint, and placing a few embellishments like a seasonal wreath, an attractive welcome mat, and a potted plant are among the most favored preferences. But what about the staircase and front stoop? Because they are usually the most prominent structure to be encountered as someone walks toward the front entrance, front steps can make a positive first impression or detract from everything else that is done to augment the curb appeal of a home. 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 »


  • Brighten Up Your Backyard for Under $50

    • By Charles Gamarekian
    • Created: March 17, 2015

    Brighten Up Your Backyard for Under $50
    Giving your backyard a fresh, new look for spring doesn't have to cost a fortune. In fact, it can be affordable, easy, and fun! Below are 4 ways that you can brighten up your backyard, all under $50. Color is a fast and easy way to change the whole look of your outdoor room. One of the easiest ways to add color is with throw pillows. Outdoor throw pillows come in a variety of colors, patterns, and sizes so everyone can find something they love! You can also pick up an outdoor rug to complement the throw pillows. Read More »


  • 4 Steps to Creating Your Perfect Patio

    • By Charles Gamarekian
    • Created: March 4, 2015

    4 Steps to Creating Your Perfect Patio
    A patio, or outdoor living space, is a great addition to any home. It's a versatile space that is not only great for you and your family, but will also increase the value of your home. These four tips will help you get started on your dream backyard. The first step when planning your perfect patio is to create an image of what your imagination is picturing. You know what you want your patio to look like, so instead of trying to describe the specifications of your project idea abstractly to a contractor, create a photo representation using a program like Cambridge's DesignScape Visualizer. The DesignScape Visualizer will allow you to upload a photo of your backyard and add products you're interested in. Read More »


  • Home and Garden Shows are the Gateway to a Great Outdoor Lifestyle

    • By Charles Gamarekian
    • Created: January 16, 2015

    Home and Garden Shows are the Gateway to a Great Outdoor Lifestyle
    With the 2014 Holiday hullabaloo behind us, many families turn toward planning a relaxing get-away to a far-off paradise to dream away the winter doldrums while others see opportunities to also find paradise a whole lot closer - in their own backyards. January, February and March are the months when we see spring home, flower, and garden shows popping-up throughout the area. The shows provide a Mecca of local resources for everything from plantings to patios all shown in provocative displays. And homeowners can find early bird discounts and special promotions on most everything on their spring to-do-list. Read More »


  • Thinking About A New Pavement In 2015? There's Still Time To Avoid The Woulda, Shoulda, Coulda Syndrome

    • By Charles Gamarekian
    • Created: December 20, 2014

    Thinking About A New Pavement In 2015? There's Still Time To Avoid The Woulda, Shoulda, Coulda Syndrome
    "Woulda, shoulda, coulda" is a frequently heard expression that captures a feeling of regret or second-guessing. As we go through life, chances are we will make one, two or many more choices that we later regret. And even more troubling, we then waste a lot of time dwelling on these choices, futilely trying to erase and rewrite history. Improvements made in and outside the home can represent sizeable investments and for one, choosing the right materials for a new pavement can impact on the overall return on investment (ROI). Read More »


  • Pavers Set Luxury Standards at Recreational Spots and Residential Communities

    • By Charles Gamarekian
    • Created: November 22, 2014

    Pavers Set Luxury Standards at Recreational Spots and Residential Communities
    I have watched the residential landscape change dramatically over the past three decades as interlocking concrete pavers slowly but surely earned the respect of architects, landscape architects and designers and more importantly among homeowners who appreciate their aesthetic and long-term value. As we walk the sidewalks and crosswalks of Main Street USA and visit neighborhood parks, we cannot help but notice the ever-growing appearances of pavers in downtown renaissance and new municipal project initiatives. Corporate and university campuses have also turned to interlocking pavements for walkways, parking lots and other common areas for much the same reasons. Read More »


  • Turn Your Backyard Into Your Family's Favorite Fall Destination

    • By Charles Gamarekian
    • Created: October 23, 2014

    Turn Your Backyard Into Your Family's Favorite Fall Destination
    October is the month when magazine and newspaper articles abound letting readers know what seasonal pleasures are but a day trip away. Eager to enjoy the feeling of crisper, cooler air, jaunts along scenic mountain roads and harvest celebrations, families set out from the homestead to satisfy passions for the great outdoors and relish the joys of the fall season. But for many, the lure can be fulfilled just a few steps away from their backdoor where, with the help of modern-day hardscape materials, autumnal sanctuaries have been created in their own backyard. Read More »


  • Hardscaping Can Take The Patio Experience To Higher Levels

    • By Charles Gamarekian
    • Created: September 29, 2014

    	
Hardscaping Can Take The Patio Experience To Higher Levels
    Raised patios built with mortar-less interlocking concrete pavers and manufactured wall units are a growing trend in patio design here in the United States. The combination of concrete pavers and segmental concrete retaining walls provide homeowners with the beauty of natural stone at cost-competitive prices with virtually maintenance-free performance and stylish color and texture combinations that are practically limitless. Concrete pavements and wall systems enable a creative amalgamation of straight or curved walls, flat surfaces, and steps that are well-suited for sloped backyards as well as areas inaccessible to ready-mix concrete trucks and equally unsuitable for a wooden deck. The result can be a patio comprising two or more levels depending on the terrain of the property and/or personal preference. Read More »


  • Creative Ways To Incorporate A Waterfall Into Patio And Poolside Hardscapes

    • By Charles Gamarekian
    • Created: September 2, 2014

    	
Creative Ways To Incorporate A Waterfall Into Patio And Poolside Hardscapes
    Whether it is around your new home or a makeover to the place you've called home since the children were young, facing a new or revitalized landscaping design can be an intimidating task. "Where should we put this and that?" "Which materials will provide lasting beauty with minimal maintenance requirements?" "How do we stay in full control of the outcome - even when certain aspects of the design the need to be put off?" These are among the most common questions and concerns of homeowners. It is my opinion that maintaining a strong sense of symmetry from start-to-finish is a good rule to adopt. Read More »


  • How Symmetry Can Synchronize Styling in Putting Together a Comprehensive Outdoor Landscape

    • By Charles Gamarekian
    • Created: August 13, 2014

    How Symmetry Can Synchronize Styling in Putting Together a Comprehensive Outdoor Landscape
    Whether it is around your new home or a makeover to the place you've called home since the children were young, facing a new or revitalized landscaping design can be an intimidating task. "Where should we put this and that?" "Which materials will provide lasting beauty with minimal maintenance requirements?" "How do we stay in full control of the outcome - even when certain aspects of the design the need to be put off?" These are among the most common questions and concerns of homeowners. It is my opinion that maintaining a strong sense of symmetry from start-to-finish is a good rule to adopt. Read More »


  • Seating that Speaks to your Outdoor Lifestyle

    • By Charles Gamarekian
    • Created: March 19, 2014

    	
Seating that Speaks to your Outdoor Lifestyle
    There is something to be said about meandering around at uppity cocktail parties, fund-raisers, and other social events where "working the room", so to speak, adds to the rewards to be gained by hosts and their guests. In the same vein, an outdoor room should provide similar latitude for friends and family to circulate while taking in fresh air, enjoying festivities and fostering camaraderie. That being said, no outdoor room is complete without casual seating for the perfect respite and close conversation. Read More »


  • Romancing the Stone in Landscape Design

    • By Charles Gamarekian
    • Created: February 11, 2014

    	
Romancing the Stone in Landscape Design
    Released in 1984, Romancing the Stone -the Golden Global Award winning action-adventure romantic comedy starring Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner and Danny DeVito - earned over $86-million worldwide in box-office receipts. Decades later, the movie retains much of its critical acclaim with an 86% approval rating by Rotten Tomatoes, a review aggregation website. In the movie, Joan Wilder (Kathleen Turner), a lonely romance novelist from New York and swashbuckling, American exotic bird smuggler Jack T. Colton (Michael Douglas) join in distant Columbia to frantically search for and ultimately find a treasure: an enormous emerald called El Corazon ("The Heart"). 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 »


  • Smoker-style barbecuing unites Northern and Southern outdoor cuisines

    • By Charles Gamarekian
    • Created: July 30, 2013

    Smoker-style barbecuing unites Northern and Southern outdoor cuisines
    Although commonly associated with the post-American Civil War era, the Mason-Dixon line (or Mason's and Dixon's line) was actually the resolution of a border dispute between British colonies in Colonial America that was surveyed by Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon between 1763 and 1767. In popular references, the Mason-Dixon line symbolizes a cultural divide between Northeastern (Yankee) and the Southern (Dixie) regions of the United States. Read More »


  • Follow Your Own Yellow Brick Road part 2

    • By Charles Gamarekian
    • Created: May 31, 2013

    	
Follow Your Own Yellow Brick Road part 2
    Consider a smooth surface paver such as a shape from The Cambridge KingsCourt Collection with ArmorTec®. Border the pattern with a dimpled paver from The RoundTable Collection. If a distinct texture is desired, mix contrasting colors from the Cambridge Ledgestone Series with their pronounced clefts derived from molds created from actual bluestone. Depending on the width that you decide upon, you can inset a circle pattern, which can be easily installed with any of the Cambridge Circle Design Kits. Read More »


  • Follow Your Own Yellow Brick Road part 1

    • By Charles Gamarekian
    • Created: May 30, 2013

    	
Follow Your Own Yellow Brick Road part 1
    The Yellow Brick Road is an element in the novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum, which was published in 1900. Movie versions and references in song lyrics followed over the years. As the story goes, the fictional road served a purpose as a guide for young Dorothy to follow, as it led to this now frequently referenced, fictional City of Oz - the place where the Wizard resides. Dorothy traveled down the yellow brick road to visit the Wizard with the promise that he can help her get home. Read More »


  • How to up-sell your Spring clean-up customers

    • By Charles Gamarekian
    • Created: May 14, 2013

    	
How to up-sell your Spring clean-up customers
    When you schedule your spring clean-ups and before you fire-up those leaf blowers, full service landscape contractors should consider various ways to up-sell those seasonal customers by planting the seeds for a backyard makeover - especially with those homeowners whose trust you have earned over the years. Bear in mind that the key to successfully increasing a sale is preparation. Read More »


  • Light Up Your Life... And Your Outdoor Lifestyle

    • By Charles Gamarekian
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    • Created: April 17, 2013

    Light Up Your Life... And Your Outdoor Lifestyle
    Until recently, planning landscape lighting meant taking a jaunt to a local garden shop or lighting store that also sold outdoor light fixtures. There you could find the latest designs that ranged from garden lights on stems that stick out of a mulch bed to Asian paper lanterns or plastic novelty lights to adorn your patio. Hoorah! The outdoor living room scene has become more sophisticated and the landscape lighting selection has matured along with it. 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 »


  • It's okay if the trip to a backyard paradise takes a little longer

    • By Charles Gamarekian
    • Created: December 5, 2012

    It's okay if the trip to a backyard paradise takes a little longer
    Homeowners are continuing to change plans from vacations to stay-cations as dreams of tropical islands become visions of transforming backyards into elaborate paradises, laden with creative-features that can be enjoyed all year long. However, budgetary realities can often discourage homeowners from fulfilling their dreams for a total outdoor living experience. There is a solution for those who are deliberating over a budget or a start date. 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 »


  • Making a grand entrance

    • By Charles Gamarekian
    • Created: November 27, 2012

    	
Making a grand entrance
    "Curb appeal" is a term long used to describe the amount of visual interest that a property can generate at first glance or when viewed from a distance. Residential real estate professionals, home improvement specialists and landscape designers brought new attention to the expression when they outlined the best preparation strategies to be employed while marketing a home for resale in countless discourses. However, it can also be said that increasing curb appeal will help you look at your home with a fresh eye and appreciate its value from a personal perspective whether the home is up for sale or not. Curb appeal makes more than an attractive statement; it can also bring forth a welcoming presence. 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 »


  • Patterns for success

    • By Charles Gamarekian
    • Created: October 17, 2012

    Patterns for success
    If the expression "Hindsight is always 20/20" is in any way true, then for hardscape contractors suitable planning for the season should include reflection on 2012 and processing that data into a plan of action well before the new season is upon us. As rudimentary as this may seem, an effective action plan may require only a few steps Read More »


  • Bring the year to a close with a positive spin

    • By Charles Gamarekian
    • Created: September 25, 2012

    Bring the year to a close with a positive spin
    Autumn, the time for fall cleanups, is also a good time to up-sell your homeowner-customers and get some unexpected traction until the end of the year, as well as a head start into next season. Here are a few suggestions: As you concern yourself with finishing up 2012 projects, also take time to look at projects that are scheduled for Spring 2013 and select a few projects that can be started but can also afford to sit idle for a while. Read More »


  • The new cambridge pre-packaged waterfall kits delivers on the timeless quest for the peaceful proximity to water

    • By Charles Gamarekian
    • Created: August 23, 2012

    	
The new cambridge pre-packaged waterfall kits delivers on the timeless quest for the peaceful proximity to water
    Since before the dawning of civilization, mankind has found solace in the beauty and tranquilizing sound of running water. In particular, this affinity to water is strongly symbolic in Roman history because it also had a religious significance. This was present in other notable societies as well. Early Greek scholars placed their trust in water and water springs, which were enhanced into shrines to heroes and nymphs as well as their gods and goddesses. Read More »


  • In today's economy- knowledge is power from the all new educational series from Cambridge

    • By Charles Gamarekian
    • Created: August 22, 2012

    	
In today's economy- knowledge is power from the all new educational series from Cambridge
    Savvy hardscape contractors are waging war against one of the most challenging economies in quite a while with one of mankind's strongest weapons - knowledge. They are winning battles against formidable enemies such as low-ball estimates, inexperienced competitors, and rising costs of doing business with "lock and load" strategies that keep them one-step ahead. The trick is to gain as much "know-how" as one can in the most cost-efficient and timesaving way as possible. Read More »


  • Getting the most out of online resources

    • By Charles Gamarekian
    • Created: July 31, 2012

    Getting the most out of online resources
    You don't have to look far to see the impact that the Internet and social media, including broadcasted e-mails, Facebook, MySpace and Twitter have had on our culture. In just a few years, what started as a means to share baby pictures and reconnect with old friends has morphed into a powerful tool for helping companies connect with suppliers, customers and better respond to their needs and overall market demands. Read More »


  • Patio, pooldeck and driveway design 101: natural colors and patterns prevail

    • By Charles Gamarekian
    • Created: July 17, 2012

    Patio, pooldeck and driveway design 101: natural colors and patterns prevail
    Lawrence Halprin, one of the truly distinguished landscape architects of this century, was once quoted as saying, "The great challenge for the garden designer is not to make the garden look natural, but to make the garden so that the people in it will feel natural." Landscape designers who embrace his philosophy search for materials and opt for the arrangement of components that capture the emotional appeal of a natural-looking space. Read More »


  • The principles of interlock- an industry leader helps contractors justify concrete paver systems as the right choice for all types of pavements

    • By Charles Gamarekian
    • Created: July 5, 2012

    The principles of interlock- an industry leader helps contractors justify concrete paver systems as the right choice for all types of pavements
    It is no surprise that over the past decade, the choice of interlocking concrete pavers has increased in the municipal, commercial and industrial pavement segments. Applications range from city streets, sidewalks, parks and other public recreation areas to more heavy-duty uses such as container ports, airport aprons and aircraft taxiways. Read More »


  • The four "Ps" for home show success

    • By Charles Gamarekian
    • Created: July 3, 2012

    	
The four Ps for home show success
    Spring consumer home shows can be an incredibly effective promotion and sales tool for small businesses and hardscape contractors are no exception. But they can also be a complete waste of time and money. And whether home show participation is a booming success or a very costly wipeout for your small business depends a great deal on how four factors are handled Read More »


  • Knowing the pavement facts helps customers make right choices

    • By Charles Gamarekian
    • Created: June 26, 2012

    Knowing the pavement facts helps customers make right choices
    During economically challenging times, consumers are more prone to making compromising decisions largely because of cost factors and/or lack of understanding of their options to the fullest degree. With this cause and effect in mind, landscape contractors can be faced with positive or negative results from sales calls that come from the poor judgment of their homeowner-customers. Read More »


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