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  • No Passport Needed, Resort Style Amenities

    • Created: September 20, 2016

    No Passport Needed, Resort Style Amenities
    Are you looking to take a break from your stressful life and get away on a dream vacation? People often visit resorts to enjoy all the amenities that they provide and relax in a stress-free environment. However, there's no need to take a plane to a five-star hotel! With Cambridge Pavingstones with ArmorTec, all you need to do is walk outside to your own backyard... Read More »


  • 5 Ultimate Fall Landscaping Tips

    • Created: September 15, 2016

    5 Ultimate Fall Landscaping Tips
    Fall is beginning and it's time for the leaves to start falling and the weather to get a bit cooler. Now is the perfect time to spruce up your yard and begin landscaping for the upcoming autumn months... Read More »


  • 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 »


  • Welcome Back to School, Mom

    • Created: August 30, 2016

    Welcome Back to School, Mom
    Summer is officially over and school is just around the corner. Time to go shopping for supplies, clothes, and other essentials. However, just because summer is ending doesn't mean the fun has to end with it... Read More »


  • Tips For Outdoor Cooking With Kids

    • Created: August 18, 2016

    Tips For Outdoor Cooking With Kids
    Cooking is the perfect activity for kids. It allows them to be messy and creative, all while creating something delicious. Children can learn a critical life skill that can help them in years to come... Read More »


  • How To Have An Eco-Friendly Backyard

    • Created: August 15, 2016

    How To Have An Eco-Friendly Backyard
    With the eco-friendly mindset on the rise, there is no better place to go green than in your backyard. With the right materials and ideas, you can be on your way to helping the environment while making your backyard beautiful all at the same time... Read More »


  • How To Create A Bug-Free Backyard

    • Created: July 26, 2016

    How To Create A Bug-Free Backyard
    Summertime calls for being outside. Relaxing in your backyard is the perfect escape from your busy life. Whether you're lounging by the pool or having a backyard BBQ under the stars, spending time outside is the best way to enjoy the summer months. Summer brings many things: warmth, sun, fun, relaxation... and bugs. Mosquitoes and flies bring buzzing and biting that can disrupt your peace and quiet... Read More »


  • How To Create The Ultimate Backyard Campout

    • Created: July 19, 2016

    How To Create The Ultimate Backyard Campout
    Summer is the perfect time to enjoy the outdoors. What better way to take advantage of the warm weather than to go camping? Camping can be a hassle especially with young kids. However, you don't have to leave your home to enjoy the thrill of sleeping under a tent... 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 »


  • The Perfect Summer Sangria Recipe

    • Created: July 8, 2016

    The Perfect Summer Sangria Recipe
    Summer is the perfect time to have a cold drink with friends. With a Cambridge Bar Module Kit, you can entertain guests while creating a wide variety of mixed drinks. A Cambridge Bar Module Kit comes pre-cut and pre-packaged so installation is easy and there is no cutting necessary! Add a Stainless Steel Bar Center Package to complete your home bar... Read More »


  • Ultimate Tips To Celebrating The USA On Your Patio

    • Created: June 27, 2016

    Ultimate Tips To Celebrating The USA On Your Patio
    4th of July is just around the corner and it's time to celebrate America. July 4th is a great time to gather friends and family and spend time together outside. Are you looking to throw the perfect 4th of July summer bash?... Read More »


  • Pavilions and Stylish and Permanent Shelter Options to Residential Outdoor Spaces

    • By Charles Gamarekian
    • Created: June 20, 2016

    Pavilions and Stylish and Permanent Shelter Options to Residential Outdoor Spaces
    The pavilion - a permanent roofed structure most often associated with public places such as municipal parks and other recreational areas to provide shade and provisional protection from inclement weather conditions - has merited a useful role in backyard environments... Read More »


  • No Pool? No Problem: 3 Ways To Stay Cool Without The Pool

    • Created: June 15, 2016

    How To Throw A Big Summer Bash
    With the warmer weather creeping up on us, we are all excited about getting outside and enjoying the weather. For some of us this means barbequing poolside, for others that means going to the beach. But this season, Cambridge wants to encourage you to spend more time enjoying your backyard with the family... Read More »


  • How To Throw A Big Summer Bash

    • Created: June 10, 2016

    How To Throw A Big Summer Bash
    The kiddos are home and it's time to kick of summer time. Summer means endless time spent outdoors with your loved ones. So why not throw a big summer bash to kick it all off?... Read More »


  • 3 Easy Finger Foods For Your Outdoor Feasts

    • Created: June 9, 2016

    3 Easy Finger Foods For Your Outdoor Feasts
    It's almost summer time and everyone is looking to spend as much time outdoors as possible. There's no better way to utilize the outdoors than by cooking over a hot fire pit or by making a fresh brick oven pizza right on your patio... Read More »


  • Poolscaping Makes a Bigger Splash by Adding Adjacent Amenities

    • By Charles Gamarekian
    • Created: June 8, 2016

    Poolscaping Makes a Bigger Splash by Adding Adjacent Amenities
    Often it's what surrounds a backyard pool that makes the difference between having a pool in your backyard and having a pool in the backyard that represents only part of a totally fulfilling outdoor experience... Read More »


  • 3 Tips To Achieve Excellent Curb Appeal

    • Created: May 20, 2016

    3 Tips To Achieve Excellent Curb Appeal
    As you're driving down a residential street, suddenly a home pops out to you. From the landscaping to the pavers, this house looks immaculate. That's curb appeal. The attractiveness of your house from the street will help to increase your home's value and will make your neighbors envious of your beautiful home... Read More »


  • How To Entertain With Ease This Spring Season

    • Created: May 18, 2016

    How To Entertain With Ease This Spring Season
    From birthdays, graduations and anniversaries, to simply celebrating the warm temperatures, this season is all about celebrations. Going to all these parties are fun, hosting, however is a different story... Read More »


  • The Ultimate Guide To Decorating Your Outdoor Oasis

    • Created: April 19, 2016

    The Ultimate Guide To Decorating Your Outdoor Oasis
    It's finally the season for warmer weather! That means you can spend more time outdoors prepping and decorating your outdoor living space. However, it can be difficult to create a color scheme outside to go along with the added element of nature. Here are some ideas to create the perfect outdoor living space for you and your family, which will only compliment the great outdoors... Read More »


  • What's New In Outdoor Living 2016

    • Created: April 15, 2016

    What's New In Outdoor Living 2016
    With the warmer weather quickly approaching, it's time to start planning what you can do in your backyard this season. We suggest doing something new! Cambridge's new fire and water feature and pergolas are perfect for bringing your backyard to the next level. They are extremely versatile and will help you to effortlessly entertain this year... Read More »


  • Ways To Take Entertaining Out The Back Door

    • By Charles Gamarekian
    • Created: April 5, 2016

    Ways To Take Entertaining Out The Back Door
    From cozy get-togethers to mega parties, well-appointed outdoor living rooms put the most favored amenities within reach of hosts and their guests. Don't let the perception of designing and building a stylish, fully featured outdoor living room in a single undertaking put your plans on the back burner.. Read More »


  • Spring Ahead For The Perfect 4-Season Patio

    • By Charles Gamarekian
    • Created: March 26, 2016

    Spring Ahead For The Perfect 4-Season Patio
    To me, what makes The Four Seasons - the famed group of four violin concertos by Italian composer Antonio Vivaldi - special is that each piece gives a musical expression to a season of the year thus evoking an emotional reaction. Making the right seasonal transitions on a backyard makeover can be just as meaningful. When homeowners put down the right notes in planning a patio, the emotional needs of the entire household are satisfied - season after season - often by bringing the comforts of the indoors out... Read More »


  • Spring Has Sprung, Beautiful Outdoor Decorations

    • Created: March 18, 2016

    Spring Has Sprung, Beautiful Outdoor Decorations
    Welcome spring with these beautiful outdoor decorations that will impress your neighbors! DIY Umbrella Wreath: This wreath is so quick and easy to make and is the perfect wreath to make your house more inviting in time for spring. You can really get creative with the colors!... Read More »


  • Ultimate Tips To Prep Your Backyard For Spring

    • By Charles Gamarekian
    • Created: March 7, 2016

    Ultimate Tips To Prep Your Backyard For Spring
    Here at Cambridge, we can't wait to get outside and start enjoying our backyards. We love to make the dull, dry winter go away and plant some beautiful flowers. It's finally time to start prepping your backyard for the warm weather and we can't wait to get out there with our family and friends... Read More »


  • Big Benefits From a Small Patio

    • By Charles Gamarekian
    • Created: March 4, 2016

    Big Benefits From a Small Patio
    When readers browse through popular home decor and lifestyle magazines in search of ideas for a backyard patio, they are usually teased with grandiose designs and sprawling outdoor spaces, which can be far from feasible due to their individual space requirements. With the exception of occasional articles that appear in do-it-yourself publications that can entail more construction skills and building time then bargained for, rarely will one find professional design concepts for a small patio without minimizing or even omitting some of the key elements that can turn a wish list into reality... Read More »


  • What Cambridge Outdoor Living Solution fits you best?

    • By Charles Gamarekian
    • Created: February 10, 2016

    What Cambridge Outdoor Living Solution fits you best?
    Here at Cambridge, we can't wait for the warmer temperatures so that we can start installing these beautiful kits into your homes. It's never too early to start planning what you can add to your backyard to enhance the home's value and functionality. We've gathered some kits that we think will be the perfect addition to your backyard. The best part of these kits is that they can be installed in a weekend... Read More »


  • Valentine's Day Recipes That You Will Fall In Love With

    • By Charles Gamarekian
    • Created: February 5, 2016

    Valentine's Day Recipes That You Will Fall In Love With
    Valentine's Day is around the corner and we've gathered up some delicious recipes that will be sure to get your family in the loving spirit! Whether you're spending time with family or entertaining guests, these cute recipes will put a smile on everyone's face... Read More »


  • Family Friendly New Year's Projects

    • By Charles Gamarekian
    • Created: January 12, 2016

    Family Friendly New Year's Projects
    It's the season of resolutions. Cambridge's resolution is to spend more time with their family outdoors around their fire pit. Here are some fun ideas that get the whole family involved in the resolution season... Read More »


  • What's On Your 2016 Backyard Wish List?

    • By Charles Gamarekian
    • Created: January 8, 2016

    What's On Your 2016 Backyard Wish List?
    2015 is behind us and it's time to start looking forward to those warm temperatures. This means you can plan exciting ways to revamp your backyard in time for spring! Here are some of the hottest outdoor living trends for 2016... Read More »


  • Before & After: Permeable Pavingstone Driveway

    • By Charles Gamarekian
    • Created: December 17, 2015

    Before & After: Permeable Pavingstone Driveway
    This Madison, NJ driveway got a beautiful new Cambridge driveway installed by Exclusive Stoneworks. This amazing driveway features Cambridge's Pavingstones Permeable Pavement System for efficient stormwater management. The Crusader Collection Ledgestone Permeable 3pc Design Kit was used in the color Toffee/Onyx Lite.... Read More »


  • Before and After: Beautiful Raised Patio & Driveway

    • By Charles Gamarekian
    • Created: December 14, 2015

    Before and After: Beautiful Raised Patio & Driveway
    This Holbrook, NY home got a gorgeous new Cambridge entryway installed by Fine Design Landscaping & Masonry. This beautiful raised patio features Cambridge's RoundTable Collection 6x9 in the color Salmon/Onyx with Onyx/Natural border. The driveway was installed using Cambridge's RoundTable Collection 6x9 in the color Onyx/Natural... Read More »


  • Tips Guaranteed To Save You From Your Winter Worries

    • By Charles Gamarekian
    • Created: December 11, 2015

    Tips Guaranteed To Save You From Your Winter Worries
    As you prepare your yard for the winter season, there are some things that you have to give up, like all the beautiful flowers, warm temperatures, and flip-flops. But one thing you don't have to give up is outdoor living... Read More »


  • Enjoy The Holidays In Style - 4 DIY Holiday Projects

    • By Charles Gamarekian
    • Created: December 10, 2015

    Enjoy The Holidays In Style - 4 DIY Holiday Projects
    The holiday season is here and you and your family are gearing up for the busy time ahead. Many people believe the holiday season to be stressful because of all of the party and entertaining preparations. Put those worries aside! .... Read More »


  • Before and After: There's No Place Like Home, There's No Place Like Home

    • By Charles Gamarekian
    • Created: November 18, 2015

    Before and After: There's No Place Like Home, There's No Place Like Home
    This Oakdale, NY entryway looks better than the Land of Oz with Cambridge's beautiful ruby color! A total of four new Cambridge walkways were installed by Fine Design Landscaping & Masonry, they also installed a small landing step off of their rear yard deck. This amazing transformation features Cambridge's Renaissance Collection 6x9 in Ruby/Onyx. The border was created using Cambridge's Renaissance Collection 4x8 Holland in Onyx/Natural.... Read More »


  • 3 Unexpected Ways To Give Your Neighbors Backyard Envy

    • By Charles Gamarekian
    • Created: November 18, 2015

    3 Unexpected Ways To Give Your Neighbors Backyard Envy
    So, you've hit a roadblock and don't know what else to do to your backyard to give it the feel of an outdoor oasis. There are so many amenities that you can add to your backyard to get added value and dimension, but which one should you pick? These options will be sure to leave your neighbors wishing they had your backyard... Read More »


  • Mums The Word! 2 Ways To Complement Mother Nature's Fall Foliage

    • By Charles Gamarekian
    • Created: November 17, 2015

    Mums The Word! 2 Ways To Complement Mother Nature's Fall Foliage
    It's decorating time! Below are two ideas for complementing Mother Nature's fall foliage. 1. Pumpkins everywhere. Pumpkins are a total staple for outdoor decor. Here's a tip on how to extend the life of your pumpkins... Read More »


  • Before and After: Cambridge Paver Overlay

    • By Charles Gamarekian
    • Created: November 13, 2015

    Before and After: Cambridge Paver Overlay
    Landscape Services Inc transformed this Elysburg, Pennsylvania entryway using Cambridge's Sherwood Collection 3 Pc Design Kit in Sahara Chestnut. It also features Cambridge's Crusader Collection 6x12 Bullnose in Sahara Chestnut. Cambridge Pavingstones can be used as an overlay over existing concrete entryway and walkways as well as asphalt driveways. Costs incurred for removal and disposal of existing asphalt or concrete are therefore eliminated... Read More »


  • Before and After: PatiO-MG!

    • By Charles Gamarekian
    • Created: October 26, 2015

    Before and After: PatiO-MG!
    This is the perfect place for a staycation! It was hard to recognize this backyard after Mike Patina Landscaping finished this complete makeover. This beautiful pool patio features Cambridge's RoundTable Collection 6x9 in Salmon/Onyx bordered with The Crusader Collection 4x8 Holland in Onyx... Read More »


  • Before and After: Entryway Makeover

    • By Charles Gamarekian
    • Created: October 23, 2015

    Before and After: Entryway Makeover
    These homeowners were stunned by the outcome of this amazing Cambridge entryway. It's hard to realize these two photos are the same home after Passwaters Landscaping gave this entryway a complete makeover. This stunning entryway features Cambridge's Sherwood Collection Ledgestone XL 3 Pc. Design Kit in Redrock Blend bordered with The RoundTable Collection 4x8 Holland in Onyx/Natural... Read More »


  • Don't Close Up Shop Just Yet, Continue To Enjoy Your Outdoor Living Space!

    • By Charles Gamarekian
    • Created: October 11, 2015

    Don't Close Up Shop Just Yet, Continue To Enjoy Your Outdoor Living Space!
    If you're an outdoor lover, you probably hate the fact that you're going to have to clean up your furniture outside and prepare for the cold season ahead. But don't close up shop just yet! You can continue to enjoy your outdoor living space by simply adding a Cambridge Fire Pit. It's such a great way to spend more time with your family into the colder months and get the kids involved in an outdoor adventure right in your backyard. ... Read More »


  • Extend Your Outdoor Parties Into The Fall

    • By Charles Gamarekian
    • Created: October 6, 2015

    Extend Your Outdoor Parties Into The Fall
    Most people don't plan on hosting outdoor parties in the fall and winter for the unavoidable reason of the cold weather. Adding a fire pit or fireplace to your backyard can really give you the opportunity to spend more time with your family and friends outdoors in the colder months... Read More »


  • 7 Ways to Make The Most Out of Your Small Backyard

    • By Charles Gamarekian
    • Created: September 22, 2015

    7 Ways to Make The Most Out of Your Small Backyard
    So you want an amazing outdoor living room, but don't have a ton of space in your backyard? That's okay! You can get big benefits from a not-so-big area. Here are a few ideas to get you started... Read More »


  • Before and After: Magnificent Driveway Makeover

    • By Charles Gamarekian
    • Created: September 18, 2015

    Before and After:  Magnificent Driveway Makeover
    Legacy Landscapes created this beautiful driveway using Cambridge's Sherwood Collection Ledgestone 3-Pc. Design Kit in NEW COLOR, Montauk Blue. It also features an Onyx 6x9 Round Table Collection border. Read More »


  • Freshen Up Your Landscaping This Fall

    • By Charles Gamarekian
    • Created: September 16, 2015

    Freshen Up Your Landscaping This Fall
    Fall is a great time of year to update your backyard landscaping! The changing of seasons creates beautiful collages of colors and you can bring that beauty into your backyard! Read More »


  • 4 Backyard DIYs You Need to Try

    • By Charles Gamarekian
    • Created: September 11, 2015

    4 Backyard DIYs You Need to Try
    Light Bulb Vases: Don't throw away old burnt out light bulbs. Instead, turn them upside down and use them as chic bud vases. Try hanging them from branches in your backyard or off of your pavilion or pergola to create a romantic backyard setting. Read More »


  • Before and After: Entryway Transformation

    • By Charles Gamarekian
    • Created: September 10, 2015

    Before and After:  Entryway Transformation
    This Southington, CT home got a gorgeous new Cambridge entryway, installed by Landscapes Unlimited. They used Cambridge's Sherwood Collection Ledgestone 3-Pc. Design Kit in Onyx Natural and bordered it with The Round Table Collection 6x9 in Onyx and Ledgestone Cast Stone in Onyx Natural. Read More »


  • 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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