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8 Hardscape Design Ideas for Your Backyard in Northern Virginia

Hardscaped areas are a great way to add value and purpose to your backyard. Whereas softscaping involves using plant material such as turfgrasses, shrubs, and trees, hardscaping involves using stone, wood, and other materials to create solid surfaces and structures. By hardscaping areas of your property you increase functionality and create spaces where you can set up furniture, have an outdoor kitchen, or can even have a fire feature such as an outdoor fireplace.

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The Best Pool Patio Material: Comparing Natural Stone, Pavers and Concrete

The patio surrounding your pool is a key element of the entire pool design, though it’s often given a lot less thought than it should. It’s where you’ll lounge while watching your kids play or while you’re taking a break from your own swim.

It may even be a place where you set up a table and chairs to enjoy poolside summer meals and snacks. The pool patio may just be one part of the project but it winds up being key to whether your pool is fully enjoyed or not.

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Willowsford Case Study: Backyard Patio, Pergola, Fire Pit, & Outdoor Kitchen in Loudoun County, VA

Although it had a large and impressive yard, this Loudoun County, VA property in Willowsford, lacked functionality. Besides a few steps leading to the backyard, there was nothing there but lawn. 

Starting from a blank slate always allows for the possibility of going in many different directions but the starting point is always the homeowners’ wants and needs.

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Willowsford, VA Landscaping Case Study: Family-Friendly Patio

There’s nothing quite like spending time outside—assuming you have the right space for it. After all, homeowners don’t just want a yard, they want a yard they can actually use. Adding hardscaped areas is one of the best ways to get more usable space out of a backyard.

On any project, the main objective is to encourage people to spend more time outside with highly functional spaces that meet all of their needs. It’s not uncommon for homeowners to wonder how they can incorporate a backyard that fulfills everyone’s interests.

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Loudoun County Pool Builders Create the Ultimate Leesburg, VA Backyard

Oftentimes when a yard is sloped or oddly shaped, it can be difficult to utilize. That was the case with this Loudon County backyard, which was sloped sharply in two different directions with more than six-feet in elevation changes.

Though the homeowners felt they’d found their forever home when moving here, they knew that they would need a creative and effective solution to make their yard functional.

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5 Telltale Signs of Great Pool Builders in Ashburn, Aldie, or Leesburg, VA

Whether you’ve been dreaming about your future pool for a long time or it’s a newer item on your wishlist, either way, you want to find the best company to make that dream a reality—better than you can even envision.

The first step is finding a pool company. There are a lot of pool builders in Ashburn, Aldie, or Leesburg, VA. But what makes a pool builder great?

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Great Falls, VA Hardscaping Case Study: A Welcoming Paver Driveway

Posted On: July 11,2019 By: Todd Thomasson

When it comes to entertaining and hosting others, even the front yard requires some thought. Considering the fact that this Great Falls, VA family enjoys entertaining and often has multiple cars parked in their driveway, they needed a bigger hardscaped space. 

The decision to redesign (and ultimately widen) their driveway, also lead them to consider some unique options for hardscaping at their Great Falls, VA home. The result was an impressive aesthetic upgrade.

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What Type of Inground Pool is Best for Northern Virginia? 5 Tips to Get Your Dream Backyard

Posted On: July 01,2019 By: Todd Thomasson

Whether you’ve just started your research on adding an inground pool or you’ve been at it for a little while, you want to feel confident that you’re making the best choices possible. 

But with so much information (and so many options) out there for homeowners in the Ashburn, Aldie, and Leesburg, VA area, it’s not hard to start feeling a little bit overwhelmed by it all. 

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Review of the Best Landscaping Companies in Ashburn, Aldie & Leesburg, VA

Posted On: April 04,2019 By: Todd Thomasson

If you’re in the market to hire a landscape company, you’ve probably realized how much work is involved in the research process alone. Searching for a landscape company can be an exhausting process of reading online reviews, asking for referrals, and perusing websites. But it’s important to put in that due diligence.

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Want an Infinity Edge Pool? Here are 4 Points to Ponder

Posted On: March 27,2019 By: Todd Thomasson

The trends in pool design often tend to follow what’s popular at vacation resorts. Homeowners go on a trip, experience a spectacular pool, and then want to add something similar to their Northern Virginia backyard in order to create a “staycation” destination.

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