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Great Falls, VA Landscape Design Case Study: The Perfect Mix of Stone, Plants, and Lighting

Spending time as a family outdoors can be made all that much more enjoyable with an outdoor living area offering a variety of amenities. But backyard that is outdated and starting to deteriorate can detract from not only the aesthetics but the overall functionality of the space.

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How Long Does it Take to Build a Pool: Timeline from Design to Completion in 6 Steps

Posted On: July 23,2018 By: Todd Thomasson

Once you’ve made the decision that you’re going to get a pool, chances are you want to have it completed as soon as possible. Whether you’ve been waiting a long time for this pool or not, you’re excited, and you don’t want to just be imagining jumping in—you want to actually do it.

Despite your eagerness, you also know that rushing a job as important as your dream pool could lead to mistakes. Details may be overlooked that could impact the entire pool area for years to come. You would never want to see quality sacrificed just because the pool designer is in hurry.

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Gunite vs. Fiberglass Pools: Which is Best for My Home in Ashburn, Aldie, or Leesburg, VA?

Posted On: June 26,2018 By: Todd Thomasson

Among all the decisions that come with adding a pool, the decision of gunite vs. fiberglass is the very first one to decide upon. These two materials are completely different and therefore have their own sets of advantages and disadvantages.

The material from which your pool is constructed is obviously an important decision and you want to invest your money wisely.

You may be worried that you’ll make the wrong choice and be disappointed. That may be why you’re doing some research at the onset in order to make sure that your pool is a wonderful addition to your backyard—and not a constant source of worry.

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Landscape Design Ideas for Your Pool: Plants for Poolside Perfection

Posted On: May 14,2018 By: Todd Thomasson

Nothing quite says “backyard escape” like a pool. Chances are when you picture your dream pool, you likely imagine a backyard oasis. What makes that possible is not only the pool itself but the landscaping around your pool. Landscaping the pool area can completely transform the space into the retreat you’ve always wanted.

While the right landscape design poolside can make a big splash, the wrong choices can have just the opposite effect. Instead of enjoying your pool retreat you might be spending extra time cleaning up the high-maintenance or messy trees and shrubs that you chose. Or maybe you’re feeling exposed to all of the neighbors’ prying eyes since you didn’t choose the best privacy screening plants.

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Beyond Swimming Pool Design: 10 Ideas that Shouldn't Be Extras

You’ve probably been dreaming about a pool for a long time. A pool is a valuable investment that will provide your family and friends with many years of enjoyment. It’s a place to cool off on hot days, a place to dine al fresco and enjoy your meals poolside, and a place to give your kids their best summer ever.

There are many reasons why a pool will add enjoyment and value to your property and your lifestyle but you want to ensure you actually wind up with the pool you’ve been dreaming about. The end result hinges on the contractor that you hire to complete the job. It’s a big decision and you want to make sure you choose wisely so that you aren’t haunted by regrets for years to come.

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Design & Planting Case Study: Landscaping Great Falls, VA

Posted On: July 13,2017 By: Todd Thomasson

At Rock Water Farm we often work with existing projects that require renovations. Whether it’s redoing a patio or rehabilitating a landscaped area, we can make improvements that make a huge difference in the overall look of the landscape.

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

Posted On: May 25,2017 By: Todd Thomasson

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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A Step By Step Guide to Landscape Design for your Ashburn, Aldie or Leesburg, VA Home

Posted On: May 09,2017 By: Todd Thomasson

As you get started with your outdoor living project, there is a tremendous amount of value in having a professional landscape design completed. While many landscape companies build without a design, this can lead to problems such as faulty construction, bad material choices, or spatial problems (perhaps a patio that is too small or one that doesn’t take nearby tree growth into account).

You could also wind up with something completely different than what you envisioned. If you don’t work through a design with your landscape contractor, you won’t have had the opportunity to see things in advance and make decisions on what you like (and don’t like).

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