Friday, October 31, 2014

Do You Need A Backyard Fire Pit?

Depending on how the weather turns, you may find that you enjoy sitting in the backyard at specific times of the year. It is not uncommon to consider different ways to improve your back patio or deck - maybe you've considered a gazebo or garden, or even a firepit to keep yourself warm on cooler evenings. Do you need a firepit to enhance your backyard entertaining, however? It can be a solid investment or a folly, but if you consider the pros and cons you will find you've made the right decision for home improvement.
Here are a few points to consider if you have thought about installing a fire shoppe in your backyard:
1) How often do you sit out in the backyard? Do you think the addition of a firepit will inspire you to spend more time outside? The good thing about firepits is that you can use them year round - for cozy conversations during the fall and winter and marshmallow toasting and hot dog roasting in the summer. If spending time outside is a favorite activity, you may want to improve the experience with a comfortable firepit setting.
2) What is your budget? Firepits come in a variety of styles and sizes. Some are merely portable iron bowls you can find in a home improvement shop, while others are brick structures that require professional construction and installation. Some will burn wood, others work with gas. The type of firepit you want may not correspond with the money you are able to invest, so make sure you go over your finances before you make a firm decision.
3) Are there any obstacles to installing a fire shoppe? Having a place where you will have an open flame may affect your home insurance. Also, if you live in a condo or other planned community there may be restrictions to what you can have installed in your yard area. Check with your insurance company and HOA or board to see if any regulations prevent you from setting up something.
If nothing stands in the way of your plan to enhance your backyard relaxation, you next want to research what kind of pit you want. Do you have an existing deck or patio? You may be able to build onto it and install a gas line for it. If not, you may wish to landscape the backyard altogether with the firepit as the focus. A local contractor or backyard leisure store can offer you many ideas.
Enjoy your nights before the fire, no matter the time of year. A backyard fire shoppe will keep you warm.

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Installing Pavestone Pavers - Pavestone Company has manufactured segmental concrete products for the commercial, residential, contractor, industrial, and retail consumer markets since 1980. Dedicated to the production of concrete pave stone and retaining wall units, our business principle is to be driven not only by technology in manufacturing, but also in the development of segmental paving and retaining wall systems. Now with 20 regional manufacturing locations, distributing to over 40 states, Pavestone Company continues to set the standards for service to the buyer, specifier, and contractor. With over 250 million dollars in state-of-the-art manufacturing equipment, Pavestone Company provides the quality that sets the standard for its competitors and industry. The depth of selection in shape, color, and texture continue to place Pavestone as the leader of the industry!`

Friday, October 24, 2014

Sod: Measuring Your Lawn And Putting A Plan Together

Instructional video from Park Avenue Turf on putting together a game plan for best installation of your new lawn sod.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Stain & Stencil Concrete Floors -- SmartColor Concrete Stain and Modello Stencils

Learn more about NewLook's SmartColor at

NewLook showcased SmartColor at its booth at the World of Concrete 2013. SmartColor is a water based decorative concrete stain; it is the reliable and user-friendly alternative to reactive based or acid based concrete stains. Watch this video and learn how to apply SmartColor over a Modello decorative masking pattern (stencil) to enhance your concrete surface.

SmartColor is a water-based, nano-acrlyic concrete stain used to revitalize and decorate exterior concrete surfaces. The formula's advanced nano-technology yield efficient penetration and tenacious adhesion with properly prepared concrete surfaces. Learn how to easily prepare concrete and match the mottled effects of an acid stain using SmartColor--the intelligent choice for staining concrete!

Contact your local Authorized NewLook Distributor today to purchase your supply of SmartColor concrete stain. Go to­installer.html to find your distributor or contact NewLook directly for more information (801) 886-9495.

Friday, October 17, 2014

How to Install a Stone Walkway-DIY Network

Watch this DIY Network video for step-by-step instructions on how to install a stone walkway. This video is part of Ultimate How-tos show hosted by Dean Marsico, Derek Stearns .

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

We Have Concrete For Your DIY Projects!

Dixon Landscape now offers a Do It Yourself (DIY) solution for your concrete needs. We have a fleet of small "portable cement mixers" that tow behind a vehicle and hold 1-yard of concrete, which continues to mix during transit so that it is an effective pour when it arrives at the destination. 

It is a very inexpensive way to do a smaller job compared to buying concrete in a bigger truck. It is also more convenient and useful than mixing it yourself onsite - and a good deal less work as well.

We load all the ingredients onsite (concrete gravel, cement and water) into the "mixer trailer" while it is spinning here at Dixon Landscape...the mixer trailer is then ready to haul away to the job destination.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Best Paver Patio Foundation-DIY

Build the best paver foundation by digging deep for a stable base. This video is part of 10 Things You Must Know show hosted by Amy Matthews . SHOW DESCRIPTION :A home improvement project would be a lot less daunting if you could just remember the 10 Things You Must Know! In this DIY Network series, host and licensed contractor Amy Matthews gathers the best experts in her field to count down the 10 insider tips every homeowner MUST know before taking on a basic home improvement task. Whether you're painting a kitchen, wallpapering a bathroom or building a deck, the job will be a whole lot easier if you watch DIY's 10 Things You Must Know first!

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Learn How to Build A Backyard Stone Firepit-DIY

Watch DIY Network's Rock Solid and learn how to construct this backyard stone fire pit with a crushed stone seating area. This video is part of Rock Solid show hosted by Dean Marcisco, Dean Marsico, Derek Stearns . SHOW DESCRIPTION :They're expert masons and real-life comedic cousins, and they're only on DIY Network's Rock Solid! With irreverent humor, practical jokes, and luckily for us, lots of masonry expertise, Derek Stearns and Dean Marsico show you how to build sturdy stone top tables, sensational outdoor showers, fabulous fire pits, and rare rock gardens. This is not your average do-it-yourself show, but Derek and Dean ensure every project is Rock Solid.