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May 20, 2013 3 Comments

If you live in Virginia, Maryland, or DC and someone says "flagstone patio", what comes to mind? Something that looks like this, maybe? I'd wager at least 90% of the flagstone patios installed

April 24, 2013 8 Comments

I get asked that question a lot, as you can imagine. After all, Virginians love their brick homes, so I design a lot of patios for brick homes. I always look at two

February 20, 2013 8 Comments

I like to play a game I call underrated/overrated. You can play it with bands, actors, foods, anything you want. Example: underrated/overrated = Hudson Hawk is a brilliant and underrated movie/ Sideways is

February 4, 2013 2 Comments

Townhouse landscape design is tough, because you generally don't have a lot of space to work with. This is especially true in a townhouse front yard, which is why you see the same

January 28, 2013 6 Comments

[caption id="attachment_3907" align="aligncenter" width="317"] I only need to be as accurate as the Weather Channel, right?[/caption] I've always wanted to be a successful prognosticator. It's much easier to be a procrastinator, though. That

August 31, 2012 2 Comments

I'm often called in to make an existing landscape function better. The client doesn't to rip it all out and start from scratch, but they need to fix... something. Usually it's my job

May 29, 2012 0 Comments

If you bought your home from one of those big corporate homebuilders, you probably had some cool options available to you on the inside. On the outside, you likely got the basic landscape

April 16, 2012 0 Comments

I meet with a fair number of homeowners who say "I either want a firepit or a fireplace." This uncertainty is actually a great place to start discussing how they're going to use

March 21, 2012 1 Comment

When I was designing landscapes in Arizona, one option we had available to us was travertine marble tile. These were actual tiles - typically 12"x12" and less than a half inch think -

February 28, 2012 2 Comments

When I was studying interior design I was fascinated by universal design. While I don't trust Wikipedia for everything, their definition nails it: Universal design refers to broad-spectrum ideas meant to produce buildings,