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Category: Fireplaces and Fire Pits

5 Fire Feature Ideas For Every Outdoor Living Space

In our modern world, people need ways to unplug from technology and the routines that seem to be intertwined with it. They’ve lost their connection with nature, something that is easily restored with water and fire features. Fire Pits Are Year-Round Features Not everyone has the space or budget for a swimming pool or a reflecting water element, but nearly every backyard can accommodate a fire pit or one of its fire feature cousins. If you have not considered a fire pit, you may not be aware of the options available to suit your budget, space, frequency of use, necessary

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Popular Minnesota Trees That Homeowners Need To Know

Imagine investing in an asset whose value grows steadily over time, only to discover 8-10 years later that its potential was flawed from the beginning. This is what happens when the wrong tree is planted, or when healthy trees are planted on properties not suitable for them. Choosing trees that are right for you and your property requires a little homework. The first step is being realistic about your goals and the performance of the trees you have in mind. We believe nearly every shade, ornamental, and evergreen tree has merit. Some will last for decades or more, becoming majestic

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8 Beautiful and Functional Backyard Fire Features

There’s nothing better than a warm fire on a chilly night, or roasting s’mores over an open flame after a long summer day. With beautiful fire features from a trusted contractor, all of this is possible in the comfort of your backyard. Whether you’d like a pizza oven so you can entertain guests, or a fire table that can easily turn on and off, Architectural Landscape Design can help.  There are a number of reasons why homeowners choose to install fire features in their backyards, including the ones listed below. They’re excellent for entertaining guests. They allow for backyard use

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The Tranquility Garden Experience Trend

The lifestyle changes that people have experienced over the past year have greatly influenced how they want to live. Homeowners are rediscovering ways to commune with Nature to fully appreciate the restorative qualities of tranquility, the multisensory experience of Nature’s sights, sounds, fragrances, and textures. Tranquility Is A Physiological Experience There’s more to tranquility than sights, sounds, smells, and textures. More specifically, it is their nature that matters. For example, the soft rustling of cottonwood tree leaves has a calming effect. However, if the winds are unrelenting the droning sound could become quite unnerving and irritating. Therefore, it’s important to

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Hire Property Inspections Before You Invest in Landscaping

Hiring a home inspection is standard practice nowadays, even for new construction. Most homebuyers do not realize they should be hiring professionals to inspect their outdoor living spaces too. This is especially important for larger and older properties. Most villages and municipalities have checks and balances that assure compliance with codes and regulations. Building permits trigger a series of inspections. However, once the final inspection is made and the house is sold to a new buyer, what happens outdoors goes largely unnoticed. Occasionally, a complaining neighbor may trigger an inspection by the municipality, but those occurrences are few. What tends

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Backyard Landscape Structures And Features For Family Activities

  Your backyard can be your own little slice of paradise if it’s properly designed with activities in mind. Landscaping is important, of course, but architectural structures and elements introduce new levels of interest and activities, whether for play, family entertainment, or relaxation.  While backyard structures can be built from durable materials, such as hybrid metal and vinyl composites, traditional wood carpentry gives them the warmth and natural appearance and feel to the touch that many people admire. When expertly combined, all of these materials create unique designs that suit specific environmental and lifestyle needs.  Whether the style of your

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