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HARDSCAPE HERO: Daniel Bradshaw, Appomattox River Landscapes, LLC


A HARDSCAPE HERO patio isn’t about how many features are installed, or the size of the patio; it’s about how the installation was executed. This month’s winner Daniel Bradshaw, owner of Appomattox River Landscapes, proves that intelligent design can make a huge difference in the homeowner’s day-to-day life.   “The space wasn’t really usable or… Read more »



Cold Smoke: Smoker Recipes for the Winter


Just because it’s getting cold outside doesn’t mean your smoker can’t keep it hot all winter long. These delicious recipes will have you serving up flavorful meals reminiscent of summer barbecues. Smoked Prime Rib Roast Make a statement with this beautiful culinary centerpiece. It has a strong herbal flavor and is perfect for your holiday… Read more »



Warm & Happy: Unique Winter Drinks


Eagle Bay’s installers are pros at creating unique and inviting outdoor living spaces. There’s no better way to enjoy these creations than with an equally unique (and delicious) cocktail in your hand while grilling or hanging out around the fire pit. These festive and flavorful drinks will let you stretch your bartending skills while wowing… Read more »



HARDSCAPE HERO: James Kirtley, Groundwork Landscape


In the hands of a talented installer, Eagle Bay pavers can transform any area into a beautiful outdoor living space. November’s HARDSCAPE HERO winner, James Kirtley, transformed an unusable and hilly backyard into a graded sanctuary complete with a water feature and planter shelf. “We specialize in drainage issues. Hardscaping allows us to solve water… Read more »



5 Tips for Outdoor Kitchen Designs


Outdoor kitchens are a staple in many outdoor living space installations. They offer unbridled convenience, add style and give you more options when hosting get togethers. If you’re in the process of planning your patio, it’s wise to consider adding an outdoor kitchen. Here are some design tips to help get you started. Consider Your… Read more »



Design Review: 2020’s Upcoming Design Trends


The new year is almost here and with it comes the shifting terrain of new design trends and styles. If you’re in the process of planning an outdoor living space or want to add some new flair to your existing patio, these trends will keep you at the forefront of fashionable outdoor design. Mix It… Read more »



Smart Patio: Top Outdoor Tech for the New Year


You’ve heard about smart homes, but how about a smart patio? These nifty gadgets will propel your outdoor living space into the future. Santa Clara Indoor / Outdoor Wireless Bluetooth Stereo Speaker It’s the latest addition to the outdoor speaker world. The Santa Clara Wireless Bluetooth Speaker is the pinnacle of tech evolution. It’s stylish,… Read more »



HARDSCAPE HERO Chris Rowsey; Rowsey Brothers LLC.


Not many HARDSCAPE HERO winners have heard of the Rooster of Riga in Latvia, but Chris Rowsey of Rowsey Brothers, LLC. certainly has. His second winning project of 2019 included a pool, water feature, custom audio/visual installation, and a steel rooster crafted by a local blacksmith known for his work on the Washington Memorial and… Read more »



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5 Must Make Fall Fish Recipes


With cold weather approaching, we’re all seeking the savory deliciousness of comfort foods. Fish may not seem like an obvious choice, but with a convincing list of health benefits, these savory recipes will easily become a staple in your winter repertoire. Cod Chowder with Bacon, Butternut Squash, and Thyme With savory flavors of smoked paprika… Read more »



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It’s All About the Stout! 4 Tasty Stouts for Fall


Stouts are the beer to drink during the fall and winter months. Breweries often release stouts around Christmas, meaning they’re at the peak of freshness at this time of year. Their dark and robust flavorings pair well with savory stews, and as the popularity of stouts has expanded beyond true beer nerds, breweries are getting… Read more »



Toasty Tips: Everything You Need to Know About Eagle Bay Fire Features


Eagle Bay fire features are durable, dynamic pieces, capable of elevating any patio both aesthetically and functionally. We spoke to some of our HARDSCAPE HERO winners and asked what they think homeowners should know when considering adding a fire feature to their project. Understand Your Options Knowing the options you have to select from is… Read more »



HARDSCAPE HERO: Chris Johannsen, Commonwealth Curb Appeal


The team at Commonwealth Curb Appeal has a long history of creating beautiful, creative and HARDSCAPE HERO–winning projects. Their latest project also clinches their fifth HARDSCAPE HERO title, making them the current leader in winning projects. With their latest major installation, they’ve adapted and built on plans provided by the original contractor. “The project wound… Read more »



Fall Flourish—The Best Plants for Year-Round Color


Many people assume that after the leaves fall, we’re stuck with a bland, gray yard until the following spring. However, these luscious fall plants keep their color long into the cold season, helping to brighten up and fill out your outdoor living space. Chrysanthemum Mums are a traditional fall flower, and their wide range of… Read more »



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Winter Wildlife: How to Attract Wildlife during the Winter Months


The winter months can make your backyard feel a little sparse. Luckily, it’s easy to liven up your outdoor living space with these lush plants and by trying out of some of these tips. Provide Food Sources Animals are constantly seeking out new food, especially in the winter months. Therefore, adding specific food sources to… Read more »



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Flavors of Fall—Delicious Bourbon Cocktails


Bourbon is possibly the perfect spirit for fall. Its warming, rich flavors find their way to the center of your chest, radiating heat and enjoyment throughout. Cozy up to one of these tasty cocktails around your fire pit or fireplace to enjoy crisp air and good times. Bourbon-Spiked Hot Chocolate Hot chocolate is a fall… Read more »



HARDSCAPE HERO: Jeff Gray, Outdoor Visions by Jeff Gray


Winning the HARDSCAPE HERO award isn’t always about submitting the biggest, most elaborate job. Three-time HARDSCAPE HERO winner, Jeff Gray of  Outdoor Visions by Jeff Gray—also winner of 2017’s HARDSCAPE HERO of the YEAR—knows that planning, creativity and research can come together to create a winning job. “The homeowners originally wanted to put in a… Read more »