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Pour Winter Cocktails Like The Pros

Seasonal cocktails are an excellent way to round out an evening around your fire pit, or on your patio with friends. We recently sat down with Preston Tran, bartender at the VMFA’s Amuse Restaurant, to talk about his three favorite Winter beverages. Preston’s been tending bar at Amuse for almost two years and has been bartending… Read more »

Get Out! The Best Outdoor Heaters For Your Patio

Outdoor heaters are a great way to get more usage out of your patio during the Winter months. They’re also a great addition to installing a fire pit. Outdoor heaters are generally smaller and will burn cleaner. What To Look For There are a few primary types of outdoor heaters available. When shopping, you can… Read more »

5 Tasty Recipes For Your Fire Pit

Nothing is more comforting than the smell of wood smoke and the slow crackle of a warm fire under a clear blue Winter sky. Make your Eagle Bay Fire Pit pull double duty and get some cooking done as well. These filling fire pit recipes are the perfect way to fill your stomach on a… Read more »

HARDSCAPE HERO: Josh Goff and Chris Johannsen, Commonwealth Curb Appeal

Congratulations to November’s Hardscape Heroes, Josh Goff and Chris Johannsen of Commonwealth Curb Appeal. The team are repeat winners, having won the competition in August. We spoke with Chris again about their latest winning project, a beautiful patio and fireplace installation. The last time we spoke, Chris told us how much the entire Commonwealth Curb… Read more »

HARDSCAPE HERO of the Year: Donald Sherbeyn, Sherbeyn’s Lawn & Landscape

Congratulations to Donald Sherbeyn of Sherbeyn’s Lawn and Landscape who was selected as the first Eagle Bay Hardscape Hero of the Year. The annual Hardscape Hero of the Year award is designed to showcase the work of a contractor who has exhibited truly exceptional work. Sherbeyn was chosen from 2016’s monthly Hardscape Hero winners and… Read more »

HARDSCAPE HERO of The Year Awards Dinner Recap

This year marked our first annual Hardscape Hero of the Year awards dinner. We invited Hardscape Hero winners from the last three years to join us in Richmond at the Boathouse at Rockett’s Landing for a night of dinner, drinks and recognition of hard work. A select panel of architects and other hardscape and landscape… Read more »

HARDSCAPE HERO: Dave Moore, Permanent Paving and Sealing

Congratulations to October’s Hardscape Hero and former winner, Dave Moore of Permanent Paving and Sealing. Dave brings decades of paving experience to his work and 12 years of paver specific experience. Along with his work as a contractor, Dave is also an artist, specializing in sculpture and woodcarving. On the job site, Dave often marries… Read more »

HARDSCAPE HERO: Shane Vent, Vent’s Landscaping

Congratulations to September’s Hardscape Hero, Shane Vent of Vent’s Landscaping. We recently spoke to Shane, who has 22 years of experience in hardscaping. Shane specializes in hardscapes but says that Vent’s Landscaping also has tons of expertise in excavation and green scaping. When possible, Shane prefers to design packages for his clients that can include… Read more »

S’mores Galore; 5 Creative Recipes for a Tasty Fall Treat

Fall is here, which means you’re probably starting to spend more time around your cozy fireplace. Nothing compliments a night around the fire like making s’mores. Here are some recipes that will take your fireplace treat making to the next level. Slow Cooked Perfection Called ‘the ultimate s’more’ this slow cooked beauty is a no-mess… Read more »

HARDSCAPE HERO: Josh Goff & Chris Johannsen, Commonwealth Curb Appeal

Congratulations to August’s Hardscape Heroes, Josh Goff and Chris Johannsen of Commonwealth Curb Appeal­. We spoke with Chris, who told us Commonwealth Curb Appeal has 12 years of experience in hardscaping about patio design, grilling and what it’s like to do a custom patio for Richmond’s Homearama. Their winning project posed a unique challenge both in… Read more »

HARDSCAPE HERO: Rock Creek Innovations

Congratulations to July’s Hardscape Hero Ellis Wiltshire, owner of Rock Creek Innovations. Ellis has been in the industry for 11 years, and specializes in creating natural looking hardscapes and outdoor spaces. The winning project began with the challenge of tackling a large and complex space. The homeowner’s backyard, driveway, recreational area and deck were all… Read more »


Cory’s company is known for crafting an array of unique solutions for their clients, from hardscaping a creek, to building patios with ramps and crafting narrow walkways.

Common Problems That Patios Solve

Most homeowners think that patios are installed for leisure, and on a flat backyard. But after asking our Hardscape Heroes why their clients approached them, we found that many projects were about solving detrimental problems in the client’s yards.

Twice the Hero: Brian Gillespie

Meet March’s Hardscape Hero winner, Brian Gillespie of Ultimate Hardscapes! If his name rings a bell, it’s because Brian was our October 2014 winner.

HARDSCAPE HERO: Osterhus Outdoors

Congratulations to our newest Hardscape Hero, Ken Osterhus of Osterhus Outdoors!

Osterhus Outdoors is located in Salisbury, North Carolina, and is known for their desire to “take unhewn landscape and form it into a more inhabitable work of art.” The company completes all kinds of projects from retaining walls and spillover spas to fire pits and outdoor kitchens, but their specialty lies in installing fiberglass pools.

HARDSCAPE HERO: Advantage Landscaping

Congratulations to this month’s Hardscape Hero, Danny Humphreys of Advantage Landscaping, from Haymarket, Virginia. Danny founded Advantage Landscaping in 2002 with the motto, “our job is to make the customer’s job easier.” Whether it’s a simple backyard patio or a huge commercial project, Danny and his team provide a seamless installation process with their attention… Read more »