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Splish Splash: 2019s Best New Pool Gadgets

Cannonball! No pool day is complete without some fun gadgets and gizmos to kick up the fun. We gathered up the best of 2019. From ways to keep your bottled drinks cold, to the best floating speakers. Blue Wave Aqua Golf Backyard Game A day at the pool is no reason to miss time on… Read more »

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Meat Master: The No BS Guide to Grilling Steak

It’s the age-old debate: What’s the best way to cook and season a steak? We consulted experts from butchers to chefs to food scientists and got some answers on how to become a true meat master. Choosing the Steak The butcher’s case can be overwhelming. Choosing the right cut and tenderness will help determine the… Read more »

HARDSCAPE HERO: Eric Ellington, Glen Allen Grounds Management LLC

While every HARDSCAPE HERO project is unique, some take on such incredible lives of their own that their stories just have to be told. Eric Ellington’s second winning project with Glen Allen Ground Management LLC is one of those. “We were introduced to this homeowner as a referral from Eagle Bay,” says Ellington. “We knew… Read more »


Patio Sipper: Sumptuous Summer Sangrias

First introduced to the United States at the 1964 World’s Fair, sangria is a refreshing punch made from any variety of fruit, wine, and liqueurs. One of the best things about sangria is the nearly limitless number of combination possibilities. Mix up a batch before your next summer happy hour using one of these tasty… Read more »

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Patriotic Patties: Creative Burgers for Your July 4th Cookout

July 4th is right around the corner. Celebrate your independence from “the ordinary” with these patriotic burger recipes. Pair them with a delicious summer sangria or home-brewed beer for a star-spangled smorgasbord. Red White and Blue Burgers It’s a July Fourth staple. This burger from Tablespoon keeps it cheesy with mozzarella and bleu cheeses, complemented… Read more »

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Brain Freeze: Make Your Own Slushies at Home

It’s HOT! Spending time outside is a great way to beat the heat on summer days, but adding a sweet, refreshing homemade slushy to the mix is a great way to take your cool factor to the max. Use this simple recipe to create the base for your homemade slushy. Of course, you could use… Read more »

HARDSCAPE HERO: Christopher Rowsey, Rowsey Brothers, LLC

At Eagle Bay Hardscapes, we pride ourselves on being easy to do business with. April’s HARDSCAPE HERO winner, Christopher Rowsey of Rowsey Brothers, LLC, has the same mission. Rowsey’s winning project took a backyard overrun by pine trees and dense thicket and turned it into a beautiful outdoor living space. “We specialize in turn-key installations,”… Read more »

GroundWork: The Eagle Bay Hardscapes Project Planning Guide

Starting your patio project can seem like a daunting task. We’ve developed several resources and tools to help make getting the outdoor living space of your dreams as easy as possible. Our GroundWork video series is designed to teach you the ins and outs of paver patios. The Eagle Bay Design Studio makes it easy… Read more »

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Big Bird: Tasty Whole Bird Grill Recipes

Spending your evenings grilling delicious food is a rite of spring, but it’s easy to get tired of the same old chicken breast, steak or burgers. From spatchcocked whole chicken to brined poussin, shake up your summer with a whole bird at the center of your table. Garlic and Herb Spatchcock Grilled Chicken Garlic and… Read more »

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Gleeful Gardening: Everything You Need to Know About Raised Bed Gardens

Raised bed gardens offer several benefits, including nutrient-dense soil, modularity and the ability to blend them with your existing outdoor living space. They dry out faster than ground soil, allowing you to plant sooner in the season, and are an excellent way to add a garden of nearly any size to your backyard. If you’re… Read more »

HARDSCAPE HERO: Matt Scott, Ultimate Hardscapes

The ability to adapt to challenges is one of the traits that make HARDSCAPE HEROES the best in their field. When Matt Scott of Ultimate Hardscapes took on his winning project, it was his decade-plus of experience that gave him the skills and foresight he needed to create a stunning project. “I love a challenge,… Read more »

Veg Out: Five Surprisingly Delicious Vegetarian Grill Recipes

It’s cookout season! With spring in full bloom, it’s time to spend time outside with friends and neighbors around the fire pit. Below are some unique recipes to help you veg out. Grilled Eggplant, Halloumi and Pesto Burgers  Photo: VeggieBelly One great thing about vegetarian recipes is cooking with things you can’t pronounce. Halloumi is… Read more »

Tech in Bloom: Awesome New Spring Tech

Know what’s better than having an amazing outdoor living space? Having one equipped with gadgets galore. We gathered up some of the hottest new outdoor tech to turn your patio into the ultimate entertainment zone. Meater Wireless Smart Meat Thermometer Photo: Manufacturer Don’t be a chronic hood lifter. Let the Meater wireless thermometer send notifications… Read more »

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Flower Power: Floral Spring Cocktails

Flowers are being used more and more often to complement flavors in foods and cocktails while adding aesthetic beauty. Capture the sights and smells of spring in a uniquely floral cocktail with one of these clever recipes. Sakura Martini Photo: Saveur   Created by Tokyo native Kenta Goto of Bar Goto, this inventive cocktail combines… Read more »

HARDSCAPE HERO: Josh Franklin, Deckscapes of Virginia, LLC

Two-time HARDSCAPE HERO winner Josh Franklin of Deckscapes of Virginia, LLC, knows what it takes to create outdoor living spaces that include unique and interesting features while keeping functionality at the forefront of the design. His latest winning project is no exception. This complete backyard renovation included a deck, a pool, a cabana, and a… Read more »

2019 Eagle Bay Contractor/Dealer Day Recap

In mid-February, we welcomed over 200 contractors and dealers from the Mid-Atlantic region to take part in our Contractor and Dealer Day events. This year’s two-day seminar included presentations from Aaron Phifer of Techniseal, Chris Ebbessen from Anchor Wall Systems, and John F. Martin from Ogletree Deakins as well as a marketing panel featuring our… Read more »

Have a Seat: The Most Comfortable Outdoor Furniture

Spring’s right around the corner and now is the perfect time to redecorate your outdoor living space. While many patio furniture trends follow interior design trends, outdoor furniture must also seamlessly combine form and function. Use these tips and furniture picks to make shopping even easier. Design Tips Here are a few considerations and trends… Read more »

Snack Madness: Slam Dunks from the Grill

The big tournament is in full swing! These creative recipes are perfect for flexing your grilling skills and keep your guests cheering. Invite over a group your team’s super fans and get grilling. Blue Cheese Hot Wing Dip Grilled hot wings are a no-brainer for any party. They are quick, easy, and great for feeding… Read more »

Lonny Arter of Denison Landscaping

January’s winning HARDSCAPE HERO project is a testament to collaboration and the value of planning and creativity. What started as a simple backyard patio grew into a wraparound walkway and custom driveway, thanks in part to 3D renderings created with the Eagle Bay Design Studio. The story begins with two brothers building houses next to… Read more »

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Stew Crazy: Delicious Stews to Make in Your Outdoor Kitchen

Don’t let the winter chill keep you stewing inside all day. Preparing a tasty stew in your outdoor kitchen is as easy as making sure you have the right pot and ingredients on hand. Brunswick stew has long been regarded as a fall tradition, with roots dating back to the early 1800s. In the South,… Read more »