Designing the Perfect Deck

My backyard deck is simple, but beautiful. And though it may seem deceiving, a huge amount of design consideration went into it. But how can I call it perfect, though? Well, as I see it, if you start out with some extremely careful thinking and develop a crisp/clear end-vision which you can morph into a […]

5 Easy Ways to Bring Your Landscape Back to Life

This guest post is by Landscape Designer, Joe Ciaglia. It’s your turn this season for hosting the annual family reunion! You’ve decided on planning your party as a “start of the summer kick off” barbecue. Your preparation checklist includes who will be invited, a list of foods and drinks that you will provide to your […]

Hardwood Floor Installation and Trim Work

Now that the dining room hardwood flooring preparation efforts are completed, it’s time to get this floor in – and really bring the room, overall, to a whole new aesthetic plateau. For those of you who read the article or who watched some of the videos in the Part 1 portion of this hardwood flooring […]

How To Visualize Deck and Landscaping Design Ideas

The creation of a beautiful deck or landscaping design for your home is an imperative first step toward the ultimate realization. It’s crucial to develop designs that reflect your personality, your style and that meet both your short and long-term objectives. Are you considering a landscaping design for a swimming pool area? Do you want to create a backyard […]

Installing a Marble Threshold

Marble thresholds (sometimes called marble saddles) are very common in many homes, often found at bathroom entries. They look really nice, they’re cool and smooth to the touch – and they’re not terribly expensive. Having recently installed a marble threshold as part of a more comprehensive home rehab project, this summary shows the steps I […]

Preparing to Install Hardwood Flooring

So, what does it take to install a hardwood floor? Is it easy? Hard? Expensive?? How much time will it take, and can I do it myself? Will I need special tools that I might not already have? These may be some of the questions you’re considering if you’ve never done something like this yourself, […]

Belgian Block and Pavers – Dressing Up an Asphalt Driveway

My asphalt driveway was assaulted. I was hoping for the best, but we had construction trucks in and out several times during a pretty significant renovation project, and at some point the asphalt started to crack a bit on some edge areas — and then just continued to crumble. It wasn’t pretty. And the damage […]

Refreshing a Swimming Pool Landscape

Updated — Originally Published May 3, 2011 Last spring, my wife and I came up with a beautiful landscape design to complement our in ground swimming pool, and we worked with a number of local contractors to help bring those ideas to life. But if you live anywhere near the Jersey Shore, you know that […]