What would you use in which part of your home? (Granite Vs Marble)

A great article comparing the different qualities of granite and marble!

Killick Guard Speciality Products Ltd.

 While comparing marble to granite, we find that not only is granite stronger than marble. It does not lose its polish after long term exposure to water and does not easily stain in the presence of food acids like fruit juices, coffee, and wine like marble does.
On the other hand, marble is more aesthetically dramatic and beautiful. While granite comes in almost every colour imaginable, it has a relatively uniform look across a slab. Marble has a random variety of color swirls and veining, often including crystal pockets. And while it may not be as strong and versatile as compared to granite it is still a very strong stone, the majority of buildings from ancient Rome and Greece which still stand to this day is testament to that fact.

Let’s review which of these elegant stones are more suitable in the various parts of your home.
Kitchen Counter…

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Bluestone Pavers Combine Beauty and Function in any Living Space

We love bluestone!

Building With Stone Materials

Creating an enjoyable and relaxing living space is an important part of turning your house into a home.  While much attention is often placed on the interior decorating, equal consideration should be given to your outdoor space. Whether in the front yard on a beautiful driveway, in a unique countertop, or in the backyard under the shade of a tree, Bluestone pavers make a great addition to any household.

Bluestone is a made of very hard and resilient quarasitic sandstone. It is a great material to use for pool decks, driveways, paving, tiles, steps, building stones, and more. Additionally, it is often incorporated indoors to make kitchen countertops and floors that are both lovely and long-lasting.

This material is incredibly versatile and perfect for locations inside and outside the house that tend to get wet, as it is known for its non-slip quality. Because of its durable nature, it can…

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3 Ways To Utilize Travertine Deck Pavers and Beyond

Great ideas for travertine!

Natural Stone News

travertine deck pavers

When it comes to improving the visual communication of your home’s outdoor areas, things can get really difficult to manage. There are so many different options that you can pursue that deciding on one can be a painstaking task that leads to a great deal of frustration. It’s with that in mind that it’s important to look into a few different options that can give you versatility and function. It starts with selecting pavers that you would want throughout the exterior of your house, and the location that you decide to place them at. One starting point is the selection of stone pavers that you can utilize. More specifically a good choice is travertine deck pavers, as they can really set a location up for an interesting look and feel.

First and foremost consider travertine as a whole. This stone is one that is not only versatile; it’s elegant…

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The Concepts App

A great app for designing your new outdoor space! We’ve not seen this before, but we’ll definitely be trying it out!

CBS Philly

By Chris Morris

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – On today’s APP-tastic and outta SITE – Concepts.

There aren’t a lot of apps out there for architects or landscape designers. Concepts caters to those professions, but it’s also handy for homeowners looking to make some changes around their house.

It’s a drawing app, that creates perfect lines and angles, which helps with layout and perspective – and lets you envision a project precisely.

It has the detail the pros need, but it’s not impossible for the rest of us to use.

Check out the Concepts app.

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The New Outdoor Living Space

Love these designs! And as the evenings become chillier, a fire pit sounds perfect!

VizX Design Studios Blog

What defines “The New Outdoor Living Space?”  What are clients asking for across the country?
The new outdoor living space is rapidly changing. It has grown into a multi-billion dollar industry in the last 15 years. With the paver patio boom, the outdoor room concept has skyrocketed.

The wooden decks are even making a come back with the new composite materials. Homeowners also have the ability to use multiple colors and styles with their new creations.
What’s really changing the outdoor living space is having components and separate areas. We are now designing in smaller spaces with separate room styles from paver materials, decking, flagstone and many other surfaces. These different materials are used to separate changed elevations and plant material as the border.
Outdoor Bars, Outdoor Kitchens, and Pergolas have seem to be at the forefront of this changing outdoor living climate. The majority of our current design projects…

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Outdoor Pathways

This curved stepping stone pathway with plantings alongside and inbetween the stones is so beautiful!

The Zen of Zada


Pathways are areas that help create a functional method of getting from different locations of your yard or around your home.  Pathways create a sense of direction for guests arriving at your home.  They also provide access to areas that might be harder to reach without pathways.

Getting to your front door requires some sort of walkway.  Whether you have steps or driveway accessibility, a pathway creates an inviting situation encouraging guests to visit.  Pathways are also great for delivery folks giving them an easy way to get to your front door to deliver whatever gift or package has arrived. 

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Outdoor Kitchen

What a magnificent outdoor kitchen!

Northern Lights Landscape

Outdoor kitchens are a great way to really utilize your outdoor space and expand your living space.  Out door kitchens can be large or small, in order to fit your space and needs. In our last post, we talked a lot about the process a contractor will go through to create your design, the same goes for this project. The concept was created after many visits to the site and with the clients to see what had to be done and what the clients wanted out of the space in the end.

The yard here is not too big and is more on the side of the home. The struggle with this project was to create a usable outdoor kitchen space without overpowering the yard as a whole.

To start, we created a L shaped kitchen space for this project. This allows for lots of counter space but also maneuverability…

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