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Durable and Timeless Retaining Wall

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Durable and Timeless Retaining Wall

Retaining walls are used to hold back soil and reduce slopes, often to create a flat area. Patios, lawns, swimming pools, and car ports all need relatively flat ground which is rather rare in the mountains. Two of the most popular materials to build retaining walls are wood timbers and concrete blocks. Wood timbers are initially the cheapest option. People are drawn to them for their more natural aesthetic and ease of installation. However,...

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Artist’s Retreat Garden

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Artist’s Retreat Garden

Nature is mankind’s greatest inspiration. Artists, engineers, pharmacists, and chemists look to the world around them to find answers to questions we don’t even understand yet. We have made helicopters inspired by humming birds, medicines that replicate natural remedies,  solar panels that imitate photosynthesis, and Van Gogh’s Starry Night speaks for itself. Even Albert Einstein once said, “Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” And this particular garden grants a level of...

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Copper Gutters for Curb Appeal

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Copper Gutters for Curb Appeal

Gutters are the essential part of your home that no one wants to think about. They divert water away from your foundation which otherwise could cause erosion or basement leaks or worse. Most gutters are made of vinyl or aluminum and have traditional downspouts to carry water to the ground. We paint them the least noticeable colors and ignore them until they fail or fall off. And when working on a project as large...

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Outdoor Kitchen II Home Remodeling Project

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Outdoor Kitchen II Home Remodeling Project

Outdoor kitchens are great investments that add value to your home. They also give you an edge over your neighbor ‘Nancy’ to be able to host the neighborhood’s summer BBQ. But what makes an outdoor kitchen? What appliances do you really need and is there such thing as too much? When designing your outdoor kitchen, you have to be honest with yourself about what would actually be used and how often. For some people,...

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Oakleaf Hydrangea for Southern Gardens

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Oakleaf Hydrangea for Southern Gardens

Oakleaf hydrangeas are one of our most beautiful native flowering shrubs. They are idea for Georgia residential landscapes as they are tough, shade tolerant plants which are naturally found growing in the forest understory. Oakleaf hydrangea provides multi season interest with large, uniquely shaped foliage in summer which will change to stunning shades of maroon, purple and red in fall. The slightly contorted branches feature exfoliating bark for winter interest and the large, panicle...

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Home Remodeling: Exterior Stone Veneer

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Home Remodeling: Exterior Stone Veneer

Veneers are a beautiful way to emphasize a particular area of a house as well as add character and dimension, not to mention adding value to the home. And while this is a relatively simple project that Pinterest might claim is DIY, the benefits of having a professional mason add veneer to your home will usually outweigh the cost of doing this remodeling job yourself.   Safety is a major point to consider, especially...

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Georgia Butterfly Host Plants

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Georgia Butterfly Host Plants

  Georgia Butterfly Host Plants An important factor to consider when planning a butterfly garden is what you will include as host plants for caterpillars to feed from. Butterfly host plants offer a site for the butterfly to lay their eggs which will also be a food source for the caterpillars once the eggs hatch. Since caterpillars cannot travel far to forage for food, the female butterflies will lay their eggs on type of...

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Building a Stone Wine Closet Remodeling Project

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Building a Stone Wine Closet Remodeling Project

When you hear about alcohol made in the mountains, wine probably isn’t the first beverage you think of. But many vineyards have found that the North Georgia Mountains are ideal for growing a wide variety of grapes. Dahlonega alone even has so many vineyards and wineries that it is considered the “Heart of Georgia Wine Country. So it was no surprise when local wine enthusiasts called Art of Stone to build a custom wine...

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Driveway Island Redo Refreshes Landscape

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Driveway Island Redo Refreshes Landscape

This was a fun project! The photo below shows what the landscape looked like before we started. The yard had been neglected, and the shrubs and trees were overgrown.   The driveway island was the first place we tackled. These poor hollies had been pruned to death and were FULL of wasps. It took us three separate visits and countless cans of wasp spray before we could even start with the transformation.   A...

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Fire Pit Built In Into A Concrete Patio Remodeling Project

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Fire Pit Built In Into A Concrete Patio Remodeling Project

Backyard Patio Fire Pit Remodeling Project Bonfires are year-round treats: s’mores in the summer and apple cider in the fall, sharing blankets with loved ones on cold winter nights. There is nothing like watching an open flame on a moonless night or laughing when smoke billows into a friend’s face.   Art of Stone excels at building all kinds of fire pits, places, and sides. Everything from elaborate, built-from-scratch outdoor fireplaces, to a simple...

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Landscaping and masonry contractors. Art of Stone Gardening is a full service design, masonry, hardscape and landscaping company. We plan, design, and install residential gardens and landscapes in North Georgia. Our local service area: Clermont, Cleveland, Cumming, Dawsonville, Dahlonega, Gainesville,
Helen, Murrayville, Sautee Nacoochee, Oakwood, Suches GA.
770-519-6372

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