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Category: Remodeling
17 Sep
2019

Sunny Slide Up

Visiting David and Ki’s home in Gainesville was like dropping in on summer camp. Kids everywhere! Their own, some on loan (foster children), their friends’ children… And why not? In keeping with the kid-friendly attitudes, they’d had a swimming pool built to create a fairy tale back yard. The kids were especially delighted to find..

28 Aug
2019

Home Court(yard) Advantage

Kerry and Brian’s family’s waterfront property is perfect for entertaining in style. It has a spacious, beautifully landscaped back yard, a large, covered outdoor kitchen and a sunny patio overlooking Lake Lanier. But sometimes, the family wished for a small, more intimate outdoor area for reading, having quiet conversations or contemplating the universe. The home..

17 Jul
2019

What’s Your Garden Inspiration?

Soil, sun and water can always be amended or adapted to create a nice garden. But there’s another element at the root of the most amazing gardens:  inspiration. It can be as simple as a color, a shape or a picture or as complicated as a memory, a smell or a dream. I really enjoy..

10 Jun
2019

Moving Together

We really enjoy our clients and Gretchen and Roy are no exception. A few years ago they asked us to help them with their garden and patio in Dawsonville, Georgia. Jason and I worked with them to design a patio that harmonized with their lifestyle and tastes. Eclectic and fun! Last year, they told us..

14 Feb
2019

Whats Happening Now, February

With February being the last full month of winter, things are starting to get busy here at Art of Stone. The last of the winter pruning will be finished in the next few weeks and the first flowers are starting to pop up. I’ve seen daffodils and crocuses starting to sprout but the lenten roses..

05 Dec
2018

Outdoor Gas Fireplace

Nothing is cozier than sitting by a fire on a clear winter night; the crackle of the flames, hot coco, snuggled up under blankets with people you love. However, an open, wood burning fireplace on a wood deck takes preparation and maintenance. The homeowners, Vicki and Joe decided on an outdoor gas fireplace instead. Before..

27 May
2018

Using Stone for Landscape Borders and Edging

An abrupt end of dirt or mulch is usually the only indication of the border of a garden bed. While this may work for some beds, adding a physical barrier has multiple benefits.   Borders can be made of any material imaginable. Popular mediums include metal, wood, plastic, and stone. Stone is the most preferable..

14 May
2018

Stone Mailboxes for Curb Appeal and Anti Vandalism

Architectural mailboxes are mailboxes that are enclosed inside a structure, most often a masonry structure. But are there any benefits to having one or is this a passing trend?   First of all, stone mailboxes are gorgeous. Unlike a boring post that you can buy at a hardware store, they can be built to match..

02 Sep
2017

Back Door Landing and Stairs Home Remodeling

The back entrance to a home is often neglected because it isn’t often used. Unfortunately this can be both a safety and a fire hazard. Here, Art of Stone transformed a rundown back porch into a beautiful, easy to maintain patio.   As you can see, this back door is crowded with old junk and..

22 Jul
2017

Gravel Parking Area and Retaining Wall

Hardscaping a Retaining Wall on a Hilly Site At Art of Stone Gardening, we take pride in doing landscaping—and hardscaping—the right way. In this story, we show how we improved a home on a hill by building a parking space that will last for many years to come. One of the challenges of living in..