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Category: Stonework/Construction
12 May
2020

Breaking Bad(ly): Front Steps

Front steps are often functional necessities in Northeast Georgia, where our homes are tucked into the rolling foothills, mountains and valleys. Beyond that, they can also be key elements in the well-planned landscape.Their design can literally “elevate” a home from ordinary to grand, making it appear larger and more elegant. Or offer a more down-to-earth..

30 Mar
2020

Wooden You Know: Trellis!

You pull up in the driveway of the magnificent waterfront home, eager to join the others by the lake across the yard. But to get there, you have to follow a worn, muddy trail past the garage and HVAC compressor. Then, once you get there, you happen to catch the view from across the manicured..

13 Feb
2020

Making a Grand Entrance

Sometimes, function follows form. And there are instances in which outright defiance of fundamental architectural principles leads to the most extraordinary of homes. The gracious home of one of our clients in White County, shown below, is a case in point. Here, the front door—actually a set of French doors—is not the focal point of..

13 Jan
2020

While We’re At It…

It’s not unusual for a client to engage us to help with a particular goal, challenge or space and then expand the scope of the project when it becomes apparent that a related project could make the property more enjoyable or functional. This happened with a client I posted about recently, who initially wanted to..

26 Nov
2019

Decayed to Decked Out

A homeowner and casual gardener called Art of Stone one spring day when she’d finally had it with the old deck off the back of her fabulous Northeast Georgia home. She wasn’t specific about what might go in its place. She just knew she wanted to have a nice place to entertain. And some raised..

14 Nov
2019

Naked Landscape is Revealing

What’s blooming now in Northeast Georgia? Not much. (Thank goodness for pansies!) But the late fall/early winter season is actually a great time to get intimate with your garden and your overall landscape. It’s a chance to take in the lay of the land, the natural curves and bends, the gentle slopes and, yes, even..

25 Oct
2019

Goosed Up Lake House

We’d all love to have the perfect home with the perfect view. But in real life, most of us have to make compromises. Dream house, but not on the beach. Mountain view, but we wanted a ranch. One Dahlonega couple, who plans to retire in Hiawassee eventually, found the extraordinary view they longed for there—along..

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..

04 Sep
2019

Welcome our new associates: Dave, Johnathan and Robin

We are really, really fortunate to have an awesome group of people working with us. Dave comes to us with over 35 years of landscaping experience. Johnathan has a wealth of knowledge in construction and concrete and is from Dahlonega. Last year, Robin left us for a few months but she is back and we..

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..