Specialty Spotlight: Hardscaping

Posted on July 20, 2021 by Suzanne Carroll

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Most of us spend more time outdoors during the summer doing activities like gardening, playing sports, grilling meals and socializing with friends. If you’re trying to create the perfect yard for enjoying the warm weather, it’s important to focus on both landscaping and hardscaping. A pathway, patio, retaining wall or any built-in feature in your yard is part of its hardscaping. Below, we’ll explain how hardscaping features can make your yard more beautiful, better for entertaining and even safer. Read more

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Diamond Certified Experts: Building Your Backyard

Posted on April 13, 2021 by James Florence

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Spring is in full swing and summer is just around the corner. If you want to be ready for fun in the sun, you’ll need to get the ball rolling on your backyard building projects. Whether you’re installing a patio or a pool, you can benefit from Helpful Expertise® provided by industry professionals. We talked to six Diamond Certified Expert Contributors to gain insight on various aspects of backyard building. Read more

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Diamond Certified Experts: Wood Fences

Posted on August 11, 2020 by James Florence

A wood fence serves many functions: it creates privacy, increases security, delineates property lines and adds aesthetic beauty to a property. However, even the best wood fences don’t last forever, which is why homeowners should learn about the basics of fence replacement and maintenance. We asked three Diamond Certified Expert Contributors in the fencing industry to share their insights on this topic. Read more

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Hillside Deck Construction: A Conversation With Thomas Daly

Posted on April 04, 2019 by Suzanne Carroll

Many properties in the Bay Area are located on sloped terrain, which can offer increased privacy and stunning views. But it’s hard to create opportunities for outdoor living at a home that’s situated on a steep lot. One solution is to build a hillside deck. There, you can finally have outdoor space to set up the grill, socialize with friends and allow children to play safely outdoors. Read more

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Patio Potential: A Guide to Revamping Your Outdoor Living Space

Posted on May 22, 2018 by James Florence

Like most Bay Area residents, you’re probably looking forward to spending lots of time outside this summer. If that’s the case, you’ll want your outdoor living space to be ready—particularly your backyard patio. While most homes have patios, few are as comfortable or attractive as they could be. If you’re feeling underwhelmed by your patio’s current state, consider investing some time and money into helping it reach its full potential. Read more

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Video: How to Attach a Deck to a House

Posted on March 15, 2018 by James Florence

Earlier this week, we posted an article featuring expert tips on building a new deck. One of these tips expressed the importance of proper waterproofing when attaching a deck to a house. To learn about this process in greater detail, watch this informative video by Steve Labourdette of Labourdette Construction.

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Diamond Certified Experts: Deck Construction 101

Posted on March 13, 2018 by James Florence

Few things can augment a home’s livability like the addition of a deck. This is especially true in the Bay Area, where the prevalence of warm, sunny weather can translate to many hours of outdoor enjoyment. If you’re thinking about adding a deck to your home, it’s a good idea to learn about the process so you can make educated choices. To help you do this, we’ve asked four Diamond Certified Expert Contributors to share their insights on deck construction. Read more

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