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Valuable Top Soil Washed Away?

Install Residentially Designed Retaining Walls Just like The Mennen Arena has done in Morristown, NJ

There weren't many April showers but we remember quite a few “deluges” that may have done some damage to our homes both inside and out. Now that the weather is great for outdoor entertaining, there may be a need to assess and repair what the rains have not washed away. The solution may lead to the design and hardscaping of retaining walls with the proper vegetation and planting.Curb Appeal Retaining Wall

Residential property slopes in many Essex and Morris County towns provide beautiful summertime views, but this leads to a need for some tough-love care to preserve its innate beauty. A drive through any neighborhood will identify cracked or bulging walls that have not met the challenge of holding back the hillside. The labor intensive job of hauling dirt around and cutting out the property “is not for the faint of heart” Mo Soliman of Curb Appeal Design cautions.

Changing a high sloped backyard into a terraced summer paradise, the retaining wall works to prevent water runoff of valuable topsoil especially when near the home. Too much soil loss can result in a foundation wall collapse or worse. These hard working retaining wall barriers undergo a constant battle with gravity every day. Even the smallest 18 inch to three foot wall can be handling an enormous load. Soliman agrees “When soil is saturated, the pressure on the wall is in the thousands of pounds range. Double the height and the wall must endure 8 times the load.”

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Summer Outdoor Kitchens on Your New Deck or Patio

Outdoor entertaining is one the greatest manifestations of social living . As the sun goes down, and the fireworks begin, there is nothing that screams “SUMMER” more than a leisurely out-of-doors gathering with friends or family.

For those who remember hotdogs on the Hibachi and sitting under the apple tree on the weaved aluminum lawn chairs, the summer cookout has evolved significantly.   No longer pineOutdoor Kitchen picnic tables and flimsy paper plates, the backyard barbeque is an expression of your design tastes and personality.

The Hearth Barbeque and Patio Association confirms that gas barbecues have surpassed charcoal ever since 1995 and are now twice as popular. Gas barbecues can be installed permanently on a patio or deck, but which is right for your home? Deck or patio? The answer lies in your landscape.

For your own backyard retreat the general rule is that if the backyard is uneven,  a deck is your best choice. It can make the most effective use of the landscape by extending a level platform out into a sloped property. Another option is to have a retaining wall designed to build up and level the property for a tiered deck with a landing, walkway or steps. Serving as an outdoor living area, it also benefits in protecting the foundation from erosion and soil runoff.

If your backyard is level, the choices are endless. Now that manmade, maintenance-free materials are available, there are wood or vinyl, fieldstone, brick, masonry or decorative tile to choose from.  Concrete and slate are still the most popular choices for outdoor lining spaces in a level area and a strong salute to the retro. Concrete provides many choices, in color, pattern and selections at a lower cost.  Pavers are popular and now come in a variety of colors and shapes. Referred to as hardscaping, concete or other materials can provide interest, variety and rhythm to a landscape.

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Beautifying Walkways and Driveways with Retaining Walls and Paver Block

Sunday, July 15th, 2012

Curb Appeal Designs Retaining WallsThe front walk and driveway are the homeowner’s first opportunity to make a lasting impression. Pavers, not ordinary blacktop or concrete, tastefully welcome with style neighbors, family, and friends to your “castle” entrance. Masonry can give your home another level of sensational beauty with retaining walls for wherever a sloping property indicates.

Careful design and execution of your dream project setsCurb Appeal Design LLC above the crowd in installation of flagstone, bricks, and stamped concrete. The Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute (ICPI) states that “segmental pavement systems are the preferred choice for sustainable and environmentally friendly pavements in North America.” Results from industry surveys indicate that paver sales are on the rise as their popularity increases with homeowners, due in part to the increase in home value pavers and retaining walls can provide in addition to their aesthetic value.

Curb Appeal Design LLC meticulously services the Morris and Essex County New Jersey areas with quality workmanship and design to help fill the need for aesthetically functional walkways, entranceways, terraces, driveways, pavilions or paths.

 

 

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When it's Time to Refinish Your Basement

Do you ever find yourself lingering downstairs with the laundry on a roasting hot and humid New Jersey summer day, staring at concrete walls and overhead jousts or pipes? What if you could instead coolly catch a movie, relaxingly read a book or comfortably work-out or work-online in style? It’s not only possible but economically reasonable to consider revamping your unfinished basement. An option not only for your family’s comfort and added living space but also as a sound business decision recouped by the added resale value that a finished basement provides.

Remove the unused, slow-growth, gathering of storage boxes and transform your downstairs space into an all-purpose living area. The structure is already there, why increase the footprint of your home (and your tax bill) with an expensive addition? Converting an unfinished basement into a viable living space can be done with a minimum of effort and cost, especially when working with the creative, clever, Curb Appeal Design crew.

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