A patio is a great way to expand your living space to the outdoors. Whatever the size of your yard, adding a patio will transform it into a functional space that you can really enjoy. But a patio can sometimes leave your yard without much green space. Try some of these methods to add greenery to your Hicksville, NY, patio.
Thanksgiving is a time to gather with family and friends, share a good meal, and remember all that we have to be thankful for. A big part of any Thanksgiving celebration is the food. When your Massapequa, NY, home gets too full, why not take the celebration outdoors? Follow these tips to host a delightful dinner in your outdoor kitchen this Thanksgiving.
A large landscape offers many opportunities for stunning outdoor spaces. But a big yard can also present a variety of design challenges. When working with a large area, it’s important to start with a good site plan. Incorporating these large-scale elements into your Massapequa Park, NY, backyard will help create a layout that maximizes space and enjoyment.
The secret to classic landscape design is to embrace form and structure. In the past, gardens were designed to demonstrate wealth, focusing on appearance over function. Today we have smaller yards and less privacy, so yards have to be functional as well as beautiful and inviting. To bring traditional style to your Hauppauge, NY, landscape, try incorporating some of these timeless features.
One of the best ways to boost the curb appeal and showcase your Commack, NY, residence is by installing proper lighting. Regardless of whether you are trying to impress visitors or potential buyers, instant illumination will help you transform the look of your patio to one that is unique and exciting. Here are some ideas to achieve a luxurious winter look for your patio.
The time has come to select a welcome home 2017 winner!
- The judges -
Anthony Giaquinto - Astro Masonry
Joe Licata - Gino's of Nesconset
Rebecca Waltman - Ivy League School
Brian Kallmeyer - Unilock
Above All Masonry
A final one winner will be chosen within two weeks.
Finalist 1: Signore Family
Lis from Above All Masonry first went to visit the Signore Family of Miller Place. This family is trying to pick up the pieces after tragically losing their son, a beautiful 14 year old boy who was struck by a car while riding his bike. “Nico was the one who knew how to get me right in the heart” said Kim as she shared a memory of her son and how he would still at the age of 14 hug and kiss her. Nico was loved by all in his community. “He was the kid that would never leave others out…he played with everyone”.
The Signore Family have a space in their yard where Nico’s puppy had been buried. Nico loved animals and the family thought it would be a perfect space to honor Nico and help the family heal.
Finalist 2: Ashley Ventimiglia
Ashley Ventimiglia of Lake Grove is a young mother struggling with her health on a daily basis. All she wants is to be healthy enough to take care of her two young children. Ashley has been struggling with her health since August 2013 when she was hospitalized and diagnosed with TSS (Toxic Shock Syndrome). From August 2013 through October 2013 she was in ICU.
The TSS caused sepsis of Ashely’s organs. She was intubated and put in a medically induced coma. While in this coma Ashley’s body was turning a dark purple, almost black. The pressers in her body were trying to keep the vital organs alive while killing off what was “not important” . Several toes on both feet had to be amputated and a portion of her forearm was severely damaged. She had to deal with this realization upon waking from her coma still fighting for her life. Once stabilized she was transferred to a rehab facility from Oct - Dec 2013 to “learn” how to walk again. The doctors were able to save her big toes and that is what helps her keep her balance and still walk.
After all this her fight was not over. She has so much damage to her organs from the TSS she has since been hospitalized multiple times for surgeries or complications from the surgeries. Sometimes months at a time. In August of 2014 she had to have a Vagotomy (a surgery where they collapse your lungs and cut the vagus nerve right next to your esophagus and heart) in order to lower the production of acid in the stomach. She now has a central line in her arm for medications and fluids, a feeding tube and a 24 hour glucose monitor for diabetes.
Ashley has lost so much time with her 2 small children (now 4 and 7), all she wants is to be able to spend as much time as she can with her little ones. And be able to do some of the simple everyday things we all do. The healing space to them will hopefully be just that….a space where Ashley can heal and make up the time she has missed enjoying her children.
Ashley is scheduled to have another follow up surgery on her feet in the next few months. When she was asked what has kept her going through all she has been through, she answered “My kids…I have two babies and I will fight for them”.
Finalist 3: Kimberly & Rob Hanson
A story of the Hanson family, Kimberly, Rob and their 2 beautiful children, Kevin 12 years old and Katie 10 years old is a story of strength and survival. Kevin, who was born with a heart condition called Aortic Stenosis, and had a heart procedure to open up his valve, is a happy well rounded pre-teen. He will need to have another corrective procedure when he gets older and his body stops growing. Katie is a beautiful young lady very into the arts. Katie was diagnosed with a non malignant brain tumor at the age of 3. She received chemotherapy and the tumor is now stabilized. Although the tumor did leave her completely blind in one eye, that does not stop Katie from doing what she loves. She plays the cello and participates in productions in their local theater.
Kimberly (Mom) was cheery and grateful as she told her story of how she is now recovered from a double mastectomy and reconstructive surgery. She said the strength her daughter taught her got her through her tough chemotherapy treatments. It's inspiring to see that after all they had been through, they are in a good and healthy place today. They would love a nice space to enjoy quality time as a family in their new dream home.
Finalist 4: Linda McMahon
A story of Linda McMahon of Holbrook and how she lost the love of her life is heartbreaking. She and her late husband Marty had been high school sweet hearts. They build their life together, raised their daughter, and were now preparing to enjoy their new grandchild. In 2010 the family was getting ready for Marty’s retirement party. Marty had been a volunteer firefighter for many years and was now ready to retire. The day before the party Marty passed a way from a heart attack.
The shock of Marty’s passing has caused a devastating sadness to the family. Recently Linda lost her job of over 20 years with Pathmark and due to back issues was forced to retire. The financial difficulties is just another strain on the extremely depressed Linda. She feels she can not keep up with the home on her own and their once beautifully landscaped yard looks sad and abandoned. Linda was hoping to use the healing space to honor her late husband.
Finalist 5: Daniel Kennelly
Kim and Daniel Kennelly's adorable 4 year old son Phillip was born with a rare liver disease called Biliarry Atresia (there is no full cure for this disease). At 8 weeks old, Phillip had surgery to temporarily fix the problem and was then put on a list for a transplant in 2015. In 2016 Phillip had a second GI Bleed and was in need of a transplant sooner than expected and the doctors suggested the family look into a living donor. Daniel volunteered to be the first one tested and he was a match! They both went in to surgery in May 2016 and have both recovered beautifully and are doing great. Phillip is a fun loving active little boy. It was thrilling to see how well he and his father Daniel were doing.
It is obvious that Daniel will do anything for his family no matter what he may have been going through himself. Last month Daniel’s brother and best friend lost a long battle with Hodgkins Lymphoma. His brother was a firefighter and a 911 first responder. They would love the healing garden to represent the new healthy future of their little Phillip as well as a place to honor Daniel’s late brother.
- Welcome Home 2017 sponsors to be announced soon -
If your backyard isn’t as spacious as you’d prefer, don’t be discouraged from investing in your landscape design. The smallest backyards can sometimes be the most visually powerful, as they concentrate the shades and textures of your hardscape and softscape. They also allow for the coziest and most intimate fireside set-ups. Here are a few ways to make the most of a small backyard in Huntington Station, NY
The attraction of a fireplace for your Kings Park, NY, home is undeniable – it enhances intimacy, warmth, and turns your patio into a welcoming and attractive gathering spot. A fire feature is also great for heating up chilly evenings and adding a gentle ambient light to the occasion. To make your outdoor area truly unique consider pairing your fireplace with these features to enhance both function and aesthetic
Imagine being able to enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of a beach getaway from the comfort of your Plainview, NY, home. Not only would this allow you to avoid the hassle of traveling but you can also enjoy the privacy most public beaches lack. With these beach-style pool patio designs, you can transform your backyard into a beautiful beachy setting perfect for weekend relaxation.
Planning your landscape is always a significant undertaking, having a substantial impact on the property value and lifestyle experienced and gained through your outdoor spaces. This process is difficult enough when the space is large, but the challenges are more complex and limiting when the backyard is small, requiring creative solutions.
Natural stone adds character and definition to your landscape in Hauppauge, NY. If you’ve suffered from poor landscaping in the past, natural stone can be used strategically to correct and conceal common design flaws. Natural stone fits the look of most homes and works well for both formal and informal landscape designs. Besides, natural stone offers unlimited possibilities in landscape features – it can be used to frame a pond, line walkways and patios, build retaining walls, façade an outdoor fireplace, and create welcoming outdoor living spaces.
The driveway of your Hauppauge, NY, landscape gives guests and neighbors a first impression of your home. Most driveways are used daily, so besides looking good, it needs to be durable and functional as well. The approach to the home offers a glimpse of the splendor to come - it doesn’t matter whether the driveway is long or short, so long as the design says something special about the place and offers a reliable welcoming to your home.
Borders come in many different styles and are made from many different materials. You can opt for simple borders of plants and foliage, or have low walls or containers provide more substantial division. Borders can be used to separate outdoor spaces, create contrast, and highlight important focal points of your Hicksville, NY, landscape.
Your Hauppauge, NY, landscape is the perfect place for a delicious meal with your friends and family while you enjoy the open air. To create a comfortable dining area that will add remarkable value to your home, things like space, location, design and lighting should be considered. Here are some tips to help you create an outdoor dining area that will match your backyard.
Submissions are now closed and our nominations are in for our 2017 Welcome Home contest! This year, we are choosing a family who is going through, or gone through, a recent tragedy / hardship in their life. For this well deserving Long Island family, we are creating a patio escape which will include a beautiful healing garden. We are honored to start getting to know and sharing stories about the nominees we’ve received. Every nominee has an heart-felt story to be told and their own reasons of how a new outdoor living space will transform their life. We are thrilled to be able to make one family’s outdoor living dreams come true again this year!
Picking a design theme for your Hicksville, NY, landscape that incorporates everything from long-range projects to nitty-gritty details is important in the design of the yard of your dreams. Having a truly functional and relaxing room for outdoor living entails careful planning. In the design of your landscape, some of the things that require consideration include architectural style, traffic flow, color harmony, comfort and space requirements.
Designing an ideal outdoor kitchen in Bethpage, NY, is as much about performance as it is about style. Whether you like the modern contemporary or classic look, you can have that ideal outdoor kitchen to fit your lifestyle and taste. An outdoor kitchen should include a grill and counter space, but beyond that, there are plenty of accessories available that can be added to make sure the whole family and your guests can enjoy a meal outside.
An extravagant patio can work miracles in giving your Massapequa, NY, home an air of opulence and luxury. A luxurious patio not only improves the general atmosphere and visual appeal or your home, but also significantly adds to its market value. You can implement these individual features or even all of them together to truly set your patio apart.
When considering additions to your landscape, the functionality of the feature should be as important as the aesthetics. If you’re considering the construction of an outdoor fireplace this summer, the benefits, both practical and in terms of looks, are many. Furthermore, you can customize the structure to complement your home and existing outdoor spaces because of the abundance of materials available for use.