Each year, we're honored to be part of making someone's life a little brighter with a new outdoor space. Thank you to the Long Island community for your nominations so far! The top 5 nominees with the most votes will go to a panel of judges. The panel will select the final winner based on: their story, their current landscape situation, and Above All Masonry's ability to help make a difference. We’ll then work with the winning family to create the design and then plan to complete the installation.
Light the way to your front door with safety, beauty, and aesthetics in mind. A landscape lighting plan for your Huntington Station, NY, home should include lights for your steps and stairs, to not only minimize stumbles but to create a pretty effect. Here are the factors that should be considered, with the input of a landscape lighting expert, for lighting the steps and stairs that lead to your house.
Are you dreaming of turning your Plainview, NY, pool into a luxurious backyard retreat? With a few upgrades, this dream can become a reality. Water features, upgraded materials, and good lighting can all work together to elevate the look of your pool. Consider some of these landscape architecture ideas to take your pool from ordinary to outstanding.
If you’re Melville, NY, homeowner contemplating a swimming pool, chances are you’re wondering how you can make sure it’ll be stylish and fit in with the rest of your landscape design. Fortunately, there is a wide variety of design options to choose from for your pool project. From sleek and modern infinity pools to private waterparks and Mediterranean-style masterpieces, here is a list of beautiful, swimming pool designs to inspire you.
Waterfront properties are especially unique because of their gorgeous views and access to water, whether it’s a pond, river, or lake. Their owners are usually very special too, because they want the most out of their property and typically spend a lot of time outside enjoying it. Having the right backyard in Smithtown, NY, can enhance the functionality and value of your waterfront property, and help you to enjoy it even more! Here are three backyard designs for your waterfront property.
After waiting all winter to enjoy your Glen Cove, NY backyard, you’re sure to want to spend as much time outdoors as possible. Adding shade to your landscape will allow you to take advantage of the warm weather without suffering in the hot sun. Try some of these backyard designs to create shade for your patio.
More and more, architecture trends are reflecting the homeowner’s desire to spend more time outdoors. Landscapes in Hicksville, NY, with greater and greater frequency, are being designed to be functional spaces and extensions of the home’s interior. Here are five of the most important landscape architecture trends that will ensure that you are getting the most out of your yard and the summer season outdoors.
Wooden decks and raised patios are two different landscape features that are often used interchangeably to achieve the same effect of elevation in a landscape. However, there are many differences between them, including their costs, maintenance requirements, and design considerations. A raised patio is perfect for homeowners who want to enhance their outdoor space with a feature that can be easily implemented and maintained. Read on to find out why remodeling your backyard with a raised patio is a great idea:
Winter is the dormant period for many plants in Plainview, NY, but that doesn’t mean you can’t do anything to add some color and interest to your backyard. Regardless of the style of your home, there are many appealing winter-friendly designs available that will transform the appearance of your landscape.
Small homes are all the rage in the modern age, saving money and often leading to a simpler, yet equally satisfying lifestyle. However, we often escape to the outdoors to feel free, which is when a lack of space can begin to present problems. Here are five clever tricks that make landscapes look and feel bigger. Although each feature has a subtle effect, when combined, the following techniques can make your Kings Park, NY, backyard feel noticeably more spacious.
Constructing a garden path, patio, or poolside all begins with the paving stones underfoot. Your paver selection is therefore just as important as any other part of your Plainview, NY, hardscape and deserves careful consideration. When selecting a material for your patio floor or pool deck, the choice generally boils down to two options: natural stone and concrete.
When designing your backyard space, making sure that it is accessible for all potential situations is a wise decision. Whether you have family members with mobility issues or are simply considering long-term life changes, access for those with physical challenges is easily facilitated with a few landscaping accommodations. Make sure to consider these specific issues as you design your Plainview, NY, backyard with an eye toward accessibility.
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.
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 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
THE JUDGES PICKED: ASHLEY VENTIMIGLIA AS THIS YEAR'S WINNER!
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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.
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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