How Much Does it Cost to Install a Bluestone Patio in Greater Chicago?

How Much Does it Cost to Install a Bluestone Patio in Greater Chicago?

Your patio is so much more than an array of different-shaped materials like pavers or bluestone that are formed together to create a hard surface in your Greater Chicago area backyard.

A patio creates a beautiful and functional space for you and your family and friends to enjoy. This could be during a morning retreat with your French press coffee and breakfast or a lively meal and conversation with friends on a weekend evening.

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5 Backyard Landscape Design Ideas for Naperville, IL Homeowners

5 Backyard Landscape Design Ideas for Naperville, IL Homeowners

Your backyard is an extension of what’s going on inside your home -- whether that’s colorful and playful, casual and fun, elegant and sophisticated, clean and modern, or natural and lived-in. The possibilities, as they say, are quite endless.

In fact, there are so many options, your head might already be spinning. This is supposed to be fun, after all. Don’t worry; we’ve got your back.

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How to Prepare for a Landscape Design Consultation in Greater Chicago

How to Prepare for a Landscape Design Consultation in Greater Chicago

A new year means a new idea for your Greater Chicago area backyard. You’re ready for your landscape transformation.

One of the most essential steps in bringing your outdoor living vision to life is the design phase. This is when ideas begin brewing and expand from concepts to reality. When you see it on paper, you know it’s getting real. A great landscape design holds a lot of value, so you want to maximize the first phase in this process: the landscape design consultation meeting.

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Wood Fire Pit vs. Gas Fire Pit: Which is Best for Your Backyard?

Wood Fire Pit vs. Gas Fire Pit: Which is Best for Your Backyard?

There’s nothing like a fire pit in your backyard.

Particularly in the Greater Chicago area, the warmth and dancing light that a fire pit or fireplace brings are very welcome through the seasonal transitions. Not only do they make you more comfortable when temperatures dip, but they also extend your outdoor enjoyment hours and add another visual element to your space.

Choosing the best fire pit, however, takes some consideration.

Here are some tips on how to match the right fire pit to your specific needs.

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The 6 Best Landscape Design & Build Companies in Greater Chicago

The 6 Best Landscape Design & Build Companies in Greater Chicago

Whether you’re hiring your first landscape design and installation professional or you’ve worked with one or more landscaping companies in the past but were unhappy, finding a business that you can count on to bring fresh ideas, follow through on promises, and do amazing work may feel overwhelming.

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Landscaping 101: Small Space Gardens

Landscaping 101: Small Space Gardens

What we do at K & D with our landscape design is usually applied and installed in suburban locations but we enjoy a creative stretch in a small scale garden when those opportunities arise.


Recently we had the opportunity to design for a Peterson Park (Chicago) residence.  Our staff responded with a team effort that grasped the opportunity and developed a landscape plan to meet the needs of the client while developing a space that was both exciting and functional.

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Landscaping 101: Hardscape Basics

Landscaping 101: Hardscape Basics

 

Our garden and landscape lexicon continues to evolve year by year and sometimes day by day. The terms ‘sustainable’, ‘outdoor room’ and ‘low-impact design’ were just mentioned in a whisper a few years ago.

But of all the newer landscape terminology perhaps none is more well-known today than ‘hardscape’.  It is mainstream to the point that most homeowners understand its broad based meaning immediately when discussing their own gardens with contractors or neighbors.

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Landscaping 101: Brick Paver Patios

Landscaping 101: Brick Paver Patios

Brick patios define our landscapes and gardens.

It is a pretty bold statement.   But when you reflect on the ambiance, serenity and utility of a brick paver patio the statement becomes less bold and more accurate.   A brick paver patio is an extension of the home and a reflection of lifestyle for the homeowner.

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Landscaping 101: Brick Patios

Landscaping 101: Brick Patios

Brick paver patios are frequently viewed as a commodity and pricing is sought and sometimes quoted based on that assumption. While the brick itself is a commodity the final product is all about the labor and the prep work.


There are “best practices” that apply to brick paver installations as there are to both technical and artistic functions. In the end it’s all about the skilled labor and the prep involved.

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