Sustainable Residential Landscapes – Part 3 of a Three-Part Series

In this 3 part Series, Ron Price and Dan Sears of Sears Design Group in Raleigh have been sharing the principles of sustainability in outdoor living. Images Courtesy of Sears Design Group According to Dan, “Sustainable landscapes give back to the environment and society by cleaning the water and air, reversing climate change and restoring [...]

Sustainable Residential Landscapes – A Three Part Series: Part 2

In Part Two of our three-part series about sustainability, Dan Sears, of Sears Design Group in Raleigh, continues to share some principles of sustainability and how they can be incorporated into an outdoor living design. “Many people may have the impression that sustainable design means xeriscape – but it can also mean so much more.”  [...]

Backyard Gourmet or BBQ King: All is Possible with the New Outdoor Kitchen

Cooking and entertaining outdoors isn’t just a fad. Humankind has been using fire to cook since we first figured out how to control it. So it is no surprise that eating and enjoying the company of family and friends just comes so naturally. Images Courtesy of Fontaine Landscaping The Outdoor Kitchen is a favorite addition [...]

Thinking Beyond Walls – Designing Outside In

Today’s outdoor space is far from what most of us knew growing up – the concrete slab with a grouping of webbed lawn chairs and a charcoal grill. For the lucky few, perhaps a kidney shaped pool. The outdoor living experience has evolved, and now includes well landscaped spaces, full kitchens, multi-season porches, seating walls, [...]

Sustainable Residential Landscapes – A Three Part Series: Part 1

Sustainability is a hot topic and complex subject—and so we took some of our questions to landscape architects, Dan Sears and Ron Price, of Sears Design Group, in Raleigh. In this three part series, they explain how sustainability practices can be incorporated into the landscape design plan. Dan Sears is passionate about his business, and [...]

Careful Planning Equals Years of Enjoyment in a Backyard Oasis

When it comes to home renovation trends, nothing quite compares with the move of so many towards outdoor living. Images Courtesy of Advanced Renovations, Inc. Custom outdoor living additions account for the majority of the new projects and inquiries coming to Duane Johns, co-owner of Charlotte based Advanced Renovations. “Outdoor living spaces allow homeowners to [...]

Carolina at Its Finest: Outdoor Living

Let’s face it: the Carolinas are host to near-perfect year-round weather. Sunny Carolina Blue skies and light easy breezes are common. Many residents take advantage of this glorious circumstance with a custom outdoor living space. Image Courtesy of Fontaine Landscaping Inc. Once considered a luxury of the ultra-rich, outdoor living now boasts a host of [...]

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