Thursday, January 19, 2012

It's all about fun after all, isn't it?

When I think about what we do, what we help people create, I always come back to outdoor living meaning different things to people. 

-Some people want calm, a glass of wine lounging in a chair with a warm breeze blowing over them. 

-Some want to entertain- 50 people having a great time with music and dancing. 

-Some prefer winding paths and hidden gardens.

-And some just want to tend and nurture their garden. 

All would call it outdoor living, contributing to their well being and satisfaction.  Or as Jimmy Buffet would say, "taking care of the inner child." 

In the end, I would have to say it's all about how we have fun, isn't it?

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Spring Classes

We are starting to schedule summer classes for the year.  Classes will be on Saturdays starting the first weekend in April.   We will again have classes on Paver and Wall installation, Cleaning and sealing pavers, and creating outdooor rooms.  This year, we are starting a new class, Water Feature building.  This is by popluar demand and we will be making this process even easier by making parts kits and an instruction page so that people will have reference.  Check for the class schedule.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Snow Removal

Design Outdoor is has a new service- D.O. SNOW.  Many homes use snow removal services that employ large loaders and backhoes that scratch and damage pavers and concrete driveways.  They also can not access walkways, sidewalks and backyard patios.  D.O. Snow uses only snow blowers and hand shoveling that will protect your surfaces from damages and get to these hard to find areas.  This service is available in Arrowcreek, Saddlehorn and Field Creek.  Call 775-851-9499 for details.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Sealing pavers

Do you need to seal your paver?  While it is highly recommened, the answer is no.  You will get years of enjoyment out of your concrete pavers, even if you don't. 

That being said, I recommend sealing because it protects them and helps them from fading.  If you use an ice melter, even a concrete approved one, you must seal your pavers or they WILL spall on the surface, creating pock marks.    Sealing concrete pavers also protects driveways from oil stains and patios from BBQ grease stains. 

I recommend always using a solvent based sealer over water base.  Solvents are easier to work with over time if there is effloressence or other problems, and it is easier to maintain.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Reno Water Meter Change Over

By next summer, the water company will have started changing over 7700 flat rate homes to water meters.  This will probably increase peoples water bills significantly. 

Design Outdoor is consdiering having classes to teach homeowner water saving ideas.  These classes will focus on everything from how to change out irrigation systems to more water efficient types to how to re-landscape yards for better water efficiency.  The classes will be taught by local landscape architects and contractors with experience.  Anybody interested in this?