The Importance of Planning Your Backyard Early
Even though it's cold outside, winter is actually the perfect time to start planning your dream backyard. By beginning the design process now, you ensure that your space will be ready to fully enjoy as soon as spring arrives.
Our clients had very specific goals when they approached us to design and build their backyard patio area. Their number one priority was wanting a design that felt unique compared to other backyard patios we had completed. After doing some traveling, the wife fell in love with the contemporary backyard designs she saw in Southern California. She wanted to capture that same look and feel, with some angular lines and modern elements, for her own backyard in a way that made sense for their home.
Introducing the Backyard Oasis Project
This week we are sharing an exciting new project that we have been working on - the creation of an incredible backyard oasis for a lovely family. The goal for this space was to design and build a relaxing, multifunctional outdoor area with three main hangout zones: a four-season porch, a cozy fire pit area with an outdoor kitchen, and a screened-in pergola.
We're excited to share with you how to install your very own outdoor water feature, and give your lawn the instant upgrade it deserves. Don't worry if you've never done anything like this before, we'll guide you through step-by-step.
As we look back on the year that has passed, we're thrilled to showcase the top ten projects that we have had the pleasure of working on. From stunning fire pits to tranquil koi ponds, these projects are a testament to the importance of creating beautiful, functional spaces in our homes and yards. We've had the privilege of working with passionate homeowners who share our love for transforming their spaces into something truly special, and we're thrilled to share their projects with you. So sit back, grab your favorite beverage, and get ready to be inspired by the top ten projects of our year.
Today, I want to share with you the incredible transformation we made to a mom's backyard. She had two young kids, but her yard was just not suitable for them to play in. We had a bit of a challenge on our hands, but with some creative problem-solving, we were able to give her and her family the backyard of their dreams!
Now, I know what you're thinking: "How long will my patio really last?" Well, that depends on the quality of the materials you choose, but a properly installed paver patio can last for around 30 years. Today I want to take you behind the scenes of a recent project where we transformed a small backyard space into something simple, yet amazing. We'll be sharing a closer look at how to lay a proper foundation for your paver patio, as well as my simple method for choosing the right pavers for your space. Keep reading to learn more!
Bees are undeniably fascinating creatures. They work tirelessly to pollinate our plants and flowers, providing us with delicious honey along the way.
However, bees are facing a concerning decline in population, which poses a serious threat to our planet. Fortunately, there are simple steps we can take to support these little superheroes.
Planting native flowers that require pollination by bees or butterflies is a great start. Another effortless way to help your local bee population is by simply leaving a bowl of sugar out in your backyard!
When a local nonprofit in Newport News, Virginia asked us to create a space for their staff to reflect and find some peace and quiet, we didn't realize it was going to be quite a task. With a bus stop, cars honking nearby, along with a fire station, it was challenging to create a tranquil oasis. Our original plan was to build a 16-foot wide space on the side of the building with an 8-foot tall fence for privacy. However, just as we were finalizing the plans, we were informed by the city that it would not be allowed. Back to the drawing board!
Have you ever looked at your small backyard and thought, "There's just not enough space for anything"? Well, think again! In this backyard transformation project, we helped our client turn their tiny yard into a cozy oasis where they could work from home and unwind after a long day. With a combination of strategic planning, clever design choices, and a lot of hard work, we created a beautiful outdoor space that proved size doesn't matter when it comes to backyard dreams. So, let's dive into the step-by-step process of this remarkable transformation!
Today, I want to share the exciting journey of building a rescue pond. But before we dive in, let's talk about koi fish. Now, I don't know about you, but I truly believe that koi are some of the most beautiful fish out there. I mean, just look at their vibrant colors and graceful movements. They're like living art in your pond. But here's the thing, not every koi fish is fortunate enough to find a nice home in a pond. Sometimes, if they have a deformity, they get left behind. Other times, homeowners move and leave their ponds, not caring about the fish at all.
The pond featured in the video below was in need of an overhaul. After years of dealing with a malfunctioning pump, the water feature had become difficult to maintain and was causing stress for the owner. The pond was home to massive, healthy koi fish, but it had some major issues that needed to be addressed.
Today, we will take you through a step-by-step process on how to rebuild an existing koi pond. Like any water feature, these ponds require periodic maintenance to ensure they function correctly and look their best. However, without proper attention, things can get out of hand, leading to serious problems. Fortunately, this pond owner noticed that something was wrong and reached out for help before her fish were affected too badly.
I hope you're ready for a blast from the past because today we're taking on a yard that's stuck in the 80s and giving it a major upgrade. Now, I wasn't around in the 80s, but I can definitely relate to those memories of seeing our loved ones rockin' those bright purple and yellow windbreakers with geometric shapes. Ahh, the fashion choices of yesteryear!
But let's get back to the task at hand, because I'm thrilled to share the journey of this amazing transformation with you. So, let's dive in and break down the process step by step.
Are you tired of feeling like your outdoor space is missing something? Do you struggle to bring your design ideas to life? Are you looking for ways to create a space that your friends and family will love? If so, you're in luck! In this blog post, I'll be sharing five hardscape design rules that will help you transform your outdoor space into a beautiful and functional oasis.
Do you dream of a serene backyard escape complete with a crystal-clear koi pond? Maintaining a koi pond can be both rewarding and challenging. One of the most frustrating problems faced by pond owners is dealing with the dreaded "pea-green soup" water, which can obscure the beauty of your pond and make it difficult to enjoy your fish. In this blog post, we'll delve into the journey of a dedicated pond owner who reached out for help and asked us to restore the tranquility of his backyard oasis.
Would you swim in a pool without chlorine? Would you swim in a pond with natural filtration? Today, we're diving into the world of recreational ponds, specifically one that's naturally filtered, making it safe and enjoyable for swimming without harsh chemicals. In this blog post, we’re taking a look at the step-by-step construction of a naturally filtered rec pond in Gloucester, Virginia, offering you an enchanting escape into the beauty of nature while enjoying a chemical-free swimming experience.
Goldfish ponds can be a delightful addition to any garden or backyard. However, maintaining their cleanliness and creating a balanced ecosystem can be challenging, especially when using the common "pump and dump" method.
In this blog post, we'll explore the process of transforming a murky, pump and dump pond into a clear, thriving ecosystem using the principles of biomimicry, while also being mindful of a budget. Additionally, we'll discover the innovative use of a spillway bowl and an Aquablox panel to create a budget-friendly bog, providing efficient filtration and nutrient balance for clear, healthy water.
In today's world, where environmental consciousness is on the rise, planting a pollinating garden has become a popular and responsible trend. By creating a habitat that nurtures our local pollinators, we not only help them thrive but also contribute to the overall health of our ecosystem. There are a few valuable insights I want to share on how we can make our gardens and landscapes more welcoming to pollinators, and I’ll be emphasizing the importance of focusing on the right food sources, trees as host plants, and year-round considerations. So let's dive in and discover how we can play a crucial role in supporting our local pollinators.
Summer is the perfect time to transform your backyard into a relaxing oasis, and what better way to do that than by building your own patio? However, the idea of a DIY patio may seem daunting, especially with the horror stories of uneven surfaces and weed-infested cracks. But don’t worry, with a few practical tips, you can create a beautiful and functional patio that will enhance your outdoor space and make your summer dreams come true.
Recently I was hanging out with Fred, our trusty mannequin friend, and we stumbled upon a conversation about Shaq's pond. Now, let me tell you, it was a bit one-sided and honestly a tad boring. But then we had an idea! We thought, maybe you guys haven't seen the full glory of Shaq's pond and its surroundings. So, we decided to take you on a little adventure to show you what went into constructing this magnificent pond and some of the headaches the team faced along the way.
Today, I want to share with you an exciting project that had us on the edge of our seats. It all started with a magnificent paver driveway we installed last year, boasting a whopping 5,500 square feet. Complete with a mesmerizing water feature, intricate inlays, and a picturesque walkway leading to the front porch, this driveway in the beautiful neighborhood of Hilton Village (Newport News, Virginia) was a true work of art. Little did we know that an even greater challenge awaited us - the installation of a 22,000 pound plunge pool. Join me as we dive (see what I did there?!) into all the details of this nerve-wracking endeavor.
Today we’re taking you on a journey through a remarkable transformation in Newport News, Virginia. In this detailed account, we will walk you through the entire process, from the challenges we faced to the stunning features we incorporated. Prepare to be amazed as we unveil the captivating hardscape and water features that have turned this once mundane space into a backyard paradise for the whole family.
If the American flags around our office don’t give it away, we’re patriots here at Easton Outdoors.
When we got the call about helping a disabled veteran by building a patio and outdoor space for his new home, a place where he could get outside with his family and just enjoy being out in nature, we jumped at the chance.
This opportunity came from the Tunnel to Towers Foundation, who is partnering with Wayne Harbin Builders to build a brand new smart home for a disabled veteran right here in the Toano, Virginia, area. Not only did we get to be a part of the undertaking, but there were actually several local businesses and partners who pitched in to make this project happen, which we’ll talk more about later on!
The centerpiece for this modern backyard transformation on the Southside in Virginia Beach was a pergola. Our clients wanted a space where they could get out and enjoy their yard all year long, so we did some research and decided to try a new brand of pergola that was beautiful, sleek, modern… and also MISSING for several months!
About Easton Outdoors
We started out as the neighborhood lawn boys – a group of high school friends trying to make some pocket change. It soon became more. We realized how much we enjoyed landscaping. Over the years, we've transformed hundreds of properties, beautified countless landscapes, and made many homeowners proud. This has become our passion!