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12 Hardscape Ideas for Your Front Yard

Designers use the word ‘hardscape’ to describe non-living landscaping elements like fountains, walkways, patios, and breeze block walls. Hardscapes create areas that are often used as a spot to relax and enjoy being outdoors, typically with some sort of seating option. Our designers have the talent to look at a front yard, whether it’s big ...

Our Review of Manchester Tan by Benjamin Moore

Benjamin Moore’s Manchester Tan is a soft, muted neutral light tan paint color with khaki undertones that made our list of the best Benjamin Moore paint colors for 2022. Our designers use this color on a variety of home styles and building materials. This paint color review invites you to take a closer look at ...

Our Review of Sherwin Williams’ Alpaca

Sherwin Williams’ Alpaca is a stunning warm greige with taupe undertones that made our list of the best Sherwin Williams paint colors for 2022. Our designers use this color on all different home styles. This paint color review dives into the technical specs of Alpaca, how we’ve used the color in exterior design, ideal paint ...

10 Backyard Hardscapes We Love

‘Hardscapes’ is the word exterior designers like us use to describe any non-living landscaping elements. This includes things like patios, walls, outdoor fireplaces, and pavers. These spaces often serve as outdoor lounge areas, typically including seating options and tables. Our designers are talented: They can start with a simple backyard and transform it into a ...

9 Breeze Block Wall Ideas

Although breeze block walls were created with the intention of keeping outdoor living spaces cool, they have evolved over the years to include different designs, materials, and textures. Not only do breeze block walls promote air flow, they serve as interesting and appealing exterior design elements, fitting into all types of design styles. Read on ...

10 Modern Exterior House Colors for 2022

There are clear trends when it comes to modern exterior house colors, but modern color schemes are not necessarily one-size-fits-all. Depending on your design style, you might lean toward a sleek aesthetic or something more striking and bold. Furthermore, small details, like the color of the front door or trim, make all the difference with ...

12 Modern Gray House Exterior Color Schemes

Gray is no cut-and-dry color. There are so many shades and undertones to consider when you’re considering gray paint, and we have a lot of favorites to recommend. If you’re looking for modern gray house exterior color schemes, we’ve got you covered. From dark and daring to fresh and simple, we have plenty of ideas ...

Our Review of Benjamin Moore’s Graphite

Benjamin Moore Graphite is a bold, deep charcoal paint color. If you want to make a daring statement with your home’s exterior, a saturated charcoal is a great way to go. This color in particular translates beautifully across both traditional and modern home styles, and brings every texture to life. Whether you plan on using ...

An Ode to Copper Gutters

Exterior elements created for a specific function don’t have to be merely functional. Consider your roof or your driveway, for instance. These elements were designed with a purpose in mind. Your roof provides shelter. Your driveway is a path for vehicles to follow to your home. These are functional, crucial parts of your home’s exterior. ...