Category Archives: Hardscape

To Protect And Preserve

Catalina Island residents felt it was important to preserve their home's quaint history. Photo Courtesy Of BGB, INC.

In the mid-1990s, the city of Avalon on beautiful Catalina Island off the southern California coastline had a serious dilemma: “How to upgrade the deteriorating downtown waterfront without losing its historic charm?” Catalina Island, some 76 square miles and approximately 26 miles from the mainland, was purchased in 1919 by Chicago chewing-gum magnate William Wrigley, Jr. At that time, Avalon was a sleepy fishing village. Wrigley was a visionary, and soon created a plan to provide water and other utilities … Continue reading

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Build It Better

Brick paving complements natural elements in outdoor designs. Photo Courtesy Of ValleyCrest Companies

Many outdoor spaces are benefiting from striking paver, stone, and brick designs made possible thanks to the creativity of designers and manufacturers. Across the nation, these new ideas create that “wow” factor clients want, without breaking the bank. Whether rough and rugged or refined and elegant, pavers, stone, and brick offer a unique combination of natural beauty and historic style few other building materials can match. Hardscapes built from these materials seem like a more natural part of the environment, … Continue reading

Posted in Departments, Hardscape, Insider Access, Issues, Jan/Feb 2013, Landscape Architect Business | Leave a comment