Operating and Living in a Small Town – Outdoor Living Decisions

Small towns are frequently mischaracterized as having little to offer. Too often the image of small towns portrayed in our culture is antiquated, such as offering no social life, and no way to provide for a family. It is true that the allure of big cities and opportunities there have been a talent drain on …

Designing Balance – Outdoor Living Decisions

By Joe Wilkerson, Maplehurst Outdoor Living Great outdoor spaces are a harmony of elements. Usually in a backyard, one element anchors the project. If we are not careful, we neglect the attention needed on the complementary details that finish the project and “wow” guests. Stepping back from that patio or pool you have dreamed about …

Shedding light on your Outdoors

Outdoor Living Decisions Expanding our homes into the outdoors is one of the key motivators to most of our projects, but our often-hectic lives today limit us to just a few hours to enjoy our homes and backyards. We are drawn back indoors soon after the sun sets seeking light to wrap up our day. …

Stone Decks? A Cool Refuge from a Crazy World

Outdoor Living Decisions By Joe Wilkerson “In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous.” – Aristotle Let’s face it, anyone who has owned a deck for any amount of time has been frustrated with the deterioration and maintenance of their once proud structure. Pressure treated deck boards start off OK, but the …

Shoreline Stabilization

Outdoor Living Decisions By Joe Wilkerson Living on the lake is special. Lake life is relaxing. It’s a lifestyle that can rejuvenate your mind and soul, but anyone who owns a place on the lake can attest to the need to maintain and protect your lifestyle investment. One of the most problematic issues we work …

Outdoor Kitchens

Outdoor Living Decisions By Joe Wilkerson When I think of summer my mind races to memories of times gathered together outdoors, and when we gather, we eat. Grilling on the back patio is a national pastime. Search for ideas and Google will yield 2.5 million results in about a half a second. Eating is functional, …