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Proper preparation of the subsoil, base, and bedding layers will keep a hardscape looking great for years

Proper preparation of the subsoil, base, and bedding layers will keep a hardscape looking great for years


Hardscaping Articles

  • What's Hot for Outdoor Recreation

    Water elements such as pools and waterfalls, and spa features like hot tubs, whirlpools, and saunas are the two most popular types of outdoor recreation features identified in a survey conducted this spring by the American Society of Landscape Architects and reported in Builder magazine.

  • Is This Pickup Worth $300,000?

    Lots of builders would be tickled to death to own a brand-new, top-of-the-line pickup truck. But when brand new isn't good enough, you might turn to Jonathan Ward and plunk down a couple of hundred thousand bucks for this Icon pickup. It sort of looks like a 2007 Dodge Ram, but that's only the...

  • Think Twice About Discounts

    Discounts may look like a good way to win new customers, especially when times get tough. But as this installment of "Do the Math" explains, giving a discount may be the same as giving away your profit; plus it removes any safety margin against losing money if something goes wrong.

  • Trouble From Angie's List

    A promotion for a roof inspection and minor repairs advertised on Angie's List turned into a nightmare for one home-improvement company. Could the company be forced into replacing an entire roof for $99? Mike Damora explains the downside of dealing with this Internet referral and rating service. Be...

  • Fiberon Works Social Media Contest

    Composite-decking maker Fiberon turned to Twitter and Facebook for an online contest to name the best outdoor living spaces submitted by deck builders. The winner was Buz Gardiner of Gardiner Construction in Narragansett, R.I., and PDB author Robert Shaw, of Colorado Deck and Framing in Colorado...

  • Best Deck Selfie Wins a $5,000 Prize

    Cable-railing manufacturer AGS Stainless is offering a $5,000 prize for the best photo selfie taken on a backyard deck. The entry with the most votes will get a cable railing package worth $5,000, the company said, and additional awards will be handed out in three other categories.

  • Are You Charging Enough for Labor?

    If you're billing your hourly workers at the same rate you're paying them, chances are excellent that you're losing money. Losses can add up to the thousands of dollars per year per employee. Learn more in the JLC online video.

  • Outdoor Award Winners

    Custom Home shares the list of winners in the "Outdoor Spaces" and "Accessory Building" categories of its annual design competition. Decking and railing are not a separate category, but you'll find both well-represented in this online slide show.

  • Super-Organized Rolling Work Station

    Malcolm McGrath is a cabinetmaker who has turned scaffolding sections into a rolling work station. Misplacing tools is a problem of the past, as Tools of the Trade's David Frane shows in this video.

  • Azek Standard and Resurfacing Pavers

    New versions offer more design possibilities

  • Evaluating Deck Conditions

    The North American Deck and Railing Association offers an evaluation form that can help you spot problems on existing decks. It covers everything from how the ledger is attached to the house to the design and condition of handrails. The checklist is free online.

  • Building a Deck Over a Living Space

    This architectural puzzle should be addressed early in order to avoid glaring problems later, as Kevin Eckert explains in Custom Home. A key goal should be creating a level surface between the deck and the adjoining interior floor.

  • Restoring a Redwood Deck

    Bringing a 10-year-old redwood deck back to health requires more than a quick scrub and a coat of stain. Scott Burt walks you through the process, from pressure-washing to applying the topcoat.

  • Retirement Plans for Small Business

    For small-business owners, choosing a retirement plan can be confusing. Fidelity explains the pros and cons of the three types of plans that are the most suitable for businesses with 10 or fewer employees. Picking the right one can have important long-term consequences.

  • Deck Drainage Systems

    Many homeowners don't know they have the option of installing a drainage system under their deck to create a dry living space below. But once they do, Washington-state deck builder Tyler VanKatwijk tells Builder, they will often opt to have one installed.