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This is the perfect season for enjoying your backyard fire pit. The weather in Atlanta is cool enough to don heavy sweaters and huddle close to family and friends. Whether you fire pit is gas, propane or wood burning, grab some good food, good music and good people to enjoy the autumn weather.
Here are a few ideas:
Have a S'mores Party! Graham crackers, chocolate bars and gooey marshmallows are de rigueur for campfire style fun. Ask your guests to bring creative ingredients to add to their S’more and judge the best taste of the evening! (Hint: We LOVE adding a Reese’s Candy Cup instead of the regular chocolate bar!)
Go camping in your own backyard!
Grab some sleeping bags or a pup-tent, stay up and tell ghost stories and then sleep under the stars with the warmth of the firepit to keep you cozy.
Have a post-Halloween costume party.
After all the candy is collected gather around the firepit and have each guest strut their stuff in their Halloween costume. String orange fairy lights to add to the ambiance. Winners get a special bag of sugary treats. A few scary stories and some hot cocoa will add to the festivities.
Paver patios of stone and brick are a smart choice for anyone designing an outdoor living space for a variety of reasons: there are countless design options, they will last for years of installed correctly and are relatively inexpensive. StoneAge Stonescapes offers a multitude of material selections to complement your home’s style landscaping . Whether you desire a simple driveway or a multi-tiered patio with intricate hardscaping, we can provide your Atlanta area home or business with the finest pavers and patios in Georgia.
And we can work with you to landscape your surrounding property for a complete exterior renovation.
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Considering new or updated pavers for your home? They are a great option for your patio, entrance or driveway. Pavers are durable, slip resistant and may simulate the look of natural stone. The colors, textures, shapes and their combinations can provide a limitless choice to complement any home and landscape.
Concrete pavers are a terrific choice for driveways. Not only are they visually appealing, but the individual pavers can be replaced easily if repairs are ever necessary. Properly installed by Atlanta’s StoneAge Stone and Landscaping Contracting professionals, they will not shift, crack or settle under normal vehicle traffic.
The beauty of Stone Masonry is the ability to extend an already existing patio seamlessly. A client of ours in Suwanee Georgia recently came back to us with a request to add an in-ground Spool (Spa and Pool combination) and patio extension to their stone patio that StoneAge installed three years ago. Our team worked with the Spool installers to create an extended patio around the in-ground Spool adorned by an exquisite waterfall. Now the homeowners have the opportunity to use this new Spool during the hot Atlanta days to cool down or warm up and relax in the spa from fall to spring.
The latest craze in home improvement involves the addition of an outdoor living area, complete with top-notch landscape components such as specimen trees, perennial beds, retaining walls and more. There are several key components that are typically required in today’s backyard renovation and others that your lifestyle simply can’t do without. Some of the items that you should consider incorporating into your backyard are outdoor fireplaces, an outdoor kitchen or even water-features like a pond or a pond-less waterfall. There are many plants, trees and shrubs that are drought tolerant and perfect for the Georgia climate. Many of these specimens will add a great deal of color, fragrance, shade and overall interest to your outdoor living space that you simply can not achieve with hardscapes alone.
Are you in the mood for some 5 star outdoor cooking in your own back yard? Simple plan - Invite all of your good buddies over maybe a dame… cook this in your Stoneage Outdoor Kitchen and prepare for a meal that will leave everyone breathless.
We found this awesome recipe for baking focaccia in a wood fired oven in a Forno Bravo newsletter. We tried it and it was awesome! I thought I would pass on the love to our wonderful customers.
With the groundwork set for the pond-less waterfall and the natural river stone selected to serve as a reservoir and false floor, we are ready to finish the grill area and custom backsplash.
The Meacham residents of Roswell Georgia really do love their 3 large dogs. So much in fact, that they asked us to build a dome shaped doghouse into the natural stone sitting wall. This required that we built the retaining wall 6 inches taller than originally planned. After finding the perfect placement construction began.
Since the Middle Ages the wood burning oven has been used to bake bread and other foods. Its origin is unknown but leads us back to the origin of bread. The only way to bake bread was in a wood burning Brick Oven. Not only were they used for breads but also to cook pizza, roast meats, pastries and cakes. The wood burning oven gives food a wholesome flavor that cannot be achieved with other types of cooking. The Wood Burning Brick Oven has been discovered in the excavations of almost every ancient civilization taking several shapes and forms. The modern form of the brick oven originated in ancient Rome. The wood burning brick ovens excavated in ancient Pompeii were discovered in excellent shape and capable of cooking with only minor repairs. Ancient wood-fired ovens have been discovered throughout Europe, with little variation from the original Roman round, domed oven compartment and front vent design.
In Italy, the ovens were owned by individual families and were smaller -- which is the foundation for Italy's modern pizza oven industry. Round ovens built from brick, and even local stone, have been built in Italy seemingly forever. Practically every Tuscan farmhouse has, or had, an original brick or stone oven. Historically, many European communities relied on large, communal wood-fired ovens as their source for daily cooking needs. The entire village would share the ovens on a rotating schedule often starting the day with breads before moving on to roasted meats and vegetables. During World War II many of these large, communal ovens in Italian villages were destroyed. Soon thereafter, the Italian government commissioned an Oven designer to create an oven that would meet the country's urgent need for replacement ovens. With the objective to design a smaller, prefabricated oven allowing for quick assembly and faster heating times. The solution was to produce a family size wood-burning oven. These newly designed ovens were far more fuel efficient and had great heat retention allowing individual families to afford their own ovens. Soon the wood-burning oven became the Heart and Soul of Italian Family Life. This new appliance brought significant social changes and newly found independence for families regarding cooking techniques, prized family recipes and has helped foster the regional specialties that are celebrated today.