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HISTORIC HOMES: PRESERVATION AND RESTORATION, BY MIKE FOURNIER, TULSA

Every state has a federally designated historic preservation office (HPO) that is the clearinghouse for a tremendous amount of information about preservation activities. There is no cost or obligation for their assistance. They will be able to provide you with:


GARAGE SOLUTIONS

Garage Solutions: Build It, Remodel It, Organize It


CARRIAGE HOUSES

Before automobiles were popular and garages became standard fare in American homes, there was the carriage house. Historically it was a structure set off from the main home on wealthier estates that included a place to park the family carriage and a stable to house the horses in. With the rise in popularity of automobiles, and the fact that cars didn't need to be housed quite as far away as the horses for aromatic reasons, these structures dropped out of favor as garages rose in prominence. Lucky for today's homeowners, however, the basic idea was not forgotten. And like so many traditional building styles, these homes are now enjoying a revival of sorts.


CARPENTRY GLOSSARY, BY MIKE FOURNIER, TULSA

Air-Dried Lumber: Lumber that's been stored in an enclosed area for any length of time. The minimum moisture content of this lumber is 12 to 15 percent, though in the South it can be no lower than 19 percent.


DECORATIVE CONCRETE: TURNING CEMENT SURFACES TO STONE

When installing a floor, patio, or driveway, many people would love to have the unique colors and warm textures of natural stone. Slate, tile, brick, and even marble are some of the hottest materials on the market due to their sophisticated look and irreplaceable charm. However, any kind of natural stone comes at a heavy cost. Since they're rare, difficult to manufacture, and harder to work with, they are never cheap. Therefore many people invest in cement: it's easy, inexpensive, and effective.


CONCRETE FLOORS: ROCK SOLID

Concrete Floors: Rock Solid


ORNAMENTAL IRON FENCE

Ornamental Iron Fence Offers See-Through Protection


DESIGN PLANNING

This is a very commonly asked question from many of our customers. Hardscape and Landscape plans are far more involved than just deciding which plants to  purchase and where to plant them. Today's approach to designing utilizies a bevy of ideas (not just plants); including hardscaping, outdoor fireplaces, kitchens, decks,...


VERSA-LOK RETAINING WALL OPTIONS

A Versa-Lok retaining wall is an excellent solution for any retaining wall landscaping needs you might have. They are attractive, cost effective, durable, and can be used in a variety of landscaping applications. If you're in need of a retaining wall solution, it's an excellent idea to talk to a contractor who specializes in design and installation possibilities available to you.


STAINED CONCRETE

Most newer homes have concrete as the prevalent floor material around the house. Typical remodeling concepts cover the floor with carpet, wood, tile, etc. However, recent trends have been spicing up existing concrete with acid stains, rather than trying to hide it.

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