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Just as a frame complements its picture, so does the landscape of a house. Getting it right means a carefully planned design and the perfect products to complete the look. Since every home is unique, more people are turning to specialty stores to get items not offered by big box retailers.

Bill Zemak, owner of Overstream Poolscapes in Charlotte, specializes in constructing pools as part of building outdoor living environments. “Many of my clients come in with complex projects that need specialty products,” he says. Hardscapes that incorporate a pool can be particularly challenging.

To get homeowners the latest on the market, Zemak turned to Hil Hamer who owns and operates American Brickstone with his wife, Dawn. A local provider of brick, hardscape, masonry, grills and lighting products, the company is able to supply homeowners and their contractors
with a variety of traditional and newer product lines.

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To find out how American Brickstone can integrate the right products into your outdoor living design, call them at 888-688-6240 or 704-283-9065.

Visit the showroom at 1703 Morgan Mill Road in Monroe or on the web at www.americanbrickstone.com.


High on the list of priorities for house hunters is square footage. But getting the most livable space for the dollar might mean looking outside of your four walls. After moving into her brick and stone home in Weddington, N.C., Linda Nugent found her backyard was being underutilized.

“It was completely wasted space,” she relates. “We had a backyard veranda, but we never used it.” A referral from a pool contractor led her to Tony Everett, president of Custom Land Design based in Charlotte. Specializing in integrating landscapes and hardscapes, the company has experience designing outdoor rooms.

“In the past, homeowners made backyard improvements just for the look,” Everett relates. “But lately more people are selling their vacation place in favor of investing in making outdoor living an important part of their home.”

Once the spa and pool were installed, Nugent wanted a poolhouse, fireplace and outdoor kitchen to complete the space. “We had a general notion of what we wanted, but Tony took our thoughts and pictures and gave us advice and additional ideas before coming up with a design,” she says.

With a wide variety of materials available for outdoor living projects, achieving a cohesive look can be difficult. “Tony kept drawing me back to materials that would match our house, so the end result looked like it was there from the day the house was built,” Nugent relates…

Click here to view the entire article or visit Urban Home Magazine’s website to learn more about Custom Land Design.

For a free estimate contact Custom Land Design at 704-201-0917 or at cldesigners@yahoo.com.

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