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Discover New Depths to Your Home with Custom Pool Landscaping Solutions

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McHale Landscape Design’s Mike Miller recalls one particular pool renovation in Crownsville, Md., in which space constraints were optimized to create an entirely new aesthetic.

The semi-wooded property featured a house on the water at the end of a long drive. An existing rectangular pool and a modest pool house were the focus of the project, set amidst simple paver walkways and hardscaped steps that punctuated the landscape.

Because of the pre-existing pool, designers had little say in orientation, and the space between the pool house and the pool itself was incredibly tight.

The McHale crew was undeterred. They modified some square footage from the pool house’s kitchen and bathroom, and tore down the screened porch to create a more organic flow to draw guests and visitors in.

Floors were refinished to match the terrace material, so when the doors of the pool house were opened, it felt like an extension of the landscape.

Around the perimeter, various touches were implemented to create a contemporary feel. A state-of-the-art outdoor kitchen was installed, plants were introduced in and around the pool, and a vanishing edge was introduced, featuring a spillway that emptied into spill basin.

“It was a challenge at first,” Miller said, “But that just added to [the excitement] when everything was put into place.”

DIVE DEEPER INTO YOUR IMAGINATION

Miller says many homeowners look out into their yard and see nothing but a small deck and sloped land. Although they hope to use their property in a certain way, they get hung up in not being able to see the potential it offers.

“They’re looking at how they’re using their yard now,” Miller says. “It is hard for them to see what it is going to be like and how it is going to change their lives.”

Custom pool landscaping solutions can help them see the bigger picture.

Like any other part of a home or landscape, the process begins with determining what a client wants and needs. Designers often schedule an initial consultation to find out more about the family.

  • How many adults, children, senior citizens are there in the home?
  • How does the family like to entertain?
  • How much space do they need?
  • What is the style of the home?
  • What style of pool do they like?

Typically, materials are chosen to best fit the architecture. Wooded lots might call for more rustic features, for example; a diving rock instead of a diving board. The strong, simple lines of modern homes are often mirrored in the pool’s layout and design.

It’s no surprise most families hope to have their pools completed by summertime. Because certain temperatures are required for certain building materials, such as gunite, the ideal time to install a pool lands in the fall or spring seasons when children are still in school and construction does not interfere with day-to-day activities.

Miller suggests that homeowners hoping for some fun in the sun by Memorial Day plan ahead, and schedule their install in the winter.

LOOK BEFORE YOU LEAP

Far too many landscaping companies employ cookie-cutter techniques to make pool installation as simple as possible for them. They offer limited options, sub out work, and when something goes wrong – everyone involved tends to blame someone else.

McHale uses in-house, turnkey custom pool landscaping solutions. Every step, every stone, every measurement is planned out in advance, ensuring that no compromises are made later on.

So many different elements – from materials to measurements and, of course, money –go into custom pool landscaping solutions. It is important to find a contractor who can do it all.

“We’re problem solvers,” Miller says. “We think ahead.”

Your home’s pool possibilities are virtually endless. Contact a McHale representative today to learn more.

 

3 Landscape Design Elements to Enhance Your Property’s Beauty

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This summer, many discerning homeowners will begin to think about creating a fresh look for their landscape, and will enlist the services of a professional contractor to reevaluate their property and make suggestions for improvement and reinvention.

And while the sky is virtually the limit when it comes to upgrading your property, there are three distinct landscape design elements everyone should keep in mind:

1) FIT

According to landscape designer Hans Bleinberger, a horticulturist and plant specialist who has been with McHale Landscape Design for more than 15 years, many decisions can be boiled down to one simple mantra:

“Choose the right plant for the right spot.”

This mission statement, he says, involves selecting the best flower, plant, shrub, or tree to ensure its compatibility with your property’s entire environment.

Landscape designers must take every aspect into consideration when choosing the right plants for your home, including:

  • Growth rate
  • Shade
  • Sun
  • Soil
  • Drainage
  • Scale/size

Deer and pest resistance, too, is a huge factor. All of these components directly relate to whether or not the chosen plants will perform in a given setting.

The plants you choose, Bleinberger says, should feel like they belong, harmonizing with the architecture of your home. Traditional settings, for example, are conducive for boxwoods and more classic flowering shrubs such as viburnum, lilac, and azaleas.

Modern architecture, on the other hand, can benefit from ornamental grasses and drought tolerant plants like yucca, or plants and grasses that exhibit a looser, less manicured feel, such as holly, laurel, and Abelia.

2) FORM

Moving on from plant selection, hardscaping is perhaps the biggest consideration for homeowners.

“It’s probably the most important,” says Bleinberger. Along with large, strategically placed trees, he notes, “it forms the bones of the garden.”

Again, there are multiple options available, all of varying size and complexity.  A professional landscape designer will be able to pinpoint solutions that would best compliment your home.

  • Front walkway
  • Portico
  • Rear terrace
  • Patio
  • Retaining wall

When adding hardscaped creations to your landscape, stone selection – like plant selection – is of the utmost importance. Traditional architecture blends well with brick and/or bluestone. (In the U.S., notes Bleinberger, bluestone refers to a variety of sandstone quarried on the East Coast. It is frequently used for paving in gardens, due to its blue-gray color.)

Contemporary homes are often outfitted with pavers, decorative concrete, granite, and more.

3) FACILITATION

The third, and perhaps most essential, landscape design element? Choosing a trustworthy and dedicated landscaping partner who puts a client’s needs first.

At McHale Landscape Design, when a call comes in, the team immediately begins trying to ascertain what it is that the client is striving to achieve. Is it a matter of aesthetics? Aesthetics and function?

Is your driveway not big enough? Is a grade too steep? Is it too shady? Too sunny?

An initial consultation is built around one question, Bleinberger says. “What can we do to meet your needs?”

The beauty of McHale Landscape Design’s design-build process is that, from start to finish, a homeowner communicates with one, single contact regarding quality, cost, and schedule management. Because there are no middle men, there is ultimately little to no confusion.

“It’s all about problem-solving,” Bleinberger says.

4 Design-Build Tips for the Perfect Custom Pergola

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According to Sandra Moffatt, custom pergolas have become increasingly popular over the last 10 years.

“[Pergolas provide a] way to add feel and flare to your home without breaking the bank,” she says.

As the Construction Division Manager for McHale Landscape Design, Moffatt has helped to build pergolas of every size and shape imaginable during her 16 years with the company.

According to her, there are four primary guidelines to keep in mind when designing and building a pergola for your own home:

PURPOSE

The first objective, Moffatt notes, is determining your pergola’s purpose.

“What is the main focus?” she asks. Is your pergola going to serve as a gathering place for a family? Will you require ample space to entertain guests? Or is it simply an attractive spot to hang a swing?

Moffatt has been involved in landscape architecture for more than 30 years. During this time, she has seen pergolas range from the tiniest structure to 40 x 40-foot behemoths that can accommodate huge parties and gatherings.

Purpose and location, in tandem, will drive the size and shape of your custom pergola.

“If you have a patio connected to your home, a pergola can provide a perfect spot for intimacy,” Moffatt says.

Other homeowners may opt for eyebrow arbors over a window.

“Sometimes, a home just lacks street presence or road appeal, and homeowners wish to add something that is purely ornamental to dress up a window or a door.”

Freestanding pergolas, too, can offer a wealth of structure to a landscape. Extra measures must be taken to secure them, however, so they don’t sway in the wind and break apart.

ARCHITECTURE

Tying a custom pergola into your existing home architecture is also crucial, Moffatt says. Make note of the features from your home you’d like to incorporate.

Owners of a small cottage, for example, may favor an English garden style structure, while the owners of large estates may opt for something more elaborate and decadent.

Your surrounding architecture should also play a significant role in the materials used, Moffatt notes. When it comes to constructing your custom pergola, the possibilities are virtually endless.

Wood requires more maintenance, she notes, but remains a perfectly acceptable building material. Stone, stainless steel, and fiberglass, too, provide strength and stability, and can provide excellent support posts.

When it comes time to install the roof, the quality of your beams and rafters is paramount to a lasting structure.

“If you have a big stone house, maybe your rafters are big timbers,” Moffatt explains. Victorian architecture, on the other hand, would call for something smaller, more delicate and petite.

McHale has installed PVC rafters with metal frames, which are incredibly durable and enduring.

“They don’t rot at all,” Moffatt says.

ACCOUTREMENTS

Custom pergolas can be electrically wired to meet almost any potential need.

Ceiling fans and light fixtures bring the comforts of home outdoors, while manual or electric, umbrella-style shades can offer shade and privacy.

“You can add as many features as you can dream of,” Moffatt says. “There are as many different styles of pergolas as there are styles of houses.”

PRICING

Keep in mind: the sturdier your materials and the more dynamic your functionality – the loftier the price.

The most economic route, Moffatt explains, is typically to build with pressure treated lumber. While cost-effective, it can still provide an impressive and dynamic structure.

Mahogany beams, PVC wrapped in metal, and other premiere materials all add to the final price tag.

Whatever your needs, however, McHale can accommodate, Moffatt says.

“It all depends on a customer’s budget and wherewithal.”

Whether in your yard, courtyard, or patio, a custom pergola is sure to add a tremendous amount of interest to your home.

McHale Landscape Design often assists homeowners who have lived in one home and one neighborhood for most of their lives. While they love their location, they just desire a few minor adjustments to refresh and reinvigorate their surroundings.

Custom pergolas often provide the perfect solution.

“It doesn’t take a lot to make a big difference to the character of your home,” Moffatt says.

How Expert Landscape Design Enriches Your Home in 3 Distinct Ways

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With 32 years of experience in the landscape industry as a Landscape Designer – including 22 working with McHale Landscape Design – Julie Patronik has first-hand knowledge of what design can achieve when done properly.

Starting out as an assistant to a Landscape Architect, Julie’s artistic ability and love for plants led quickly to landscape projects of her own design.  Since then, Patronik has been honored with more than 30 Landscape Contractors Association (LCA) Grand Awards for landscape excellence, and her talents are showcased at hundreds of residential properties throughout the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Most recently, Julie was named McHale’s Director of Marketing and Public Relations.

She says expert landscape design can – and should – do the following three things for you and your property.

Expert Landscape Design Should Help You AVOID Problems – When DIY landscapers plant a tree because it looked pretty at the lawn and garden store, and then that tree grows far too big for the small garden it was placed in – that’s a problem. A Landscape Professional can help choose the right plant for the right spot, preventing a need for relocation or removal later on down the road.  We know what plants blend well together – aesthetically and culturally,” Julie said. “We know what conditions they thrive in and where we might have issues.

When kneejerk reactions are made regarding “the best location” for a landscape plantings or hardscapes, ultimately landing an elegant stone patio or a bed of beautiful perennials right in the thoroughfare for water runoff – that’s another problem, and a big one.  A Landscape Professional can help homeowners avoid such entanglements long before they happen – with advanced planning and meticulous attention to detail.

Expert Landscape Design Should Help You Realize Your Property’s Potential – Professional Landscape Architects and Designers are educated and trained and McHale has been honing these skills for an extended period of time.  A skilled Landscape Designer or Landscape Architect can typically conceptualize various elements and features that a homeowner may have never even considered before.

“We can advise on the best utilization of your space, or help break it up into several distinct spaces. As we get to know the client, we can create the best outdoor living areas for their family’s needs and wants – ultimately helping a family or homeowner bring their property to its fullest potential.”

Expert Landscape Design Should Provide Additional Value to Your Property – Money isn’t everything. But when you’re paying top dollar for something as perishable as flowers, trees, and shrubs, it doesn’t hurt to have someone who is keeping an eye on the bottom line, in addition to the topography. A professional landscape installation boosts both curb appeal and can help raise the asking price if and when you decide to sell.

It’s important to realize that your landscape is an investment. If maintained, it increases in value over time. “It’s not like purchasing a sofa or a car,” says Julie. “It’s more like wine, jewelry… or women,” she says with a laugh. “If maintained, they get better with age.”

To learn more, contact McHale Landscape Design today.

Green Gardens’ Legacy Continues… at McHale Landscape Design

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Acquisition of Well-Established Residential Landscape Company Bucks Trend of Commercial Mergers

UPPER MARLBORO, October 29, 2018 – McHale Landscape Design, a high-end residential design-build landscape contractor operating in Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia markets, is proud to announce its strategic acquisition of Green Gardens, Inc.

“We have always had the highest regard for Green Gardens and are honored to continue their legacy of providing quality landscape services to some of the most discerning clients and properties around Washington, D.C.,” said company president Kevin McHale.

A definitive purchase agreement was finalized in September 2018.

For more than 50 years, Green Gardens has offered residential landscape and maintenance services to a substantial customer base, including clients in Northwest D.C., Bethesda, Chevy Chase, Potomac, and McLean, Va., as well as multiple estates in upper Montgomery and Frederick counties.

Green Gardens Principal, John Austin, said, “We are very excited to be able to offer all that McHale brings to our clients.”

The partnership combines two of the most trusted residential landscape companies in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, boosting McHale’s high-end residential design-build locations to five.

McHale Vice President Steve McHale added, “We’re merging two outstanding companies that share deep commitments to excellent customer service, design philosophies, attention to detail, and quality of materials.”

Since 1964, Green Gardens has taken a revered three-step approach to customer satisfaction – practices employed, materials used, and clients served – all carried out by a diverse and skilled group of foremen. McHale will expand upon this excellence, marrying old-fashioned technique with its signature design-build process, while creating new job opportunities in the process.

Phil Kelly, McHale’s Chief Operating Officer, said “The impact of combined resources will be a huge benefit to our customers.”

Transition Team Leader Keith Bowman is looking forward to the collaboration. “To partner with one of the leaders in our market and expand our presence together is an opportunity I fully embrace.”

For more information about McHale Landscape Design, call 301-599-8300, or visit www.mchalelandscape.com.

About McHale Landscape Design

McHale Landscape Design is a residential landscape architecture design-build firm dedicated to designing and constructing extraordinary residential gardens, pools, outdoor living areas, and home additions. For 37 years, the firm has designed, constructed, and planted many residential projects, including more than 300 award-winning landscapes. Combining landscape architecture, horticulture knowledge, and extensive field experience, McHale’s professionally-licensed and certified staff members help customers create beautiful gardens and living spaces. McHale’s signature, interactive design-build process views every client as an important part of the team and provides a single source of contact throughout a project’s entirety, from design to implementation to aftercare. Visit www.mchalelandscape.com for more information.

5 Must-Have Features for Your Outdoor Kitchen Design

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Outdoor kitchen designs have gradually transcended the typical backyard barbecue to become expanded living spaces that range from the leisurely to the luxurious.  Immaculate stone, steel, and concrete configurations can create an ideal spot to eat, escape, and entertain, and preparing meals outdoors will keep your home free from heat, smoke, and the lingering scent of food throughout the warmer months.

While gathering the ingredients for your customized outdoor kitchen design, be sure to keep the following five must-have features in mind:

  • Appliances: Reliability is the key whether you’re cooking, cooling, or cleaning in your outdoor kitchen. The main attraction for any outdoor kitchen design, of course, is the gas or charcoal grill, which can transform homeowners into top chefs serving up dishes from hot dogs to haute cuisine. A built-in refrigerator can keep beverages and side dishes chilling while you get things cooking, and a weather-resistant, stainless steel sink allows for swift wash-up after the party winds down. Before installation, consider how you your tools and utensils will fit into your layout. Keep in mind that both your refrigerator and sink will require the use of your home’s utilities. Seek the assistance of professionals, such as plumbers and electricians, to safely complete your setup. Built-in outlets will allow for quick access to your blenders, carvers, and more.
  • Space: Sufficient room to maneuver is integral to a successful outdoor kitchen design. Keep in mind that an outdoor kitchen’s prep area is in use constantly, as much – if not more so – than the grill, and plan ahead for ample work surfaces and countertop space, as well as water and temperature-proof cabinets and storage.
  • Lighting: Outdoor landscape lighting not only aids in setting a desired mood, it allows for entertaining long after the sun goes down. Lighting also serves as a safety component, guiding guests along walkways, decks, patios, and staircases. LEDs are a long-lasting, eco-friendly option for homes of all styles and setups. However, if a more natural glow is desired, an outdoor fireplace can accommodate, while keeping things toasty on cool summer evenings.
  • Seating: Your outdoor kitchen design, while entirely functional, may also become the social fixture of your outdoor environment. Once the food has been prepared, make sure you have provided a place for your guests to relax and converse by populating your kitchen area with cushioned patio furniture, comfortable – yet stackable – chairs, and wooden stools lining a high bar or half wall. Opt for a dining table large enough to both serve and seat your guests.
  • Shelter: Protect your friends – and your food – from the elements. Consider adding a custom pergola or even combining your outdoor kitchen with an Italian-style loggia to add a bit of shade and solitude.

A landscape design-build firm can help you get started on the ground floor, helping you to choose the stonework that will serve as the foundation for your outdoor kitchen design.

McHale Landscape Design excels at planning outdoor living areas for family meals, social gatherings, and simple neighborly conversation. Let’s cook up some great concepts together. Call us today at 301-599-8300.

5 Reasons to Invest in a Professional Landscape Designer

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There are a number of DIY projects around a home.

Landscape design is not one of them.

Meticulous stonework and elaborate hardscaping are not exactly weekend hobbies. Selecting the best native plantings for your home’s ecosystem is not a simply a matter of what looks good next to the pool.

Decisions like these should be made with the assistance of a professional landscape designer, whose multi-disciplined approach to an outdoor space involves a deft blend of biology, horticulture, engineering, aesthetics, and much more.

Is a reinvigorated outdoor living space on your to-do list for springtime? If so, consider these 5 reasons to invest in a professional landscape designer.

    • • The big picture.
        • Prior to sitting down with paper and pen, a reputable designer will perform a complete site analysis of your property. This broad scope of the project takes all facets of your lawn and gardens into consideration. Being familiarized with the local climate and ecosystem enables a professional landscape designer to select plants that will thrive in your home’s environment. A professional landscape designer will also be able to assess problem areas, and begin to formulate suggestions for enhancements – such as patios and walkways – that align with your needs and goals.

      Efficiency. Your designer will develop a conceptual masterplan, using it to gauge what works, what doesn’t, and what risks are involved. He or she will identify potential dangers, the best materials for the job, and can even offer suggestions regarding sustainability (such as rain gardens and permeable paving).

      Budgetary assistance. A professional landscape designer will be able to make recommendations based on your needs, pinpointing areas in which substitutions and/or compromises can be made without sacrificing aesthetics, and outlining how your plan can be implemented over a period of time instead of in one fell swoop. Often, clients can opt for a few colorful plantings, and build from there as money allows. McHale Landscape Design provides our customers with a budget cost analysis at the beginning of the design process, eliminating surprises and keeping our clients involved at every turn.

      Consistent Project Management. A professional landscape designer will be on hand throughout your landscape’s implementation and construction, and able to provide guidance or suggest changes if and when the need arises. At McHale Landscape Design, our signature design-build philosophy follows a project from initial concept to creation, and our clients become a partner in every decision made – from plantings to irrigation to masonry and more.

      The small print. Landscape design is more than pretty plants and immaculate fountains. With projects of all sizes, there are myriad zoning regulations, permits, inspections, forms, and other minutiae that come into play. A professional landscape designer is versed in all of the above, and can save you time and resources.

For years, McHale has helped homeowners throughout Maryland and Virginia design their dream landscapes. Our first step with any project is to meet with you, discuss your hopes and expectations, and evaluate your property’s needs. Contact us today to learn more.

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Create an Inviting Entry Courtyard as You Prepare Your Home for the Holidays

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Entry courtyards and arrival courts have become increasingly popular with owners of high-end luxury homes. They originally rose to prominence in the southwest, where they offer ventilation and cooling properties, but are growing in prominence throughout the country – including Maryland – thanks to their unique visual aesthetics that hark back to classic architecture.

These open air, outdoor extensions of your interior living space call to mind the town square structure of yesteryear, offering a gathering place for family and friends, and a staggering first impression for first-time visitors.

Done properly, they can add a wealth of curb appeal.

Most importantly, they provide guests with a preview of sorts of the main event – your home – by crafting a sense of mystery and anticipation as they travel the driveway to the front door.

And while entry courtyards came into their own in more arid climates, they are adaptable to any style of home, whether modern or classic, and are a perfect complement to the snow-covered holiday homecomings of the Northeast.

Common features include:

  • Enclosure – A sense of comfortable isolation is part and parcel with courtyards. An enclosure does not need to be four sided, and does not even have to include walls. It simply suggests a border between your home and the outside world. Entry courtyards can be gated, doored, or blocked off with shrubs and other native plantings.
  • Hardscaping: Paved patios and walkways add to the durability of your courtyard, while limiting the routine maintenance required. Choose from any number of construction materials, including:
    • Flagstone
    • Brick
    • Travertine
    • Natural Stone
    • Limestone
  • Water features – The trickling of water, along with the mystique created by your enclosure, contributes to your visitors’ anticipation and wonder. Water features also help to combat the sounds of nearby traffic and other noise pollution. But consider proportion. A massive fountain would be misplaced in a modest entry courtyard. Don’t overwhelm – or undersell – your layout.
  • Décor and finishing touches: No roof means the sky’s the limit. Courtyards are often adorned with cozy furniture and floral touches. Again, size matters. Private seating is a good idea, whether that means a solitary hardscaped bench, a sectional sofa, or seating built into stone or brick walls.

Potted plants, too, are ideal, as are climbing vines for more rustic designs. Let your green thumb – or that of a professional horticulturist – create the theme, and convey the spirit of your home and family.

As cooler weather settles in, so will your winter guests with the addition of a custom fireplace or firepit.  Lighting, too, is essential – and fun at this festive time of year. Deck the halls with holiday string lights, and don’t forget the Christmas tree.

Is an entry courtyard on your list this year? McHale Landscape Design can help make it a reality. Contact us today.

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Grow Entertaining Space & Home Value with a Custom Outdoor Kitchen

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Hosting a Thanksgiving dinner outdoors? Why not? It worked for the Pilgrims.

Believe it or not, more and more homeowners are planning holiday parties in their custom outdoor kitchens. And while the potential for a cold snap is ever-present in the Mid-Atlantic in late November, the heat generated from a gas stove and adjacent firepit or fireplace are typically enough to fight off a deep freeze.

Some chefs might simply prefer preparing the holiday’s main attraction indoors, however. In that case, an outdoor kitchen can serve as a stellar secondary cooking space, expediting the meal and feeding hungry guests faster.

Even if grilling out on Turkey Day is not in your personal forecast, adding a custom outdoor kitchen to your home can provide myriad benefits year around:

  • They are the perfect place to entertain. When you utilize your custom outdoor kitchen for a holiday celebration or get-together, socialization tends to synchronize with nature and its generous space. Family and friends gather around the stove, the firepit, and the patio, as opposed to cramming themselves into your home’s indoor kitchen, or stationing themselves in front of the television to watch the big game.

Your outdoor kitchen is also a prime opportunity to extend your living space. Pair it with a luxury patio, or an Italian-influenced loggia, which introduces other living room comforts to the great outdoors.

  • They are efficient – in more ways than one. Cooking outdoors keeps your home free of smoke and heat, which can reduce utility bills in the long run. Additionally, once the meal is over, so are the scents of food – which rapidly fade in the open air, instead of lingering in your kitchen for days on end.
  • They boost your home’s curb appeal. Stunning stainless steel and chrome, immaculate stone and woodwork, and impeccable functionality combine to create a one-of-a-kind installment unique to your home and your imagination. This almost guarantees a high rate of return on your investment, and increases the value of your home exponentially.
  • They are adaptable. Best of all, just like the dishes you will soon be serving guests, custom home kitchens are made to order! Imagine an outdoor entertainment area outfitted with any number of the following accoutrements:
    • Refrigerators
    • Ice makers
    • Stainless steel grills
    • Steel sinks and faucets
    • Outdoor movie theaters

Ultimately, cooking outdoors – particularly grilling – is much healthier for you and your family. Because you control the amount of oil, salt, and fat used, made-at-home meals are typically much lower in the grease and additives for which carryout is notorious.

McHale can help you plan a custom outdoor kitchen perfect for family meals, social gatherings, and neighborly conversation. Contact us today to turn up the heat on your dream kitchen.

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Customized Water Features Can Improve the Natural Beauty of Your Landscape

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Pre-fabricated, man-made water features have grown in popularity in recent years, largely due to their off-the-shelf convenience and instant gratification.

Still, many high-end homeowners desire something more personal; something that appropriately compliments their hard-earned investment.

Customized water features can enhance and magnify the natural beauty of your surroundings. Outfitted and framed with natural stone, or stone pavers, they can heighten the natural beauty of your environment, and can be tailored to fit seamlessly within the architecture and landscape design of your home.

When grouped with a selection of native plants, customized water features can transform your backyard into a safe haven for local wildlife, including deer, rabbits, birds, bugs, and amphibians.

In this vein, water features will contribute a wealth of serenity to any home – and its humans – scored with the subtlety of trickling, burbling pools that cause stress and tension to simply wash away.

With the proper care, the unique visual aesthetic that water provides can be enjoyed throughout the year – changing with each season, from the sun reflecting on pools with breathtaking immediacy to the frost sending icy etchings across the surface of your pond.

While the possibilities are limited only to the bounds of one’s imagination, popular installations include:

  • Fountains
  • Streams and ponds
  • Waterfalls
  • Water walls
  • Bubbling rocks
  • Reflecting pools

McHale Landscape Design specializes in customized water features for your home and garden. Call us today at (301) 599-8300.

 

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