Category Archives: Landscaping

Community Area Around Olympic Park “A Bit Glorious”

The landscape surrounding the London 2012 Olympic velodrome is set to provide local residents and visitors to the city with a “pleasant space to spend time”, it has been said.

Writing for the Guardian on the London blog, Dave Hill noted the positive impact that the space could have on the community, and said that while the economic effect of the Games is yet to be seen, there is little doubt that the gardens and spaces around venues will become important parks in the city.

Each area of the Olympic park has been designed with a part of the world in mind, reflecting the global focus of the Games. Plants from the USA, Asia and Western Europe combine with the athletes’ village, and the “iced cake” basketball arena, and Hill said that the gardens already look set to “become an urban design classic”.

Since the coalition came to power there has been much talk around the idea of community spaces and the importance of people having somewhere green and open to spend time has been highlighted. But for those who live and work in the city, pleasant environments are also vital, and in a blog on the New Scientist website earlier this month, it was noted that when it comes to transforming city scapes, it might be time to tear up the rule book and completely begin again with innovative ideas.

“Why don’t we grow plants on the sides of skyscrapers? And why isn’t all this rainwater run-off used to irrigate them? Our modern urban environments spark countless ideas for innovation toward sustainability. But who’s really going to make them happen?” the post wondered.

Bailey Street Scene specialises in finishing touches which add character and practicality to green and urban spaces, including benches, cycle pods and street furniture.

Commenting on the importance of practical but stylish urban and green spaces, managing director at Bailey Street Scene Ian Bailey said: “Many people underestimate the impact that their surrounding environment has on their mood and their overall feeling of wellbeing, but great design combined with practical solutions can make even the busiest city centre feel like a haven.”

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Increasing Numbers of Home Improvement Projects Ignoring Trees

Today’s homeowners want their homes to be functional and attractive with pristine curb appeal, but it takes careful planning to decide on a home improvement project.

Sometimes a room addition is needed. Sometimes it’s landscaping. The homeowner might want to add a play area or a basketball court to the back yard for the kids. In all these projects it’s important to not overlook trees.

Trees can present problems for the home improvement weekend warrior that many planners fail to consider in improvement projects affecting the outside of the home.

Play areas and room additions may require the removal and relocation of trees, but if the tree is providing a valuable benefit, like shade, some homeowners don’t want to lose them.

“You don’t have to, “ said John Howard of Premiere Tree Services of Orlando. “It’s sometimes more reasonable to relocate trees than to buy new ones.”

Premiere Tree Services of Orlando offers a full range of tree services, including planting, tree removalstump grinding and tree shaping.

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BizziBid.com Now Saves North Carolina Homeowners Money By Providing State-Wide Coverage

In order to address the increasing demand for state-wide contracting bid services in North Carolina, BizziBid.com now provides free, state-wide coverage for home improvement and remodeling estimates. Submission for bids at the web portal is free of charge with a minimum of three, hand-picked contractor responses guaranteed for all customers.

Just because the U.S. Economy is taking a significant time to recover doesn’t mean that homeowners have to put off repairs and upgrades. The BizziBid.com website lets homeowners choose remodeling estimates by either repair category or sub-region in the state of North Carolina.

The website offers a wide selection of certified contractors across North Carolina that can perform work ranging from large bathroom remodeling to replacing the roof on the family home. One of the more popular aspects of the BizziBid service is that consumers do not incur a commitment to pay for estimates and can comparison shop between a greater number of companies before choosing to spend monies on improving their home.

Ryan Coery of BizziBid.com states, “With North Carolina being so diverse from one side of the state to the other, homeowners have such a wide variety of needs. Therefore, we now have pre-screened local and licensed home improvement contractors that can meet those needs from the Mountains to the Ocean.”

BizziBid.com continues to be one of the online leaders of connecting home owners with the right contractor at the right time for a good price. The staff is confident that consumers searching for North Carolina home improvement project quotes and assistance will be able to get help through the recently expanded services that encompass the state.

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Jon Ahrens of Madrone LDC Wins 2010 Honor Award from Texas ASLA

Jon Ahrens, owner of Madrone LDC, a landscape architecture firm that takes advantage of nature and the land’s natural topography to design and construct its projects, was awarded a 2010 Honor Award from the Texas Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (TX ASLA) for Chris Park in San Antonio.

Jon Ahrens of Madrone LDC Wins 2010 Honor Award from Texas ASLA

TX ASLA recognized Ahrens, of Austin-based Madrone, at an awards banquet March 11 th in San Antonio for the Chris Park project. Ahrens’ award came in the Design: Constructed Projects Category, which recognizes site-specific works of landscape architecture and urban design. Chris Park, once part of a neglected industrial area, is now an inviting green space with a unique mix of plants, terrain and artwork. As envisioned by the client, the late Linda Pace, the park memorializes and celebrates her late son. It provides a playful yet calming escape from the city, improving the lives of locals while introducing environmental improvements. Chris Park is part of a larger mixed development project.

“We worked collaboratively with Linda Pace and several Pace Foundation artists to achieve the right mix of plants and contemporary art,” said Ahrens. “Our challenge was to convert an old industrial parking lot into a lush garden that would give back to the residents of San Antonio for decades to come.”

The judges, members of the Colorado ALSA Chapter, reviewed the entries based on design quality, functionality, context and environmental responsibility. Entries were also judged on relevance to the profession, the public and the environment; and design value to the client. According to a TX ASLA Award Committee chair, “T he Colorado jury loved the [Chris Park] story and the amount of thought that went into the creation of the spaces.”

Park highlights include Chris Hill, where a Natchez Mock Orange Tree blooms abundantly in Chris’ birth month of April, the entrance fountain with an intricately designed drainage system to ensure that water does not pond and kids can safely run about, and t he Starfield, where 55 LED light fixtures shine tiny blue lights into the nighttime sky and represent the constellations the day of Chris’ birth.

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J.D. Roy Excavating Celebrates Ten Years in Business

J.D. Roy Excavating, Inc., a leading site excavation contractor based in Manassas, VA, is pleased to announce that the company is celebrating its tenth year in business. When founded in 1999, J.D. Roy Excavating owned one backhoe and dump truck. The company now owns an extensive fleet of heavy equipment, performing turnkey residential, commercial and municipal site development work throughout Northern and Central Virginia with single projects ranging in value from $100K to over $3M.

J.D. Roy Excavating

Founder and president, Joe Roy is optimistic about the future and remains focused and active in the operations of the company. “We have been fortunate to establish critical relationships within the construction industry”, Joe Roy commented. “The key to our success has been the quality workforce we employ, as well as having a clear understanding of our capabilities as a contractor to provide the highest quality product for our clients. We are excited about the future and feel confident that we have successfully positioned ourselves as an organization to foster the future growth of J.D. Roy Excavating”, Joe Roy mentioned when discussing the ten year corporate milestone.

About J.D. Roy Excavating, Inc.
J.D. Roy Excavating is a Class A Virginia Contractor and performs all phases of site development work, including but not limited to, earthwork, site utilities, demolition, erosion control, paving, concrete flatwork as well as rock drilling and blasting. The company maintains a centrally located office and shop in Manassas, VA. J.D. Roy Excavating is a member of the Associated Builders and Contractors Virginia Chapter.

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ServiceSpider.com – An Auction Website For Homeowners And Contractors

ServiceSpider makes the online auction process that has long been used by companies like eBay, available for homeowners and contractors to buy and sell services on the Internet.

After beta testing for a year ServiceSpider releases a new version of their auction website with many new features such as forums. On ServiceSpider.com homeowners can save time and money by letting contractors compete for their home improvement needs.

Homeowner Haye Kesteloo came up with the idea for ServiceSpider while working on a bathroom remodel project in 2006. “As I started to contact different contractors to get quotes for my project, I found it difficult to establish what a fair price should be for a job well done.” Prices, time estimates, and other factors varied from one contractor to another, and Kesteloo found himself wondering if there wasn’t a better way to navigate the Home Improvement market using the Internet. Kesteloo decided to stop wondering and to make the idea a reality, helping homeowners and contractors in the process. With that plan in motion, ServiceSpider was born.

Most homeowners know how difficult and time consuming it can be to find the right contractor for a home improvement job. Scheduling appointments, checking references and licenses and other related issues can make a job seem much more difficult than it needs to be. This is where ServiceSpider comes in. As a homeowner, one needs only to go to http://www.servicespider.com, and create a posting about the job that needs to be done. Need a leaky shower fixed? Maybe it’s time to upgrade the electrical panel? Or perhaps it’s time to replace those old windows? Whatever the home improvement needs are, once the job is posted at ServiceSpider, the service request will show up on the site’s home page, and will be automatically send to matching service providers in the area. Free of charge to the homeowner, ServiceSpider will have pre-screened contractors offering competing bids for the job. One can even read the reviews from other homeowners on different contractors and see how they are rated.

Currently, in the greater New York area alone, there are over 700 service providers, so a match can be made quickly and efficiently. The homeowner chooses how, when and where they will be contacted, be it phone, fax, or email. The homeowner is in charge!

For Haye Kesteloo, making ServiceSpider a success is a full time job. He knows that finding the right contractor for the right job and for the right price can be a challenge, especially in the current economic climate. Kesteloo offers the following advice: “Take your time when choosing the right contractor. Don’t let yourself be hurried into making a decision. Make sure the contractor you hire is licensed and insured and that you receive a written contract.”

For additional information regarding ServiceSpider, please contact Haye Kesteloo directly or go to www.servicespider.com.

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