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3 Retaining Wall Tips

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3 Retaining Wall Tips

Learn what is important in retaining wall design.   When you are planning with your retaining wall designer the layout and construction of your wall be sure to discuss these three elements of a well-engineered retaining wall. Drainage- are you installing proper drainage to allow for the water to flow away from the wall and not cause it to build up in the back of the wall causing weeping or even a worse situation like cracks or failures. Materials The more subtle materials like geo-grid and the higher end block will give your retaining...

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Landscaping for Fall and Autumn

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Landscaping for Fall and Autumn

September and October are a beautiful time of year in Utah and we are looking forward to the leaves turning all their different colors for a stunning show this year. As you look out into mother nature’s beauty there are always ways to help bring a bit of that home to your own backyard. We have a lot of expertise in weaving the beautiful elements of landscaping, from retaining walls to the beautiful trees and foliage they hold up, we know how to bring that beautiful autumn look home to your back yard and still create a functional and...

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Backyard Spa and Pool

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Backyard Spa and Pool

A great addition to any great pool is an adjacent spa. If you are short on space and still want to get that wonderful feel of a backyard oasis, try taking a look at a spa and pool combination. These are great for aesthetics in the backyard. They also allow for a great place to relax. They lend to homes with smaller backyards or different level terrains. They can be incorporated into almost any backyard. You can plan different styles around them from natural rock to modern paradises and have a great place to entertain outside. Think about how...

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3 Swimming Pool Essentials

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3 Swimming Pool Essentials

When you are building your dream swimming pool you are squarely focused on the design and beauty of the project. As you consider your design consider these three simple yet sometimes overlooked essential elements to a well constructed and elegant swimming pool. A Pool Cover. This is an essential element that not only keeps your pool clean year round, it also keeps it a safer place for when it is not in use whether you have children or not. Nothing replaces adult supervision of children when around the pool, but when you aren’t using...

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Salt and Pepper Granite

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Salt and Pepper Granite

Granites are used in a variety of settings and landscapes. There are several types of rocks you can use for your rock walls, but when you want a beautiful landscaped wall and surroundings the experts turn to Salt and Pepper Granite. This type of rock is a favorite of high-end landscapers and designers because of its beautiful appearance and because it will stand up to the elements of nature.  From heat, wind and rain granite really can endure it all and still have very little  effect on the structures in which it is used. It doesn’t...

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Vanishing Edge Swimming pool

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Vanishing Edge Swimming pool

Once you have decided to create a space in your backyard that will beautify and enhance your home, you may want to take the next step and create a pool that will reflect the same design and feel to create a complete landscape transformation. This is exactly what this home owner did in this great video about vanishing edge swimming pools by Landscape Network. At StillWater SMC we have specialized training and experience from the Genesis 3 Design Group to create vanishing edge or infinity edge swimming pools. Not only do we focus on amazing...

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Let’s go swimming!

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Let’s go swimming!

It’s been a long winter here in Utah. We have had more snow and cold days than we have had in a long time. I don’t know about you, but I am ready for Spring! I am happy to see the temperatures warming up and the ice of Winter thawing. As you begin to defrost and start to make your spring and summer plans you always realize how quickly the time goes and summer is here. If you’ve been thinking about building a pool this summer the time to start planning your dream swimming pool is now. It takes time, quality materials and...

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What kind of materials last?

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What kind of materials last?

What kind of materials do you need so that your landscaping project will last? We build  and design many types and sizes of retaining walls. We have experience with their underlying design and the necessary elements that go into a sound structure that will last a very long time. We make sure we use the highest quality of rocks when we lay them down for the foundation of a retaining wall. We mainly use salt and pepper granite for our walls just like the granite used in some other famous structures in Salt Lake City like the LDS temple.This is...

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What to look for in your Landscaping Engineering Contractor

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What to look for in your Landscaping Engineering Contractor

What should you look for in a landscaping engineering contractor to put in charge of your backyard transformation?   There are a few key things to ask your prospective bidders besides the obvious things such as price and how long will a project take. What type of materials do you use in your landscaping? What type of engineering fundamentals are applied to your landscaping project? What type of communication can I expect between me and the project lead? Are you bonded and what type of licenses and qualifications set you apart from all...

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