Patios

Contractor Highlight: Raintree Landscape Construction

Contractor Spotlight - Raintree Landscape Construction
by R.I. Lampus
In honor of another great building season, The R.I. Lampus Company has decided to finish the year by highlighting just a few of our many trusted contractors who work with us. This first blog showcases a company that operates north of the City of Pittsburgh: Raintree Landscape Construction, LLC. Read more

Hardscapes and Softscapes: Working together

Softscapes and Hardscapes Working Together
by R.I. Lampus
Now that hardscapes and softscapes have been defined, it’s time to get educated on how to make them work together in order to create a backyard oasis. Read more

Hardscapes vs. Softscapes: What are Softscapes?

Softscape plants for your backyard
by R.I. Lampus
Softscapes are more commonly known as landscaping. Everything from trees, shrubbery, and plant life are included. Softscapes are everything soft and living in your outdoor spaces. Softscapes add a natural touch to your spaces to keep them colorful, peaceful, and welcoming. Read more

Hardscapes vs. Softscapes: What are Hardscapes?

Outdoor Hardscape Living Space
by R.I. Lampus
Over the next few blogs, we are going to dig into what options are available for outdoor-living spaces, additional features to utilize, and how to supplement with softscapes. Read more

Fall Guide to Fun

Fall Decorations
by R.I. Lampus
Once it’s time for fall, everyone is ready to hang up their swimsuits and break out the hooded sweatshirts. Fresh corn, colorful foliage, and pumpkin-flavored treats are just a few of the fun things that make fall a welcome change after summertime. Read more

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Permeable Pavers

Permeable Pavement
by R.I. Lampus
One of the ways this is being done is through the use of permeable materials. Because of this, permeable pavers, especially, have become a more considerable material used in hardscape projects. Read more

Green Infrastructure for Stormwater Management

Green Infrastructure for Stormwater Management
by R.I. Lampus
Sustainability is a movement that is here to stay. There are so many ways people have been able to make resources last longer like solar panels, electric cars, and wind turbines. Green infrastructure for stormwater management is one way people are taking action to improve our environment. Read more

The Sparkling History Behind Why We Celebrate the 4th of July with Fireworks

Fireworks on 4th of July
by R.I. Lampus
When people think of the Fourth of July picnics, summertime, and parties come to mind. One of the most popular traditions that Americans take part in, is setting off and/or watching fireworks at dusk. But did you ever wonder where did the tradition of setting off fireworks come from? Read more

Top Outdoor-Living Trends in 2022

Outdoor-Living Space Trends
by R.I. Lampus
Since this pandemic, people have really invested in their outdoor-living spaces and consider them an extension of their homes. With the 2022 summer season in full swing, consider some of these newer trends to spruce up your outdoor space and make it even better than it is. Read more

Ultimate Pool-Party Guide

Ultimate Pool Party
by R.I. Lampus
Yesterday was Memorial Day which means one thing – POOLS ARE OPEN! 25% of Americans declare their favorite season is summertime when the warm weather rolls in. Check out this ultimate pool-party guide to make sure you are all set for having fun in the sun! Read more

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Hardscape Projects from Start to Finish

Hardscape Job - Start to Finish
by R.I. Lampus
It’s always exciting to start a new project at home, especially when it will add value and aesthetics to your house. Taking on a hardscape project is a lot, whether you’re a ‘do-it-yourselfer’ or hiring a contractor, so this article is meant to prepare you for the project and what it all entails. Read more

Syncing Technology with Hardscapes and Outdoor-Living Spaces

Syncing Technology with Hardscapes and Outdoor Living Spaces
by R.I. Lampus
Smart speakers, like Alexa Echo or Google Nest, are great for staying organized, compiling grocery lists, or getting the kids awake in the morning. You can also use this intuitive technology to control features outside. Utilizing this kind of technology can make your outdoor oasis seamless. Read more

Take the Pressure out of Pressure Washing

Pressure Washing 101
by R.I. Lampus
It’s good to know the basics before tackling a job like pressure washing. Read more

Mistakes to Avoid When Designing a Patio

Common Patio Planning Mistakes
by R.I. Lampus
Make sure to avoid these common mistakes that people make while they are dreaming up an outdoor space for their family! Read more

4 Tips for a Welcoming Front Porch

Front Porch
by R.I. Lampus
Your front porch needs love too! Check out these tips to have a welcoming space for all! Read more

5 Outdoor Lighting Upgrades for Your Backyard Oasis

Outdoor Lighting
by R.I. Lampus
Backyard lighting changes as your wants and needs for your backyard change. Read more

July 4th: How to Celebrate With a Bang

Fourth Of July
by R.I. Lampus
Summer is here! We are ready for the hot, sunny days filled with parties and friends in our outdoor spaces. Independence Day is a great day to celebrate and enjoy summer in its prime! Here's some tips on how to make your July 4th sparkle! Read more

6 Popular Upgrades for Your Outdoor Patio

Patio Upgrades
by R.I. Lampus
Are you ready to update your patio with the latest trends? See the ideas that everyone are putting in their backyard designs. Read more