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Tips on Keeping a Dog Friendly Yard

Your dog spends more time in the yard than anyone else. Assuring that your yard remains dog friendly while still being a peoplepleaserdoesn’t have to result in compromise on aesthetic. Here are some ways to make sure you and your dog get the most out of your yard. Turf Alternatives for Dogs in Los AngelesThe way that dogs treat traditional lawn makes it seem like they’re at war with it. Even without a pet, turf is hard to take care of. Good thing there are plenty of alternatives.


Gravel is easy on paws, unfussy, and a way to give them a specific spot to do their business.
Sand is what’s used in your everyday dog park. Tough, fine on paws, and absolutely low maintenance.
Mulch is fun for dogs to dig around, and also easy to deal with. Make sure it’s non-toxic though!
Flagstone is great for paths your dog tends to tread over. Great for giving your yard a little direction.
Artificial turf is resilient, pretty, and best of all doesn’t inspire digging.
Alternatives to conventional lawn let your…
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Finding Best Roofing Companies in Los Angeles - Roofers LA

Finding Best Roofing Companies in Los Angeles Los Angeles is full of so many people, it can be considered one of the busiest parts of the west coast. Its heavily diverse, complex and many choices. With so many choices, finding the best product or service is hard. 

My Top 3 Choices for Roof Repair Companies in Los Angeles
1. Novel Remodeling
Novel Remodeling is my first recommendation as they are affordable and provide high quality roof compared to the rest of the contractors in Los Angeles. Not the cheapest roofing contractor, Novel Remodeling still holds high standards and pass inspections with ease. We recommend John and his crew personally. Over 6-12 referrals a year from my organization and always left my clients fully happy.  

2. J and J Roofing
J and J Roofing is one of the best reputable roofers in Los Angeles. After reviewing their yelp and google rating, its surprising that I have not tried them yet. Some of the comments about JandJ roofing is how they do amazing work, and provide…

A Warm Place for the Family : Los Angeles Fire Pits

The best landscaping projects make use of the yard in a way that brings family and friends together. When it comes to Summer Remodeling in Los Angeles, fire pits are the quintessential.
Most homeowners aren’t looking to put a few stones around a fire to call it a day. Simple in concept, a fire pit can be personalized in many ways.
Where to Install a Fire Pit
The rule of thumb generally sits around 7 ft clearing in all directions but it’s not for safety. A fire pit is meant to be enjoyed all around from all angles. Give it a little space for everyone to find themselves a seat.
Bushes, sheds, low hanging branches all need to be kept away. Other than that, as long as it’s being built on level ground, any space is fine. Aside from the the ‘where,’ it’s important to know what factors affect fire pit costs.
The Best Fire Pit Patio Materials
Gravel
Easy installation is the value of gravel for a fire pit installation in Los Angeles. Homeowners often pair the material with stepping stones with grave…

Top Solar Giants in the U.S.

Los Angeles solar is rises up with the hand of big business looking to go clean energy. Here are the top 5, ranked by the size of their solar consumption, top solar giants in the U.S.

5. Khols
Solar Power : (50.2) MW
Considering the severe size of Khol’s, it’s hard to imagine that with the help of solar it’s able to generate 40% of total energy just from the sun. That’s with the help of a total 162 systems, a product of the 2006 EPA Partnership in 2006, lending a hand. Only a couple of years it was left in sixth place in the nation’s total on-site solar capacity. Now, it’s gone up a rung.

4. Costco
Solar Power : (50.7) MW
A common thread in this list is the megachain store with its tall stature, broad form, using all that leverage to bask in the sun. Costco has more collective solar panels than the entirety of Florida, and it only intends to grow.

3. Apple
Solar Power : Apple (93.9) MW
Apple threw its weight around by landing an $850 million dollar deal to secure solar energy at a reduced …

Solar Savings in Los Angeles

Solar in Los AngelesCalifornia has been the recent leading hand in most any environmental push for a healthier earth. Pushed forward and the agenda has been solar energy, not just for big companies who soak in green energy, but for the average homeowner who wants to eliminate their energy bill.

Los Angeles solar savings are at $38,397, per homeowner over the course of 20 years. That’s an impressive number considering that included in that number are many homeowners who don’t do their research, don’t take their time. Take a moment to imagine your home it’s, individual footprint, what solar savings it could have with a few panels working passively in the sun.

Now’s a good time.

California has a 2020 commitment to have 33% of all energy produced in state to come from the sun. They’re lowering Los Angeles solar costs in order to meet this goal.

Here are some tips for getting a cost-effective solar installation. Solar Savings Los Angeles by Home Each home has an optimal way to pull energy. Dire…

Permeable Pavement Ideas Los Angeles

The Many Looks of Permeable Pavement
For many homeowners the fear is that while permeable pavement is a product with benefits every which way, it won’t mesh with the home. What they don’t understand is that permeable pavement owns an immense variety of both natural, and unexpected looks.

First, let’s go over the benefits of permeable pavement.

Permeable concrete helps mitigate,

Erosion 60% of river water pollution Seepage after intense rainfall The costly weight that dirty water puts on a city’s filtration system

All while being nearly the same cost as an asphalt installation. So, in what ways does permeable pavement match any home?

Contemporary Permeable Pavement




Permeable pavement sits on a ‘I couldn’t tell’ factor well with these contemporary looks. The only thing that the product really needs is a little space between each brick, which is already a valued look among homeowners. With these contemporary paving ideas, no one will know what’s really going under the hood of the patio or the driv…

What is Pervious Concrete?

Why Pervious Concrete?

Pervious concrete is a combination of aggregate material and paving that is made to mimic the natural filtration of the earth. It helps mitigate -

Erosion 60% of river water pollution Seepage after intense rainfall The costly weight that dirty water puts on a city’s filtration system

On top of all these benefits, pervious concrete costs around the same as any asphalt installation.

For those who haven’t seen it before, pervious concrete seems like smoke and mirrors in the way it takes water, makes it disappear.

It’s an old trick through, an invention that has been around since the 1800s - comprised of simple, but ingenious parts.

What is Pervious Concrete?


Pervious concrete is built on five layers.

Pavers - All a variety of colors, looks, and all engineered to allow for swift passage of water in between each one.

⅜” Aggregate - In between the pavers and comprising a complete layer below ⅜” aggregate creates a 40% permeable layer that filters water into lower levels. Fine c…

How Much Money is Wasted on LA Lawns?

The Cost of LA Lawns2015 - 2016 California hit a drought that had police writing tickets for homeowners watering the lawn on the wrong days. With the costs of water speeding to climb, the crisis became apocalyptic when the conversation surrounding hurricane La NiƱa was really -

Does this mean more water?
Or less?
California has a complicated relationship with water. It’s a thorn.
Lawn Watering Usage Los Angeles 2017
In Los Angeles, lawn swallows 70% of the average home’s water usage. A duo of poor irrigation and  irresponsible watering schedules contribute, but the largest issue is still -
the lawn.
1 sq.ft. of lawn requires 1” of water per week in order to get a 3” penetration down to the roots. The average lawn in Los Angeles is 7,000 sq.ft. which means it takes 4,361 gallons to water per week to water the lawn.
Lawn Watering Costs in Los Angeles 2017
At 7,000 square feet the average cost per 1,000 gallons is $6.26, which leaves the weight of 4,361 per week at $27.30.
Per month that’s $109.2 …

The Many Looks of LA Concrete Walkways : A Few Ideas

Concrete Walkway Varieties
For many homeowners, the feeling of “I’m home,” really only hits once the door is closed and the shoes are off. So often we think of home as only something that exists on the inside, its own little place, and we forget to make the experience of coming home, something special.


A concrete walkway sets the tone for any house. When done well, it makes a place feel even more like home.
Straight Poured Concrete


A smooth concrete pour sets an understated, yet satisfying path to the home. With concrete walkways many times the most direct answer is the best. With a straight path right to the door, a simple concrete walkway is a perfect match between functionality and appeal. It does what it does, without taking anything away.

Curved Concrete Pathway


A more of a scenic route. Instead of an A to B, curved pathways allow the homeowner to engage in a journey with their landscape. Highlight the yard, garden, trees, points of interest, all by creating a path that goes just that…

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