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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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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…

Stop LA Fires : Fire-Proof Roofing

Fire-Resilient Roofing in Los Angeles
Let’s get this out of the way. In California regulation does not gamble on inferior materials. In some places it’s actually illegal to get a roofing replacement that isn’t made of a material with an A rating against fire resistance.

Roofing Fire-Resistance Ratings

Class A – Roof coverings are effective against severe fire test exposures. Under such fire exposures, roof coverings of this class afford a high degree of fire protection to the roof deck, do not slip from position, and are not expected to produce flying brands.

Class B – Roof coverings are effective against moderate fire test exposures. Under such fire exposures, roof coverings of this class afford a moderate degree of fire protection to the roof deck, do not slip from position, and are not expected to produce flying brands.

Class C – Roof coverings are effective against light fire test exposures. Under such fire exposures, roof coverings of this class afford a light degree of fire protectio…

The Problem with Los Angeles A/Cs

Don't Buy an AC in Los Angeles

There’s no such thing as an A/C you can buy for life. A/C damages tend to overwhelm in that magic hour just after warranty, no repairs, just replacement. While A/Cs may function just fine for a small apartment, in a home - they’re a disaster.
Portable A/Cs
Portable A/Cs have climbed in popularity possibly because they look like the little robot maids the 21st century never got. Some have referred to these as ‘window mounted A/Cs with half the performance and double the cost.’
Their sleek appearances truly deceive, as the inner working of their engineering is a nightmare. The problem with portable A/Cs is that they’re built with only one hose that pushes air (hot air) OUT of the room, creating a depressurized room. That depressurization then soaks up all the hot air throughout the house, under doors, through windows, to stabilize the pressure.
As you can assume, this wastes a ton of energy.
Wall-Mounted A/Cs
Any A/C that’s set up, mounted, should be viewed a…

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