Finally, the weekend you’ve waited all summer for has arrived:
You’re known around the neighborhood for throwing the best, the most elaborate Labor Day parties around. And this year will be no different. In fact, it’ll be better.
Why will this year’s party be better?
This year’s Labor Day party is sure to be the shindig-iest because all summer long, you’ve worked with northern Virginia’s landscape and hardscape design experts to build a new flagstone patio, complete with an outdoor grill and a fancy water feature too.
Your new backyard oasis will be complete, and ready for the big reveal this weekend. Now it’s time to turn your attention to the party preparation… on a little slimmer budget. (After all, you did just go all out on the backyard.)
Dig into the hot dogs and the hamburgers, not your savings account.
It’s a summer party, folks. No one expects dishes with a lot of ingredients, and no one expects you to have slaved over a hot stove for hours and hours. Grill burgers and hot dogs, and corn and watermelon, too!
Simple dishes that require fewer ingredients means fewer items to buy, and more time spent enjoying the great outdoors. Throw back a cold one; take a dip in the pool; and enjoy the fruits of Grigg Design’s labor.
Sure, the clean up may be faster and easier when you choose to use paper plates, plastic utensils and the like, but it’ll cost a lot more to purchase these items than it will if you just wash your own dishes. Use as many regular plates and utensils as you can, and supplement with disposable items. You’ll be helping your wallet and the environment at the same time.
Every time you throw a party, someone asks, “What can I bring?” Don’t be too proud. Your friends will be more than happy to bring a pasta salad, or a dessert, or drinks. Voila! There’s more food for everyone to enjoy, and less stress (and money spent) for you.
Provide water and lemonade, and maybe a case of beer. That’s all you really need. Party guests want something else to drink? Tell them, “Feel free to BYOB.”
Enjoy the waning days of sweet summer in northern Virginia…
Fire pits are cool.
Patios and walkways are too.
But don’t think for a minute that your northern Virginia hardscape options are limited, because they’re not. Grigg Design is the expert, the go-to, the household name for all things landscape and hardscape, design and build. Want a snazzy water feature? Grigg Design can build it. Want a great place to play games, or just relax? Grigg Design can build it.
If you want it in your northern Virginia backyard:
Family owned and in business for nearly 30 years, we at Grigg Design pride ourselves on the ability to effectively and efficiently take our customers’ landscape and hardscape dreams, and turn them into reality.
The season of garden-fresh vegetables, and grilling on the patio with friends.
The season of quiet reflection beside a bubbling fountain; of watching children as they jump from stone to stone along the path through your backyard.
In whatever way you choose to spend, summer is the season for being outdoors.
It’s now you start thinking of how you can spruce up the backyard for your granddaughter’s wedding at the end of June, or the big Fourth of July party you’ll throw.
Now is the time to call Grigg Design:
For all of your landscape & hardscape, design and build projects in northern Virginia, the family-owned Grigg Design is the expert, and we’re listening to the experts.
It’s all about sustainable, and low-maintenance design in 2015. According to the 2015 Residential Landscape Architecture Trends Survey, conducted by the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), the most popular design elements were those that demanded ecological sensitivity: to preserve the environment, conserve water, and reduce landscape maintenance.
“Consumers care about designed landscapes that are attractive, easy to take care of and eco-friendly,” said Nancy Somerville, Honorary ASLA, executive vice president and CEO of ASLA. “The survey shows that homeowners increasingly see opportunities to improve the environment right in their own backyard.”
Among those who seek out the work of landscape and hardscape design enthusiasts such as Grigg Design is well know around northern Virginia for, survey respondents indicated to ASLA that after sustainability in terms of importance ranked amenities.
But what amenities, specifically?
This annual survey conducted by ASLA was redesigned for 2015, and a new methodology for clearly ranking the popularity of different types of landscape projects was introduced.
Founded in 1899, ASLA is the national professional association for landscape architects, representing more than 15,000 members in 49 professional chapters and 72 student chapters. Landscape architects lead the stewardship, planning, and design of our built and natural environments; the Society’s mission is to advance landscape architecture through advocacy, communication, education, and fellowship.
When air temperatures in northern Virginia are frigid, it can be hard to imagine the beauty of spring, but I encourage you to try. The truth is, the days of patio sitting (& sipping), of lush greenery, of backyard barbecues are closer than you think.
In fact, due to a relatively mild — HA! Sure doesn’t seem that way now, does it? — winter in northern Virginia, that snow-blanketed ground has never completely frozen, so the time to think spring is now! Yes, you heard me right. The time to start planning, and laying the groundwork for your outdoor spring landscaping projects is today.
The process of landscape design and planting is nothing if not detail-oriented, and it’s these details that make hiring the right northern Virginia landscape design and build firm so important.
Come, bring us your vision, and let Grigg Design turn that dream into reality. We take functionality into account — access, exposure, water requirements, erosion, privacy, and more — before the conversation of aesthetics can begin. Oh, and let’s not forget about budget. We’ll talk honestly and openly about cost, and will work with you to achieve the landscape you want without breaking the bank.
With all of the nitty gritty out of the way, the fun can begin! Our expert design and build team loves to talk about COLOR, the right sequence for the right blooms, and texture. We love plants. There’s no two ways around it. Plant material can be used to soften and cool a landscape when used in conjunction with hardscape (We’ll talk about the fun that is hardscaping next.); plant material offers visual relief for your outdoor spaces; and plant material is, put simply, pretty.
Hardscaping. That’s not a term you hear often, and frankly, you’re not even sure what it means. But really, it’s not as complicated or as foreign as it sounds. Most landscape designs include common hardscape elements like patios and walkways.
If you’ve always dreamed of a backyard patio, or a walkway that winds its way around your home in northern Virginia, let us know! Your expert Grigg designer will talk with you about your options, such as random run flagstone, irregular flagstone, concrete pavers and brick — all of which can be set ‘dry’ in stone dust, or ‘wet’ on concrete.
Want a wall? We can give you a wall.
Talk with a member of the Grigg Design team about the difference between retaining and decorative garden walls, and which is right for your landscape. Over the years, we’ve constructed walls made from dry stack stone, and stone-veneered concrete; we can cap stone walls with flagstone, and leave others natural. Whatever your aesthetic preference, all walls are fitted with any necessary drainage to ensure lasting placement.
Sometimes, a landscape needs… something. Something special, an accent or a focal point, in order to feel finished. And boy, as much as we love color and sequence and texture, we love features even more! We’ll build you a fountain, a fireplace, an outdoor kitchen made of fieldstone.
Make plans to stop by the Capital Remodel + Garden Show at the Dulles Expo Center this weekend, February 27–March 1, where Purdue-educated expert horticulturist Patrick Corken, and the Grigg Design team will be standing by — in booth #842 — to say hello, to answer questions, and to turn landscape dreams into reality.
Here is a picture of our finished booth just as the Capital Home and Garden Show is about to open. In this 10 x 10 space, we are able to show a flagstone patio, colonial slab step, veenered drystack stone wall and a custom hand made stone water fountain. Come see us this week end Feb 21/22/13 at the Capital Home and Garden Show located at the Dulles Expo Center in Chantilly, Va. Let’s talk Landscaping!!! 703 368 7539 is our office number. See you there.