We’re excited to say the Capitol Remodel + Garden Show (held last weekend, February 26–28, at the Dulles Expo Center) was a rip roaring success. As northern Virginia’s hardscape designer, this event is something we look forward to every year — twice a year — where homeowners gather to find innovative products, new ideas, and practical advice from home improvement and remodeling professionals the region over. (And this year, from Jeff Lewis, too!)
Event attendees who visited the Grigg Design booth were treated to… well, quite the treat! Showcasing a beautiful flagstone patio, a custom-built fire pit, and a water feature, the true highlight here was this:
“What we wanted to do was show specifically what you can do in a small space — with what Steve [Grigg] calls vertical landscaping — or as an alternative to just putting up lattice as a screen,” said Juanita Grigg of this striking architectural element that had people stopping to photograph, or ask questions about all weekend. With this sort of vertical landscaping, any plain wall or fence can be turned into a ‘living wall’; it’s a trend that’s all the rage.
Perhaps we saw some of you there. We talked hardscaping, and landscaping too; you walked away with a lot of great ideas — and now it’s time to put those ideas into action! You know who to call:
Northern Virginia’s go-to for landscape and hardscape design and construction, Grigg Design has recently been honored with its second consecutive Best of Houzz Award for 2016. This annual award, given to just three percent of home improvement professionals, celebrates the minds at work behind the most popular photos featured on Houzz.
“To win Best of Houzz last year was so exciting. But then to win again this year, we just couldn’t believe it. It’s such an honor,” said Steve Grigg, Owner of Grigg Design. “We’ve long allowed our work to speak for itself — in terms of quality and craftsmanship, and design. This only reinforces that message. Thank you, Houzz users! Thank you.”
The Best of Houzz is awarded in three categories: Design, Customer Service, and Photography. Customer Service award winners, the category in which Grigg Design was recognized, are lauded as the best of the best, the highest and the most well-reviewed among the design and home improvement professionals featured on Houzz.
With more than 35 million active users, Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish — online or from a mobile device. From decorating a small room to building a custom home and everything in between, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. With the largest residential design database in the world and a vibrant community empowered by technology, Houzz is the easiest way for people to find inspiration, get advice, buy products and hire the professionals they need to help turn their ideas into reality. Headquartered in Palo Alto, Calif., Houzz also has international offices in London, Berlin, Sydney, Moscow and Tokyo. For more information, visit www.houzz.com.
Make plans to attend the Capital Remodel + Garden Show at the Dulles Expo Center next month, February 26-28. Event attendees will find innovative products, new ideas, and practical advice from hardscape and landscaping experts (Find Grigg Design on the show floor in booth #1051.); home improvement and remodeling professionals; entertainment and electronics options galore; and so much more!
Established in 1986, Grigg Design has been providing award winning designs and installations for 30 years to clients in Fairfax, Arlington, Alexandria, Prince William County and the surrounding areas. Grigg Design is a full service landscape design build firm; from conception to completion, their primary focus is providing clients with a finished, fully functional landscape, from design all the way through implementation. Hire the expert team at Grigg Design to install a single feature such as a garden installation, patio, walkway, retaining wall, etc.; or to manage a project with many facets. Grigg ‘designs on the human scale’, all while employing the best horticultural engineering practices. For more information, visit www.gdiva.com.
What a weird, weird winter we’re experiencing. With temperatures in the 50s, the 60s, and even the 70s the week of Christmas, many northern Virginians are rejoicing over the unseasonably warm temperatures, but landscape designers and garden enthusiasts are growing a little concerned about how such unusual conditions might affect the landscape’s survival.
Lawns go dormant in the wintertime; grass remains alive, but does not actively grow like it does in the spring and summer months. When the winter is warm, things change. Things continue to grow, but will likely grow weak due to a lack of a real chance to rest. This can be incredibly stressful for your lawn, and to prevent your precious grass from dying or falling subject to a lawn diseases, consider the following care tips.
Plants respond to temperature and light, both of which are generally in low supply during the winter months. But not so this year. When the temperature rises and plants get more sunshine than they are used to in winter, they can’t help but think it’s springtime and start to bloom or grow. Poor confused plants just won’t react well once the cold weather returns.
It’s nearly impossible to predict when the temperatures will shift, and so it’s hard to know exactly how to prepare your plants for this kind of uncertainty because of all the factors involved. But there are a few things you can do to help keep your northern VA landscape looking lush and pleasant.
Shrubs and bushes remain relatively unaffected no matter the type of winter northern Virginia sees. Why? Because they usually set their bulbs in the spring.
The exception here is if flowering bushes attempt to flower; the cold air takes away valuable moisture and warmth from the buds and dries them out causing them to die, so you may simply have fewer blooms in the springtime. And there’s sadly not much you can do about that. Try to enjoy the warm weather, have a glass of wine and enjoy the family.
Contact the landscape and hardscape design experts; contact Grigg Design.
When it comes to northern VA hardscapes, our work speaks for itself.
For this homeowner in Burke, Grigg Design was hired to plan, install and perfect a dry stack stone wal, a random run full range color flagstone patio, and a sitting wall. And let’s not forget to mention the gorgeous plantings that add color, fragrance, and movement to the luscious northern Virginia landscape.
This Clifton resident really wanted to a fresh new look for the entrance of their home, and so Grigg Design was called in to lay random run flagstone (with field stone veneer) over a concrete walkway. The finished product was truly something to see.
When there’s a stoop in Oakton that needs a little updating, northern Virginia knows who to call: the hardscape and landscape design experts at Grigg Design.
For nearly three decades, Grigg Design has served the people of northern Virginia, and helped make their dreams of hardscape oasis come true. We are very lucky to have been invited into the homes and lives of our many wonderful clients, and it truly makes our jobs worth the time when those clients leave reviews, and their feedback online.
“Grigg is a great client and awesome to do business with. They have a very talented and creative team that comes up with unique hardscape and landscape designs. If you looking for great designs and outstanding, quality work, give Steve and his team a call.”
“We hired Grigg to build a natural stone retaining wall to help with erosion and manage water run off. Steve and his team came up with some great ideas for the wall and the landscaping around it. Building the wall wasn’t in our plans, but they did a great job at coming up with an affordable solution for us.”
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