Archive for the ‘Step Outside’ Category

Lighting Tips

Posted on: October 26th, 2014 by xmlrpc

Pete Cure chooses lighting for his driveway and yard, gets a lesson on mixology from Last Drop, and after months of hard work, Pete reveals the finished project.

An important aspect to any landscape is to enjoy its beauty at night — and that’s where you need proper lighting. Pete talks with Alex Babb from Grand Materials & Supply regarding different lighting options for the historic home remodel. Pete turns an ordinary backyard to a great entertaining area; and creates a botanical garden for the whole family to enjoy. He also cleans up the pool area and achieves the updated look and low maintenance yard that the homeowner wanted. Pete decides to preserve the historic value of the 1926 fountain in the courtyard and adds the sound of water with a fountain from DeSantana Stone. He also adds an extra bit of security to the pool area by adding a gate and an adobe wall, which fit in perfectly with the rest of the adobe structure.

Nothing goes better poolside than having a cocktail. Travis Nass from Last Drop Bar at the Hermosa Inn whips up some of his favorite drinks. The philosophy at the Last Drop Bar is simple – create classic cocktails using quality drinks with the freshest seasonal ingredients. Be sure to stop by and treat yourself to a cocktail experience far beyond anything you expected. And if you see Travis, tell him Cheers!

As the two month project comes to a close, the homeowner, Fred Unger, invites his friends to enjoy and celebrate the makeover. Hear his thoughts on the overall transformation and reveal. Pete does a great job of showcasing the art and sculptures throughout the yard at night with lighting, which makes it very special. If you are a big fan of Arizona history, you’re probably familiar with Lon Megargee, the famous cowboy artist from the 1920s, who built the Hermosa Inn as well as this property. The artwork and sculptures magnify the natural beauty of the desert garden. The homeowner shares the yard has become like an outdoor living room. Overall, the process was very exciting for the homeowner. Creativity flows, plans evolve, and never thought of dreams come to life. Pete did a great job adding to the elegance of the historic house and making it truly special for homeowner.

Treasure Revealed

Posted on: October 26th, 2014 by xmlrpc

Pete Cure finishes a two month project and the homeowner, Fred Unger, invites his friends to enjoy and celebrate the makeover. The homeowner reveals his thoughts on the overall transformation. Pete does a wonderful job of matching the new door with the 90yr old entrance gate to the house. Hear the homeowner’s reaction as Pete transforms an acre of raw desert that’s never been used previously into a beautiful botanical-like garden hideaway. Pete does a great job of showcasing the art and sculptures throughout the yard with lighting at night, which makes it very special. The homeowner shares that its become like an outdoor living room.

Did You Know: Art is a huge part of the homeowner’s life as it was of Lon Megargee, who originally built this adobe home in the 1920s so he could paint his works of art overlooking Camelback Mountain. If you are a big fan of Arizona history, you’re probably already familiar with Lon, the famous cowboy artist who built the Hermosa Inn in Paradise Valley. Sharon Figarelli (Figarelli Fine Art) points out that artwork can enhance and showcase the natural beauty of a desert garden. Sculptures magnify and blend in perfectly to the surrounding environment.

Linda Barkman (Editor, Phoenix Home & Garden) was excited to see the new makeover at the historic house – especially since they featured the home on their July 2013 cover, which readers responded to well. It’s a great property with a lot of history. She says the house is magical by night. People like to see old Arizona persevered. The homeowners get lots of kudos and credit for doing a great job in keeping this historic treasure alive.

Overall, the process was very exciting for the homeowner. Creativity flows, plans evolve, and never thought of dreams come to fruition. Pete did a great job adding to the elegance of the historic house and making it truly special for homeowner.

Landscape Lighting

Posted on: October 26th, 2014 by xmlrpc

An important aspect to any landscape is to enjoy its beauty in the evening — and that’s where you need proper lighting. Pete Cure talks with Alex Babb from Grand Materials & Supply regarding different lighting options for the historic home remodel. He wants to install driveway lights, pathway lights, and up lights throughout the property. Pete shows you which lights are best for what purpose – add low key lights to pathways; use large hat lights to illuminate driveways; and use spotlights to light up saguaros and other trees.

Quick Tip: When lighting your property, first set up your spotlights for trees and plants that you want to highlight; then come back and place your path lights – to illuminate darker spaces.

You have an option to use LED bulbs, which consists of different beam spreads and different wattages (just like halogen). LEDs use a very small transformer and some even come with a 15yr warranty. The beauty of LEDs is that there’s practically no maintenance and no need to replace bulbs – if there’s something wrong with the LEDs you buy at Grand Materials & Supply, you can bring them back and exchange them for new ones – no questions asked.

Quick Tip: With low voltage lighting such as LEDs, be sure to use good waterproof connecters to plug in your lights

Watch how Pete turns an ordinary backyard to a great entertaining area for the whole family. He puts a proper irrigation system around the lawn; adds stepping stones and plants to give the backyard some color. The main attraction is a stainless steel barbecue and bar that Pete builds out of masonry and recycled tiles. Now the homeowners can have a party in the backyard, but don’t forget to invite us. The lawn can accommodate large number of people and gatherings with several tables and chairs. We’ll have plenty of room for everybody – even your friends.

See how Pete turns an unused acre of desert by the property into a magical botanical garden. There were overgrown plants and dangerous cacti for passerbyers. Pete makes new pathways that branch off and lead you to seating areas and little hideaways. Pete uses loose rocks around the property to frame the walkways; he builds a wildlife water feature; and the final touch is the lighting to accent the new built path and beautiful plants. The property has undergone a major transformation and now the family has an additional space to use and enjoy.

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grand materials

Grand Materials & Supply, Inc. is a wholesale distributor of landscaping products and construction materials.  It sells a wide range of products such as irrigation parts, outdoor lighting, pavers, masonry supplies, cement products, flagstone, travertine, boulders, decorative rock, soil, mulch and all aggregates for outdoors projects, small or large, residential or commercial such as parking lots, roads, pipe lines flood control etc.

The company’s main office, showroom and materials yard is located in Surprise, Arizona, with satellite showrooms and materials yards in Scottsdale, Mesa and Chandler, ArizonaGrand Materials and Supply, Inc. operates a large fleet of dump trucks and flatbed trucks which are used to deliver customer orders to job sites.

Yard Transformation

Posted on: October 26th, 2014 by xmlrpc

See the elegant changes to the courtyard as the sun is setting. Pete Cure decides to preserve the historic value of the 1926 fountain in the courtyard and uses it as colorful planter. In order to get the sound of water, he adds a small fountain nearby from DeSantana Stone, which brings great ambiance to the area. Pete addresses the homeowners security concern with access to the pool from the main house by adding a pool gate. It adds style to the house and blends in perfectly with the old adobe walls around the courtyard. The doors from Urban Southwest flawlessly fit the character of the house as well as the historic era.

Pools & Cocktails

Posted on: October 26th, 2014 by xmlrpc

Pete Cure heads to the pool area to see the transformation. The homeowner wants plants in the area that can live through the winter and aren’t as frost sensitive. Pete cleans up the area and places less frost sensitive plants like purple eremophila, red fairy dusters, and salvia greggiiGopher plants will also fit in nicely with a yellow bloom and they’re not frost sensitive at all. These plants add color to the yard and require less maintenance throughout the year

Quick Tip: Homeowners can add privacy to their pool by adding a tree like dalbergia sissoo to fill up empty gaps around the property.

After making some changes to the pool area, Pete achieves the updated look and low maintenance yard that the homeowner wanted. He also adds an extra bit of security and gives the little ones protection from the main house by adding a gate and a wall to the pool. It fits in perfectly with the rest of the historic home and even looks as if it was originally built in the 1920s.

Speaking of pool area, nothing goes better poolside than having a cocktail. Want a lesson in mixology? Travis Nass from Last Drop Bar at the Hermosa Inn whips up some favorites such as whiskey sour and his signature cocktail, fernet menta. Super simple drink and super delicious – refreshing anytime of the year.

Did You Know: Mixology started back in the 1800s – read more

The philosophy at the Last Drop Bar is simple – create classic cocktails using quality drinks with the freshest seasonal ingredients. Bartenders use lots of newly picked produce from the Hermosa Inn garden or from neighborhood local farmers. The Last Drop Bar has a very homey and welcoming atmosphere – it’s a great place to sit back, have a cocktail, and enjoy some food with friends. Be sure to stop by and treat yourself to a cocktail experience far beyond anything you expected. And if you see Travis, tell him Cheers!

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HermosaInnlogo-v2Recently named one of the “Top 500 Hotels in the World” by Travel + Leisure Magazine and Condé Nast Traveler’s Reader’s Choice Award for Top 25 Resorts in the Southwest, The Hermosa Inn is a jewel of a hideaway in the heart of the Valley; minutes from Scottsdale, yet surrounded by an exclusive neighborhood in Paradise Valley.

Originally hand-crafted in the 1930’s by cowboy artist Lon Megargee as his private residence, the Inn’s adobe architecture has kept its “old Arizona” character and charm. All 34 casitas are surrounded by spectacular landscaping and beautiful desert vistas. The accommodations retain the legendary personality and intimate atmosphere of the original hacienda, while enhancing the accommodations with upgraded amenities for a more luxurious experience.

The culinary centerpiece of the Inn is LON’s at the Hermosa, the celebrated Four Diamond restaurant renowned for “artful American” cuisine, which is complemented by its bar and casual dining counterpart Last Drop at the Hermosa, aptly named after one of the many paintings by Megargee that can be seen throughout the historic inn.

For more information, check out www.HermosaInn.com or call 602.955.8614

Southwest Remodeling

Posted on: October 18th, 2014 by xmlrpc

Pete Cure shops at Urban Southwest for the ideal gate for the historic home remodel in Paradise Valley.

Check out the neat stuff at Urban Southwest including old doors from Mexico and Mediterranean period. In addition to importing products, Urban Southwest also builds custom dining room sets and furniture to meet their customers’ specific needs. They create and build things like custom mirrors, rustic doors, windows, zinc table tops, art glass lighting, custom-made cabinets, wall art, and much more.

Did You Know: Urban Southwest uses recycled materials from their local neighborhood to build anything from simple to elaborate, contemporary to antique furnishings for customers. Check out their showroom and take a virtual tour, click here.

Back at the historic home, Pete learns the story behind the builder, Lon Megargee. Reading stories about the Wild West and seeking adventures as a young boy, Lon hops on a train and ends up in Arizona at the age of thirteen. He embraces Western lifestyle and makes himself into a cowboy. As a self-taught painter, he earns most of his living. Today, his murals can been seen throughout the Arizona State Capitol Museum and Arizona State University. Lon’s paintings are valued around $7K.

Lon Megargee lived life to the fullest and was somewhat of a ladies’ man. He was a big time entertainer and loved to socialize. He had lots of friends and enjoyed gambling. When his friends would come over, he’d let them stay at his guest ranch and that became the foundation for what is now Hermosa Inn in Paradise Valley.

Did You Know: Lon Megargee built underground tunnels to escape local Sherriff’s, who were trying to bust him for gambling and having poker games at his home. Over the years, guests at the Hermosa Inn say they see Lon’s ghost wandering around the property.

Fred Unger is preserving Lon Megargee’s history at the Hermosa Inn. He’s owned the property since 1992 and rebuilt it after a devastating fire using local building materials. A variety of Lon’s artwork and gems can be seen throughout the property. Hermosa Inn is a fantastic getaway with a southwestern charm that people all over the world can enjoy. Call and make your reservation today.

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urbansouthwest2Urban Southwest has provided homeowners, storefronts as well as commercial establishments with a complete and unique line of furniture made entirely from locally gathered reclaimed lumber and scrap steel. Nick Colamartini at Urban Southwest creates custom affordable furniture not only out of scrap reclaimed product, but also with a minimal amount of power equipment.  The goal of Urban Southwest is to create works of art that are functional, affordable, and that owners will love.

Urban Southwest has been featured for its ‘green practices’ and custom designs in Phoenix Home & Garden. They have also been  featured in Sunset MagazineArizona Republic, and Good Morning ArizonaUrban Southwest is proud to produce rustic and sophisticated art for yourself or for someone else as a gift. Come visit their store at 1016 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85014 for a unique experience! You will never think about Southwestern design in quite the same way.

For more information, please visit www.urbansouthwest.com or call Nick Colamartini (602) 980-8660 or Rose Ann Colamartini (602) 686-8000

Fountain Install

Posted on: October 18th, 2014 by xmlrpc

An old historic fountain built in 1926 is turned into a contemporary planter. Instead of destroying the antique fountain, Pete Cure and the homeowner decide to install a new custom made fountain from DeSantana Stone in order to add the sound of water to the courtyard.

Pete talks with Jessica Cox from Cox Cactus Farm to learn more about different types of agaves such as agave americana, agave parryi truncata, agave cornelius, and agave blue glow. They range in size anywhere from 7 inches to 7 feet wide, so homeowners have to be careful in picking out the right size for their planting project. Agaves are a great addition to any landscape, so call Cox Cactus Farm to pick out your agave today!

Pete has a lot of old vegetation to clean up at the historic project. He shows you a quick pruning method with a Sawzall power tool. Manufacturers make blades specifically for pruning trees and large shrubs. With this tool there is no need for sharpening blades as much as with a traditional chain saw. So give it a try!

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desantana logoDeSantana’s custom handcarved stone products are of old Mexico. The centuries old artistic techniques employed in their crafting have remained relatively unchanged since the time of the Spanish conquest. The detail resulting from these primitive methods of execution are, indeed, hallmark of authenticity hand crafted work of art.

 

DeSantana Stone is proud to be the largest importer and distributor of these products the United States and Canada. They feel their success is due, in part, to owning their own quarries, stone cutting plant, and central office location in Guadalajara. This allows them to supervise and inspect the production and craftsmanship to insure the artistic quality and detail our customers have come to expect.

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Fountains and Courtyards

Posted on: October 18th, 2014 by xmlrpc

Pete Cure shops at Urban Southwest for the ideal gate for the historic home remodel in Paradise Valley. They have a lot of neat stuff including old doors, custom mirrors, zinc table tops, and much more. Pete also learns the story behind the legendary home builder, Lon Megargee. Today, Fred Unger is preserving Lon’s history at the Hermosa Inn. A variety of Lon’s artwork can be seen throughout the property.

Back at the site, Pete builds a wall to separate the courtyard from the pool to protect the homeowner’s little ones. He also talks about his design plans for the backyard, which includes adding a bar area and barbecue. In the courtayrd, an old historic fountain built in 1926 is turned into a contemporary planter. Pete also installs a new custom made fountain from DeSantana Stonewhich adds the sound of water to the front entrance.

Pete talks with Jessica Cox from Cox Cactus Farm to learn more about different types of agaves he can plant at the historic home. He has a lot of work to do back at the site and needs to clean up old vegetation. He shows you a quick pruning method using a Sawzall. With this power tool, there is no need for sharpening blades as much as with a traditional chain saw.

Pete lays out a great design plan that maximizes all of the homeowner’s landscape around the property. He first cleans up the site and cuts back all of the overgrown plants. The newly cleared area gives Pete a fresh canvas to start his landscaping project. Creating a mini-stack wall gives the front entrance a much more defined and elegant look; and a variety of eye-catching plants from Cox Cactus Farm spruce up the front entrance. Check out the final product of the wall and gate install, which completes the courtyard and sticks to the original character of the 1920s home.

Courtyard Gate

Posted on: October 18th, 2014 by xmlrpc

Pete Cure is at the historic adobe home where he’s building a wall to separate the courtyard from the pool to protect the homeowner’s little ones. He frames the opening to match the gate purchased from Urban Southwest. See how he builds mortar wall from scratch and installs a new gate to mimic the existing structure of the historic house. He builds a rigid frame and installs old antique doors that add character to the courtyard.

Pete also visits the homeowner’s backyard and talks about his design plans for the area. He’s going to install an irrigation system, add stepping stones, clean up the yard and add plants to pretty it up. He’s also going to create a bar area and add an outdoor barbecue for the family and guests to enjoy.

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urbansouthwest2Urban Southwest has provided homeowners, storefronts as well as commercial establishments with a complete and unique line of furniture made entirely from locally gathered reclaimed lumber and scrap steel. Nick Colamartini atUrban Southwest creates custom affordable furniture not only out of scrap reclaimed product, but also with a minimal amount of power equipment.  The goal of Urban Southwest is to create works of art that are functional, affordable, and that owners will love.

Urban Southwest has been featured for its ‘green practices’ and custom designs in Phoenix Home & Garden. They have also been  featured in Sunset MagazineArizona Republic, and Good Morning ArizonaUrban Southwest is proud to produce rustic and sophisticated art for yourself or for someone else as a gift. Come visit their store at 1016 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85014 for a unique experience! You will never think about Southwestern design in quite the same way.

For more information, please visit www.urbansouthwest.com or call Nick Colamartini (602) 980-8660 or Rose Ann Colamartini (602) 686-8000

Yard Makeover

Posted on: October 18th, 2014 by xmlrpc

Pete Cure reviews some of the finished projects around the historic home remodel. See the final product of the wall and gate install, which completes the courtyard and sticks to the original character of the 1920s home. Since the Arizona Historical Society recommends keeping the original 1926 fountain intact, Pete adds a new smaller custom fountain from DeSantana Stone to add trickling sound of water in the courtyard.

Pete lays out a great design plan that maximizes all of the homeowner’s landscape around the property. He first cleaned up the site and cut back all of the overgrown plants. The newly cleared area gave Pete a fresh canvas to start his landscaping project. Creating a mini-stack wall gave the front entrance a much more defined and elegant look; and a variety of eye-catching plants from Cox Cactus Farm spruced up the front entrance.

Trees & Lawns

Posted on: October 12th, 2014 by xmlrpc

Pete Curé is replacing trees and palms. He’ll show you how to plant these the right way. Also, get your lawn ready for the winter season. And just how much water do you really need for your landscape to thrive? It may not be as much as you think.

Fall Planting

Posted on: October 12th, 2014 by xmlrpc

Summer temperatures can take a toll on your landscape. When Fall arrives, it’s time to get everything blooming again. Join Pete Curé as he tackles diseased trees, lifeless planter beds, and dead brown lawns. We’ll walk you through the necessary steps to bring your yard back to life.