Archive for the ‘Step Outside’ Category

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.

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.

Diseased Trees

Posted on: October 12th, 2014 by xmlrpc

Many trees took a beating during the summer heat. Pete Curé shows you how to tell if they can be saved or not. Plus, if you have brown spots in your hedges, Pete’s got a helpful solution for you.

Pruning Tips

Posted on: October 12th, 2014 by xmlrpc

If your plants were lucky enough to survive the hot summer, we still recommend a little Fall pruning. Pruning will help your current plants and trees flourish in the colder Winter months. Pete Curé shows you how to properly prune your existing landscape.

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.

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.

Verde Valley Wine Show

Posted on: October 6th, 2014 by xmlrpc

On this episode of Step Outside, we head to the Verde Valley to explore Arizona’s Wine Country.  

First up, we travel to one of the oldest vineyards in the area where tourists aren’t just coming for the wine. And white, red, or rose — what actually makes a good bottle of wine? We’ll visit some tasting rooms and get some tips on wine varieties. Plus, a trip to a restaurant that’s small on space, but big on flavor.

Alcantara Vineyards

Posted on: October 6th, 2014 by xmlrpc

On this episode of Step Outside, we head to the Verde Valley to explore Arizona’s Wine Country.  

First up, we take a look at this bustling area just ninety minutes north of Phoenix that is becoming a popular wine destination. Then, we’ll travel to one of the oldest vineyards in the area where tourists aren’t just coming for the wine.

Fine Wine and Food

Posted on: October 6th, 2014 by xmlrpc

It’s the company some say put Arizona on the wine map. We head to Arizona Stronghold’s winery for a lesson on making award-winning wine. Then, it might be small on space, but it’s big on flavor. Come with us, as we dine at Abbie’s Kitchen.