Archive for the ‘Step Outside’ Category

Fountains & Pools

Posted on: March 16th, 2015 by xmlrpc

Pete Curé heads to beautiful Red Rocks of Sedona to check out some spectacular pools and water features. In this clip, we check out massive fountains, small fountains, wall fountains, carved stone bowl fountains – you name it and most likely Pete can design it. We also see a negative edge 40ft long lap pool with an automatic pool cover – great for exercise in the summer or during the winter. With its solar heating, the pool will pay for itself in just a couple of years. Dive in and enjoy the breathtaking views!

Pools & Ponds

Posted on: March 16th, 2015 by xmlrpc

Pete Curé continues his water tour in the high country of Sedona, AZ. Check out a spectacular pool with a beautiful negative edge that sweeps over mountain views. Owners can also enjoy great views from spa that sits just above the pool. If you want to avoid the expense and high maintenance of a large pool, you can choose to have a pond in your backyard. Pete shows you a natural pond with fish and water lilies that’s extremely low maintenance. Add the sound and calming effects of water in your backyard this weekend.

Pools & Ponds

Posted on: March 16th, 2015 by xmlrpc

Pete Curé heads to beautiful Red Rocks of Sedona to show viewers some spectacular pools and water features with sweeping mountain views. Hear about some of the obstacles he faced while building and designing these impressive spaces. Check out multiple fountains and magnificent negative edge pools. Makes you want to jump in the pool and take in the surrounding scenery.

Natural ponds are very popular in Arizona and can add the calming sounds of water to a landscape. Pete shows you ponds that he built with fish and beautiful plants such as water lilies. Having a pond is a great way to avoid the expense and high maintenance of a large pool. He shows you how to build a pond in your own backyard. Pete’s attention to detail and architecture is spectacular. 

Adobe Home – Part 4

Posted on: March 9th, 2015 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: March 9th, 2015 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.

Yard Transformation

Posted on: March 9th, 2015 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.

Landscape Lighting

Posted on: March 9th, 2015 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.

Pools & Cocktails

Posted on: March 9th, 2015 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

Colorful Yard

Posted on: March 2nd, 2015 by xmlrpc

Pete Cure shows you how to add color to your yard in an easy and inexpensive way.  Add annual color like petunias, perennial color like lavender, and permanent plants like hibiscus throughout the yard. You can also add layering effects in different sized pots by using tall plants like yellow coreopsis in the back along with short plants like red periwinkles in the front. The red and yellow colors add a nice contrast to the area as well. In order to water your plants daily, Pete shows you how to set up a separate irrigation system for your pots.

Tip: You don’t want to give the same amount of water to your pot plants as you do to your ground plants. Pete recommends having a separate drip irrigation system installed for your pots — on its own line; setup on a separate controller. Plants in pots need about 3-4min of water daily; plants in the ground need way more – especially in the summertime. Having two different irrigation systems will help control the waterflow.

Pete continues to work on the botanical-like garden for the homeowners. He creates new pathways leading to a seating area and wildlife water feature. He meets up with Derrick Boscarino from Grand Materials & Supply as he lays down 25tons of ¼ minus madison gold. This granite gives the pathway and yard a natural Arizona native look.

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grand materialsGrand 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.

Grand Materials Supply

Posted on: March 2nd, 2015 by xmlrpc

Work continues at the historic home remodel. Pete Cure goes shopping for irrigation, granite, and lighting at Grand Materials & Supply, the Valley’s landscape superstore. First, he talks with Joe Bergeron about the variety of irrigation products their store offers. Together, they decide to install a drip irrigation system with new valves and control system. Pete shows you how to protect your irrigation system from being chewed up by desert animals like rabbits and squirrels.

While at Grand Materials & Supply, Pete picks out some granite for pathways that he’s creating on the historic property. He speaks with Derrick Boscarino who reviews the different types of granite they carry. The store can also order specialty products if needed – any size, any color. Derrick recommends using 1/4″ minus for Pete’s historic project. Madison gold is commonly used throughout the valley. Pete decides to have 50 tons of it delivered to the site. Creating these pathways will provide a tranquil way to enjoy the property.

Lastly, Pete talks with Alex Babb regarding proper lighting for the project. He hopes to light the driveway, pathways, some saguaros and nice old trees throughout the property. From halogen to LED lights, Alex reviews the benefits of each. He points out that less wire, less voltage, and smaller transformers are required with the new generation of lighting. With LEDs there is no need to change bulbs and they require very low maintenance for homeowners, which is a positive.

To get more info about Grand Materials & Supply, your one-stop shop, please call (480) 986-5800

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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.

Irrigation Install

Posted on: March 2nd, 2015 by xmlrpc

Pete Cure shows you how to install an irrigation system. He includes a reduced pressure vacuum breaker, which feeds a one inch main line that goes throughout the whole property distributing water to each individual drip valve. He also shows you a great way to protect your irrigation project from desert animals and avoid losing a lot of water. It’s really important to have the proper irrigation and installation plan figured out so that your plants get the right amount of water.

While Pete finishes up the irrigation, we head over to Lon’s Restaurant at the Hermosa Inn. Jeremy Pacheco (Executive Chef) whips up a delicious dish for you. He makes stuffed squash blossoms with goat cheese and blistered shishito peppers. He also creates a tempura batter and shows you how to make a quick-and-easy citrus vinaigrette. Many of the ingredients (such as fresh chives and parsley) come straight from Lon’s garden. Other ingredients come from local farmers around the Valley.

Did You Know: With a 1/2 acre organic garden that rotates seasonally, the menu at Lon’s Restaurant changes regularly to reflect the freshest local ingredients. From ‘farm-to-table’ concept, customers will taste the freshness and quality first-hand.

For more information, please visit www.hermosainn.com/lons

Adobe Home – Part 3

Posted on: March 2nd, 2015 by xmlrpc

Work continues at the historic home remodel. In this episode, Pete Cure goes shopping for irrigation, granite, and lighting at Grand Materials & Supply. First, he talks with Joe Bergeron about the variety of irrigation products. Then, he picks out some granite for pathways that he’s creating on the historic property. He speaks with Derrick Boscarino who reviews the different types of granite products they carry. Lastly, Pete talks with Alex Babb regarding proper lighting for the project. He hopes to light the driveway, pathways, some saguaros and nice old trees on the site.

After shopping trip, Pete shows you how to install an irrigation system. It’s really important to have the proper irrigation and installation plan figured out so that your plants get the right amount of water. He also shows you a great way to protect your irrigation project from desert animals. While Pete’s finishing up the irrigation, we head over to Lon’s Restaurant at the Hermosa Inn for a delicious dish. Jeremy Pacheco (Executive Chef) makes stuffed squash blossoms with goat cheese and blistered shishito peppers.

Back at the project site, Pete Cure shows you how to add color to your yard in an easy and inexpensive way. You can also add layering effects to your pots by using tall and short plants in the same pots. Pete continues to work on the homeowner’s botanical-like garden by creating new pathways, which lead to seating areas and wildlife water feature. He lays down ¼ minus madison gold granite on the pathways that he bought earlier from Grand Materials & Supply. This particular granite helps give the area a natural Arizona native look.

Finally, Pete shows you how to attract desert animals in your own backyard. Using natural surroundings, you can build a wildlife water feature with large rocks and boulders. Add a trickle of water in your yard to mask nearby traffic by creating a small pond and installing a water pump. Sit at a nearby bench during the right time of day and you may even see javelinas, foxes, raccoons, squirrels, and rabbits run around. A wildlife water feature is a great addition to any landscape!