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East Coast Dreaming

Spring Meadow Farm and Estate, snuggled in the rolling hills of Buckingham, is surrounded by meadows and towering trees. The centuries-old springhouse, a stone farmhouse, bank barn and its history and countenance present the essence of a historic...

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OM Media

Argentinian Photographer, Gerardo Suter said: “I did not choose photography. Photography chose me.” Suter wasn’t alone. Like many creative people, Bucks County photographer, Oscar Mikols of OM Media tells the story of a boy mesmerized with a camer... Read more

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Randl Bye

Growing up in Philly and living in Manhattan for the last 40 years, Chip Lister is a city boy at heart. Even with his love for city life, Chip reveals that he always had visions of living in an old house in the countryside. “All my life I wanted... Read more

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Tucked away in Buckingham Township, Spring Meadow Farm epitomizes the Bucks County farm estate, a tranquil retreat with all of the elements one needs for an upscale country lifestyle. Accessible via two gated entrances, the house is hidden from... Read more

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What's Better in the spring and summer than being in your backyard ,poolside, on the Patio, or the Terrace? Having your music and video entertainment to complement your outdoor living. Read more

With classic lines and modern twists, this custom home’s stately exterior belies the unexpected interior. From start to finish, this home was created to capture the passions, lifestyle and visions of the owners. Travis Hutchinson, of Zaveta Custom... Read more

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Randl Bye

Skilled remodeler Brett King along with his son Nathan, wife Kim, and his daughter-in-law Kara together remodeled and transformed what was once a village creamery into a dreamhouse for Nathan and Kara King.... Read more

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Now really is the time to appreciate the great outdoors. For thirty years Bucks Beautiful has worked to enhance the landscape for residents and visitors alike by beautifying towns, schools, parks, roadsides and pathways throughout Bucks County... Read more

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Jon Madle at Home and Hearth Masonry does award-winning custom stone work inside and outside your home Read more

Buckle up, because the Z500 Series gives you a ride and comfort you’ll never forget. Read more

What do witch hazel, Japan, basket weaving, and Vaudeville have in common? And, to make this mystery a bit more difficult to solve, what do they all have to do with winter landscapes? On a blustery day in early spring, I was stopped on my way to... Read more

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The blueprint for renovating this classic three story Doylestown house included the removal and rebuilding of an older addition while saving the original structure Read more

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At Environmental Landscape Associates design and building outdoor structures begins with a vision that encompasses the purpose and views everything as an extension of the home... Read more

Landscaping Ideas

A Bucks County farmhouse is transformed by the creative work Period Architecture, a company that specializes in building new houses to look old and renovating and modernizing old houses... Read more

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To everyone who calls Bucks County home—our friends & family, fellow residents, and business community, our thoughts and prayers are with you, your family and loved ones during this time. Read more

What comes to mind when you envision a barn home? Is it a traditional American barn with classic clean lines and lofted spaces, a lakeside cottage, a mid-century modern, or a mountainside retreat with vaulted ceilings and exposed post and beam? Read more

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Little’s showrooms are open and stocked with residential and commercial zero-turn mowers, tractors, gator utility vehicles, landscaping equipment, walk behind and premium riding mowers. Read more

I am mostly a shrub and perennial person, but there are certain annuals that I simply must have somewhere in my garden each year. I use them to fill in gaps in borders, or to star in their own spectacular shows. These annuals are versatile, easy... Read more

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John and Amy Blakeley were living in Jamison, in a contemporary style home situated in a development, but wanted more living space and a quieter neighborhood. They wanted a home off the beaten path. The decision to start looking for a new home... Read more

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It was just over twenty years ago that our own Margo Aramian Ragan visited with young Derek Kehler. He was twenty-three years old at the time, and already an accomplished and award-winning gardener and garden designer, having won first prize for... Read more

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Diabase is the tongue-in-cheek name of a bucolic farm located in Upper Makefield. It’s named for the regionally common igneous rock from which the house was built. But the name isn’t at all indicative of the property, because as you wind your... Read more

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Outdoor Living

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Woodsmith Construction, LLC is committed to expanding your outdoor living space and function. They create: custom decks and patios, porches/sunrooms, pavilions, porticos, pergolas, outdoor kitchens and firepits. Pete Buechle started Woodsmith Construction in 2008. Prior to this, he worked his way up in the industry, working for a variety of home builders; from home builders, residential framers, designers and luxury/kitchen bath installers. With a vast knowledge and skill base at his disposal, the company has been known to take on most projects, as do most “General Contractors”. However, over the past few years and with 2020 being at the forefront of it all, he started shifting primary focus to outdoor projects. This past year has been a prime example of the benefits obtained from enjoying the outdoor environment. Physically and cognitively, outdoor living is something that should not be ignored in the home but incorporated into everyone’s daily life. Woodsmith Construction was founded on two major principles: bringing back an era of true craftsmanship and establishing and maintaining a transparent approach to residential construction. With countless products and construction methods at the disposal of consumers, building outdoor spaces has become joy for the team at Woodsmith Construction, and they strive to bring that to all customers. Give them a call today, and bring the luxuries of the indoors….out. Woodsmith Construction is a building company based in Bucks County, PA. Focusing on residential construction, fine home remodeling, outdoor retreats and exterior upgrades. Licensed in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey, Woodsmith Construction is owned by builder/contractor Pete Buechle. With nearly two decades of experience in the trades, Pete’s mission is to create the highest quality and beautiful lasting spaces for the client-on budget and on time. For more information about Woodsmith Construction, LLC, call 215-862-2148 or visit www.woodsmith construction.com All inquiries/calls are acknowledged within 24hrs.

Rain Gardens, What Are They?

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The dictionary definition goes something like this, “A rain garden is a planted depression that allows rainwater runoff from impervious surfaces, like roofs, driveways, walkways, decks and patios, to slowly infiltrate back into the soil as the plants, mulch and soil naturally remove pollutants from the runoff”. The working definition goes more like this, “You want to build a deck or patio but the township requires a drainage solution to offset the additional impervious space”. A rain garden can be the solution. There are alternatives. You could choose a gravel pit with drains, but rain gardens are a lot cheaper, easier to install and certainly more visually appealing. However, rain gardens can be aesthetically challenging. The best method is to integrate the rain garden into an existing landscape. The project shown here started with a new deck. The rain garden is part of the larger landscape and captures water from the pool decking and run-off from the roof. The property had a lot of mature, formal plantings that had to make visual sense with the naturalistic vibe of the rain garden plantings. To get started, we used transitional plants to meld the styles. Hydrangeas in the foreground are effective with both moods and a sturdy, green backdrop of evergreen Viburnums also helps to screen the pool equipment. The shrubs provide a structural framework for the perennials and ornamental grasses, keeping everything looking surprisingly neat. The rain garden added fun splashes of color and made the pool area feel like a vacation property. The colorful variety of native perennials thrive in the rain garden environment and add summer color and seasonal interest. The gardens’ plants also attract birds, butterflies and pollinators. Natives have the added benefit of being deer resistant. Rain gardens can be added to your property at any time and are great for the environment. You might find that you’re a rain garden convert! GLDesigns is located at 1122 E. Welsh Rd., Ambler, PA. For more information, call 215-628-4070, email sales@gldesigns.net or visit www.gldesigns.net.