Landfall luxury home builder Mark Johnson Custom Homes would like to share an informative article from ConcreteNetwork.com on how to design and what elements to include for the ideal outdoor living area for your home. Below are the ways to use concrete to build your perfect outdoor space and for more information on each, click here!

“Decorative Concrete Surfaces
Start by installing stamped, stenciled or stained concrete patios and walkways to establish the basic floor plan and design scheme for your outdoor room. You can even pattern your outdoor floor with a permanent, weatherproof rug that adds visual interest and helps define dining and conversation areas.

Cooking
Something to cook with, such as a barbecue grill or wood-fired pizza oven, and countertops for food preparation and serving are key elements in a well-designed outdoor kitchen. Concrete countertops offer the advantages of weather resistance and versatility, since they can be formed into any shape you desire to suit the space. A coat of sealer will simplify cleanup by protecting your countertop from stains. Other amenities, such as concrete bartops and outdoor sinks with plumbing, can expand your entertainment options.

Hearth
Wood-burning or gas fireplaces, firepits, chimineas and portable patio heaters extend the enjoyment of outdoor living well into the evening while creating a cozy conversation area for people to gather around.

Furniture
No outdoor room is complete without ample furniture for dining and lounging. Attractive high-quality outdoor furniture also provides a smooth transition from the indoors to the outdoors and helps define the space as an extension of your home. Concrete seat walls and cast concrete couches or chaises, softened with pillows or cushions, can be used as permanent, weatherproof outdoor seating.

Water features
If space and budget allow, installing a concrete swimming pool, spa, waterfall or pond can provide beauty, relaxation and tranquil sounds.

Architectural accents
Add elegance and character to your outdoor room with decorative details such as concrete statuary, fountains, landscape borders and cast stone columns.

Lighting
Use pathway and landscape lighting to add ambience, accentuate key architectural features, and extend outdoor enjoyment well into the evening.”

Information and Photo Courtesy of: ConcreteNetwork.com

Landfall custom home builder Mark Johnson Custom Homes encourages those in the area this Valentine’s Day to take advantage of all that the Cape Fear area has to offer! The Wilmington/Cape Fear Coast Convention and Visitors Bureau released a press release this morning detailing how you can celebrate in the Wilmington, NC area. Below is a list and for more information, click here!

  • 30th ANNUAL N.C. JAZZ FESTIVAL
  • 8th ANNUAL WILMINGTON CHOCOLATE FESTIVAL
  • HOLD-YOUR-HONEY-TIGHT HAUNTED TOURS
  • VALENTINE HORSE-DRAWN CARRIAGE RIDE.
  • SWEETHEART CRUISES ABOARD THE HENRIETTA III
  • WILMINGTON GARDEN SHOW
  • BIRDING TOUR
  • THAT’S A MORAY! VALENTINE DINNER
  • 60th ANNUAL CAMELLIA SHOW & SALE

Landfall builder Mark Johnson Custom Homes would like to share a recent article from Professional Remodeler’s Editor in Chief, Jonathan Sweet, on the Home Star, or “Cash for Caulkers”, program. Sweet outlined the five issues below on what will hopefully boost energy efficiency and jobs, and to read each in more detail, click here!

1. WHAT WOULD THE MONEY GO FOR?

2. WHAT’S THE POTENTIAL IMPACT?

3. WHAT’S BEHIND THE PROPOSAL?

4. DOES THE PROPOSAL COMPETE WITH THE AMERICAN CLEAN ENERGY AND SECURITY ACT?

5. WHAT’S THE LIKELIHOOD OF HOME STAR GETTING PASSED?