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Dreamy outdoor living space

Entertain Year Round with a Custom Outdoor Living Space

Begin Planning Now for a Resort Ready Backyard

Experience all the advantages of a private outdoor living space in your own backyard.

Four-season rooms, covered patios and outdoor kitchens extend entertaining while adding areas to work and play. They can be personalized with pergolas, firepits, water features and retaining walls to suit every family’s taste and personality.

Let an expert outdoor living designer show you how to create stylish spaces that will make your home the envy of the neighborhood. Here’s how:

Plan Ahead

Building a custom outdoor structure can seem daunting. “An outdoor living designer should help you gain an understanding of your project with a 3-D rendering,” says Chris DiSabatino, President of DiSabatino Landscaping. This will allow you to envision and revise the project before any work begins.

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Ask Around

Choose a professional design firm with a superior reputation. Ensure the firm has a solid warranty for any problems down the road. “Our family name is our company,” says Chris. “Every team member in uniform represents the values of our firm.” 

Tailor the Project to Your Property

Built as an extension of your home, gazebos and patios provide a peaceful retreat and alfresco office. Tech-enabled outdoor kitchens and grills, bars or built-in television systems extend parties well into the night. Put in a pool to keep everyone entertained or add outdoor lighting for ambiance. The list of options to customize your project is endless.

Expert Installation

Even if a firm is using the highest quality products, the success of your project depends on the level of installation. Experienced professionals follow proven methods and anticipate potential problems. “Our team members guide you through every step of the process, offering exceptional customer service from beginning to end,” says Chris.

Take these steps to plan, design and create a stunning outdoor space you will enjoy for years to come. Chris says, “You’ll never regret investing in a project that enhances your home, increases your property value, and provides endless hours of enjoyment for your family.”

Designing a Beautiful Outdoor Space

The Benefits of Outdoor Living Areas

Your backyard is the ideal spot to extend your home’s living space. Custom decks, outdoor kitchens, patios and pergolas are just some of the ways to create additional areas for entertaining and spending time outdoors with friends and family. Outdoor structures define spaces and provide open areas for relaxing or spending time with friends and family. These structures add both character and charm to your backyard experience. Let an expert outdoor living designer show you how to create stylish spaces that will make your home the envy of the neighborhood.

Unlimited Options

The location of your structure can provide both function and privacy. A pavilion or covered patio provides shelter from spring rain and protection from the sun. Placed near an in ground pool, swimmers can relax and find shade. Built as an extension of your home, covered porches, gazebos or patios offer a peaceful retreat as you look out onto your garden. Custom decks are great places to relax or entertain. Outdoor kitchens extend parties and provide food for guests well into the night. The list of options to customize your project is endless.

Custom Features

Experienced outdoor living designers understand how to evaluate your property in order to create the ideal outdoor structures. There are a host of options available when designing a structure. Many clients choose solid cellular PVC, an advanced material fashioned after natural wood. It looks exactly like the real thing, but won’t rot, split or warp.

Superior Design

Before any work begins, you should choose a professional design firm with a superior reputation. DiSabatino’s design team members will guide you through the process, working with you to build a project that fits your taste and lifestyle. They will offer a comprehensive 3D rendering of the project that allows you to visualize the design and modify as needed.

Expert Installation

Even if a design firm is using the highest-grade products, the success of your project depends on the techniques used for installation and managing your project from start to finish. Experienced professionals follow proven installation methods and anticipate any potential problems beforehand. This guarantees you will be enjoying your outdoor living space for years to come.

Tips for Preventing Damaging Erosion and Drainage Issues

A Checklist to Protect Your Home

Many first-time homeowners don’t realize how much of an impact sloping, yard runoff and grading concerns can make on their homes. From leaking basements to swarms of mosquitos, poor drainage can cost you thousands of dollars and dozens of headaches. And these problems won’t go away until they’re permanently fixed.

The following are a few ways to spot and address any issues before they become worse:

Assess Any Standing Water After a Heavy Rain

The first step towards fixing a problem is acknowledging you have one. After a day or two of steady rain, is your lawn still wet 24 hours later? Do you have standing puddles of water? Are your plants getting too much moisture? It’s time to address your water runoff.

Plant Ground Cover or Shrubs for Erosion Control

Native plants are one of the most cost-effective and efficient ways to reduce erosion in your yard. They help stabilize the soil, slow rainwater runoff and protect topsoil. The roots in native plants and shrubbery protect from erosion and help soak up excess moisture. When planting new grass, sod is also a better choice over seed in poorly drained backyards. Sod has a root system already in place, whereas seed may be washed away by a sloping area.

Build a Retaining Wall

Retaining walls for walk ways A stone retaining wall doesn’t just elevate the look of your yard: It also helps keep soil from washing down steep slopes. These walls help to stabilize topsoil and move water away from your home. In particular, terraced yards may need masonry to address erosion and runoff. Retaining walls can be built from a variety of materials today, including concrete, stone and wood.

 

Learn How to Spell Swale

While lesser-known, swales are practical and efficient ways to run water away from your home. These “trenches” are dug in such a way that they’re hard to spot but extremely efficient at moving runoff water. Instead of soaking up water, they move it away as soon as rainstorms clear.

Drain, Drain Go Away

French drains can have a dramatic impact on irrigation issues. These shallow trenches contain perforated pipes that are buried underground. The drains help whisk excessive water away from your home. Once the pipe fills with water, it’s redirected to the area you want to channel your runoff. French drains are tricky and should be professionally installed.

Get a Professional Consultation

With that being said, a professional landscaping firm is your best bet for finding the root cause of your drainage issues. Experienced landscape designers and installers will be able to assess your grading, design a custom plan to address it and implement the most efficient ways to control erosion to prevent potential flooding and water damage.

Water drainage projects aren’t always your first priority, but they’re critical to keeping your lawn healthy and your home protected from water damage.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Ultimate Guide to Prepping Your Yard for Summer

Most homeowners know to get your yard ready for spring after a long winter, or the need to winterize your property before temperatures drop. But did you know that your backyard deserves attention before heading into the hot days of summer as well?

To get your home ready for friends and family, here are a few tips:

1.Tackle Plants and Shrubs

It’s always a good decision to prune shrubs, divide overgrown plants and prune bushes. Many overgrown plants can be dug up and divided in half before replanting. A good landscaping firm will be able to assess plantings and cut out any dead plantings, as well as assessing the roots and health of trees after a rainy spring season.

2. Fertilize Your Lawn

Aeration is key in the hot summer months. June and July are the perfect times to apply fertilizer. Be careful not to overdo it, as this can contribute to excessive growth without benefitting the lawn’s root system. Cut your lawn to no more than a third of its height each pass through. Although timing may not always be ideal, waiting for your grass to dry out before cutting is the best way to mow your lawn, as it reduces large clumps of moist clippings.

3. Assess and Repair Water Features

If you have a pool, spa or water fountain, have a certified professional inspect it to ensure it is sealed properly and there is no apparent damage. You don’t want an undiagnosed leak to wreak havoc to your property or cause a major water bill. A quick inspection can save you time, money and hassle down the road.

4. Clean Your Patio and Stonework

Long Northeastern winters can cause staining, water marks and debris to form on your outdoor decking and patio. A quick powerwash will make a major difference in the way your home looks. Cleaning your patio may also reveal if you need to address any loss of mortar between stones or chipped areas.

5. Add Some Lighting

Update your backyard lighting to make your home a showpiece. Landscape lighting can bring a summery feel to your backyard, while adding a layer of safety by illuminating a path or walkway. A well-lit yard helps extend entertaining with guests for hours to come.

6. Start Planning for Next Year

It’s never too late to begin planning a project for next year! Summer is the ideal time to consider your entertaining needs, create a wish list, meet with a landscape design team and begin developing a plan for next year. Start now and you’ll be enjoying the backyard of your dreams for seasons to come.

Upgrade Your Outdoor Living Space with Natural Stone

Natural stone is one of the smartest choices you can make for your home. The advantages of stone make it ideal for many homeowners looking to renovate or update the look of their property. As a result of its versatility and visual appeal, it has become one of the most popular and frequently used materials in landscaping.

An investment in natural stone will last a lifetime. There are many areas where it can be used to upgrade your landscape:

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Stone is the natural choice for bars, fire pits and grilling areas. Its advantages over other materials include being durable, easy to clean and fire-resistant. Natural stone is versatile enough to look either rustic or modern, allowing it to blend seamlessly with its surroundings. It’s also one of the most attractive enhancements you can make to your home.

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Decorative Walkways and Steps

Welcome guests to your home with style. Masonry contractors are capable of creating lasting works of art. Because natural stone can be cut as desired, the list of options is endless. From curving walkways to rough hewn steps, natural stone allows you to achieve the look you’ve always wanted.

Fire and Water

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Natural stone can be used for pool decks and is a mainstay in many fountains, spas and even ponds. These gorgeous accents can be used to create decorative walls that blend seamlessly with the landscape and add visual appeal to water. Natural stone seating areas elevate the experience of custom pools and hot tubs.

But stone isn’t just meant for water. Natural stone fire pits and outdoor fireplaces are extremely popular, increasing the use and functionality of outdoor space. Build an outdoor fire pit now and extend the enjoyment of your patio into fall.

A Variety of Uses

Natural stone is unique. As one of the few building materials naturally found in nearly every shape and size, it can also be cut into even more variations. It comes in a range of colors and can be painted to coordinate with the elements. Stone also pairs well with brick, pavement and concrete. From a cost perspective, natural stone is a reasonably priced, readily available landscape material that’s versatile to use in nearly every outdoor project.

The Test of Time

The art of modern masonry requires accomplished workers with years of experience. It’s important to find a company that pairs expert artisans with practical knowledge. Make sure to choose a firm with a diverse portfolio of previous projects. The right company will offer skilled work at a reasonable price, backed by a solid warranty.

The Esposito family has been installing high quality stone walkways, patios and more for over 20 years. Their employees have passed their knowledge of masonry down from generation to generation, making them one of the most experienced firms in the Brandywine Valley. To schedule a consultation with DiSabatino Landscaping, call (302) 764-0408.

Welcome Summer with a Custom Pool

After this long brutal winter, don’t you deserve to make the most of your summer? Enjoy every moment without ever leaving your own backyard. If you start planning now, you will soon be enjoying every sunny day with a custom pool retreat.

Endless Possibilities

The beauty of a custom pool is that it’s built to fulfill your needs. Whether you want to relax with a small, private hideaway or entertain friends and family with an elaborate backyard resort, a pool designer can match your wishes. Countless options and customized features ensure your pool will reflect your personality and enhance the beauty of your home.

Building Within a Budget

Consider how much you’re willing to spend. Professional pool companies are well equipped to work within a budget, ensuring your needs are met without breaking the bank. Most pool designers will suggest variations to allow for phasing, creating a multi-layered plan that makes room for potential features. This allows you to enjoy your pool now and add enhancements in the future.

Custom Pool Retreat - DiSabatino Landscaping Entertain in Style

How will you be using your custom pool? If you like throwing large bashes, you might think about adding a swim up bar with a grotto or waterfall. If you want a place to relax and unwind after a long week of work, you may want to install a hot tub. Your pool professional will work with you and your family to create an outdoor environment that accommodates your vision and lifestyle.

Highlight Your Home

The best pools are incorporated into the existing landscape. Features such as stone walkways, pergolas or decorative garden borders will enhance your pool’s setting. The right pool professional will design your custom pool so that it fits seamlessly into your backyard. Additional features such as outdoor kitchens, fireplaces and artistic lighting can be added to enhance your space.

Make the Right Choice

The first and most important decision when building a pool is picking the right firm. Use a pool expert with extensive experience building custom pools. Review their portfolio of projects. A montage of past work will give you an idea of their strengths and also spark ideas for you and your own backyard. The right firm will schedule an initial consultation, evaluate your landscape, and come up with a custom design that incorporates your vision and exceeds your expectations. They will also be able to back their work with a strong warranty.

Trust Delaware Valley’s premier pool and landscape design firm, DiSabatino Landscaping. DiSabatino has been blending artistic vision and superior craftsmanship for more than 20 years. To schedule an initial consultation, call (610) 361-0595 in PA or (302) 764-0408 in DE. You can also view their custom pool portfolio online at DiSabatinoInc.com.

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Redefine the Outdoor Space

Showcase Your Home with Landscape Design

If your backyard is uninspired, it’s time to rethink your landscape. Today’s exterior design professionals are recreating the field of landscaping, generating designs that are more sophisticated yet more accessible for everyone. And this time of year is the perfect time to get started.

Unlock the potential of your backyard with a full-service landscape firm. A team of designers, installers and architects will customize a landscape that highlights your home while maximizing your space. Here’s how.

Custom Plantings 

Carefully selected flowers, trees and greenery create backyard drama. Drawing from a wealth of training and experience, landscape designers understand which plants thrive in this region’s climate, exposure and soil. They evaluate your personal style in conjunction with your property’s sun exposure and changes in elevation. The result is an eye-catching display of gorgeous, native plants that flourish in your landscape.

Natural Stone and Water Features

While plants and trees are major players, hardscape options enhance the production. Natural stone is one of the most popular landscaping features today. From elegant stone terraces and seating areas to waterfalls and artistically placed boulders, natural stone features are an ideal choice for almost any landscape.

Add more elaborate features such as a state-of-the-art outdoor kitchen, fire pit and pergola. Complete the story with cascading water. Custom masonry designs increase the value of your home, adding visual appeal and increasing the entertaining space for decades to come.

LED Lighting

Outdoor Kitchen - DiSabatino Landscaping Showcase your new surroundings with an exterior lighting system. The practical advantages of outdoor lighting are tremendous. Installing a system enhances home security and increases both property value and curb appeal. True landscape lighting design experts plan your system with artistic flair, employing the latest LED fixtures to highlight your property’s best features.

Professional Design and Installation

A full-service firm will not only create the perfect design, they will ensure its continued beauty by developing a maintenance program that’s tailored to your property’s exact needs. Look for a company that will back their work with a solid warranty and a plant health care program to guarantee year round health.

The Brandywine Valley’s premier landscape design firm, DiSabatino Landscaping, will help you realize the full potential of your property. For over 20 years, DiSabatino has been creating lasting relationships through exceptional customer service. They offer unmatched quality and customer service and are skilled in all areas of hardscaping, landscaping, masonry and tree care.

DiSabatino Landscaping will create a seamless, worry-free experience from start to finish. Explore their website at DiSabatinoinc.com and start your redesign today.

Spring Into a Beautiful Outdoor Space

Create your own private dream space right in your backyard with a custom outdoor structure. Highlight your home with a classic pavilion, handcrafted pergola or elegant arbor. An expert outdoor living designer can create a stylish space that will be the envy of your neighborhood.

There are many advantages to building a custom outdoor structure. They add another level of security from Mother Nature, offering shelter from the rain and relief from the blazing summer sun. Outdoor living areas create an outdoor room that is open and airy, yet provides a defined area with privacy on your porch, in the backyard garden area or by the pool.

Before you begin your outdoor project, there are a few things to consider:

Extra Room to Relax and Entertain

Does your family love to host parties? Multi-level decks provide extra entertaining space or peaceful areas to enjoy a warm evening. Outdoor structures extend the life of your party, allowing guests to mingle both inside and out.

Do you need a place to relax after a long day of work? Consider building a gazebo or pavilion to make a shaded area and create a calming, peaceful retreat. Both options create more square footage in your home, improving your home’s value.

Beauty and Durability

Experienced outdoor living designers understand how to work with your home and property to create the ideal outdoor living space. Whether you prefer natural wood or modern Azek solid cellular PVC, the end result will be a handcrafted, great-looking product. Cellular PVC is fashioned after natural wood using specialized wood crafting tools. It looks exactly like the real thing, yet is virtually maintenance free. This means it won’t rot, split or warp; retaining its long-lasting appeal.

Color Matching Options

Your custom outdoor structure can be painted to match your home’s style. The majority of manufacturers offer a wide range of choices in colors. These paints should come with a warranty against cracking, peeling, and blistering so you can enjoy your space without the hassle of maintenance.

Peace of Mind

Building a custom outdoor structure can be a daunting undertaking. An outdoor living professional should help you gain an understanding of your project before any work is even done by creating a 3-D rendering of your design. This will allow you to visualize the project before work begins, and change any aspects as needed. You should also ensure the firm has a solid warranty. With the highest quality materials and professional installation, your custom outdoor structure will stand the test of time.

DiSabatino Outdoor Living’s professionals work with clients at every stage of the project, from the initial project meet to follow-up w

ork, ensuring confidence and satisfaction in every single job. They use only the highest quality material to ensure your home is treated as if it was their own and back their work with a comprehensive warranty, one of the best in the business.

DiSabatino Outdoor Living has been designing, building and maintaining beautiful outdoor living spaces for more than 20 years. As part of the DiSabatino family, their division adds exceptional outdoor structures to an already impressive line of hardscaping, landscaping and masonry offerings. To learn more about their services, visit them online at DiSabatinoInc.com or call 302-225-8889.

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Time to Take the Plunge! Home Is Where the Pool Is

Enjoy every moment of the summer without leaving your backyard. Start planning a custom pool now and you could be creating lasting memories without the hassle of packing bags and battling traffic all summer long.

No other exterior design element can impact your home’s value – and your quality of life – as much as a pool. Whether you are looking for a private backyard oasis or an expansive entertaining space, your pool designer will create an environment that’s unique to your lifestyle.

Endless Possibilities

Are you an entertainer? Build a freeform lagoon surrounded by waterfalls and boulders that brings the feel of the tropics into your backyard. Do you prefer clean lines? A classic rectangular pool is ideal for swimming laps or playing with kids.

The beauty of a custom pool is that it’s built to fulfill your needs. Whether you want to relax with a small, private hideaway or entertain friends and family with an elaborate backyard resort, a pool designer will meet your wishes. Countless options and customized features ensure your pool will reflect your personality and enhance the beauty of your home.

Build Within a Budget

Consider how much you’re willing to spend. Professional pool companies are well equipped to work within a budget, ensuring your needs are met without breaking the bank. Most pool designers will suggest variations to allow for phasing, creating a multi-layered plan that makes room for potential features. This allows you to enjoy your pool now and add enhancements in the future.

Highlight Your Home

While the pool will be the focal point of your outdoor living space, it should be supported with equally stunning surroundings. From vibrant trees to wispy plants and colorful flowers, the right landscaping will help create the perfect ambiance. Further enhance your outdoor living space with stone patio terraces, fire pits, fireplaces or pergolas. Keep the party going well into the night by strategically placing LED lighting and surround sound systems that you can easily control from your smartphone.

The right pool professional will design your custom pool so that it fits seamlessly into your backyard. Additional features such as outdoor kitchens, fireplaces and artistic lighting can be added to enhance your space.

Choose Wisely

The most important decision you can make when building a pool is picking the right firm. An experienced firm will listen to your ideas and make suggestions to develop a concept that will best showcase your home.

Use a pool expert with extensive experience building custom pools. Review their portfolio to give you an idea of their strengths and spark ideas for your own backyard. The right firm will schedule an initial consultation, evaluate your landscape, and come up with a custom design that incorporates your vision and exceeds your expectations. They will also be able to back their work with a strong warranty.

When building your dream pool, trust the Delaware Valley’s premier pool and landscape design firm. DiSabatino Landscaping has been designing, building and maintaining distinctive outdoor living spaces for more than 20 years. By combining artistic vision and superior craftsmanship with quality installation, DiSabatino Landscaping helps clients realize the full potential of their landscape. To learn more and view recent projects, visit DiSabatinoInc.com or give them a call at 610-361-0595 in PA or 302-764-0408 in DE to set up a design consultation.

Reimagine Your Backyard

It’s time to fall in love with your home again. One of the best ways to do so is with a custom outdoor structure. Build an outdoor living room, design a classic pavilion or create an elegant entrance portico or classic arbor. No matter which option you choose, there are a number of advantages to building a custom outdoor structure that accents your home while increasing your entertaining space.

Safety from the Elements

If you enjoy spending time outdoors, a custom structure will offer a way to enjoy Mother Nature from a cozy sitting area. Porticos provide shelter from the rain, while porches, pergolas and pavilions allow for shade from a blazing summer sun. Multi-level decks offer a peaceful spot to enjoy a warm evening. Outdoor structures also extend your entertaining square footage, allowing guests to mingle both inside and out. This creates more of a livable space in your home, improving your home’s value.

A Custom Design Consultation

Before any work begins, outdoor living designers hold a meeting with their clients to gain an understanding of the project. Based on this feedback, designers will create a 3-D comprehensive rendering of the design. Clients will see and approve the finished product before any work is even started on their property. This transparency eliminates any confusion and increases satisfaction in every project.

High-Tech Engineering

Work with the best in materials. DiSabatino Outdoor Living offers an extensive product line that includes, decks, pergolas, arbors, pavilions and porticos. These products are handcrafted using the highest standards in solid Azek cellular PVC. Azek is engineered to look like natural wood, in addition to resisting any rotting, splitting or warping.

 

Standing the Test of Time

Outdoor structures demand the best in design and professional installation. DiSabatino Outdoor Living offers a comprehensive warranty, one of the best in the business. Their professionals work with clients at every stage, from the initial walkthrough to follow-up work, ensuring confidence and satisfaction in every single job.

A Culture of Excellence

DiSabatino Outdoor Living has been designing, building and maintaining beautiful outdoor living spaces for more than 20 years. As part of the DiSabatino family, their division adds exceptional outdoor structures to an already impressive line of hardscaping, landscaping and masonry offerings. To learn more about their services or schedule a design consultation, visit them online at DiSabatinoInc.com or give them a call at 302-225-8889.

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