January 11, 2021
With over 300 custom pieces, this 450 foot climb brings art to the great outdoors. Located at the corner of Gilbert Avenue and Eden Park Drive, the Cincinnati Art Museum’s Art Climb is a scenic stairway that allows for additional access to the northern museum grounds. Complete with guiding lights, safety handrails and seating areas, Art Climb is not only a work of art, it is a community driven, interactive exhibit and has become one of the most highly visited places in the city this year. Wausau Tile is proud to have been a part this family-friendly, community-related outdoor exhibit that allows interactions, activities and art to the people of Cincinnati.
January 8, 2021
One of the best ways to enhance property value is through the addition of a concrete walkway, driveway, porch or patio. Ready-mix concrete serves an extended life cycle of at least 30 years and requires minimal maintenance over time. To meet and even exceed these service life standards, proper winter care of exterior concrete is essential.
Follow these tips to protect your investment and ensure its longevity:
December 30, 2020
Homeowners have always enjoyed their outdoor spaces. What was once simply a back patio or deck is now an entertainment area, where homeowners and their friends and families congregate to socialize, relax and recharge. The following are five elements that will transform an outdoor space to an area ideal for entertaining while keeping maintenance to a minimum.
December 18, 2020
Rooftop decks have emerged as highly coveted and beloved spaces for residents of dense urban areas during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, outdoor rooftop spaces will remain desirable for current and prospective residents beyond the global health crisis. Access to the outdoors positively impacts mental health, provides space to create community, exercise and meditate, plant gardens and grow food. In cities where street-level greenspace and parkland are scarce or at-a-premium, rooftop decks can be lifelines for people living in mid and high-rise buildings. However, they require some special consideration because of their location.
Decorative Concrete: From Buildings to Bollards - Whether Béton brut, smooth and polished, or glossy aggregate, concrete can be beautiful
December 11, 2020
Concrete is the supportive material scaffolding most modern construction, providing solid foundations on which to build. In most situations, it is utilitarian and unremarkable, and will be clad or decorated rather than emphasized. Yet certain building and design styles give concrete pride of place. Concrete can be used as the antithesis of aesthetic flourish, in design philosophies that see ornamentation as a distraction from utility. Yet other styles use decorative concrete to create shapes and textures to convey an artistic imagination. When choosing site furnishings like bollards, being aware of design choices made by the architect can help a facilities director enhance or complement the design.
December 9, 2020
County Materials’ Rib Rock Landscape Block covers more square footage with less material, providing strong structural integrity to meet tight construction schedules.
November 30, 2020
As winter approaches and temperatures drop, restaurants located in colder regions are rethinking options to keep outdoor dining open. According to USA Today, nearly half of the full-service restaurants plan to extend their outdoor dining, including adding tents and patio heaters. In New York City, the outdoor dining program was made permanent due to its popularity and effectiveness in helping businesses. With the increased demand for outdoor spaces, planning for different weather can help create cities that are more enjoyable in any season.
November 24, 2020
Old-fashioned meets contemporary at this Clarksville home. The ipe wood rail blends nicely with the brick façade while the black posts stand out dramatically against it. The end result elegantly updates this brick home. The reinforced aluminum system withstands the tension of cable infill without bending.
November 20, 2020
The owners of Bank of America Plaza wanted to offer their tenants even more than a prime location in an iconic building and so, beginning in 2016, they invested in a complete redesign of their street-level presence. “We have created a more pedestrian-friendly area with smaller shop fronts, outdoor seating areas, and a new, extended main building entry to engage the public plaza,” 1 says Redline Design Groups lead designer Richard Boswell. One section of the exterior courtyard had an existing fountain but was largely under-utilized open space with no seating available. The initial vision to incorporate wall mounted curved benches into the fountain surround led to conversations between Architect, Richard Boswell and Maglin’s CEO, Ian McAskile and Territory Manager, Andrew Coen. Bank of America Plaza owners, TIER REIT wanted a variety of table and seating configurations and embraced color to enliven the space.
October 23, 2020
Cable railing can turn an ordinary deck into a statement-making space that enhances the view. Following are some things to keep in mind when incorporating cable rail in an exterior setting.
October 19, 2020
Fall is the best time to up your curb appeal and experiment with lots of colors and textures of plant combinations. Container gardens can instantly add height and depth to your fall landscape designs. Varying style and size options can complement the designs and overall atmosphere of the property. Taller planters paired with the traditional thriller, filler, and spiller plant combination will make an outstanding statement piece in any entryways or walkways.
September 25, 2020
A better office environment exists on your property. It has better lighting. Better décor. Better health benefits for workers.
August 28, 2020
Modern bike racks add style to this facility - more importantly they are quality, hand-crafted units offering secure bike parking. Learn more about Metro:
August 26, 2020
Many times, trash receptacles look beat up & yucky - the EXCLUSIVE Lofty Series offers a sleek option to enhance beauty of your space & help to keep it clean #loftyseries #thomassteele #exclusivedesign #trashreceptacle #architecturalproducts #landscapearchitecture #sitefurniture
July 22, 2020
With landscape lighting, not only can you illuminate pathways and add an element of safety and security, you can artistically call attention to things that may be over looked at night, adding a new dimension to your space. TerraCast®'s line of landscape lighting options are ideal for both commercial and residential applications because of the beauty, durability and longevity of resin.
June 1, 2020
Support peddle power. Encouraging people to choose healthy, green alternatives can be as simple as installing a well-placed bike rack. Our simple designs take up very little space, ensure easy use for the daily cyclist and manage the chaos of wheels and pedals. Personalize your site or promote your business with custom lettering available on the MBR200 Series.
May 20, 2020
If you were to scratch, cut, or scrape or dent our resin bases, you would find that the color blend permeates throughout the piece, which will not expose any secondary base color. TerraCast® has the ability to replicate many designs to match the existing bases. The flexibility of the resin material enables our bases to have a stone or metal look finish. As you can see in the before and after pictures above, you can barely tell the difference between aluminum and resin bases except for the fact that our base will never peel or corrode. The TerraCast® base will never require painting.
May 1, 2020
Furniture is just one component in the design of the public realm. As designers and manufacturers, we have to take into consideration the function and goals of the site when designing products and the places they end up shaping. Navigation patterns and intent to use the elements (amenities) within a space are just as important as the aesthetics of the product itself. We focus on people who will use the site – how and when they will do so. A flexible product provides countless layout opportunities and can adapt to the site's functional goals. Follow our design considerations, and learn how to turn your spaces into places.
April 18, 2020
Nothing beats the look of wood. At least, that's been the prevailing thought in outdoor site furnishing design for quite some time. But wood has its blemishes as well. Not necessarily physical blemishes. Those are often revered and referred to as 'character'.
April 3, 2020
Commercial planters are commonly used to beautify a space, but there are so many other ways to put them to good use. They can segregate outdoor spaces, be used as bike lane barriers, create a serene rooftop garden that improves the energy efficiency of your building, and they can even help promote your brand or logo.