Thursday, July 23, 2009

Investing in a permanent vacation

The current difficult economic time we live in today makes it difficult for one to relax. Every time you turn the T.V. on you hear the media telling consumers to “tighten their belts and spend wisely”. With an uncertain economic future ahead of us, what are people to do when they get fried from work and need a place to retreat to? Can’t go on that expensive vacation that only lasts a week. What about bringing the vacation to you ? How nice would it be to come home to your own backyard sanctuary ? To be greeted by the sound of water cascading from rocks, the foliage of colored perennials swaying in the wind as you lean back in your favorite patio chair and take yourself away from the stress of the day and into your private place of serenity. This could be a place you go to lose yourself and get relaxed and focus or an entertainment area for family and friends. These outdoor living spaces have replaced the living rooms, and game rooms of the past and have moved us outside to utilize that back yard space and soke up the sun and fresh air. The options for these areas are limitless and can accommodate any size yard. Features can include paver patios, sitting walls, outdoor kitchens, fire places, hot tubs, pools, waterfalls, and much more.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Finally! Pittsburgh homeowners are safe from fraudulant contractors

In 2008 Pa. legislature passed the home Improvement Consumer Protection Act. The law requires that all contractors who perform at least $5,000 worth of home improvements per year must register with the Attorney Generals office. This Act was passed because due to the hundreds of fraudulent contractors that were ripping off thousands of hard working Pa. homeowners yearly.

As of July 1, 2009 consumers in Pa. will be able to verify legitimate contractors by visiting the website ( or call 1-800-520-6680. Our company Pittsburgh Stone and Waterscapes HIC # is PA 030554.

In order for a contractor to be registered they must submit the following information and it must be accepted by the Attorney Generals office.

1. Information on any prior home improvement business operated by the applicant.

2. Information on other contractor licenses and registrations held by applicant.

3. ackground disclosures, including information on prior bankruptcies, criminal pleas, and convictions

4. Insurance policy information showing at least $50,000 of personal injury liability coverage and $50,000 of property damage coverage.

By going to the above website, clicking on list of registered contractors you can find registered contractors by entering their PA # or the name of their company.

By taking five minutes to do this crucial research you at least know about your contractors history, and may save you from a poor installation that may cost you thousands more to have a qualified contractor do a second time. Just like the unfortunate homeowners below.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Who We Are

Pittsburgh Stone & Waterscapes was created and has been family run since 1982.

We have earned the reputation as Pittsburgh’s premier landscape and hardscape company due to our service, quality, experience, and customer satisfaction.

As a Licensed Pittsburgh Landscaper our services include: landscaping design, retaining wall construction, paver installation, water features, outdoor kitchens, and many more, to suit any customer’s home exterior needs, from small scale projects like a sidewalk or patio, to new large scale construction like a paver driveway complete with a block retaining wall system or a full service outdoor kitchen!

Our goal is to design and custom build projects that best suit the customer’s needs. The correct balance of Landscape, Hardscape, and lawn space is imperative for a well proportioned design. As you will see in our photo galleries no two of our designs are alike.

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