Thursday, December 13, 2018

Interior Division

Just because the pools close, the patio furniture gets put away, and the weather temperatures dip, it doesn’t mean the family fun ends for the year.

Let’s move the fun inside with a spectacular interior entertainment area!

Every home has that downstairs space that’s either used for storage or serves as a basic game room.

Why not make the most of it and create a space that your family will use?This is a great space for creating the perfect indoor entertainment area for all members of the family to utilize and even forget you’re still at home!
Inclusions for these spaces range in components, such as bars, kitchens, home theaters, game rooms, bathrooms, custom garages, storage, billiard rooms, and fireplaces.
For over 35 years PSW has built its reputation and is recognized for creating spectacular outdoor livings spaces that improve homeowners' quality of life. The turnkey system that we have developed and practice daily has now expanded into interior spaces!

This system is carried out by our in-house staff, along with a network of over forty different contractors and distributors, to provide our customers with a space designed and built specifically for their needs and budget — while being guided step-by-step by a professional in every facet of the project from design through construction.
Call us today to see what our one stop shop system and skilled professionals can provide your family to create a fantastic interior retreat for your family’s specific needs!


Friday, February 9, 2018

We always say that we’re different, but really – HOW are we different?

We always say that we’re different, but really – HOW are we different?

It’s our vision and approach towards our customer and their overall experience.

We provide our customers with the best options and resources available to create beautiful outdoor spaces that enhance their family’s lives, all while creating relationships that last. The technical part of our services is certainly an area in which we excel, but it’s our personal connection with our customer that makes all the difference. Sure, you get to know any professional you work with, but we’ve taken steps to provide you with the most customized, straight-forward information and resources possible so you can make educated, budget-wise decisions from the very start. Together, we bring your dream back yard to life in a process that works best for your unique needs.

In most cases with renovations and construction, there is at least some level of a guessing game. You describe what you want and hope for the best. With PGHSW, you have options that provide you an inside look that virtually no others do.

1. We have bridged the toughest barrier between customer and contractor. Introducing our budgeting slideshows.
“What is your budget?” – Contractor
 “What is your cost for my project” – Customer. 
With some contractors, this simple dialog can take weeks of back-and-forth interaction to resolve.

How do we combat that? We’ve developed the right tools for a customer to answer both of these questions, almost instantly and from the privacy of their home, without the contractor present.

Yes, it will help to have a general idea of what you would like to spend, but our budget-based slideshows will give you an initial idea of how to begin creating a budget for your goals. We have compiled several slideshows, categorized by style of project: Patio, Pool, Patio roof, etc. Within each of these categories, we have approximately 10 – 20 past projects with design images, before and after pictures of the project, and perhaps most importantly, the itemized components on the job with the associated costs. This gives the customer the opportunity to view various projects, ranging in style and size, and begin crafting an itemized budget to begin planning their project.

2. Once you meet with one of our designers, the sales portfolio we present in person is a per item menu of various components.

It works similar to that of an ala carte dinner menu.

Example: You’re interested in an outdoor fireplace.
We have 10 different models of fireplaces that can be built 10 different ways and at 10 different cost points. Considering any specific and unique needs, the customer now works with a PGHSW design specialist to begin designing your project with real costs associated.

And then what? How do you really KNOW this will work for you and your back yard?

3. Our 3D renderings allow you to see the project, drawn to scale, from the very beginning. 

Because of these drawings, you feel comfortable and confident with the final project before construction begins. In fact, you can even check the view from inside the house, if you would like! Worry not about being able to see the kids playing in the backyard from the kitchen window. Thanks to these renderings, you’ll see the exact area from the real viewpoint and can plan accordingly. What about planning for night-time and safety? We have that covered as well. These renderings can also show lighting aspects, allowing you to plan for those darker walkways and other travel areas.

Make changes and adjustments as you see fit to create the perfect, dream backyard for your family.

Contact us to get started. We’ll send you the slideshows and once you have some ideas together, we’ll work with you to bring it all to life!

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Make 2018 the year for your dream backyard!

Now, more than ever, people are utilizing their backyard space for relaxing and entertaining family and friends.

The question is - who do you hire to handle your project?

Most times, trying to get a larger scale project done usually requires dealing with a separate company for each feature; a separate landscaper, a separate pool installer, a separate carpenter, it can drive you crazy.

At Pittsburgh Stone and Waterscapes, LLC we provide a one stop shop turnkey service, utilizing some of the best resources in the industry to make every project spectacular.

We have developed tools and systems to streamline your project, relieving the hassle of dealing with multiple companies. From beginning to end, you work with us every step of the way, making sure the final product meets your needs and budget.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Stressing about a backyard project? Cross these off your "worry list!"

When you look at your backyard, what do you see? Does your family’s ideal outdoor space come to life, complete with kitchen, living area, fireplace, and more…or do you only see potential renovation challenges? At Pittsburgh Stone and Waterscapes, we don’t want anyone to waste time and energy making mountains out of molehills… or any other kind of hill. In most cases, the potential problem you think you see isn’t an issue at all. Here are some worries you can cross off your list: Whatever went wrong with your neighbor’s backyard renovation. Some clients are afraid to invest in backyard amenities like waterfalls or patio pavers because they know someone who had a bad experience with that kind of project. In reality, these issues almost always relate to the contractor. Choosing contractors based on the quality of their work rather than the price they charge means you don’t need to worry about problems with installation or maintenance. Feeling like you can’t envision the final product…or final cost. It’s normal to feel discouraged if you can’t visualize how your yard will look once it’s been transformed. Remember that a good landscape design firm will always produce layout images, product pictures, an itemized proposal, and a complete cost breakdown of the project. This will help you to clearly identify the finished project and ensure you know exactly what you are paying for. The Pittsburgh Stone and Waterscapes Team works with 3-D renderings so clients can really visualize and experience their project from the outset.
  You live in Western Pennsylvania, so your yard is hilly. People sometimes see rolling hillsides on their property and think there’s no chance a backyard project could work. We get it—we live with hilly yards, too. Fortunately, you don’t need to worry about those hills because they’re actually an asset! An experienced landscape designer will utilize hillsides to create elevation changes or backdrops that enhance your project. Now that these non-issues aren’t keeping you up at night, you’re ready to start planning for that dream outdoor living space. Here are three potential problems that can be solved ahead of time, paving the way for a smooth project.
  A few potential problems and solutions: Potential Problem: Your property plan Solution: Review your property plan first, before you tackle any other steps in the project. Your home’s property plan was issued by the builder or seller, and you should have received a copy at your closing. It discloses all setback, easement, and property restrictions you need to know about your property. Not reviewing this at the outset could mean you have to alter or even eliminate your project later. Potential Problem: Staging and accessibility Solution: Ensure you have at least an 8’ wide pathway to get a truck or skid steer to the project area. You’ll also need ample space to stage bulk materials as they are delivered. Without these in place, your contractor will have to do additional work and costs will climb. Potential Problem: Existing drainage issues Solution: Water is the #1 culprit of projects failing, so proper drainage solutions for the project area have to come first. Without this, the project has no chance of survival over time. Creating a complete outdoor living space is well worth the time, effort, and money you’ll put into it. But there’s no need to worry when you don’t have to. Contact Pittsburgh Stone and Waterscapes to get started, and let us take the stress off of your shoulders!