Backyard Oasis for Active Atlanta Family

MOSAIC Group [Architects and Remodelers] recently created this outdoor living retreat for a family of four in Atlanta. Objectives For this very active family, the location is terrific; the house is just fine; but the backyard … not so much. An old deck perched off the main floor and steps down to a limited grassyRead More


Constructing a new Deck? Hire a Pro

Here are some reasons why you’ll want to hire a professional to construct a new deck. The building codes for decks have become much more complicated due to the abundance of deck collapses during the last few years. Attachment techniques need to be carefully followed and scrutinized to be sure the deck structure is safe.Read More


Get Your Deck Ready for Warm Weather

May is Deck Safety Month. Here is a link to an interview with Rick Goldstein of MOSAIC Group for HGTV Gardens. Rick provides tips on inspecting, cleaning and maintaining your deck for maximum enjoyment during warm weather. http://www.hgtvgardens.com/hardscaping/is-your-deck-ready-for-spring-weather


Get Moving on Your Atlanta Outdoor Living Space

Spring arrives next week! Can you believe it’s almost time to pull out the porch cushions, dust off the backyard grill and start thinking about which new plants we want to add to our landscape? Metro Atlanta’s warmer weather means more opportunities to enjoy the “good life” outside. Outdoor projects remain at the top ofRead More


Create Space Beneath Your Deck

David Walker, Magnolia Outdoor Living (www.MagnoliaOutdoorLiving.com) (Magnolia Outdoor Living is one of MOSAIC Group’s preferred vendors.) Want to create an outdoor living space that you can enjoy in all seasons? Think “Under the Deck.” This often underutilized area offers the perfect spot for dining, entertaining or just relaxing. And, best of all, you can installRead More


Mosquito Tips and Trivia

One of our least favorite guests at outdoor events is the pesky mosquito. Here are a few interesting facts about these irritating insects.   The female mosquito is the only one that has mouth parts for piercing the skin. When piercing with her proboscis, she will stab two tubes into your skin. The first tube injectsRead More


Which Building Material is Right for Your DecK?

A deck helps expand your living space and provides a great spot to commune with nature. Adding or replacing a deck not only boosts your home’s curb appeal, it also has the potential for a good return on investment from your remodeling dollars. Which material is right for your project depends on several factors, includingRead More


Barbecue Basics: Tips to Prevent Foodborne Illness

It’s the season for picnics, cookouts, and other outdoor parties. But eating outdoors in warm weather presents a food safety challenge. Bacteria in food multiply faster at temperatures between 40°F and 140°F, so warmer weather makes the basics of food safety especially important. Wash hands. It seems basic, but not everyone does it. Wash handsRead More


Three Ideas for Making the Most of Your Home

The difference between a house and a home is the amount of TLC and effort that has gone into it. For this reason, many homeowners are reluctant to sell their residence and would much rather improve it to more exactly fit their changing lifestyle. Here are some great remodeling ideas for making the most ofRead More


What are the Hot Remodeling Projects in 2013?

The year is still fresh and it is the perfect time to begin a plan for remodeling your home. If you’re not sure where to start, then you might want to consider some of the more popular remodeling projects that are trending in 2013. The Outdoor Living Room – Homeowners are beginning to take greaterRead More