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Designing Your Fire Pit: Wood-burning vs. Gas Fire Pits

A fire pit can make a great addition to your outdoor space whether your goal is to create a place for friends and family to gather, a conversational element or an element of heat and warmth for chilly nights. When designing your outdoor fire pit, one of the biggest decisions you will need go make is whether to go with a wood-burning fire pit or a gas fire pit. In an effort to help make your decision easier, we have provided a quick run-down of each. Wood-burning Fire Pits   Wood burning fire pits are great for the outdoors. They...

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The Best Landscape Design Projects Start with Realistic Expectations

In our experience, the best landscape design projects begin and end with realistic expectations. The better you understand your project, the better you can communicate with your designer, and as a result, it is more likely that your project will live up to your expectations. We’ve put together a list of the most commonly overlooked areas, and tips for establishing realistic expectations with your landscape designer. Set a Realistic Budget Educate Yourself. Look through your inspiration photos—How much did the projects in your inspirational photos cost? Ask your designer or contractor about previous projects in their portfolio that closely resemble your desired project so that you...

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Matthew Murrey Design Awarded Best of Customer Service on Houzz 2017 – Residential Landscape Design

MATTHEW MURREY DESIGN of DALLAS, TEXAS Awarded Best Of Houzz 2017 Over 40 Million Monthly Unique Users Nominated Best Home Building, Remodeling and Design Professionals in North America and Around the World DALLAS, US, January 27, 2017 – Matthew Murrey Design of Dallas, Texas has won “Best Of Customer Service” on Houzz®, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. The husband and wife, residential landscape design firm was chosen by the more than 40 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than one million active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals. The Best Of...

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Paving Materials: Limestone Paving

We love using natural materials in our landscapes. One of the most versatile materials for paving, patios, and driveways is limestone. So what is limestone, and why should you use it?   What is Limestone? Limestone is a sedimentary rock formed by layers of minerals, fine sediments, and the skeletons and shells of marine life. According to the Building Stone Institute, Limestone is a "grain stone with a very uniform texture and grade. It weathers naturally over time as its color mellows and blends into a pleasing natural patina."   Limestone has been used as an architectural and paving material for...

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Designed to Maximize Space – Intentional Landscape Design

With more and more people downsizing and moving closer to the city, we have noticed a trend towards clients seeking to create a nice, clean-lined look that maximizes their space. Even though these spaces are more compact, they are more than capable of providing an environment fit for the more important things in life, like gathering with family and friends.   When strategically designing a space for maximum usability, we remove the clutter and use every square foot of the space with clear intent. As with all of our projects, we focus our designs on the lifestyles our clients to create...

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New Year . New Services . New Goals

Happy New Year! I hope your year is off to a great start! We are excited to share with you some of the NEW things happening at Matthew Murrey Design for 2017. New Website   As of January 1, we launched our new and improved website. On our new website, you’ll find: Updated project photos and renderings. Updated company information. We have made it easier than ever to understand who we are, what we do, and how to get in contact with us. Additional services. Our new website allows us to leverage technology to provide design services never before possible.  ...

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Outdoor Entertaining – Best Mother’s Day Experience

At Matthew Murrey Design we are all about the experience The experience of designing, the experience seeing that design come to life, and the experiences enjoyed by our clients as they use, entertain, and engage in their outdoor spaces. This year, we invite you to take part in a new Mother’s Day experience—an experience in the comfort of your own backyard or garden that is designed all around mom. So how do you create the perfect Mother’s Day experience? Its simple, really. Just follow the three step guide we created below! Pro Tip #1 - Make it Pretty Hosting from the comforts...

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3D Landscape Design: Classic Contemporary Landscape – Highland Park

On a 50 ft wide lot in Highland Park, Texas, this client brought us a project with a unique vision for a contemporary landscape design. The architecture of the home is classically designed, but the interiors and the landscape were to take on a fresh, contemporary edge. Our plan was to create a simple, understated, and sophisticated landscape design that would marry both the traditional and contemporary elements of the home. In the front yard, vivid greens of manicured boxwood hedges create contrast with the soft, monolithic, neutral palate of the home. Bronze finishes were incorporated into the landscape to...

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Working with a Landscape Designer – The Conceptual Design Phase

  Hello Readers! Welcome back for part 2 of our journey into working with a landscape designer. Once again, I sat down with Matthew Murrey, principal and lead designer at Matthew Murrey Design to discuss the Conceptual Design Phase of the project. In part 1 of our series on Working with a Landscape Designer we discussed The Initial Design Meeting. If you missed part 1, you can check that out here.   Q: Matthew, please explain the conceptual design phase for our readers. A: The conceptual design phase is where we begin the actual design process. This is where we...

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Working with a Landscape Designer – The Initial Design Meeting

One of our primary goals at matthewmurrey.com is to educate you, our readers, on the importance and value of working with a landscape designer or landscape architect on your outdoor project. In the past, we have provided information for you on why you should hire an landscape designer and now, we will take you on a behind the scenes journey into the actual design process to show you what happens after you have selected and hired your landscape designer. To help walk you through this process, I sat down with our principal and lead designer, Matthew Murrey for a series...

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