The recent Novi Home and Garden Show, sponsored by the Home Builders Association of Southeast Michigan, gave attendees a chance to turn their attention to outdoor projects while getting a little spring fever by wandering through all the fabulous landscaping displays. It was also a chance to see some new and unique products that can enhance a home’s exterior.

First, the Rock Shoppe in Plymouth, (734) 455-5560,, usually has one of the largest displays at the show. This year a big part of its exhibit focused on Techo-Bloc,, a stone landscaping product that won’t discolor, is resistant to deicing salts and is available in slabs, pavers, walls and steps. The Rock Shoppe was highlighting the Techo-Blocs Borealis line, which looks like wood railroad ties but features the durability of concrete.

Great Lakes Metal Fabrication, (248) 218-0540,, specializes in straight, curved and spiral metal staircases, and the two-story winding staircase the company had at its exhibit could be used inside a home or would be perfect for a two-story boat house or other outdoor backyard application.

While there were some unique outdoor products to see, the landscaping displays really drew the crowds.

Tyme Landscaping, (734) 421-5324,, was highlighting a custom-designed silver metal outdoor fountain in the shape of a large plant that can be placed in an outdoor hardscape pond and sells for around $1,500.

One of the largest waterscape ponds was displayed by Waterscape, (734) 944-ROCK,, and ranged in price from $20,000 to $30,000, depending on the size and features.

Guzman Landscape, (248) 446-3440,, another longtime exhibitor at the show, highlighted a variety of outdoor hardscaping, including a custom-built block base for an outdoor grill with a built in stainless steel sink that costs around $3,500.

GM Construction in Howell, (517) 861-9968,, a company that specializes in decks, gazebos and pergolas, was displaying a beautiful wood trellis with a water feature that runs $8,200.

With more people spending their leisure time outside entertaining or relaxing on their deck, patio or yard, this year’s show gave attendees plenty of options to think about as we enter the summer project season. Of course, that also means that the good contractors will be busy, so get started now so you can enjoy these improvements before Labor Day.

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