Natural pavers can be a graceful way to give prominence to your home’s elegance, or it can be the finishing touch to a cabin’s rustic look. The best thing about a quality stone hardscape is the ease of maintenance. Many pavers are even treated with sealants that make your cleaning process easier. Regular cleanings and keeping your hardscape free of weeds, leaves, and moss is no more difficult than any other surface. Best of all, it will give your home that finished look that ties the yard together.
Outdoor living has been exploding in popularity over the past several years and is really a way to add value to your home. According to the American Institution of Architects “Creating outdoor living space (outdoor rooms, covered outdoor space as well as more traditional decks, patios, and porches) continue to be the property enhancement growing the most in popularity.”
Outdoor living spaces can help you create the yard of your dreams, and at the same time add value to your home. Before you begin, there are some things you’ll want to take into consideration so you can enjoy and absolutely love your new outdoor room. Don’t let your dream become a nightmare! Avoid these 4 big mistakes.
Outdoor spaces give us more ways to enjoy our home, entertain guests and improve curb appeal. Improving the aesthetics of our yard does more than just give you a nice outdoor nook in which to read, or help you throw fabulous dinner parties, it also improves the value of our home and makes it easier to sell. First impressions are lasting impressions is almost a proverb. To add value of your home, and make it a lucrative sale, nothing beats a beautiful landscape.
A yard is a window to the personality of the homeowner. We get a feel for our neighbors not just by how neatly they keep their lawn, but the hardscapes they have included. A stately manor may have a gleaming white pergola, while the rustic mountain home may have a warm and cozy fire pit nestled in the backyard. Let’s look at a few ways that you may want to imbue your own charm to the appeal of your home with some outdoor living ideas.
Often consumers confuse low voltage lighting with dim accent lights for walkways. Advances in LED technology have changed the reality of what is possible in energy efficient security lighting. By using LED, homeowners can have a safer yard without making their house look like a military installation. Thieves and vandals are discouraged by a well-lit property, but that doesn't mean a homeowner needs to install searchlights and sodium vapor streetlights at every corner of the house. There are more economical ways to brighten those dark recesses.
Many homeowners begin to design landscape lighting layouts with basic functions and safety in mind. For example; lighting walkways, illuminating decks and patios or brightening up stairs. But landscape lighting doesn’t have to be purely utilitarian. Think about giving your yard a bit of moodiness and visual impact with some creative outdoor home lighting.
Home landscape lighting can really bring your property to life at night. Not only can the lighting add beauty and interest, but it can also increase security and your home’s value. If you’ve thought about adding outdoor lighting fixtures you’ve probably wondered about the power requirements for installation.
Home landscape lighting can add value, beauty and security to your property. There are endless layouts and effects that can be created to suit any homeowner’s needs. A variety of fixtures can be used to illuminate things like trees, planting beds, garden walls, focal points and you home’s façade.
Inadequate yard drainage can cause a whole host of problems from soggy lawns, flooded yards, damaged property, not to mention mosquitos! It may be that you have a current drainage problem, would like to improve lawn drainage, want to make some home improvements or you’re thinking of adding some landscaping and don’t want to be the creator of new yard drainage issues. Though it’s always best to contact your local certified landscape professional before you start a project, here are a few tips about common mistakes to avoid when planning your new yard project, home improvement or landscape drainage system.