When it comes to fire, there have been a lot of various uses over time since its first discovery in ancient times. Back before temperature control, it was used to warm homes. It has also been used to cook food to be safe for humans to eat. Now, there are almost endless things that can be done with fire, including installing an outdoor fire pit for recreational purposes. Here is some more information about how you can use fire to enhance your entertainment.[Read more…]
Uneven terrain on your property may be charming, but it sure is annoying if you want to install a patio or such. That’s where a retaining wall comes in, aversatile structure that holds or retains soil and water. Retaining walls are smartly engineered systems because they have to fight with gravity on a daily basis.[Read more…]
A backyard should be a place to escape the stress of the day, unwind, and meander among the flowers. But to stop and smell those roses, you’ll need a pathway to get there. Landscaping for patios and walkways opens up a world of possibilities for creativity in your garden. From flagstone steps to your front door, to paving stone paths winding to an outdoor dining area, the options are endless.
Looking to add a little bit of excitement and personality to your home’s yard? One simple way to do that is by installing a pond. A pond is both beautiful and unique, and can be customized exactly how you want it. You can easily add a fountain, fish or other décor to take it to the next level.[Read more…]
Create an Amazing Outdoor Space
When you think of a patio, are you stuck in the rut of some square pavers, very little shade and a blank space to plop your lawn chair? With the right planning and creative thought, you can craft a patio design that brings beauty, relaxation and functionality to your backyard.[Read more…]
Whether you’re looking to make some outdoor upgrades for your own family’s enjoyment or preparing your home for sale, hardscaping features are a great way to get more usability out of even small backyard spaces while adding curbside appeal. If you are planning on putting a house on the market, some work can increase a home’s value by up to 20 percent. Here are four projects that tend to yield an especially good return on investment.[Read more…]
When you design your outdoor living areas, your first thoughts are probably about what you want to do with the space. Do you want a pool? Would you use an outdoor kitchen and deck? These are important questions to ask, but you also want to consider your landscape design. Landscape architects do more than just add a few flowers around the yard. Good landscaping pulls the whole yard together, letting you get the most out of your outdoor spaces.[Read more…]
During those warmer summer months, being outdoors is a popular option for many people, especially those who live in areas that see long, harsh winters. Being outdoors is a great way to reconnect with nature, so it makes sense to turn your back yard into an oasis to entertain loved ones while enjoying the summer sun. Here are some ways you can take your outdoor space to the next level.[Read more…]
As a busy day at the office or driving kids to soccer practice and music lessons, a calm quiet evening in your backyard may be just what you need to decompress. There are many benefits to having a customized outdoor living space, and while they are great for entertaining, they are just as beneficial to your own health and happiness. Here are several things to include when designing your backyard retreat.
Covered Patio or Deck Space
Although it’s okay to enjoy nature from a picnic blanket in the grass, it is much nicer to have a custom-built porch or deck from which to gaze at the sunset. Bringing in a contractor allows you to maximize the space available and get the best square footage for the money. Adding a covering, whether a specially-designed pergola or sunshade, can increase the amount of time you spend in your outdoor living zone.
Comfortable but Functional Furniture
Once you have your space built, the furniture is key to kicking back and enjoying every moment outside. Focus on the durability of pieces and work with materials that compliment your location. If your space is covered, you will have more options available as the pieces selected will be less susceptible to weathering. You also need to consider your space. Don’t crowd too much into the area. It should flow and provide a sense of openness, while still meeting functionality and offer enough seating.
Bring the Heat
Adding a customized fireplace adds a whole new level of relaxation to your outdoor living space. Built to fit with your space and entertainment needs in minds, this can provide heat on a chilly evening or simply be a gathering spot for backyard barbecues.
When you work with the right contractor, you can find your backyard transformed into a private retreat. Take advantage of the real estate your backyard offers and create a new spot for relaxation and entertainment.
When people think of spring, it is likely that images of warm weather, new beginnings and more sunlight come to mind. One thing that stands out for many is the flora that comes into bloom and is at its peak during this season. However, even with ideal weather and growing conditions, it is important to be proactive and have a plan ready well in advance to ensure you are successful with your spring landscaping.[Read more…]