Nothing makes a home look and feel more inviting than beautiful landscaping. In fact, statistics show that homes that have exquisite and welcoming landscaping sell nearly two to one over homes that have no landscaping at all. However, there is one thing that’s even worse than a home with no landscaping. You guessed it … a home with bad landscaping. An appealing lawn is an important component in pulling together the allure and hominess of every house. But, if your home’s landscaping is poorly planned or executed, then it’s negating all the hard work you’ve done on the house itself. Here are tips on some of the biggest landscaping mistakes, how to avoid them, and what to do instead. Continue reading
In a cold-weather state there is nothing like that first warm day when you run outside to uncover the deck furniture and the barbecue. You waited many long months to stretch out on that chaise lounge and contemplate life from your perch on the deck. (It’s also a great place to survey all the yard work which soon must be done.)
Owning a home comes with its share of joys and miseries. Some of the miseries include the maintenance on the interior and exterior of the home, not to mention keeping the landscaping, driveways and sidewalks in tip-top shape. If you have a pool, that’s more maintenance.
Unless you have a faux wood deck, such as the Trex brand (Trex Company, Inc.), you have another annual job – maintaining and preserving your wooden deck. A Trek maintenance-free deck, constructed of 95% manmade materials, requires just a routine soap-and-water cleanup, and obviates the need for this annual painstaking, and often messy chore, but, its somewhat slippery surface, can be dangerous for slip and falls, and there are many homeowners, who are purists who desire only a real wooden deck due to its rustic good looks. Continue reading
If you’ve been considering the addition of a deck to your home, there are plenty of options to choose from. Not so long ago, all decks were wooden, and, if you had a few able-bodied male family members, friends or neighbors, they all pitched in and took turns at one another’s homes erecting a wooden deck over a long weekend.
Today’s decks have gone far beyond the simple wooden deck of yesteryear. Below is a description of some of the types of materials that are now used to build backyard decks as well as some of the most-common types of decks. You might be surprised to find out that some decks are not even attached to the home, but, instead become a featured attraction in the backyard landscaping. The decks these days are not the simple DIY projects anymore, but instead would involve hiring a contractor experienced in exterior remodeling to get the project done from the blueprints to the finished product.
A deck is a valuable asset in your life. Not only can a beautifully made deck create a focal point in your backyard and increase the return on investment down the road, but, it will give you a much-needed outlet to increase the value of your leisure time as well. Decks have come a long way in recent years. The decks of yesteryear were merely a small wooden platform surrounded by a railing where two webbed chairs, a patio table and a couple of tiki torches sufficed every evening for summertime outdoor living. These days, decks are much more elaborate, come in a host of materials, as well as designs, and may or may not, even be attached to your home. Continue reading