Modern Deck Design Trends

Modern Deck Design
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

Trends in Roofing Materials

health benefits of poolsIs it unusual or frivolous to purchase a new roof for your home simply for aesthetic purposes rather than because your roof is aging, has deteriorated or is leaking?

Indeed, a leaking roof will send you scurrying to the internet or thumbing through the Yellow Pages to find the name of a good roofing contractor posthaste. You might be conflicted as to whether you need a new roof, a re-roof, or if you should consider a repair by a residential roofing contractor in Orange County to just fix the problem.

But, what if you are looking to replace your roof strictly to enhance the beauty of your home, i.e. merely for aesthetic reasons? Do you need a motive to justify the expense if your roof appears to be in relatively good shape, and, especially if you covet a costly roofing installation for expensive roofing materials such as slate, cedar shake or a metal roof, as opposed to the less-expensive, and perhaps more-practical, alternative of asphalt shingles? Well, even if you are fortunate enough to be unscathed from leaking or damage to your present roof, you might want to take into consideration the longevity of your roof and how many more years of life it has first. Continue reading

Windows and Exterior Design

health benefits of poolsRenovating your home to improve energy efficiency, aesthetic appeal or just for resale value is never a waste of money. In fact, realtors will tell you that if you want to sell your home as quickly as possible and maximize your return on investment, potential buyers take note of curb appeal. So, before you go ahead with any plans for interior decorating prior to putting your home on the market, do consider enhancing with this trio of exterior decorating items guaranteed to appeal to potential buyers and garner a higher price for your home: Continue reading

Hardscape Design Trends

hardscapesThe most popular trend in Hardscape design today is paver bricks. They are durable and come in a wide variety of colors, shapes and sizes and are the perfect accessory for all around your home, from driveways and front walks to elaborate patios in your backyard living area – pavers are simply the way to go. Continue reading

Exterior Design Trends

Exterior Design Trends

Exterior Design Trends

“Rows of houses that are all the same, and no one seems to care.” That was a song back in the 1960s, and was it ever true! American houses sure have changed since then. By the 1970s, that old concept of neighborhoods with houses that all looked alike was tossed out for dramatic statements that showed off homeowners’ individuality. Today, exterior design trends are bolder than ever, with clean lines, movement that flows with natural surroundings, and huge windows that let the sunshine in. For the past few decades, homes have been getting progressively bigger, bolder, and brighter. And, though a recent trend may be taking homes in a smaller direction, indeed, homeowners inBaltimore and throughout the country are still opting for breathing room and living space that enhances their lives and expresses their uniqueness. Continue reading