Fall brings first the fall foliage and then the leaves falling from the trees. This is an excellent time to prune tree branches and limbs. Many tree limbs and branches will grow and extend over your home. Trimming these branches prior to the winter season will eliminate some risk to your home. Large windy storms can cause tree branches to break off which can damage the roof, gutters, and side of your home. Read More
As the world’s population continues to grow, the amount of space available for building home and office space is naturally set to decline. However, with a lot of imagination and a little bit of skill, we can see this not as a disadvantage, but rather as an opportunity to creatively design small, energy efficient yet comfortable housing and office space.
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When thinking about summer, the Greek Islands come to mind. The Greek Islands are surrounded by water, beach, ruins and beautiful sunsets. Some of the Greek homes are built into sides of mountains or along portions of the beach. Because these homes are surrounded by water, using what you have on the island to decorate a home is common. When Read More
If you’re embarrassed to be seen on your dingy patio, you’re not alone.
Unlike the carpet in your living room or the paint on your walls, patios are often a neglected extension of the home. A common misconception is that it costs a pretty penny to update it. But that’s simply not true. The key is making smart, low-cost improvements to create a space you’re proud to entertain in.
Have you fallen out of love with your patio? It’s OK. It happens to the best of us.
Even though the patio is an extension of the home, it’s usually not treated to the same upgrades and improvements as the interior. The result is a drab, neglected outdoor space that’s rarely used. But by making a few low-cost improvements, you can create an inviting outdoor area that’s perfect for entertaining. Here are 10 easy improvements you can make that will turn your vanilla veranda into an outdoor oasis of comfort and style:
- Surfaces: Updating the surface of your patio is a trendy way to redesign your outdoor space. Using multiple surfaces like pavers, stones, and decomposed granite allows you to define different areas for different activities: somewhere to cook, somewhere to play, and somewhere to sit. And it doesn’t have to be expensive! Try layering outdoor rugs for an instant spruce that adds an inviting splash of color and texture.
- Lighting: Treat your patio to some special outdoor lighting like a spotlight for a theatrical effect or colored lanterns for a warm Bohemian feel. This upgrade has the added value of increasing visibility and making your patio safer.
In this article, 10 patio upgrades are revealed that will enhance your property and provide you with a new outdoor retreat.
With the end of summer comes the change in seasons and the change in our outdoor flowers. You can still have a nice looking yard without the beautiful colored blooms by simply deadhead annual and perennial flowers. Deadheading is the process of removing the dead flower from the stems of annual or perennial flowers. To deadhead annual and perennial flowers, you simple cut or pinch the dead bloom off the stem and help the plant and garden area look clean. A clean yard is still a nice yard. Deadheading can also help the flowers show regrowth Read More