Ah, the great outdoors… They might have more natural light than your living room, but your backyard and patio still need the help of appropriate manmade lighting to ensure safety and create a beautiful atmosphere at all hours of the day. Outdoor spaces are becoming essential for modern homeowners, so having a great outdoor lighting plan is more important than ever. People are spending more time in their outdoor areas, and features such as outdoor kitchens and patios are increasing in popularity. To start, here are four lighting trends gaining ground in 2017 and 2018.Bistro LightsFor a charming and whimsical flair, nothing beats bistro lights, and they continue to make a major splash in homeowners’ backyards across the country. Bistro lights encompass a broad range of string lights, from tiny fairy lights to big industrial bulbs. These charming lights can be strung in a variety of patterns to achiev...
The summer season is upon us,
an exciting time in which we can gather together with friends and family and
share the beauty and joy of the outdoors. Whether your aim is to host a simple
BBQ or a more fanciful affair, it is important to plan ahead for the big event.
Here we have gathered together some steps to help you in the preparation of
your space. Assess Your Garden AreaTo begin you will want to
take a thorough inventory of your garden area, keeping the end goal in
mind. Whether you want a modern feel, or
something more vintage, have a solid idea of where this project is headed. Take note of things such as existing plants,
the size of your space, and any hardscape areas, as well as other special features
you may want to highlight. Recognizing the importance of, and understanding how
to integrate, each of these will help in the planning process.Map it OutDraw a
map of your garden sp...
Outdoor covers range from three different types:
Patio covers, pergolas, and gazebos. All three options will no doubt improve
the quality of your great outdoors but let us take a deeper look into the
nature of each one in order to discover which one is best for you.Patio
CoversPatio covers are the most permanent structures as
they are literally an extension of your home. They are the most expensive structures,
and most time-consuming to build, but offer the best protection from sun and
rain. Patio covers are great protectors from the elements because they are
built with sturdy roofs made out of either safety glass or polycarbonate (look here
to find which type you prefer for your roof). Patio covers can become such an
extension of your home that, because of their sturdy protection, you can
install and outdoor kitchen or even a TV and living room area. Additionally,
curtains can be added or walls built ...
Following the 2008 “Great Recession,” hardscape suffered in
popularity, as homeowners downgraded and interest in outdoor features waned.
But over the past few years, hardscape additions have seen a steady trend
upwards, buoyed by increased consumer interest in maximizing their homes’
practical features and ensuring eco-friendly habits.The term “hardscape” refers to any man-made features or
structures incorporated into a landscape, such as paths, benches, or pavilions.
There are perennial hardscape favorites that are likely never to decrease in
popularity such as fire pits, but new design elements are taking the lead in
SpacesHome additions such as outdoor kitchens have been popular
for a long time, but the past few years have seen a steady rise not just in kitchens,
but in outdoor living spaces in general. These areas are designed to
be another place for the family...
Are you thinking about installing a pool in your
backyard? Water is not only beautiful but therapeutic. A pool can be a fun
addition to your home but is not a small addition. Before making the exciting
purchase here are a few things to consider:Inground
Pool vs. Above Ground PoolAn inground pool is going to be a bigger investment
than an above ground pool, not just in cost but also in installation time and
maintenance. If you are the type of person to say “go big or go home” then you might
consider looking into an inground pool. These pools can be custom-made into
whatever desired shape and size and last for a very long time. If you design your
pool to be at least 34 feet long then you have created a wonderful exercise
opportunity for swimming laps. Inground pools are made from three different
materials: concrete, fiberglass, or vinyl. Concrete is the most expensive but
has the longest lifespan and...