Westlake Backyard Oasis

8/2/2016

Westlake Backyard Oasis

These Westlake homeowners desired an outdoor entertaining area for family, so an entire backyard renovation was in store. A lodge feel pavilion attached to the house offers a solid roof, so it could be utilized regardless of weather. It also features a fan for air circulation and light. At the end of the pavilion sits a double-sided gas start fireplace, accessible from the under the pavilion, as well as outside of it. The free-form pool and hot tub, visible from the pavilion, include natural rocks outcroppings functioning as diving platforms. Additionally, the existing deck was removed and replaced by a paver patio so the homeowners could be transported into a new outdoor world....

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South Russell Secret Small Garden

South Russell Secret Small Garden

The owners of this South Russell condo were looking for a cozy, yet complete backyard renovation. First, excavation was needed along the existing retaining wall. Then, came the addition of an enclosed, secret garden consisting of flowers with constant blooming. A paver patio was installed off of the kitchen slider door. The colorful oasis was exactly what the gardening-loving homeowner envisioned. Finally, a natural stone table was added as the centerpiece of the design. This hideaway adds privacy to a small condo backyard....

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Shaker Heights Water Feature

Shaker Heights Water Feature

This project in Shaker Heights featured the addition of two water features, flanking both ends of the existing patio. The homeowners consisted of a young family, as well as in-laws. Each wanted to create their own water structure, so the challenge existed in designing complementary features that did not compete with one another. The waterfall, complete with fish, was built for the children, while the bubbler was the choice of the in-laws. The structures are tucked below the respective party’s bedroom, allowing for the enjoyment of calming background noise....

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Indian Hills Park Wetland Renovation

Indian Hills Park Wetland Renovation

This wetland renovation process at Indian Hills Park in Ashtabula Township centered around restoration of the area to its natural wetlands state. That goal was accomplished by installing a weir to control the water levels and adding plants typically native to Ohio wetlands. An elevated boardwalk was constructed to lead visitors to a viewing platform within the wetlands. The rustic construction allows for the preservation of picturesque wildlife. Walking paths along the river were installed for observation, as well as a primitive canoe launch, inviting patrons to bring their own boats. An unkempt wetland area evolved to a beautifully guided nature walk!...

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Summer Tips For Your Outdoor Home

7/19/2016

Summer is the season for outdoor lovers. During this time of year, it is important to have a space that welcomes guests and provides a personal retreat. By performing some landscaping or construction in the backyard, this space can be a wonderful oasis or entertaining venue. Here are some summer tips that will extend your living space into the outdoors. Color is Everything. Summer is a time for vibrant colors. It is important to decorate your home with bright hues. The landscapers at The Ohio Valley Group recommend plants and accessories that bring a beautiful “beachy” or tropical setting to your backyard. With the correct foliage and landscaping theme, your home’s exterior will exude the feelings of summer. Pergola. To add a sense of privacy to your backyard, a pergola will be ideal. Patio lovers will enjoy a unique retreat that provides shade without a disconnect from the rest of the space. It is possible to build a breezy gazebo or an enclosed pavilion that is perfect for summer entertaining. Cook Outdoors. When it is too hot to heat your home’s interior oven, you can entertain and prepare a delicious meal in your outdoor kitchen. With your grill and stone oven, prepare pizza, steaks, burgers, and kabobs for your guests. When the evening gets cool, light your fire pit and toast marshmallows. These accessories offer a wonderful space to gather with your friends and family and enjoy the summer season. Relax in Style. Nothing says summer like a pool. Kids can splash around, and adults can lounge with a drink in their hands. No matter the size of your yard, the experts at The Ohio Valley Group will design something that complements the space. For an island atmosphere, create a tiki bar as well. If you want to discover more tips for your outdoor home, visit The Ohio Valley Group. These experts will help you make the most of your outdoor space. To schedule a consultation, call...

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