Get Away Without Taking Off

6/14/2019

Designing a Summertime Backyard Summertime is busy—between camps, sports practice, birthday parties, and work, it’s hard to find the time and money to get away. But we’re here to tell you that finding summertime rest and relaxation doesn’t have to mean planning an extravagant trip with planes, trains, and automobiles. There’s a private oasis right in your backyard that Ohio Valley Group will help you discover. Learn about how we can help develop a summertime backyard. The first step toward attaining your almost-tropical summertime backyard is sitting down with our experts at Ohio Valley Group and telling us about your dream backyard in great detail to make sure we don’t miss a beat. You can also fill out our convenient Vision Planner, which asks questions that help us get to know you and your inspiration on a deeper level. Once we understand your vision, we’ll work with our construction team to deliver a seamless transformation from start to finish. Whether you want a water feature to bring the ocean closer, or a patio or deck to act as a perfect landing place for your grill, the possibilities are endless and we will make sure they’re affordable. Upon request, we will give you a full estimate before any work begins so we can be sure our plans are in sync. We’ll do whatever we can to give you the at-home retreat you’ve always wanted at a budget that works for you. One of the best ways to define your space is by laying a stone patio or a stamped concrete surface. Stamped concrete is designed to resemble brick, slate, flagstone, cobblestone, and many other patterns, so we use it as an alternative to natural pavers such as asphalt, natural stone, and precast pavers. These surfaces create differentiation from your yard and other landscaping elements to add visual interest and a landing pad for grills, tables, lounge chairs, and more. No matter which surface you choose, a patio can designate dining, grilling, swimming, or lounging space while keeping the surrounding areas lush and green. Stone patios are also the perfect home for a fireplace or fire pit. You can match the heat of the summer and the soft glow of the sunset by enhancing your patio with warmth from a beautiful...

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All About Our Vision Planner

5/17/2019

Thinking about transforming your yard? Have your eye on a cool new feature? Want a fresh start for summer? Don’t put it off for one more day. Ohio Valley Group is ready to make your lushest dreams come true. Spearhead your next landscape design project right away by filling out our Vision Planner, an online tool on our website that helps us to help you achieve your goals and turn those daydreams into a stunning final product. Every beautiful landscape design project starts with a vision, but transforming that vision into a reality is typically a lot easier said than done. The heart of Ohio Valley Group’s passion is helping our clients make their landscaping dreams come true. That’s why we created the Vision Planner. The Vision Planner is an online questionnaire that’s easy to access and asks a variety of straightforward questions about your location, lifestyle, preferences, past projects, time constraints and more. Your answers will tell us about your needs, what you like, and perhaps more importantly what you don’t. The Vision Planner opens our lines of communication and helps us see the project from your perspective. Filling out the Vision Planner is the first step in creating the yard you’ve always wanted. Being able to clearly articulate your vision is a critical step in attaining your desired end result, but there are a number of other necessary steps to be completed along the way. We pride ourselves on a thorough design process that enables us to learn about you and your property and to discover your unique needs and wishes. The best way for us to do that is by working collaboratively with you from start to finish. Consider our Vision Planner the starting line, providing us with the key details we need to kickstart your landscape design project. The Vision Planner will ask questions ranging from your ideal timeframe to the hobbies your family enjoys so that we can really understand exactly what you’re looking for. The questions will tell us more about your general design preferences, what foliage you want to incorporate, the lighting and irrigation requirements you have and more. Your answers will inform us not only about your technical needs but also about the atmosphere you’re hoping to attain. You’ll start with...

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All About Home and Garden Month

4/25/2019

The Ohio Valley Group is dedicated to supporting you in creating the landscape of your dreams. It seems Spring is here (the coat of yellow pollen is a sure sign), and the plants are ready to grow! Are you ready for yard work? Do you have what you need? Is your yard the yard you’ve always wanted? Where can you improve? Let’s get our hands dirty and come up with some exciting projects this month! How Can You Improve The Space? A cool way to go about this is to walk through your yard and take photos of areas that you dislike or find boring. Start asking yourself, “what makes these areas boring?”. After you find some answers, the next question is “What can I do to make them awesome?”. These questions will start your creative juices flowing so that you can easily find better solutions. Start to look online for some inspiration from other people and see what they did. This is a brilliant way to get closer to your vision of the yard you want. You now have photos of the areas you like less, so be sure to use those for reference and start picturing cool new ways to innovate the landscape. Oh, and remember to have fun! What Yard Projects Are There? Sometimes people don’t know where to start when landscaping or even what constitutes landscaping! This can feel overwhelming, but have faith, it doesn’t have to be so complicated so let’s go over some simple landscaping ideas you can do now! Flower bed border- This is a super simple idea that adds a lot of life to your existing flower bed. Simply start putting a stone of your choice around your flower bed, and Voilà, you now have a flower bed that looks 10x more appealing. This also saves a lot of money, and you might even be able to start this today! Hiding your AC unit- This takes a little more work but all you need is some wood and nails, and start hammering your planks together to create a box around your AC unit. Leave some cracks and plenty of space between the wood and the AC so that it doesn’t affect its function. Garden hose home- Similar to the AC unit, build your hose...

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How to Take Your Yard to the Next Level

3/14/2019

Often, your yard will be the first impression people will have of your home. As for your own personal comfort, a beautiful, professionally landscaped yard can go a long way. A professionally cultivated yard could lead to peace of mind, increase privacy, and more. Further, a beautiful yard could add value to your home. Potential home buyers may be willing to pay more for a home witha professionally landscaped yard. So not only will you get to enjoy the personal benefits of a landscaped yard, you may enjoy financial benefits as well. So how can you take your yard to the next level? Let’s take a look at some common questions our future customers often ask us. How Do I Ensure That I will Like the Changes? We never rush clients into projects. When it comes to landscaping, the planning phase is very important. First, we’ll work closely with you during the design process, ensuring that your tastes and preferences are front and center. If you visit our visual planning page, you’ll find an extensive form that we use to hone in on your needs, budget, use cases, and more. However, the visual planning form is just the start of the planning phase. We also have a huge portfolio of already completed projects. We’re proud of our work and would love to show you what we’ve already done. You may be inspired by some of our past projects. How Can We Make Our Yard More Family Friendly? For children, yards are often worlds of make-believe and adventure. With the right yard, you probably won’t have to pester your children to spend time outdoors, either. Instead, you might struggle to get them to come inside. We can install playground equipment, jungle gyms, swings, and the like. We can also make your yard safer, say removing thorn bushes or eliminated standing water. There are many ways to landscape your yard into a more family-friendly environment. Is It Possible to Increase Privacy? Absolutely. Many of our clients contact us for precisely this reason. Even if you love your neighbors, a bit of extra privacy could put you at ease and allow you to more fully live your life. If increasing privacy is one of your goals, just let us know. One way to increase privacy...

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Turn Your Pinterest Board into a Reality

2/12/2019

With billions of pinned home décor photos and ideas available, Pinterest can be a great place to start planning your home renovation. Pinterest features everything from ideas on how to landscape your backyard, to what living room rug to choose, to which mailbox will best match your bright red door. Pinterest can provide inspiration to anyone who wants to redecorate their home or update their landscaping. However, it’s often easy to get trapped in a Pinterest “rabbit hole” chasing ideas and forgetting to actually put them into action. At Ohio Valley Group, we want to help you be confident and prepared while planning your dream home. Don’t let yourself get overwhelmed – take these steps to make a plan and turn your Pinterest Board into a reality. What is Pinterest? For those who are unfamiliar with the platform, Pinterest is a website that hosts billions of photos and documents that a user can “pin” and save to their personal board. Simply type in a phrase, such as, “stylish kitchen decorations” and countless photos will instantly appear featuring savvy cabinets and sleek countertop decorations. Over the years Pinterest has become a popular platform for people who want to scoop up fun and interesting arts, crafts, baking and – of course – landscaping and home décor ideas. With billions of “pinned” photos to choose from, Pinterest can be a great place to find inspiration – but it can also become a source of stress and anxiety. That’s why it is so important to have a plan in place. Where Should I Begin? First, start by getting organized. Make a kitchen folder, a living room folder, a yard folder, a pool folder, a garden folder, etc. Having all of your different photos and inspirations neatly organized into separate folders will make things less stressful and easier to sort through. Having everything organized will also allow you to take a step back and look at the big picture. Instead of finding a door that you like and having to sort through a jumble of photos for thirty minutes to find a matching mailbox, simply hop from one folder to another to compare ideas and take notes. Another way to stay organized is by sticking to a particular theme or style. There are dozens...

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