Porches and Patios

7/6/2018

Summer is here and you know what that means. The weather is warm and you can finally relax a bit. This is also the perfect time to consider adding a renovation to your home to even better enjoy the season. A porch or patio can be the perfect way to entertain your guests and enjoy time with your family outside. Both porches and patios add great charm and value to your home, but which one is better for you? The Porch The addition of porches to houses dates back all the way to the ancient Romans and Greeks. Generally, a porch has a roof and sometimes have two or more sides. A porch opens to the outdoors. They can be attached anywhere on the home; the front, side, or back. The Patio Alternatively, there is the patio. Patios are similar to porches. They have also been used in the southern United States and other parts of the country for many decades and offer an area of the house to help you enjoy the outdoors. Patios are not necessarily attached to the house and they may or may not have a roof. Patios offer an outdoor area to entertain where you can enjoy the weather without being too detached from the house. The Benefits of Porches Adding a porch to your home can benefit you greatly. A porch adds extra space to the house without directly expanding it. Most porches are big enough to accommodate extra furniture; sofas, tables, etc. They can also serve as a mudroom of sorts. Let your kids’ sports equipment and outside toys air out on the porch instead of bringing them into the house. Another benefit of porches is that they add a line of defense against burglars and crime. Most criminals are deterred by light and well-lit areas. By keeping your porch lit and secure, you can reduce your risk of a home invasion. Adding screens and bug lights to your porch can give you as well as your friends and family the chance to enjoy the outdoors without worrying about pesky flies and mosquitos. Because of the covered nature of the porch, it also allows you to enjoy the summer warmth in rain and shine. The Benefits of Patios One of the best parts...

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New Trends in Landscape Design in 2018

1/12/2018

The landscape design trends for 2018 are all set to emphasize the notion of using gardens to provide homeowners with remarkable pleasure.  This includes growing foods, providing wildlife with a place of refuge, or creating a place to relax and share meals with family and friends.  The New Outdoor Dining For quite a while, outdoor dining rooms have been conveniently positioned right off the house and close to the kitchen. However, more contemporary dining spaces are often pushed out further into the garden. Although the distance between the new dining space and the kitchen will be farther apart, it is well worth the extra steps.   The convenience of designing an outdoor dining space right off the kitchen is undeniable.  However, creating a modern, all-inclusive destination inside the landscape will immerse individuals in the ambiance of their surroundings.  This provides a more lavish experience and guests will get to take in more of your beautiful garden. Below are 3 tips for creating the ultimate destination for outdoor dining: Use special lighting, flooring, and furniture to transform your dining area into a spectacular sanctuary For a lush feeling, surround your outdoor dining space with container and in-ground plants Include a nearby pool, fire pit or other spaces in the landscaping design for pre-dinner and post-dinner entertainment Making the Most of Your Small Garden Landscape design specialists love to create function and visual appeal even out of the smallest gardens.  By no means are small gardens a modern phenomenon but remarkable advances have been made in how these spaces are designed.  Recent design trends lend credence to the “less is more” concept. It is important for everything in a small garden to have numerous uses.  For example, a concrete fire feature would create a bold element running through the space.  It can serve as curb edging for the deck.  Additionally, it can be a planter and collect downspouts of water from the house.  It can provide seating and, of course, it transforms into a fire feature when necessary. Restoring the Natural Habitat It is common knowledge in the landscaping industry that the population of bees and butterflies are dwindling.  However, not as many know that frogs, birds, and turtles are also experiencing lost habitats.  Much of the declining habitat has become...

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Fun Fall Activities To Do On Your Patio

10/12/2015

Just because the temperature is going down and the days are getting shorter, that doesn’t mean that you can’t spend time in your outdoor living space. Enjoy the cool and crisp fall weather with some family fun on the patio. Patio lovers can make the most of October with these fall actives: Carve pumpkins. Pumpkin carving can be messy, so this year, move the carving party out on the patio. Spread out newspaper over the table, and give the kids some big spoons so that they can scoop out the pumpkins. Have a friendly competition to see who can come up with the coolest design for their jack-o-lantern. It’s a great way to get into the Halloween spirit. Make s’mores. If you have a fire pit on your patio, you can easily make s’mores. Kids and adults love these sweet treats, and they’re perfect for chilly nights when you’re relaxing around the fire pit with a cup of warm cider or hot cocoa. Just make sure that you have a full bag of marshmallows, a box of graham crackers, and a few chocolate bars handy. Make fall themed crafts. Bring all of the children’s craft supplies out on the patio and let the kids make some fun fall crafts. There are many simple and cute crafts that kids can make to celebrate the season, and it’s a great time to teach them about nature and how things change once the weather turns cool. You can also have them gather up natural materials from the yard, like leaves, flowers and sticks, to incorporate in the crafts. Host a wine and cheese gathering. Invite some friends and family over for a relaxing evening of wine sipping and cheese tasting. A fire pit makes the perfect source of warmth, or you can add a heat lamp to make the patio more comfortable on cold nights. Don’t forget to offer your guests a fleece or flannel blanket to wrap up in, too. Don’t let the chilly air keep you inside this fall. Make the most of your patio in October by enjoying these fun fall...

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