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How to Increase Your Yard’s Functionality

November 30th, 2018

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If you generally like the look of your yard, yet its shape or form just isn’t practical, you may consider increasing its functionality. After all, you have a nice yard: what good is it if you can’t use it for relaxing, playing and entertaining? Check out these tips to boost the functionality of your entire yard in visual and practical ways that can be achieved with the right landscape design.

Create Curved Lines

When considering how to spruce up your landscaping, consider adding edging around flower gardens, the home’s foundation, and even sidewalks and driveways. Install this edging in curves instead of perfectly-straight lines to add character and appeal. This edging is permanent, so it can enhance your landscape all year long without having to make seasonal changes.

Illuminate Focal Points and Walkways

Attractive landscaping doesn’t have to be relegated to daylight hours. You should be able to enjoy it at night too. Incorporate landscape lighting to add to the attractiveness of your home as well as to increase safety by adequately illuminating steps and sidewalks. Place lights along paths in straight lines or curved, or put them on alternate sides of your sidewalk to break up a straight line, suggests Popular Mechanics.

Add Outdoor Seating

The installation of a patio or bench near the edge of your lawn offers an outdoor escape. You can use concrete, stone or pavers, adding small trees, shrubs or tall flowers to give the illusion of privacy, as well as comfortable chairs or benches so you can read or nap comfortably. Surround it with flowers for a unique element you’ll be happy to visit during nice weather.

Add Peaceful Water Features

Even small, self-contained units that stand alone on a patio can add a natural, calming influence to your space. You can also incorporate larger features built into natural stone for more of a waterfall and pond effect.

Connect Points of Interest

Craft an attractive walkway using concrete stepping stones, flagstone, decorative brick, or crushed stone to define the path to your patio, fire pit, pool and other features.

Choose Custom Landscape Design Services From Outdoor Home Living

Let Outdoor Home Living add beauty and living space to your landscape, while increasing your home’s functionality and value at the same time. We design and build outdoor living spaces that not only look great but that are functional too. Here’s what we can do as part of our landscape design and build services:

  • Custom Masonry – fireplaces, patios, columns, entries, special features
  • Outdoor Kitchens – built-in appliances, cabinets, custom layout
  • Living Spaces – arbor, pavilion, pergolas, trellises
  • Architectural Design Elements – ironwork, cast stone elements, special features
  • Exterior Structures – air conditioned cabanas, garages and pavilions
  • Fencing – custom masonry, wrought iron, wood designs

Interested in learning more? Contact us at 214-328-5296.

Fences vs. Gates: Which Ones are Best for You?

October 26th, 2018

Fire pit built in Dallas, TX Are you “on the fence” when it comes to how you want to enclose your property? Fences and gates may sound the same but they are different in a few ways. The one you choose will depend on your intended usage, landscape design, budget and personal style. People tend to put fences around their entire property or around an in-ground pool, while gates are usually reserved for the front portion of a yard or to enclose a garden area.

Here are some pros and cons of fences vs. gates to help you make your decision.

Fences

Fences are quite versatile. Sure, you could install a fence at all the same height around the perimeter, or you could incorporate a stepped design. For instance, you could install a taller section of fence around your patio, seating area and hot tub, with lower fencing beside the lawn, to provide you with privacy just where you need it, suggests Forbes.

Fences serve a wide variety of purposes, from deterring trespassers from entering your property to enforcing boundaries for children and pets. Here are some more benefits of privacy fences:

  • Can discourage intruders and unwanted stray animals and other wildlife from coming into your yard.
  • Keep kids and pets safely within the yard.
  • Keep outsiders from stumbling into your pool when unsupervised.
  • Give you privacy when you’re relaxing in your backyard.
  • Provide peace and solitude relaxing by the pool or doing yard work.
  • Define property boundaries so there is no confusion between neighbors.
  • Enhance landscape and curb appeal
  • Add character and beauty to your landscape.

You have a pretty wide range of options when it comes to fencing, whether you want to go with something different (think accent walls, living walls, horizontal fences or shadow box fences) or traditional (vertical, picket, split rail, trellis).

You can also choose from many materials, from chain link to wood to vinyl. Wood and vinyl tend to be more decorative while chain link brings more security and functionality. Fences can be customized to the required need and available space, and can also serve as a strong design element of the landscape. Whether front and center, or as a subtle background accent, fences can be very beneficial to homeowners.

Gates

Gates are similar but tend to be shorter and more decorative in nature. They can refer to the fencing area themselves or just to the latched portion that opens and closes. They can also refer to the point of entry to a space that is enclosed by walls. While gates won’t provide the safety and security you need to keep intruders out or even kids and pets in, they are ideal for adding character to your property.

Gates are highly customizable, too. You can choose:

  • Gate panels (one or two)
  • Single door or double door
  • Hardware (i.e., wrought iron latches)
  • Gate top patterns
  • Styles: lattice, privacy, shadow box, spaced picket, space bar, split rail, farm style)
  • Material: wood, wrought iron, vinyl, bamboo

Contact Outdoor Home Living

Whether you ultimately choose a fence or a gate or both, come to the experts in fence installation: Outdoor Home Living. Contact us in Dallas at 214-328-5296.

 

Outside is the New Inside: The Year’s Biggest Outdoor Design Trends

September 26th, 2018

patio-right-materials-diningThe outdoor season is still upon us despite the threat of a chill in the air. You still have time to make your outdoor space function like an interior space for entertaining, relaxing and just being. Here are some top tips to harness the hottest design trends that optimize your backyard’s true potential.

Outdoor Rooms

In an age where home owners wish their indoor spaces to blend in perfectly with nature, designers are suggesting various ways in which to achieve this. Realtor.com suggests framing sitting areas with mildew- and water-resistant curtains, anchoring furniture with outdoor rugs, some of which can be found by following links like http://bazaarvelvet.com/hand-knotted-rugs/, and filling tall planters with ornamental grasses that form the illusion of a walled space.

Got a covered deck or patio? You could cover the ceiling in untreated, raw wood-planks to add warmth as well as mount wall sconces for a little mood lighting. Another idea is to add large daybed pieces, positioning cabanas over them to give much-needed shade. If you’re tight on space, add a rope hammock and decorate it with pillows and throws.

Innovative Fabrics

From polyester terrycloth to indoor/outdoor wovens, you can transform your outdoor furniture into furniture that looks like it belongs indoors. If you don’t want to invest in fabrics, you can use special sprays that create a moisture-repelling barrier on surfaces you may already have, such as canvas.

Alternative Flooring

Outdoor rugs have been the go-to exterior design concept for decades. While rugs are all fine and good, it’s time to boost your creativity a few notches and try budget-conscious flooring alternatives such as porcelain for its durability, simple installation and visual continuity between indoor and outdoor spaces. Beechwood deck tiles are another good idea, as they are quick to install, affordable and high in quality.

Bold Lighting

If you like dramatic elements for your interior décor, why not extend it to your outdoor space? If you spend a lot of time outside after the sun goes down, you know how dark it can get – even with a few well-placed lamps. Add bold lighting in fun colors like blue with gold hardware to create visual interest. Use a variety of lighting accents, from string lights and cover lighting to lanterns and deck lights.

Vertical Gardens

You may have a few potted plants inside, but what about for your patio space? Try vertical gardening to maximize your available space and grow your own herbs and vegetables at home. Add vertical structures like arches, pergolas and arbors for an elegant touch to give a sense of height and depth.

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For more inspiring ideas on how to bring the inside out, contact us today at 214-328-5296, email us at info@outdoorhomeliving.com or complete our online form.

 

6 Tips for Functional Outdoor Living Spaces

September 4th, 2018

How does your outdoor space define you?

Whether you have a small backyard or an expansive one, making your living space functional is key. After all, what good is owning a home if you can’t entertain, relax and have fun there? Check out these six tips will help you infuse beauty and charm to your outdoor spaces.

1.    Establish Clear Traffic Patterns

Despite the size of your yard, your outdoor living spaces will gel better if you clearly  establish traffic patterns throughout. You can achieve this in many ways. You may want to:

  • Lay down formal walkways
  • Create shifts within hardscape materials
  • Plant shrubs or trees to establish borders, lines and corners

2.    Add a Fire Source

Got a fireplace inside your home? Then you know how cozy and comfortable it can be to curl up to. Why not have one outside as well? Sit with a good book on a quiet night or gather with friends on a chilly night. A source of fire draws people together, points out Better Homes and Gardens, so if you have the space and budget, try a full-size version; if not, try a smaller fire pit for flexibility and affordability.

3.    Offer Many Seating Options

From benches and chairs to pint-size stools and retaining walls, it’s wise to incorporate as many choices as you can when it comes to making your outdoor living space functional. Do it for the adults, of course, but also for children, with scaled-down kid versions of sofas and sectionals. Just don’t include so many seating options that traffic patterns are cluttered.

4.    Create Focal Points

A well-designed indoor room builds off one element, such as a piece of artwork or a sofa. Likewise, you should do the same with your outdoor living space, as it gives the eye a focal point to land on, with the remainder of the furnishings and accents supporting that piece. A small pond or other water feature can be the central gathering point, for example. This allows you to orient your views and place furniture in a pleasing arrangement.

5.    Add Eclectic Items

Interesting conversation pieces make great accents outdoors, as they create dynamic outdoor living spaces. Check out area flea markets or architectural salvage shops for items such as sculptures that lend an unmistakable visual appeal.

6.    Establish Discovery Senses

Paths make wonderful functional and visually interesting tools within outdoor living spaces that help people find their way through nature. You can incorporate a gentle curve in the design, instantly transforming a simple aimless path into a walkway that encourages discovery and exploration inside your vibrant garden. For example, a brick-lined path can meander its way to a quiet sitting area.

Contact Outdoor Home Living in Dallas

To get more inspiration, contact Outdoor Home Living in Dallas at 214-328-5296 or email us at info@outdoorhomeliving.com. We are based in Mesquite, offering you proven excellence in transforming typical outdoor spaces into residential paradises through landscape design services.

 

 

5 Benefits of Residential Lawn Maintenance and Management

July 26th, 2018

A well maintained lawn is important

 

Maintaining your lawn doesn’t happen through neglect. It only occurs through patience, dedication, and a lot of TLC. But while you may understand the demands of what makes a good landscape great, you may not have the time, equipment or patience to do it yourself. That’s where a professional comes in – one that’s skilled in residential lawn maintenance and management.

Getting on a regular maintenance schedule will ensure no steps are missed and you enjoy a beautiful, lush, healthy lawn no matter the season. On top of that, keeping up with your landscape every week can mean an increase in your property value of up to 20 percent, says Better Homes and Gardens. Whether that involves pruning in the spring to remove dead leaves or mowing in summer, this is an easy way to boost the curb appeal of your yard as well as its safety for guests, family members, kids and pets.

Here are five benefits of regular lawn maintenance.

1.    Consistency

Consistent regular services: this is one of the major advantages to hiring a pro to care for your lawn every week, month, etc. You don’t have to worry about scheduling service, inspecting your lawn or hassling with what needs to be done. You get peace of mind knowing that every week, someone will show up to mow the lawn and that every season, a certain checklist of services will be gone through with precision. It’s all right there in your contract. You don’t even have to be home.

2.    Healthier Lawn

While you may have little problem with basic tasks such as mowing and watering, a truly healthy lawn needs so much more. In fact, it requires year-round attention to landscape details that can alert you to potential problems. It requires knowledge and skill about the right mowing techniques and height, soil types, plant growth patterns, climate conditions, feeding and pruning schedules, and the best lawn care products for your lawn.

With many landscape contractors having educational backgrounds in landscape architecture or horticulture, they know exactly what your lawn and plants need to thrive.

3.    Curb Appeal

How your lawn looks makes a big impact on the impression people get from the curb. A well-maintained property adds character and beauty to your home, creating an inviting entrance and increasing property value. A neglected lawn and landscape with weeds and overgrown shrubs can have the opposite effect. Especially if you plan to sell your home in the near future, you will need to have a front and back yard that attracts potential buyers and increases the selling price. Plus, your neighbors will appreciate your efforts because a nice lawn reflects well on them too.

4.    Professional Knowledge

Having a professional landscape contractor on your side means you have access to expert knowledge of lawn care products and procedures. Who has the time to educate themselves on the best lawn care procedures? Instead, hire a pro who appreciates the advantages and disadvantages of various lawn care products and processes.

Your lawn’s overall health and appearance will depend on professional landscape knowledge and quality care for services such as:

Planting: Choosing the wrong grass or variety of plants, shrubs and trees can lead to bare spots, poor growth, plant diseases, weeds and insects.

Fertilization – Most soils can’t supply the necessary nutrients your lawn needs. You must add the right blend of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium to keep it healthy. Fertilizers promote strong roots and healthy growth, but using too much or too little can prove disastrous.

Mulching – This material offers a protective layer on your soil that helps with healthy root and plant growth.

Pesticides – With so many pesticides and herbicides containing chemicals, it’s imperative to know which ones are best for your lawn, your kids and your pets.

5.    Weed Control

As you already know, aggressive weeds can invade your lawn in no time. Keeping them under control could be a full-time job if you don’t do it right. You’ll need the right weed control solutions to get to the root of those weeds in order for them to be effective. Crabgrass in particular can take over your entire lawn extremely quickly if not caught early.

Contact Outdoor Home Living in Dallas

If you’d like to set up a regular residential lawn maintenance and management schedule, contact us at 214-328-5296. From general and seasonal cleanup to mulching and pruning, our team can ensure your lawn stays beautiful and healthy all year long.

5 Benefits of Commercial Lawn Maintenance and Management

June 21st, 2018

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As a business owner, keeping up your property is a priority. A clean, neat, attractive landscape offers many advantages, from customer and employee safety to aesthetic appeal and increased property value. A big part of that is scheduling regular commercial lawn maintenance and management to ensure your property looks its best all year long.

Here are five advantages to hiring a professional for regular commercial lawn maintenance and management projects.

1.    Decrease in Overall Landscape Maintenance Expenses

By hiring someone to regularly care for your lawn, landscape, gardens and trees, you reduce inevitable landscape expenses in the future because your property remains healthy. A clean and neat landscape means you likely won’t have to pay for expensive removal and replacement in the instance of overgrown gardens, dead grass and untrimmed trees.

2.    Safety for Employees, Customers and Visitors

Unstable trees, long grass, exposed tree roots and overgrown bushes can all signal a safety issue for anyone who comes onto your property. If someone gets hurt while on the job or while visiting your site, they could sue you and leave you vulnerable to an expensive lawsuit. It’s in your best interests to have your lawn mowed, shrubs trimmed and debris cleared on a regular basis to avoid these unfortunate situations.

3.    More Efficient Use of Time

As a commercial property owner or manager, your time is valuable. By hiring someone else to maintain your landscape, you are freed up to focus on what’s important: growing your business, taking care of daily operational tasks, etc. Ongoing commercial landscape maintenance gives you extra time to concentrate on business priorities that make you money – which leads to peace of mind.

4.   No Investment on Equipment Needed

If you tackle commercial landscape maintenance on your own, you have to spend a significant amount of money purchasingthe equipment you’ll need, from lawn mowers and weed wackers to mulch and gardening supplies. Plus, you have to train your employees and yourself on how to perform the work, taxing an already-overworked staff. Get comfort and relief in the knowledge that a major time-consuming task is being delegated to experts who provide all the equipment and tools to get the job done right.

5.    Increased Curb Appeal and Property Value

A sloppy or neglected landscape detracts from the beauty and appeal of your property, as well as its value. It stands to reason, then, that sharp landscaping is a wise investment. Studies show that quality landscaping yields a big ROI, with more than one dollar for every one invested. Studies also show customers are more likely to spend money at an establishment that is attractive, well-kept and neat. And, according to the National Association of Realtors, upgrading your home or business landscape can increase overall value by up to 12 percent.

Contact Outdoor Home Living in Dallas

Contact us at 214-328-5296 to schedule your commercial lawn maintenance and management services. Outdoor Home Living offers everything from general cleanup and mulching to fertilizing and shrub maintenance.

 

 

Get Ready for Summer in Texas with an Outdoor Kitchen

May 19th, 2018

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Summer’s practically at the door…well almost. But you should be prepared for when it hits in full force with a beautiful new outdoor kitchen in Texas. You want to be ready to go with your cookouts, barbecues, pool parties and get-togethers that signal the best time of year. If you love to cook and entertain, an outdoor kitchen is the ideal complement to your backyard. Here’s how you can get it.

Become a Grilling God

This isn’t your dad’s grilling station. These days, the grill isn’t even the focal point – it’s the prep space, storage and seating that goes around it. Extra prep space ensures you have room to season your meats, assemble your burgers, and even incorporate a condiment station.

To create aspacious entertaining spot, try using flagstone for the patio and red cedar for a pergola above. Incorporate a large island, gas grill, side burner, refrigerator and bar seating, while guests can gather on the other side of the patio around a cozy fire pit and seating area. The possibilities are endless.

Logical Zones

A fully-equipped outdoor kitchen, separated from the remainder of the living area, allows the two areas to be utilized entirely on their own, says HGTV. The key to efficiency is when the outdoor kitchen is zoned into logical uses. For example, your cook space should have plenty of room to prep, cut and chop as well as spots to set utensils and ingredients. You’ll also need a buffer area near the seating island to keep guests away from the grease splatter and heat.

Next-Level Living

If you cook and entertain a lot, you know just how maddening it can be to rush back and forth between the indoor kitchen and the patio area to serve your guests. You miss out on so much, yet you have to be the host with the most! With an outdoor kitchen, you can accomplish everything in one spot and never miss out on a conversation again.

Not only can you enjoy a kitchen in the outdoors, you can go a step further to incorporate:

  • Built-in appliances and cabinets
  • Custom layouts
  • Arbors, pavilions or trellises
  • Flagstone patios and walkways
  • Stone columns for separate cooking from entertaining areasSpecial features like cast stone elements and ironwork
  • Air-conditioned cabana
  • Custom fencing

Contact Outdoor Home Living in Dallas TX

Looking to finally add that outdoor kitchen you’ve always wanted? Start with a free estim

ate with Outdoor Home Living! Contact us at 214-328-5296. The possibilities are endless when it comes to the ultimate outdoor kitchen, so let us create a versatile space that will have everyone talking this summer.

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5 Benefits to Incorporating Stonework into Your Landscape

March 25th, 2018

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If you’re looking to dramatically enhance the natural beauty and functionality of your landscape, one solution is to incorporate stonework fixtures. From fire pits and retaining walls to patios and garden pathways, there are many ways to beautify your property in various shapes, textures and styles. Not only will your entertainment value go up, your property value will as well.

Let’s take a look at five main benefits to making stonework pieces a part of your Dallas yard.

Benefits:

1.      Weather Resistance

Let’s face it, stone is tough. Sure, it’s beautiful but at its core, it’s meant to last. With its ability to withstand a variety of weather conditions such as rain and intense heat, stone has an innate ability to look Mother Nature in the face and scoff. It’s less likely to move and shift with changing moisture levels, and many types even resist fading from UV rays, which is important in sunny locales like Dallas.

2.      Curb Appeal

Nothing says class like stone pathways, outdoor kitchens and water features. Even a well-placed retaining wall adds visual appeal and helps with erosion at the same time, while tidying up the space and lending an unparalleled beauty to your home, says Southern Hospitality. A curbside facelift is always money well spent, whether you’re preparing to sell your home, increase your equity value or just for your own enjoyment.

3.      Flexibility

By installing one piece of stonework, you are paving the way (literally)for other features down the line. Adding on other stone hardscape elements such as waterfalls, ponds and fountains adds a longevity and uniformity that can continue to evolve your landscape for many years to come. This gives you the option of choosing just one element now, such as a fire feature, with the ability to add on later when your budget allows, such as expanding to a complete outdoor kitchen.

4.      Eco-Friendly

Because stone is a natural product, it’s inherently earth-friendly, offering a variety of attractive attributes for those who value the environment. From an enduring lifecycle to recyclability, the use of natural stone puts control in your hands for embracing your own natural environment. This is the ultimate way to conserve resources, prevent pollution and minimize waste through eco-friendly green building, says the Natural Stone Council.

5.      Cost Effective

Depending on the type of stone you choose, many options are more affordable than you may think. But aside from initial cost, natural stone is actually quite affordable to maintain and clean. And with less long-term maintenance to worry about, as compared with, say, wooden features, you won’t have to spend a lot of your time worrying about cleaning. Occasional sweeping and washing is all that is needed.

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Contact Outdoor Home Living

Whether you want to create a cozy outdoor ambience with the addition of a fire pit or to add a beautiful accent or retaining wall, contact us at 214-328-5296. Thepossibilitiesareendlesswhenitcomestonaturalstone, soletuscreateanoutdoorlivingspacethatwilllastthetestoftime.

 

 

How to Choose the Right Materials for Your Patio

February 28th, 2018

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A patio is a special place, a reprieve from the stresses of the day. You may head out to your patio after work with a glass of wine and a good book before dinner. Other times, it may become the bustling gathering spot for entertaining friends. Whatever the case, the material you use for your patio can make all the difference in its durability, functionality and beauty. Let’s look into the different materials you can use to enhance your outdoor living space.

Materials

Concrete

Plain poured concrete can be pretty boring, but if you add a pattern or dye it a complementary color, you can increase its aesthetic appeal greatly. It’s an affordable, versatile solution but it does come with some maintenance issues. You’ll have to seal it and reapply the coating every couple of years so the color doesn’t fade. Concrete is prone to cracking over time, plus the color can wear off in high traffic areas, points out HGTV.

Natural Stone

From flagstone and slate to bluestone and limestone, the possibilities are endless when it comes to selecting the perfect type of natural stone for your patio. Natural stone is certainly beautiful and adds a certain natural charm to any space, but it can get expensive. This is because it has to be quarried and trucked in, which tacks on transportation costs. It also takes more expertise and time for installation due to the varying thicknesses. If wondering which type of natural stone to go with, take a look at your house first. For example, if your home features limestone materials, use that same material for your patio.

Brick

For a charming Old World look, brick can’t be beat. But while it lends a beautiful historical vibe to outdoor spaces, this material isn’t easy to maintain. Not only is brick porous so it retains moisture, it can crack over time and grow moss that can only be removed with bleach and some elbow grease. Even if your patio doesn’t see a lot of shade, moss can still be a problem.

Pavers

Pavers are extremely versatile because they come in a wide variety of shapes, colors and patterns. Thanks to their modular composition, each paver has the same thickness so installation is easy, saving you time and money. You can even create circular patterns that give a rounded curve to your patio — a conversation piece for sure.

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Tips for Selecting Materials

Before you can decide on any of the above, you need to consider what use or look you’re going for. Ask yourself these questions:
  • Do you want something eco-friendly?
  • Is affordability the most important quality?
  • Will the patio be surrounding a pool? If so, slip-resistant materials should be first on your list.
  • What level of maintenance are you willing to undergo?
  • Which material complements your home the best?

Patio paving can be one of the bigger expenses when creating an outdoor living space. If cost is an issue, consider using a more affordable material for most of the patio and use the more costly natural stone as an accent border or design, suggests the Landscaping Network.

Contact Outdoor Home Living in Dallas

For more tips on creating the perfect patio, contact us at 214-328-5296. Our professionals can recommend the right material for your home, your budget and your personal style.

7 Things to Consider When Adding a Fence in Dallas

January 23rd, 2018

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As a Dallas home owner, you may be considering a fence to add value, beauty, security and privacy to your property. Before you do, consider these important factors, ranging from practicality of materials to current fence laws in Dallas, when it comes to your fence installation needs.

1. Type:

Why do you want a fence? If it’s strictly for function — say, to keep your pets in the yard — a chain link fence would be fine. But if you’re going for privacy or aesthetics, perhaps something taller, made of cedar, with solid panels would be in order. Yes, a fence can achieve many things, but the first step is to consider your primary motivation and work outward from there.

2. Material:

A white picket fence is the dream of many a homeowner. While it may look gorgeous with your cute little ranch or Colonial, you should think about the time commitment involved with maintenance. Are you prepared to seal, paint or stain it every few years to guard against peeling paint and rot? If you still insist on the charm and natural beauty of a wooden picket fence, that’s great. But if you know you won’t have the time or patience for upkeep, perhaps a vinyl option would be more suited to you. You’ll still get the great look without all the hassle.

3. Research the neighborhood:

Before installing a fence of any kind, check with your homeowners or neighborhood associations. Many of these organizations have contracts in place that dictate the look, height, and material of any fences installed within the neighborhood.

4. Check with town hall:

Likewise, your town or city may have rules regarding how far a fence must be set back from sidewalks and property lines. You’ll also have to find out if you will need a building permit. For example, in Dallas, a fence permit is required when installing a fence or wall that exceeds four feet in height in a front yard, and more than six feet tall elsewhere on the property. There may be other requirements if your home sits in a flood plain area, conservation district or historic district. Be sure to check with your town before starting your project.

5. Don’t forget entrances:

A fenced-in area should have at least two entrance points. One should be large enough to fit bulky equipment such as patio furniture, garbage barrels and lawn mowers. Use stepping stones, pergolas and decorative stone pathways to indicate these entrance points.

6. Accents:

Once your fence has been installed, it’s time to consider how you will dress up the area. Usually, just a fence alone can look plain. Consider adding decorative posts, finials, archways, flower beds, gardens and shrubbery to accent the fence and really bring out your style.

7. Cost:

If you can’t afford the cost of outfitting the entire perimeter in cedar, for example, you may consider using this material for the front and sides, and chain link for the back yard portion that may sit against the woods or some shrubs. This will save you on installation costs, as well as maintenance tasks because you won’t have to stain or paint as much material, points out Better Homes and Gardens.

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Contact us at 214-328-5296 to learn how Outdoor Home Living can help you install the perfect fence for your needs in Dallas. We can answer all your questions and give you a free estimate as well.