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8 Wow-Worthy Hardscaping Ideas

Monday, January 8th, 2018

Making the outdoors an extension of your home using strategic hardscaping solutions has never been easier. Embracing your home’s style starts with a carefully crafted landscape featuring both natural and man-made elements. From fireplaces to arbors, hardscaping balances the vegetation of your landscape with carefully crafted architectural features.

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Here are some ideas to incorporate:

1. Sunken Garden: Like a hidden oasis in your backyard, a sunken garden gives the illusion of solitude and solace highlighted by a one-of-a-kind copper kettle water feature flanked by stucco perimeter walls. Because proper drainage in a sunken garden is key, installation must be performed by an experienced professional.

2. Fire Feature: A unique fireplace, fire pit or fire feature can transform any outdoor living space from ho-hum to fabulous. Whether you’re trading stories on a cool evening or roasting marshmallows on a summer night, a custom fireplace coupled with stonework walls and even benches can provide the perfect gathering spot for family and friends.

3. Arches, pergolas and pavilions: Enhance the beauty of your patio or garden by incorporating an archway covered with creeping fig vines balanced by a neutral stone patio. A pergola offers partial shade and a nice architectural element, or perhaps you want to try a circular or pentagon shaped gazebo with open or screened-in sides. Either way, you have the perfect strategy for entertaining friends or just sitting in the backyard with a book and a cold drink.

4. Giant chessboard: If you have always had a fantasy of having an oversized chess board in your yard, it’s easier than you think when you have pros on the job. Channel your inner Alice in Wonderland with stone crowns atop columns leading the way to a giant chess board constructed of prefab 2×2 concrete squares with exposed pebbles. Flanked by red roses on one side and white roses on the other, this look can be finished off with an ornate stone loveseat for sitting and thinking of the next move.

5. Bridge over water: If you get a kick out of walking on water, try a unique take on a custom pool that uses a concrete bridge to link one patio to another. A key part of knowing how to best blend hardscaping and landscape design is determining how you will navigate the space, says HGTV.

6. Walls and seating: Who says your patio has to be one open space? Place low walls strategically to divide the space at just the right height for seating. Try a bluestone cap topping fieldstone walls for a smooth, comfortable surface.

7. Define an area: Hardscaping doesn’t have to be big or functional. It can be used to define a specific area, such as a patio or garden. For a minimalist yet impactful look, line your brownstone garden with a bluestone border to delineate the formal lawn from the rest of the space.

8. Switch up your stonework: Patio flooring doesn’t have to be uniform. Define each area with a different type of flooring, such as New England fieldstone in one, antique cobblestone in another and reclaimed granite for steps and pillars.

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5 Benefits of Water Features to Your Landscape

Friday, November 3rd, 2017

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Running water can have a calming effect. You know this if you ever spent time near a pool with a fountain, or a waterfall, or the ocean…you get the idea. Well, you could incorporate a water feature into your own yard and it wouldn’t cost a fortune. You can get as simple or elaborate as you want — no trip to the waterfalls of Hawaii required! It’s time to add some natural features to your backyard to truly turn it into the oasis you’ve always wanted. Here are some benefits to adding water features in your landscape.

1. Sounds of Nature:

You work hard all week. You just want to come home and sit in your backyard with a cold drink and a good book. You don’t want to have to travel all the time to witness the awe of nature. So why not make nature come to you? Relax with the soothing sounds of nature to reset your body and reduce your stress level.

2. Ecosystem enhancement:

Water not only attracts humans, it attracts animals as well. When you install a water feature in your yard, you’ll start to see some visitors coming by for a visit. Local wildlife like deer and birds will be attracted to the sound and temptation of drinking or bathing water. Your yard is now a haven for beautiful wildlife, which enhances your local ecosystem. Get out your camera and get ready to snap some pictures of your new friends. Plus, use this as an educational opportunity for your kids, says Gardenerdy. In addition to wildlife, your plants will flourish too.

3. Low maintenance:

Compared with other backyard enhancements, such as swimming pools, pondless water features give you all the benefits of natural surroundings without the hassle and stress of cleaning and maintenance. Perhaps you would like a wall fountain or maybe a cascading, rushing waterfall is more your speed. When you have water features that are constantly circulating, bacteria has a very tough time growing and accumulating. These types of water features are also safer if you have pets and small children who could otherwise fall in and drown with a stagnant pool of water.

4. Unique Landscape:

Water features ensure no one else in your neighborhood offers quite the same experience as you do. By designing your own system, you can get as creative as you want and it won’t look like everybody else’s. You can design hand-carved rocks, for instance, to complete your waterfall, or add natural stepping stones to complete your serene water garden.

5. Adaptation:

Even if you don’t have a large backyard, you can still make use of the space you have with an adaptable water feature. When you have a professional on your side who can design a unique pondless water element, you can make a big impact in a small area. You can tuck it away into a corner of your property as part of your garden, or you can have it front and center near your patio and pool. Got an awkward space? A water feature can be adapted to fit just about anywhere. And if you have always wanted to make better use of a poorly-used area of your yard, this is the perfect solution.

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Does a water feature sound like a great idea? Contact us today at 214-328-5296. From swim-up bars to waterfalls, we can custom design anything to your unique needs from concept to completion.

Your Fall Dallas Landscaping Checklist

Monday, October 9th, 2017

 

It’s that time of year again: prepping your lawn for the upcoming winter. There’s lots to be done this fall in order to ensure your landscape makes it through the colder months. That’s because cooling temperatures slow above-ground growth, with moister soil encouraging strong root development, says This Old House. Here’s a handy Fall Dallas Landscaping Checklist to keep you on track.

 

Prune trees and shrubs:

This is an important step in fall landscaping so as to encourage growth next season. However, put off doing any major re-shaping til the dormant season, advises the Dallas County Master Gardener Association. Remove leftover annuals from the summer and get the dead blooms off the warm-season perennials. You can wait till later this season to re-shape those overgrown perennials.

Plant perennials right for your zone: Consider Mexican mint marigold, Mexican bush sage, purple coneflower, yellowbells and autumn sage. By planting these in the fall, you’re allowing them to establish deeper and healthier roots over the cooler months. As such, you’ll enjoy a more robust growth come spring.

Dig up and divide perennials: Sometimes it’s good to give your perennials some much-needed breathing room, like daylilies, cannas, wood ferns, violets, Shasta daisies and bearded irises. These tend to form large clumps or bulbs when left alone too long.

Keep an eye out for insects: Specifically, scale insects like hollies, euonymus and camellias. If you have a St. Augustine lawn, look out for brown spots, using fungicide if needed.

Relocate potted plants indoors but check for insects first. You don’t want those to breed indoors.

Rake leaves as they drop rather than wait till you have a bed of them covering your lawn. This can attract bugs and disease. You can use shredded leaves in your mulch or just add them to your compost pile.

Refrigerate tulips and Dutch hyacinths by late October, which will give them two full months of prep before you have to plant in late December.

Aerate your lawn: Soil gets compressed over time, which prevents nutrients from getting through. Use a garden fork or aerator for this job, depending on how big your yard is.

Plant trees now, not in spring: Most people mistakenly think spring is the best time to plant trees but actually autumn is. That’s because trees planted now will get a head start on establishing good roots before summer returns next year, says Dallas News.

Fertilize the lawn: Texas Home and Garden recommends using a lawn fertilizer with a ratio of 3:2:1 or 4:2:1 of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. Figure about one pound for every 1,000 square feet of grass. Don’t over-fertilize; read the package instructions before attempting. Make sure you give your lawn a good soaking right afterwards. Avoid using a winterizing fertilizer until early November.

Plant some herbs: Now is the perfect time to plant an herbal garden. Include anything from dill and fennel to parsley and cilantro. Even thyme, oregano and rosemary are great additions.

Mow one last time: Trim your grass to about an inch and a quarter to close out the mowing season. This will make it harder for disease to attach to the grass. Just don’t trim too much or you’ll compromise its food production.

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Contact us for more information on our residential lawn maintenance and management services at 214-328-5296. We would be happy to handle these tasks and more for you this fall.

3 Summer Landscape Design Trends

Monday, August 21st, 2017

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It’s summer in Dallas and you’re looking to spice things up in your front yard. How can you stand out and do something a bit different than everyone else? It’s time to incorporate some trendy summer design residential landscaping ideas into your property. Here are three helpful tips.

1. Color Blocking

We’ve been seeing this trend in women’s fashion for the past two seasons. It seems natural to make the cross-over into landscape design. At the heart of color blocking is the ability to utilize bold blocks of color to turn nature into an eye-catching piece of art. You can achieve this with anything from backyard fences to concrete patios — basically anything that creates visual interest can transform a ho-hum yard into an amazing modern outdoor space. Backed by detailed craft work and over-sized motifs, you can achieve color blocking in a myriad ways. Color-blocked patio walls are all the rage right now, all part of a movement to frame or highlight a specific plant or area. Even a simple splash of color on a wall can provide the perfect backdrop for a row of potted plants or form the backdrop for an outdoor sofa, says Garden Design Magazine. Don’t have a wall to paint? Throw down a solid-color outdoor rug or porch curtains to achieve the same effect.

2. Go Hyperlocal

Locally sourced plants are hot in garden design, not just with native plants but endemic plants as well — also known as plants native to a particular ecosystem. More and more garden designers in Central Texas say they are planting more and more of these hyperlocal plants, which can be hard to come by in local nurseries. This necessitates the transplanting of existing plants and the sourcing of building materials hyperlocally. Put simply, you can use existing rocks and create posts from on-site junipers in a pinch. This regionalistic approach to landscape design takes into account the surrounding climate, particularly as it relates to climate change. The challenge here is to achieve a balance between natural elements and human use.

3. Using Plants That Thrive

Dallas can go a long time without seeing rain, which can really put a damper on your landscape design. By using drought-resistant plants, you can ensure a beautiful-looking yard throughout the year. Even when the rain is scarce and the heat is relentless, plants like Black-Eyed Susans, Zinnias, Madagascar Periwinkle, Portulaca and blanket flower can brighten up your outdoor decor. Edge your lawn, top your retaining wall or fill your window boxes with vibrant purple verbena or Mealycup Sage, which is not only native to Texas but also attracts beautiful butterflies to its long blooms, says Southern Living.

In terms of the lawns themselves, more and more Dallas homeowners are forgoing the traditional neatly manicured lawns that are so dependent on rain in favor of grass mixes that don’t require mowing. Even native turfgrass and taller, prairie-type mixes are being seen on lawns across the area. Artificial turf is also making the scene for its easy maintenance.

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Contact Outdoor Home Living in Dallas

For more ideas into the latest summer landscape design trendscontact us at 214-328-5296 or email us at info@outdoorhomeliving.com. Look to us to transform your boring outdoor spaces into residential paradises through our landscape design and maintenance services in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.

How to step up your Dallas landscaping this summer

Wednesday, July 26th, 2017

As a homeowner, you know you’re facing a long summer of watering and mowing the lawn. That’s all well and good, but there are other things you can do to step up your game this summer in terms of landscaping. Once you’ve got the lawn down pat, make your yard realize its potential with a few structural additions, stone pathways, gardens, and other visual pops of interest that are sure to add value and curb appeal. We can help you be the envy of your neighborhood with these tips.

Make a Path

Whether meandering or streamlined, pathways add a clearly defined structure to your yard. It doesn’t have to lead to anywhere special. It could guide guests to your front door or maybe to a side-yard garden area with bench. Or maybe down to a babbling brook in your backyard. It could even lead to a patio area or hammock for restful summer reading. Country Living suggests lining your pathways with lavender, which is virtually indestructible, is available in several beautiful shades, and is resistant to the curiosity of nature’s creatures such as deer.

Another way to welcome people to your home is to add a white picket fence with country garden gate. Go one step further and add fragrant star jasmine over the top as a climbing vine. A rustic looking patio off to the side completes the look. Add thyme in between irregularly shaped stones for a cottage country look. Boxwood hedges add even more charm to your pathways, whether you want them rounded, squared off, or snaked through other types of borders.

Add Accessories

Even a lush green lawn needs something to help it stand out against the expanse of your yard. Arbors, pavilions and pergolas are a perfect way to complement your yard and add visual interest. It’s easy to dress up your home and outdoor living space with these items while expressing your personal style. Add value to your property as well as curb appeal with a custom-built arbor structure, pavilion or pergola. They all provide some degree of shade. Which one you choose will depend on your lifestyle. If you want partial shade, a pergola or arbor is wise; if you want full shade, go with a pavilion. A pavilion offers you more entertaining space because of the shade provided, so it’s perfect for adding a full patio set, outdoor furniture or picnic table under. As such, pavilions are more functional.

On the other hand, an arbor or pergola offers more of a visual appeal that doesn’t provide much recreational space but can certainly make for beautiful pictures. Intertwine vines and flowers around these structures for a charming way to welcome people to your garden, small sitting area, bench or pathway.

Gazebos are another option to consider. Best for larger spaces, gazebos are the ultimate destination for family photos through all seasons. From circular to pentagon, you can choose one with a roof and open or screened-in sides. Make it your personal retreat at night to have a glass of wine and socialize with the neighbors.

Contact Outdoor Home Living in Dallas

Want help sprucing up your outdoor landscape this summer? Contact us at 214-328-5296 to learn how Outdoor Home Living can help propel your Dallas landscape to the top of the neighborhood’s trendy list.

It’s Spring: Prep Your Yard for the Season

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

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Spring is a busy time of year for your yard, and there’s no better time to spruce it up than now. From landscaping to exterior maintenance, here are some tips on how to prep your yard for spring.

Inspect Your Tool Shed and Plant Window Boxes

If you’re like many homeowners, your shed is decorative in nature, perhaps mimicking the color and style of your home. If you have window boxes, add soil and plant colorful blooms. Clean out your tool shed at this time to get everything organized, get rid of any nests that have cropped up over the winter, and make any necessary repairs. Check the status of your gas- and battery-powered lawn equipment, sharpen all tool blades, clean off the equipment, and stock up on gas for your mower.

Clean the Gutters

You may not see it from the ground, but from the street level, overstuffed gutters are unsightly and can detract from your curb appeal. Worse than that, debris such as leaves, acorns, and twigs can easily clog your gutters. With nowhere to go, water run off will accumulate around your foundation and leak into your basement. All that standing water can be a breeding ground for mosquitoes, too. Use a cup or scoop to get out the debris. While up there, check for a secure attachment on the gutters to your home. Then, check that the downspouts are pointing in the right direction, well away from the foundation so erosion or flooding doesn’t occur.

Take Care of Your Lawn

Remember, the three basics of lawn care are sun, water and fertilizer. Take it step by step, as a beautifully landscaped lawn is a careful balance of all the right ingredients.

  • Test the Soil: Pick up a test from the store to indicate the pH level of your soil. You could also send your soil out for testing by your state or local college’s agricultural department. Always strive for an even balance of acidity and alkalinity.
  • Regular Watering: With spring’s mild temperatures, water just once a week until the lawn is established. HGTV says you should “water deep” once summer hits, meaning give it a weekly soaking that will encourage roots to dig deeper into the soil. Thatching can result if you water lightly on a frequent basis. If your lawn is newly-seeded, water it daily for five minutes; once grass has sprouted to about a half inch, increase to 15 minutes.
  • Feed Your Lawn: Spring is the perfect time to fertilize. Use one with micronutrients like sulfur, copper and iron. Every third year, add dolomitic lime to restore the pH and add calcium and magnesium — minerals your lawn thrives on.
  • Aerate: High-traffic areas can compact your grass, which in turn stifles the roots. Give those roots air to breathe by aerating your lawn in the spring.

Contact Outdoor Home Living

If you need assistance with lawn care, come to Outdoor Home Living. You need an advanced horticultural approach to residential landscape maintenance and management in order to keep your landscape groomed throughout the entire year, but particularly in spring. Our experts make weekly visits and maintain annual maintenance procedures. Book an appointment now for spring clean-up in Dallas at 214-328-5296. From pruning back shrubs to planning out the season’s landscaping, it’s time to get going!

Fire and Water: Features That Enhance Your Backyard

Thursday, April 13th, 2017


From fire pits to waterfalls, there’s no better way to incorporate two opposing yet complementary elements in your yard. When looking to enhance the comfort, aesthetics and functionality of your backyard, not to mention the relaxation factor, you may want to consider adding water features and fire features to your property. Merge the elements of fire and water to create a backyard paradise that your whole family and all your guests will enjoy year after year.

Fire Features

From sunken fire pits to traditional custom stone work, you’re sure to boost the satisfaction of your outdoor entertainment needs with a fire feature. Take this natural stone fire pit on HGTV that features a fire brick interior capped in bluestone. The wide nature of the fire pit rim allows for additional  seating. Speaking of stone, here at Outdoor Home Living, we can create custom stonework to contain your fire feature, whether you’re looking for a fire bowl, table, or insert. The material you use to harness the power of your fire is important for safety reasons. That’s why stone works so well.

Whether you use your fire feature for grilling food in the warm months or you just want to create some ambience, the type of fire feature you choose says a lot about your lifestyle. Recessed fire pits are great for modern patios, preferably with no children running about. A stacked stone fireplace is a rustic, kid-friendly addition to any patio, or perhaps even a table-top four-unit pit that shows off your contemporary image.

Water Features

From waterfalls to decorative ponds, water features are a welcome addition to any backyard because they’re relaxing and calming. Not only do they look great, they sound even better, adding to the tranquil nature of the space. Depending on how extensive you want to get, water features provide a focal point and can even attract wildlife in the case of ponds. Your water feature can even go beyond the functional and double as an art piece, like this stacked stone wall. You can get really intricate with a water feature that features varying levels of water spilling over a brick wall, encircling the patio, flowing underneath a decorative bridge and emptying into a fish pond.

Just for a few examples, take a look at what Outdoor Home Living can do with water features:

  • Swim-up bars
  • Built-ins
  • Pool Finishes
  • Decking and Coping
  • Water Features (fountains, waterfalls, jets, etc.)
  • Lighting
  • Hot tubs
  • Spillways
  • Water troughs
  • Bird baths
  • Garden streams
  • Bubblers
  • Add-ons (slides, diving boards, etc.)

Blending the Two

Fire and water: two opposing elements yet complementary in so many ways. How do you bring them both together aesthetically, functionally and safely? Try a combined fire put and waterfall in one. A circular stone fire pit surrounding a large basin of overflowing water featuring a fire in the center is an amazing sight to behold. Or, try something grand like this with a modern horizontal waterfall flanked on both sides by giant tiki torches set in stone bowls. The key behind blending the two features is to hire a professional skilled in water and fire feature design.

Contact Outdoor Home Living in Dallas TX

If any of these ideas sounds good to you, call us so we can come up with a unique plan for your yard. Contact us now at 214-328-5296. We are based in Mesquite TX but serve all surrounding areas of Dallas.

5 Decluttering Tips for Making Your Yard More Serene

Sunday, March 19th, 2017

While the inside of your home may be neat and organized, the outside may be another matter entirely. It’s easy to let those tools pile up, let the garden overgrow, and let stuff (think bikes, sports equipment and the like) stay scattered throughout the yard. It’s time to declutter your yard and bring a serenity it may not have seen in years. It’s more than just picking up stray items; it’s about organization and balance in your landscape design. Here are five tips:

1. Make a commitment:

Anything worth doing is worth doing right. Commit a day or weekend to your tidying project. Your modus operandi may be to tackle a little bit each day, but that’s actually counter-productive. Getting it all done in one or two sessions is more conducive to successfully finishing. By doing small tasks every day over several days or weeks, you run the risk of failing to finish because you run out of steam. Start with the deck, then move to the garden then to the shed and so on. Bring trash bags and tools with you as you move from task to task.

2. Think about your ideal yard: More than that…think about your ideal yard as it fits in with your REAL life. What’s your outdoor lifestyle? Do you love to garden, or are you the neighborhood BBQ king? Do you enjoy watching the sunset from your back patio? Come up with realistic goals and follow through. Doesn’t have to be anything fancy. Could be as simple as making room in the garage for your car (finally!). Work with your lifestyle to avoid overshooting and setting yourself up for failure later.

3. Space over category: Tackle your decluttering project in a logical, reasonable order. Think about your pain points and solve those first. You may hate how hard it is to get your bike down from the wall rack when you want to take a ride, or maybe you get frustrated with the fact that you can never seem to find that perfect small screwdriver or hammer that you always need. Or maybe the way your patio furniture is currently set up blocks the natural flow of traffic. Whatever the case, create the space you want rather than make piles of the things you don’t. And always remember: go easy on the yard décor. It shouldn’t take over a lawn, but it should add to it, says Home Advisor.

4. Find the wow factor: You know the one…when you finally look at the space you’ve created and you realize it all comes together. What joy does your space bring you? Have you achieved it, and if so, how can you apply that approach to other areas of the yard? Maybe this means you finally cleaned up the weeds around the pergola, gave it a fresh coat of paint, added some flowers, and put a cute little sitting bench nearby. Maybe you cleaned up the shed so that it finally created that open concept you’ve been going for — so you can actually get some work done in there!

5. Know your limits: Whether it’s space or your budget that’s keeping things on the small side, remember that you’re not necessarily looking to create the perfect space in the ideal yard in your dream neighborhood. It’s important to be grateful for what you already have and enhance it with things that fit your life. The goal isn’t to cram all the arbors, firepits and water features you can find into one space. Rather, it should be to pick and choose which elements bring you happiness and convenience, and use them to your advantage.

Contact Outdoor Home Living

Here at Outdoor Home Living, we love helping Dallas homeowners realize a serene outdoor space that truly works for them. Contact us at 214-328-5296 for more inspirational advice.

Benefits of Having a Well-Maintained, Landscaped Property

Wednesday, February 1st, 2017

Everyone wants to have a nice, manicured lawn and beautiful landscape so they can stand out in the neighborhood. Sure, it looks aesthetically pleasing, but what other benefits does it have? From increased curb appeal to prevention of water run-off, check out these many benefits of a well-maintained, landscaped yard. And by well-maintained, we mean free of weeds, with lawn that’s been clipped to the proper height and that’s received all the right nutrients. We also mean non-green elements of your landscape, as well, such as neat walkways, attractive arbors and proper lighting.

Water Run-Off Prevention

When you have a nice, thick carpet of turf, rain water is absorbed quickly. That water feeds your lawn and brings it the nutrients it needs to sustain life. The best kind is properly seeded dense turf grass, which leaves no room for weeds to grow. This type of lush grass will hold in all the moisture and retain it best without wasting nutrients.
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Cleaner Atmosphere

A healthy lawn traps all that dust and dirt that fills the atmosphere, which incidentally contains a lot of toxins that are bad for our health, specifically hydrogen fluoride, peroxylacetyl nitrate and sulphur dioxide. Not only are they bad for our health, they deplete the ozone layer.

Healthy Family

A healthy lawn equals a healthy family. When your yard is inviting, safe and comfortable to play and entertain in, you will find yourselves outdoors more. Having plenty of open space encourages kids to get out and play, reducing their risk for obesity and increasing their heart health. Getting exercise every single day can reduce the chance for circulatory diseases as well as weight gain. Breathing outdoor air gives us a mood boost and keeps us healthier overall.

Increased Curb Appeal

About 71% of home buyers say curb appeal is a major factor when choosing a new house. Even if you don’t plan on selling soon or at all, curb appeal is something you have to consider in order to maintain a respectful presence in your neighborhood. Don’t forget: how your property looks will affect how well your neighbors’ properties look. You don’t want to be the one to bring down the entire neighborhood, do you? Landscaping happens to be a big part of curb appeal, along with permanent fixtures such as arbors, walkways, gardens, landscape lighting, fences, water features and pergolas.

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Higher Property Value

While landscaping adds a certain aesthetic appeal to your home that can’t be denied, hardscaping (those permanent elements mentioned above, such as paved patios, pavilions and fire pits) can actually add value to your property. It’s true: adding an outdoor living space provides you with a tangible asset on your property, thereby increasing its value. Upgraded landscaping can boost the value of your property by up to 15%! Of course, you have to make the initial investment. For that, turn to Outdoor Home Living.

g an outdoor living space complete with a paved patio, fire pit, pergola, pavilion or gazebo gives you a tangible asset on your property and increases the value of that property. – See more at: http://hitchingpostsfl.com/hardscape-landscape-increase-homes-value/#sthash.tq2Fqxpz.dpuf

Contact Outdoor Home Living in Dallas TX

Looking to upgrade your landscape? We have the experienced professionals who can help you achieve the yard of your dreams. Contact us at 214- 328-5296 or fill out our convenient online form for more information.

well-maintained landscape, back or front yard adds an aesthetic value to your home that can be difficult to put a dollar value on.

Adding an outdoor living space complete with a paved patio, fire pit, pergola, pavilion or gazebo gives you a tangible asset on your property and increases the value of that property.

– See more at: http://hitchingpostsfl.com/hardscape-landscape-increase-homes-value/#sthash.tq2Fqxpz.dpuf

well-maintained landscape, back or front yard adds an aesthetic value to your home that can be difficult to put a dollar value on.

Adding an outdoor living space complete with a paved patio, fire pit, pergola, pavilion or gazebo gives you a tangible asset on your property and increases the value of that property.

– See more at: http://hitchingpostsfl.com/hardscape-landscape-increase-homes-value/#sthash.tq2Fqxpz.dpuf

Flipping Houses? Don’t Forget the Outside!

Monday, October 17th, 2016

We’ve all seen the home improvement shows on TV…you know, the ones where they buy a run-down home for cheap and completely renovate to sell for a profit. Well, if you do this in real life, or if you’re thinking of doing this for a living, you know the exterior is just as important as the interior when flipping houses.

Curb Appeal Starts with the Outside

Studies show that curb appeal is most benefited by certain outdoor features, such as a fresh coat of paint on the front door, a new garage (which can take up to 40% of the front of the home), and a refreshing landscape that doesn’t just include mowing of the lawn but the addition of unique water features, flowers and mulching.

Check out the following tips to spruce up the exterior of any home you flip in order to attract buyers and entice them to go inside.

Warm up the Welcome

Better Homes and Gardens suggests painting the exterior of the home a warm white with khaki shutters just a few shades darker flanked by blue slate steps and stacked stone risers. This carves a clear path to the entry way, inviting guests to your door with a portico that continues to define the entry and offer a transitional space. Of course, what you do with the space depends on the style of the home. To breathe life into a Gothic Revival-style home without sacrificing its historical significance, for example, paint it a subtle gray-blue offset by cream-color trim highlighted by quaint benches and planters to welcome guests.

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Liven up the Landscape

Colorful flowers are a great way to achieve classic curb appeal. Line your manicured lawn with a white picket fence reminiscent of yesteryear, covered with roses or vines for a classy look that adds a pop of color to a lush green background. If your entryway isn’t clearly defined, make it stand out with a simple stone or brick path to add charm, suggests DIY Network. Take that charm a step further and add some texture by incorporating various plants, bushes and small trees for variation. Strategically placed landscape lighting will ensure safety come night fall plus illuminate your home and any paths leading to it.

Incorporate Customer Features

For the most impact, it’s wise to have something unique in your landscape, something that stands out above all else, something that no one else has. Custom pools and water features can really transform the look and feel of a home and fetch a higher price. Some features that certainly fit the bill:

  • Custom Water Features
  • Outdoor Kitchens
  • Putting Greens
  • Landscaping
  • Fire Pits
  • Swim Up Bars
  • Lighting Effects

The goal of water features in particular is to pull the whole backyard landscape together with unique finishing touches, such as:

  • Water Features such as fountains, waterfalls and jets
  • Pool Finishes
  • Hot tubs
  • Decking and Coping
  • Lighting
  • Spillways
  • Water troughs
  • Bubblers
  • Bird baths
  • Garden streams
  • Add-ons such as slides and diving boardsoutdoor-pool

The purpose of flipping houses is to make money, but the only way you can make even more money is to spend money!

Contact Outdoor Home Living

Contact us if the above ideas sound good to you. Outdoor Home Living is based in Mesquite, TX, designs, installs and maintains one-of-a-kind outdoor living spaces with specialty landscape design and installation services backed by a team of skilled architects, stonemasons, craftsmen and gardeners.