• Home Improvement,  Summer,  Yard & Garden

    Easy Landscaping DIY Projects

    Ever get the itch to do a DIY project? Whenever we do, our favorites involve getting outdoors and mixing up our landscaping features. Whether it’s as simple as installing some lighting or a little more time-consuming like re-plotting plants, a fresh look for the lawn always gives your home a fresh look as well. Here are our top five easy landscaping projects! Create a pathway. To guide you and visitors throughout your yard and link different areas together, install a pathway. You can use materials from a variety of materials, including reclaimed pallet wood, flagstones, gravel, and more to add texture and color. Add a wall or border. Installing a…

  • Fall,  Yard & Garden

    A guide to getting your home and yard winter-ready

    (BPT) – As the winter months approach, there’s much to anticipate: hot drinks, football games and getting cozy on those long, chilly nights. While homeowners can enjoy the comfort of the indoors, it’s still important to ensure their property is well prepared — inside and out — for chillier temperatures, ice or snow during the fall and winter seasons. Use this checklist to ensure your house is ready for cold weather. Fix the cracks Before temperatures really dip, check for and seal off cracks and gaps in the home to help keep heating bills down. Walk the perimeter of the house, using caulk to fix any cracks in the foundation,…

  • Home Design,  Summer,  Yard & Garden

    DIY deck re-do: Resurface in a weekend

    (BPT) – Outdoor living season means backyard BBQs, yard games and relaxing with a good book or good friends. If you own a wood deck, however, it also means considerable time and money spent on seasonal maintenance and deck repairs. While wood decks are aesthetically pleasing, properly maintaining them requires regular stripping, sanding and staining. The process is labor-intensive, time-consuming, messy and costly – averaging between $540 and $1,050 each time, according to HomeAdvisor.com. Consider this: For the same time and energy you would spend maintaining and repairing those old wood boards, you could replace them with a deck made of structurally superior composite material – and never again have…

  • Fall,  Yard & Garden

    Forward-thinking yard projects to tackle as the weather cools off this fall

    (BPT) – The temperature may not have dropped just yet, but make no mistake, fall is coming. Soon enough, baseball will give way to football, green leaves will turn yellow and red and your lawn care routine will take on a whole new set of tasks. Fall lawn care isn’t the long marathon of the summer yard season, but it packs plenty of work into a few short months before the winter. You can make this lawn care blitz a little bit easier by applying the following tips. * Stimulate your lawn. While your grass may no longer need its weekly mowing in the fall, you can’t ignore it until spring.…

  • Fall,  Staging,  Yard & Garden

    5 tips for creating fall curb appeal

    (BPT) – Soon, all things pumpkin spice will be here, including the home visitors that bring them. In preparation of the door bell ringing, create a little spice of your own with some seasonal curb appeal. You don’t have to limit yourself to pumpkins and hay bales — below are tips and projects for sprucing up your home’s view from the curb this season. Front door, first impressions Your front door is one of the first things people notice about your home. Give your door a fresh face with a coat of paint in a bold fall color to draw the eye to this focal point of your home. Another…

  • Staging,  Yard & Garden

    5 Ways To Improve Curb Appeal

    It’s common knowledge that before selling, it’s important to spruce up the outside of the home to give a good first-impression to potential buyers. Small upgrades to a home’s exterior like adding a fresh coat of paint to a front door, installing new landscaping, and adding a new deck easy are ways to increase a home’s value and add curb appeal. In fact, 2015’s Cost vs Value remodeling survey showed that smaller replacement projects “are the ones that are most obvious to buyers when they first view a house in person or online, such as new door or garage door” and bring the largest payback. According to the Huffington Post,…

  • Yard & Garden

    4 Things You Don’t Know About Outdoor Kitchens

    Now that the 2015 International Builders’ Show has partnered with the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show, there are plenty of examples of beautiful cooking spaces, indoors and out. But what about the numbers? The results of a new survey released at the show attempt to define what consumers want when it comes to outdoor kitchens. Dave Brown, a partner with Chicago-based ad firm HY Connect, surveyed consumers who have or would like to have outdoor kitchens in their homes. The study, which surveyed households making $150,000 or more in household income across the United States, was conducted in December 2014. He discussed the results of the survey at the first…

  • Fall,  Yard & Garden

    6 backyard projects you can’t skip this fall

    (BPT) – When it comes to caring for your yard, maintenance is crucial – especially during the fall when it needs to recover from the wear and tear of summer and prepare for winter’s harsh conditions. Knowing what your lawn and garden needs from season to season not only makes it easier for you to stay organized with your list of backyard to-do’s, but it also allows you to identify and treat any problems before they become bigger issues down the road. Get your lawn and garden back in shape and ready for the coming season by completing these fall backyard projects. 1. Patch and seed – Extreme summer weather…

  • Home Improvement,  Staging,  Yard & Garden

    Landscape Lighting: A Great Way to Dress Up Your Home

    (ARA) – The real estate market may be in a slump, but not all industries having to do with the home are in trouble. Companies that specialize in remodeling and renovation, particularly in the area of outdoor living, are doing extremely well right now. “People don’t want to lose money on their biggest investment so instead of moving, they’re improving their homes,” says Joe Rey-Barreau, an associate professor at the University of Kentucky’s School of Interior Design and education consultant for the American Lighting Association (ALA). He says now that warmer weather has arrived, people are adding decks, patios, gazebos and outdoor kitchens to their homes, and they aren’t just…

  • Yard & Garden

    Creating a Backyard Getaway

    Consider these tips when creating a backyard getaway. Foundation– Carefully choose the foundation materials you’ll need for a patio or walkway. They should maintain design integrity, but easily assimilate into your natural backyard. A couple of great options are stone and brick. These materials are environmentally friendly, and they maintain a natural feel. Walkways should be designed with a logical flow that allows individuals to get from one area to the next with relative ease. And it’s a good idea to map out gardens, lounge areas, pools and gazebos around the natural path of sunlight during the day. Material- Wood, wicker, plastic, metal – make sure the materials you use…