Adding Some Flair to Your Home Just Became Easy

There are certain additions and changes you might want to make to your home. If you can add some flair and style to the property, you’ll improve its appeal and value. So, be sure to take a look at these suggestions, and use them to try to inject this flair as much as you can.

Architecture

When you consider the different areas of the home and how to improve them the architecture can play a big role. You can add a lot of flair to your home with the sort of architecture you decide to adopt. And you’ll be able to make modifications to change the look and feel of the home as well. Think about adding things like pillars and columns to give a grand Renaissance feel to the property. This is an excellent way of adding some flair and majesty to any home and enjoying the new look it gives your property.

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Get Some Art

These days there are plenty of ways you can make positive additions to your home. It’s always good to come up with something that isn’t intrusive but will still add some wow factor. And, the best way to achieve this is to make sure you get some artwork in. Check out Quent Cordair Art to find some examples of fine art. You need to make sure you choose the ideal piece or pieces to suit your home. You might be surprised by the sort of effect a painting or sculpture can have on the whole makeup of your property.

Hot Tub

A lot of people decide to get swimming pools installed on their properties. This is seen as an indicator of luxury and is certainly making a statement. But, what if you could make the same statement, but be a little more unique? Well, the best way to do this is to get a hot tub installed in your backyard. This gives you the same experience as having a pool, but a little cooler. You can invite people round to have hot tub parties. It also provides you with the perfect arena to relax and chill out after a long and tiring day. A hot tub can add so much to your home, and is bound to attract prospective buyers in the future.

Hedge Sculpting

If you have a large garden or grounds you may well have a lot of hedgerows. A cool thing that some people like to do is hedge sculpting. You can use this to turn your hedges into sculptures such as objects or animals. They will help to add a bit of flair and personality to the property. You will transform your outdoor space into something a lot more magical and mysterious. You might need to look up tutorials online to find out how to do hedge sculpting. Of course, you could always bring someone else in, but it may be something you’d prefer to do yourself.

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It’s always good to try to add a bit of flair to your property if you can. This will help to make that bit more special. Your home belongs to you so don’t be afraid to make the changes you want to it. Add a bit of your own personality and verve to the placed by making the groovy additions on this list. They will help you to modify your home into a cool, trendy property where everyone will feel right at home.

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Transform Your Outdoor Living Space

Taking your vision for the perfect outdoor living space and making it happen is one of the best improvements you can make to your property. It will also add to lifestyle enjoyment. There is no question that a house imbued with good landscape design is more attractive to a potential buyer. As well as that it will give you an amazing space to enjoy the whole year round. Upgrading your outdoor living space may well be the single best thing you could do for you and your property this season.

Work with a budget

No one likes to be restrained, but unless you’ve won the Lotto, you are going to be better off making a budget and sticking to it. Home improvement projects have a way of stretching out, taking longer and costing more. This is particularly true in the garden and outside the house. There is no ceiling, and the sky’s the limit!

You might have noticed the huge range of options and materials available in outdoor living ranges. The choices are staggering. So it makes sense to have a finite budget and the get the best value you can for your money. That means focusing on one or two big projects and using quality materials.

If you try and do too much, you risk cutting corners and working with substandard materials. These might look okay for a few months but will quickly deteriorate and in a year’s time, you’ll have a shabby outdoor space that needs an upgrade. It’s just a waste of your time and money to think like that.

Decide on your focus

Pick one or two areas that you can focus on. Make these worthy projects that will give you real value and have a wow factor. A deck answers many people’s needs for an outdoor space that works. Landscaping can transform an ugly unkempt and difficult to care for space into a magical wonderland that needs little upkeep. Subtly lit it can offer you lovely vistas to enjoy from the deck both day and night.

Build your deck

The beauty about any deck is that it does not have to be big to be useful. In fact, it can be any size you like. On the other hand, a deck can wrap around a house and usefully join up living areas, with bedrooms and kitchen. It can make any land slope away from the house meaningless. A deck can give you the solid feel of an outside room or, it can open out onto a fabulous balcony.

In spite of its imposing nature and feeling of solidity, building a deck is surprisingly straightforward. Essentially you’ll need to dig holes for the upright timbers and set them in concrete. You then cross the space with joists and finally nail on the decking itself. You can choose between lighter pine type woods that have been treated, or you can opt for a more expensive but durable hardwood. Make sure that any hardwood you use is from a sustainable source. Hardwood looks better, wears much better and is easy to finish well.

Your deck will need a balustrade. You can use timber here but for real class use a durable material such as glass, and steel or aluminium. Not only are these balustrades more solid, but they are also much easier and quicker to install. Because they are see through, they don’t block off line or light. They are a perfect touch of class and elegance.

You could leave the deck open but have you considered installing a pergola? These light structures can link outdoor areas to the house. They make a fabulous framework for the sky. It is easy to plant climbers that will rapidly soften the lines. On top of that ,many climbers are wonderfully fragrant and will make sitting on your garden furniture a real delight.

Landscaping with style

Giving structure to your garden can be great. Using feature rocks is an easy and quick way to do this. Planting and landscaping can take place around this structure. You could go for a mountain feel and plant smaller Alpine flowers and shrubs that will grow slowly and spread themselves around. This could mean you have less maintenance and more time to relax and enjoy the view! Another idea might be to introduce a water feature as a focal point. There is something soothing about the sound of running water.

Whatever you decide, the whole process of transforming your outdoor space is rewarding and satisfying. It really will change the way you feel about your home and bring you great enjoyment.

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Clean Up Your Garden With My Advice

Has your garden been looking a little bit of a mess lately? I know the feeling. Don’t worry though because I’m going to give you some tips on how to clean it up. It’s actually quite common for gardens to look messy during the winter. The reason is quite obvious. People are going out in their gardens less so it falls into a state of disrepair. I can offer you some tips on how to avoid this issue.

Falling Leaves?

 

Falling leaves are a pain and a bother. Obviously, there’s no real way to avoid falling leaves cluttering your garden in the winter months. Except you can cut the trees back. This will stop the leaves falling all over your lawn. In particular, you should make sure that you are cutting trees back that hang over the house. These can drop leaves that block up gutters and cause general havoc in your yard and house.

Keep Your Grass Short

The easiest way to keep your garden neat and tidy is to keep your grass trimmed short. I know that going out in the garden is the last thing you’re thinking about when the winds are starting to blow. But whenever the weather clears up, you should get outside and start trimming the grass. Don’t forget that long grass will cause wildlife to be attracted to your garden. If you don’t want little critters in your backyard don’t neglect your lawn mower.

Flooding

I hate the way my garden looks when it’s flooded. It’s not an exaggeration to say that it just becomes a soggy mess. I know a lot of people have this problem. Either their soil density is too high or they have a garden that is is completely flat. This means there is no permeability and the water builds up. When that happens you’ll get soggy puddles clogging up your grass. To avoid this, you can speak to a landscaper. They’ll be able to fix the problem easily by adding a permeable solution underneath your back yard. Then the water from heavy rain will seep away like it is supposed to.

Removing The Mess

On occasion I’ve been known to plant vegetables in my garden. This type of work requires a lot of landscaping. You need to prepare the soil and get a patch of your garden ready. I have to admit this often leaves large piles of soil everywhere. You can clean that up with a mini loader hire. The company will send an operator and they’ll get rid of all those soil hills in your garden, taking it off your property.

Section Your Yard

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My last tip is to think about changing the layout of your garden. A yard that is completely grass often looks untidy by default. The reason for this is that it is such a wide open space if anything is even remotely out of place, it looks untidy. That problem can be sorted out by laying down some patio. That way, you will have different sections in your garden and it will look very stylish.

I hope you find these tips useful and spend more time in your backyard once the weather improves.

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Tempted By Wooden Garden Furniture? Here’s What To Look For

High-quality wooden garden furniture will look great in your outside space, and last a long, long time. But how do you know the good from the bad? Here’s what you should be looking out for.

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Size

It might seem obvious, but many people forget about the size of their garden when they start looking for furniture. Bear in mind that a lot of furniture – particularly the high-quality pieces we are talking about here – are delivered. So, it’s important to make sure you have the correct measurements to ensure your new table and chairs fit. This is especially true with made to order pieces – and if they don’t fit, you may face a hefty bill.

Construction

Even the strongest wood won’t last long if it has been constructed poorly. Look for furniture that has substantial fittings and hardware, and has enough connections that can take a healthy weight. For example, armless chairs can often be weaker because there is little support for the legs and backrest. That’s not to say your pieces need to be bulky. But there does need to be some support in relative terms. It can be devastating if you spend a small fortune on a one-off garden set, only for it to break after a couple of seasons.

Wood Types

Teak is the obvious choice for any wooden garden furniture. It’s strong, long lasting, and hardy throughout the seasons. But because it can be expensive, there are alternatives for those who don’t have the budget. Eucalyptus, if looked after correctly, can last as long as teak. But it does need regular treatment with a sealant once or twice a year. Cedar is another option. Again, it requires an annual treatment, but could last a couple of decades if you give it the right level of care. A final option is to go for rattan garden furniture. It’s made from palm trees and is very hardy, and great value. Plus, it is a sustainable material that grows quickly and has less impact on the environment.

Fittings

Metal fittings on your wooden furniture look great at first, but there is always the danger that they will corrode and rust over time. If you are worried about this, look for corrosion-free aluminum fittings that will last the distance. It’s also a good idea to buy covers for your furniture for when it rains. Once water droplets start getting inside the fittings, it can increase the likelihood of rust. Sure, it can be a pain to put them on every time it rains, but if you want to keep your garden furniture in great condition, it is worth the hassle.

Cushions

When you have spent a lot of money on some attractive wooden furniture, you want to know that you can sit in your patio or garden in comfort. Make sure that the cushions that come with your furniture are nice and thick and have machine-washable covers. You should also go for a UV stabilized finish, so they keep their good looks.

As you can see, there are plenty of things to think about when it comes to buying great wooden furniture. However, with this guide, you should be in an excellent position to make the best choice.

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Give Your Garden A New Lease Of Life With These 4 Simple Upgrades

Want to make your garden a more interesting and fun place? Now is the perfect time to do it, so we thought we would give you a few pointers on the upgrades that can make a difference to any home. It doesn’t matter how big or small your garden is. With a little planning, these features can all be pulled off with aplomb, and encourage you and your family to spend more time outside.

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Patio area

Patios are perfect for garden parties. They give you an outside space to use when the grass is wet and acts as a great visual bridge between your home and the garden. If you have the time and expertise, it can be an excellent DIY project to complete. But if you are after something more intricate, it might be worth getting in touch with some paver installers who can add a more professional – and luxurious – touch. It’s worth spending a little extra to get a higher quality of stone. The better slabs you use, the longer they will last, and they will need a lot less maintenance to keep them looking great.

Lighting

Thanks to solar power technology, it costs very little to install a little lighting in your garden. You can pick up solar lights for a few dollars a piece in many home and garden stores, and they cost nothing to run. They will soak up energy all day long and then turn on when it gets dark. That little bit of light can help you extend your late nights in the garden, and provide guests with a safe route to and from different areas during summer parties.

Water feature

Ever wanted a great-looking water feature in your garden? They give you an impressive centerpiece and can also attract different types of wildlife to your home. And, there is nothing more relaxing than sitting back on a warm summer’s night with a glass of wine and the soft gurgling sound of water trickling through rocks. There’s a great guide to creating your own water feature over at The Family Handyman, or you could go for something a lot more eye catching.

Treehouse

If you have large trees in your garden area, then a tree house is well worth investigating. It can provide your kids with a brilliant place to get up close with nature, and even give you and your partner somewhere to have a nice and romantic evening under the stars. Take a look at Tree Top Builders Inc for some inspiration. If you have the skills, we would always recommend building your own. However, for safety reasons it might be worth hiring a professional company to do the job for you.

Giving your garden a boost doesn’t have to cost a fortune. And, if you have any DIY skills in your locker, these are great little projects that you can do yourself. Do you have any tips to share? If so, we would love to hear from you, so don’t forget to leave your advice in the comments section below.

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