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Landscape Design Trends for 2014

Outdoor kitchenThe landscaping around your home is just as important as the exterior presentation of the home itself. There are big changes coming in 2014 as to what landscaping designs are going to be trending. Flowery beds of flowers are a thing of the past. A more masculine look is where homeowners are headed this year. Backyards are becoming entertaining spaces in many areas with climates shifting too.

Contemporary Colors

Pastels and light colors have left the building. Contemporary colors that make a statement have taken up residency in current landscape trends. The idea of using contemporary colors is to do so in a smart way. Pops of color rather than full sections of flowers are what homeowners seem to prefer. More shrubbery and framing plants are in the plans for re-designing the landscaping in front and back yards. Continue reading

Popular Water Features for the Backyard

Photo of Backyard Water Feature

Backyard Water Features

Water features used to be seen as an element for luxury landscapes. With people spending more time outdoors nowadays, an element of tranquility is more in demand. In some designs, the water feature is the focus and other elements are added to make it stand out more. Adding in a water feature does not necessarily mean that you’ll use more. Most recycle what is already there.

Water Towers

Water towers are separately standing pieces that each have holes or slits for water to run down the exterior. This is mostly seen with stainless steel, wood and plastic options to prevent corrosion and weakening of the items. It is ideal to have towers of varying heights with lighting along the outside of the feature area to enhance the look of the design after dark. The varying heights add dimension and different focal points to the feature.
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How to Make Your Backyard More Comfortable

Photo of Backyard Water Feature

Backyard Water Features

Your backyard is a place where you want to escape for just a short time or a place to entertain people that give you the feeling of a retreat from ordinary living space. You should to make your guests say “wow…..is that a nice place to hang out”.  Below are some ideas to increase your comfort levels while remodeling your back yard.

Some of our most popular 2013 landscape design and ideas for home include simple additions to your yard such as gardens, plants, or trees as well as more elaborate landscape embellishments like fountains, pools, and outdoor kitchens. The type of design and complexity of your landscaping will be dependent on which area of the yard you are remodeling. Front yard landscape ideas should be kept simple, and focus on creating an attractive visual for neighbors and guests such as minimal accessories and clean cut plants and beautiful home gardens. While the design of the front yard should focus more on aesthetic appeal, the backyard should be designed as an outdoor living space, or extra area of your home for you to spend your time. It is important to create an attractive layout, however, because the backyard tends to be more private, this area offers more leeway in design. Outdoor backyard ideas can incorporate a plethora of plants and flowers, gardens, pools, fountains, decks and patio ideas. New Jersey’s climate should be able to support a wide variety of plants. But before you dive into this project, be sure to create a plan for your design.

Landscape Design

Because there are so many design options for small yard landscaping, it is important to plan out your DIY project before starting it so you can not only create a beautiful space for your home, but also stick to a budget. The best way to complete backyard landscaping on a budget is to design the layout and handle the labor yourself, instead of hiring a professional landscaper in NJ. If you are unsure of how you would like to design the area you can find inspiration from friends and neighbors yards as well as a photo gallery of back yard pics with landscape rock gardens, retaining walls, trees, bushes and shrubs. The old saying ‘pictures are worth 1000 words’ definitely applies when looking for design inspiration because one simple photo can spark numerous ideas and get your project soaring. 2012 and 2013’s best backyard pictures are those that show a variety of layouts, styles, and accessories for both big and small yards. Try to look for images that match your style preference and landscaping abilities. If you are an inexperienced DIY homeowner, focus on simple additions to your yard such as plants and outdoor furniture and save the elaborate constructions to the professionals.

Hardscapes

One of the most common features of backyard design is the addition of a hardscape, or paved area to the yard. There are many beautiful hardscape ideas to choose from including patios, sidewalks, walkways, and pool decks. A deck and patio can be the most popular features of a backyard because they offer a clean space for you and your family to enjoy meals outside as well as entertain guests outdoors without worrying about walking through mud, dirt, and grass.

Decks

How to build a backyard deck and patio will depend on the size of your yard and the materials you would like to use. Decks are most commonly constructed from wood and are built as extensions of the home and connected to the house near common areas such as the kitchen. Depending on your level of experience with construction, a deck can be built on your own or you can hire a professional to help with the installation. Finding the best wood for decks can be simple for surfaces level with the ground and taking on more elaborate designs such as a two story screened in space.

Patio

Patios, on the other hand, tend to have simpler designs and are essentially a squared off area of the yard covered with cement, brick, pavers, or stone. Patios are easier DIY projects to take on than a deck, however, both are projects that can be completed by the experienced homeowner. If you are unsure of what type of patio to install in your yard, consider looking at photos of designs online. The best images of backyard patio design ideas incorporate attractive colors and patterns into the plan to help you create the best outdoor space for your home.

A Pool

Another common feature of the backyard is a pool. Swimming pool ideas can be incorporated into big or small back yard landscaping designs and can be either in-ground or above ground in style. When planning the landscaping your backyard, consider the type and color of your pool as well as the style of your home. Pool landscape ideas include creating a patio around the area, installing a fence encompassing the pool, and planting shrubs bushes trees & plants along the edges of the pool deck to create a colorful space.

Trends in Classic Landscape Design

Poolside living and landscaping

Backyard landscape

Believe it or not, your landscaping tells a lot about the home owner and their characteristics.  Few outsiders get to see the inside of your home but anyone can observe the outside.  Whether you are in New Jersey or another state, a visual creates an immediate impression.  It’s like meeting someone for the first time.  It takes just a few seconds to form an opinion.  Your landscaping is no different. Continue reading

Trends in Modern Landscape Design

Rocks and Landscape

Landscaped Yard

Landscaping designs have changed over the years.  Classic designs are not abandoned but instead merged with current design.  Landscaping is like other fashion trends.  They usually first appear on the west coast and will eventually make it to the east.  Folks in New Jersey will get the new trends a little later than the Californians.  You can tweak your existing landscapes with some new features to give a completely new look.  The price of doing it this way is minimal as opposed to replacing everything. Continue reading

Tips for Backyard Landscape Design

Backyard Landscape Design

Backyard Landscape Design

There are many different factors that must be considered when designing a backyard landscape. Most of the time, homeowners desire to change the overall look and feel of their home by changing their landscape design. Many times, a homeowner has entertaining in mind and wants a landscape design which makes it easier to serve and facilitate an evening with friends. It does not have to be a super involved task and in some cases, landscaping can be a do-it-yourself job. However, more intricate designs and those which require adding irrigation, waterscapes or hardscapes will require the help of a NJ landscaping professional. There are many different elements which must be considered when developing a backyard landscape design. Here are some tips for developing a landscape which can be enjoyed by everyone. Continue reading

How a Pond Adds Life To Your Garden

This is a guest post by Andrew Parker – http://www.electrostoreonline.com

Andrew is copywriter for Electrostore Online who specialize in electrical garden products including blanket weed controllers andsoil meters.

Landscaping is a renowned method of helping blend a building naturally into the surroundings, seemingly causing a ‘natural’ flow from the home into the landscape that subtly suggests that the home almost grew out of the ground rather than being “plonked onto land”.

A fantastic method of achieving this is by adding a pond with a balanced eco-system (with a variety of pond plants, rocks, stones and fish) – which adds a calming and peaceful area of natural beauty to your garden. A pond will bring wildlife into a landscaped area, which captures the essential “natural beauty vibe” that is desired by both landscape gardeners and their client and creates a tranquil area that adds beauty and value to a home.

However, a pond is not something that should be included “at a whim” as they do require effort and lots of care to maintain, especially if the pond contains fish that need feeding every day. Other maintenance that you perhaps wouldn’t have counted on is removing fallen leaves from the pond in Autumn, blanket weed/algae (which can be easily controlled once a blanket weed controller is installed), or protecting your fish from local predators like cats or even foxes.

Of course, now you have decided that you have the time to invest in a pond then you need to decide on the style of pond that will best work in your garden. Old houses will not benefit from having a brand new 2011 pond “clashing” with the house in the garden, while a Mediterranean-style pond with bold pink and purple bougainvillaea and red geraniums planted in bright terracotta pots might look out of place in a drab council estate in Milton Keynes. Special pond features (like waterfalls etc), surrounding plant life and layout should therefore mirror the existing styles on your property. Garden landscapers have plenty of experience in which styles suit different properties, so do ask for guidance and put in some research online.

If you follow the correct landscaping procedures when incorporating a pond, then you might even cause your garden to be a summertime venue hotspot.

Outdoor Lighting Ideas

Outdoor lighting can create an ambiance and is an addition to your home that will make your home a safer place. A dark home can be intimidating to walk up to and can be an unsafe location to walk up to at night. Besides the worry of walking up to a dark home, you can detour intruders from breaking into your home by having it well lit. Who wants to break into a well lit home just to get caught?

If your goal is to set the scenery when it comes to lighting up the outdoors then there are certain options that will better fit your needs. You can mount tree lights to create a moonlight setting. Using waterproof lights for a pond or fountain can make for a peaceful evening watching the wildlife that your pond holds or for watching the water flow from the fountain you posses.

If the reason you desire to add outdoor lights is that of safety reasons then there are several options for you. Using offset path lights would be great to light up a dark walkway. Flood lights are a great addition to brighten up the walkway if you have lots of trees along your path. Cone lights are great not only great to highlight your plants, but they make for a great pathway brightener as well.

Either way, if you’re trying to lighten up your path to create a safer environment or are trying to add to your yards appeal, the best thing to do when it comes to outdoor lighting is to seek advise or to hire a professional electrician to do the dirty work for you. Doing so will help you to add these great additions in a safe manner and will help you to do a proper job which will save you in energy cost. Enjoy your new outdoor addition by doing it the right way.

Summer Home Remodeling Projects

Summertime is always a good time to remodel your home. Depending on how much work needs to be done, home remodeling can include, demolition, cutting, sanding and house painting. On April 22, 2008, the EPA issued a rule that requires all contractors to use lead-free paint for house painting and other remodeling projects. The old kind of paint that contains lead was found to be hazardous to our health. During home remodeling, we are exposed to dust particles from lead paint which can cause lead poisoning or lung disorders.

Children are most susceptible to this kind of risk, which is why children’s furniture and toys also use lead-free paint nowadays. Regulations have become stricter now and another rule was passed in April 2010 that requires contractors working on homes, child care facilities and schools built before 1978 to be certified. They must also follow very specific work practices to avoid lead contamination and the spread of lead paint dust that children may later inhale or ingest.

Our company assures you of a hassle-free and professional House painting service that complies with today’s strict home remodeling regulations. We only use lead-free and non-toxic paint and practice safety measures to ensure a contamination-free environment after each project.

We have eliminated the usual problems that home owners experience during home remodeling projects by doing things right the first time around. It is quite common to discover hidden expenses and shoddy finished work with most contractors. Since 1988, we have gained a reputation of providing house painting services with the best experience in interior and exterior painting. You will be dealing with a stable company that offers home remodeling service before, during and after every project.

Other home remodeling services we offer aside from house painting are deck restoration, construction cleanup, and bird proofing, gutter maintenance, floor care, roofing, pressure washing, waterproofing, caulking, sealing, and window treatments installation, tinting and cleaning.

Time for landscaping, Basic things to think about

It’s almost summer time and it’s well about time to start thinking about some basic landscaping changes or additions to your home. Landscaping doesn’t just involve a basic lawn mow and hedge shaping duty, but consist of many other projects that can add to your home, Adding an outdoor kitchen, building a patio, walkway, fountain, deck, swimming pool, or cabana can do the job as well. Maybe you’re more interested in adding plants and ponds to your current landscape design.

The project can be big or small when it comes to landscaping the exterior of your home. It doesn’t matter the reason for landscaping, getting ready for an event, trying to add value to your home, wants something more pleasing to the eye, or want a relaxing yet functional landscaped plan for your home. Your home and you as a person will benefit regardless of the reasoning you have for working on a landscaping project.

Using a professional is a great idea to get your landscaping dreams plotted and planned out. After you have a plan in place and the major changed worked out it is always great for you to relax and enjoy the outdoors planting some basic plants in your yard to create the yard of your dreams. Not only will planting a variety of plants relax you and be pleasing to your eyes, but you will be exercising at the same time.

Get ready for the yard you’ve always sought after. Reward yourself to the many benefits that a beautiful yard will bring to you. Sit outdoors watching the birds fly by, planting flowers, or bask in the sun and enjoy the fruits of your labor. How will you start on your next landscaping project? Please share by commenting below.