Archive for the ‘Exterior Design’ Category

Modern Pool Design Trends

a-grand-entranceA swimming pool is an addition to a backyard space that serves multiple purposes. Most families consider a pool design that is safe, especially when children are present. In homes where the children are grown, other options might warrant a pool renovation. The endless options to pool designs, both modern and abstract, leave everything to the imagination to create the perfect oasis. Continue reading

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Popular Water Features for the Backyard

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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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Top Exterior Paint Colors

enamelpaintsThe top exterior paint colors for 2014 are likely to vary depending on the region of the US that you live in. In northern New Jersey, for instance, colors of the cape are likely to be prevalent. This means that light blues with white trim and creamy yellows with white trim are likely to be common. White homes with a traditional black trim and bright red door should also be considered as a top trend. This year it’s back to the basics when it comes to exterior paint colors for the home.

Color of the Year for 2014

The color of the year is called A Breath of Fresh Air. It is a very light, pale blue. This color is pleasing to the eye and has a very calming effect. It is also quite versatile when it comes to complementing trim colors. Continue reading

Bright Colors for Winter Painting

enamelpaintsAs the temperature begins to slide down, freezing winds flow around, leaves fall and snow blankets gardens and all things green, some people start to feel depressed. Combat the winter blues by changing the interior design of your home. It may be cold and gray outside, but in your home, color reigns supreme.

Paint the walls specifically for winter months. Go through color swatches and choose the brightest color that suits your taste. Don’t be afraid of vibrant color. It can be toned down in summer with accent pieces and will stand out boldly in winter. One tip, make sure you stick with the same color tone, like pastel or jewel tones. Mixing and matching makes a home look patchwork and unorganized. Amethyst purple, sapphire blue and ruby red can flow from one room to another beautifully. Ruby red and pastel green is too stark of a change from room to room. Continue reading

Roof Remodeling Trends

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Condominium

There are many things to consider when thinking about renovating the roof on your house. Here are some things you should know before trying to do the job yourself that can help make sure you get the longest life you can out of your roof.

Signs of Damage

The first thing you should do, if you are unsure if you need your roof replaced or not, is to inspect the inside and outside for any damaged areas. On the inside, areas of dampness is a good sign that you have a leak. Your insulation will get ruined and your wood will start to rot if the problem is left unchecked. The hole in your roof will likely only get bigger and more parts of your home end up ruined. Continue reading

Landscape Design for Autumn

Landscape Design

Landscape Design

Autumn brings the warmest and rich colors that nature has to offer us. There are many things you can do to use these colors in your home’s landscaping. Here are some basic tips to help you create an outdoor area in the backyard that is immersive and memorable.

Block Visual

One thing that is often overlooked is how you can use large shrubs or small trees to block visual access to different areas. By not being able to see every part of the garden from one spot, visitors get a sense that the garden just goes on an on. You will need to plan where to put these things so that in the future they will do the job you want them to. Continue reading

How to Prepare Your Landscape for Winter

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Landscaped Yard

There are a lot of things you can do to prepare your outdoor landscaping for the next Monmouth County winter. When the weather starts to cool down and summer starts to come to an end, you will want to follow this guide to get everything ready for next year. Here are some simple tips to help you prepare your landscape for the elements of winter. Continue reading