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Posted by Realty Vision on 8/3/2017

Even if you’re not hopping on a jet plane for a getaway anytime soon, you can make your own backyard your very own relaxation spot. There are a variety of ways that you can get your backyard to a place of zen. 


Focus On The Deck


Your deck can become its own destination. If you have room for multiple levels, use each site for different activities like dining and relaxing. You can use plants or other outdoor items to define the designated spaces on the deck. At the same time, the entire landscape of the area will blend in together, looking natural. 


Make Your Yard An Extension Of Your Home


Your yard can become an extension of your home’s interior pretty easily. Whether you have a season room, a deck, or a patio, you’ll want to be outdoors as much as possible. You can design any of these spaces to be an extension of your home’s architectural design and interior design. From the way your furniture is laid out to the colors you choose to the overall design of the room or patio space, you’ll be able to bring the overall feel you want for your home both indoors and out. 


Create Your Dream Kitchen Outdoors


If you love to eat outdoors and spend a lot of time grilling, an outdoor kitchen could be for you. Any kind of grill will do. To make your outdoor kitchen complete, you’ll need a prep space, complete with countertops. Installing a separate burner will bring your outdoor cooking experience to the next level. If you have the resources, add an outdoor refrigerator and sink to make both the preparation of food and the outdoor cleanup process easier.


Keep Your Privacy 


You want to keep your yard private when you create the perfect outdoor space. Enclosing the space will make your yard feel more like a private escape if it has some sort of enclosure. You can use anything from a fence to walls to bushes and trees. Get creative with how you ensure your privacy.


Make Sure You Have Shade


Even if you love the sun, the shade can be welcome on a hot, bright day. There’s so many ways that you can create shade including using umbrellas, awnings, or natural shade from trees and greenery.  


Define Your Space


You can make your space even more of a pleasant place if you use some sort of structure to define it. Things you can install include a gazebo, pergolas, arbor ways, trellises, or other outdoor structures. If you have a pool, a pool house would add to this division of your yard. It’s not a bad idea to have your entire yard categorized in different spots just like your deck to make your yard an oasis.




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Posted by Realty Vision on 6/26/2014

A great home is complimented by a good looking yard. No matter how well built your home may look, if your yard is not well maintained, it gives a bad impression to a first time visitor.  Interestingly, it is note worthy that you do not need a huge budget to spruce up your yard.  Through ingenuity and creativity, a great looking yard can be developed at a minimal expense. There are several options to be considered when sprucing up your yard. If you have a larger budget with a lot of cash to spend, adding a patio, deck, arbor or gazebo would enhance the look of your yard while also providing additional areas to enjoy it. However, for those on a tighter budget, the following tips may help them achieve the yard they have always desired. Add some color to your yard by planting a flower garden or expanding an existing one. Look around for plants that are easy to propagate. Ask friends and neighbors if they have any hardy perennials that they are willing to share.  You will find that most gardeners have an abundance of easy to grow plants they are happy to give you when doing their spring and fall transplanting.  This will keep your need to purchase plants to a minimum. When starting a new garden, plant flowers in groups. This will allow your garden to look fuller and more lush quicker and be easier to maintain.  Have a gardener help you identify a few plants that grow really well together.  Take a small clump of each plant, ensuring you have an adequate amount of roots, and plant them a few inches apart.  Spacing of the plants should be based on the size and height of the mature plant.  If well maintained and nourished, you will have a well established garden in no time. Try not to be tempted with beautiful annual plants as they need to be replaced every year. However, a small investment in a few flowers will help add color throughout the season while your perennials become established the first year.  Be cautious not to let a trip to the garden center eat up your budget buying annuals that you will only enjoy for one season. However, purchasing a small garden statue, bird bath, or sundial at a yard sale or consignment shop will add beauty to your garden for years to come. Investing in big pots, and patio containers is a great idea.  Planters are a great way to spread color throughout the yard and are a lot easier to maintain.  However, the start-up expense of container gardening can be relatively high.  You will need to purchase good soil and compost or manure to help feed the plants throughout the season.  Placing large rocks in the bottom of the planter will help reduce the amount of soil needed and help with the drainage aspect of the container.  Typically annuals are best suited for this purpose, when spaced correctly, only a few well selected plants are need.  Consistent watering and fertilizer is key to keeping your planters in full bloom. Strategically placing rocks and boulders in your yard and gardens would increase the aesthetics. There is typically no need to purchase these, there are plenty of places that you can get them for free.  Visit a local construction site,  the contractor may be more than willing to let you take what ever you want.  Rocks that are native to your area always look best and blend well with the landscape of your yard.  A bit of exploring around the wooded area in your neighborhood may produce just what you are looking for.  There is no need to over do it, less is more when it comes to adding rocks that are not naturally occurring in your yard. The addition of trees and shrubbery will also make a great difference to the yard. Trees are often planted first, with the remainder of the landscape designed around them.  Younger trees are much more affordable, be certain to choose a variety hardy to your area.  Adding trees to your yard can be an ongoing project, planting one or two a year can help keep you within your budget.  The shade and beauty the trees provide will make your yard even more inviting. A little creativity, some yard work, and a few dollars is all it takes to spruce up your yard. Keeping your yard clean and well maintained will produce the landscaped look you desire.  





Posted by Realty Vision on 5/30/2013

If you are a dog owner, and you are making the transition from an apartment or condo into a home, complete with a backyard, then your life is about to get a lot easier.  You'll no longer have to take your dog on long walks for bathroom breaks, and your dog will be a lot happier being able to freely roam an outdoor area without a leash.  Win-win for everyone, right?  Not so fast.  There's a few things you'll need to do in order to avoid some potentially stressful headaches in the very near future.  I'll attempt to highlight some of the more important ones here. 1.  Fencing - If you are moving to a new home that doesn't have a fenced backyard, then consider fencing at your convenience.  Ideally, the home you're moving to would already have this beneficial add-on, but many don't.  Having some form of fencing installed will ensure that you can let your dog run freely without having to keep a watchful eye on them at all times. 2.  Designate a bathroom spot - Giving your dog complete control of your backyard can create a bit of a problem when it comes to bathroom time.  I really don't need to go into specifics here....Suffice it to say that your dog can and should be trained to use a particular corner of the back yard for his activities.  Your shoes and yard will thank you. 3.  Keep your garden pet-friendly - If you are planning to make a garden in your new back yard, then be sure that you don't pick any plants that are toxic to pets.  Many are.  Also, try to incorporate some kind of additional fencing so that your dog doesn't treat your garden like a playground. 4.  Consider a doggy door - If you want to completely eliminate the need for you to take time out of your day to walk your dog, then a dog door can help you with that.  If you're moving to a place with long winter seasons, then you'll need to pick a dog door option that can be sealed easily if inclement weather arises. 5.  Shading - If you're moving to an area that has hot summers, consider planting some fast-growing trees that will offer shade for your dog to cool off.  Without proper shading, some dogs, especially older ones, can experience distress if left in direct sun for too long. For additional ideas, visit http://www.ehow.com/how_4779806_landscape-backyard-dogs.html




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