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Outdoor Summer

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In the month of August, we are soaking up the last few weeks of summer. It has been a wild month with weather. There have been heat waves, heavy rains and summer storms. There have been floods. It has not been the easiest month for our industry, with storms causing damages and flooding on so many properties. While it seems like we are finally having some sunshine to enjoy, nature is always unpredictable. Ongoing maintenance is needed to keep properties thriving in this wild outdoor summer season.

This is the last month of summer fun, before school is back in session. When the days last longer, sunlight stays later, and time spent outdoors is plentiful. This month we are seeing bursts of blooms in summer landscapes, bright colors and tropical hues in gardens large and small. Lawns are lush and deep green from rain, hydrangeas are finally emerging, and wildlife is enjoying the outdoor summer season as well. Slowly we will begin to see the changes into fall season, later this month and early into September. As the light changes, soil cools down and temperatures decrease.

In this last month of summer, we encourage our clients to take a look at their outdoor space. Were there changes you would like to see? What would make your outdoor space more enjoyable for the next outdoor summer season? Are there things you would like to eliminate or add to the yard? Imagine ways that you could better enjoy your outdoor summer space. The addition of a pool, a fire pit, a new garden, removing wasteful materials or damaged trees, clearing out new space, revamping patios, the ideas are endless. We are here to help with new ideas or to design a space better suited for your needs.

Your property is an investment, and putting the time and proper design into the space enhances both your lifestyle and your investment.

Outdoor Summer Decorating Ideas

With homeowners wanting to spend their free time outdoors, creating the perfect space is important. The space should be inviting, and provide an extension of indoor living. It should be a space that works for each individual’s lifestyle. Adding colorful cushions or outdoor furniture brightens up the space seasonally.

When it comes to outdoor summer plants, choose specimens that thrive in heat. Such as succulents, tropicals, coneflowers, zinnias, verbenas and lantana. Summer is a fun time of year to play with colors and tropical flowers, especially on the east coast it becomes such a treat to see the exciting plant life and florals in bloom. Summer container gardens are another great way to add color and vibrant outdoor summer plants to a property.

If you are looking for ways to redesign or revamp your outdoor summer space, or are looking to start a new project this fall, we are here to help. Our talented team of designers and architects would happily come meet for a complimentary consultation at your property. We look forward to bringing a new space to life for you and your family to enjoy for years to come.

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Summer Lifestyle

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In mid-July, we are right in the thick of summer, enjoying that summer lifestyle. This time of year we are seeing bursts of colors and textures in landscapes. We have the combination of heat waves, humidity and summer thunderstorms. Sunlight is out longer, evenings are warm, and time spent outdoors is abundant. Routines are different in the summertime, this is a season we look forward to every year.

Summer Lifestyle Tips on Outdoor Living

When it comes to a summer house lifestyle, this is the time of year our clients prioritize outdoor living. Homeowners today are looking for ways to make the most out of their time spent outdoors. As a lifestyle, outdoor living spaces should be imagined as an extension of your indoor living space. While summer is the time we think of being outside, every season should get some use out of this space and investment.

In order to best optimize the use of your space, create a design that helps transition through every season. A design that takes your summer lifestyle and carries over into every climate. An overhead pergola or fan is ideal for summer months. And outdoor kitchen and bar area provides dining and entertaining space. A fire pit or fireplace gives life to the space into the fall and winter months. If a swimming pool is closing for the season, a separate hot tub or custom spa can be used all year.

Curating a Summer House Lifestyle Best for You

Creating the perfect summer lifestyle space depends on each person’s priorities. Whether the outdoor space will be for hosting or relaxation. Modern or rustic. Expansive or confined. A custom design is catered to each homeowner’s budget and preferences for a summer house lifestyle.

Bars and outdoor kitchens are common when looking to convert your backyard to a new pool area with an entire outdoor living space. Being able to cook dinner outside and enjoy a nighttime swim are wonderful family perks to enjoy in the summertime. Many homeowners opt to include outdoor kitchens into their patio space, creating an additional space for their clientele to enjoy all year round. Outdoor kitchen spaces can be designed to suit a grand scale, or a confined space.

Landscaping changes with the seasons as well, the colorful vibrant spring and summer plantings die off in the colder months. Choosing proper materials that will still provide texture, such as boxwoods and evergreens will give structure in the fall and winter. Consulting with a design professional ensures your vision is properly and creatively laid out, while optimizing the best use of your space and investment. We are here to help you create the ideal summer lifestyle or year round space. Call us for a free consultation. 


Garden Design Plans

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Summertime is a time for gardens. The landscapes, trees and bushes all around us are finally bursting and blooming with colors. While mother nature takes care of some on her own, many homeowners cultivate and create their own home garden design plans. Gardening is its own art form and way of expression. It enhances home property values and adds interest to the space all year round.

It is always rewarding to see gardens come to life in the summertime, especially after months of planning and maintenance. With proper garden design plans and proper maintenance, the perfect garden for your home is achievable.

Garden Design Plans Best for Your Property

To begin, look at your lawn as a blank space or empty canvas. When looking at your own property, what type of garden do you see? Are you looking to create color, symmetry? Are you looking for a zen space or a wild free flowing design? Are you planting a garden as a way to create privacy? Or are you looking to develop smaller rooms and sections?

When planning a new garden,working with designer and horticulturist expert is a great way to create garden design plans. Working with an expert helps to alleviate the stress for beginners, as well as guarantees a way to create the space you are picturing in your mind. In the long run, hiring a professional helps to save money, with choosing the proper plant materials that will thrive in your space.

With so many types of gardens out there, it can seem overwhelming to develop your own home garden design plans. We tell our clients to look for inspiration, whether in books, online, or outdoors in every day life for materials and flowers that speak to them. Determine if it is bright colors, deep textures, low maintenance or intricate and ornate gardens that would work best for your vision and your property.

While summer is always a beautiful time for gardens, there are seasonal gardens all year round.

Important Factors to Consider When Developing Garden Design Plans

  • The level of maintenance involved is important to remember as well. A garden is a living, breathing, part of your home that will need the proper water, maintenance and care in order to thrive. The work put into the space will be rewarded.
  • Irrigation is crucial, whether you are installing sprinkler systems, water drips, or will diligently water your own gardens.
  • Soil condition and sun and shade exposure will determine the specimens you can work with, and where they can be placed. Depending on your property and it’s positioning with help you to choose the right plants for your yard.
  • Is there wildlife in your area? Whether you are looking to attract hummingbird or butterflies, or need to choose materials that the deer will not eat.

If you are interested in working with a horticulture expert, or would like to create your own garden design plans with a licensed landscape architect, our team is here to help. Feel free to contact us today to bring your yard to life to enjoy all year long.

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Outdoor Kitchens and Patios – That Time of Year

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After the long, never-ending winter months we endured this year across the east coast, sunshine brings everyone outdoors. This is the time of year homeowners are looking to optimize the use of their outdoor space. Whether this means enjoying their outdoor kitchens and patios or creating new ones, the summer months were made to be spent outside.

Outdoor kitchens and patios provide a lifestyle enhancement. These spaces are extensions on indoor living and create new rooms to be enjoyed. Patios create a transition from the inside of the home, to the outdoor living space. Depending on the size of the property and the homeowner’s budget, the spaces will vary. But everything can be customized and created to suit the individual needs. Outdoor kitchens and patios provide the outdoor living lifestyle that so many homeowners are looking to enjoy this time of year.

Creating Outdoor Kitchens and Patios Best For Your Home

Creating outdoor kitchens is a growing trend throughout the region. Outdoor kitchens today are easily customizable to fit into any space or any style. This addition to any backyard creates an ideal outdoor living space that friends and family can enjoy. It is the ultimate entertainment space, perfect for hosting parties or intimate dinners.  Stainless steel appliances are a popular addition to create a sleek and modern look outdoors, as well as including bar space, trash space, shelving and counter-tops. Every kitchen is designed to best suit each individual needs and provide the ideal outdoor living space for functionality.

When designing outdoor kitchens and patios it is important to reflect on your lifestyle. When renovating or creating a new outdoor space, look at the area in the same way as you would your home’s interior. Consider your space as an addition to your indoor living. Determine its purpose. Do you want a cozy warm space for gathering, hosting friends and family with a new dining area and outdoor kitchen, as a space strictly for visual and aesthetic pleasure, or to create some privacy? Will it be used year-round, with a fireplace for colder months; an installed fan, pergola, or overhead covering to provide relief from the heat; or no covering at all to enjoy the sunshine? The outdoor kitchens and patios designs process is an elaborate one.

There are many variables considered while designing the ideal outdoor living environment for your home. Everything starts with the space provided, and working with the existing landscape and architecture of the time. There are proper permits needed for outdoor kitchen patio plans and many times towns will have certain regulations and allotments that need to be taken care of from the beginning. Once that is squared away, it is time to start thinking about what should be included to create the ideal outdoor living space. The details are what make each and every space custom. Whether you are looking for bar space, counter space, a pizza oven, beer tabs, bar stools, larger grill, or shelving units. From modern marble designs to rustic brick, creating the perfect outdoor kitchens and patios for your home and lifestyle can be done.

If you are interested in learning more or would like a complimentary consultation for outside kitchens and patios at your home, our designers are here to help. Get the most out of this season by creating the outdoor kitchen and patio you have been dreaming about.

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Pool Gardening and Proper Planning

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As the saying goes, April showers bring May Flowers. Even with the cooler temperatures and rainy days, the start of the spring season brings hope. Bulbs are popping up to bring color to landscapes, the temperatures are rising, soil is warmer, the days are longer. Over the next few weeks, homeowners will be refreshing their outdoor spaces, and opening up their swimming pools to prepare for the summer months. It is the time of year pool gardening begins, cultivating landscapes and creating poolside gardening spaces. It is the season where everything comes back to life.

For homeowners who are creating poolscapes, or gardens by their swimming pools, it can seem overwhelming knowing where to begin. When it comes to swimming pool gardening, there are many elements to consider. You want to make sure your money is being invested correctly. Choosing specimens that can survive the summer months is important. Working with a designer can help create a landscape that ties the pool and home and patio together.

Pool Gardening Check List

  • Debris
    • Make sure the plants and trees surrounding your swimming pool will not cause debris to fall into the water. This will make the pool look dirty and create the need for constant skimming.
  • Wildlife
    • Consider the wildlife in your area. Deer are attracted to many flowers and will be at risk near water.
    • Also avoid flowering material that attract bees, to make sure the poolside gardening does not cause injury to swimmers.
  • Colors
    • Choosing plant material and flowers in a color scheme that complements the pool. Depending on the color plaster, color of patio space and color of home, the poolside gardening should help tie it all together.
  • Style
    • Pick a theme to plan around, neutral materials for an elegant pool, or vibrant Tropicals for a Caribeean feel, depending on the overall aesthetic to the property.
    • Pool gardening materials are what bring the backyard space to life. It becomes an eye catching backdrop that is admired in the summer months.
  • Upkeep
    • Keep in mind the material you choose, will all need proper care. Depending on your level of gardening involvement, choose materials you are comfortable caring for.
    • Low maintenance landscape options are available, and will work well poolside during the hot months.
  • Irrigation
    • Installing a water irrigation service is a worthy investment to properly water your gardens. Especially in the hot and dry weeks over the summertime, irrigation systems take care of the soil and materials for you.

Working with a horticulturist is helpful. Hiring a professional is a great way in the end to save money. Using their knowledge and careful selection for materials, will end up ensuring your investment. Proper care to swimming pool gardening is the key to a long lasting and successful space. You want this space to thrive and grow year after year. Putting the time and money in at the beginning, will make sure it pays off over time. It becomes rewarding to see your garden return every year stronger and fuller, bringing color and beauty after these long winter months.

Interested in creating a new poolside gardening space, or looking for assistance in pool gardening for your home? We are here to help. Contact us today, we are here this spring season to help you create your pool gardening oasis.

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Spring Backyard – Advice and Inspiration for Homeowners

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Whether it may feel like it or not, March 1st is awakening your spring backyard back to life.  As outside temperatures are slowly rising, the soil temperature is increasing, plants become active, days become longer and the first of the minor bulbs start to bloom. You may have even noticed some bulbs blooming with the snow still on the ground. March is the kickoff month; it is exciting to watch the transition of Mother Nature, as the beautiful first signs of spring start to finally appear.

As the month of March progresses, you will notice some of the first plants and bulbs begin to bloom. Witch Hazel, Snowdrops, Crocus and early Daffodils will start showing up early on in the month. Given the change of time from daylights savings, we begin to have longer days and more hours of sunlight, which help assist in the blooming process and help us to gradually make our transition out of the winter.

A common mistake many homeowners make is waiting for the warmer months to begin to want to make any changes to their spring backyard. March is the time to create your game plan for the season and begin backyard spring cleanup. Setting up your gardens, pruning and cutting back trees, laying down fertilizer and splitting early perennials should all be items that are taken care of early on. Use March to get ahead of the season, so when the warm beautiful days arrive, you will be able to enjoy your yard to its fullest. Consult with a landscape professional for a plan that would work best for you and your home this spring season.

Things to Do for Your Spring Backyard

As you stop by your local hardware and garden centers signs of spring backyard cleaning will soon be showing.  A great way to add an early spring backyard revamp is with early season perennials, annuals and forced bulbs.  Arranging them into planters carefully selected and placed in key focal areas of your garden are a great way to get an early start on the season and add interest to areas currently still stuck in winter mode.

While springtime is often associated with removing the clutter that has accumulated within your home, one should take advantage of the end of the dormant season and get outside as well.  Save the inside for a rainy day! Rake out the thatch from your lawn, redefine those bed edges, and clean up the broken winter damage from plants.  The early spring is the time to start pruning all of your ornamentals, shade trees and woody plants. Winter often causes damage to your yard and now is the time to start accessing the damage and instituting a plan for what needs to be done. Take the time to properly spring backyard cleanup. It is also a fantastic time to split perennials. With a little extra labor, one plant can be split into four, helping to make your landscape lusher and healthier.

Plants and trees right now do not require much water. With the cool evenings and abundant ground moisture, little additional water is necessary, making it an ideal time for planting, fertilizing and over-seeding those bare patches on your lawn. Now is the time to kick start your plants. You do not want to miss the window of opportunity that early spring moisture provides to help your yard to benefit in the months to come. For further assistance or a complimentary consultation, feel free to contact us. We want to help bring your backyard to its fullest potential.