Home Update July 2017

Fun Ideas for the Yard

If your yard is not living up to its full potential as a place for family and friends to relax, enjoy the weather, and gather for fun, then it’s time to get out there and make some improvements before winter sends everyone scurrying indoors again.  Because the yards around most homes account for such a large part of the property, any updates to outdoor spaces can make a dramatic difference for the better – for your own enjoyment, as well as the future resale value.  Here are seven yard improvements to consider:

WATER FEATURE

A garden fountain can make your whole yard seem more sophisticated.  The moving water is a great attraction for birds, plus, the sound effects are perfect for making the noise from surrounding streets, commercial districts, and noisy neighbors.

DRY STREAM

These water-less landscape features use carefully arranged stones to create the feel of flowing water in a nearly maintenance-free setting.

LANDSCAPE LIGHTING

With the right lights staged throughout your yard, you can bring your whole garden into view, make outdoor paths and walkways safer, and highlight the best architectural aspects of your home’s exterior.

OUTDOOR KITCHEN

Family and guests love to gather in the kitchen (and cooks enjoy the company), so why not create an outdoor kitchen in your backyard?  High-end versions often feature running water and natural gas.  But less-expensive layouts can be created using bottled water and propane gas tanks.

YARD AWNING

While everyone loves the sun, your family and friends may not want to sit directly in it for hours at a time.  Freestanding yard awnings (also called sun shade sails) offer an inexpensive way to create some respite.  Made of colorful, fade-resistant outdoor fabric, they can be relatively easily stretched overhead across areas of your yard using cables, turnbuckles, and other inexpensive mounting hardware.

BACKYARD MOVIES

Connect a projector to your existing laptop, erect a temporary screen, and before you know it, you can be watching mainstream movies in your backyard.

WEATER-PROOFING PING PONG

That 1970’s favorite, Ping Pong, is more popular today than ever – and weather-resistant tables made specifically for the outdoors make it easy to bring the excitement of this paddle sport to your backyard.

 

Another favorite is the Fire Pit.  Once dusk descends and the temperature drops, everyone loves to gather around a toasty fire pit – which is why you need to make sure it’s safe for all involved.

Choose Gas – A wood-burning fire pit is less expensive than a gas-powered model, but also much more dangerous.  IF you do opt for a wood-burner, always keep it covered to contain sparks.

Place it in Open Yard Space – Fire pits do not belong on decks or balconies, nor under low-hanging branches.  Place it on the ground, at least 10 feet from any structures, and surround the unit with stone or other non-flammable material.

Turn it off when there’s too much commotion – if children are playing near the fire pit, or there’s a lot of activity, simply turn the flame off or let the fire die down until things are calm again.

 

Source: Windermere Real Estate Home Update

Posted on July 2, 2017 at 9:43 am
Melissa Tetz | Category: Uncategorized | Tagged , , , ,

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