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Outdoor Living

Posted on April 22nd, by Michael Menn in Outdoor, Remodeling. Comments Off on Outdoor Living

Preplanning for Future Outdoor Living Improvements

Sometimes it’s just unrealistic to build everything you want at one time. However, you can still save yourself a lot of money and headaches by planning ahead. If you have an overall vision for your backyard that you plan to build out in phases, below are some questions you’ll want to consider before beginning the process.

SHOULD I HIRE A PROFESSIONAL DESIGNER?

If you’re talking about a large scale makeover, it’s often a good idea to enlist a landscape designer to design your completed makeover, even if you don’t plan on doing everything at once. For example, if you plan to install a pool now and an outdoor kitchen down the line, you’ll need to know where the gas and electric lines will need to go, as well as footings for any heavy items, such as a porch post or a fireplace. The added cost of a professional design can save you from having to rip up and replace sections of a patio or pool deck later.

WHAT FUTURE IMPROVEMENTS SHOULD I KEEP IN MIND?

When you’re planning an outdoor living space, think of what you would plan for an indoor living space. Think lighting, music, televisions, gas or … Read More »

Landscape Company – How to Choose the Right One for You

Posted on April 17th, by Michael Menn in Outdoor. Comments Off on Landscape Company – How to Choose the Right One for You

Landscaping: How do you choose the right company for you and your home?

Today’s post comes from a great friend and colleague of mine. Toni Callahan at Schmechtig Landscapes. Read below on how to make the best choice in choosing the landscaping company for your home.

Many of us choose to hire a landscape company to care for our homes property and given that they are caring for your home, you want to choose the best company for your needs.

Your search should begin with assessing your own requirements. Do you want a new landscape design to include a complete outdoor kitchen with dining area and living room featuring a fireplace or fire pit? Are you looking for a lawn service company to mow your lawn each week or do you require more services like weeding, planting seasonal flowers, container pot service, lawn fertilization, plant fertilization and irrigation service?

 

Landscape companies vary in size and their offerings. Some firms provide basic lawn care while others provide the additional services needed to care for your home’s outdoor spaces throughout the year like spring and fall cleanups; weekly grounds service which includes mowing your lawn, removing and disposing of debris before lawn mowing; pruning and trimming selected … Read More »

Landscape Company – How to Choose the Right One for You

Posted on April 17th, by Michael in Outdoor. Comments Off on Landscape Company – How to Choose the Right One for You

Landscaping: How do you choose the right company for you and your home?

Today’s post comes from a great friend and colleague of mine. Toni Callahan at Schmechtig Landscapes. Read below on how to make the best choice in choosing the landscaping company for your home.

Many of us choose to hire a landscape company to care for our homes property and given that they are caring for your home, you want to choose the best company for your needs.

Your search should begin with assessing your own requirements. Do you want a new landscape design to include a complete outdoor kitchen with dining area and living room featuring a fireplace or fire pit? Are you looking for a lawn service company to mow your lawn each week or do you require more services like weeding, planting seasonal flowers, container pot service, lawn fertilization, plant fertilization and irrigation service?

 

Landscape companies vary in size and their offerings. Some firms provide basic lawn care while others provide the additional services needed to care for your home’s outdoor spaces throughout the year like spring and fall cleanups; weekly grounds service which includes mowing your lawn, removing and disposing of debris before lawn mowing; pruning and trimming selected … Read More »

Patio, Porch or Poolside = Perfection!

Posted on August 1st, by Michael Menn in Uncategorized. Comments Off on Patio, Porch or Poolside = Perfection!

Here’s some great information from my friend Sean Hotchkiss from Grand Home Automation.

Home Base
We’ve all heard the term before – ‘Staycation’. Which really means that people are focusing more on the home environment, and turning their attention back to family, friends, and home life. Pretty healthy, really.  So with more time spent in fun areas of the home such as the patio, porch, and poolside, some may wish to have their everyday media available. TV, music, internet, movies – outside? Why not?

Why Fi?
As media has become much more personal recently by means of cellphones and iPads, one of the first things that should be considered is outdoor WiFi coverage. Having your internet connection available wirelessly  inside the house is fairly common, but extending it to the backyard by means of a weatherproof access point provides a foundation for many possibilities. Consider this scenario: You are hanging out by the pool with friends, and using your WiFi tablet and a  control system app, you turn on an FM radio station, piping your music to the outdoor speakers from the amplifiers inside. Sounds great! Then you decide you really want to play that summer lounge playlist you have been putting … Read More »