5. Camouflage your Outdoor Utilities
Every home requires gas, water, internet/cable, and any number of other utilities. Unfortunately, these utilities are often placed in highly visible locations around your home. Nothing ruins the aesthetic of your home more than a gas meter centered under the middle of your front bay window (we’ve seen it!). Camouflaging your utilities with strategically placed plantings or landscaping features will greatly improve the curb appeal of your home.
Retaining walls are essential in most home construction projects to ensure proper grading away from the house. Retaining walls can be constructed out of a variety of different materials to meet the aesthetic preferences of any home owner. Properly constructed retaining walls work in tandem with buried downspouts to ensure maximum water flow away from your homes foundation.
The following picture show a dramatic before and after of a much needed retaining wall.
Planning your outdoor living space doesn’t have to be complicated. It does require forethought to ensure it meets your needs and wants. The most common “living space” we see in new construction is a plain, square cement patio that’s too small to fit a standard set of patio furniture. If you’re unsure about what functions you might want from your outdoor living space you don’t have to rush to make a decision. Take your time planning and don’t waste money on something you don’t like.
Eave spout placement is critical to all home designs. Equally critical is where the water from your eave spouts end up within your landscape. Too often we see poor or no planning for eave spouts which results in water collecting around a home's foundation or water running across sidewalks and driveways. Planning for eave spout outlets, using properly installed drainage tile, can easily prevent common water issues around your home.
The following pictures of bad examples.
The most important thing to remember with your landscaping is to plan for the long term. Landscaping can be expensive. Without a proper plan in place, a home owner can spend a lot of time, effort, and money on poorly thought out projects. Homeowners want their landscaping decisions to stand the test of time. Take it slow, don’t rush, and make decisions that will let you enjoy your landscape for years to come.
The following picture is an example of a computer generated rendition we are capable of doing in our office for any customer.