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Three Things to Consider Before Building a Patio

If you're looking for a way to add living space but can't build new rooms in your home, installing a patio may be the right choice for you. Custom-made patios not only add a touch of style to your property but are also the perfect place for entertaining or simply sitting outside and relaxing with family. Here are some considerations to keep in mind when you think about constructing a patio of your own.

What's the Purpose?

When it comes to creating extra living space, patios are one of the best options available. Patios can be tailored to suit your personal style and the exact dimensions of your yard. Even the smallest of spaces can benefit from a patio. The exact dimensions and materials used will depend on what you want, your available budget and the size of your yard.

Avoid Breaking the Bank

When it comes to patio installation, concrete styles are probably the most affordable. There are various options to choose from and all of them can be inviting and exciting. Depending on your personal style and finances, you can create the perfect space for entertaining all year long. When determining your budget, keep in mind that most projects that cost over $5,000 are financed. However, also keep in mind that the lifespan of a patio is over 10 years or more, so it can be worth the investment. You can also look into consumer financing when installing a new patio.

Working With the Yard You Have

Depending on the size of your yard, there are a lot of...

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3 Ways to Up Your Curb Appeal

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Your home is your biggest investment, but while it’s tempting to focus on making the inside attractive and comfortable, the exterior needs your attention, too. The kind of outdoor beauty that makes you proud to call a property your own isn’t born, it’s made. It requires a commitment to good maintenance, an eye for design and a focus on detail. If your home's curb appeal needs a boost, try these three top tips.

Lawn Care & Maintenance

Lawn care and maintenance doesn’t have to be expensive or fussy, but experts agree that addressing dead spots on the lawn is a must. Whether it's suffered drought damage or has areas where greenery won’t grow because of shade or leaf drop, the remedy is simple.

For brown spots, remove any remaining thatch, and reseed the area with a grass seed that’s compatible with the rest of the lawn. New growth should show in a few weeks.

Invest in a fertilization and weed control program that includes annual core aeration and overseeding. This, along with proper mowing height, will ensure a lawn that gets noticed.

For areas with little no sunlight where nothing wants to grow, design in a special feature. Rock walls and artificial ponds are good choices. You can also consider growing an inexpensive shade garden with plants that thrive in less light. Remember that native gardens are designed to grow in the local climate. They are a great option for a beautiful, low-maintenance property.

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