When we are in the marketplace for real estate, one of the many factors we consider are curb appeal and lot size. We factor in what these areas do to accommodate our lifestyles, family and pet safety, available play-space for our children, and entertaining areas.
We visualize the potential, and while it’s usually best to hire a professional, the Do-it-Yourself (DIY) sector of home improvements has increased dramatically.
How can you achieve extra square footage?
Adding a deck to your back yard provides additional square footage, when hosting family gatherings or just kicking-back and enjoying a starry night, you have the option to relax and enjoy an area of your property otherwise left unattended.
Who doesn’t love a Backyard party or BBQ? That’s right… No one! We enjoy social functions, gathering with friends to relax and enjoy spending time with loved ones. We have bonfires, s’mores, a beer, and a ton of laughs sometimes, while other times are more intimate and might consist of soft tea-lights and a nice classy glass of wine. We celebrate life events, cook-outs, birthday parties, and even host weddings!
All of these things have one thing in common, the ability to create the space and enjoy it! The massively wide assortment of layout options and décor are yours to knock-yourself-out, from built-in fireplaces and seating, to material selections and fabric colors, the possibilities are endless.
What potential does your yard have?
Your yard’s potential is only somewhat limited by where you live, and what options you’d like to include. However, the good news is just about any feature can be added pretty much anywhere!
You’re free to include fire features, water features, lighting features, pergolas, and trellises, designated eating areas, an outside kitchen, and even a pool! Although, it’s important to consider the functionality of your design, and whether the areas selected will support the structure long-term. With fire and water features, it’s equally important to consider safety while in use and while unattended.
Landscaping design includes many facets of providing a space custom suited to your individual needs and desires. There are a multitude of DIY handymen that can build a desk of professional quality, with the right instruction to ensure safety, of course.
Before you begin any project, it is best to contact a professional to ensure your vision is pleasing to the eye, assist in material selection, methods of construction, building permits, and won’t cost you more in the end.
Why is Landscaping important?
Landscaping is the process of creating a visually inviting atmosphere surrounding our home. Going back to house-hunting, we tend to be more receptive to homes that have some level of curb appeal, opposed to a yard with 6 inches of grass. Perhaps it’s because we can actually see the property, but who doesn’t admire a fully manicured, well-kept lawn? They’re undoubtedly a huge statement about your level of concern for property values, neighborhood aesthetic, and even social standing within the community.
We want our home to say “Look at me!”, “I’m cared for and beautiful!”, but that doesn’t happen without effort, unless the previous owner or builder provided the landscaping for you. Adding a splash of color to flowerbeds, by properly placing annuals and perennials can have a year-round effect on your landscaping.
What knowledge or skills are needed?
- You must know your city or state requirements regarding permits, additions, digging post holes, and inspections before beginning!
- You must be able to create accurate measurements for the size and features of your deck.
- You must be able to calculate the amount of materials required to complete your project.
- You must be able to use power equipment, safely, for ease and accuracy, as well as speed.
- You must educate yourself on the proper methods of construction, so it’s safe for your family, friends, and pets.
- You MUST be willing to contact a professional in times of need, or when you realize you’re in over-your-head!
What tools are required?
Construction will utilize primarily basic hand tools or power tools, most men have the majority of these tools in their toolbox already. This saves you costs on supplies, expanding your available budget for your project. Some of the tools required consist of:
- Hammer, Drill, or Nail Gun
- Screws or Nails
- Tape Measure
- Post Hole Digger or Shovel
- And Tube forms
The list above is not a complete list, as tool requirements vary based on materials, skill, and project.
What supplies are recommended?
We suggest visiting www.LivBuildingProducts.com, to view an assortment of products ranging from fencing to railing, post covers to lighting, and fasteners to wood ties. Their products are made from high-quality materials for reliability and durability.