better outdoor living at home spring


Finding Your Patio Inspiration

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Before we all know it the warm weather will be upon us. We are counting the days! The up side of it still being a while before the temps warm up is that if you’re building a patio this year, there is still plenty of time to find a design and style that you love. […]

Beautiful Chimneys

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It’s difficult not to notice a beautifully designed chimney. Some chimneys on newer houses have a wow factor, and many on older houses have it, too. Architectural design and skillful craftsmanship are evident in every aspect of a beautiful chimney. Not every chimney has a wow factor, but many do, and they are something to […]

The Amazingly Beautiful Gable Designs of Victorian Houses

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Are you a lover of beautiful older houses? Do you take the ‘long way’ just to drive through one of your favorite neighborhoods because of the gorgeous houses there? We can answer ‘yes’ to both of those questions, too! We love older, classically traditional houses and their yards, with all their nooks, crannies, and the […]

Just the Right Light Fixture and the Idea Board That Helped

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One day walking to my front door, I looked up to see that my front porch pendant light fixture needed replacing. It was around 18 years old and the finish had faded. It just looked worn out as were our other outdoor lights. So began the search for new light fixtures. Little did I know […]

Creating Spaces with Enough Elbow Room

The tree is not as close as this makes it appear. The photo below shows it is along side the garage.

It’s possible that just the thought of talking about that abstract concept of ‘space’, or giving a project ‘enough room’ (as in how big should we build the new deck?) could make a person zone out. You realize you need some amount of space/square footage/area for an outdoor project, but how do you know you […]

Exterior Shutters for Your Windows & a Timeless Look for Your House

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Do you feel your house could use some sort of architectural detail to give it an eye-catching ‘pop’, but you don’t know what it is? Exterior window shutters could be the feature you are looking for. We realize that shutters are not the answer for every house style or house design, but matching the right […]

A Large Shade Tree Gets Cut Down

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Last week I had to have a large shade tree cut down in the front yard. It was a pretty nice tree, and had become a familiar part of the yard, so it was sort of sad to see it go. Several ash trees in the neighborhood had become invaded by the emerald ash borer […]

A New Fence & A Property Survey

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I’m having a new fence constructed along one of the side property lines in my yard. The contractor has been hired, and I’m in the process of putting the finishing touches on the design drawings and the specifications for the project, which I’ll give to the contractor to build from.  My husband and I both […]

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