Thursday, January 24, 2013

Freshen Your Landscape for Year-round Use

With the high cost associated with building a new home, some homeowners are choosing to remodel-inside and outside.  Landscaping upgrades increase outdoor living possibilities.

"Homeowners like being able to take the party outside," says Karl Kuhni, owner of Kuhni Landscaping.  "The outdoors are quickly turning into an extension of the living space."

Freshening the landscape starts with making the best use of the space you have.  Homeowners can make usable space by adding structures like trellises, fountains, outdoor kitchens, fire pits and walkways - creating an environment of gathering.

"Fire pits are great year round," Karl says.  "They're a heat source that's easy to use and it creates a gathering place in summer and winter."

Landscape remodels aren't being reserved for large homes on massive lots. In fact, some of the most creative landscapes Karl has worked on have been on small properties. "When you have smaller areas, you can design areas that have specific functions," Karl says.  

Walkways bring aesthetic beauty to a yard and can be shoveled in the winter to allow for yard accessibility during the winter months.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013