The Basics to Landscaping Your Yard

Landscaping plays quite an important role in the physical appearance of your home. It is the first thing people see when they see your property, and some good or bad landscaping can make or break a home’s whole look, as well as increase or decrease its overall value.

Here is an example of how landscaping can make a big difference.

As you can see, the homes look way different when they are nicely landscaped. But then you may be thinking, “I want to landscape my home but I don’t want to hire a designer”, well there are some easy ways to make your home look nice, without the help of anyone. These are some ways to landscape your home depending on your lot and other contributing factors.

The first thing to remember is, do not ever neglect your front yard. As stated by HGTV, many people often mainly focus on the backyard, forgetting the front yard, however that is where everyone’s first impression of your house develops.

  • If you are looking for something simple, the best thing to start with is just keeping your grass clean and cut. Make sure you keep your grass short, but not too long. It is suggested that you cut down to 1/3 of its original length to ensure healthy grass. Too long means too much moisture, and too short attracts too much sunlight. Also don’t forget to weed your yard because they can spread fairly fast, which does not look very nice. As a result this can drastically change the appearance of your lawn, from messy to well kept.

  • Landscape with the shape of your home. Take into consideration the size of your home, since the main goal of landscaping is to effectively display your house. If you use small flowers on a large house, they will not be noticed as much, so consider shapes and masses when developing a plan. Use large items that can be seen from the distance, but do not cover windows and doors. Group plants together and use some variation and repetition, while going along a color scheme as well, otherwise too many colors can overpower the yard.

  • Consider maintenance. If you are landscaping your yard to appeal to potential buyers, try to make it look both nice, and low maintenance, because an extravagant garden may have strong curb appeal however many people would not like to think of themselves spending hours taking care of it. Some low maintenance items to consider include:

  • Next, a helpful tip is: do not plant hedges, trees, and plants too close to walkways. It is recommended that you plant them so that you have approximately 2 feet of free space around the walkway. This ensures that the plants won’t grow onto the pathway, thus restricting the pathway.

  • This is an important one, and it is, make the entrance obvious. Don’t tell me you’ve never came across a house where you had absolutely no clue which door was the front door. Trust me, you do not want to be the owner of one of those. It just makes everything confusing because your guests do not know where to go. As a result, make the main entrance the focal point and have your landscaping focused on highlighting it.

To conclude, those are just some of basics to landscaping your yard, every lot has potential, and with some time and hard work, yours can look incredible as well.

Let us know what you think of this post in the comments below, and tell us if you have tried any of these, or if you have any additional tips that we may have missed.

 

 

 

How To Get Your Furniture Arranged The Right Way.

 Furniture Arranging

So you have bought your brand new home and you don’t know where to start when it comes to filling it up with furniture.  Knowing the basic layout rules can be a huge help, and get you a fun a polished look to every room.  I’ve taken some of the basic rules of furniture arranging and parted them into 10 simple tips. These will absolutely help you figure out where to put things, where not to put things and how to assist you with the choices you will be making.

Tip #1

Planning
First things first, before moving any actual furniture you need to have a plan in place.  Test your design on paper to make sure everything is included and in order.  Measure the room’s dimensions, noting the location of windows, doors, heat registers and electrical outlets, then draw up a floor plan on graph paper using cutouts to represent the furnishings. Or, better yet, use a free online room planner, they have everything these days.  Learn to draw the space and test various furniture configurations. It’s less work and a lot more fun.

Tip#2

Function

You need to think about how many people will be using this space and how the room will be used.  That will ultimately lead you towards what type of furnishings you’ll need and the amount of seating required.

Contemporary Living Room by Las Vegas Architects & Designers DANIELLA VILLAMIL INTERIORS

Tip #3

Focal Point

Knowing what your focal point is, is a very important aspect when furnishing a space.  It can be anything from a fireplace, view, television etc.  You would then organize the furniture accordingly.  If you plan to use this room to watch TV the ideal distance between the set and the seating is three times the size of the screen (measured diagonally). Therefore, if you’ve got a 40-inch television, your chair should be 120 inches away.

Transitional Living Room by Chicago Photographers Marcel Page Photography

Tip #4

Priority

Place the largest pieces of furniture first, like the sofa in the living room or a bed in the bedroom. Usually these pieces should be facing the focal point in the room. Chairs should be no more than 8 feet apart to keep it close in proximity for conversation. Unless your room is a little smaller, try to avoid pushing all the furniture against the walls.  About a 6″ gap between the walls and furniture will give the illusion that the space is larger due to the shadow it creates.

Tip #5
Symmetry
We all have learned about symmetry at one point in our lives.  This is a very useful tip when it comes to styling your home.  Symmetrical arrangements work best for formal rooms, this is when you can split a room in half and each side is exactly the same. Asymmetrical arrangements make a room feel more casual.  Keep in mind that the pieces you do use fill the same amount of visual weight.  If this is off your room will look off as well.
Tip #6
Traffic
This is when Function ties into the space as well.  You need to think about the traffic flow through the room, the pathways into the room.  Don’t block that path with any large pieces of furniture if you can avoid it. Allow 30 to 48 inches of width for major traffic areas and a minimum of 24 inches of width for minor ones. A maximum seating area is 12 ‘ x 12’.  So be sure to consider anything bigger you would need to split up and create a different seating area.
Tip #7
Variety
You want to vary in the size furniture pieces you use throughout the room.  Doing this allows your eyes move up and down as you scan the space.  Balance a larger or taller item by placing another piece of similar height across the room from it (or use art to replicate the scale or visual weight).  Try to avoid putting two of the similar size objects next to each other.  This can look bland and un lively.
Tip#8
Contrast
This is all about mixing different shapes of furniture.  Combining straight and curved lines to help create contrast. If the furniture is modern and more linear, throw in a round table for contrast. If the furniture is curvy, mix in an angular or straight edged piece. Also consider pairing solids with voids.  For example combine a leggy chair with a solid side table, or a solid chair with a leggy table.
Tip #9
Easy Use
When placing your furniture in a room you should definitely keep in mind the proximities.  By Placing a table within easy reach of every  seat, being sure to combine pieces of similar scale, and make sure every reading chair has an accompanying lamp. Coffee tables should be located 14 to 18 inches from a sofa to provide sufficient legroom.  This also takes your guests comfort into consideration, imagine having a glass of wine and not having a place in easy reach to place it down for a minute.
Tip #10
Circulation.
So far I have only been discussing seating areas in living rooms and family rooms, bedrooms. However a dining room is just as important In a home.  Make sure there’s at least 48 inches between each edge of the table and the nearest wall or piece of furniture. If traffic doesn’t pass behind the chairs on one side of the table, 36 inches should be enough. In bedrooms allow at least 24 inches between the side of the bed and a wall, and at least 36 inches between the bed and a swinging door.
With all of these Tips I am sure that filling up your home will be a lot less stressful and a lot more fun.  This wont make you a designer over night but it will most defiantly help you and make decorating more fun rather than work!
Lilly Cordeiro

 

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Sunlight Homes will be building in the Doon South Area, a Community called ‘ Grasslands of Stauffer Woods’.  Grasslands is a beautiful community near parks and walking trails, it is surrounded by Green space and minutes away from every big city amenity.  This community offers spacious homesites, close to schools, shopping and the highway.  This community will specialize in pie shaped lots, 30ft wide home sites.

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