10 Curb Appeal Projects That Won’t Break the Bank

by Alice Faggi | September 29, 2016 at 8:00 AM

Curb appeal means so many things to so many people that it's hard to figure out where to invest your energy, time, and money. Exterior improvements can encompass everything from simple DIY upgrades to major landscaping projects and there are literally hundreds of ways to enhance the look of your home. 

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5 Easy-to-Create Outdoor Kitchen Styles

by Alice Faggi | August 23, 2016 at 8:00 AM

Imagine if there was an easy way to expand your kitchen. You would have more space for preparing meals, greater flexibility for entertaining, and a more inviting dining atmosphere. It’s actually quite simple to make the kitchen of your dreams a reality—without the extensive planning and expenses of adding square footage to your home. The key is to think outside of the box, or more specifically, outside of the house.

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5 Ways to Build an Outdoor Kitchen

by Alice Faggi | July 7, 2016 at 8:00 AM

Summertime entertaining is not without its frustrations. Besides the humidity and unwanted insects, one big issue that regularly puts a damper on warm weather parties is the host’s constant need to retreat to the kitchen for supplies. The solution to enjoying your own get-togethers more? An outdoor kitchen that’s every bit as well stocked as the one in your home.

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Heating Up Your Outdoor Living Spaces

by Alice Faggi | June 23, 2016 at 8:00 AM

Nothing is more inviting outdoors than warmth when summer's daytime heat gives way to an evening chill or there are hints of the coming colder months in the air. So when a brisk goosebump-raising breeze wafts up it's wonderful to be able to tell family and guests alike that relief is just a few minutes or even moments away. 

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Propane Versus Gas as Firebowl Fuel

by Alice Faggi | June 16, 2016 at 8:00 AM

When it comes to creating an outdoor sanctuary there's nothing like the warmth and ambiance of a firebowl. Whether rounded or angular, standalone or integrated into other landscape design elements, a firebowl quickly becomes the focal point of any outdoor living space.

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Five Reasons to Build an Outdoor Kitchen Using Building Blocks

by Alice Faggi | June 2, 2016 at 8:00 AM

Whether you’re more likely to host a classic garden party or an informal barbecue, alfresco entertaining is a summertime tradition. And when an outdoor kitchen is part of your landscape design, you can participate fully in every fete because everything you need to refresh your guests is within arms reach.

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How to Add a Cool Water Feature to Your Yard

by Alice Faggi | May 26, 2016 at 8:00 AM

From the blissful sound of flowing water to the delight one feels when watching ornamental carp frolic, there are myriad reasons to consider adding a water feature to your landscape design. A small fountain, a koi pond, a burbling waterfall, or even something as ambitious as a full lake can turn your yard or property into a special place to rediscover yourself and to reconnect with family and friends.

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How to Build a DIY Hanging Succulent Garden

by Alice Faggi | May 19, 2016 at 8:00 AM

Drought-hardy, picturesque succulents have been en vogue for some time now, but perhaps seeing them yet again in petite pots and trendy terrariums is getting a little tiresome. It turns out there's another options for displaying these plants that are so simple to care for even the black thumbed among us can achieve horticultural success, and that's the succulent wall.

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Why You Should Hire a Landscape Architect for Your Next Project

by Alice Faggi | May 12, 2016 at 8:00 AM

When your goal is for your outdoor living spaces to be as beautiful as your home's interior, it pays to work with a professional. Landscape architects train for years to learn the art of creating visually interesting and meaningful open-air spaces that enhance the environment and promote well being in people.

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How to Throw a Memorable Spring Garden Party

by Alice Faggi | May 5, 2016 at 8:00 AM

Spring has sprung and like many, you may be feeling the party planning itch. Warming weather makes an outdoor soiree the obvious choice, though less obvious is how to make a daytime garden party as elegant and sophisticated as a late evening sit down affair. The key is treating your garden party like any event you host – pay attention to the details and the results will always be perfection.

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