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For shade and shelter. An arbor, pergola, pool house, or trellis will add functionality and interest to your landscape design.
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Like the construction industry, landscaping has long been a man’s world. That reality may be starting to change.
This is not our first summer heat wave and I am sure it won't be the last. Our plants and trees suffer right along with us in the heat. Here are a few things to look for and a couple of tips to help your landscape through this heat.
When dreaming of outdoor living spaces you would like to see in your back yard, why not take advantage of the most overlooked space? Under the deck. The majority of homeowners think it’s good for nothing more than storing yard/garden tools, children’s toys, or overwintering patio furniture.
Shady and Cool
If there is enough headroom, why not create a living room, dining area (with or without a kitchen), or kids’ play area under the deck? Put a hot tub in the corner. Add a fireplace. Extend the indoor living space. A ceiling creates intimacy in the space and, with drainage, can keep the area dry and usable. Whatever your style, add a ceiling fan or even a chandelier.
Chandelier is Just the Right Touch
Go crazy with colors – put down an outdoor rug, add living room/dining room furniture, including side tables and lamps, a gas fireplace, or a bar. Hang art on the wall (yes, there is outdoor art), a TV and don’t forget the audio system. Consider appliances you can put outside, year-round. Add outdoor drapery for privacy. Simple or fancy, decorate to your taste. No more folding chaise lounge or chairs. Outdoor furniture comes in a variety of styles, colors, and materials from wrought iron to wicker.
Ceiling Fan Cools in the Heat of Summer
Recessed or Can lighting gives the area a warm, cozy feeling. Note the outdoor lamp in the cabana below.
Gorgeous Ceiling Hides the Deck Above
The area under the deck becomes part of the family room at the lower level.
Party At All Levels
Just outside the family room
Area rugs define a seating area and provide an added splash of color.
Simple and comfortable
Enjoy the Minnesota outdoors in style. Maximize your outdoor space! Let Southview Design help and that area under the deck just might become your favorite spot to relax.
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Mistakes can happen in any business. Whether you are a mailing house, a restaurant, or a landscaping contractor. When something goes wrong, how do you make it right? Here’s what worked for us.