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An outdoor kitchen is a feature that so many homeowners want to have added to their property, especially here in Tennessee. There's no denying how an outdoor kitchen can enhance your ability to entertain family and friends, while taking advantage of favorable weather. There is also the improved aesthetics to your home that an outdoor kitchen brings.
However, one question that sometimes bubbles up, particularly if a homeowner is planning to sell their house, is how much value to your home does an outdoor kitchen add, and what is the ROI (Return On Investment)?
Let's explore some of the factors that may go into answering this question.
In terms of trying to place an actual number on what a homeowner can expect as an ROI on their outdoor kitchen investment, the range is actually quite wide. Depending on which data reports and surveys you analyze (for example, quickenloans.com), a homeowner can expect a range of 50% to 200% of the original cost of building the outdoor kitchen to be the ROI.
This favorable ROI, along with the enjoyment that one receives from entertaining friends and family with an outdoor kitchen, is why these luxury elements are popular for homeowners in the Mt. Juliet, Lebanon, Green Hill, TN and surrounding areas.
A favorable ROI of 50% to 200% should be expected on a properly designed and constructed outdoor kitchen.
Perennials are an important aspect of any landscaping bed or garden. While annuals provide seasonal splashes of color, the perennials form the foundation of the garden or landscape bed. Here are five favorite perennials that are common in Mt. Juliet, TN and require the least amount of maintenance.
Hosta grows easily and can bring great texture and color to your garden. Because Hosta requires little to no ongoing maintenance, it can be planted in spots where other plants fail to thrive.
Hosta produces lily-like flowers, during the spring season, in hues of lavender, blue, and white. There are different species of Hosta, so choose your plants wisely when you are adding them to your landscaping. Some species of Hosta prefer dry shade and others prefer moist shade, while some can handle full sunlight beating down on them daily.
Hosta can be divided if they grow too rapidly and fill up too much space.
Look around your neighborhood, or even at some local businesses, and you are sure to find daylilies planted somewhere. These common perennials can withstand all types of soil and weather. While they prefer to grow in full sun with well-drained soil, you will find that daylilies grow fine in other conditions as well.
There are a wide variety of daylilies, which in turn provides an expansive color palette to suit most landscaping design concepts. Daylilies benefit from deadheading, spring fertilization, and dividing.
Fire pits and fireplaces add warmth, light, and elegance to your outdoor living space. They can become a focal point for entertaining and a feature that anchors the space. Choosing which of these features are best for you and your home is dependent on your style, purpose, and budget.
Fire pits are more commonly installed than fireplaces and tend to be more affordable. Additionally, fire pits feature an open design. Other great attributes of fire pits include:
Conversely, fire pits are unable to block the wind and provide less privacy than a fireplace.
If you are ready to get cozy in a more intimate atmosphere, a fireplace may be ideal for your space! Fireplaces seat smaller groups of people and faces them in the same direction. However, it can provide for a comfortable night with close friends. Additional benefits of fireplaces are:
It should be noted that fireplaces require a larger...
Highlighting the beauty of your landscape structures can be achieved through a number of different techniques. The various techniques available are, in part, due to the versatility that today's lighting sources have, with regards to where they can be placed. Designed to blend in, modern lighting elements are easily hidden in ground coverings, submerged in water features, or placed into trees. Below are three popular lighting techniques used to accentuate your landscape.
Up lights are designed to show off the specifics of your landscape, such as unique plants or architectural elements. Up lights also add dimension to walls, fences, or other flat surfaces, add ambient light for walkways, and create dramatic silhouettes with well-placed highlights and shadows.
Up lighting is achieved with many different types of lights, such as spotlights or floodlights. They are usually mounted at ground level (or sometimes even below ground level), with the light turned upward to create the desired effect.
In contrast to up lights, down lights, as their name implies, are turned to face downward and can be placed above ground in patio covers, stone walls, trees, or house eves. This illuminates large spaces to bathe the ground in light and define specific areas by using an inviting glow.
Downlighting can be used to spotlight a flower bed or waterfall, for example, and can be a very effective way to illuminate a doorway. When placed high up in...
Mt. Juliet, TN reach an average of 80°F throughout the summer months. Plants in your landscaping design need to be able to withstand the more intense sun and heat to bloom all summer long. Choose native plants that can endure the heat, while adding beauty and style to your landscaping.
Below are five top choices for the area of Mt. Juliet that bring ease of maintenance, beauty, and enjoyment during the hot summer months.
Coneflowers are a beautiful plant that brings vibrancy and color to your bedding design. They are immune system-boosting herbs that can grow up to 47" tall. Coneflowers are a versatile plant that can flourish in full sun or partial shade. The most common variety of coneflower, the purple coneflower, typically has purple petals with gold centers.
However, this species is available in a rainbow of colors to suit your landscaping preferences.
Hostas are shrubs that are a popular choice in a variety of areas across the nation, due to their resilience to heat and drought. They do well in shade and grow all season long. These plants make an excellent landscape filler that breaks up the bold colors of your perennial and annual flowers.
Another low-maintenance and beautiful option for your landscape design are daylilies. These flowers bloom in a gorgeous fashion from May through August and present a vibrant display of color. The most common daylilies, a bright yellow version, can create an...
The entrance to your home is your first impression to guests and your lasting impression on neighbors. Your home may be beautiful, but does it have true charisma? The move from stale to stunning may be as simple as framing your front door with a new walkway and steps that show off your stage and reflect your style.
Determine where a walkway is needed. You may have an existing sidewalk, but is it's placement awkward? Consider where guests park and see which path makes the most sense. Think about how neighbors, or delivery people, approach your door and what would be most convenient for them. You may find that two separate walkways that converge before reaching the steps and entrance, for example, could be the perfect hardscape solution.
A large, traditional home may call for something formal, perhaps with a wide brick walkway and steps, leading straight through a symmetrically-landscaped garden. A craftsman cottage, on the other hand, could need a casual, laid-back look... maybe a winding flagstone path and wooden steps wandering through a landscape of perennials would reflect the style you're seeking. Another way to add a stylistic accent could be to look for ways to mimic the design elements of your home in your new walkway and steps. Ask your landscaping professional about all the different options available to you.
Quality landscaping can be an important factor towards enhancing the beauty and enjoyment of your home. This is why a professional landscaper can be your lawn’s best friend.
However, in order to avoid potential frustration and headache, it’s important to take a few things into consideration, before you hire a landscaper. With that in mind, we would like to offer our top 3 things to consider, when hiring a professional landscaper.
There are a couple of important questions to keep in mind, such as:
To answer these questions, you may want to talk to friends or neighbors to see if they have used that particular company before, and whether or not they would recommend hiring them. The Internet can be a useful resource for your research, by searching for reviews or ratings they have received.
Once you have selected a professional landscaper, ask to see examples of their designs and photographs of their work.
It's important to make sure that the landscaper is experienced enough and is an expert in the type of work you want to have done. For example, a company that you use to mow your lawn, may not be the best choice if you...
This year, entertain your family and friends in an outdoor oasis with your very own outdoor kitchen. Outdoor kitchens are all the rage and for good reason. Small touches can add dimension, style, and decoration when you transform your outdoor space into an extended living space.
All outdoor kitchens are fully customizable. Homeowners choose exactly which appliances, building materials, and additions they want for their home. Some of the most prominent features of an outdoor kitchen include a stove, grill, or oven, sink, countertops, and even tables or seating areas.
Why do you want an outdoor kitchen this summer? Let us tell you five reasons why summer is the perfect time for you to invest in this addition to your family's home!
Most homeowners have so much useful, empty space outdoors. Take advantage and utilize that space by turning it into a full-functioning kitchen. This extended living space allows for a unique and valuable option that increases your home's worth, by adding a modern and luxurious feel to the outdoors, that combines both form and function seamlessly.
In fact, according to reputable sources, such as CNN Money, Remodeling Magazine, and About.com, outdoor kitchens can provide a return on investment (ROI) from 100% to 200% of the improvement’s cost.
Your outdoor kitchen will transform your backyard into a functional and sophisticated living space.
When you’re approaching a new landscaping or outdoor living space project, the most exciting step—and the most challenging—is the conception and design of the space. Landscape design was originally a slow and labor-intensive process using pencil, ink, and extensive descriptions to translate your ideas onto the page. But now, using 3D modeling, a CAD (Computer-Aided Design) expert can create an accurate, interactive model of your space in a fraction of the time. Here are a few of the benefits of working with a CAD designer for your new landscaping or hardscaping project:
You know exactly what your dream yard looks like—you’ve imagined sitting on your new patio and how your landscaping would look. But those ideas can be difficult to communicate to a landscaper. Using 3D modeling, we can take your vision for an outdoor space and put it on the screen. By seeing your ideas mocked up, it limits any potential miscommunication and gives you a sense of what it will really look like when completed.
Sometimes, what you imagined in your head doesn’t work as well once it is rendered to a graphic. Maybe one element drowns out another, or you have more room for a patio then you expected. Once the designer has created the initial mockup, we can work together to manipulate the design. This also allows us to see how your landscaping will age and grow, and to...
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