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Posted by Cheryl Caldwell on 6/4/2021

If your lawn and garden area is full of lush, thriving trees, shrubs, herbs and flowers, youíre probably proud of its appearance and of all the hard work youíve put in to get it that way. However, you may also have a nagging feeling that itís missing something, but you canít quite put your finger on what that might be ó and that something could very well be hardscaping elements. Hardscaping is anything that provides aesthetic appeal and/or functionality to your outdoor living space that isnít vegetation. It provides dimension, texture and boundary definitions. The best hardscaping combines functionality and appearance. Hereís how you can make it happen:

Paved Pathways

Paved pathways can be installed using a variety of materials, including brick, cobblestone and polished concrete. Design possibilities are almost endless. Some homeowners prefer the sophisticated appearance of polished concrete, while others like to create a picturesque ambiance with old-school cobblestone. Paved pathways also protect your shoes from mud and other debris, as well as protect your lawn from the damage that heavy foot traffic can cause.

Decorative Arbors

Decorative arbors provide a delightful way to dress up the entrance to your property or introduce a backyard herb or perennial garden. You can grow vining plants up and over them, such as rambling roses, clematis or even switch it up every year by planting different vining annuals such as morning glory and nasturtium. During winter, you can keep things interesting by stringing holiday lights on it.

Garden Benches

Garden benches give you and other household members a relaxing place to sit, read, dream or simply get a rest from lawn and garden chores while enjoying the sunlight on your face and listening to the birds sing. If you opt for a wooden bench, choose one made of weather-resistant wood such as teak or cedar. Stone benches are excellent choices for areas that receive significant amounts of precipitation ó you can always add cushions for softness during the warm season.

Water Features

Waterfalls, ponds, fountains and raised birdbaths are just three appealing ways to turn your backyard into a personal oasis by adding water features. If youíre a nature lover, youíll spend hours enjoying the antics of your feathered friends as they splash in the birdbath, and if you could use a serene respite in your life, a flowing fountain or waterfall provides soothing sounds and serendipitous visuals.

Other hardscaping possibilities include garden statuary, trellises, decorative gates and fences, pergolas and footbridges.





Posted by Cheryl Caldwell on 11/29/2019

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The size of your kitchen does not necessarily determine its functionality. What matters more is how you utilize the space you have. With long aisles and parallel counter spaces, galley kitchens are a great and efficient option. This design provides plenty of room for storage and preparation. Galley kitchens feature a central aisle with countertops, appliances, and cabinetry on either side. It is an excellent option for small kitchen spaces but also works well for mid-sized areas. Galley kitchens are built for efficiency and when well-conceived, can also help to control traffic flow in and out of the kitchen. If you wish to have your small kitchen remodeled, the galley design is one to consider.

The tips listed below will ensure you get the best from your galley kitchen design.

Storage

There are several storage options that can be incorporated into a galley kitchen. Because the footprint is narrow, youíll want to make use of vertical spaces. If you prefer to have more counter space, create symmetry with a design that utilizes counters and base cabinets on both sides. Include open shelving or glass-front cabinets above your counters for dishes and glasses. If storage is more important to you, consider using one wall for floor to ceiling cabinets and utilize the other wall for open shelving, and preparation space. 

Style

When it comes to styling this kitchen type, your creativity comes to play. The galley kitchen is a style that encourages minimalism, but donít be afraid to introduce interesting colors or materials. If you donít have much natural light, consider incorporating lighter colored materials and installing plenty of lighting options to brighten your work areas. If your space is especially narrow, selecting cabinetry that does not need knobs or pulls will save you visual space.

Seating

Because of its narrow layout, a galley kitchen design is not one that can accommodate a dining table and chairs. Incorporating a seating area can be a challenge. If you want to be social while you work around the kitchen, consider using an island as one side of the galley. This allows for counter height seating on the opposite side of your prep surface but doesnít interrupt the flow of your space.







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