With spring just around the corner, many of us are itching to spend more time outdoors and one way to make the outdoors a little better is revamping your backyard and turning it into the ultimate oasis. Imagine having extra outside living space where friends and family can gather for a relaxing time outback. With a little planning and prepping, you can be on your way at designing a gorgeous backyard retreat for you to enjoy year after year! Here are some tips to plan and prepare for a picture perfect backyard.
1. Serene and Inviting Elements
When you take a look at your backyard, you want to see a very inviting area that is complemented by serene touches. Consider the construction of a deck or patio because you will want an outdoor extension off your back door. The patio or deck can be the ideal spot for seating, a barbeque grill and even some flower boxes. Line some comfortable benches along the perimeter of the patio or deck for additional seating and consider a fire pit for extra warmth at night and the option of roasting marshmallows.
2. Lush Landscape
A backyard won’t be complete until you get your hands a little dirty. Strategically place bushes, flowers and trees in your yard to add visual appeal. Choose plants that best suit where you live so they can thrive all year round. Place mulch around the plants and create a barrier between grass and mulch with pavers or river rock. Don’t forget to seed and feed your lawn to have the greenest grass around and install sprinklers to make maintenance a breeze.
3. Add Privacy Fencing
While you may be best friends with your neighbors, adding privacy fence around your backyard can truly create that oasis/retreat feel because sometimes you might want to enjoy your backyard alone. There are various fencing options you can choose from that include vinyl, wood, aluminum and so much more – so select a style that fits your taste and complements your homes’ exterior. However, don’t forget to install aluminum fence gates so you can have more than one point-of-entry into the backyard.
4. Water Feature
Nothing is more soothing than listening to the sounds of moving water and you can get that by adding a water element to your backyard. Create a self-contained waterfall with river rocks and greenery for a natural look. Take the design a step further by incorporating a mini koi pond for live fish that are easy to care for.
Creating a backyard retreat takes some creativity and time to plan but the final product will be pleasing and well worth the effort. Don’t forget to add lighting around your yard for nighttime enjoyment and as an eco-friendly option, check out solar powered lights!
Putting a fence up around your property can provide you with numerous benefits you can enjoy year after year, but there are some considerations that you must keep in mind before you install it. Will it match the exterior elements of your home? Will your homeowners association approve the fence? Are you fencing in the entire property or just a portion? There are several other questions to ask yourself before you start digging for the post so check out these four things to consider when installing a fence.
1. Know What You Want
One of the first things that property owners should know is why they want a fence. Perhaps you want an area designated in your yard for your dog? Or do you want to beef up the security around your home? Chances are your wishes are very diverse but can complement each other and serve double duty. Whatever the purpose, a fence can provide you with many functions, but the first step is choosing the main reason for it before you make the investment.
2. Fence Material
Fences can be constructed with a variety of materials from wood to vinyl to aluminum and deciding which material works best for you can be challenging. If you are looking to add elegance to your property, consider an aluminum fence because it’s an economical alternative compared to wrought iron fences and is rust-free. Those on a budget can benefit from aluminum fencing because it’s long-lasting and maintains its’ beauty. Vinyl fencing can give you more privacy than other materials because the slats can be snug against each other in each panel. Wooden fencing can give you that white-picket-fence look if that’s what you desire. Either way, fences come in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors so your options are nearly limitless!
3. Map It Out
Installing a fence takes some thinking, and mapping out where your fence will be around your property can give you more precise estimates on the cost and a visual to imagine its placement. Be sure to locate the best spot to place a gate and if you are installing a fence in the backyard, keep your lawn equipment in mind. Perhaps you have a riding lawnmower – you want a large or double-sized gate to provide access for the mower to move around the property.
Like mentioned above, some homeowner associations may require you to follow certain guidelines when installing a fence. This may also be the case in certain cities and neighborhoods, so be sure you check out any information about installing a fence. Additionally, if you have a pool, you will need to install a fence that meets your local BOCA (The Building Officials and Code Administrators) standards. To take the guess work out, aluminum fences from Fence Center meet BOCA codes!
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Are you trying to choose between a wrought iron and aluminum fence for the perimeter of your backyard? At Fence Center, we are going to make the decision easier for you by providing all the information you need on each material.
Choosing to put up a fence on your property not only makes the yard nicer to look at, it also adds value to your home. Fences have many practical uses, as well; they provide safety to children and pets, and allow you and your family to maintain privacy. So even though choosing a fence material may seem like a simple decision, it is still an important one. Now let’s take a closer look at each fence:
Standard aluminum fences are typically made of 5/8 x 5/8 pickets (which are vertical) and 1 x 1 rails (which are horizontal). Each section weighs about 12 pounds and is 48″ high. With aluminum fencing, you never have to worry about peeling, rust, or chipping and you will never need to paint. Aluminum is much lighter than wrought iron and comes in a variety of styles. This fence is extremely stable and sturdy, but if for some reason it does break, it can be easily repaired. Aluminum fences are also super easy to install. You do not necessarily need a flat terrain to put up this type of fence; you can erect it on sloping ground. Deciding on an aluminum fence will save you more money and time overall.
Wrought Iron Fences
This type of fence is usually 48″ high and the vertical pickets are made of gauge square tubing and the horizontal rails are made of punched channel. The coating on the fence is black powder. Wrought iron fences will rust after time and require a bit more maintenance than aluminum. The material is extremely heavy and normally used for high security settings. You will also find wrought iron fencing in historic districts where they carry a nostalgic appeal. This type of fence needs to be installed on flat ground and doesn’t have much flexibility.
As you can probably see, an aluminum fence would probably be more suitable for your backyard than a wrought iron fence. While both can be used as a barrier or simply as decoration, aluminum would make for a far more functional backyard fence. An aluminum fence will give your yard the extra appeal and upgrade you have been looking for, so contact us at Fence Center today to discuss options and details!
Now that it’s getting cooler outside and the holidays approach us, it’s a great time to take stock of your current situation to see how you can improve it. One of the main resolutions many people will have for 2014 is to lower stress. Stress can not only have an effect on your daily life and mood – it could eventually lead to a host of different acute and chronic illnesses. Therefore, reducing stress could lead to a much happier life, and who doesn’t want that? But where do you begin? We’ll make the case that you should start in the backyard. Here’s why:
What are the triggers that cause stress? For many, they’re things that take place outside of the home. Just think of all the things that you can’t control in your life. From bad traffic to a tense workplace, there are so many stress-inducing factors out there, so you’ll need a place to take a break from these external threats. Therefore, many people will choose to make this place their home. One of the easiest ways to get started getting rid of the stress in your home is tackling the backyard. Here are some things to keep in mind:
- Protect your backyard from winter’s wrath: One of the most bittersweet moments in the year is the first warm day after winter and seeing what’s happened to your landscaping and outdoor accessories. Snow and ice are not too kind to outdoor furniture and planters, so if you can, bring these inside. At the very least, make sure to cover them.
- Build a new fence for privacy: Exposure is not usually in the equation for anxiety-relief. It can be tough to act like yourself and spend time with your friends and family when anybody can see you. Building an aluminum fence or vinyl fence around your backyard is the best way to ensure privacy as well as security in your home. You can save money (another way to reduce stress) by shopping our latest Fall clearance items.
- Start a garden: Ask anybody why they garden and they’ll inevitably start talking about how it relaxes them. Gardening is a way to go in the dark from technology and modern life to reconnect with nature. You’ll get some sun, burn some calories, and eventually reap the benefits through a bountiful harvest or beautiful plants. However, not having a plan or being too complicated can cause more stress than it’s worth. Now is the time to start the planning process for a smooth spring.
Relaxation starts with the backyard. Use these and many other tips to create the perfect stress-free backyard for 2014 and beyond.