Designing Your Outdoor Space

With the market in favor of so many new homeowners purchasing their dream home, there also comes new responsibility to not only take  care of their new purchase, but the piece of land that their home is upon. Not only do you want your home to stand out amongst your neighbors but you also want it to look welcoming, inviting and worth stopping and staring at. If you’ve never tried designing a landscape before, the options and choices to make can become a bit overwhelming. For example, some common questions can be what type of path do you want to have such as straight lines or curved? Do you want specific plants and if so where should you be placing them? How about accessories such as planters, bird paths or benches? Designing the space is just like you would be designing a room inside your home. There are a few tips below to help get you started.

  1. Needs Vs Wants – Just as you made this big decision when it came to purchasing yoru dream home, you also create a list for what your lawn should look like. Do your kids need an area to run around play? Are you thinking about trying gardening to grow your own fruits and vegetables? How about some entertainment areas where you can gather loved ones? Take a look at the yard that you have and just think about what you could do with the space that you have. These can help determine your needs and wants as well if things won’t line up or fit correctly in your space. Thinking of your needs and wants also is determined by location and not only if you can fit it but where do you want it placed. Does your backyard get a lot of sun but the front does not? Make sure to put the gathering area that you are thinking about in a shaded location so the sun doesn’t beat down on everyone and make them uncomfortable.
  1. Think Of A Focal Point: While you might be looking at your yard, also consider a focal point you can view in a 360 degree area. Do you want to put a fountain in the middle of the yard? Is there a space in your home you want to emphasize and can do so by adding small plants around that area? Let that design draw your attention to that specific item or location to share. 
  1. Start Small: Part of designing and thinking about what is going to work in your yard is actually starting. I would start small and work from there. Begin by planting a small garden or a few flowers and see where that might lead you. Take your time and enjoy the process of planting your flowers and then seeing where that leads you a few days down the road. If you like it, begin by branching out and adding a small bench near by, potted plants or a string of lights. See how simple that was! 

Image: Onorato Landscaping, LLC 

  1. Hire A Professional: If in any time of the process of figuring out what is going to work best for your property, there is no question that you’ll want to seek out the professionals to get the opinion and even a price point to help if you need it. Living in New Jersey, there are some excellent landscapers but one I admire is Onorato Landscaping, LLC . These professionals are second to none when it comes to creating some beautiful and friendly designs for your backyard or front yard. Not only are they creative, helpful and trusting but they also provide excellent lawn care in the Bergen County area. They are a full-service hardscaping, landscaping and lawn service company that delivers value to both their commercial and residential customers. Marc Onorato who is the founder has over 10+ years working for a premium garden center and develops services that are sure to impress everyone. 

As a reminder to all beginners, take your time and be patient. There are so many thins to keep track of such as your kids, pets and temporary ideas that you’ll want to try and get done. There are also a lot of things to consider such as tracking in mud, using mulch or any tips to help figure out what you want. You can always change your mind and be open to change if you don’t like where things are located. 

4 Must Do Roofing Tips For Cooler Weather

Personally Fall is not one of my favorite times of the year as Winter is sure to come soon after, but I have to say that the cooler weather in the New Jersey area makes activities so much more enjoyable and gives the night time an entire feel and look
of it’s own.

However, Fall also comes with a few things you’ll want to be prepared for, especially when it comes to your home. For instance, now is the time to look at your roof and see if any maintenance needs to be done before the cooler weather turns too cold.

This will ensure that your home won’t in it’s best shape for the snow, ice, and winter wind that could keep your home’s value from dropping or worse, leave you with a large bill to fix. Below are a few tips to help you navigate what you should do first when it comes to your roof, especially if you are a new homeowner.

Image: Peter’s Roofing

1. Consulting With A Professional: It might seem easy to spot a problem with your roof but because you’re not an expert in this field, it also might be easier to have them come on just to be safe. Hiring a roofing contractor who specializes in roofing replacement is

key. They are the ones who can safely inspect your roof and spot any potential problems before the cold weather emergencies. This also will allow you to fix it before it’s too late.
After all, nobody wants to deal with a leaking roof in negative degree weather in the middle of December. Therefore, it is much easier to make the repairs necessary to your
roof in the fall when there is no snow or ice to worry about it. If you’re looking for a reputable company to help you with this decision, call Peter’s Roofing. These professionals install roofing to residential neighborhoods throughout the New Jersey area. I appreciate that they make safety a top priority and earned an impeccable safety record to show for it. They also have several years of experience as well as a solid team
to meet the demands of their clients.

All of their EPDM roofing service installations are covered by a full warranty and manufacturer guarantee so you can feel good about
having them take a look at your roof. It’s also a free estimate to have them come out and give you an expert estimate to help you determine which roof is best for you, your home,
and your budget.

2. Double Check The Gutters – If you haven’t even thought about cleaning your gutters, now is the time to do so. Debris, mud, twigs, and a whole lot of other things can have accumulated
inside of them which is tricky to see from the ground. As this pile grows, the gutters then become clogged. Rainwater, instead of draining down towards the ground, has nowhere to
go and if it’s can drain properly it’ll eventually spill back onto the roof. The water then begins to form a puddle, putting pressure and weight on various sections of your roof. This weight can then cause the roof to sage allowing for more rainwater to build until it collapses in that
spot. Now that you know, you’ll want to grab a ladder and check your gutters as soon as you
can.

3. Trim Overgrown Branches: Having trees in your yard is wonderful. They provide protection and shade from the hot sun but they can also cause some trouble for your roof. If branches start to overhang your roof you’ll want to make sure that you trim them because if the twigs
break off, they can cause damage to your shingles. The majority of damaged roofs actually are caused by falling branches so if a storm comes through, or if you have an older tree and has weak branches it could potentially fall on your roof. This is when you’ll want to keep an eye on it, especially when the winter arrives and the snow can make the branches fall with its weight.

4. Checking The Attic: While it’s awesome to continue to check the roof for areas of trouble but it’s also important to inspect the roof from the inside of your home. That’s right- I’m talking about your attic. Your attic can often lead to issues that might be missed from the
outside. For instance, look for any water leaks that can appear as any dark stain or discolored areas on the wall or floor. Check for signs of mildew or mold as well and don’t
forget to look for any warped ward. If your attic insulation is in good condition, you’ll want to be able to get the max heat retention during the cold months.

Are you starting to feel a bit overwhelmed with everything? Not to worry. The biggest and best thing
you can do for your loved ones and your home is first calling a professional to help take care of the
important things, such as your roof. They are the ones to know exactly what to look for and can help you with troubled areas as well as staying within your budget if repairs are needed.