If your property is split by a creek or small pond, you may be considering constructing a bridge to allow you and your family members easy access from one side to the other. This home improvement project can increase your property values and improve your quality of life without usually requiring a significant cash outlay. However, this is a project that can present challenges for even the most enterprising DIY homeowner, and you may even need the services of a civil engineer to design your bridge in a way that will allow it to stand the test of time (and of rushing water).
- Not all landscape designs need to revolve around plants and formal gardens. You can add some playful elements to the landscape to satisfy the kids or the young at heart. The following are a few ideas to consider. Idea #1: Splash pad A splash pad is an excellent way to add some water play without installing a full pool. Another benefit is that splash pads don't require the maintenance and water treatment that a pool requires.
- A sloped lawn can be hard to plant, since rain and gravity work in tandem to wash away the soil and rooting plants. This is where sod can really help. Since it is applied in strips, it is less likely to wash out in the brief time it takes it to root. The following tips can further help you with sodding your slope. Tip #1: Begin with good soil It's standard practice to lay down a thin layer of new topsoil or compost before installing sod.
- Adding an outdoor kitchen to your backyard is a project that can easily bust the average homeowner's budget. Between your own desires and the high-end outdoor rooms seen on television and on the internet, it can seem like every outdoor kitchen must be a giant, expensive addition. But, you can create a good outdoor kitchen that fits your lifestyle without sacrificing your pocketbook. Here are 5 tips for the budget-minded homeowner.