Upgrading your landscaping and fixing the exterior of your home can really boost the value of your property. Like any construction project, your ultimate landscape plan is limited only by your creativity and budget. Learn more here about landscaping and other outdoor projects in the articles, blog posts, videos and radio shows.
The days are getting shorter, and the weather is getting cooler, signaling that it’s a good time to prepare your winter home-maintenance checklist. Inspecting (and, if necessary, repairing) a handful of key parts of your house can help keep you warmer, save money, and prevent a number of cold-weather nuisances this winter. Seal windows and [...]
If you haven’t jumped on the outdoor living space bandwagon yet, now is the time. “Next to energy efficiency, perhaps no other market trend is changing the landscape of new-home design than outdoor living,” David Barista, editor-in-chief of Professional Builder, wrote in a recent column on the site. These outdoor improvements maximize living and entertainment [...]
If you want to know how you can stop your yard from flooding, talk to a landscape designer or the local municipality. Q: I am trying to figure out who is responsible for the flooding and damage that is happening to my property due to runoff from the road. I am hoping that you could [...]
BBQ lover alert: new Kingsford BBQ accessories make grilling fun and easy. Kingsford has new silicone sop mops, magnetic grilling light for your spatula or tongs and grill sauce pots! Grill at night with the magnetic light and make the clean up easy with new BBQ accessories by Kingsford. Watch this Expert Real Estate Tips segment for more information.
When you own rental property and the neighbor to your property sets up a fence that runs over your property line you may decide to ask the neighbor to move the fence. When the neighbor chooses to ignore your request you may have to hire an attorney and take the neighbor to court. Another option is to tear down the fence but you need to fully understand local regulations before doing that.
When you're designing your home you should design the garden at the same time. Architect Sarah Susanka talks about the interplay between home and garden. Often people consider home and garden separately but they should be treated as one unit.
Learn about designing a garden based on your landscape. Author Sarah Susanka describes how to incorporate natural features into landscape design. Landscape design means envisioning your view as your building and designing your home. Landscape design allows your land to dictate the garden design.
If you're short on space consider a container garden. Designing a container garden includes selecting the type of container and the types of plants. When you're designing a container garden you'll also want to keep in mind the seasons and which plants bloom when. A Chicago Botanic Garden expert offers tips on designing a container garden.