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Exterior Projects

The first thing everyone sees is the exterior of your home. Through landscape design, siding, roofing, decorative accents and other curb appeal, upgrade your exteriors with latest ideas from those who work in the home design industry. There are incredible new technologies and color theories that can add a brilliant new look to your home's exterior. The front of your home isn't the only thing that people look at. Backyards and gardens are just the beginning for your outdoor renovation project. You can create the perfect outdoor scene for parties, entertainment, family gatherings and barbecues. Hot tubs and swimming pools aren't the only way to add an exciting outdoor oasis. Whether you want to add an outdoor entertainment area, new landscape or even a greenhouse, your exterior projects can define how your exterior flows with your home and define you as a creator and designer.

One of the biggest DIY remodeling projects is a backyard deck. These wooden structures do not have to be so traditional. You can create decks from wrought iron, wood, and even glass. Decks are perfect for creating a flow from your interior to exterior, placing a hot tub, or a safe passage to an above ground pool. These structures are also amazing for picture perfect views. Decks can overlook lakes, pools, and beautifully landscaped gardens.

Changing an exterior is an intensive project. You have to provide for structural defects and weather damage. You also want to make sure that you are choosing durable furniture, ready to outlast constant sun and rain exposure. The typical outdoor areas can still require the help of an architect to plan and direct the outdoor space that you have to work with. You may also have to change your interiors to create a better flow throughout your home. For example, if you're adding a sunroom or screened porch area, you may want to tear down a wall to make it more open and provide space to install stairs. From green landscapes and hot tubs to flower gardens and luxurious pools, your exterior designs can really improve the value and beauty of your home.

Landscaping Lawn Seeding


Lawn seeding is something that needs to be done when you first figure out a new landscaping plan. Any time you plan to completely redo the landscaping in your lawn and want to put down lawn, you will need lawn seeding first. It is something that helps keep your lawn free of weeds after the lawn grows in. During this phase, you will be giving plenty of attention to the soil and planting proper material. It requires special testing and adding the right ingredients, therefore lawn seeding is often done by a professional landscaper. But this doesn’t mean you can’t learn how to do it as part of your do-it-yourself (DIY) landscaping project.

Project Ideas

Before starting your DIY lawn seeding project, you will need to remove all obstructions in the way. This includes stones, wood, roots and branches. After this, smooth the soil with a rake and a spade and lay down compost in a 1-inch layer. Your compost can be whatever you prefer, such as dried manure or organic matter. Loosen the soil and smooth it again with a garden rake. After preparing your lawn for the seeding, you will then make proper calculations and seed it by hand. As with other forms of planting, you need to moisten the area after seeding it.

Remodeling Considerations

There are some things you should consider before you begin your lawn seeding project. Always make sure all debris, rocks, plants and pebbles are out of the way. You will also need to learn lawn aeration, which is done using a rototiller. If you don’t have one, you may need to pay extra to rent or buy one. Testing the soil also needs to be done, which is fairly simple using a soil tester kit found at your local home improvement store. Finally, after laying down the fertilizer, you need to wait 2 weeks before planting the grass seed. Make sure you know this ahead of time so you can prepare for it. The best seasons for lawn seeding are in the spring and fall.

Costs

The costs of this project depend on a number of factors, including lawn seeding an existing or new lawn, and the size of your yard. On average, lawn seeding for an existing or new lawn is anywhere between $150 and $600. This is a big range in pricing and due to the different sizes. Larger homes or business landscaping will cost more. Installing it yourself is going to cost less, even with the additional material and equipment charges.

If you visit Remodeling Central, you will get access to a cost estimator, which is an easy to use calculator that helps you determine the approximate cost of your lawn seeding project. Get the proper lawn measurements before attempting to use this tool.