Month: April 2017

3 Landscaping Mistakes To Avoid

Photo of backyard for an article about landscaping mistakes.

  1. Plant for only one season: Think about all seasons instead of  just one when planning what trees and flowers you want to plant. Don’t just plant flowers that will bloom in the spring and summer, leaving your yard brown the rest of the year. Consider adding evergreens that will add color throughout the year or trees that bloom in the summer and have colored leaves in the fall.
  2. Ignore the upkeep: Don’t get into the habit of neglecting your yard; plant low maintenance flowers and trees so that the yard can be easily taken care of.
  3. Leave clutter around: Yard toys, sporting equipment and extra lawn furniture can all take over your yard, making it look chaotic and neglected even if the landscaping is taken care of. Invest in an oversized storage bin that these items can be kept in.
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Luxury Home Trends In 2017

Luxury home trends in 2017 include lot’s of space, including garage space, and technology built into the home. Read on for more features that luxury buyers are looking for in 2017.

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Unique Yard Projects

Photo of a beautifully landscaped yard for an article about unique yard projects.

  •  Homeowners are increasingly replacing grass with other low maintenance options such as walkways and ground cover. Not only do these options add interest to the yard, they can also cut down on water usage, saving money.
  • Adding a fire pit to the yard increases the functionality of the space by allowing homeowners to enjoy the outdoors beyond the spring and summer months. Not only are fire pits useful, they are also a good investment. Homeowners can expect to get an ROI of about 78% on a fire pit. They can cost around $4,500 for a professionally installed flagstone fire pit with a small patio or you can purchase a DIY kit for only $200.
  • Creating your own native habitat is both attractive and can boost curb appeal. Establishing a native habitat in your yard is fairly simple; all that’s needed are native plants to add protection from predators, a bird bath or other form of water, and a shelter such as a bird house.
  • Utilizing edible plants is very beneficial; it provides food for your family and creates beauty in your yard. For example, basil, Swiss chard, and fennel are colorful and unique while dill and okra feature beautiful flowers. There are many different options when it comes to using edible foliage such as pole beans grown on arbors, blueberry bushes as hedges, cucumbers as climbing vines on trellises, and much more.

 

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Shorewood Home

Photo of a Shorewood home just listed in the Vintage subdivision.

712 Dover Way Shorewood, IL 60404

Just listed in the sought after Vintage subdivision in Shorewood. Over 3,300 square feet with a large eat in kitchen, finished basement with 5th bedroom and full bathroom, large bedrooms, hot tub, above ground pool, deck and much more! Call 815-954-5050 for more information or to schedule a showing!

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Home Buying: Why You Should Buy In 2017

There are several factors that make home buying in 2017 a good idea. If you are on the fence about hopping on the home buying train, think about these factors that make 2017 the perfect year to purchase a home.

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