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Landscape Innovations, Llc
(402) 212-7625
P.O. Box 460815
Papillion, NE

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Elements Landscape Construction
(402) 895-6691
16725 Gertrude St.
Omaha, NE

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Brad & Chad Taylor Landscaping
(712) 545-3399
21766 Mudhollow Rd
Council Bluffs, IA
 
Earl May Nursery & Garden Center
(712) 322-8780
1718 Madison Ave
Council Bluffs, IA
 
Peterson Lawncare
(712) 323-9318
1120 9th Avenue
Council Bluffs, IA
 
A Plus Creative Curb
(402) 250-5998
15211 State Orchard Road
Council Bluffs, IA

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Arbor Hills Trees And Landscaping
(402) 895-3635
20185 George B Lake Pkwy
Omaha, NE

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A Garden Paradise Landscaping
(712) 322-0927
103 Knollwood Dr
Council Bluffs, IA
 
Low Cut Lawns
(402) 934-7400
1722 S 26th St
Omaha, NE
 
Lawn Oasis
(402) 250-5696
900 Plinton St
Omaha, NE
 
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Plan An Outdoor Oasis For Your Home

by Special to Casa Latina on July 5, 2011

in Design Studio

If you are thinking of making some improvements or additions to your home, outside may be the best place to get started.

Exterior additions and improvements are high on homeowner’s lists, according to the Better Homes and Gardens 2011 Consumer Preference Survey. So whether you want to make some improvements for selling your home, or just to enjoy for yourself, the planning our friends at Fiberon , have some tips to help you plan the perfect outdoor oasis.

Define the Space

An outdoor room could be the entire yard, or just a small part of it. Think about it having walls, a ceiling and flooring, just like an indoor room.

  • Walls are vertical elements that help define a space, such as hedges, trees, lattice screens, raised garden beds, railings, a gazebo or fence to frame your space.
  • Ceilings provide shelter and shade. Think of awnings, umbrellas and pergolas. Or use what’s naturally there, like the branches of a shade tree.
  • Flooring could be the existing lawn, a mulched pathway or a created floor such as a concrete or flagstone patio, or deck.

Decide the Elements

Once you know where your oasis is, it’s time to figure out what needs to go in it. Here are some elements to consider: 

Decking – A low-maintenance composite deck adds versatility and beauty that you can customize to meet just about any need. And it can pay, off, too. Composite deck additions are among the projects that recoup the most of their cost upon home resale, according to the Remodeling Magazine 2009-10 Cost vs. Value Report.

  • When planning a deck, don’t make the mistake of building one that’s too small. Mark the area you want to use, then put your outdoor furniture in it to see if you have the space you need.
  • Use an online planning tool to explore designs, materials, colors and accessories.
  • Be sure to check on local building codes and permits needed before starting any construction.

Fire and Food

Use your outdoor room any time of day by planning a place to cook and eat.

  • An outdoor kitchen can be as simple as a portable grill or as elaborate as your budget will allow. A DIY pizza oven can also be a fun way to enjoy cooking outside.
  • Fireplaces, fire pits and chimineas bring coziness along with great function – and they help extend the outdoor enjoyment in cooler weather.

Accessories

Just like indoor room, outdoor rooms benefit from appropriate accessor...

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