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R&D Landscaping And Lawn Care Llc
(816) 741-8711
7849 N Dawn Ave
Kansas City, MO

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Mid American Dream Scapes
(816) 524-9900
601 N.E. Pavestone Dr.
Lee's Summit, MO
Guetterman Turf
(913) 533-4040
Kansas City, KS
Hi-Boy Erosion Company
(816) 746-5556
Kansas City, MO
Ochsner Hare & Hare LLC
(816) 842-8844
2600 Grand Blvd # Mezzanine
Kansas City, MO
Marshall Evergreens
(816) 628-4266
Kearney, MO
Konrady's Lawn & Landscaping
(913) 722-1163
4213 Speaker Rd
Kansas City, KS
Shade Tree Lawn & Landscape
(913) 371-4733
565 S 10th St
Kansas City, KS
Stringfield Lawn & Landscape
(913) 915-9024
Kansas City, KS
Lattig, Greg - Clark Enersen Partners
(816) 474-8237
112 W 9th St Ste 200
Kansas City, MO
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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.


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

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