Forget the Groundhog, Spring is Coming to Texas

Forget the Groundhog, Spring is Coming to Texas

by PJ Kratohvil
of Complete Solutions
completesolutionsdfw.com

Is it go time already?

Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow but you’d better go ahead and get those 2017 patio and landscape plans started. Spring-like weather gets the patio builders busy drawing up plans and the landscape designers busy designing. Although it will be another month or so until spring flowers start to arrive in masses, getting a jump on things is always a good idea. Cut the beds in, get that stone work going and the larger bucket sizes planted now so you can be ahead of the curve and have a better idea on that spring color (how much, what kind and where) when it gets here.

We definitely consider ourselves “small business” and with contracting 10-12 patios in January, it’s a for sure sign everyone is off and running into 2017. When looking at the outdoor project list it’s always a good idea to start with the BIG stuff (i.e. patio extension, outdoor living space, pool, etc.). Getting a great looking multi-functional outdoor space put together that you can enjoy year round is where you need to begin. You should ensure that it looks great from the inside or out whether using it or not. To keep all your fields of view open from the house is also key. Paying those lot premiums then cutting off the view is too often something we come across. Determine whether you want a place to sit and watch the game with friends, a place to cook and entertain, or both. Hire a designer that can provide you with an impressive portfolio, patios that look functional and that you could see your family enjoying. Letting designers know things like the typical size group you entertain, whether you want to enjoy the space rain or shine, etc., will help give them direction when putting a custom plan together for you.

Once you’ve got the BIG stuff knocked out you can focus on then smaller items like accenting the space with accessories or pots to bring in color, balancing the backyard with added landscape. Beds, raised gardens and individual sitting areas are all great ideas and can help you create your own oasis…


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