The holidays are a time to be selfless — or so they say. Chances are, you’ve spent the holidays worrying about where to find the latest video game system or hottest new toy for the kids. (The twinkle in their eyes when they see what Santa’s brought makes all the effort worth it, doesn’t it?)
But now that the Christmas shopping season is drawing to a close, maybe it would be all right to think about yourself for a moment! The beginning of a new year is the perfect time to decide what landscape additions or improvements you’re going to make in the months to come. So…what’s your landscape dream for 2014?
The Neave team has put together seven of your big landscape wishes to get your imagination going. Take a look!
Infinity edge pool
Many homeowners dream of installing a backyard swimming pool. Could 2014 be the year you make your dream a reality? Whether one of your landscape wishes is to build a place for your family to play all summer or a lap pool to relax and exercise on your own, pools are an envy-inspiring investment for your home!
Have you considered an infinity edge pool? They have a sleek, sexy feel to them and add a refined touch to your backyard landscape. Even if you’ve already been enjoying a backyard pool for a few years, you may be able to retrofit it with this beautiful style for a new look.
If you love cooking and entertaining, but hate throwing an outdoor party where you’re stuck inside for most of it then why not bring the cooking outside? One of the most common landscape wishes, an outdoor kitchen, is a fun addition to your outdoor living area that can offer up to double the return on your investment after it’s complete!
Whether you’re adding a sink and refrigerator for a luxe outdoor bar, or going whole-hog with a grill and food prep area, an outdoor kitchen is an exciting addition that will offer evenings full of food and entertainment, and maybe even inspire envy in your neighbors!
Could a new pergola or other shade structure be the crowning touch on your outdoor living space? One of the most popular landscape wishes–shade structures–can add visual interest down a paved path somewhere deep in your landscape, provide a cool place to relax by the pool or even provide a nice place to dine after creating a beautiful meal in your new outdoor kitchen.
Revamped Paved Surfaces
We recently posted a photo on our Facebook from a recent paving project in Briarcliff Manor, N.Y., that got a lot of attention! Our Neave Masonry designers used an elegant Turkish travertine in beautiful mottled tones on a home’s brand-new walkway and garage apron. The new hardscaping added all-new curb appeal to the home.
Imagine walking out your door on a cool summer night and feeling the pavement warm beneath your feet — patios equipped with automatic radiant heat will do exactly that. Neave Masonry can install fully automated systems that are fitted with sensors that can tell when it’s getting wet or chilly outside. These heated patios automatically warm up according to your local weather conditions!
There are plenty of options for extending the life of your patio.
If you already have a landscape you’re proud of, why not show it off twenty-four hours a day? Landscape lighting is one of the best landscape wishes you can have! It can beautifully illuminate your patio, flower beds, special trees, walkways, or swimming pool, or provide safety and security in your landscape after the sun goes down.
Resolving to save yourself time and money in 2014? A fully automated landscape irrigation system takes the work out of keeping your lawn and landscape healthy and well watered. The best systems take all of your landscape’s needs into account, creating precise precipitation zones that will provide the ideal moisture for all your plants, trees and turf.
What’s your landscape dream for 2014? Leave a comment here and tell us what you’re planning for the new year. Or, better yet, contact us directly to get the ball rolling!
In the Hudson Valley, call our office at (845) 463-0592, or call (914) 271-7996 from Westchester County. If you’re in Connecticut, call (203) 212-4800. You can also fill out our web form on the right side of your screen, and we’ll get in touch with you.
Dream big…and happy planning!