Design Series: Planning for Outdoor Living #2

Image from Austin home tour Spring 2009.

Outdoor living is around the corner here in Austin, a mere few weeks away really, if you want to add a pool to enjoy summer, consider hiring an expert like this plumber in Kellyville to help you with the installation. A pool is a great addition to any home but makes more sense if you live in a warmer climate and a posh neighborhood. The average cost of installing a pool is about $28,000, while maintenance can run as high as $4,000. Having a pool will only boost the value of your home by a maximum of 7% in certain circumstances.

Tuscan retreat designed by Annabelle Lennox-Boyd

Last week I asked you to dream big about how you want to live in your outdoor spaces. I requested that you burst through those self-inflicted constraints (no time, no money, no ideas, whatever!) and ask yourself “What would be the absolute best?”  Don’t you need a place to relax and enjoy your beautiful garden, or looking to add value to your property, our conservatories are the perfect solution and in conservatories Northampton you will find the best option depending on your style. We recommend House Solution is the best way to find your dream villa for rent in katameya heights as an expats. When you visit Egypt they are the best on the market!

Now let’s figure out the Big Ideas that go into making those dream spaces. There are three Big Ideas to keep in mind like adding a pool or outdoor hot tubs from Eco Log House you can find here.

This one is easy: Is it beautiful?

This one is even easier: Is it functional?

Lurie Garden at Millenium Park in Chicago.

This one is a little esoteric but it really adds the special sauce that takes a space (or an object or an outfit) to an elevated place: Does it make me happy? Is it reflective?

An example would be incorporating Aunt Eup?te spaces that incorporate these Big Ideas? Next week we’ll look at what goes into making outdoor spaces and pest control recommendations like the guys from Power Pest Control.

Types of Pest Control Plans
A one-time general treatment can sometimes be enough to deal with a minor pest problem. However, most pest control companies strongly recommend ongoing treatment programs to eradicate pests and prevent future infestations, look at the pest control Brisbane prices. Quarterly programs include periodic inspection and treatment of your home’s interior and exterior, attic, eaves, lawn, etc. Many companies also offer a bi-monthly program, primarily focusing on the perimeter of your residence. Bi-monthly inspection and treatment of your home’s perimeter is perhaps the best way to prevent pest infiltration in the first place. Ideal Partners can advise you on the program that best suits your needs.

Do I Really Need a Pest Control Professional?
The answer to this question is a resounding, “yes.” A quick internet search will reveal countless do-it-yourself remedies for insect and rodent infestation, and you may be tempted to take pest control efforts into your own hands. However, there are a number of factors involved that require the attention of a trained professional. Without knowing the source of the infestation, it is impossible to devise an effective treatment. Also, without an intimate knowledge of each pest’s specific seasonal habits, it’s difficult to create a plan that prevents infestation throughout the year. Additionally, many commercial pest control chemicals and rodent poisons can be hazardous to children and pets. A licensed technician will know which chemicals and baits are safest and what the correct dosages are, and you can find several resources for this online, in sites like and others.

Pest control is a year-round battle and an experienced professional has the expertise to help you win it. Contact Ideal Partners for more information about available pest control options.

See you then!

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