How To Create A Getaway In Your Own Backyard

Even if you’re not hopping on a jet plane for a getaway anytime soon, you can make your own backyard your very own relaxation spot. There are a variety of ways that you can get your backyard to a place of zen. 

Focus On The Deck

Your deck can become its own destination. If you have room for multiple levels, use each site for different activities like dining and relaxing. You can use plants or other outdoor items to define the designated spaces on the deck. At the same time, the entire landscape of the area will blend in together, looking natural. 

Make Your Yard An Extension Of Your Home

Your yard can become an extension of your home’s interior pretty easily. Whether you have a season room, a deck, or a patio, you’ll want to be outdoors as much as possible. You can design any of these spaces to be an extension of your home’s architectural design and interior design. From the way your furniture is laid out to the colors you choose to the overall design of the room or patio space, you’ll be able to bring the overall feel you want for your home both indoors and out. 

Create Your Dream Kitchen Outdoors

If you love to eat outdoors and spend a lot of time grilling, an outdoor kitchen could be for you. Any kind of grill will do. To make your outdoor kitchen complete, you’ll need a prep space, complete with countertops. Installing a separate burner will bring your outdoor cooking experience to the next level. If you have the resources, add an outdoor refrigerator and sink to make both the preparation of food and the outdoor cleanup process easier.

Keep Your Privacy 

You want to keep your yard private when you create the perfect outdoor space. Enclosing the space will make your yard feel more like a private escape if it has some sort of enclosure. You can use anything from a fence to walls to bushes and trees. Get creative with how you ensure your privacy.

Make Sure You Have Shade

Even if you love the sun, the shade can be welcome on a hot, bright day. There’s so many ways that you can create shade including using umbrellas, awnings, or natural shade from trees and greenery.  

Define Your Space

You can make your space even more of a pleasant place if you use some sort of structure to define it. Things you can install include a gazebo, pergolas, arbor ways, trellises, or other outdoor structures. If you have a pool, a pool house would add to this division of your yard. It’s not a bad idea to have your entire yard categorized in different spots just like your deck to make your yard an oasis.

Fast Fix Ups For The Front Of Your Home

Whether you’re selling your home or just need to spruce up the front of your home because it’s lacking curb appeal, you can make a difference in a few simple steps. Below, you’ll find some great suggestions to help you bring the curb appeal of your home to a new level to make your home more inviting. 

Paint Your Door

You want your front door to grab attention. That means that you can take a risk when it comes to choosing a front door color. You’ll need to match the front door with your existing exterior home color and style, but don’t be afraid to go bold. Find the right balance for some great curb appeal. 

Light The Outdoors

If you really want to add some curb appeal to your home, you should make it visible both day and night. There are plenty of great ways to add charm to your yard all while adding practical lights to highlight your landscapes and provide safety at the same time. Solar lighting is great for any yard because it doesn’t require any type of electrical work. 

Redo The Driveway

Your driveway is an overlooked part of the outside of your home. You usually just drive in and out to get to your home. Filling in your driveway, repaving it, filling in the cracks and landscaping alongside the driveway can really make a difference. You can bring your driveway from unsightly to an asset with a little TLC. 

Keep Up With The Landscaping

You should never let your landscaping grow tired. Make sure you keep the bushes, flowers, and shrubs along the front of your home updated. Every so often add a new bush or change out your flowers. It can seem like a big project but it really can be rewarding at just how far small changes can go. You even have the option of making these changes gradually. There’s no reason they need to be drastic.     

Change Your Mailbox

This idea seems incredibly simple but it can really add a lot to your home. Your mailbox doesn’t need to be boring. It should be one of the features that gives your home some character. You can shop for a unique mailbox to suit your style or you can create one of  your own.  

   

       Take A Second Look At The Walkway


Your front walkway should be a place that’s inviting and gives an overall feel for your home. Lay cement or stone on the walkway to create a decorative pattern. Line the walkway with cedar, wood chips, or other types of mulch to bring an inviting scent as you walk into the home. 

How To Choose Where To Live Based On The Commute

What’s the optimal commute time for most people to get to and from work? According to many surveys and research studies, this amount of time is around 30 minutes at the most. The closer you live to your job, the happier you’ll be (that is of course if you do like your job!) If you live further from work, you may think that the bigger house is worth it because of your paycheck. If your commute is miserable, however, you may want to rethink your journey. 

You’ll choose where you live based on a variety of factors including the neighborhood dynamics, the school system and the safety of the area. You may be willing to sacrifice one of these factors to gain another. 

Metropolitan Or The Suburbs? 

Generally speaking, the center of jobs tends to be in metropolitan areas. Yet, better schools and neighborhoods are often seen outside of the city. This makes for longer commute times. Depending upon which city you’re talking about, commute times can vary widely. New York and Los Angeles may beat smaller cities like Cleveland or Kansas City in the average number of minutes that people commute to work.

Don’t Worry, Be Happy 

Your happiness factor is very important when it comes to your living situation and your commute time. Whatever is most important to you should go on the top of your property search list. If you don’t mind spending an hour in the car each way to get to and from work, then you can live a bit farther away without much issue. You’ll also need to add in factors like public transportation, if that’s important to you.   

If you do prefer to take public transportation to get where you need to go, you may need to weigh a few factors. You’ll need to look in areas where trains and buses are more accessible. Living closer to public transportation can often come at a bit of a higher price tag. However, you’ll be able to save some money on the cost of keeping a vehicle. All of these factors need to be kept in mind when you’re beginning your house search and making your wishlist.   

Remember that the area of the country that you choose to live in has an effect on your commute. While some cities have more traffic than others, jobs my be more plentiful in a wider area, making it easier and more affordable to live closer to work. New York City has a much different dynamic than Tulsa, let’s say. 

Working From Home

In the most ideal of situations, maybe your commute is only to your home office! In this case, you’ll only need to be mindful of how far it is to get to the places you need to visit most often. You’ll also want to find a home that has a good space for you to have your office in. 

We all need to work in order to pay for the beautiful homes that we own. Why not make it much easier to get to and from work, and be mindful of commute times in your home search? With today’s technology, it’s a whole lot easier to get this information, so do your research! Happy house hunting!

Open house on 4/29/2018 at 107 Stanton St Worcester, MA 01605


Date: 04/29/2018 Time: 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM  
For Directions: feel free to contact me.  
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Come and enjoy a little country in the city! A must see! Beautifully renovated and decorated cape with updated kitchen, hardwoods throughout, some natural woodwork, replacement windows, updated electric and plumbing in kitchen and second floor, above ground pool and a bright and sunny four season porch, large composite deck, extra toilet in cellar for those using the pool, and some pieces of furniture that are negotiable to purchase.