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Tips for a Healthy Yard

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Having a beautiful yard year-round begins with the preparation and work you do in the springtime. Spring is the opportune time to get your lawn in tiptop shape before harsh weather, and the effort you put into your yard now will be shown throughout the entire year. 

Run a Rake Through Your Yard

In doing so, you will remove harmful thatch (dead grass) from your yard. You should only remove 1/2-1 inch of thatch from your yard. Simply un the rake through your grass at the beginning of the season to encourage healthy growth all year long. 

Take Samples of Your Soil

 Test your soil to see if your pH level is appropriate. The level should be between five and seven.

Aerate the Grass

Aerating the yard can be extremely beneficial by allowing essential nutrients to enter through the recently loosened grass. The more packed down your soil is, the more difficult it becomes for minerals to penetrate the soil.

Patch the Grass Where Necessary

If you notice a hole or bare spot in your yard, it is easier to fix than you might think. First, run water over the spot to flush out anything harmful. Second, take your rake and run through any dead grass. Lastly, fill any holes with sand and soil. 

Water Your Plants

It is essential to make sure your plants are being watered properly. Whether they are watered by rain or a hose, your plants will need a certain amount of water to stay healthy and alive. The same goes for your grass, place a sprinkler in your yard to ensure it is receiving the right amount of moisture. 

Mow Your Lawn in Different Directions

Mowing your lawn in different directions can be immensely beneficial for the future growth of your yard. It may not look as decorative as a diagonal cut might look, but it will help establish a more uniform grass growth.

Leave Grass Clippings Where They Are

Grass clippings can provide nutrients to your yard and serve a similar function as a mulch. Leave your grass clippings where they are and try to mow your lawn when it is dry to avoid clumping. 

We hope you enjoyed these seven tips for creating a healthy yard year-round. We encourage you to try and make yard work a family activity by inviting the members of your family outdoors. You can get a lot accomplished with each other, and you can all bask in the fantastic work you have done.

Outdoor Flooring Options

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Did you know that you can have flooring outside? There are several flooring options available for customers looking to add flooring in their outdoor oasis. Adding flooring to your outdoor space can transform it by adding comfort and an intriguing design. So, take the indoors outside this season by incorporating flooring into your outdoor retreat with one of these four flooring types.

Option 1: Stone

Stone may be the most popular outdoor flooring option because of its natural look. Natural stone flooring blends with the elements of nature by taking its brown and gray hues from your landscape. Stone is a superb option for homeowners looking to update their outdoor space and create a beautiful outdoor oasis for entertaining.

Option 2: Concrete

Concrete is durable and affordable as it provides a classic look for homeowners. You can purchase concrete in pavers and create an intricate design. The most popular design currently is the “herringbone” look. It creates a stunning design while complementing the overall environment.  

Option 3: Wooden Planks

Wooden planks create a beautiful, rustic look, but tends to not do well in high temperatures and extreme weather conditions. If you are considering wooden planks, you will need to take into consideration that they will need to be replaced in the future. If you are okay with replacing them, wooden planks look just like wood flooring. They are beautiful and will make you believe you are indoors. 

Option 4: Faux Slate Tile

This tile gives the illusion of being slate because it is technically stained concrete. It is a gorgeous addition to any outdoor space because of its beauty and durability.

Option 5: Porcelain Tile

Lastly, porcelain tile is one of the most popular outdoor flooring options. It is elegant and beauty while being incredibly durable. Since it is fired at an extreme temperature, porcelain can easily withstand intense temperatures, making it ideal for outdoor areas.

Adding flooring can complete your space, indoors and even outdoors, and create the look that you have been wanting. If you are curious about and want to learn more, our sales staff is eager to answer any questions you might have. For more information on the process of adding flooring outside, do not hesitate to call or visit us. We would love to help you discover all of your outdoor flooring possibilities.

Let’s Hang Out Poolside

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating, Outdoor Living

What makes a splash? Are you lucky enough to have a pool at your home, or are you thinking of installing a pool this summer. Should you have this project on your to do list, here are few examples of designer pools to inspire you.

This poolside defines the essence of tranquility. The illusion of concrete slabs floating effortlessly in the still pool mimics characteristics of a Japanese garden. At the rear of the pool, a 14-foot arc of fire highlights a curved stucco wall painted a rich green.

This tranquil space is highlighted by the interplay of light towers and water features, creating the perfect ambiance for entertaining or a serene retreat for solo relaxing. Light emitted from the towers is diffused by horizontal striations on the sides and a cascading waterfall down the front.

A glass-wall system seamlessly merges interior and exterior spaces, allowing the homeowners to enjoy both environments simultaneously.

Built-in stools surround a swim-up bar. Notice the hammock — the ultimate poolside accessory. The use of natural stone adds texture, contrast and a beautiful look to this pool.

Check out this use of refreshing colors and unique materials to accentuate this contemporary poolside. The pool is lined with blue and black iridescent 3M Quartz that pops against the white interior of the pool.

Don’t you suddenly feel like having a margarita and hanging out poolside?

Outdoor Living – Patio Design

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Great patio design, beautiful hardscaping and savvy plant choices combine to create perfect outdoor spaces just in time for the warm summer months.

This terrace went from no-place-to-sit to the ultimate in a resort-like lounge and dining space. When evening comes, the area turns into an extra-comfy place to watch movies. A 3-D water feature and a fire pit table complete the ambiance.

This is a dream outdoor space for a gourmet cook. While this kitchen can accommodate big gatherings, there are still places to lounge in shade or sun.

 

It’s hard to imagine that this Tuscan-style courtyard used to be nothing more than an empty gravel space. New stonework, a bubbling fountain, lush plantings and decorative finds resulted in a picturesque and very livable outdoor space.

This two-tier, curved bluestone patio coordinates beautifully with the home’s color and architecture. This previous empty lawn is now an elegant space for dining, relaxing and informal entertaining.

Natural stone paving ties in with the home’s interior. Thanks to designing on the diagonal, this courtscape looks bigger than it really is. Built-in seating maximizes the space.

Come see how Century Tile can help with your outdoor patio flooring projects. And don’t forget to take a look at our tile specials!

 

Decor – Outdoor Living Spaces

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We’re gearing up for BBQ season, but that doesn’t mean just grilling your dinner. Here are some backyard kitchens that may inspire you to cook an entire gourmet meal al fresco.

Italian inspiration – Look at this outdoor dining space that’s built around a wood-fired pizza oven. The trough cut from the center of the Italian-inspired marble table can be used to display cut flowers or chill bottles of vino.

Super fancy – A blown-glass vessel sink, marble counter tops and ornate accessories lend luxury to this outdoor kitchen.

Ultra Modern – In this kitchen the rough, organic feel of the stone walls mixed with stick-straight cabinetry give the space interest. A copper vent hood and built-in flat-screen TV add a wow factor.

Gather by the fire – An open-air chiminea is the heart of this backyard oasis. A gas grill and cook top gives the host ample food prep area, while the L-shaped bar creates room for guests to hang out with the chef.

Rooftop kitchen – This rooftop deck’s natural gas five-burner grill has stainless steel cabinets to store grill utensils and spices. A glass fence stretches in front of the adjacent seating area to preserve the city view.

Are you hungry yet? Let us help you get started designing your outdoor kitchen today.

Out of the Ordinary Patio

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This great space works for outdoor entertaining or just a small family evening. The overall look is dramatic and inviting, with some twists in the design that take this space out of the ordinary.

Start with the most obvious element – the thatch roof. This roof is beautifully crafted, using skills that are almost impossible to find today. But the search for competent craftspeople was worth the effort, and the roof is fabulous.

The rest of the design grows out of that roof. The rattan furniture echoes the weaving and natural fibers above them, with colorful cushions to add the only spot of color in the space. The frame of the patio area is a studied contrast in both texture and color. The light smooth look is accented by evenly-spaced square openings under the eaves.

The flooring works perfectly in this space. Tile always works well outside, and this large-scale pattern set on a diagonal adds movement to the area. The light tones work with the framing, and the occasional darker tiles built into the design add character and interest. Using a dark brown grout connects floor and ceiling.

Tile serves another purpose in this outdoor space. If you look toward the back on the left, you can see a delightful piece of art – actually a tile mosaic mounted on the wall. By creating art with tile, the look is sophisticated and interesting while the materials can handle whatever the weather has to give.

Whether you’re having a large party or a small family gathering, this space is ready to support your plans. Think of taking an unusual approach to ceiling, flooring or furniture when you plan an outdoor space, and let your style shine!

Be Adventurous and Add Foreign Flavor to your Back Patio

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This photo of a tourist bazaar in Tripoli has the exotic flavor of another country and almost another time. With a little imagination, you can modify elements of this marketplace to add a foreign feel to your own home. Let’s see how one homeowner borrowed elements from this bazaar to create a unique style for a back patio.

The idea of arches was the first step in elevating the back patio to something special. As you can see in the photo below, the colors and style are different than the marketplace, but they echo the feeling the curves give the space.

The ridge separating each arch from the column evolved to a simple set of circles in an appealing terra cotta. This still provides a definition while staying with a simple and more modern look.

The final borrowed idea was using tiles of two different colors to add some design to the patio’s floor. The simple pattern chosen adds personality but doesn’t overpower the space. The color choices leave options open to use earth tones or richer hues for accessories.

A few elements will finish the look and capitalize on the old world feel. One or more indoor-outdoor rugs that mimic an oriental style would carry the theme further. A few pots in a variety of sizes and colors would help reproduce the market mood. Wall hangings with an eastern flavor would add the final touch of the exotic.

Are you looking for adventure? Well, with planning you don’t need to travel farther than your own back yard to experience some of the delight of other countries and cultures.