How You Can Enjoy Your Home Year-Round
If you like spending time outdoors or entertaining outside, there are a wealth of options to enhance your backyard. Outdoor kitchens, patios, pergolas, sunrooms, and pool houses extend your living space and can be enjoyed in every season.
Professional landscaping can mean the difference between a comfortable house and one that offers eye-catching curb appeal. Today’s landscape professionals offer a wide range of options to enhance your property:
Indoor/Outdoor Living Spaces
Take full advantage of your backyard with an amazing outdoor living room. Entertain guests with an open-air kitchen. Create privacy with shaded sunrooms. Maximize every inch of your property with features such as built-in appliances, bench seating, fire pits, outdoor fireplaces, and high-tech pergolas. Outdoor living spaces are custom-built to fit the needs of each homeowner.
Terrain and Climate Friendly Plantings
The Brandywine Valley offers four distinct seasons. Certain flowers and plants flourish in this climate, while others will not. The addition of decorative plantings, flowering trees and elegant shrubbery can transform your home. To understand the sunlight and moisture needs of this area, trust a professional.
Professional landscape designers and certified arborists will work within your budget and design a plan that grows with your home.
Many landscape designers work with masonry companies to create a comprehensive outdoor space. This combo creates endless possibilities. Elegant stone terraces, permanent seating, flowing waterfalls and aesthetically placed natural boulders are just a few options. Stone is an enduring way to add value to your home.
No landscaping plan would be complete without LED lighting. The perfect way to increase beauty and usability at night, a well-conceived lighting plan will also highlight a property’s focal points, add visual texture, and create an interesting mix of colors and shadows that add new life to your home after dark. Simple or comprehensive lighting schemes can be added to any landscape. Lighting will also boost a property’s security.
Check out DiSabatino’s portfolio of recent projects here. They offer complementary consultations to show you how you can make the most of your property.
Tips to Help Beat the Heat
This month of July has already broken records for the heat index, and experts are predicting it’s a trend that could continue over the next decade. A covered area with protection from the sun can cool down areas by 10 to 25 degrees.
If you’re looking for ways to take shelter from the blazing sun, the following ideas can help:
Covered Porticos or Pavilions
The most effective way to add shade is with a covered patio, portico or pavilion. These structures can be made of wood, stone, PVC or aluminum. They’re customizable to every shape, size and style. There are even smart StruXure pergolas that adjust their louvers to direct, partial and closed sunlight.
Add an Awning
A canopy awning is a great way to enjoy the outdoors without melting in the sun. They can be permanent or temporary, depending on your preference, and come in a wide range of colors and styles. There’s a reason why awnings are frequently used at the beach to protect from direct sunlight.
Plant Shade Trees or Ivy
A trellis or row of trees is an environmentally friendly way to add shade. While it may take some time for the plants and shrubs to grow, they will offer year-round sun protection when they do. If you’re looking to upgrade your landscaping, a landscape designer can show you the best kinds of trees and ivy to use that will thrive in this climate.
Fabric Canopy Sail
If you’re looking for a quick and cost-effective way to add temporary shade, a large canopy strung between posts offers immediate shade. The extra-large fabric comes in a variety of sizes and colors. Because it’s not a load bearing material, it should be taken down during heavy storms and in the winter before snow.
If you already have a covered deck, outdoor curtains can offer additional sun protection. They can be pulled aside to enjoy the air and closed when it rains. Curtains also add style to your backyard.
The Benefits of Outdoor Living Rooms
Your backyard is the ideal spot to extend your home’s living areas. Custom decks, outdoor kitchens, patios and pergolas are just some of the ways you can create additional areas for entertaining friends and family.
Outdoor structures define spaces and provide open areas for relaxing or spending time outside. These structures add both character and charm to your backyard experience.
Let an expert outdoor living designer show you how to create stylish spaces that will make your home the envy of the neighborhood. Here’s how:
The location of your structure can provide both function and privacy. A covered deck or patio provides shelter from rain and protection from the sun. New
StruXure pergolas have tilting louvers that automatically close with weather conditions. A pool house allows swimmers to relax and find shade. Outdoor kitchens extend parties and provide food for guests well into the night. The list of options to customize your project is endless.
Experienced outdoor living designers understand how to evaluate your property to create the ideal outdoor structures. They work with the existing layout and elevation of your yard to bring out the best. There are a host of options available when designing an outdoor structure. Cellular PVC or Azek looks like wood but won’t rot, split or warp. Natural stone will last for decades. Pea gravel, brick and pavers are other popular options.
Before any work begins, you should choose a professional design firm with a superior reputation. DiSabatino’s design team members will guide you through the process, working with you to build a project that fits your taste and lifestyle. They offer a comprehensive 3D rendering of the project that allows you to visualize the design and modify any aspects as needed.
Even if a design firm is using the highest-grade products, the success of your project depends on the techniques used for installation. Experienced professionals follow proven installation methods and anticipate any potential problems beforehand. Their expertise helps to manage your project from start to finish, ensuring you will be enjoying your outdoor living space for years to come.
DiSabatino Outdoor Living’s team of landscape and design professionals guide clients through every stage of a project, ensuring client confidence and satisfaction.
DiSabatino Landscaping is now offering a line of StruXure pergolas and cabanas for the ultimate in outdoor living. These aluminum pergolas are motorized with the ability to open, close, or pivot based on your needs.
“They’re essentially the Mercedes Benz of pergolas,” says Brandon Jewell, DiSabatino Landscaping’s StruXure Sales and Installation Consultant. “Each one is fully automated with louvers that move based on the amount of sunlight or the weather conditions.”
The pergolas and cabanas can be customized to any shape or style. And because they’re made of aluminum, they’re virtually maintenance free.
StruXure offers both sliding and pivoting louvers in the same model, allowing homeowners to fully open to the sky or take cover from direct sunlight. The pergolas also come with electric, fans, lighting, and heating elements.
“They’ve thought of everything,” says Brandon. “They can be built free standing, are customizable to any size, and even have rain gutters to keep the area dry.”
StuXure’s app Somfy allows homeowners to control their pergola or pool cabana from any wireless device. The remote access includes sensors that automatically close the louvers upon detection of rain or high wind conditions.
DiSabatino Landscaping recently built a StuXure pergola in their outdoor display pavilion. Stop by and visit the pavilion to see the latest in outdoor design and creativity.
Tips for Creating Private Retreats in Your Backyard
If you live close to your neighbors or cherish your time alone, there are a number of ways to create a secluded backyard. Custom landscaping and hardscaping features offer protection from the elements and other parties.
Consider the following ideas for ways to add privacy to your home:
A Line of Trees
Arborvitae trees can grow up to five feet a year. They thrive in our Mid Atlantic climate and tolerate both full and partial sunlight. A mature arborvitae can grow anywhere from 40 to 60 feet tall. Arborvitae trees are very popular options and are often used to line the borders of residential properties.
Stone walls, capstones or gates offer both elegance and privacy. They can also be customized to the style of your home. Colors and sizes of natural stone are endless, from smaller rocks to large boulders. Upgrade your property with natural stone. Its beauty is timeless and enduring.
A broadleaf shrub, privet is often found planted in rows and then cut like a hedge wall. It does well in well-drained soil and can grow four to ten feet wide. Privet comes in evergreen, deciduous and golden colors. Privet is widespread in our area because it maintains its color for most of the year.
Feel like you’re in Italy with a leaf-covered pergola or pavilion. They offer shade from the sun and protection from the elements. Consider growing wisteria along the slats of the top for bursts of color. You can add soft lighting or outdoor lamps. Any climbing plant will do well with the support of a custom pergola.
Available in wood, metal or PVC, privacy screens do exactly what they’re called. They can be tailored to any style or color you desire. The screens can also be adapted to bring in more or less light, depending on your needs. They adaptability and ease of use makes them a popular addition to many homes.
Outdoor firepits and fireplaces are one of the most popular additions for outdoor living spaces. They help extend time spent outside when it grows dark out or the weather begins to cool down. They also serve as a gathering spot for your backyard, bringing everyone together around the warmth of a cozy fireplace.
If you’re considering adding a fire pit or outdoor fireplace, you have a wealth of options to choose from. Customize your next project with some of these ideas:
A stone bench offers plenty of additional seats around the fire. A fire pit and matching seat creates a seamless look in your yard. The stone can complement your fire pit with brick accents, custom molding or matching colors. You can also build a seat with brick or concrete options.
Sunken Fire Pit
Section off a specific area of your property with a sunken fire pit. Make it large enough for plenty of seating around the fire. Accent with a stone border or plants. You can choose from flat pavers, gravel or even a grass base. The sunken space can also protect the fire from wind blowing it out.
Two Story Fireplace
Add style and impact with a grand fireplace. A two-story fireplace will provide extra warmth and coverage year-round. Consider the scale of your yard and see how you can design an extra-large fireplace that will be the focal point of your backyard.
Sleek and Modern
Fire pits don’t need to be round. Bring South Beach vibes with a white, rectangular and modern style fire pit. You can top it with a concrete slab or another smooth surface to make it look sleek and polished, or add a glass wall to surround the flame.
On the other side of the style wheel, make your fire pit or fireplace homey with whitewashed brick. Add black metal accents to the space. Finish the area with rustic seating from reclaimed wood and soft, ambient lighting.
Expert stonemasons can design and install eye-catching stone fire pits and fireplaces that will stand the test of time. They can be tailored to any size and style of the home and offer lasting beauty for years. Make sure you work with an experienced hardscaping company to ensure the work is done with attention to detail.
What to Consider Now to Prevent Potential Headaches
A new outdoor living space is an investment in your home and your happiness. It makes hosting gatherings and spending time outdoors much more enjoyable.
Make sure the entire process runs smoothly by avoiding common remodeling mistakes. The following tips will help prevent delays or disappointment:
Working Against Your Existing Home
Home remodeling projects can look amazing on TV shows but might not work in reality. There are certain factors to take into consideration, such as the elevation or size of your yard, that could make certain projects impractical. Make sure your project is the right fit for the layout of your home.
Making Too Many Changes
Last minute decisions can end up costing you in time and money. Even moving electric or landscaping can radically change a design plan. Check to ensure everything has been carefully considered before beginning work. This will help make the process as seamless as possible.
Doing Everything at Once
Experienced landscape designers can create a multi-layered approach to your home that allows you to build up your backyard in stages. This lets you enjoy your home now and add additional features down the road, such as a covered patio or custom fireplace. DiSabatino Landscaping’s designers are often called back for additional projects after the initial one was completed. As your family changes, so do your needs.
Cutting Corners on Essentials
Building permits aren’t fun but they’re necessary. The same goes for using quality materials or ensuring your foundation is solid. If you skimp on essential items to save money, it could end up costing you more in the long run. A poorly laid patio will need to be torn up and installed again.
Choosing the Right Firm
Do your research before deciding on a landscaping company. Make sure you view their portfolio of projects. An experienced team of landscape designers and installers will give you the best return on your investment with a stunning outdoor space your whole family will enjoy.
How to Design the Perfect Project for Your Home
Create an ideal getaway in your own backyard with a custom outdoor structure. Highlight your home with a classic pavilion, pergola, or patio. Outdoor living areas create a stylish and comfortable area that will be the envy of your neighborhood.
There are many advantages to building an outdoor living area. They create an outdoor space that is open and airy, while providing shelter from the rain and relief from the sun.
Extra Room to Relax and Entertain
Does your family love to host parties? Multi-level decks provide extra entertaining space or peaceful areas to enjoy warm evenings. Outdoor structures extend the life of your party, allowing guests to mingle both inside and out.
Consider building a gazebo or pavilion to make a shaded area and create a calming, peaceful retreat. Both options create more square footage in your home, improving your home’s value.
Beauty and Durability
Experienced outdoor living designers understand how to work with your home and property to create the ideal outdoor living space. Whether you prefer natural wood or modern Azek PVC, the result will be a handcrafted, great-looking product. Cellular PVC looks exactly like the real thing yet is virtually maintenance free. This means it won’t rot, split or warp; retaining its long-lasting appeal.
Color Matching Options
Your custom outdoor structure can be painted to match your home’s style. The majority of manufacturers offer a wide range of choices in colors. These paints should come with a warranty against cracking, peeling, and blistering so you can enjoy your space without the hassle of maintenance.
Peace of Mind
Building a custom outdoor structure can be a daunting undertaking. An outdoor living professional should help you gain an understanding of your project before any work is even done by creating a 3-D rendering of your design. This will allow you to visualize the project before work begins, and change any aspects as needed. You should also ensure the firm has a solid warranty.
Our team members work with clients at every stage of the project, from the initial meeting to any follow-up work, ensuring confidence and satisfaction in every single job. We use only the highest quality materials, and we back all of our work with one of the best warranties in the business.
How to Make the Most of Your Next Project
Outdoor living spaces have become one of the most popular home renovation projects today. They instantly enhance your home while creating additional areas for entertaining.
Make your home one to remember with an exceptional outdoor area. The following ideas will help your space make an impression:
Are your family members avid golfers? Do you enjoy competitive games? Then a putting green may be the ideal add-on to your backyard. Putting greens are relatively easy to install and don’t require a large area. Help your golf game (or have fun practicing) with your own personal putting green.
Pergola or Pavilion
A custom pergola or pavilion keeps you cool in the hot sun and offers protection from the elements. It also serves as a focal point for your outdoor space. Pergolas and pavilions offer shade, privacy and character for your home. DiSabatino Landscaping can build a pavilion to match any style or material of your current backyard area.
If you enjoy spending time in the sun year-round, a sunroom gives you the added benefits of natural sunlight in a cozy space. They also serve as an extra room for seating, dining or hobbies. And sunrooms are available in an extensive range of sizes and styles. Bring the outdoors in with a custom sunroom for your home.
Make your home the neighborhood hangout with a basketball court in your own backyard. The benefits of building an outdoor sports court are immeasurable.
Personal courts with custom designs work with the terrain and slope of your property and can be tailored to any style or color. Depending on your needs, you can install basketball, volleyball, tennis, pickleball, hockey or even shuffleboard courts in your backyard.
How Custom Features Can Make Your Outdoor Living Project Stand Out
Home renovations often involve major decisions involving the size, scope, and types of materials to use. While these factors are an essential part of each proposal, additional upgrades can make a huge difference in your satisfaction with the project.
From retractable screens to upgraded lighting systems, new products continue to be introduced to the market. These innovative products can solve issues and add design capabilities that may not have been previously available.
Before planning an outdoor living space, consider the following enhancements for your project:
Underdeck Waterproofing Systems
Two-story decks have historically been made of wood materials that allow water to drain through gaps in the planks. As a result, the area under the deck was generally not usable due to dampness and lack of light.
New undermount waterproofing systems carry water away from the second-story deck, which means electric can be installed. This creates the ability to use televisions, fans and recessed lighting in a first-floor patio or walkout basement project.
The latest electrical wiring systems are hooked into a transformer, allowing homeowners to turn on outside lighting with the flick of a switch. These new systems are energy-efficient and cost little to run.
Strategically-placed lighting accentuates different areas of your home, extending outdoor entertaining and offering additional ambiance. It also helps guests safely find their way around the property at night.
Retractable Screen Doors and Windows
Protect your guests from the elements with a retractable screen option. The screens create an outdoor area that keeps bugs and outdoor pests away while letting you enjoy nature. The doors can be customized to suit any style, from sliding to French and Dutch doors. They are even available as multi-slide doors. Windows range from casement to sliding, single or double options.
Fire and Water Features
Enhance the ambiance of your home with firepits, fireplaces, or moving water. These classic elements offer areas to relax and refresh. Firepits allow you to gather around during the colder months, while waterfalls and other water features can block noise and increase enjoyment of the outdoors.
Incorporate any of the above additions to your next outdoor living project with help from your local landscaping designers. You’ll appreciate the upgrade for years to come.
How to Maximize Your Home’s Potential
As homeowners needs continue to evolve, renovation and remodeling specialists predict a few trends to continue and others to drop in popularity.
What projects give you the most return on your time and money? Here’s what designers are expecting in the new year.
Work From Home
The pandemic already changed the way people report to work, creating a high demand for home offices. As more people work from home, a dedicated space for work is extremely desirable. If you can’t commit to an entire room, homes will benefit from carving out an area that’s quieter and more isolated from the main living areas of the home.
Looking for a way to retain their independence while getting the care they need, many senior family members are moving in with their adult children. Home renovation companies have seen a surge in separate in-law additions that benefit both generations. Grandparents help with childcare and household expenses, while living independently with their family members.
Outdoor Living Spaces
The surge in popularity for outdoor kitchens and bars shows no signs of dropping. Open air entertaining areas offer flexibility, additional hosting spaces and enjoyment of your home year-round. Make the most of the outdoors with a custom living space for your whole family to enjoy.
Large kitchens with plenty of island seating remain at the top of homeowner wish lists. If you’re looking to expand your home with an open concept kitchen, DiSabatino’s design team can show you how. An updated kitchen not only increases your enjoyment; it enhances the value of your home.
Eco-friendly, organic and natural elements are increasingly in demand. Major furniture and home decorating companies such as Pottery Barn, West Elm and Williams Sonoma have even designated areas of their offerings to sustainable product lines. As more people search for ways to help the environment when buying new furniture, this trend will only continue to grow.
If you’re interested in updating your home in 2023, give DiSabatino Landscaping a call. Our interior remodeling and renovation team has an extensive portfolio of home renovation projects.
A Guide to Growing in the Mid-Atlantic Region
The growing season isn’t over. Late fall is an often overlooked but easy gardening season. You don’t need to water or turn the soil over as often, and the plants provide much needed color as the trees lose their leaves.
Some of the best plants for soups and harvest salads can be planted right now. This is the ideal time to plan garlic, a main ingredient in many meals. Root crops do well in colder weather and continue growing beneath the soil even in the snow.
Make sure to check any plants you purchase to see if they thrive in our region’s climate. In our area of the Brandywine Valley, the USDA rates the area as a 7A and 7B. This means we experience seasonal variations. We might have periods of warm weather in the winter and experience cold winds in early spring.
The hardiest winter plants are kale, spinach and collards. Root crops that flourish in the colder weather include radishes, turnips, kohlrabi and leeks. Planted in the fall, asparagus will appear after a year or two in the spring. Broccoli can be planted up to 10 weeks before a frost and will last through the winter.
If you’re looking to plant flowers, the following hardy plants make a vibrant winter garden: crocus, camellia, winterberry, ornamental cabbage, daphne and hellebore. These winter flowers will thrive in the cold and offer gorgeous displays all winter long.
Be sure to plant all winter plants and vegetables at least six weeks before the first frost to ensure they have time to establish a root system. It never hurts to protect new plants with burlap coverings for the first few weeks as well.
Tips for Hosting at Home
The entertaining season is quickly approaching, which means plenty of holiday parties, visits from out-of-town guests and other celebrations. Is your home ready for friends and family?
Make your guests feel extra special this holiday season with the following tips:
Clear Out Your Fridge
Your kitchen is about to get plenty of extra work. Take the time now to go through your fridge for expired salad dressings, condiments and other items. Also check your spice cabinets. Give your fridge and freezer shelves a quick wipe with an equal mix of vinegar and water. When you’re done, replace the baking soda box to eliminate odors.
Check Your Dining Table and Chairs
It may have been a while since you sat down in your dining room. They’re often the least used rooms in the home. Before you serve Thanksgiving dinner, you might want to check all chairs. Are they level? Do they need sliders? Spot treat any stains and give the table an extra coat of polish.
Buy or Borrow Extra Serving Items
You don’t want to be in the middle of cooking a big meal and realize you don’t have the tools you need. Once you’ve decided on the courses you’re going to make, go through your entertaining ware to make sure you have enough utensils, platters and other serving items. Do you need a gravy boat? An extra pitcher? Instead of buying, you can always ask a neighbor or guest to borrow them that day.
Get Your Fireplace Cleaned
You should have your fireplace inspected and “flushed” each winter. Besides helping prevent fires, having a clean chimney stops blockages that can create carbon monoxide poisoning. A clean fireplace also heats your home more efficiently, cutting down on heating bills.
Evaluate Your Entertaining Space
Consider adding an outdoor entertaining area to enjoy in the coming seasons. Outdoor living spaces increases space to host events, offers enjoyable areas to sit and relax, and extends the time you spend outdoors.
Top Tips to Make the Process Smoother
Before beginning a large home renovation and remodeling project, there are a few things you can do to streamline the project for your family and the people working on your home.
DiSabatino’s landscape and design professionals put together the following tips to prep your property:
Clear Out Your Yard
You don’t need to move anything bulky or heavy, but putting away unnecessary clutter such as children’s toys, bikes or unnecessary items will help the installation crew get started quicker. If you know there are some things in your backyard that you won’t use after the project is completed, now is the time to sell or donate them.
Evaluate Any Safety Issues
Children and pets are less likely to realize the dangers of home renovations. For instance, if an existing deck is being demo’d, there may be a large drop off from your sliding door. Install gates, make sure doors are deadbolted, and place safety cones to keep visitors, young children and furry companions safe from construction areas.
Assign a Work Staging Area
Landscaping and construction materials can be heavy, large and cumbersome. Designate a drop off and storage area ahead of delivery to ensure the project materials aren’t blocking the driveway or entrances. You also want to ensure the area is dry, so puddles don’t form around the piles of stone, brick or wood.
Establish a Timeline
Are you planning on using your new patio or outdoor living space for an upcoming event? Make sure your landscape design firm is aware of any drop-dead dates before the project begins. There’s nothing worse than rescheduling a big event because the project took longer than expected.
In line with the previous point, prepare for reasonable delays. Landscaping firms can’t control the weather, and some points of the project may need to be delayed to ensure the quality of work is maintained. Make sure you build in a week or so in any project timeline.
Following the tips above will help move your next remodeling or renovation project along, so you can begin enjoying your new outdoor space as soon as possible.
Schedule a Landscape Consultation Today
This is the perfect time to plan your outdoor oasis. A stylish landscape shows off your property to its fullest advantage, highlighting its best features while increasing curb appeal.
A landscape isn’t simply about planting trees and shrubs. Today’s innovative landscape designers create environments that incorporate stone fireplaces and fire pits, relaxing water features, stylish outdoor structures, accent lighting and a carefully selected assortment of trees and greenery.
Here are a few ways to highlight your home:
Professional hardscaping is an essential component of any landscape plan. Paved pathways, fireplaces, pergolas, decks and patios are not only functional, but timeless in their appeal. Stone has never been more popular. Our experienced masons have been creating masterpieces that last for generations, anchoring the style and appeal of elegant homes.
Last summer’s temperatures were higher than normal, and this year’s are projected to hit record-breaking days. These hot summer temps are causing more and more homeowners to opt for a refreshing backyard pool. Host a backyard graduation or milestone birthday, or simply relax in your own private retreat while cooling off from the summer sun.
Showcase your new outdoor living space with an exterior lighting package. Continue entertaining well into the evening with strategically placed LED lighting that you can control right from your phone. Landscape lighting design experts can create a lighting plan that highlights the best features of your property while offering safety for visitors along lighted pathways.
Expert landscapers know what grows best in our climate and area, maximizing growth through organic plant care and thoughtful selections of native plants. Designers create plans that allow homeowners to envision the finished project before any work has begun, reducing unnecessary costs or potential issues.
Let DiSabatino Landscaping show you how to build the backyard of your dreams. Schedule a landscape consultation today!
Top Tips for Outdoor Home Renovations
After spending the summer months outdoors, many homeowners become aware of the need for repairing or replacing their patios and porches. Late summer and early fall are ideal times to begin planning outdoor renovation projects.
A new outdoor living space is a major investment in your home. Before beginning a large remodeling project, here are a few trends to make the most of your home and property:
Today’s homeowners are bringing the outdoors in. Large sliding doors, retractable screens and louvered windows create a seamless integration between inside and out. Consider opening up your walls with larger openings or extra windows to make your entertaining area an open concept space.
Sustainable products are becoming more popular and common in outdoor living spaces. Many homeowners are choosing environmentally friendly materials to help make your home more green. Permeable pavers, recycled materials and beams that have been reused from other structures are all ways to incorporate eco-friendly elements to your project.
Ambient lighting can set the scene for any outdoor living area. Strategically placed lighting offers extra visibility, extends entertaining and accentuates your property. From stairwell lights to strings of lit bulbs, outdoor lighting is an essential component of your new deck or patio.
Don’t be afraid to mix brick, concrete, pavers and stone. New patios often feature a custom arrangement of different materials that complement each other. They’re also great ways to add style and color to your project. DiSabatino Landscaping offers a wide range of materials, including travertine, porcelain, stamped concrete, pavers, brick and bluestone. View their full portfolio of projects for design inspiration.
Top Tips for Pool Repairs
The average lifespan of an inground pool is ten years. That doesn’t take into account the yearly upkeep of replacing pool liners, filter systems and refilling water levels. Pool repairs are usually more cost-effective than replacing the entire pool, but there are advantages to each.
Here are a few things to consider before starting a pool renovation project:
Condition of Your Pool
Clearly, the most critical factor in your decision is the current state of your pool. Large and numerous stains, roughened plaster sides, thinning and chipping are all clues that your pool may need refinishing. Pools plastered in colors other than white may also lose color over time. Any cracks in your pool will need immediate attention.
Pools should be repaired and replaced in reasonable mid-range temperatures, between 60 and 85 degrees. Excessive heat and cold can cause uneven drying or cracking. Plan to have your pool replaced in the fall or spring to make the most of your investment.
Drainage or Grading Concerns
Has your property changed since the pool was installed? Nearby new construction, home additions, additional patios, decking or pavers can affect your water runoff. If you need to have your backyard regraded or reposition your pool, now is the time to do so. An experienced landscape professional will give you the best course of action to direct water away from your home.
Converting to a Different Kind of Water
If you’ve decided to replace your chlorine with saltwater or the reverse, make sure you understand the pros and cons of each. Saltwater pools require less maintenance and chemicals, won’t irritate eyes and are often described as gentler on hair and skin. However, salt cell generators need to be replaced more often, can be more expensive than chlorine for initial equipment, and you’ll need to buy several hundred pounds of salt at installation. Consider the advantages and disadvantages of each kind of water before making the switch.
Changes to Your Lifestyle
You may have inherited the pool from the previous owner with different tastes. Or maybe your family dynamic changed from children at home to an empty nest. On the flip side, has your home become the go to spot for celebrations? If your pool needs have changed, it may be time to replace your pool with a different size or style to adapt to your new lifestyle.
If your pool is in need or repair or replacement, make sure you consult with our experienced pool and landscaping experts at DiSabatino Landscaping. A pool is an investment in memories that last a lifetime. Enjoy each season with a custom pool that’s the perfect match for you and your family.
Begin Planning Now for a Resort Ready Backyard
Experience all the advantages of a private outdoor living space in your own backyard.
Four-season rooms, covered patios and outdoor kitchens extend entertaining while adding areas to work and play. They can be personalized with pergolas, firepits, water features and retaining walls to suit every family’s taste and personality.
Let an expert outdoor living designer show you how to create stylish spaces that will make your home the envy of the neighborhood. Here’s how:
Building a custom outdoor structure can seem daunting. “An outdoor living designer should help you gain an understanding of your project with a 3-D rendering,” says Chris DiSabatino, President of DiSabatino Landscaping. This will allow you to envision and revise the project before any work begins.
Choose a professional design firm with a superior reputation. Ensure the firm has a solid warranty for any problems down the road. “Our family name is our company,” says Chris. “Every team member in uniform represents the values of our firm.”
Tailor the Project to Your Property
Built as an extension of your home, gazebos and patios provide a peaceful retreat and alfresco office. Tech-enabled outdoor kitchens and grills, bars or built-in television systems extend parties well into the night. Put in a pool to keep everyone entertained or add outdoor lighting for ambiance. The list of options to customize your project is endless.
Even if a firm is using the highest quality products, the success of your project depends on the level of installation. Experienced professionals follow proven methods and anticipate potential problems. “Our team members guide you through every step of the process, offering exceptional customer service from beginning to end,” says Chris.
Take these steps to plan, design and create a stunning outdoor space you will enjoy for years to come. Chris says, “You’ll never regret investing in a project that enhances your home, increases your property value, and provides endless hours of enjoyment for your family.”
The Benefits of Outdoor Living Areas
Your backyard is the ideal spot to extend your home’s living space. Custom decks, outdoor kitchens, patios and pergolas are just some of the ways to create additional areas for entertaining and spending time outdoors with friends and family. Outdoor structures define spaces and provide open areas for relaxing or spending time with friends and family. These structures add both character and charm to your backyard experience. Let an expert outdoor living designer show you how to create stylish spaces that will make your home the envy of the neighborhood.
The location of your structure can provide both function and privacy. A pavilion or covered patio provides shelter from spring rain and protection from the sun. Placed near an in ground pool, swimmers can relax and find shade. Built as an extension of your home, covered porches, gazebos or patios offer a peaceful retreat as you look out onto your garden. Custom decks are great places to relax or entertain. Outdoor kitchens extend parties and provide food for guests well into the night. The list of options to customize your project is endless.
Experienced outdoor living designers understand how to evaluate your property in order to create the ideal outdoor structures. There are a host of options available when designing a structure. Many clients choose solid cellular PVC, an advanced material fashioned after natural wood. It looks exactly like the real thing, but won’t rot, split or warp.
Before any work begins, you should choose a professional design firm with a superior reputation. DiSabatino’s design team members will guide you through the process, working with you to build a project that fits your taste and lifestyle. They will offer a comprehensive 3D rendering of the project that allows you to visualize the design and modify as needed.
Even if a design firm is using the highest-grade products, the success of your project depends on the techniques used for installation and managing your project from start to finish. Experienced professionals follow proven installation methods and anticipate any potential problems beforehand. This guarantees you will be enjoying your outdoor living space for years to come.
With all the artic weather that has hit our area these past few weeks, it may be hard to imagine that spring is upon the horizon. Just as the sun surely rises, so will the sunny warmer days of spring and summer be here soon.
That is why we thought a little talk about improving your landscaping this spring might be helpful for planning some improvements to enhance your home’s curb appeal.
10 Landscaping Improvements to Make this Spring:
1) Plan your landscape: Well before you break ground, it is important to plan your landscaping project. Are you going to hire a professional landscaper? Might as well get them involve from the beginning, as their knowledge and expertise will be a big help. Plan for the types of plants you would like to grow, the layout and what you need to complete the tasks. This will make your landscaping endeavor significantly easier in the end.
2) Know Your Options: The geographic location of your home should play a big part in landscaping decisions. Choosing plants according to the climate of your yard is crucial. If your yard is full of mature trees, you will want to select plants that thrive in shade. While a more open landscape will make those plants that thrive in sunny conditions a better option.
3) Give Plants Room to Grow: Most plants have an estimated maturity height and width. Consider a plant will grow over time in order to space it properly and place in best area for growth.
4) Know Your Pests: Familiarize yourself with the pests in your neighborhood so that you can plan for ways to protect your landscape from them. Insecticides, wire mesh or fencing can keep wildlife and insects from destroying your new plantings. Your local nursery or department store should be able to help you find the tools you need.Consider Soil Conditions: The quality of the soil used will play a big part of your landscaping efforts. Adding mulch to your plantings not only adds to aesthetics, it will also help maintain the soil.
5) Consider Maintenance Needs: If you are not planning on spending the time or hiring someone to maintain your plantings, select plants that are lower maintenance to keep your landscape looking nice. Consider placing flowers in planters to add color and texture to the landscape while cutting back on need to weed.
6) Style Your Landscape to Compliment Your Home: The specific style of your home needs considered when selecting plantings. A traditional style home with landscape that flourishes with sunlight is conducive to flowering plants and shrub, while a rustic or modern home might look better with cacti or ornamental grass.
7) Use Landscape Rocks: Rocks can provide a natural, textural element to any landscape and a great way to create focal points. Better yet, rocks are very easy to maintain.
8) Make a Blueprint: Once the types of plants are selected, map it out. Items such as walkways or decorative elements need to be added in order to see how the landscape project will work and the materials you need.
9) Timing is Everything: Since many plants respond better when planted during a particular time of year, you’ll want to plan for that to give them every chance of flourishing year over year.
10) Spy on Your Neighbors: Look around your neighborhood to see what is working for them as a guide to what might work well for your landscape, as well. Talk with a local nursery to get professional advice on what types of obstacles or what is native to your area.
DiSabatino Landscaping is Delaware’s #1 Hardscape and Landscape Specialist. We can help build an outdoor living area that will have you enjoying the great outdoors in style! Give us a call today! 302-764-0408