A WARM FALL MEANS MORE OUTDOOR LIVING! A Good Time to Consult a Landscape Professional
Yes, there is a chill in the air in the early part of the day. By midday the heat can be intense, paving the way for cooler evenings. This is fall in New York’s Hudson Valley, perhaps what we used to refer to as “Indian Summer.” That is, before the word “Indian” was added to the list of derogatory terms in the American lexicon. Technically, to qualify for this description, some claim the warm temperatures should follow the first frost. But, regardless of the timing, this is a period when we are still enjoying our outdoor luxuries, if we are fortunate to have any.
While it may seem a bit late to consider the luxury of landscaping, nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, based on the very warm and snowless winter we had last year and with the possibility of a repeat this year, landscaping projects are beginning to extend into months when they were previously considered off-season. This means that hardscaping work including excavation, drainage, underground utility prep and installation of paver stone expanses can proceed until Mother Nature is restrained by Father Time.
With longer outdoor seasons in mind, landscaping professionals are proposing the most beneficial ideas for enjoyment. These are comprised of outdoor kitchens, including overhead shelter from the weather; flaming features like fire pits and fireplaces with surrounding sitting areas to bask in their warmth; not to forget walkways, patios, steps and of course, driveways…all perfect additions to your property’s overall appeal.
When you add an outdoor kitchen, you have added another dimension to your life. Your outdoor kitchen gives you the wonderful option of preparing your meals in a beautiful environment without the worry of messing up your inside kitchen. Any time of day, it can work well for culinary masterpieces or quick throw-together meals. Grilling? Deep-frying? Searing over an open flame? All perfect for your outdoor kitchen. And for those who invest in a pizza oven, your outdoor kitchen becomes the envy of the neighborhood, with tempting aromas luring drooling visitors of every variety and species.
If your outdoor culinary area and wet bar are situated within a large pergola with enclosed rooftop, like a spacious pavilion or an oversized gazebo, the weather ceases to be a factor for convenient use. Happy hour can proceed without interruption as can your dinner, birthday or holiday party.
Imagine your pride in coming home to a manicured driveway built of weather-tolerant paving stones which complement your meandering walkways, patios and steps, all defining the extraordinary aesthetics of your property. Enhanced by plantings appropriate for all four seasons ensures that your landscape remains magnificent regardless of the outside temperature. Such wise planning gets even better with the arrival of warmth when spectacular color emerges with the perennial floral parade.
So, whether you need an escape after work to get away from the din of household commotion (kids’ ruckus, a blaring TV, teen drum solos, etc.) or whether it is your kids who seek the refuge of a private place they can take their friends to be alone, there is no better rendezvous than your back patio and its warming firepit. Keeping everyone safe at home away from the risks of the road is well worth the investment of the time, effort and resources you’ll need to initiate a suitable landscaping project. It all depends on your availability of space, accessibility to equipment, patience with the process and extent of dedicated resources.
Like an addition to your home, your outdoor space can serve as playroom, “mancave,” banquet hall, party room, entertainment center or grand dining area, giving you new ways to enjoy life you never dreamed possible.
Your first call should be to a reputable landscape professional who has multiple testimonials from happy clients from your region who have taste and intelligence to match yours. These will guide you with your confidence to commit to a project of this size. The company you choose and the consultant with whom you will work are the key to your overall satisfaction. Based on the versatility of their skills, the strength of their character and the excellence of their work, you can rest assured that you will be making the right choice.
Such a company is Artistic Landscapes LLC based in the lower New York Hudson Valley. Owned by Rhett Goslar, talented landscape designer, hardscape expert and accomplished botanist, this company is bolstered by an experienced staff of outstanding masons and horticulturists who understand the vagaries of the land, climate and other factors which will contribute to the best strategies for your property. What sets this company apart from most is a prevailing attitude of enthusiasm which dictates intense interest in performing to the best of their abilities in every job they undertake.
An A+ reputation on Angie’s List is proof that affluent homeowners highly recommend Artistic Landscapes not just for this year, but for many years to achieve multiple stages of landscape development. You can learn more about Rhett at http://artisticlandscapesny.com/about_.html, his reviews at http://artisticlandscapesny.com/Angies_List_Reviews_.html or by contacting him via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 845-542-6723.