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Feb 28 2019

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Landscaping Ideas for Your New Home – The House Plan Shop

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Building a new house is an exciting experience for you and your family, but you need to consider your yard and landscaping as well. You can transform that uninviting patch of dirt into an amazing outdoor space that your family will enjoy for years to come. Now is a good time to let your imagination run wild since you are starting from scratch. Before any work is started, it’s always a good idea to prepare the area and to prepare yourself with proper personal protective equipment. Safety glasses, knee pads, and ear muffs are some important basics. Consider your current and future needs, and if you will need professional help; it’s available at every step.

When determining the size of your lawn, think about how much open space you’d like to have before crowding yourself out with flowers, trees and shrubs. It would be unfortunate not to have a nice level space for playing washers or catch, or to place a swing set for the kids.

The lawn itself, whether sodded or seeded, will need daily watering until it’s established. Whatever watering system you use, consider buying a rain gauge to ensure you lawn receives the necessary amount of water to grow and thrive.

Shrubs or hedges can be used to create boundaries as can flower beds. Until those well-placed trees mature and create their shady canopy, explore other options for shade like a trellis, arbor or pergola.  

This would also be a good time to add visual features like koi ponds, waterfalls or fountains.  Most likely, you will already have underground pipes and lines marked so you won’t hit something when digging. 

Koi Pond

If you want to had hardscapes to your yard, take some time to consider concrete benches, stepping stones, and statues. With that open dirt lot, placing items that may need foundations or leveling will be a lot easier than digging up an established lawn. 

Although it may seem like a huge task, a little preplanning will hopefully curb those “coulda, woulda, shoulda“ moments that come later.. An amateur landscaper and master gardener and you will know how to deal with it.

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Mar 30 2011

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Tips for Adding a Garden Shed to Your Backyard

Shed Plan 028S-0008Spring is here and that means it is time to start gardening, landscaping and taking care of our yards. If you have a green thumb and enjoy landscaping or gardening (vegetables or flowers), you might benefit from building a garden shed in your backyard. They are the perfect addition to your lawn or garden and work well for storing tools and supplies as well as seeds, bulbs, pots and more. If you think you might benefit from building a lawn and garden shed, the following tips will help you get started.

 

  1. Determine how you will use the garden shed. Do you need it to store items like the lawn mower, rakes, leaf blower, sprinklers and hoses during the off season, and DIY tools? Do you need extra space to store other seasonal items like patio furniture during the winter? Will you store other items inside that you don’t want to keep in your home or garage like paint cans, fertilizer and oil containers? Will you use the garden shed for planting and potting plants? Drying seeds and storing bulbs? Do you simply want a peaceful place where you can enjoy your gardening hobby?
  2. Decide what size garden shed will accommodate your needs. If you have minimal space or a small lot, your lot may dictate the size of the garden shed. However, if space is not an issue, knowing how you plan to use the shed (see # 1) will help you determine what size garden shed you will need.
  3. What type of shed access will you need? A single door? An overhead garage door making it easy to access the riding mower? Double doors so you can easily move or access large items?
  4. Consider your budget. If you are working with a tight budget make sure you stick to it. Check various lumberyards for deals on building materials to keep from overspending. If you have a generous budget, keep an open mind about adding potential special features that you may find particularly handy like lighting, a workbench, planning table or utility sink.
  5. Determine your electrical needs. If you plan to spend a lot of time in your garden shed, you may want to install overhead or task lighting. If you’ll only be in the shed a few minutes at a time, perhaps a couple of windows will provide enough lighting. Also, think about any power tools you may have that require you to charge batteries or need electricity. Plan to install electrical outlets accordingly.
  6. Take time to research local building codes. Before buying a garden shed plan ask your local building department what building codes you must follow. Some municipalities have height and size restrictions. Others must follow building codes based on local weather and climate conditions. It is important to know what your building department requires and what your limitations might be ahead of time.
  7. Choose a garden shed plan in the size that accommodates your needs, local requirements and budget. Also, find a style that blends nicely with your home and other surrounding homes, especially if you live in a neighborhood.

 

If you are considering building a backyard garden shed, The House Plan Shop recommends these helpful tips to help you get started on your project.

 

If you’d like to browse garden shed plans, please visit our sister site, The Garage Plan Shop, to view our shed floor plans.

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