A perk of practicing real estate is the Broker Open. This is when agents debut new listings or listings with a recent price modification or renovation of some sort or another to their colleagues. As a lover of historic homes, it’s such a treat. My husband calls it an occupational hazard. I sometimes fall really hard and suddenly find myself daydreaming about selling No. 139 Maplewood Ave and moving.
When Carla approached me to write about landscape design, I was unsure of an approach. I could discuss Aesthetics, Function, Feel, Grading and Drainage, Privacy, Lighting, Water, Trees/shrubs/Perennials, Native Plants, Sustainability, Play structures, Garden furniture/Ornaments, Firepits, Outdoor structures, Vegetable Gardens, Decking/Patios, Retaining walls, Water features, etc. I started writing down some ideas and then quickly scrapped them all.
While Landscape Design encompasses these topics, yesterdays visit with a client reinforced for me the importance of combining children’s safety with the above.
For two years, we’ve lived in our Victorian with her sharp angles, steeply pitched roof, and openings so small that only a tiny house sparrow could fly in. In each of those years, we’ve had had to hire an animal management company to remove those birds that set up a nest within the nooks and crannies of ours.
Most of us come from apartments and don’t have enough furniture to fill our new space. We also have partners, kids, pets, full time jobs. We start and stop, find our motivation – only to lose it in a wake of beige paint, unopened moving boxes (some for years!), and a sea of toys.
Slow Down, You Move Too Fast
I know how exciting it is to move into your new home.
Don’t just create a finished basement, create a lower level that discovers new, livable space and increases the value of your home at the same time.
“What do you mean you can’t find the electrical source? How is that not possible?”, I asked my electrician while we stood in our dark basement. It should also be noted that both doorbells and a few random switches on the second floor weren’t working either…
“You guys need to tear out a portion of the ceiling and most of the walls”,