Francesca Volpe - RE/MAX Alliance



Posted by Francesca Volpe on 8/28/2017

Having a small outdoor space doesn’t have to put a damper on your enjoyment of certain parts of your home. The outdoors should be a place of peace and serenity, not a place for disdain of your home’s layout! You may even feel that having a small outdoor space will deter you from entertaining guests there. That doesn’t have to be the case, as every outdoor space is useful in one way or another. There are so many ways to make use of any size outdoor space. Even the smallest outdoor spaces have great potential. Here, we’ll break down some of the ways that you can make better use of your outdoor space. These tips may also even enhance the way your outdoor space is currently set up, no matter what its size. Use Drapery or Fabric Certain patios and outdoor spaces allow for objects to be hung. Plants aren’t the only thing that should be hung outside. There’s plenty of options available to you. Using outdoor curtains or a piece of fabric is a classic way to make a space appear larger. The reason for this is that the cloth draws the eye’s attention away from the size of the space, making it appear larger than it actually is. This technique is also useful when it comes to separating part of your outdoor space or creating privacy. If your small space includes a balcony with nosy neighbors, hanging some pretty fabric may be just the solution you need to enjoy the outdoors with some privacy. Hang A Mirror Outside The same principle of hanging a mirror inside the home works outside the home. Mirrors also draw the eye’s attention away from the space itself. This will make any outdoor space feel more open. Mirrors have the same effect as cloth in that they help make rooms and spaces appear larger. Hanging a mirror outdoors is also an “out of the box” idea, so you’ll impress guests when they see this idea put into action. It’s not typical to see mirrors in outdoor spaces, so you’ll seem like a decorating genius. If you have a wall somewhere in your outdoor space, a mirror can be useful there to make your space appear larger than life! Hang String Lights Or Lanterns Outdoor lighting is great for brightening dark corners in both small and large spaces. String lights also fill an otherwise unused space and draw the eyes upwards, creating the sense that the space is larger than it actually is. Outdoor lighting also just makes sense. It makes an outdoor spaces safer for people to enjoy as there’s more visibility. Outdoor lighting is a practical, decorative way to fill a space.





Posted by Francesca Volpe on 12/12/2016

If you are a dog owner, and you are making the transition from an apartment or condo into a home, complete with a backyard, then your life is about to get a lot easier.  You'll no longer have to take your dog on long walks for bathroom breaks, and your dog will be a lot happier being able to freely roam an outdoor area without a leash.  Win-win for everyone, right?  Not so fast.  There's a few things you'll need to do in order to avoid some potentially stressful headaches in the very near future.  I'll attempt to highlight some of the more important ones here. 1.  Fencing - If you are moving to a new home that doesn't have a fenced backyard, then consider fencing at your convenience.  Ideally, the home you're moving to would already have this beneficial add-on, but many don't.  Having some form of fencing installed will ensure that you can let your dog run freely without having to keep a watchful eye on them at all times. 2.  Designate a bathroom spot - Giving your dog complete control of your backyard can create a bit of a problem when it comes to bathroom time.  I really don't need to go into specifics here....Suffice it to say that your dog can and should be trained to use a particular corner of the back yard for his activities.  Your shoes and yard will thank you. 3.  Keep your garden pet-friendly - If you are planning to make a garden in your new back yard, then be sure that you don't pick any plants that are toxic to pets.  Many are.  Also, try to incorporate some kind of additional fencing so that your dog doesn't treat your garden like a playground. 4.  Consider a doggy door - If you want to completely eliminate the need for you to take time out of your day to walk your dog, then a dog door can help you with that.  If you're moving to a place with long winter seasons, then you'll need to pick a dog door option that can be sealed easily if inclement weather arises. 5.  Shading - If you're moving to an area that has hot summers, consider planting some fast-growing trees that will offer shade for your dog to cool off.  Without proper shading, some dogs, especially older ones, can experience distress if left in direct sun for too long. For additional ideas, visit http://www.ehow.com/how_4779806_landscape-backyard-dogs.html




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