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Posted by Lawton Real Estate, Inc on 6/18/2020


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If you're like many modern homeowners, your ideal of an ideal outdoor living space is one that serves as a personal oasis. Perhaps you've cultivated a thriving culinary herb garden complete with classically inspired statuary or maybe you've carved out a serene space in the middle of a flowering thicket. Whatever type of sanctuary you've created in your outdoor living space, you probably want to be able to enjoy it as often as possible, and there may be nights when you find yourself reluctantly heading indoors as the sun sinks below the horizon. However, with the right type of outdoor lighting, you can relax or entertain in your outdoor living space no matter what the time of day. Following are just three ways to light up your night:

Water Feature Lights

If you've got waterfalls, fountains or ponds in your outdoor living space, consider using lighting to add a dramatic effect. Backlighting works well on waterfalls and fountains, and in-ground lighting highlights and defines ponds. If you're lucky enough to have a stream running through your property, you can place solar lights on the bank for added visibility. 

Walkway Lights

Walkways of all types, from winding garden paths to basic concrete walks leading up to your front door can benefit from ground-level lighting. Walkway lights increase aesthetics as well as provides a layer of protection against slip-and-fall accidents, making them ideal if you like to do a lot of outdoor entertaining. 

Another lighting option when you want visibility on walkways or other ground-level spaces is downlighting from posts placed alongside the walkway. This is a great option when you want the area to be extremely well-lit at night. 

Specimen Plant Lights

Specimen plant lights showcase individual trees and shrubs that feature particular visual interest. Monkey puzzle trees, for instance, make good choices because of their unusual appearance. You might also choose to have specimen lighting options installed for the purpose of backlighting your favorite flowering shrubs. Specimen plant lighting is also instrumental for those who want to create architectural balance after dark. For instance, if you've got two tall arborvitaes flanking your front entryway, specimen lighting backlighting each one provides a classically elegant appeal. 

Overhead Fairy Lights

If midsummer soirees are a part of your seasonal entertaining agenda, consider bringing an ethereal accent to the picture by stringing fairy lights in tree branches. You can also use them on hardscaping features such as gazebos, railings, pergolas and arbors. 

Whether your favorite after dark activity in your outdoor living space is enjoying an al fresco dinner party with friends or soaking up the serenity in the company of a good book, outdoor lighting helps enhance the experience. 




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Posted by Lawton Real Estate, Inc on 1/9/2020


Give new life to outdoor tabletops using concrete or tile - and liven up one of the most important parts of your home, your porch or patio. It is surprisingly easy to make over an existing table; in some cases, the base of a table remains in excellent shape, while the horizontal surface ages more swiftly. A tile or concrete finish allows you to use what you already have and to make a custom piece you'll enjoy for years to come. While every project is different, the details below will help you get started with a concrete or tile makeover. 

Tile vs. Concrete - What's the Difference? 

Tile and concrete will have the same basic costs and take the same amount of time to complete. The differences lie in the look of the final results; you may prefer the look of a single, impressive slab or an artistic, tile mosaic, or another version that may better fit your home. The final consideration is tools and experience. If you've already laid tile in a bathroom or kitchen, or have a tile saw and tools, then tile may be the right fit for your makeover. If you've made concrete stepping stones and other pieces for the yard, then you might be more comfortable with this material instead. 

Refinishing a Tabletop with Tile

Make sure your tabletop is in decent shape and that there are not any large gaps or large areas of damage. Measure your tabletop and sketch out a design.  You can create an artistic rendering, a geometric pattern or simply place the tile in a line. Planning things out first ensures you know how much to buy and what to cut. For tables, the pre-cut pieces designed for borders and trim often work well, so a trip to the DIY store can help you determine more about your needs and preferences. 

Choose Your Tile & Gather Supplies

You'll need a tile adhesive rated for outdoor use to secure the tiles. Layout the tiles on the table before securing to check the fit and look of your chosen design. When you are happy, glue the pieces into place with the adhesive. Work in small areas and allow the glue to set for at least 24 hours (cover the table with plastic if needed). 

Fill in the gaps between tiles with mortar rated for outdoor use, and allow to dry at least 48 hours before using the table. 

Refinishing a Tabletop with Concrete

Concrete's smooth surface comes from being poured, so you'll need to prepare the table before you mix anything. Your table should be clean, dry and clear of any defects, though the concrete will fill in small holes and hide minor blemishes. 

Create an edge around the table using a product made for concrete. This temporary barrier will be removed at a later date, but will keep the concrete in place as it dries. You can find flexible edging designed for this purpose at a DIY store. 

Mix the concrete as indicated on the package, then pour or scoop onto the table, smoothing it out with a trowel as you go. Once the concrete begins to set, you can make any impressions or patterns you like, or simply let it dry and harden. Do not remove the edges until the concrete is fully dried. 

48 hours later, remove the edging and sand or touch up the table, then enjoy.

Concrete or tile? The choice is yours -- either of these finishes will add years to the life of your table and ensure you create a piece that is uniquely yours. Allow yourself a weekend to tackle this project and wait for a sunny, comfortable day, as most parts need to be completed in place outdoors. 

 




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Posted by Lawton Real Estate, Inc on 3/2/2017

Remodeling your home is something youíve likely considered for a long time and have carefully planned. However, if youíre not an expert carpenter designer it can be easy to make novice mistakes. Learning by your mistakes is fine, but when those mistakes are an eyesore or cost hundreds of dollars, youíre better off doing your homework in advance.

Whether youíre doing a remodel yourself to save money, or just because you have a do-it-yourself spirit and like new challenges, these tips will spare you many headaches and save you a lot of money along the way.

1. Inaccurate measurements

Unless youíre a carpenter or engineer, odds are you donít use measuring tools on a daily basis. To ensure that you get the most accurate measurements, draw plans for your remodeling project to ensure that everything will fit in the space that you have. This includes measuring for the spaces youíll be putting appliances, cabinets, and other items. If youíre installing drawers or doors, ensure that they will be able to open fully.

2. Using the cheapest materials

Sometimes you can find high-quality materials in the bargain bin. But most of the time itís there for a reason. Working with quality materials will not only usually give you the most aesthetically positive results, but will also likely outlast the cheaper alternatives.

3. Underestimating costs

If youíre planning a remodeling project always be prepared to spend a bit more than your original calculations. There are several unexpected expenses that could arise during the remodeling process, including damaging materials by mistake, buying the wrong materials, having to purchase specialized tools, or needing more than you initially thought.

4. Not taking appropriate safety measures

If youíre a novice remodeler, safety needs to be one of your top priorities. You may be unfamiliar with some of the tools youíre using and likely donít know some of the common safety hazards on the job. When it comes to electrical work, there are many projects that required a licensed electrician to perform. If youíre up on a ladder, be sure the legs are fully opened and secure. And if youíre on the roof, make sure youíre wearing non-slip boots and not carrying heavy items up and down by yourself.

5. Ignoring design and style

In todayís world of quickly fading trends and online inspiration blogs itís easy to want your home to be several things that it isnít. When planning your interiors, try to take into account the architectural style of the house. Similarly, if youíre remodeling one room think about how it will look against the backdrop of the rest of your home. Consistency is a too-often undervalued characteristic of interior design.


Those are five of the most common home remodeling mistakes to avoid if youíre planning a renovation for your home. However, there are many more. So if you take away anything from this article, let it be this: you have to look at your home every day, so be sure to take the time to do your research and plan properly so that your home comes out just the way you want it.




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