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Fresh start in 2018

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January is the time for renewal, and is when many people begin their New Year’s resolutions, working to improve everything from finances their personal health, and even their homes! Though we may have just received a heaping dose of snow, this month is perfect for planning and starting of your exterior home projects.

Rather than spending time throughout the year completing renovations and landscaping, start fresh in 2018 by getting started now! This may seem like a bold and stressful goal, but there are many benefits to tackling your projects early on. Here are a few benefits of a complete overhaul, starting with January planning and design:

More time for yourself: By checking off your backyard renovation plans within the first month of the year, you save more time for activities you love in the next 11 months.  Scheduling professionals for specific times during busy seasons and waiting for more materials can be a hassle, so coordinating multiple projects now and having a crew come out just once will save you from stress later!

Less mess: Nothing is more unsightly in a neighborhood than a house that always has equipment and messes around the yard.  Completing your plans at one time means your home’s exterior will look neat and tidy throughout the rest of the year (and will be the envy of your neighbors)!

Less expenses: Whether you’re redesigning your landscaping, installing an outdoor kitchen or paving a new walkway, hiring a professional is essential for tougher jobs to guarantee great results. It is going to be more cost-effective to hire them once for one large job rather than hiring them multiple times for different tasks.

The snow is melting and it’s time to get a fresh start in 2018! Give us a call at (757) 436-9617 or use our online form and let the experts at Basnight Land & Lawn create the outdoor space of your dreams.

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Out With The Old, In With The New (Yard, That Is)

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2017 is almost over and although the end of the year can be busy with holidays and family gatherings, it is time to start thinking about the new year and all it will bring. We present out with the old, in with the new (yard, that is).

This past year was exciting for homeowners, with a shifted focus to outdoor spaces and fun new trends that were both beautiful and added value to homes. In backyards, there were more green plants added, natural materials used in walkways, seating and outdoor kitchens, and carefully arranged spaces for more family time. We were excited to help our customers put these trends to action and loved seeing happy results!

2018 is just around the corner, and it seems that in the new year, reinvigorating backyards will go even farther. Garden Design Magazine predicts several trends ahead, and Basnight Land & Lawn experts are ready to help you incorporate these new ideas into your own yard! Here are a few 2018 trends we can help with:

1.     Small gardens: Design is everything when planting a garden in a small space, and your garden should look amazing from the start of the year!  We’ll work with you to create a design that suits the specific characteristics of your home while also fitting within your budget.

2.     Dining spaces: More and more people are finding ways to spend time outdoors, and this means outdoor dining areas. This has always been one of our areas of expertise, and know how to make your outdoor seating areas and kitchens a tranquil place that fits your style.

3.     Enclosed, meditative spaces: Creating a more personal space for a calm and meditative environment will take priority in 2018, and our landscapers can help you create beautiful, natural boundaries around your home. Basnight is also a leader in water feature and fountain installation, perfect elements for a relaxing backyard oasis.

4.     Extending useable space: Create an extension of your current space by utilizing designs you already have in your home. Use a “focal” piece to transition an unusable space into a place where everyone wants to go!

If you’re ready to get a head start on these trends by transforming your yard in the new year, give us a call at (757) 436-9617 or schedule a consultation online.

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Fall Backyard Fun

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As the weather cools down, people tend to start spending less time in their backyards. Unfortunately, this means they are missing out on all of the fall fun activities their backyard has to offer! We know you put in hard work during the warmer months to make sure your yard looks great, so why not extend the use of it into the fall months? Here are a few ideas for outdoor fall activities you can do at your own home:

  • Movie night: Hosting a movie night in your backyard is simple, fun and easy to clean up. If your town doesn’t have a drive-in theatre, you can create the experience right at home. This activity is perfect for the month of October when everyone loves to watch spooky movies – all you’ll need is a projector and snacks! Tell your guests to bring their own blankets or dress warmly.
  • Bonfires: Nothing sparks memories of fall like a bonfire. Whether it is an outdoor fireplace or a stone fire pit, your guests will associate your home with fond memories for years to come. During October, bonfires are great for toasting marshmallows and telling ghost stories.
  • Pumpkin carving: Leave the mess outside with this classic activity! Pumpkin carving is fun for people of any age, and your friends and family will have a blast being together in one spot to compare their gourdgeous artwork. For an added twist, turn it into a carving competition!
  • Camping: If your family loves to camp but doesn’t have time for a weekend trip during the busy holiday season, your backyard can become the perfect campsite.  This activity is great for children because they will have the safety and security of being at home with all of the fun that comes with sleeping outdoors in a tent.

At Basnight Land & Lawn, we believe that backyards can be the key to bringing people together during the fall season. If you’re looking for the perfect fire pit, outdoor lighting or landscaping to fuel your fall activities, give us a call at (757) 436-9617 or fill out the contact form online to find out what options are best for you.

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5 Great Ways To Enjoy Your Landscape

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5 Great Ways To Enjoy Your Landscape

More and more people are investing in their homes with a professionally designed and installed landscape. Landscapes are more commonly seen by the homeowner as an extension of the home itself. A well planned, professionally installed landscape opens the possibility of enjoying many outdoor activities.  The options for improvements and amenities to your yard seem endless. The following are just a few examples of landscape enhancements:  paver patios, walk paths, retaining walls, fire pits, outdoor kitchens & grills, pools, gazebos, pergolas, ponds, vegetable or flower gardens and outdoor lighting.

  1. Relaxing – Whether sitting in a chair on your paver patio or next to your pool on a chaise lounge, relaxing in your own yard is one of the most popular ways to appreciate your landscape. There are many activities that are well suited to accompany your leisure: reading your favorite novel, magazine, or blog; sunning; listening to music; or viewing the mesmerizing flames in your fire pit, are just a few.
  1. Meals – A few traditional and still popular ways to savor a meal outdoors is to have a picnic or fire up your favorite grill. A more modern alternative is to have an outdoor grill or kitchen. There are many different styles and options for appliances such as: ovens, grills, sinks, refrigerators, and stone hearth pizza ovens. The pleasing aroma of your culinary masterpiece will surely have your neighbors’ line up at your front door for a taste.
  1. Entertaining – Entertaining family and friends in your yard is an American pastime. Whether a holiday or special occasion, there are few settings more comfortable than entertaining in your very own backyard landscape. Patios and decks are great staging areas, especially if you have an outdoor kitchen and seating area. Add a beverage cooler to your outdoor kitchen and your social becomes a party. Music is another great addition to any get-together and with the availability of low cost portable Bluetooth speakers paired with a mobile device, anyone can become a DJ.
  1. Exercise & Outdoor Sports – Instead of going to a gym, why not exercise in your yard and enjoy the setting the outdoors can offer. Yoga and free weight lifting can easily be done on your patio or deck. If you are a sporting person, you can: play volleyball, soccer, football, cornhole, or practice your golf swing by driving on an artificial tee. Another great and rewarding activity is playing with your pets in your backyard. And if you have a dog, most will want to play fetch till your arm gets too tired to move.
  1. Gardening – With flower and vegetable gardens can be quite relaxing, provide some exercise and be visually pleasing to the senses. There seems to be no end to the color and texture combinations within a flower garden. And for food lovers and cooks alike, who does not enjoy an easy access to fresh veggies?

If you really want to relax, let the award winning team at Basnight Land and Lawn design your ultimate landscape. Give our friendly staff a call at 757.436.9617.

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