Archive for November, 2011

Don’t Forget about the Outside

November 28, 2011

I was thinking about doing some remodeling the other day and started looking out the window. Then I wondered who was going to remodel the outside. Although I like to get my hands dirty out there pulling weeds. The organizing and planning part isn’t what I’m good at. I’m more into getting those weeds! It’s not easy to lumber up and down the steep hill outside for gardening or landscaping, and I certainly don’t want to walk around and measure and try to draw the irregular hilly shape and the wiggly walkways, and how does the house fit in… really too much work, too confusing.

Anyway, since we’re in the software business, we knew we needed something for ourselves and also for others to complete the home. What’s a beautiful home, or remodeled home without something nice going on outside.

And if you’re not already remodeling and maybe not yet a devoted fan of Ez-Architect, then you might want to consider cleaning up the eyesore that is your yard for the sake of your neighbors, if not for yourself. After all, who looks at my front yard besides me when I drive in: my neighbors. As I look around, most of them keep a pretty nice front piece, so why shouldn’t I? But I insist that it’s got to be easy. I’m just not any kind of expert when it comes time to figure out what to put here, how it might look now (or in 100 years). For example, we have some amazingly beautiful trees that have intertwined themselves into each other that are spectacular in the spring, when one is blooming and the other is green, and they’re jaw-droppingly beautiful when the fall weather comes, when the other one turns a thousand variations of gold, and the bloomer is now green. Now who figured out how to put them together for such a gorgeous result 30 years ago when they first landscaped the yard when the house was built? Or was it just a lucky accident that resulted from a weak plan, or total lack of knowledge. I’m sure “real” landscapers wouldn’t put those two trees so close together. But I praise whoever did it back then, for whatever reason they did it!

Anyway, we found a wonderful little program that makes the work of the outside so easy to plan. It is soooo easy. Easy as 1,2,3! Well, one through five anyway. You do it with photographs. Everyone has some kind of camera these days. Snap some photos of the outside of your house (or building, for that matter). Install the software, tell it where you live so you know what plants will live, plop in some landscape elements including sidewalks, pathways and stuff, then save, print the plan, and print a shopping list. If you’re curious, you can read more. Or if you’re hot to order such a cool program, jump right in.

 

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