What does a company offering Phase I ESAs know about landscaping? Quite a bit, believe it or not! A bit of background: in doing research into how different pieces of land have been used in the past, we’ve worked with pretty much everyone from the banking industry to small businesses to investors to agricultural operations. We’ve also worked with plenty of real estate professionals and even future homeowners.
It’s this last category of clients that have inspired today’s blog post. When you are buying a piece of land to build a home on, you want to know for certain that it hasn’t been used in the past for anything that might be harmful to your family now. For example, if the land you want to build a home on was once used as a dry cleaner or a gas station, you might be hesitant to build there because of lingering chemicals that could cause you problems.
But when you get the green light and hear the news that there’s nothing in your land’s past, it’s a wonderful feeling. When that happens, people start to plan their homes, working out the details. Being a company that offers Phase I Environmental Site Assessments, the bit of planning that interests us most is the landscaping. That’s why we’d like to share a few tips for landscaping success in today’s post. Keep reading to learn more!
DIY Landscaping Tips You’re Sure to Love
There is a good chance that you already have your lawn, plants, flowers, and trees somewhat planned out, so we’ll skip over tips pertaining to those items in order to get to some of the things you may not have considered quite as much.
Hide the Hose
Being in California means that you’ll be watering your lawn a fair amount. It also means that you’ve probably dealt with a stray hose in the past. Those who have know all too well that moving the hose out of the way when you need to mow can be a bit of a pain. Even if you have an underground sprinkler system, there’s a pretty good chance that you’ll need to break the hose out from time to time. Whether it’s to water the plants or rinse off the siding on your home, having a hose is crucial.
Sure, you could wind the hose up when you’re not using it and tuck it away in a garage, but that can be a pain. Our advice is to either purchase an attachment that connects directly to your house, allowing you to wind the hose up that way. Another option is to construct a box near your outside spigot using a weather resistant lumber like cedar, redwood, or teak. Either way, the end result is something a little more beautiful for the exterior of your home.
Think About Seating
Everyone dreams about having an outdoor space that they can actually spend time enjoying. What better way to do just that than to have plenty of seating? Whether that means hanging a hammock between two trees, adding a porch swing, or building your own adirondack chairs is entirely up to you.
The thing to really consider is how you plan to use the outdoor space in the future. Will you be grilling for yourself and your family each weekend? Do you plan to host several large get-togethers? Are you interested in it just being a cozy outdoor oasis? Whatever the case may be, think about these things and plan accordingly to ensure that you have enough seating for everyone who will be spending time outside.
And now we come to one of the most crucial pieces of good landscaping — the lighting! In many instances, the single light illuminating your outdoor space just won’t cut it. Now different yards will inevitably require different solutions, but our thoughts on the matter are that the more lighting options you have, the better equipped you’ll be for any situation.
For example, in addition to the light that’s next to the back door, consider adding solar powered lights to illuminate a patch that you have back there. If your homeowner’s association allows it, think about building a fire pit. Another popular option is to hang small lights (also known as Christmas lights or fairy lights) around your outdoor space. You could even add some candles to the top of the tables to create an intimate and cozy feel. The sky’s the limit!
Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessment California
Whether the land you’d like to purchase requires a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment, a desktop review, or nothing at all, one of the most exciting parts about having a home is being able to customize it to suit your own specific needs. There’s nothing quite like putting your stamp on a living space and whether you’re in need of our services or not, we’d like to wish you nothing but success as you seek to work on landscaping (or any other projects that you have) for your new home.
Of course if you are in need of a Phase I ESA, look no further than our team of environmental professionals. We’ve been in business for over three decades and we promise our complete attention and a prompt, friendly, and professional response. We specialize in environmental consulting, so no matter what your goals are, we’d love the opportunity to help. Contact us today! We look forward to working with you.