Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Building a Patio Cover.

Now may be just the right time to have that patio cover built to protect you from the searing Houston summer sun.  Making patio cover plans assumes that the existing structure is capable of supporting a new patio cover roof.  This is the time to consult a structural professional such as Laird Landscaping serving the greater Houston area.

There are a few things that you need to accomplish before drawing up patio cover plans…

              Wood construction – the proper wood choice
              Shingles to match the existing residence
              Outside beam height to have a minimum of 6' 8" clearance
              Roofing nails should not show through the bottom of the roof decking
              Use 4 x 8 x 5/8" T 111 4" O.C. plywood roof decking (for a plank-like visual appearance)
              6x6 posts
              4x6 beam
              2x4 rafters

There are several tricks of the trade that require professional expertise.  Do you wish to cover an existing roof or wall?  If that is the case you must take all measurements from the point at which the patio will attach to the existing structure.  Let me stop you there.  HIRE A PROFESSIONAL!  This project is not a DIY job.  It is one that you trust to the experienced experts at Laird Landscaping.  If you are in the Houston area, call them today at (281) 578-2795.

Monday, May 4, 2015

How a Water Feature Improves Your Backyard.

If you have paid attention to the beauty of your landscaped property in the Houston area you may have missed one important feature.  It’s a water feature.  A fountain might be just the missing piece to add aesthetic and financial value to your property.  A fountain adds both life and motion to your perfectly landscaped oasis.

Not only will you enjoy the relaxing sound of the waterfall, but you will attract more of Houston’s native birds.  The sights and sounds of sitting in your backyard will noticeably improve.  Water features vary by shape and size and are as unique as the plant life that surrounds them.  Sounds may vary to fit your particular pleasure as well.  You may even request a shallow in-ground stream that flows beautifully and naturally into a swimming pool.

The advantages and types of water features are readily available to be shown by your Houston area landscape expert Laird Landscaping.  Call them today for a free analysis of your particular situation.  You could be spending this summer in paradise right there in your Houston home.  You may reach Laird Landscaping at (281) 578-2795.  Don’t hesitate…summer is here!