How to create a luxury outdoor area

When you think of a luxury garden what do you envision? At White Stores, we picture a modern space with a large green area, a large area for all your guests, a fire pit or barbecue area and maybe even a pool. Well you might not have the space to create this in your outdoor space, or you might not know where to start. So, how can you create a luxury outdoor area? Here are our top tips:


Tip 1: Precautious Planting 

Be careful what you choose to plant in your garden. We recommend an 80/20 rule: 80% of your plants should be strong and hardy, while 20% should be colourful and exciting. Choose your planting areas carefully and according to what your plants need i.e. sunlight for part or all of the day but also make sure it complements your outdoor seating area.

Tip 2: Exterior Interior

Your exterior space should feel like a natural extension of your interior. Have some pieces or colour schemes which complement your indoor dĂ©cor to create a harmonious flow throughout. White Stores offer some great water resistant fabric furniture sets which look extremely luxurious and helps to continue your indoor themes on the outside. Continue reading “How to create a luxury outdoor area”

3 Tips for Gorgeous Landscaping

The winter months make it hard to imagine your yard as anything other than a vast, empty field of white, but you still have plenty of opportunities to think about landscaping. The exterior of your home is defined by landscaping, even in the winter. While you might not plan on having your home on the market until spring, there are still things you can do to get better landscaping. Planning the landscaping work ahead of time will help you save money. One way that a lot of contractors make money is through confused, distracted homeowners. They prey on the fact that you probably don’t know what to do with your home’s exterior, so they bill you a lot of time for visualization and planning to make up for this fact. In a way, they’re justified; it takes up a professional’s time when you don’t know what you want. On the other hand, you can cut these costs down dramatically by having solid ideas for landscaping ahead of time. There are essentially three main tips for gorgeous landscaping; following these tips will help you save money and truly unlock the vast opportunities your home provides.

1. Have a Purpose

Do you have a purpose for the space that you’re working with? If you don’t have an idea of what the space will look like, it’s time to draw things out. You need to set a purpose for the spaces around your yard. Will you entertain on a deck? Have you considered building a better gardening space? Part of the joy of owning a home is that you have full control over what you do with it. If you’ve always wanted to have a big garden but you lived in an apartment, now’s your chance to live out your dream.


2. Have a Theme

Just like you need to have a purpose for your landscaping, you also need to have a strong theme. Feel free to look through old photos of homes from different eras. You never know when your next idea is going to come from. A theme doesn’t have to last forever; if you get bored with the way the exterior looks, you can always change it again. Why not look through some “lookbooks” before your next project? In the winter months, it’s not like there’s much that you can do to the outside. Looking for inspiration can help you cope with the long winter ahead.

3. Have a (Recurring) Plan

If you create a theme with your landscaping, don’t just let it stay the same all year round. Have plans to keep things fresh and interesting. If you think back to great looking homes you fell in love with, they most likely changed as the seasons changed. Don’t be afraid to mix things up. It allows people to see something has changed, and try to get a closer look at your home. Ultimately, if you want to sell your home in the future, you’ll need to have a decent plan well ahead of time. Building a theme allows you to execute your plan, look at the results, and then change things up on a schedule. part of the reason why so many homeowners stay in their homes isn’t because they like them. The problem is inertia: nothing changes, so people feel like they’re stuck. They worry that no one is going to like their home as much as they do, so they don’t even bother putting it on the market.

The truth is that as long as you take exterior design in mind as you enjoy your home, you’ll be able to sell when you’re ready. Until then, why not enjoy the space day by day? It’ll be a lot easier to stay happy when you’re in a space that makes you feel great!

3 Tips for Taking the Hassle Out of Exterior Design Plans

Curb appeal a concept that we can all relate to as homeowners, landlords, and real estate fans. We want to make sure that we’re presenting the very best image to everyone that derives by. This is critical if you’re trying to build up a home’s value. Everyone cares about a nice looking home. For landlords, getting the most rent for a property is based on its visual appeal. Sure, you could argue that the way the inside of the home looks matters a great deal to tenants. This is true as well, but they won’t take a look at the inside unless they start falling in love with the outside.

Setting the Scene for Better Exterior Design

You have to have a steady and stable plan for development if you want to see things come together on the outside of your home. Because everyone will see the changes, it’s important to build a solid foundation. Planning isn’t as fun as the actual renovation process but it can save you tens of thousands of dollars if you do things properly. The last thing that you want to do is find yourself being unable to pull off the full renovation because you went over budget. By the way, that’s the first thing that you need to think about: budget! If you don’t have a set budget in place, you’re bound for disaster. The worst projects usually stem from big dreams and a small budget. If you don’t keep your plans in line with your budget, you won’t finish. Getting top notch talent for a small project is better than trying to get substandard talent for a larger project.

Exterior Design Plans

If you already know who you want to work with, that makes your budget a lot easier. But if you don’t know who you want to work with, it can make things complicated. Are they going to be able to handle the job, based on their experiences? Will they be able to stay within budget? Get a list of references from any company that you decide to go with. References allow you to call people that they have worked with and ask very specific questions. If someone says that they had a problem with the company, try to get them to explain it. Sometimes things do go wrong on a project, and it’s not necessarily anyone’s fault.

Be ready to write down your plan and discuss it for a while with the company you contract. You will also want to let them be the experts on the scene and give you solid input. Professionals love to showcase their knowledge in a way that helps you. As their customer, they want to make sure that you have your vision come to life in a way that’s budget friendly and appealing.

From Planning to Execution: Bringing the Design to Life

Bringing your design to life might take a few weeks, or it could be a few months. It depends on how large your project truly is. If you’re just trying to clean up the landscaping, it’s something that can be done in a few days. Sometimes you may even need to take a week to tie things together. That’s perfectly acceptable. Continue reading “3 Tips for Taking the Hassle Out of Exterior Design Plans”