A Garden and Outdoor Patio Go Hand-in-handA Garden and Outdoor Patio Go Hand-in-hand

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A Garden and Outdoor Patio Go Hand-in-hand

I love to garden, and when my family moved into a new home, I was very excited at the thought of getting to plan a brand-new garden! We moved to a completely different climate, so there was a learning curve to finding out which flowers and plants would thrive in the new location. Thankfully, the project was a success, but I realized that our family didn't get to enjoy the beauty of our garden without an outdoor living space to lounge on in the backyard. We soon found a local contractor with amazing ideas on how we could turn out yard into a beautiful, outdoor oasis. I enjoyed helping him plan and watching him build our new backyard patio, and I actually learned a lot during the process. I am eager to share what I have learned with others on my new blog!

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Planning A Backyard Pool? 4 Tips To Avoid Problems During Excavation

If you're going to have an inground pool built in your yard, there's going to be some rock excavation. In fact, the excavation will occur before any other construction begins. During the excavation project, you'll have some heavy equipment in your yard. It's important that you're prepared for this portion of the project. Here are four steps you can take to avoid problems during the excavation for your new pool.

1. Prepare Your Yard

When it comes to excavation for a swimming pool, it's crucial that you prepare your yard in advance. Anything movable should be put away. This includes patio furniture and barbecues. If you have a built-in backyard cook station, talk to your excavation contractor about setting up perimeter protection. You'll also need to remove a portion of your fence so that the heavy equipment can be moved into position. It's also important that you have underground utilities marked before excavation begins. That way, you can avoid liability for damaged power, gas, and water lines.

2. Secure a Timetable

Excavation is a lengthy process. However, it is important to secure a timetable before the project begins. Your neighbors will want to know how long the project will take. In addition, you'll need to know how long your yard will be without proper fencing. Securing a timetable in advance will help you monitor the project.

3. Plan for the Excess Dirt

Your excavation project is going to leave you with some excess dirt in your yard. In fact, the excavation project will generate large quantities of excess dirt. Before the project begins, make plans for the dirt. For instance, if you'll be responsible for the removal of the dirt, be sure to have roll-off dumpsters delivered to your home. If your contractor will be hauling the dirt away, be sure to find out how often it will be removed from your property.

4. Talk to Your HOA

If you live in a gated or planned community, be sure to talk to your HOA before you begin any excavation project. You'll want to avoid fines or legal problems associated with your plans. Many HOAs have specific regulations regarding backyard construction, which will include the excavation that needs to be completed. It's a good idea to keep a copy of the HOA regulations, as well as any necessary permits, on hand at all times. That way, you can clear up confusion right away.