Warmer months are on the horizon. You may be thinking or have already made up your mind about renovating your exterior. If so, you are no doubt looking for inspiration. Maybe you're scrolling on Pinterest, flipping through a few design magazines, or maybe you don’t really know where to turn. In any case, we’ve got you covered! Keep reading to learn more about where you need to be looking for inspiration this year!
Houzz: your online shopping platform
If you’re unfamiliar with Houzz, it is a website on which you can browse and save beautiful design pictures, similar to Pinterest. However, on this site, you can also find and purchase specific products as seen on inspirational pictures and find/contact construction professionals through their Houzz profiles. This platform also serves as an interactive space where you can exchange with over 40 million homeowners around the world regarding design topics or dilemmas. In fact, Houzz hosts an advice section in which you can share tips and tricks with other homeowners and seek advice from them or from professionals.
Whether you’re looking for inspiration, seeking advice or looking to purchase a product or service, there is no shortage of what can be achieved on Houzz. Reviews are also a big part of this platform, allowing you to get feedback from others before making a purchase. For inspiration regarding landscape design, visit our Houzz profile. We post many inspirational project pictures and provide the list of products used.
Create your inspiration albums on Pinterest
Everyone has heard of Pinterest at least once in their life. It has grown to become one of the most used social media platforms in existence. It serves as a visual discovery tool, helping you find ideas related to every category imaginable, from recipes, home décor, lifestyle, travel, and much more.
In the search bar, you can type in the inspiration you’re looking for: backyard landscape design, patio ideas, swimming pool designs, etc. Thousands upon thousands of pictures, called Pins, will surface. When you discover Pins you love, save them to your boards, which are essentially albums, to keep your ideas organized and easy to find.
Your home feed is where you will lose countless of hours scrolling. Pinterest’s algorithm displays Pins on this feed that it thinks you’ll enjoy based on what you’ve liked in the past. The feed also shows Pins from the people, topics, and boards you choose to follow.
You can visit our Pinterest profile if you’re looking for inspiration regarding landscape design. Our boards vary from outdoor kitchen designs to driveway landscaping ideas and everything in between!
Go green with our online catalog
Instead of paying out of pocket for a magazine, opt for our more eco-friendly and cost-efficient option: our online catalog! On our website, you can browse through our free online catalog in which we display our selection of products. From pavers and slabs, to fire pits and pool caps, we've got something for your outdoor project! In addition, all our products are showcased in a 2019 home landscaping project, allowing you to visualize the product in your exterior.
What's your style? Try out our quiz
Not sure how to define your taste? Take a style quiz! There are many style quizzes that exist that will tell you exactly under what style category you fall. For example, on our website, you can take our Backyard Quiz that will tell you what style to shop under. It's simple: we ask you a few questions regarding your tastes and preferences in terms of style and we label you either a Modern, Traditional, Rustic or Exotic design lover. Once you have this information, you can then shop the products that are labeled with your specific style! Let us help you narrow down your search!
How much is this going to cost me?
You've found your inspiration. You've found your products. Now what? Well, now's the time to discover how much this dream project of yours will cost. We've developed a tool called ''The Estimation Tool'' that gives you an idea of how much your project will cost you. It's simple, you disclose the space you want to renovate, as well as the features you want for your project, and we give you a price point. It's not an exact price, since elements like labor vary from contractor to contractor. However, it will offer you a range so you're not completely in the dark about pricing.
Use search engines
Many design blogs and online magazines publish articles pertaining to the latest indoor and outdoor design trends. All you need to do is type in what you're looking for and scroll until you find a title that speaks to you. On our Techo-Bloc blog, we've recently posted an article called '' The Top 5 Landscaping Trends of 2020 You Don't Want To Miss Out On''. This article and many others are out there and ready to get you inspired for your next landscaping project!
Now that you’ve found your inspiration and you have an idea of costs, it’s time to find the guy who will bring your design dreams to life! Check out this article in which we explain how hiring a Techo-Pro is beneficial for you, and this one, where we give you the complete list of questions you should ask your contractor before hiring him. Let us help you through this design journey!
Get started with your next backyard renovation project by downloading our Backyard Planning Guide!