Design Your Landscaping With Christmas Decorating in Mind

Every landscaping project has different considerations according to the needs and wants of the owner. Decorating for Christmas and other holidays is a big deal to a lot of folks and so planning electrical access specifically for it into their landscaping can prove to be a convenience when it comes time to decorate for the holidays.

When talking about landscaping for Christmas, most folks will be considering the role of certain plants in the Winter garden. Evergreens like Holly of course are a common symbol of Christmas and keep their color all year. They’re also a common plant for making wreaths. Many other plants that produce red berries, again like the Holly, also can create a Christmas atmosphere throughout the Winter landscape.

While certain types of plants are necessary for design structure and Winter interest in landscaping, this article doesn’t focus on the actual landscaping structure itself. What this article addresses first is the folks that go all out to decorate their yard and home for the holidays. For them, a special consideration in their landscaping plans is for decorating, decorations, lights, and preparing the landscape to use them in an efficient way. What this basically means is to create and provide electrical access throughout the entire landscape.

Some of the Christmas decorations and lighting displays of today are quite elaborate and require a lot of electricity to run them. From simple single displays to incredible computerized syncronized orchestrations that incorporate the entire yard and home. The outlets and circuits required to run these displays may exceed the outlets and power that most homes have available. And most landscaping plans never consider and supply electricity and outlets where they’re needed most for such activities. In the yard itself.

Aside from Christmas and other holiday decorations, having electrical outlets throughout your property is often convenient for a lot of other purposes. And while we most generally plan for low voltage electrical lighting throughout the landscape, very few of our clients ever consider the need for house current in the yard until we mention it as an option in their design.

So once decided as a consideration for your landscaping plan, electrical outlets, lines, and anything house current has to be installed by professionals. There’s is no room for error with electricity. It’s a good idea for the entire network to have its own panel box and circuit breakers. That way, it’s generally assured there is plenty of power for the yard decor network. And if there are problems with the system, it can be shut down independently without affecting the power to the entire home.

A final consideration for placing electrical outlets and other utilities throughout your yard is the visibility factor. Few things look worse in a well groomed yard. If flower and planting beds are in the landscaping plan, electrical outlets can easily be hidden among shrubs, groundcovers, and other plants in the bed areas. Another option, in or outside of the flower beds, is specially designed weatherproof outlets that fit close to the ground. They can be used when needed and are otherwise unaffected by sprinkler systems, mowing, and weather.

Again, every landscaping project is different with different considerations according to the owner. Decorating ideas for Christmas and other holidays is a big deal to a lot of folks, planning it into their landscaping can prove to be a convenient time saving addition when it comes to time to decorate for the holidays.

Doll House Kits for Every Budget and Skill Level

I have to admit, I am very impressed, at what the miniature dollhouse industry has to offer. They have successfully replicated the natural (full-sized) world in miniature with doll house kits that fit almost every budget and skill level. In fact, I believe that if you will take a few moments to look at what they have accomplished that you too will be impressed at what you learn.

Dollhouses are not just for little girls or women. They have grown in popularity in just about every adult demographic. By taking a closer look it is easy to understand the growing appeal.

Doll house kits are available in just about any architectural style imaginable and they are easy to customize and accessorize. In fact, if you are particularly skilled at crafts you may want to forgo a kit and purchase blueprints which enable you to customize as big as you can dream.

For beginners there are also quick-build kits that, according to the advertisements, can be built within an hour. I am not so confident in the one hour time limit if you are a beginner but one of these kits may be an excellent place for you to start if this is your first dollhouse project.

Inside your kit you will find instructions, drawings, and the pieces for assembly. Manufacturers like to use the term “easy” when describing their instructions. However, that’s not always the case. Expect that there will be a few hitches in the construction process. Most pieces are precut although some will need to be punched out. The good news is that you won’t need to do any cutting yourself unless you are building from a blueprint or making some of your own changes.

Wooden construction materials seldom come pre-sanded so there will be some light sanding involved prior to painting. Painting, by the way, is optional but a good idea for adding authenticity to your project.

Some manufacturers also give you a choice on the wood that will come with your kit. Choices include milled plywood, MDF, and smooth plywood. Prices vary based on the material you choose. Assembly then is made with nails and glue that may or may not be included with your kit.

Once you have assembled your doll house kit you can then easily expand. Additional expansion kits are also available. For example you can add a conservatory or a wing onto your existing structure.

It should be pointed out that the term “doll house kits” is used interchangeably to include both dollhouses and accessories. For example there are accessory kits for bathrooms, living rooms, kitchens, porches, libraries, and dining rooms that coordinate with your architectural style. There are even outdoor kits that add to the “curb appeal” of your project.

When selecting your doll house project you will need to determine the scale that will be used that will remain consistent with the structure, accessories, and furnishings. The normal scale is 1 inch per life-sized foot. There is also a popular ½ scale which is scaled to ½ inch per life-sized foot. Neither of these scales are compatible with Barbie-sized dolls. For that you will need a 1/6 scale to accommodate the most popular dolls for play. I frequently make mention of this fact in my articles because it is the one place that people most often make mistakes on their dollhouse purchases.

Now, there is a good chance that you will need help. If you find yourself in that predicament you will be happy to know that many local hobby stores offer advice, construction support, specialized instruction, and even classes on electrification, interior finishing, decoration, and landscaping. Another excellent source for help is to check in on one of the dollhouse forums on the web. Hobbyists are generally more than glad to share their expertise.

The sky is the limit. Your hobby can be as little or as big as you want. Thanks to a very customer friendly industry there are doll house kits to satisfy your level of interest, expertise, and even your budget.

The Top Two Benefits of Using a 3D Landscaping Design Software

With out technology of today, everything can be done using or with the aid of computers and amazing computer programs. Take landscaping for example. If you have a degree in design and architecture you definitely know the importance of having one such great computer application.

There are many advantages of using a 3D landscaping design software compared to the traditional ‘old drawing board’ method.

Here are the top two great benefits of using such a software.

First and foremost, the great benefit why investing in a 3d computer program for landscaping is that compared to hand drawings, it is possible to make numerous changes without having to spend hundreds of human hours doing so.

With a click of a mouse, you can instantly change a design or color or even the type of plants your yard could have. Like I said, you can make as many changes as you want in relatively little time, without all of the tedious erasing and redrawing.

Another great reason why you should utilize these great 3D software application is that You can also arrange and rearrange flower beds, grassy areas, trees, decorations, and more without having to worry about wasting time.

There are just the two things from the top of my head why you should invest in such a program. This is essential if designing and landscaping if your bread and butter.

Imagine a boxer without a glove, a painter without a brush.. and today, an interior or outdoor designer without a 3D computer software for designing landscapes.