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High on the list of priorities for house hunters is square footage. But getting the most livable space for the dollar might mean looking outside of your four walls. After moving into her brick and stone home in Weddington, N.C., Linda Nugent found her backyard was being underutilized.

“It was completely wasted space,” she relates. “We had a backyard veranda, but we never used it.” A referral from a pool contractor led her to Tony Everett, president of Custom Land Design based in Charlotte. Specializing in integrating landscapes and hardscapes, the company has experience designing outdoor rooms.

“In the past, homeowners made backyard improvements just for the look,” Everett relates. “But lately more people are selling their vacation place in favor of investing in making outdoor living an important part of their home.”

Once the spa and pool were installed, Nugent wanted a poolhouse, fireplace and outdoor kitchen to complete the space. “We had a general notion of what we wanted, but Tony took our thoughts and pictures and gave us advice and additional ideas before coming up with a design,” she says.

With a wide variety of materials available for outdoor living projects, achieving a cohesive look can be difficult. “Tony kept drawing me back to materials that would match our house, so the end result looked like it was there from the day the house was built,” Nugent relates…

Click here to view the entire article or visit Urban Home Magazine’s website to learn more about Custom Land Design.

For a free estimate contact Custom Land Design at 704-201-0917 or at cldesigners@yahoo.com.

Winter in the South means a few moderately cold days but doesn’t halt year-round outdoor enjoyment if you have the right backyard setup for entertaining and relaxing. When Larry Osier decided to double the size of his home, he chose his unused backyard for the addition in part because of the temperate North Carolina climate.

“Adding outdoor rooms provides a complete extension of our indoor living space,” says homeowner Osier. “We never used our backyard before the landscaping and hardscaping project,” he says, “but now our family and guests gravitate to the backyard, even if the weather is chilly. We have lunch there and entertain regularly in the evening. One of our favorite family traditions is to relax in the extra-large spa on Christmas Day.”

In three months, Biggers Lawn & Landscape installed a backyard cabana with a fireplace, pool, spa, and hardscaping to create a beautiful outdoor room.The fireplace is the biggest draw this time of year. Osier likes to entertain friends there, and he says they automatically move to the outside hearth even during the colder months. With a semi-enclosed cabana encompassing the stone fireplace and wooden mantle, the outdoor living room has a wood-shingled roof that keeps the area feeling enclosed enough to be cozy. A brick wall with inserted stones creates an “airy mountain” feel that coordinates and complements the large stone fireplace with its oversized fleur-de-lis keystone…

Click here to view the entire article or visit Urban Home Magazine’s website to learn more about Bigger’s Lawn and Landscape.

Biggers Lawn & Landscape can be reached by calling 704-888-4789 or online at www.biggerslandscape.com.

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