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7 Landscaping Strategies to Follow For the Perfect Design Plan

Are you one of those Saskatoon homeowners who randomly collects plants and has no real design plan when it comes to their arrangement?

You wouldn’t be the first. However, without a method for the placement of your shrubs and flowerbeds, not only does your front yard lack the cohesion that makes good landscaping attractive but you also risk liabilities that could cause you frustration in the future.

Plants have different optimal growing conditions and not taking the time to get to know their needs or the soil, weather, and light conditions of your site could mean that some of your plants will not fulfill their potential.

Having a design plan will result in a cohesive landscape that is not only beautiful but will last longer. Here are 7 strategies to follow to achieve a smart landscape design.

 

  1. Be Prepared with Equipment Access

You should recognize from the very start that a time will come when you will need to do some repairs or have projects that require the use of equipment. This means having access to everything from a hedge trimmer to a lawn mower or even a chainsaw. If you don’t have what you need, you can always check out The Rent-It Store in Saskatoon.

 

  1. Start With Focal Points and Maintain Them

Whether your focal point occurred naturally or was intentionally placed, it can be an asset to your landscape and draw positive attention to your garden. Your focal point will force your viewer’s perspective towards a particular location. It could be a specimen tree, a fountain or a colorful flower bed.

 

  1. Don’t Overdo Curves

Curves, when incorporated in moderation, can add movement and structure to your landscape design. The aim should be to have continuous flowing lines that use the circumferences of adjacent circles and ellipses.

 

  1. Create and Invite Movement

Breathe life into your garden by adding elements that summon movement. Long grasses, wind chimes, and hanging ornaments that wave and sway in the wind add a touch of whimsy to your landscape. Consider planting flowers that attract butterflies and hummingbirds.

 

  1. Soften the Edges of Your House

It’s amazing how strategic placement of plants can add appealing accents to even the simplest of homes. Thoughtful designs such as a walkway or decorative flowers can accentuate any home.

 

  1. “Right Plant, Right Spot” Mantra

It’s understandable why you’re tempted to bring home a new plant with every visit to the nursery even if you’re just there for supplies. However, remember that plants grow at different rates and bringing home a plant that doesn’t fit into your existing design plan may cost you in the future.

When designing your garden, always take into consideration what each plant’s size at maturity will be, the rate at which it will grow and how much pruning and maintenance it will demand. Also be mindful of their placement beside other plants and outdoor furniture.

 

  1. Discover New Possibilities

Saskatoon is home to many nurseries and garden centers filled with beautiful choices of plants and accessories. Paying one a visit can inspire you to go beyond what you assumed were the limits of what your existing garden could offer.

Here is a little list to help you with your search in Saskatoon, Warman and Martensville.

You may even want to invite an experienced landscaping service to assess the state of your garden and have them create a detailed landscape design for you that fulfills its natural lifespan which will bring you and your family many years of delight. Check out our Kijenga Marketplace for great offers from Panoramic Landscape Design. You can get anything from a one hour consultation to a complete consult and design which includes:

  • One hour consultation with a professional landscape designer to provide inspiration and suggest ideas for your yard.
  • Includes front and back yard design.
  • Measurements of site plan. Please supply RPR (real property report) if available.
  • Presentation of the first concept plan and you as the client will suggest revisions of your preference.
  • Presentation of final plan with 3D Renderings; full plant list and all materials identified.
  • Client provided with 2 printed scaled final drawings and a scaled digital copy.

Best of luck with your project and if there is anything we can help you with, give us a ring at 1-844-KIJENGA.

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Rebuild vs. Resurface: Breathing New Life into Your Old Deck

With Saskatoon winters reaching temperatures of below freezing and the wet season lasting 124 days of the year on average, it’s no wonder why your deck has taken quite a beating over the seasons and the years.

And beyond the weather, your deck, whether wood or composite, has seen lots of traffic from active kids, frisky pets, and welcomed guests who all equally love spending time out there laughing or lazing around on a warm summer day.

You wouldn’t trade the wonderful memories for anything. However, now you are left with a deck that is weathered and not exactly appealing to look at anymore. Not only is it no longer as beautiful as it once was, you fear that it may not even be safe to stand on anymore. Deck repair services is actually one of the most sought after services in Saskatoon throughout the summer season.

Depending on the condition of your deck, you’ll have two options – rebuild or resurface. How do you know which is the right solution for your home?

Why You Should Rebuild

For those who have plenty of time and money, the first instinct is to rebuild the deck completely. And there are those who assume they have the time to choose between rebuilding or resurfacing when the reality is, rebuilding is the only option.

If your deck’s structure is unsound and a disaster waiting to happen, then you must rebuild immediately. Wooden decks will naturally decay over time because of the weather and climate. They are prone to rotting, mold, carpenter ants, termites and so much more.

Starting over with a new deck can be costly, but it does have its upsides. Not only do you have the opportunity to start fresh and have complete freedom in designing an entirely new deck, but you have the option to choose better quality materials like steel that is guaranteed to last much longer than the old wooden deck – a lifetime, in fact.

Why You Should Resurface

Rebuilding a deck can be considered a major renovation and one that you’re just not prepared for both financially and time-wise.

Resurfacing an old deck which has a solid substructure and framing will still result in a beautiful deck that feels brand new. Despite following the same lines and foundation, you can dramatically change the aesthetics with your choice of color and other elements. You may even want to swap out the deck railing to something more modern.

Compared to tearing out the old deck and rebuilding, resurfacing means huge savings. A contractor would be able to assess your existing deck’s substructure and framing to tell you if you absolutely must rebuild or if resurfacing is advisable. Getting a quote from more than one deck contractor in Saskatoon would be ideal in this case.

Ultimately, whether you decide to start over altogether or put some extra love in your old one, you’ll still get the look and feel of a new deck that you and your family will love through many years of fun outdoor barbecues or lazy days of lounging.

Post your deck project today for free and get matched to certified contractors in Saskatoon. Get Quotes!

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Spring Cleaning and Home Maintenance Guide for May

Weather in May can be hit or miss in Saskatoon and Saskatchewan but it shouldn’t hold us back from getting done our spring cleaning!

For homeowners, now is the ideal time to get motivated to do some work on your property. Spring cleaning is more than just throwing open the windows to let in the fresh air or sweeping out the dust from all the construction going on around you.

This warm Saskatoon weather means you can do some serious cleaning to both the interior and exterior of your home. However, spring cleaning doesn’t mean that you need to tackle all this work on your own. Some projects may require a home professional to get the tasks done correctly and safely. Not only that but time is money and so do what you love to do and leave the rest to the pros.

Here is a quick guide to some home maintenance projects that are ideal to get done this spring.

Exterior Cleaning

A professional pressure washing service can clean the exterior of your home. Moss and algae may have built up on you exterior siding, gutters, roof, patio, walkways and driveways. Not only are they not appealing to look at but keeping all these areas clean ensures that the materials stay in good shape. Check out this deal for $75 off in Saskatoon!

House Cleaning

Surely you’ve kept the house clean year-round with the usual housecleaning tasks. However, for the bigger cleaning projects, it is ideal to hire a home professional who can do a deep clean on your carpets, upholstery and drapery. You may even want to hire a professional cleaning service who are equipped to handle chemicals and equipment needed to thoroughly clean bathroom stains like rust and hard water residue. Check out all these cleaning deals found on the Kijenga Marketplace.

Repairs

Take your spring cleaning a step further by addressing some areas that may require some repair. Because the Saskatoon weather is ideal for exterior repairs, now is the best time to hire a home professional to mend a broken fence or repair your deck. Getting someone skilled to do these tasks ensures you quality work and safety. Browse handyman deals on the marketplace!

Landscaping

The winter weather may have left your yard in a sorry state. Hire a landscaping service who will clean up the debris from the garden beds and lay down new sod. Professional landscapers can deliver large quantities of mulch or gravel and get your yard spring and summer-ready.

May is also the best time to bring in additions to your yard. Bring in new planters and garden beds for spring and summer plants. You may even want to add a new pathway leading to your yard.

So take advantage of the weather and work together with a home professional to get your spring cleaning, property maintenance, and improvement projects underway. You won’t regret hiring a service to tackle the more demanding cleaning projects especially if they require heavy lifting and the use of equipment that only someone skilled can operate.

For projects that you require a few quotes, post them now! To find sweet deals from reputable handymen to house cleaners, shop our online marketplace in Saskatoon and find the perfect voucher for you!

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Roofing Terminology: Talk Like a Roofer

If you need a replace your shingles or repair your roof in Saskatoon and you are getting ready to meet with a few contractors you connected with through Kijenga, you’ll want to be equipped to have a productive conversation about an estimate of costs and projected timelines. Be prepared by understanding the terms that professional roofers use so that you can keep up.

Here is a basic guide so that you get the most out of your contractor meetings and not spend the majority of your time on trying to decipher the roofing jargon.

Roofing Styles

The most common roof styles are the hip and gable.

Hip

A hip roof has a ridge at the top and slopes on all four sides. All the sides of a hip roof are of equal length.

Hip roofs are ideal for homes in Saskatoon and Saskatchewan because the snow will slide right off during the winter months. Also, a house with a hip roof will most likely have a big attic or vaulted ceilings.

Gable and Shed 

A gable roof is triangle-shaped while a shed roof is one that slopes in a single direction. A single home can have multiple styles, and you’ll often see you a gable roof with shed-style dormers which is a roofed structure, often containing a window, which projects vertically beyond the plane of a pitched roof.

Slope and Pitch

There is the common misconception that slope and pitch are the same thing. They certainly are not. Here are the differences:

Slope is the incline of the roof which is expressed as a ratio of the vertical rise to the horizontal run where the run is a fraction of the span. A roof that rises 4 inches for every 1 foot or 12 inches of run is said to have a “4 in 12” slope.

Pitch of a roof is its vertical rise divided by its horizontal span (or “run”). In geometry, this is called “slope” in geometry or the tangent function in trigonometry. Definitions vary when a roof is considered pitched.

It should be noted that a roof with a high pitch and steep for roofers is likely going to cost more for the labour. “A roof with lots of peaks and valleys will be quoted higher because of the risky work required and the complexity it comes with.” says Shane Regush, owner of Go2Guys in Saskatoon.

Decking, Eaves, Ridges, Valleys

All roofs have a deck, eaves, and ridges and a lot have valleys.

Decking is the foundation of your roof, and the deck base rests against the attic. It covers the rafters and supports the weight of the roofing materials.

Eaves are the edges of the roof that jut out over the walls of your home. The eaves help keep attics from getting too warm. Gutters are placed at the edges of eaves to help push water running off of the roof away from the house.

Ridges are where two roof lines intersect and are the highest points on the roof.

And roof valleys are formed where two section of a roof come together.

Underlayment, Shingles, and Flashing

The roofing underlayment is the primary layer of waterproofing material that goes before the shingles or roofing materials. It is essentially a roll of felt paper or fiberglass saturated with asphalt.

“You would be surprised at how many roofs in Saskatoon don’t have the basic underlay required to properly seal your home. Ask the roofing contractor you’re interviewing about the underlay they are going to use on your home and ensure they do as they say. All projects completed by Go2Guys has RhinoRoof which is a synthetic roofing underlayment. It acts as an air, water and vapour barrier and is 12x stronger than #30 felt. Living in Saskatchewan, we also use IKO Ice and Water Protectors for the valleys and edges for total weather protection and peace of mind.”

Roofing shingles are what provide aesthetic value to your house, and homeowners often put the most thought into the kind of shingles to use for this reason. But beyond being the element that brings beauty to your home, shingles block UV rays from the sun and prevent water from leaking into your attic.

Flashing is a corrosion-resistant metal strip installed at the roof edges and seams because that is where water will most likely seep through the asphalt shingles and underlayment. Flashing directs water away from these trouble spots and gets it into the gutters. The four main types of flashing are:

1.         Base flashing is applied directly to the roof. It is also referred to as step flashing.

2.         Cap flashing is used around chimneys or walls. It is also referred to as counter flashing.

3.         Drip edge flashing is applied at the roof’s edge where the gutter is.

4.         Valley flashing is added to roof valleys.

“We recommend that homeowners ask a million questions when hiring a roofer.” says Shane Regush with Go2Guys. “Don’t hire the first company to give you a quote. Understand what you’re getting for your money. We see a lot of projects where cap flashing isn’t being used around chimneys and it’s causing major problems. Most roofers are just that, roofers. They’re good at replacing your shingles but oftentimes it’s the little things that make a big difference whether it’s a proper drip edge, installing a quality underlay, or going 2 shingles under, one over when working around vents or anything exposed.”

Now that you have a cheat sheet on roofing terminologies, you’re ready to start hunting for the right roofer in Saskatoon to get started on your roof project. And when they recognize that you’ve done your homework, they’ll be impressed, and you can get straight to the more important matters like materials, design, budget, and scheduling.

Post your roofing or shingle replacement project in Saskatoon and Kijenga will connect you with certified and verified contractors to get the job done! Get quotes now. Post Your Project for Free!