Drought tolerant, tropical landscaping

Grand Hyatt Kauai lobby

Often you model the ‘theme’ of your home based around a holiday destination or even an event/time in your life. In our case, this involved both – we were in Hawai’i for both our engagement and wedding. So, naturally we wanted a home that had a similar landscape. But in water conscious areas of the world, a tropical garden is often considered to be bad form. Contrary to popular belief, it doesn’t have to be.

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Happy Australia Day

Happy Australia Day everyone! With temperatures set to soar to near 40c this afternoon, Aussies are flocking to the beaches or the closest pool. In true Aussie fashion, BBQs are firing up all over the country – kudos to those who are braving the heat to get the snags just right today.

I hope everyone is relaxing and enjoying this unusual Wednesday day off work. No yard work for us today!

Hot Air Ballooning at Stonecutters Ridge?

Hot air balloon above Sydney AustraliaIt appears that Stonecutters Ridge is already a destination for sightseers. Early this morning as I was getting ready for work, I took a step outside to have a look at some of the progress we made over the weekend in our garden and noticed a hot air balloon floating high above in the sky.

A few minutes later, after heading in to make a coffee I returned, to find that the balloon was attempting to make a landing in the open field near our house – where houses will eventually be built.

It was an interesting start to the week.  I should talk to the guys at the sales office. They were giving tours of the new lots in Stage 2 by car over the weekend. Maybe a hot air balloon is the way to go…?

Hot air balloon landing at Stonecutters Ridge

Metricon’s 90 Inspection

Inspection ReportFor a company who’s administration team isn’t know for prompt replies, we were sure something was wrong with our inspection report when we received a call not five minutes after emailing it across.

Our 90 day inspection is approaching (hard to believe it!), and with that comes the task of gathering up the list of all things that need to be repaired or looked after by Metricon’s warranty department.

Now out of the hands of our site supervisor, we’ve been assigned a Metricon inspector who will meet with us at a specified time to address any of our concerns around defects in our new home. Prompt by any standard, the administration team called to schedule a time for the inspector to meet with us not five minutes after mailing in our list of defects. Hopefully fixing the issues we have will be just as quick.

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How does landscaping add to the value of your home?

Quality LandscapingAs we start our never-ending task of landscaping our home, I did a bit of research around the benefits of having a well landscaped home. Needless to say, the benefits significantly outweigh any pain and hardship you might endure doing it yourself.

There are few home improvements that a homeowner can undertake that add as much increased value and marketability to a property as dramatically as landscaping does. Landscaping provides a number of remarkable benefits.

According to studies (likely funded by landscaping companies), landscaping can actually increase property value by 14 to 20 percent. A simple landscaped patio can add an additional 12.4 percent to the value of a home. Even smaller projects can raise the value of the property significantly; landscaped curbs add up to 4.4 percent in value and the addition of hedges raises value by as much as 3.6 percent. Landscaped properties also sell an average of six weeks faster.

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