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Home Buying Is Easier When You Know Your Remodeling Options

While I am not a professional contractor, I have a good friend who is. He often calls and tells me about his days and I have learned a lot about home renovations and remodeling options just listening to his stories. Knowing my home remodeling options greatly aided the shopping experience when I was ready to purchase my first home. I wanted to live in a location close to my family, and there were limited homes on the market in the area. However, due to knowing what changes could be made to an existing home, I was able to find a good house that I knew I could make great with just a few changes after I bought it. I was recently inspired to create a blog to share what I have learned about home renovations with anyone who would like to read it!

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Four Ways To Integrate Fieldstone Into Your Home And Property Design

If you have a house, and love the look of stone, then you should consider hiring a masonry contractor to come in utilize fieldstone around your property. Fieldstone is a great stone to use because it is natural and strong, and masons can work with it and make all sorts of structural and landscape designs. Below are a few suggestions.

A Fieldstone Fence With Ornamental Iron Gate

If you are looking to install a fence on your property, and don't like the idea of a wooden split rail fence, or a classic picket fence, then you should think about a fieldstone fence. You should have masons come in and set the fence. They will use mortar so that the fence won't fall over with time. Dry set fences look rustic, but they will collapse over time. This is why you need to have masons come in and use mortar to set the stone. Also, the masons will be able to use chisels to cut stones to size, which is important when designing a stone fence. For the opening area of the fence, a wrought iron gate would look beautiful.

Fieldstone Columns Beneath Your Deck

Just because you have a traditional home, and not a stone castle, doesn't mean you can't incorporate stone into your home's design. If you already have a deck, you could surround the supporting columns with fieldstone. Masonry contractors can come in and build a surrounding stone cover around the existing support columns.

Alternatively, if you are planning on having a new deck installed, you can have the stone used to be the primary support columns. These columns will have a center support beam made of steel, and then they will be encased with the stone.

Fieldstone Columns And Vinyl Fencing Around Your Inground Pool

If you have a backyard inground pool and need to surround it with a fence, then consider a combination of fieldstone and traditional vinyl fencing. The fieldstone columns will give the fence a very sturdy appearance, and it will make the inground pool area very distinct. The vinyl fencing can be purchased to mimic the look of cast iron, so you can have a fence that looks very heavy and secure, while in actuality it's mostly a regular vinyl pool fence.

A Retaining Wall

If your property has a slope, then you might like to create a visual separation. This would allow you to have an upper and a lower back yard. You could have the picnic table in the lower yard, for example, and have your garden in the upper yard. In order to create this wall, you can use either pressure treated wood, pre-formed concrete blocks, or fieldstone. Obviously, fieldstone will look the most natural. You can have masonry experts come in and they can create a design that makes it look like the stones were always naturally there as part of the landscape.