Category: ODB Blog

Lawn Tips for the Rainy Season

Outdoor Living Spring

April 2017 was the USA’s second-wettest April on record, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has reported. The average national precipitation total for April was 3.43 inches, which is 0.91 inch above average. Only April 1957 was wetter. The rainy season wreaks havoc not only on people’s homes, but also their lawn and outdoor living spaces. Do […]

End of Fall Watering and Mulching

What is the deal with end of fall watering and mulching? End of fall/early winter is the perfect time to water your plants to strengthen root growth in order to have a stronger plant through the winter months. You may have to wait until spring to see positive new growth, but you can be sure […]

Outdoor Kitchen Ideas

Outdoor Fireplace and Grill Station Cincinnati

There are many options for features for your outdoor kitchen. An outdoor kitchen is a large project and commitment, so it is good to have an idea of what you want before getting a design. Before you begin the process, take a look at these different features and get some great outdoor kitchen ideas.

Create Character with Landscape Lighting

If you’re struggling to think of ways to enhance your outdoor landscape beauty this year, consider exploring the world of landscape lighting. Whether it’s lighting for your path, pond, or patio; there are a variety of options from local stores. Here are different varies of landscape lighting from images on Google.      *Here’s a […]

Planning your project now gives advantage

Though the Spring is about a month away, getting a head start on your project planning will do more benefit than harm. We tend to postpone activities based on priority; but if creating a new backyard, patio, deck, or any other landscape changes is something you want to do this year, it’s never too early […]

Why Pavers are worth the investment

Though concrete is commonly used for patios, driveways, and walkways due to the cheaper cost and low maintenance, pavers are a better investment for your home in the long run. First, pavers have a longer durability with mother nature. Earthquakes, erosion, temperature, and other seasonal affects cause damage and deep cracks to concrete; destroying that […]

Keeping warm while staying on a budget

Based on BBC News and our own ideas, here are 5 ways to keep warm while staying within budget! 1. Close the vents in unused rooms so that the heat travels to more popular areas of the house. 2. Buy curtains or put blankets over the windows to prevent heat from escaping. During the day though, allow as much sunlight as […]

Protecting your home from frosty weather

With record breaking temperatures across the Midwest, our bodies are not the only things we should be concerned about protecting from the cold. Here are a few tips to keep your home in mint condition. *Check your water pipes to prevent frozen bursting. Did you know when water freezes, it expands? The ice causes pressure against the pipes […]

Save money around your house in 2014

2014 is just around the corner and your New Year Resolutions may include saving money. There are a lot of simple ways to save money throughout the year without having to go a month without grocery shopping, or buying gas. Here are just a few of Outdoor Design Build’s top energy saver ideas that are […]