Today on The Marc and Mandy Show: Expert Q&A, HGTV Host Paul Lafrance shares some expert advice on what to do before starting an outdoor project.
Q: What sort of things should I consider before starting my outdoor project?
Paul Lafrance: I often get asked about trends, but I usually don’t hold back on the fact that I hate trends! What is a trend? A trend is something that you are going to do now, because it’s considered popular—but down the road, is no longer going to be considered popular. And then, you’re going to spend more money so that you don’t appear “un-trendy.” I believe in design that is done to be timeless, and there are all kinds of ways to do indoor and outdoor decorative transformations of your home in a timeless fashion. As a designer, I believe in a creating designs that are timeless and not subject to trends.
Some more things to consider before starting any outdoor project:
- Well before you start an outdoor project of any sort, make sure you’re aware of any restrictions put in place by the city. Seek out your home’s title report, which will include a full accounting of everything to do with your lot, such as phone lines, electric lines, water lines, or sewer lines, amongst other important information.
- Depending on what kind of work you would like to do, you might want or need to consult your neighbors. Even if it’s common courtesy, getting your neighbors on board could mean a smoother renovation process.
- When you’re ready to get started on your project, make sure you’re aware of the weather conditions. It might seem obvious, but some materials can’t be installed under certain weather conditions, such as extreme cold or heat, so factor that in when planning your project.
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