Monthly Archives: August 2012

Olympic Flowers!

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Olympic Flowers!

I thought I would share this picture a friend of mine sent taken at the Olympics in London today. Thank goodness the English garden is still ever so present amongst all the excitement! 

 

 

Out with the Old in with the New: Tips on getting your exterior remodel started from Kim Levell

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Out with the Old in with the New: Tips on getting your exterior remodel started from Kim Levell

 

The start of any project is rather exhilarating. I love tearing it all out and re exposing the property in it’s bare form. Something to remember before you start any job.

Call to locate before you dig. In every state you can simply dial 811. During that call you will give specific details about how deep you will be digging into the ground. This is not the contracting PoPo so call! An example of instructing the service would be to know how large the root balls are for the material you will be installing. For example when you have a large tree coming from a nursery you want to ask them how deep is the root ball. Just like that! That is your lingo and they will get it! They will go out and measure it for you. If you are installing deck posts etc…You want to give the measurement of how much post you will placing in the ground. Be sure to account for concrete. I think you get the picture. Give them the deepest of those measurements. What this does is save your tail end if you should happen to hit a gas line etc…I will say it’s about useless when it comes to cable, phone, and internet connections. They are simply rarely located properly. You can prelocate but it’s also plausible you will have a duh moment and put the shovel in the ground right where you located it. Trust me! If you are also a “do it yourself-er” then chances are you are not digging under water or directional drilling but if you are not sure describe what you are doing and the operator will assist you in the answer.

I think it’s also important to set a timeline. Figure on what you will be doing, the order in which it will be done, and the days you will complete the work. This will help you think about your next list which should be supplies. Know what you are buying and where to find it.

  Today I removed mostly all of the landscaping, pressure washed for stucco refinish and paint, and took the gutters down. This week I was able to get the electrical installed as well as add new columns and mailbox.

 

 

 

For the love of it!

For the love of it!

 

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Kim Levell

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I think blogging for me has actually been the hardest part of my entry into television more than anything else. It always happens the same way. I psyche myself to work on social media. I type for hours making 10 blogs to run consecutively and then bupkis, nadda, zip. You won’t hear a word from me for weeks.

I started asking myself why is this so darn difficult? Why do I dread this part of the process? Quite honestly I simply don’t enjoy coming up with copious amounts of content. Which is why I do what I do. Otherwise I suppose I would be a blog writer.

So hear is what I proposed to myself. As an exterior designer I pour my heart and soul into every job that best suits my spirit and those of the people I am creating for. Why not tell people why your job gives you such joy. Write a blog about how you completely surprise people with how absolutely comfortable and happy they are in the exterior space that you have created for them. That subcategory is called Inspiration and from time to time I hope I inspire you to get out outside and get closer to nature!