Here in Southern California, we’ve been living with a severe drought. On this episode of Next Home we look at a new subsurface watering system that uses up to 80% less water!
Then we install a new fence and deck made of material composed of recycled grocery bags!
And we found a new hybrid sod for the lawn.
SUBSURFACE WATERING SYSTEM:
Most people are familiar with some kind of drip system but there is also a lesser known about subsurface system for lawns. It’s basically a hose that’s planted 1/5″ under the surface of the lawn with holes every 12″. It’s innovative because it has to stand up to root and rodent intrusion. Up until now the subsurface drip lines had to use pesticides to prevent roots going after the water and filling the wholes of the dripline. But now Rainbird has come up with a great idea. Someone realized that copper repels roots. So they put a small piece of copper with a hole in the center in the dripline. No pesticides needed. Really smart! And it uses 80% less water than a surface watering system. Big progress!
FENCE MADE OF RECYCLED MATERIALS:
The Next Home Project House came with a 30 year old, rickety fence. Operating the gates resulted in wood slivers, the wood peeled and needed to be painted on both sides… maintenance was an unending hassle.
I was familiar with Trex deck material as we use it at a property in the mountains, and it held up very well to the harsh climate.
So, when I went looking for a beautiful, low-maintenance fence, I checked out Trex Fencing and learned that the fencing was made of 95% recycled material, including recycled plastic shopping bags, which makes it a great environmentally-friendly choice!
The new fence was installed where the old fence had been. The fence has great looking post caps and gates and comes in two brown and one gray color. Because it’s made of a composite material instead of wood, the new fence won’t rot, warp or splinter and it doesn’t need painting or staining – and termites don’t like it!
A new fence adds peace of mind, curb appeal and value.
BACKYARD RENOVATION – DECK AND PERGOLA
A place no one wanted to be… that’s how the backyard started… and now it’s a gorgeous, low maintenance, eco-friendly outdoor room thanks to the addition of a Trex deck and pergola.
Most people would have poured a concrete slab but decking, even on a flat surface, adds so much style and visual interest.
First, we hand sketched out a plan for ‘rooms’ and walkways which changed when I realized that it was going to feel unbalanced unless we added a small deck to the opposite side of the yard. Next, we hired a local landscape architect to draw up a plan for us.
On paper the plan looked good but I was worried – we’re talking sleepless nights type worried – that 1) the plan would shrink the size of the yard, 2) that the gray Trex decking I loved wouldn’t look good next to the brown Trex fence I choose (and that the HOA required) and 3) that the beautiful pergola we planned would dwarf the house and look out of place… All the worry was for nothing! The backyard turned out to be a beautiful oasis!
In addition to the deck we were fortunate to have Structureworks help us create an incredible pergola. Originally the pergola had 6 upright posts holding up the pergola. They were able to engineer a 20′ span for the pergola that eliminated the 2 posts in the middle. The results are really outstanding!
Backyard before with markers on the ground where the deck will be
In addition to fencing and decking, Trex makes low maintenance, eco-friendly furniture and planters out of the same material… and they all look great together!
Even Belle thinks so.
What type of sod & why? We choose a tough and drought resistant sod for the lawn area. This was a fun installation! Almost instant gratification.
OUTDOOR WATER CONTROL
When we were looking for a home automation system, we found one that could be programmed to control home systems both indoors and outdoors.
On this episode, we use our ELAN home control system for water control. To maintain a beautiful yard, and conserve water, a personalized schedule can be set up and even accessed, monitored and adjusted from inside the home or while you are away! The ELAN system can also control lighting, audio, climate, security cameras, etc.