Steveʻs Gardening is the Expert at Extending Your Home Outdoors

Here are some time-proven tips for creating dynamic outdoor living spaces.
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Steve Dewald of Steve’s Gardening Service has been in the landscape business in Hawaii for more than 20 years. Here, he shares some time-proven tips for creating dynamic outdoor living spaces for your home. “It’s best practice to landscape for your life’s current chapter,” says Dewald.

When Dewald and his team plan custom landscapes for families with young children, they take care to install family-friendly plants, including nontoxic varieties without thorns and other hazards. Dewald recommends including safe playgrounds and to avoid water features until children are older. 

For young professionals or middle-aged homeowners, outdoor entertaining may be a priority. In this case, a concrete or stonework patio makes for a low-maintenance party space. “The key for building out a hardscape is to plan in conjunction with your landscape,” says Dewald. “You don’t want to build out a patio or lanai and have it end up looking like a parking lot.”

For homeowners living in tight condominium communities with less privacy, every feature should serve a purpose. Dewald suggests creating a visual screen with plants and walls to drown out noise. “Compact water features are another great option and add a playful element to smaller spaces.”

Professional Plans

“Most owners have a good draft of what they are looking for and we suggest edits that will improve the value of their property for years to come.” – Steve Dewald

Solid Surfaces

Custom hardscapes are great options for Hawaii homeowners who utilize outdoor furniture frequently. Concrete can be customized with coloring agents, glossy seals or stamps.

Water Works

Interlocking pavers are porous and help mitigate runoff, something to consider if you live in an area with frequent rainfall.

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