6 May, 2019 — How to Choose The Right Landscaper —
Installing new landscaping or making improvements on the existing landscape is a major financial investment considering the fact that you will be giving your property a major facelift. It is like adding an extra room to your property or getting a home makeover. This is why you need the right landscaping designer to handle all your landscaping needs.
The question is, with so many landscaping design companies around, how do you find the right contractor for the job?
The first thing you need to do is determine the scope of the job. This is important as most landscape contractors major in a certain area. Some are solely hardscape specialists focusing on decks, patios, retaining walls and such while the rest are focused more on plantscaping which means that they are into lawns, edibles gardens and other garden designs.
Secondly, make sure that your landscape designer of choice is licensed and insured because let's face it, can you really run any business nowadays without those two? If your country does not have any requirements for licensing and insuring landscapers, then ask about their training as well as membership in any landscape associations. This will go a long way in making sure you get a garden designer who can deliver exactly what you have envisioned.
Next, make sure to check your garden designer's references. Landscapers often develop a reputation for their expertise especially after working on challenging and complex projects. The landscape contractor should be in a position to give you a number of reference as you choose your landscape designer. Consider the length of the project you have at hand as well as the length of the projects the proposed designers have worked on.
The next thing you need to do is to network around your community. Landscapers' business strength stems from how well they communicate within the community and how well he or she has created a rapport within said community. The last thing you want is a contractor that takes short cut or short changes you for cheaper low quality stuff behind your back. You need to know if the landscaper you choose buys the best plants and soil and if he or she guarantees all the work entrusted to him.
Naturally, the last step you need to do is collect all your bids. This means that you should check out portfolios and take some face-to-face meetings. This helps a lot with getting the right fit for you as you get a vast range of pricing. In addition, the bidding process gives you the opportunity to find out which contractor is looking to establish a long-term relationship with you. A garden and landscape designer like the one I used who can be found on this website will be passionate about your garden and will want to look make sure it is well looked after for some time, even once the project is finished.
A good contractor will offer to maintain and monitor your projects after completion for some time. The thing to remember during this process is that it is like buying something online where a highly priced item does not necessarily mean high quality.
Finally, when choosing a landscaping designer, pay close attention to the state of landscaping materials as well as tge physical condition of the environment and employees. This is because there is no second chance to make a first impression and for some people all they need is just that: the first impression. Considering the first appearance of your landscaper, his/her employees and equipment is a good clue as to whether you are in good hands or not.Read more...
27 Feb, 2019 — Melbourne and Graffiti Street Art Locations —
If you are a lover of street art, Melbourne can be a great destination for you. Among other great things, Melbourne has world class street art. Even if you are not a big fan of graffiti, your visit to Melbourne will be incomplete without visiting some graffiti hot spots. In fact, Melbourne is known for individuality and creativity and many places even have their own graffiti art indoors or in their homes! In this post, we will show you some great places in Melbourne where you can enjoy world class street art.
Melbourne has many street art laneways, and hosier Lane is one of the most famous. This laneway is a great example of street art, and tourists from many countries come to see this cobbled stone lane. Here you will find murals and other types of graffiti. From grates to stairwells, everything there is adorned. Visitors like this lane for another reason: this is a great place for taking selfies.
This little laneway is situated between Lonsdale Street and Little Bourke. History was born on this lane. This is the birthplace of St Jerome’s Laneway Festival, an internationally acclaimed music fest. You may not find the graffiti along this lane bold and substantial, but you will come across some amazing pieces here and there. To many people, Melbourne is known for artistic and underground things, and Caledonian Lane will show you this face of the city.
This dark, grungy and fabulous lane is lined with some cafes, and people gather there drinking coffee and wine. You will find a lot of street art in Degraves Lane, a reminder of Diagon Alley. This fantastic streetscape can be enjoyed while walking along the street or sitting on a chair. There are some good cafes and bars, and you will like their services. If you are a lover of street art, this place will amaze you.
This long and narrow laneway is situated in the middle of the main shopping precinct of CBD, and it connects Little Collins Street with Bourke Street Mall. Numerous beautiful graffiti fill the lane. You can spend some quality art here walking along the lane and admiring the work of a Melbourne artist. But don't limit yourself to the streets of Melbourne. Sure the streets are probably the best place to explore and discover amazing street. However there are many pubs, bars, shops and even some suburban homes have graffiti artist Melbourne add some exciting wall murals to liven up the atmosphere and give that taste of street style art indoors. So if it's not a great day to go walking around the streets, pop into somewhere more cosy and you'll likely still experience some graffiti art and knowing Melbourne's weather you'll be able to walk the streets again after a quick drink.
AC/DC is a famous rock band, and this lane is named after the band. This is another street art lane, and you must check it out if you go to Melbourne. In the area, there are plenty of bars and cafes, so you will enjoy drinking a cup of coffee and admiring the art. If you want to have a cocktail or a craft beer, you will not have to go far. There are some good bars down the laneway. Even if you are not a huge fan of AC/DC, do not forget to pay tribute to this band by visiting this lane.
Rutledge Lane is another lane within Hosier Lane itself. You can wander through this crescent shaped lane and reach Hosier Lane through it. If your goal is to enjoy street art, you must visit this lane. Rutledge Lane’s impressive street art will make you happy in no time. A few years ago, the walls of Rutledge Lane were covered over, and soon they were filled up again by street artists. Looking at some of the walls, you will wonder how the artists reached such heights of the walls.
Finlay Alley is another great place to enjoy street art. This alley is situated between Queen Street and Lonsdale Street. Although this alley is not visited by many tourists, you will find some excellent murals and street art here. Located between Elizabeth Street and Queen Street, this alley was named after contractor John Finlay in 1870. Check out this place when you are on your street art tour.
There are heaps more locations to view graffiti art all around Melbourne and it's best to go and explore yourself. Get lost in the backstreets and laneways of Melbourne and you will surely see some fantastic street art. Even if you pop into some bars or restaurants you will notice graffiti art on some of the walls!Read more...
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