Cynthia Lanciloti - Kraft Fine Homes | Newton, MA Real Estate, Waltham, MA Real Estate



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Garden edging is an aspect of landscaping design that serves both practical and aesthetic purposes. You can use edging as a decorative border around plant and flower beds, pathways and lawns using a variety of materials. Here we will go over some of the key benefits of garden edging as well as commonly used materials.

Why Use Garden Edging?

Edging not only creates a visual edge to various portions of a landscape, but also creates a physical barrier between them. Unlike a fence or raised garden bed wall, most garden edging is laid into the ground to be perfectly level with the surrounding landscape. What might look like a small barrier can have large benefits. One benefit is that edging creates a physical barrier between different parts of the landscape to confine loose and delicate material like potting soil. This will prevent messiness and also add a layer of defense against pests and wandering plant life. Using garden edging between turf grass and a flower bed will prevent the grass from invading the planting space. Also, garden edging made from looser material like gravel or sand can also assist with proper drainage.

What Are Some Common Edging Materials?

Brick - One of the most popular and widely used edging materials is brick. Because of its size and shape, it’s easy to fit the edges of your garden in curves and straight lines. The color or brick can also create a great visual contrast when placed next to lawns, concrete or other stone surfaces.

Belgian Block - Belgian blocks are made of solid granite and are some of the most commonly used stones for pathways, driveways and patios. They are like brick in their rectangular shape but come in a variety of sizes and colors. Because granite is one of the toughest materials on the planet, Belgian blocks are extremely durable.

Concrete - Concrete is a great choice of edging material if you need specific measurements. You can cut concrete into custom shapes and sizes and even buy pre-made edging kits including corners and curves for easy installation. You can also make your own concrete blocks for an even more custom DIY approach.

Cedar - Wood edging is durable and a great way to create a natural and rustic look. You can use lots of different varieties of wood for garden edging, but cedar is by far the most popular because of its durability. You can find rolls of pre-made cedar edging in a variety of styles and use it to wrap around gardens of all sizes and shapes.

River Stone - Another excellent choice of edging material for a more natural and organic aesthetic is river stone. Since each stone is unique in size, shape and color, edging made from river stone will have lots of character and room for creativity. River stones contrast with other common materials like brick and Belgian block because they are rounded and smooth rather than rectangular. Unless set with mortar, however, river stone edging is typically loose and therefore not immune to being dislodged accidentally.

These are some of the most popular materials for landscape edging, but there are countless other ways to create borders between plant zones. Edging can be a great way to repurpose materials like glass bottles, cinder blocks or even plastic. Regardless of the material you choose, it can be an excellent DIY project and will benefit both the look and health of your landscape.



Newton, MA 02460

Newtonville

Single-Family

$985,000
Price

10
Rooms
4
Beds
3
Baths
Peaceful & serene location for those buyers looking for something special. A versatile property with so much to offer! Buyers looking to purchase with extended family, those working from home or perhaps providing needed space for students taking classes remotely. The original house consists of kitchen, dining area, living room, 3 bedrooms, family room in lower level & 2 baths. Second building (built approx. 1999) is a detached accessory unit w/private entrance. There are 3 open levels & a full basement. First floor eating/dining area. Second floor room for whatever you need has a 3/4 bath. Third floor is an ideal office area with hardwood floors, skylights and the harmonious feeling of an artists studio. Main house updates bedroom windows replaced 2 years ago (rest of the house was done in 1999) interior paint was just completed, along with fresh plaster & new flooring in the family room. Location provides easy access to Cabot School, Newton North High School & Newtonville Square.
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Newton, MA 02460

Newtonville

Rental

$1,700
Price

4
Rooms
1
Beds
1
Baths
Absolutely beautiful top floor 1 bedroom unit in great location. Unit was remodeled 6 years ago and features stunning kitchen with light maple cabinets, granite counter tops, stainless steel appliances and plenty of cabinet space. Living room, dining room combination with hardwood floors, ceiling fan and a/c unit.Bedroom is a generous size with good closet space, ceiling fan and hardwood floors. Bathroom features a modern vanity, tile floor and tub surround are lovely. Location offers easy access to bus, commuter rail, retail shopping, banks, Star Market, CVS, Cafe Nero, Starbucks and much more. Price includes heat, hot water and 1 car parking. Extra storage bin in lower level along with coin operated laundry. No smokers or pets. Available April 15th.
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Want to flip a property? You need a team of rock stars on your side. This isn't a one-man show; in general, real estate investors only prosper when they've made connections with real estate agents, lenders, contractors, and other investors at the top of their game, and it's even more crucial when you're flipping one or more properties. Wondering how to make that happen? It's simpler than you might think. 

1. Treat every professional relationship as a mutually-beneficial connection. 

Think beyond the golden rule and keep in mind that everyone who works for or with you is in this business to make money as well. Working with them to benefit you both is the only way to grow your network. It shouldn't need to be said, but here it is: Be kind. Be considerate. Realize that this relationship, whether it's an interaction with a real estate agent, a home inspection, or a contractor, could have huge long-term implications on your future as an investor. True rock stars aren't going to bend over backwards to work with you if they sense you're just out to get what you can out of them. 

2. Professionals who are great at their jobs aren't going to come flocking to you. 

In order to attract industry professionals who are great at their jobs, you need to be great at yours. Do your research, know what you're looking for, and don't be afraid to ask 'stupid' questions; your image will suffer much more for pretending more experience and knowledge than you have. Ask questions; look for recommendations everywhere you go, and as names rise to the top, hire the best to work with you on projects whenever possible. They're likely to be professional, not chummy, and that's a good thing. 

3. Give a little extra when possible.  

An excellent real estate agent can help you scout out the best possible properties to flip--and the best deals. Acknowledge that. If they find you an insanely great deal on a rehab property, consider shooting them a little extra beyond their commission for that property; although that $70,000 duplex might be worth $350,000 by the time you're done with it, your agent's commission will remain rather paltry for the work and digging they put in. By the same token, talk to your contractors their preferences for a project, and cater to their preferences if it's something you don't care that much about. Finding small ways to work in the preferences of others will give you a big step up in their estimation, which can make all the difference in future flips. 

 


This Single-Family in Newton, MA recently sold for $1,050,000. This Colonial style home was sold by Cynthia Lanciloti - Kraft Fine Homes.


Newton, MA 02460

Newtonville

Single-Family

$969,000
Price
$1,050,000
Sale Price

7
Rooms
3
Beds
1/2
Full/Half Baths
Lovely Center Entrance Colonial awaits a fresh makeover. There's so much house to work with, as the home faces West and is loaded with natural light. Interior features include natural woodwork, beamed & fireplace living room, pantry between dining room & kitchen & space to add essentials like a bath in the primary bedroom. Bring your imagination for expansion possibilities! Spacious back yard is ideal for kids big & small. Now let's talk about location! The home sits on a pretty tree lined street between Cabot Elementary School & Newton North High School. Cabot Park hosts a number of athletic fields, toddler area, tennis courts & dog park. Less than 1 mile away is Newtonville Square loaded with retail conveniences including, cafes, banks, casual restaurants, pizzeria, ice cream parlor, grocery store, hair/nail salon, CVS & more. Additionally, Whole Foods is about 1/2 mile north. Area provides easy access to Commuter rail, Boston College Law Campus and Mass Pike both East & West.

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