back yard at the Bermuda TV Project from 2004
Photo: Ann Spurling
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30. Good landscaping makes your home look complete

It isn't just for TV's "after" shot that TOH projects always include an adequate budget for landscaping. Proper plantings are crucial finishing touches for any project and only improve with time, while a master plan provides a great road map for your home as money becomes available to tackle new outdoor enhancements. And eye-catching landscaping adds to a house's value, too—a point well demonstrated by the sunny tiled oasis at the 2004 Bermuda project.

"We pick the right plant for the right spot and do the proper soil prep—it pays off in the long run. For advice, talk to a pro at your local garden center."
—Roger Cook, TOH Landscape Contractor
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