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6 Benefits of Home Ownership

(Published on - 5/12/2019 3:34:46 PM)

Realty Executives Midwest
1310 Plainfield Rd. Ste 2 | Darien, IL 60561
Office: 630-969-8880

Mother's Day Craft Show on May 4th, 2019 in Darien, IL

(Published on - 5/3/2019 9:10:07 PM)

Shop with over 30 crafters and vendors for the special ladies in your life for Mother's Day. There will be a large variety of items to choose from including jewelry and women's accessories, skin care, nail care, home goods, sweet treats and many more!

Admission is free.

Please email for more information or vendor opportunities.

Local Realtor helps raise over $31k for “Food for Kids" in Darien, IL

(Published on - 5/2/2019 3:40:03 PM)

On Tuesday, April 23, 2019, the Rotary Club of Darien held their annual “Taste of Route 66” fundraiser benefiting their “Food for Kids Program” which provides nutritional meals to food-insecure school children on weekends during the school year.  This supports the child's nutritional, mental, and well-being needs, so they can focus on learning.

Joan Wayman, Darien resident and real estate Broker with Realty Executives Midwest in Darien, takes a huge part in organizing this event, along with others throughout the year. This year, the Darien Rotary team raised over $31,000 during the “Taste of Route 66” event, all of which will be donated to the program and serve a HUGE part in helping continue the ongoing efforts of the “Food for Kids Program”.  

Jana Pinc, Managing Broker/Owner of Realty Executives Midwest, was also in attendance and stated, “I am so happy to be able to contribute to this very important cause. I feel humbled by Joan's efforts, and would like to applaud her and the rest of our team who showed their support this evening. As always, we’re grateful be able to take part in local fundraisers because we feel honored to give back to all of those in the community that support us with their business."  

While this event is their biggest of the year, the Rotary Club of Darien is regularly involved with the “Food for Kids Program” because it requires a weekly commitment in order to succeed. Every week, volunteers get together in order to pack lunches for the kids. If you’re interested in participating, feel free to reach out to Joan Wayman directly.

5 Landscaping Projects That Won't Break Budget!

(Published on - 4/20/2019 8:48:40 PM)

It’s your yard — yours to do with as you wish. And while that’s great, that doesn’t mean you have to be one of those people who spends every spare moment in their yard, sprucing it up.  But, still, your landscaping could use a little something. But something easy. 

Here are five totally doable projects that your budget will barely notice, but your neighbors definitely will:

1.) Add Some (Tough) Edging

Tell your grass who’s boss with edging that can stand up to even the crabbiest of all crabgrasses. But don’t make the mistake that many homeowners make of buying the flexible plastic stuff, thinking it will be easier to install. It’ll look cheap and amateurish from day one.Worse, it won’t last. And before you know it, you won’t be able to tell where your garden bed ends and your “lawn” begins.

Instead buy the more rigid, tough stuff in either fiberglass, aluminum, or steel.

Tips on installing edging:

  • Lay out a hose in the pattern you want.
  • Sprinkle flour or powdered chalk to mark the hose pattern.
  • Use a lawn edger (or spade) to make an incision for the edging.
  • Tap the edging into the incision with a rubber mallet.

2.) Create a Focal Point with a Berm

A berm is a mound of gently sloping earth, often created to help with drainage. You can also build them to create “island beds,” a focal point of textures and colors that are so much more interesting than plain ol’ green grass.Plus, they’ll give you privacy — and diffuse street noises. What’s not to like about that? Especially if you live in more urban areas. For most yards, berms should max out at 2-feet high because of the space needed to properly build one. They need a ratio of 4-6 feet of width for every foot of height. That’s at least 8 feet for a typical 2-foot high berm. So be sure you have the room, or decrease the height of your berm.

Popular berm plantings include:

  • Flowering bushes, such as azaleas
  • Evergreens, such as blue spruce 
  • Perennials such as periwinkle
  • Tall, swaying prairie grasses
  • Lots of mulch to keep weeds away

3.) Make a Flagstone Wall

Aim to build a wall no more than 12 inches tall, and it becomes a super simple DIY project — no mortar needed at all! 

How to build an easy flagstone wall:

  • Dig a trench a couple of inches deep and wide enough to accommodate the flagstones.
  • Fill with pea gravel and/or sand and tamp to make level.
  • Lay out the flagstones to see their shapes and sizes.
  • Stack the smaller stones first.
  • Save the largest, prettiest flagstones for the top layer.
  • Backfill with gravel.

Choose a stone of consistent thickness. Flagstone might be limestone, sandstone, shale — any rock that splits into slabs. 

4.) Install a Path with Flagstone or Gravel

There’s something romantic, charming, and simply welcoming about a meandering pathway to your front door or back garden — which means it has super-huge impact when it comes to your home’s curb appeal. You can use flagstone, pea gravel, decomposed or crushed granite, even poured concrete (although that’s not easy to DIY). 

A few tips for building a pathway:

  • Allow 3 feet of width for clearance.
  • Create curves rather than straight lines for a pleasing effect.
  • Remove sod at least 3 to 4 inches deep to keep grass from coming back.
  • If you live in an area with heavy rains, opt for large, heavy stones.

5.) Build a Tree Surround

Installing a masonry surround for a tree is a two-fer project: It looks great, and it means you’ve got less to mow. Come to think of it, it’s a three-fer. It can work as extra seating when you have your lawn party, too!  All it takes is digging a circular trench, adding some sand, and installing brick, cement blocks, or stone. Just go for whatever look you like best. 

The trickiest part is getting an even circle around the tree. Here’s how: 

  1. Tie a rope around the tree, making a loop big enough so that when you pull it taut against the tree, the outer edge of the loop is right where you want the surround to be. 

Set your spade inside the loop with the handle plumb — straight up and down. Now, as you move around the tree, the loop of rope keeps the spade exactly the same distance from the base of the tree, creating a nice circle.

Then build the tree surround:

  • Dig out a circular trench about 8 inches deep and 6 inches wide. 
  • Add a layer of sand. 
  • Set bricks at an angle for a saw-tooth effect or lay them end-to-end.
  • Fill the surround with 2 to 3 inches of mulch.

Article Source: Houselogic 

Realty Executives Midwest
1310 Plainfield Rd. Ste 2 | Darien, IL 60561
Office: 630-969-8880



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