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Choosing a New Fence for Your Yard

By admin - Last updated: Monday, March 19, 2012

Ever been to a BBQ where the host’s backyard looked like a picture from Better Homes and Gardens magazine?  Admit it, you were envious.  The white picket fence architecturally complemented the house and framed the garden like a work of art.  If only you could get the same look in your yard.  Sure a fence can add privacy to an open backyard or a touch of class to a garden or front yard, but how?  Choosing the right fence for your yard requires answers to a few simple questions.  Here are some issues to consider. Read the rest of this entry »

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Add Pizzazz to Your Plain Patio

By admin - Last updated: Monday, February 27, 2012

Spring is approaching and so is the yearning to spend time outside.  You dream of a charming patio with lavish landscaping and sturdy yet beautiful outdoor furniture.  Sound expensive and like a lot of work?  It doesn’t have to be.  Applying feng shui principles you too can make your dream patio a reality with a little bit of effort at a price that won’t break the bank. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tearing Down an Old Wood Deck Floor

By admin - Last updated: Monday, January 2, 2012
If you’re like most deck owners, you love spending time relaxing on your deck but hate spending time maintaining it.  Unfortunately, when decks deteriorate, friends and family are at risk.  Ignore those cracked and split decking boards and the rot lurking beneath, and your deck becomes an eyesore with compromised structural integrity.  Follow these tips for tearing down an old deck floor to enjoy a beautiful new one.

If your deck is located in a heavily-shaded area, consider trimming tree branches.  This will provide more sun exposure and less moisture from overhanging branches.  Planning is the key to any project of this magnitude and that’s why it’s a good idea to have a dumpster delivered ahead of time.  Keeping your yard free of nail-infested boards is safer for everyone, especially small children and pets.  If you are using alternative materials, like composite decking or vinyl, always follow the manufacturer’s recommended installation procedures for the product you buy and check with your local municipality for building codes.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Making Your Plastic Deck Safe During The Winter

By admin - Last updated: Monday, December 19, 2011
With its damaging snow and rain old man winter sure takes its toll on decks. While composite and vinyl decks are more resilient than traditional wood ones, winter’s wrath spares no one.  Follow these easy steps to keep your composite deck safe this winter: Read the rest of this entry »
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How to Combat Ponding on Your Plastic Deck

By admin - Last updated: Monday, December 5, 2011

Ponding water on a deck can be a homeowner’s worst nightmare.  Water that remains on a deck 48 hours or more indicates not enough slope or that sagging or settlement of the deck’s structure has occurred.  But with proper design, installation and regular inspection, you can prevent ponding conditions before they develop into extensive and costly situations. Read the rest of this entry »

Making an Old Deck Look New

By admin - Last updated: Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Most homeowners dread the work involved with making their old decks look new.  Extracting the screws, nails and stubborn rotted boards is merely the beginning.  Then comes the stripping, staining and challenge of making the replacement railings and decking boards match the others.  And it’s no surprise that doing the work yourself will cost one-third as much as it would to hire contractors, leaving homeowners to wonder if they’d be better off tearing the whole deck down and starting over.  But there’s a new option in town.  If your deck is structurally sound, consider remodeling it with vinyl or composite decking, railings and balusters.  The advantages are well worth the initial investment.  Here are some tips and guidelines:

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Arranging your Deck Furniture to Make the Most of its Space

By admin - Last updated: Saturday, October 29, 2011
Nothing beats a beautiful deck for summer BBQs and outdoor gatherings, especially when your deck is spacious and functional.  In fact, decks can be so comfortable, you forget you’re outside.  But we’ve all been to gatherings on decks where there’s too much furniture and not enough room to stand or too little furniture leaving all the guests standing.  Either way, the deck is off balance and can leave you, your family and your guests feeling the same way, like something isn’t quite right.  When this happens no one wants to spend time on the deck and what once had the potential of becoming another room in your home goes to waste.  This doesn’t have to be you.  By arranging the right furniture properly on your deck you too can have a successful deck area. Read the rest of this entry »
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Improving Your Home’s Exterior with a Garden Arbor

By admin - Last updated: Saturday, October 15, 2011

Garden arbors are a quick and cost effective way to improve the exterior of your home, transforming an ordinary yard into the extraordinary.  Ideal for creating a stylish entrance, adding an arbor over a garden gate or walkway creates charm and curb appeal that’s sophisticated, clean and impressive. Read the rest of this entry »

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Picnic Tables – Equalizing Opportunities in Your Municipality

By admin - Last updated: Saturday, October 1, 2011

In 1990, Cottleville, MO was a small town with a Catholic Church, a small grocery store, farms and modest housing.  No one could have imagined the housing boom and fast growing economy the next decade would bring or the growing pains many expanding communities experienced.  To serve its citizens, Cottleville needed a new city hall and park to accommodate everyone, including its handicapped and disabled citizens. Read the rest of this entry »

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Park Benches Provide a Seat for Inspiration

By admin - Last updated: Sunday, September 18, 2011

Some of the world’s greatest ideas were born on park benches.  As he watched his daughters ride the Griffith Park Merry-Go-Round, Walt Disney sat on a park bench and came up with idea of creating a new kind of amusement park.  Preserved and immortalized, an ordinary wooden bench has its place in history at Disneyland.  While telling his life story from a Savannah park bench to anyone who would listen, it finally dawned on Forrest Gump that he needed to find and marry the love of his life, Jenny.  Seen in 80% of the movie Forrest Gump, this bench has since been removed from Chippewa Square and placed in the Savannah History Museum.  Even Albert Einstein used a park bench to illustrate his theory of relativity, “”An hour sitting with a pretty girl on a park bench passes like a minute, but a minute sitting on a hot stove seems like an hour.” Read the rest of this entry »

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