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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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Decorative Baluster Ideas for Your Plastic Deck

By admin - Last updated: Sunday, July 31, 2011

If you believe the expression “God is in the details” then installing decorative balusters can make an ordinary deck heaven on earth.  Whether you’re changing out the rails or building a brand new deck, balusters affect the overall look and theme.  Decks are versatile outdoor spaces used as entertainment areas for parties and barbeques or [...]

Why Choose a Vinyl Gazebo?

By admin - Last updated: Saturday, July 17, 2010

Those that are considering adding a gazebo to their backyard now have many options. The new vinyl gazebos that are now on the market have many advantages over the traditional wooden gazebos. Not only are they lower maintenance, they are also better for the environment since no trees have to be cut down, when compared [...]

A Bench for Your Front Porch

By admin - Last updated: Monday, March 29, 2010

When you think of all the different ways to maximize outdoor space for comfort and entertaining, you need to consider the addition of a front porch bench. Front porch benches are a lovely addition to any home and provide extra seating and charm to the appearance of the front of the home. Think of how [...]

Great Uses For a Backyard Trellis

By admin - Last updated: Tuesday, November 17, 2009

A backyard trellis can have many uses for the beginning gardener to the advanced backyard botanist. These arch shaped structures can come in many heights and can be made out of many different types of materials. A trellis can enhance the landscape of any backyard area, regardless of the shape or size. This overlooked garden [...]