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SUMMER IS COMING! SET YOUR FAMILY UP FOR LOTS OF FUN IN THE SUN WITH YOUR OWN BACKYARD SWIMMING POOL

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SUMMER IS COMING! SET YOUR FAMILY UP FOR LOTS OF FUN IN THE SUN WITH YOUR OWN BACKYARD SWIMMING POOL

As Spring begins, the weather is beautiful. Winter is past and warmer temperatures are on the way. In fact, Summer isn’t that far away. And that means hot and humid, especially in the southern states. Maybe this is the year to finally beat that heat with your own backyard swimming pool? There are many different factors to consider in this choice, so read on to learn more!

Selecting a Backyard Pool

There are two basic groups of pools, in-ground and above-ground. In-ground pools cost more, but are a permanent addition to your home that will add equity and curb appeal, and be a perk for potential buyers if you ever sell your home. These are available in many sizes and shapes to suit your needs, and can be made of fiberglass, concrete, or vinyl. Each of these options comes with its own specifications (such as price point and required maintenance), so you should get the facts on each one that you’re interested in and compare them with your own unique needs.

If in-ground is not for you, there are also many different above-ground options. These pools are much less expensive and less permanent, and easier to fit into a small yard. They are also moveable, so you can bring it with you should you move to a new home. These are also available in a variety of sizes and shapes, and typically in aluminum, resin, or steel construction. These also each have different price points and maintenance requirements, so again you will need to weigh these options against your own needs.

Installing Your Backyard Pool

Installation of an in-ground pool obviously involves excavation. A very small pool could be installed by hand with a shovel, but generally you’ll want to hire a backhoe to accomplish this task. The pool itself is somewhat complex to install, especially if you chose a larger model, and you should probably contact a professional for help with this installation. It will generally be a few days or a few weeks until the pool is available to enjoy.

Above-ground pools are typically immediately available as a kit from your local dealer. You can purchase it, bring it home, and set it up yourself in as little as a few hours. Even a large above-ground pool can easily be assembled by a homeowner, perhaps with some help from the neighbors.

Backyard Pool Maintenance

A pool, whether in or above the ground, is going to require regular maintenance. Use your skimmer tool often to keep the filters clear of debris. Remember to check the filters regularly and clean out any accumulated gunk. You’ll also need to treat the pool water on a specific schedule to keep the water clean, clear, and safe. The chemicals or treatments you need will depend on the type of pool you have, so check your owner’s manual or ask your dealer for more information about your specific pool.

Decking and Accessories

Once the pool is up and ready to go, you are free to enjoy it at your leisure. Either now or in the future, you may want to complement your backyard oasis with a patio or deck and other accessories. Above-ground pools are often easier to enjoy with a raised (typically wooden) deck and stairs built next to or around it, for easier access. An in-ground pool may be installed with a small amount of border around it, but you may wish to add to it for more space to relax in. Remember to keep your patio water-sealed to protect it from damage! Combine your pool with comfortable chairs, a grilling area, or even a fire pit to create the perfect backyard party zone!

As the heat wave moves in, relax in style with your own custom backyard pool.


ENJOY YOUR BACKYARD THIS SUMMER: BUILDING THE NEW WOODEN DECK FOR FUN AND RELEXATION FOR YOUR FAMILY

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ENJOY YOUR BACKYARD THIS SUMMER: BUILDING THE NEW WOODEN DECK FOR FUN AND RELEXATION FOR YOUR FAMILY

 

Spring and summer, with their warm temperatures, are great for relaxing outside in the fresh air and sunlight. All you really need is some chairs or even a blanket on the ground, but if you’d like to enhance your backyard experience, a deck is a great place to start.

 

Designing your Backyard Deck

 

A deck can be designed individually to suit your needs and desires, and be as simple or as complex as you want, from a multi-level deck with carved railings and a complex wood pattern, to a simple rectangular platform. A good way to decide what you want your deck to look like is to browse photos in a magazine or online and just see what you like and what would work for your family. Your deck can be strictly functional, or decorative in whatever style you like. Remember to add railings if the deck surface is more than a few inches above the ground!

 

Building a Backyard Deck

 

Typically, a deck is made of wood. The most popular material choice is the common two-by-four. These are available in different species of wood, if you’re interested in special options like that. The deck is a simple construction: a skeleton frame underneath, topped with flat boards to create the surface. If the deck is raised up off the ground, the frame will need to be supported from underneath. For safety, it may be best to have at least the supportive structure made professionally, to ensure that it is secure.

 

After the support structure (if needed) and frame are built and in place, it’s time to lay the surface. You can choose to screw these boards down in a pattern, such as diagonal lines, if you prefer. Remember to leave space between the boards. This allows the boards room to swell in damp weather, as well as allowing dirt to fall through, reducing the need to clean the deck.

 

Maintaining Your New Deck

 

It is a good idea to seal your wooden deck. Commercial water sealing products are commonly available and very effective at protecting your deck from the elements. This is an especially important step to take if your deck is near a pool or if you frequently experience damp or humid weather, to prevent rotting and crumbling. Additionally, you can also stain the wood, if you want the look of a luxurious wood like cherry or mahogany without the expense.

 

Maintenance on a wooden deck is relatively simple. You will need to renew the sealant every so often, but other than that all you need to do is sweep it clean!

 

A beautiful wooden deck is a fantastic addition to your backyard, a perfect complement for barbeques, poolside parties, or just relaxing with your family.


CREATING A CEMENT PRECAST MOLD WALKWAY: A PERFECT POLISHED PROFESSIONAL FINISH FOR YOUR HOME GARDEN.

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CREATING A CEMENT PRECAST MOLD WALKWAY: A PERFECT POLISHED PROFESSIONAL FINISH FOR YOUR HOME GARDEN.

 

There’s just nothing like a pleasant walk in the garden, is there? To create a fantastic professional experience, consider installing a beautiful concrete walkway, using a precast mold to simulate the appearance of bricks, cobblestones, or natural rocks.

 

Tools and Supplies

 

To create this walkway, you will need these supplies: walkway mold, concrete mix, concrete color (if desired), and concrete sealer. You will also need, but may already have: wheelbarrow, trowel, bucket, shovel, protective equipment (mask, goggles, boots, gloves), sand, wooden stakes, plastic sheeting, and a garden hose.

 

This project can be accomplished by one person working alone, and all but the largest walkways can be completed in a single day (not including curing and sealing of course).

 

Preparing the Area

 

Lay out the perimeter of your walkway and mark it with stakes. Remove one inch of sod from the area for a professional finish. Save the sod and use to fill in gaps when the concrete has cured. Just set it aside in a cool place and keep it moist.

 

Follow the manufacturer’s directions to mix concrete, adding color if desired. You will find it easiest to mix the concrete in a wheelbarrow, so you can easily move it along with you as you lay the path.

 

Wet the mold with water before beginning. This will help ensure that the mold releases from the concrete easily.

 

Laying the Walkway

 

Starting in one corner of the walkway, set the mold carefully in place. With a bucket or trowel, fill each cavity of the mold with concrete, leveling it with the top of the mold. Smooth the surface with the trowel.

 

Wait 5 to 10 minutes (follow the manufacturer’s suggestion) and lift the mold carefully. Rinse any remaining concrete from the mold. Butt the mold up against the first section and continue building your walkway. If you want a more varied and random-looking pattern, try rotating the mold one-quarter turn each time.

 

Creating a curved walkway is easy! Rotate the mold to align with desired curve, overlapping the existing concrete on the inside of the curve, and matching up the outside corners. Press the mold into the soft concrete, and fill the mold cavities. When removing the mold, blend the combined castings to eliminate the cut lines.

 

Repeat steps above until your walkway is all cast. If you want to decorate your walkway with handprints or inscriptions, now is the time.

 

Finishing the Project

 

When the entire walkway is cast and set, sprinkle sand or dry mortar mix over the top. Use a broom to brush it carefully into the joints, and mist it all lightly with a garden hose. Cover the concrete with six-mil plastic sheeting for 2 or 3 days, to prevent too-rapid drying and cracking.

 

After the concrete has cured, protect the finish with concrete sealer. Follow the manufacturer’s directions to apply. This will provide a tough water-resistant finish that can withstand anything that nature throws at it.

 

If desired, you can fill in the gaps between each “stone” with your previously-removed sod for a professional look.

 

Nothing completes the look of a well-maintained garden better than a polished walkway. With only a few hours of work, you can transform your backyard into a natural haven.


BUILDING STORAGE SHED IN YOUR BACKYARD: A BIG DO IT YOURSELF PROJECT THAT STORES BIG REWARDS FOR YOU

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BUILDING STORAGE SHED IN YOUR BACKYARD: A BIG DO IT YOURSELF PROJECT THAT STORES BIG REWARDS FOR YOU

 

Most Americans seem to be experiencing a real lack of storage in their homes. The self-storage business is booming, and hardly anybody has even an inch of extra space in their closets and garages. If this condition is cramping your style, it may be time to build a storage shed in your backyard.

 

Select Site and Size

 

Your first step will be to determine the site of your new shed. You’ll want your shed to be easily accessible and close to any activities you’ll use it for. For example, if you’re storing garden tools in it, you probably should place it near the garden.

 

Keep the size of the planned shed in mind as you scout locations. It obviously has to fit in the space you choose. Think not only of what you specifically want to use the shed for, but what it may also be used for. You may be planning it only for storing your children’s outdoor toys, but maybe you’d like to store holiday decorations in it as well? The larger the shed, the more it will cost, but a shed that’s too small will be frustrating to use.

 

Sketch out an idea of what you want the shed to look like, including a floor plan. Use resources in print or online to develop plans for the building. Make sure to check your local building codes as well! Your building plans should provide you with a tidy list of materials to buy.

 

At the Store

 

Now that you’ve got a site and a plan, you can head to the home improvement store. While you’re on the way, think about going with a prefabricated unit. Many stores such as Home Depot display a variety of prefab storage units (usually in their parking lot) that you can check out. These units are partially built in advance, so all you have to do is stand up the walls and fasten them together and put the roof on. These units greatly simplify the process, but you may pay a premium for the convenience.

 

If you’re more of a do-it-yourself person, take your list inside the store, grab a big cart, and get shopping! Your shopping list will vary depending on your choices, but your list will certainly include lumber for framing the structure, outer wall coverings, roofing material, and foundation or flooring materials. You’ll also need a copious amount of nails or screws. You may want to look at a nail gun or electric screwdriver if you don’t already own one.

 

Stabilize the Building

 

Your shed needs some legs to stand on. Prefab sheds almost always come with a floor, which stabilizes the walls and frees you from the necessity of laying a concrete foundation. (This also makes it possible to move the structure if necessary.) If you are building from scratch, you can choose either method: solid foundation or flooring. Whichever way you decide to go, make sure to follow the directions from the manufacturer and from your building plans.

 

Erecting the Structure

 

Next up are the walls. These are already built for you in a prefab unit, but you get to build them yourself if you’re following a plan. If this is your first attempt at framing, you would do well to look up a tutorial for this process. You will be building a rectangular skeleton, with the “bones” (the studs) spaced every 12 inches. Make sure to leave an appropriately-sized gap for the door!

 

You have a choice of wall coverings. Corrugated metal is a common choice because it is lightweight and simple to install. You can also choose HardiePlank, or wooden or plastic siding.

 

Arguably, the most important part of the structure is the roof. Roofs are usually framed differently from walls, so make sure you do some research and get it right! You’ll also need to pay attention to the grade or angle of your roof slope; this is important to ensure runoff and reduce the weight that snow delivers to the structure. Roofs can be built on the ground and then lifted into place and secured, and can be covered by corrugated metal or traditional shingles.

 

Last but not least, it’s time to fit the door. You’ll probably just buy a door and hinges and install it. If you’re planning to store, say, a lawnmower inside, you may spring for double doors, for easier access.

 

Extras

 

You may want to install a ramp, especially if the floor of the shed is raised, for your own convenience. You can insulate the interior of the shed to better protect your items, and you can even finish the walls if you like. You’ll probably want to install your choice of shelving and storage racks in the shed to accommodate the items you’ll be storing inside. Unless you’re certain that no shady characters will have access (or don’t value the contents too highly), you’ll want to install a secure lock on the door. If you included windows, those need to lock too.

 

Building a backyard storage shed from scratch is not a task for the lighthearted. It’s a complicated project for a skilled DIY craftsman. But it’s also quite a bit of fun and extremely rewarding.


HOW TO START A FIRE: SUCCESSFULLY BUILD AND MAINTAIN A FIRE IN YOUR BACKYARD OR CAMPGROUND FIRE PIT!

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HOW TO START A FIRE: SUCCESSFULLY BUILD AND MAINTAIN A FIRE IN YOUR BACKYARD OR CAMPGROUND FIRE PIT!

 

Whether you’re camping or just enjoying an evening in your backyard, a fire is a cozy part of a great evening. Providing light, warmth, and ambiance, a well-built fire is definitely a highlight of any outdoor party.

 

Setup and Safety

 

Before starting the fire, make sure that the area around your fire pit is safe. If you’re using a purchased item like a fire bowl, follow all the directions regarding setup and use. If you’re building a traditional campfire, be sure to clear the ground around it and surround the fire area with non-burning materials such as rocks. For safety purposes, make sure that all flammable items such as fabrics and upholstery, dry plants, and clothing are clear of the fire, and have a bucket of sand, some water, or a fire extinguisher available at all times.

 

Building the Fire

 

The key to a well-burning fire is building it properly, before lighting it. Gather your tinder, kindling, and fuel. Examples of tinder include newspapers, dry pine needles and straw, which catch the fire from your match or lighter. Kindling generally consists of thin sticks or twigs, which will catch fire from the tinder and pass it on to the fuel. Fuel is the larger firewood that will keep the fire burning. The fuel must be dry and not green or it will not burn well in a fire. You will need about one armful each of tinder and kindling and enough fuel to keep the fire burning as long as you desire. One dry log will burn for an average of 45 minutes.

 

To build a fire, place the tinder in a small pile in the center. Then use your kindling to create a cone or “teepee” shape around the tinder. Use a match or lighter to set the tinder on fire, and watch as the fire spreads to the kindling. Add the smallest pieces of your fuel to the fire, around and over the kindling. Gradually work up to larger pieces as the fire grows stronger, adding kindling if necessary to build the flames.

 

Maintaining the Flames

 

While the fire is burning, don’t wander off! You’ll want to add fuel every often to keep the fire at your desired level, and make sure that it does not grow larger than you feel comfortable with. Allow your fire die down gradually as your evening dies down, to make it easier to extinguish. Use water or dirt to thoroughly put out the flames, and be very sure that it’s completely extinguished before leaving the area or going to bed.

 

A great fire isn’t difficult to build, but impressive to all your guests or fellow campers. With just a little safety precaution and these quick tips, you’re sure to have a great outdoor experience.


OUTDOOR LIGHTING FOR YOUR PATIO, DECK, AND GARDEN: SECURITY AND BEAUTY EASILY INSTALLED IN YOUR YARD

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OUTDOOR LIGHTING FOR YOUR PATIO, DECK, AND GARDEN: SECURITY AND BEAUTY EASILY INSTALLED IN YOUR YARD

 

You work hard to maintain a beautiful yard. But as shorter days set in, with fewer daylight hours, it’s harder and harder to enjoy it. So you think about installing outdoor lighting. But you don’t want to just put a light bulb on a pole – your lighting should be integrated in the design of the space, and add to its beauty without interrupting the look.

 

Security Lighting

 

Often the first kind of lighting that a homeowner is concerned about is security lighting, especially in unsafe neighborhoods or in rural areas. These lights are often set up with motion sensor technology, to deter potential burglars and to frighten intruding animals. These lights serve a very important purpose, but they don’t have to be ugly and utilitarian. The casing of these lights is available in different colors to blend in with or complement your house’s color. While the bulbs are often large, the housing is getting smaller and smaller, and easier to camouflage under the eaves or perhaps in the branches of a tree. This kind of lighting is usually not difficult to install, either wired directly into your power source or with a single cord run to an exterior power outlet.

 

Living Space Lighting

 

It has been very popular in recent years to add an outdoor living space to a home. This increases the useable space of your home, and brings you closer to nature. A custom patio or deck is great for entertaining and relaxing, but if it’s dark, it’s not useable. There are many options to consider for lighting the space. For the most part, you can choose just as you would for an indoor space, in terms of size, color, and style. There are many more outdoor-specific options on the market now, and more arriving constantly. If none of the outdoor options suit you, an indoor fixture may also be able to be used.

 

The fixture will need to be weatherproofed to make sure that it doesn’t suffer any physical damage from the elements, as well as making sure that the electrical connections are secure. Most of these kinds of fixtures will come with a regular standard plug that will go right into your exterior outlets (an electrician can install one or more if you need them). You may also consider ones that feature built-in solar panels, especially if your outdoor space is sunny during the day.

 

Consider installing multiple light sources in your living space that deliver light in different directions, to create a less shadowy area. You may also want to choose “warm” light bulbs, instead of the “cool” bulbs that often come with outdoor fixtures – people feel more comfortable in warmer lit spaces.

 

Garden Lighting

 

Another use for outdoor lighting is for simple decorative illumination. If you have a flagpole or some other central object that you wish to light up, choose some simple spotlights. These will generally be mounted on the ground and aimed upward to highlight your featured item. Spotlights are small and easy to conceal behind a small plant, and are unobtrusive if they are unconcealed. The electrical cords for these lights will be run underground (can’t have them getting cut by a mower blade!) – contact your electrician for help with underground cables. If digging isn’t in your budget, consider solar-powered lights, which last for years and power themselves. They are often no more expensive than traditional options, and cost nothing to use.

 

Flood lighting is an option if you want to light up a large portion of your yard or home. If you have a beautiful façade or an immaculate garden, this is the choice to make. Flood lights can be mounted low or high depending on what you’re lighting and what you have available to conceal it. These lights are also small and uninvasive, and in some cases the cords can be concealed with no need to dig.

 

Don’t let the dark cut you off from your outdoor spaces. Enjoy them all year and all night with the right lighting!


WARM UP YOUR BACKYARD THIS AUTUMN WITH A CUSTOM INSTALLED OUTDOOR FIREPLACE, FIRE PIT, OR FIRE BOWL!

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WARM UP YOUR BACKYARD THIS AUTUMN WITH A CUSTOM INSTALLED OUTDOOR FIREPLACE, FIRE PIT, OR FIRE BOWL!

 

There is nothing like spending a peaceful evening out on the patio with your family and friends. But even the most beautiful nights can have a chill. Don’t let the temperature drive you away – take back your backyard with an outdoor fireplace!

 

Outdoor fireplaces are really popular, and there are thousands of different ones available to suit your needs. The easiest way to view all the options available to you is to browse all your favorite online retailers, but your local home improvement store may also have them in stock for you to view in real life.

 

An outdoor fireplace exists to match or complement any décor. Metal and masonry are the most common materials because they are very effective at containing the heat and directing it safely where you want it.

 

Outdoor fireplaces are built in many different ways, and you can choose the style that best suits your needs and your space. Many of these styles are available in both gas – or wood-burning varieties depending on what you’d prefer.

 

Fireplace Styles

 

Some outdoor fireplaces are built to mimic the look of traditional indoor fireplaces. Rectangular ones, just like the one under the mantle inside your home, create a beautiful centerpiece for your outdoor space, and are available in many colors and styles. They do tend to be on the large and expensive side, though, so be sure that it will fit in your space and in your budget.

 

Another option is the chimenea. These are traditionally made from clay, but many metal options are available as well. These gourd-shaped fireplaces can be ornately decorated or simple and clean. Clay models lend a rustic charm to their space, while metal ones add a modern twist.

 

Your needs may be better served by a smaller model designed for in-the-round use. These models tend to be close to the ground and can be seen and talked over easily. You and your guests can gather around the fire and enjoy the warmth together with this style. The firehouse style is a square or round pedestal with a screen-like “house” over it to contain the ashes and protect passersby. These can be simple or ornate and are generally made of metal. Another style that has gained in popularity in recent years is the fire bowl. Usually made of metal (shiny copper is an impressive choice), these shallow bowls may also have a protective screen over the top.

 

Safety

 

You must remember that this is an open flame, and take all necessary precautions, of course. Your fireplace should not be located underneath any kind of upper balcony or other unvented structure to avoid heat damage. (A pergola is probably safe, but check with your contractor first.) Your fireplace must also be located on firm ground, preferably with a non-flammable floor underneath it. You can have a brick or concrete deck installed just for your fireplace.

 

Outdoor fireplaces, especially larger models or those that depend on propane gas, should always be installed by a professional to ensure everyone’s safety. You don’t want your expensive outdoor mantle to fall over, or a gas leak to endanger your loved ones, after all!

 

Finally, after your fireplace has been installed, make sure to take the precaution of having a fire extinguisher available nearby. If there are any children in the house, they should be warned about the fire and never left unattended.

 

Selecting and purchasing an outdoor fireplace is a fun process and a great treat for your family. Installation should only take a few hours and you will be enjoying your new fireplace in no time!


OUTDOOR COOKING IS A FUN EXCITING AND SAFE SUMMER TRADITION FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY: LET’T GET GRILLING

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OUTDOOR COOKING IS A FUN EXCITING AND SAFE SUMMER TRADITION FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY: LET’T GET GRILLING

 

When the mercury in the thermometer starts rising, the urge to cook outdoors rises right along with it. Summertime is chock full of celebrations that practically demand a grill session. It is truly one of life’s greatest pleasures to gather in the backyard with friends and family to share a meal in the gorgeous sunny weather.

 

Propane

Propane is a type of petroleum gas that can be compressed into a liquid state for easy transport. Anybody can easily purchase a tank of compressed propane at any of a number of locations –most gas stations and supermarkets sell them, and many even participate in exchange programs (return an empty bottle and pay a fee to take a filled bottle). Once the bottle is home, it’s relatively simple to connect the bottle to a propane grill and get cooking.

 

Propane grills are specially designed to route the gas into easily-controlled flames, and can be purchased anywhere that large outdoor equipment is sold. They come in a range of sizes, suitable for small families or large gatherings.

 

A propane grill is exceptionally easy to control – it’s very similar to a natural gas range or stovetop inside a home. Propane grilling is an excellent substitute for indoor cooking for those days when it’s just too nice to stay inside. We know people who use a propane grill exclusively during the summer in order to avoid heating their home.

 

Charcoal

Charcoal is a product of burning wood until all the other elements have burned away and what is left is a chunk of pure carbon. There are several different kinds available now, including natural chunk, easy-light, and traditional briquettes. It was originally marketed by Henry Ford (a byproduct from his production line) as Kingsford Charcoal but is now available in many different brands as well. Like propane, charcoal is sold in a wide variety of stores and is easy to transport.

 

Charcoal grills are simpler (and generally cheaper) than propane versions since they do not require tubing or burners. They are, at their root, a metal tub with legs and a lid. Charcoal maybe harder to get a flame going, but accessories such as chimney starters or even lighter fluid make that job easier. Charcoal grills are also available in many sizes. They can also be modified with accessories like smoker boxes for smoking meats.

 

Charcoal flames are not as easily controlled – they cannot be simply turned off like a propane flame. Many people prefer this method, though, for the inimitable flavor that the charcoal gives to the food it cooks. Another benefit to charcoal is the ability to add smoking chips to the fire to add additional flavor – mesquite wood is a very popular choice for this.

 

Recipes

Some people may be thinking, “Okay, I’ve had a couple barbeques and I’m bored of plain old hamburgers and hot dogs. What else can I do with this?” Well, my friend, the possibilities are endless! Just about any type of meat does marvelous on the grill, from pork ribs to tender beef steaks. If meat isn’t what you’re looking for, try a grilled pizza! All kinds of vegetables (and even fruits!) taste excellent with this method of cooking. A simple internet search for “grill recipes” will yield a wealth of suggestions and keep anybody grilling for years to come.

 

Safety

There are some safety concerns to be addressed. We are talking about open flames here, and precautions should always be taken. Before grilling, make sure that everyone is aware of how to turn off the propane connection (if there is one), and have a reliable fire extinguisher within reach of the grill at all times. Be sure that any children or pets in the area are either kept completely out of reach of the grill or, in the case of older children, adequately warned that the grill is hot. Be aware of the fumes as well – both of these methods can release gasses that are unsafe to breathe. Unburnt propane gas can be especially dangerous, so if you suspect a leak, call for service right away. Never leave the grill unattended, even for a moment. Be sure that the surface underneath the grill is fire safe – dry grass or untreated wood are very bad surfaces. Invest in a fireproof mat, move to a different location, or have a professional install a patio of brick or treated wood that you can enjoy all year round. Last of all, make extra sure that everyone has FUN!


EXTEND THE COMFORT AND VALUE OF YOUR HOME WITH A PATIO COVER THAT IS PERFECT FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY

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EXTEND THE COMFORT AND VALUE OF YOUR HOME WITH A PATIO COVER THAT IS PERFECT FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY

 

There are few things more relaxing than sitting outside on a lovely day. Based on current trends, more people are spending time outside, dining, cooking in an outdoor kitchen, or just relaxing in the sunlight. If you do not have sufficient shade, a patio cover or covered deck is a good option to enjoy the outside air without the full impact of the sun.

 

There are two main types of patio covers, attached or freestanding. We will explore the different types of patio covers. There are many patio cover options to choose from and you can select the patio cover that is right for you.

 

PERGOLAS

A pergola is commonly interchanged with a patio cover, although a pergola is a structure that is freestanding with posts or columns. It is designed to let light filter in because it is not fully covered overhead. Often plants like vines are allowed to climb the structure and create a beautiful natural canopy that is lush and inviting. A pergola can be designed to be close to the house or freestanding over a walkway or in the yard.

 

PATIO COVER

A patio cover is an attached structure that provides shade and/or rain coverage to the main house. Patio covers can be either slatted (like a pergola) or a solid cover. They can be designed to look like the original structure of the house or coordinate with the house. There is a wide array of designs involved with many different materials, such as wood, metal, vinyl and more. They can be both stylish and functional.

 

RAMADAS/PAVILIONS

A ramada is similar to a pergola in the fact that it is a freestanding structure. However, it is fully covered in order to keep rain out and provide a complete sun shade. Ramadas are commonly built over an outdoor kitchen to keep the outdoor kitchen functional and beautiful, even in inclement weather. Some professionals call these structures pavilions.

 

GAZEBOS

A gazebo is an octagon-shaped structure that is fully roofed with beautiful views. Often they can be completely screened in for a bug-free resting place. These are sometimes confused as pergolas. These look beautiful in a large yard or garden.

 

CUSTOM DESIGNED TO MEET YOUR NEEDS

Common terms can vary when discussing outdoor patio cover options. This is why it’s important to discuss with your local construction contractor exactly what you have in mind. Spend time explaining whether you want your patio cover to be freestanding or attached to your existing structure, and whether you want it completely shielded from sun and rain or designed to let a little extra sunlight in. Perhaps you have a favorite vacation spot you would like to recreate. Your construction contractor can help you create an outdoor space that transports you back to your favorite location. They can design it you the size and style you need.

 

A beautifully landscaped yard with a patio cover will add comfort and value to your home that you will enjoy for years to come. Don’t hesitate – call your local construction contractor and begin to enjoy your new patio cover today!


AN OUTDOOR KITCHEN COMBINES THE CONVENIENCE OF INDOOR COOKING WITH THE FUN OF EATING OUTDOORS!

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AN OUTDOOR KITCHEN COMBINES THE CONVENIENCE OF INDOOR COOKING WITH THE FUN OF EATING OUTDOORS!

 

Over the past few years outdoor kitchens have become one of the hottest trends in home entertaining. An outdoor kitchen is a welcome addition to any house. There are many benefits to having your own outdoor kitchen; it’s great for those get together with friends and family and adds real value to your property. And constructing an outdoor kitchen isn’t as expensive as it used to be. That means almost any home owner can enjoy their own outdoor kitchen.

 

A successful outdoor kitchen starts with three basic features: a cooking appliance like a gas grill or wood oven, counter space, and a sink. Of course, you don’t have to stop there – you can be as elaborate as your budget and imagination will allow. Granite tops, fire pits, refrigerators and outdoor lighting arrangements are just a few of the options available.

 

All these basic features are located in what’s called an “island”. Islands usually come in three shapes: the basic Rectangular Island; the L-Shaped Island and the U-Shaped Island. Of course you can always come up with a custom design specially suited for the location you’ve chosen.

 

There are many factors to take into consideration when planning and constructing an outdoor kitchen. Where do you want to build your outdoor kitchen? Do you want a permanent installation, or something that can be moved indoors and outdoors? How much you have to spend? Other things to consider include what type of floor, how many people you plan to entertain, and what kind of furniture and accessories you wish to purchase.

 

Choosing the right location for your outdoor kitchen is important. The outdoor kitchen can be built on an existing structure, like the patio, or you can set aside a special place for construction. It should be close enough to the house to permit easy access to the indoor kitchen. Also, it’s important to choose the right pace to put the grill. The last thing you want is smoke blowing into your house or all over your guests. Make sure is situated in a place where the prevailing breeze will carry the smoke away from the house.

 

The area selected for your outdoor kitchen should also be sheltered from the elements. Also make sure your kitchen has the right flooring. You’ll want something that’s easy to keep clean. And you’ll want to take steps to keep it from getting slippery when wet.

 

While it is possible to build an outdoor kitchen yourself, it is an elaborate time consuming project; hiring an experienced contractor would probably be the smart thing to do. Today there are many local contractors who excel in constructing outdoor features for your home.

 

Building your own outdoor kitchen can be a wise investment in more ways than one. It adds value to your home – but it also helps build value in the relationships between friends and family. Contact your local contractor for more information on getting an outdoor kitchen. They can offer design choices and professional advice on how you can have the best outdoor kitchen possible. When it comes to having fun in your own backyard, nothing beats an outdoor kitchen!