Patio Heaters and Fire Pits

In some areas right now, the weather is ideal for sitting outside in the evening — the bugs have gone and the sky is clear — but the nights are chilly. Don’t let the cool evenings send you inside — extend your outdoor living season by heating your deck or patio. Different heaters are available…

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Deck Building Basics

We’ll look at how to get started actually building your deck. By this time, I will assume that you have your building permit in hand, a good set of plans, and a materials list. If you don’t have a material list, simply take your plan to your nearest home center or building supply store and…

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Thinking About a Swimming Pool?

Some things to consider Backyard swimming pools have enjoyed a steady rise in popularity as a great way to cool off and relax in a private setting. A swimming pool can be a great focus for family, friends and entertaining. As great as owning a swimming pool can be there are things to consider if…

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Whats Underfoot A Quick Guide to Patio Surfaces

Patio Surface

Patios and terraces have always been popular outdoor spaces. Whether a Parisian courtyard or a rooftop alcove, only porches and sunrooms beat out these paved (or semi-paved) retreats in a recent survey of my readers as the most ideal outside living space. Let’s examine some of the wide variety of patio surfaces. Patio Stones Somteimes…

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How To Choose A Pool Cover

Pool Cover

End of the swimming season? Now you need to cover your swimming pool with a pool cover and say a very good-bye to the swimming times. But the biggest problem that accompanies you after the end of the swimming season is how to maintain the swimming pool. The direct answer is ‘use pool covers to…

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Outdoor Wood Furniture, Check The Wood Species Before Purchasing

Outdoor Furniture

Not too long ago, the vast majority of outdoor furniture was all made of teak. Teak has proved to be an ideal lumber species for outdoor furniture, due to its high durability, ease of working with machine tools, its low coefficient of radial and tangential expansion (which reduces potential problems in twisting, or swelling when…

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