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Covered Decks: Protection and Beauty

Decks are favorite Summer time hangouts; but the fun can be spoiled when it rains or the sun beats down. With the protection of a covered deck, you can still enjoy the summer even at its hottest or in the rain. Not only do covered decks provide valuable shelter and shade, but they give your backyard and home a brand-new look. Partially and Completely-Covered DecksWhen it comes to covered decks, they can either be completely or partially covered. Completely covered decks are good choices for those who want to avoid the sun's rays as much as possible. Having a deck contractor install a partially covered deck is a great idea for several reasons. First, there are days when even the biggest sun worshippers need a little shade. Having a partially covered deck is great when you want to take a break from sunbathing or when the temperature is too high to enjoy sitting out in the sun. A partially-covered deck is also a great way to make your outdoor furniture and barbeque last longer by protecting them from the element...


Outdoor Kitchen Designs: Turning Up the Heat on Outdoor Design

Outdoor kitchens are no longer outdoor side projects. They are extensions of the home. From colossal grills to grandiose brick ovens, outdoor kitchens are often more elaborate than their indoor counterparts. And why shouldn't they be? Increasingly, homeowners are discovering that outdoor kitchens make the lawn more than just a chunk of grass. With the multitude of variables that go into creating an effective outdoor kitchen it is difficult to know where to start the planning process. Functionality should be the primary goal. After functional capabilities are determined, the outdoor kitchen design should follow. The design will influence what materials go into installation and the accessories that will be included in the final space. Outdoor Kitchen FunctionalityOutdoor kitchens should be convenient and easily accessible. Ideally, the outdoor space would reflect the indoor space. No appliance would be neglected. The end user would have not only a grill, stovetop, and oven, but also a sink, dishwasher, and refr...


Tips for Outdoor Fire pit Maintenance

If you're in the market for an outdoor fire pit, you've got many options. From the ultra-portable and sometimes semi-disposable chiminea to the traditional stone-built fireplace, homeowners make a series of decisions about their needs to select an outdoor fire pit. Maintenance issues figure high on the list of issues that a homeowner thinks about when considering an outdoor fireplace for a lawn or patio. Outdoor fire pit contractors can help make decisions on what's best for your yard or patio according to use and style.Outdoor Fireplace Maintenance: ChimineasThese portable ovens have become fashionable for porches or patios. There are obvious benefits of selecting a chiminea for an outdoor fireplace. They can be easily moved and are not a large investment.Chimineas come in many shapes, sizes, colors and materials. To consider maintenance for a chiminea, think about what happens to each material over time.Clay chimineas don't need a lot of maintenance, but they're easily broken. Copper tends to turn green. B...


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