Decks

This Deck is Tornado Proof

This Deck is Tornado Proof

One of the best testimonials you’ll ever here is how this outdoor deck survived a tornado. But more specifically the deck withstand the pounding of a large tree falling on it during this tornado. It lost a little railing but the deck survived.

Outdoor Deck Materials

Outdoor Deck Materials

It’s the middle of winter and you’re either freezing (if you’re in the Northeast or Midwest) or sweltering (here in Southern California). Either way it’s not to early to start considering what materials to use for the new deck you are planning to build this spring.

Front Porch Progress

Front Porch Progress

Curb appeal can be enhanced in many ways. We first like to consider what can be done with the existing landscape. Many times an afternoon spent pruning and trimming back overgrown trees and bushes can make the most difference. But sometimes a dramatic entrance such as a covered front porch […]

Green Building a Garden Shed

Green Building a Garden Shed

After reading this nice review of our site from Green Gate Ranch Remodel, we took some time to peruse their site and found a couple of great projects that are documented in an easy to follow step by step process.

Refinishing an Outdoor Deck

Refinishing an Outdoor Deck

If your deck has seen better days and is starting to fade, get fuzzy, or even splinter then you should consider refinishing your deck which consists of chemical stripping, power washing, sanding, and finally staining your deck. Here are some great resources for approaching this project and take precautions when […]

Build It Yourself: Outdoor Deck with Rounded Corners

Build It Yourself: Outdoor Deck with Rounded Corners

There is nothing better than stepping outside and enjoying the outdoors on a summer day. A proper deck can make this experience even more serene but it achieving a deck that is both functional and stylish is sometimes difficult when all you see are square deck designs that aren’t always […]

Vertical Grain Wood Flooring

Vertical Grain Wood Flooring

This houseblogger is going through the process of using salvaged flooring for their back porch. They will be using vertical grain fir tongue and groove flooring, like the original floor.

Inspect Your Deck

Inspect Your Deck

The weather’s heating up and you’re primed for a summer BBQ on the deck with family and friends. But before you send out the evites for your memorial day bash, you should inspect your deck. There are five warning signs you should look out for.

DIY Maven: Faux Stone Pavers

DIY Maven: Faux Stone Pavers

Today DIY Maven takes on faux stone pavers: If you’ve ever laid pavers, you know how exhausting it is. And even though you did it yourself, it probably wasn’t cheap. Those bricks and stones add up! For smaller jobs, a viable alternative is going the faux route using molds and […]

Popular Patios

Popular Patios

More proof that concrete patios are becoming a great alternative to outdoor decks.

Decorating a Deck – in NYC

Decorating a Deck – in NYC

We’ve got some precious outdoor space that consists of a landing and a small balcony that serves as the entrance to our 2nd floor apartment. We get about 2-3 hours of direct sunlight in the summer and maybe 1/2 hour in the winter and there is barely enough room to […]

Fold-out Balcony

Fold-out Balcony

Personal outdoor space is hard to come by in most urban environments but the Bloomframe from Hofman Dujardin Architecten in Amsterdam has created a solution that not only allows for an impromptu balcony but also serves as a window when closed.

Brick Patios

Brick Patios

A popular outdoor upgrade is installing a brick patio. The color and texture that brick provides will bring warmth to your patio and will always contrast nicely with a lawn or woodchip landscaping. A brick patio can be installed over a weekend after you’ve decided on type of brick, setting, […]

Build Your Own Deck

Build Your Own Deck

Matt Haughey, a contributer to Lifehacker, has put together a step-by-step for building your own deck. He includes great photos, sources for inspiration, and a tools list. As great tip for DIY newbies he suggests first building a practice deck as a test for new tools and materials. If you’ve […]

LED Decklights

LED Decklights

Wow – these decklights from Phillips are sharp. For safety purposes alone they could serve as a nice border for a railless deck as well as assist in illuminating stairs. Philips Aurelle LED Decklight [Uncrate]

Patio Shade

Patio Shade

patio shade, outdoor shade, yard shade coolaro shade sails, shade sail, awning, sun protection

Deck Tiles

Deck Tiles

Just because you’ve got a small outdoor space such as a terrace or balcony doesn’t mean you should neglect its features or surfaces. You can spruce up your small outdoor space with deck tiles that come in wood or porcelain and they require very little maintenance.

Clean Your Deck

Clean Your Deck

It’s BBQ season and if you live in a cold weather climate your deck and BBQ have probably been covered with snow or it’s been too cold to spend much time in your yard. Part of your spring cleaning should include prepping your yard and outside area for the coming […]