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The Backyard

Simple Steps to Stylish and Affordable Outdoor Spaces

(ARA) – When the sun is shining and the summer breezes are blowing, it’s difficult to resist the call to relax outdoors. But if you have a blank canvas of grass or a cement slab, it doesn’t exactly call to mind visions of barbecues and family gatherings. Don’t stare longingly out the windows this […]

Affordable outdoor improvements offer great return on investment

(ARA) – With the real estate market yet to rebound from its dramatic plunge and credit still tight, housing figures show that more homeowners are staying put. But that doesn’t mean they’re sitting idly by. People are investing in affordable home upgrades that not only make an immediate impact, but make their property more […]

FROM MUNDANE TO MAGICAL

Add a Twist of Something Special to Your New Back Yard

With about a million things to think about, it’s understandable that if you’re planning to build a new home, you may not have spent much time thinking beyond the home itself.  The yard – especially the back yard – has likely settled toward the […]

BACKYARD DECKS THAT LAST

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This two-tiered, ground-level deck is made entirely out of ChoiceDek, a composite material created by mixing wood fibers (red cedar or some other type of softwood) with polyethylene, which comes from recycled consumer waste. Photo courtesy of ChoiceDek. Backyard decks are great because they offer level and stable platforms for […]

OUTDOOR FURNITURE

If you think your living room furniture takes a beating, imagine what your outdoor furniture goes through. The “elements,” as we call them, will really do a number on any unprepared thing left to their mercy. Outdoor furniture has to take this beating, remain useful, and still look good.
 
Creating Backyard Comfort
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The Backyard Kitchen

Today we cook outside for fun more than ever. It is estimated that Americans will cook and consume three billion-that’s 3,000,000,000- meals outside this year on 80 million grills, at about 37.5 meals per grill each year. But like nearly everything else we do today, we tend to “supersize” things. So it won’t surprise […]

Swimming Pools and Real Estate Value

The Coolest Thing in New Home Construction

A pool surrounded by a sturdy deck of either concrete or wood and set in a nicely landscaped yard can provide hours of recreation and a beautiful backdrop to your home. Photo courtesy of Donna and Ron Kolb, Exposures Unlimited.

We’ve all heard that a built-in pool does nothing […]