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Freestanding Custom 11x15 Pergola with outdoor bar – Big Kahuna

Outdoor Kitchen Pergola Ideas

Quality bonding with friends and family is oftentimes centered around food! Something that makes those experiences even better is cooking outside. If you’re a foodie (or just enjoy eating), and like the fresh air, maybe it’s time to create that outdoor kitchen you’ve been designing in your mind’s eye. What are some of the top features of an outdoor kitchen? Do you envision a large dining table for friends and family to gather for special times? Or do you prefer [...]

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Unique Pergola Designs for Outdoor Living

If you’re looking for something unique to improve your outdoor living space, consider these pergola designs to make your space usable year-round. Pergolas add a design element that can expand your existing backyard area by virtually creating an extra room. Some of the newest pergola designs can be used to create an outdoor kitchen, expand your entertaining area, or make a simple secluded spot to relax. Whether you’re an old pro at planning and designing or a newbie on [...]

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Shade Ideas for Your Backyard or Patio

Looking for backyard shade ideas you can add to your outdoor space? Is your patio sitting empty for many of the hot summer months because there’s not enough shade? There are many types of structures you can add to cover your patio ranging from umbrellas to retractable awnings. But if you’re looking for a more permanent structure that can withstand extreme weather conditions and create an inviting space, consider adding a wood pergola. Pergolas provide shade and can transform an [...]

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Top 5 Uses for a Pergola

Are you trying to make your outdoor space usable year-round? Would you like a special shady spot for your family, friends, and your beloved pets? These are a couple of the top 5 uses for a pergola. Our list consists of tried and true perks of owning your own pergola. These apply to any landscape or climate – hot, cold, dry, or wet. Which one on the list ranks #1 for you? Best Uses for a Pergola Enhance your outdoor entertaining [...]

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19 Plant Picks for Container Gardening

Mother Nature has dished out a lot of back & forth with the actual arrival of Spring weather in many parts of the country, so it feels good to be thinking about planting flowers! We’re not experts on gardening, so we’ve dug around and found top lists for great plants to add to a planter box recommended by true plant lovers. What you’ll find here are time-tested annuals that you can plant in your containers or planter boxes to add [...]

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3 Time-tested Elements for Outdoor Living Space Design

A leading trend in outdoor room design incorporates outdoor pergola kits into the landscape. Designs have evolved over the years, but core elements that still remain to create the framework for your outdoor space include patio flooring, natural boundaries, and structures such as outdoor pergola kits, gazebos, pagodas, and similar wood structures. One of the first steps is to define the borders of your outdoor room. Measure off the area and make your wish-list for the space. Are you trying [...]

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DIY Spruce-ups for Wood Pergola Kits and Patio Pieces

Getting your outdoor furniture and structures ready for the season? Grab a paint brush and do a quick spruce up of your front door, patio furniture, and other structures. The summer heat that will be here soon can crack and warp a wooden front door’s surface over time. Repainting or staining doors, wooden benches, and furniture can help protect those wood surfaces from the elements. It also makes it look fresh and welcoming! Assess your larger outdoor wooden structures [...]

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How to Get Started with Your Outdoor Patio Design

If you’re just starting out with a new outdoor patio design, try one of the many sample outdoor patio drawings out there. Or start from scratch by creating your own rough sketch of your yard and some of the basic features you’d like to add. Your local landscaper could help you out or do your own quick drawing with pencil and paper first. This can help you figure out your space, think about the elements you’d like to incorporate, [...]

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10 Spring Home Maintenance Tips

It’s fun to flip through the home & garden show fliers that show up in our mailbox this time of year, dream about the possibilities for home improvements, and make plans to attend the local show and support local businesses. As I was leafing through a few recent mailers, I noticed that most of them have a handy checklist for spring home maintenance. Obviously, the one you get in your mailbox will have the best list suited to your [...]

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Planning a Spring or Summer Garden Party?

Now’s the time to get your patio plan in place, starting with an outdoor wood structure kit! Perhaps you’ll be hosting an outdoor gathering for your high schooler’s prom or spring formal. Maybe you have a graduate to honor with a graduation party that you’d like to host on your patio? Or, you could be offering your backyard for a garden wedding the happy couple has always dreamed of! Any of these events would be made even more magical [...]

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