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Make the Most of Your Mid-Summer Outdoor Dining Experience

Mid-summer is such a wonderful time to really take advantage of the nice weather and eat outside on your porch or patio. There are so many different aspects that make outdoor dining more of an experience than just eating a meal. Everything from the decorations, to the food you eat, and how you prepare it helps set the mood. Dressing your outdoor tablescape for success is a great way to set the tone for an outdoor party or just a [...]

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Patio Pergola Photos with Unique Patio Designs

Looking for some fresh ideas for your summer patio? Our August customer of the month patio pergola photos are showing unique patio designs that extend their living area off their deck or patio. Take a minute and pick your favorite, and we’ll announce the one with the most votes on August 8. We appreciate our customers and love to see the finished work from coast-to-coast! This month we have pergolas from Colorado, Texas, and Massachusetts. Customers can submit pergola [...]

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Beautiful Accents for Your Midsummer Retreat

Results are in and it’s a tie for our July Customer of the Month between a Big Kahuna pergola kit and a Brim pergola kit! Thank you to those who took a moment to vote. Looking for a midsummer project to spiff up your outdoor living space? Garden arbors, gazebos and pergolas can be used to enhance your patio, deck, or garden area, and come in all sizes to fit any size yard. Smaller designs can be used as a beautiful accent [...]

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Summertime Staycation Ideas

Sometimes all you want is to take a well-deserved vacation from the realities of everyday life, especially with summer rolling in full swing. Unfortunately, jetting off to a faraway island is something that’s not always in the cards, or perhaps not a first choice. Maybe you’d like more familiar surroundings on your time off, or you simply want to stay home and enjoy the new backyard playground you’ve recently added to your landscape! Oftentimes, the best vacation memories are created [...]

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5 Fun Backyard Structures to Fill Empty Yard Space

Back yards can either be a beautiful hangout for family and friends or an area that induces thoughts of stress due to that one area devoid of any backyard structures. It can be difficult trying to find ways to fill your whole backyard with enjoyment, but here are five different ways you can update that bare space and add functionality.Put in a rain gardenIf you live in a more urban area, rain runoff can be a problem. By adding a [...]

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Backyard Shade Ideas for Hot Summer Days

Summer’s here – along with climbing A/C bills, but maybe trying out some backyard shade ideas such as trees, plants and outdoor structures might help cool things off. If sun is streaking directly into your windows during the peak of summer, your house can soak up extra heat and challenge your overworked cooling system. Consider time tested backyard shade ideas such as landscaping with larger trees and shrubs, and adding surrounding structures to help keep your home shaded and cooler this summer. Or create a [...]

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Patio Pergolas for Patio Shade

With summer right around the corner, plenty of people are looking for ways to update and upgrade their outdoor spaces that provide a little break from the sun. Our Arizona customer whose photo was just chosen today by our followers as our April customer of the month shows a fun and functional way to make better use of their back patio area with a patio shade kit. For those of you looking for a DIY project, our pergola kits offer an array of [...]

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Patio Covers for Top 5 Sunniest States

Finding shade during these hot summer months is essential if you want to be outdoors but stay cool and avoid sunburn. While this is a general rule in many states coast to coast during July and August, there are definitely places where the sun is more intense and patio covers of various types come in handy for people and pets. If you live in one of the Top 5 Sunniest States listed on Current Results, you may want to [...]

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Creative Patio Decorations

If red and white, or red, white, and blue are your top color choices for patio decorations, July is an excellent time to deck your home out in as much of the patriotic combo as you’d like! For the Fourth of July, Canada Day, and many summer gatherings there are certain decorating aspects that are pretty traditional such as flags in the yard and ribbons on trees. If you’re looking to get a little more creative, this is the post [...]

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What to Do with an Empty Backyard Living Space

Trying to make the most of your veranda? A wood arbor kit can be a classic way to accent your outdoor space. Creating your dream backyard can often be a challenge if there are space constraints. There are so many choices and design ideas, and yet only so much square footage in your outdoor area. But don’t despair! If you live in a downtown area or have a compact space to design and fill, an arbor or a pergola always look amazing [...]

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