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5 Super Tips for Backyard Graduation Party

Your backyard graduation party might be fast approaching, but there’s still plenty of time to get your space shaped up for your guests! There are piles of blogs and articles dedicated solely to graduations, whether it’s for kindergarten, middle school, high school, or college. Here are few that can help you with your planning. We grabbed a few simple top 5 super tips for your backyard graduation party that were gleaned from many resources like these ideas from The Cottage Market for everything from centerpieces to photo [...]

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DIY patio cover
DIY patio cover
DIY patio cover
DIY patio cover
DIY patio cover
DIY patio cover
DIY patio cover

7 Ideas for DIY Patio Cover

If you’re still searching for a DIY patio cover, grab some fresh ideas from these 7 pergolas. Each has a unique setting for their pergola, ranging from cityscape to countryside retreat. All of them shown here are freestanding pergolas except one that is a custom attached pergola. Our customers sent in their favorite photos of their pergola that they use as an all-season patio cover. When you construct your outdoor structure from a kit, you get the satisfaction of [...]

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Top Trending Colors for Spring Outdoor Design

Spring is a time for all things new, and outdoor room design is no exception. Color is an easy way to update an outdoor space and Pantone, a leading color expert in the design world, is always on top of the leading trends. The colors for this spring match our excitement for warmer weather and are bold and bright. Everything about the picks for this season invoke the feeling of spring and that fun feeling you get when you look outside [...]

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Top Improvements to Get Your Home Ready to Sell

If you’re getting your home ready to list on the Spring market, consider some cost effective ways to upgrade your livable space before the first potential buyer walks through your front door. When shopping for a new home, most buyers view the outdoor living area as one of their top priorities, and have certain requirements for that part of the property. Patios and decks connect us to the outdoors and add value to the house. One of the top outdoor home [...]

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Simple Last-Minute Mother’s Day Ideas

Your plans don’t have to be elaborate to make her day special. Last-minute Mother’s Day ideas that top the list are brunch or dinner, a spa gift certificate, or plants for her garden. Take her to the movies or dinner to her favorite restaurant, or make her favorite dish or dessert at home! If you need some inspiration, check out dinner recipe ideas from Allrecipes.com. Another favorite is a gift certificate to a local spa for a day of relaxation on a [...]

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How to Boost Your Curb Appeal

Curb appeal is a term typically synonymous with prepping your property for potential buyers. But you don’t have to be selling your home to want a stand-out yard that makes your home memorable. If you’re feeling like you blend in with the crowd, incorporate an outdoor structure kit in to your back yard plan and you will not be easily forgotten! A quick way to boost your curb appeal is to beef up your landscaping with a paver patio [...]

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DIY patio shade

Creating DIY Patio Shade

When creating DIY patio shade you can sometimes run into difficulty in finding plants that can thrive. In some cases, they can either take over the space or simply die from lack of sunlight. There are a few plants, however, that look beautiful and seem to enjoy living in a more shaded area. Depending on your planting zone, ferns and hostas are a great place to start. They thrive in the shade and add the laid-back feeling of a tranquil [...]

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patio pergolas
patio pergolas
patio pergolas

Patio Pergolas to Inspire Your Backyard Project

Patio pergolas can enhance a range of landscapes whether you’re in the city, country, or suburbs. Maybe you’ll find some inspiration from these customer pergola photos for your backyard project from these diverse locations. We appreciate our customers’ springtime photos of their Big Kahuna freestanding patio pergolas! What plans do you have for your backyard project? Are you looking to create a new shady spot, or add some depth to a garden area? Take a minute to read through some of [...]

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outdoor kitchen designs
outdoor kitchen designs

Outdoor Kitchen Designs to Consider

Are you wading through a sea of outdoor kitchen designs? There are so many places to find inspiration! You’ll want to take into consideration how your outdoor space is set up, budget, and climate before even getting started. Once you have these things down pat, then you just have to decide what your style is and start browsing design options. Planning Outdoor Kitchen Designs Oftentimes, your local contractor, landscaper, or handyman might have ideas that can be completed within your existing space and [...]

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patio shelter
patio shelter

Patio Shelter for Shade or Privacy

Here are a few customer photos that showcase how to create an attractive patio shelter while adding dimension to a favorite outdoor entertaining area. How do you envision enjoying some shade and privacy in your back yard? This pergola was a March 2017 favorite of our followers. Extra shade can be added with a retractable canopy or a screen on one end of your pergola. Retractable canopies come in a variety of colors and can be added to any of our pergola [...]

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