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71 Breezy Porches and Patios

 

Patios and porches are an integral part of Southern culture. These classics are inviting and inspiring.

 

San Antonio Design RemodelingAppalachian Round Porch

 

A drink ledge around this circular porch gives you a place to sip a cup of cocoa or favorite brew.  Hanging candle lanterns can be lit during evening outdoor entertaining. Read more

 

 

 

 

 

 

Winter Prep for Your Outdoor Living Space

 

Soon it will be time to leave outdoor living spaces and ride out winter’s cold indoors. But before you batten down the Barbeque Grills and stow the patio cushions, don’t forget to take care of wooden structures – like decks, pergolas and – that must remain out in the elements.

 

San Antonio Design RemodelingRoutine maintenance of these structures – often made from Western red cedar – can ensure they weather the winter well and are ready for you to enjoy come spring. Plus, beautiful, well-kept outdoor structures enhance curb appeal and your home’s resale value.

 

“Western red cedar is a popular material for outdoor structures because of its natural durability and beauty,” says Paul Mackie, or “Mr. Cedar” as he’s known in the Western Red Cedar Lumber Association (WRCLA). “Preparing your outdoor living structure for winter is an important step to help maintain that beauty.” Read more

 

 

 

 

 

Preparing An Outdoor Living Space In Winter

 

San Antonio Design RemodelingIn winter months, preparing your whole property for colder weather is a smart move. This of course extends to your outdoor living space, an area of your home that you lovingly attended to when the weather outside was not so frightful.

 

But, now that a wintry blanket is descending on your property to varying degrees depending on your local climate, what is to be done with that patio, deck, and general outdoor living space that you’ve painstakingly made your own during the Summer? Read more

 

 

 

 

Outdoor Lighting

 

Make it subtle, bright, or both

 

San Antonio Design RemodelingWhat’s your preference: line-voltage fixtures, low-voltage fixtures, or both?

 

A 120-volt outdoor lighting system offers several advantages over a 12-volt system — especially when security, not aesthetics, is the issue. For starters, 120-volt fixtures usually illuminate larger areas than 12-volt fixtures can — useful both for security and for lighting trees from the ground. The bigger fixtures are also sturdier, and their buried cables and connections provide a look of permanence lacking in some low-voltage systems. Read more

 

 

 

 

 

25 Inspiring Outdoor Room Designs

 

Take your porch or patio to the next level with a little help from these stunning outdoor spaces.

 

San Antonio Design RemodelingModern Lounging Deck

 

A cluster of low teak sofas and cement-topped tables forms a central outdoor lounge.

 

Built of Mangaris (a dark, eco-friendly hardwood also known as red balau), the deck of this 1954 house in the Hollywood Hills spans the living room, kitchen, and master bedroom. Read more

 

 

 

 

 

71 Breezy Porches and Patios

 

Patios and porches are an integral part of Southern culture. These classics are inviting and inspiring.

 

San Antonio Design RemodelingAppalachian Round Porch

 

A drink ledge around this circular porch gives you a place to sip a cup of cocoa or favorite brew.  Hanging candle lanterns can be lit during evening outdoor entertaining. Read more

 

 

 

 

 

25 Ways to Create an Outdoor Oasis

 

Finished in a weekend or less, these fun, easy projects will help transform your backyard into a personal oasis.

 

San Antonio Design RemodelingCreate a Living Room Outdoors

 

Bring your home and your life outdoors by creating little living rooms on porches and patios. Arrange seating as you would in a family room to encourage gathering for good conversation and relaxation. Use comfortable cushions and pillows covered in outdoor fabric liberally, and your outdoor spaces will become the most popular rooms in, and outside, the house. Read more

 

 

 

 

 

 

My 5 design tips for the perfect backyard for entertaining

 

San Antonio Design RemodelingInstead of talking style I will talk about function. Whenever you are designing an outdoor space for entertaining, you must fulfill the function before the styling can begin. My 5 tips are to design a backyard for grownups.

 

Plan well defined areas

Staying at the exact spot for the entire party during is quite boring. The best party designers know that time seems to pass faster if you move your guests around from one area to the next. Read more

 

 

 

 

 

Creating the Perfect Outdoor Entertaining Space

 

20 tips for designing a yard that will suit your entertaining needs

By Maureen Gilmer, landscape designer, author and LandscapingNetwork.com columnist

 

San Antonio Design RemodelingEntertaining is a very personal thing. Each individual, couple or family is unique in how they view gatherings with friends, and what they do during such get-togethers is equally diverse. This is why a designer must view your project as a one of a kind endeavor, because its ultimate form is derived from your idea of entertaining, the available space on site and the budget to put it all together. Read more

 

 

 

 

12 Sizzling, Party-Ready Outdoor Kitchens

 

Transform your deck or patio into an entertainment oasis by adding an outdoor kitchen perfect for hosting large get-togethers or enjoying quiet evenings alfresco.

 

by Kayla Kitts

 

San Antonio Design RemodelingWinter Appeal

The backyard terrace from HGTV Dream Home 2011 was designed with high-style entertaining in mind. The outdoor grilling station and marble-topped dining table are ideal for year-round barbecues and cookouts. Plus, guests can soak in the surrounding mountain views while enjoying a heated dip in… Read more