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.
Routine 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
Make it subtle, bright, or both
What’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
Take your porch or patio to the next level with a little help from these stunning outdoor spaces.
Modern 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
20 tips for designing a yard that will suit your entertaining needs
By Maureen Gilmer, landscape designer, author and LandscapingNetwork.com columnist
Entertaining 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
Check out these ideas for collaborating with Mother Nature on the design of your yard.
The backyard of this contemporary home has large concrete pavers with Scotch moss planted between. Bougainvillea provides contrast with the succulents. Design by Paula Henson. Landscaping by Terra Bella Land… Read more
Create a stunning landscape that can be enjoyed during the day and night with inventive outdoor lighting solutions.
by Sandra Petersen
Define the Purpose for Landscape Lighting
Before you invest in any landscape lighting, ask yourself what your purposes are for wanting illumination in your backyard. Perhaps you want to set a soft, romantic mood during the evening hours. Maybe you have a bench or a shadowy garden corner you need to illuminate for security reasons. A path leading through the garden may require landscape lighting to mark its boundaries. You might want to highlight some features of your backyard like a water fountain or pond. Read more