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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

 

 

 

 

 

5 Patio Enclosures for Winterizing Your Outdoor Space

 

by Stacy Zeiger

 

San Antonio Design RemodelingDuring the winter you still want to be able to use your outdoor space. Patio enclosures designed to winterize your outdoor space help keep your furniture and other items free from wind, snow and cold weather. They also allow you to spend time outside without being subjected to most elements of winter weather. 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

 

 

 

 

 

Porch and Patio Ideas

 

Front porches and back patios are our favorite spot to relax in the warmer months. Make an outdoor room your favorite escape, too, with these decorating and design ideas.

 

San Antonio Design RemodelingA Sunny Spot

 

The porch of this Northern California farmhouse is occupied by an old bench and edged with Japanese skimmia. ‘Blushing Bride’ hydrangeas bloom in a galvanized tub. Read more

 

 

 

 

 

16 Great Patio Ideas

 

If you’re looking for ideas to spruce up your patio, check out these tips.

 

by Kelly D. Norris

 

San Antonio Design RemodelingMake it Soothing with Water

 

There’s something about water that’s serene and peaceful. Be sure to add it to your patio. Enhance those relaxing moments with a patio-size water garden. Find one with a small recirculating pump so you can enjoy the sound of water trickling over stones or through a bamboo spout. Read more

 

 

 

 

 

14 Features That Homeowners Want

 

Learn about the top trends in homebuilding.

 

San Antonio Design RemodelingDuring a panel at the 2010 International Builders Show, Eliot Nusbaum, executive editor for home design for Better Homes and Gardens, explained that practicality and price are fueling decisions on how homes are designed and built. 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