Recent Decks Articles


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Restore and Refinish a Dingy Deck

Posted by Laura Firszt | Jul 04, 2016

How’s your deck? Whether you’ve just moved into a new home or you were too busy to take care of routine maintenance, that piece of outdoor space just beyond your back door...


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Pop-Up Patios, Porches, and Yards

Posted by Laura Firszt | Jun 28, 2016

The weather has been glorious lately and I’ve been spending many of my off-duty hours strolling the streets of my city. One thing that I keep noticing is how incredibly creative...


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Put the "Friendly" in "Eco-Friendly": Host a Green BBQ

Posted by Laura Firszt | Jun 20, 2016

Summer’s here – at long last! Now why not put the “friendly” in “eco-friendly” by inviting your neighbors to a low-carbon-footprint cookout? That’s...


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Must-Have Accessories for Deck, Patio or Porch

Posted by Laura Firszt | Jun 08, 2016

The mere phrase “deck, patio, or porch” should be enough to warm the heart if you’ve been cooped up in the house all winter long. What more could you ask for than...


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Delightful Fall Decorations for Deck, Porch, or Patio

Posted by Laura Firszt | Sep 20, 2015

The autumnal equinox toward the end of September means that it is officially fall. But we lovers of the great outdoors are not quite ready to come inside and hibernate until next spring...


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Build a Roof to Enjoy Your Deck 3 Seasons of the Year

Posted by Laura Firszt | Aug 02, 2015

Mmm. Outdoor living. There is nothing quite like relaxation in the fresh air. If you have a deck, chances are it's been your family's oasis lately -- the site of cookouts, summery parties,...


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Pergola, Arbor, Gazebo: Learn the Difference

Posted by Laura Firszt | May 13, 2015

Ah, sweet harmony. That's the word -- and the feeling -- that springs to mind when you think of a garden arbor, pergola, or gazebo. These appealing outdoor features keep everything...


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Get Creative -- Construct a Very Cool Playhouse

Posted by Laura Firszt | May 05, 2015

Here's how to become the coolest parent (or grandparent) on the block: use your carpentry skills to put up a playhouse. Whether it's out in the yard or inside your home, your favorite...