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13 Awesome Advantages of Aluminum Decks

Posted by Laura Firszt | Aug 25, 2014

Strong, weather resistant, lightweight, and surprisingly eco-friendly, aluminum has been widely utilized in both commercial and residential construction projects for many years. A relatively...


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Beautiful Built-In Benches for Your Deck

Posted by Laura Firszt | Jul 09, 2014

Whether your home already features an exterior deck or you are planning to build one, a built-in bench or two will add immensely to its beauty and usefulness. A built-in bench is a...


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Get the Facts on Wicker Furniture

Posted by Laura Firszt | Jun 26, 2014

Wow! Wicker furniture has long been known as a versatile, relatively inexpensive design option. But today’s wicker is taking a giant step further with gorgeous, contemporary and...


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Dad Teaches Kids How to Build Their Own Home

Posted by Katie Marks | Oct 29, 2013

Our parents teach us lots of things throughout life, including, we hope, some useful life skills. One father in Oregon decided to take that to what some might view as an extreme, and...


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6 Home Improvement Tasks You Might Leave to Pros

Posted by Katie Marks | Sep 10, 2013

Some home improvement tasks are best left to the pros, unless you're very confident, very skilled, and very ready to get them done right. If you fail, you'll find yourself with problems...


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Three Really Good Reasons to Build a Deck

Posted by Chaya Kurtz | Apr 30, 2013

Maybe you are on the fence (or the deck railing) about building a deck. You'd like to have one, but you're just not sure if you want to go for it. Between finding the right contractor,...


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Building a Porch vs. a Patio

Posted by Chaya Kurtz | Mar 31, 2013

Are you thinking of hiring a deck builder to build a new porch or deck for your house? While it could be a good investment, it might not be the most effective expenditure. If you need...


Belle Harbor in Far Rockaway, Queens, after Hurricane Sandy. Photo by Vern Leon and Simon Oz Ben Natan.

My Friend Weathered Hurricane Sandy in Far Rockaway

Posted by Chaya Kurtz | Nov 01, 2012

My friend, Simon Oz Ben Natan, stuck out Hurricane Sandy just three blocks from the beach in Far Rockaway, Queens. The basement of his building sustained damage, but flood waters did...