Recent Decks Articles


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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...


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Shed, Barn or Gazebo Repair: Shabby to Shipshape

Posted by Laura Firszt | Apr 14, 2015

April is the month to spring into action and get your property in shape for the long-awaited warm weather (yay!). Summer means lots of different things to different people, but whether...


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Build Wood Decks/Porches/Ramps Good-Looking and Safe

Posted by Laura Firszt | Jan 26, 2015

Nothing beats the look of real wood. Natural woods add eye appeal to any part of your home, but are especially important in highly visible outdoor decks, porches, and ramps. Of course,...


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Favorable Feng Shui Gifts to Enhance Your Friends' Home

Posted by Laura Firszt | Dec 01, 2014

If you're looking for presents for the holiday season, host/ess gifts, or housewarming offerings, why not look to feng shui? Green and affordable, feng shui-inspired gifts bring positive...


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How to Live AND Work in a Tiny Home

Posted by Laura Firszt | Oct 20, 2014

Tiny homes are the wave of the future. After the housing bubble burst in the early 21st century, Americans became cautious about taking out mega-mortgages and committing themselves...


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Transform Your Patio with Paint

Posted by Laura Firszt | Sep 04, 2014

Is your patio looking tired and dull? Why not give it a lift? Painting an outdoor floor a color you love ... or even adding a DIY brightly patterned “rug” right onto your...


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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...