Recent Deck, Porch & Patio Articles


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Landscape Lighting for Beauty, Safety and Value

Posted by Laura Firszt | Feb 04, 2015

Light up your landscape ... and your life. Add lighting to your outdoor space for all the very best reasons -- beauty, safety, and increased property value. Find out all about the "whys"...


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Concrete Retaining Wall Pros and Cons

Posted by Laura Firszt | Jan 08, 2015

Retaining walls built of stone or brick are the traditional style and usually blend nicely into their surrounding landscape. The question is, though: are these really the best materials...


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Natural Stone Tile: What Makes It Unique

Posted by Laura Firszt | Jan 08, 2015

What’s new in tiling? A substance that is actually very, very old. For centuries, installation of natural stone tile has been used by human beings to embellish their homes. And...


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Garden Hardscape that Makes Magic in Your Yard

Posted by Laura Firszt | Dec 11, 2014

Planning your garden? Don't forget to plan for your hardscape as well. Hardscape is the inorganic part of the garden or yard, such as walkways and pergolas. Put a strong emphasis on...


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Porcelain or Ceramic Tile -- Which Is for You?

Posted by Laura Firszt | Nov 18, 2014

Do you think that porcelain and ceramic tile are essentially the same? Well, you may be surprised to find that they are not. Although both are manufactured of similar ingredients using...


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Pressure Washers Give Impressively Clean, Green Results

Posted by Laura Firszt | Nov 12, 2014

Pressure washers are amazingly handy tools. They work by forcing water at extremely high pressure across the surface that you need to deep clean, a technique that's eco-friendly, fast,...


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7 Special Touches that Make Your House a Home

Posted by Laura Firszt | Sep 29, 2014

Winter's coming … which means that you will most likely be spending a lot more time indoors. Now's the time to be insulating garage doors and checking your furnace and all that...


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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...