Valentine’s Day brings out the romantic in a lot of us. We often think about finding the perfect card that expresses our feelings for our significant other. Then we add flowers, candy, and maybe a candlelight dinner. One way to bump up the romance is to eat dinner outdoors on your deck. The best part … Continue reading "Want a New Deck for Romance? Plan Now for Your Outdoor Haven"
Barbecues are a mainstay in the United States. Nothing brings in the season like a Memorial Day weekend grills ‘n chill. Gathering together over grilled burgers, games, and fun is the epitome of summer. Why not dress things up a little with fun recipes and decorations? Soon your neighbors will be vying for an invitation … Continue reading "6 Tips to Make Your Summer Barbecues Better than Ever"
Homeowners understand and value the draw of their decks on their lives. These areas are utilized for parties, building relationships, and seeking out peace from a chaotic world. We love having an outdoor area for entertaining and living life in all its glory. Sometimes, however, our retreat doesn’t feel like one. It can seem stark … Continue reading "6 Tips to Make Your Backyard Feel Like A Private Getaway – Without Leaving Your Home"
Nothing says love is in the air than walking across a clean deck to sit in your favorite chair with a freshly brewed cup of coffee. No, it’s not chocolates and flowers. As a deck owner, you know that life is always better when you listen to the birds chirping and feel the breeze on … Continue reading "Do You Like Your Deck, or Do You Really Love It?"
Brrrr! The weather is cold, making it hard to stay outside for too long. If you had a deck with a fireplace and some cozy seating, you could enjoy many an evening outdoors. Imagine hosting an outdoor New Year’s Eve or Super Bowl party next season. Who would you invite? What kind of hors-d’oeuvres would … Continue reading "Plan Your New Deck This Winter"
Winter is a good time for many things, like skiing, ice skating, snowmobiling, and inspecting your deck. Yes, while many may consider snuggling down for a long winter’s nap, Californians still enjoy their outdoor havens. Cooler temperatures indeed mean you may not go out as much. That does not mean you should neglect your deck. … Continue reading "Why Winter Is a Good time for Deck Inspections and Repair"
You love your deck. Frequently, your family and friends can find you relaxing with a cold beverage in your hand on your outdoor haven. Nothing could be more perfect, right? Maybe you could enhance your existing paradise by installing a hot tub. Yes, that’s a great idea! What better way to shake off the stress … Continue reading "Guidelines to Prepare Your Deck for a Hot Tub"
Just because you have a small or sloping yard does not mean you cannot have a deck. Quite the contrary! You have the opportunity to create a masterpiece that may prove to be the envy of the neighborhood. If you are an avid “do-it-yourself-er”, then all you need to do is think outside the box. … Continue reading "Ideas for Building a Deck on Uneven Ground or in a Small Space"
Building a brand-new deck opens many opportunities to express your style. From the choice of material to the finishing touches, your personality shines through. That is, it can if you plan from the start. Add-on services for different upgrades are something many of us don’t think of until the project is already underway. They can … Continue reading "Top 10 Budget-Friendly Ideas for Decorating Your Deck and Patio"
Decks are used for a variety of reasons. For example, many homeowners enjoy entertaining outdoors even throughout the colder winter months or Sunday morning brunches with the family. For all the reasons there are to build a deck, there are about as many options of materials that can be used. Deciding the best option can … Continue reading "Composite vs. Wood – Which Is Best for Your New Deck? —Suggestions from Orinda’s Favorite Deck Builder"