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"
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"
One of the most enjoyed parts of your home is the one that can be the most overlooked. That is the deck. Consider the birthday parties where family and friends hang out. Remember all the laughter? Now, think of all the foot traffic year after year pounding on the boards and bodies leaning on the … Continue reading "Deck Inspection Checklist – What Professionals Look For"
Homeowners love the serenity that comes from spending an evening outside on their deck. Sitting down after a long day with a cold beverage and the symphony of the sounds of nature is pure Heaven for many. These outdoor havens are also the gathering place for family and friends to partake of food and fun. … Continue reading "Your Deck Is Your Outdoor Safe Haven…Until It’s Not"
There is no such thing as a free lunch or a maintenance-free deck. Sure, the manufacturers used to tout that their product would mean that homeowners did not need to do anything, and their deck would always look new. When fiction did not become a reality, many consumers were upset, and rightly so. It’s important … Continue reading "Is Your Deck Truly Low-Maintenance or Maintenance-Free? There’s No Such Thing!"
Decks provide us with an outdoor space to visit with family and friends. They also afford many with a quiet spot to read a good book or listen to the sounds of the outdoors. These extensions of our homes can last for years, as long as they are adequately maintained. Preventing a catastrophe is possible … Continue reading "6 Common Problems with Decks and How to Avoid Them"
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"