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How To Create Dramatic Landscape Lighting Effects

LightsWood How To Create Dramatic Landscape Lighting EffectsI’m Helen Reed from Let’s Tend The Garden, a new gardening blogger! Creating dramatic landscape lighting effects can be considered as a form of art. The reason for this is; it takes a considerate effort to bring out the piece of beauty. With lighting effects, you can create an outdoor design that will make you want to sit outside all night.

Below are some of the different ways to create dramatic landscape lighting effects.

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Everything You Need to Know About Pennsylvania Bluestone

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The bluestone border creates a distinctive accent to the soft flowing travertine colors.

Colorful, beautiful and easy to maintain. There are a lot of good reasons to include Pennsylvania bluestone in your hardscaping projects.

In this blog post, we’ll take a closer look at the history, use and benefits of this outstanding stone.

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The Best Ways to Use Stone Veneer

iStock 184108992 1024x767 The Best Ways to Use Stone VeneerLast year, we spent a lot of time discussing manufactured stone. Now, we’d like to turn our attention to the benefits of natural stone veneer.

This masonry product is produced by slicing natural stone into thin pieces, which are then molded into squares, strips, ledgestone and other shapes.

One of the chief benefits of this stone is its ability to be further cut and shaped during installation. It has the same color and texture throughout, so it can be reshaped without losing its look.

There’s also a wide variation within the stone, giving each piece and each project an individual look, whether you’re installing stone veneer siding, a stone veneer fireplace or stone veneer interior walls. Here are some of the ways natural stone veneer can transform your home.

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Why Have an Outdoor Kitchen?

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It has long been common to see families cooking outdoors in the Mediterranean. Nowadays, outdoor cooking has also become a popular trend in the United States. Homeowners enjoy having an outdoor kitchen in their backyard. Whether you’re building a new house or making better use of the space you have at home, providing a place to cook outdoors could be an excellent investment.

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How to Install Porcelain Tiles

iStock 1152966422 1024x697 How to Install Porcelain TilesFor a long time, when people talked about porcelain tile, they were referring to something mainly used for interior design.  But recently, porcelain tile has begun to move outdoors, making a name for itself as a workable hardscaping material.

In this blog post, we’ll look at the benefits of working with outdoor porcelain tile and discuss the best way to add it to your outdoor landscape.

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5 Tips for Using Your Hardscaped Patio Into the Fall

By Paul Colbert

image 1 5 Tips for Using Your Hardscaped Patio Into the FallFalling leaves and pumpkin spice lattes. Crisp nights and gloriously mild afternoons. There’s a lot to love about autumns in Pennsylvania. Daytime temperatures drop into the 50s and 60s, and at night there’s just enough chill in the air to put on a jacket. It’s a great season to lounge in your own yard and enjoy the fall colors. Here are five tips for using your hardscaped patio into the fall.

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How to Create Your Own Outdoor She-Shed

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Do you dream of your own private space outside your home?  Whether you need a practical space to work or a relaxing place to wind down, a she-shed is the perfect outdoor escape. She sheds are a growing trend amongst women who want a space to call their own.

Don’t know where to begin? As long as you have a usable structure to work with, creating a she-shed isn’t difficult. With a clear purpose in mind and some inspired decor, you can make it as luxurious as you’d like. Follow these simple steps to create your very own outdoor she-shed:

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Six Benefits of Using Manufactured Stone Pavers

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A few months ago, we wrote about the benefits of using manufactured stone veneer: it’s cost-effective, easy to work with and available in a range of styles and colors.

You’ll find many of the same things are true for manufactured stone pavers. If you’re considering tackling a paving project at home or at work, here are six reasons why manufactured stone pavers are the way to go.

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Pro Tips: 5 Ideas to Create an Amazing Outdoor Kitchen

patio cover 1748371 1280 1024x768 Pro Tips: 5 Ideas to Create an Amazing Outdoor KitchenIf you’re trying to figure out what to do with your backyard and that lovely patio, why not consider building an outdoor kitchen? It’s a perfect blend of aesthetics and pure outdoor functionality, and it might just help you create a fun outdoor wonderland your family and friends can enjoy. While this might seem like a cumbersome project at first glance, there’s nothing you won’t be able to achieve with a bit of planning and careful preparation.

From deciding on the perfect layout, through meticulous landscaping, all the way to choosing the right appliances and accents, there are plenty of wonderful way you can make your outdoor space and patio come to life. Here are the five decorating ideas that will help you create the outdoor kitchen of your dreams.

Plan your layout carefully

outside 254716 1280 1024x682 Pro Tips: 5 Ideas to Create an Amazing Outdoor KitchenIt all starts with the layout. The way you plan and organize the floorplan for your outdoor kitchen will mean the difference between seamless maneuverability and unimpeded functionality, and an outdoor space where nobody really wants to hang out and socialize. Remember, it’s not just about buying a grilling station, it’s also about meticulously planning the floorspace to create an inviting setting.

To that end, start from the back door and analyze every area of your patio and backyard. Decide where you want the cooking area to be, the dining area, and the lounge area. Keep in mind that the cooking area will take up a lot of space, so be sure to move either the lounge or the dining area off the patio and into the backyard. This will allow you to enrich the setting with beautiful natural elements as well.

Create a welcoming setting with natural elements

blurred background chairs decors 1843655 1 682x1024 Pro Tips: 5 Ideas to Create an Amazing Outdoor KitchenLandscaping might not seem like a primary concern when it comes to designing an outdoor kitchen, but in reality, it has the power and potential to make or break the ambiance – so there is a real need to prioritize landscaping in your initial design. Simply put, it’s one of those inspirational features that will help you create a better setting for cozy outdoor living.

Consider adding lush greenery to the patio and be sure to raise a vertical flower garden on the fence in order to create that highly sought-after oasis vibe. Add decorative gravel or stepping stones that lead from the patio to the central area in the backyard, and don’t forget to add lighting features that will bring a warm, intimate outdoor setting to life.

Illuminate the setting just right

3 1024x768 Pro Tips: 5 Ideas to Create an Amazing Outdoor KitchenBefore we get into the standards of outdoor kitchen appliances and furniture, let’s take a moment to address the importance of proper patio and backyard lighting. When it comes to outdoor kitchen design, there is a need to mix task and accent lighting interspersed with warm natural lights to create the perfect ambiance that will invite people to socialize and have fun, but also allow you to cook efficiently.

Aside from contour LED strips on the counters, walkway lights and lanterns, you will need to bring natural light sources, so be sure to keep a scented candle supply at hand to set the mood for every occasion, and introduce a fire pit in the center of the yard as well. While the candles are casting a soft glow on the dining table and the lounge area, the fire pit will create a striking focal point that will draw people around it.

Choose furniture and imbue with unparalleled comfort

home 3593732 1280 1 1024x682 Pro Tips: 5 Ideas to Create an Amazing Outdoor KitchenNow that you have all of the aforementioned elements in place, let’s take a look at the furniture selection and how to choose the best pieces for your outdoor kitchen. For example, the furniture you choose to put around the fire pit needs to be durable and flexible enough to withstand the changes in temperature but also the rest of the outdoor elements.

After all, you want to prolong the lifespan of your outdoor features as much as possible. Be sure to research the best materials for outdoor sofas and armchairs, and don’t forget to add bar stools to the cooking area in order to create another interesting focal point.

Introduce the most important appliances

outdoor kitchen 1537768 1920 1024x768 Pro Tips: 5 Ideas to Create an Amazing Outdoor KitchenAnd finally, choose your appliances carefully. Not all appliances were made to withstand the elements, and some might break down quickly during sudden changes in environmental temperatures. With that in mind, be sure to choose only the appliances that are purposefully made for the outdoor setting.

Some of the essential appliances you’ll need include a grill station complete with a built-in freezer, an outdoor fridge, a sink, a food-prep area, and ice maker, a wine cooler, and plenty of storage space for all utensils, dishes, pots, and pans. Of course, you can also install a kegerator if you and your friends are partial to a cold glass of beer.

An outdoor kitchen is an amazing addition to any outdoor living space, but it’s important to know just how many details go into creating the perfect al fresco cooking and dining experience. With these tips in mind, you will have the know-how to design and create an outdoor kitchen your family and friends will simply adore.