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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.

What is Manufactured Stone Veneer?

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Simulated stone. Manufactured stone. Faux stone.

Three names all describing the same product, a low-cost, lightweight, environmentally friendly and attractive alternative to natural stone veneer.

It wasn’t always that way. There was a time – not that long ago – when manufactured stone seemed, well, manufactured. It was obviously fake compared to the real thing.

However, advances in manufacturing technology have led to some truly amazing products with a range of colors and textures.

If you’re thinking about adding a stone veneer to your property, here are a few reasons why you might want to go with manufactured stone.

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Moving In Ideas: Great Ideas For Better Outdoor Living

outdoor living 1024x682 Moving In Ideas: Great Ideas For Better Outdoor LivingNo doubt that moving to a new home gives you the opportunity to start fresh. It’s a great time to design your new space into something pretty, practical, and comfortable. And like the interiors, the outer part of your new home should also be decorated for a better outdoor living once you move in.

If you’re looking for several ways on how to make your outdoor space more inviting after you move in, read this article to learn more.

1. Add technology in the backyard

With the evolution of technology these days, adding a television set in your backyard can be a creative way to have a perfect outdoor living when you move in. Due to the convenience of putting up flat screens, it’ll be much easier for you to hang a television outside your home. However, you should take note that the installation should be done in an enclosed area to protect them from harsh weather. For example, you can install your outdoor TV against the walls or over the fireplace.

2. Install a fountain

If you want a relaxing outdoor space after moving in, then installing a fountain can be the perfect choice. Running water from the fountain can give you a calming or soothing feeling. Thus, if your new place has a small, sunken outdoor area, you can make a fountain with a single stream of water as your best focal point.

3. Put a fire pit or a fireplace

Another traditional way of achieving a better outdoor living when you move in is the presence of a fire feature. Many people enjoy spending a relaxing time around the fire, especially during the cold season. Options for adding fire are constantly expanding.  Consider a fireplace, fire pit, fire boulder or fire table.

4. Have your own backyard hammock

There’s nothing more relaxing and comfortable than taking an afternoon nap in your backyard hammock. If your outdoor has two opposite trees or a pergola, you can hang a hammock and get the most out of better outdoor living after your move in.

5. Bring the dining room outside

Nowadays, having a great outdoor living means putting your dining room outside. Whether its full tables, bar areas, or kitchen islands, putting a dining space can make your outdoor living experience more enjoyable when you move in. By this, you’re not limited to enjoying your meal inside your new house. Instead, you can take your breakfast, lunch, and dinner with a breath of fresh air. Also, the good thing about this idea is that you can choose a variety of design and material options for your dining area outside, as well as a remarkable selection of kitchen elements.

6. Make use of a cozy seating

Your relocation will be as successful as it should be if you have a relaxing outdoor space to stay once you move in. Remember, you can have a great outdoor living experience by having an excellent spot to sit. This is by way of placing a comfortable bench where you can relax and enjoy the beauty of your flower garden.

Aside from a bench, you can also attain an ideal outdoor living by placing some pieces of furniture. That way, you’re giving your outdoor space a unique and refreshing flair. When choosing for the furniture pieces to install, opt for the bold one so they’ll stand out from the rest. Moreover, you can also use some throw pillows to come up with the right color combination and pattern.

7. Put a flower garden

In addition to cozy seating, having a flower garden can make a huge difference in achieving a great outdoor living. There’s also nothing more refreshing if your backyard is surrounded by beautiful flowers and potted plants when you move in.

Conclusion

So, there you have it. If you want your entire moving in experience to be extra unique and refreshing, keep these ideas in mind for a great outdoor living. Whether it’s for entertaining, dining, or relaxing, there are so many things you can do to design your backyard and make it an attractive and comfortable outdoor space to use after you move in.

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Dianne has been writing blogs for Movers NYC for quite some time now. She has an interest in a lot of things that’s why she’s comfortable writing about different niche especially in business and marketing. When she’s not busy, Dianne spends her time with her husband, Francisco, and daughter, Faye. Because of her love for her family, she is always inspired to continually create informative and relevant blogs about businesses and moving companies NYC to a wide range of audience.

 

What to Use Instead of Mulch for Landscaping

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It’s hard to overstate the benefits of mulch.

It reduces deep-rooted weeds, prevents soil erosion and helps retain moisture, and just looks good in your garden or around plant beds. Selective varieties of mulch, such as root / bark mulch, will even enrich the soil as they degrade.

At the same time, we recognize that mulch isn’t for everyone. It costs money and has to be refreshed or replaced periodically to remain attractive as it deteriorates.

If you’re looking for ways to update your landscaping without using mulch, don’t worry. You have several options:

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Why Your Contractor Must Have Insurance

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For your construction project to be truly successful, it must be done with an excellent contractor at the helm – whether a general contractor or professional hardscaping contractor. But, you have to be very discerning when it comes to hiring one. Not only should your contractor have the necessary skills, experience, and equipment, but he must also have the right insurance. Here are the reasons why insurance coverage is a must.

Protection from liabilities

There are many types of contractors insurance out there, but the two insurance policies that every contractor must have are general liability insurance and workers’ compensation insurance.

When your contractor has general liability insurance, any accident that leads to third-party injuries or property damage will be paid for by his policy. Workers’ compensation insurance will cover both the medical expenses of your contractor’s workers who sustain an injury while at work on your project as well as the wages they stand to lose because of the injury.

When you’re hiring a contractor, always make sure that he has both because if he does not, you will be technically acting as the contractor. In this case, you will be held liable for any injury and property damage that occurs during your construction project.

Lower long-term costs

It’s true that a contractor who doesn’t have insurance will likely offer lower rates for his services, which is probably why they still get hired despite not being insured. After all, there is no shortage of people who want to save a few dollars here and there.

However, with an uninsured contractor handling your project, you could end up spending more money in the long run. When there are mistakes in the construction, you’ll have to shoulder the cost of correcting those mistakes (consider the long term issues with stucco!). And if a worker or a third party gets injured in the work area, you are liable to pay for his medical expenses—among other things—out of pocket for as long as it takes the worker to recover.

Don’t hire uninsured contractors

In conclusion, hiring uninsured contractors carries with it a lot of risks. They may come cheap, but the consequences should an accident happen don’t. An uninsured contractor could end up making you the subject of a lawsuit which could bankrupt you when you lose in court. So don’t hire the uninsured: It’s just not worth it.


 

About The Author:

Rachel Porter is the content specialist for Custom Contractors Insurance, LLC, and Arizona roofing and contractors insurance company. When not writing, she enjoys reading and mountain biking with her friends.

Dishing the Dirt about Dirt: What You Need to Know About Landscaping Soil

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Whether you’re planting flowers and vegetables, filling in holes in your property or growing grass, you need one thing: dirt.

But not all dirt is created equally. The dirt you use to fill in holes is a lot different than the rich topsoil you’d need for salad-worthy tomatoes.

In this blog post, we’ll answer some of the common questions you might have about soil for your lawn and garden or landscaping soil.

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