Shades For Your Patio Or Pool

Shades For Your Patio Or Pool – Shades that are used primarily for recreational purposes are most often seen in homes where there is a backyard pool or backyard patio deck. Depending on the type of backyard, people put up various types of shading. For pools, one might use canopies, cabanas and lateral umbrellas. For patios one might use pergolas, arbors, awnings and also canopies. Continue Reading

Creating A Zen Garden

Creating A Zen Garden – Life in our era is down right brutal. With phone calls left and right, deadlines piling up the desk and errands here and there, how will one be able to find the time to take it easy? No one has the time to go on a vacation all the time, let alone afford it. There is a quick fix to this problem. Create a Zen garden in your backyard.


There are just a few simple basic components in making a Zen garden. There are a number of easy and convenient steps to start making your desperately needed oasis. A Zen garden features all the four elements: fire, water, earth and air. It’s understood that you only have to worry about the first two. Fire can be an outdoor fire place or even as simple as firing up a couple of wood pieces. Fire can also be represented by the color red. You can put red pillows, seat covers, outdoor drapes, rugs, etc. to best represent this element. Water on the other hand should be in the state of running water. The sound of running water has been proven to calm the nerves so this makes it a must have. A fountain can be used to rectify this effect.

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Planning The Barbecue Area And Built-in Seats

Planning The Barbecue Area And Built-in Seats – There are many ways in which built-in seats can be used in the garden, apart from alongside a barbecue, and they can often double up for other purposes. Walls for raised beds or surrounding pools make a perfect perch.

Integral timber seats are an obvious choice for framing the edge of timber decking, or for surrounding a raised planter. Wooden or metal seats around a tree can form a charming focal point, providing somewhere to pause in the shade of overhanging foliage. You can buy off-the-peg design in wood, but they all tend to look pretty similar, so why not build your own?

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