Design a Better Deck

If you’re looking to improve the outside appearance of your home, maybe it’s time for you to consider an outdoor deck.  An outdoor deck is the most ideal, relaxing addition to our home. Follow this article’s advice for deck decor and get your deck looking fresh and summer ready.

Any outdoor space is better than no outdoor space. Even the kind of deck that we call a “penalty box”—the type you’ve probably seen attached to one side of a house, sometimes on the second floor, with no sun protection and no way to get down to the ground—even that is better than no outdoor space at all. If you’re planning a new deck, though, or if you’ve got a penalty-box deck now and want to improve it, there are some important things to remember.
1. WHEN YOU THINK “DECK,” THINK “ROOM”

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The first thing to think about when you’re designing a deck is what you’re going to use it for so that you can size the space accordingly. Will your deck function as a kitchen, an outdoor living room, an outdoor dining room, or some combination of those options? If you want the new deck to be an outdoor dining room, take a look at your indoor dining room, and see how you can duplicate the dimensions outside. If you’re lucky enough to be able to build a deck with multiple levels, you can place individual functions on each level. Generally, three risers is enough of a change in elevation to separate different levels. Fewer risers than that can be hard to differentiate and also can create a trip hazard. Separate the levels with planters and with built-in benches. They add color and offer a place where you can sit and socialize.

2. LEAVE SOME ROOM TO MOVE AROUND

While you’re planning the size of your deck, its uses, and the furniture you’ll put on it, remember also to think about how traffic will move across the deck to another destination, whether it’s into the house or into the yard. Don’t put the path between the table and the chairs, or between the grill and the benches. It seems an obvious thing to point out, but we see this problem over and over again. It shouldn’t be an afterthought.

Read more: http://www.finegardening.com/design-better-deck

 

7 Fabulous Eco-Friendly Products For Your Home

One of the easiest ways to adapt to a green lifestyle is by making simple eco friendly adjustments at home. Eco friendly products have other benefits as well other than being safe for nature. They are usually safe for the home as well as your family and its health.

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Going green doesn’t have to mean an overhaul of how you live. One simple way to start: Choose products that reduce your home’s ecological footprint and are made in sustainable Earth-friendly ways. Here are our top picks.

1. Clean Sweep

We’ve been eagerly awaiting an official Canadian launch of Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day products since 2001, and it finally arrived earlier this year! The products are free from petroleum, chlorine bleach, parabens, phosphates and phthalates. At least 98 percent of the ingredients in this biodegradable cleaner are plant-derived. It’s great for all nonporous surfaces, such as countertops, sealed stone and granite.

2. Find Your Place

These graphic placemats add a high-impact punch to your table, and since they’re made from recycled plastic bottles, they’re highly durable and spill-resistant. They won’t fade, shrink or lose their shape after washing, either.
3. Watered Down

Use the water-saving spray while shaving or lathering up to save money.

Read more: http://www.canadianliving.com/home-and-garden/decor-and-renovation/article/7-fabulous-eco-friendly-products-for-your-home