Posts Tagged ‘porch’

Should I Screen-In My Porch? The Advantages of Being Screened-In

Friday, May 11th, 2018

Porches and patios are amazing for dining and entertaining outside, especially if they are screened-in.

Warm weather is finally here! And it’s here to stay. Now that it’s mid-May, we can trust that there won’t be any more drastic cold spells or dramatic drops in temperature. Hang up those winter coats for good, and enjoy the spring warmth in your outdoor space. Porches and patios are amazing for dining and entertaining outside, especially if they are screened-in. If you’ve been thinking about screening-in your porch this spring, consider these pros first. (more…)

25 Ways to Create Your Backyard Oasis

Saturday, October 15th, 2011

Do you love spending time in your backyard? If yes, make your backyard your personal outdoor oasis.  We have 25 ways for you to create an outdoor oasis and it can be completed in less than a weekend!  Read below to learn how to create your outdoor oasis!

Make an Outdoor Living Room

Bring life to your outdoors by having your own living room on your porch or patio. Use comfortable cushions and pillows that have fabric made to use outdoor.

Make an Outdoor Dining Room

Your backyard is an extension of the interior of your home. Create a lounge area through French doors to have dinner out in your background or expand your kitchen outdoors to give a more spacious look to your home. Use columns and louver to give life to your home.

Use Pops of Colors

Just because you are in your backyard, does not mean your furniture needs to be neutral in color to look wonderful. Use vibrant colors for your cushions and pillows. For example, use greens and yellows for the summertime and for the cool season use oranges and reds.

Use a Storage Bench

There are always items that need storing in the backyard. A storage bench is a great place to store items such as a coiled hose. 1 X 6 boards storage bench can store about two hoses and plenty of small backyard items.

Stock a Party Pantry

It is always fun to hold a party in the backyard, especially when you are already prepared to be a good host or hostess. You can be prepared by creating your own party pantry on the porch or patio. You can use an old console table. Stock your outdoor pantry with only party essentials. Party essentials include plastic plates, cups, napkins and a few serving pieces.

For more great ideas on how to create an outdoor oasis, including making your garage a wonderful place for a party gathering, read this article

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Memorial Day Safety Tips For Kids

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

Memorial Day weekend is a time for celebration. Many families will be going away on vacation, taking full advantage of the three-day weekend. Others will stay at home and barbeque, inviting friends and family over to partake in grilled goodies. And others may take this time to open up their pool for the summer.

No matter what your plans are this Memorial Day, one thing should be on the top of your list – safety. Did you know that Memorial Day is one of the most dangerous holidays for children? It’s true. According to “Pediatrics,” the American Academy of Pediatrics journal, Memorial Day ranks second, next to Labor Day, as the holiday with the most reported child related injuries.

So how can you keep your children safe this Memorial Day? This article from provides a few simple guidelines you should follow.

Water Safety:

With Memorial day unofficially marking the beginning of summer, it is inevitable that many families will take this opportunity to open their pool for the summer. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, 200 or more children younger than 15 drown in pool- or spa-related accidents between the Memorial Day and Labor Day holidays. So it is vital to supervise your child at all times when around the pool.

Vehicle Safety:

If you and your loved ones are the adventurous types, make sure to practice proper safety this Memorial Day. One fun weekend activity is riding ATV’s, but although these vehicles are a blast to drive, they are, like any vehicle, still very dangerous if proper safety precautions are not adhered to. The U.S. Consumer Safety Product Commission has determined that ATV-related deaths increase in the summer months. In 2009, over the four days marking the Memorial Day weekend holiday, the CSPC noted 27 ATV-related fatalities.

The Importance of Adult Supervision:

The key to keeping your children safe is to supervise their activities. You do not have to be looking over their shoulder every second of the day, but knowing where your children are and checking on them from time to time can go a long way. Of course for more dangerous activities, like swimming and ATVing, adult supervision should be provided at all times.

A Few More Miscellaneous Tips:

  • Apply sunscreen frequently to avoid sunburns.
  • Children should be instructed to drink water often to reduce the chance of dehydration.
  • Bug sprays will help keep children bite free.
  • Keep children away from grills in operation.
  • Supervise groups of kids playing sports or games to ensure activities and behavior remain safe.

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Grill Safety Tips

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

It is almost that time of the year again. Time to clean the deck, straighten up the back yard and polish up your old grill. It’s almost barbeque season. But before you going firing up your gas or charcoal grill for the first time this year, take the proper precautions to ensure the safety of you and your loved ones

Every year, grilling accidents account for over 130 injuries and 30 deaths. Most of these accidents occur when consumers first use a grill that has been left idle for a significant period of time (like an entire winter). So it is very important to be extra precautious this time of year.

This article from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission provides several helpful tips to keep your barbeque safe and enjoyable.

Gas Grill Safety Tips

•     Check the tubes that lead into the burner for any blockage from insects, spiders, or food grease. Use a pipe cleaner or wire to clear blockage and push it through to the main part of the burner.

•     Check grill hoses for cracking, brittleness, holes, and leaks. Make sure there are no sharp bends in the hose or tubing.

•     Move gas hoses as far away as possible from hot surfaces and dripping hot grease. If you can’t move the hoses, install a heat shield to protect them.

•     Replace scratched or nicked connectors, which can eventually leak gas.

•     Check for gas leaks, following the manufacturer’s instructions, if you smell gas or when you reconnect the grill to the LP gas container. If you detect a leak, immediately turn off the gas and don’t attempt to light the grill until the leak is fixed.

•     Keep lighted cigarettes, matches, or open flames away from a leaking grill.

•     Never use a grill indoors. Use the grill at least 10 feet away from your house or any building. Do not use the grill in a garage, breezeway, carport, porch, or under a surface that can catch fire.

•     Do not attempt to repair the tank valve or the appliance yourself. See an LP gas dealer or a qualified appliance repair person.

•     Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions that accompany the grill.

Charcoal Grill Safety Tips

•     Never burn charcoal inside of homes, vehicles, tents, or campers. Charcoal should never be used indoors, even if ventilation is provided.

•     Since charcoal produces CO fumes until the charcoal is completely extinguished, do not store the grill indoors with freshly used coals.

Remember to be safe. Happy grilling!


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