Category Archives: Outdoor Living

Night Lights for Your Deck!

We’ve already discussed fire pits and how they can make a great addition to your deck and outdoor living space, but the fire pit alone may not be enough to create the idyllic environment you’re aiming to create. In order to maximize the evening hours and to make your deck even more inviting, the addition of lighting is very important and will prolong the evening ambiance while keeping everyone safe.

Summertime tips for your Deck!

Summer is right around the corner, and you know what that means!  Barbeque grills will be coming out, the cooler will be filled with cold, refreshing beverages and family and friends will be invited over to enjoy the backyard. It’s a wonderful sight to see and even better to enjoy, but before you invite everyone over, here are a few tips to ensure your outdoor living space is ready.

Let’s start by talking about the actual decking boards. Our first tip is to oil your deck.  If you haven’t oiled your deck recently, do it now. The oil adds a thin, protective coating that preserves the wood’s beautiful, natural color and slows the graying of the wood.

Don’t worry, if you keep-up with oiling, your deck will maintain its color! The oil also helps protect your deck from stains. When you grill, try doing so somewhere off the decking material as grease or oil stains can be more difficult to remove. If you don’t have another area, put a mat or another protective material under your grill / over your grilling area to prevent your deck from potential staining.

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Our second tip is to make sure you have some umbrellas or another way to provide as much shade as possible over your deck. This isn’t just about being courteous to your guests but also great for helping your deck to better maintain its color over the long summer days.

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Third, try to make sure that the outdoor furniture has small rubber pads underneath, or that it’s picked-up when moved. Although Ipe is very strong and dense, you should still do your best to take care of the surface to prevent any damage.

If the surface does end up getting scratched, don’t panic. You bought a natural wood that you can lightly sand to get out the scratches. That’s the beauty of buying a natural wood product!  After sanding, just re-oil and you’ll be back in business.

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Finally if you have a pool or other water activities planned on or around your deck, keep a rag or mop handy. You don’t want standing water sitting on your deck boards for too long! Wiping off the water will help your deck to continue its job of looking great and providing your family and friends with a strong, solid surface for many decades to come.

Here are 7 Tips To Install Your Holiday Lights Safely

Typically, decorations extend beyond just a porch. They will usually wrap windows and sides of houses

Typically, decorations extend beyond just a porch. They will usually wrap windows and sides of houses

The week after Thanksgiving was always a big deal growing up for me. It meant the trees came out of the box (yes, my family had artificial trees) and the lights went up outside. We decorated the front of the house, the walkway up to the front door, the bushes, and even the deck. The house was not complete until those red and green lights were wrapped around the deck railings.

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The Perfect Entertainment Space in Manhattan Beach, CA

Nestled in the beautiful neighborhood of Manhattan Beach, CA is a contemporary home with a newly remodeled backyard. The old backyard was a split between stained, cracked concrete and patches of dirt. Clearly not a pleasant area for spending quality time with family and friends.

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An Outdoor Deck Paradise in Malibu, CA

Malibu is one of the most coveted real estate markets in the country because of California’s famous year-round sunshine and beautiful beaches. Malibu itself is a small city on the Pacific Ocean, so salt and marine layers are part of the daily routine for the residents.

The custom hot tub cover with a custom ipe bench

The custom hot tub cover with a custom ipe bench

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Stay Warm In Fall and Winter on Your Deck With These Houzz Ideas!

Snow and cold airs are here, but when there’s a small break in between the snow fall you should still be able to go outside and enjoy your outdoors.

These are some ideas gathered from our Houzz page, which have features ranging from a fireplace to a gas powered heater, to electrical ceiling heaters. There are some pretty imaginative ways to heat up the deck and there’s a solution to fit any budget.

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