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How to Maintain Your Pergola During a New England Winter

How to Maintain Your Pergola During a New England Winter

Your pergola may be your go-to hangout spot in the summer, but chances are that it won’t get much use come the winter months. After all, MA, NH, and other New England states usually get a fair amount of snow that will render the area unusable. However, if you want your pergola to be ready to go come spring, it’s important to maintain it properly during the winter. The following are a few key steps you should take to winterize your structure. Wash Your Pergola Pick a nice fall day...

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How to Use and Maintain Sheds in New England

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How to Use and Maintain Sheds in New England

Sheds are an important part of homes all around the country, but they play a special role in New England states like MA, NH, RI, and VT. In the Northeast, the changing seasons and often harsh winters make a quality storage shed a must-have for many homeowners. If you invest in a shed for your property, it’s essential that you make the most of it and take the right steps to maintain it. Here are some seasonal tips on how New England homeowners can get the most out of their...

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5 Easy Gazebo Decorations for Autumn in New England

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5 Easy Gazebo Decorations for Autumn in New England

Autumn in New England is simply gorgeous with its brightly colored leaves and crisp breezes. If you’re anything like us, you’ll want to spend as much time as possible enjoying the season, and there’s no better place to do that than in your backyard gazebo. If you live in MA, NH, or another northeast state, use one of these quick and easy gazebo decorating ideas to create the perfect autumn haven for your family. 1. Fall Garlands Garlands are perfect for decorating the posts of your gazebo. Head over to...

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Do I Need a Permit to Build a Shed?

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Do I Need a Permit to Build a Shed?

A high-quality shed makes a great addition to any home—not only will it look awesome in your yard, but it’s the perfect spot to store your summer grilling supplies, fall landscaping tools, winter snow gear, and more. However, before you start construction, it’s essential to figure out if you need a permit to build a shed and, if so, to obtain the proper documents. Read on to educate yourself on the factors that dictate whether a shed requires a building permit. Permits on a Town-By-Town Basis The most important thing...

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What's the Difference Between a Pergola and a Gazebo?

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What's the Difference Between a Pergola and a Gazebo?

If you live in New England, chances are you relish spending summer weekends outside, enjoying the weather your family and friends. However, it can get hot out there in the sun, so you may be thinking about installing a backyard structure to provide shade during your gatherings. This begs the question, though: Should you install a gazebo? Or a pergola? If you’re wondering about the difference between pergolas and gazebos, here’s what you need to know about these two structures and some tips on picking the right one for you....

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Where Should My Shed Go?

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Where Should My Shed Go?

Investing in a new shed can be a great idea. Sheds give your home extra storage, functionality and can look great in your yard. But for use and style, it’s important that you place your new shed in the optimal location. Follow these tips so that you’ll know where to put your new shed so that it works for your yard. Think About Function First Are you planning to build a garden shed? Are your using it for a ride on mower? Are you storing snowmobiles or other tools? Place...

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6 Ways to Use a Pavilion on Your Property

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6 Ways to Use a Pavilion on Your Property

  Installing a pavilion near your home can help improve your property. Not only do these beautiful and simple structures add aesthetic appeal to your yard, they can also add function and versatility. If you’re looking to get more use of your yard, whether you have 1 acre or 100, a pavilion can be the right answer. Check out six ways that a pavilion can upgrade your property and give you a fun, useful new space. 1. Create a Barbecue Shelter Many homeowners love to grill or barbecue outside. From...

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Create the Ultimate Barbecue Shed

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Create the Ultimate Barbecue Shed

  In summer, autumn, or even in winter, grilling and barbecuing are some of the best ways to prepare dinner. Whether you’re looking to cook for some friends at a backyard tailgate before the big game or prepping dinner for the family, it’s important that you have the optimal set up for your grill and yourself to make the best possible meals. Aside from the grill itself, the best tool for this can be a great companion shed to store everything you need. That way you can go from having...

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How A Gazebo Can Improve Your Yard

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How A Gazebo Can Improve Your Yard

  Gazebos aren’t simply great looking centerpieces for a public park or town square. These beautiful structures are perfect for your yard or property as well. Coming in a large number of shapes, sizes, materials, and colors, gazebos can significantly improve your yard (as well as your property value). Check out some of the ways a gazebo can upgrade your space.   It Adds Utility to Your Yard One of the biggest way that a new gazebo can improve your property is by changing the way you use your yard....

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6 Summer Shed Must-Haves

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6 Summer Shed Must-Haves

Summer is here! Make sure your shed is prepared to help you with every fun summer activity that comes up. Spend a little time this year getting your shed ready for the summer. Along with regular use and maintenance, ensure that your shed has all or some of these features so that you’re ready for every warm weather activity. 1. A Great Hose  Whether you’re watering your garden, your lawn, or setting up a sprinkler for the kids, you’ll need a quality hose. The summer is so short, don’t waste...

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