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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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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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What Shed Size and Style is Right for Me?

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What Shed Size and Style is Right for Me?

 Investing in a shed is a great idea for any homeowner. It allows you to add functional style to your yard for everything from storage to a specialty space.However, a shed doesn’t work if you get the wrong style or size. Nobody wants a shed that hogs the whole lawn or one too petite to fit your lawnmower. It’s critical to find the right shed for you, your needs, and your space. Here are a few tips to help you navigate the right shed size. Measure Your YardDo you know the...

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The 7 Most Important Summer Yard Care Tips

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The 7 Most Important Summer Yard Care Tips

With the typically unpredictable New England weather, summer is one of the only times throughout the year when you get to really enjoy your yard. Keep your yard looking great and ready to use all season long with these handy tips.1. Hydrate Your YardA healthy lawn needs about one inch of water per week. Whether through rain or watering, ensuring your grass gets this weekly amount can help it stay green and springy.When there is hotter, drier weather, more water may be needed. In areas where water bans are in effect,...

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Pergolas: The Unsung Hero of Outdoor Structures

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Pergolas: The Unsung Hero of Outdoor Structures

Durable vinyl pergolas are perfect for any climate. Close your eyes and imagine the perfect fall evening. What do you see? Can you feel the leaves crunching under your feet as you stand up to stoke the campfire? Can you smell the marshmallows starting to melt over the heat? No doubt you can picture yourself warmly wrapped in a flannel blanket swapping stories and laughing with your closest friends. It’s chilly outside, so you’ll want some kind of structure to huddle under. But the stars are among the best part of being...

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Creating the Perfect Backyard Sanctuary

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Creating the Perfect Backyard Sanctuary

Don’t let work and other obligations take away from your free time at home. It’s much easier to relax and stop thinking about the to-do’s on your calendar when you have a designated space to kick back – and what better location than your own backyard?Here are some ways to make your yard into a sanctuary for you and your family.Eliminate Junk and ClutterYour first step to creating a relaxing environment should be to get rid of anything taking up unnecessary space. Toss any trash and put yard tools, gardening...

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5 Uses for an Outdoor Sun Room

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5 Uses for an Outdoor Sun Room

 There’s no doubt that a private sun room in your backyard would be an ideal place to spend a summer’s day, but you can do so much more with these small structures than lounge. Here are five ways you can repurpose your outdoor sun room to get the most out of the space1. Theater Movie night is always more fun when there’s a twist. Put a TV or projection screen in your sun room, make sure you have plenty of pillows, blankets and snacks, wait till the sun goes down,...

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Which Style of Gazebo is Right for You?

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Which Style of Gazebo is Right for You?

Summer is drawing near, and that means long days spent basking in the warm air and soft breezes. The only thing that could enhance a lazy New England summer is having the perfect outdoor space to relax and entertain guests.If you want to add to your yard but not necessarily in the market for major renovations, a gazebo is the ideal addition. It’s a great place for an outdoor meal, cocktails at sunset, reading on a sunny afternoon, or even having a small party. Once you decide to get a...

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