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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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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 Ways to Enhance Your Pool Area

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5 Ways to Enhance Your Pool Area

On a sweltering summer day, there’s no better place to relax than poolside. The Old Farmer’s Almanac is predicting that summer 2015 will be hotter and drier than usual in New England, so now’s the time to start making your outdoor pool area the ultimate place to chill out.Here are five ways you can enhance your summertime hangout, even if you’re on a budget.1. PlantsEveryone loves a lush surrounding, but there’s a reason most pools have wood or cement decks. Leaves, petals, and debris can clog your pool filter, so...

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