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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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Can a Shed Add to Your Property Value?

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Can a Shed Add to Your Property Value?

The ideal home improvement serves your immediate needs while also increasing the value of your property in case you decide to put it up for sale later on. For homeowners who need extra storage and want to add curb appeal, a wood shed could be the perfect solution.Here are some ways in which building a quality outdoor shed can increase the value of your home.Extra StorageThis is a no-brainer for renters and buyers alike. No one likes a cluttered home, so having ample space to store seasonal items, outdoor furniture,...

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Start Thinking About a Storage Shed for Winter

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Start Thinking About a Storage Shed for Winter

 Recent news reports are reminding East Coasters that the Old Farmer’s Almanac isn’t necessarily a great indicator of long-term weather forecasts – just as the source predicts an upcoming winter even worse than the last. If there’s one thing we can be sure about, though, it’s that there will be snow – possibly lots of it.When your driveway and sidewalk are housing feet of snow, you’ll want easy access to shovels, salt, and snow blowers. Lawn mowers and garden hoses standing in the way will only be an annoying obstacle...

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Why Quality Matters in Shed Construction

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Why Quality Matters in Shed Construction

When properly built, a shed can add value to your home and provide reliable shelter to your lawn and garden equipment. Conversely, a poorly constructed structure can be an eyesore and a liability, even if it’s located in a hidden part of your yard.Here are some common pitfalls of DIY shed construction and how we can help you avoid them.Poor PlanningYou might think that blueprints are a moot point for building a seemingly simple structure, but having a solid plan in place is key to erecting a lasting shed. Without...

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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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How to Organize Your Storage Shed

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How to Organize Your Storage Shed

Whether you’ve got a brand new shed just waiting to be put to use or your current shed looks like someone swung a weed whacker through it, we’ve got the tips you need to get your outdoor equipment in order.Here are a few key points to keep in mind when organizing your shed:Shelves, and drawers, and hooks – oh my!Just one look at Pinterest will tell you that there’s no shortage of organizational storage products out there. But before you go spending a fortune on shelving units and fancy hooks,...

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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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How to Keep Your Mower in Top Condition

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How to Keep Your Mower in Top Condition

When it comes to keeping your yard lush and green, the tools you use matter. Even if you purchased the best mower on the market, you’ll still need to put in a little work to keep it running efficiently and to ensure a properly cut lawn.Here are some tips to prolong the life of your mower and get a good clean cut every time.Keep it FreshJust like your car, your mower will need oil changes. This should be done each spring even if you don’t think your mower needs it...

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Why Every Serious Gardener Needs a Shed

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Why Every Serious Gardener Needs a Shed

You test the acidity of your soil to make sure it’s in perfect condition, carefully cultivate your compost heap, and strategically pinch off leaves to encourage growth in your prize plants. But do you have a place to safely store tools, soil, fertilizer, mulch, bulbs, and the plethora of other things you need to keep your enviable backyard in shape?If this question made your mind jump to an image of your meticulously curated garden supplies scattered among empty paint cans and rusty bikes in your garage, it may be time...

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