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The Family Business: New England Outdoor

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The Family Business: New England Outdoor

As soon as anyone discovers New England Outdoor, they are quick to realize that we are, first and foremost, a family business. Three generations of the Bartolotta family have owned and operated NEO since 1969. The Bartolotta family employs over 20 highly trained carpenters whose lives revolve around manufacturing the highest quality storage shed possible. We consider our employees part of our family, as many of them have been with us for over a decade.Being family owned and operated is really important to us, and a lot of our customers...

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Made in the Shade: Keeping Cool with Pergolas & Gazebos

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Made in the Shade: Keeping Cool with Pergolas & Gazebos

HGTV has some really great photos that are sure to inspire you to spruce up your outdoor space, with a focus on pergolas and gazebos. Best of all, they offer some much-needed shade to help maximize your outdoors time this summer!Whether you are just looking to enhance what you already have (maybe with some new gardening?) or interested in purchasing your first pergola or gazebo, it never hurts to start with some pretty pictures and a look at what other people have done.Both pergolas and gazebos come in wood or...

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Outdoor Home Improvement Projects: What Will You Do This Summer?

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Outdoor Home Improvement Projects: What Will You Do This Summer?

Summer is officially here, and it is finally feeling that way in New England. So, with the warm weather and longer daylight hours, it’s the perfect time to make some outdoor home improvements! In fact, Zillow reports that the 60% of homeowners who plan to make home improvements this season mostly intend to do outdoor projects.This is obviously an idea that we’re on board with. There is no limit to what you can do with your outdoor space, and we encourage you to explore your options.  Projects can be as...

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Going Gazebo: Wood vs. Vinyl

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Going Gazebo: Wood vs. Vinyl

People often ask us the same question when thinking about buying a gazebo, “which is better, vinyl or wood?” Well, the answer is not universal – it depends on your specific needs, budget, and desires. Let’s breakdown the two options:You should go for a WOOD GAZEBO if: You’re more of a traditionalist, or you just like the look Our gazebos are made with hand selected, premium pressure treated lumber on the deck, fascia, posts, and frame – the best lumber money can buy. You love attention to detail All deck...

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If you Can’t Fit the Car in the Garage… you Really Need a Shed

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If you Can’t Fit the Car in the Garage… you Really Need a Shed

Maybe you (or “a friend”) have experienced this common problem: your car sits in the driveway and your garage door stays closed, so it can keep all of the various things you’ve packed away in there from tumbling out. Or, maybe you do manage to squeeze your car in, but your garage is such a mess of mismatched items that it would be impossible to know where anything else actually is.Well, there is no reason to let your car get buried in snow or covered with pollen – investing in...

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Keeping Clean: Tips for an Organized Storage Shed

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Keeping Clean: Tips for an Organized Storage Shed

The biggest component for keeping your shed clean is simply keeping it organized. It’s easy to keep throwing things in it, but that clutter is only going to make it harder when you need to find something. eHow has some helpful information for doing a deep clean of your shed, which involves taking EVERYTHING out, reassessing what you actually need, and then bringing things back in (but in an orderly fashion). As for some of the simplest ways to keep your storage shed tidy? Well: To start, don’t fill your...

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Gazebos FAQ: What Kind of Wood is Used?

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Gazebos FAQ: What Kind of Wood is Used?

The pine lumber used in the construction of our gazebos, no matter what the shape, is a treated # 1 southern yellow pine that is kiln dried both before and after treatment. Kiln drying is crucial, as it virtually eliminates the chances of the lumber splitting or twisting.To further protect your investment, the 4″ x 4″ support posts (which have a tendency to split if used as a single piece) are actually a combination of two 2″ x 4″s and a 1″ x 4″, similar to a laminate beam. This...

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