Ipe wood is a popular green building material used for decking, furniture and flooring. Like mahogany, Ipe is typically a deep rich brown with some pieces displaying red and amber hues.
Do you know why some homes have a deck while others have a patio? Patios are usually at ground level where they can easily support the weight of the concrete, pavers, stone, tile, brick or pebbles they’re build from. Decks offer more flexibility, ranging from just above ground level to the roof of a garage or house. While it’s … Read More
Ahh, the patio. It’s a great spot to relax and unwind when the weather is nice. But what about patio living once winter sets in? Patios are created for warm-weather living, but you don’t have to give all that up just because it’s cold outside. Put on your scarf and hat and consider these 3 … Read More
Last Mother’s Day Weekend, Susan Ann Wall began expanding the patio she built a few years ago. The more she finished, the more she liked it, so the project kept growing until she had extended the patio the length of the house and added on a section specifically for a fire pit. Homeowner: Susan Ann … Read More
Composite decking is a familiar choice for the homeowner who prefers low-maintenance decking. Composites are at least partially made from HDPE or PVC, and contain organic filler material such as wood fibers or flax. This decking material is meant to last much longer than a 100% organic decking material like pressure-treated lumber. The benefit of … Read More
Decks get really dirty so a common spring time ritual is cleaning your deck, porch, walkways, etc. In addition to a good annual cleaning, wood decks need to be sealed to protect them from the elements which otherwise, will cause them to deteriorate faster than they will with proper maintenance. We’re all busy, life happens … Read More
Decks are supposed to be beautiful and they are when designed, installed and maintained properly. Many decks have problems when they were not designed or installed/extended properly, often after as an add-on after a home is built. When the customer called initially, he was looking for some quick repairs before a party he was planning. … Read More
It’s true that kitchens, bathrooms and the right number of bedrooms are key to buying a house. However, there are other features like decks, views and great landscaping that make a house stand out from the crowd and influence buyers. These features become even more critical when it’s a buyers market with more houses for … Read More