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When summer kicks into high gear, soaring temperatures can quickly make us yearn for a cool reprieve! And while cranking up the AC can offer immediate relief on a hot summer day (if you’re lucky to even have it), running it for long periods of time will inevitably increase your energy bills. Luckily, there are few alternative options to keep your home cool without resorting to air conditioning. Below are 4 low-energy ways to buffer your home from the blistering heat. 1. Start...


So you’ve decided to make home improvements and enhance the look and functionality of your outdoor living space? Well, you’ve come to the right place! Now that summer has officially arrived, you’re probably excited to host family get-togethers and entertain guests in your patio or backyard. But with so many outdoor options available for homeowners - from gazebos, to freestanding pergolas, solariums, awnings and more - how do you decide which one is better suited for your...


It’s time to gear up for summer! The temperature is finally starting to warm up, and you and your family are excited to kick back, relax and enjoy some fun in the sun. If you're planning a season filled with backyard barbecues, outdoor activities, gardening projects and pool parties, you will need to consider getting some extra sun protection. The sun’s UV rays are at their peak during the summer, and unprotected skin can get sun burnt in less than 15 minutes. While applying a...


With BBQ season just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about revamping your patio with an updated refresh! While investing in new patio furniture is a viable option, a long-lasting and practical way of reviving your patio décor without breaking your bank is by adding an outdoor awning. It’s astonishing how outdoor retractable awnings can quickly transform your deck or patio into a beautiful and inviting lounging retreat to entertain family and friends,...


The eco-chic homeowner recognizes the importance of environmentally friendly options in their own backyard. Here are some tips to help you create an eco-friendly outdoor space:Repurpose and RecycleLook for products made of recycled materials such as garden furniture, accessories, an awning, gazebo or pergola. Many of today’s outdoor fabrics contain recycled materials perfect to add finishing touches to your garden. The garden is the perfect place...


As much as we look forward to the warm sun of summer, we still have to remember how harmful the sun’s UV rays are even with short intervals of exposure. If your backyard has exposure to the sun you should consider adding protection so family can enjoy being outside without the worry of sunburn.Here are some of the benefits of awnings, pergolas and gazebos:Relief from the Heat: Although it is nice to feel the sun on your face, on those extremely hot and humid days most of us...


Your backyard is an extension of your living space ideal for dining, relaxing, entertaining, cooking and most importantly spending time with family. In order to create the perfect backyard environment you have to consider the function, the light and the overall layout and use each area wisely.Pool AreaThe enjoyment of your space is often dependent on the way the sun falls. For example, if you have a pool, sunlight is a welcome element as it provides a natural way to heat the...


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