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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...


So you’ve finally decided to enhance the look of your patio this year with an outdoor awning? Well, you’ve come to the right place! Decorative and practical, home awnings will dramatically embellish your outdoor space, making it functional and enjoyable year round by providing shade, outdoor entertaining and a cozy dining area no matter what the weather holds. There are many factors to take into consideration when purchasing an awning, and with so many different options...


Summer and patio weather are just around the corner – and while pool parties, barbecue weekends and backyard fun are on the horizon – so is mosquito season! Mosquitoes and other biting insects such as wasps can quickly sneak their way into your backyard and turn quality family time into a nuisance. Fortunately, there are certain things you can do to thwart and prevent them from invading your backyard. From practical tips to prep your yard to bug repellents and other options...


Winter is almost over; Here some ideas to give a total new look to your backyard patio or terrace: Spring makes us think about summer dinner al fresco on our patios and terraces, unfortunately, once we look outside all that we can see are dry plants, wasted wood floors and what’s left of ice and snow. Suddenly, we start thinking about the amount of work we have to go through trying to refresh that cozy space where we usually enjoy spending time with friends and family. Clean the...


Mosquitoes are always a problem when the good weather arrives. Everyone wants to get rid of flies and annoying insects to enjoy sunny days to the fullest.We give you some advices on the best known methods and the most popular:1-ClothingWear long clothing that your skin is not easily accessible by these flies and use colors near white would help keep mosquitoes away! Also, avoiding creams and skin products with a fragrant smell could be an advantage.2- Ultrasonic...


The first uses of the pergola reach back to the Greco-Roman antiquity. It’s an English, John Evelyn, who put the principle forward, discovering the term in 1645 during a visit to Rome in the cloister of the Trinità dei Monti. Originally, the pergola was a supported advanced on the house. The roof, consisting of widely spaced horizontal beams, welcomed plants that provided shade and coolness. Since there have been many changes, because now the pergola can be independent, an...


Earlier this month at the IFAI Canada Expo in Vancouver, we received the 2015 «Canada Honours Program award» for design excellence in specialty fabrics applications for our Oasis Sun Protection Project.The IFAI Canada Honours Program is an annual competition that recognizes the latest advancements in specialty fabric design and manufacturing in Canada. Our project was selected by a panel of industry experts based on the following criteria: complexity, design,...


November 26, 2014

You know your Canadian summer only allows for a short window to get out there and enjoy your backyard. More and more Canadians are looking for options that allow them to get more use out of their outdoor space. With a little planning you can find a four seasons retractable gazebo that will allow you to enjoy your backyard all year round.Below is a list of what to look for in a four seasons gazebo:Retractable GazeboThe OmbraSole retractable gazebo is new to the Canadian...


Tags: pergolas November 13, 2014

Now that summer is over, you are probably already thinking of disassembling your outdoor mosquito nets that have been protecting you throughout the warm summer months. We all know that these nets are essential especially for houses located in the countryside near lakes and ponds, where mosquitos and flies are more likely to be.However, more and more city homeowners are requiring mosquito net systems for their windows and doors on the patio or terrace since more children...


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