Five fall fix-ups for your outdoor space

(BPT) – After a long summer relaxing on your deck or patio, autumn is a great time to renovate your outdoor space — or build one from scratch. Home improvement expert Alison Victoria, host of HGTV’s “Windy City Rehab,” offers five tips for fabulous fall fix-ups. 1. Get decked out. Fall is an ideal time to tackle a deck project, whether it be repairs, board replacement or a completely new build. In addition to offering more pleasant temperatures for working outside, fall and winter are typically slower times for contractors, meaning you won’t have to wait as long to get …

Upgrade Your Outdoor Living Space

(Family Features) Transforming your backyard into a true extension of your home’s living space is a relatively easy way to add usable square footage and increase enjoyment of your home. Making outdoor upgrades is also a scalable project, meaning you can do as little or as much as your budget allows and continue enhancing the space over time. Start planning how you’ll create a backyard paradise with these ideas from the experts at the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI): Living Space Living rooms and kitchens are among the most popular choices for upgrading a patio space. This approach …

Hot Ideas for Outdoor Living

Create the backyard retreat of your dreams (Family Features) Livable space may be traditionally confined to a home’s interior, but the growing popularity of outdoor living design suggests that homeowners are broadening the definition to make the most of a home’s total footprint. An outdoor patio is a natural extension of the home, offering additional seating and, with the right amenities, a way to enjoy meals and entertainment al fresco. After the sunlight fades, features powered by propane – like full outdoor kitchens, patio heaters, fire pits, flame lighting and more – can keep the fun going well into the …

Spruce Up for Summer

Make your backyard the perfect outdoor space (Family Features) To make the transition to summer season effortless, there may be some backyard upgrades and prep to be done to ensure your outdoor space is in tip-top shape. From your pool and patio to the grill, these tips can help get your backyard summer-ready. Overhaul the Patio Patios and decks are often considered the hub of the backyard, so consider sprucing yours up by power-washing the stone to remove any winter buildup or use stain for a complete refresh. Adding a pergola or umbrellas can help protect you from the elements …

Green Design: Outdoor Furnishings

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Green Design: Outdoor Furnishings Have you been enjoying the lovely spring weather as much as I have? While it never lasts long enough, that perfectly crisp spring air compliments outdoor living so well. Luckily, we live in an area in which the weather compliments outdoor living throughout the summer. Outdoor dining, lounging, and sunning are a major part of the season. It only makes sense to have the perfect furniture pieces to support these leisurely activities. Surprisingly, purchasing outdoor furniture can be one of the most intimidating decisions for a homeowner. It is a substantial investment for something used only …

5 Questions to Ask When Hiring a Decking Contractor

  (Family Features) When it comes to tackling a backyard makeover, there is no time like the present to start planning. Unless you’re planning to build your own deck, one of the first items on your “to-do” list should be hiring a contractor. Quality deck builders can book up quickly and often have waiting lists by early spring. By doing your research in advance, you can ensure a spot in the project queue and have a brand new deck in time to make the most of outdoor living season. While many questions are obvious, such as costs and timelines, homeowners …

Fuego Living launches advanced grill model for small spaces

Backed with extensive market research and vast amounts of customer feedback, the new Fuego Professional gas grill is thoughtfully engineered to improve and enhance customers’ cooking experience. “We began from the ground up, starting with the wheels. We added non-marking industrial casters ensuring a smooth and stable roll while moving your grill around your deck or patio.  We said goodbye to the cheap plastic casters other gas grills under $500 use,” says Ed Plummer., Fuego chairman. “Moving up, we added a door clasp to keep the front panel closed securely, preventing annoying rattles,” he adds. In addition, the company  improved …