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Chinese Chippendale Style – Inspirations for Home & Landscape

If you love traditional style, you will no doubt be delightfully intrigued by the intricate fretwork designs, and the elegance, of the classic Chinese Chippendale design style. The style encompasses some of the most beautiful designs. The latticework pattern is just one of the fretwork patterns of this style, and I’m guessing it is probably […]

Creating Spaces with Enough Elbow Room

It’s possible that just the thought of talking about that abstract concept of ‘space’, or giving a project ‘enough room’ (as in how big should we build the new deck?) could make a person zone out. You realize you need some amount of space/square footage/area for an outdoor project, but how do you know you […]

A Change to the Fence Design & a Trip to the Garden Center

A change order needed to be made for the new fence (I decided to use 6×6 posts instead of 4×4), and it was mailed to the contractor. Then a road trip to New Albany, Ohio to visit a landscape nursery was on the agenda, to check out what plants they had in stock for the […]

Outdoor Fasteners and Connectors for Different Types of Wood

A trip down the fastener aisle at the hardware store can be a bit overwhelming if you are unfamiliar with the many types of fasteners. If you have guessed that fasteners and connectors for exterior use may need to be different than those for interior use, you would be correct.   Exterior fasteners and connectors […]

Weight Rated Outdoor Hinges

Raise your hand if you have ever pushed open a gate that was scraping the ground. Doors and gates that have been properly installed with the correct hardware swing open, and close with ease. Why is using the right grade, and quantity, of hinges for doors and gates so important? Under the weight of a […]

Wood Posts

The beauty of any outdoor wood structure, whether it is a fence, mailbox, trellis, or arbor, decks, stairs, or railings can last for years if the right type of wood, hardware and finish are selected. However, one additional step in building any of these types of outdoor structures can not be overlooked. While all wood […]

Historic Exterior Paint and Stain Colors

The National Trust for Historic Preservation has documented over 250 historic colors from its extensive research. The colors were influenced by popularity or fashion of a particular era, and the technology of paint manufacturing during that time. Choosing the perfect exterior colors for your house and yard (fences, arbors, trellis, outdoor furniture, wood planters, and […]

Your Minimal Traditional Yard

The Minimal Traditional is a modest, smaller house of 950-1200 square feet with great potential. If this is the style of your house, there are seemingly endless things you can do to give it rich traditional detailing.   Minimal Traditional was just that: a traditional architectural style with minimal detailing. The minimal detailing was a […]

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