Build Your Own Outdoor Fireplace – Part 1

You sit in your backyard in a comfortable chair with your feet propped up on the flagstone seating of your own outdoor fireplace. The crackle of the burning wood and the kids trying to obtain the perfect roast on their marshmallows brings you back to your childhood at the campground. The flickering flame produces a warmth not allowing your feet to feel the chill of the evening. This can be a reality if you ever thought about building your very own outdoor fireplace. If you are a handy person and feel like you are capable of building it yourself, you could be enjoying your very own outdoor fireplace soon. Whether you’ve given a fireplace much thought or not, there are lots of decisions to be made. So many things need to be thought of so the following paragraphs will guide you through a few of the things that need to be addressed.

Where in your backyard do you want to construct your fireplace? Before you answer that question with certainty, step back and take a good look at your entire yard. By doing this you may eliminate many areas quickly for fire danger reasons. Think about which way the wind blows most of the time and imagine embers leaving your chimney in that direction. What is in the direct path? The biggest concern will be shrubs, grass, and trees that may be dry in different seasons. You probably don’t want the fireplace to be within 10-15 feet of a mature tree with lots of dry leaves still on it.

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Sealing Your Patio Pavers – 11 Keys to Successfully Sealing Your Patio

When my neighbor first decided to install a paver-block patio behind his home, he chose paver stones for several good reasons. He thought they would last longer than other materials like wood, or poured concrete, he thought they had a really “rich” elegant look to them and most of all, he thought that they would be maintenance free. Well, he almost had it right. They do look great and they’re incredibly durable, but it wasn’t long before he learned that they aren’t completely maintenance free.

After several seasons of rain, snow and sun, the patio just didn’t look as good as it first did when he had it installed. The sun was beginning to fade the color in some areas, the sand between the stones had been washed away by the rains and weeds had started growing in the gaps between the pavers. He even began to see ant colonies beginning to form using his precious paver sand as their new home.

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10 Best Vegetables to Grow in Fall

Fall vegetables don’t require any special care; in fact, you’ll spend less time caring for your fall crops because of the favorable autumn growing conditions. Generally, plants will grow rapidly at first and gradually slow as the days become shorter and colder. Here are some tips and ideas for learning how to grow fall vegetables … Read more

Best Al Fresco Dining Options in Cleveland

via Al fresco dining is not just good for the subzero thaw-after several months of wind chill and lake effect snow-it’s good for the soul and a means of appreciating the best that life has to offer. To wit, there are some great places to soak up the peaceful, easy feeling of outdoor dining to … Read more

Must Haves For A Beautiful And Usable Patio

Have you ever envied someone else’s garden and you wished your house was blessed with an equally tempting looking outdoor scene? Well, you can stop wishing and head down to the nearest furniture store. It is not an impossible task turning your dull backyard, garden, pool or roof garden into a beautiful relaxing space. All … Read more

Different Types of Decorative Garden Fencing

There is more to a garden than just flowers and vegetables. Often, people want their gardens to also be aesthetically pleasing. This can be done several ways, one of which being decorative garden fences. These fences come in many different types including wood, bamboo, and vinyl. Each of these options have different attributes setting them … Read more