Made in the Shade: The ABCs of Patio Umbrellas

Pop singer Rihanna may tempt you to get under her umbrella, ella, ella, (you get the picture), but tell her no thanks, because all you need to keep shaded and dry can be found right in your own backyard. Patio umbrellas are sometimes overlooked as a boring piece of furniture. On the contrary, there are … Read more

Put a Great Finish on Your Concrete

Broom finish, flagstone, color, texture, swirling, and more. All finishes to newly poured concrete. And all finishes anyone can do themselves. Any one of those finishes will give your patio or sidewalk something besides the same old look. The questions are, what do you do and how do you do it? However before we get … Read more

New life for old concrete.

These California designers reused discarded concrete for handsome paths, patios, and garden steps Concrete, in its plain, gray form, lacks the quiet beauty of San Francisco San Francisco (săn frănsĭs`kō), city (1990 pop. 723,959), coextensive with San Francisco co., W Calif., on the tip of a peninsula between the Pacific Ocean and San Francisco Bay, which … Read more

How to Care for a Flagstone Patio

Adding a flagstone patio to your home will provide your household with a whole new living area and come in very handy when you want to entertain your friends or family. This type of backyard accent will boost the value of your home and at the same time provide an area for you and your … Read more

What’s Underfoot? A Quick Guide to Patio Surfaces

Patios and terraces have always been popular outdoor spaces. Whether a Parisian courtyard or a rooftop alcove, only porches and sunrooms beat out these paved (or semi-paved) retreats in a recent survey of my readers as the most ideal outside living space. Let’s examine some of the wide variety of patio surfaces.

Patio Stones

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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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Learning to live with bad concrete.

Hiding cracks can be cheaper and more interesting than removing them My old gray driveway wasn’t what it used to be. Time, a huge oak tree, and expansive soil had conspired against it, leaving cracks down its length and across its width. Like so many homeowners with cracked concrete patios, paths, and driveways, I thought … Read more

How to Build a Slate Patio Build a Slate Patio

Slate is an elegant building material that may be used on a floor, on walls, or as durable, elegant roofing. Installed on a patio out in the sunlight, however, it becomes even more attractive. Have you wished for an attractive, upper-scale patio to party on for those warm, great summer weekends? A slate patio is … Read more

Garden Paving Slabs – Buying the Right Materials

Garden paving slabs can make your garden and your entire outdoor area come to life. With so many choices in sizes, shapes, colors and textures that are available today, your yard and garden can be anything from a contemporary and bright space to an earthy and inviting garden nook. When you choose paving slabs, be … Read more

Clean Rust Stains from Porcelain with Natural Pumice

If you have stubborn rust stains in your toilet or bathtub, chances are even conventional cleaning products won’t remove them. Here is your easy, all-natural solution: rub them out with a pumice stone. Stains from rust and other deposits can form on the inner surface of your toilet, bathtub, and sink, especially if you have … Read more