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Porches, Decks, And 4 Seasons Rooms: Which Is Right For You?

  Homeowners who want to add living space to their homes without the expense or hassle of an addition often look outside. Exterior home improvements like porches, decks, and 4 seasons rooms cost far less than a home addition and can provide additional living space, boost curb appeal, and increase a home’s value. Homeowners enjoy […]

TimberTech Pro vs Azek: Which Decking is Best For You?

There’s a lot to love about TimberTech decking products. They’re durable and practically maintenance-free (we say practically, because let’s be honest, everything needs some kind of maintenance. In the case of TimberTech, it’s usually nothing more strenuous than a simple hosing every spring), and are backed by extraordinary warranties. There’s no question that TimberTech is […]

5 Must-Do’s When Choosing Patio & Deck Contractors

If you’re a homeowner, chances are you know all about home improvements. Sometimes they’re a necessity; sometimes they’re more of a fun upgrade. One home improvement that generally falls into the fun category is exterior hardscaping, like decks and patios. Since these types of home improvements are exterior to the home, there’s a tendency for […]

Deck Railing Ideas: The Best Deck Railing Options Out There

How much thought do you give to your deck railing? If you’re like most people, the answer is “Not a lot.” Deck railings are seldom considered when homeowners first think about building a new deck. Size and shape, material choice, color, elevation, and placement all tend to take priority. It’s not until we ask, “What […]

Five Summertime Porch Ideas For Any Budget

Summer is here and it’s time to start thinking about ways to spruce up your front porch so you can get out there and enjoy it during the long, summer days ahead. Spring Clean for Summer Before you go on a decorating spree, take some time to clean and prep your porch for the summer […]

The Best Ideas For Outdoor Spaces In Chicago

Whether you love it or hate it, there’s no getting away from the fact that Chicago experiences all four seasons – sometimes we even get to experience all four seasons in one day! When we think of spending time in our backyard outdoor spaces, we often conjure up images of those picture-perfect, clear, warm summer […]

4 Steps When Planning Your Outdoor Living Space

It is finally warm enough to go outside, stretch your legs, and enjoy the beauty of nature. Before you start thinking of the annuals you’d like to plant, take time to look at the condition and functionality of your existing deck or patio. Spring is also the time to enhance, build or replace your current […]

Simple Ways to Upgrade & Restore Your Deck

Decks are wonderful home additions. They increase a home’s resale value. They give the home’s residents a place to enjoy some time outside without necessarily having to be in the yard to do so. They enhance the charm and character of a home. They provide excellent space for entertaining and they’re a relatively inexpensive way […]

4 Must-Have Features of an Outdoor Kitchen

  Summer is just around the corner and if you’re anything like us, you are ready for it! As Chicagoland homeowners stow away their winter jackets and boots, they’re also taking a turn around the backyard, dreaming of the warm days to come when they can be outside all day long. One way to extend […]