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Outdoor living is a year-round topic on Hometalk. Hometalk members are busy planning and maintaining outdoor living spaces from the heat of summer to the cold of winter. Some folks are professionals who post gorgeous pictures of the outdoor living dreamscapes they've built. Other folks are DIYers who are revamping their outdoor living areas, building outdoor furniture, or planning an outdoor living room for the first time. Whether you're a novice or an expert, join a conversation about outdoor living rooms on Hometalk.
The client wanted a level area behind their house that is atop a steep wooded hill. We built this 77' long wall using Pennsylvania fieldstone. The base of this wall is over three feet thick and the wall tilts back into the hill. This is important since the wall must retain the many tons of soil behind it.
I'm doing a makeover on my screen porch and I'm doing it on a shoestring budget! The screen porch was built last year over a part of our existing deck and the floors were less than
pretty. When pricing everything I wanted to do on the porch with almost no money, I decided to stain the floors in a semi-transparent white. When I got the stain on, I wasn't thrilled so I experimented with wiping a little of the stain off to give them a distressed look. Here's what I came up with! This isn't for everybody, some of you guys might not like it-I understand, but I'm happy and I spent only $33.00 at Home Depot for the stain!
This 22-year-old gunite pool needed a facelift. A nonfunctioning waterfall, uncomfortable spa and grass as its patio were the reasons the client called Bill Renter from the Deck & Patio
Company of Huntington Station New York.
The first step was to demolish the existing spa, waterfall, wood retaining wall and rock coping. Next, the new acrylic spa was installed. A seven foot high moss rock waterfall and boulder coping were installed beautify and retain the sloping woodland behind the pool. Because of the natural setting of the pool, careful consideration was given to the patio material. The designers suggested a tumbled pavingstone and wall system called techno-bloc. The colors of the patio were a blend of a tan color and a natural grey color to tie in with colors of the boulders used. The patio has the look of natural stone, but it is cool even on hot summer days and has the durability of a paver patio. This new technology in the paving and matching wall systems insures a lifetime of easy car for these surfaces.
The final touch was the colorful landscape which is beautiful despite the challenge of a mostly shady woodland setting. http://www.deckandpatio.com/DP_Blog/?p=1182