Outdoor Decks - Understanding Seven Elements Of Good Deck Design

Written by David Buster


Youíre all comfortable in your favorite lounge chair, reading your latest novel with a cool beverage nearby...repparttar aroma of your favorite BBQ drifting fromrepparttar 145898 grill teases everyone... catching a few rays of sunshine never felt better. Warm weather calls us outdoors, and what better place to enjoy life than your deck!

As an extension of your home, a deck can provide an attractive outdoor area that you can enjoy every timerepparttar 145899 weather allows. Whether just hanging out and lounging, entertaining or playing with your kids or pet, a well-designed deck can be a favorite part of your home. Understanding important deck design and planning considerations will help your deck becomerepparttar 145900 successful project that you want.

Here are some considerations for havingrepparttar 145901 deck thatís right for your home:

1. Where should your deck be placed? A characteristic of good deck design is whenrepparttar 145902 deck can merge intorepparttar 145903 environment of your backyard without being obtrusive and highly visible. If youíre fortunate and have a great view, take advantage ofrepparttar 145904 view and locaterepparttar 145905 deck to enjoy it. If you don't have a spectacular view, perhaps your deck could be located near a beautiful garden tree. Maybe you want your deck in a shady area or with a sunny southern exposure. Is privacy from neighbors an issue? Are you near a busy street and is noise a problem? If so and if your space is limited, considerrepparttar 145906 use of shrubbery, walls or fences to resolverepparttar 145907 problem.

2. Willrepparttar 145908 deck be connected to your home? If you are considering placing your deck nearrepparttar 145909 living room, doing so could be a problem if foot traffic will soil your carpets and disrupt anyone that is watching TV or talking. Placingrepparttar 145910 deck next torepparttar 145911 kitchen will make it easier to move food and dishes back and forth when eating outside onrepparttar 145912 deck. Use sliding glass doors to makerepparttar 145913 outdoors look even more inviting fromrepparttar 145914 kitchen. Would having two doors connecting different rooms torepparttar 145915 deck be a possibility? Having two doors accessingrepparttar 145916 deck will berepparttar 145917 most efficient and best solution for easy foot traffic flow.

3. Do you want a destination deck? The deck doesnít have to be built connected to your house. It can be a place to go all by itself. If your backyard extends to woods, maybe locatingrepparttar 145918 deck near some beautiful trees makes sense. If your property fronts a pond or lake, what about locating your deck so that it reaches out intorepparttar 145919 water? If you have a flat roof, say, over a garage - what about a roof deck? The possibilities are endless!

4. How will your deck be used? If your property is small and you're not expecting to entertain large groups, you likely don't need a huge deck. Your deck should maintain a reasonable scale between your home and property size, size of your family andrepparttar 145920 deck size. You should not have a small house, small property and a very large deck. The elements should be proportional. You should not build a small deck if you have a large house on large property.

Seven Ways To Boxer-Proof Your House

Written by Jody Mitchell


You are ready to bring your Boxer home? First, you must prepare your house. Whether you are bringing home a puppy or adult Boxer, you may want to spend some time surveying your house from a Boxer eye view (about 2 feet offrepparttar ground). Wires, drapes and counters look pretty interesting from that height.

The Best Ways to Boxer-Proof Your House

Below is a list of how to Boxer-proof your home for adult or puppy: It is only a partial list, but a good start to your own research.

1. Be sure to keep anything valuable (or what you donít want chewed) at least 3 feet offrepparttar 145897 floor. Boxers have an amazing ability to jump, even as puppies. This includes anything onrepparttar 145898 coffee table, kitchen counter, buffet, etc. Boxers are curious and love to explore.

2. It may be cute to see your puppy with a mouthful of toilet paper, but not when it becomesrepparttar 145899 habit of an adult. Keeprepparttar 145900 bathroom door closed and eliminate toilet drinking and rolls of paper strewn about. Boxers seem to have an affinity for used cotton-balls, too!

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