Exteriors

Use the Proper Outlet For starters, safety first! Your source of power should come from a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) outlet. This type of outlet will shut the circuit down if there is overcurrent. We want your lights to shine, not sparks to fly! If you don't have a GFCI outlet, a qualified electrician can permanently install one outdoors for holiday seasons to come. Keep Extension Cords Out of the Way When using extension cords, make sure they are rated for outdoor use, and keep the connections above ground, snow and water. Try to avoid high-traffic areas. Tape cords across...
Looking for some summertime fun? Take a look in your own backyard. With a bit of work, you can transform your own lawn into a “staycation” worthy spot for leisure, socializing and maybe the smallest hint of exercise. Horseshoe, bocce, volleyball or croquet courts are all within reach with a reasonable amount of space and elbow grease. Now the amount of time and landscaping involved is up to you, your wallet and your level of commitment. For a horseshoe feature, you can go beyond metal stake driven into the dirt and create an all-out landscaping feature. Sand pits can sit in the center of two...
Pergolas can be an attractive way to add interest to your landscape as well as add some important shade in the warmer months.  A pergola can be a free standing structure placed in the yard, maybe a reward at the end of a stroll down a garden path.  This can be a lovely spot for a few chairs under a canopy of climbing plants or flowers.  Other pergolas can be built to attach to your home, creating an architectural feature as well as shading a sun-filled room or covering an existing patio.  Pegolas are fairly easy to build, quick to assemble and not to tough on the wallet. A...
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