Cozy Nooks: Creating a Secret Outdoor Place

Everyone seems to love a secret — and when the secret is a nook in your outdoor space, all the better. A nook is defined as a private or secluded quiet inner place. Any outside space, from a balcony to an acre estate can benefit from including a nook. Here are points to consider: Purpose It doesn’t make any sense to set up a secluded garden reading bench if you never have the time to pick up a book. But maybe you’d like to spend 15 minutes in the morning over coffee with your partner, or want to have a quiet spot for conversing with a special friend. Or maybe your nook will be an intimate dining space for four. …

Home Improvements – Questions and Answers

When considering home improvements, it is important to ask family members for their opinions. So, how do you evaluate the answers? Typical Discoveries Talking with family members about home improvements will lead to surprising answers. You and your husband each have times you need to be alone (computer work, business planning), and times you need to be alone together (initial discussions about family plans, a new job, the budget, travel, etc.). This varies by age of course, but children have similar needs for being alone, alone with friends and with the family. There are times you and your husband will decide the children need your supervision no matter what their preferences. Decisions After discussions and interviews with family members, you …

Light Up the Night! Quick Facts about Outdoor Lighting

When the days start to get shorter, the darkness may drive us inside from our porches, patios or decks. Dont despair outdoor lighting can lengthen the day and dramatically extend the potential of our outdoor living spaces. The first step, as with any project, is to plan. How do you want to use this space after dark, and what lighting will you need? Lighting can be summarized in four categories: Security lighting is needed in highly vulnerable areas of your property. Because it is bright and often motion activated, keep it away from the living areas so that its not distracting. Alternatively, have your security lighting on a manual on/off switch so that you can override automatic illumination. Task lighting …

Outdoor End Tables A Great Accent To Use In Several Ways

When you need to accessorize and beautify your garden or porch, you can use an outdoor end table. There is a great selection of outdoor end tables for you to choose from and many designs to choose from. Although, it is first best to measure your area to determine how much space you want to fill. End tables have been used inside of homes for many years, and the thought that they could be used outside of the home is something that probably wouldnt even cross most peoples minds. It is true that most end tables are made specifically for the indoor living room. However, in the last few years, outdoor end tables have become more and more popular. People …