Deck stain

How to Properly Clean and Sand Your Deck

Deck stainIf your deck has seen better days, it might be time for a facelift. Many people feel that refurbishing their deck is a daunting task. However, once you have the right tips to guide you through the process, you’ll find it so easy, you’ll be relaxing on the new deck with a drink in hand sooner rather than later!

First, you’ll need to know what sort of deck you have. This process will work on any wood deck, including redwood, cedar, pine, spruce and pressure treated lumber but it will not work on composite decks. Many people think to get great results, you’ll need expensive tools. That’s not true! In most cases, you can rent most of the tools you’ll need to get the job done.

Patio Ideas

Create an Outdoor Patio Space Your Family Will Flock to this Summer!

Patio Ideas

Are you thinking about updating or installing a beautiful patio space? Don’t forget to think about paver patterns! Creating an outdoor space with eye-catching paver designs is a great way to entice visitors, guests and family to spend more time out on your patio. It’s also an easy project that you can do yourself. And, once you master the basics of paver patterns 101, you can always make interesting and one-of-a-kind solutions of your own.

How do you get started? First, choose a paver that will stand the test of time. GNH Lumber suggests AZEK Pavers, which are made from a high performance composite material with a natural appearance and added strength to resist stains and scratches. Backed with the promise of high-quality that comes with the AZEK name, AZEK Pavers come with a 10-year limited warranty and no crack guarantee in residential applications. They:

  • Are composed of up to 95% recycled material
  • Use a patented grid system that reduces installation time by one–third
  • Come in 5 colors, 3 applications, and any number of patterns

Next, choose colors that will best match your landscaping and compliment your home’s exterior. And, finally, decide on a pattern!

Exterior Painting Project

Planning an Exterior Painting Project in 5 Easy Steps

Exterior Painting Project

If your home exterior is looking drab, one easy way to make a big impact is with a fresh coat of paint. You can save on Benjamin Moore primer,  exterior paints and stains & rollers all month long at GNH Lumber! And springtime is a great time of year to tackle your home exterior painting project – the temperatures are warm enough for easy drying, but without the excessive humidity associated with summer months. This means quicker drying times!

If you’re not sure how to begin a large-scale exterior painting project, don’t worry. There are a few planning steps that will go a long way in finishing your painting project on time and without unexpected headaches. It’s simply a matter of thinking ahead, buying enough paint in the same color, and then tackling the job one section at a time.

Here are some planning tips to help get you started on your home exterior painting project:

garden bridge

DIY: How to Build a Small Garden Bridge

garden bridge

What could be more charming than a small wooden bridge to accent a water feature or help you step over uneven sloping in your garden? And, it’s easier than you think to create your own bridge! Just follow these simple instructions for a sturdy, arched garden bridge with handrails that you can paint or stain any color you like.

Here’s what a small garden bridge DIY project requires:

Deck Designs

5 Unique Deck Designs and Layouts

Deck DesignsA deck is one of the easiest ways to increase living space and add curb appeal to your home. It can improve your home’s value, add room for grilling dinner, gathering with friends, and late night stargazing. But you don’t have to stick with a cookie cutter idea of what a deck can look like or how it will function. Sure, you can design a serene space for enjoying those beautiful sunrises and sunsets. But you can also create a backyard playground or design an abstract work of art! The possibilities are endless.

Now that spring is here, it’s the perfect time to plan the deck of your dreams! So, check out these 5 easy ways to help you design a truly unique deck:

Clean Siding

How to Clean and Maintain Your Home’s Siding

Clean SidingKeeping your home’s exterior siding in good shape is not only a great way to improve your home’s appearance, it also helps you avoid repairs and costly services down the road. With a bit of preventative maintenance, you’ll be able to extend the life of your home’s siding for 50+ years!

In this blog, we’ll discuss how to clean and maintain your home’s siding so you won’t have to worry about costs adding up for a few decades.

Raised Garden Bed

DIY: How to Create a Raised Garden Bed

Raised Garden Bed

Spring is here! That means it’s time to start your gardening projects in time to have delicious, fresh veggies and herbs, or a bountiful flower garden all summer long!

Not enough space in your backyard for a big vegetable or flower garden? Raised garden beds are the perfect solution for gardeners with limited space!

In this blog, we’ll run through a step-by-step guide on how to create a raised garden bed for vegetables or flowers.

garden oasis stone path

How to Create a Garden Oasis

garden oasis stone pathAn inviting yard provides a calm atmosphere, a tranquil retreat and a relaxing place to entertain.

With spring quickly approaching, it’s time to start thinking about how to create a spectacular garden for you to enjoy all season long and one that your neighbors to envy.

Here are 6 ideas for creating a garden oasis that you can use to escape, relax and even entertain:

yard cleanup

5 Things to Include on Your Yard Cleanup List

yard cleanupCan’t wait to get back out into the garden? Well, here’s the good news! It’s time to get a head start on your spring cleaning checklist, and that includes taking care of your yard and garden beds.

To look and feel its best after the harshest winter months, your yard and gardens requires spring cleaning the same as the inside of your home. Taking a weekend to clean up as the weather begins to warm will save you time later, and it helps prevent some problems further down the road in summer.

First, look over your yard before creating a specific checklist of what needs to get done to be ready for the season.

To help you get started, don’t forget these 5 things when cleaning up your yard this spring:

subway tile backsplash

DIY: How to Install a Subway Tile Backsplash

subway tile backsplashSubway tile backsplashes are a growing trend in kitchens and baths and can make for a gorgeous, clean finish.

By taking on some of the work yourself during your kitchen or bath remodel, you can save money and have fun in the process! Installing a subway tile backsplash is a simple project for any DIYer.

In this DIY, we’ll help you learn how to install a kitchen or bath subway tile backsplash in 7 simple steps: