4 Deck Designs for Amazing Outdoor Spaces!

4 Deck Designs for Amazing Outdoor Spaces!

4 Deck Designs for Amazing Outdoor Spaces!

An incredible outdoor living space is about more than just the right decking materials. A backyard escape should also tell a story through design — and invite you to become lost in the narrative. To get your creative juices flowing, we’ve put together a few fresh deck design ideas. Get inspired and learn how to transform your outdoor living space from ordinary to oasis.

Looking for deck design inspiration? Here are some of our favorite ideas from TimberTech AZEK to help spark your imagination:

 

1) Tri-Color Decking

 4 Deck Designs for Amazing Outdoor Spaces - Tri-Color Decking

What Defines This Look? You guessed it: three different deck board colors. More meaningfully, tri-color decking uses light, medium, and darker-hued boards for a seriously creative outdoor living. This look is inspired by post-1920s modernism yet feels wholly of-the-moment in 2020. It often echoes the natural, earthy hues of the surrounding landscape.

 

2) Part of the Landscape

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Want to create an outdoor living space that blends seamlessly with the surrounding scenery? First, make sure your deck is installed facing your best views or water features. Next, choose earthy colors like browns, beiges and stone grays for your deck boards.  Finish off the effect with planters and cozy seating to evoke a garden-like atmosphere.

 

3) Multi-Width Decking

Deck Designs - Multi-Width Decking

Wide-width deck boards offer a number of benefits, including fewer fasteners needed to complete the project — which can mean less time, labor, and overall cost. Plus, wide-width deck boards create an expansive feel throughout your deck, drawing the eye outward and capturing the feel of a sprawling outdoor escape.

 

4) Wide Railing for Cocktails

Deck Designs - Wide Railings

Part of the Classic Composite Series, Drink Rail features a deck board as the top rail to tie your deck and railing together seamlessly. Plus, it’s the perfect place to rest your morning coffee or late-night cocktail. The Drink Rail is designed for the homeowner who wants an impactful railing design that complements the deck as well as the home’s exterior.

And don’t forget! The helpful staff at GNH Lumber is ready to help you create the perfect outdoor space to match your dreams and stay within your budget! Place your order today for a beautiful outdoor living space tomorrow.

 

Sources: https://www.timbertech.com/imagine/stories/deck-design-options; https://www.timbertech.com/imagine/stories/deck-design-ideas

Using Pet Safe Ice Melt After Shoveling will Protect Those Paws from the Burn

Using Pet Safe Ice Melt After Shoveling will Protect Those Paws from the Burn

Using Pet Safe Ice Melt After Shoveling will Protect Those Paws from the Burn

Wintertime is here – and it’s already off to a big start! As you plan for a season of snow removal, you might want to think about using pet safe ice melt after shoveling. By choosing ice melt that’s safer for your pets, your family, and the natural environment, you’re making a great choice all around.

We recommend Entry® pet safe ice melt, now available at GNH Lumber.

This chloride-free liquid ice melt is ready-to-use from the bottle. Plus, it quickly dissolves slippery sheets of ice from your driveways – without the use of chloride.

Why Chloride-Free Ice Melt?

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Snow Removal Tips

Top 9 Snow Removal Tips for Your Home

Snow Removal Tips

One of the most frustrating parts of winter is the need to shovel snow. You might just want to wait until springtime and just let it all melt. However, the effort must be given.

If you’re tired of wasting time and effort on removing snow every winter, it’s time to use these 9 snow removal tips for your home to get the job done easier, more effectively, and better than ever before.

Top 9 Snow Removal Tips:

 

1. Use Tall Stakes Around Driveways and Walkways

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home maintenance resolutions for 2018

6 Home Maintenance Resolutions to Keep Next Year!

home maintenance resolutions for 2018 It’s the end of one year, and another is about to begin. Start the year off on the right foot by giving your home maintenance projects top priority! New Year’s resolve can quickly fade away… But if you make a list of monthly to-dos and tackle them one at a time, you won’t lose track of those all-important home maintenance resolutions.

There are a handful of simple home maintenance tasks that should be completed each year. They are simple to do, minimal cost, and can help you save big money on costlier repairs down the road.

So, if you’re getting cabin fever this winter, get outside and give your home some TLC!

Here are 5 home maintenance resolutions to keep this year:

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Make Your Deck Cozy for Fall

5 Ways to Make Your Deck a Cozy Gathering Place This Fall

Make Your Deck Cozy for Fall

Fall is the perfect time to gather out on the deck and enjoy the crisp cool air. That means it’s time to transition your summer deck from a “fun in the sun” hotspot to a warm and cozy autumn hangout!

And here’s the good news: it doesn’t take much time, effort, or money to change the feel of your deck, and effectively reinvent it for the coming fall season.
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Here are 5 easy ways to make your deck a cozy gathering place this fall:

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How to Prep Your Deck for Stain - Newly Stained Deck

How to Choose the Right Deck Cleaning Product

How to Prep Your Deck for Stain - Newly Stained Deck

If your wooden deck is faded, grey or stained, a bit of washing with the proper deck cleaner and a fresh coat of stain will completely transform your outdoor space! Plus, it will protect your deck from the elements and help extend its life.

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Choosing the right cleaning product beforehand will ensure that your newly stained deck will looks its best and last the longest. Set your deck up for success with this deck cleaning guide from Duckback:

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How to Harmonize Your Home Exterior's Color Palette

How to Harmonize Your Home Exterior’s Color Palette

How to Harmonize Your Home Exterior's Color Palette

Outdoor entertaining season is in full swing! Delight your guests with siding that creates eye-pleasing symmetry and utilizes harmonious color combinations. According to LP Siding, there’s no reason your siding can’t be the true focal point of your home’s exterior, with landscaping and other outdoor elements supporting its aesthetic.

The best part? Creating a colorful and dramatic home exterior and backyard doesn’t have to be an expensive endeavor! It’s easy to re-side your home on a budget. Just ask the experts at GNH Lumber for more information.

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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. 1. Choose Your Materials Select your bed frame materials. This can be as simple as regular 2x4’s or even patio retaining wall blocks. The size is up to you! The height of the bed should be at least 6 inches high, which gives the plants’ roots plenty of room to grow. Check out some great YouTube videos on how to build wood raised garden beds.   2. Mark the Perimeter Once you’re done putting together your raised garden bed, it’s time to select a sunny spot ideal for growing and relocate the frame. Remember, if you’re growing vegetables, you need to find an extra sunny spot with plenty of late date sunlight. Using an edger or spade, mark the ground around the perimeter of the frame.   3. Prepare the Soil Now that you’ve created the frame and marked the perimeter, set it aside so you can start preparing the soil. Use a sod cutter or grub hoe to skim away the grass layer, if one exists.   4. Anchor the Raised Garden Bed Once you’ve leveled it out, dig a 5- to 6-inch deep hole for each of the corner posts. Then sink each post into the ground, using a 4-foot level to level it out.   5. Add a Layer of Hardware Cloth to Keep Out Pests Gophers and moles can sometimes be an issue with garden beds. To keep them out of your garden, add a layer of hardware cloth before you pour in your planting soil. Rake an existing soil at the bottom of the bed to level it out. Then smooth it out. Line the bed bottom with hardware cloth, making sure the cloth is flat against the bottom of the bed and touching each side. Secure the cloth by stapling it to the sides of the bed.   6. Add Your Soil Fill the bed with a 50/50 mixture of planting soil and compost. Once the bed is full, rake the soil smooth and moisten it with a slight spray from the hose.   7. Plant! Now it’s time to plant your vegetable, flowers and herbs! Plant anything you like that works in your area.   7. Water Regularly Don’t forget to water your plants often! After all, you’ve spent a long time putting together your garden bed, so you want to make sure you are taking good care of your vegetables and flowers.   Now get started on your spring garden bed project and start enjoying fresh fruits and vegetables and gorgeous flowers and plants!     Click Here to find everything you need to create your beautiful garden with help from GNH Lumber. And contact us if you have any questions about your garden or landscaping project!

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With smart planning, painting and staining your outdoor furniture can take place in less than a weekend.

There are many different types of outdoor furniture types—wicker, wrought iron, aluminum and plastic—but wood is by far the most popular. Whether you go with an opacity that allows your wood furniture’s natural grain to show through or opt for an opaque solid in your choice of 3,500+ colors, a fresh stain on outdoor furniture will yield a great new look.

Staining and painting outdoor furniture is a lot easier with expert advice from Benjamin Moore to guide you. Follow these steps to achieve the best results. And, when in doubt, don’t forget to ask the paint and stain experts at GNH Lumber for guidance and tips!

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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.

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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.

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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:

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