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Tips for Planning a Portland Fence Installation

May 3rd, 2011

Ornamental Aluminum Fence

Embarking on a fence installation takes a lot of work before you even begin digging holes for the posts. Between planning the layout, determining the best height and choosing the right style and materials, homeowners have plenty of decisions to make.

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3 Lighting Ideas for Washington Cedar Decking

April 26th, 2011

deck lightingA cedar deck is no longer just a place to stick the grill. Decks in the Pacific Northwest are now often treated much the same as any other room in the home, with decorative rugs, comfortable furniture and, of course, ambient lighting.

When lighting their cedar decking, Washington homeowners have a wide array of options beyond simply installing a back porch light. On the upscale end, patio covers can be wired for ceiling fans or chandeliers, while LED ropes and string lights provide a low-cost alternative.

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3 Important Considerations for Pool Decking

April 19th, 2011

Deck around a poolIn the Pacific Northwest, surrounding an above-ground swimming pool with decking is a popular way to create a built-in pool without digging up your backyard. When building a pool into a deck, it’s important to put in extra planning on the front end to avoid making costly mistakes that can leave you with an unsafe deck.

While cedar decking remains one of the most popular Portland decking materials, it isn’t an ideal choice for pool decks for several reasons. Here’s a look at the top three considerations to keep in mind when choosing the best Portland decking materials for your pool deck: Read the rest of this entry »

3 Uses for Split Rail Fencing

April 19th, 2011

Wood Split Rail FenceThanks to Portland’s vibrant do-it-yourself culture, homeowners are becoming increasingly interested in building their own fences. However, because many lack the time or skills required a complex fence installation, Portland homeowners often turn to split rail fencing as a simpler, low-cost option.

Wood split rail fencing is easy to install and requires minimal tools and materials. It’s also got a lot of history in the Northwest; when planning a fence installation, Portland area pioneers often turned to this fence style because it was inexpensive, sturdy, easy to set up and easy to tear down.

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Deck Skirting Ideas for Raised Decks

April 15th, 2011

Cedar Deck SkirtingFor many homeowners, the area beneath a raised deck is so much wasted space, filled with unsightly framework, weeds, dirt, spiders and who knows what else. When building a cedar deck, Portland homeowners often like to conceal this area with deck skirting.

Deck skirting not only hides the seedy underbelly of a deck, but it converts the space into an outdoor storage area, prevents your deck from looking like it’s floating, and adds a finished look to your cedar decking material. Portland decks with skirting are also less likely to become home to raccoons, squirrels or other critters. Read the rest of this entry »

How Portland’s Wet Spring Affects Your Wood Fence or Deck

April 4th, 2011

cedar deckSpring officially started last week, but you wouldn’t know it from the Northwest’s rainy skies. Meteorologists are saying the city is on track for a particularly wet, cool spring that may end up in the record books, news station KGW reported.

By mid-March, Portland had already received a full month’s worth of rainfall, and so far it’s not showing any signs of letting up.

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Portland Fencing Options for Community Gardens

March 28th, 2011

portland fencing for community gardensA community garden, or one that is shared by multiple gardeners in the community, is a great way to beautify a neighborhood and bring residents together for a shared effort. Churches, schools and neighborhoods throughout Portland have developed dozens of co-op gardens, and some of them are visually stunning as well as enriching for the community.

As a grassroots effort, initiating a community garden requires a lot of planning, from securing the land to designing the beds to determining how participating gardeners will be chosen. One of the questions planners often ask is, “What are the best fencing options for a community garden?”

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Portland Decking Q&A: When to Stain, and Other Post-Construction Tips

March 23rd, 2011

cedar deck installationSo you’ve taken the plunge and are enjoying the glow of a new cedar deck in the backyard. The next question on many homeowners’ minds is how to keep their decking looking as good as when it was installed.

Deck maintenance is seldom a fun chore, but it’s an important part of protecting your investment. A well-built cedar deck can increase your home’s value by up to 80.6% of the project cost, so it pays to keep your cedar decking in top shape. Following are some post-construction tips for taking care of your new cedar deck.

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How to Stop Your Dog from Digging Under the Fence

January 25th, 2011

One of the most frustrating parts of being a dog owner is having your furry friend dig holes under your wood or vinyl fence. Digging can really damage fencing material as well as defeat the whole purpose of keeping the dog in the yard. Unfortunately, digging comes naturally to dogs, so changing this behavior can be a long and arduous process. There are, however, a few simple tricks to preventing your dog from pulling an “Escape from Alcatraz” every time you turn your back.

Install landscape timber blocks. Dogs will often dig under cedar, vinyl or chain link gates because of the gap between the gate and the ground. Here is a fairly easy way of preventing them from doing so: Read the rest of this entry »

Enhance Your Home’s Winter Curb Appeal

January 11th, 2011

Winter can be a difficult time to sell a house. The yard has gone brown, the garden is in hibernation, and the whole world seems dingy and gray.

If your house is on the market this time of year, following are a few things you can do around your deck and yard to increase your home’s winter curb appeal:

Add color. Natural color is in short supply during the winter months, so do what you can to enhance it. Fill two large, colorful planters with evergreens and use them to flank your front door. And don’t forget to hang a tasteful holiday wreath.

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