Planning a new cedar or composite deck to best complement your home is always a little tricky, especially if you have a hard time visualizing how the end result will look. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could just sit by your back door and watch while different deck designs are projected onto your backyard? That’s why we love this video, resurrected from the Rick’s media archive.
The lines between indoor and outdoor living spaces are becoming more and more blurred. These days, you can take almost any modern indoor convenience outside with you, from stereo systems to refrigerators. But have you ever wondered just how many homeowners are taking advantage of these features when they build a new deck or patio?
The American Society of Landscape Architects recently recently asked more than 180 residential landscape architects to rate a list of outdoor living elements according to popularity. Not surprisingly, more than 94% rated outdoor living spaces such as kitchens or entertainment areas as popular for 2010.
Here at Rick’s, we’ve seen a lot of changes in the past 30 years. The internet alone has created a vast array of tools we can use to enhance the way we do business. Now, not only can our customers view a photo gallery of decks and fences we’ve completed, but they can get a free quote on a new fence or deck without ever leaving the house or picking up the phone! Such conveniences may seem par for the course now, but we remember how different things were just a couple of decades ago.
As this video from the Rick’s media archive states, however: “Some things never change–like offering high-end and economical fencing and decking to best serve our customers.”
Here’s another commercial from Rick’s video archive. It’s a bit old–our Bend store closed in 2009, although we still have an associate in the area to perform repairs and assist our past customers with their concerns. You can check out all of our videos on the Rick’s Fencing YouTube channel.
As the cold winter months melt into spring, there’s no better time to rejuvenate your garden. Garden Center Magazine has identified some of 2010’s most popular gardening trends to watch for in the coming months:
Green gardens. It may seem redundant, but this year, gardens are going green. According to Garden Center Magazine, it’s possible we’ll start seeing plants and garden products with labels indicating any chemicals present, whether recycled material was used and how much fuel was used in transportation to a nursery. To complement your sustainable garden, read up on chemical-free fence maintenance.
Letting your personality shine. Expect to see gardens vibrant with originality. The rise of the home-centric “staycation” means creative types will be looking for ways to make their gardens truly unique. To best frame your one-of-a-kind garden, consider adding a custom-designed vinyl accent fence for a unique touch.
Gardening for health. It’s an accepted fact that tending a garden affords mental clarity, physical well-being and increased air quality. Some plants even have the ability to filter common allergens out of the air, potentially saving you money on over-the-counter allergy remedies.
Native plants. Easy-care plants that require little maintenance are expected to be popular in 2010. Most notable is the concept of using plants native to your area in garden designs, as opposed to branching out to more exotic types. Native plants are already acclimated to the local climate so they’re easy to tend, plus they have lower transportation costs for a lower overall carbon footprint.
Since then, we’ve been swamped with requests for on-site estimates and have had to bring in extra manpower from other Rick’s locations to handle the increased interest we received from the show. What a great place to be!
An excavation of Rick’s media archives turned up this video we made awhile back to advertise our website, and we just had to share it! If you look closely, you’ll see a cameo of our Oasis Rock Fencing, which simulates the look and feel of rough-hewn stone.
Now that spring is on its way, humans aren’t the only ones whose outdoor habitats need a little sprucing up. Several organizations in Washington are working to provide wood ducks and other waterfowl with safe, comfortable places to raise their young.
Hundreds of people requested on-site project estimates at the show, which took place Feb. 24-28 at the Portland Expo Center, and others stopped by to discuss their spring and summer home improvement projects or just to thank us for the beautiful decks we built for them in the past. Based on the interest we received–and the unprecedented volume of visitors to our retail showrooms lately–it’s going to be a busy building season for Rick’s.