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Pergola Styles from Around the World

July 27th, 2010

vinyl pergolaA pergola is a simple and cost-effective way to add shade to your deck or patio and take advantage of the vertical space in your yard. One of the things that makes pergolas so versatile is that they can be customized to complement the individual style of your home or garden. Here’s a look at several vinyl and cedar pergola styles adapted from regions around the world:

Rustic: This is the most basic cedar pergola style and has been popular for generations. Constructed mostly of cedar or vinyl, the rustic pergola features solid beams with simple, open rafters and is great for supporting climbing plants. Though simple, rustic pergolas can add striking light and shade patterns to any deck or yard. This adaptable style can take on different flavors depending on what climbing plants are used, but it’s best suited to gardens with a rugged, wild or natural feel.

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Three Uses for Lattice Fencing

July 23rd, 2010

custom cedar fenceLet’s face it: Lattice fencing has a reputation for being a bit … cute. While lattice fencing may make you think of your grandmother’s rose garden, many landscape designers are using lattice in hip, modern ways. Here are three fun, practical ways to incorporate lattice fencing into your landscape design scheme.

Purely Decorative
The most obvious way to use lattice fencing is for decoration. If you have a solid privacy fence,  try running about 6 inches of lattice trim along the top to give your fence an ornamental look. Lattice is also a great way to make a gate stand out from the rest of a solid privacy fence. Don’t overdo it, though; a little lattice can go a long way.

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The Solution to Your Deck Woes

June 29th, 2010

cable handrailsIt’s one thing to build a deck from the ground up, with the ability to design the space to meet your personal needs. It’s another to buy a home with an existing cedar deck and have to make do with what you’ve got.

If you’re unhappy with your existing deck but can’t afford to replace the whole thing, one option is to update your deck with new custom handrails to help create an outdoor living space you’ll appreciate. As the market for backyard decks has grown, manufacturers have created a vast array of deck rails to choose from. Handrails for your deck now come in a variety of materials, from aluminum to glass to stainless steel cable, and can be included in any new deck design or added onto an existing deck for a fresh, new look.

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Bet You’ve Never Seen a Fence Like This

June 23rd, 2010

Fences come in all sorts of different shapes, sizes and materials. With certain fence styles in much greater demand than others, it makes sense to offer several standard, widely available options. Some fences even come in prefabricated sections for fast and easy installation.

While most homeowners these days opt for a more cost-effective, standard type of fencing, some are just aching to build a one-of-a-kind custom cedar fence. Often these are fences the homeowners have designed themselves, sometimes using elements they’ve seen in other fences.

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Aluminum, the Unsung Fencing Material

June 21st, 2010

aluminum fenceThere’s so much talk about cedar and vinyl these days, it seems aluminum fencing tends to get lost in the shuffle. Yet aluminum is one of the most versatile, durable and stylish fencing materials available.

Aluminum fencing was developed as a replacement for wrought iron, which is just too heavy and expensive for practical homeowners these days. Aluminum offers a similar look to wrought iron, but it’s affordable, lightweight and rust-free. It also requires almost no maintenance, so you’ll never have to worry about staining or sanding. Plus, it’s customizable — you can choose the picket width, the size of the gaps between pickets, the color, and any decorative embellishments you want to include.

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Railing Against Conformity: How to Make Your Deck Stand Out

June 1st, 2010

aluminum handrailsIt’s all too easy in this mass marketplace to end up with a product that looks exactly the same as everyone else’s. Even some neighborhoods feature row after row of houses built according to a mere handful of floor plans.

In a world of conformity, sometimes it takes a little extra effort to stand out.

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When Planning Your Deck, Don’t Forget the Fasteners

May 29th, 2010

deck clipsHomeowners face so many decisions when planning a new deck build, they can easily become overwhelmed. But one question that often remains unaddressed is the issue of deck fasteners.

Deck fasteners are the hardware that’s used to connect your deck boards to the structural framework. Most contractors will automatically use a certain type of fastener unless the customer requests an upgrade. This is fine, but as a homeowner it’s important to know the different options that are available to you.

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Like the Look of Wood? Check Out Our new Vinyl Fence Colors!

May 28th, 2010

new vinyl fence colorHomeowners are often torn between cedar and vinyl fencing. On the one hand, the low maintenance and durability of a vinyl fence is terribly alluring — especially in the rainy Northwest. On the other hand, there’s something timeless and attractive about the natural look of wood.

The consumer market has long demanded vinyl fencing that better simulates the look of wood. Rick’s is pleased to announce its two newest vinyl fencing colors: Weathered Cedar and Redwood.

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Amazing Cedar Facts

March 24th, 2010

solid style cedar fenceCedar isn’t just a versatile building material–all over the world, it’s appreciated for its longevity, majestic beauty and cultural significance. Here’s a bit of trivia about the strongest, most durable decking and fencing material around:

Huge Cedar Firsts

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Create a Tuscan Landscape With a Pergola

March 16th, 2010

cedar pergolaTuscan-style design is hot in 2010, and many homeowners are eagerly looking for ways to incorporate old-world flavor into their décor. The good news is it doesn’t take a lot of money to add a hint of Italy to your landscape.

Building a pergola is one of the simplest and most effective ways of bringing European charm to your backyard. A pergola is a decorative structure made up of pillars supporting crossbeams for an airy, open-roof shelter. Pergolas can be used to mark transitions from one part of your yard to the next, or to help define an outdoor living space such as a deck or patio.

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