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Automatic Gates: Luxury or Liability?

March 25th, 2010

automatic chain link gateViewed as the ultimate in home protection, an automatic driveway gate combines security, privacy and convenience into one electronic package. But installing one on your property is not something to take lightly. Does adding an automatic gate make sense for your needs, budget and priorities? Or will it simply be a high-tech toy guarding your front door?

Here are some key questions to ask before deciding to invest in an automatic gate:

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Why WestStar Shines for Northwest Composite Decks

March 18th, 2010

weststar composite deckingComposite decking is becoming an increasingly popular choice among homeowners, and demand is expected to continue to rise over the next several years. Composite decks, made from wood fibers encased in recycled plastic, are environmentally-friendly, require minimal maintenance and have numerous safety and practical advantages over wood decks.

Northwest homeowners, in particular, stand to benefit from composite decking’s ability to withstand rough weather conditions, but choosing the toughest deck isn’t as simple as buying out any old composite material. Composite decking can differ when it comes to the quality and amount of wood and plastic used, and different manufacturers have varying strengths and weaknesses.

Composite Decking Brands

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Pergolas: Five Backyard Transforming Uses

March 15th, 2010

cedar pergola patioThe pergola is the unsung hero of backyard landscaping. As many homeowners are discovering, a well-planned pergola can add usable living space to a boring backyard, garden or patio. Below are five ways you can use a pergola to transform your backyard.

1. Grow a vertical garden.

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Don’t Blame it on the Rain: How Northwest Homeowners Wreck Wood Fences

February 23rd, 2010

decorator wood fenceThe Pacific Northwest is one of the most beautiful places to live, with gorgeous mountain ranges, a scenic coastline, and thick, lush forests. Yet for all of its natural beauty, one aspect stands out the most: the rain! Though it may be convenient to blame the rain for an occasional bad day, far too many Northwestern fence owners use the weather as a scapegoat for many easily preventable fencing troubles.

If you’re planning on installing a new wood fence for your Northwest home, beat the rain by avoiding these five common mistakes homeowners make:

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8 Things Dogs Hate About Kennels—and How to Avoid Them

February 23rd, 2010

custom dog kennelDogs have endless love for their owners. They don’t care if you’ve had a bad day, just won the lottery, or forgot to take out the trash (again). Yet for all their forgiveness, there’s one thing that can drive even the best-behaved dogs crazy: a subpar dog kennel!

In exchange for unlimited devotion and a lifetime of companionship, the least you can do is put together a dog kennel your pet will enjoy. Here are the top reasons dogs dislike kennel living:

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A Deck Stain That Sticks

February 23rd, 2010

cedar deck stainYou’ve spent time, money and energy designing your dream deck. Finally, after all the waiting, it’s done. But you’re not quite finished yet—once construction on your new deck has wrapped up, the next phase begins.

Protecting your deck with a high-quality deck stain is the easiest way to guarantee a lifetime of enjoyment. But not all deck stains are created equal. As you wade through the many options available, there are several important things to keep in mind to help you select a stain that will safeguard your deck for years to come.

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Garden Arbors: Your Gateway to Zen

February 23rd, 2010

wood arborIn today’s fast-paced world, it’s more important than ever to find a source of peace.  Few things can transform your yard or garden into a tranquil sanctuary like an arbor.

From simple, traditional archway arbor kits to custom vine-covered sanctuaries, the wide range of arbor options available makes them the perfect way to create a unique outdoor space to clear your mind.

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Don’t Think You Need a Fence? 8 Reasons You Might Be Wrong

February 23rd, 2010

Wood fences are nice to look at, but is that enough to justify the time, energy, and cost? For most people, a strong need triggers the decision to build a new fence.

Examining why you might want to install wood fencing will not only help you decide whether it’s worth it, but it can also steer you toward the best type of fence for your needs. If you’re on the fence about fencing in your yard, here are the top eight reasons you should consider putting one in:

good neighbor fence1.    Everyone can see what you’re doing.

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Composite Decking: The Benefits To Home Owners

February 8th, 2010

Trek Decking Alternative WestStarOur unique Northwest weather presents a challenge for homeowners, particularly when it comes to outdoor structures such as decks. Choosing the right decking material for your climate makes a big difference in determining the lifespan and attractiveness of your deck, which is why many homeowners are turning to composite decking for a solution.

Composite decking material is made from a combination of wood fibers encased in plastic. The result is a deck that’s more durable and easier to maintain than many other types. Composite decking is often made from recycled materials, which, combined with its long life, has made it an increasingly popular choice among homeowners.

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