Archive for the 'Decks & Patios' Category

Curtain-style Mosquito Netting Protects Your Porch from Insects

Sunday, January 14th, 2007

mosquito netting for porches and decksOutdoor living trends continue to grow in popularity as more and more people outfit their decks and patios with outdoor kitchens, fireplaces or fire pits, and comfortable all-weather furniture. But if you live in a climate where mosquitoes and other bugs plague guests and family, the idea of spending quality time in the backyard might not seem that appealing. You can solve this problem by getting mosquito netting to wrap around your outdoor living area.

There are systems out there that make this easy. For example, the Mosquito Curtains Co. makes nets that are easy to slide in and out of place, just like your living room curtains. They hang on a track that makes them a breeze to manipulate. Keep the deck open to the yard if there aren’t any bugs out, but in the heavy mosquito season, simply slide the curtain-netting into place. It’s a smart idea for dealing with those pesky insects.

DIY Snap Together Wood Deck Tiles

Wednesday, November 15th, 2006

snap together deck tilesIf you’re looking for a way to turn your ugly, gray, cracked concrete patio into something beautiful, these snap-together deck tiles could be just the ticket. Easy to install (you literally just snap them together; you don’t need a hammer and nails or even glue) they’re perfect for the do-it-yourself type without much experience (though I’m sure experienced DIY folks are welcome to use them too). They let you build a new deck over an existing foundation and could also be used on rooftop decks or apartment balconies as well as patios.

The deck tiles are fairly inexpensive too. Though you’ll pay a bit for shipping (hey, wood isn’t light), you can get a kit of 20 tiles (which covers 18.5 square feet) from Amazon for $120: Snapping Deck Tiles

Stylish Post Caps for Your Deck

Thursday, November 9th, 2006

fancy post cap for your deckIs your deck looking a little drab? Or maybe you’re in the process of building a new deck and you want to give it a special touch. Something memorable. Well, a cedar post cap in the shape of a ball would be memorable (and provide a good place to grab as your swinging around the rail to head down the stairs). This one even has dental molding on the bottom. High class, all right.

The wood post cap is available from along with several other styles (just in case the ball isn’t your thing).