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When You Need To Drain Your Pool

When You Need To Drain Your Pool

As the summer is coming to an end, it is time to start inquiring if you need to drain your pool. You may have been at your local pool store having your water tested and the pool technician may have mentioned it. It is now about that time to start asking questions to see if draining your pool is something you need to do during the off season.

Before You Build an Outdoor Bar

Before You Build An Outdoor Bar

Having a built in outdoor bar at your home is truly a great thing. They’re usually built under the patio awning staying cool in its pleasant shade. They are often connected to a grill and have a built in refrigerator near by. Shade, warm food and cool drinks all within reach from the comfort of your very own backyard. That is a recipe for a good day. Now, if your home already has a built-in bar, then unfortunately the following advice may be too late for you. That’s because homebuilders have a bad habit of building outdoor bars without giving much thought into the height of a standard outdoor barstool. Maybe you already noticed this and how changeling it is to find a patio barstool for your built-in bar? The good news for you is that we already authored a piece about measuring your custom built-in bar for outdoor barstools. Give that a read and good luck to you. For those who are on the eve of building their very own outdoor bar, please read the following before proceeding.

Treasure Garden’s Outdoor Umbrellas – Cool Summer Hues

Treasure Garden's Cool Summer Hues

In some parts of the country, if you were to take a casual stroll outside (like here in Phoenix) you would notice that triple digit temperatures have already arrived. You don’t need to be a meteorologist to realize the cold hard fact that summer is here. If you haven’t already begun to feel the heat, consider yourself lucky. For those who have, and are doing everything they can to dodge the sun and somehow not sweat, just know that there is a better way.

Modern Aluminum Sling Outdoor Furniture - The A La Carte Collection

Modern Aluminum Sling Furniture The A La Carte Collection

Lloyd Flanders has a long storied history of creating luxury outdoor wicker furniture. In fact, over a century ago they made their first pieces and in 1917 invented the Lloyd Loom. That loom process quickly became the standard by which all outdoor wicker furniture was measured against. So it is a bit of a surprise that a company that literally wrote the book on wicker furniture would manufacture a modern aluminum sling collection such as the A La Carte collection. They may be breaking from their norm but if you have any concerns as to the quality and craftsmanship of the group, they are quickly erased once you have a closer look. The grace and simplicity of the design would have you to believe that they have been making sling furniture for a century.

Protective Covers For Outdoor Sectional Furniture

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When it comes to outdoor furniture, there really is nothing like sectional furniture. Just like people, no two outdoor areas are exactly the same. For those with unusually shaped outdoor spaces or big open areas, sectional furniture offers the perfect fit. Once you have customized your layout to your liking and fastened the various sections together, you have truly created a unique piece of furniture. No other furniture gives you this kind of freedom and flexibility.

Fall Outdoor Patio Essentials

20" Square Designer Throw Pillow - Spice Stripe

The fall is a much celebrated time of the year. It dramatically alters our landscape with those fantastic autumn colors. Both Halloween and Thanksgiving occur during its watch. The nights start to grow longer and the temperatures start to dip. In places with hotter climates such as our home base Arizona, it’s a time when we start to use our outdoor areas more. Below you will find some essential items that will help you have an enjoyable and unforgettable fall. 

Elaine Smith – The First and Only Luxury Outdoor Throw Pillows

Elaine Smith Luxury Outdoor Throw Pillows

For an ordinary pillow to become a quality outdoor throw pillow it needs to meet a few requirements. First off, it needs to be durable. It has to be able to withstand endless hours of sunshine and damaging UV rays without fading. It needs to be able to endure a rainstorm without rotting and growing mildew. The fabric should be machine washable because, lets face it, accidents happen. Things such as bleach and pool chlorine should not discolor the fabric. Secondly, because it’s a pillow it needs to be comfortable. No one’s first choice for a mid-day nap is to lay his or her head on a cozy brick. Lastly, it needs to be presentable. An outdoor throw pillow should compliment your outdoor furniture. Some like to coordinate the colors with their furniture or other decor in their backyard. Others like to get new pillows every year with a different fabric style to spruce up their outdoor areas. If a pillow can meet all of those requirements then it is suitable to be left outside.

What Are Phosphates And How Do They Affect Your Pool?

Sea Klear Phosphate Remover

What are phosphates in the pool? Most pool owners have heard of Phosphates in their pool probably from their pool professional. The basic explanation of a phosphate is that it is food for algae. Phosphates being present in your pool water will let an onset algae bloom thrive. The ideal amount of Phosphates present in a pool is zero, however some environments will not allow that so the goal is to keep them as minimal as possible.

What Kind of Outdoor Sofa Are You Most Like?

What Kind of Outdoor Sofa Are You Most Like

Let’s talk about the outdoor sofa. That big soft piece of furniture that’s patiently waiting your companionship. It welcomes both you and your company for a relaxing sit. It begs to absorb that weight off your shoulders and give you a reprieve from your worries. It is in fact an outdoor areas best friend. Without an outdoor sofa no backyard is complete. Where else will you retreat to when you want to appreciate an especially beautiful sunset? Where would you go when all you want to do is get lost in a book only coming up for air to drink from your wine glass? When you want to ingest a peaceful breeze and let the sounds of nature rock you to sleep? Sure there are perhaps several ways to enjoy all of this but we argue there is no better way than from loving grasps of an outdoor sofa.

Groovystuff – Repurposed Teak Outdoor Furniture

Groovystuff Repurposed Teak Outdoor Furniture

“One person’s junk is another person’s treasure” is an old adage that most are familiar with and it can be traced back to the 16th century. It may be a popular 500 year old saying but it wasn’t until 1998 that it took on such a visual and comfortable meaning. That was when Chris Bruning founded the furniture company Groovystuff that specializes in making rustic furniture out of re-claimed teak wood.

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