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Tips for Building your own Backyard Fire Pitq

Tips for Building your own Backyard Fire Pitq

No matter what the climate in your state, a fire pit out in the back yard makes a great focal point for your landscape design. On those cool or even cold winter evenings, you and your friends and family will enjoy relaxing around a blazing fire in the back yard while sipping cocoa or hot tea. You’ll need some beautiful wicker patio furniture to sit and enjoy the fire. Many homeowners just don’t feel up to the challenge of building their own fire pit so they hire a landscaping company to do the work for them. If you are handy with a few tools, it’s really not that difficult to design and build an outdoor fire pit. Tip One The first and most important tip is to choose the right location. You want a place that’s centrally located but it must be away from the house and it should not have any low hanging limbs over it. Just like placing a candle in an open space with no shelves or other obstacles over it, your fire pit needs room for the flames to flare up. Tip Two Lay out pavers in a circle the size of the pit you want to build. Dig out the area in that circle. Be sure to dig down at least 12 inches so you’ll have room for rocks or gravel in the bottom of the pit. The bottom of your fire pit can consist of fire bricks, regular rocks or any type of gravel. It should have a slight bowl shape. Tip Three When choosing the stones that will make up the walls of your fire pit, try to match or complement your home. If you have a light gray brick home, then try to find pavers or fire bricks in a color that blends well. Tip Four Plant some small areas with flowering plants so that will attract honeybees and hummingbirds. Add a bench in one area. Rattan furniture is a good choice. Wicker Paradise has some good selections at reasonable...

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How to Optimize Your Kitchen Space

How to Optimize Your Kitchen Space

Keeping your house clean can make it feel much more welcoming and comfortable. A lot of what goes into that comes down to quality, from the quality of the furniture you own to the quality effort put into arranging the furniture in a thoughtful way. Bonding with others through food and drinks, testing out a new recipe you just found, or simply heating up some food after a busy day are some of the various ways you may use your kitchen. Your kitchen does not need to be a hectic and stressful place, but rather an environment where you feel comfortable and at ease. You can achieve this by being a bit more intentional with your interior design choices. Fully renovating your kitchen likely is not necessary. Instead, some more subtle touches can work together to create a more optimized kitchen space. Keep Your Counters Clear It is common for some people to designate a particular area of the kitchen for mail, magazines, coupons, and other miscellaneous items. While it is smart to have a dedicated area for your belongings, try to keep it away from the kitchen counters and tables. This can make the space where you cook or eat feel much less cluttered. Cushions for Comfort When people are in the kitchen, whether that be to cook or simply hang out, they are usually on their feet. Investing in rubber mats can help make the ground feel softer, reducing some of the pressure brought about by standing for extended periods of time. Blog submitted by Wicker Paradise: Are you in the market for new outdoor wicker furniture for your patio? Check Wicker Paradise out to find the perfect furniture for your...

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