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  • Best timber for decking

    Posted 2019-09-16 14:00:00 by: bossgate

    If you have decided to build a deck one of the first decisions you are going to have to make is what timber to use.  There are a bunch to choose from, all with their respective pros and cons. These range from relatively soft, though cost effective treated pine, to the most durable hardwoods like ironwood which are of course also more expensive. Planning your timber deck You need to do some planning before any work on your timber deck begins - because there is more to think about than meets the eye, including: Budget and how much you have to spend which will determine what timber you can afford for your project Which timber you want, with colour, durability and suitability for where you live major considerations What your project looks like, specifically the size and height of your deck and if it is going to be freestanding Red tape and approvals you need, including if your deck needs to conform to Australian Standards for bushfire zones Who is going to build your deck, preferably someone with the necessary experience and licence and insurances With over 20 different timbers to choose from, there’s no one best timber for decking, but there are a few stand outs. Each of these have different pros and cons, including price, durability, and sustainability. These are the 8 best timbers for decking, according to the experts. 1. Treated Pine Timber Using treated pine for decking make sense as it is the cheapest timber you can buy, but this fact does mean it is not up to the job. However you do need to make sure it has been treated, and choose a decent quality timber with a “H” rating, which tells you if it is suitable for outdoor use. Treated pine decking does have a shorter lifespan than other decking materials, however. While pine is a relatively soft wood, treating or painting is keeps it sealed and resistant to rot and infestation. Pros for treated pine decks: Widely available, sustainable, and ...

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  • Couple Put a Personal Stamp on Their Chicago Condo (28 photos)

    Posted 2019-09-16 13:00:41 by: bossgate

    When Luis Lara and Nate Glencer moved into their condo in Chicago’s Ravenswood neighborhood in 2016, the rooms had recently been painted a pleasing light gray. Structural work had also modernized the condo before they bought it, so the heavy lifting was done, except for the kitchen. The couple had ...

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  • How to Conquer Kitchen Counter Clutter, Maybe for Good (13 photos)

    Posted 2019-09-16 12:00:08 by: bossgate

    That vast expanse of open kitchen counter probably looked appealing when you first moved in or remodeled. But over time, what you’d hoped would be a wonderful space for baking, homework projects and long chats over wine with friends has become a magnet for clutter, with layers as complex (though ...

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  • 10 Times to Hire a Landscape Contractor (11 photos)

    Posted 2019-09-16 10:00:30 by: bossgate

    Wondering if it’s time to hire a landscape contractor? These pros are experts at managing all aspects of an outdoor project, including hiring subcontractors and overseeing work, keeping the work site safe and applying for building permits. If you have plans from a landscape architect or designer ...

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  • Your Guide to a Farmhouse-Style Bathroom (12 photos)

    Posted 2019-09-15 12:00:21 by: bossgate

    Whether you’re tackling a bathroom remodel with the help of a bathroom designer, an architect or a ...

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  • Designers Share Their Favorite Light Gray Paints (13 photos)

    Posted 2019-09-15 11:00:17 by: bossgate

    Whether their designs are surrounded by Lake Minnetonka’s mist, San Francisco’s fog, Toronto’s ice, L.A.’s glare, Denver’s snowdrifts or Atlanta’s steamy air, design pros seeking fresh neutral paints are looking to light gray. “Grays can be so transparent and versatile that they can pair with just ...

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  • 9 Fall Planting Ideas for Porches, Balconies and Small Gardens (10 photos)

    Posted 2019-09-15 10:00:15 by: bossgate

    A few colorful fall containers or a potted Japanese maple tree can go a long way in providing a seasonal pick-me-up to a porch, patio, balcony or other small outdoor space. For inspiration, take a look at these nine high-impact planting vignettes that combine some of our favorite plant ingredients, ...

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  • 91 Kitchen Banquettes to Start Your Morning Right (91 photos)

    Posted 2019-09-15 10:00:13 by: bossgate

    If the kitchen is the heart of the home and breakfast is the most important meal of the day, then the kitchen banquette might be the best place to start your day. Here’s a collection of some of our favorite breakfast banquettes to peruse for loads of ideas. Tell us ...

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  • Emerging Interior Design Trends From Maison & Objet 2019 (12 photos)

    Posted 2019-09-14 18:00:21 by: bossgate

    Since 1995, the Maison & Objet trade fair, held twice a year in Paris, has been the international meeting point for professionals in the lifestyle, interiors and design fields. It brings together more than 3,000 exhibitors and nearly 90,000 visitors, half of whom come from outside France. Houzz ...

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  • Modern Curves Grace a California Backyard (10 photos)

    Posted 2019-09-14 13:00:18 by: bossgate

    Elegant, sweeping curves transect this two-tier patio in the San Francisco Bay Area. The curves draw one’s gaze from a mural featuring a pair of egrets on the wall of a backyard music studio to a peaceful water feature and a gravel courtyard set with boulders around a mature lemon tree. Soft ...

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