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Wednesday, July 21, 2010 - North Shore News - A25

living Relax... choosing the perfect hammock

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PHOTOS: DREAMSTIME

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PHOTOS: DREAMSTIME

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PHOTO: DREAMSTIME

Nothing gets you into that summertime mood like a hammock.

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Both styles can be picked up for approximately $100.

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Swaying gently as a warm breeze drifts above and below, a hammock can transport you from your backyard to a sunny tropical locale even before you start getting into the daiquiris.

to be fastened securely at two ends, either to trees or some sturdy back deck uprights. Generally speaking, you’ll need about four metres between anchor points to avoid scraping the ground.

And like any good piece of backyard summertime fun, hammocks are also cheap and simple. No chequebook angst and no endless poring over instructions here.

One often-overlooked point: traditional hammocks work best when you lie diagonally or at a right angle. You’ll find this is considerably more comfortable for a long read or an afternoon snooze, especially if you have back complaints.

PHOTO: MIKE WAKEFIELD

But there are a couple of different styles to choose from. The classic hammock, sometimes called a Mayan hammock, is basically just a length of netting that gathers up at each end. These need

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Hammocks with a spreader bar at each end reduce the sagging effect and can be enjoyed lengthwise.

Brazilian hammocks have a similar design to their Mexican cousins, but are made of fabric rather than mesh and often have some decorative fringes and tassels. This can nudge the price up to around $170 and they should be washed more frequently than their Mexican cousins. On the other hand, they are attractive visual additions to a deck space and more comfortable to lay on than mesh, especially if you’re down to the bare essentials on a hot summer day. Of course, you can always lay a blanket down on your traditional hammock to avoid mesh-print.

If you don’t have two obligingly placed trees you can opt for a chair hammock. These have a single overhead anchor point and a sort of mesh bag attached to a spreader bar. Despite the name, you can lay almost flat in a chair hammock, and they can be put up almost anywhere. Any structural joist or even a strong tree branch will do the trick. And if you really don’t have anything to hang a hammock from, there are freestanding models with their own frames. These do cost more and do require some assembly, but you get to avoid trusting your dignity to your knot-tying prowess.

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Tired after a hectic day at work? Mix a cocktail, sit back and relax to these summertime jams.

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The XX “Islands” This dreamy track from British indie band The XX could be the closest you’ll get to an island escape.

PHOTO: DREAMSTIME

Bob Marley “Could You Be Loved” Nothing says summer like this song, or really any other from the king of reggae. Choose your favourite and pop it in.

Jack Johnson “You and Your Heart” Singer/songwriter/surfer Jack Johnson is a North Shore native — North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii, that is. Needless to say, he knows how to put out a breezy, laid-back melody. Daniel Wesley “Ooo Ohh” If you’ve never heard of Daniel Wesley, you’ve been missing out. The White Rock native mixes reggae with rock for a truly unique sound. Blondie “The Tide is High” An oldie but a goodie. Lady Gaga “Eh, Eh, Nothing Else I Can Say”

Don’t get nervous. This might be one of the slowest-tempo songs on pop superstar Lady Gaga’s album The Fame Monster. Plus, your teenage daughters will give you props. Hannah Georgas “Dance Floor” Prepare to fall — hard. With her sweet but spunky voice and lyrics, Vancouver songstress Hannah Georgas promises to be a big deal. Play this song at a party and be the first of your friends to claim her. John Mayer “Waiting on the World to Change” Oh, John Mayer. Say what you will about his all-too-public romantic escapades, but the man knows how to sing.

Dragonette “Easy” This catchy tune from new wave group Dragonette will have you reaching for the repeat button, uh... repeatedly. Chuck Prophet “Summertime Thing” The title says it all.

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On the other hand, having the outdoor kitchen located too close to the house could make it feel like the rest of the house. And if the outdoor kitchen is too close, contractors might be forced to factor an exhaust system into the design to draw heat and smoke away from the house. Location of the outdoor kitchen will also have to take into consideration the size of the yard. If you have a large property you can have an expansive kitchen. Individuals with a smaller yard may have to scale back and ensure their cooking and lifestyle habits don’t infringe on the neighbors. Whether the kitchen is located near or far from the house, homeowners should think about some sort of protection from the elements. A shelter can

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Sunny skies and warmer temperatures are the perfect excuse to get outdoors as much as possible, even if it’s just in your own backyard.

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But what happens if your down time is plagued by the neighbour’s dog barking and blaring traffic from down the street? Well luckily there’s a peaceful and attractive solution — water features. With a wide variety of styles available from smaller, self-contained fountains to swimming pools featuring caves and waterfalls, there’s probably a water feature that’s right for you.

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Those who don’t have a ton of space to spare can look to terrazzo pots as an option, available at North Vancouver’s Atlas Pots. Terrazzo — made of concrete with crushed marble on the surface — is durable and winter proof.

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Fountain vases offered at Atlas come in black and dark grey with all the necessary plumbing included. “People are kind of stuck when it’s a smaller space they’re not going to go out and get a huge landscape project done,” explains shop owner Maninder Tennessey. “These ones are all selfcontained and they’re easy.” Water features are popular because they add a unique ambience to the yard, she adds. “I think that slowly people are expanding the idea of having their own living space. It’s sort of like having different layers to their patio or garden. You’re

thinking about designing, you’re thinking about sound and even different elements.” For a fun weekend project, consider installing a pondless waterfall — the biggest seller at GardenWorks, which has locations in Edgemont Village and Capilano. “It looks really nice. You have the sound of the water running, it looks like a little river,” says Peter Fitzmaurice, merchandising manager of garden supplies for the store. Instead of flowing into a waterbed, the falls disappear into a bed of gravel, meaning very little maintenance. Pond kits are also available in a range of sizes and include a biological filter so that fish can be placed in them. If you’re seeking a dramatic change, a hot tub or swimming pool that doubles as a water

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