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HOME & DESIGN TRENDS A guide to fall/winter home improvement and decorating on the North Olympic Peninsula

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CONTENTS Converting garages into livable spaces Coping with condensation Crown molding tips and tricks Get curb appeal New ways to display awards, diplomas Fall entertaining — what’s in style Upcycle old furniture for a fresh feel This year’s kitchen and bathroom trends Unlearn this from Pinterest now! Creating space for guests this holiday season Home office planning Bust the winter blues with these projects Weekend renovations Improve your home’s air quality Get your household winter ready Design with a fireplace in mind

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Many people decide to upgrade from their apartments or condominiums out of a need for more space. But even after moving into a new home, homeowners may soon begin to outgrow the room they have. Rather than looking for a new home, some homeowners consider expansion. Expanding a living space can be expensive, and a more affordable option may be converting existing basement or garage space into something more livable. Garages already are built on a foundation, have four walls and a roof overhead, so a garage-conversion project is merely a matter of turning this utilitarian area into a living space. Before beginning the renovation, homeowners should consider the benefits versus the cost of converting the garage. For those who are planning to grow old in a house, a garage conversion can be a worthy investment. But those who intend to sell their homes rather than retire in them may learn that a converted garage can affect home value and make it less desirable at resale. Compare your home to others in the area and see what your neighbors have done. If converted garages are the norm where you live, your own renovation may fit in with others. Always apply for the proper permits and learn the zoning laws to see if a garage conversion is acceptable in your town or city. It’s best to go by the book so that work can be done in a proper manner and be inspected for safety. Many homeowners hope their garage-conversion projects will make their garages seem like a seamless part of the rest of the house.

To do so, you will need to remove evidence the space was once a garage. Slab flooring will need to be raised and insulated. Walls also will need to be insulated and finished to improve comfort and soundproofing. Many garages do not have windows, so for the garage to function as a renovated space, windows may need to be added.



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Garage spaces done right < CONTINUED from 4 One of the biggest transformations will come by way of modifying the garage door entry. Some homeowners prefer to leave the existing door so that the home still has the appearance of a garage from the curb, while others remove the garage door and rebuild the exterior wall so that it has a window or another architectural element. An architect can help suggest design elements that will camouflage the original garage look and make the space seem like it was always part of the main living area of the home. Landscaping work also can minimize the appearance of an old garage. Rather than having the driveway end at the wall of a home, shrubbery, pavers and other techniques can blend the garage renovation into the rest of the yard design. Transforming a garage into a living space can add several hundred square feet to a home. Hire a reputable contractor and follow the municipal guidelines for modifying the space to ensure the job is done right.


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Coping with condensation Finding balance within the home


Finding the right moisture balance in a home can be challenging. Too little moisture and a home can be plagued by static electricity and interior spaces that can feel dry and uncomfortable. Too much moisture in a home may make it susceptible to mold, mildew and insect infestations. Moisture also can rot wood and cause unsightly stains on walls and ceilings. Maintaining humidity in the optimal indoor range helps to keep the home safe, reduce energy consumption and keep a home’s occupants healthy. Damp conditions can lead to the growth of fungi, viruses and bacteria and may exacerbate people’s asthma and allergies. The ideal relative humidity range of a home should be between 40 to 50, according to heating and cooling experts and the Environmental Prevention Agency. Humidity should be even lower in the winter to prevent condensation on windows and other surfaces. Lower relative humidity also reduces the out-gassing of volatile organic compounds, or VOCs. Measure humidity with a hygrometer to get an accurate assessment. If the humidity levels fall above or below the desired range, action should be taken. Homeowners dealing with excessive moisture can try these remedies. •  Ventilate areas of the home. Ventilation can be the first step to reducing indoor humidity. Target the areas that create the most moisture, such as kitchens and bathrooms. Turn on venting fans to remove moist air from the bathroom during showers and baths.

Exhaust hoods can control humidity from cooking in the kitchen. When possible, open windows on dry days to help air out damp spaces. •  Rely on fans. Use fans to circulate the air and prevent moist air from pooling in certain locations. Fans also will help increase ventilation. •  Keep gutters and downspouts clean. Prevent water from pooling around the foundation of a home and infiltrating the basement or crawlspace. Direct gutter water further away from the house if possible, and keep gutters free of obstructions. •  Service HVAC systems regularly. Routine inspections of heating and cooling systems can identify any problems, such as clogged air-conditioning drain lines or faulty operation, that can contribute to moisture problems. •  Beef up insulation. Insulate cold water pipes and look into insulated toilet tanks that will help eliminate condensation issues. Sealing out moisture in a basement or crawlspace also can help. Vapor barriers can eliminate a great deal of moisture coming into the home. •  Address any plumbing leaks. Make sure you trace possible leaks to their sources and have them repaired. Constantly dripping water can add to humidity levels and create other problems. •  Use a dehumidifier. If all other efforts have been tried, a dehumidifier unit can help remove excess moisture from the air. Dehumidifiers are particularly helpful in basements where moisture can collect. Controlling moisture in a home results in a safer and healthier space.


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The kids are back to school now, but for those who graduated in the spring, they may be receiving or have received an award or diploma. These certificates can represent years of hard work and discipline and though they may be simple sheets of paper, those sheets are symbolic of so much more. Too often, though, diplomas end up collecting dust in a box somewhere instead of being displayed in a home. There may be plenty of reasons why diplomas end up going from commencement ceremonies to shelves in the back of closets, but diplomas incorporated into a larger collection of items can become eye-catching components of home decor. •  Practice feng shui. The principles of feng shui suggest the “fame” area of a home is the central area along the wall opposite the front door. A “power” area also exists in the center of the wall opposite the main entrance door. Such areas make ideal spots to display diplomas, awards and trophies that remind you of times of personal triumph. •  Create a gallery wall. Certificates

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Year after year, homeowners choose to remodel their bathrooms and kitchens because they are the “hardest working rooms” in our homes. They also are the most worthy of our home improvement dollars. The real estate industry has long maintained that it is the kitchen and baths that make the sale. OPEN UP The increase in popularity of the “open concept” kitchen is due largely to our kitchen evolving into a multi-service venue for cooking, eating, celebrating, entertaining, crafting, doing homework and, yes, paying bills. Opening out to our living and dining spaces invites our family and friends to interact and take part in the endless activities of daily living. It is now more important than ever, that in addition to updating appliances and cabinetry, a kitchen remodel should be focused on form, fit and function. Often overlooked as a key design element is lighting. It not only ensures safe meal preparation (function) but creates the mood for social events (form) since it opens out into the main living space (fit). A carefully planned kitchen layout creates an inviting, organized and efficient work space. Taking into consideration that family members of all ages and abilities will be working (or “hanging out”) in the kitchen, this can be achieved utilizing “universal design” principles. Universal design is defined as making life more enjoyable and comfortable for everyone of all ages and abilities without compromising aesthetic sense or design appeal. Incorporating universal design elements into your remodel will result in a more efficient, user-friendly, comfortable kitchen that can be enjoyed by your grandparents, parents and children, providing everyone with memories that will last a lifetime. NEW NEUTRAL Gray is the hot new “neutral” wall or cabinet color. White cabinetry and stainless steel appliances are still at the top of homeowners’ wish lists, but oil-rubbed bronze is over-taking stainless steel fixtures.


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ated beautiful, designer quality fixtures with safety features that should be incorporated into every bathroom. Towel bars and paper holders that “invisibly” double as grab bars, low thresh-

old barrier-free showers and walk-in tubs with all the luxurious amenities of a private hydro therapy spa are now available in a number of tasteful styles and designer finishes.

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Any DIY maverick knows of the magical online space that is Pinterest.com, where ideas are “pinned” on “boards” for friends and family to see and share. Pinterest is usually the go-to for someone looking to revamp a living space. With the autumn/winter season on the North Olympic Peninsula moving in fast, we may want to spruce up our homes just in time for guests to visit during the holidays, and what better way to get started than scouring Pinterest? Unfortunately, Pinterest has ingrained a few too many outdated lessons in us that we should let go this season, so let’s try something new with the help of refinery29.com.

MASON JARS Alas, the time has come to downgrade these Pinterest staples and keep them around for only pickling and making jams. If you use Mason jars to store things other than strawberries, try a colored storage container. Stick with solid colors with no more than two on each container. For flower arrangements, buy local and splurge on a handmade vase. For makeup brushes, take an old, but pretty, candle holder and clean it out.

Retire Mason jars from your home decor and save them for making jams instead.

CHEVRON With so many graphics out there, it’s time to retire this dizzying pattern from the homestead. Instead try abstract cutouts, confetti squares or pixelated patterns on your curtains, pillows and towels.

Let’s leave the chalk to the hip restaurants downtown and try a hyper-saturated print on a painted black wall. It’ll pop more. An accent wall with marbled wallpaper (or any wallpaper with a fun, fresh pattern) can make a statement. Or try a plant wall, which can be created in a sunnier room like the kitchen.

CHALKBOARD PAINT Having a whole accent wall of chalkboard paint can get messy, and it turns out writing on it isn’t as easy as it looks. (My handwriting turned from practiced cursive to first-grader scrawls).

NEON SIGNS A bit too gimmicky, neon signs are best left in the pubs and clubs. Try a row of candles in ombre colors (the gradual blending of one color hue to another, usually moving

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An environment that’s conducive to work can help people increase their productivity. Professionals who are new to working from home may find it takes some time before they can create the perfect working environment, but the following are a few factors to consider when planning a home office. SPACE One of the disadvantages to working from home is that remote workers don’t have access to the same level of equipment as in the main office, such as color copiers or scanners. If you want to include even scaleddown versions of such equipment in your office, you will need ample space. In addition, less spacious home offices can feel too tight and enclosed, making workers uncomfortable and less enthusiastic about working every day. Pick a spot in your home that affords room for your equipment and the ability to move around so you don’t feel cramped throughout the workday.

LIGHTING Lighting is another factor remote workers must consider when they’re planning their home offices. Natural light can provide an energetic boost and improve your mood, so choose a room in your home that gets lots of sunlight during the day. Many professionals who work remotely do so from the basements of their homes, which can make it difficult to rely on natural light. If the basement is the only location in your home that can fit a home office, look for lighting sources that replicate daylight so you are not working in dark quarters. CONNECTIVITY While wireless Internet has made Internet dead zones less problematic, certain areas or rooms in your home may still be touch-and-go with regard to Internet connectivity. Such areas should be avoided when choosing a room for your home office, as it can be difficult to remain productive if your connection to your office’s external

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Bust winter blues with these projects



Three percent of the U.S. population suffers from seasonal affective disorder (SAD) every winter, according to Psychology Today. But you don’t have to be diagnosed with an actual disorder to suffer a bad case of the winter blues — it can happen to anyone. Since climate and environment have a lot to do with causing winter doldrums, you might find engaging in some home improvement projects can make you feel happier and healthier this winter. Freshening your space can feel good any time of year, but certain projects are perfectly aligned to give you a muchneeded mood boost when it turns cold or wet weather sets in. Here are four projects that not only can brighten your outlook, they can also be good for your wallet:


Skylights bring helpful daylight into areas of the home where traditional skylights may not fit and where window are sometimes scarce. These tubular skylights are particularly useful in inside areas like hallways, closets and the laundry room.

areas of your home with kitchens and baths being among the most popular choices for more natural light, fresh air and privacy. Even areas without direct roof access, like hallways and closets, can benefit from more natural light through tubular Sun Tunnel skylights. REPLACE THE GARAGE DOOR If you’re like most people, you probably don’t think much about your garage door or the impact it has on how your home looks and feels. Yet the garage door is a huge surface area that directly affects your home’s curb appeal and its ability to retain heat in the winter. A great deal of warm air can escape a home through an uninsulated garage door.


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Some home renovation projects require the expertise of professionals, but there also are many ways for homeowners to improve their homes without hiring a pro or spending too much money. The following are a handful of DIY renovation projects homeowners can tackle in a typical weekend. CLOSET CONVERSION Ample closet space is a big plus for home buyers, but upon moving into a new home, many homeowners may find they don’t need as much closet space as they initially thought. Guest room walk-in closets, in particular, may prove to be underutilized resources. Such closets often come with built-in shelving, and therefore, they make ideal spaces to convert to mini home offices or study areas for kids. Installing an extra shelf to serve as a desk area for remote working or homework stations won’t take up much of a Saturday or Sunday afternoon, and before you know it, you will have a fully functioning workspace. ACCENT WALL Accent walls can liven up a room by breaking the color pattern of the walls in the room. Accent walls also can be used to divert attention on a particular design element in a room, such as a painting or an elaborate wall furnishing. Painting an accent wall won’t take very long, but such a project can give a room an entirely new look and feel.

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ART If the rooms and hallways in your home are bare or in need of new looks but your budget is tight, try your hand at spicing things up by creating some of your own paintings. Parents can encourage kids to create their own colorful masterpieces. Watercolors and acrylics are ideal in case of any messes that may occur. For more advance artists, try adventuring into collage work. Frame the finished works and hang them on the wall and enjoy your inexpensive and homemade “art gallery.”

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Improve air quality Northwest Living especially diligent maintaining these features, as they can release harmful soot Homes tend to be stuffier in autumn and smoke if they are not taken care of. and winter. Some people may also be allergic to As temperatures outside dip, windows incense and scented candles, so keep a are closed and air quality inside homes watchful eye on residents and guests can suffer. whenever you light candles or sticks of Poor indoor air quality can not only incense. be uncomfortable, causing residents to If any symptoms of allergies appear, experience headaches, dry eyes and nasal avoid lighting any more candles or congestion, but also can be unhealthy. incense, waiting until you can open the According to the American Lung Aswindows if you want to light any again. sociation, poor indoor air quality can •  Purchase an air purifier. Air pucause or contribute to the development rifiers are beneficial year-round, helping of infections, lung cancer and chronic to remove allergens and particles from lung diseases, such as asthma. a home. Though it’s not feasible or healthy to High-efficiency particulate air filters, open windows when temperatures outknown as HEPA filters, are extremely side dip to near or below freezing, there effective at removing airborne particuare steps everyone can take to improve lates from the air inside your home. the indoor air quality in their homes. •  Pay attention to pets. Like their •  Add to your decor with plants. owners, pets tend to spend more time Plants provide both aesthetic and practi- indoors during the winter. cal appeal to a home’s interior. That means more fur and pet dander, Houseplants can clean and purify the skin flakes in an animal’s fur or hair the air in a home, helping to remove that can trigger allergic reactions, is formaldehyde, benzene and other toxins likely in your home during the winter that can make indoor air unhealthy to than in the summer. breathe. To combat this, bathe your pets reguBenzene is an irritant that can cause larly in the winter, making sure to wash dizziness, headache, nausea and blurred the animal’s bedding in hot water on a vision, among other side effects. weekly basis as well. Formaldehyde, which is often found • Open the windows when posin homes thanks to its widespread use sible. Winter does not typically provide in a range of products, can cause watery many opportunities to open the wineyes, nausea and wheezing. dows, but you might get a few chances •  Watch what you are lighting up. to let some fresh air in through the Many homeowners know that smoking windows during winter. indoors drastically reduces indoor air Make the most of these opportunities, quality, putting even nonsmokers at and when possible crack the windows heightened risk of developing various when you’re cleaning so dust and other respiratory ailments. particles that kick up have a path outHomeowners concerned about the side of your home. indoor air quality in their homes should Clean interior air should be a yearround priority, but homeowners may ban smoking inside, no matter how low have to go the extra mile to keep their temperatures dip outside. homes’ interior air clean when winter In addition, homeowners with woodarrives. burning stoves and fireplaces should be MetroCreative










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Bust the blues this winter season < CONTINUED from 19 What’s more, when the garage gets cold, it can affect the comfort of rooms around and above it. Have a game room over the garage that’s chilly in winter? The garage door could be to blame. Replacing an old, uninsulated garage door with a new insulated model can improve heat retention. And a new garage door is a great way to update your home’s facade. REPLACE AN OLD APPLIANCE If you’re already bummed by winter, having to live with old, beat-up, inefficient appliances will only add to your frustration. Plus, older appliances generally use more electricity and water than newer models. Replacing an old refrigerator, dishwasher, clothes washer or dryer with Energy Star-qualified appliances can help reduce your energy and water consumption — and bills. It’s also an improvement that you can feel good about because it’s the perfect marriage of practicality (you really need appliances that function well) and enjoyment (all those bells and whistles just make the work more fun). DECLUTTER AND ADD ORGANIZERS You may not think of cleanup as a legitimate home improvement, but decluttering and organizing your environment can definitely boost your mood. In American homes, the problem of clutter has reached staggering proportions. More than half of Americans (54 percent) say they feel overwhelmed by the amount of clutter in their homes, and 78 percent have no idea what to do with it, according to a recent survey by the National Association for Professional Organizers and Declualsottr.com. Grab some trash bags and start cleaning house. Trash the things that are clearly junk, donate things that are still usable but not by you and set aside the things you want to keep. Invest in some closet, cabinet and drawer organizers. Add storage cubbies to a mud room or entryway and create storage space in your garage.


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I must say that this summer will be remembered as one of the warmest in recent memory, and I know that many of you are looking forward to autumn. Invigorating cooler temperatures and beautiful landscapes abound. Although there is nothing like the fall in the Pacific Northwest, now is not the time to sit on your laurels. There is work that must be done before the rains come. I know this is not what you want to hear right now. You want to enjoy the last breath of summer, but wouldn’t you rather get these small projects done now instead of cleaning out the gutters with numb hands and wet clothes in the 40 degree rain? I agree, so let’s start picking away at this list. CLEAN THE GUTTERS Having your gutters clean will help in many ways. Not only does it protect your gutters from getting heavy and bending down under the onslaught of our Northwest rains, it helps minimize chances for mold and moss growth on your roof. If you are finding a lot of leaves and pine needles in your gutters, you may need to look at trimming your trees back. CHECK FOR AIR LEAKS In the upcoming weeks, as the temperatures start to drop, you may notice cold drafts in your home. That is the perfect time to walk around and check for cold spots

around windows and doors. Weather stripping is something that is easy to replace and is very beneficial to conserving energy. They may seem like small leaks, but as much as 20 percent of your heating and cooling costs are lost to small leaks. CHECK THE HEATING SYSTEM A pre-season tune up is a good investment. It reduces the chances of a breakdown in the middle of winter and more than pays for itself through more energy-efficient operations. Have the system checked by a qualified contractor. CHANGE YOUR FILTER It boggles my mind how many people don’t know that their heating system has a filter. If you have any type of forced air system, there is a filter somewhere. Find it! Or better yet? Get that pre-season check. INSULATE PIPES, HOT WATER HEATER Are your water pipes and hot water heater insulated? If not, this is a very easy project

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CLEAN THE CHIMNEY We have a plethora of wood here on the Peninsula, and many folks prefer this as their primary heat source. If that’s you, then it’s time to call a chimney sweep or get out the big chain to clean that chimney before you use it. Animals nesting during the summer and/or build up from last winter can put you and your family at risk. Having your chimney cleaned will reduce the risk of chimney fires. This list should help you get started on winterizing your home. It may seem like a lot, but there’s no need to panic. You will feel much more relaxed as the autumn fades to winter if you get these few items off the list now instead of when the wind and rain begin.

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Tiny houses are a recent phenomenon and have spurred many businesses — from builders to decorating experts — looking to connect with consumers who want to go small. The small house movement advocates for living simply in small homes, some of which can be as small as 100 square feet or less. Although living in a tiny house is not for everyone, many people prefer smallspace living to living in larger, more spacious homes and apartments. For those looking to make the most of their small living spaces, there are ways to make such living arrangements feel larger. •  Light is your friend. Establish adequate lighting in a room that includes at least three working lights. Varied light sources from different angles will eliminate dark corners and shadows that can make a space feel smaller. Lighting also can draw the eye where you want it and distract attention from the room’s flaws.

•  Choose light-colored paint. Choose lighter hues for your home furnishings and wall colors. You do not have to limit this to white (unless landlords require white walls). Pale colors will help reflect light and can make the room seem larger than it really is. Using a dark color on the flooring can make other lighter shades really pop in contrast. •  Conceal the clutter. If you cannot keep personal belongings to the utmost minimum in a home, experiment with clever ways to keep items out of sight. Furniture that serves dual purposes can help with this task. Storage ottomans will conceal small toys or linens and also provide seating options in a room when guests come over. A dresser can be used as a dining room buffet piece, and the numerous drawers can hold knickknacks or silverware. Furniture with built-in, hidden storSpace above doors, shelving, and areas above cabinetry are ideal places to store age is well worth the investment when items. living spaces are limited. Use hooks on walls to keep belongings off the floor. > CONTINUED on 25

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The Milners, having moved to Port Angeles last year after 18 years of planning, wanted to renovate their newfound home — specifically the living room and its fireplace — with the help of Trisa & Co. Interior Design in Port Angeles. “We loved the heat our small freestanding gas fireplace provided, but we wanted a Pacific Northwest contemporary look and to see bigger flames,” the Milners said. They found the perfect home to satisfy their Pacific Northwest contemporary design style. The house had the perfect beam structure and gorgeous views, but it also had dated carpet, oak built-ins and a small gas fireplace — none of which lent itself to their design dreams. With the goal to update the fireplace, the couple and interior designer Trisa Katsikapes started looking for the perfect one to accommodate the Pacific Northwest contemporary design goal. Because there was an existing gas line, they focused on a gas fireplace, which they found at EverWarm Heart & Home in Port Angeles. The linear shape and flame size was important, as well as a driftwood log set option and the amount of heat provided. With the large room, high ceilings and the perfect wall, a 60-inch contemporary fireplace was chosen. A strong black linear metal finish allowed for a robust tile surrounding, adding an industrial touch to the Northwest feel. They selected a 12-by-24-inch oxidized-looking tile and ran it horizontal, framing the fireplace and giving it the contemporary feel. The next step was a mantle design and style. At first the thought was not to have a mantle at all, as this would keep a clean transition to the TV. But they found a beautiful piece of maple with a live edge at the right length and chose to round out the fireplace with this natural addition. It finished off the look and completed the goal by bringing in the Northwest feel.

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Designing for small spaces < CONTINUED from 23 •  Create dual-purpose rooms. Lack of space means getting creative with the space you do have. A nook in your bedroom can be devoted to a miniature home office. Perhaps you can establish a crafting center in a portion of your laundry room. Garages have long served as catch-all spaces in homes. Apart from storage, they can be subdivided for home gyms or even a place to gather and watch a ballgame. •  Hang mirrors to “expand” rooms. Mirrors can trick the eye into believing there is more space in a room. Mirrors melt away room borders and can accelerate the flow of light. Hanging them throughout your home can make spaces seem larger. •  Think about built-in furniture. Traditional furniture may not be practical for small spaces and can waste a lot of room. Custom-built furniture is often the way to go to maximize the area you do have. Employ a little do-it-yourself initiative as well, customizing items for the perfect fit. •  Work with a designer. If you’re having difficulty making a small space work for you, consult with an interior designer or a contractor for some ideas.

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5 autumn deck upgrades

Warm, unconventional tiles < CONTINUED from 26 THE WARMTH OF HEATED FLOORS While heated floors were once a luxury option for homeowners, they’re becoming increasingly mainstream. Tile lends itself to radiant heat beneath the floor.

Wooden planters are a great way to enhance a deck’s visual appeal. Who says you have to give up time on the deck you Building a planter is an easy weekend project, and love just because summer is over? provides you the perfect location to plant some fall Whether you’re just relaxing or tackling home veggies as well. improvement projects, time outdoors is a great way to Add a removable lid to the planting box and you recharge at the end of a hectic day or tiring week. can turn it into additional seating when then growing A few simple do-it-yourself updates can help you season is over. enjoy your deck this fall — and throughout the rest of When spring comes, remove the lid and you’re the year. ready to plant spring vegetables or flowers. •  Add decorative touches like post caps and •  Warm up the decor. Fall is a great time to privacy lattice. Just having a deck adds value score deals on outdoor decor. to your home, but you can easily make yours more Deck furniture, outdoor area rugs and decorative appealing and enjoyable by adding some decorative items all go on sale as summer ends — even though touches. in many areas of the country there will be plenty of Post caps are an easy-to-install way to dress up an warm days and evenings left in which to enjoy your ordinary deck railing. outdoor spaces. Deck product manufacturers offer extensive post Simply replacing worn furniture and adding an cap options, including wood designs, metal and area rug can make your deck feel warmer and more decorative caps that incorporate stained glass, metal inviting. accents and even solar lighting. •  Heat up your outdoor space. Of course, your Lattice is another way to add interest to your deck, outdoor environment will eventually get chilly as fall while creating privacy at the same time. Durable plastic lattice allows you to visually shield settles in. Why not add an outdoor heater to extend your deck areas of your deck, or block off the space beneath your time even longer? deck to keep animals from slipping under it. Home improvement and lawn and garden stores •  Light the way to longer hours of enjoysell a variety of patio heaters in a range of designs to ment. As summer winds down, days grow shorter. Adding lighting to your deck can help you enjoy fall fit every space, taste and need. evenings outdoors. A single, well-placed heater can provide enough Low-voltage LED lighting can help illuminate steps, warmth to keep your entire deck comfortable on a accent your deck railing and create areas of interest chilly fall evening. — all while using less electricity to save you money. Need an additional source of warmth to supple•  Plant the seeds of great seasons to come. ment your patio heater? Fire up the grill and fill the Landscaping adds value and relaxation to a deck area. fall air with the aroma of grilled treats. Brandpoint

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