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June 2015 Newsletter

Are you a weekend Warrior?

Outdoor living is part of today’s lifestyle, and many homeowners are turning their outdoor areas into attractive and relaxing extensions of their homes. Here’s some of my favorite tips to help you get the most out of your property and your budget. 1. Focus on design: Explore ideas, browse through magazines and look at what other homeowners have done. Ask your professional for design suggestions, materials and details. 2. Size matters: How do you see yourself living on your deck. Do you need a cooking and eating area? Will you be entertaining? How much furniture do you plan to put on your deck? Stake out the space, make sure everything you want to include will fit and don’t scrimp on size ... you always need more then you think. 3. How’s the weather: If your deck will be bathed in sun the entire day, you may want to create a shaded area. Consider awnings, lattice walls, or roof structures. Planting a tree in just the right spot can block sun and create a windscreen. 4. Light it up: If you plan to spend evenings outside make sure your plans include outdoor lighting fixtures as well as electrical outlets. 5. Plan for storage: will you be able to put things away easily if it rains? Consider built -in benches with storage or an adjacent shed. 6. Eliminate potential problems: Use an experienced renovator to avoid any structural problems that could arise from attaching a deck to your home. It is important to prevent water penetration where the two are joined, or you could face moisture problems and rot later on. Ensure your renovator checks with your municipality on regulations that could affect how you design and use your outdoor living space. They will answer questions like how close, can you build to the property lines? Will you need a railing for your deck and is a permit required? 7. Integrate your overall yard space: You may want to develop a number of different “ areas” on your property such as flower beds, vegetable garden, gazebo, fountain, pond or a pool. Map out traffic flow and walkways from one area to another. 8. Make it beautiful: Plants and flowers are the finishing touches to your overall look and can add a multitude of colour to your space. Think about the shrubs and trees as a long term plan … how large will they be in 10 years and how will that affect my space and sun patterns.

www.designalley.ca -email: louise@designalley.ca - address: Unit 1 -2250 Tyner Ave., Port Coquitlam BC - cell: (604) 374-2336


If you can’t get to the golf course then bring the golf course to you with your own backyard putting green.

Many of us love the game of golf but if you’re like most busy people, you can rarely find the time to get out to the golf course on a weekend. Scott McCartney and Shaun Hunt of Precision Greens in Langley may have just the solution to your golf itch– a putting green that plays like a real course and never requires cutting. Their polyethylene greens have been designed and installed in backyards, on driveways and even on penthouse patios and roof tops for over 15 years. Your putting green can be shaped to your specifications and even colour-matched to your existing grass. The artificial turf looks and behaves like real grass, giving you a true putting experience. If practice makes perfect, people with backyard greens won’t have any more excuses for a bad round. For more information check out www.precision-greens.com.

Nothing goes better with a round of golf then an outdoor barbeque and a cold beer. Custom outdoor kitchens are an excellent way to equip your backyard for entertaining. When planning an outdoor space, you'll need to think about how many people you intend to accommodate, your entertaining needs, and your budget. The next step is to determine the best location for your kitchen, the size requirements, design layout, countertop placement, and the appliances you'll need. Finally, you must choose the best materials and equipment for accomplishing all your goals. www.designalley.ca -email: louise@designalley.ca - address: Unit 1 -2250 Tyner Ave., Port Coquitlam BC - cell: (604) 374-2336


If all dads tools are stuffed in plastic buckets or jumbled together in a drawer, check out these simple yet clever tool storage tips. They'll help you organize his tools and his shop so he can find exactly what he needs when he needs it.

Store all your power tools, hand tools, paint and other supplies in this compact, efficient storage unit. It has shelves, drawers and a pullout table for sorting tools and doing small repairs. Order only the pieces you need and the size you want to create your own custom workshop.

This easy to make power tool storage shelf with built in electrical outlets gives you ready to go power and excellent storage for all those power tool cords.

Good hard working tools deserve a home in a handsome, natural wood cabinet – not a cold metal tray. This birch tool cabinet makes the perfect home for hand tools and small parts.

www.designalley.ca -email: louise@designalley.ca - address: Unit 1 -2250 Tyner Ave., Port Coquitlam BC - cell: (604) 374-2336


Use the following tips and tricks to help make your exterior painting project easier: Call Design Alley for a custom exterior consultation to help you select the perfect colour, product and finishing accents for your home!

Weather Tips

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Refrain from painting when the temperature drops below 10°C.

When starting a painting project, begin on the side of the house that will remain in the shade until you finish. Direct sunlight can cause paint to dry too quickly, and can cause lap marks and blistering.

Avoid threatening weather – rain can ruin a fresh coat of paint. How to Progress

Work from the top down, painting gutters and eaves first if you want them to match the colour of your siding. Clapboard Surfaces

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With clapboard surfaces, work from side to side. Minimize lap marks by painting four to five boards across the house until you finish. On clapboard siding, begin your painting in the area where two boards overlap. Use the narrow side of the brush and force paint up under the lap.

Coat as much of a board as you can comfortably reach, then flip to the wider portion of the brush and coat the surface of the board. Caring for Your Brushes and Supplies

When you take a break, wrap your brushes, rollers, and paint trays with plastic to keep paint from hardening or developing a skin. Be sure to replace the lids on any open paint cans.

Eliminate excess paint by dragging the heel of the brush occasionally over the lip of the can. This helps prevent paint from building up on the brush heel.

www.designalley.ca -email: louise@designalley.ca - address: Unit 1 -2250 Tyner Ave., Port Coquitlam BC - cell: (604) 374-2336

Newsletter June 2015  
Newsletter June 2015  
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