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By Susan Reimer, The Baltimore Sun | June 24, 2010
1. Furnish for the weather. If your patio or deck are fully exposed to the elements, you may want to choose teak, which weathers well without maintenance. Powder-coating on aluminum furniture should be first-rate. The look of wicker is achieved with weather-resistant resin fibers, but the frame has to be powder-coated. If you can't move your furniture indoors during the winter – and most people can't – purchase covers. 2. Use an area rug. It can help define your space.
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By Marie Marciano Gullard, For The Baltimore Sun | February 18, 2013
The buyers of a home nestled on more than 7 acres in Cockeysville's Nicholsons Manor are getting a property with all the perks. This traditional mansion, which sold for $1,550,000, is at the end of a cul-de-sac and boasts a large blue stone patio in a hardscape backyard. A hot tub is tucked into a gazebo and an outdoor room, complete with a beamed ceiling, wet bar, fireplace and powder room. The stone and insulated stucco exterior features a four-bay connected garage and is defined by a balcony, bump-outs, floodlights and screened porch with slate flooring.
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June 25, 2010
5 tips for creating an outdoor room 1. Furnish for the weather. If your patio or deck are fully exposed to the elements, you might want to choose teak, which weathers well without maintenance. Powder-coating on aluminum furniture should be first-rate. The look of wicker is achieved with weather-resistant resin fibers, but the frame has to be powder-coated. If you can't move your furniture indoors during the winter — and most people can't — purchase covers. 2. Use an area rug. It can help define your space.
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June 25, 2010
5 tips for creating an outdoor room 1. Furnish for the weather. If your patio or deck are fully exposed to the elements, you might want to choose teak, which weathers well without maintenance. Powder-coating on aluminum furniture should be first-rate. The look of wicker is achieved with weather-resistant resin fibers, but the frame has to be powder-coated. If you can't move your furniture indoors during the winter — and most people can't — purchase covers. 2. Use an area rug. It can help define your space.
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By Michael Walsh and Michael Walsh,Contributing Writer Universal Press Syndicate | May 16, 1993
Because of their affordability and ease of construction, outdoor decks are among the most popular home-improvement projects. But if you think a mere wooden platform outside the back door will automatically transform the backyard into a civilized and hospitable resort, you may be disappointed.The downside to a run-of-the mill deck is its inability to adapt to changing circumstances. True, it does provide a uniformly flat surface that, at first glance at least, would seem to facilitate sunning, lounging and outdoor cooking.
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By Marie Marciano Gullard, For The Baltimore Sun | February 18, 2013
The buyers of a home nestled on more than 7 acres in Cockeysville's Nicholsons Manor are getting a property with all the perks. This traditional mansion, which sold for $1,550,000, is at the end of a cul-de-sac and boasts a large blue stone patio in a hardscape backyard. A hot tub is tucked into a gazebo and an outdoor room, complete with a beamed ceiling, wet bar, fireplace and powder room. The stone and insulated stucco exterior features a four-bay connected garage and is defined by a balcony, bump-outs, floodlights and screened porch with slate flooring.
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By Maria Hiaasen and Maria Hiaasen,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | June 8, 1997
Having mastered perennials and ornamental grasses, borders, bulbs and ground covers, gardeners are moving up -- literally. The fashionable yard now features an arbor or trellis draped with graceful vines like ivy, climbing roses, trumpet creeper or clematis.Check your garden center or gardener's catalog. The simple whitewashed fan trellis your grandmother used for her roses has been joined by European-inspired designs made of cedar, powder-coated steel, wrought iron, tree branches and vines, even recycled plastic.
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By Elaine Markoutsas and By Elaine Markoutsas,Universal Press Syndicate | March 13, 2005
It's almost spring, when thoughts turn to baseball, gardening -- and decorating. As you dust off the grill, you might want to rethink your al fresco spaces and how you furnish them. The outdoor room is not just the hottest design buzzword, the figment of a decorator's fertile imagination. It's value-added real estate, a bonus space that may afford many of the same creature comforts as are inside. It boosts property value as much as 30 percent, some experts say. "A population shift is a catalyst for the explosive growth in the outdoor segment" of home furnishings, says Mayer Rus, design editor for House & Garden.
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By Michael Walsh and Michael Walsh,Universal Press Syndicate | June 22, 2003
The instinct among human beings to live in the open is as natural as their instinct to find shelter. But to indulge that impulse effectively at home, you must have the equivalent of outdoor rooms, spaces that are every bit as alluring, inviting and comfortable as indoor areas. For a porch, patio or backyard deck to be truly livable, it has to meet the same standards set for indoor rooms. It has to cater to physical, visual, emotional and even spiritual needs. To get the most out of an outdoor space, ask yourself what purpose it will serve.
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By Fay Lande | July 10, 2003
Members of the National Civilian Community Corps have built a children's garden at Mount Pleasant Farm, the home of the Howard County Conservancy in Woodstock. "We gave them a piece of land, and we said, `We want some kind of garden,' " said Martha Moore, volunteer coordinator for the conservancy. "They looked at it, and they said, `Children's garden!' " About 12 young adults, ages 18 to 24, spent the past month working on the conservancy's land, which is used for conservation programs and environmental education.
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By Susan Reimer, The Baltimore Sun | June 24, 2010
1. Furnish for the weather. If your patio or deck are fully exposed to the elements, you may want to choose teak, which weathers well without maintenance. Powder-coating on aluminum furniture should be first-rate. The look of wicker is achieved with weather-resistant resin fibers, but the frame has to be powder-coated. If you can't move your furniture indoors during the winter – and most people can't – purchase covers. 2. Use an area rug. It can help define your space.
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By Elaine Markoutsas and By Elaine Markoutsas,Universal Press Syndicate | March 13, 2005
It's almost spring, when thoughts turn to baseball, gardening -- and decorating. As you dust off the grill, you might want to rethink your al fresco spaces and how you furnish them. The outdoor room is not just the hottest design buzzword, the figment of a decorator's fertile imagination. It's value-added real estate, a bonus space that may afford many of the same creature comforts as are inside. It boosts property value as much as 30 percent, some experts say. "A population shift is a catalyst for the explosive growth in the outdoor segment" of home furnishings, says Mayer Rus, design editor for House & Garden.
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By Maria Hiaasen and Maria Hiaasen,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | June 8, 1997
Having mastered perennials and ornamental grasses, borders, bulbs and ground covers, gardeners are moving up -- literally. The fashionable yard now features an arbor or trellis draped with graceful vines like ivy, climbing roses, trumpet creeper or clematis.Check your garden center or gardener's catalog. The simple whitewashed fan trellis your grandmother used for her roses has been joined by European-inspired designs made of cedar, powder-coated steel, wrought iron, tree branches and vines, even recycled plastic.
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By Michael Walsh and Michael Walsh,Contributing Writer Universal Press Syndicate | May 16, 1993
Because of their affordability and ease of construction, outdoor decks are among the most popular home-improvement projects. But if you think a mere wooden platform outside the back door will automatically transform the backyard into a civilized and hospitable resort, you may be disappointed.The downside to a run-of-the mill deck is its inability to adapt to changing circumstances. True, it does provide a uniformly flat surface that, at first glance at least, would seem to facilitate sunning, lounging and outdoor cooking.
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December 15, 1994
While children may soon tire of the hottest TV-advertised toy that they receive this holiday season, discarding it with heartless abandon after a week or two, there's one gift that demands consistent care and attention: a pet animal.Parents and relatives have a special obligation to make sure that the youngster and the family can provide the proper environment and commitment to care for the new pet. Before buying a dog or cat, potential pet owners need to make sure they are compatible with the animal's needs, temperament and characteristics.
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