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    Have a Safe Halloween with Fun Outdoor Family Activities

    Safe Halloween
    Recently-released guidelines from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention  discourage Americans from taking part in traditional trick-or-treating this Halloween because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Although trick-or-treating is massive numbers brings a significantly high risk in many parts of the country, it doesn’t mean your family can’t have a safe Halloween. However, the CDC’s recommendation does not mean you have to give up Halloween altogether. A National Confectioners Association poll found that 63% of adults believe that people will find creative, fun, and safe ways to celebrate the Halloween season this year. That includes several fun outdoor family activities that can be done in your backyard or your neighborhood. Let’s look at some of the many creative activities your family, and even your community, can...

    DIY vs. Professional Installation Services

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    When it’s time to make that long-awaited addition to your property, you want the installation to off without a hitch. Keeping our customers in mind, we have partnered with GoConfigure to make professional installation services available to all our SOJAG  garages and other outdoor structures. Our plan is to give you the most options and to take the guesswork out of the building process. All the components of your shade structure or garage are made of top quality materials, but they need to be assembled well to hold up to their intended specifications. If you’re on the fence about assembling the structure yourself, this guide will help you decide whether our installation services are right for you. DIY or Professional Installation Services: How To Know What You Should Do...

    Creative Uses for Backyard Gazebos: A Guide for Homes and Businesses

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    Are you looking for a creative way to upgrade your outdoor space? Backyard gazebos are the perfect solution! Not only will a gazebo be a beautiful addition to your home or business, but it will also increase your property's value. While many homeowners enjoy having a peaceful place to sit and relax, this certainly isn't your only option. From a hot tub cover to a backyard movie theater, the number of ways you can use your gazebo is limited only by your imagination. Many business owners have also embraced the use of gazebos to expand their services and increase their property values. Whether you want to create a comfortable picnic area, add an outdoor market stall, or even perform weddings on your property, a gazebo...

    Building a Sunroom Addition: How a Sunroom Adds Style and Value to Your Home

    Building a Sunroom Addition
    Has the weather been chasing you indoors? It can be hard to enjoy your backyard when it’s too sunny or too cold. If you’re tired of fighting with the elements, building a sunroom addition is a stylish way you can make the most of your yard. A sunroom addition can transform your backyard. Building a sunroom will enable you to enjoy your yard year-round and relax outdoors without worrying about the weather. With a sunroom kit from SOJAG, you can easily add style and value to your property. Read on to learn how to build a sunroom in your yard, and get ready to spend more time outside. Advantages of Building a Sunroom on Your Property Sunrooms are a great addition to any property. They’re...

    Backyard Pergola Canopy vs. Gazebo: Which Should You Choose?

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    Landscaping adds significant value to the value of the home. This can include plants or solid structures such as a backyard pergola canopy or a gazebo. Both of these structures are popular among homeowners and can enhance your landscape. However, there are fundamental differences between the two. Which one should you choose? It is important to know the differences between pergola canopies and gazebos so that you can make the right decision for your property. We're going to discuss the pros and cons of each, including their different styles and uses, to help you choose between the two. What is a Gazebo? A gazebo is a stand-alone structure developed primarily to provide shade and to add elegance or beauty to an outdoor setting. A gazebo is a self-supporting structure,...

    BBQ at Home: How to Build a DIY Grill Station

    DIY Grill Station
    Imagine sinking your teeth into a cut of steak that has been grilled to perfection. Now, imagine being able to make that for yourself at home with your very own DIY grill station. For some people, barbecue grilling has practically become a way of life. They have parties centered around their grill and competitions for the best meat. Why not bring this tradition home to your very own backyard with a DIY outdoor grill station? The inside of our home often receives most of the focus when it comes to design and investment. However, the outdoor space on a property can present just as much value. Going outside gives you quite a bit more space when you are hosting or celebrating with friends and family....

    DIY Outdoor Kitchens and Outdoor Kitchen Plans: The Ultimate Guide

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    It may be getting cooler outside, but that doesn't mean you need to stop enjoying your outdoor living space. Enjoy the autumn breeze from your backyard with your family and a perfectly grilled steak with a stylish DIY outdoor kitchen. Outdoor kitchens are great for hosting fun social gatherings or intimate family get-togethers at any time of year. However, paying someone else to build your perfect outdoor kitchen setup can get expensive and may not get you exactly what you want. The solution? Make your own DIY outdoor kitchen! From developing outdoor kitchen plans to designing the unit, we'll give you the tools on how to create your dream outdoor kitchen. Develop Your DIY Outdoor Kitchen Plans Before you do anything else, begin thinking about how much time and money...

    If You Can’t Go to the Game, Have a Backyard Tailgate Party

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    There’s no better gameday experience than a pregame tailgate party! Tailgating has become as much of a national pastime as the sport itself. Whether it’s just you and your friends or you and your friends and a bunch of random strangers you meet in the stadium or racetrack parking lot, tailgating memories often last longer than your memory of the game or race! However, it’s not always possible to have a tailgate party at a live sporting event. That’s because the event you want to attend may be a hard ticket to get, or the venue does not allow tailgating to take place. At some stadiums, you need a special permit to throw a tailgate party in the parking lot. Also, your favorite team may...

    Sheltercation with Style

    Our homes are our retreats, at least we like to think they are. As we shelter at home, now more than ever it’s paramount to create outdoor spaces that evoke feelings of bliss, joy and escape. For me, I relish in creating spaces outside that make me feel like I am on vacation in my own backyard, sheltering at home. But how, right? It is so much easier than you think, you just need the right pieces to create your own vacation retreat at home and have your own Sheltercation experience. The old adage says your outdoor oasis should be an extension of your home with the same palette and design aesthetic but that is not the golden rule anymore. Who says you need to…

    Looking for Elegant Outdoor Shade? Check Out These Backyard Gazebo Ideas

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    No matter the season, it’s always fun to entertain friends and family. Whether it’s a get together for the big game, or a holiday gathering, enjoying food and fun outdoors never goes out of style. Sometimes shade can be at a premium when it comes to those outdoor parties. A fabulous way to give your guests comfort while adding style to your backyard is by adding a gazebo. Here are some backyard gazebo ideas that will take your outdoor décor to the next level. What are the Benefits of a Backyard Gazebo? A backyard gazebo is freestanding or attached structure without walls. It is designed to protect people from the sun and other weather while they enjoy time in their backyards. However, a backyard gazebo...
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