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    Plan a Vacation: Even If It’s Local or In Your Backyard

    We all need to plan time off from work to spend quality time alone or with family and friends and recharge our minds. However, taking paid vacation time is something not every American worker is doing. According to the U.S. Travel Association, American workers left an average of 33% of their paid time on the table last year. National Plan a Vacation Day, which is the last Tuesday in January (this year, it’s January 26), reminds us to plan our vacation at the start of the year for the rest of the year. The earlier you plan a vacation, the more ready and relaxed you’ll be when your vacation time gets here. However, even the best laid plans can go awry. COVID-19 affected all aspects...

    Winter Preparation: What to Do with Your Outdoor Items

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    For many, wintertime means the arrival of snow, ice, and bitter cold temperatures. This chilly weather means people spend less time outside, and more time staying warm by the fire. But that doesn’t mean you should forget about protecting all your valuable belongings through this weather. Here are some great tips for winter preparation, and how you can make sure your outdoor items stay safe year-round. Winter Preparation for Your Vehicles Let’s face it: Vehicles are one of the priciest investments you make from year to year. Whether you have a large truck that helps you load gear for work, a motorcycle you take out only on weekends, or a boat you’re putting away for the winter, keeping your vehicle in good shape is important....

    Small Shed Ideas to Maximize Compact Storage

    Small shed ideas | The Spacemaker Patio Steel Storage Shed
    One of the most popular reasons people buy a backyard storage shed is to organize and de-clutter their back yards. No one likes to see gardening equipment or other items piling up on the deck or the side of the house, causing an eyesore. But when space is limited, sometimes even your small shed can become crowded and untidy if you don’t have a way to organize. Here are some easy small shed ideas to help you save space and enjoy your backyard or other outdoor space. Small Shed Ideas Based on Property Type It’s not necessarily about the size of your yard: the amount of room you have will determine what type of outdoor shed is best for you. You may have a sprawling...

    How to Transform a Freestanding Carport Into a Year-Round Shelter with a Carport Enclosure

    How to Transform a Freestanding Carport Into a Year-Round Shelter
    With a carport enclosure or carport covers, you can treat your freestanding carport more like a makeshift garage or outdoor shed of sorts all year long. You won't have to worry anymore about rain or snow damaging your valuables because a carport enclosure creates a durable and protective barrier. Let's go over the different types of carports and how they work. The Benefits of a Freestanding Carport Enclosure Carport enclosures are easy, quick to install, and help transform your carport into a valuable storage unit or living space regardless of the weather. Added Protection from the Elements The biggest and most obvious benefit of carport enclosures is the extra coverage it provides for everything inside the carport. How much protection will largely depend on the...

    Using an Outdoor Carport in a Business or Municipal Setting

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    Businesses and municipalities of all sizes can benefit from owning carports. These structures protect more than parked cars, but they can also be used practically as a shade canopy or decoratively to upgrade the aesthetic of a property. There are so many unique uses for carports that this one-time purchase can give you years of practical use. Here is how businesses and municipalities can use an outdoor carport as a versatile protective covering. What is a Carport? When looking for protective outdoor coverings, you have many choices, such as an attached garage, detached garage, or carport structures. A carport is one of the least complicated and most affordable options because it is a semi-covered structure that can be installed without a foundation, though anchors are recommended. Carports can have a fabric or metal...

    The Important Benefits of Gazebo Curtains

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    Gazebo curtains aren’t just a convenient way to add privacy to your gazebo and protect you from the elements in rain or shine — they are your secret weapon to creating your very own backyard oasis with vibes reminiscent of a luxury hotel. Don’t believe us? Google luxury hotel gazebo, look at the pictures, and you’ll see that the majority of them have curtains. It’s not a coincidence, folks. Putting curtains on a gazebo is like putting curtains on windows, it helps define the space, and provides a sense of privacy. Plus, it’s another tool to help capture the atmosphere you’re after whether that’s: luxury cabana, whimsical oasis, or all-season lounge. Are you ready to transform your gazebo into a stand-alone statement feature that makes you feel...

    Prefab Metal Garage or a Traditional Wood Garage: Which Should You Choose?

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    Before you commit to buying a detached garage, it’s important to decide which material is better for you: a prefab metal garage or a traditional wood garage. Metal garages have become increasingly popular in the past 60 years due to their affordability and low maintenance, while wooden garages have maintained their niche as the best choice for custom projects. In this article, we will address the pros and cons of each material so that you can make a confident choice. Weighing factors like durability, attractiveness, environmental considerations, and more, you can discover the best choice for your storage needs. Cost Considerations When you’re making a major purchase, money matters. A detached garage will benefit your home or business with extra storage and workspace, but the investment must make...

    Extending Your Outdoor Space With a Wall-Mounted Gazebo

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    A wall-mounted gazebo is a terrific structure to get the most from your patio or deck even in the winter months. Whether it uses steel, polycarbonate, or fabric, a wall-mounted gazebo can allow you to use your patio or deck throughout the year. You might have questions about wall-mounted gazebos: What is a wall-mounted gazebo? Why would I want one? What’s the difference between a hardtop and a soft top? Can I use it to drink hot buttered rum outside in the dead of winter? (Yes, yes you can.) Below, we answer all these questions and more. What Is a Wall-Mounted Gazebo? Just as you'd expect, a wall-mounted gazebo, sometimes known as an attached gazebo, is a gazebo that connects to the outside of your...

    Caring for Winter Horses

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    When the temperatures start to dip, it’s time to begin to think about how to keep your horses safe during cold weather. The good news is that horses are inherently ready to handle practically anything that winter can dish out, according to the American Association of Equine Practitioners. The biggest challenge winter horses face is staying out of the wind. Aside from making sure their water doesn’t freeze over, and perhaps even blanketing them, providing a shelter from the weather is a great way to ensure their health and well-being. However, problems can occur when strong winds ruffle the horse’s hair and disturb the insulating layer of warm air trapped beneath it. Wet weather, especially cold driving rain or sleet, can also flatten the hair...

    Pop Ups and More for Winter Sports

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    Just because it’s cold or even snowing doesn’t mean you should forget to use a shelter for winter sports! Whether you’re participating in an outdoor recreation event or watching a game live or on television, pop-up canopies are perfect for your winter sports activities. Did you know sunscreen is not just for the warmer seasons? Just because it’s not summertime anymore doesn’t mean you should skimp on sun protection. Protecting your skin is just as important because the sun’s harmful UV rays don’t take a winter break! According to Accuweather, sunlight reflects off snow the same way it reflects off a pool in the summertime, which can still cause a sunburn. Players or watched outdoors, winter sports fun can still bring a risk of skin cancer. Sun...
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