Backyard Living

These articles provide a variety of tips and tricks to help you get the most out of your backyard space.

All About Outdoor Kitchens

All About Outdoor Kitchens – What To Do When You Want One

Outdoor kitchens are fast becoming the final centerpiece for a perfect outdoor living space. Why? Because they are a fantastic way to expand your living and the entertaining area outside while being of practical use to everyone.  An outdoor kitchen is an excellent addition to any home. Not only does it add value to your…

Removing Ice from Sidewalks

What Are Some Great Ways to Clear Ice From Your Walkway?

Ice does not often happen in North Carolina. So, when a freeze is forecasted in my area, I like to ensure my home will be accessible for my family and me. The last thing I want is for someone to slip on the ice outside my house.  The easiest way to prevent slips and falls…

What Are Creosote Logs, and Should I Use Them?

What Are Creosote Logs, and Should I Use Them?

If you’re new to using firewood, it’s easy to get confused about what creosote is, how it has been used, or how to get rid of it. Creosote logs are not made with creosote but are made to get rid of it. They are chimney-cleaning logs that can be burned with any fire. They release…

Can you use an outdoor pizza oven in winter?

Can You Use an Outdoor Pizza Oven in Winter? (Answered)

If you have an outdoor pizza oven, you know how much fun it is to use. Whether a wood-burning grill, a gas-powered grill, or a combination, pizza ovens are a great way to make delicious pizzas at home. But what if you live where temperatures drop below freezing in the winter? You can still use…

How Do You Winterize Outdoor Showers

How Do You Winterize Outdoor Showers? (Explained)

Outdoor showers can pop up pretty much anywhere. They’re usually prevalent in public places like pools, beaches, and campgrounds. They’ve become a common addition to private backyards, too. So, what do you do with your outdoor shower when winter comes around? To winterize your outdoor shower, take steps to drain the water from all its…

Troubleshooting Your Viking Hot Tub

Troubleshooting Your Viking Spa Hot Tub – The Basics

All hot tubs are different. Just like all computers or all phones are different. If you have a hot tub of a certain brand, usually their main operating systems and design are similar enough across all models for you to be able to troubleshoot some things based on those primary similarities.  Nothing is a substitute…

What is the Best Wood for Burning?

What is the Best Wood for Heating Outdoors? (Answered)

As someone who has had firepits at nearly every residence I’ve owned, I try to buy or find the best kind of firewood for those cool fall and winter nights when the family wants to enjoy the warmth of a firepit. But is there a single type of wood that works best for an outdoor…

5 Best Ways to Heat Your Patio in Winter

5 Best Ways to Heat Your Outdoor Space in Winter

Honestly, there are more than 5 ways to heat your outdoor living space in winter. However, I feel like all of these other methods kind of fit snugly into 5 categories and so we’ll be going over those 5 main categories.  In my opinion, the 5 best ways to heat yourself and your outdoor living…

How to Make Your Outdoor Space Function All Seasons

How to Make Your Outdoor Space Functional for ALL Seasons

I believe I’ve written a lot of articles covering improvements that you can make to your backyard living space over this past year. Making your living space work no matter what season you’re in can be a struggle. It all depends on what kind of person you are and what you need to make your…

Making Patio Cushions Stay in Place

Keeping Patio Cushions in Place (Tips & Tricks)

It’s an annoyance for people who have cushions in their outdoor furniture. Especially when you live on the coast or well, in any breezy area. How do you keep cushions from blowing away? And if you’ve got a family crew like mine, you will question how to keep patio cushions from sliding when people move…

Can you dye outdoor cushion covers

Can You Dye Outdoor Cushion Covers? (Answered)

The short answer is YES – you can dye your outdoor covers. But there are things you should understand about doing this before you even make your list to go to the store and gather supplies.  Yes, you can dye your outdoor patio cushion covers. However, dyeing outdoor fabric is a different process than what…

Viking Spa Review

Viking Spa Hot Tub Review – Everything You Need to Know

Viking Spas is a 3rd generation, family-owned, an American company. They started out by selling the first affordable portable round spa. Since then, they have followed a mantra of keeping things simple. Even today, they only sell 8 models.  I would definitely recommend the purchase of a Viking Spa brand hot tub if you’re looking…