Backyard Living

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

Swim Spa vs Hot Tub

Swim Spa Vs Hot Tub: What’s the Difference?

Most people understand what a hot tub is and that it’s there for recreation and relaxation above all else. You can get in to relieve stress and to help with tired, achy muscles.  A swim spa, on the other hand, combines the perks of being able to swim and exercise in a small space with…

How Many Jets Should a Hot Tub Have?

How Many Jets Should a Hot Tub Have? (Beginner’s Guide)

Did you ever wonder why hot tub advertisements focus on the number of jets in a hot tub? I mean, if you are only one body, how many jets can possibly do you any good? It begs the question, how many jets should a hot tub have, and does it matter? Most small hot tubs…

How to Clean and Maintain a Hot Tub

How to Clean and Maintain a Hot Tub? (4 Great Tips)

Your hot tub is a very expensive investment and you want to be sure it lasts as long as possible. To that end, it’s imperative that you clean and maintain your hot tub appropriately and regularly.  To clean and maintain your hot tub correctly, be prepared to test its operation and water chemistry daily, shock…

How to Keep a Hot Tub Hot: Most Effective Tips

How to Keep a Hot Tub Hot: Most Effective Tips

Do you need to know how we keep our hot tub water hot and ready for a good dip all year round? Well, I have some tips for you.  There are several methods of heating your hot tub water and retaining the heat, including keeping the cover down, running the jets, leaving the power on,…

Should I Leave My Hot Tub On All The Time?

Should I Leave My Hot Tub on All the Time? (Explained)

We’re told that the best way to save money on our electricity bill is to cut something off. It’s drilled into us from a very early age. I remember my mother yelling at me when she would walk behind me cutting all of the lights off in my wake. But not all electrical devices are…

How Much Does it Cost to Run a Hot Tub

How Much Does It Cost to Run a Hot Tub? (Answered)

There are a lot of expenses that go into the operation of a hot tub. There are chemicals. There are filters and other equipment. But the most important expense for most homeowners to consider is the additional electricity they will need to budget for.  On average, the energy cost to run a large, permanent hot…

In-ground vs above-ground fire pits

In-Ground Vs Above-Ground Fire Pits: How Are They Different?

Fire pits have become a must-have ever since we began living on our own property and have been able to make and share them. I grew up with bonfires on starlit nights roasting marshmallows and just getting lost in the stories or the crackling of the flames.  In my current home, we inherited a little…

Top 5 Backyard Projects to Boost Home Value

Top 5 Backyard Projects that Boost a Home’s Value

Lots of people want to add more to their backyard space. Whether they’re building something from scratch or adding to an existing backyard, the temptation to design and improve this space can be very persistent. But which projects are going to give you the biggest bang for your buck?  The 5 most popular improvements that…

Are Solar Lights Bad for Plants?

Are Solar Lights Bad for Plants? (Answered)

I had never seen this question pop up before this week. So as I researched the answer, I was learning something new, too. I’m going to share with you something I find quite interesting that could potentially save you and your plants some stress.  If your solar lights don’t impede on plant roots & are…

Do Exterior Lights Need to be Grounded?

Do Exterior Lights Need to Be Grounded? (With Facts)

When it comes to installing exterior lighting, there are a lot of questions raised surrounding electricity. None are so prevalent or important as understanding grounding.  Every light fixture that you install, whether inside or out, should be properly grounded. There are very few exceptions. Landscape lighting may not use a lot of electricity, but without…

Does Outdoor Lighting Increase Home Value?

Does Outdoor Lighting Increase Home Value? A Helpful Guide

The most obvious places where lighting can be improved to make your home more valuable are the landscaping, the entrance or atrium, the kitchen, the bathroom, or any featured or shared room in the house. But on every listing I researched, outdoor or landscape lighting was in the top three. If your lighting both indoor…

Hanging Lights on a Covered Patio Without Nails

How Do I Hang String Lights on a Covered Patio Without Nails?

Hmmm, now this is a good question. Sometimes you just don’t want to use unsightly nails in your wood. Besides, the wood right around those nails is going to degrade much quicker. So, if you want to still hang string lights or fairy lights on your covered patio, you’ve got to be creative.  There are…