Shade structures are a must to truly enjoy your outdoor living space and these articles provide information and tips on how best to build and use them.

Gazebo vs Cabana - What's the Difference?

Gazebo Vs Cabana Compared – What’s the Difference?

In an earlier article, I compared a Pergola and a Gazebo. And I thought I was done. But a cabana has been brought up to my attention. Someone wanted to know what the difference is. And I plan on telling you.  Both gazebos and cabanas are structures made with solid roofs to offer protection from…

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…

Keeping Cool in Summer with a Gazebo or Pergola

Keeping You Cool in Summer with a Covered Pergola or Gazebo

If your patio doesn’t already have a built-in cover or roof, and you have the money and time to build a permanent or semi-permanent cover for your patio, a pergola or gazebo are good recommendations.  Pergolas and Gazebos are medium-cost, unattached structures that can provide cover for your outdoor living space. One usually has a…

Do Awnings Keep You Cool?

Do Awnings Keep You Cool? (Answered)

It may be obvious that awnings can help out when they’re over windows by blocking the sun’s rays from getting into those windows. But did you know they can also be helpful over your outdoor living space?   Using awnings of any kind to cover your outdoor living space can make the air feel 10° –…

Are Shade Sails a Good Choice for Keeping you Cool

Are Shade Sails A Good Choice For Keeping You Cool?

It’s pretty obvious that shade sails can provide much-needed shade for your outdoor living spaces during the heat of the day. They become very useful during the summer months. But they’re also much more dynamic than other methods of providing shade.   Shade Sails are a good choice for keeping your outdoor living space cool because…

Do Patio Umbrellas Cool Outdoor Spaces?

Do Patio Umbrellas Cool Outdoor Spaces? (With Examples)

When your time outdoors is being ruined by the heat and bright sunlight of the summer sun, perhaps it’s time to think of a cost-effective way to bring in some shade and cool everybody down. One very versatile method of doing this that won’t break the bank is buying a patio umbrella.  Patio umbrellas provide…