Move Over Fire Pits: Fire Columns Are the New Tall Kid in Town

With all the stories on the outdoor lifestyle (emphasis on style) this time of year, perhaps you’ve noticed a hot new trend: fire columns. These outdoor heat- and atmosphere-providers are generally propane powered, and their tall, slim profile sets them apart from fire bowls and pits. READ MORE » Powered by WPeMatico

Everything Sucks, So Here Are 8 Fun Games to Play Outside This Summer

I know I am not the only one depressed by the state of the world right now, growing more and more incredulous and outraged with each passing day. If you work hard, and do what you can to make things better out there, it’s okay to take a break too. One of the best ways to recharge is to gather a group of friends, go outside, and indulge in some brainless fun this summer. Balance your rage/shock/concern with some wholesome/ridiculous/playful outdoor games. You might just make it through all this. READ MORE » Powered by WPeMatico

Before and After: A Dreamy Solution for a Massive Dirt Pile

If you find yourself in possession of a dirt pile, what are your options? Plant grass, do some xeriscaping, create a bee- and butterfly-friendly garden, buy a lounge chair? That’s pretty much all I can think of, so I was blown away when I saw what this California homeowner ended up with… READ MORE » Powered by WPeMatico

A Built-In Firepit Is Just What Your Backyard Needs This Fall

Just because it’s fall, you don’t have to retire your outdoor furniture (and outdoor entertaining plans). A gorgeous firepit keeps you warm and creates a cozy gathering spot. Though you could opt for a portable firepit, a built-in makes an interesting focal point for your backyard or patio. READ MORE » Powered by WPeMatico

Renovation Ideas to Steal from Updated Ranch House Exteriors

In today’s real estate market, affordable ranch homes are proving their potential. When they aren’t dismissed, torn down, and then replaced by larger McMansion-style homes, they get snapped up by eager buyers happy for the large lots, large windows and friendly layouts. These exterior renovations show you don’t have to compromise your style, and that there are so many ways to customize and modernize an ‘outdated’ home’s appearance. READ MORE » Powered by WPeMatico