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Our Four Tips for Outdoor Entertaining this Summer

The arrival of warmer weather has us planning our outdoor entertaining. Summertime is a great time to entertain outdoors. Throwing an outdoor party that's fun, festive, and filled with food, drink, and conversation is always a good idea, especially if you have the outdoor space. These four tips are all designed to help make your life easier to kick back and enjoy the summer with your family and friends.   Decor Pick a theme for your party. Is it a picnic, memorable holiday, birthday, etc.? Use colorful disposable plates and silverware. Lay craft paper or throw-away table cloth across a table for a casually finished look―and easy cleanup. Fresh flowers are a must but don't think you have to spend a lot or go fancy. Floating peonies and gardenias make a pretty centerpiece. Circle your party area with citronella candles or incense sticks to light when the sun starts to set. Paper lanterns draped from tree limbs are charmingly festive for evening parties. You can also use string li
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Should I Replace My Windows Before Selling My House?

You are looking to sell your home. Now what? It’s wise to take inventory of its shortcomings and replace anything that needs an upgrade. If your current windows are old, failing, or not energy efficient, consider a total replacement to improve your home’s marketability and make the sale smoother. New windows can positively impact a buyer’s willingness to pay the total asking price. According to the  National Association of Realtors 2021 cost vs. value report , homeowners who replaced their windows with new windows saw an average return of over 72% of the project cost upon resale.    Replacing Windows Many buyers do not want the hassle of replacing home windows when buying a new home. Suppose you foresee your windows being an issue when trying to sell your house for the most value. In that case, it is essential to replace your windows for these reasons: Inoperable windows:  Replace windows with broken glass or broken latches, locks, or springs. Drafty windows : Older windows are less en

Easy Decorating Ideas for a Small Deck

It’s almost summertime, and we are all looking forward to getting outdoors and enjoying our backyard. Even if you don’t have room for a large deck, plenty of small deck designs serves as inspiration. You can customize your  DryShield Deck   using carefully chosen decorations to showcase your personal style to impress your family and guests. Use color to liven up a small deck; just a pop of color will give that  DryShield Deck  a BIG personality. Outdoor Furniture A small deck can be ultra-stylish with the right furniture, and you likely won’t need a lot of furniture. A small round coffee table with two folding chairs is practical and functional; lightweight chairs with narrow legs take up minimal space around the table. PRO TIP: Put a round outdoor rug under the table to give your room a homey feel. For the most durable option, select a synthetic material that’s easy to clean and resistant to UV rays. Dual-purpose pieces or built-in storage is a bonus. Benches with built-in storage dra

Tips for Porch, Patio, and Deck Decorating

Summer is not quite here yet, but preparing for it beforehand is a good idea, especially when discussing outdoor spaces.  Four Seasons Sunrooms and Windows  has the best tips and design decorating pointers worth incorporating into your porch, patio, or deck. These decorating ideas will help you create an outdoor living space that welcomes relaxing, entertaining, dining, and enjoying life outdoors. Start with a Color Scheme What is the purpose of your outdoor space? Is it for entertaining guests or more casual for family activities? Consider a scheme that consists of three colors: a dominant, secondary, and accent color. Simplifying the materials and colors of your outdoor space can beautifully complement the architecture of your home. It is good to replicate your porch, deck, or patio, colors, and design, with a dominant tone as the primary hue and two additional colors in supporting roles, such as outdoor pillows, planters, and other accessories. Outdoor Furniture Use as much seating

Getting your Patio Summer Ready

Hopefully, we have seen the last of the big winter snowstorms. As the days are getting longer and the first promising spring buds poking through the soil, now is the perfect time to start thinking about getting your patio summer-ready – whether for entertaining family, guests, or simply yourself on a relaxing day. Spring Cleaning- Out with the Old, In with the New The first step is to clean your patio. Sweep away loose dirt and debris and give it a thorough scrub to wash away the winter snow residue. Do your walls need a fresh coat of paint or perhaps a new summer look? Switch out or clean your winter furniture to be presentable in your outdoor environment. Wicker furniture is very summery and easy to protect from the summer elements. You can bring your patio to life with some new cushions, pillows, and throws with summer colors like yellows and blues. Decorate Your Patio One way to decorate your patio is gardening to brighten up the space. As winter frost begins to thaw, you should de

Four Seasons Windows For Your Home

Windows play a significant role in your home appearance as well as protection. Winter is now in full force; to keep the cold out of your home, it's essential to make sure you have windows that hold the heat in and keep the cold out. Different windows are more suited for winter, which is key to increasing energy savings and preventing heat loss. Windows have two main parts: the window glass itself and the frame. Both of these are important to consider when looking for windows for cold weather climates.   Window Frames:  The window frame is often where the most heat escapes, so it's essential to ensure that it is in good condition and made of the right material. The best frames for cold zones are anything but aluminum.  Wood and Wood-clad frames Vinyl frames Fiberglass frames Composite frames Window Glass:  Avoid single-pane windows when it comes to the window itself. Instead, choose double-pane or triple-pane glass windows made from low-E glass that is coated to prevent the tran

Color trends of 2022 for Decorating Your Sunroom

The time is here: you are finally giving your sunroom or addition the much-needed upgrade it deserves. Selecting internal wall colors has become quite important as it can really contribute to increasing the home's overall value. These are the colors you will see everywhere in 2022.    Nature Inspiration Bringing the outside inside has always been the idea of a sunroom. Still, now you can build a picturesque room that resembles an outdoor nature setting. Wood furniture, especially wood tables, is in season this year. Add some plants as decor. With a pallet of different shades of green, earthy hues, and soft browns, you can turn your sunroom into a real-life forest indoors. Our favorite:  Sherwin Williams - Evergreen Fog Benjamin Moore - Gloucester Sage   Natural Colors   These colors give you a sense of calm and quiet and can be pretty relaxing. Light beige, ivory, and grey are great for the walls, and neutral hues go well with wicker, bamboo, and iron furniture. Natural light will