Posts Tagged ‘outdoor living space’

Now Featured on Houzz

Sunday, July 6th, 2014

Fiberon Decking is now featured on Houzz,  the largest collection of interior design and decorating ideas on the Internet with over 3 million inspiring photos and 100,000 idea books from top designers around the world. Houzz has remodeling, decorating ideas, and inspiration for designing home.

Our Houzz profile has inspirational photos from many of our FiberPro Contractors. Get inspired today!

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Your One-Stop Guide to Deck Accessories

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

Untitled9So, what are you in the mood for tonight?

When you have the ideal deck accessories on your Fiberon deck, the possibilities are endless.

You can soak in the hot tub for hours on end, enjoy a little heat and light from your fire pit, or read by your Deck and Rail Lighting. (Fiberon just released these beauties!)

The good life only gets sweeter when you pick the deck accessories that suit your personality, style, and recreational/relaxation needs. Here are a few ideas from the Fiberon team…

 

The Relaxation Zone 

Relaxation means different things for different people. You might like to kick back with a new novel read by candlelight, or you might prefer to watch the sunset while you sink into the pillows on your wicker chair.

When you use your deck accessories to create a relaxed atmosphere, you add small additions that build greater comfort and serenity. We recommend a couple of potted flower arrangements to give you something to look at while you relax. Pick decorative pots that take your mind out of the stressful parts of your life.

 

The Social Arena

With Deck Day happening on June 7, there’s no better time for a meal on your outdoor living space. Equip yourself with a table and chairs–an essential deck accessory when it comes to getting social with family and friends—as well as some hurricane lanterns, a table umbrella for those sunny days, and gentle bamboo chimes.

And while you’re at it, why prepare your meal in the kitchen when you can spend even more time on your Fiberon deck? Get yourself a nice grill or outdoor kitchen to create a more social atmosphere while the steaks sizzle.

 

The Recreational Deck

Anyone up for a dip? Nothing like a pool party to get exercise and relax at the same time. If you’ve got a pool on your Fiberon deck, make sure you get the most out of swim time with pool sprinklers that look and sound like paradise.

Or if swimming isn’t your thing, get yourself a two-person table for competitive chess games or cards.

No matter what suits your personality, we’re here to give you the deck you’ve always dreamed about. To give our readers some ideas, share your favorite deck accessories in the comments below. Whether you’re a fireplace person or a hot tub person or both, tell us which deck accessories create the good life for you!

Your Favorite Time for Composite Decking Fun

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

Fiberon’s composite decking gives you the opportunity for fun, regardless of what’s happening outside. No matter what country you live in, or what season it is, your outdoor living space serves as your personal oasis.

So why not use it year-round?

Untitled10You spark up cold nights with a  toasty fireplace, or splash around in the pool while the sun shines down. With your composite decking masterpiece in the backyard, the season never stops you from relaxation, socialization, and fun.

Whether you look out at rows of pine trees or marvel at mountain ranges, your deck gives you an opportunity to take a deep breath and get in touch with the scenery.

On your Fiberon composite decking sanctuary, you can enjoy the stars with a post-work beverage. Or you can spend a Saturday with the family lounging in the sun.

Really, it’s hard to pick a favorite time of day to spend time on your outdoor living space. We’ve got a few ideas to make your surroundings come alive while you hang out in your hammock, chair, or outdoor couch.

 

Autumn

Enjoy the new splashes of color in the trees. Many people travel to other places simply to watch leaves turn yellow, red, and orange. If you are lucky enough to live in a rich foliage area, why not create an outdoor living space where you can enjoy the view up close? When Autumn comes around, the season gives you reason to pour a few hot ciders.

We’d love to see you hosting a Halloween party on your composite decking construction. Carve a few jack o’ lanterns and complete them with battery-operated tea lights, set up an apple-bobbing station, and don’t forget the candy bowls! That’s all it takes to get ready for an unforgettable celebration. Of course, costumes are a plus.

 

Spring 

It’s the end of winter. Hooray! Pull out the shorts and T-shirts. Spring is a great time to set up a nice lunch spread on the deck table. Chitchat with friends, neighbors, and family as you sip lemonade, scarf potato chips, and grill hotdogs.

Even if spring brings red eyes and stuffy noses, that shouldn’t stop you from enjoying the warmth on your outdoor living space. Pop a few allergy pills, and get out there.

 

Winter

When winter rolls around, many people tuck themselves indoors. The truth is that your Fiberon outdoor living space will be there for you even when icicles hang from your rain gutters.

Use your deck’s fireplace to beat the winter blues. Light a roaring fire, drape an afghan over your shoulders, and roast some marshmallows for s’mores.  Cold weather should never stop the good times you spend on your deck.

 

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Here comes the heat! If the cold draws people back indoors, summer often has the same hermit effect. Love the heat or hate it, summer is a call for deck action. Our advice: lounge around and cool off with some ice-cold beverages. Give yourself a tan (and some much-needed vitamin D) on your deck.

If you’ve got a pool on your outdoor living space, now’s the time to open that summertime fun spot. Blow up some floats, throw some toys in for the kiddos, and splash and swim until evening rolls around.

 

Morning

We love to start our day with inspiration, don’t you? When the rooster calls, he’s really sending you an invitation. To be your best self throughout the day, give yourself a few minutes of quiet time on the deck. Pour yourself a French Roast, listen to the birds sing, and enjoy the scenery on your outdoor living space.

Whether you look out at your kids’ swing set or you listen to babbling water, think about all the great things you’ve already built. If you’re headed to work, think about how wonderful it will be to succeed and relax afterward.

 

Afternoon

Saturdays are a great opportunity to “do nothing.” We recommend spending your afternoon doing nothing that even remotely resembles work. Take off those dishwashing gloves, put down the vacuum, and go sit on your deck.

When you “do nothing,” you’re actually doing something…something important. You’re recharging. Give yourself the downtime you need to be at your best. Enjoy life…nothing wrong with that!

 

Evening

Look, there’s the moon! If you live in a non-urban setting, the sky might be filled with stars. When the sky turns black, you can watch the fireflies dance or listen to the crickets chirp.

There’s nothing like a relaxing evening with the people you care about. When you get out of the house, your new environment will present a totally different atmosphere at night. Notice the sounds, smells and comfort of your outdoor space when the sun sets.

In the comments below, share your favorite time and season to have fun on your deck. There’s no wrong time to get more out of life.

 #DeckLove

It’s May! Make Your Outdoor Living Space a Happy Place

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014


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Whether you’re grilling steaks, cutting the graduation cake, or giving thanks to Mom, your deck will be the ideal spot for a celebration.Celebration is what your outdoor living space is intended for. That’s what we think. So now that May’s fair weather is in full swing, you have more than just one opportunity to get outside for some fun in the sun.

Here’s our question: how do you use your deck to celebrate? We’ve got a few ideas of our own to inspire you.

Take Mom to the Deck:

Be honest: where would you be without your mother? And even if it isn’t possible to give your own mom the Mother’s Day celebration she deserves, there’s always reason to celebrate your wife, your sister, your grandmother, or any woman who’s helped shape your life.

On Mother’s Day, bring mom to the deck. Hang up her favorite flowers, put a refreshing beverage in her hand, and show her that you care about everything’s she’s given you. Even though there’s never a wrong time to thank mom, Mother’s Day is your chance to go the extra mile.

Wish the Graduate a Good Future:

For high school seniors, school is almost over! May is their time to also plan for summer fun before college begins. And during those remaining months before moving into the freshman dorms, students get to experience a little downtime, get out with friends, and maybe even earn a little lawn-mowing cash. Of course, there’s no better spot than your outdoor living space to make every day a vacation day.

After the student in your life receives their diploma, take them home to a nice spread on your deck. Put on some music, fire up the grill, and gather family and friends around to wish your graduate the brightest future.

And if your student is “too cool” for barbecues, there’s nothing wrong with pizza on the deck!

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Goodbye April Showers, Hello May Flowers:

In the Northern hemisphere, Old Man Winter has stopped blowing his silver breath. And as we all know, spring opens with nonstop rain showers in April. Now that the wet weather has subsided, get out to your outdoor living space to enjoy a cold drink and warm sunshine.

Spend a Saturday afternoon with the kids and your partner away from the television set. Read a book in your hammock. When the evening draws its shade, light a fire in the pit to celebrate the warm evening.

 

No Particular Reason, Let’s Just Celebrate Life:

How about a barbecue this Saturday without any direct occasion to celebrate? What’s so great about composite decking products is that you can create a second home outside of your house.

With an outdoor living space, you can design your personal paradise–from outdoor fireplaces to hammocks to pools. The space is yours to do with what you want, and bring people together.

Our suggestion: use your deck for a weekly celebration of the good life. It’s your happy place.

In the comments below, share with us some ideas on how you use your outdoor living space to celebrate. With Mother’s Day and graduation season coming up, how will you use your Fiberon composite decking to live the good life?

#DeckLove

Fresh Herbs and Vegetables On Your Deck

Thursday, May 23rd, 2013
Container Garden on Deck

Photo from Homegrown & Healthy

Every day I hear something from the news or on social media talking about the benefits of fresh herbs and vegetables – even if it’s just that using them makes food taste better. But what if you don’t have the space for a big garden, or a convenient farmer’s market? Container gardens are becoming more and more popular, allowing you to grow fresh herbs and veggies on your porch or deck, so that the freshest produce is right outside your door!

Benefits of Container Gardening

The benefits of container gardening are many and varied, including convenience, soil to kitchen control over the produce you serve your family, enhancing your outdoor space and the cost-effectiveness of growing your own produce compared with buying it at your local grocery store or farmer’s market. In addition, growing your garden in containers allows you the ultimate flexibility in positioning for the best sunlight for any given time of year and creates an environment where any potential problems, like fungi and other plant diseases will not spread to the rest of your garden.

Challenges of Container Gardening

Container gardens can be a bit of a challenge because they rely on the gardener for all nutrients – meaning you’re responsible for making sure each container is getting the proper amount of nutrients, water and sunlight that the plant inside it requires, which can vary significantly. You may need to water certain plants twice a day in the hotter summer months, but that much water could kill the plant in a different container. But as long as you understand the differences in what the plants in your garden need, this is a challenge easily overcome. There are several great resources that can tell you about the care your specific herbs and vegetables will need. My favorites are the Garden Guides and AZ Master Gardener Manual pages.

Do Your Research

Since there are some significant differences in how you care for in-ground plants compared to container plants, it’s important to do your research when looking to grow any particular vegetable or herb in a container. For example, one of the most significant differences is root temperature – in-ground roots will never warm up as much as roots in containers can, so to grow plants that need cooler roots you may need to use a larger, light-colored container to minimize the effect of the sun. Mother Earth News has a great article for the beginner container gardener, including container-friendly plants and information on everything from the best buckets, soil and fertilizer to use to using your containers as design elements on your deck.

For added benefit from your container garden, choose acceptable pots and decorate them to fit your personal style, or keep track of your potted garden with this great idea from Martha Stewart.

Did you learn something new or get inspiration from this article? Let us know in the comments section and share it with friends through your favorite social media channel!

 

What Deck Builders Do is Artistry

Monday, March 4th, 2013

Fiberon sells composite deck boards and railing. But what deck builders do with it, is artistry. To them, it’s not just a deck board. It’s a building material that creates decks, porches, benches, planters, pergolas, partitions, fencing and outdoor kitchen cabinets. Outdoor areas have expanded from living and relaxing spaces to hardscapes and landscapes with outdoor kitchens, yoga and meditation areas, spas, raised herbal beds and fire and water features.

 

Most of us think of a deck as a square space attached to the back of a house. If it were left to me to design a deck, that’s what I would start out designing. Take a look at these artisans and what they have created with composite decking and railing. These pictures are amazing examples of how the deck-building pros elevate their carpentry skills to artistry. Their expertise in handling composite products offer unique, durable and beautiful spaces that keep their good looks. Look at the way these creative deck designs have angles, circular areas and insets. Even the railings are combinations of materials and colors. Options are infinite and accent lighting can be added to both decking and railing for homeowners to enjoy their backyard retreats well into the evenings.

 

Hiring a pro puts your project in the creative hands that can offer you the outdoor living space you could not have imagined. What a talented pro can offer you is a custom backyard respite that not only adds value to your home, but quality to your life.

 

Check out our web gallery to see decks built with Fiberon, our deck design idea tool (also an app), to select styles and colors and see similar decks and our contractor gallery to see more decks built from deck pros nationwide. Looking at their work is inspirational to the potential enjoyment every backyard has.

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Outdoor Flooring Options – How to Choose the Perfect Product for Your Home

Friday, February 8th, 2013

Outdoor flooring can mean several different things to homeowners. It can be anything from a beautiful deck or patio to artificial grass or stone. Outdoor flooring helps connect your interior living space with your outdoor living space. Designing your outdoor environment to be as warm and inviting as your interior home is a very important process to homeowners.

There are many options to select from when considering the ideal outdoor space. Decking is one the most common forms of outdoor flooring. There are decking options like traditional wood decking and there are alternatives to wood that are gaining in popularity such as capped composite decking and PVC decking.  Traditional wood decks are the most common but do require a lot of maintenance like staining, sanding, and replacing warped boards. Capped composite decking is a popular alternative to wood, is lower maintenance, and gives the appearance of natural hardwoods. It can also be attached using hidden fasteners so you have a nice, clean deck without any screws showing. PVC decking can offer these same attributes plus a Class A fire rating which is important in fire-prone regions, and is lighter in weight; another great choice for durable decking. PVC decking also comes in a variety of colors and can even simulate the look of tropical hardwoods. Both PVC and capped composite decking require lower maintenance than wood and are easy to clean without the use of harsh chemicals or stains. Stone can be another choice for outdoor flooring.

Stone comes in a variety of natural colors and is versatile enough that it can be used both indoors and out. This means that you can have a uniform look from one room inside to your outdoor space. Stone comes in many textures so you can mix and match for a unique look, or use a rougher texture outside to help keep it from being slippery when wet. One drawback to stone is that it needs to be frost resistant to avoid cracking when used outdoors. Because it is a porous material, the stones can crack when they freeze in colder climates.

Another outdoor flooring option is paving. There are several materials to choose from with paving like stone or concrete. A recent trend is using painted concrete to give the space a more urban and unique feel. There are also several textural options when paving that can give the space a well-defined look. However, one drawback to note is that you can end up with noticeable color variations that may be unintentional.

A final option when looking for outdoor flooring is tiles. Tiles are easy to maintain and come in a variety of shapes, colors and textures. Tiles are non-porous and are also frost-proof so they can be an ideal choice for cold weather climates. One issue that comes with choosing tiles is that they are very slippery when wet. It is important to make sure to choose a non-slip finish.

While there are many different options to think about when creating an outdoor living space, it is important to pick options that best suit your lifestyle. Trends today include both decking and hardscapes that extend the living space in your backyard. Materials such as wood, composites or PVC decking, and hardscapes that include stone, pavers or tiles, further create a custom sanctuary. From goldfish ponds to fire pits and outdoor kitchens, outdoor living space provides more areas for relaxation and entertainment. Make your environment the unique and beautiful expression of your personality.

We love deck builders.

Saturday, September 29th, 2012

 

With Deck Expo in the air, the marketing office at Fiberon is all about builders. We’ll see you in Baltimore!

One builder we’ve worked with for many years is Bobby Parks of Peach Tree Decks and Porches in the Atlanta area. If you are a deck builder, check out how Bobby is marketing with video. If you are a homeowner… well… don’t you want this porch?

Gorgeous work, Mr. Parks!

Connect to luxurious moments right outside your door. Choose Fiberon Decking.

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

Our website and Facebook images have changed.

The image of the beautiful couple reclining on their Fiberon Composite Decking was photographed as part of our new advertising campaign.

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Beat the Post-Summer Blues On Your Deck with Outdoor Decorating for the Fall

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

Kelly from Bungalow Blue Interiors joins our Authors On Board to bring some design expertise to our blog! Read below as she shares tips from an interior design perspective on creating an outdoor living space that you can enjoy well into the autumn months.

As summer comes to a close and the temps get a little cooler, it is the perfect opportunity to turn your deck into a beautiful outdoor space for entertaining, relaxing with friends or just enjoying a cup of tea on a Sunday afternoon.  The key is to decorate with the same attention to detail, comfort and style as any other room in your house.  First, ask yourself what you will use the space for most – dining under the stars, hosting Sunday brunch, or gathering around a fire pit to catch up with friends. It’s easier than ever to make the most of the season by giving your deck a facelift for fall without breaking the bank!  Here’s how:

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