Posts Tagged ‘outdoor living space’

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.

Fiberon Composite Decking

Simple Luxury.

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