Posted by in Telescope Casual on May 19, 2015 .

So you have decided that you want to build a patio in your yard, but you don’t want to pay a contractor to do it for you. If you are planning on doing it yourself, you may need some help since the paving can be very heavy. It is not a very complicated job, but depending on the size, it may take two to three days.


Tools you will need:

  • Spirit level
    Club hammer
  • Spade
  • Sponge
  • Builder’s square
  • Bucket
  • Hosepipe
  • String
  • Wheelbarrow
  • Screeding float
  • Cement 

If you are staggering the paving and having to cut slabs, you will also need an angle grinder.

Draw a detailed plan to scale on some graph...

How much does an outdoor kitchen cost you ask?  Well, how long is a piece of string?

It depends entirely on what you want, and perhaps more importantly, how much money you have to spend on it. If money is no object, then you can spend many thousands of dollars. Even a basic outdoor cooking area with a patio, grill, and countertop, if installed by professional contractors, will run to a few thousand dollars.

The most important thing to consider is the grill. All outdoor kitchens center on the grill insert, around which the rest of the kitchen is built. If you are looking to save money, one thing on which you should not compromise is...

When the weather warms up, the thought of barbecues comes to mind, and suddenly it is time to get into the great outdoors again.

Whether you want to eat outdoors in the yard, swim in the pool, or just laze about in the sun getting a better tan, the patio or the deck is the only place to be in the summer. Who wants to be cooped up indoors when the sun is shining, there’s a gentle breeze, the flowers are blooming, and all seems right with the world?

Cocktail Recipes

If you have an outdoor bar on your patio, together with an outdoor fridge, now is the time to experiment with some of those cocktail recipes that you have always...

Posted by in Telescope Casual on Apr 24, 2015 .

Which is better, living out of doors or living cooped up indoors?

Everybody is different, and it rather depends on your point of view. Some people are very happy tucked up on the sofa, glued to the television all night. Others can think of nothing worse.

Certainly, it rather depends on the weather. Most people would think that being indoors is a far better bet if it is pouring with rain or snowing outside, but when summer comes, it is a completely different matter. For our money, when the weather is fine and sunny, we want to be outside in the yard for as long as possible.

All Day Long

These days, with patio heaters and...

Posted by in Telescope Casual on Apr 21, 2015 .

When considering designing a patio from scratch, you need to take into consideration the way that you intend to make use of it. Do you want to sit in the sun all day? Do you want an area of shade? Are you going to use it as a workspace, if you work from home? Will you have barbecues on it?

Another consideration is where you will put it. A patio doesn’t necessarily have to be attached to the house. You could just as easily put it at the end of your yard, or at the side of the house if there is space. In fact, you can build a patio anywhere that you can lay a wood or brick floor.

Creative Juices

A new patio lets you get your...

Posted by in Hanamint on Apr 17, 2015 .

If you have a deck that is some years old, it’s a very good idea to check it for safety. Accidents can and do happen on and around decks, so it is better to be safe than sorry.

First, check for any signs of split or decaying timber. This includes the ledger board, which is the part that is attached to the house, and is often a cause of deck failure. You also need to check any support posts, railings, and steps. Use a screwdriver to see if it will penetrate the surface of the timber. If it does, it is more than likely that the timber is decaying and will need replacement.

Railings And Bannisters

Check all railings and...

Posted by in on Apr 09, 2015 .

If you are considering constructing an outdoor living area, you may well be wondering if you should create a patio or a deck. Furthermore, what is the difference between them? After all, both of them give you outdoor living space, and seem to perform many of the same functions.

To begin with, a deck is usually constructed of wood, and is a platform raised above the ground. In many instances, it can be raised several feet off the ground. For example, if your yard slopes dramatically away from the house, you may build a deck that is at the ground floor level of your home, so that you can walk out on to it from the kitchen or back door to...

Posted by in Sale on Apr 06, 2015 .

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