Perform a Deck Safety Check

June 30, 2010

The structural integrity of your deck should be examined each year to ensure safety. Need we say more? There are many helpful guides for do-it-yourself types, but you may want to consider hiring a professional, especially if your deck is older. The North American Deck and Railing Association offers a helpful guide for consumers to

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Easy Fourth of July Entertaining

June 28, 2010

As the holiday weekend approaches, we’d like to share some great do-it-yourself tips from local event designer David Stark for an easy Independence Day celebration. Stark offers fresh suggestions to create red-white-and-blue style such as using beach towels as tablecloths and a row of card tables as a picnic table substitute. You’ll find fun food

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Transform Floors With Paint

June 23, 2010

Give old floors a new life with a do-it-yourself paint project. The variety of designs available ensure you’ll find just the right look, and the result will have house guests wondering “Why didn’t I think of that?!” This handy article from The Fun Times Guide home building section provides some helpful instructions for achieving the

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How To Install a Wooden Fence

June 22, 2010

Ready to fence-in your backyard and want to do it yourself? Here’s a great guide that takes you all the way through planning and constructing a sturdy wooden fence. We like this modern-style fence made with ipe, a Brazilian hardwood, that we suggest for decks as well for its beauty and durability. (We only sell

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Locally Green

June 11, 2010

We’ve posted about the meaning behind the ever-growing list of Eco Labels before (see “Eco Labels 101″), but what about when it comes to shopping the hardware store–where the current list of so-called “green” products is enough to make your head spin. Enter editor Dan Hardin of GreenLivingOnline, who reveals the meaning behind Green Seal,

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Following a Devastating Tornado, Greensburg Kansas Rebuilds Better and Greener

June 8, 2010

In 2007, a massive tornado devastated Greensburg, Kansas, destroying more than 95 percent of the small town. “What wasn’t leveled was severely damaged and the mile and half plus wide tornado left the town completely devastated,” according to Inhabitat.com. Three years later, the town has changed dramatically, following a resolution to rebuild better and greener,

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Schutte Lumber in the Kansas City Star

June 4, 2010

TGIF! In honor of the upcoming weekend, we wanted to share an article with you from the Kansas City Star in which Editorial Page columnist Lewis Diuguid describes his 10-day quest to restore the oak woodwork in his 84-year-old Northeast Kansas City home during his “vacation”. On his blog, Diguid writes, “this massive home-improvement project

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Finishing Touches for Your Deck

June 2, 2010

Whether you have constructed a brand new deck or are looking at rehabbing an older deck, do not overlook the finishing touches that can make your deck stand apart.  There are many different options available from railing to post caps to decorative lighting. Post Caps come in many different varieties and can add a lot

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