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Living Around a Fireplace Installation

I happen to know a thing or two about living in a home while a new fireplace is being installed. It takes some time for the process to be completed, and the inconvenience can feel pretty intense, but there are tips and tricks you can use to make the process easier on the entire family – like turn a bedroom into the living room (if the living room is where your new fireplace is going, of course) when the construction gets a little loud. In the fifty years that I've lived in this home, I have experienced my fair share of home improvement projects. I decided that maybe some of my experience can help others who are looking to complete their own projects, like installing a new fireplace. Enjoy!

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3 Options For Cooling Down A Hot Patio

From appeal and extra entertaining space to an increased home value, a patio can be a great addition to any home. Unfortunately, depending on your local climate and the layout, the patio can also be a sunny and hot surface that is not as comfortable as you would like. Thankfully, help is available if you want to spend outdoors on your patio in the warmer seasons of the year. Here are a few options for cooling down a sunny and hot patio.


A retractable awning can be installed directly on your home's exterior, protecting you from the sun during the day and allowing you to see the stars as night approaches.

During the day, open the awning to create shade over your seating and dining space. If it starts to rain, open the awning for protection. At night, when you want to enjoy the sky, close the awning with ease.

Awnings are available in a variety of sizes, colors, patterns, and designs, so you can easily find a look that complements your home's exterior siding and outdoor furnishings.

With the right selections, these retractable awnings can become permanent, yet incredibly versatile, additions to your outdoor living space.


Many people are now choosing to construct a wood or metal pergola over their patios. These pergolas can be opened, without any actual cover. Or, construct the pergola with an option to add a weather-resistant cover that can be removed when and if necessary.

Your pergola design can also include plants/greenery. To create shade without a fabric cover, plant wisteria, ferns, or other plants that can be trained to grow up the posts and over the top of the pergola.

Plants can tone down the hard feel of a wood/metal pergola while enhancing the natural appeal of your outdoor living space.


Finally, planting trees around your patio is an option many homeowners choose. Trees can add enormous shade, to your patio, but they can also add texture and color, increasing the appeal and value of your outdoor living space even further.

Make sure to choose fast-growing shade trees, such as the hybrid poplar, weeping willow, red maple, paper birch, or American Sycamore tree. Each year, trim the trees to prevent low-lying branches from affecting your seating/dining area.

A sunny, hot patio can still be enjoyed throughout the warmer spring and summer seasons. With one or more of these shade-producing options, you can improve the comfort and appeal of your patio.