Outdoor Living5 min

Top Backyard Trends to Try Now

Late fall and winter are the perfect times to start thinking about how you will prep your outdoor living area for next year’s season of outdoor entertaining. Check out some of the hottest backyard trends to jumpstart your planning.

  • Container gardens. The perfect small-space solution, the container garden works for green thumbs regardless of location. With city populations increasing and backyards getting smaller, more and more people are choosing to do their gardening in pots. The rising popularity of organic produce is another reason container gardening is now trending.
  • Natural hardscapes. Give your backyard a designed look by implementing hardscape features such as stone retaining walls, paver patios or meandering pathways. If you’re talking about a large-scale makeover, it’s often a good idea to enlist a landscape designer to plan your hardscape, even if you don’t plan on doing everything at once.
  • Arbors. An arbor adds color, fragrance and texture to the garden and shares some of the benefits of the container garden: it’s ideal for small spaces and reduces the need for the gardener to stoop and bend. When covered with vines and climbing plants, an arbor also enhances privacy by screening the view from the neighbor’s yard.
  • Indoor set-ups outside. The indoors has taken over the outdoors with everything you’d find in a living room now made for outdoor living. Add plenty of colorful pillows to spice up your backyard patio furniture and give it a cozier feel. If you’re shopping for patio furniture, designs that mix materials, such as metal and wood, are currently trending.
  • Add a statement piece. A shed, pergola or another outdoor structure can give your backyard a wow factor in terms of aesthetics, and can also be used as an extension of your living space. Engineered wood products from LP® Outdoor Building Solutions® combine the beauty you want for your backyard with the durability needed for an outdoor structure.

Connect With LP Outdoor Building Solutions

Do you need a shed to complete your outdoor living space, or a garden shed to store tools and supplies? LP offers a unique collection of engineered wood building products designed specifically for use in sheds, barns and outdoor structures. These products provide lasting durability, beautiful finishes and style options far beyond those of your typical backyard storage sheds. Learn more at a shed dealer near you.

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Renovation5 min

Tips on Re-Siding in Historic Districts

If you own a home in a historic district, you can forget about replacing the existing siding with vinyl. Most historic districts require replacement siding to closely match the original, hence wood (or engineered wood) and brick. Understanding home building regulations based on historic overlays can help eliminate the headache during renovations, so it’s important to stay in the know before embarking on the project.

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Renovation5 min
Top Four Home Exterior Tips for Fall

With fall just around the corner, it’s time to plan how you will ensure your home’s exterior is ready for the cooler temperatures while also keeping up with the latest seasonal trends. Not sure where to start? We break down the top four home exterior tips for fall for a little inspiration.

Trends6 min
Using the Right Siding for a Ranch Home

Ranch-style home designs are known for low and wide single-story profiles, large picture windows, sliding glass doors and attached front garages. These close-to-the-ground homes were first built in the U.S. in the 1920s, but they didn’t gain widespread popularity until the post-World War II era into the 1970s. As suburbia spread, the ranch-style house became one of America’s favorites. The popularity of ranch-style homes waned in the ‘80s and ‘90s, but it’s making a comeback as younger homebuyers rediscover the ranch’s charm—much like they did with bungalows.

Maintenance4 min
What First-Time Buyers Should Know About Home Maintenance and Storage

Most first-time homebuyers arm themselves with a lot of information about mortgage interest rates and closing costs. What they sometimes overlook are the repair costs prior to moving into previously owned homes and the long-term maintenance costs associated with homeownership.