Summer Time

Summer is almost here! I know you’re ready (I am) but is your house? Make your patio or yard as comfortable as your living room, and there’s no reason to miss out on any sunshiny minute. I look for any reason to be outside in the summer time, particularly in Portland where cloudless days are so few and far between. Take the inside, outside and get the most out of your summer.

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Add a Braai area (or a barbecue pit)

A Braai is a South African barbecue pit (pictured left) constructed of brick.  Roast a delicious meal for few or for many and load up on your vitamin D while you feast and entertain.  As the day cools down, stock the Braai with firewood and light an open fire to keep you and your guests warm. Add walking stones or construct a lounging area for a truly luxurious experience. A brick barbecue pit makes for a beautiful, permanent fixture to any yard.


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 Install a pool

Okay, we know, a pool installation is not something to dive into (!) willy-nilly but it’s an incredible investment in your home. Get creative, even at their least expensive, pools are beautiful oasis-like additions. Build a waterfall, add an indoor entrance, or simultaneously invest in your health and your home and opt for a lap pool.


Build a deck

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Like a pool, a deck is an investment that raises your home value. Decks expand a living space and can alter your home’s overall architecture in a dynamic way. Plus, you have a lot of options with today’s variety of decking materials.  A deck is a comfortable way for you to engage with your environment: build a place in the treetops, watch the sunset and enjoy the evening cool-down.