How to answer that age old question: which came first—the deck or the landscaping? Ok, maybe the question doesn’t date back that far, but I’ll bet I’m not the only one who’s asking it! Whether you have a clean slate with a new deck on bare land or you’re building a new deck around established vegetation, your options are wide open when it comes to blending your deck with your landscape.
Considering that your deck just might be the most important connection between your house and your property (whew, talk about pressure!), you ideally want your landscaping and deck to work together rather than compete with one another. No matter if you’re building around existing landscaping or starting from scratch, here are some landscape suggestions to make sure your deck looks like it’s a natural part of your property.
Build your deck around existing landscaping. What do you do when you want to build a new deck and there’s a magnificent 200-year-old oak tree right in the middle of your back yard? Build your deck around it of course, making the tree the focal point of your outdoor space.
Incorporate flower boxes and planters. Maybe your deck overlooks a beautiful English garden with sweeps of color like black-eyed Susans, pink climbing roses, or lush purple lavender. You have a moral imperative to plant some of those flowers on your deck too! Carrying through the theme of your garden onto your deck in flower boxers or planters is a great way to blend the property with the deck.
Transition with concrete edging. If your deck abruptly ends in a grass yard, consider using concrete curb edging to easily blend the edge of the grass with the deck platform. You can also use river rocks, pea gravel, or mulch to help define the area.
When your backyard is water. Not all homes have a backyard to step out into. And that’s a good thing! You can incorporate some plants and flower boxes on your deck for some vegetation options. A crisp white railing adds an extra nautical flavor to your design to appropriately blend with your water view.
During the deck and landscape design phase, always keep in mind the view from your deck, and make sure you position the deck so you can look at your landscaping from all sides—be it water or land! Thanks for reading!
It’s fall ya’ll! That’s how we welcome the season down here in the southeast. One of my favorite things to do this time of year after work is to plop myself down in a rocker on our wrap around porch with a glass of wine and listen to the birds sing, watch the squirrels chase each other around the trees, and smell the delicious aroma from the dinner my husband is cooking. Ok, that last part is a dream, but the rest of it is real. This ‘me time’ gives me a chance to look around and think about how I can decorate my porch for the fall.
My porch boards are Inteplast Building Products variegated porch in Burnished Maple, which has naturally-colored streaking and a subtle wood grain, and easily works with any décor or style. Inteplast’s porch products also offer unmatched weather resistance and long-term performance. Just because your porch is an outdoor space doesn’t mean it can’t offer the same style you have on the inside of your house. Here are some my favorite ways to add some autumn spice to your porch.
Pumpkins and Gourds, oh my! Of course pumpkins and gourds aren’t just for Halloween, and they all don’t have to be orange either. Use a combination of pumpkin varieties in white, orange, tan, and even blue, in a variety of sizes, and place them in arrangements around your porch or down the porch steps for fall curb appeal. You can even get really creative with how you decorate your pumpkin, check out this post from livingly for ideas on what to do with yours.
Mums the word. You see them in a ton of colors at your local nursery or big box store, those beautiful mounded chrysanthemum flowers just beckoning for you to scoop some up and take them home. Mums are synonymous with fall and can be the star of your autumn porch. To double up on the fall décor plant yours in a hollowed out pumpkin like this one from CircaDee.
Add some swag. Make your porch swing or rocking chairs cozy, comfy hangout spots throughout the season. I like to add fun, fresh seat cushions on my rocking chairs and cover the porch swing with posh pillows and throws ready to toss over your shoulders if there’s a chill in the air.
For more ideas on how to update your front porch (or any part of your home) for fall check out our Pinterest page for Fall and Halloween Décor.
Just because the temps are getting a little cooler doesn’t mean you have to abandon your outdoor living until spring. Add some fall color and décor to create an inviting space you’ll want to enjoy well into the season. Of course, the perfect foundation for front porch curb appeal is a great porch to begin with. Visit Inteplast’s online Porch Gallery for inspirational porch ideas. To find Inteplast’s porch products near you, visit their retail locator.
I’m Andrea, thanks for reading!
It’s Martin again, with another doable DIY project for your backyard or your deck. Even though we are half past summer and most of us finished our landscape projects earlier in the spring, it’s time to think about fall planting. This planter box I’m going to demonstrate this week is made from Inteplast Building Products Fascia Board and Corner Board. Last month I showed you how to make an end table out of Inteplast’s products, so this is very similar in construction - a no brainer for you DIY pros out there, and a great beginner project for you folks who are just getting started. You can place this in your yard without worrying about rotting, splitting, cracking, or pests because Inteplast’s products are moisture resistant. So, let’s get started.
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For the deck fascia material, Inteplast has 12 colors to choose from and solid, variegated colors all with wood-grain patterns. I used their Terra Cotta material to build mine, but choose a color and style to suit your tastes, or compliment your existing deck or trim at home.
The first step is to cut the necessary pieces. Start with the 4x4 Inteplast PVC “J” Channel trim to and cut four 12” pieces. Next, pre-install the screws at the ¾” square notch ends on each “J” Channel. Place the screws 3/8” from edge to ensure the holding capacity.
Next, trim the Inteplast Deck Fascia Board to 4 pcs to 2’ long each. Now, align the bottom of the Deck Fascia and “J” Channel, then attach them together with the screws at the four corners. You’ll want to use proper blocking to level the joint before you apply the screws. I enlisted the help of my friend Eric to press the corner board against the fascia for a tighter hold. But if you don’t have a friend in sight, you can use a grip to help add pressure. Next, join the pieces at the corners.
Continue until all corners are joined and you have a square. Finish up by adding the 4” x 4” end caps on the top of the remaining ½” tip of Inteplast PVC “J” Channel. If you use PVC end caps, apply PVC cement to bond the cap. That’s it!
You can make your box any size you like. The diagram below is for a rectangular 2’ x 4’ planter box.
To find Inteplast’s fascia and corner board in your area, check out the Inteplast Building Products product locator tool. What do you think of what I planted in mine? Let me know what you’re gonna plant. Thanks for reading.
Martin (and Harley)
There is no other time of the year that inspires me to spruce up the exterior of my house than spring. And here are limitless, inexpensive things you can do that can dramatically change your home’s curb appeal. You don’t have to be considering putting your house on the market to do these small improvements. No different than changing your bedroom comforter to a crisp white in Spring to give your attitude a boost, adding curb appeal makes your house inviting to visitors, and creates a pleasing, uplifting space for you and your family. Here are some updates to consider for your own curb appeal.
When my kids were young and still at home, one of our favorite springtime activities to do together was taking a trip to our local nursery and picking out flowers and plants to spruce up the front yard. Small landscaping projects like this are a great way to showcase your yard’s best features and hide its not-so-good ones. To keep your yard looking great all the way through the fall, plant a combination of plants that flower throughout the seasons so you’ll always have something blooming.
Obviously it’s out of most of our budgets to change the exterior color of our houses every spring to fit our mood, but if you’ve got peeling or chipped paint, now is a good time to repaint and boost your curb appeal all at once. Check out the spring and summer paint color pallets at your local paint or home improvement store to get some ideas on color schemes. Whether you’re into classic, historic, or bright colors, you’ll be amazed at the significant difference a change of color can make.
Think about how much of an aesthetic impact moulding and trim can add to the interior of your house, and multiply that impact by ten for the exterior of your house. Inteplast Building Products has a broad range of PVC millwork trim products that includes base trim, crown molding, door jambs, window casings, corner board, starter board, J-channel and window surrounds, all with the visual appeal of wood without the natural flaws. All of their millwork products give you design flexibility to create custom architectural elements like arches and curves. And because they are pure PVC inside and out, you don’t have to worry about rot, warp, splintering, or cracking.
Don’t forget about the small stuff like brightly colored flower pots, outside cushions for your patio furniture or rocking chairs, and rugs for your front porch. Bright pops of color will tie the whole scene together and give passersby a curb to envy. All of the home improvement stores have sales on everything to make your outdoor area more beautiful, check out the Home Depot, Lowe’s and Menards websites for inspiration.
You are now free to sit back, relax, and enjoy the rest of your spring and summer!
Stay crafty and have fun!
You pass them on your evening walks, you drive by them on your way to work, and you wave to neighbors perched on them after dinner. A front porch is a recognizable architectural staple for most American homes. But have you ever really given much thought to the social significance of a front porch?
Once a necessity, before the invention of air conditioning, front porches were the heart of family and neighbor gatherings where everything from decision making, front porch storytelling, political debating, visitor greeting, harmless gossiping, and chair rocking took place. But alas, with the advent of air conditioning, noisy automobiles passing by, and television sets, Americans abandoned their front porches and moved the conversation inside to the living room.
Well folks, it’s time to reconsider the front porch. Porches add space to a place, as well as preserve the architectural integrity of a house. Most importantly, front porches bridge your personal world with the world outside and give your guests a sneak peek of what they might expect to find in your home, your life, and in your style.
When kids are small, the front porch is the space where muddy shoes, baseball bats, and bikes are dropped casually before they go into the house. Once the kids are grown and out of the house, you can put some time and effort into making your front porch a focal point of the house. Starting with the floor boards.
Inteplast Building Products Porch materials provide the beautiful look of natural wood without the splinters, slips, scratches, and stains. Inteplast Building Products Porches are available in two color collections – Variegated Color and Solid Color – both with reversible finishes in oak or straight grain textures, all with signature benefits of reliable performance, durability, and beauty. Each board has a built-in scratch and stain protection with our 4 sides cap stock.
In addition, the rich, earthy tones complement any outdoor setting, and offer unmatched weather resistance and long-term performance. Inteplast’s built-in color protection technology, ColorTUF™, protects your porch from fading under powerful UV rays. Just visit our retailer search at http://www.inteplastbuild.com/retailer-search.html to find where you can buy our porch products.
And don’t forget about the back porch. Whether overlooking swimming pools or hosting outdoor barbeques, back porches serve as a private sanctuary, an extended outdoor family room or an al-fresco dining area, or both.
Remember, a porch is like a welcome mat that meets the street. It can be solely decorative, a respite for reading, or a place to enjoy a glass of wine after dinner. Why, a house without a porch is just blah!
I’m Jennifer, and thank you for reading!
Hello and welcome back! We’re excited to re-introduce you to Design Next Door, reimagined by Inteplast Building Products, the company behind all these inspirational Do-It-Yourself projects over the past several months.
We’d like to officially introduce ourselves! We are Inteplast Building Products and we’d love to help you realize your visions, dreams, and inspirations for your exterior and interior living spaces. Our complete line of outdoor and indoor building products is made to meet your needs for both beauty and quality while providing a low-maintenance lifestyle. From our exterior decking, porch, trim and millwork products, to our interior decorative moulding, we combine our expertise in aesthetic beauty, durable construction, and smart design to give homeowners one portfolio of whole-house modern wood-alternative lifestyle products to create the perfect home.
Inteplast Building Products Decks are made to be durable, moisture resistant, low-maintenance, lightweight and beautiful! There are no special tools required to work with our products because they work the same as traditional lumber. Our wide variety of variegated and solid colors offers design options for both traditional and modern tastes. And the best part, you get the beauty of real wood without the maintenance hassles. Check out our Deck Gallery on our new website!
When it comes to your home décor, it’s all about the finishing details. Our decorative moulding comes in a variety of classic and modern profiles, and it’s prefinished and ready to install, with no special tools required. It has the same workability of wood, but greater uniformity and flexibility. Ceiling, door, window, wall, and floor, no matter where you add it, moulding adds character to any room. We have a great gallery of different rooms with moulding on our website here.
Talk about curb appeal. Add one-of-a-kind style to your exterior with our millwork, trimboard, trim sheet, and beadboard products with all the workability and beauty of real wood without the maintenance headaches of real wood. Our trim products won’t rot, split, crack, or absorb water, and they’re resistant to termites and other pests. And unlike wood trim, Inteplast Trim is bendable to create a variety of architectural shapes. Check out our beautiful trim products in our Trim Gallery.
Enjoy your outdoor living space without the worry of splinters or a lot of maintenance! With the same beautiful look of wood, Inteplast Building Products Porches come in two color collections – variegated and solid color, and are both fully-reversible in oak or straight grain finishes. And each board has a built-in scratch and stain protection for long-lasting low-maintenance beauty. Add some character, color and longevity to your porch with our beautiful porch boards!
We’ve launched a brand new website at InteplastBuild.com where you can find ideas for your next deck, porch, siding, or moulding, or trim project in our Inspiration Gallery. While you are there browse through our free deck and porch design plans and take a look at our Visualizer Tool where you can select the design style and colors that match your home and tastes.
From low-maintenance, realistic natural wood grained decks and porches, to ready-to-install pre-finished trim and moulding in a broad range of complementary colors that brings everything together, this blending of know-how gives Inteplast customers a complete decorative solution that helps to create a house you can be proud to call home. Passion for beauty, engineering, and quality is the essence of the Inteplast DNA. Welcome to our family!
Stop by booth #6343 if you are at the 2016 NHBA International Builder’s Show and see why Inteplast Building Products is the best solution for adding long-lasting beauty and character to your home.