Take a look at some of the great shots we found to show you how just a few pieces can make your small balcony the perfect outdoor lounge.
Image via HGTV
Balconies, even the small ones, were made for morning coffee (preferably with a newspaper), evening stargazing or enjoying a breath of fresh air anytime of day or night. And the beauty of a small balcony is you need little more than perhaps a couple of brightly accented chairs, some plants and the company of a good friend to create a colorful, cozy outdoor living space.
Image: photos courtesy of Kenneth Cobonpue via Gizmag
In 1844, Cyrus Wakefield noticed a pile of discarded rattan on Constitution Warf in Boston. Used as packing material for product shipped from China to the U.S., Wakefield wondered what this flexible cane material might be used to make … furniture, perhaps? Not long after taking a pile of it home, Wakefield quit his job as a grocer, formed the Wakefield Rattan Company, and by the 1860s cornered the market on the wicker furniture business.
Henry Ford is lucky ol’ Cyrus Wakefield didn’t decide to build a rattan roadster like the one above that product designers Kenneth Cobonpue and Albrecht Birkner dreamed up. The auto industry might be very different today.
What is wicker? Wicker, which is made from a variety of materials including bamboo, rattan, reed, willow, plastic or resin, is not so much a material as it is an ancient weaving technique passed from Egypt to Rome and then throughout Europe.
Nothing boosts your curb appeal like a beautiful yard with a healthy lawn. Mowing may not be top on your wish list of things to do in the upcoming months but it’s essential to a maintaining a healthy lawn. Don’t worry – keeping your grass green and well-kept is a lot easier than you may think.
There are a few tips to consider before you break out that lawnmower. This video offers some things to think about to ensure that your lawn mowing technique is correct from the start. It’s important to mow regularly and frequency will depend on your local weather and watering habits. Be careful not to remove too much grass when you mow and make sure that your mower is cutting at the right height for your specific grass type. Visit homedepot.com for our huge selection of lawn mowers, including walk-behind mowers, riding mowers and commercial mowers.
We have a new product in the aisles of The Home Depot garden section: Durazone Weed & Grass Killer. It has some innovative features that make it a winner for taking on serious tasks in the yard—and doing yard work less often per year.
FIVE THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT DURAZONE
1. An Application Lasts for Six Months
Durazone aims to be the longest lasting weed and grass killer on the market by providing a six-month “continuous action” barrier that stops virtually anything from sprouting up. This innovation is the result of a proprietary formula, which makes this product unique.
Arbors are wonderful outdoor structures that can greatly enhance your landscaped yard by adding visual interest and beauty, shelter, shade and privacy. And as long as they are properly trained to do so, flowering vines will find your arbor to be the perfect spot to grow and flourish.
In today’s First Look video, Home Depot associate Tim Seymour unveils our line of riding mowers for 2012.
We are the exclusive national retailer for Ariens, Toro and Cub Cadet riding mowers. Tim highlights each brand and specific model features such as Ariens 22 HP V-Twin engine, Cub Cadet’s durable 9-gauge steel frame and Toro’s Smart Speed Control System.
Our First Look series highlights videos our store associates watch to learn about the new products and services available at The Home Depot. We share them here so that Home Depot customers, especially professional builders and serious do-it-yourself enthusiasts, can see what’s new in the aisles at The Home Depot.
A: First, bars tend to sear better than round rods. The best choice would be wide bars that are close to each other. Stainless steel and cast-iron grates are thought to be the best, since they’re sturdy and tend to resist rust.
Bare cast iron will create a nice grill marks but it will need to be seasoned with cooking oil pretty regularly to avoid sticking. Porcelain-coated cast iron grates are a popular choice because they retain the most heat and are relatively easy to clean by comparison (just don’t use a stiff wire brush, which could damage the porcelain).
[Editor's Note: Grilling Tips is for all you grill fanatics out there. Whether you swear by propane, charcoal or gas, our BBQ tips have you covered. If you're in need of an upgrade - shop Grills at homedepot.com.]
The hard working aisles of plumbing materials and lumber at The Home Depot may seem worlds away from the the dainty filigree and shiny surfaces of a jewelry store, but we have a DIY jewelry idea that turns a common piece of hardware into something beautiful to wear.
History does not recall when or where early man constructed the first single family home. But what is fairly certain, whoever this first Homo sapiens home owner was, he built the first backyard shed shortly after moving in. Mankind has been building sheds in one form or another ever since to store and organize the stuff that we need to live civilized lives.
For many of us, they are the spooky wooden shacks that haunted the back corners of Grandpa’s yard, filled with cobwebs and old paint cans. While for others, the shed was a favorite hiding place, or the place they watched and learned how to make and repair things with a parent or relative. Nowadays, sheds can fill so many different functions, are easy to construct, and can be an enhancement to the home, not only functionally, but also aesthetically.
Take a look at the many different converted sheds we found – like the one above from the UK site Reader Sheds– the prize-winning pick for Shed of the Year 2011– to the creative shed redo’s that give outdoor living spaces new life.
Never thought you’d need or want a shed in your backyard? Just take a look …