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Try these fall outdoor living tips

October 03, 2009|From Metro Source

Maximizing outdoor living spaces was all the rage this summer. As the temperature cools this fall, HGTVPro.com and DIY show producer and host and licensed contractor Brad Staggs has some festive ideas to help you continue this trend into the fall.

"People tend to associate their outdoor living space as a fun place during the spring and summer," explains Staggs. "There are so many ways to extend the use of your outdoor living area well into fall too -- it's a great time to get outside with family and friends and enjoy the cooler weather and beautiful fall colors."

Here are a few ideas for enjoying your outdoor living space this fall:

Gardens: Even the pickiest kids will agree that broccoli, cabbage and spinach taste better fresh from the garden. Build a raised garden bed to make the task a bit easier, and consider growing a few pumpkins for Halloween.

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Decks: Long live your grill! Even though summer's gone, there's no need to abandon outdoor entertaining on your real wood deck. Add some cushions and pillows in rich fall hues to your deck furniture and incorporate decorations for your favorite football team. Then you're ready to have a fall cookout. (Perhaps even install an outdoor TV for those die-hard fans!)

Seating: Build a couple of Adirondack chairs and a garden bench to place around a fire pit and get ready to toast marshmallows with the family once the nights get cooler.

Once you decide on a project, do your homework when it comes to choosing building products. The market is flooded with options right now, but which one is right for you? For strength, durability, beauty and the best environmental choice, choose pressure-treated Southern Pine. Every project listed above can be completed using pressure-treated Southern Pine, and you won't break the bank in the process.

According to Staggs, "It's always a good idea to use treated lumber in projects that will be exposed to ground contact or outdoor elements on a consistent basis. In fact, check your local building codes: some require the use of treated lumber -- which actually works out well for you, the homeowner!"

To download plans for the projects listed above, or for more information on outdoor living and pressure-treated wood, go to www.realoutdoorliving.com.

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