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It has always been a dream of mine to have a greenhouse that I could use to grow my own produce during the winter. I love garden fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, cantaloupes and a variety of other produce and it made me sad when I had to quit gardening for the season. I decided that it was time for me to invest in having a greenhouse built in my backyard so that I could continue to grow throughout the entire year. Learn all about the selection of the glass and how it needs to be cared for right here on my blog.

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How To Make Your Outdoor Patio Part Of Your Indoor Living Space

Lee Moerman

Now that the holidays are almost behind you, you may be planning new projects for 2016. If one of those projects involves making your outdoor patio part of your indoor living space, here are some ideas that might help you to create an attractive setting.

The Connecting Wall - Whether the patio is next to your kitchen, the dining room or any other room, hire a contractor to knock out your existing wall and to establish a new entryway. One idea is to have a large archway that connects the two spaces. If you know that you will always want to use your patio as a part of the indoors, leave that space open. However, if you want to have the option of closing that area off, French doors would be really great. You could leave them open when you want a large space for entertainment. Then, when you want two separate spaces, the French doors could be closed. An example of that is if you host an event where both children and adults will be present. One group could base itself on the patio while the other group stays mainly in the other area. Can you imagine the little ones watching a favorite movie while you adults play board games in the other space?

Adding Windows - Adding windows to one or both areas is a really good idea.  Besides brightening the room with extra light, installing customized windows will visually connect the two rooms. For example, if you have selected an arched division between the two spaces, order custom windows that are also arched. If you have chosen dark wood for a French door, select dark wood as the design of the window. Choosing energy efficient windows is a smart move. While they are more expensive than regular windows, the money you'll save each month on your cooling and heating bills will make every penny worth the cost. 

Maintaining An Outdoor Feeling - If you still want the option of having the outdoors as part of your design, order a new door that will open from the old patio to a smaller outdoor area where you can still cook outdoors. Order a door that complements the windows and doors of your new area. If you know that you'll be leaving that door open at times, order an attractive screen door, too.

Think of having an open house so that your friends and family can see your new addition. For more information about getting the right doors and windows, talk to a company like Valley Glass Inc.


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