Getting Your Summer Home Ready - Don't Miss #3

8-Tips for Getting a Summer Home Ready

By Stephen Sherwood - May 27, 2021

Get Your Vacation or Summer Home Ready
8-Tips for Getting Your Vacation Home 'Summer Ready.'

1️⃣ Get the Air Conditioning or Your Heating & Cooling System Running.
2️⃣ Clean the Grill.
3️⃣ If it's been over 5-years, Get the Deck Inspected.
4️⃣ Dust and Maintenance All Your Fans.
5️⃣ Make Sure the Generator Has Gas or Power.
6️⃣ Wash the Windows or Hire Someone to Do the Job.
7️⃣ Clean out the chimney and check for any critters.
8️⃣ Replace your weatherstripping or add some for energy efficiency.

1.) Get the air conditioning or HVAC system running in tip-top shape. If the home is in the mountains be sure to have heat even in the summer since it is Colorado where we are blazing-hot one minute, then arctic cold. (That happens all year by the way, for those who don't know).

2.) Clean the BBQ Grill and Fire-Pit so it is ready to use. Nobody, and I mean NOBODY enjoys crunching down on bugs and old hot dogs particles. Do everyone a favor and get some deep cleaning done. 

3.) VERY IMPORTANT: If it has been over 5-years since the deck was built or last inspected, then it is time to GIDDY-UP! Homeowners are responsible for deck collapse or injuries that occur on any property. Therefore it is super important to have a deck replaced or repaired prior to using it or before the entire family piles on band the darn thing falls. Keep it real and use safety first! 

4.) Dust off those ole' fans because they are going to come in handy. Weather forecasts are predicting another brutally hot summer so we might as well be prepared. 

5.) Don't wait till the last minute for gassing up the generator or ensuring there is a power source. It is always possible to lose power with some of our more powerful storms. A generator can keep kids from freaking out, trust me it is better to have electrical that works. 

6.) Washing the windows is one of those tedious jobs where most people are happy to hire a pro. Besides it is nice to see the scenery if there is any type of view. Also clean windows are one sure-fire way to enjoy the home for summer.

7.) Critters and debris can get into the chimney where it makes sense to have these serviced. Oftentimes the birds make nests especially if the home has been empty for awhile, so be sure to get these inspected. 

8.) The summer months are the best time of year to replace weather stripping on a house or cabin. This tool is also helpful to keep the cool air in and hot air out which is vital from June to September. Now is the time to make sure this material is in good shape. 

By following these simple tips, the summer will be more enjoyable. Be sure to contact our offices to get a quote on any deck repair or replacement. We're at your service for deck designing making every homeowner smile one deck at a time. 

Enjoy Your Summer!  

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JUST a SWINGIN'

Backyard Seating Ideas for Your Decking

By Stephen Sherwood - April 27, 2021

We get a lot of requests for pergolas in the Castle Rock, Colorado area, but one trend that is starting to be on everyone's wish list is the backyard swing. Inspired by your children's jungle gym, swings are the perfect seating for a night surrounded by the incredible mountain air and a cool breeze. Keep reading to learn more about the latest outdoor living space trend. 

If you're a fan of Pinterest, you can find a ton of awesome ideas featuring backyard decor, fun to lounge on as it is to look at. From Macramé to Timberlane Bench Swings, many varieties can be attached to a sturdy structure such as a pergola or terrace overhang. However, don't get wrapped up in the logistics of hanging one of these unless you're going to DIY. 

We don't suggest installing an outdoor swing yourself in the event the structure or hardware is not sturdy enough to hold a lot of weight. Our crew is highly experienced in safety and quality control. Including measuring for distance of hazardous areas. 

Also, if you plan on adding a swing to your backyard be concsious of the clearance when installing near a fire pit or some type of furniture. No one, enjoys their swing while hanging out in the emergency room. I promise. The good news is; if measurements are done correctly you can avoid any injuries. More importantly, you can enjoy your backyard accessories for years to come. 

In addition to measuring, be sure to select non-flamable material and to avoid placing pillows or cushions in front of open flames. We know it sounds obvious, but you'd be surprised.

We recommend installing your swings when hiring a construction crew or contractor during a pergola or new deck build to ensure all measurements are done correctly and the installation is appropriate for your decking. 

Nonetheless, swings are a wonderful add-on to any deck or patio area where you and your family will be thrilled to have and use while spending time in your outdoor living spaces. 

One last thing. We know this may surprise you, but ya gotta share with the kids. 

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5-"MUST-HAVES" for Your Backyard Bar (Don't Miss #3)

Turn Your Outdoor Bar into a Party Zone

By Stephen Sherwood - April 22, 2021

Do you love entertaining at your house? Do you spend a lot of time outdoors? When you live in a place like Colorado, you have most likely answered yes to both. One home improvement that is trending right now will help you do both. You can turn your backyard into a a party zone with these 5-"Must-Haves" for your backyard bar. Ready....GO! 

1.) The Fire Pit - 
One must have is a fire pit with the cooler Colorado weather and the changing climate. Whether you live in the hills or you're on the plains some heat source is necessary to keep you and your guests comfortable. Not to mention, who doesn't love a toasty-warm fire to sit around while drinking some of the best micro-brew in the country? A fire is a MUST-HAVE and something you will want to have to turn your backyard living space into a total party zone. 

2.) AWESOME Seating - 
It would be a total "Party Foul" to have your family sit on the deck without some type of seat. We recommend buying some weather proof seats with cozy cushions to make everyone loosen up. Most decking remodels include some type of bench seating but it is good to look for bar stools that offer some type of padding. After-all, can you imagine watching a Broncos game without seeing the television? 

3.) State-of-the-Art-Sound Systems - 
OH YEAAAA, BABAY! Today's audio-visual solutions are vital to any backyard party. Look for a home entertainment professional to wire your backyard bar with woofers, tweeters and a 'SAWEET' 4K Flat Screen to keep everyone ready to ROCK! 

4.) Lighting - 
From string lights to cans, you must illuminate your backyard bar with the right type of lighting. Luckily there are so many options on the market today. Let me remind you of the incredible job my crew does with their creative solutions to adding lights to steps and on the railing making sure everyone is safe. Not to mention, lights help create the mood for the night whether you're having an intimate evening with the spouse or having the whole crew over to watch the game. No matter the occasion, the lights are ON! 

5.) The Roof - 
Just imagine inviting the entire family to the BBQ only to get rained out where the kids and the relatives are now surrounding your family room tracking in the dirt and water. OYE! One solution is to create a covered loggia, pergola or roofing that has some type of overhang where the party continues regardless of weather. We have some excellent designers who can draft up construction that fits your needs as well as combat Colorado's diverse weather. Just ask and you shall receive. Beats the heck out of cleaning up later. 

Well, there you have it, 5-Must Haves for your backyard bar that will turn your home into a party zone. Not only will you be impressing all your friends, this will become your favorite spot in the whole home. I love my backyard so much, I went into business to provide the same luxury for other homeowners. 

Reach out to get a quote for your Backyard Bar, Today! Leave a comment or direct message me. 
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The Lazy Man's Guide for LANDSCAPING NEAR YOUR DECK

How to Make Your Decking Look HOT with Plants

By Stephen Sherwood - April 6, 2021

Hey, Castle Rock Deck, Fam!! 


Welcome back. We're excited to hear from our neighbors looking for quotes and the season is cooking right now! Besides all that we are often asked questions about the type of landscaping to use when it comes to planting near or on your deck. As a way to be helpful, we want to share with you our Lazy Man's guide for landscaping your deck that will help. 

1.) Yellow Asyllum are Hardy to Stand Against Colorado Weather

Weather in Colorado is often unpredictable. Not to mention, this time of year we could see snow, sleet or hail that can destroy our landscaping. Trying to find a hardy plant that will endure harsh weather is challenging. One beautiful and 'Tough as Nails' perennial that will enhance to look of any decking is Yellow Alyssum. There's a ton of beautiful planters and pots where you can strategically place along your rails or even in a bench planter. 

2.) Ornamental Grass Like Switchgrass Look Stunning 

There are a variety of ornamental grasses for Colorado landscaping that you will love. Blue oat grass and cotton candy are among a few favorites where homeowners go 'GA-GA' over the final results. These tall plants do well in Douglas County with the gorgeous and flowing prawns. They are also easy to care for with little maintence. These look beautiful surrounding any deck or alongside your pavers. 

3.) Remember to Layer to Give a FULL and Aesthitic Appearance

Even if you've recently moved into a newer home where your backyard seems desolate, its not a problem if you use this lazy method to save money on landscaping. More importantly, if you're lazy like I can be, then this is a great way to have a nice aesthetic without being too much trouble. Start with your shorter plants first then layer by height with the tallest plant up aganist the joists or rail. 


4.) Pick a Plant that Won't Starve During a Drought Season

Since we don't always have humid days in Castle Rock, it's important to pick a plant like Cacti or Succulents will dress up the backyard without causing you too much stress. Taking the path of least resistent with dryland or drought type of plants might be just the 'Hot' ticket. 

5.) Soil is Everything 

When you live on the Western Slope of the Colorado Rocky Mountains, it is important to consider your soil. Before your do any landscaping, test for clay and pH levels. If planting inground, consider rotatilling prior to dropping any roots. Also, add some gypsum to break up the clay. If you want to take the E-A-S-Y, then buy soil and plant in giant pots. I find this easier to manage throughout the year and create a dramatic look for your backyard living spaces. 


6.) Hire a Landscaping Company who Knows Colorado Plants  

Seriously, if you want to take the summer off from gardening and such, hire a good landscape company who has been in business for a while. These are the professionals who will help you with your vision but they can also plant bushes, shrubbery and flowers that will be compatible with you. 

7.) Protect your Investment from an Invasion of Critters 

If you're trying to avoid working in your yard, then be sure to take the proper measurements to avoid an invasion of unwanted critters. Raccoons, rabbits and crows are all perpetrators to the garden. Even a squirrel can become your biggest nusance if you don't take some precautions. Never feed wildlife is the first thing we will tell you. Once you do, they can come in and rummage all your hard work before you even bloom or harvest a thing. Spray with a natural pesticide as well to prevent bugs from tearing up the leaves. With a little effort you can spend the rest of the weekend on your lounge chair. 

Now that we've outlined 7-strong points including some awesome plants, it's time to take action. Contact us for a quote on any deck or fence repair. We can make further suggestions for planting the right foliage without costing you an arm or a leg. 

We look forward to hearing from you! Contact Castle Rock Deck & Fence in Denver, Castle Rock, Colorado Springs
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Have a DECKCELLENT SUMMER!

Promotion for Spring - Summer 2021

By Stephen Sherwood - March 22, 2021

We want you and your family to have a "DECKCELLENT SUMMER!"

There's nothing better than sitting on your backporch or deck at night and gazing at the stars. 

Whether you're hanging out with friends or having a cold beer after a long day at work, our deck designs will give you the opportunity to relax in style. But before I go into that sales pitch let me ask you a question? 

Have you ever invited a few friends over and everyone is crowding around in one room? That's because you don't have a SAWEEET place for them to sit elsewhere. They would rather hang out in the kitchen or living room. If you're fortunate enough to have a finished basement, that might be the place. Then there's the garage where people gather but there's just one problem. 

None of those areas are practical! No. Unless you clean and organize your garage, weekly it's hard to have a nice, cozy place to sit. Right? 

The basement and kitchen are always fun, however, most Coloradoans love being outdoors this time of year. My family agrees, the more time outside the better. 

If you are finding your old deck needs a lift, or you've moved into a newer home with a concrete slab or a bunch of dirt, we can make your vision come true. 

Contact my team for a quote on your next deck project. Also, we want to place your name in our drawing to win this AWESOME YETI COOLER! Visit Have a Deckcellent Summer (mailchi.mp)
And fill out the form for a chance to win with no obligations. 

In the meantime, we hope you have a 'DECKCELLENT SUMMER!' 

 

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