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DIY Stone Flowerbeds

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I am so excited to share one of my favourite DIY projects, our raised stone flowerbeds. These were a weekend project that made a huge impact in our backyard.  Chris and I had talked about adding some raised flowerbeds along our back fence after we built the second deck (now referred to as “mini deck”). Because […] Read more…

Affordable Patio Sets

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So I’m walking through Home Depot and I come across this gorgeous patio set: And I get thinking…a new deck deserves new furniture right? well maybe…if it’s a good deal…but you know what? It’s $2500. Whaa? Gorgeous, but totally not in my budget for patio furniture. While I would really like a new set that […] Read more…

How to Build a Floating Deck

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If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen that Chris and I build a little floating deck back in June. In case you’re thinking of building your own floating deck I’ve put together all the details on how we did it in one weekend. I hope you find this helpful and don’t forget to […] Read more…

Deck Building Tips

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We’re in full deck building mode this weekend building a floating deck in a previously unused corner of our yard. We loved building our first deck and definitely learnt a lot. Are you thinking of building a deck but have no idea where to start? I feel ya. Here are some tips I hope will […] Read more…

Deck Stained & Sealed

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When we built our deck last year it was pretty late in the season so we decided to wait until this summer to put a water seal on the wood. Turns out it was the right decision because apparently you should let the wood “breathe” for a year before applying any sort of stain or […] Read more…