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The Beauty Of Metal Garden Decor

A metal garden decor is considered to be one of the oldest kinds of garden accessories in history. Artists have been using metal to create garden and home decors since the medieval times. However, metal decors are unfortunately becoming less and less visible in today's gardens. Many gardeners today seem to have forgotten the charm that these wonderful pieces create for garden spaces. So if you are interested in using them, read on a little more and rediscover the beauty of these kinds of garden decor and the different ways that you can use them today.

Steel is regarded as one of the best kinds of materials that you can use for outdoor gardens. The material is very sturdy, inexpensive, and versatile. Apart from that, steel exudes a unique and rustic kind of charm that goes perfectly with any kind of garden. Steel can also be painted, varnished or left in its natural state to create different kinds of looks. Today, the material is very popularly used for making various outdoor sculptures, lanterns, bed feeders and many others.

Another very common material used for creating metal garden decor is copper. Aside from its durability, copper is also naturally beautiful and attractive and can enhance its look over time as it oxidizes and rusts. However, if you do not want your piece to rust away, you can also cover it with clear coating to protect the metal from oxidation and preserve its luster and its shine.

Another very elegant material used for making metal garden decor is bronze. The metal has been used for hundreds, if not thousands of years. And even up until today, they are still as popular. Bronze is very well known for its elegant and classic look that can last for years and years to come.

Today, more and more artists are using recycled metal for making garden decor. These kinds of metals give your decors and accessories that uniquely modern twist. They are very cheap and easy to work with as well. Recycled metal can range from old drums, old bicycles, nuts, bolts and many others - a favorite choice among eco-designers and conservationists.

Aside from the kind of material, one very important factor that you also need to consider is proper placement of your garden decors. Always remember to put your pieces in areas that will highlight your entire garden.

There are plenty of metal garden artworks available in the market today, so you'll never have trouble looking for that perfect piece. There are a wide variety of styles, designs and sizes that you can choose from. However, if you like to create these metal garden decor for yourself, you can do as well. There are now plenty of DIY projects online which makes use of both recycled and new metal.

Whether you want to create that homey ambience or a modern and contemporary feel for your garden, a metal garden decor will surely help you pull off that kind of look. So invest in one or two metal garden decors today. This will surely transform your yard into one of the best focal points of your property.


Wood Porch Swings Come in Many Varieties

Porch swings come in a large variety of materials, including wood, wicker, wrought iron and man made poly resins. But today we are going to focus on wood porch swings. There are many types of wood in the world, and you can get a porch swing made out a a handful of these. Let's take a look at what woods are available and some of the qualities that each one offers.

Cedar is a great, year round wood for outdoor purposes. You can find cedar in fencing and home siding, so it makes sense for porch swings as well. One thing about cedar that many people like and many do not, it is purely personal preference, is that it slowly and naturally turns a silver gray color, taking on a very rustic look. Cedar is very durable and strong without being overly heavy, so it is easy to move when needed. Cedar naturally does not warp like many other woods meaning that it does not need a lot of extra, protective maintenance and care. For outdoors, cedar is a great choice, it basically comes down to whether or not you like its weathered look.

Teak is another very popular choice in outdoor furniture. Teak porch swings are also very durable in all weather conditions. It has a tight grain and natural oil so that it resists rot. Like cedar, you do not have to finish it with a spar varnish, you can let it weather naturally. Unlike cedar's gray, it turns a rich brown when exposed to air. Also, teak does not cause rust when in contact with metal. The down sides to teak is that it is expensive and, due to its dense nature, it is quite heavy.

Cypress, another wood known for its close grain and weather resistance to warping and shrinking, is known for its beauty. It is not used as much as cedar or teak, but is growing in popularity. It is heavier than cedar, but not as heavy as teak. Cypress can range in color from quite light to a rich golden brown, and it is also known to take an antique finish quite well.

Oak is a popular wood indoors, and can also be found in porch swings, but are definitely better used in weather protected areas. Oak is a hard wood that is quite heavy. Because of its open pores, it is affected by weather and needs to be protected with a weather resistant spar varnish.

I like the look of pine, but it is a soft wood that is better suited for the indoors. Many choose pine because it is more affordable than most any other wood, but it does not weather well. But porch swings are available in pine, so a spar varnish is a must, which should be regularly checked and maintained .

Regardless of the wood you choose for your swing, there are benefits of wood in general. Primarily that it does not hold the heat or the cold, so it is always comfortable to the touch. This is really nice because most other materials become hot during the summer and can deter users from enjoying a sunny afternoon relaxing outdoors. Also, any wood fits easily into the natural environment, regardless of the look and feel that you are trying to create.

So, consider the different qualities of the wood porch swings available, and choose one that suits your lifestyle and tastes best, you are bound to find one that you can enjoy for many years to com.


Traditional Architectural Style Roof Cupolas Add Beauty and Value to your Home

Roof cupolas are structures that vary in shapes and typically sit upon the main roof of a building, house, barn, or tower and are an architectural design that dates back many centuries. Roof cupolas were originally designed to serve a need or function, however, the majority of cupolas built and added to homes today are mainly for style or ornamental purposes. Cupolas are manufactured with a variety of materials which you can select from including a wood, vinyl, aluminum, or copper cupola for your home. Whether you are remodeling your current home or building a new one, roof cupolas will add style, beauty, and value to your home.

Historical and Modern Functions and Designs of Roof Cupolas

It is believed that cupolas date as far back as the Greco-Roman era and were modeled after the watchtowers utilized in ancient times. The additions of cupolas came to the northeastern part of the United States along with the early settlers and were used by the colonials for different functions. Cupolas were used for illumination as well as ventilation that allowed for warm air and moisture to escape while allowing cooler air to come in. Cupolas are also sometimes referred to as a "widow's walk" in reference to the belvedere styles popular in colonial days where they could be reached by a set of stairs and were used by individuals who could look out to the sea and watch for returning ships carrying their loved ones.

Many of these original cupolas still exist today and can be seen commonly at the top of older houses along the eastern seaboard of the United States. Today, roof cupolas are generally purchased for ornamental purposes and to add a more traditional or colonial style look to a home, however, some are still purchased and utilized for ventilation in the loft of a barn or attic of a home. Many cupolas are also used on other buildings or structures surrounding properties such as garages, carriage houses, and gazebos with some having a decorative weathervane on top.

Roof cupolas come in many different sizes, shapes, and designs including the most popular type of roof cupola which is an octagon shape made of redwood with a roof made of copper. Cupolas are also available in more modern and exquisite looking designs including the copper cupola which is made of solid copper. Vinyl cupolas are a popular choice due to their affordability as well as their ability to withstand the elements and be painted in the colors of your choice.

Choosing the Size of your Cupola

While the design and style of roof cupolas is typically a matter of personal preference, it is important to carefully select the right size cupola to compliment your home. For instance, if you choose a cupola that is too small for the roof it will have an appearance resembling a birdhouse. The recommendation for measuring your house for a cupola is to measure the footage of unbroken roof line and multiply the total by one and a half inches. For example, if your unbroken roof line measurement is twenty feet, the minimum size of your cupola should be thirty inches square. Roof cupolas make an excellent choice for home improvement projects as they not only enhance the exterior of your home, but also add to its value


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