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The modern futon is derived from a traditional Japanese floor bed. It consists of a plush quilted mattress and duvet that are laid out on the floor. The purpose of a futon is to maximize room space and allow a room to serve as more than just a bedroom. The pliable elements of both items allow them to be folded and stored away to allow the room to be used for other purposes during the day. Borrowing and improving upon this sense of efficiency, the Western-style...

Patio

Smoked food has probably been enjoyed ever since the first caveman built the first camp fire. Since then, smoking has played an important role in the human diet by helping to preserve food, as well as flavor it. The ancient tradition of slow cooking meat, poultry and fish using low heat and smoke has become easier today than it has ever been with the advent of modern smoking equipment. Pork Shoulder In the American South, barbecue means smoked pork....

Yard

Creating a backyard oasis takes planning, time, money and patience. To design and create the perfect backyard oasis it is important for homeowners to consider their needs and wants. It is also key that homeowners consider their budget and how much time they want to spend on the upkeep of their yard. A beautiful backyard begins with a plan. A plan can help to keep the costs of the backyard makeover within budget and ensure that it turns out the desired...

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Charcoal Grill

Juicy hamburgers, mouthwatering steaks, plump hot dogs, and succulent chicken along with many different vegetables can easily be prepared on a charcoal grill. Cooking on one often means a grand party where party givers can host amazing friends at their homes. It is not difficult to learn to cook on a grill, and there are all types of fun competitions that can be entered. Before searching the internet or heading to the nearest big-box store for a charcoal grill, learn what you need to look for in a grill; the benefits of charcoal grills along with popular choices. The charcoal grill should be big enough for all the food that you plan on cooking on it plus 0.5 inches on each side of every food item. Since many foods need to be held or finished over indirect heat, double the answer allowing the chef plenty of room. As a general rule, you need 72...

Intex Pools

The ease of setting up a full-sized pool in the spring, without having to hire an outside contractor, is an attractive thought for many people who love to swim. Intex Pools give people the freedom to choose the best type of pool for their lifestyle without investing a ton of money. Intex pools are durable and perfect for anyone who does not want to worry about the hassles of a permanent swimming pool. Intex has pools available for small, mid-sized, and large families. It is important to assess the size and depth desired before researching the different models that Intex has to offer. A critical component of choosing an Intex Pool is to determine whether or not it is possible to prepare a flat piece of land in which to situate the pool. If the ground is not perfectly level, the entire swimming pool can collapse due to the uneven distribution...

BBQ Smoker

Smoked food has probably been enjoyed ever since the first caveman built the first camp fire. Since then, smoking has played an important role in the human diet by helping to preserve food, as well as flavor it. The ancient tradition of slow cooking meat, poultry and fish using low heat and smoke has become easier today than it has ever been with the advent of modern smoking equipment. Pork Shoulder In the American South, barbecue means smoked pork....

Kiddie Pools

Kiddie pools are a necessity during the sweltering summer months, especially for families with children. They are also helpful for pets that might need to cool off. Many kiddie pools can accommodate adults too, and oftentimes they include unique and entertaining water features. Families should consider a few things when determining which kiddie pool to purchase. 4 Seater Pool The number of seats in a pool is one thing to think about when comparing...

Create the Perfect Patio

A patio area is a great place to unwind, fire up the grill and enjoy the weather. Many people have a patio area but are unsure about how to make it inviting and relaxing. Luckily there are many design tips and tricks that can help anyone get the patio space they desire. There are certain things that can take an average patio area and turn it into an amazing outdoor living space. Anyone can create the perfect patio as long as they begin with a design plan. A design...