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Decorating a Patio Room
More and more people are treating their backyard like another room. They are designing their back yard like a room - patio rooms- furnishing with garden furniture and patio furniture, garden accessories, patio umbrellas, fireplaces and propane patio heaters. This article discusses making your own birdhouses, creating a window box, creating a patio room vignette, using patio stones to connect rooms, patio flooring, and landscape lighting. Your landscape and garden design will be as individual as you are, just like the interior of your home: in your style, your way.

Using Patio Heaters for Decoration and Warmth
Any outdoor lover will tell you that the right patio heater will allow you to extend your love of the open-air life all year round. A 15-20 foot circle of heat can easily increase the outside temperature by 10-25 degrees Fahrenheit and that makes all the difference between having to stay inside and eating out. As with most patio equipment, the choice of the right heater for your needs isn't always such an immediate process. First thing to know is whether you really need or want one, and shopping around for a quality patio that suits your needs and fits your budget. Most models now come with wheels, which facilitate moving your heater from one place to another while some even come with carrying cases. When it's not in use, you can put the patio or deck heater in its carry case, or under an appropriate cover, and just wheel it away. Many retailers are also able to offer smaller tabletop, or footstool, versions of the freestanding models. These heaters offer style and show visitors that you utilize and care about the outdoor appearance and functionality of your home.

Design an Outdoor Room
What better to create a room outside your home that you can enjoy in the warm months. An outdoor room is not just a garden or a yard. It's a cozy, inviting space that makes you want to sit and enjoy your environment. It's like taking your living room or dining room outside - in a weatherproof way, of course. Tips include creating a floor that defines the space, using stone, wood or other flooring. Possibilities are slate flagstones, brick, manufactured pavers, gravel, or any artful combination of these. Think about adding a roof to your room. A retractable awning can add color, interest and a great summery feeling while protecting you a bit from the elements. Or build a pergola over all or part of your space. Then train flowering vines such as wisteria over it for a soft, shady space and a lovely fragrance.

Outdoor Rooms
This website has a ton of links for great outdoor living. Tips and links include: hardware cloth luminaria, lawn games, outdoor party décor, summer entertaining, landscape lighting, porch swings, sleeping porches, creating a garden room, country porches, rustic porches, French-style verandas, bringing indoors outside, decorated deck benches, terra cotta patios, tile-inlaid patios, charming brick patios, resurfacing patios, installing moon lighting and more.

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