6 Backyard Design Ideas

Backyards have become more of home extensions in the recent past, which is why we felt compelled to share backyard design ideas with our fellow Exotic Pebbles and Glass following! More and more people are landscaping their backyards for increased outdoor living space to unwind with family and friends. Depending on the backyard design ideas you choose for your backyard, it also can act as a recreational space.

That said, the current trend of backyard design is seeing indoor amenities including fully equipped kitchens, and fireplaces being incorporated into the backyard design ideas. With proper planning, design, and construction, you can create a backyard that is the envy of your friends and family. In addition to this, your backyard landscaping will increase your home’s monetary value.

That said, when embarking on a project for your backyard design idea, it is best you start with a plan. Spend ample time collecting backyard design ideas, looking at different images before you dive in nose first into the project. For this, we have got you covered with 6 of the best backyard design ideas the 21st century has to offer.

Backyard Design Ideas with Decorative Pebbles

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Polished Stripe Pebbles 1 – 2 inches

Back in the 1970s, decorative stones were the go-to landscaping material for most homeowners. Recent backyard design ideas have seen their use resurface. Decorative pebbles sport stunning natural color and beauty that adds texture to backyard landscaping.

But aside from their timeless appearance, decorative pebbles have proven to be easy to install as well as maintain that other landscaping options like grass. Unlike grass, they do not require watering and constant trimming. They do not experience discoloration or decomposition and best of all, they not easily blown away. They can withstand the extremities of seasons with grace.

That said, decorative pebbles vary in color, size, and shape. This allows them to complement different backyard design ideas. Below are some great ways to incorporate these decorative pebbles into your landscaping project.

 

Drainage

 

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Landscape Glass helps drainage

It proves rather difficult to decorate drainages without blocking the flow of water. Pebbles, however, offer a perfect solution. Adding them to your backyard drains or grates adds some life to the drains while retaining the flow of water.

 

Ground Cover

If you have an eroded pathway or an uneven corner that just bothers you so much every time you see it, decorative pebbles will offer you great and even coverage. In addition to this, depending on the pebble type you choose, you will get to add more color to your backyard.

For an instant facelift, you can place pebbles over your weed mats. If you intend to use these decorative pebbles on areas that see a lot of foot traffic, it is best to use 20-30mm pebbles that sport a depth coverage of 50-70mm.

 

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Ocean Blue™ Landscape Glass (Large ¾ inch – 1 ½ inch)

Tree Bases

Tree bases, depending on the backyard design idea you are going for, are beautiful. That said, you can increase its visual appeal with pebbles of different colors. You may use the pebbles to even the ground on the tree base.

To achieve this one of a kind backyard design idea, start by surrounding the tree with large rocks or bricks to form a boundary and then fill up the resulting space with decorative pebbles of your choice.

 

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Pathways – Multi-textured

Pebbles can be used to provide you with a unique and stylish pathway. They define pathways and are best used with stepping stones. The decorative pebbles that you choose should complement the color steppers. If you want to steppers to pop out more, use pebbles of a contrasting color. For more texture, you can mix up the pebble colors and sizes.

 

Garden Mulch

Given their non-decomposing feature, you can use them as mulch for the garden bed in your backyard. Used as a mulch, they will protect the soil from erosion and prevent the growth of weeds.

What is even exciting is the fact that pebble mulch is durable and as such you need not change it every so often. They last for ages.

Yard Art

With decorative stone pebbles, you can create a stunning patterned landscape on your lawn. Outline the art with pebbles. Heck if you want you can come up with a small-sized maze, a chequerboard or just huge spheres. The pebbles can be to outline or fill the patterns you create. Either way, the results are bound to be stunning and an awesome conversation starter.

Exotic pebbles & glass has a wide range of natural and eco-friendly pebbles. They source these from different parts of the world and make them available to you. The pebbles come in different sizes and colors and in 3 different packaging (50 lb, 20lb, and 5lb).

 

High Polished Black decorative pebbles

 

Fire Pit Backyard Design Ideas

Outdoor fires are so cool. For the longest time, fireplaces were seen as being perfect for the interior of a house. However, times have changed and more and more people are incorporating stone walled pits, with varying designs and finishing into their backyard landscape designs. And why not? They are the perfect place to melt your marshmallows and add great light and life to your backyard, even at night. That said, if you are considering this backyard design idea, you best learn how to do it right. There are several considerations that go into building the perfect fire area. At the very top of the list is our expert backyard design ideas, followed by hardware, then materials and lastly the construction of your fire pit.

 

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Safety

In order to enjoy your backyard fire pit, you will have to consider its location. It should be the safest point in your backyard. Ensure that the land is level and away from combustibles to avoid any fire accidents. For improved safety, you can also add a screen to cover your fire pits.

Fuel Type

There are several fuel types available on the market. These include wood, propane gas, natural gas, and alcohol. All of these have their pros and cons.

Fire Glass Fire Pit

This is one of the most natural and eco-friendly approaches to a fire pit, and at the top of our list for our backyard design ideas. This fire pit can run on both natural and propane gas. The fire does not burn the glass in the fire pit, but rather acts like a filler and heat emitter for people sitting around it. 

Propane Burning Fire Pit

With this fire pit type, you can burn petroleum gas in liquid form. When using this fuel type, you should ensure there is proper ventilation. A golden rule of thumb is to have two vents at 180 inches apart.

In the event you intend to use fire glass, you should ensure that it is at least 1 inch above the fire pit burner. Be sure not to have too much material over the burner as you might end up trapping the gas leading to disastrous burst flames.

Also, using propane as fuel, you should ensure that it is well mixed with air. To achieve proper mixing, you will have to include an air-fuel mixer. Failure to incorporate this unit will lead to very sooty fires.

Natural Gas Fire Pits

Natural gas is the perfect alternative to propane. Natural gas produces less soot. And given the fact that it is lighter than air, you do not run the risk of gas pooling in unventilated space. Natural gas is also cheaper than propane. But with all these benefits, it has one shortcoming, its plumbing has to be done by a professional

Hardware

There are different hardware that forms the perfect fire pit. These include burners, igniter, burner pans, air mixers, piping, and valves. Depending on the fire pit design you choose, you will use a match, button spark igniter or an automatic igniter to light the pit. Of all the igniter types, the automatic type is most expensive.

When choosing your burner, you should prefer the stainless steel type. They are usually of better build and quality. Speaking of which, we have a range of different shapes and sizes to choose from.

Materials

When building and designing your fire pit, you will need to consider your material carefully. Why? Well, because they come in a range of different sizes, shapes, and colors. Whichever material you choose, ensure they are fire grade. You should not pick rock, gravel, stones, regular glass or ceramics to construct your fire pit as they tend to explode when exposed to high heat.

Backyard design ideas of a fire pit

Now, knowing what goes into building a perfect fire pit is only one part of the equation. To build a stunning fire pit is another. That said, you should research to get some inspiration for cool fire pit designs.

You can build your fire pit large or small, with a small pit or a large pit and in any shape you prefer. But when you are done designing and constructing, be sure to use fire glass as filler on your fire pit. They make a fire pit more attractive than wood or logs. The best part is that they are environmentally friendly and come in many different styles and colors.

 

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Backyard Design Ideas for blocking out neighbors

Truth be told, it is not always that backyard landscapes can be changed. And even when they can be changed, sometimes the process is expensive than the alternative. That being said, it does not mean that all hope is lost. As a matter of fact, you still have a card up your sleeve to turn things around for you. Outdoor privacy panels are one of the latest elements you could incorporate into your backyard design idea. However, unlike many of the other elements we have looked at in this piece, outdoor privacy elements are more of subtractive than additive elements.

Subtractive in this case means that with these outdoor privacy panels, you have the ability to remove some features of your backyard that you do not want your neighbors to have a view of. They only see what you ‘allow’ them to see. In the past couple of years, outdoor privacy panels have increased in popularity to hide things. They are after all privacy panels.

Exotic Pebbles and Glass avails outdoor privacy panels with a privacy rating of between 60 and 90%. Visibility is limited from both sides. This characteristic as such affords you some intimacy and ability to relax in the space.

The high privacy rating is best for creating the intimate environment. But this is not to say that you cannot achieve the same with semitransparent panels. You can. All you have to do with the semitransparent panels is install more lighting on the outside than on the inside. This will give you an isolating effect.

If you are working with a small space, you should only strive to shield or segment and not close up completely. Segmenting is more of adding a layer of obstruction for the viewer. The resulting design stimulates the imagination and adds to it a volumetric complexity.

Paint with light

backlight privacy panel

 

To give it a more dramatic effect, you could add some lighting at the bottom of the panels. Colorful beams shone on the patterned outdoor privacy panels will create an artistic visual everyone will love.

However, adding lights is a little bit tricky as you have to consider the changing seasons. Different types of light will provide different temperature on the panel in different seasons. But while it is a bit tedious finding the perfect light and panel combination, when you do get it right, it is very rewarding.

Landscape Glass Backyard Design Ideas

Landscaping glass provides a beauty that lasts for ages just like decorative pebbles. The landscaping glass makes transforms your backyard design idea into a piece of art seemingly done by a professional in the industry. And in case you are wondering, there are many places you could incorporate landscaping glass in your backyard – the sky is the limit with these possibilities. The variety of sizes and colors add to the numerous designs you could pull off.

Flower pot fillers

There isn’t a backyard that is complete without a flower basket or a flower pot. Potted Flowers lead our list of backyard design ideas because of there ease of installation and the great job they do of sprucing up any area. They add life to the spaces they are placed. As such, it is only right that we create a beautiful environment around them as well. Adding glass to your flower pots will provide your landscape with more color. Instead of having dirt at the base of your flowers, use landscape glass of whatever size and color that pleases you. Just make sure it complements the beauty of the flowers.

If you are looking to add some decorations to your landscaping backyard design ideas, but are not exactly in love with the idea of surrounding it with dirt or just wood chips (it has become too cliché), you can opt to use landscaping glass (colored).

Mix up the colors to provide you with a more pleasant and interesting landscape design.

Create a faux pond

If you love the general idea of having a faux pond, then, by all means, create it. A faux pond, needless to say, is a masterpiece on its own. You can surround the faux pond with an intricate design and have it act as the centerpiece of your backyard. In the bird birth, you could have a more natural design. Adding plants will achieve this better. And instead of having sand in the birdbath, you could fill it in landscaping glass. The Aqua Blue colored type would be perfect. Send us some of your favorite backyard design ideas for a chance to be featured on our social media and receive a gift card to purchase Exotic Pebbles and Glass products from Lowes!

 

 

Using landscaping glass will not only provide you with great beauty, it also will ensure that you are relieved of all maintenance responsibilities of the pond and still have it look like a natural pond.

Create a River

Landscaping glass is one of the best pieces to use in creating an imitation of a flowing river. There are lots of blue hue variations that create a cool and interesting variation. For instance, from exotic Pebbles & Glass, you can get the Bahama blend that comes with a mix of light blue and dark blue hues.

Fill up a plant bed

Truth be told, it is always hard to make a plant or flower bed look neat and clean. And rather than going through the trouble most people just leave dirt on them. But rather than allowing this to be a stumbling block to your backyard design ideas, explore other possibilities to make your ideas a reality.

To achieve the look you have imagined, fill the plant bed with landscaping glass that complements the flowers best. It would be best is the glass color contrasts with the bed edge as this will give it a cleaner and more neat look.

Using landscaping glass with the light blue hue color, you will end up giving an illusion of your plants floating in ocean blue water.

Landscaping glass usage as pointed out is numerous. And the best part is that it is easy to hack.

Fire Glass For Your Fire Pit Backyard Design Ideas

For the fire pit, you are considering of creating, there is a way to give it more oomph and attractiveness – fire glass.

Now, besides fire glass being attractive, it is known to produce a lot more heat than actual wood. In addition, it is environmentally friendly. It does not produce smoke, it has no odor and best of all, does not produce ash. You are able to enjoy the fiery embers and warmth at night without negatively affecting the environment.

But what is fire glass?

Simply put, it is tempered glass used in fire pits and fireplaces as alternatives to fake wood and lava rocks. Itself it is not flammable and does not do anything when you light it. If you have an actual wood burning fire pit, it cannot act as the replacement for real wood. It has a great visual appeal and mostly works with gas burning fire pits.

Exotic Pebbles & Glass has a wide variety of fire glass coming in different colors ranging from sky blue reflective to Tahitian teal reflective. 

 

 

Build an Aquarium For Your Backyard Design Ideas

Outdoor aquariums would be a great addition to your backyard. It adds an interesting touch and literally brings it to life. However, when you think of an aquarium, you probably will have an image of an indoor aquarium. Anything larger than that you automatically think is too expensive to bother with. Well, while buying one can be rather expensive, the process of creating one does not have to be – especially if you build it for yourself.

Good thing, creating an outdoor aquarium is easy. You can replicate an ecosystem and have the aquarium with the perfect conditions for it to support fish. The size of aquatic life the aquarium supports will obviously depend on the size of the aquarium.

Though we should mention, it might be challenging to build the structure. But with the proper guidelines, you can make create a functioning system at a low cost. That said, there is a factor that you need to consider – location.

Choose The Location

Choosing the right location for your backyard aquarium is imperative. It should be positioned in a place that it will definitely add beauty and still be away from direct sunlight. Additionally, the aquarium should be away from vibrations and drafts as these affect fish.

You should avoid building an aquarium under a tree. There is just too much risk under a tree. There are a number of things that could go wrong.

Location is critical to the success of the project in the long run. Also, depending on the prevailing climate, weather may also be a consideration you need to make. if you are in a cold region, you might want to have it in a greenhouse.

Depth and size of the Tank

The size of the aquarium is dependent on the quantity of fish you intend to have, materials and the available space. For material, glass is the most preferred material. Some use expensive acrylics.

Conclusion

With the 6 backyard design idea, you should have something to recreate a small heaven in your backyard at low costs. Be sure to be creative in the process.

Decorative Fence Panels: 2017 Creative Guide

What’s the main reason for putting up decorative fence panels?

panelsThe main reason that people put up decorative fence panels in their yard is that they would like their yard to be aesthetically pleasing.  They yearn for a more modern and designer looking barrier rather than a boring normal wooden or metal fence. The top reason for having a fence is for security. When you think about a fence, you likely envision an enclosed area around your property. Whatever the reason for your fence– for example, a designated border for the safety of your children or pets– you may, then, need a security fence that encompasses your entire yard leaving no gaps. However, securing your yard isn’t the only reason to put up a fence! Decorative fence panels can be used to revamp the look in your garden.

The backyard space that your garden provides is precious. It gives you the opportunity for outdoor living, enjoyment of natural air, and relative tranquility. While the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about enhancing the appearance of your garden may be a well-manicured lawn, bordered flower beds and beautiful patio furniture, you may also want to consider your fencing. The fence borders your property and adds security and privacy.

How your fence appears can dramatically affect the appearance of your garden in general. Whereas you can revamp the look of your existing fence with a lick of paint and some touch-up repairs if your fence is looking worn out, ratty and weak, then it is most likely the best time to put resources into a new one. A fence should be thought of as an investment; buy it wisely, and it will serve you for years.

Decorative fence screens add shade, privacy, intrigue, and magnificence to your home exterior. Decorative garden panels are gaining popularity by the day as they are among the top home improvement ideas to consider. Regardless of whether it be a DIY house remodeling project, professional landscaping, interior design or architectural and commercial building restructure, decorative fence panels provide beautiful style and visual drama. Fence panels also offer efficient partitioning of open spaces to provide privacy or create simple sunshade. Simply put; one’s imagination only limits the creative possibilities.

Often referred to as outdoor privacy panels, they may at first seem straightforward. However, there are numerous shapes and styles of decorative garden panels available in the market today that can truly give your garden the WOW factor, while also keeping your privacy.

Here are a few backyard design ideas using decorative fence panels

Create boundaries that are not claustrophobic

 

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OUTDECO Decorative Fence Panels

There were days when you could kick back, relax and savor the glorious solitude in your backyard. Then the neighbors next door cut down the trees on their lot, and the family on the other side redesigned their home to include a second-story deck with fantastic views of the neighborhood that includes a full view of your yard! Suddenly you feel like “big brother” is watching. If you live in such an area, then privacy is at a premium. And it isn’t just about noisy neighbors invading your space – you may also want to block your own view of the neighbor’s yard.

There’s a myriad of backyard design ideas using decorative fence panels that offers privacy without feeling claustrophobic in your enclosed garden.

Your fence doesn’t really have to block the entrance to your yard. By using just a few decorative fence panels, you can create a clear boundary between your yard and your neighbors. With a little bit of creative backyard design ideas, you can enclose your space in your yard without blocking the view, so your garden feels open rather than closed off. It’s astonishing what impression a bit of fencing can make!

Use decorative panels to mark the corners of your property

You can keep your yard open while still clearly outlining the boundaries around your property using corner fences. A corner fence is a beautiful decor element that includes two fence pieces making an angle– like the corners of a rectangle – but without the other part of the fence that links one corner to the other. If you put one at each edge of your yard, anyone viewing your property will quickly imagine invisible lines connecting to the corners.  Furthermore, decorative fence panels used in corner fences are an incredible compliment to the landscape and are simple to incorporate into other backyard design ideas.

If you’d like to add more design elements, go ahead and add decorative glass pebbles in your corners or add little flower beds and finish off each corner with landscape glass! Garden panels are an excellent choice for showing off your plants while conveying a typical American style to your yard.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Related: Outdoor Privacy Screens Guide

Adding decorative fence panels highlights (or hides) your yard’s attributes.

Coverup fences: Do you have a hideous generator plainly displayed in your yard, or are recycling cans and trash ruining your landscaping design? Probably your garden tools and supplies are cramped on one side of our yard because you don’t have a shed? These unattractive features in your backyard can be quickly fixed by building a mini decorative fence around them. Well installed decorative fence panels will not only conceal the lesser appealing highlights of your yard, but it can also add a beautiful look to your landscaping design. For this reason, a strong and sturdy decorative fence panel works best. Panels with 60% – 80% privacy will also do a great job in concealing unsightly features in your backyard.

Decorative garden panels: If you have a garden, you naturally want to show it off, but while leaving it open, your kids or pets may damage it. Building a mini fence around your little garden will stop hungry critters and unwelcome fuzzy guests while enhancing its beauty. Installing a lattice fence that features 60% privacy is an excellent way of confining your garden without taking away the attractiveness that your plants provide.

Spa and Pool Fences: There are plenty of backyard design ideas using decorative fence panels that you can use to create stunning customization for your pool or outdoor hot tub. The pool area is another feature in your backyard that may warrant special fencing to provide privacy both for your guest and family while taking a dip.  Try a Marrakesh garden screen panel which is made up of hardwood and so it will hold up against any water splashes!

 

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Alternatively, construct a visually striking feature wall using naturally looking Daintree decorative fence panels which blend well with your garden layout, provides up to 80% privacy and maintains a harmonious aesthetic with the rest of your house exterior design.

The adaptability of decorative fence panels allows high-level customization such that you can easily incorporate back-lit LED strips, slat in-fills or custom tile veneers among other design that will add that “wow factor” to your space. 

Other backyard design ideas to consider

There are lot more creative ideas for using your fence for decorating your yard space. We’ve only scratch the surface! A couple of other ideas include:

  • 1. Lining the entrance to your backyard with a split rail fence made of decorative panels
  • 2. Growing vines on a trellis made of decorative panels
  • 4. Do you still need to conceal more gaps in your hedges? Add decorative fence panels on the gaps.
  • 5. Cordon off a bit of your yard to create a smoking zone or for any other purpose

Considering the ideas discussed above, it is quite clear that – fences aren’t just for confinement, and don’t have to be restricted to your property’s perimeter. Using fence panels as decorative features allows you to harness the personification of your landscape design. Should you be looking for a new DIY project, then finding an exciting way to include fencing in your backyard design ideas could be it!

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Buy Decorative fence panels Online

Fences are typically made up of panels or segments, instead of one long piece that runs along the whole perimeter. Decorative fence panels can be made of metal, hardwood, concrete, vinyl or any composite material. Each board has horizontal or vertical panels on their exteriors held together by two or more cross posts. Having fences sold in multiple components offer a great deal of flexibility which allows you to execute any of your backyard design ideas quickly.

 

Pre-made decorative fence panels come in various styles, widths, and heights. The standard sizes in the market include 24×48 inches and 48×70 inches and offer 60%, 80%, and 90% privacy.

To determine how many panels are needed for your project, the first thing you need to do is settle on a standard fence panel length. After that, measure the perimeter of the space you intend to close and divide the findings by the length of each fence panel.

Supporting posts are put up on each interval of the panel’s length, for example, you will install one post after every 70 inches when installing 48×70 decorative privacy panels. Furthermore, each post is fixed with lad screws at the center of each panel. For metal decorative fence panels, the metal posts come pre-punched to enable easier mounting.

Decorative fence panels used in residential structures are mostly made of hardwood, metal or vinyl. Wood garden panels are the popular choice. Hardwood is not only economical when purchasing pre-made, but they also provide natural look which will incorporate well with any backyard design ideas.   

 

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Why it is a Great Idea to Buy Decorative Fence Panels Online

One significant advantage of buying pre-manufactured decorative fence panels online is time. As opposed to laboriously making each fence panel from scratch, you have the benefit of skipping that tedious work and moving directly to setting up and installing the fence panels themselves. This implies that your DIY decorative fence panels installation can take just a single weekend to complete, this includes fence preparation, instead of spending multiple weeks. Have your backyard design done and ready for spring and summer faster!

The second advantage of using pre-made fence panels is quality. You can buy decorative fence panels online from a trusted dealer like Outdeco without worrying about quality or conformity. Industrial manufacturers of fence panels finish and inspect each board by hand and maintain high-quality control process to guarantee a uniform quality of each decorative panel.

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Top Decorative Fence Panels You Should Consider

Here are some pre-manufactured decorative fence panels you can purchase online today:

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Leaf Stream – 60% Privacy

Leafstream panels – 24×48 inches 60% privacy

Use the Leafstream decorative panel to hide your air conditioning unit.

Even though we all acknowledge the importance of air conditioning in our homes, the a/c unit in the backyard is not so attractive. Use Outdeco’s decorative Leafstream panels to hide the unattractive air conditioner. Made of high-quality Australian hardwood, these boards have tasteful design and will beautify your backyard. Leafstream panels are available in 24×48 inches with 60% privacy.

  • Combine three Leafstream panels to hide your air conditioning unit attractively quickly.
  • Leafstream panels are hinged on the side for quick installation.
  • Made of Australian natural and highly durable hardwood. Quick set up. Easy to move around and store. This Decorative fence panel is a favorite for being used to hide trash cans or create a boundary anywhere in your yard.
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Mahjong – 60% Privacy

Mahjong – 24×48 inches 60% privacy

The dark-colored woodwork of this beautiful Mahjong fence panel will look incredible wherever you choose to fix it. The square sections provide ample space to grow plants. Mount it on the exterior walls in your home to create a vertical garden trellis for your vines.

Alternatively, you can use it in your garden for growing climbing vegetables like peas and tomatoes. The trellis can likewise be set up on a porch or deck to create a natural themed look. With a durable wood casing and cross-section design, this decorative fence panel offers a unique appeal and ample space for your favorite plants to grow beautifully.

  • A decorative fence trellis panel for your garden or home. Features an attractive lattice hardwood finish that will look amazing when mounted on the wall or installed in a plant box
  • Suitable for growing climbing plants like peas, tomatoes and a variety of flowers
  • Measures 24×48 inches and provide 60% privacy levels
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Bungalow – 80% Privacy

Bungalow – 24×48 inches 80% privacy

The Bungalow decorative fence panels are made out of natural Australian grown hardwood and can be installed anyplace including on the yard, around the pool, patio, deck, garden, indoors or on the balcony. The panels are quick to install thus giving you the chance to try out different garden design ideas if you are looking for the perfect look. Bungalow fence panels are made of the lovely Australian hardwood, a natural hardwood growing in protected forests. Outdeco’s hardwood products are highly resistant to termites, fungi, decay, and rot. Moreover, the wood is carefully dried in a furnace before production. Set four Bungalow panels to create a unique yet beautiful boundary between you and your neighbor’s property or set up a mini fence to protect your garden from your kids or pets. 

Bungalow panels provide privacy and hardwood. It is incredibly durableRepels insects and water resistant to decay and rot rich in color.

 

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Marekesh – 80% Privacy

Marakesh – 24×48 inches 80% privacy

The Marakesh hardwood decorative fence panels add privacy and magnificence and to your outdoor living areas. The panel’s vibrant wood finish originates from Australian natural forests. The fence panel provides warmth, concealment and contemporary style to pools, backyards, walkways, and patios. Marakesh hardwood panel is highly durable, which means it is resistant to scratches, fungus, warping, rust, and rot. The panel’s surface is finished with natural oils which are antibacterial and hydro repellant.

  • A decorative garden screen made of hardwood
  • Perfect for partitioning rooms, garden area or concealing backyard features
  • Easy to join with other panels.
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Star Anais – 80% privacy

Star Anis – 24×48 inches 80% privacy

Do you want to ensure additional privacy or do a makeover to showcase an alluring decorative theme in your indoor or outdoor living space? This excellent Star Anis fence panel features a strong wooden board in rich dark color to offer a chic layout that certainly adds a visually appealing look to any backyard design ideas you are trying out.

Thanks to the quick installation of each Star Anis panel, you can swiftly adjust the size of your fence in length or height as required. You can as well quickly dismantle the frames for convenient storage. A stylish way to create a boundary either in a room or backyard, this Star Anis decorative fence is the perfect choice to adjust your design options as you like.

  • An elegant deluxe fence panel that makes it easy to divide a room or mark boundaries in a property. perfect choice for adding visual appeal to your decor easy to adjust the size in both length and height. Quick set up. Will only take you a few hours to install.

 

Herringbone – 80% Privacy

Herringbone – 24 x 48 inches 80% privacy

Herringbone decorative panels are the perfect decor addition to any backyard. These outside garden screens hide unattractive gardening tools and other yard items, add privacy to your yard or completely separate your backyard from the neighbors. Use this decorative panels to conceal all your garbage cans, bikes, a/c unit, recyclables or lawnmowers. Herringbone fence panels are UV-resistant and not only makes your outdoors neater, but they also require no maintenance, new paint job or repairs due to mildew or rot.

The wavy like design provides 80% privacy levels. The aesthetical design is on both sides. Connect various Herringbone panels to create a perimeter fence.

  • Hide unattractive yard tools like the A/C unit, lawnmower and more Herringbone panels adds elegance and stylish look to your deck or patio
  • Offers 80% privacy from prying eyes
  • Easily connect two or more panes to create a perimeter fence

Daintree 80% Privacy

Daintree –  48 x 70 inches 80% and 90% privacy

Daintree decorative fence panels are a makeover alternative to the standard horizontal fencing boards. In case you’re looking for creative backyard design ideas that will stylishly create a boundary or divide an area of your backyard like a patio or shed, then these cutting edge wooden Daintree fence panels are perfect. These international quality fence panels are laser cut to form leaf-like partners closely spaced to provide 80% and 90% privacy levels. The design shows on each side of the panel which is both well finished.

Two or more Daintree panels can be joined to form a fence around your yard, or you can install it vertically as a material for your plants to grow on. 

  • – Perfect fence panels for nature-themed decor. 
  • – Measures 48×70 inches. 
  • – Popular decorative fence panel. 
  • – Modern contemporary styling with elegant finish. 
  • – Highly durable hardwood

 

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Orient – 90% Privacy

Orient – 48 x 70 inches 90% privacy

Protect your pets and kids with this polished Orient decorative fence panel offering a stylish and complex design. This 70-inch-high fence panel checks most legal requirement in the pool code, and with tiny holes features in the design, each panel has minimal space in between thus making it completely secure for your kids and pets. Connecting different panels creates a continues groove, which is not only beautiful but ensures maximum levels of 90%. 

Additionally, the Orient decorative fence panels are highly adaptable and portable. Each panel is sold as a single unit of 48×70 inches. Depending on the size of your project, you can buy several panels and easily assemble them within no time at all. To install a couple of Orient panels, dig holes that are about 2ft deep, insert the post in the holes and cover with concrete footings.

Orient decorative fence panels are made of high-quality hardwood and designed to provide quick and easy assembly. This is the perfect panels for protection and safety in your pool or yard.

  • Premium weather-resistant hardwood offers a natural look of well-polished wood that needs no maintenance. Orient is manufactured in professional-grade quality. It is better looking, stronger and resistant to UV rays. Quick setup and installation means you can quickly do it yourself and be done in no time. Each panel is sold separately and comes in 48×70 inches with 90% privacy levels.
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Above is a fantastic range or sustainable decorative fence panels for all backyard design ideas and DIY projects. Regardless of whether you are looking to add privacy, shading, visual screening, patio partitioning or you are just looking to do a makeover of your outdoor living space, there are different privacy levels and unique designs to match your taste. 

Outdeco decorative fence panels are made of high-quality Australian hardwood. The boards are affordable and adaptable to any backyard design ideas. Each board comes ready to install. Buy decorative fence panels online today.

Fire Pit Glass – Everything You Need to Know

 

A fire pit or fireplace can add something extra to someone’s home.  Using a fire pit outside the home or a fireplace inside the home can create an atmosphere of comfort.  People love to sit by a fire and reminisce about fond memories.  They are great for summer get-togethers outdoors.  Plus winter nights in snuggled on the couch are wonderful by a warm fire.  A fireplace and fire pit do not need to be sooty and create a mess.  Instead, it can stay beautiful while in use and even when it is not.

To have a truly beautiful fire pit or fireplace use fire pit glass.  This glass is made to come in a variety of colors and sizes.  The different colors can be chosen to help match the existing décor or to add a bit of color to an area that is lacking.  The glass is safe to use and looks very impressive when the fire is roaring.  It should only be used as directed by the company to ensure the safety of the user.

Fire glass is a surprising addition to any landscape.  The dramatic colors of the glass will impress any guest.  There are a variety of ways that fire glass can be used.  While it was created to be used in a fire pit or fireplace this glass is wonderful to add to all areas of the home.  It is safe to use and will make a colorful addition to plants, walkways, and much more.

Using Fire Glass

 

Fire glass is able to replace unsightly items in a fire pit or fireplace. Items like ceramic logs or lava rocks. Traditional items that are put into a fireplace are not aesthetically appealing unless they are burning. They are drab in color and collect soot after they have been burning for long periods of time.

These other items do not have a lot of colors and are something guests have seen in every other house they have visited. Fire glass is a striking addition to any home and many people are wowed by the vivid colors it comes in. To add something different to a house’s design purchase fire glass for many areas in the house or yard.

The fire glass is used as a filler for a fire pit or fireplace. It is meant for decoration and will not be the fuel for a fire.  This means it will not burn without another source like natural gas. Many people assume fire glass is similar to charcoal and will burn without any propellant.

This is not how the glass has been designed since it is to add a flare to the fire pit.  It is unable to be used in a fire application that uses wood burning techniques since it does need the additional fuel like natural gas or propane.

Burning with Fire Glass

 

Fire glass is not flammable.  That means it will not start on fire if someone attempts to light it.  It is not intended as the source of fire for a fire pit.  Instead, it is used as a decoration on top of the fire pit to create a more sophisticated, clean look.

To use fire glass there must be a fuel source.  This source can be natural gas or propane.  Propane does have special instructions but it still can be used safely with fire glass.  The best fire pits or fireplaces to pair with fire glass are created by Exotic Pebbles and Glass.

These fire appliances will be specifically designed to make the fire glass look like it is burning evenly.  There are different points where the fuel will come out of to ensure that multiple areas of the fit pit are burning.  This will give the illusion that the fire glass has started to burn and it has spread across the entire pit.

If there is an existing fire pit it is okay to use fire glass with them.  If there is only one point of fuel for the fire it is less likely to give off that even, natural glow of a fire.  The flame will be contained to where the burner is.  It is ideal to use a fire pit that has multiple burners to have a spread out fire appearance.

To “light” the fire glass, simply use an extended lighter.  Turn the gas on and hold the extended lighter close to a burner that is running.  With the gas on the fire will light and it will stay lit until the gas is turned off.  Fire glass is made to withstand higher temperatures so most natural gas or propane fire pits work well.

Where to Use Fire Glass

 

Fire glass can be safe to use in a variety of places.  Using it in a fire pit or fireplace that uses natural gas or propane is ideal.  Propane fire pits do have additional instructions that need to be followed to safely use the fire glass.  The only limitation is avoiding fire glass in something that is meant for wood burning only.

Even if the fire glass is not paired with a fire pit or fireplace it can still be a great addition to the home.  With its bright coloring, it can be a great filler for plants or in a rock bed.  It will be similar to the natural rock that is already used but provide a much more interesting take on the design.  There are many ways to use fire glass to elevate landscaping.

Any area that a person could typically see rock or dirt could use fire glass.  It has been used to line sidewalks or concrete patios.  The color adds an additional dimension to the design.  Using fire glass in a garden can help add in color for the months that flowers cannot bloom.  That way the landscape always looks beautiful, even when the colder months intervene.

How Much Fire Glass to Purchase

Sky Blue Reflective Fire Glass

 

Since fire glass is a new product to a home many people have trouble judging how much is needed to fill a fire pit.  It is easy to calculate if the coverage calculator tool is used.  This tool is simple to use.  Simply measure the fire pit or fireplace that needs the fire glass.  With this measurement in mind plug in the numbers into the calculator.  It will estimate how much is needed of the fire glass in pounds.

This makes it easy to have enough fire glass to fill the fire pit or fireplace.  Do not worry if too much fire glass is ordered.  There are many other areas that would benefit from a little color.  Add it into the rest of the landscaping for little pops of color.  There are recommendations for how deep to have the fire glass.

In a fire pit or fireplace that uses natural gas about two to three inches of fire glass should be used.  This is enough to cover the burner in the fire pit.  If using a propane fire pit or fireplace there should not be more than an inch of fire glass.  This is enough to cover the burning in this type of fire appliance.

If there is a very large fire pit to fill there is no need to buy mass quantities of fire glass.  It is perfectly fine to use a filler and top that with fire glass for a well polished look at a lower cost.  If using a natural gas appliance there are two options.  Using sand or Exotic Glass Base Filler.  These options are both safe to use with the fire glass.

There are fillers that are not safe to use under fire glass.  Fillers like lava pebbles, lava rocks, general landscaping rocks, and porous materials should not be used under fire glass.  If these materials are used safety is not ensured and damage to the product can occur, not to mention the risk of injury.

Types of Fire Glass

 

There are two different types of fire glass to choose from.  The Recycled Glass and the Tempered Reflective Glass.  There is a different process for making each type of fire glass.  They are recommended for use in different locations or fire appliances depending on how they are being used.

The Recycled Fire Glass is made from window scraps and glass bottles.  These are obtained after production from different agencies that are seeking to reduce their waste and reuse the product.  The glass is melted and processed again using a specific furnace for re-purposing the glass into the beautiful fire glass pieces.

With this process there is a different formula for each color of glass.  By following this formula there are many dashing colors to choose from to match different décor.  After the glass has been colored according to these specific formulas they are cooked.  When the cooking process is complete the fire glass must be cooled before it is made into the small pieces ready for consumer use.

This new glass is crushed into small pieces to be used as fire glass.  These pieces are sized to create a more even look throughout the container of fire glass.  The edges of these pieces are smoothed so there are no sharp pieces left.  This is a much easier product for people to handle.

With this type of fire glass, it can be used in a few different places.  It is great for much more than putting into a fire pit.  It can be used in the garden around plants.  Inside of containers and planters to give a pop of color throughout the yard or house.  Even put it inside of a fish tank or fountain for a beautiful and shimmery look.  With smooth edges, it is easier to use this type of glass in many different locations.

The Reflective Fire Glass is made from tempered glass panels with a mirror finish.  This glass is broken and gives off dancing reflections as the fire burns.  With this type of broken glass the edges are not finished.  That means there is the possibility to be cut by the glass as it is being placed into a fire pit or fireplace.

With this in mind it is not recommended to use this type of fire glass in areas other than a fire application.  It is dangerous to add it to other areas that could be frequented and accidentally brushed against.  While installing the fire glass take special care to avoid injury.

Size of Fire Glass

 

The size of the fire glass is important because of the reaction glass will have in heat.  As a piece of the fire glass is heated in a fire there is an air bubble inside that is able to trap heat.  Over the course of use this heat can become too much for the glass and cause it to fracture.  This damages the glass and will take away from the pleasing look of the fire pit.

These air bubbles are trapped inside of the pieces of glass during production.  The bigger the piece of glass the larger the air bubble can become.  If the bubble is bigger it is more likely to break in the fire.

This can cause the need to throw away the damaged pieces.  It is recommended to only use fire glass pieces that are smaller than an inch.  This is going to reduce like likelihood of the pieces becoming damaged in the fire.

The Recycled Fire Glass comes in two different sizes.  There is a small size that has pieces that are one-fourth inch to one-half inch.  The second size is a medium that ranges from one-half inch to one inch.  The Reflective Fire Glass only comes in one size of one-fourth inch.  These sizes are ideal for use in fire pits or fireplaces so they do not become damaged.

Life of Fire Glass

 

The life of fire glass depends on how it is treated.  If properly cared for the fire glass can last for a long time in a fire pit or fireplace.  The way fire glass is made ensures that it is able to hold up to higher temperatures.  In natural gas, the fire glass is less likely to become damaged or discolored.

Propane can cause damage to the fire glass.  It can still be used but there is some cracking or change in color that is expected.  When the fire glass burns with propane glass it may break and the color may darken over time.

While there are instances that fire glass cracks it is likely to last a lot longer than traditional fire fuels.  Since it is designed as a decoration and not a fuel type there is much less stress on the product.  There is no need to replace the fire glass every time a fire is list.  It will not burn down like a natural log would and it stays beautiful for many wonderful nights by the fire.

Purchasing Fire Glass

There are online retailers that sell Exotic Fire Glass.  Take a look at the Exotic Pebbles and Glass website to learn more about online retailers that sell the product.  When looking for a specific color it may be easier to purchase online.

If purchasing fire glass in person to judge color better, look for a local retailer.  There are many Lowes stores that sell fire glass.  There is both Reflective and Recycled Fire Glass available to purchase.  Always contact the local stores before going in to purchase fire glass.  They may not be a participating store.

Safety of Fire Glass

Safety of fire glass

 

Fire glass is safe to use, if the user does properly care for the glass.  If the glass does become broken or damaged, by using in a manner that is not recommended, the glass is able to crack.  This can become hazardous if a person cuts themselves with the newly sharp edge of the glass.  Always take care to pick up the fire glass with protection to avoid accidental injury.

When burning, fire glass will not melt if it is in a fire that is less than 1500 degrees Fahrenheit.  The glass does not give off any toxic fumes as it burns, either.  The color and consistency of the glass with remain the same if not damaged by too high of temperatures.  Natural gas is the best to use when using fire glass to ensure the color stays consistent.

If using propane avoid using lightly colored glass.  Propane is able to alter the color of the glass which is more noticeable on the lighter colors.  The propane changes the color because it leaves a residue on items as it burns.  When using the glass in direct flame of propane gas it is best to use a dark color to hide this discoloration.

Natural Gas Versus Propane Gas

 

Natural gas is the preferred choice for fire glass.  It is able to preserve the beauty of the glass for longer and there are not as many precautions to take against damage.  It is the easier choice and is much less hassle to use.  However, it is not a necessity to use natural gas if a person is willing to put in some added work.

The reason natural gas is better for fire glass is in the way it burns.  When natural gas burns it is much cleaner than that of propane.  There will be no leftover residue that will sit on the surface of the glass.  Natural gas does not give off as much carbon and there is a lot less soot build-up as the fire burns.  That means more fires with less mess.

If propane is preferred in the household it can be used with fire glass.  There are a few key points to note.  Propane is heavier than a natural gas.  With this weight it will settle below the burner instead of intermingling with the air above it.

With the collection of propane under the burner it is more likely to flare up as the fire burns.  This flash of fire and heat can cause the fire glass to hold extra heat inside of the air pockets.  This will cause the fire glass to crack and become damaged depending on the intensity of the flare up.  With many flare ups the fire glass may continue to pop as the fire burns.

To help reduce this problem it is recommended to use an LP converter.  An LP converter will help the gas mix with air before it begins to burn.  With this mixture the gas is able to float above the burner.  This ensures that it stays lighter and will not cause as many flare-ups of the flame.

It is also recommended to use a pan burner system if building a propane fire pit.  This will help the propane stay above the surface to prevent flare-ups.  The goal is to ensure that there is no propane under the burner and it stays circulating with the air above it. 

Fire glass is more than a fire appliance decoration.  It is a way to decorate the entire home and enhance a landscape.  It can be used in many locations to add color into typically drab surroundings.  There are a variety of colors to choose from, so it is able to match any existing décor.  Mix and match colors to create a whole new look.

The best part about fire glass is that it is safe to use.  It is produced in a way that reduces soot that comes off traditional fire pits.  There are no harmful pollutants that come off the fire glass, so it can be used in more locations than just the fireplace.  Even when the fire pit or fireplace is not in use the fire glass adds flare to any design.

Plan to use fire glass in many areas of the home.  It does not need to fill the entire container.  Purchase a cheap filler like sand to fill the container to the top.  Place the fire glass at the top of the containers to complete the look without spending the additional money on extra fire glass.

Discover In-Ground Fire Pit Ideas

There is so much you can do around a fire place or pit in your yard or garden. In-ground fire pits are distinct in the feature that they contain the fire within its sphere and the flames evoke directly from the ground. This type of fire pits are exclusive for outdoors and can transform the aesthesis of a simple yard, patio or garden, into a cozy, warm and luxurious area.  Here are some modern and eclectic in-ground fire pit ideas to decorate your outdoor space.

 

outdoor fireplace designs

 

Using Fire Glass

Fire Glass is a brilliant alternative to woods and logs. The beautiful fire glass, available in diverse colors, shapes, and sizes looks stunning against the flame and creates a clean and relaxing ambiance that can transform the look of underground fire pits, whether it’s a complexly paved and decorated one, or a simple hole in the ground.

Fire glass is tempered glass that does not burn and instead, holds the fire for a long period in both natural gas and propane fire pits. They also have blunt edges that make them safe for handling with naked hands. Modern in-ground fire pit ideas largely include fire glass instead of logs, woods and other fire pit fillers, and may be used in both vented and non-vented pits, as they cause minimal smoke and pollution.  However, do not use fire glass in wood burning fire applications and make sure you are using a vent free approved burner system.

Fire glass is eco-friendly as it does not infuse toxic fumes and can be highly economic. In fact, you don’t even need to fill up the entire fire pit with exotic glasses, you can actually save money by using a cheaper base filler material, sand and gravel and use tempered glass filler on the top layer. However, do not use any porous material under fire glass, such as pebbles or lava rocks.

 

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Paved In-Ground Fire Pit Ideas

An essential requirement to create underground fire pit is a hole in the ground and sufficient filler to hold the fire. If you want to create a permanent in-ground fire pit built into your backyard or patio, this look can be achieved with concrete fire bricks or pavers around the submerged fire pit.  In that case, you will need fire-rated bricks in and around the fire place, along with fire-rated adhesives during masonry. If you’re creating an in-ground fire pit in an existing concrete paver patio, make sure the pavers are fire-rated.

Burning wood in concrete fire pits can be hazardous in the long run, as burning wood creates high temperature that might cause the concrete to expand, and eventually form cracks and fissures. Moreover, with continued contact with the extreme heat the concrete can absorb the heat and become too hot to touch, which can be dangerous since unlike metal, the heated concrete does not change color. The ideal thing to do would be to place the burner higher than the pit and avoid direct contact with the concrete as much as possible.

These basic in-ground pit ideas are very easy to build on your own. You will need a proper open space and compliance from the local municipality to have an open fire pit in your property. With all the right materials, you can build it in a weekend’s span. However, you must know about the technicalities of proper ventilation and water drainage systems to make it worthwhile.

Moreover, as interesting it may sound, safety is a major concern for having this type of open fire pit in the backyard, especially in moments of igniting your in-ground fire pit. Fires should never be started by kids without proper adult supervision. And if you don’t have avid knowledge, you should do some research or be well versed with all the safety norms, and enjoy your property safely. If you have pets and children, then you either light it while they are away or stay close to protect them from stumbling upon.

 

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Stone In-Ground Fire Pit Ideas

Stonehenge is one of the classic in-ground fire pit ideas that lives on as the traditional design.  And it’s truly timeless. You can achieve the look by stacking stone or boulder rocks on the basic structures of fire pits in your open space. It is ideal for both large and small areas, but you need to determine the size and type of stone that’s best for your space.

If you want to invest on an expensive and premium stone, then the pre-sorted palletized stone is a brilliant idea, it is pallets of premium stones, that offer great compatibility with your in-ground fire pit. They can be expensive but equally high quality in terms of size, shape and robust outlook. It may be available at a stone yard. You can use pumice stone, basalt, granite and gneiss materials, but it’s better to avoid sandstone and shale rocks, as they often have air inside them, that risks explosion when comes in contact with fire.

Stone lined fire pits make an excellent parapet or guard for children and pets, and create a medieval appearance worth admiring.

 

picture of Exotic Pebbles 12 Pound Pail

 

Rustic Sunken Fire Pits

Whether you have a small area or large, or if you are looking for fire place remodeling ideas, the rustic style can add a lot of class. It’s very easy to achieve, as fire pits require lesser space than fire places, and is ideal for small yard and even balconies, thus you can not only save a lot of space but also make small open spaces appear bigger. Use boulder rocks, to line your pit that of a standard size proportionate to the pit’s dimension and the outdoor space.

Black fire glass or ceramic logs can be ideal to create the rustic, shabby chic character. But keep in mind, that rustic is best enjoyed when it only “looks” so, but is well maintained and clean. So considering fire glass is a good idea, because it’s low in maintenance than wood and logs. Create a seating area around it by just using some throw pillows or logs. The crackling sound and the warm effulgence can any day create a camp fire ambiance in the house, and the black, brown colored glasses give you a sophisticated classic outdoorsy feeling.

Modern In-Ground Fire Pit Ideas

Traditionally, underground fire places have a rustic appearance to them, but they can be so versatile and accommodate diverse styles of in-ground fire pit décor ideas. Modern designs are a lot about sleek and minimalistic designs that can be created with some exotic fire glass as a cleaner and minimalistic alternate to woods and longs granite lining is another feature to create this look.

Fire glasses are excellent fire pit fillers and have a variety of colors that look very interesting, and since they are low on maintenance, it’s perfect for urban lifestyles. So if you want to host a party, wherein your guests will enjoy the most and remember the times for a long time, you can create a great ambiance by arranging it in our open area, without worrying about the cold. An open space, naturally adds a lot of freshness, and even amplifies your music.

 

Outdoor Fire Pit – Amber Fire Glass (Small ¼ inch – ½ inch)

 

In-Ground Fire Pit Ideas With Fire And Water Combination

With a little imagination, you can create an underground fire pit with a combination of water. Landscape designers use water lining in fire pits to make it safer. You can have water lined in-ground fire pit in your open space with ease and minimum extra space. To create this you are going to need proper channeling that separates the water from the fire pit and proper drainage system.  Also consider the water is not creating an obstruction in the way to reach the fire pit, so that you change logs or fire glass, and treat them. Water and fire creates an almost divine ambiance, in an open area and would be an incredible spot to have a romantic dinner for just the two of you.

In order to avoid standing water, and ash diluted water, consider having a gravel lined drainage trench away from the bottom of the fire pit to a low spot on your property. Use simple drainage pipes to drain the water. It’s better to avoid plastic pipes to avoid any risk of contact with the fire and resulting disasters, you can use metal pipes instead. 

In-Ground Fire Pit Ideas For Small Spaces And Gardens

The crackling fire and a camping ambiance right in your yard is a great thing to have. So it’s better to ensure preparation against natural phenomenon like rain and wind protection for your open air fire pits. The compact and smaller dimension of in-ground fire pits are safer in comparison to above ground pits, in terms that they hold a very controlled flame, which does not leap unpredictably and has the potential of catching any overhanging tree leaves or the flying embers fluttering, thus reducing the risk of landing on any combustible articles nearby. So one can actually use in small spaces, and gardens, where there may be dense hanging leaves.

However, in-ground fire pits are not entirely free of risks. Having the usual ground level holes in small spaces and in gardens with surrounding trees, can be dangerous for children, and especially pets, so that they don’t stumble upon it, or worse, cause any accidents while climbing trees around and stumble upon the fire.

Stringent rules are not to be relied upon, it is better to consider proper safety covers and lining of the pits, especially you have pets and children at home.

 

fireglass fire pit

Outdoor Fire Pit – Cobalt Blue Reflective Fire Glass (¼ inch)

 

Fire Place Remodeling Ideas

Fireplaces have been an object of affection, and one of the most wondrous backdrops for romantic moments, family gathering, or ceremonies and feasts. There can so much happening around the warm flames, and an exotic architecture around it.

For the best fireplace remodeling ideas, follow the same rules you did when the creating the fire pit. You need to check again with the local municipality regarding any regulations about the remodeling. The ideal safety precaution entails that at a minimum 20 feet distance should be maintained from nearby structures, like shrubs, and trees and the main house. Landscapers suggest on keeping the pit base 6inches to 12inch deeper than the surrounding grade. This is the standard in-ground fire pit dimension.

The basic idea for fire pits is to consider a certain diameter to accommodate a certain number of people to sit around, say a foot for more or less two people. If you have a very small space, then consider throw pillows to create a scattered seating arrangement in the ground. Also, remember that you will require maintaining a minimum distance between the fire and the seated, so plan things wisely.

In-Ground Fire Pits Around Outdoor Grill And Barbeque

If you love cooking, then you create a paradise around your outdoor fire pit and popularize your den as a favorite spot for friends to host lively parties during the barbeque season. If you wish to create a rotisserie over an in-ground fire pit, then the ideal thing to do would be to build the fire base adeptly so that the flame reaches the food consistently, so as to cook the food, then heat it. While grilling is easy in fire pits since you can insert a skewer in, cooking barbeque and over rotisserie is a challenge as you have to position the stuff over the pit in such a way so that the flame reaches the food subsequently.

You can incorporate some clever in-ground fire pit ideas depending on the depth you want your fire place. Design the pit ranging from six to 12inches, and don’t ignore the level base. Following this, dig a smaller circle inside the fire pit, about three to four inches deeper. This area should equal roughly one-third the fire pit diameter. For example, with a 24-inch-wide pit, dig an eight-inch circle in the center of the larger one. Fill this inner circle with rocks, sand or gravel to create a natural sump area for drainage. Top the entire fire pit base with two inches of sand. Surround the outer edge of the in-ground fire pit with stones or logs.

 

 

Things To Remember Before Building An In-Ground Fire Pit In Your Open Space

In-ground fire places are a class apart, add a lot of character to the outdoor area, making it look rich and upscale. Such an area in the house has something for everyone, wherein children would love to enjoy a campfire; teens would love to party or the best place to spend a romantic evening, then heading to any fancy restaurant.

Before you start building your very own fire pit, you need to consult with your city’s ordinances. This usually is taken care by the local municipality, who will give you an official compliance for the fire pit, and without this compliance, it will be illegal to build any kind of fireplace in your property. This might also levy a tax since it will add a new value to your property. The amount of which at will depend on the size and type of materials you are using for the pit. To make it low cost, you can first build a basic fireplace and then remodel it afterward, with your desired decoration, for which you will not have to pay any taxes.

Another thing to consider is wind. Sometimes home owners fail to recognize the aspects of what heavy winds can do with the fire in an outdoor fire pit. While indoor fire places burn freely without the risk of the fire going out of control because of wind, outdoor fire pits carry the risk at large. Some areas have a warning sign of “no burn” as the wind can flutter the fire in an unmanageable way. In-ground fire pits though carry a greater safety quotient than other over ground types of an outdoor fireplace. Moreover, the wind will not only flutter the flame the woody smoke can go too far and might cause disturbance to your neighbors. It’s better to chuck the idea of lighting a fire on a windy night and better stay indoors. But if you have already made plans, and called in guests then you can consider keeping some alternates to aid the situation, especially if you live in a windy region.

If you live in windy areas, then consider having a gas fire place instead of using logs and wood as your fuel. Or better, invest in an electronic outdoor fireplace system, that can be just turned off with a remote if the fire goes wild. You can use gel fireplaces that zero in on the smoke and lease exhaust emissions. Also, do not forget to buy a fire pit wind guard.

Don’t neglect covering your fire pits when they are not in use. This is to prevent the fire place from rain, dust, and debris. Because damp or debris in between your pit fillers can cause a delayed ignition on time. You may keep the job for the weekends, but if it rains while you are away at work, then your weekends will just require more work around the fireplace. The open fireplace is not safe for kids, and especially innocent pets, who will not have the idea where to go and where not to. So never forget to cover your fireplaces when not in use.

 

gorgeous outdoor fire pit

 

Conclusion

The in-ground fire pit ideas make an excellent hangout spot, for a variety of activities. When it comes to in-ground fire pits, it is not only the warmth of the fire in cold evenings, but this kind of fire pit is safer and easier to maintain than over ground fire pits.

If you are going to build one in your home, or other property, like a resort, camp or children’s home, make sure to speak with your local authorities of your cities ordinances. The addition of a fire pit will add value to an existing property, so you are going to have to pay a certain tax for it. And if you are remodeling a previously built fire pit, never neglect to consult with the same authorities to steer clear any legal formalities. Different cities have different regulations regarding fire places and you should abide by them.

The enclosed design of in-ground fire pits typically hold the fire in a constrained manner, that means, the warmth does not reach too far away from the fire place. So it is valid to say that in-ground fire places are ideal for small spaces, and this actually makes fire places to be cozier and requires close seating. This may add more charm to a gathering of close friends, and to a romantic date for two. However, as you need to maintain a minimum distance from the fire pit, not only for those that are seated around it but also the furniture, trees and other articles that are there in your space. Hence, if you already have a small and pact yard space, the in-ground fire pits is most likely to give your guests a cramped feeling than cozy. Whereas, as formal gathering and elaborate ceremonies like engagement or birthdays might seem a grand idea to host around the fire, if you have a moderate number of guests, it is ideal to host the ceremonies away from the fire place, and instead have a more relaxed, aftermath party hosted around the fire. Have a wise seating arrangement around your fire, and do not keep any combustible articles around your fire. It is ideal to ask your lady guests to not use spray perfumes and other inflammable cosmetics around the fire.

Drinking alcohol around the fire, during parties should have some safety precautions beforehand; it is wise to make the arrangement away from the fire place in order to avoid any mishap. Also, be careful when you arrange for music and amplification systems around your fire. Consider live music in house parties.

Colored Landscape Glass: 5 Spectacular Examples

Landscaping glass is used to bring more color into your landscapes.  The beauty found in this glass will not fade and it will make your landscaping look like it was designed by a professional.  There are so many areas of your yard that you can use landscaping glass in.  The possibilities are endless with the variety of colors and sizes of landscape glass that are available.

Flower Pot Filler

Flower Pot Filler

No yard is complete without a few flower pots or baskets.  Flowers of all colors should be included in a beautiful landscape design.  To make your landscaping stand out even more add extra color in with landscaping glass.  Instead of the bare dirt showing on top of the flower pot or basket you can cover it in whatever color makes the flowers pop.

Related: Glass Landscape Rocks: 5 Garden Designs for Inspiration 

This flower basket has beautiful bright yellow and white flowers on top of the Bahama Blend landscaping glass.  This mixture of blue landscaping glass gives the illusion of water surrounding the flowers.  The flower basket is more vibrant and colorful than ever before.  The landscaping glass gives new life to a tried and true landscape design.

Surrounding Decorations

Surrounding Decorations

For those areas that you want to add decorations to your landscaping but do not want to use wood chips or bare dirt add some colored landscaping glass instead.  Depending on what you are surrounding you can choose from a variety of colors to help match or contrast the décor.

This large flower vase is a beautiful piece that has a mixture of blues throughout the surface.  The Ocean Blue landscaping glass helps to bring out the color of this vase while creating a more clean look for your landscape design to help hide those unpleasant areas that do not have decorations in it.

Mix the colors you have in an area to create a more interesting design.  This area has many different vases and landscaping glass to create a colorful section of the yard or patio.

Faux Pond

Faux Pond

This fixture is a beautiful piece of art on its own.  The intricate design that surrounds this fountain creates a wonderful centerpiece to this large patio.  The bird bath in the middle is filled with plants for a touch of nature.  The base of the bird bath is a beautiful turquoise to help match the Aqua Blue Landscaping glass that fills it.

Instead of having the maintenance of a true fountain or pond use landscaping glass to give the feel of one.  With plants scattered throughout the landscaping glass this may appear to be a pond to anyone at first glance.  It allows you to have a natural feel to your landscape without the added work of caring for and cleaning the fountain or pond.

This is a great area for you to sit by and enjoy the sun.  It has enough room for you to sit down and relax.  You can easily take a moment to enjoy the outdoors and the beauty of your yard by this faux fountain.

Flowing from Pots to Create Stream

Flowing from Pots to Create Stream

Landscaping glass is a great way to create the feel of flowing water.  There are many variations of blue hues that will create an interesting combination and show the many colors you would see in water.  The Bahama Blend has a mixture of lighter blues and darker blues that make us think of days on the beach with flowing waves.

This design gives a pop of color to your existing rock bed.  Use a few pots to and fill them with landscaping glass.  Make sure one of these pots is tipped over so it looks like your landscaping glass is flowing from it.  This design is close to a pool.  It gives a playful feel of the landscaping glass flowing into the pool to fill it up like a stream into a lake.

In Flower or Plant Bed

In Flower or Plant Bed

It is always hard to make your flower bed or plant bed look clean and neat.  Most of these areas have areas of bare dirt that bring no color or design to your landscape.  Depending on the type of plants you have in the area you may have large areas of this bare dirt.  Instead of allowing this to stop your landscape from being bright and colorful add landscaping glass.

Fill the top of your area with landscaping glass of any color.  It is best if there is a defined ridge to hold the landscaping glass in place.  It create a neat edge and will help your yard feel more modern.

This design chose to go the natural route.  The Aqua landscaping glass creates the beautiful look of flowing water.  The plants look as if they are suspended in the flowing stream.

This type of design is great for a boarder to a sidewalk or along a patio. Even if you are not using plants you can still create a colorful border with landscape glass on the side of your sidewalk.  You will enjoy walking along the bright colors that the landscaping glass comes in.  Use a mixture of colors for a more custom design.

Landscaping glass is great for all of your outdoor projects.  You will be able to use it virtually anywhere to create a clean modern look in your yard.  The landscaping glass is rounded so there will be no sharp edges to worry about.  It will be easy to put the landscaping glass in and you will have no concerns of being poked during the process.

Depending on where you are using the landscape glass you can choose from different colors.  Go for a natural look in flower beds and use a blue, think of contrasting your colors against your decorations in the landscape, or use a color that will allow your bright flowers to pop against the background.

Anywhere that seems like it is lacking a bit probably could use some color.  Landscaping glass can be used in a variety of way so you can easily add this color in.  You can use it around plants, in other decorations, around decorations, in your rock beds, and around your sidewalks.  No matter where you put your landscaping glass you will love the way it makes your yard look.

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Fire Pit Design Inspiration : 5 Examples For Your Yard

Fire glass is a great alternative to the typical fireplace fillers like logs or wood.  It is more attractive and can take your backyard to the next level in terms of decoration.

People are sure to be impressed by the beauty that fire glass adds to your existing fire pit.  This fire glass is environmentally friendly and comes in a variety of styles so you can choose what works best for your landscaping.  These styles vary in size and in color.

small sleek firepit for patio

Small Sleek Firepit for Patio

A small fire pit on your patio can help your guests feel more at home and relaxed as you entertain.  They are great to put a couple of patio chairs or small couches around.  They work well for intimate gatherings or for a date night in.

Related: Fire Pit’s Buyer’s Guide 2017

This octagon firepit top gives your patio a bit of flare without being too large and in the way.  The table top is more neutral in color so it will be easy to match it to any patio design.  It has a black base that is sleek and carries into the black border on the table top.

The firepit in the middle is smaller so there is room on the table top for drinks or even a late night snack.  For a simple feel this firepit has black fire glass in the middle.  It gives the illusion of a more typical firepit while still being more attractive than having logs or wood expose on the table top.

Circle Firepit Natural Rock

Circle Firepit Natural Rock

This circle firepit has a more sleek top.  It gives off a more modern feel but it paired with a more natural rock on the bottom.  This can be a great addition to any landscape that is keeping to the more natural size of design.  It does not interrupt the flow of your landscaping and it has a beautiful and neutral coloring.

This firepit is best suited for an area that has seating surrounding the entire pit.  A patio sectional is a great choice to keep people close together.  It allows everyone to enjoy the firepit at all angles since it is round.

To match the natural rock of the firepit there is a darker fire glass used.  This amber fire glass has an earthy feel to it.  It gives off a warm color that is reminiscent of a burning wood.

Large Firepit for Large Seating Areas

Large Firepit for Large Seating Areas

A large firepit is great for anyone that likes to entertain.  It is a great centerpiece and will be easy for people to gather around for a fun evening outdoors.  Pair a large firepit with a lot of seating.  Allow people to spread out so they are not so clustered and they will still be able to enjoy the fire.

This firepit is more pleasing to the eye in terms of construction.  It is not made of a rugged rock that is reminiscent of a rock wall.  Instead the base is made from rectangle bricks that are covered by squared rock slabs to create a cohesive design.  The outer rim of this firepit is smaller to allow for a larger area for the fire glass to be placed.

The color of the base of this firepit is darker and pairs great with the amber fire glass.  The larger size of fire glass is used to help better fill the middle of the firepit since it is a larger area.  The amber fire glass is great in large quantities because it has the typical glow you expect from a warm fire.

By the Pool Large Firepit

By the Pool Large Firepit

A complete change from the more subtle uses for fire glass.  This firepit uses a variety of shapes and sizes of rock to give it a more do it yourself feel.  It appears to be handmade with care with the square and rectangle rocks placed for the circular base.  The top uses rock slabs that vary in size and shape as well.  They do not fit together perfectly but are spaced evenly to create a completed firepit top.

The inner circle of this firepit is filled with cobalt blue reflective fire glass.  It makes for a beautiful centerpiece to any landscape.  The color is surprising to anyone that has not seen fire glass before and will create an interesting talking piece for your gatherings.

This is paired with bright blue cushion and a pool not far off.  This firepit gives your yard with pool an even more luxurious feel.  It will seem like you are at  resort relaxing by the pool instead of at home entertaining.

Large Square Firepit

Large Square Firepit

Moving away from patio firepits this large firepit is more suited for a large open area of the yard.  This firepit is ideal for anyone that wants their firepit the center of attention.  It is made from a smooth sleek rock that will give your yard a more modern feel.  The shape of the firepit also moves away from the typical circle pit to a square one.

There is a large area to cover on the inner square of the firepit.  The medium black fire glass is a great choice for this firepit.  It will be easier for you to fill the firepit but still give a sleek modern look to your firepit.

Fire glass is a go to design choice for anyone looking to modernize their firepit.  Fire glass is beautiful to look at with or without fire added into the mix.  The fire glass does vary in size and shape because it is crushed to create the multiple pieces.  This allows for a more unique look in your firepit.

Depending on your specific need you can choose what size you want.  There is small fire glass that starts at ¼ of an inch and goes up to ¾ of an inch for those larger firepits.  No matter what design you have in mind you can find a color that is going to match beautifully and add a special touch to your landscape design.

Aquarium Pebbles – 2017 Buyers Guide

Aquarium pebbles are the most common aquarium substrates over all kinds of fish tank stones and sand. This is not only for decorating your fish tank, but there are sundry bio-chemical properties in gravels, that help filtrate your aquarium, and provide nutrients to the fish and other inhabitants. The right use of gravels is an important element in fish keeping. Any fish gravel will not be suitable to all animals, plants, and the type of water. Here is a guideline of using appropriate aquarium glass.

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Aquarium pebbles are not an absolute necessity, but they are highly recommended for the betterment of the fish and marine animals you are keeping.

ing for hobby. As these animals are spending the rest of their lives away from their natural habitat, the right arrangement of aquarium substrates will at least supply them some essential minerals and biochemical that keep the organisms healthy and help them live longer.

While the aesthetes of your aquarium is entirely a personal choice, creating the appropriate habitat for your aquatic animals is specific to biological needs of the organisms and their reception to the environment you have created for them. The size, color and the build of the aquarium pebbles applies in making or disturbing a comfortable and sustainable fish habitat under an aquarium. For the betterment of your fish, it is best to have some live plants and microorganisms and infusoria in your aquarium, and the pebbles should be complying with the plants and microorganisms too. The more accurate and comfortable the fish habitat you can create, the healthier and longer your fish will live.

Choice Of Aquarium Glass Depends On Whether Your Aquarium Has Salt Water Or Freshwater

There are some fundamental factors for choosing appropriate aquarium gravel, the most important factor is to judge by the water of your aquarium whether it is fresh water or salt water. Subsequently, ensure that the type of water is in adherence with the salinity tolerance and natural habitat of your aquatic animals, unless they are euryhaline. There are many saltwater and freshwater variants of certain species, like stingray.

picture of aquarium gravel underwaterAquarium Gravel is a substantial choice of substrate for both salt water and freshwater aquariums that plays a pivotal role in nitrogen cycle, and help filtrate ammonia build up, work up as a substantial soil to flourish aquatic plants that can purify and promote oxygen and essential minerals in the water. The difference of water has different chemical reactions to certain gravel like hardness of water and pH buffer.

Freshwater aquariums are the most common choice of fish keeping for hobby. There is a wider availability of freshwater fish, which can even be found on small, local pet shops, fish like, goldfish, angelfish and guppies. Whether you want to create a community tank, or raise a single species, you are going to need the appropriate freshwater aquarium pebbles to create a proper habitat for your freshwater aquatic animals. Freshwater aquarium gravel come in a variety of size and colors and reactivity to freshwater. You can choose between hobby glass, aquarium pebbles, sand gravels, crushed coral, and many more materials. It is best to choose blunt edged gravel over pointy and coarse ones, to ensure better safety for your aquatic pets. Freshwater aquariums are easier to find than saltwater gravels.

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Saltwater aquarium gravel on the other hand, have fewer varieties in comparison to freshwater tank fish stones. Marine animals usually have very specific biological requirements and are more expensive to maintain. The choices include aragonite, shell and calcium based gravels. You are limited to use the neon pinks and green options regarding color, as hobby glass, aquarium pebbles and colored aquarium stones cannot be dyed, therefore cannot be used in saltwater tanks.

Research is the best resort to find out the specific needs of the kind of fish or any other aquatic animal that you are having, in order to create the most sustainable home for them.

Choosing The Right Size of your Colored Aquarium Gravel

Natural colored aquarium gravel is the most common choice for fish hobbyists, while few others have a penchant for fluorescent and neon color aquarium pebbles, or fish tank stones, that are apparently unnatural looking, and something that the fish has never seen in their natural habitat. However, that is usually not going to make a huge difference, as many freshwater fish either cannot distinguish, or are very adaptable to funky bold or bright colored aquarium gravel and will be happy as long as they have a gravel bed to dig and have clean water, with sufficient food and oxygen supply. However, some fish can indeed be stressed out with the bold and bright colored aquarium gravel and their light reflection. Many aquarists have noticed that the variations of colored aquarium stones affects the color of the fish’s skin, and even a shorter life span than usual. So this doesn’t happen yo your fish tank, we suggest using the jade General people can hardly tell by looking whether their fish is stressed or happy. If you prefer neon and bright colored aquarium gravel, that are presumably unnatural, then ensure to take care of the maintenance of your colored aquarium gravel and fish.

As it comes to size, the choice is between large, small, and fine colored aquarium gravel. Large particles allow a greater range of sedimentation of biological wastes and leftover food particles to pass through its gaps. This can lead to toxin build up and have the potential of inflicting infection and disease in the aquatic animals and create an unsafe environment, thus also require frequent cleaning. However, as one of the pros, large colored aquarium gravels can offer a substantial scope of protection for the fish eggs and fry, as it falls under the gravel gaps and stay out of reach of the adult fish that like to eat them. It works the same way for infusoria, so there is ample chance for eggs and fry to flourish under large colored aquarium gravel.

picture of colored aquarium gravel

Small size aquarium pebbles are the most substantial choice for accommodating most of the fish’s natural behavior, like digging, burrowing, or scooping. However, fine particles like sand gravels can cause irritations to the fish as well as cleaned up with the waste materials through a vacuum and thus soon reduce in quantity needing replacement. It can also clog the supply of sufficient oxygen, for having little gaps and being compact in nature. The lack of oxygen can cause the build up of hydrogen sulphide, which is a highly toxic chemical for the fish, and lead to infectious disease and even death.

Hence, as a fish hobbyist, it is very important to do ample research before mixing and matching your colored aquarium gravel.

Bulk Aquarium Gravel: How much do I need?

When you have decided on the size, color, and nature of the fish tank rocks as the appropriate for your aquarium, it is time to determine if you should buy bulk aquarium gravel.

The easiest proportion of aquarium substrate goes for an approximate 1 ½ “ to 2” in depth  for the best benefit of the aquarium inhabitants. However, since aquarium sizes, shapes vary so much, this cannot be an accurate measurement.

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The amount of bulk aquarium gravel depends on the size and shape of your fish tank as well as the optimum depth of the substrate bed that is best for the aquarium set up you are going to have. The amount of substrate also depends on whether you are having a fish only aquarium or have live plants, or live rocks in there as well. If you have live plants, having just fish tank rocks will not suffice, you are going to need some nutritional substrate dust to support the root system and allow sufficient nutrients for the plants to flourish.

Ideally, consider about 1lbs of aquarium pebbles per gallon of water. Ideally adjust the amount as per the size of the fish tank rocks, compared to their weight and build. Once you know how big your fish tank is, you can make an educated mathematical prediction if you need to buy bulk aquarium gravel or just a few bags.

Fish Tank Rocks Helps to Sustain Bacteria Levels and acts as a Natural Filter

Fish Tank Rocks play a pivotal role in flourishing certain beneficial bacteria, that colonizes in your aquarium and help filtrate the waste particles, leftover food, plant debris etc. Other than the gravel, there may not be a more comfortable environment. The aquarium pebbles bed provides as the next best thing to a natural habitat for these bacteria and it may not grow in sufficient quantities in other substrates.

picture of fish tank rocks

Fish tank rocks not only supports for the wellbeing of animals in a fish tank, it is also needed to nurture the live plants that are equally essential to create a natural habitat, mainly for supplying oxygen and allowing an ambush for the fish to play around. There are certain live plants that grow nicely on all kinds of fish tank rocks, but some have specified needs, especially marine or saltwater plants. Either way, ensure that the plants you choose for your fish tank is suitable for its inhabitants and are well rooted to the gravel base.

Effects Of Specific Fish Gravel On Fish As Well As Live Plants

Whether you are having saltwater fish or freshwater fish, the choice of appropriate fish gravel has a lot to do with natural behavior and orientation of your fish. Even though you have taken care of all the size, color, material, and chemical reactivity compliance of your fish tank stones, it is recommended that you research about the species of animals you have kept. Quality of life is equally applicable for aquatic animals as humans, and it is not always about the chemicals compounds, psychological wellbeing is equally important. Fish behavior, includes hiding in the substrate, digging and scooping the substrate, and scavenging the substrate. All kinds of fish are receptive to fish gravel, and do sundry activities surrounding them. Consider blunt edged aquarium pebbles, for safety from scratching. Try to stick to similar behavioral species, when raising a fish community. If one species flourishes in an environment with large fish tank rocks and other is most suitable for fine-grained fish gravel, then you are likely to experience some large-scale compromise that can even shorten the life span of your animals. 

Fish that like to scavenge the water floor; can find it hard to reach out to the leftover food through large sized and heavy weight gravels, on the other hand fine particles like sand can get lodged in their mouth and cause irritation while sifting. So the size suitability has got a lot to do with the fish behavior.

picture of fish tank plants

Live plants have are another element in your aquarium that caters to the well being of the aquarium inhabitants. Especially, for playful and highly active fish, you are going to need some live plants. Hobby glass, marbles, Plastic toys are fun thing to look at, but only for the people, and plastic does not release any oxygen, so live plants are always a fairer option for fish keeping. While the aquarium pebbles can be an ample support to hold the delicate roots, these plants need a whole lot of nutrients to thrive. To sustain the live plants you are going to need some nutritional dust substrate. Hence, you should have 2 layers of substrates in your aquarium, with proportionate portions of a nutrient enriched dust at the bottom layer, and then overlay the larger and heavier fish gravel to protect the dust from a total washout while the vacuuming.

Large aquatic animals will also produce a larger amount of waste, that makes the cleaning and maintaining your aquarium a big task. Hobby glass marbles, or pebbles are easy to clean while small aquarium gravels and sand can be very problematic, especially since they get stuck to the vacuum.  Before you buy fish tank rocks as per the behavior of your fish, also ensure that they adhere to your convenience of cleaning and maintaining them.

picture of multi-colored fish gravel

Fish Tank Gravel Maintenance

Since fish tank gravel works as a filter for aquariums, it tends to accumulate waste and debris, that requires a religious weekly cleanup, along with the water change. The best tool to clean aquarium pebbles is a gravel vacuum. You will get a wide variety of size and features in these vacuums, including detachable extenders that can reach out to difficult areas, corners and even below the gravel and between the plants. And you need not relocate your fish.

Select a fish tank gravel that is proportional to the size of your aquarium and to the amount of open space in your tank. If your tank is densely planted or heavily decorated, you may need a gravel vacuum with a narrow mouth to avoid disturbing plants and decorations while cleaning the substrate. If you have a great deal of open space in your tank it will definitely save you a lot of time.

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To clean the fish tank gravel , you can use aquarium siphons, or flexible plastic pipes. The later is best for smaller tanks. Learn how to properly siphon off the dirty water. Always make sure to use a bucket to collect the siphoning water, and place it right below the water level to save from messy spill. Create the vacuum effect to clean your aquarium pebbles, by first burying one end of the siphon or pipe deep into the tank gravel, and let out all the air inside the tube. Now, lock the mouth of the siphon and take out of the aquarium, to drain out the dirty water, and wastes along with it. Repeat the process by  submerging the siphon at various areas of the gravel. You can also a Python vacuum system, which does not need a bucket, but you can just attach it to the faucet of your sink and it will siphon on its own. 

Always remember to only partially clean the fish tank gravel. Do not let the water level to decrease more than two-third from full. You don’t want to clean off all the beneficial bacteria in your  fish tank.

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Replacing Aquarium Gravel

If you want to replace the aquarium gravel, it will definitely affect beneficial bacteria and micronutrients of the water. While the conflict continues on whether most beneficial bacteria resides on the gravel bed or the filter, the replacing of it certainly distresses the aquarium inhabitants.

Beneficial bacteria not just colonizes in the aquarium gravel, it also builds up in the toys, plants and suspended water. However, this does not have to be that you are forbidden to remove anything from your aquarium. You can redecorate if you like. It is better to follow some guidelines to cause the least disturbance possible to the biology of your little aquatic world.

It works the same way around when you first installed your aquarium. Get a blue print or plan of the entire things why you are changing the aquarium pebbles and how to replace them. Get a list of all the things and also the time you will need to complete the job.

It is best to relocate your aquarium inhabitants to a temporary home, which is as comfortable for them as possible. You can get a replication of the tank, in order to reduce the impact of the invasion.

The best time to change aquarium pebbles is a couple of days of later to your last filter change and tank clean up. This will allow the beneficial bacteria sometime to stabilize. Use a water test kit to test the nitrite and ammonia levels of the water, and ensure they are at a neutral level, before changing the gravel.

picture of a fish tank in a restaurant

It is better to not feed the fish a day before the gravel change, as there will be lesser wastes. Place the holding tank as close as possible to the main tank, so that the fish stays the least time out of the water during the transferring. Try to finish the job in as less time as possible to cause the fish the least stress.

Rinse the new aquarium gravel beforehand, and rinse it until the water runs clear. When you are done with everything else, transfer a partial amount of the existing water in the main tank to the holding tank, followed by the hobby glass, the live plants and fish tank rocks (that you are not replacing), from the main tank and into the holding tank. The least amount of movement will help protect the beneficial bacteria. Also, using the water of the holding tank is will not need acclimation. Think wise, in ensuring that the holding tank has sufficient space to accommodate the entire contents of the main tank, and have ample room movement area for the fish. Use fishing net to transfer the aquarium inhabitants from the main tank to the holding tank, and cover the mouth, so that the fish do not flip outside the water.

picture of amazing fish tank

Next, remove the existing aquarium pebbles that you want to replace, and then vacuum any residual wastes. Turn on the filter to add sufficient treated water to the main tank, but do not fill the tank, as the water level will rise after adding the fish tank stones and other stuff.

Now it is finally time to replace the new aquarium gravel to the main tank that has been kept pre rinsed and ready. Ensure the right guidelines while adding the new gravel, as per the quantity, depth, and portioning with nutrient dust and sand.

picture of white room blue tank

Once you have successfully placed all the gravel and substrate as pre-determined, then you transfer the articles in the holding tank one by one, first goes the hobby glass, aquarium pebbles and toys one by one, and transfer the fish in the end.

After you are done with all the transferring, turn the lights off for that day to reduce the stress of your fish. Half feed the fish on that day and then normally from the next day.

Once all this has been done, it is not end of the job; you also need to test the water with nitrite spikes and ammonia. It is well and good if you do not find any spikes, but always keep the test on, in days and week’s interval. If you find a spike, then treat them the same way you treated your fish tank the first time around. ‘

Glass Landscape Rocks: 5 Garden Designs For Inspiration

Making your yard stand out from the crowd is a tough task. It can be hard to create something eye catching that doesn’t require a large amount of work and upkeep. That’s where glass landscape rocks can be your savior. They can be used to create unique and beautiful displays that look amazing all year round, without the required water, attention, and upkeep that plants and flowers need. What’s not to love?!

Here are some of our favorite backyard landscape ideas to give you some inspiration for incorporating landscaping glass rocks.

Fill a Flower Bed

 

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Sometimes, under-filling your flower beds with a few well-chosen plants, like those shown above, can actually have a greater effect than packing them full of just anything. The issue with that, however, is it can leave you with a lot of exposed soil, and that doesn’t exactly scream “attractive”. Fill this space with glass in a color that compliments the plants for a bed which takes half the work and delivers twice the impact. This idea is also useful when planting seedlings as you can give them room to grow without compromising the aesthetic of the garden.

Create a Display

 

 

If you have a lot of space to work with, then using landscape glass to create a display or scene could work well for you. This river idea is perfect for those with a pool or a pond but it can also work for anyone just looking to inject a bit of color into a dull area of the yard. Once in place, it requires absolutely no work, just jump in the pool and admire your handy work!

Transform Existing Features

Using glass in an old feature like this is a perfect way to spruce up something that otherwise would be left to crumble. It’s a much easier way to create an eye catching centre piece than installing a fountain and should last for years. What more could you ask for?!

Fill Plant Pots

 

This idea is perfect for those with smaller gardens or if you’re looking to add just a small amount of color to your yard. Simply add a thin layer of glass to your favorite planters and place them throughout your garden. This is also useful if you don’t want to commit to a big project and it allows you retain flexibility with placement and the flowers used. Don’t let the indoor plants feel left out though! It looks just as great inside too!

Combine with Rocks and Pebbles

 

The bright color of glass landscape rocks make them the perfect thing to compliment pebbled areas of your yard. Whether it be along borders, in flower beds or as a feature by the pool, combining the glass with natural materials already in place will create something really unique and beautiful.

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Backyard Patio Ideas – 2017 Guide

backyard patio

 

Most of my mail is made of questions asking about backyard patio ideas, you have a small yard or garden, you maybe have a pool but you can’t get it to shine like the magazine photos. Here’s where this guide comes into play. There is a tendency to subvert expectation in good design and because of mass production of assets, many real life designs are boring predictable. Stop reading this if you haven’t seen this picture:

The white couch

White lounges, square table that comes just to where the seating area is. IT’s cool, it’s clean, it has that upscale nightclub vibe, it’s a lie. Have you ever touched the couches in a nightclub, they are either sticky or are smell like they took a chemical bath in chlorine. Same goes for the patio furniture that imitates it. It’s not really a style, it’s more like rushing trough a catalog and picking what jumps at you first and doesn’t clash with the set-up you already have i.e. white.

backyard patio by the water

 

Sure, use them on a natural stone backdrop, and some nice water features or carve out the table fill it with ruby red fire glass and set it on fire. It’s utterly stunning a timeless representation of the class created by modern design. But you rarely see that. And for everything white does well, yellow or red could do better.

If you are however set on white upholstery, you need to add more to the scene, more character more personality. A good interpretation I saw was using a wood frame. Use hard grain wood for the bed frame, it keeps just enough class, but the wood comes with loads of character. The white color does work with a lot of finishings so it blends into the organic feel of the wood. That’s the thing about minimalist features, they are neutral and easy to blend with other feature, but you have to blend so the scene doesn’t become dead and dry.

For more class, again, you need to make an effort, just doing the white lounge theme isn’t enough, when everyone is doing it. Add a privacy panel in front of your view, just hinting at obstructing the view of “others” and a textile roof to raise the space above the rest of the yard in terms of elegance.

Related: Shop Outdoor Privacy Panels here.
Or you can literally platform it and pushes it above the rest of the garden raising it above everything. Add a projector installation in front of it and enjoy your home cinema experience.

Making the patio a functional space, a viewing space for movies during the summer nights which justifies the opulence. Driving an expensive car on the weekends is snobbery, going to the track and using it to it’s potential, that is lifestyle luxury. You buy the thing for the experience not for the objects it’self. For the extra inch, use a canopy bed and bind modern and colonial in an excellent example of timeless class.

fire glass for your fire pit

Touch of color

But what if you didn’t use the white tones for class but rather as a modern counterpoint to the rest of your garden, well, you are stuck in 2010 then. Go bolder for a modern statement. Bright red chairs or yellow accents, under a red cedar pergola or sectioned off yard make a much better statement than anything white can do if you’re looking for opulence. While some stained red or light lacquered hardwood chairs around make it shine off modernity. Add light an indirect light source and add flavor to a night scene. Surround the scene with some privacy separators and some large potted plants for the illusion of intimacy. Then light them from beneath, making them just reflect light into the area. And this turns into a classy fusion of modern and organic.

In-wall backyard patio ideas

This is a very cool trick for small urban city yards or terraces, but I think it just looks very cool and that’s why I wanted to share this with you. And before you glance over this part consider what my premise is, the patio is a functional space made for people. You never have enough space for it. More space for those inside the patio always translates into a better experience and better feeling design. If you can do this without compromising side space for the people that will sit inside the scene, do it.

On the wall seating is an excellent way to get rid of unused space, from a design perspective and by moving the person back, from their point of view they get a lot more space in the front of them.

The simple version is to make a bench and fix it directly into your wall. Use this is terraces or small yards. Use some darker maple or grainy wood to make it look more distinguished. It works best on hard solid color walls and if it’s a stone wall, putt some back support also onto the wall.

The wasted space

I’ve talked about this >here<, in another post. But space around you is invisible especially under you or in front of you, <here> I compared the space you’re wasting by sitting around a table versus a lounge type seating. The basic gist is that tables are terrible in terms of space economy both visually and experientially. When you see a table in the showroom it’s fake advertising. Not even children can sit in 20 inches of space around the table. People need to expand in their environment and stretch out. And we do that in front of us, exactly where the table is.

Ever banged you hand on the table? Yes, that was bad design, it wasn’t your fault. So whenever in doubt always get a lower coffee table than a dining table. More so, get lower seats, the space under you is literally useless. The Same thing applies to the space behind you, that’s where most small spaces lose usability. You look at the size of the average long and the display size of the average table and chairs and you underestimate how it would look when you actually use it. A combination of couch and coffee table is jus that, it will stay the same whatever you’re doing.

In-wall seating is the same thing but takes the concept to another level. Placing the seats on the wall removes the space between the person and the borders of the space. Because of this, there is literally no waste of space and it significantly expands the space people perceive in front of them unless you have some visual limitations on the side.

patio seats around fire place

 

If you are redesigning a small space, please consider this and make a seat instead of the wall. Use some columns for support instead of a wall and make it look like the wall space is part of the environment. You saved at least a foot and a lot of usable space. You can also use this stylistically and offer full-size wall segments as chairs protecting your guests completely equipped with their own roof., just keep it open enough to not feel isolating.

Small space Backyard Patio Ideas

Second, best is in-wall features are fire glass and a gas burner will light up space with that warm flickering light. This works extremely well as a background light source or even an indirect light source if the flame is under direct line of sight. The third one, flowerbed, with hanging shrubbery. This isn’t however always the most space-efficient way to add green and life to a scene. Check to see if a larger single pot plant won’t be more space efficient than long drawn out shrubs inside the walls. But for very limited space that just needs some green, definitely, go with the in wall planters, spread them out and use them ass sparse accents.

Circular backyard patio ideas

This is the rule of thumb from a design point of view and you always make it the same way, foundation, path, central element, seating, and surroundings. Keep this order and you can’t go wrong. This should be what people think of when you say patio. The variation is limitless and the circular shape makes it scalable and works with almost any other features.

 

backyard patio designed around fireplace

 

When building The foundation, take care to make it as wide as it fits comfortably in your garden. Crucial concept here: comfortably: keep it relaxed and allow for breathing room even after you add your background features around your patio.

Grab a string and trace a circle around the central point. If you’re feeling creative, use multiple strings and circles and draw an irregular circular shape, just keep it the curbed concave and be considerate of all your sitting position. Don’t make it too narrow and be confident of any bend and curve, the difference between a bad circle and a design choice is the confidence of the line. If you alternate from a circle, don’t make it a circle at all anymore.

Surround it with short bushes, some lawn or counterpoint it to a play area. Link it to other areas with a path and some gravel and you are done. You have a perfectly elegant touch of a patio that will fit in whatever you have right now in your yard. The only exception is if you already have a square patio, but then you can mix and match, make one a dining area and the other a smoking area. And link them up with bright flagstone paths to make the contrast look purposeful.

But back to the single circle patio. I love this in the back ends of long gardens with a long winding path back to the house and some short shrubs nestling the occupants and framing the view back towards the house. It symbolizes a little green oasis when the lawn immediately near the house is filled with a playground or a dining area. Set space in between gives a figurative distance between real life and the moments you’re sitting there.

Upgraded backyard patio ideas

For larger spaces and larger circles use wood or alternating rows of white and dark tiles or bricks. The seating can be either a simple knee-high concrete wall or a full lounge area with modern seats and a semicircular pergola, for the middle you can use a campfire or a beginning of a longer pond. With large patios, you can use more define mid-ground elements, like a waterfall, some concrete art pieces or some interesting chest high brush scattered from place to place.

 

backyard patio with trellace

 

That’s the amazing part of being a circle, the space and area become a feature. Your patio is the centerpiece, the eye will instantly be drawn to it in a good way, but it absorbs the attention instead of just being there which happens whit a patio that acts as a transition space between house and garden.

Related: Backyard Patio Ideas Guide

Privacy walls with wooden spindles, small tabouret seats, long dark wood table. White concrete tiles intertwined with dark grass some pillars and some potted trees for a caribian urban garden

Or make it the center stage, if you have larger yards, surround a large circular patio at the of your yard with tall trees on three fifths of it, the borders, the fence or the dull cityscape. This will underline the large circular patio and will give it a stage effect. It will become a distinct space within your garden. As host for the main event has a fire pit, a fountain or a large pond of curved but irregular shapes.

Natural stone backyard patio ideas

From a universal patio design idea, we move on to a stylish universality. Natural stone outcrops are the best finishing any wall can have and if you can pull it off use it as a background wall or feature everywhere. Yes, if you get it pronounced, like a natural outcrop, natural stone is interesting enough to work as features just on itself.

 

backyard patio with tiki torches

 

A second good alternative for patio backgrounds is the vertical garden. Wall-to-wall planters or greens and hanging greens reaching out from the walls to get you. This is more scalable than the natural stone wall as natural stone looks improvised in small areas if not properly integrated. While if you use separators and fake walls you can get a decent effect with multiple 7+ small potted plants even in very small spaces.

Another think natural rock makes look amazing is terracing. I would encourage you is to always make stairs out of natural rock, even less attractive varieties like stained concrete.

There’s something about ordinary stairs that is too clean, prefabricated. Like with the white patio. You think of them and the standard comes to mind. We don’t think brick, dark flagstone or porous granite. And that standard we use and it never looks right, when associated with the definition in prefabricated like patio furniture, you see the problem and why the scene has such shallowness.

 

 

backyard patio with overhang and leather couches

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And finally one last scene with natural rock, a very special feature, the ultimate patio, the dining grotto patio. You can put an electric car trough it and it would still have an organic feel to it and look elegant.

The wall coming out at you has such an intense personality you literally can’t ruin it with anything you add to it. This does cost a pretty penny, however, but this should always be your point of reference in terms of elegance and character, not some photoshopped IKEA catalog.

OLD world backyard patio ideas

If you can’t afford stone character forged by heat and tectonic pressure for millions of years, get the old man made character forged by mortals for centuries.

There is certain esteem we hold for the established old designs. We live in an age where 2 years create moral decay in our products and yesterday’s design always seems to fail to grab our interest in a world of 2 launches per year and summer – fall and fall – winter fashion trends.

In such a world, rustically is just as good as an expensive natural rock with mesmerizing details and patterns. I call it that because it comprises a sum of usable modern décor that you can’t really call modern, basically I fit here anything old world and understated product of manufacture and crafts rather than industry and trends.

I hesitate to call it purely old world style as colonialism and Americana is definitely new world. But it’s that mix of old hand crafted manufactory and pale wore out color tones. Now the features are harder to match and you use a traditional complementary color scheme. Which can be used with new modern elements as well but it’s not as eye gouging as using complementary colors or tonal contrasts.d

Brick

Think brick walls, brick hardscapes and crushed brick and terra cotta gravel. IN the red corner as you can say. It goes for any terra cotta fittings; thisgets absurd when you think how ubiquitous our use of terracotta is. Any traditional hacienda style roofs also fall under this class. Traditional pergolas are also made out of brick so if you try that you will have a strong signal of authenticity resonating from the large elements which are always a big plus. And worth mentioning it.

 

circular patio

 

Under brick we have a wide variety of old school fire features: fireplaces traditional pizza ovens or brick seating arrangements get to stay and use even outside their arid home climate. Brick terracing and stairs are easier on the eye than anything flat and white concrete. Another interesting thing is building amphitheaters. And seating circles. Try some type of Morrocan hideous theme or native American tabouret seating around a smoldering fire with a faux adobe nearby. Don’t go all out with the finishings, modern furniture just ruins the atmosphere.

As a general rule, we abused brick so much that it’s part of almost any design language and because it has more character and warmth than concrete it’s usually well integrated into those themes. So stick with the theme and use them as a material whenever you want as an upgrade to concrete.

Concrete

Speaking of concrete, I will talk about old concrete and concrete finishings that aren’t at least Art Deco. There’s a lot of variations and option but very similarly with the white furniture, it needs something more to have stylistic value and it generally was used as a utilitarian material, so you need to think outside the box on this one to make it work.

 

four wood chairs around the patio

 

On the other hand, it’s a very versatile material and you can find a lot of ways to integrate concrete into your backyard patio ideas. Just of the top of my head, I could think of nice half walls Half walls, in ground fire bowls, hardscapes or tables.

Anything can be concrete, but this doesn’t mean it can also work. You should be using it everywhere if you can stain it, however, if abused in its white-gray form it becomes a lazy man option. Just plastering on some stucco and given it some grain doesn’t make it all that better either.

Variations

Probably the best use of straight white concrete is fire pits. Over time it will gather up a nice used aged by fire look. And for terracing, because from the outside, it does look clean and sleek especially from a distance.

In the transparent corner we have french double doors. These amazing, they bring the room outside and the outside into the room. If you can fit them get them, not even fully transparent glass sides can compare. Let’s add some old-timey water features here, like wells and moats. I love wooden moats, but I think all water assets are great period. Try it, it’s a great break in perspective and long surfaces that have more personality than just another path.

 

wood stairs leading up to patio

 

In the brown corner, you have the king of materials wood. Use this as paneling, patio furniture, tables in fires and as regular timber features. Just leave the grain visible. It’s like buying a sports car and pushing it.

And lastly the tree patio. I’ve talked about it here <eco glass> if you want to read more, but it’s a perfectly integrated roof, sun shade, and climate control. If you have it use it if you don’t wait for a generation to grow one.

Vacation themes

Let’s talk vacation theme and how to bring the best of them into your yard.

Think historic scenery, large river stones coming out of the wall towards you and cobbled stones under your feet. Everything is natural but in man made form. This oozes character which means you can escape the urban and concrete the second you enter the scene.

Add some more aged elements from low wood chairs, large potted plants, to get a historic patio theme. Something you see in on the back of old beat novels. For a budget option uses some old granny stucco. And go overboard with the grain and texture on it. The furniture and the hardscape should bring it into the theme and make it work.

 

stoned patio flooring

 

And lastly the small scale variation to the feeling. Think of it as a European courtyard, historic setting, and modern understated finishings. The quintessentially European roughed unplastered walls. Large windows with wooden aged shutters and dense large potted plants and cobbled surface. Add 2 steps raising the sitting area if you want it to be more prominent.

Technically any seating works with this. But you have to go for the classic french coffee forged steel chairs and table. Use a central in-table fire feature for some drama. Now, you have a secret designer urban back yard that works even in the darkest of cities or American rooftops. Add even more Parisienne and make it waterproof with an industrial steel and glass roof.

Real luxury

European villas with huge French romantic double doors leading into wide terraces. Patios with large tables and ending in a large wooden pizza over. This is probably the best setup if you lack to have casual parties and really use the human element to liven things up. The double doors bring kitchen and terrace together into a communal space of joy and wide.

Slice up the rest of your garden with some old world cobbled paths and you get excellent European chic for pennies. Upgrade it with some columns arches and brick pergolas and you have a hard time getting something more elegant without breaking the bank.

Black and white marble tiles. White table. Clean cut lawns and hedges all around some columns and a textile roof over everything. Turn your highlights into late European opulence.

 

patio with white french doors

 

A later variation of that is the Mediterranean beach cottage. Imagine 60s style lounges, old school Monaco, very low tables and very square seats. Simple contemporary shapes that barely break into deco and Bauhaus chairs and features.

Maybe a rustic wood roof over everything and a backdrop of sea rocks stacked covering the wall. Maybe some lines of lavender hanging around the walls leading the eye to the horizon and decorative wicker elements. This is the birthplace of the white patio. But even here I want you to use yellow instead. The reflexes will make every golden hour feel like a Mediterranean vacation.

Modern patio design ideas

Abuse pools, that’s the counterpoint to the patio. It’s dynamic, it’s complementary. Try some visual trickery. For exmaple layering false horizons with a glass table a pool and a view. The patio is a functional setting, we chat, we laugh we eat and we relax. So modernity doesn’t just presume using shiny materials and bold tonal contrasts. It should be geared toward that, but it’s also a place built around the new modern concept of leisure.

The first line of defense against falling on the white futon cliché is the blue stone patio. Simple rectangular pale blue tiles. Add drama with fire features filled up with azure blue fire glass. Ground it all with some lava rock beds for some darker pale counterpoints.

Go monochrome, use one color and all adjoining colors up to 2 turns on the color wheel. Keep the accents dark and the surfaces pale and you get a very strong theme setting, although a bit tiresome. Use non-color walls to keep the intensity down a bit.

This is the basics of the blue stone patio. And this is usable for smaller spaces up to a point. And with very light colors. The same thing you can apply almost anywhere you want to get a theme color. Use old school color matching complementary color coordination instead of new ones.

 

modern patio designs

Scandinavian minimalist Backyard Patio Ideas

From this understated European design evolved Scandinavian minimalism. You can take the main feature like a pool and plump it up with Scandinavian furnitures. For example a minimalist lawn chair and a maximum of 3 to 4 large plants spread sparingly.

Use simple contemporary elements and clean understated design. If you must use one vibrant color element, only one and make it stand out so much you can see it from orbit. This works so well and its less, try-hard than oriental minimalism. Expand on the pool or go without and extent the simple Scandinavian restrained among your garden with clean lines and elements, even plastic and stones. This can somewhat work in small spaces. Limit the number of elements and how crowded you make it. In large spaces, it is very elegant and fresh, unlike other minimalist styles.

Think of the summer garden with a large pergola at the entrance into the garden. Imagine sloping fabric roofs leading your eyes to trough a visual maze of privacy panels featuring gray rocks, dark woods, and bright short lawns. Maybe some cast iron gates and some red leaf maple sprouts. Or with something closer to home go all out and get a fully stocked outside kitchen.

Contemporary luxury full kitchen, play area, large table and surrounding garden. This is the ideal space to socialize and entertain guests and a large pergola towering above them. A direct evolution of the southern rustic Italian garden where the whole family gathers and shares stories and food.

 

 

 

OUTDECO Privacy Panels wins “Best Outdoor Living Product of 2017” at IBS

picture of OUTDECO Best Outdoor Living Product 2017

OUTDECO Best Outdoor Living Product 2017

Exotic Pebbles and Glass, a US-based company sources some of the best decorative products from around the world. It is a proud manufacturer of modern age products perfect for adorning the lawn, patio, outdoor living rooms and gardens of its US and Canada based clients. However this blog post is written to congratulate one of our products, OUTDECO Privacy Panels on winning “Best Outdoor Living Product of 2017” at the International Builders Show (IBS) on the 12th of January. 

OUTDECO creates privacy panels and decorative outdoor privacy panels that do a great job of separating backyard space, creating privacy from neighbors, providing a perfect track for vines to grow up walls or blocking out unsightly areas. The possibilities are endless with these amazing design pieces. Their products are made from sustainably sourced hardwoods have grabbed the attention of all. 

privacy screen Privacy screen alley

The Auspicious Event at International Builder’s Show (IBS)

Winning of such an award is not only an honour for OUTDECO but also for Exotic Pebbles and Glass because we truly believe in this amazing product and want to see it in many backyards, restaurants and hotels in the near future. The highly prominent event occurred at the International Builders Show (IBS) where near about 400 entries were made. However, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) shortlisted nine categories. The entire building industry of USA was impatiently waiting for the results.

 

picture of OUTDECO IBS

 

 

garden screen background

At last, when OUTDECO was declared the winner, every participant was eager to know about the speciality of it. The judges were delighted to announce it as the winner because they were amazed at their featured product- Garden Screens. Even the attendees were elated after viewing the products presented by OUTDECO.

picture of mahjong outdeco privacy panels

MAHJONG 24 x 48 inches – 60% Privacy

Reactions of the International Builders Show Judges and Attendees

The responses of attendees and judges sent a positive vibe throughout the building industry of the USA, especially North America. Both the judges and the show attendees visited OUTDECO booth to look at all the remarkable products sold by it. The viewers included renowned designers, homebuilders and architects with profound knowledge in decorative panels.   

Some of the viewers termed it as the best product, whereas others praised OUTDECO’s efforts to build something unimaginable. The audience was simply amazed at the design and the privacy that it offered. They had never imagined something as beautiful as privacy panels, which could well be used in a garden.

All these positive feedbacks are something inevitable given the creative ideas presented by OUTDECO through the Garden Screen panels. Let us look into the specific details of outdoor panels that created this much hype among the viewers and judges.

picture of multiple OUTDECO Privacy Panels

MARAKESH 24 x 48 inches – 80% Privacy (painted), STAR ANAIS 24 x 48 inches – 80% privacy (painted), LEAFSTREAM 24 x 48 inches – 60% Privacy, and BUNGALOW 24 x 48 inches – 80% Privacy

Specialities of Privacy Panels or Garden Screens

Garden screens as sold off in the name of ‘Privacy Panels’ on the website of Exotic Pebbles and Glass, is unique in terms of innovation, design and functionality. It has achieved fame and recognition due to the following features:

  1. picture of daintree outdeco privacy panels

    DAINTREE 48×70 inches – 80% Privacy

    Made from organic content

This specified point reflects Garden Screen’s innovative aspect. The presence of 97% wood fibre without any remains of synthetic glues, make the product a unique one. It scores high in sustainability and proves to be a trustworthy material given its stability and durability. For outdoor use, it matches all the specifications.

  1. It is carbon negative

Since Garden Screens are made up of timber, it works in favor of

outdoor garden screens

STAR ANAIS 24 x 48 inches – 90% Privacy

a negative footprint production. It works against the emission of carbon dioxide in the air and absorbs the excess as emanated due to human activities.

  1. Provides 10-year warranty

OUTDECO provides a 10-year warranty to users and this covers everything starting from physical deterioration to de-lamination. In addition to all this, it provides priceless advice relating to maintenance of the outdoor panel.

  1. Absence of synthetic glues

Garden screens are safe not only for workers but also for the environment, as it contains no synthetic glues, formaldehyde, VOCs and carcinogens.  This specified fact also explains its durability when exposed to exterior conditions. Since there is the absence of artificial additives in it, the harmful process of breakdown does not occur. Consequently, nature is saved from its harmful impacts.

picture of mahjong outdeco privacy panels

MAHJONG 24 x 48 inches – 60% Privacy

  1. Designed in Australia

Garden Screens is the best example of sustainable innovation. Made from waste sources, it saves deforestation and impresses customers with its carbon negative aspect. Manufactured in Australia, it excludes the virgin natural forest from its hardwood sources.

Apart from the above-mentioned points, there are other facets, which are equally impressive. It is an installation-friendly and cost effective option, which can bring success to all including homeowners, builders and designers. Given its versatility, it meets the expectations of every individual searching for an affordable screen with an upmarket style.

Another striking feature of OUTDECO is its variety and standard size that meets the need of all. Given the creative ideas of the company, every now and then, contractors are choosing its designing services. 

Orient 48 x 70 inches – 90% Privacy

picture of bungalow outdeco privacy panels

BUNGALOW 24 x 48 inches – 80% Privacy

Decor Ideas

Screen panels can give your backyard a total makeover. With ready to install feature, it is exactly what you are looking for. One can place these Garden Screens in their patio, just at the entrance or at their deck space. Being a user-friendly product, it allows clients to involve in DIY (Do It Yourself) projects only to enhance the beauty of their backyard.

Products Designs

Some of its product designs popular among the masses are Marakesh, Mahjong, Leafstream, Star Anais, Daintree and Orient. These are creations, which can meet your geometric, classic, and blockout design needs.  With adorning properties, it also fulfils a plethora of other application requirements.

picture of multiple outdeco privacy panels


Closing Thoughts

Even though Exotic Pebbles and Glass offer a wide range of products such as decorative pebbles, landscape glass, fire pit accessories, OUTDECO’s Garden Screen is by far the best. The organic fibre content of the outdoor screen is appropriate not only for your garden but also for the world. The architectural designs with intricate decorations have most probably enthralled the critics.

backlight privacy panel

The specialities of OUTDECO’s product, as listed down in the blog, has generated strong responses and account for its overall success. It had always planned to launch its product in the North American market, which has now met with a roaring success. It has proved its capabilities to the building industry, which is well evident from the recognition that it achieved at the International Builders Show.