Corina Marisol. Patio & Pergola. July 08th , 2017.
When you close your eyes and visualize you and your guests enjoying the nice weather and maybe a drink or three, you're probably envisioning a patio that takes advantage of everything your backyard has to offer.
At that moment I made it my mission to locate the beach umbrella of our dreams, one that could handle the Texas coastline's occasionally hostile tropical winds. Several owners of pulley types finish up leaving the umbrellas open for the duration of the season, due to the fact it requires some muscle to open it, and then a massive, attached pin locks it in spot. I use a lot of sunscreen and when in/on the water I wear a hat and a rash guard which is often a lot more than sufficient...but in the past we have also used a beach umbrella.
Over recent years pergolas have become more popular as ornamental additions to the home. As they are free standing ornamental structures with covered roofs supported by 4 column pillars you can use them for shade from the summer heat, sleeping quarters, study area, entertaining guests. Most pergolas are constructed in spacious back gardens. Many pergolas are attached to the outside of the home. Some pergolas can be marquee sized when they are located in mansions.
Finally, after laying out a 1 inch conduit pipe on both edges, fill the area with paver base and by means of the pipes as a guide begin the screeding (or leveling) process using a long board. The conduits will later be removed and the trenches left behind filled in with sand.
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