The Great Outdoors
July, 2012 - Issue #93
Every day
is a vacation when
your backyard is
your favorite escape.

Outdoor Flooring that Wows
Surfaces USA is Santa Clarita's favorite choice for outdoor flooring - and it's easy to see why. Choose from multi-color slate, travertine, limestone and more for all your outdoor surfaces ( even pool coping!).
Surfaces USA 775-9404

A Touch of European Charm
Bella Venezia has put their additional 1,500 square feet to good use; the expansion has allowed the home and decor store to boast the most GG Collection pieces in stock. These finely-designed accessories move seamlessly from the kitchen to the tabletop. Elegant European charm becomes functional and practical with the GG Collection, which includes a variety of home accents featuring glazed ceramics, mouth-blown glass and authentic metal detail.
Bella Venezia 254-2246

"Garden Gorgeous" Tips from Green Thumb
Check often to see if containers are receiving adequate water. As the temperatures rise, plants will need more H2O.

When cutting flowers for bouquets, use a sharp knife or shears for best results. Cut on an angle to provide more stem surface area for receiving water. Put cut flowers immediately into water - a basket is not the best thing to use.

For fall harvesting of lettuce, radishes, carrots, beets, turnips, kale and spinach, sow seeds in late July to early August.

Begin watching for Japanese beetles, especially on roses, birch and linden trees. Get insect killer immediately.

During the hot summer months, mulch can be especially useful for conserving water. Add a thin layer of shredded hardwood mulch to your perennial beds and in your landscape.
Green Thumb 259-1072

Invest in a Real Patio Set and Enjoy it for Years to Come
There's big-box home store patio sets that are made to last a season, and then there's real, quality sets that are made to last many seasons - in style! Check out over 40 patio sets at Oasis Garden & Patio from top manufacturers like Patio Renaissance, Hanamint, OW Lee, Tropitone, Alu-Mont and North Cape. "If you don't see your dream set on the floor, we will special order it for you. If you see your desired set on the floor, but it is in a color that doesn't suit you, we will order one in your choice of fabric at no additional charge. If you do see something perfect for your yard, we can normally deliver it within a week - free of charge to SCV residents," says owner Chris Boswell.
Oasis Garden & Patio 255-9909

Elegant Servingware Fit for the Outdoors
Just because you are entertaining in the elements doesn't mean you must give up your right to quality. Beatriz Ball servingware is infinitely better than the plastic pieces that too often call "the patio" home - and their durability can't be beat. These handmade beauties never need polishing and can go straight from the freezer to the oven to the al fresco table in style.
La Via Bella 222-7006

Make the Leap into a Premier Pool
With pool season upon us, jump start your backyard dreams and make this summer your family's best yet. This is the perfect time to begin upgrading your backyard into the perfect destination for your family and friends. With such an important transformation, why let just anyone handle the process? Premier Pools & Spas has been a leading builder for the past 23 years with the philosophy that customer satisfaction is the prime focus of the building process. Santa Clarita licensee Rick Starsmere is continuing the company's mission statement, offering value to the customer by combining experience with superior service. Having a pool built or remodeled should be fun and exciting for the homeowner with as little stress as possible. Premier has made this their focus, knowing that quick construction of the highest quality combined with competitive pricing make the homeowner's life easier and, ultimately, their life choices more satisfying.
Premier Pools & Spas 799-7276

Make your Pool Look Brand New
Get your pool tile looking brand new for the long summer season; most pool tile can be cleaned (even with years of build up) in one day. You can swim right after the professionals at Pool Tile Saver leave because they don't use harsh chemicals and only a few inches of water have to be drained. Tile repair can be completed as well to give your pool a brand-new look.
Pool Tile Saver 510-5778

Home Improvement Projects with Big "Bang" for the Buck
Painting: A fresh coat of paint on your home's trim or the entire exterior can make a big difference in the immediate curb appeal.

Patio Covers: Building an attached or free-standing patio cover will not only give you the shade you're looking for but will also add value to your home.

Outdoor Kitchens: A built-in barbecue with extras like a sink, refrigerator and bar can make all the difference when entertaining outdoors.

Siding/Stucco Replacement: Many homes in the Santa Clarita Valley are in need of stucco repair and siding replacement, which is also a great way to improve the look as well as insulate from leaks and weather damage.

Backyard Decks: TREX decking gives the homeowner a variety of color options and design styles with their revolutionary cellular PVC technology which offers unsurpassed stain, scratch and mold resistance.
Randal G. Winter Construction, Inc. 799-8089

Windows to the Soul of your Home
Enhance the beauty of your home with an easy home improvement project that usually takes a day or less. Specialty windows and sliding/swinging patio doors are available with different kinds of glass and grids to match your budget and architectural design. Low E glass not only looks good; it reduces harmful UV rays that are responsible for fading carpet and furniture - so the inside of your home can be as beautiful as the outside! New windows have an excellent return on investment, too. When it comes to home improvements, opting for stunning, energy-efficient windows is a smart choice.
SCV Glassworks 295-0001

Year-round Green that Saves "Green"
Just say "no" to time wasting, water, maintenance, chemicals, bugs, itchy grass blades, mud, yellow spots, holes, dug-up spots and pet burns. Aesthetically pleasing, soft to the touch, economically sound and good for the environment, artificial turf is the way of the future. It's pet and kid friendly, too, and has a 20-year lifetime expectancy. Can you say that about your lawn now?
Custom Turfscapes 510-5778

Three Key Elements
for Creating your Outdoor Oasis

#1 Outdoor Furniture
Choose pieces with the same creature comforts as those you enjoy indoors. Deep, thick cushions with weather-resistant fabrics and pillows will provide year-round comfort and beauty.

#2 Fire
A fire element in the form of a pit or fireplace will add beauty, warmth and drama. Consider adding a seating group around a fire pit with four cozy chairs. There are many fire pits on the market that cater to all design styles - from contemporary to classic.

#3 Kitchen
Adding a kitchen to your outdoor space really makes entertaining a snap! If budget permits, a custom kitchen can be built outdoors. There are also complete outdoor kitchen suites available that include the grill, icemaker, fridge and more.
Tami Smight Interiors 430-0127
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