Yearly Archives: 2014

Kick Board

The final component in updating the back yard for the kids' new interest was a kick board to practice soccer.  We built the kick board using cement board supported by 4"x4" posts and treated lumber framing on the back side.  White painted border is the outline of a soccer goal.  Artificial turf provides a year round smooth surface where the grass won't grow.  Perfect for the kids to practice kicking...
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Artificial Turf

I had not been a fan of artificial turf... something about it just didn't sit right with me. Perhaps it was too similar to a rug? But now I'm beginning to see the benefits of synthetic grass. It is a great solution for areas where you want and need a surface that can be walked on, stays green and can be used by pets. Due to...
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Mortar Color

Using glass tile?  If so, consider how the color of the mortar will change the color of the tile.  Here's a good example using the same tile but different mortar color.  To achieve the lighter color appearance, we used a white mortar.  The darker blue appearance was achieved by using a...
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Tile for an Accent Wall

Need an interesting accent wall?  This Daltile porcelain tile provides great texture for vertical wall surfaces.  LED lighting above plays off of the textured surface in the evening hours for a wonderful effect.  Perfect as a focal point!