Installing a pergola for shade, or even an awning can be a daunting and expensive task. If you aren’t willing to undertake a huge project, use a curtain system from IKEA to create a summer shade.

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Installing a pergola for shade, or even an awning can be a daunting and expensive task. If you aren’t willing to undertake a huge project, use a curtain system from IKEA to create a summer shade.

This gave me an idea-- we could use posts around our patio-- attach hanging hooks as shown-- but also drape string lights between!

This gave me an idea-- we could use posts around our patio-- attach hanging hooks as shown-- but also drape string lights between!

Summer shade. Could probably find the wire and curtains at Ikea. Attach one side to the house and the other side to poles, slide the curtains across for shade and slide them back and secure during a storm.

Summer shade. Could probably find the wire and curtains at Ikea. Attach one side to the house and the other side to poles, slide the curtains across for shade and slide them back and secure during a storm.

POLYMERIC SAND.... Seals cracks Dry sand tends to get washed away or swept out of paver brick. One solution is to use special polymeric sand that binds together when wetted.  Buy premixed bags of sand. A bag ($24) covers about 120 sq. ft. on paver bricks. Make sure there is no sand on the surface of the brick or stone before you wet it. http://www.familyhandyman.com/landscaping/landscaping-tips-for-your-backyard

POLYMERIC SAND.... Seals cracks Dry sand tends to get washed away or swept out of paver brick. One solution is to use special polymeric sand that binds together when wetted. Buy premixed bags of sand. A bag ($24) covers about 120 sq. ft. on paver bricks. Make sure there is no sand on the surface of the brick or stone before you wet it. http://www.familyhandyman.com/landscaping/landscaping-tips-for-your-backyard

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