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Rhino Deck: Planning your Way to a Perfect Deck

June 18, 2013

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A long-lasting, quality deck starts with a good plan. Rhino Deck can help you create a backyard living space that’s perfectly suited to your family’s needs.

Your deck is an outdoor living space, and it should be as functional for you as any room in your home. If you’d like to create a deck area that’s perfectly suited to your family’s needs, it’s essential to have a good plan. Rhino Deck can help make determining and executing your plan as seamless as possible.

First, identify your needs. The more specific you are, the better your results will be. Will you be using your deck for cozy family dinners? To host large parties? To house your new outdoor kitchen? To lounge by your pool? Your deck’s function will largely determine its size, features, materials and layout, so pinning down exactly what you need it to do is essential.

Next, consider your specific space. Location, foot traffic patterns, sunlight exposure, existing landscaping, availability of plumbing and electrical fixtures and your home’s footprint should all be taken into consideration to determine and deal with your limitations. For example, let’s say you have a small backyard but dream of a deck that’s ideal for large parties. One option could be to build over most of your yard. Or you could build a smaller deck and find creative ways to make your space work for you, such as creating levels or setting up temporary party spaces.

Once you have your plan firmly in mind, take the time to sketch it out. You don’t need to be an artist. You just need to translate your basic design onto paper so that others can help you execute it. Your city planners or your homeowners association may also need to see a visual of your plan to determine what permits, if any, will be necessary.

Once you’ve determined logistics and created a solid, feasible layout for your deck, you can get started on selecting your materials. First, think practically. Go back to your function and space planning to help you determine what would best meet your needs. High traffic areas require highly durable materials. Areas with high sun exposure need fade-resistant materials. Another factor to consider is maintenance: Once the deck is installed, how much maintenance are you willing to undertake?

Next, think about aesthetics. Your deck space should blend in beautifully and effortlessly with your home and perfectly reflect its style and sense of place. Determining your home’s style first, and then thinking about your personal preferences within the scope of that style, will help you determine what boards, rails, and accents will look best.

Rhino Deck offers three lines of composite decking, with different levels of durability, strength, and maintenance requirements. The company can help you determine what products best fit into your specific deck plan. Rhino Deck also offers a wide range of attractive decking styles, meant to suit any decor. If you need ideas, the Rhino Deck product portfolio is a great place to start.

Once you have all of your deck ducks in a row, all that’s left to do is build, then enjoy your perfect outdoor space.

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Find the Kitty: Too Smart For Her Own Good

June 10, 2013


My cat is smart. Too smart. Well, maybe ALL cats are this smart, but my previous cats must have all been lugnuts because Lizzy is, in my estimation, brilliant.

I’ve told you before how she figured out how to open our 1800’s-style latched French door (and made a video to prove it). I decided to make another little video of Livvy figuring out how to get into our “firebox.”

Our “firebox” is a small, boxed extension off the living room wall. I built it to house a gas log fireplace (when we get one). The gas line is all set up and everything, and we cut a small access panel into the side of the box. We haven’t made a door for the panel yet.

Unfortunately, Livvy likes to slip through the panel hole into the firebox. I don’t like her going in there because I don’t want her to get into trouble, seeing there’s a gas line and valve in there. When she hops in, I scold her to get out but she just gives me the stink eye.

So the husband cut a piece of cardboard to temporarily keep her out. He placed the garbage can in front of the cardboard, for good measure.

But Livvy will not be thwarted!


She’s unbelievable. And did you notice how she turned around inside the hole and looked out at us, blinking cutely?

What a cat.

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Saving Loads of Cash at

June 10, 2013

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When I was little, my nickname was "four eyes." Not a very nice name for a first grader. Ah, revenge can be sweet, though. Way back in the 1970s, only 1 in 40 people wore glasses. Today, that number has dramatically increased. The nasty nickname "four eyes" is now like a badge of honor. 
My first pair were plastic "cat's eyes" glasses. I hated them at the time, but I recently found a few photos of me back then, and you know what? I looked pretty darn-tootin' cool. 
Then came the 1980s. Holy cow, remember those HUGE glasses? They were enormous! But I loved that style. I hate today's teeny-tiny lenses crammed into teeny-tiny frames. I have to bob my head around like a bobble-head to see anything. Blast these dumb fads. 
Did you know the 1980s-style glasses are back!?!?! I just found out!! TOTALLY COOL!! They are the Derek Cardigan Eyeglasses and I think they are amazing. 

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I used to have a deep red pair very similar to that style. I have been wanting a pair like that SO MUCH. 
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