From the Ground Up
Adirondack chairs made of recycled plastic can be found at Oceanside Casual Furniture in Rehoboth Beach and Fenwick Island. The cushions are by Java Weave and the “Beach” pillow is by C&F.
Photo by Tom Nutter
Weatherproof carpets soften a stone patio or wood deck and are kind to bare feet. The rugs look like a carpet you might use in the house. But instead of vacuuming, these deceptively rugged rugs clean up with a garden hose.
“When winter comes, roll them up and toss them in the garage or the shed,” Lutz says.
At the Back Yard Fun Store in Bear, relaxation-loving homeowners are climbing into eco-oriented Bull Frog spas, made with no fluorocarbons and 90 percent less PVCs than traditional hot tubs. The computerized system of jets also consumes less electricity. An added bonus: the self-contained jets can be arranged to suit the people taking a bubbling soak in the tub.
“You can put the jets wherever you want them,” says John Denk, store manager. “And if you change your mind, you can move them again.”
A spa becomes an intimate retreat with the addition of an A-frame redwood enclosure, he says, “like a little chalet.” A basic model will add $6,000-$8,000 to the cost, while an upscale A-frame outfitted with a bar is priced at about $15,000.
For the little ones, Dent suggests a waterslide.
“If there are lots of kids, go with a double slide,” he suggests. “I have four kids and they love it.”