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Make a Gazebo a Focal point in your Garden

Some people have the ability to think ahead, to be able to see an image in their mind’s eye quite unlike the one presenting itself at the time. One example was when a friend of mine paid to have a gazebo built in his …… The word garden should be where the dots are, but […]

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Discover the Wonder of Wood

With such a pleasant climate throughout the year in Spain, it’s no wonder that we choose to spend more time in our garden than anywhere else. Which is why it pays to give it the personal touch… Spanish properties can often appear quite plain and clinical from the outside. However, with a world of inspired […]

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Are Wooden Sheds really good for your health?

Sheds are good for your health. Actually, to be more specific, a shed is good for a man’s health; you lasses have other things to perk you up, like reading Fifty Shades of Grey when the old man is in his wooden shed.

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Pergola – a natural wooden feature for your garden

Is there a place in your garden that could benefit from a natural wooden feature; something to really set it off? Ever fancied a spot in your garden where you can sit out of the sun and yet be surrounded by living plants and greenery? If so then think about having a wooden pergola built. […]

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Storm Damage – Why you need a Timber Carport in Spain!

If you live in a hot country like me then a carport is a must. The sun doesn’t only age your skin but also the paint on your car. A wooden car port is much cheaper and quicker to build than a conventional garage, and with the treated timbers stained to pretty much any colour, […]

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Did you know that “Wood” is making a big come back in Spain?

For many years timber products, particularly in building, had a bad press, and for very good reasons. Before the advent of structures poured with concrete into shuttered moulds filled with steel, the main building materials were hallow terracotta bricks, stone and wood, with a lime based mortar holding it all together. In the mountain regions […]

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The Difference between a Lean-to and a Carport

What’s the difference between a wooden car port and a wooden lean-to? The answer is a car, obviously. But here in Spain the two can not be differentiated as they more often than not house motor bikes, jet skies, speed boats, fire wood and just about anything one can think of. A wooden lean-to is […]

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Looking to Buy a Wooden Pergola in Spain?

I’ve always wanted a wooden pergola, ever since I strolled under a jasmine covered pergola many years ago in Italy. That particular pergola was ancient, with weathered stone pillars and twisted timbers; it was very beautiful, as was the view down to Lake Como. But what I also remember clearly, as well as the heady […]

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Wooden Garden Sheds in Spain

I have been living close to Pinoso in the mountains of Spain for over eight years now. Most of this time has been spent renovating my old country house, which could be likened to cleaning windows on the soon to be built Dubai Crown building: by the time I finish one bit the first needs […]

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Timber Carports in Spain

Here in Spain the summer sun burns bright and clear most days of the year. And even in these cash-strapped times clear air, warm weather and balmy nights help us to remain cheerful, not having grey skies and repeated rain to contend with. However, too much sunshine without sun block doesn’t just frizzle skin but […]

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Pergola or Gazebo – that is the question?

I live in inland rural Spain on the boarder of Murcia and Alicante. Two years ago my wife and I had a new villa built on a large plot of land near the small town of Pinoso, equidistant of Yecla, Jumilla and Fortuna. A large portion of the land we left to the existing almond […]

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Operation Pergola

Dave and Lyne Simpson, with their daughter Becky, had been living in Spain in their new Spanish villa for almost a year now. Situated in the mountains close to Pinoso in the Alicante region, they decided it was time to beautify the garden. They had foregone a garage in favour of spending the money on […]

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The Leaning Gazebo of Pinoso

It was a perfect spring morning, with sunshine filling the front room of Dave and Lyne Simpson’s recently built villa in the mountains in Spain, near Pinoso. Becky, their young daughter, played outside with Max the dog, the scent of almond blossom wafted through open French doors and birdsong completed the idyllic setting – and […]

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Wood Eating Insects & Dry-Rot

Wood is an attractive and practical material for use in construction, from a simple picnic table and chairs or a Pergola to a complete House. Here in Spain we are seeing wood being used more and more – a welcome change from concrete and steel. Wood is strong, light in weight, flexible and relatively easy […]

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Picnic Tables & Wooden Garden Furniture

Last year, my wife and I wanted to purchase some wooden garden furniture. The list was fairly short: a picnic table with some matching chairs (maybe even a combination picnic table with bench seats attached) and a couple of easy chairs for lounging. Over a period of a couple of weeks we trawled various garden […]

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Wooden Horse Stables

It would appear that horse power is on the increase in and around the town of Pinoso in the province of Valencia, and I don’t mean the internal combustion engine variety, but gee gees, good old Mr. Ed and pals. ‘Neigh, surely not,’ I hear you say, ‘the Spanish love their cars too much, don’t […]

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