May 31, 1994 |
The first cookout of the season is behind us, but perhaps while entertaining Memorial Day you realized just how tacky your outdoor furniture really looks. Especially if you left it out all winter. Maybe it's time to replace it. Here are some questions you should ask yourself to assure that the outdoor furnishings you select will meet your needs. They're from Casual Decor magazine. How many people do you need to accommodate? Will the top priority be family activities - dinners for four, lounging with a book, playing with the kids?
July 15, 1993 |
Longing to have a little patch of paradise all your own? With some careful planning and a bit of imagination, even those with small apartment or condo patios can have lush little havens in which to enjoy nature's bounty. The first step in creating a small-space garden is to outline the hardscape, which generally includes the patio surface area, according to Willy Bear, of Sperling Nursery in Calabasas, Calif. Hardscape can constitute cobblestone, cement, bricks, wood decking, stepping stones or any other material used on patios, she said, adding that the perimeter of a hardscape area is usually lined with some type of border, such as a raised planter bed. "The guidelines are dictated by the size and shape of the area," said Bear, who received certification from the Ecole de Jardin in France and who traveled in England studying gardens.
April 2, 1989 |
The North Wales zoning board has given a local man permission to build a patio on a concrete lot at 335-337 Elm St., even though it would violate a seven-foot sideyard ordinance. At a meeting on Thursday, the board said it would allow Jeffery Clemens to construct the patio because the lot - which is covered with concrete rather than grass - is already in violation of the zoning ordinance. The ordinance requires a grass buffer between lots. Daniel H. O'Connell, board chairman, said he believed the violation was not that serious and that it would not be worth the $16,000 Clemens would have to spend to remove the concrete from the lot, where there also is a twin house.
August 24, 1988 |
Portraying himself as "an average businessman" who made mistakes, City Councilman James J. Tayoun yesterday asked a city licensing board to approve the brown and white tile patio he built without permits for the Middle East restaurant in Old City. But an attorney for the city asked the Board of License and Inspection Review to uphold an earlier decision of the city Art Commission, which rejected Tayoun's application for a patio permit. "May people in the city of Philadelphia ignore code requirements . . . and build anything they like?"
February 22, 1990 |
The Radnor Township Zoning Hearing Board has come down on the side of a contractor in a contentious case over building a concrete patio in an exclusive housing development despite objections by the homeowners' association. The point of argument is a front yard walkway that a builder extended into a concrete patio at a house under construction in the Inveraray development, off Darby Paoli Road. E.J. Callaghan & Co. Inc., represented by attorney Edward N. Flail Jr., sought the variance for the patio after a construction problem at the sloping property of 401 Inveraray Rd. The entrance had to be altered, Flail said, and the retaining walls were shifted because during construction of the hillside house, the contractor discovered buried tree stumps, lumber and other debris that prevented pouring a safe foundation.
June 15, 1989 |
With stipulations and words of caution, the Falls Township Zoning Board unanimously granted a resident a variance to enclose his patio on Tuesday night. Christopher Vitello of 526 Stevens Rd. in Morrisville, whose home is located between Route 1 and Big Oak Road, amended his variance to construct a 12-foot-10-inch-by-17-foot enclosure after the board expressed concern about a 2-foot-2-inch walkway the plan would have created between his pool and the addition. "As unhappy as we make the applicant, we must consider the health hazards of people accidentally falling into the shallow end of the pool," said board member William Sheffer.
January 21, 1988 |
The Plymouth Township Zoning Hearing Board has granted a variance to James G. Murray, allowing him to add an enclosed patio in his back yard. The vote Monday night was 5-0. Murray wants to construct a 12-by-15-foot concrete pad and a 12-by-15-foot glass and screen enclosure at the rear of his house. But the addition would encroach 12 feet into the 30-foot, rear-yard setback required by township zoning ordinances. Murray testified that he wanted to build the addition because the Pennsylvania Turnpike, which runs directly behind his house, is very noisy.
May 29, 1988 |
After nine years, George Leidig is no closer to finishing his patio than the day he stopped construction in 1979. Bricks and lumber for the project rest below the wooden, tar-papered roof from the time the township denied permission for him to complete the structure. During a meeting Wednesday night, the Whitpain Township Zoning Hearing Board voted, 3-0, to deny Leidig's second request to finish the 240-square- foot enclosed patio in the 1700 block of Pemberton Road. The decision upholds the same board's decision of nine years ago, when the township stopped Leidig from completing the patio, which he had started without obtaining a building permit.
July 11, 1996 |
A proposal by the owners of Chicago's bar to build an outdoor patio brought a storm of protest last night from dozens of residents who complained that the facility has been a problem. Although the bar's attorney, Jim Waller, said the establishment has received but two police calls and no citations in the four years since it opened under its current ownership, several residents painted a very different picture. One man said he has called police half a dozen times in recent months.
June 19, 2009 |
Question: We bought patio chairs several years ago. We leave them out of doors year-round, and the material has become discolored. Is there a way to clean them? No holes or any other problems. Answer: Let's talk about cleaning more than just your chairs, if we may, since summer starts this weekend, and it's time to play outdoors. To clean woven furniture, you'll need to get into and around those intricate weaves. And that requires a variety of brushes - a new, rather than used, toothbrush (stiffer bristles)