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Published: Wednesday, 6/13/2007

Redwood 'Shade Shelters' Cool Summer's Sizzle

(NewsUSA) - During the gray days of winter, memories of barbecues and days by the pool keep us going until summer returns. What we fail to remember, however, are the things that keep us from enjoying the precious summer months - namely, scorching heat and annoying insects.

A well-planned redwood "shade shelter" can solve these problems, allowing you to enjoy more of summer's fun in comfort. What's more, you can build it yourself and save money.

Your redwood shade shelter can be free-standing over a deck or patio or it can be attached to the house. It can be a simple structure, consisting of just redwood rafters that support a vine or climbing plant, or it can be a completely enclosed and bug-proof garden room.

Redwood is especially good for shelters because its inherent stability keeps posts, beams and joists from twisting or splitting. Because it comes in a variety of dimensions, you can always find the size and shape you need, from timbers to boards and lattice panels. Plus, for the do-it-yourselfer, redwood is the easiest material to work with because it has no toxic chemicals and is easy to handle, saw and nail.

You should use only non-corrosive hardware and fasteners to prevent staining and rusting. And if you plan to paint your shelter, it will be easier if you prime all edges, ends and sides before beginning construction.

Be sure to check with your local building department before beginning any home-remodeling project to determine if a permit is required or if there are any special building codes for your community.

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