Melissa and Chris Battiste are hoping their new yurt will help them live at least a

Melissa and Chris Battiste are hoping their new yurt will help them live at least a little bit off the grid. Melissa and Chris Battiste moved from Cold Lake, Alberta to Newfoundland in 2012. They’ve been slowly “cutting the grid cords” since they moved onto their property. In July 2019, they built and moved into a 314 square foot, 20-foot circular yurt that they purchased from British Columbia. (It took them two days to put up after the floor plan was built). Chris Battiste explains, “A yurt is a tent-like structure. The original yurt is different from our more North American style. We have regular windows and a front door as well as different wall material. We have vinyl walls along with modern insulation layers. We built our yurt in the windiest part of the province; it’s called the wreck house for a reason. Where at least twice a year we get 180 km winds. We have been in the yurt through 150 km; and so far, so good!” To get ready for the winter, they didn’t have to do anything to the yurt itself. Battiste stated, “There was nothing to get ready regarding winter. Not in terms of preparing the yurt itself. We collect fire wood, like any wood burning structure. We just recently...

SiteOne adds new products to Pro-Trade lighitng line

ROSWELL, Ga. – SiteOne Landscape Supply is adding nine new products to its Pro-Trade Lighting offering. Contractors now have the option to purchase a brass compact flood light fixture, a durable PAR36 well light fixture, three PAR36 LED lamps, two high lumen MR16 LED lamps, and two accessories aimed to help customize operation hours. “Pro-Trade products are designed to help contractors expand their business offering,” said Steve Counter, vice president of category management with SiteOne Landscape Supply. “In addition to the many great brands carried at SiteOne, Pro-Trade Lighting offers a high-quality professional-grade product at an incredible value.” Pro-Trade LED lamps are damp location rated and backed by a five-year warranty. The two new Pro-Trade MR16 LED lamps replace 50 watt halogen lamps while using only 7-watts of energy. These 550 lumen, 2700K lamps are available in 38 or 60-degree beam angle options, providing contractors high output options in addition to the 250 lumen and 350 lumen MR16 lamps currently available from Pro-Trade. The new PAR36 LED lamps are equipped with Chip-On-Board (COB) technology and are IP67 rated, which means the lamp is protected from water...

These gorgeous garden lighting ideas will get your outdoors winter-ready

Our gardens get significantly less attention in winter, but these gorgeous garden lighting ideas will quickly inject some atmosphere into a bleak, wintery space. Plus, who doesn’t appreciate a few fairy lights during the festive period? We found plenty of inspiration over at Lights 4 Fun – the credit card may have seen a bit of action over the past couple of days – and we’re here today to share some of our favourite garden lighting ideas from their collection. With Halloween, Bonfire Night and Christmas just around the corner, there’s never been a better time to get your outdoor space winter ready.  For more inspiration, browse our pick of the best garden lighting for every occasion. Then find more garden lighting ideas in our handy design guide.  For a super pretty and understated look, try weaving some delicate fairy lights through your smaller plants and shrubs. We love the use of these 100 Warm White LED Outdoor Battery Fairy Lights On Clear Cable to gently illuminate an olive tree, which would look great on your doorstep, or to light up a patio. If you’re lacking a little in the creativity department, trust us when we say that you really can’t...