Social distancing? Get outdoors!

By: Paul Caronna, General Manager of Sequoia Outdoor Supply

At Sequoia, we’re taking it one DIY at a time! Since practicing social distancing leads to extra time at home, lots of people are tackling outdoor projects. While practicing social distancing, there are ways you can get outside to benefit your mental health:

• Tackle a DIY outdoor project your family has had on the back burner, like a fence, deck, pergola or pavilion.
• Working from home? Set up your office near a bright window.
• To break up the monotony of your day, go for a bike ride, run or walk.
• Take an online exercise class in the comfort of your own backyard.
• Fire up the grill and bring dinner outdoors.
• If you have fire pit, take a break from screen time and make some s’mores.
• Set up an outdoor movie night.
• Rent a kayak on Bayou St. John.
• If you’re able, walk or bike to the grocery store for essential needs.
• Start a garden or plant flowerbeds in your backyard.
• On your lunch break, take your pet for a walk around the block.
• Create a backyard slip and slide for the kids.
• Go on a family camping trip in the backyard.

Of course, we encourage everyone to stay safe when heading outdoors. When visiting public parks, avoid crowded paths. Those experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 should take recommended CDC precautions.

As a local small business, our top priority is joining together to support our customers, partners and community during this difficult time. We’re ready to help you complete your next outdoor project together — just give our team a call at (504) 837-3300 or email sales@sequoiaoutdoorsupply.com.

Meet the Sequoia Outdoor Supply Team

By: Paul Caronna, General Manager of Sequoia Outdoor Supply

Get to know the Sequoia Outdoor Supply team! This week, we’re highlighting our Owner and General Manager Paul Caronna. Learn more about him below.

Hometown:

New Orleans, Louisiana

Background:

I am a graduate of Archbishop Shaw High School, and I have a degree in accounting from Louisiana State University. I’ve worked in public accounting and private finance as a controller and served as Chief Financial Officer for several companies. I also owned and ran a construction and remodeling business for eight years.

Favorite Quote:

“Coming together is a beginning, keeping together is progress, working together is success.” – Henry Ford

Favorite Part of Working at Sequoia:

Helping customers to realize a vision for their project.

Passion Projects:

Work keeps me pretty busy but my four-year-old daughter and my family are my passions outside of work. I also like to do home improvement projects on my own property.

Favorite Outdoor Activity:

I have two: fishing and snowboarding – neither of which I get to do much of!

Favorite Snowball Flavor:

Spearmint with condensed milk

Favorite Team to Cheer For:

The Saints, of course!

Favorite Type of Outdoor Party:

I love to throw a crawfish boil and since we also happen to have a pool, we do a combination boil and pool party.

Favorite Show on HGTV:

Buying the Beach – my family loves the beach!

Spending time outside has never felt so good! Give Paul and the team at Sequoia Outdoor Supply a call at (504) 837-3300 to get your next outdoor project started. There’s no better time to make your backyard dreams a reality.

Meet the Sequoia Outdoor Supply Team

By: Paul Caronna, General Manager of Sequoia Outdoor Supply

Get to know the Sequoia Outdoor Supply team! For Women in Construction Week 2020, we’re highlighting our Office Manager, Kelly Naylor. Learn more about her below.

Hometown:

Hattiesburg, Mississippi

Background:

My background is in Entertainment. I received my bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology from Mississippi State University and my master’s degree in Sport’s Management from the University of Southern Mississippi. I landed in entertainment after accepting my first post-college job with the USM Symphony Orchestra and Southern Opera.

Favorite Quote:

“It’s not the problem but how you deal with it.” – Kelly’s Dad

Favorite Part of Working at Sequoia:

I enjoy building relationships with our customers and helping them visualize their projects from start to finish.

Passion Projects:

I LOVE animals. I do this thing whenever I go home where I buy large bags of dog and cat food and drive around on old country roads picking up stray animals. I’ll take them to the vet, and together we find homes for them.

Favorite Outdoor Activity:

Tennis

Favorite Snowball Flavor:

I’ve never had a snowball, but strawberry banana sounds like it would be delicious.

Favorite Team to Cheer For:

LSU. Geaux Tigers!

Favorite Type of Outdoor Party:

Music Festivals are always a blast!

Favorite Show on HGTV:

Home Town

You can trust Kelly and the entire team at Sequoia Outdoor Supply with your outdoor needs. Call (504) 837-3300 or visit our storefront at 4717 Airline Drive in Metairie to make your backyard dreams a reality.

Make a New Year’s Resolution to Save on Exterior Renovations

By: Paul Caronna, General Manager of Sequoia Outdoor Supply

As we head into the New Year, we know upgrading your home and tracking your expenses are things everyone aims to keep in mind.

Home renovations, especially to the exterior, can be costly endeavors. They are also projects that will benefit you in the long run and ensure that your home and its surroundings are upgraded, resilient, reliable and exactly what you want. If you’re not careful, remodeling your backyard can get even more pricey than upgrading your entire home. Here are some helpful tips from Outdoor Living Today to help you avoid overspending on exterior renovations.

Plan your project

Prior planning prevents poor performance. This is true for just about anything in life but can raise the effectiveness and success rate of your exterior renovation project. To get a clear visual of what the finished product will be, ask yourself who, what when, where and how. Keeping mistakes to a minimal will lead to savings in the long run.

Secure multiple quotes

Depending on how much of a DIYer you are, there are some remodel projects you will be able to handle yourself. However, for others, you’ll need to lean on assistance from a professional. Do your research, secure multiple estimates and wait until you have a few prices in hand before making any hiring decisions.

Do you own demolition

We don’t recommend the DIY method for tearing down structural components of your home. While hiring a contractor to do the dirty work is ideal, smaller scale exterior demolitions can be simple. Don’t be afraid to take on deck demolition or un-assembling outer structures like gazebos and sheds.

Consider a kit

Did you know you can assemble a pavilion, pergola or gazebo on your own? Save money by using a kit, such as the ones we offer at Sequoia Outdoor Supply. Our pergola and pavilion kits come complete with everything you need to put the structure together and detailed instructions.

Spend thoughtfully

When beginning your project, spending a few extra dollars here and there can end up saving you more money in the long run. For example, consider purchasing more expensive, high-quality materials that would save you future renovation costs.

Setting a New Year’s resolution to save on exterior renovations is an attainable goal. Sequoia Outdoor Supply can help you keep and follow through with this resolution. We have the kits, supplies and knowledgeable staff to help you complete your outdoor construction project and make the experience enjoyable.

Sources:

https://outdoorlivingtoday.com/5-tips-on-how-to-save-money-on-exterior-renovations/

Why Adding A Pergola Can Increase Your Property Value

By: Paul Caronna, General Manager of Sequoia Outdoor Supply

A pergola can be a beautiful addition to your home as it effectively gives you more living space outdoors. Although it has great benefits for you and your family (i.e. the perfect place to catch the next Saints or LSU game), it’s important to ask what value is this adding to your home, and is it worth the investment?

Here are a few reasons why adding a pergola to your home will increase your property value:

  • Location is important. If you’re living in a warmer climate, like Louisiana, it is guaranteed that outdoor home improvements get more use. This means buyers looking for homes are willing to spend more if you already have a pergola.
  • Adding a pergola is one of the less expensive home additions. You can easily increase your property value and recoup that cost.
  • The type of pergola you choose also plays a part in increasing value. A more durable material, such as cedar, will add more value, style and class to your home and outdoor space.

If you’re looking to add more living space to your home and increase your property value, look to Sequoia Outdoor Supply for your outdoor needs. With a variety of pergola kits, you can find or customize the structure that will get you outside and increase the value of your property. Like any other major home addition, you can finance the purchase and installation costs. Call (504) 837-3300 to speak with a Sequoia associate about financing your next project.

Sources:

https://www.supermoney.com/pergola-return-on-investment-add-value-home/

https://outdoorlivingtoday.com/why-a-pergola-or-gazebo-will-increase-the-value-of-your-property/

Health Benefits of Spending Time Outdoors

Paul Caronna, General Manager of Sequoia Outdoor Supply

As the Gulf Coast’s largest supplier of cedar products, it’s no secret that my team and I enjoy spending the majority of our time outdoors.

Whether working on a DIY project or hosting a cookout for friends and family, being outdoors is a nice change of pace from sitting in front of screens at a desk all day. In addition, venturing into the great outdoors can be good for both your mental and physical health.

Spending more time outdoors can:

• Improve short term memory

• Make you happier

• Reduce inflammation

• Boost your energy and immune system

• Reduce mental fatigue and increase focus

• Fight depression and anxiety

• Reduce blood pressure

• Increase inspiration

At Sequoia Outdoor Supply, we make it easy for our customers to spend more time outdoors. With a variety of pergola and pavilion kits, we have the perfect additions to transform your backyard. If you don’t see the perfect pergola or pavilion for you, we can make you a custom structure based on your specifications.

Sources:

https://www.businessinsider.com/why-spending-more-time-outside-is-healthy-2017-7

https://info.totalwellnesshealth.com/blog/the-powerful-health-benefits-of-spending-time-outside