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The oldest known piece of steel is 4,000 years of age. It was found in Anatolia while archaeological work was being done. Today, the fields of construction and engineering count it as the most adaptable and vital substance on earth. Among its many purposes is as the material used in car ports and and cheap garage kits.
These steel carports can protect vehicles against inclement weather. And with about seven percent of the population in the United States in possession of an RV and U.S. citizens having about 18 million boats for the purpose of fun and relaxation, these kinds of structures–like metal garages–can be used to house these vehicles as well (more…)
If you’re looking for furniture, you’ve probably realized that in the end, most of it is essentially the same. This can make it extremely difficult to express your own personal taste and style through your furnishing and decor. But there is an alternative to these traditional furniture pieces: modern furniture.
Modern furniture is a style of furnishing that was originally produced from the late 19th century to current times, which was strongly influenced by the modernist movement. The modernist art and design movement itself embraced discontinuity, disruption, and the unexpected, just (more…)
Has your home recently suffered from fire and water damage? Perhaps you are still feeling the effects of a sudden flood and you need hardwood floor water damage repair or drywall water damage repair. If so, contacting water damage experts makes a lot of sense.
These professionals may be able to offer mold remediation services.
But why is mold so dangerous? As the name toxic black mold implies, it has a very negative influence on one’s health. This is more likely the case for people who have autoimmune deficiencies, allergies, or other ailments that make one more susceptible to illness from mold. That being said, other molds such as penicillin are not only benign but can also be beneficial.
Unfortunately, that is not the kin (more…)
With the summer fast approaching, it makes sense to start thinking about healthy lawn tips that will give you a high-quality grass without harmful side effects.
Making the right choices regarding how to maintain a healthy lawn starts with thinking about the impact on the environment. After all, Americans utilize about 580,000,000 gallons’ worth of gas annually to run their lawn mowers. And in order to grow lawns in this country, people apply about 67,000,000 pounds of pesticides that are synthetic with each passing year. This simply does not contribute to a healthy environment for anyone, much less the people and pets who live there.
It is for this reason that it makes sense to invest i (more…)
If you’re looking to move, there is a huge variety of different living options that are available to you — and it’s understandable if you don’t know whether you should rent an apartment or buy a house. However, if you’re looking for a place to live that lets you maintain the lifestyle you’re used to without all the commitment of owning a house, living in a loft just might be your ideal living option.
Here are four ways to know that living in a loft is the right choice for you:
1. You enjoy luxury living: If you’re accustomed to a lifestyle that’s a little more luxurious, living in a loft is perfect for you. Your luxury loft will b (more…)
After working on the interior of your house, you are all set to focus on the outside. There are several landscape design tips that will help your home be the envy of your neighbors. If you want to stand out in a crowded marketplace, check out hardscape lighting ideas.
Hardscaping services specialize in designing and developing outdoor living spaces that are functional and elegant. You can enjoy a night out in your yard thanks to hardscape lighting. You can have lighting added to your patios, walkways and driveways. A professional landscape design can get the most out of your space, no matter what size. Outdoor kitchens can offer you a variety of culinary options much wider than the traditional hot dogs and hamburgers enjoyed outside for years (more…)
In addition to being a beautiful, low-maintenance surface to install in your household, terrazzo has a long and fascinating history as well. If you have a terrazzo surface in your home or are considering getting one, there is a wealth of interesting information about this surface to discover. Take some time to learn about how terrazzo floors and terrazzo countertops came into being!
Here are five little-known facts about the history of terrazzo floors:
1. The word “terrazzo” comes from the Italian word for “terraces.” In the 15th century, Venetian marble workers discovered a use for the scraps left over from custom-cut marble slabs — they began to use the scraps to surface the terraces around their homes. They would set the marble scraps in clay, then smooth the surface with hand stones. However, (more…)
As our tastes for furniture and decorations evolve, there are still some finishes and materials that have become timeless. Fine wood finishes and veneers are versatile in their style and flexibility. Today, we take our furniture for granted in some ways, but a renewed interest in design and craftsmanship is generating interest in both contemporary and traditional furniture styles.
For the DIY craftsman, you may be amazed at how effective simple case construction and wood veneer sheets are as building materials. Whether you are building an elaborate piece of furniture or something simple, you can use pressure sensitive veneer laminate sheets to give anything a fine wood grain finish. Before heading to the lumber stores with a general need, you may want to look at your options. For example, it helps to (more…)
One of the most important parts of any renovation is the installation of new residential window treatments. But depending on your specific needs, goals, and, of course, budget, the right option will vary. After all, just because something looks great in your neighbor’s home, there is no guarantee that it will in yours. Taking the time to think about what you want and then do a bit of research comparing options is an important part of the renovation process. All different window treatment trends offer their own unique benefits.
One of the more popular options in any room, blinds give you the ability to keep the light out completely or let the sun shine in when you want to be productive at home. And while generic ones might not give you the aesthetic you’re looking for, there are plenty (more…)
With the recent rebound of the economy, the custom home construction industry is experiencing a revival. Building a custom home gives you the freedom to create the house you have always wanted because you are in control of nearly every major decision. There are two important advantages of building custom homes, as this is a beneficial way to attain your dream house.
- Ability to control the layout. When you build a custom home, you control v (more…)
Do It Yourself Repair
Water usage has significantly increased within the United States. From 1950 to 2000, for example, this amounted to a 200% increase. In 1992, toilet tanks were upgraded to contain 3.5 gallons of water. If this hadn’t been done, it is estimated that the average annual water usage for this essential piece of plumbing would be [...]
Remodeling your kitchen can be costly and time-consuming, but in the long run, it often proves to be a worthwhile investment. Even a minor kitchen remodel averages a return on investment of 82.7%, and that doesn’t take into account all of the time you get to spend with a better kitchen design. So, what minor [...]
Your exterior design needs a little work. Where do you get started transforming your home into something truly impressive? Hardscaping is an art form in of itself. Not only do they require a keen eye for aesthetic, they rely on a careful balance between natural materials and a cautious hand to give you the very [...]