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We are in the middle of a beautiful fall season, with crisp fall leaves underfoot, beautiful fall colors, pumpkins, and a chill in the air. But that chill in the air is only leading to one thing: winter. And while winter can be beautiful, with fluffy snowflakes and beautiful sparkling expanses of untouched snow, it can also be brutal.
While some areas are lucky enough to experience no more than a dusting of snow, that is not the case for everyone. The snow can pile up anytime between November and April, making leaving your house a pretty miserable experience. You have to bundle up in coats, scarves, boots, and gloves. Then you have you shovel your way to your car, somehow get your car out of your driveway, and drive on icy roads to get to wherever you need to go.
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Front yard landscaping is too often neglected, especially if you don’t use your front yard for recreation. But the front yard is your house’s opportunity to make a good first impression (and curb appeal has a substantial impact on home value, which you’ll want to think about if you’re planning on selling any time soon). So here are some ideas on how to transform your front yard landscaping so that your house is the prettiest on the block.
- Traditionally Elegant
This look works particularly well if your house is raised above the street level. Create a few terraces using brick retaining walls, with a set of brick steps going up the middle. Keep the look symmetrical if possible, and use lower plants nearer the street and taller ones (including trees) nearer the house to inc (more…)
If you’re building or remodeling a bathroom, you’re probably overwhelmed by picking out tile and other materials. But the three most important elements of the bathroom are the major appliances, and these anchor both the functionality and the appearance of the room. Here are some tips on how to pick them out:
- Bathroom Vanities and Sinks
Bathroom vanities and sinks come in many styles to meet your needs and aesthetic taste. Bathroom sink cabinets can be extremely important if you use many toiletries and products, and are a must if you want to store extra toilet paper and linens conveniently in the bathroom. If this is the case, then a traditional countertop with undermount sinks is probably the best option. If you want to add a more dramatic flair, you could opt for ve (more…)
There are many ways residential interior design can shift to reflect the changing season as we move into fall, from updating modern wallcoverings to switching out window drapes and blankets. Here are a few ways you can make sure your home looks as beautiful as the season itself:
Update Your Throw Pillows
Throw pillows are a great way to bring seasonal color and energy to a room, and they’re easy to switch out when the seasons change again. You can even invest in seasonal covers and use the same pillows for every season. For autumn, you’ll usually want warm colors like gold, red and orange. Red can also double over as a winter or holiday color. But stay away from gaudy seasonal designs. They draw too much attention to themselves and detract from the elegance of a room. (more…)
Are you looking to do some home repairs or renovations to your kitchen or living room? Perhaps you want add an addition to your house. If so, it may make sense to seek out wholesale power tools on the market. And if you are fixing a prized vehicle or constructing a custom car on your own, you’ll definitely want to check out auto body tools for sale.
In America alone, there are about 246 manufacturing companies that produce power tools. In the five-year span between 2008 and 2013, the domestic industry consistently expanded each year by about 0.5%. This means that there should be more options than ever w (more…)
Not only can proper landscaping design make your outdoor space more appealing and add value to your home, landscaping increases the structural integrity of your space and lessens the likelihood of soil erosion or drainage problems. If you’re the low-maintenance type, shrubs provide all these benefits with a minimum of upkeep; combine with some hardscaping ideas like natural stone walkways and you’ll hardly need to garden at all.
But since shrubs often take up quite a bit of space when compared to grass-and-flowerbed backyard arrangements, they present their own challenges in tight spaces. Fortunately, there are several varieties that are the perfect (more…)
Americans are living longer, healthier, and much more independent lives — and, for that reason, the aging in place movement is rapidly taking off. What does the movement entail? With some new gadgets and adjustments to aging Americans’ homes, seniors can reasonably and comfortably live in their family home for years to come. These gadgets and home improvements render assisted living and nursing homes unnecessary — at least for seniors with fair physical and emotional health. What home improvements help seniors stay happy, care-free, and independent?
For The Entire Home: Home-Cleaning Robots
Falls are the number one reason for senior hospitalizations. Bending or hunching over to clean can increase the likelihood of slipping and falling; seniors are also much more likel (more…)
Power tools have taken on a new meaning in society, becoming the quintessential symbol of masculinity and, to put it bluntly, power. They are omnipresent in the media, but even so, many people know very little about them let alone how to use them. Here are three empowering (read: interesting) facts you probably don’t know about the power tool industry.
1. The Power Tool Industry is, Well, Powerful
Power tools are expensive to make and buy, and so you would think that might deter people from buying them in large quantities. That couldn’t be farther from the truth however. Power tools wholesale suppliers are a very common thing, whether they are selling wholesale power tools or even jus (more…)
The moments after a major hail storm are a crucial time to check your roof for hail damage to see if you need roofing repair. But what exactly do you look for?
A hail damaged roof is extremely unsafe to walk on, so avoid climbing up to check for trouble spots on roofs. Before you go for the ladder, walk around the perimeter of your home. Look for bits of broken shingles, or loose granules if you have an asphalt roof. You can also look at your car and your patio furniture. The condition of these items will often be a good indicator of the condition of your roof.
Measure any pieces of hail you find. In most cases, it’s hail larger than one and a quarter inch that causes the most damage. Be sure to take picture (more…)
If your company’s building is located in a heavy hail area, you may find yourself investing repeatedly in commercial roofing repairs. Since hail damage repair is such a common request, many warranties don’t cover it, making it an expensive venture.Hail Sometimes re-roofing is a better investment, but how can you know what roofing system will protect your company from hail?
Consider Different Types of Commercial Roofing
Asphalt shingles can be a smart choice. They can be damaged by hail, but they’re also cheap and easy to replace. Metal roofs are expensive, but also extremely hail resistant. They also shrug off snow in the winter and are less likely to leak.
Do It Yourself Repair
Selling your home can take months, even years if you are unlucky enough. And when you are likely to move every five to seven years in America, that is a lot of time sitting around waiting for your current home to sell. The timescale is all over the place even as short as a few [...]
What is the most obvious characteristic of the state of Texas? Its sheer size. Texas is one massive state. With a characteristic like that comes with a layered challenge citizens of Texas experience: soil, 60 different types, to be specific. The challenge comes from choosing a location to build your home or the problems you [...]
All throughout the country, heating and cooling systems are more widespread than ever before. In fact, the data that has been gathered on the subject more than backs this up, as up to two thirds of all homes and residences here in the United States alone have some sort of air conditioning system. And in [...]