Archive for October, 2016
Many Americans enjoy entertaining and spending time outdoors. Yet, many Americans are unsatisfied with the condition of their backyard living spaces. Remodeling a backyard can be intimidating and overwhelming. It can be difficult to even know where to begin. Designing and remodeling a backyard is much different than remodeling an interior living space. This is why many homeowners leave the landscaping duties to a professional landscaper. However, even with the services of a professional landscaping company, the homeowner should still have an idea of their ideal backyard entertainment space.
Visualize your dream backyard. It can be helpful in the design process to visualize what your ideal backyard would look like. Would there be ample seating for all of your guests? Would the backyard be illuminated by twinkle lights or hardscape lighting for nighttime entertaining? Would there be a firepit or fireplaces to warm up by on a chilly, fall night? Considering all of these factors prior to contacting a professional landscaping process can help you to make decisions and narrow down services.
Consider layout. Adding too many exterior entertainment features to a small yard can quickly busy up the yard and make it feel too crowded. Always consider the size and layout of your backyard. If you have a smaller space, narrow down your requirements. Seating should always be a priority. A backyard with beautiful views and many entertainment properties can be pointless if you and your guests have nowhere to sit. Experienced craftsmen, however, can often create unique hardscape designs, creating seating in unique places. Also, installing fireplaces in your backyard can provide a great location for additional seating.
Consider return on investment options. Remodeling your backyard living space can increase the value of your home, depending on the types of additions that you make to it. Future home buyers may be willing to pay more for your home, if your backyard living space is also ideal for their entertainment needs. In fact, Money Magazine wrote that landscaping can bring a recovery value of 100 to 200% at selling time. This means that, depending on your additions, you could receive more money back than what you spent in the sale. It is important, however, to consider making backyard improvements that other homeowners may also want. Unique ideas, such as backyard ovens, may not be beneficial to others, and may not provide as much of a return.
Plan landscaping carefully. Some landscaping tasks can actually be beneficial for the home. Planting trees in carefully selected places can reduce the amount of sunlight that makes it into the home, also reducing the cooling costs of the house. Landscaping can reduce air conditioning by up to 50% by shading the windows and walls of a home, according to the American Public Power Association. Large bushes or shrubs placed around the property line can provide additional security and noise cancelling properties, making the house more attractive to buyers and reducing the need to install a fence.
Keep up on your new outdoor living space. Some homeowners may not fully realize the care and upkeep that may be required of their new outdoor living space. The new outdoor living space may require special lawn care or trimming. The fireplaces may need to be cleaned out regularly. The new lawn,flowers and fireplaces may need to be watered and provided with special plant food. It is important to consider any upkeep and to learn of proper upkeep techniques.
Water during the coolest parts of the day, preferably in the early morning. Watering in the middle of the day increases the amount of water lost to evaporation by as much as 40%. Conversely, late evening overhead watering may contribute to insects and fungal diseases because foliage does not have time to dry before night, when fungal spores germinate.
The possibilities of remodeling an outdoor living space are endless. However, many things should be considered before beginning your outdoor remodel. You will want to keep in mind things that future home buyers will be interested in, the size and layout of your yard, and the upkeep of any requested projects. With the right preparation, you can transform your backyard into a place you are excited to spend time in.
Many homeowners are not very handy and are not comfortable with do it yourself projects. However, owning a home can be a lot of work. There are many part of the home that may need to be repaired or updated. You could call a professional, but this can quickly get expensive for minimal repairs. Otherwise, your home can quickly be left in non working condition. Fortunately, many do it yourself projects are simple to learn. There are a few things that every homeowner should learn how to do, when they choose to own their own home.
Fix clogged drains and toilets. Clogged drains and toilets can happen regularly. This depends on the type of plumbing and the way that the piping runs underneath the home
Because of the health risks involved in certain types of mold and mold spores you should always make sure your house doesn’t have mold friendly areas to grow in, since a moist environment, left untreated, can grow mold within 24 to 48 hours . A lot of homeowners could have mold buildup in several areas and not even be aware of it. The question you should be asking is, how do you find it and get rid of it? Many are aware that mold loves warm wet areas, so naturally, you would think the kitchen or bathroom and your not wrong, but leaky pipes aren’t the only cause of mold.
- Windows: Moisture condenses around windows giving mold a chance to thrive in window sills and ledges.
- Sinks and tub areas: Near leaky sinks or pipes is prime real estate for d
Do you have a noisy house? Older homes frequently have this problem because of thinner wall structures that homes used to be built with. Newer homes also run across noisy house syndrome due to the common concept floor plan and high ceilings that promotes sound being carried across the space. New homes are also often built with light weight materials that may be more efficient, but create less of a barrier to sound between rooms. To add to the problem, we have more noise-making electronics and devices than ever in the past.
Whatever the cause of your noisy home, you might find it a significant distraction when you need to concentrate on something, annoying when you are trying to relax, and downright disruptive when you want to sleep. If you are struggling with noisy house syndrome in you
Most homes are always a work in progress. You purchase a home with the intent of making some updates and repairs. The updates may be more for preference or they may be necessary. Some repairs are more necessary than others. An example of a needed home repair and regular maintenance is the electrical system. Faulty electrical lines or poorly installed electrical outlets can be very dangerous to a home. They can be a fire hazard and they can cause the electricity to not work properly. In most cases, it is important to have a qualified electrician complete any necessary electrical maintenance or repairs.
One of the biggest risks of poorly installed or poorly working electrical is house fires. In 2011, an estimated 47,700 home structure fires reported to the U.S. fire departments involved some type of
When it’s time to replace your roof, you have a variety of choices make. While the decision-making process may be challenging at times, a commercial roofing company can assist you with making a wise choice.
Do you choose durability over appearance? Asphalt over steel? Or do you want to go-green and use recycled materials?
When deciding upon your new roof, you may be interested to know what other people around the United States are thinking–and choosing.
Approximately 88% of homeowners view the exterior of their houses differently than the interiors. In other words, the exterior and the interior are two separate entities, each with a style and personality of its own.
Other interesting points of discussion include homeowner association and historical site or area requirements. When survey
If you’re not familiar with propane fuel, then you may be interested to know that it’s both a liquid and a gas. Since these gas products are colorless and odorless, a specific odor is added so that it’s easily identifiable.
When propane is stored in a cylinder or tank, it’s in a liquid as well as a vaporous form. When the vapor is released, it’s a clean-burning type of fuel. Another benefit of propane gas products are that they are 27-times more compact than other types of fuel. This means that these propane gas products are both easy to transport and store.
Propane is produced in the United States as well as in Canada and Mexico. Around 90% of the propane used in the United States is actually produced domestically. Approximately 70% of the United States’ remaining need is imported from Canad
There are so many different things that you could do to your lard to make different kinds of landscape designs. However, if lawns are your thing, you’re going to need to prepare yourself for a lot of work. Unless you hire someone, taking care of grass on lawns can be a tricky thing. You have to have the balance of too much and too little.
Although this article doesn’t focus on it, all of the products you use on your lawn should be green and environmentally friendly. The whole idea of grass in the first place is that it’s good for the environment, so don’t ruin that with harsh chemicals, cleaners and fertilizers.
Now, having said that, let’s take a l