2 Excellent Customization Ideas For Your Shower

Posted by on Dec 5, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 2 Excellent Customization Ideas For Your Shower

Whether you are creating a new shower for your new home or redoing an old shower, it is important that you make sure it is going to meet all of your needs and perhaps fulfill some of you wants. This can include both the structure of your shower, as well as the materials used to finish it. This article will discuss 2 excellent customization ideas for your shower.  Two Shower Heads  One way to make your shower much more effective if you and your significant other need to use it at the same time, or if your children need to use the shower at the same time, is to have a double shower head. You can have one shower head placed on one side of the shower and have the other shower head on the other side. This not only provides enough water for two people to shower, but it also places the shower heads far enough apart that there is plenty of standing room as well. You can choose standard shower heads that are mounted in place, or you can go with the detachable shower heads to provide you with more movement. The detachable shower heads may be good for a smaller child who has trouble reaching the water or for someone who is elderly or disabled and needs to sit down when they are showering.  Custom Tiling For many people, the way that their shower looks is going to be just as important as how well their shower functions. Thankfully, there are several different tile customization options that you can choose from. You can have the tile cut and placed in a variety of different sizes and directions. For example, you can have your tile cut into rectangular shapes and have them arranged vertically in your shower. You can also have a small decorative band of tile going around the middle of your shower wall, as well as custom tile in your soap box. This tile is generally going to be more decorative in nature and may have customized designs on it. When it comes to your tile options, they are basically endless. You can have the tile look like everything from wood to brick to stone. You can also tile both the interior, as well as the exterior of your shower, giving it an even more customized look and perhaps helping it to match with the other features in your bathroom.  To learn more about the best ways to customize your shower, reach out to a company like Monroe Industries...

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Making Your Own Rain Chains? Tips and Tricks

Posted by on Nov 8, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Making Your Own Rain Chains? Tips and Tricks

Rain chains are becoming very popular this year. They help collect fresh rainwater that can be used to water your lawn and garden during drier seasons. Rain chains also makes birds very happy because they are drawn to the cups of water collected by the rain chains. If you want to make your own rain chains, here are some helpful tips to get you started. Use Steel or Powder-Coated Chains If You Do Not Want Rust If you want shiny chrome chains, and you do not want the chains to rust, use steel chains. If you want chains of a different color that do not rust, purchase powder-coated electroplated chains. These are often coated with black, green, or some other powder paint that is electrically charged and applied so that nothing can get to the metal underneath. Either of these will prevent rust from occurring, thereby keeping your homemade rain chains looking nice. Remember That Copper Comes Before Green Patina  If you like the looks of shiny copper and do not mind that it will later change to a green patina, then copper rain chains are quite lovely. You can buy copper chains in many home improvement and hardware stores. They can be found by the other spools of loose chain or in the electrical departments. Use Candlestick Holders for Water Cups Little metal candlestick cups for tapered candles work especially well for the water cups you will need. Try to get the tapered candle holders that are just the cup sections or that can be easily removed from their handles and bases with a tin snips or blow torch. Then you can solder these onto the chain. If you want to leave the little thumb handles on the candle cups, those could work to hook the candle cups onto the chain without any additional effort, depending on the thickness of the chains you buy. Use Outdoor Metal Paint for a Little Color If you want your rain chains to be a little more colorful than the colors and metal types available to you, use outdoor metal paint to fancy things up a bit. These paints are designed to withstand a barrage of weather conditions, and given that the paint will be applied to something that collects rain water, you want the paint to stick and stay put. Either buy the canned paint and paint little decorations on by hand (if you are crafty enough) or use the spray paint for all-over...

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How To Choose The Best Clavos For Your Door Or Gate

Posted by on Oct 17, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Choose The Best Clavos For Your Door Or Gate

Don’t feel bad if you’ve never heard of clavos. Most people have seen them many times, but just don’t know the technical term for them. Essentially, clavos is a Spanish word meaning “nails” and is used in English to describe rustic or decorative nails that adorn large front doors or gates. These nails are quite different from the decorative ones that are used in building furniture; they are much sturdier and usually have a substantially larger head. So if you are in the market for uniquely beautiful accents for your new door or gate, take a look below at how you can go about finding the perfect ones. Shape The first aspect of clavos that you will want to consider is shape. Clavos come in a huge variety of shapes, but not all of them may be suited to your door. If you live in a Spanish neo-colonial home, for example and it has a large dark wooden door, you’ll want to accentuate it with square or diamond clavos that project a sense of sturdiness and strength. On the other hand, if you’re looking to complement a softer sensibility, choose smaller, rounded clavos. If neither shape seems to fit the bill, don’t worry — there are no shortage of other shapes, including pyramids, flowers, and even stars. Texture Another decision you’ll need to make when looking at various types of clavos is the texture. Most clavos are smooth to the touch, but others have been carefully hammered to give them a slightly rougher feel. The former is usually used on new front doors, while the latter is best suited for gates and other outdoor surfaces that may see a lot of wear over the years. Gates and doors that are made of older wood or other worn material can especially benefit from a rustic accent piece such as a clavos with a hammered texture. Material While the shape and texture of a decorative nail are certainly important to you, they won’t matter if you choose the wrong material. Fortunately, if you’re searching for clavos to use in interior design, you have a wide range of options including cast iron and copper. But if you’re looking for clavos that you know will be exposed to the elements, such as those on an outdoor gate, it’s best to go with a zinc alloy to avoid having to deal with rust over the...

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Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Sometimes the Best Precast Stone Boulders Make the Best Neighbors

Posted by on Sep 21, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Sometimes the Best Precast Stone Boulders Make the Best Neighbors

You’ve heard that good fences make for good neighbors, but sometimes you need more than a fence to keep peace on the street. Precast stone boulders offer a nearly impenetrable barrier that will work in those situations.  Aside from effectively protecting your loved ones and property, the precast stone boulders look just like true rock boulders and don’t clash with modern or traditional architecture. They are also easier to maintain since they don’t need to be cleaned, painted, or repaired like wood, vinyl, or wire fencing. In the following two problem scenarios, precast stone boulders offer a solid solution. Your property is located in a dangerous location Perhaps you live in a house at the apex of a curve on a winding mountain pass. Or maybe your home is across from a dead-end stop that has poor illumination.  In either case, out-of-control cars may come careening into your yard or even your home if it’s close to the road. This can put you, your children, your pets, and your property at risk of grave harm. Several boulders placed in strategic spots across the street-accessible portion of your yard will protect little ones and your home. If you choose boulders of a lighter grey or limestone color, they will be easier to see, and they may be enough of a presence to alert drivers to slow down.  You have relentless trespassers  Many rural property owners are plagued by ATV riders and hunters who have zero regard for no-trespassing signs. People may tear up your fences, pastures, and woods trying to access trails and game. These pesky sorts may use bolt cutters or other tools to force their way in through gates or fencing. If you’re facing this situation, and you’re fed up, install some precast stone boulders where trespassers are gaining access. No matter how thoughtless they are, they won’t be able to move the large stones, and their trucks and ATVs will have to turn around.  Boulders may not block trespassers on foot, but they make a very bold statement without saying a word. When trespassers see that you are being vigilant in protecting your acreage, they may decide to fulfill their need for illegal wandering somewhere else. In many areas there is usually a setback reserved for county or municipal access even if your property extends to the middle of the road. Have the boulders placed far enough from the road that you don’t infringe on the right-of-way. You definitely don’t want snow plows or utility repair crews to hit the stones, and you do want to leave room so people can pull over in front of your home for deliveries or emergencies. Of course, you never want to block a legal easement that a neighbor uses to get to their property. That’s a good way to end up in court paying huge fines. Instead, if you have neighbors with an easement through your land, go speak to them, and let them know the troubles you’re having (as long as they’re not the trespassers). Work with neighbors to determine where you will place boulders so no one who lives on the land is landlocked or inconvenienced.  Talk to a company such as Harristone Pre-Cast – Merrillstone Natural Stone Products – G. S. Harris Co., Inc. to find out what kind...

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Six Benefits to Adding a Shade Sail to Your Property

Posted by on Aug 24, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Six Benefits to Adding a Shade Sail to Your Property

Shade sails, as the name implies, are large broadcloth canopies that can be used to provide permanent or temporary shade to any number of areas around your patio, deck, BBQ area, or backyard. These attractive, geometric canopies also add interest to virtually any outdoor space. Unlike many other types of awnings, shade sails can be easily moved as the sun travels across the sky and as your party moves to other parts of your yard. However, versatility is just one of many reasons to consider shade sails. Here are some advantages to using shade sails.  1. Versatility. Shade sails are extremely versatile. They can be tied to a tree branch or hoisted on easy-to-assemble poles. You can even use them on your boat or take them camping with you. They adapt well to use on both residential and business properties. 2. Easy to assemble and move. One of the chief advantages of shade sails is that they can be easily assembled and taken down. If your party moves from the patio to around the pool, it’s easy to take the shade sails with you. They also don’t take up a lot of room in the car like a pop-up tent or heavy canopy can when you take them camping or to an outdoor event. 3. Affordable pricing. Another prime advantage to shade sails is their affordable pricing, especially when they are compared to permanent, retractable awnings.  4. Colorful. Shade sails can also be used to brighten up your yard. They come in a rainbow of colors and can be used to liven up your party decorations as well as serve as an accent to your permanent outdoor design motif and architectural style. 5. Protection from the sun. Shade sails don’t just provide cooling shade; they filter the sun’s UV rays and help protect you and your family from these potentially damaging rays. Filtering UV rays can also help prevent your outdoor cushions and pillows from sun fading. 6. Good ventilation. Unlike heavy canvas or aluminum awnings or canopies, shade sails offer weather and sun protection without creating a heavy, humid, and hot environment. Shade sails are designed to breathe without allowing sunlight or rain to penetrate to your patio or deck area. While using shade sails may not be the right choice for every homeowner, these increasingly popular, portable shades are versatile, affordable, attractive, and even offer protective against the sun’s UV rays for your family and your...

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Open Floor Plans And Area Rugs: How To Create An Open And Structured Home

Posted by on Jul 28, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Open Floor Plans And Area Rugs: How To Create An Open And Structured Home

If you have a home with an open floor plan, you may have become frustrated by trying to figure out how to add a pop of color and a bit of structure without ruining the overall flow of your home. Luckily for you, there’s an easy answer to your troubles, and that’s area rugs. Below are three tips on how to use area rugs to structure your open floor plan without sacrificing any of the openness. Use Area Rugs With a Similar Palette or Pattern If you’d like to add area rugs to your home, you may be concerned with how it will look, especially if your home has an open floor plan. While adding area rugs to a home with an open floor plan does take a bit more planning, it’s not impossible (and can be fun). For example, if you want to add an area rug to your dining area and your living room area, but both areas are part of a larger room, you may be concerned about the room’s cohesiveness. While you can certainly use identical area rugs in both areas, it’s not a must. Instead, opt for area rugs that share similar qualities, such as a similar pattern or color palette. Choose Area Rugs with Varying Sizes To avoid ruining the flow of your home’s open floor plan, choose area rugs of varying sizes. When you use area rugs of the same size in different areas throughout your home, it creates a boxed in and stifling feel. While it’s not a bad idea to add some structure to your home, you likely chose an open floor plan because you liked the idea of your living spaces flowing together. Area rugs of varying sizes will provide your home with the cohesiveness you seek, but will also keep each living space feeling open and decidedly different. Use the Seasons for Inspiration If your home’s open floor plan includes a lot of windows and glass doors, and if you’d like to bring the outside in, consider using the seasons for inspiration. When your home has a lot of natural lighting and views of the great outdoors, it can make your home appear larger and even more open if you incorporate the natural colors and patterns of the view right outside your home. For example, in the fall, consider using browns, oranges, and reds in your area rugs, and in the winter, consider adding a bit of off white, red, and pale green. Area rugs can be a great addition to any room, and the above tips should be helpful when it comes to getting started. For more information, contact professionals like Designer Rug Store of...

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Three Reasons To Repair Your Garage Door When Selling Your Home

Posted by on Jul 5, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Three Reasons To Repair Your Garage Door When Selling Your Home

When it comes to selling your home, you are likely not too worried about some minor repairs that need to be made. Instead, you are just trying to make your home have the best outside appearance possible in order to attract more home buyers. However, if repairs that are needed are noticed by potential buyers, it can lead to problems. Here are the three major reasons you should have your garage door repaired when selling your home: Enhance Curb Appeal: One of the first things that home buyers notice when they pull up to your home is the garage door. After all, it is large and typically sits right at the front of the house. If they notice that there is a problem with it, such as dents or it is sitting halfway open because it is not functioning properly, their first impression of your home isn’t going to be great. On top of this, they will probably be searching for other problems in the home that they will need to take care of if they decide to buy. Since many home buyers don’t want to deal with any kind of minor repairs upon moving in, they may even overlook your home altogether.  Better Return on Investment:  When you have a broken garage door, home buyers are most likely going to offer you less than what you are asking for. This will ensure that they have enough money to make the repairs needed upon moving in. By getting the repairs done, you can expect to receive a much better return on your investment. You can expect even more if you replace the garage door, which may be the better option depending on what the professionals find is wrong with the garage door in the first place.  Improve Insulation: One important design feature of a garage door includes its ability to insulate. If the insulation of your garage door is poor, home buyers can notice just by the significant change of temperature in the garage. This may turn them off to the home slightly since a poorly insulated garage means higher energy costs. On top of this, weather conditions can cause damage to certain items that are stored inside of the garage, including cars. Be sure to replace the weather stripping at the bottom of the garage door and make any other insulation changes that are needed as well, such as sealing windows and doors.  When you know these three reasons for garage door repairs when selling your home, you can see why hiring professionals like Overhead Door Co. of Everett Inc. to make these repairs is going to be worth it in the end. Your home can sell faster and you are more likely to receive the amount you want for your...

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Tips For Using A Lawn Mower On Overgrown Grass

Posted by on Jun 8, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Tips For Using A Lawn Mower On Overgrown Grass

When the rainy weather hits, it can be easy for a lawn to get overgrown within a matter of days. It’s always important not to use a lawn mower on wet grass, so what can you do? Here are some tips for reclaiming your lawn after both the grass and weeds have overgrown. Pull Out the Weeds First Don’t just mow over the weeds. Overgrown grass and weeds gives you a great opportunity to pull out the weeds now that they’re visible. Manually extracting weeds and the associated root systems is the best way to get rid of weeds once and for all. Use a Weed Whacker on Taller Grass Once you’ve pulled out the weeds, you can use a weed whacker on the taller grass. You may note that grass will grow taller along your house and any fences — this is often because of a combination of shade and moisture. A weed whacker will make the process of mowing this grass much easier. Walk Through With Jeans and Shoes First This tip is mostly for your own psychological safety. If your lawn has overgrown, you may want to protect yourself with long jeans tucked into shoes and step through the grass carefully before you begin mowing. Otherwise you face a very real risk of mowing over baby bunnies, toads, and other small animals — and that’s not pleasant for anyone. Mow High By Adjusting Your Lawn Mower Height Mowing low (about an inch) is far more challenging than mowing high (about three inches). Moreover, cutting a lot of grass all at once can make the grass very unhealthy. It’s better for you to mow high now and then wait a few days to mow lower. Use a Lawn Mower Bag to Collect Clippings Many people leave their clippings on the ground so that the nutrients return to the soil. But if your grass is overgrown, you suffer from a very real risk of blocking out the light to the remaining grass. Clippings can also jam up your lawn mower, making it more difficult to mow. Instead, use a lawn mower bag to collect the clippings as they are ejected. If your lawn mower isn’t working as it should, you may need to replace the blade. Lawn mower replacement blades are different sizes, so disconnect the blade that you have and bring it to a local lawn and renovation store, such as Snappy’s Outdoor Equipment Sales & Service LLC — they’ll be able to handle the...

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Finding Out What Is Causing Your Unexplained Weight Loss: What You Should Know

Posted by on Mar 25, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Finding Out What Is Causing Your Unexplained Weight Loss: What You Should Know

As you go about your daily life and routine, you may not pay a great deal of attention to your overall health and your weight. However, if something starts to go awry, like unexpected weight loss, you may begin to worry that something is wrong with your health. If you are currently experiencing unexpected weight loss, there are several steps that you and your physician can take to determine what is behind this sudden health change. Get to know some of the ways that you can go about finding out the cause of your unexpected weight loss so that you can take back control of your health and weight by treating the underlying cause. Blood Tests A blood draw is usually the first step that your doctor will have you take when you begin to experience unexplained weight loss of any significant amount. The blood can be tested for a variety of potential causes including viral infections such as hepatitis or HIV/AIDS. Your doctor can also check your blood glucose levels to determine if diabetes is the cause of your sudden weight changes. Blood tests can also sometimes be used to detect certain types of cancer like leukemia and others that could cause weight loss. There are also hormonal conditions and imbalances that could cause weight loss as well as hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism (both of which can cause unexpected weight loss or gain). A series of blood tests can help to point to a potential cause and give your physician a plan for further tests and treatments. A CT Scan A CT scan, also known as a computerized tomography scan, is a test that helps physicians to get a better look of what is going on inside of your body. In the case of unexpected and otherwise unexplained weight loss, a doctor may order a CT scan of various areas of the body. An abdominal CT scan will give the doctors a good look at the organs inside of your abdomen to determine if there are any abnormalities, blockages, or tumors that are causing your weight loss. Tumors on organs such as the liver and stomach can account for unintentional weight loss. Intestinal damage or obstructions could also cause such symptoms and could be detected using a CT scan. Similarly a chest CT or head CT can be used to detect other types of cancer that may cause weight loss like lung and thyroid cancer. Now that you know a few of the ways that you can find out what is causing your unexplained weight loss, you can get the care and tests you need to begin treatment as soon as...

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Tips For Keeping Rodents Out Of Your Home

Posted by on Mar 25, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Tips For Keeping Rodents Out Of Your Home

One of the most important things you can do when it comes to rodent control, is to secure your home so the rats and mice can’t get inside to start with. There are several things you can do around your property to discourage rodents from getting in your home. Here are a few important ones you don’t want to overlook. Get Rid Of Hiding Places Don’t make it easy for rodents to hide in your yard or make nests close to your house. Move wood piles to the far end of your property and clear as much junk from your yard as possible. Rodents will infest anything that offers shelter such as old cars, a boat, or a storage shed. You’ll also want to get rid of excessive plant growth that offers hiding places when rodents approach your home. Keep your grass mowed short and trim weeds. You might even need to move thick landscaping plants farther away from your house. Make Access To Your House Difficult Rodents will try to wiggle into your home through any means possible if they smell food or detect warmth coming from the inside. Walk around your home and examine it from top to bottom for cracks and holes, especially around doors and windows. Seal the cracks with caulk and cover vent holes with metal screens. Pay particular attention to the base of your home, especially around wood areas, such as an attached garage or storage shed. If you see black trails left by rodents or see signs of chewing marks, you may need to reinforce the wood with a thin sheet of metal to keep rodents from chewing their way inside. Also, take down climbing paths. If you have a trellis, or even tree limbs close to your home, it makes it easy for rodents to climb to your roof where they can try to claw their way inside to get warm. Use Rodent Traps If you’ve seen signs of rodent activity around your home, you may need to exterminate the rats or mice that are already established. The best way to do that is with traps. However, you don’t want to place snap traps outside or you could injure a squirrel or cat. Instead, use traps designed to lure rats and mice inside. You can hire a rodent exterminator to place the traps and empty them if you are squeamish about killing the creatures. Plus, hiring a professional ensures the traps are positioned and baited properly so they are effective on rodents, but safe for other small mammals in your yard. If you’re conscientious about rodent control on the outside of your home, you may not have to deal with rats or mice inside. Since rodents can do a lot of damage to your house, and since they can spread diseases too, it’s worth the effort and expense to do all you can to keep them from getting into your living...

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