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  • How to Tell When Your Carpet or Rug Should be Replaced

    Green T Carpet Cleaning
    greenadmin
    8 Jul 2014 | 2:07 pm
    The best way to get the most out of your rug or carpet is to provide regular maintenance along with yearly professional carpet cleanings for a thorough deep clean.  However, no matter how consistent you are with your cleaning efforts, there will still come a day when your rug or carpet will become worn out and need to be replaced.  It can be difficult for some homeowners to decide if their carpet should be replaced or if it just needs to be professionally cleaned since professional carpet cleaning can revitalize the appearance of worn out carpets.  The following are signs that you need a…
  • Feng Shui in Interior Design

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    Diana Hadchity Chedrawy
    24 Mar 2014 | 4:46 am
    Feng shui is the art of organizing spaces to increase positive energy or Chi in our environment. Feng shui pronounced "fung shway" originated in China. Feng shui means wind and water in Chinese. To create a healthy, wealthy, and balanced interior design environment you should use the five feng shui elements of nature (water, fire, earth, wood, and metal) in different combinations and
  • Cheap Fixes to Boost the Value of Your Home

    Domestic Cleaning Tips
    Roland McDonald
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:54 am
    When it comes to boosting the value of your home don’t let anyone trick you into thinking there is such thing as cheap fixes! Still, there are fixes that are cheaper than others, and these are what you should opt for. Regardless the reason of your remodeling (I’m guessing you want to sell or rent), [...]
  • Tips For Selecting A Building Architect

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    The Oriental Bamboo Team
    1 Aug 2014 | 3:01 am
    Read more @ Eco-Logic Bamboo Anticipate building a house, an apartment construction, or perhaps a business office building? You will want an architect. Qualified architects have the know-how, the training as well as the working experience that can put the ideal residence or building idea in writing. An excellent architect can and will design, draw together and handle any kind […] Learn more about how you can benefit from using bamboo in your projects - Find us on Facebook! or Follow us on Twitter ...
  • Smart Homes: The House of the Future

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    My Home Life Mag
    31 Jul 2014 | 12:56 pm
    Photo courtesy of hgtvremodels.com By Lance Hayes Take a moment to think back, through all of the years of technological improvements, and try to remember a time when you had to change the television channel by hand. With the astonishing advancements in technology we’ve enjoyed in our lifetimes, even the television remote is becoming obsolete. Thanks to smartphones, the handheld computers of our time, you can control your TV, turn a water faucet off and even use it to control most appliances in your home. The “smart home” is the wave of the future. While convenience is an obvious…
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  • Cheap Fixes to Boost the Value of Your Home

    Roland McDonald
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:54 am
    When it comes to boosting the value of your home don’t let anyone trick you into thinking there is such thing as cheap fixes! Still, there are fixes that are cheaper than others, and these are what you should opt for. Regardless the reason of your remodeling (I’m guessing you want to sell or rent), [...]
  • How to Make Your Yard a Garden Paradise

    Roland McDonald
    30 Jun 2014 | 5:58 am
    Even the smallest of homes can seem like a dream house if it has a garden in the back that you can decorate and organize in any way you like. Making your own place of relaxation is essential in modern days, and making it in a garden is the best way possible. This can be [...]
  • How to Create a Wine Cellar in Your Home

    Roland McDonald
    24 Jun 2014 | 5:03 am
    Whether you are a wine collector or a wine connoisseur, having that perfect wine cellar is important. If you take your wine collection seriously, you must take your wine cellar seriously as well. So, how to create a wine cellar in your home?  Choosing the right location Some wine connoisseurs insist that a wine cellar [...]
  • How to Clean a Burnt Pan

    Amelia Cole
    2 Jun 2014 | 1:12 am
    A burnt pan could be a real torture to clean. What most people do to deal with the carbon residue is to soak the pan in soapy water for days, and hope the residue will come out easily afterwards.  However, even soaked for days, you may face a lot of difficulties cleaning the pan. Here, at [...]
  • 8 Easy Ways to Remodel A Kitchen Of A Rented Flat

    Henry Stockton
    21 May 2014 | 12:37 am
    Living in a rented house is an ordeal by itself. Not to mention the limitations imposed by the landlord – a typical list of do’s and don’ts. In such a scenario, tenants literally walk on a tight rope when it comes to remodeling the house especially the kitchen which is the bastion of ladies and [...]
 
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  • Tips For Selecting A Building Architect

    The Oriental Bamboo Team
    1 Aug 2014 | 3:01 am
    Read more @ Eco-Logic Bamboo Anticipate building a house, an apartment construction, or perhaps a business office building? You will want an architect. Qualified architects have the know-how, the training as well as the working experience that can put the ideal residence or building idea in writing. An excellent architect can and will design, draw together and handle any kind […] Learn more about how you can benefit from using bamboo in your projects - Find us on Facebook! or Follow us on Twitter ...
  • How to choose the right bedroom furniture

    The Oriental Bamboo Team
    31 Jul 2014 | 3:02 pm
    Read more @ Eco-Logic Bamboo Choosing the proper bed room fixtures can genuinely be a challenge. After all, the bedroom is a location where a great deal of men and women like to expend their time and unwind from the day’s activities. As such, it is extremely significant for making sure that the room is as inviting as possible. The […] Learn more about how you can benefit from using bamboo in your projects - Find us on Facebook! or Follow us on Twitter ...
  • Antiquing Your White Kitchen Cabinets

    The Oriental Bamboo Team
    31 Jul 2014 | 3:03 am
    Read more @ Eco-Logic Bamboo Antique White Kitchen Cabinets Do you have a dull, white kitchen that needs to be spruced up? Yes, even though the kitchen is all white, the counters are white, the seats are white, and I’m sure the table is white, and while it all seems nice, the room probably seems cold. This is a prevalent […] Learn more about how you can benefit from using bamboo in your projects - Find us on Facebook! or Follow us on Twitter ...
  • How to get rid of mold and mildew in your home

    The Oriental Bamboo Team
    30 Jul 2014 | 3:02 am
    Read more @ Eco-Logic Bamboo Mold growth in the home is unhealthy for your family. It is essential that you deal with any mold or mildew in your home. The common idea most people have of basements are dark, damp rooms, covered with basement mold. In fact, basement and bathroom mold is one of the main concerns many homeowners have about […] Learn more about how you can benefit from using bamboo in your projects - Find us on Facebook! or Follow us on Twitter ...
  • Coffee and End Tables

    The Oriental Bamboo Team
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:04 pm
    Read more @ Eco-Logic Bamboo They might match or only complement each other, but without them you would just have a room with a sofa. When it comes to living room furniture two standards are the coffee table and end tables. Coffee and end tables are used for many things from eating or resting feet to being a convenient place […] Learn more about how you can benefit from using bamboo in your projects - Find us on Facebook! or Follow us on Twitter ...
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  • Smart Homes: The House of the Future

    My Home Life Mag
    31 Jul 2014 | 12:56 pm
    Photo courtesy of hgtvremodels.com By Lance Hayes Take a moment to think back, through all of the years of technological improvements, and try to remember a time when you had to change the television channel by hand. With the astonishing advancements in technology we’ve enjoyed in our lifetimes, even the television remote is becoming obsolete. Thanks to smartphones, the handheld computers of our time, you can control your TV, turn a water faucet off and even use it to control most appliances in your home. The “smart home” is the wave of the future. While convenience is an obvious…
  • Decorate your Home with Repurposed Windows and Doors

    My Home Life Mag
    30 Jul 2014 | 1:45 pm
    By Kristin Waites A large wall hanging is the perfect way to transform an empty space into the focal point of a room. Antique shops are full of windows and doors that have been remade into wall hangings, but making your own is a great DIY project only limited by your own creativity. Peruse your local flea market and talk to friends who might be redecorating to see if you can get old windows and doors for a low price—maybe even free! With a bit of research and hard work, you can create a conversation piece that’s just bursting with personality. The options are endless, but you should make…
  • Spice Up Your Weeknight Dinner Routine

    My Home Life Mag
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Photo courtesy of: www.southernliving.com By Kristin Waites With the hectic schedules during the school year, you might find yourself turning to the same recipes time and again. Trying something new for dinner doesn’t have to be time consuming. Here are some recipes and suggestions to help you make dinner an exciting affair every night. Experiment in the kitchen A simple way to break the monotony of your dinner routine is to introduce your family to the food of another culture. With a little research, you can learn something new and enjoy a great meal. Another option is to try your hand at…
  • DIY Chocolate Balloon Bowls

    My Home Life Mag
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:19 pm
    Photo courtesy of: www.pauladeen.com By Nicollette Niles Are you looking for a neat treat to impress guests at your next party? Well, look no further! These delicious DIY chocolate bowls are unique and simple with just the right amount of “wow” to dazzle at your next get-together! They are great for ice cream, pudding, mousse, berries or any sweet treat you can think of. Another bonus…they are super easy to make. Just follow these seven easy steps and get ready to enjoy a unique treat! What you’ll need: Package of balloons Two bars of chocolate Parchment Paper Sheet…
  • Twisted Tacos: Healthy Alternative to Traditional Favorite

    My Home Life Mag
    25 Jul 2014 | 3:14 pm
    By Taylor Grantham Tacos are versatile and can be made into anything the heart desires. That’s why they make such a good meal staple. Even the pickiest of eaters can find (or make) a taco they love, not to mention how simple they are to create, taking very little time to whip up a masterpiece! However, tasty tacos tend to fall on the greasy side and can be rather unhealthy. Healthy options are easy to incorporate into tacos. In this recipe, we use lettuce as a tortilla to avoid the extra carbs and substitute lean turkey for beef, which tends to be greasier and carries more fat. Here is…
 
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  • Tips For Selecting A Building Architect

    The Oriental Bamboo Team
    1 Aug 2014 | 3:01 am
    Read more @ Eco-Logic Bamboo Anticipate building a house, an apartment construction, or perhaps a business office building? You will want an architect. Qualified architects have the know-how, the training as well as the working experience that can put the ideal residence or building idea in writing. An excellent architect can and will design, draw together and handle any kind […] Learn more about how you can benefit from using bamboo in your projects - Find us on Facebook! or Follow us on Twitter ...
  • How to choose the right bedroom furniture

    The Oriental Bamboo Team
    31 Jul 2014 | 3:02 pm
    Read more @ Eco-Logic Bamboo Choosing the proper bed room fixtures can genuinely be a challenge. After all, the bedroom is a location where a great deal of men and women like to expend their time and unwind from the day’s activities. As such, it is extremely significant for making sure that the room is as inviting as possible. The […] Learn more about how you can benefit from using bamboo in your projects - Find us on Facebook! or Follow us on Twitter ...
  • Antiquing Your White Kitchen Cabinets

    The Oriental Bamboo Team
    31 Jul 2014 | 3:03 am
    Read more @ Eco-Logic Bamboo Antique White Kitchen Cabinets Do you have a dull, white kitchen that needs to be spruced up? Yes, even though the kitchen is all white, the counters are white, the seats are white, and I’m sure the table is white, and while it all seems nice, the room probably seems cold. This is a prevalent […] Learn more about how you can benefit from using bamboo in your projects - Find us on Facebook! or Follow us on Twitter ...
  • How to get rid of mold and mildew in your home

    The Oriental Bamboo Team
    30 Jul 2014 | 3:02 am
    Read more @ Eco-Logic Bamboo Mold growth in the home is unhealthy for your family. It is essential that you deal with any mold or mildew in your home. The common idea most people have of basements are dark, damp rooms, covered with basement mold. In fact, basement and bathroom mold is one of the main concerns many homeowners have about […] Learn more about how you can benefit from using bamboo in your projects - Find us on Facebook! or Follow us on Twitter ...
  • Coffee and End Tables

    The Oriental Bamboo Team
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:04 pm
    Read more @ Eco-Logic Bamboo They might match or only complement each other, but without them you would just have a room with a sofa. When it comes to living room furniture two standards are the coffee table and end tables. Coffee and end tables are used for many things from eating or resting feet to being a convenient place […] Learn more about how you can benefit from using bamboo in your projects - Find us on Facebook! or Follow us on Twitter ...
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  • No, You Can’t Repair Your Own Ducts, and Here’s Why

    admin
    31 Jul 2014 | 9:58 am
    Maintaining the integrity of the ventilation ducts in your home is crucial to keeping the HVAC system operating at its best. If ductwork begins to develop leaks and loose connections, it will trigger a drop in air pressure that will force the air conditioner and heater to overwork to compensate. The comfort level in the house will drop while utility bills will rise. The ductwork damage will start to allow dust and other contamination into the ventilation channels, leading to it entering the air you breathe. Ductwork damage can also cause spikes in humidity that will encourage dangerous mold…
  • The Principles Behind Electromechanical Air Conditioning

    admin
    25 Jul 2014 | 9:24 am
    Heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration are all part of electromechanical technologies. This term applies to appliances and/or machinery that are both mechanical and electrical, like your air conditioning system in Cincinnati. However, understanding that your air conditioner is electromechanical in nature only gives you a small piece of the puzzle as to how it works. To truly understand how your AC keeps you comfortable, you need to understand the principles behind its operation. How Your Air Conditioner Cools Your air conditioner is a closed system. It uses a chemical called…
  • 3 Problems That Require Duct Repair

    admin
    15 Jul 2014 | 2:03 pm
    The air ducts of a home are not a system that can “get by” with a couple of holes, gaps, or leaks in them. The construction of the ducts is designed to maintain an airtight seal along their length, and if the ducts began to deteriorate, loosen, corrode, or sustain any kind of damage, it will compromise that crucial seal and cause numerous problems for your air conditioner, heater, and indoor air quality. The job of repairing ducts is one that must be reserved for trained professionals. Leave aside the rolls of duct tape (which aren’t designed for ducts anyway) and instead contact…
  • Commercial HVAC Repair Issues in Cincinnati

    admin
    10 Jul 2014 | 8:10 am
    Cincinnati is a major center of business that hosts the headquarters of numerous corporations, including 9 Fortune 500 companies. It’s a city connected with business and business success. At RineAir Heating & Air Conditioning, we take pride in helping companies’ in Cincinnati succeed through keeping their HVAC systems in the best shape possible. If you need repairs for your light commercial HVAC in Cincinnati, OH, you can depend on our professionalism to handle the job. You can reach our team 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for emergency service. Some Common Commercial Repairs…
  • The Famous Painting of the Declaration of Independence Isn’t What You Think It Is

    admin
    4 Jul 2014 | 10:19 am
    If you grew up in the United States, you probably first saw John Trumbull’s painting of the Signing of the Declaration of Independence in an elementary schoolbook. This oil-on-canvas 12’ x 18’ painting hangs in the rotunda of the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C. It is one of the most famous symbols of freedom in the country and almost every citizen can conjure it from memory. Except… the painting isn’t of the singing of the Declaration of Independence. The actual title of the work is Declaration of Independence, and although it does portray an important moment in the…
 
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  • Why Add Duct Sanitizing to Your Duct Cleaning in Duluth?

    Stephen Andrews
    30 Jul 2014 | 1:53 pm
    Up to 40 pounds of dust is created annually by those living in your home. That’s a lot of dust. And because your air conditioner circulates the indoor air, this dust gets sent through your system and will eventually settle in parts of it. The air filter that comes with your air conditioner will capture part of this dust and dirt, but it won’t get all of it, which is why it’s recommended your ductwork is cleaned every 3-5 years. Sometimes, though, ductwork can provide wonderful environments for biological pollutants like mold, fungus and dust mites to grow and thrive, and cleaning may…
  • Steps Involved in Commercial HVAC Installation

    Stephen Andrews
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:37 am
    Keeping your business cool during Georgia springs and summers, and heated during winters (and a combination of both for autumns) requires a reliable HVAC system. But, to have a reliable comfort system, you need to have professional installation. A shoddy job putting in a commercial heater or air conditioner will result in large amounts of energy waste and an uncomfortable work space. Make sure you contact experienced professionals in commercial HVAC installation in Roswell, GA when you need a new comfort system to heat and cool your business. At Cool Air Mechanical, we take pride in the work…
  • Tools Used for Duct Cleaning

    Stephen Andrews
    15 Jul 2014 | 10:34 am
    Here’s a suggestion for cleaning your home’s air ducts: go pull out the vacuum cleaner from the closet that has the long hose. Unscrew the grate from over one of the room vents. Turn on the vacuum cleaner and push the hose down into the duct beyond the vent and move it around for a few minutes while it sucks up the thick clogs of dust, carpet and furniture fibers, pollen, and dander. Put the grate back over the vent, and move onto the next vent and start the process again. It sounds so simple, doesn’t it? Yes… because it’s too simple, and it doesn’t work. In fact, there’s no…
  • Causes of Inefficiency in Your Air Conditioner

    Stephen Andrews
    15 Jul 2014 | 6:23 am
    It’s not unusual to see a small rise in your energy bills at this time of year, but if you’ve noticed a sharp increase in your bills, and you haven’t changed how you typically operate your air conditioner, you may be dealing with inefficiency issues. There are a number of factors that can cause your air conditioner to run less efficiently, even if your system appears to be fine. Unfortunately, inefficiency can point to developing or existing problems with your air conditioning in Alpharetta, and the sooner these issues are attended to, the better. Culprits of Inefficiency There are a…
  • 3 Common Air Conditioning Repairs

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    10 Jul 2014 | 10:03 am
    Here at Cool Air Mechanical, we know it’s summer when the phones start to ring. Air conditioners work extra hard in the Georgia heat, and, as a result, some may run into problems. If you need air conditioning repair this summer, you’re not alone. Here are 3 of the most common air conditioning repairs our technicians encounter here in Lawrenceville. 1. Refrigerant Leak One of the most common air conditioning repairs is a refrigerant leak. Refrigerant continuously moves through your AC system to remove heat from your home and release it outdoors. There’s a set level at which the…
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  • How to live a comfortable life in small houses or apartments

    Community Writer | Community.DrPrem.com
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:07 am
      Economical crisis, price hike of essential commodities and increasing costs of living have made it almost impossible for the working class to buy spacious and elegant houses. A large percentage of the mass have to do with cramped spaces and small houses. It is not easy to adjust in a small home after you ... The post How to live a comfortable life in small houses or apartments appeared first on Home Chunk.
  • Things to keep in mind while renovating your bachelor pad

    Community Writer | Community.DrPrem.com
    19 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
      Gone are the days when only women were concerned about the interior decoration of their homes. The modern, metrosexual men have become very conscious about the décor of their bachelor’s pads. They have realized that to impress women, the business associates and bosses their home has to look like million bucks. People have to ... The post Things to keep in mind while renovating your bachelor pad appeared first on Home Chunk.
  • Benefits of installing solar pool heating system

    Community Writer | Community.DrPrem.com
    17 Jul 2014 | 2:52 am
    Solar pool heating systems have been around for almost three decades now and they are widely popular too. Swimming pool owners have to spend huge amount of money for paying the pool water-heating bill in the winter months. With the help of the solar pool heating system, you can save on water heating bills and ... The post Benefits of installing solar pool heating system appeared first on Home Chunk.
  • Why you should purchase a DIY home kit

    Community Writer | Community.DrPrem.com
    15 Jul 2014 | 2:44 am
      Prefabricated homes have gained popularity in the past few years due to the many benefits that they offer. It is not always possible for property owners to get the approval of local authorities to construct a house from scratch. The slope of the land and many other factors prevent the government authorities from giving ... The post Why you should purchase a DIY home kit appeared first on Home Chunk.
  • Why you should have a house with backyard pool

    Community Writer | Community.DrPrem.com
    13 Jul 2014 | 2:35 am
    There is nothing better than having a swimming pool in the backyard. It not only helps you relax but also let you enjoy refreshing time with your family and friends. Homeowners who have a backyard pool can arrange outdoor pool parties. Building a backyard pool is a good way to use the space and it ... The post Why you should have a house with backyard pool appeared first on Home Chunk.
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  • Do-it-yourself fence challenges

    joanneland
    15 Jul 2014 | 1:08 pm
    Almost everyone who has ever tried a Do-it-Yourself project has a story to tell … and a few extra parts that somehow didn’t make it into the final assembly! While it can be funny to share the stories once everything is completed, it’s frustrating to reach a point in a project where work has to stop to purchase additional tools or parts — or worse — work has to be undone to correct a mistake. Tackling the job of installing your own fence might not seem terribly complicated, but there are a number of potential pitfalls to try to avoid. Purchasing a fence as a…
  • Going Green: garden tool tips and tricks

    joanneland
    20 Apr 2014 | 11:24 am
    Pretty planter box constructed in Rinox hardscape materials. Being a fence and hardscaping supply company, we’re all about things “outdoors”, even if occasionally it doesn’t directly apply to fences, gates, and paver stones.   And, as opposed to our previous “Going Green” post that featured synthetic grass and hydroponic gardens, this article is all about maintaining your tools and seeds needed for traditional gardening.  So for those of you who like to dabble in the flower beds, grow veggies in containers, or raise your own herbs, here are some…
  • Springtime Crafty Fences

    joanneland
    13 Feb 2014 | 7:19 am
    For those just itching for Spring to arrive (after all, we’re posting this in February!) . . . here are a couple of pretty and creative ways to enhance your backyard fence.  Plus, if you start puttering with this “crafty” fence idea now, you’ll have them all ready for spring planting, and will enjoy flowers and herbs all summer long. The pictures pretty much tell the whole story without any additional explanation … how you attach the pots to the fence will be up to you.  Enjoy! Related Posts:    Fences, the new Craft Medium?,  Crafty Fences,  Decorative…
  • Unusual Fence Decorations

    joanneland
    5 Feb 2014 | 3:41 pm
    We’ve shared photos of Crafty Fences, of fences used as Rustic Interior Design, photos of Inspirational Fences, and of holiday-inspired Decorative Fences . . . but what do you make of these fences that are “decorated” in a most unusual way?  Check them out, and let us know what you think! From just outside of Hunt, Texas . . . post and barbed wire fence decorated with, what else?  Boots! From Oklahoma City, here’s a hand-painted, Calvin and Hobbes comic fence! Not sure what part of the country (or the world for that matter) these next few shots come from, but how…
  • Happy Campers

    joanneland
    30 Jan 2014 | 10:16 am
    Everyone enjoys receiving thank you cards and praise on a job well done.  Plus, when you’re looking for a contractor, it’s always good to read reviews and testimonials to be sure a company is a good fit for your project. With that in mind, we thought we would share a few reviews that have been shared on Angie’s List or with us directly regarding some of the projects Fence City has done the past few years.  If you’re in the suburban Philadelphia area of Pennsylvania and have a fence, hard scaping, or deck project in your future plans, we hope you will remember these…
 
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  • Announcing Finsa Home’s Family Fun Day 2014

    Matthew Crist
    1 Aug 2014 | 2:12 am
    Stuck for ideas when it comes to keeping the kids entertained this summer? Well don’t worry. We have the perfect solution for adults and children alike. The FINSA Family Fun Day takes place at our store at the Lichfield Road Business Park, Birmingham on Saturday August 9th and is a real treat for children of all ages. The fun begins at 11am with free ice creams, games, a bouncy castle and much, much more. And the fun isn’t just reserved for the youngsters. For adults there are plenty of opportunities to make some real savings, including flooring from £2.99 per square metre – and…
  • Announcing Finsa Home’s Charity Golf Day 2014

    Matthew Crist
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:41 am
    With the golfing summer in full swing thanks to the success of The Open Championship at Royal Liverpool, Finsa are looking to keep the ball rolling with a golf day of our very own. Our charity golf tournament will take place on Monday the 22nd of September at Wirral Ladies Golf Course, Prenton in aid of Wirral based charity, the Catholic Children’s Society. The society works with families in the Shrewsbury Diocese providing a wide range of family support, counselling and parenting advice for disadvantaged families. The golf day is a great way to raise money for a superb cause, while…
  • Emuca soft close drawers now available from Finsa Home

    Matthew Crist
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:39 am
    Finsa Home is pleased to announce that they now stock Emuca soft close drawers at the most affordable prices. Using the latest technology these drawers are designed to gently glide closed on specially designed runners with little effort and less noise. Feel free to ask us any questions you have about this latest product, but in the meantime, take a look at them in action and see just how they can improve your kitchen.  
  • 8 Foods That You Can Clean With (As Well As Eat)

    Matthew Crist
    17 Jul 2014 | 4:05 am
    If your home is anything like mine, there are all kinds of cleaning products scattered around every kitchen cupboard, draw and shelf. But what you’re probably not aware of is that there are dozens of natural cleaning agents all around you that you’ve never even considered using or aren’t even aware do just as good a job. Here are just a few of the things you probably have in your cupboards that can be as effective as any spray, cream or polish on the market. 1. Lemons Citrus fruits are very good at getting rid of stubborn stains due to the anti-bacterial properties they contain. The…
  • Finsa show-off spectacular stand at Dutch event

    Matthew Wood
    15 Jul 2014 | 7:03 am
    Finsa displayed this striking stand as a centre piece of a proposal at the Design District Exhibition in Amsterdam recently. A gathering of Interior Designers were present as  Finsa introduced their latest trends in decorative surfaces. ‘Industrial Raw’ and ‘Vintage Attitude’ are two of the latest colour palettes added to the Finsa melamines catalogue. For more inspiration, see our Kitchen Collections with highlight great design at the most affordable prices Links: http://www.finsahome.co.uk/diy-kitchens/kitchen-collections http://www.finsahome.co.uk/grey-chamonix
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  • Keep Your Business Cool This Summer, and Keep Your Customers Coming Back

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    23 Jul 2014 | 9:09 am
    Summer can bring sweltering temperatures in the Northern Virginia area.  If you own a business, outdoor heat creates a challenge to maintaining a comfortable and productive interior workspace.  Whether they’re part of a small retail shop or a large office building, the HVAC systems that cool the air during summer are critical to work space performance and enjoyment.  SSI has earned a reputation for excellence and reliability in commercial HVAC maintenance and design and can help you with this crucial aspect of you read more
  • Summer Plumbing Problems - Don't Be a Victim!

    admin
    17 Jul 2014 | 1:11 pm
    Summer brings a host of wonderful outdoor activities to your home.  For many homeowners, the warm weather means cookouts, kiddie pools, running the sprinkler to keep that garden green, and more.  While these changes are seemingly slight, they create stresses on your home’s plumbing systems and appliances.  One way to avoid problems associated with the changes in demand on your home’s systems is to know what causes them and be prepared.  Below are some common summer plumbing concerns that many residential homeowners are not aware of.   read more
  • Common Air Conditioner Problems & Repairs

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    3 Jul 2014 | 10:04 am
    It’s summer. It’s hot. And your air conditioner isn’t working. One night in a room without air conditioning is usually enough to make any Washington area resident miserable. SSI understands this and strives to help any customer quickly get their air conditioner repaired and running again. There is no shortage of causes for a broken air conditioner, but there tend to be a few that are most common. To better understand the repairs that you may one day come across, here are some of the basics: read more
  • Emergency Air Conditioning Repairs in Northern VA

    admin
    1 Jul 2014 | 6:41 am
    It’s an all too common refrain during the summer months – the uncomfortable high temperatures turn dangerous, even deadly, especially for the elderly and children. In the Washington area, where humidity levels run high, the body’s ability to cool itself is further compromised, leaving area residents vulnerable to anything from heat cramps to heat stroke. SSI understands this danger, and is quick to respond anytime a customer is without a working air conditioner. read more
  • Summertime Tips for Reducing Humidity in Your Home

    admin
    30 Jun 2014 | 8:24 am
    Anyone who has spent a summer day in Washington DC or Northern Virginia knows what humidity feels like: the thick, heavy air that leaves your skin wet and your clothes sticking to your body. But high humidity (or water vapor), is not limited to the great outdoors, nor is it limited to the summer months. If not properly monitored, moisture levels in the home can also creep up, providing a breeding ground for allergens that make you cough, sneeze, and feel fatigued. read more
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  • Curves on Your Roof: Why Are Chinese Roofs Curved?

    Value Roofing
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:47 am
        Have you ever seen images of Chinese temples, the curved pagodas of ancient religions? Or perhaps you have been to China and seen them in person, even heard your tour guide explain it. However you’ve seen them, the curves have drawn you in and made you question the rigid angles of Western architecture. And why shouldn’t the architecture of other cultures and ancient peoples intrigue you? It’s mysterious and fun to look at. If you’ve ever considered adding a garden gazebo, consider the aesthetically pleasing addition of curved corners to add some flair to your landscape.
  • The Lowdown on VOCs & Your Health

    Value Roofing
    9 Jun 2014 | 2:25 pm
        All building materials release some amount of pollution, whether in production or after being used. In the roofing industry, the biggest pollutants are VOCs, and they occur while shingles are on your roof. So what are VOCs? Known as Volatile Organic Compounds, VOCs are gases that release certain materials, either from solids or liquids. If you are concerned about the presence of VOCs on your roof, you’re not alone.   What are VOCs? Volatile Organic Compounds. What exactly does that mean? VOCs are carbon-based chemicals that evaporate easily at room temperature. They…
  • Birds You Don’t Want to See This Summer

    Value Roofing
    16 May 2014 | 11:51 am
        Have you ever gone outside to enjoy your yard and heard chirping just a little too close to the house? If you looked up, you might have seen one of the worst pests for a roof, tucked in close to the gutter or eave—a bird nest. Starlings, sparrows, and pigeons are the most common roof nesters in the Nashville area. Each species is drawn to the narrow, dark cavities offered by gutters and failing siding. The only problem is that these nests compromise the integrity of your roof, and they can get into your house, causing even more problems.   What’s wrong with a little…
  • Enjoying Your Roof’s Sunburn: Solar Panel Advice

    Value Roofing
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:44 pm
        Think about it—the sun warms the width and length of your home everyday. But who benefits from that all that heat? Maybe your attic, in the summer. In the middle Tennessee area, we get a fair amount of sun each year, and if your electric bill is $200 a month or higher, it may be time to harness all that sunlight for your benefit.   Types of Solar Panels There are a handful of solar panel types—called photovoltaic or PV systems—on the market today. They include monocrystalline, polycrystalline, and thin-film. All solar panels are made of some form of silicon, whether…
  • Home Buyer Beware: Checking Out Your New Home

    Value Roofing
    11 Mar 2014 | 9:09 pm
        After years of counting your pennies to save for a down payment, you have finally been pre-approved for a mortgage. You’ve spent hours touring homes with a real estate agent and have fallen in love with the natural light in the kitchen of your potential new home. But before you start dreaming of decorating and arranging furniture, you need to spend some time inspecting the house you are considering. Purchasing a home will be one of your largest investments, and before you sign on the dotted line, you need to be sure everything is as good as it seems.   Get a General…
 
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    Leovan Design

  • Front Yard Curb Appeal Ideas

    Diana Hadchity Chedrawy
    7 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Front yard curb appeal can make a great first impression because the first thing visitors or potential homebuyers see when they visit you is the outside of your home. Curb appeal should be neat, organized, colorful, and attractive. Here are some tips and ideas that will add curb appeal and will boost the look and value of your home: Repaint the exterior of your home if needed with
  • Deck Design Planning Tips

    Diana Hadchity Chedrawy
    2 Jun 2014 | 5:42 am
    Are you considering building or having a deck added to your home this summer? Now is the perfect time to start planning.  Beautiful deck designs are becoming a more common feature of outdoor living spaces. They provide us with a great outdoor area for relaxing, dining, and entertaining friends and family.   Decks can be attached to or detached from a house. They can be built in different
  • Bathroom Staging Tips

    Diana Hadchity Chedrawy
    29 Apr 2014 | 4:50 am
    Bathrooms that are properly staged create the feeling of a spa like retreat and a sanctuary for relaxation. The goal of staging a bathroom is to make it appealing to the highest number of potential homebuyers. Home staging will make your bathroom appear comfortable, shiny, functional, clean, organized, and spacious.  Here are some tips to keep in mind when staging your bathroom: Clean
  • Feng Shui in Interior Design

    Diana Hadchity Chedrawy
    24 Mar 2014 | 4:46 am
    Feng shui is the art of organizing spaces to increase positive energy or Chi in our environment. Feng shui pronounced "fung shway" originated in China. Feng shui means wind and water in Chinese. To create a healthy, wealthy, and balanced interior design environment you should use the five feng shui elements of nature (water, fire, earth, wood, and metal) in different combinations and
  • Eclectic Interior Design Style

    Diana Hadchity Chedrawy
    28 Feb 2014 | 9:31 am
    Eclectic interior design style is a mixture of styles, textures, colors, and style periods in the same room design. Eclectic designs create an atmosphere that is charming, unique, irregular, creative, and fun because they combine at least two different styles in the same room.  Line, mass, texture, color, and form are the five basic principles to keep in mind when designing and
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  • Free UK bifold door delivery, nationwide.

    Bifold Network Expert
    31 Jul 2014 | 5:52 am
    Imagine it. You’ve ordered the product, parted with your money and you’re about to arrange your delivery. Then suddenly you’re hit with an unwelcome addition of extra charges in the form of delivery charges: a horrible sting in the proverbial sales tail that is an unfortunate reality for most of us. Add to this the very real possibility that your purchase might not even arrive on time, or even at all in some rare cases, and you have the perfectly worst delivery process. If you can’t fit a product, you don’t get … Continue reading The post Free UK bifold door delivery,…
  • RAL colours vs Smarts colours for bifold doors

    Bifold Network Expert
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:22 am
      Colour options for aluminium bi-folds With modern manufacturing and processing facilities, it’s now easier than ever to offer bifolds in a full range of colour options. Aluminium products can be powder sprayed in all colours from the RAL colour range, and bifolds are no exception.   Also, depending on the bifold system you choose to install, some systems companies offer their own range of colours for a unique finish. At Bifold Network, we manufacture bifolds using Smart Systems range of Visofold 1000 folding doors, with their own unique Smarts range of … Continue reading…
  • How the bifold market is changing: facts and stats

    Bifold Network Expert
    27 Jun 2014 | 3:31 am
      There’s a lot of speculation at the moment about how long the bifold market will last. With everybody constantly searching for the ‘next big thing’ and predicting bifolds’ demise, it’s hard for installers to have confidence in the product that they’re selling. But we’re here to tell you bifolds are here to stay.   The Bifold Network have teamed up with Insight Data to predict the future of the bifold market. Insight Data is the fenestration industry’s leading data company, with 64,000 companies’ data updated live on their industry CRM system. … Continue…
  • Why bifold doors are ideal for… hospitals

    Bifold Network Expert
    30 May 2014 | 8:50 am
      Bifold doors have aesthetic appeal and add a classy touch to residential and commercial premises. But bifolds are more than just a pretty accessory. They perform to high energy and security standards and they are built to last.   Bifold doors are highly functional, which makes them a great option for hospital doors.   Hospitals are busy places and need a door that will open quickly and smoothly, without sticking. Aluminium bifold doors run smoothly along a stainless steel track and they are also available with low threshold option for wheelchairs, … Continue reading The…
  • Origins of the bifold door

    Bifold Network Expert
    13 May 2014 | 9:07 am
      Basic beginnings The specific origins of bifolds are unknown, but evidence suggests they first appeared in ancient Greece and Rome. In the building of Eumachia in Pompeii, Rome, a painting depicts a door with three panels. And in the tomb of Theron at Agrigentum, Greece, there is a four panel door carved in stone. These early examples of folding doors are a far cry from the modern bifolds that are so popular today.   Although simplistic versions of bifold doors had been invented, Europe favoured ornate double doors featuring dramatic wood … Continue reading The post Origins…
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  • How To Get Rid Of Carpet Beetles

    Admin
    1 Aug 2014 | 8:48 am
    You may have noticed some creepy-crawly bugs in your home, but you aren’t quite sure what they are. After doing some basic research online, you have decided that carpet beetles are what you have been seeing around your house. You wonder how to get rid of carpet beetles and then begin your search. You land here, and are looking for thorough information on what you can do to make removal and treatment of carpet beetles a painless process. There are four main types of carpet beetles found in the United States. Different species are found in different climate areas, but all four types have…
  • Signs Of Termites: Spotting Termite Damage In Your Home

    Admin
    31 Jul 2014 | 5:51 am
    You may have noticed issues with various parts of your home, but aren’t sure where to start to find the problem. Family and friends have mentioned to you that termites may be a plausible explanation for the chipping paint or hollow-sounding floorboards. Before assuming the problem is one thing or another, you decide to do some research on possible causes. Signs of termites can vary from location to location, and also depend on the type of termite infesting your living area. This is everything you will need to know in order to address your issue thoroughly. Common Signs Of Termites There…
  • homemade horse fly spray: natural repellents that work.

    Jonny C
    6 Jul 2014 | 5:06 pm
    Horseflies.  They are ravenous.  Who doesn’t loathe them?   Today we’ll discuss “all things fly repellent” with a special focus on homemade horse fly spray.   We know that your typical store bought spray (OFF for example) is effective at repelling most manner of flies, mosquitoes and other pests.  But OFF uses the chemical DEET as its active ingredient.  Now, DEET works great.  However, it’s not the best for your skin.  While DEET is approved by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), it still can cause harm.  The National Pesticide Information…
  • How to get rid of cluster flies simply and quickly

    Jonny C
    6 Jul 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Hello.  Fightbugs here, at your service.   What’s that?  You’d like to know how to get rid of cluster flies? No problemo. This article seeks to solve the tricky little riddle of how to get rid of cluster flies.  More importantly, we’d like to equip you with the knowledge to keep these nasty little colonizers out of your home.  So let’s begin. Use the fly swatter.  Cluster flies are slow.  Sometimes the best solutions are simple ones, and this happens to be one of those times.  Once in your home, the best method for removing cluster flies is to use a fly…
  • How To Get Rid Of Termites On Your Own: Practical Advice

    Jonny C
    23 Jun 2014 | 5:51 pm
    So you’ve got a termite problem but you don’t have the money to hire a professional exterminator to do the job for you.  You’d like to know how to get rid of termites on your own. We can help. It should be noted at the outset however, that it is very difficult to 100% get rid of termites on your own without the aid of a licensed professional.  That’s because they have access to insecticides and eradication tools that you as the “average Joe” quite frankly does not.  With that said, we’re going to cover a number of DIY treatments and methods to…
 
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  • August Maintenance Guide

    Anne Reagan
    1 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    August is the perfect month to enjoy the remaining days of summer before the hustle and bustle of September begins. With few items on the calendar, it’s a great month to accomplish tasks outside the home and hire professionals to do work that you aren’t able to do yourself. August is also a great month to schedule maintenance appointments with your professionals (even while you’re on vacation). It’s easy to find your pro on Porch and schedule carpet cleaning, house cleaning, furnace maintenance and other indoor tasks. For avid gardeners, August is a busy, and bountiful, month.
  • Home Improvement Spending Projected to Hit All-Time High in Fourth Quarter 2014

    Tim Ellis
    1 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    In a new report released last week Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies (JCHS) Leading Indicator of Remodeling Activity (LIRA) report forecasts home improvement spending to continue increasing through the end of the year, hitting a new all-time high in the fourth quarter. The LIRA report includes spending on both professionally-contracted and DIY projects, and the forecast is based on information from the National Association of Home Builders, the National Association of Realtors, the Federal Reserve Board, the U.S. Census Bureau, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and the Institute…
  • Swimming Pool Safety Tips

    Anne Reagan
    31 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Swim, don’t sink this summer. Swimming is a popular activities all year round and a great way to cool off, play and exercise. However, swimming and water-related activities are often sources of danger. Regardless of the type of water (pool, spa, lake or ocean), use good common sense and teach children the rules of playing near water. As you can see from our handy infographic, nearly half of all drownings take place in artificial bodies of water such as swimming pools. Nearly 80% of drowning victims are males and 70% of drownings are associated with alcohol use. Swimming with a buddy,…
  • How To: Repair Drywall

    Anne Reagan
    31 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Ever unintentionally put a hole in your drywall and need to repair it? You’re not alone. Even the most skilled DIYers make mistakes that require patching or repainting. In this video, we show you the step-by-step process for repairing a small hole in a wall (less than 2″ in diameter). Supplies needed drywall patch: Use a adhesive drywall patch and make sure the patch is larger than the hole. sanding block or sanding sponge: You can also use sandpaper however a sanding sponge is easier and creates a bit less dust. drywall knife: Also known as a putty or spackle knife, this tool…
  • Keep your Drywall Project on Schedule

    Anne Reagan
    30 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Drywall projects can be complex or simple depending on the scope of your repair or addition. In order to keep your project on track, create a drywall project schedule. Generally drywall renovations require multiple professionals such as a contractor, electrician, or plumber. The electrical outlets and pipes much be in place prior to your drywall installation and these both require an inspection before drywall can be hung. When either plumbing or electrical work is required, scheduling this several days before you begin installing drywall will be necessary. This allows enough time for…
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    Pool Pricer

  • Using Houzz to Build the Perfect Backyard Pool

    Mat Jobe
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:50 am
    When it comes to home design and improvement, one website reigns supreme. Since its debut in 2009, Houzz.com has grown impressively every year and now boasts over 2 million photos of everything from kitchens, to landscaping, to – you got it – swimming pools. What is Houzz? It’s a website that allows home design professionals to showcase their best work via online portfolios, which homeowners can browse for ideas and inspiration. Users can save photos that grab their attention and, potentially, even contact a company to do the work. Packed with examples of great design, Houzz…
  • 7 Unexpected Expenses For New Pool Owners

    Mat Jobe
    15 Jul 2014 | 8:25 am
    The true cost of a backyard swimming pool can be hard to pinpoint. That should be pretty obvious to anyone who’s spent much time on this site, which covers everything from the huge financial impact of your choice of features to the comparatively minor cost of filling your new pool with water. At each stage, we have to point out that prices can vary – a lot. Well, here’s one thing we can say for certain: Regardless of what the numbers are, the hardest costs to bear are often those you didn’t see coming. Here are some expenses that have a way of blindsiding new pool…
  • 5 Probing Questions to Ask a Prospective Pool Builder

    Mat Jobe
    8 Jul 2014 | 8:07 am
    If you want a great pool, you’d better make sure you hire a great pool builder. Unfortunately, when it comes to local contractors there isn’t always a lot of information to go on. That’s why it’s so important to ask the builder the right questions during your first meetings. But what to ask? By the time you’re ready to talk to builders, you probably already have dozens of questions in mind. By all means, jot them down and ask them of each and every builder you meet with, so you can make an accurate side-by-side comparison. Here are five questions you should make…
  • 5 Budget-Friendly Alternatives to Building a Pool

    Mat Jobe
    26 Jun 2014 | 8:23 am
    You don’t have to be a millionaire to own a swimming pool, but it sure helps. Between the initial installation bill and the ongoing costs of maintenance, an inground pool demands the sort of financial commitment that many people are simply unwilling to make. If you’re a middle class homeowner, it’s likely you can afford a swimming pool of some sort. But is it the pool you want? And are you willing to sacrifice other things to get it? If the answer to these questions is “no,” it might be time to turn your attention to alternatives. Many of the benefits that…
  • Don’t Slip! Top 10 Mistakes People Make When Building a Pool

    Mat Jobe
    20 Jun 2014 | 10:00 am
    You’ve heard the horror stories. Someone hires a shady pool contractor, and a nightmarish ordeal begins. The contract is a scam. The construction is shoddy. The project gets delayed for all sorts of reasons, leaving the homeowner’s backyard in an unusable state for months on end. It’s enough to scare anyone away from building a swimming pool, right? Fortunately, the nightmare scenarios don’t happen too often. However, people do make costly mistakes when building a pool. Which isn’t surprising, considering it’s something most folks only do once in a…
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    Teak Patio Furniture World

  • Teakworks4u Teak Shower/Bath Mat (36″ x 30″)

    Admin
    1 Aug 2014 | 9:39 am
    The Teakworks4u Teak Shower/Bath Mat can be used for many purposes. It drains water after your bath, it helps you give a firm surface to stand on, and it’s also a stylish and beautiful bathroom fixture. After getting out of your shower or bath, the bath mat can help support you while you towel off. And when you’re done, your family and your friends will be impressed by the handsome piece. It is also a convenient place for support, where you can safely put your accessories temporarily without resorting to dumping them on the ground. That’s especially important in a small…
  • 7 Piece Grade-A Teak Dining Set – 94″ Double Extension Rectangle Table & 6 Giva Chairs

    Admin
    1 Aug 2014 | 9:27 am
    Perfect for outdoor entertaining, this new 7 Piece Grade-A Teak Dining Set has a 94″ Double Extension Rectangle Table and 6 Giva Chairs (4 armless & 2 Arm/ Captain). The ultimate centerpiece to your next BBQ. This 94 inch table can be loaded up with all the food and drink for your next feast. Plenty of room for a whole roasted suckling pig, or a full spread of appetizers. Enjoy the executive comfort and stability of teak long into the night, with this premium outdoor dining set. Teak has long been valued for its durability and water resistance. Strong enough to resist warping and…
  • 20″ Ergonomic Teak Spa Stool With Shelf and Lift Aide Arms

    Admin
    1 Aug 2014 | 9:11 am
    Why sacrifice style and beauty for function, ergonomics and safety? With the 20″ Ergonomic Teak Spa Stool with Shelf and Lift Aide Arms, you can have it all in your spa or bathroom. This stylish spa stool can be used as an aid for those with arthritis or conditions that limit ability to stand for long periods, or make it difficult to rise from a sitting position. It can also be used as a foot rest for shaving, pedicures, and nail trims. When not in use as a stool or foot rest, the storage shelf doubles as a space saver, storing towels and toiletries. Measuring 18″, the stool seat…
  • A Teak Bath Mat is a Functional and Beautiful Choice for Any Bathroom

    Admin
    10 Jul 2014 | 10:08 am
    Teak is a beautiful dark hardwood, native to Southeast Asia, that has been used in a variety of products. Teak wood contains silica and special oils which give it both water and pest resistant properties. Teak also has the quality, in spite of being a dense hardwood, of being relatively easy for a craftsman to manipulate. As a result of these and other special properties it has become a popular choice for furniture, flooring, and even, in some parts of the world, building material. Make teak your choice for your next bath mat A teak bath mat is a suitable choice whether you are replacing your…
  • The Beauty of Teak Benches

    Admin
    10 Jul 2014 | 9:35 am
    Teak benches are beautifully crafted pieces of furniture that can be found in backyards and porches across America. It is one of the most popular types of outdoor furniture, both for its durability and for its style. Teak benches come in many different designs, so they can fit the decor of just about any house. Anyone looking for long-lasting, outdoor seating should invest in one. curved backless teak bench Teak is a tropical hardwood that is known for its tensile strength. It naturally produces a high amount of oils, so even without being varnished it will stand up to extreme weather…
 
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  • 10 Air Quality Tips for Your Health (Part 2)

    D stone
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:04 pm
    This post is from www.VIPairpurifierreviews.com.Pin It<<Go back to the First Part of 10 Air Quality Tips for Your Health 5. No matter how powerful the air purifiers are, it is compulsory for you to maintain them according to the instructions of manufacturers. In general, carbon filters should be changed after three to six months while True HEPA filter can [...]The post 10 Air Quality Tips for Your Health (Part 2) appeared first on http://www.vipairpurifierreviews.com/.
  • Oransi Air Purifier Reviews and Choosing Guides 2014

    D stone
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:59 pm
    This post is from www.VIPairpurifierreviews.com.Pin ItWhy We choose Oransi Air Purifier? – Oransi Air Purifier Reviews 2014 This post is about Oransi Air Purifier Reviews and Comparisons, you may also would like to find more top rated air purifiers here and some other brands, like Holmes air purifier reviews here. There are so many air purifiers sold in the [...]The post Oransi Air Purifier Reviews and Choosing Guides 2014 appeared first on http://www.vipairpurifierreviews.com/.
  • 10 Air Quality Tips for Your Health

    D stone
    26 Jul 2014 | 6:08 pm
    This post is from www.VIPairpurifierreviews.com.Pin It Here are 10 useful tips for your healthier air life: 1. Reduce the source of allergens to the largest extent. You’d better take advantage of the vacuum cleaner to keep the surface clean, and avoid the accumulation of dust. It is wise to close the windows when different types pollens are probably ubiquitous. [...]The post 10 Air Quality Tips for Your Health appeared first on http://www.vipairpurifierreviews.com/.
  • Four Steps for Improving Air Quality

    D stone
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:52 pm
    This post is from www.VIPairpurifierreviews.com.Pin ItFour Steps for improving air quality You can take the following steps to improve the air quality in your house and thus lead a healthy and comfortable life. Step one: use a portable air purifier People may be surprised to hear that indoor air is probably more pollutant than that outside. In fact, you [...]The post Four Steps for Improving Air Quality appeared first on http://www.vipairpurifierreviews.com/.
  • Why We Need to Take Care of Microscopic Airborne Pollutants

    D stone
    18 Jul 2014 | 6:22 pm
    This post is from www.VIPairpurifierreviews.com.Pin ItWhy We Need to Take Care of Microscopic Airborne Pollutants? Most people have underestimated the destruction of microscopic airborne pollutants. General speaking, microscopic airborne pollutants mainly include dust, pet dander, mold spores, and different types of smoke. Why should you pay attention to airborne pollutants? According to the Environment Protection Agency(EPA), tiny particles, dust, [...]The post Why We Need to Take Care of Microscopic Airborne Pollutants appeared first on http://www.vipairpurifierreviews.com/.
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  • Solar Panels Buying Guide

    Bill1234
    31 Jul 2014 | 1:08 pm
    This article was originally published at HomeImprovement-quote.com Get 4 Free Solar Panels Quotes Best location for solar panels Solar panels perform better on south-facing roofs at an angle of 30 degrees above the horizontal. In the United Kingdom solar PV panels best perform at an angle of 65 degrees. Try to install the panels away from shady areas such as trees, building and chimneys as this will have a negative impact on their performance. Before placing a panel on the roof keep in mind that solar panels require regular checks and maintenance, so you need to make sure that they are…
  • All You Need To Know About The Feed-In Tariff

    Bill1234
    30 Jul 2014 | 12:14 pm
    This article was originally published at HomeImprovement-quote.comThe Feed-in Tariff is the government scheme that pays households with renewable energy generation such as solar panels. The feed-in tariff scheme was introduced by the UK Government in 2010 and favours households to use renewable energy sources.  As increasingly more households are looking to generate their own green energy by utilising sources such as solar panels, wind turbines and ground-source heat, offering  financial help can act as a strong motivator. Luckily, the feed-in tariff scheme allows homeowners that…
  • Which Type of Solar Panel is Best for Your Property?

    Bill1234
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:18 pm
    This article was originally published at HomeImprovement-quote.com  Get 4 Free Solar Panels Quotes There is a wide range of solar panel systems available in the market from many different manufacturers. All solar panels are not the same. There are several differences between them but what really matters is the total amount of power that each model produces. In certain cases, it does not really matter if you choose to install a poly, mono, thin film or hybrid panel, if the amount of energy they produce is almost the same. Monocrystalline Panels Monocrystalline panels are mostly suitable…
  • Is Your Property Suitable For Solar Panels?

    Bill1234
    28 Jul 2014 | 2:27 pm
    This article was originally published at HomeImprovement-quote.com Get 4 Free Solar Panels Quotes Is your property suitable for solar panels? Most properties in the United Kingdom are suitable for installing solar panels. Ideally,  the roof should be large, facing the south and pitched at around 30°- 45° but you can also have your solar panel system designed in away to accommodate your roof in the best possible way. Which way does your roof face? The directions that your roof faces influences the amount of sunshine that you solar PV system receives during the day. South is in general…
  • Benefits & Cost Of Air Conditioning Services

    Bill1234
    25 Jul 2014 | 11:14 am
    This article was originally published at HomeImprovement-quote.com Find  Air Conditioning Installers  The best way to ensure a long life for your air conditioning system is by having regular maintenance performed. Air conditioning service professionals come to your home or office to inspect, clean, and lubricate your system in order to minimize the number of breakdowns. The cost of this service can easily pay for itself, since clean and well maintained units are likely to be more energy efficient as well. Why You Need Air Conditioning Servicing? Proper maintenance is important with any…
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  • Choosing Your Contacts for Your Alarm Monitoring Service

    Kelley
    1 Aug 2014 | 1:40 pm
    What phone numbers are the best to pick for your home monitoring contacts? When many people think of a security alarm, they first think of home monitoring. This service is a key element to an alarm system: it let's both you and your local law enforcement know what is happening in your home. With a SimpliSafe monitoring plan, you can choose two primary contacts and five secondary contacts. These can be any phone numbers that you would like. But with so many options, what numbers do you choose? read more
  • 5 Ways to Secure Your Basement and Keep Burglars Out

    Kelley
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:59 am
    We’ve gathered some quick and simple home security tips to make sure your basement is as safe as houses. When you think of your home’s security, you may first consider your first floor doors and windows, maybe even a panic button, but it’s important to remember to protect your basement too! Basements can be an easy entry point for a burglar, so it’s important to make yours the foundation of your home security. With a few steps, your basement will be fortified and will deter any potential burglar from even trying to break in to your home! read more
  • Where to Place Your Panic Buttons: Keep Calm and Think Strategic

    Kelley
    18 Jul 2014 | 2:51 pm
    When installing your alarm system, it’s important to think about your safety while you’re home as much as your house’s safety when you’re away. Home security systems can protect more than just your doors and windows when you’re away from the home! By adding a panic button to your system, your security alarm can protect you and your family when you’re home, whether or not your system is armed! A panic button can be a safety measure that ensures that your family is always protected. When hit, the panic alarm will sound the siren in your system and alert the authorities of an…
  • Think Like A Burglar: When Do Burglars Strike?

    Kelley
    11 Jul 2014 | 2:59 pm
    Know the most common times break ins occur and you will be able to prepare and better protect your home against burglars! When we think of a burglar, most of us think of a man in all black clothing sneaking into our house at the dead of night. Decades of movies have built up this image of a burglar: a man in a ski cap, sneaking into your house with through a window. This image, however, is not accurate. Most burglars use the front door. It might surprise you that most burglaries do not happen when you would expect them to: many are in the summer during the day! read more
  • Think Like A Burglar: Where to Place Door Sensors in Your Home

    Kelley
    3 Jul 2014 | 1:57 pm
    Know where the most common break-in entry points are, and then make sure they're secure! When you’re setting up your new home security system, you need to think like a burglar to make sure that your home is best protected. It’s essential to know what openings a burglar may seek out and exploit. When you know what a burglar may see as a weakness, you can make sure to protect those areas. If a burglar does try to get in now, a door sensor will sound the alarm! read more
 
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  • Oster TSSTTRJBP1 Review

    pAngAppliances
    19 Jul 2014 | 9:20 pm
    Oster TSSTTRJBP1 Jelly Bean 2-Slice Toaster Start your day with toast made your way. This 2-slice toaster is equipped to toast breads, bagels and more to your taste. Advanced toasting technology and settings from light to dark provide consistent results every time. You can enjoy the perfect texture and shade of toast, bagel, waffle or […]
  • Waring WSB60 Review

    pAngAppliances
    19 Jul 2014 | 9:07 pm
    Waring Commercial WSB60 Heavy-Duty immersion blender is perfect for driving through the thickest ingredients to produce sauces, batters and soups in just minutes. Made of stainless steel and plastic material. This Big Stix heavy-duty immersion blender features a rubberized comfort grip and a second handle for safe and controlled operation. This reliable performance is made […]
  • Oster CKSTWF2000 Review

    pAngAppliances
    28 Jun 2014 | 8:24 am
    Oster CKSTWF2000 Belgian Waffle Maker, Stainless Steel Stainless housing Adjustable temperature control for light and fluffy or crispy waffles Nonstick cool touch handles Power on and ready indicator lights 8-inch round baking plate Oster CKSTWF2000 Belgian Waffle Maker, Stainless Steel. Stainless housing; Adjustable temperature control for light and fluffy or crispy waffles. Nonstick cool touch […]
  • Hamilton Beach 70950 Review

    pAngAppliances
    28 Jun 2014 | 8:18 am
    Hamilton Beach 70950 SaladXpress Food Processor, White Quickly slice, shred, grate or crinkle cut right into your bowl Includes 4 cones to provide multiple cuts; Cones nest on unit for convenient storage Compact and easy to use; Cone guide makes processing choices simple Great for salads, soups, tacos, pizza, desserts & more Cord storage SaladXpress […]
  • Nutrifaster N450 Review

    pAngAppliances
    29 May 2014 | 8:26 am
    Nutrifaster N450 Multi Purpose Juicer Your customers realize that fresh juice is an important part of a healthy lifestyle and the Nutrifaster N450 Commercial Juicer is a leader in the health & nutrition field. faster’s N450 Commercial Juicer is engineered for heavy-duty commercial use. It is ideal for juice bars, health clubs, spas, restaurants and […]
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    Residential Acoustics

  • Infographic: Keep the Noise Out

    Shelby Ellis
    20 Jul 2014 | 7:01 pm
    Unless you live out in the middle of nowhere with your closest neighbors being miles away, you are probably bothered by some sort of outside noise throughout the day or night. Many people reach out to us about the sound of planes, trains, cars, construction, or noisy neighbors keeping them up at night or disrupting them during the day. We’ve created an infographic to show some fun facts on how to keep noise out. Check out the AcoustiCurtainTM and AcoustiDoorTM if you are looking to soundproof your living space!   By: Shelby Ellis
  • How to Stay Asleep: A Guide for Light Sleepers

    Shelby Ellis
    17 Jul 2014 | 9:16 pm
    For some people, falling asleep can be a difficult task and staying asleep can be even harder. If you categorize yourself as a light sleeper then you know how frustrating this can be. This is why we have created a guide on how to fall asleep and stay asleep! Drink Hot Water or Tea Drinking hot drinks such as tea or water not only have amazing health benefits, but they have a wonderful calming effect. You can find a great list of teas and their benefits created by the the Dr. Oz Show here. However, stay away from caffeinated teas because they will keep you up at night. Stay away from heavy…
  • Best Ways to Enjoy Your Sliding Glass Doors

    Shelby Ellis
    14 Jul 2014 | 9:39 pm
    Many people in several different styles of homes have sliding glass doors. Sliding glass doors are loved for the openness they create in a room and the great view they give to the outdoors. However, sliding glass doors have their downfalls. Below are a few of the problems of having sliding glass doors and what you can do to make them work for you! Can Become Hard to Open Sometimes sliding glass stores become sticky and hard to open. This is because the rollers get dirty from food, mud and dirt getting stuck in the track. Take a look at this article by This Old House to find out how to…
  • The World’s Quietest Room

    Shelby Ellis
    9 Jul 2014 | 7:01 pm
    Image: Eckel Industries Have you ever wished you could have some peace and quiet to relax? Well according to Discovery.com, too much silence can drive a person mad. Scientists at Orfield Labs in Minneapolis created a chamber that absorbs all sounds making it the world’s quietest room. The average sound level of a “quiet” room is 30 decibels whereas the sound level in the chamber is -9. The scientists built the room by installing 3.3-foot thick fiberglass acoustic panels to the walls to absorb the echoes. Behind the panels is a wall made of steel and a foot of concrete.  To enter, you…
  • Sound Blocking vs. Sound Absorption

    Shelby Ellis
    7 Jul 2014 | 9:25 am
    Many people are searching the internet for soundproofing ideas for their home or office. However, the terms “sound blocking” and “sound absorption” often get mixed up. When trying to find a solution to meet your needs, it is important to know the difference between the two. Below we will provide basic definitions and solutions to each. Sound Absorption When referring to sound absorption, you should look for products that absorb echo in a room – such as a foam material. Sound absorbing materials are usually light and fluffy such as egg crate foam. If you want to block sound, this…
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    Strategies Online

  • 3 Quirky Ways to Brighten Up Your Home

    Erin Emanuel
    1 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Studies have shown that a brighter home makes us happier people.  This isn’t a particularly surprising or revelatory thing to discover, but what is something of a surprise is that many people know it but don’t do anything about it. In fact, there are many people that go in the opposite direction and pick up on design and decorating trends that sees them using darker colours and creating moodier, melancholy rooms in their home. Brightening Up Your Home Before we look at the quirky ways you can brighten up your home, we should also think about the “quick wins” that you have at your…
  • 5 Amazing Living Room Accessories: The DIY Way

    Erin Emanuel
    1 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Creating your ultimate living room does not always have to be expensive. Unleash your creativity and make this room look best in your own DIY way. Inspirations are everywhere so you just have to be guided and focused to know how you would arrange things around. In this article, we will give some tips on how to create five amazing living room accessories. 1. Baskets Who says you can’t use baskets to put magazines and books? Usually, a living room would have reading materials for guests to read and stay entertained while the host is busy doing some house chore or some other task. Instead of…
  • Summer Vacations Also Mean Summer Break-ins: 4 Ways To Keep Your Home Safe

    Erin Emanuel
    31 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    The summer season is full fun and relaxing vacations. Summer is also the peak time for break-ins, as burglars like to take advantage of empty homes. Worrying about your home or possessions is sure to put a damper on your well planned getaway. Here are some helpful tips to ensure your home stays safe while you are away. Secure Your Home Give yourself enough time before vacation to check that all door locks are functioning and not in need of repair. If repairs are needed be sure that they are completed properly or have them completely changed out by a professional. Affordable Lock Services Inc…
  • Effective Vacuum Care and Maintenance Ideas

    Erin Emanuel
    31 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Every product comes with a users’ manual which explains the structure and function of the particular product. It also gives instruction to users on how to use it. A vacuum cleaner needs to be regularly inspected, operated properly avoiding costly repairs. Let us check some guidelines to inspect a vacuum cleaner. Vacuum cord It is advisable to keep the cord untangled in order to avoid breaking of wrapped wires. Kinks in the cord should also be prevented, else it will damage wires. The condition of the electric plug has to be checked regularly. Do not pull or stretch the cord to unplug the…
  • Tips to Finding a Trustworthy Tradesmen Infographic

    Erin Emanuel
    30 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Infographic sent to us by Sainsbury’s Bank. The post Tips to Finding a Trustworthy Tradesmen Infographic appeared first on Strategies Online.
 
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    Home Comfort Blog

  • Electric rates going up again? 3 easy ways to save money.

    Andrew Webb
    31 Jul 2014 | 8:57 am
    Here at AC Pro, several of our team members recently received notices from the electric company letting us know our rates are going up 5-10%.  We’ve also heard from a few of our readers that they are also getting these increases and they are not happy with the announcement. I think we are all tired of having to pay more and more while trying to use less and less. While there’s not much we can do about the rate increases from the electric company, we can show you 3 easy ways to save money in your home to lessen the impact of the rate changes. Saving Tip #1 – Use a…
  • 5 incredible reasons why you need a service agreement

    Andrew Webb
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:08 am
    If you’re installing a new heating or air conditioning system or if you are repairing an older one, most contractors will offer a service agreement or extended service plan. These contracts can be a a long-term benefit in more than one way. Read the rest of today’s update to learn what a service agreement is and 5 incredible reasons why you need one. What are Service Agreements? Service agreements help extend the life span of a heating and air conditioning system by creating a plan of action between you and your air conditioning service provider. In this agreement you agree…
  • Find Your Local Pro in Southern California or Nevada

    Andrew Webb
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:24 am
    Find Your Local Air Conditioning Professional in Southern California or Nevada. When you need professional air conditioning service or repair in Southern California or Nevada, you should look for an AC Pro technician. You might expect me to tell you that, but read on to find out what makes an AC Pro contractor unique.  Founded in 1985 as MSI (Mechanical Systems Insulation) and now based in Fontana, AC Pro is a family run business which adheres to the highest standard of ethics possible and is committed to offering nothing short of the best air conditioning and heating service obtainable…
  • 3 ways to pay for a new air conditioner

    Andrew Webb
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:55 am
    If you’re like most homeowners, making a large purchase can be filled with dread, anxiety and a lot of headaches! Usually if it’s a new car or home you take the time to do research on it, look at the available options and purchase something within your price range. But when your air conditioner suddenly breaks not only do you need it fixed or replaced as soon as possible, but you often need to pay for it right away. In today’s update we’ll show you a few ways to pay for a new air conditioner and the pros and cons of each payment option. Option 1 – Pay with Cash While…
  • Product Spotlight: VisionPRO 8000 Thermostat by Honeywell

    Andrew Webb
    17 Jul 2014 | 8:12 am
    In this Product Spotlight video, Andrew Webb, Business Development Manager at AC Pro, demonstrates the features and benefits of the VisionPRO 8000 thermostat by Honeywell. Transcript: Hi this is Andrew with AC Pro and this is a product spotlight. You know with all the advances in technology in recent years, it’s easier than ever to be more comfortable in your home. Why don’t we step inside and let’s take a look. Let’s take a look at the wi-fi VisionPRO 8000 by Honeywell. This is a wired thermostat with built in wi-fi which allows you to change settings within an IOS app or through any…
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    TriCounty Exteriors |

  • Exterior Remodeling Offers Largest Return on Investment in 2014!

    John Palmer
    25 Jul 2014 | 5:58 am
    For those homeowners who are looking to take advantage of the sellers market to obtain a profit on a property, exterior remodeling is one of the best ways to increase leverage. People today are looking for houses with curb appeal, and if you have one, then you should be able to move it quickly at a premium price.Some of the more cost-effective, high ROI exterior modeling projects are as follows:Siding – Getting your siding done adds a look of luxury to any home. For those buyers who are looking for the details, it is very important. It shows… Read the more
  • Tips to Select the Right Outdoor Patio Materials

    John Palmer
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Patio materials provide a wide array of choices. It is hard to concentrate on just a few colors and styles of patio materials when there are so many to choose from. The following tips will help narrow anyone’s focus so they can move to the designing stage of a Concrete Patio or other selection more quickly.Creative ConcreteA concrete patio is popular because it is inexpensive when compared with other options. Its appearance can be changed from a boring, unassuming grey slab to brick like shapes, decorative colors with chips of glass, or an exposed aggregate. It works best… Read…
  • Stone Veneer Advantages for Residential Developers

    John Palmer
    18 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Residential construction is trending toward warmer exteriors with unique designer touches, moving away from the predictable uniformity of all-brick or sided homes. Creating attractive, one of a kind exterior facades can be challenging for residential developers, but the use of stone veneers offers intriguing options. Manufactured stone veneer products allow the natural look homeowners desire, while avoiding the expense of natural stone.Because these stone veneer products are manufactured by hand, they also display the craftsmanship highly valued by today’s new construction clients. They…
  • How Much Will That Patio or Deck Cost?

    John Palmer
    14 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    From piers to patio pavers, there’s a lot that goes into pricing your suburban oasis.While you’ll certainly enjoy lounging and eating on your deck or patio, installing either will also increase your home’s resale value.If you’re a homeowner with nothing special outside your back door, you’ve probably felt the pang of patio or deck envy. You go to a friend’s house, and he has an incredible layout in his backyard. Someone is grilling, and friends and family are lounging in comfortable chairs on the patio. Everyone’s laughing and having fun, and you…
  • My House Is Worth What?!

    John Palmer
    11 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    The appraisal industry has a long, sordid history of discrimination, and bias still creeps into almost every step of the property assessment process today. Nonetheless, appraisals have been virtually invisible in recent fair housing and fair lending debates.Those families and communities that have long been subject to discriminatory (and often predatory) behavior continue to pay a high price for inaccurate appraisals.But so do many who have not traditionally been victimized by these practices. Discriminatory appraisals, for example, often punish institutional actors who have long been…
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    rusticlumberco.com

  • Rough Sawn Lumber

    KUxDaWGcAJn92vf
    19 Jul 2014 | 9:44 pm
    Rough Sawn refers to the texture of the surface of a particular piece of lumber. Lumber that is rough sawn is rough to the touch and carries a rustic look to it. IT can vary slightly in overall dimensions as well as it is generally more expensive than other lumber because it comes from the mill & then has to be resurfaced by a machine, chainsaw or by hand to become rough sawn. Rough Sawn Lumber can be used for a variety of purposes. Some of the most common uses for this type of Lumber are Barn stalls, Board & Batten Siding, Trailers & Trailer flooring, Barn Timbers, Fencing…
  • Cedar Fencing, Why its Popular in USA

    KUxDaWGcAJn92vf
    12 Jul 2014 | 6:12 am
    Wherever you might go, Cedar Fencing is a popular choice throughout the U.S. The look that it gives off will help it when it naturally ages, or you can choose to stain it to preserve the beautiful Cedar tone it puts off. While building a Cedar Fence is a very straightforward job, many individuals choose not to attempt to do it themselves as it can take quite a long time in order to get it looking the way it should. When building your fence you are going to need to make sure you have 2×4 rails, 4×4 posts (you can choose to do a 6’’ size) as well as your fence slats, typically…
  • Cedar Siding Prices

    KUxDaWGcAJn92vf
    2 Jul 2014 | 3:18 am
    Cedar Siding remains a popular choice for many homes from suburban neighborhoods to country homesteads to cabins in the wood. It is found as a rustic look as well as upscale. Cedar siding prices can be all over the board depending on the distributor and grade. Make sure you are comparing apples to apples on the grade while looking at cedar siding prices. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, this will assist you in knowing the quality & prices. There is exceptional value in rustic grade cedar siding as you will typically pay about a 1/3 of the cost. With a rustic grade, you will have more…
  • Cedar Board & Batten

    Matt
    25 Jun 2014 | 6:23 am
    Cedar Board & Batten is used for both exterior siding & interior paneling. The narrow strips are called batten & together with the wide boards we call this look Board & Batten. Vertical positioning of the boards is the most common positioning and use of the siding in architectural design. You might hear of this as “Barn Siding”, since a lot of the barns in the US are made with this type of design. Cedar Board & Batten is perfect for a rustic looking cabin, barn, shop, den, great room or mountain retreat. It is the perfect classic look of the West. There is no set…
  • Cedar Siding Maintenance

    Matt
    13 Jun 2014 | 3:47 am
    Cedar siding is long lasting & tough however, you must be up to date with the care & cleaning of to allow the beauty to show through. By doing routine maintenance checkups on your siding you will avoid problems such as mold, mildew, rotting & water damage. Proper maintenance for your cedar includes power washing, staining & sealing. It is important to follow a routine maintenance schedule to ensure the long lasting life. By doing maintenance you will be able to catch problems that if looked over & missed can cause permanent & irreplaceable damage. Moisture…
 
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    Green T Pest Control

  • Tips for Avoiding Pest Problems at Your Outdoor Barbecues

    admin
    10 Jul 2014 | 1:43 pm
    Outdoor barbecues and gatherings are a staple of the summer season as many people gather in the backyards of friends and family to enjoy good food and good weather.  However, many of these backyard barbecues also include unwanted guests such as ants, flies, mosquitoes, and other pests that could crash the party.  Keeping your barbecue free of these pests will allow you and your guests to have a more enjoyable time but this can be somewhat difficult to do. “It can be a challenge to avoid pests when spending long periods of time outdoors, as some are attracted to typical barbecue fare and…
  • Symptoms, Treatment, and Prevention of the Chikungunya Virus

    admin
    17 Jun 2014 | 3:03 pm
    By now, most Americans know to be cautious of mosquitoes because they can carry the West Nile Virus, but another viral infection carried by mosquitoes, Chikungunya, is now being reported in the United States.  Chikungunya originated in southeast Africa and has established itself in sub-Saharan Africa, the Indian subcontinent, Southeast Asia, and islands in the Indian and Pacific Ocean.  At least 15 Caribbean islands have recently reported cases of Chikungunya and as many as 39 cases have been reported from the U.S. and its territories.  It is important to be aware of the symptoms,…
  • 5 Things to Know About Pest Control

    admin
    29 May 2014 | 9:09 am
    Finding pests such as insects or rodents within your home is quite unsettling and if an infestation is severe, it must be handled by a professional pest control technician.  Many homeowners call for professional help when they discover an infestation but there are many misconceptions about what pest control entails and what homeowners should expect from a technician.  The following are helpful things to keep in mind when calling a pest control professional for help. Pest Control Technician, Not Exterminator Pest control technicians are often referred to as “exterminators” but this is…
  • Home Remedies for Common Spring Pests

    admin
    2 May 2014 | 9:55 am
    The weather is starting to improve in the Chicago area and as the temperature continues to increase, so does the insect population.  Certain pests such as roaches, stink bugs, ants, and bees reemerge during the spring and they can make their way into your home.  If an insect infestation gets out of hand, it is best to call a professional but if you have noticed a few bugs in your home, you may want to try getting rid of them yourself before making that call.  The following are creative household remedies to control the most common types of home invaders. Roaches Roaches have a menacing…
  • Preventing Pests in Your Home this Spring

    admin
    3 Apr 2014 | 9:34 am
    The spring season has finally descended on the Chicago area with outdoor life starting to stir once again.  However, this also means that common household pests are coming out of their overwintering sites to look for food and water which may lead them inside your home.  It is recommended that as the weather gets warmer, homeowners should pest proof their homes inside and out to avoid unwanted infestations.  By following these pest proofing tips, you can keep common pests such as ants, roaches, termites, stinging insects, and many others from invading your home. Pest proofing should occur…
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    Green T Carpet Cleaning

  • How to Tell When Your Carpet or Rug Should be Replaced

    greenadmin
    8 Jul 2014 | 2:07 pm
    The best way to get the most out of your rug or carpet is to provide regular maintenance along with yearly professional carpet cleanings for a thorough deep clean.  However, no matter how consistent you are with your cleaning efforts, there will still come a day when your rug or carpet will become worn out and need to be replaced.  It can be difficult for some homeowners to decide if their carpet should be replaced or if it just needs to be professionally cleaned since professional carpet cleaning can revitalize the appearance of worn out carpets.  The following are signs that you need a…
  • Secrets to Excellent Carpet Maintenance

    greenadmin
    12 Jun 2014 | 11:10 am
    The carpet experiences wear and tear everyday from the constant foot traffic and as a result it picks up dirt and debris that needs to be cleaned out to maintain its condition.  Professional carpet cleanings once a year are beneficial for maintaining the look and cleanliness of the carpet but it is up to the homeowner to maintain it between professional cleanings.  Many homeowners vacuum their carpets on a somewhat regular basis but there are some other carpet maintenance secrets that can help you better maintain your carpet. Vacuuming As already mentioned, vacuuming is the most common way…
  • Residential vs. Commercial Carpets: Differences and Cleaning

    greenadmin
    29 May 2014 | 8:51 am
    Carpeting in commercial and residential settings experiences a lot of daily foot traffic and must be maintained on a regular basis to improve its look and extend its life.  Many carpet cleaning professionals such as Green T Carpet Cleaning provide services for homes and commercial settings to keep their carpets cleaned and well maintained.  There are several differences between typical residential carpet and commercial carpet as they are each made to different specifications. Residential Carpet: Residential carpet is manufactured with comfort and looks in mind to contribute to the overall…
  • Choosing Padding for your Carpet

    greenadmin
    8 May 2014 | 10:44 am
    Every carpet installation in a home requires padding to be installed with it and there are just as many varieties of carpet padding available as there is carpeting.  Carpet padding is available in different styles and is typically made from materials such as sponge rubber, foam rubber, urethane foam, bonded urethane, and felted combinations.  The key to quality carpet padding is their strength and durability. Good carpet padding: Adds to the comfort by absorbing the pressure of foot traffic. Absorbs sound and provides thermal insulation. Prevents the carpet from looking matted down or worn…
  • Choosing the Right Type of Carpet for Your Home

    greenadmin
    25 Apr 2014 | 10:26 am
    The carpet is one of the most important furnishings as it contributes much to the look and comfort of your home.  Lush carpeting is much more comfortable to walk on than hard surface floors and the various colors and fiber types available allow for plenty of design options.  A good quality carpet can be quite an investment and there are several types of carpeting with different fibers available that provide different looks.  The following is a guide to the most common types of carpet fiber to help you when considering a new carpet. Nylon: Nylon is a durable, man-made fiber that is ideal…
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    Remodeling Central

  • Check Out This Ridiculous Zombie Proof Home

    Christina
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:53 am
    A Modern Day Fortress Imagine you're in a post-apocalyptic future where your survival depends upon shelter to keep the undead masses from breaking down your door.  This is the house you'd want to be in: It seals up into a concrete box with no visible windows or doors The front door has a draw bridge. Solar panels on the roof Security Courtyard  We'd tell you exactly where it is but... we don't want any more competition when the undead masses start to spread across the globe.
  • The Easy Way To Install Ceiling Fans

    Paul Drago
    25 Jul 2014 | 11:52 am
    There are some home renovation tasks that should be left to professionals, like rewiring electrical work or installing new underground plumbing. But there are other projects that are more than manageable for homeowners, projects that, with a bit of research and time, can easily be done so homeowners can save themselves hundreds or thousands of dollars in costs. Installing a ceiling fan is one of those types of projects, which is relatively simple when approached the right way. Get the Right-Sized Fan A general rule of thumb is the bigger the room, the bigger the fan. This is so you can keep…
  • Lower Your Home Energy Cost by 15% by Taking this One Suggestion from a Nobel Prize-Winning Scientist

    Christina
    17 Jul 2014 | 7:44 am
    Home energy costs rise at an average of about 7% a year, which is well above the rate of inflation. It’s also well above the average rate of raises employees get each year, which means you’ll be spending more on your house than will be going into your wallet. While houses almost always appreciate in value the longer you hold onto them, we’ve seen with the recent housing crash that that’s not always the case. However, there is one way you can lower your home energy costs more than the rate of energy rises each year, and it’s a way that’s got some serious…
  • Solar Roof Panels: Are They Worth the Cost?

    Paul Drago
    16 Jul 2014 | 6:09 am
    Solar energy is a renewable source of energy, which makes it an exceedingly attractive choice in powering your home: the cost is usually a one-off (except for some government taxes), you start seeing savings in your electricity bill right away, and the government rewards you for this eco-friendly choice in the way of tax credits. However, the main thing stopping homeowners all over this country from installing solar roof panels en masse is the startup cost, as even just buying them comes with a hefty price tag. Because of the high initial cost, many people wonder if it’s even worth…
  • 10 Gorgeous Decks to Steal Inspiration From

    Christina
    9 Jul 2014 | 7:08 am
    A back deck is the perfect spot to spend your summers, whether it’s lazily hanging out with friends, showing off your cooking skills in a barbecue, or just watching a beautiful sunset each night.
 
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    Jane's Best Vacuums

  • True HEPA Vacuums for Allergy and Asthma Sufferers

    Jane McCafferty
    10 Jul 2014 | 3:30 pm
    If you are like millions of other Americans who suffer from allergies or asthma, then you know just how miserable it can make daily life for an individual. For most, dust, mold, pollen, animal dander, and other allergens are the usual culprit, creating a steady season of suffering. Many people, both with and without asthma, are also affected by allergens and air pollutants finding their way into the home from outside. HEPA Filters The good news is that today, there is technology readily available to make the air cleaner and healthier for sufferers of allergies and asthma. High-efficiency…
  • Bissell Steam Mop Select Review

    Jane McCafferty
    22 May 2014 | 2:55 pm
    The Bissell Steam Mop Select has been reviewed by more than 200 customers on Amazon, averaging an impressive rating of 4.2 stars out of 5. It retails for around $60, and is one of the best steam mops available for consumers today. Bissell 94E9T Steam Mop Select Features This Bissell steam mop does not require chemicals or additives for cleaning and sanitizing the hard surfaces in your home. All you have to do is add ordinary tap water to the removable tank, and you are ready to go, no need for to use or store cups or funnels. The easy steam trigger allows for simple control for the amount of…
  • Dirt Devil Easy Steam Mop Review

    Jane McCafferty
    21 May 2014 | 7:16 pm
    The Dirt Devil Easy Steam Mop has been reviewed by nearly 325 customers on Amazon, averaging a rating of 3.6 stars out of 5. It retails for around $48, and is one of the best steam mops you can get today. Dirt Devil Easy Steam Mop Features This steam mop has many impressive features. The V-shaped steam head distributes plenty of steam across the entire pad surface, and with its pivoting capability, allows for easy cleaning in corners and around furniture. This product comes with two micro-fiber cloth pads, a dusting pad, a carpet glide attachment, a fill cup and a funnel for easy filling.
  • HAAN SI-70 Floor Steamer Review

    Jane McCafferty
    20 May 2014 | 3:22 pm
    The Haan SI-70 Multi Purpose Floor Steamer has been reviewed by more than 400 customers on Amazon, averaging a solid rating of 3.9 stars out of 5. It retails for around $99, and is one of the best steam mops on the market. HAAN SI-70 Floor Steamer Features This product is a great multi-purpose cleaner due, in part, to the versatile cleaning attachments. The SI-70 will clean and deodorize floors and works easily on carpeting with the carpet glide attachment. The SI-70 includes a convenient removable hand held steamer which is great for sanitizing things such as pillows, drapes, counter tops…
  • Shark Light & Easy Steam Mop Review

    Jane McCafferty
    19 May 2014 | 3:02 pm
    The Shark Light & Easy Steam Mop has been reviewed by more than 425 customers on Amazon, averaging a rating of 3.3 stars out of 5. It retails for around $62, and is one of the best steam mops you can buy today. Shark Light & Easy Steam Mop Features The Shark Light & Easy Steam Mop delivers heated steam in only 30 seconds to effectively sanitize surfaces killing virtually all harmful bacteria and viruses. The washable micro-fiber pads lift the dirt from the surface you are cleaning while locking it into the mop pad for effective removal when washed. The comfort design allows for…
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    Protect Your Home

  • Want to Have the Coolest House on the Block? Start By Being the Best Researched House on the Block

    Admin
    28 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    If you do a Google search for “home security,” there’s no doubt that you’ll get thousands of results — most of which are companies trying to sell you the latest and greatest home security technology. While that technology might be the greatest thing since sliced bread—or even the iPhone—it’s going to take a little more... Read more » The post Want to Have the Coolest House on the Block? Start By Being the Best Researched House on the Block appeared first on Protect Your Home.
  • 5 Home Hacks That Will Help You Sleep Better at Night

    Admin
    25 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    Let’s face it — we’re most worried about intruders when we turn the lights off at night and our heads hit our pillows. Possible break-in threats can sometimes cause enough anxiety to prevent you from getting a good night’s sleep. While a good home security system may help prevent someone from breaking in, there are... Read more » The post 5 Home Hacks That Will Help You Sleep Better at Night appeared first on Protect Your Home.
  • Home Hacker or Mad Scientist? [Infographic]

    Admin
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:03 am
    Are you as savvy of a home hacker as you think you are? Having the most state-of-the-art gadgets is awesome, but what’s the point if you aren’t using them properly? You need to ensure that your gadgets are doing what they’re supposed to! That said,  do you think maybe you’re not using security equipment as efficiently as... Read more » The post Home Hacker or Mad Scientist? [Infographic] appeared first on Protect Your Home.
  • What to Do When You Can’t Afford Everything: Simple Steps to Prioritizing Your Security Needs

    Admin
    18 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Purchasing all the recommended security equipment and services is expensive, and sometimes you can’t afford to pay for everything. If and when this happens, you need to assess the situation. Ask yourself these questions: “how high a level of security do I really need? What types of security measures can I take before exceeding my... Read more » The post What to Do When You Can’t Afford Everything: Simple Steps to Prioritizing Your Security Needs appeared first on Protect Your Home.
  • 5 Habits Of Highly Proactive Homeowners [E-GUIDE]

    Admin
    16 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    There’s no denying that every homeowner wants to make sure their home is safe. It’s likely that you worked very hard to buy your home and you even more likely that you worked hard to maintain it. So, why would you want something like weather or theft to spoil it all? In order to efficiently... Read more » The post 5 Habits Of Highly Proactive Homeowners [E-GUIDE] appeared first on Protect Your Home.
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    Home Value Digest

  • Extreme Remodeling: Let’s Put the Treehouse in the Kitchen

    admin
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:55 am
    Were you lucky enough to have a treehouse when you were a kid? It may have been a few crooked planks nailed into rickety branches, or maybe someone helped you, and your special treehouse was a solid fort planted high above the ground. Now with new materials and fearless architects, tree house living is becoming a reality. But it’s one thing to have a simple room nicely decorated. But what about kitchens and bathrooms? We’ll start by looking at kitchens in the homes of true tree dwellers. If you want an extreme kitchen remodel, where your house is far different than the standard dwelling,…
  • Don’t Make These 5 Mistakes When Renovating Your Bathroom

    admin
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:09 am
    Remodeling your house is fun and exciting, but there’s also a lot of pressure! You have to pick a style and layout that will remain functional and classy for many years to come. It’s often tough to work within your budget and maximize your return on investment. At least if you’re doing a bathroom remodel, that’s one place where you’ll get your money back when you sell… if the remodel is done right. So stay on the top and don’t make these common bathroom renovation mistakes. You’ll be happier with your bathroom in the long run. 1. No View Out Sure, you want your bathroom to…
  • Top Kitchen Renovation Mistakes of 2014

    admin
    18 Jul 2014 | 8:53 am
    It’s an exciting and stressful time when you’re renovating a kitchen. If you’re leveling everything and starting from scratch, you get to strategically think about the layout and get everything you want. However, there’s also the pressure. You don’t want to make any costly mistakes and you want your kitchen renovation ideas to be efficient and timeless. So while you renovate, heed advice from others and don’t make these top kitchen renovation mistakes. 1. Don’t be boring If you’re going to spend the money, have a little bit of fun. Yes, you want your kitchen to be classic and…
  • What’s In and What’s Out In Kitchen Design

    admin
    17 Jul 2014 | 9:49 am
    If you’re going to pour some cash into a kitchen-remodeling contractor, you want to do it right. Sure, you want something YOU like; however, if you ever have plans for selling your home in the future, you want to pick a style that will appeal to the masses and isn’t dated. So what’s in and what’s out this year. Experts voted and the results may surprise you. 1. Granite is out Your kitchen remodeling contractor may try to convince you otherwise, but granite is not as popular as it used to be. Kitchen designers say the stone is expensive and unpredictable. It can chip easy and the…
  • 9 Things To Ask Your Kitchen Remodeling Contractor

    admin
    16 Jul 2014 | 8:32 am
    Hiring a kitchen remodeling contractor is an important decision. Not only will this person and crew basically live at your house for several weeks, they are also responsible for the aesthetic of your home for years to come. Knowing what to expect before the project starts will help you better prepare for the process. Here are nine questions you should always ask your kitchen remodeling contractor:   1. What is our schedule? This is more than just a start and end date. Demand a detailed schedule that outlines tasks and gives smaller bite size goals. When will the tile be completed? When…
 
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    Best Maids

  • Tips to Clean and Organize Your Kitchen Cabinets

    Paul Cook
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:26 pm
    Cleaning and organizing kitchen cabinets is a challenging task which demands some extra patience and enthusiasm to accomplish it. For most of the people, organizing kitchen cabinets means stuffing as many items as possible in the cupboards and close the door with full force until it completely shuts. Here we have listed some most effective tactics which will help you to keep your kitchen cabinets well cleaned and organized - The first thing we recommend is to use environmentally friendly household items instead of chemical solutions in order to clean the kitchen cabinets. Baking soda, white…
  • Can a Mattress Be Disinfected?

    Paul Cook
    16 Jul 2014 | 10:21 pm
    An average human being spends around one third of his life in bed. So if you need to deal with the bacteria, germs or even critters which try to create home in your mattress then you would definitely lose your sleep. So an important question arises, can a mattress be disinfected? Here we have revealed some important techniques which will help you to disinfect your mattress in most efficient way - Spread the baking soda all over the mattress and let it get settled for an hour. Baking soda will definitely help you to get rid of bad odors. Don’t forget to vacuum the baking soda using…
  • Best Way to Clean Grease

    Paul Cook
    9 Jul 2014 | 10:13 pm
    Most of the stains are almost difficult to get off and grease stains are one of them. There are some extremely powerful chemicals which can remove grease stains easily but they may also create harmful effects on your household items. Here we have discussed some effective grease cleaning techniques which will help you to get rid of grease stains in most safer and affordable way - Some household items like baking soda, lemon juice and cooking oil will definitely play the role of degreasing agents. Vinegar solution is also effective in removing grease build- ups as it can easily deodorize the…
  • 5 Tips to Disinfect Toys

    Paul Cook
    2 Jul 2014 | 10:01 pm
    When it comes to disinfecting toys, most of them come with clear labels explaining how to disinfect them. However, there are some toys which can be disinfected by using some common items in your home. Here we have revealed some useful tips on how to disinfect your toys without affecting their glitter - One of the most affordable and easiest ways to disinfect toys is by soaking them in a mixture of water and bleach. To create a proper solution, consider adding one tablespoon of bleach for each gallon of water. After cleaning, don’t forget to drain, rinse and let toys to dry in the air…
  • Non Toxic Ways to Clean Molds

    Paul Cook
    24 Jun 2014 | 4:05 am
    The bane for every homeowner, ‘molds’ normally appear in dark and dump areas which may spread quickly in other part of your home. Fortunately, there are different cleaning substances available which one can use to clean these molds. However, some of these substances might be harsh on the walls and you have to be extra careful while using them. Here we have discussed some non-toxic ways to clean the molds in your home. For mold cleaning, always prefer green solutions which don’t have any traces of ammonia, triclocarbon, chlorine and triclosan. Remember to check…
 
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    Home Decor In Bangalore

  • Loom Is Spreading its Wings – HGH INDIA 2014

    Henna Kalro
    31 Jul 2014 | 10:29 pm
    In less than a year Loom has grown from its nascent baby steps in Bangalore to participating in trade fairs internationally and nationally! Early this year, we participated in the Index, DWTC. This event was held at the Dubai World Trade Center between 19th and 22nd May. We had a very successful showing there and garnered a lot of inquiries from across the globe. It was a fabulous platform to launch our international presence and quality. Have a look at pictures from our stall ! We have another huge event coming up this August. HGH India is an annual tradeshow held exclusively to showcase…
  • Showcasing the Living Room.

    Henna Kalro
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:10 pm
    Your bedroom might be your personal favorite space. A nook somewhere might be your soul space. But, the living room is your showcase! This is the one room ALL your guest will see and spend the most time in. It is a peek into your aesthetic inclinations. It is the room that announces, loud and clear, your class and style. The elements that go into making this room are aplenty –the décor, the furniture the overall style, the artifacts etc. Many such factors go into planning the ultimate look, functionality and feel of this all important room.Your living room can serve more than its obvious…
  • Fabrics That Drape

    Henna Kalro
    20 Jul 2014 | 10:19 pm
    Everything has its own use and its own purpose to serve. It’s a deep statement I know, but it applies to the most basic of things like each of our fingers and also to stuff around the house!Each fabric has its own best use too. Why am I talking about fabrics in such poignant terms you ask? I just lost a bunch of hard-earned cash on a badly chosen fabric. The fabric was not bad. It was just wrong for the purpose I bought it for! Let me simplify this. I was out looking at curtain materials. The curtain rods were done with the correct height etc., for basic pleated curtains with hooks. Now,…
  • Bath Mats Versus Bath Rugs

    Henna Kalro
    17 Jul 2014 | 9:53 pm
    I was quite clueless about the different kind of bath mats and rugs available in the market! It came as a shocker when I went shopping. It reminded me of that funny coffee ad, you know, the one where someone orders a coffee and is asked caffeine or decaf? Decaf is chosen, and then he asked, milk or cream? Cream is the choice and then he is asked low fat or full fat! Low fat of course! It does not end there, no siree!! Sugar or no sugar? Umm, sugar… and will that be brown or white??? Phew! God I would need the coffee so bad at this point! Rest assured, while the options are as many, the…
  • Doing Up a Small Bathroom.

    Henna Kalro
    13 Jul 2014 | 11:04 pm
    If you are anything at all like me, the bathroom is the heart of your bedroom! It is the area I keep tidiest! It is also the room I love decorating. There is no great challenge in decorating a big bathroom, since space is not a concern. And if there is no budget constraint, oh my, you can go bananas! Sadly, if you are living in an apartment, more often than not your bathroom is also the smallest room in the house! I have small bathrooms, and getting everything I want in, and making it look beautiful too was a challenge! I like my nick-knacks and my little nooks and crannies to store these…
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    Green Deal Central News

  • Green Deal Cashback: Step-by-step guide to the Home Improvement Fund

    stephenshaw
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:15 am
    The Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF) is a new Green Deal cashback  incentive from the Government for households making energy-saving home improvements. Launched in June 2014, the GDHIF is the most generous Government housing energy efficiency funding yet. Up to £7,600 cashback is available for all households in England and Wales making home energy efficiency improvements under new Government funding. The funding is available in a flexible “pick and mix” style, with generous ‘bonus offers’ and ‘core incentives’, making it very appealing and simple to apply for. This…
  • Green Deal Home Improvement Fund is closed

    Louise Whittland
    24 Jun 2014 | 4:33 am
     (24 JULY) Following an impressive response to the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF), which offered funding for households making energy saving home improvements, the scheme was suddenly closed on 24 July. “With applications coming in thick and fast and millions of pounds being committed each hour, we had to act quickly to close the scheme when funds were no longer available,” a DECC statement said. Before its abrupt closure, the energy efficiency scheme had 21,683 applications worth £118m. Customers who have received their GDHIF vouchers do not need to worry that the cash has…
  • “Continual growth” and 3,258 measures installed using Green Deal Finance, today’s figures reveal

    Louise Whittland
    19 Jun 2014 | 6:53 am
    Green Deal and ECO monthly statistics June 2014 Boilers most popular Green Deal measure to date 3,258 measures have been installed using Green Deal finance, up to the end of May 2014, latest Government statistics released today reveal. Boilers, which are one of the cheaper measures, are the most popular accounting for 27 per cent of measures installed, followed by photovoltaics at 26 per cent and solid wall insulation, one of the more expensive but most effective (15 per cent). The May figures show “continued growth” in the market. Green Deal Assessments The number of Green Deal…
  • Energy efficiency key in fight against fuel poverty, according to latest figures

    Louise Whittland
    18 Jun 2014 | 4:19 pm
    The Government welcomes the role of energy efficiency in the findings of the fuel poverty annual report and fuel poverty statistics for 2012, released last week. The report found only a “modest fall in the number of households living in fuel poverty’, but the Government remain encouraged. “While we can’t control volatile energy prices we can continue to improve the energy efficiency of our housing stock,” Energy and Climate Change Minister Greg Barker said in a statement. The fuel poverty statistics report, published 12 June, is the first analysis using the new…
  • Green Deal ‘Golden Rule’ to be made more flexible

    Louise Whittland
    18 Jun 2014 | 3:17 pm
    As the Green Deal enters its second Summer, and moves through its embryonic stage, there were more changes to the energy efficiency programme being mooted at the Energy and Climate Change select committee (ECCC) on Wednesday, reports Utility Week. Mark Bayley, Chief Executive of the Green Deal Finance Company (GDFC), gave evidence alongside Energy and Climate Change Minister Greg Barker, and both agreed that the Green Deal ‘Golden Rule’ is to be made more “flexible”. The Green Deal has been live since January 2013, and the finance arm of the programme is controlled by the…
 
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    Precision Carpet & Upholstery Care

  • How to Care for Shag Carpeting

    Precision Carpet &#38; Upholstery Care
    17 Jul 2014 | 7:02 am
    Some may think that shag carpeting when out the door with the 1970′s, but they would be wrong. From area rugs to conversation pieces to wall-to-wall carpeting, shag carpeting is alive and well. It does, however, take a little extra care to keep it looking its best. Learn How to Care for Your Shag Carpeting […]
  • Should You Clean Your Own Carpets?

    Precision Carpet &#38; Upholstery Care
    9 Jul 2014 | 9:29 am
    No matter how careful you and your family are, spills happen and dirt is carried into your home and into your carpets. If you have pets, this can increase the amount of dirt and pollutants that enter your home. The question is whether or not you should clean your own carpets. There are some pros […]
  • Keep Your Hardwood Floors Shinning

    Precision Carpet &#38; Upholstery Care
    28 Jun 2014 | 7:50 am
    Over time, your hardwood floors can become dull and lackluster. This is often due to the fact that they need a deep cleaning. Mopping and sweeping will help rid your hardwood floors of surface dirt but do little to remove dirt hiding deep within the cracks and crevices of your floors. This is one time […]
  • How to Keep Your Tile Floors Looking Their Best

    Precision Carpet &#38; Upholstery Care
    22 Jun 2014 | 8:41 am
    If your tile floors aren’t looking their best, it is a good bet that your tile & grout need cleaning. Grout can collect dirt and can be stained which will discolor your floor. Unfortunately, it can take more than simple mopping and cleaning to make your title floors look new again. Much of the dirt […]
  • Can Your Furniture Be Saved After Water Damage?

    Precision Carpet &#38; Upholstery Care
    14 Jun 2014 | 10:05 am
    Flood waters know no boundaries, and if they are headed your way, there is little you can do to stop them. While flooding can be scary, it is the clean up afterwards where the real work begins. It is possible to save your upholstery furniture, but quick action is necessary. Water damage restoration has a […]
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    Remodeling Cost CalculatorRemodeling Cost Calculator

  • House Building Calculator

    Leo B
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:46 pm
    Home Building Calculator helps you estimate the cost of building a New Construction House, with different options for trim, quality, and other amenities such as garage and deck. The estimated price includes excavation and erection of a concrete foundation, prices of all materials and overhead + profit of your builder / general contractor. Land, as well as permits, architect / design fees and other miscellaneous expenses are not included in this estimate. House Dimensions: x ft. Number of Bathrooms: Build Quality: Basic Better Premium Luxury Number of Levels: 1 Storey – (Ranch/Cape) 1.5…
  • Rental Income Calculator

    Leo B
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:14 pm
    This calculator helps Landlords or potential Investment Property buyers estimate Rental Income (or loss), and to see if the property is profitable. Income / Loss is calculated on monthly and annual basis. To get an accurate estimate, enter your total rent (for all apartments), monthly mortgage cost, annual insurance, and your utility and maintenance / repair costs. Monthly Rental Income: Monthly Mortgage Payment: Annual Tax Bill: Annual Insurance Bill: Annual Water & Sewer Bill: Annual Maintenance & Repair Cost: Annual Landscaping Cost: Annual Heating Cost: Monthly Utility Expenses:…
  • Best Renovations to Get Before SELLING Your Home

    Yelena G
    10 Jul 2014 | 10:42 am
    Selling your home can be an overwhelming task that requires a lot of planning, budgeting and smart decision-making. Chances are that to get the price you want and to sell quickly your home will require some remodels. The key to success is to chose the projects wisely and to avoid overspending. To help you navigate this process, we have put together a detailed guide with top remodels that make the most impact on sales, as well as their costs. Our renovation calculator can help you estimate all this big item projects all at once. Financial Considerations Before you spend even a dollar on any…
  • Concrete Calculator

    Leo B
    2 Jul 2014 | 11:05 am
    Concrete Calculator helps homeowners and contractors estimate the amount of pre-mixed concrete needed for footings, slabs and walls. Enter the dimensions of your project, and you will get results in cubic yards, as well as the number of concrete mix bags needed for the job. Calculate Concrete Slab / Footing: Width (Feet) Length (Feet) Thickness   Inches Feet   Cubic Yards Required: Slab / Footing Column Calculate Concrete Column: Height (Feet) Diameter (Inches) Cubic Yards Required: The post Concrete Calculator appeared first on Remodeling Cost Calculator.
  • Decorate Your Home On a Budget – DIY Tips

    Yelena G
    28 May 2014 | 11:15 am
    Sometimes it can be really easy to get lost in the sea of all the exciting interior decorating ideas, and simply leave your space untouched, because you don’t know where to start. Instead of bombarding your mind with another long list of design tips, we offer just 4 easy-to-do yourself, budget friendly decorating ideas that can breath new life into your space. They are so simple, you don’t have to wait another minute to get started! Oh, don’t forget to let us know which is one is your favorite Bring Your Bookshelves to Life Typically, bookshelves or any other shelves for…
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    Home Masters

  • Armstrong World Profit Declines, Cuts Fy Guidance; Stock Down – Update – Nasdaq.com

    Sienna Beor
    1 Aug 2014 | 12:59 am
    Armstrong Lags on Q2 Earnings, Shares Fall on Gloomy Outlook – Analyst Blog – NASDAQ.com Lancaster, Pennsylvania-based Armstrong posted quarterly net earnings of $19 million or $0.34 per share, compared with $30 million or $0.50 per share last year. Excluding items, adjusted earnings for the quarter were $33 million or $0.60 per share. On average, 16 analysts polled by Thomson Reuters estimated earnings of $0.66 per share for the quarter. Analysts’ estimates typically exclude special items. Results for the quarter included $8 million in charges related to the closure of its…
  • Sheriff’s Blotter: Electric Bikers Snap Unwanted Selfies | Dana Point Times

    Sienna Beor
    1 Aug 2014 | 12:56 am
    PETTY THEFT REPORT Pacific Coast Highway, 34100 Block (3:13 p.m.) Authorities were alerted to three young women in a gold Mercedes Benz, one of whom wore a bathing suit under her clothes and out of the business. One of the other women was caught in an attempted shoplift but gave the items back when asked by a store employee. SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCE Chula Vista Avenue, 34000 Block (2:47 p.m.) A patrol check was requested for five subjects on electric bikes who were taking pictures of themselves in front of expensive homes. SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCE Olinda Drive, 33800 Block (1:23…
  • Software Company Anahata Offers Services To Perth’s Animal And Plant Health Industry

    Sienna Beor
    31 Jul 2014 | 12:46 am
    This approach has increased efficiencies and lowered the cost of doing business for its clients. The continuous process of development employed by Anahata ensures that clients receive ICT applications that are seamlessly integrated with existing systems and infrastructure. This is coupled to the fact that clients are able to provide information regarding the application performance during its development stage. For more information, visit the Anahata website at http://www.anahata-it.com.au . About Anahata Technologies Pty Ltd Founded in Perth, Western Australia in 2010 by Pablo Rodriguez…
  • Even In Down Year, Diamondbacks Worth The Drive To Phoenix | Payson Roundup – Payson, Az

    Sienna Beor
    29 Jul 2014 | 11:57 pm
    So, theres still plenty of reason to make a trip to the Valley to take in a Diamondbacks game over the final two months of the season. Getting back into the playoff chase might be a longshot, but the team is bound to do everything it can to be competitive. And the opportunity to watch a star like first baseman Paul Goldschmidt on a nightly basis is a real treat fans in many other cities can only dream of. Finally, the chance to view a game at one of the most beautiful ballparks in baseball alone is worth the price of admission. For the original version including any supplementary images or…
  • Ukraine Launches Offensive To Retake Donetsk

    Sienna Beor
    29 Jul 2014 | 11:16 pm
    The planes took off Saturday from Kharkiv, a government-controlled city where the bodies have been brought from the wreckage site in territory held by pro-Russian separatists fighting the Ukrainian government. They landed later in the afternoon in Eindhoven, where the coffins were transferred to a fleet of hearses in a solemn ceremony. Officials said the flights took the last of the 227 coffins containing victims that had been brought to Kharkiv by refrigerated train. Officials say the exact number of people held in the coffins is still to be determined by forensic experts in the Netherlands,…
 
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    Comfort Matters

  • Keep your home safe during summer vacations.

    admin
    14 Jul 2014 | 5:45 am
    Heading out for the summer?  Make sure everything is safe and secure when you return. Summertime is vacation time. A chance to get away from the familiar routine and enjoy a little change of pace.  Unfortunately, you can’t take your house with you.  But you can take a few extra steps to keep it safe while you’re gone. Piled up papers say “nobody’s home” If your front yard has a collection of unread newspapers, or the mailbox is bulging with uncollected mail, that’s a pretty sure sign that nobody is home.  If you’re going to be gone for more than a day or two, arrange to have…
  • When summer arrives, greet it with a smile.

    admin
    1 Jul 2014 | 5:45 am
    Prepare your home for hot weather, and stay comfortable during even the worst heat. Summer’s on the way, and with it comes miserable, sticky heat that can make your home uncomfortable, and raise your energy use.  Stay cool, comfortable and energy-smart with a few tips for defending your home from summer weather. Clean your air filter One of the easiest ways to keep your home comfortable this summer is to make sure your air filter is clean.  A clean air filter creates less resistance for air, allowing it to flow more freely through your air conditioning system.  This will make your home…
  • Thermostat advice from the professionals.

    admin
    16 Jun 2014 | 7:55 am
    Let a Lennox® expert help you connect with your thermostat. As the brains of your heating and cooling system, the thermostat can have a huge effect on energy efficiency and comfort.  Kyle Golden, Product Manager of Controls for Lennox, weighs in on thermostats, and the advantages you’ll enjoy with a programmable model. The heart of your system. “The thermostat controls every other part of your system,” says Golden.  “It’s your point of contact.  So it’s important to use a thermostat that can give you maximum return on your system investment.” For that reason, Golden…
  • Expert advice to help make your system run better.

    admin
    2 Jun 2014 | 5:45 am
    Let a Lennox® professional help you enjoy longer system life and greater comfort. As we all know, a heating and cooling system is a substantial investment for any homeowner to make. So how can you make sure you get the most comfort out of your system for the longest time?  Ask an expert. Brent Garret, President of Star Home Comfort in Carrolton, Texas has some good advice for homeowners looking to maximize their comfort and the longevity of their heating and cooling equipment. Get Professional Help First and foremost, Brent recommends getting your system inspected by a trained HVAC…
  • A few small energy-smart changes can add up to a big difference.

    admin
    19 May 2014 | 6:30 am
    With energy costs going up every day, there’s never been a better time to start thinking about conservation. Changes don’t have to be drastic, either. Every little bit helps, because over time those little things add up to big savings. Get yourself in hot water. Water heaters use up to 18% of your total energy bill every month*, which gives you a big opportunity for big savings. The more you do to hold in the heat, the better. Consider buying a water heater blanket, a simple insulated wrap that goes around your water heater, to reduce lost warmth. Also consider insulating the pipes in…
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    bedroom ideas

  • modern master bedroom sets (made in italy)

    6 Jul 2014 | 11:44 am
    modern master bedroom furniture sets made in italybeautiful decoration for bedroom. Blend colors: red, black, purple
  • leather master bedroom sets Made in Italy

    20 Jun 2014 | 4:33 am
    modern master bedroom furniture sets Made in Italy. Sleep bed available in two models : Queen and King sizesFeatures: Two Maxi Night Tablesqueen size platform bed frame double sided dresserand maxi mirrorWood Products Construction Chrome Legsitalian bedroom designs styles
  • paint colors for all bedrooms

    22 May 2014 | 3:40 am
       Several colors, thousands of shades and million combinations. How can you choose the right one? Still confused? This article is the best guide for you. As we all noticed, there are bright colors, dull colors, dark colors, sober colors, vibrant colors…etc. Coloring a bedroom is not an easier task, since the bedroom is a place where you must feel relax and comfy. Bedrooms are always havens of special care and importance to the person and his/her partner. This article presents thousands of options and choices. Just pay much care and attention before painting your walls.
  • light and dark colors for bedrooms

    14 May 2014 | 1:26 pm
       The bedroom is a private area which should be well-decorated and painted. You can benefit from a calming mood, especially when is painted with candid colors, blending completely with its interior design. Nowadays there are various kinds of color trends, which have a successful impact on bedroom’s ambiance. As we all know, each color has its own meaning and character, and it has an aesthetic value to the room painted with.  Color blending is undoubtedly a unique way of painting interiors.   If you choose right shades, you will have a very nice bedroom to live in.
  • lighting tips for bedrooms

    11 May 2014 | 2:15 pm
         A bedroom is the most important and personal space in every. It needs proper detailing, designing and lighting. It is not only  a place for sleeping and spending night, but also a place where you spend most of time reading, writing, playing, catching up on your favorite sitcom, and generally unwinding after a hard-working and boring day. That’s why, the lighting of your haven must be a strong supporter and should such enhance and accentuates your activities, likes, experiences and hobbies.    Lighting capacity differs from one person to another; also…
 
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    Sentry Air Now

  • What is a Mini Split Heating & Cooling System?

    admin
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:01 am
    At Sentry Air, we want our customers to understand their heating and cooling options and how they work. For those who are looking for a new, more efficient cooling system, the mini-split system is a great option. A mini split system includes two parts – an outdoor unit that pulls air toward the indoor unit where the heated (or cooled) air will is dispersed. These systems work well for air conditioning Plano TX, especially in homes with ductless heating systems (like those that use radiant or hot water heat, space heaters or even propane. How Do Mini Split Systems Work? According to the U.S.
  • Regular equipment maintenance can save you money

    admin
    17 Jul 2014 | 11:25 am
    As any homeowner who has had to do a little research regarding their HVAC system knows, these systems can be costly, and at times, the need for repairs to HVAC Richardson Texas  can come out of the blue. If you’re like most homeowners, you like to save money on household repairs.  Undertaking maintenance on a regular schedule can help you to avoid costly and unexpected repairs. Here are a few maintenance tips that can help you save money over the long run. Clean and change the air filter on a regular basis. This is a task you can take on yourself. By cleaning and changing the air filter…
  • Should You Have Your Duct Work Cleaned?

    admin
    10 Jul 2014 | 9:04 am
    When you think about your air conditioning in Plano, TX, you need to make sure you don’t forget about your air ducts running throughout your home. Sure, you faithfully schedule tune-ups and check-ups for your outdoor unit, but the ducts that carry that nice cool air to the rooms in your house also require some maintenance from time to time. There are several benefits to having an air conditioning service in Richardson, TX come out to clean your air ducts. If anyone in your home suffers from seasonal allergies, hay fever, or you have pets that shed high amounts of hair and dander you may be…
  • Important (and Little-Known) Facts about Our Declaration of Independence

    admin
    3 Jul 2014 | 9:13 am
    You probably know that the Declaration of Independence is celebrated every year on July 4th, and that it was written by Thomas Jefferson. You might also be aware that 56 men signed it, one of which being Benjamin Franklin. Some people may recall learning that John Hancock was the first to sign, and also boasts the largest signature. However, there are some facts revolving around our Declaration of Independence that many people don’t know that may surprise you. Following are some fun, historical facts about our July 4th holiday and our Declaration of Independence: Eight of the 56 signers of…
  • Your Health and Indoor Air Quality

    admin
    26 Jun 2014 | 10:16 am
    With the health of many people plagued with symptoms of hayfever, allergies, asthma and other respiratory ailments, it’s become necessary that homeowners pay attention to ways that they can help to improve indoor air quality. It is estimated that the levels of air pollutants indoors may be two to five times higher than outdoor levels. The effects of poor indoor air quality can affect more than those people with respiratory issues; symptoms of pollutant-filled air can include headaches, sleepiness, nausea, disorientation, and many others. Fortunately there are some things you can do, and…
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    Decatur heat & air conditioning service | MASTERS

  • Leave That Thermostat Alone!

    admin
    31 Jul 2014 | 9:21 am
    Many people may think it’s a money- and energy-saving idea to turn off their air conditioners while they head off for a shift at work; after all, wouldn’t they save money and energy by not running the A/C for nine hours? In theory it may seem like a good idea, but the reality is that actually backfires and often ends up costing people more money, evidenced by their higher-than-average energy bills. When it’s hot outside and you leave your home for the day, you turn off your air conditioner, and note that the thermostat reads a comfortable 72 degrees. You return at 5:00 in the afternoon…
  • What You Should Know about R-22 and Your Air Conditioning

    admin
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:38 pm
    R-22 is a refrigerant that contains ozone-destroying chlorine, and is also known as HCFC-22 (or known to most by the DuPont brand Freon). It has been a common refrigerant used in air conditioning in fort Wayne (and systems throughout the U.S.) for several decades, and the release of this substance is slowly contributing to ozone depletion. In 1992, a schedule for the phase-out of HCFCs like R-22 was established. As the EPA states, HCFC-22 is also a greenhouse gas, and manufacturing the substance produces a by-product that greatly contributes to global warming. While there is a large number…
  • The Best Heating and Cooling Experts: Qualities You Shouldn’t Ignore

    admin
    17 Jul 2014 | 11:37 am
    At one point or another, homeowners will most likely need to call upon the expertise of a heating and air conditioning service in Fort Wayne, Decatur, Angola, Indianapolis, IN or in the surrounding areas. Whether it be for repair, replacement or for preventive maintenance, it’s important that you know what to look for in a company to ensure you receive the best service, the best price, and the best experience. The climate control system of your home is important for the health, safety and comfort of you and your family, and it’s crucial that you not only entrust something so valued to…
  • Why You Might Consider Geothermal Heating and Cooling

    admin
    10 Jul 2014 | 8:56 am
    Geothermal heating and cooling in Decatur, Fort Wayne and Angola is not only good for the environment, but it’s also good for your wallet. You can save money on your energy bills each month by switching from a conventional system to one of these eco-friendly ones. Just how much you can save depends on a few things. Your Wallet Although the exact amount of money you can save will depend on variables like climate, electric rate and thermostat setting, most homeowners see a reduction in their heating and cooling costs of between 30 and 70 percent. GeoComfort offers a savings tool for…
  • Celebrate the freedom of comfort with Masters Heating and Cooling

    admin
    3 Jul 2014 | 8:16 am
    This 4th of July is going to be a scorcher, and Masters Heating and Cooling is here to ensure that your family experiences the comfort and care that an efficient HVAC system provides. No matter how hot the season becomes, Masters guarantees that our air conditioning systems are the most efficient, technologically advanced, and dependable systems of any air conditioning service in Angola, Decatur, Fort Wayne, or Indianapolis, Indiana. When your air conditioning unit malfunctions or breaks down, the temperature in your home can be as hot as the temperature outside. Fortunately, Masters has four…
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  • Four HVAC Maintenance Tasks That Can Save You Money Later

    seohaus
    31 Jul 2014 | 9:17 am
    As any homeowner who has had to do a little research regarding their home HVAC system knows, these systems can be costly, and at times, the need for repairs can come out of the blue. If you’re like most homeowners, you like to save money on household repairs.  Undertaking maintenance on a regular schedule can help you to avoid costly and unexpected repairs. Here are a few maintenance tips that can help you save money over the long run. Clean and change the air filter on a regular basis. This is a task you can take on yourself. By cleaning and changing the air filter in your HVAC unit, you…
  • What is a Mini Split Heating and Cooling System?

    seohaus
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:51 am
    A mini-split system is a type of heat pump or air conditioning unit that the professionals say are great additions to homes with ductless heating systems (like those that use radiant or hot water heat, space heaters or even propane.  A mini split system includes two parts – an outdoor unit that pulls air toward the indoor unit where the heated (or cooled) air will is dispersed. How Do Mini Split Systems Work? According to the U.S. Department of Energy, these heating and cooling systems deliver the heat or cooling to specific areas of the home in a more efficient manner, because you’re…
  • Keep Your Cool – Energy Saving Tips for Homeowners

    seohaus
    17 Jul 2014 | 11:22 am
    With the cost of energy escalating through the years, it’s important to many homeowners that they find effective ways to save money on their heating and air conditioning bills. The way to save money is to save energy, using it more efficiently so that less energy is needed to cool or heat a home. Short of having a major HVAC overhaul, what are some things you can do to save money and save energy as you cool your home this summer? One of the easiest things you can do is change your air filter regularly, especially during heavy use months. Energy Star recommends you change your filter at…
  • Fun Facts about Our 4th of July Independence Day You May Not Know

    seohaus
    3 Jul 2014 | 8:24 am
    Independence Day is a day we celebrate freedom, bravery and liberty-loving spirit on the anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. Everyone knows that the original Declaration of Independence is on display in Washington, D.C. and that it was signed on July 4, 1776. Or is it? Was it? The truth is that there are many facts surrounding our most patriotic holiday that you very well may not know, one of which is the fact that the Declaration was actually not signed until August 2, 1776! The Declaration of Independence was actually first adopted by congress on July 2, 1776; the revised and…
  • Is Your OKC Air Conditioning Failing?

    seohaus
    26 Jun 2014 | 10:25 am
    It isn’t always easy to recognize when any appliance is “on its last leg”, and air conditioning units are no exception. While there are some signs that are obviously indicative of operation failure, other symptoms are more difficult to spot. Just as with most mechanical units, there are several different components to an AC unit, and the malfunction of any one of them can deliver a critical blow to the smooth operation of it. Running an air conditioner with dysfunctional components can lead to further damage, higher cooling bills, an increase in energy consumption and ultimately, the…
 
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    The DIY Helpers

  • Creating a Survival Bag for the Apocalypse!

    28 Jul 2014 | 6:50 am
    OK, so it’s unlikely to happen, but you never know just when your daily life will be transformed into something out of a Hollywood blockbuster movie. We all like to think we’d cope in a post-apocalyptic world, but when it’s survival of the fittest, a bit of forward planning pays dividends. Having a bag at the ready which you can just grab and go is the first step in your plans. Bag Before you start thinking about what to put in it, your first consideration has to be the bag itself. This is not the time for luxury handbags or suitcases; you need a relatively small backpack with lots of…
  • How to Get Rid of Gum in Your Carpet

    15 Jul 2014 | 7:14 am
    It’s one of those things which make the heart of every house-proud homeowner sink; the sight of a big blob of sticky chewing gum ground into their beautiful carpet. Many people make the mistake of trying to tear the offending gum out with their fingers whilst it is still fresh and because of the nature of chewing gum this is one effort that will simply lead to frustration! The gum will cling to each and every fibre whilst it is still soft and no amount of picking, pulling or poking will convince it to leave. There are many solutions to the problem of gum in your carpet and perhaps one of…
  • How To Lay Garden Decking: A Step-By-Step Guide

    27 Jun 2014 | 7:32 am
    So, you’re thinking of laying down some garden decking? Great idea. Putting down a bit of decking in your garden will make it look infinitely neater whilst giving it a smart appearance and space to entertain family and friends. Best of all, it will be easy to maintain and care for, when compared to unruly grass, plants and all that type of stuff. The decision of laying garden decking is usually one which you’ll mull over for a while, or sometimes it might be an immediate thing that you know needs doing. If you aren't a big fan of how your garden currently looks or you feel like you’ve…
  • How to Clean Tile Grout

    20 Jun 2014 | 6:10 am
    However well ventilated you keep your bathroom, the warm and wet atmosphere can allow mould and dirt to start building up on surfaces. Keeping tiles and other hard surfaces clean is simple, and there are lots of cleaning products which will help you do this – and even products that you wouldn’t necessarily think could be used for cleaning.One of the trickiest places to keep clean is the grout between the tiles. Many homeowners think that once the grout starts getting grotty or develops mould that there is no other option but to replace it all. This is a time consuming and messy job, but…
  • How to Hang Wallpaper the Easy Way

    10 Jun 2014 | 8:11 am
    Image credit: iCanvasArtHanging wallpaper is one of those jobs which cause people to shake their heads in horror. Most people dread the task so much that they’d far rather pay someone else to do it but the fear of hanging wallpaper has come largely from various silly sitcoms and sketches where hapless decorators get in a tangle whilst wrestling with sheets of damp paper, which inevitably get torn, get pasted on upside down or fall off as soon as they’re on!The reality of hanging wallpaper however isn’t half as tricky as the writers of these shows would have you believe! The tools which…
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    Plumbworld Blog - Bathroom Ideas | Bathroom Inspiration | News

  • The Winners of Our Bathroom Selfie Competition

    Thomas Mulrooney
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:23 am
    Because our Bathroom Selfie Competition was such a huge success when we last did it over on Twitter, we decided to re-launch it so we could get another look at some of our followers in their bathrooms! Of course, that’s not the only reason we were doing; we were giving away a pair of Hampshire Basin Taps for one lucky winner each day for a week. We got some fantastic entries in the competition, although none of them went quite to the lengths of this lady. We’d have loved to have given a prize to each and every one of the people who entered, but unfortunately we had to sit down and…
  • Today I Learned: The Truth About Bathroom Myths

    Thomas Mulrooney
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:24 am
    We’re all a bit obsessive about cleanliness and hygiene here in the UK, and experts estimate that we spend over £9 billion a year on cleaning products, or on getting in the professionals to do the job for us. Top of the list of places in the house which people want to be sparkling clean is the bathroom, and on average we spend at least an hour a week cleaning the bathroom. Nobody wants to live in a dirty house, but are the myths and dangers associated with bathroom cleanliness really true? Myth One – You’re More Likely to Catch Germs in the Bathroom than Anywhere Else Because…
  • Today I Learned: Toilet Paper Wedding Dresses Are a Thing!

    Thomas Mulrooney
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:57 am
    Every bride wants their day to be the most perfect day of their life; they want every single part of the wedding nailed depending on their specific requests. Because, believe you me, the person that gets in the way of a bride getting what she wants is  a person you don’t want to be near when it hits the fan! However, in reality we don’t all have the budgets to get a dream wedding with all the bells and whistles included, even if they do say that money is no object when it comes to weddings. That still hasn’t put people off though, and women have turned to alternative ways to…
  • 5 Repurposed Bathroom Furniture Ideas

    Thomas Mulrooney
    14 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    Upcycling, recycling, repurposing and salvaging are the current buzzwords in the interior design world. Whether it’s because of the economic downturn or concerns about the environment, we’re all becoming more conscious of what we use and what happens to the things we throw away. Instead of throwing something away we should repurpose it instead, which simply means taking something old and giving it a new lease of life as something else;  with some paint, craft materials and creative thinking thrown in along the way. Vanity Units Units which have storage underneath and the sink sitting on…
  • Getting Creative with the Bathroom Mirror Selfie

    Thomas Mulrooney
    11 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    If you have at least one social media account then it’s safe to say that you’ve probably seen a bathroom mirror selfie. They’ve become so prevalent in today’s snap-happy society that we even managed to write an entire article about how the bathroom selfie appeared on our little blue planet of weirdness. We’ve seen so many bathroom selfies that it’s hard to impress us anymore, even with the surprising amount of selfies out there  that show people who forgot to flush before they snapped away. So, just when we thought we’d seen it all, someone goes and spoils it…
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    Homey Improvements

  • The Chair’s No Good If You Don’t Sit Your Butt In It

    James and Alicia
    1 Aug 2014 | 12:21 pm
    The little scene played itself out in our house last week. I may have edited it for length and so as not to bore you to tears, but here is the general gist of the convo: Me: “James, I’m so glad we figured out a way to recover that thrift store chair in the family room. The fabric looks awesome with the rest of the room. Very blog worthy.” James: “Yeah. Isn’t it comfortable, too?” Me: (Thinking) “You know, I don’t think I’ve sat in it since we bought it, and definitely not since we recovered it. But it looks awesome.” James: “Um, that was about five weeks ago. You…
  • Easy Ways to Display Your Collectibles

    James and Alicia
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:24 am
    Hey there! Ali here with a great article of some of my favorite ways to display your collectibles. After going through my house and looking at all of the “collections” I’ve started, I have to say that I may have a bit of a problem. Over the years, my husband and I have managed to collect anything and everything from books to salt and pepper shakers, to wooden angels and a whole slew of owls. So I thought to myself, “I really need to either box these all up, or find some creative ways to display them.” And here we are. Take a look at some of the ideas I came up with for getting rid…
  • Easy Black Bean Recipe on Live Half Full

    James and Alicia
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:43 am
    Hi friends! Today I posted on Katie’s lovely blog Live Half Full. Katie lives in the Chicagoland area and has quite an interesting past (she was a member of Team USA’s synchronized figure skating<–How cool is that!). Katie was sweet enough to let me post on her blog one of my favorite, easy dishes that I make whenever I don’t have time to make dinner. It literally takes under 30 minutes to make! Check out my easy black bean recipe here and while you are over on Life Half Full be sure to check out some of Katie’s other articles.   The post Easy Black Bean…
  • Potluck Desserts, Best Frosting Ever, and My Sweet Mission

    James and Alicia
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    To kick off our new healthy living and recipes section on Homey Improvements, Alicia will be guest posting on a series of blogs with her favorite recipes. But don’t worry, you won’t miss a thing because she will be sharing a link to all those recipes right here! As well as introducing you to some awesome foodie and home bloggers. First up, is an amazing food blogger named Heather from My Sweet Mission! Hello, I’m Heather and I blog over at My Sweet Mission. I’m pleased that Ali is sharing one of her delicious recipes on my blog today. I named My Sweet Mission from two…
  • Roasted Red Pepper Quiche with Goat Cheese

    James and Alicia
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:30 am
    Raise Your Glass to the First of Many Healthy Recipes! Today I’d like to introduce a new section of this blog — the recipe section! I (Alicia) don’t just want to give you the means to make improvements to your home, but I’d like to share how you can live a fun and healthy life inside that home. I love to cook, and I thought it was about time I shared some of my favorite healthy and delicious recipes with all of you. This first recipe is a quiche and an old favorite. I know what you’re thinking — “A quiche?! I thought these were supposed to be healthy recipes!” I know, I know.
 
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    Squeaky Clean Maintenance Services

  • Which Carpet Cleaning Method is Best?

    Squeaky_Clean
    8 Jul 2014 | 4:31 pm
    Flooring and carpet companies, landlords and real estate agents recommend that the carpets in your home are professionally cleaned periodically. For very heavy traffic areas or in homes where you have pets and/or children, a professional carpet cleaning service every 6-12 months may be required and is definitely beneficial. In other cases, cleaning every couple of years is sufficient. The benefits of carpet cleaning are well known – it helps to remove dirt, dust and soiling from the surface of the carpet as well as deep into the carpet to ensure it is safe from bacteria and is hygienic. It…
  • Top Calorie Busting Cleaning Jobs

    Squeaky_Clean
    22 Jun 2014 | 10:51 pm
    Did you know that cleaning your home is one of the most efficient ways to get fit and lose weight? Not only is it free (as opposed to paying for a gym membership) but you are combining two healthy activities in one. We have compiled a list of the best jobs to do around the house that can help you lose some kilo’s while keeping the house looking squeaky clean! General House Cleaning General dusting, wiping, cleaning and vacuuming at a moderate to fast pace complete with bending and stretching can quite easily help you to lose 250-300 calories in an hour on average. You will burn even…
  • Household Germ Hot-Spots to Clean Before Cold and Flu Season

    Squeaky_Clean
    29 Apr 2014 | 6:21 pm
    It’s finally started to cool down in Melbourne – about time! A change in the weather means its almost time for the inevitable cold and flu season. By now I’m sure you’ve considered getting the flu shot for yourself and the family, ahead of time. Great work! However to stay flu free (or at least try to), you need many lines of defence. This post will highlight the germ congregation hot spots around the home and show you how to keep them clean. Germs can spread throughout the home in a number of ways: via indirect contact (e.g. touching a surface such as a door knob that…
  • Clean Your Mattress Like a Pro!

    Squeaky_Clean
    12 Apr 2014 | 6:02 pm
    The average person sleeps for approximately 1/3 of their life. This means that an Australian who sleeps 8 hours per night will spend just over 27 years lying down on their mattress! Note – this doesn’t include sleep ins! Yes, thats right. 27 years! We spend hours every week cleaning the home. Yes, you strip away the sheets, pillow cases, quilt cover and mattress protector and wash them regularly. However how about the surface you lye on underneath those sheets each night? The mattress top can’t simply be stripped off and washed. Therefore, we would like to share some great…
  • Love Your Pet But Hate Cleaning Pet Hair?

    Squeaky_Clean
    2 Apr 2014 | 11:34 pm
    Firstly I’d like to take this opportunity to say I love my pets! They are not just animals we keep in the backyard, but are family members. In our home we have 2 large dogs (Great Danes at 70kg each) and 2 cats (regular house cats that were adopted due to being abandoned as kittens). Most of the time they are inside animals, except for when we are not home. This means shedding hair on the floor, leaving paw prints on the carpet, jumping on the bed (only when we let them!) and occasionally being lap dogs. Imagine a dopey 70kg Great Dane parking himself on your lap! As you could guess,…
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    Recent Blog Posts

  • The Homeowner's Guide to Fence Shopping

    31 Jul 2014 | 10:30 am
    A new fence will enhance the beauty and security of your property. If you are considering a new fence installation for your home, you will have many factors to consider. From the style of your fence to the security of your property, it is important to select a fence that is suited to your particular needs. A fence contractor located in Lake Worth can answer all of your questions about your options for security fences and privacy fences. To help you learn more about residential fencing, here is a homeowner's guide to shopping for a new fence. Consider Rules and Regulations When you are…
  • What Type of Fence Should Go Around Your Pool?

    24 Jul 2014 | 10:30 am
    If you have a pool in your backyard, it is important to secure the pool area with a properly designed pool fence. A pool fence will enhance the privacy of your pool, while also protecting the safety of yourself and your loved ones. Before you start on a new fence installation near Lake Worth, it is a great idea to consider all of the types of pool fences that are available for your home. To get you started on your pool safety fence project, here is a look at some of the types of pool fences that are available to you. Aluminum Fence An aluminum fence is a great choice for your new pool fence .
  • Fencing In Pool Safety

    11 Jul 2014 | 11:30 am
    A pool is a great addition to any home and can be the site of many happy family memories. However, pool ownership also brings responsibility. Shimmering swimming pools are all too tempting for little ones, and it's up to you to do everything you can to make sure kids never enter your pool area unsupervised. A pool fence is the solution. Pool fences not only protect your own children, but also prevent neighborhood kids from wandering into your pool area. When you buy a pool fence, make sure it is high enough to keep children out and that it can't be climbed easily. Fencing South…
  • Types of Fencing

    10 Jul 2014 | 10:30 am
    Today, there's a lot more variety than just the plain old picket fence. For starters, you can choose between numerous fence materials, including wood, aluminum, vinyl, iron, and chain link. Next, you can choose the style of fencing you like best. Privacy fences are popular, as are decorative fences. Ornamental and functional add-ons can customize and add value to your new fence. For more information on different types of fencing, watch this short video clip. Whether you already have a custom fence sketched out or you need help determining what type of fence will look best on your…
  • Fencing South Florida: Service You Can Trust

    3 Jul 2014 | 10:30 am
    For almost 15 years, Fencing South Florida has been one of the most trusted names in fencing installation services in Broward and Palm Beach County. We offer some of the lowest prices in the area, and yet our new fence installation services are second to none. We don't cut corners to cut prices, we simply eliminate the middle man to offer you the cheapest, fastest, and most efficient fencing in Lake Worth. In addition to our new fence installations, we also offer wood and aluminum fence repair services. Our experienced fence contractors can help keep your fence looking like new for years…
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    Granite Transformations Blog | Home Improvement & Design Ideas

  • Choosing the Perfect Sink for your Remodel

    caitlink
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:16 pm
    Now that you’ve selected the perfect solid surface or granite countertop for your newly renovated kitchen or bathroom, your next decision is choosing the perfect sink. With so many options on the market today, Granite Transformations is here to put it all in perspective for you with an easy guide to making the perfect choice. • Stainless Steel Sinks – Experts agree. Stainless steel sinks are the best choice to complement your granite or solid surface countertops because of their undermount capability and durability. Look for lower-gauge stainless steel when selecting your sink to ensure…
  • On the Rocks or Straight Up? Tips for Stocking Your Home Bar

    caitlink
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:04 am
    Adding a custom bar to your home is a fun and efficient way to entertain friends and family, bringing value to your home. Granite Transformations offers creative design ideas to create the perfect bar for your home with the use of top-shelf materials. With all the trendy new cocktails on the bar scene today, stocking your bar can be a bit challenging. Experts agree that sticking to the basic spirits for traditional libations and adding a few flavored ones for a fun twist on old favorites is the perfect balance for a well-stocked bar. Here are some suggestions on what to buy and have on hand…
  • Heinz Mack’s ‘The Sky Over Nine Columns’

    caitlink
    14 Jul 2014 | 8:43 am
    The waters off the island of San Giorgio Maggiore in Venice, Italy will be enchantingly illuminated beginning June 3 through November 23, 2014, as the installation of Heinz Mack’s ‘The Sky Over Nine Columns’ is unveiled to the public at the Church of San Giorgio. The structural ensemble consists of nine symmetrical columns, each standing 24.5 feet tall and covered with a golden mosaic of 800,000 tesserae bearing the sky. The tesserae, or small pieces of 24k gold-leaf Trend mosaic tiles, are used as instruments to reflect the light of the sun and moon onto the water. German artist Heinz…
  • Ten Breathtaking Beaches for Planning Your Summer Escape

    caitlink
    14 Jul 2014 | 8:25 am
    Close your eyes and imagine the feeling of a warm salty breeze blowing through your hair, powder-fine sand beneath your feet, and the soft crashing sound of waves on the surf. We all have our own visions of paradise and tranquility, but there’s just something about the beach that brings peace and serenity and beckons us from our busy day-to-day lives. Are you ready for the ultimate beach escape? Here is a list of ten beaches that have been voted to take your breath away: Anse Lazio; Praslin Island, Seychelles Located northeast of Madagascar in the middle of the Indian Ocean, Anse Lazio…
  • Todd Michael Creates Modern-Day Mosaic Designs Using Old World Artistry

    caitlink
    7 Jul 2014 | 7:57 am
    Blending the artistry of an ancient world with a modern twist has defined mosaic artist Todd Michael as one of the most sought after mosaic designers in South Florida. As a self-trained ‘mosaicist’ (a designer of mosaics), Todd has been transforming spaces into permanent works of art with mastery and beauty for the past 15 years. “The process begins with my imagination as it comes to life after studying the space,” Todd explained. “It has to be a perfect fit, since mosaic installations become absolute and permanent.” His latest work of art, ‘The View from Delilah,’ began in…
 
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    Home Design Ideas

  • 50 Ideas for Functional and Stylish Home Office Design

    Izandi Ibrahim
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:49 pm
    Working from home is an increasingly common lifestyle pattern, and thus the demand for home offices is at an all-time peak. In order to keep productivity high when travelling to … Continue reading →
  • 10 Ways to Make a TV in the Living Room Look Great

    Izandi Ibrahim
    27 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    It seems like design anathema, right? You’ve put so much energy and thought into creating the perfect living room… but right smack dab in the middle of it, someone had … Continue reading →
  • 10 Modern and Fresh Kitchen Trends with a Twist

    Izandi Ibrahim
    26 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    In a time where trends in home interior designs change as actively as any other styles in the industry, one particular genre remains popular for those who have an eye … Continue reading →
  • 20 Pointers for Getting a Kitchen Island That Works for You

    Izandi Ibrahim
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:57 am
    Islands register highly on the wish-lists of those in the process of redesigning their kitchen – they provide a versatile, usable space that’s distinct from the main storage units and … Continue reading →
  • 10 Ways to Create a Memorable Modern Dining Space

    Izandi Ibrahim
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:19 pm
    Eating around the table might be a traditional activity, but it’s one that you can bring right into the 21st century with intelligent modern dining design. These convenient tips focus … Continue reading →
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    United Fireplace & Stove

  • Benjamin Franklin – The Father of the Fireplace Insert

    George Roy
    30 Jul 2014 | 7:33 am
    Benjamin Franklin, the father of a variety of great inventions, is known for bringing some excellent contributions to society. One of our favorites is the “Franklin Stove”. The Franklin Stove, also known as the Pennsylvania Fireplace, is the predecessor to modern fireplace inserts. The free-standing stove invention was designed to fit directly into the opening of masonry fireplace to help increase safety and efficiency. During the early 18th century, house fires were extremely common and many people died due to the various hazards of indoor fireplaces. A serious wood shortage had also…
  • Modern Style Gas Fireplaces

    George Roy
    2 Jul 2014 | 2:35 pm
    There’s not much that beats the convenience and cleanliness of a gas burning fireplace. When first introduced to the market, gas fireplaces weren’t quite the sight to behold that they are today. Most models featured meek, blue flames that lacked the realistic appeal of the dancing fires created from burning wood. Not to mention, these old units were far from being a heating powerhouse. On the other hand, modern gas fireplaces provide homeowners with a sleek & stylish way to effectively and efficiently heat their home. Whether you want to add an instant atmosphere to your favorite…
  • Linear Gas Fireplaces

    George Roy
    2 Jul 2014 | 2:28 pm
    Linear gas fireplaces are a great modern alternative to bulky masonry fireplaces. While a burning fire brings wonderful warmth and a relaxing atmosphere, traditional fireplaces are large and often out of place in a contemporary style home. On the other hand, linear gas fireplaces are sleekly styled with clean lines and a long, low rectangular viewing space that perfectly complements a modern abode. The wide swath of flames along with fireglass & stone alternatives to traditional log sets make linear gas fireplaces a superb addition to chicly styled homes. Thanks to the design and…
  • Venting Solutions by AmeriVent

    George Roy
    26 May 2014 | 6:40 pm
    UFS member hearth stores sell a variety of fireplace & stove products, including venting solutions like pipes & liners. Here’s a look at the venting products offered by AmeriVent, one of our preferred vendors: AmeriVent has been, and continues to be, a pioneer in the development and simplification of effective venting products since 1951. AmeriVent offers high quality venting solutions including Chimney, Gas Vent, Pellet Vent, Stove Pipe, and Liners. Our products are made of durable materials for longevity, and are UL listed for safety. Our unique collection of vent and chimney…
  • Indoor & Outdoor Hearth Products – from Hearth Product Controls

    George Roy
    26 May 2014 | 7:32 am
    The member stores of United Fireplace & Stove offer a wide range of hearth appliances, stoves, fireplace inserts, accessories, firepits, and more. Many United members offer products from Hearth Product Controls, one of our buying groups preferred vendors. Check out more about HPC:   Hearth Products Controls Co. has been active in the hearth industry for over 35 years as a distributor of gas log components. We offer a variety of fire place parts including valves, remote controls, and more. We carry replacement kits for safety pilot, millivolt, & electronic valves- each includes the…
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    Comfort Matters

  • Keep your home safe during summer vacations.

    admin
    14 Jul 2014 | 5:45 am
    Heading out for the summer?  Make sure everything is safe and secure when you return. Summertime is vacation time. A chance to get away from the familiar routine and enjoy a little change of pace.  Unfortunately, you can’t take your house with you.  But you can take a few extra steps to keep it safe while you’re gone. Piled up papers say “nobody’s home” If your front yard has a collection of unread newspapers, or the mailbox is bulging with uncollected mail, that’s a pretty sure sign that nobody is home.  If you’re going to be gone for more than a day or two, arrange to have…
  • When summer arrives, greet it with a smile.

    admin
    1 Jul 2014 | 5:45 am
    Prepare your home for hot weather, and stay comfortable during even the worst heat. Summer’s on the way, and with it comes miserable, sticky heat that can make your home uncomfortable, and raise your energy use.  Stay cool, comfortable and energy-smart with a few tips for defending your home from summer weather. Clean your air filter One of the easiest ways to keep your home comfortable this summer is to make sure your air filter is clean.  A clean air filter creates less resistance for air, allowing it to flow more freely through your air conditioning system.  This will make your home…
  • Thermostat advice from the professionals.

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    16 Jun 2014 | 7:55 am
    Let a Lennox® expert help you connect with your thermostat. As the brains of your heating and cooling system, the thermostat can have a huge effect on energy efficiency and comfort.  Kyle Golden, Product Manager of Controls for Lennox, weighs in on thermostats, and the advantages you’ll enjoy with a programmable model. The heart of your system. “The thermostat controls every other part of your system,” says Golden.  “It’s your point of contact.  So it’s important to use a thermostat that can give you maximum return on your system investment.” For that reason, Golden…
  • Expert advice to help make your system run better.

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    2 Jun 2014 | 5:45 am
    Let a Lennox® professional help you enjoy longer system life and greater comfort. As we all know, a heating and cooling system is a substantial investment for any homeowner to make. So how can you make sure you get the most comfort out of your system for the longest time?  Ask an expert. Brent Garret, President of Star Home Comfort in Carrolton, Texas has some good advice for homeowners looking to maximize their comfort and the longevity of their heating and cooling equipment. Get Professional Help First and foremost, Brent recommends getting your system inspected by a trained HVAC…
  • A few small energy-smart changes can add up to a big difference.

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    19 May 2014 | 6:30 am
    With energy costs going up every day, there’s never been a better time to start thinking about conservation. Changes don’t have to be drastic, either. Every little bit helps, because over time those little things add up to big savings. Get yourself in hot water. Water heaters use up to 18% of your total energy bill every month*, which gives you a big opportunity for big savings. The more you do to hold in the heat, the better. Consider buying a water heater blanket, a simple insulated wrap that goes around your water heater, to reduce lost warmth. Also consider insulating the pipes in…
 
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  • Bright Vibrant Colors Hot for Scottsdale Kitchen Remodel

    Jim Weisman
    31 Jul 2014 | 10:47 am
    If you have attended any home design or kitchen improvement events lately, you may have felt the need to wear sunglasses, due to the heavy presence of bright colors. Vibrant shades are a growing trend among those seeking to give their boring kitchens an exciting makeover. While bright colors may be viewed as a more modern style, in reality these shades were a staple of kitchen décor in the past. As this article notes, pops of color in the kitchen—in shades like red or Kelly green—started growing in popularity after the 1930s. Most people likely envision neutral, understated colors when…
  • Phoenix Bath Remodel Offers Payoff Other Projects Don’t

    Jim Weisman
    29 Jul 2014 | 9:43 am
    It’s a well-known mantra in the real estate world: buyers like kitchens and bathrooms. So for homeowners who are planning to sell in the not-too-distant future, investing in a bathroom remodel to give the space an upgrade can pay off when buyers make an offer. Of course, you need to make your choices carefully, and with the preferences of potential buyers in mind. If you splurge on very high-end luxury elements, you will have a tougher time recouping your costs. USA Today reviewed five projects that probably won’t allow you to recoup your investment when it comes time for you to sell the…
  • 10 Things to Consider When Adding on to Your Home

    Jim Weisman
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:44 pm
    The guide we recently announced is available for  download today!  Make sure you get your copy of “10 Things to Consider When Adding On To Your Home.” Republic West Remodeling created this resource to help you understand what’s involved in building a home addition.  We cover a wide range of important topics, including how you can: Develop a comprehensive plan and budget Figure out how to fund the project Determine the size and scope of the addition Select the location Analyze heating and cooling requirements Evaluate electrical and plumbing requirements Decide on design elements and…
  • Trendy Yet Affordable Phoenix Bathroom Remodel Elements

    Jim Weisman
    17 Jul 2014 | 9:23 am
    In the world of home renovation and design, “trendy” is often a code word for really expensive. And indeed many hot trends can be costly, especially if they involve high-tech elements or delicate materials. It definitely would be easy for a bathroom remodel budget to quickly skyrocket if a few particularly pricey and trendy elements are added to the plan. However, it is possible to be both trendy and financially conservative, if you plan your choices strategically. The key is to look for ways to incorporate various trendy items in a way that doesn’t cost a fortune. It is also helpful to…
  • Everything You Need to Know About Outdoor Living Spaces

    Jim Weisman
    17 Jul 2014 | 9:06 am
    Claim your copy of our latest guide, “Everything You Need to Know About Outdoor Living Spaces” today!  Our latest resource guide is available for download now. This guide is an informative, must-have resource for anyone considering an outdoor remodeling project. We tell you how you can turn your outdoor space into a functional living area that adds significant square footage to your home. To help you and your guests enjoy the fresh air with an inviting outdoor area, our latest guide covers: Budget Size Design Consistency Furnishings Landscaping Views Privacy Shelter Accessibility Knowing…
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