Thursday, August 29, 2013

How to Choose Fencing Material

When it comes to fencing material, you have many options, from aluminum to vinyl and everything in between. So how do you know which fencing material is the best for your needs? Below are some key facts about different materials to help you choose the right fence for your home or business.
Wood. One of the most popular fencing materials, wood comes in a variety of styles - from quaint white picket fences to six-foot-high privacy fences. However, while wood is a popular choice, it can be challenging to maintain, since it's more prone to damage from high winds and other weather events and is susceptible to rot.

Vinyl. Vinyl can mimic the look of wood fencing, but is easier to maintain and stands up better to the elements such as wind, rain and snow. However, some people may not like the artificial or manufactured look of vinyl fencing. It can also cost more than a comparable wood fence and you may have limited options when it comes to color.
Stone and brick. Stone can provide an attractive, rustic aesthetic for your property, while brick offers a sturdy, classic look. But these fences can also be expensive and challenging to install, and once they've been built, a stone or brick wall is harder to remove than some other types of fencing. If you decide to pursue this option, make sure that you work with a contractor who has experience installing stone and brick fences.
Aluminum. Aluminum fencing can mimic the look of more expensive materials like wrought iron, but is also less sturdy. However, aluminum fences can be recycled after they're no longer in use, which could be a plus for green-minded homeowners.
Chain link. It's not the most attractive option, but chain link fences are sturdy and affordable. For areas of your property that are less visible and where privacy isn't an issue, chain link could be a good option. Chain link is also an ideal fencing material if you have a very large area that needs to be fenced.
Wrought iron. Wrought iron is attractive, though it can be more costly to install than some other fencing options. It's also easy to customize wrought iron fencing so that you get a fence that truly fits with the style of your home. Homeowners may also choose high wrought iron fences because of the security they provide. However, wrought iron fences require more maintenance than some other types of fences.

Loop Pile Carpets: Selecting the Right Carpet for Your Flooring

Carpets are a good way to create that warm, vibrant and pleasant atmosphere in your home. However, to get the most out of these floor coverings, it’s best to choose them based on the use you have in mind. So, for instance, if you need a carpet for your hallway, you may want to consider a loop pile carpet. It’s hardwearing, and therefore more suited to high traffic areas.

However, before making a purchase for this kind of carpet, there are some things you should factor in:


When purchasing a loop pile floor covering, you’re bound to come across three distinct types:

  • The textured loop
  • The level loop, and
  • The multilevel loop.

Textured loops vary in height and create patterns resulting in the visibility being increased by certain colour variations. Also, the differences in the sizes of the loops determine the texture of the carpet surface. Similarly, the multilevel collections have varying loop heights, but the variations are more pronounced. On the other hand, level loop carpets have loops of equal height, which gives such carpets a relatively smooth surface.

Apart from the style, it's also good to take into account the density of the carpet, because this very much influences how good it will look and how long it will last.

An Underlay

Just like the carpet itself, an underlay is essential; so, it shouldn’t be overlooked. That’s why, when buying a carpet, it’s important to go for an underlay for carpet. The cushion plays a major role in the appearance and performance of your carpet. Once you put it underneath, it will not only help you achieve a softer and more comfortable feel, but it will also keep your carpet from wearing out, fast.


The texture and colour of the carpet you go for determines the level of maintenance that will go into it. For example, if you have small children or pets in your home, it’s probably best not to choose carpets with bright colours and patterns, as they will stain easily, which can mean regular, intensive cleaning that you may not have the time for.

In addition, you should also factor in the maintenance costs of the carpet. A higher grade carpet may cost more, but, they tend to give you a better and longer service in the long term, so you get more value for your money.

All in all, regardless of the quality, your carpet doesn’t have to cost you a fortune. With a little research and a firm idea of what you need, you can get quality loop pile carpets and underlay at great prices.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

End of Summer Blooms

I love summer and gardening.  My yard is at its peak in May-July each year; however, there are still some good blooms to enjoy into August and September.  One of my favorite flowers, Cosmos, are in full bloom right now!  In fact, they were going SO crazy along the entry to my front door, I had to put this little fence up to corral them in.  My husband thought I should cut them back...  now that's just crazy-talk!!


This area is fairly newly planted.  A few months ago I decided to pull all of the boxwoods that were lining this planter.  I was able to give them to a friend and they are now thriving in her backyard.

We already had this amazing Weeping Cherry and Tree Peony.  They both bloom in early Spring.
Is there anything prettier than a clematis climbing up a birdhouse and blooming?
Here it is a few weeks after I planted the area.  Many of the flowers that were blooming back in May are done now, but the Cosmos are happy to keep going!

And because I love birdhouses, I had to throw this picture in.   The fern is a volunteer.  I love how it's growing around the birdhouse. 
What are your favorite flowers? 
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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Five Top Tips for Garden Maintenance

If your garden is an overgrown jungle or a desolate wasteland all is not lost. Whether you are blessed with green fingers or you could kill cress, the following tips should help you keep an attractive, verdant garden without too much effort.

Gardening really isn’t rocket science and with the right gear and a bit of patience and attention, you too can create an oasis of calm and beauty outside your home. Read on and rejuvenate your outdoor area with our help.

1) Treat your plants to a trim
Leave your garden for months at a time and don’t be surprised if it has turned into a world of untamed triffids. The secret to a great looking garden is to trim little and often. This will encourage growth and keep plants in shape and in check.

2) Invest in appropriate equipment
If you don’t have the right equipment for gardening then treat yourself to a few items, such as a Stretch Hose for watering your shrubbery, some secateurs to trim back bushes and a garden fork to help with sowing seeds and keeping your turf in good health.

3) Let water flow
Irrigation is essential in any garden if you want it to be lush and green, rather than dusty and brown. This means creating a simple irrigation system if you have a sizeable garden – especially so if you live in a warm climate. With adequate water your plant life should thrive with relatively little attention paid to it.

4) Whack those weeds
Dealing with weeds as soon as possible is the best way to keep your garden free of these botanical pests. Pulling them by hand is recommended over chemical weed killer and if you keep a regular eye on your lawn, this shouldn’t take up much of your time. If the problem requires more than hand power, there are various weed killers available that could offer a satisfactory solution.

5) Make sure to mow high
Most people wait ages to mow their lawn and then give it a crew cut, chopping low on the grass blades. Rather than doing that just cut the tops off the grass for a denser lawn. And don’t bother with a grass catcher on your mower, just let the trimmings fall onto the grass.

More Games for the Game Room

A couple of weeks ago, I went to Fleattitude, a Vintage Market about 50 miles from my house.  I wasn't sure how long it'd take me to get there, so I was pretty early, which made me happy.  (I love being one of the first in line for sales like this!)   The night before, my husband said he wanted to go, until he found out that we'd be leaving by the crack of dawn.  He tried to get me to wait till later to go--not a chance.  Instead, he slept in and I shopped till I dropped. 
I found a lot of fun stuff!
The first thing I found was this game board.  I had been considering one online for awhile, but wasn't sure.  I saw this and saw the great price, so I scooped it up!  The only thing wrong with it was a missing net in one corner.
Since I don't do needlework, I decided I would find a replacement.  I thought maybe a fishing net, but those were too thin and expensive. 
My husband found this set.  And it was on clearance.  By the time it was ours, we'd paid $2.33.  Definitely worth the chance!
I needed the new net to look a lot like this old one.  
 I cut it out of the racquet and sprayed it with Camouflage paint.  I let it dry about an hour, then stuffed it in the corners and hung it on the wall.



Yes, if you look closely, you can see which corner is the new one, but really, most people who come into our Game Room are there for a party, so I doubt that they'll ever notice!

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Monday, August 19, 2013

5 Home Maintenance Tips to Save You Money

Keeping a functional and comfortable home isn’t cheap. There are utility bills, cleaning products can be pricey and then there is the cost of home improvements. But of course these things are necessary for a house or flat you can be proud of.

Thankfully there are a number of ways to minimise home maintenance costs, so read on for some money saving tips.

1) Rent tools that you won’t need again
If you need to use a large floor sander or a hammer drill for a DIY project, think about whether you are likely to use it again. If not, opt for tool rental rather than buying a pricey device that will probably just gather dust in your shed for the next 10 years. There are numerous tool hire companies offering an array of strange and wonderful things that could be very useful, but which you probably don’t need to own.

2) Buy appropriate vacuum bags
There is a huge variety of vacuum cleaner bags available for different brands and different models. Often people can’t find their particular bag at the local shop so simply make do with the nearest size they can find. This may seem like a good idea at the time, but using the wrong bag leads to your vac not working efficiently and means you will have to swap it before it is properly full, costing you money. If you have a Hoover, buy Hoover bags; if you have a Miele vacuum, buy Miele bags. They will save you cash in the long run and make sure that your device works as intended.

3) Save leftover materials
If you have assembled some furniture and you have a handful of spare screws or a few pieces of wood, keep hold of them. Collect all your unused home improvement materials and you will find that they will come in handy for future projects.

4) Get creative with unwanted paint
If you are left with half full cans of paint that you don’t want to use elsewhere in your home, consider whether they could be blended to create an interesting new tone. A gaudy orange and magnolia can create a soft sunset yellow, for instance. Of course you are limited by your leftovers: brown and red won’t combine quite as well!

5) Prevention is better than cure
Fixing up your gutters, cleaning your roof or trimming the ivy might seem like unnecessary work if there is nothing currently wrong with your home, but preventative measures like this can save you significant sums which would be incurred by not staying on top of your maintenance. A little effort now saves a lot of effort, and expense, later.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Grain Sack Pillow

A friend was moving and trying to get rid of things. I was the lucky person who happened to be in town that day!
She gave me this neat old grain sack.
I took an Ikea pillow insert and pinned the fabric around it.
 It then sat on my couch with the pins for several weeks...
Today I sewed it up and now it's good to go. I love the colors and graphics!
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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

This Blog is a-Movin'!

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How to make your home more saleable

It seems that the housing market is finally on the up again so this could be an ideal time to prepare your home for sale. If you want to get the best price possible for your property you should take a look around it and think about how you could add value to it, and make it a more attractive prospect to buyers.

There are loads of ways to increase the value of your home with simple home improvements. Read on for our list of top tips.

Quality conversions

If you have a room in your home that is doing very little other than storing junk and gathering dust, you should consider a conversion. Converting a basement or an attic into an extra bedroom can add significant value to a home and will certainly make it more appealing to buyers.

Insulate your space, add carpets and attractive internal doors and you will start to see what kind of transformation is possible. Skylights and light tubes are also recommended to add natural light to cellars and lofts.

A lick of paint

A simple lick of fresh paint can make a big difference to the impression potential buyers get of a home when they look around. Neutral tones such as white or magnolia are the best plan, as people like to see a property as a blank canvas on which they can create their own style. So, to make your home more saleable for very little money get on your painters overalls and grab your brush and roller.

Fabulous flooring

Quality wooden flooring is another great way to make a home more attractive and desirable without incurring great cost. Bamboo flooring has a pale, natural appearance and looks great in any room or hallway, perhaps accented with a statement rug or two.

A gorgeous garden

To make the most of your property you should spruce up your garden too. Whether you have an expansive lawn or a snug patio you should make the most of this space. Do a little weeding, add some extra plants, hanging baskets and maybe a table and chairs if you don’t currently have one and viewers will see the potential of your outdoor area.

Friday, August 9, 2013

Tips To Resolve Your Kitchen Remodeling Project

If you are bored with the look or layout of your kitchen , remodeling is one of the most cost-effective way to get your dream space . The kitchen is one of the most trafficked every room , so you really redesign will breathe new life into your home . When it comes to starting the process , you 'll want to be equipped to handle the layout , design , and how to choose the right contractor and knows how to communicate with them . When planning your kitchen remodeling project , there are a few things to keep in mind .

First , you will want to find the right contractor to handle your project . Ask friends and neighbors for their opinion or recommendation is always a good place to start . Before you make a decision , you should always check a contractor 's previous work . You should also try to visit a work in progress . This way you can have an idea of ​​the results of any given contractor will produce and how they are doing every project they do . If you find the right company to handle your project , there is a possibility that they might be busy with other projects . Be patient and wait . Ask for references and talk to past customers to get a sense of how the project might go .

Before you approach a kitchen planner , you should have a good idea of the layout you want . Go prepared . A planner can help you to maximize your space and budget by using some tips and tricks , but you have to go with the image scale space , including all important aspects of such outlets , heaters , doors , and so on . You also need to have a list of everything you want from your design . Bring in pictures or designs that you admire certain material that you like. Knowing the layout that will work best for you and your family .

You will want to set a budget and timeline with the contractor before the work begins . You might be tempted to do the work yourself , but hire a GC is always a smart decision . When you do hire a contractor , take the time to find one that works for you . Do not commit to any GC if you feel uncomfortable for any reason . Kitchen remodeling is an investment , so take the time needed to plan the process from start to finish .

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Finding the Right Storm Damage Repair Company Are Crucial to Your House Restoration

Bad weather can do terrible damage to your home . If you live in an area that is often hit by major weather such as hurricanes or tornadoes , then you must be prepared for the worst , so you will have a home to come back when the weather is sunny . Taking the time to do some research in advance and find storm damage repair company is important .

There are several things to consider when you are looking for the right company . You will want to find a company that offers good customer service , guarantees on the service , and a good reputation . Looking characteristics in a company will help you to make the right choice .

When you begin your research , you may see some advertisements for various companies . It is wise to see what the website is trying to show you . The area was probably located where the power company . It may be that a particular company is not doing well repair storm damage roof . If this is the case , then you probably will find a focus on the restoration of the roof .

In order to find out whether a company offering good customer service , may be best for you to contact or visit . You will be able to find out whether the company has good customer service by how they treat people who walk in the door . Hot coffee and some cookies can go a long way . An individual 's personality at the front desk did not . It should not matter that a company that specializes in the construction . A company with good customer service would be wise to make sure to hire someone for this area .

Assurance should also be considered when you are looking for the right storm damage repair company . You need to ensure that any work done to your home and the materials used in it for restoration will be covered under warranty . You will want to ask upfront what their policy is on bail for the actual services as well .

A good reputation is another important area to consider before choosing a company repair storm damage . Be sure to talk with the people who are affected by the weather in the different companies of the past and used to help . You can also read reviews that discuss the various companies . When you read the reviews , it is important to read with discretion , because some people just like to complain .

After considering these areas and others that are important to you , hopefully you will find the best storm damage repair company for your future needs . Hopefully you will never need to contact them again , but at least you will have the number if you need to do .

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Thursday, August 8, 2013

Do You Need Basement Waterproofing ?

If the ground floor of your property or musty wet , either from flooding , leaks , or unknown causes , you may be thinking of ways to keep your property protected . There are various steps you can do yourself to keep the area dry and free from water -related issues . For some people , basement waterproofing may be the only viable and sustainable solution to this problem . So , what kind of projects that involve ? Does your property need this job to be completed in order to keep your floor dry and safe from water damage significant ?

When trying to determine why your basement damp or musty property , you may be considering a particular service or product that claims to provide basement waterproofing . Is it possible to completely prevent water by sealing up the wall ? It is , however, this step may not be necessary in every case . Before you definitely decide to go ahead with the service , you have to start by finding the source of the water problem . First , look to the outside of your home , the exterior of the building . Check if there are signs of water could get into the building . Check your gutters , downspouts , and other elements of your drainage system for possible entry points .

You have to take the steps you can take to prevent problems that may come from your drainage system . Doing so can save you tons of money on more drastic service designed to keep your property dry . Also , maintenance is important. Before shelling out hundreds or even thousands of dollars on basement waterproofing services , you must make sure that you maintain the sewer and drainage system itself as much as possible . Keeping the water flowing out of your drainage system is directed away from your property as much as possible .

When problems are too serious for regular maintenance to control homeowner , you may need basement waterproofing services . Hire a contractor to provide you with this service is a significant investment , so it is important that you take the time to find the right contractor to do the work . You should get estimates from at least a different contractor to compare and contrast the services required and the cost to do the job . It is important that you choose a contractor that you feel is being honest with you about the services you really need . Take your time and do your research before you decide to go ahead with the project .

Treat Storage Units Like Extra Room For Your Home Goods

Do you want to build an extra wide to your home for years now ? Well , you probably do not have thousands of dollars to devote to a major renovation project , but you still can get more space for the things you want to keep . Why not rent yourself a storage unit ? You can adjust some stuff in just one room space , and you will barely notice the monthly rental fee . Most places even offer a $ 1 move - in deals and specials online ordering .

You can actually use the storage unit as you will later create the room . Throw down the carpet in the room and set up the area just as if it was that extra sitting room or guest bedroom you are ready to start building . If your partner see how much fun all the pieces of furniture you have to coordinate together , it might be more motivated to initiate additional projects . Then , you 'll just keep these things until they move into their rooms intended to fill .

Maybe you empty nesters converting existing space into some other kind of space . In this case , you have to move all the furniture from the house into one or more storage units while you reset it . Let's say your child or a child's bedroom is now going to be a library . You may not want to throw the bed was very good and all the other things that they 've used in that room . Just keep them in the room rent until they can be sold or distributed in the whole house .

Of course , the storage units can always be useful if you move in with a totally different . You may have to vacate the house before the others are ready . Sadly , timeframe and schedule of life does not always fit together as ideally as you would expect . It is not that big of a hassle though . Just unpack your moving truck to be one of several storage unit while you are waiting for your new home will be available . You and your family members may have to stay in an extended stay hotel for a while, but you do not have to worry about where all the stuff you are . They will be safe and sound in the room rent which is monitored 24/7 .

Such as life changing and becoming more complex , the need for space can be a problem too . Have a large enough space rental that you can use whenever you want it really very useful . For just a few dollars a day , you have access to the room - climate controlled only as big as a room in your home .

Home Remodeling Help Increase Home Value

Slowly but surely , the housing market on the rebound . Many areas across the United States began to see a significant increase in home sales from year to year . This may indicate a greater consumer faith in the economy , and the willingness to invest in real estate once again . For many homeowners who are considering putting their homes on the market in the near future , this is very good news . It also means that now is a better time than ever to consider investing in home remodeling services . If you have a gloomy kitchen , bathroom tacky or outdated , or cramped and uncomfortable living room , remodeling not only can create a living space that is brighter and happier for you and your family , but it can also help increase the value of the house when you are ready to sell . It is important to choose a reputable home remodel service provider and experienced , however , to ensure services for home remodel that will be the most financially lucrative .


Kitchen dubbed " heart home " , for good reason . The kitchen is often considered the most important room in the house to potential home buyers . If you 've found yourself wanting a few updates for your kitchen , know that if done correctly and at the right price , the value that you add to your home in a professional kitchen you can update as much as double the initial investment cost of the renovation . When utilizing home renovation services , it is a pretty safe bet to keep granite countertops and stainless steel appliances , although there are other options out there if you have something very specific in mind . Try not to be too specific to your own taste if you intend to move in the next few years , though - you want your new kitchen should be enough to attract a variety of classic tastes of potential buyers ' .


The number and size of the bathroom of the house can be as important or even more important for many home buyers , especially if they have a very large family or entertain guests frequently . Professional bathroom remodeling is usually a very good investment to make in your home . If you have the space to enlarge an existing bathroom or adding a new bathroom , you can make a big difference in the overall market value of your home . If you can not expand out , thinking to go up by installing a skylight or an additional window . A bright , lighter automatic bathroom looks a little wider than the bathrooms were dark and dull . Consider a more modern facilities , such as steam baths , whirlpool tubs , or heated floors . Do not forget about adding extra storage for towels and linens .

Legacy Design Build Remodeling , headquartered in Scottsdale , has earned a reputation as a Phoenix home remodeling company main . When it comes to experience , value and quality , Legacy rank among the best in Arizona . In fact , the company has been selected as the company's number one remodeling Phoenix six years in a row by Ranking Arizona magazine .

Modern Myths About Green Design

Green modern design has received much attention in recent times as one of the best ways to go to homeowners . However , there are also many myths associated with this design , and this is far from the truth . It is important to dispel the myth that to get a true account what green design has to offer .

Green building materials are not readily available and thus must be imported . This is not true , and most of the materials used for construction services easily available . People tend to believe that the exotic materials that are difficult to find locally used . The truth is that most of the materials used by green builders are easy to find here and sold in most hardware stores locally . Plants used for compounds or roof also can grow here and not imported from other countries .

Green building does not actually lead to energy savings . The building is designed to use a lot of energy in terms of heating , lighting among other requirements . However , green builders use technology such as solar to provide energy at home . This helps to reduce dependence on fossil fuels is not only expensive but also has a greenhouse effect . Energy savings are also done through proper insulation to ensure that there is no need to use energy to heat or cool the interior .

Green building is very complicated . The reason people say this is because most people do not know much about green building . However , there are experts who specialize in this type of construction and the project can be done in no time at all . So all you have to do is get in touch with a green construction company and let them handle all the details .

Green building is not comfortable to live in. This is not true because green builders always make sure that the houses are built to provide maximum comfort t occupant . Instead of removing facilities useful in the home , they instead replace them with environmentally friendly . You have everything you need but a different version of the normal which causes damage to the buildings environment.Green always ugly and you can not choose the design . This could not be further from reality .

There is a custom home builder who can help you come up with a green home is designed with your taste . You have a voice in deciding how the house will look like in the end so that you get one that is enough. Additionally , when you go into a green construction company , you get so many interesting and beautiful home design options to choose from .

It costs a lot to build a green building . Just as with a normal building , there are high- end luxury green building and they are cost effective . Therefore , you have to do is consult with a green construction company and inquire about the building that is in your budget . Construction companies can always use additional strategies to ensure that costs are reduced and more value-added .

Save Money When Prepping Your Home

You probably already know by now that staging your home is a key element in the sale of the house quickly . After all , when you list your home for the first time , you want to make it ready to give the best first impression of your home , you can . If your home is in decent condition , then there is no need to make more of an update on the renovation or effort . Staging your home does not have to break the bank . Here are some suggestions to give your home a modern look , clean without putting a dent in your budget .

Clean .

It is something very simple but it still can be difficult , especially if you still live at home . Make sure that you always clean up and keep the house ready to show at all times and ensure that the highly trafficked areas of particular interest .

Get Rid Of Clutter

Knick knacks and other ornaments results in the search for a small room , and the items are very distinctive to prevent buyers from imagining themselves living in your home . Family portraits and photos recorded refrigerator because you want buyers to think about their own future , not your memories . Religious or cultural items must be removed for a while too .

Borrowing Some Furniture

Small pieces of furniture may need to be moved because they can look like a mess , especially if there are many of them . But you do not want to get rid of everything that you still want the room to feel and look complete . Consider getting a few things from family and friends when you are trying to sell the house . You can also find a lot of free things , or cheap , on Craigslist especially if you are going to haul away .

Top coat instead of refinishing their hardwood floors .

In today's market , home buyers love hardwood floors , so the floor is not perfectly even in the condition seen as an upgrade over the carpeted . Do not spend time refinishing wood floors if the color has been lost or has developed some scratches . Consider lightly sanding the floor and then apply the top coat finish to the area . In many cases , able to finish applied in one day allow drying overnight .

Old Black Cat Schedule

If you have been looking for outdoor gear you might want to think about painting them black . If you do a good job painting that will give the home a contemporary look without having to spend money for new lights .

" Age " Brass Your Schedule .

Brass is really great decade ago , but now only make the house look old . But brass antique style became so popular that thinking about buying something for stains brass instead of replacing them . There are things in the shops most hardware that will allow you to give the brass fittings look old .

Do not Paint Every Room

If you have a large room that is personalized you will probably want to paint their rooms but if it is a child's room or small closet that may be left as it is not going to make or break a sale. Projects smaller can usually given to new buyers because they are usually the kind of thing that a new buyer changed anyway no matter what you do with the room . You stay focused on painting the room a larger and a smaller left alone . Also if it might be more effective if you just worry about painting the walls and trim left alone because this way you only need to buy one color of paint .

in Conclusion

Sell ​​your house quickly is not directly correlated with how much you spend updating your home . Instead , it is about giving your home is complete , inviting feel that will allow potential home buyers to easily see how big your space is to their lifestyle .

Looking for advice on how to sell the property easily , but if the information is appropriate for your situation ? If not , you need to look elsewhere . Preparation is the most important part of selling your home quickly .

Stopping Squeaks In Your Home

Over time , or due to heavy usage , lubrication on your door may be reduced . The outcome wearing squeaking door . Although many homeowners do not consider this to be a problem , it's really disturbing others .

The great news is that the doors squeak really a minor issue that can be fixed easily . Often times , you can fix the problem without buying a new or new door hinges .

pay Attention

The first step to fix a squeaky door is to pay attention to the sound . Where the noise is actually coming from? It sounds simple , but in fact may be more difficult to determine than you think . The easiest way to diagnose the problem is to do a test swing .

Performing The Swing Test

In order to properly perform the test , you will need to swing the door a few times and see where the sound was coming from. Standing at the side of the door where the sound is loudest and then do the swing test again .

Determine whether the squeak only happens when you swing the door sooner or later . Or , if the squeak happens during every swing ?

The improvement

If squeaking occurs all the time , you may need to lubricate the hinges . You can use WD 40 , or even sewing machine oil to fix a squeaky hinge . Use only a few drops of oil and clean the excess with a rag . Then , slowly open and close the doors to spread the lubricant around the hinge .

If the surface of the carpet near the door , you have to put the old cloth under the hinge to protect the carpet . Keep in mind that you may need to lubricate door hinges squeaking on a regular basis to keep under control .

If this does not work , you can try to tighten the screws on the hinge itself. Sometimes, screws become loose after the door has been widely used . Tightening the screws can be very helpful . Do not forget to hit the head pin on plate screws to ensure that it is too tight .

another Fix

Sometimes, the door may squeak due to hinge bound . This occurs when the wood rubbing against wood doors door frames . Unfortunately , fixing squeaking types can take some work .

In order to fix the squeak , you will need to unscrew the hinges on the door side door jam . Be sure to leave the other side of the hinge attached to the door . In fact , you may want to tighten the hinge before you start , so that the hinges remain tight during the procedure .

You will now need to carve out niches near the barrel hinge . It may take some trial and effort to find out exactly how much you will need to cut . Be careful when sculpt and chisel a small amount at a time . You can always cut or notch more if needed !

If this still does not fix your problem , you may need to call a professional contractor to help you with this problem .

Want to sell a home or buy a property ? Christianne is a sales representative at Homelife Realty Platinum Limited Brokerage . He was referred by his client as very professional focus , customer service , and friendly personality . See what clients have to say about Christianne in . Contact her about your home or property that is in Guelph MLS listings and he will be happy to assist you with your needs .

Ideas to decorate your house this Halloween

Over the years , Halloween has always been an important event for people around the world . During this season , people transform their homes and their pages become more enjoyable experience suitable for children and adults . Halloween gain popularity even more and more popular each year , with sales of home decor and costumes form a billion dollar industry . The popularity of the festival has rejuvenated the need for home decorating ideas and home decor shop that can meet all the requirements festive .

A house that has more substance and less clutter can be said to be an ideal place to live . The holiday season is a time of year where families spend most of their time together . This leads to the need ugly home decor items because even minimalist decor for any home can look dazzling . Home decorating ideas can help increase the value of the home as well as look good . Here are some home decorating ideas to help you mimic the time of year .

lighting :
It is important to choose the right lighting for Halloween because there's more to lighting than just light up a room . Lighting shall be in accordance with the atmosphere of the event. The use of overhead chandelier or lamp that can be mounted on the ceiling . They will work well to illuminate a large space such as a room or kitchen and is the perfect choice for over the dining table . Chandeliers can add a royal touch and carry a payload of vintage home , especially the dining room . Moreover , the addition of pendant lighting and mini pendant lighting can be very interesting during this holiday season .

Wall Decor :
By adding a touch of personality with some creative , wall hangings will transform a wall or may provide a starting point for the transformation is amazing and beautiful . The use of metal wall art and canvas art is ideal for wall decoration . Metal wall art designs have become very popular decorative products such as those found in a variety of steel gauges with a variety of color options . Wall sculpture is also being carved in a variety of sizes . They can be placed in various parts of the house , livening up the walls and keep the spirit of Halloween .

Rugs :
With the Halloween season nearby, it is important to use a mat and carpet . There will be more guests and children who will visit during the holiday season . There are several designs available in home decor stores , from which one can choose from . Carpet stair treads and bearings also something that will be very useful for this event .

With Halloween just around the corner , there are a number of home decor ideas that can be applied in your home . Home decor shop StudioLX is highly efficient which will provide you with a wide range of products Home decoration for your home.

Best Possible hire a professional maid service to Clean Your Home

There are different types of things that need to be done around the house if someone there all the time or they have a full - time job that they have to go to every day . Sometimes it can be amazing when someone tries to juggle work , their children and everything they have to do . A professional maid service will be able to help people out .

There are many different tasks that can be ignored throughout the house . Some of them can be done by someone who is employed but not all of them can . Many can be very affordable rates for homeowners as well .

There are many different areas that maids are willing to travel to clean , too. Not every service maid is willing to do this but they will have a different area that they have a client located in areas that would be the people they are willing to go on the net .

Some regular customers . They will have them come once a week or more often . This allows them to focus on family and other things that they have going on in their lives .

Other customers will call occasionally for a good cleaning. They do not want someone to come into their homes on a regular basis . Although usually more easily cleaned without homes , some homeowners are uncomfortable with this .

The trained staff will be honest and reliable . They will not take anything that is not theirs . Customers can trust that they will hire a professional who is qualified to do the job as well as being someone who would go without taking items from inside the house .

There are various types of work that the cleaning lady will face . Some of them not so pleasant , but they should be done . Cleaning toilets , washing dishes and mopping the floor just a few tasks that they would resolve them .

A company that has been in business for a while and care about their customers to ensure that the house is clean before they leave the premises . Some homes will take longer to clean up . They may have a team that went there to take care of the task .

It is very important to make sure that they do not leave anything that would upset homeowners . Cleaning supplies will be something that the company unless the homeowner insists on using certain cleaning . There are many different things that a homeowner will ask .

Able to get in there and get the house cleaned as quickly as possible while leaving it clean is something they specialize in. They will make sure there are no complaints . A homeowner will be greeted by a clean house when they get home from work and that's what they enjoy .

When the house is a mess difficult to relax . Can be overwhelming and difficult to clean because of the time schedule for the parents or a business executive . They will be able to have someone else do it for them that will really help them in every aspect of their lives .

There are many types of cleaning equipment and tools that professional maid service will use . They will have what they need to clean the floors , windows and everything in the house . The waiter will be able to work alone or as a team depends on the circumstances for each home . Do they handle the big cleaning jobs or light cleaning , they will be proud of what they do every day .

Cleaning can be a daunting task for some people . They may not have enough time or enough patience to clean up after their families . Cleaning the house that can be rented on a weekly basis or someone who came out every day to perform certain tasks . Some jobs are job one day while others will be sustainable . Vacation homes that can be cleaned or people who move in or out of the can be cleaned as well . The Maids will offer many choices .

Benefits Ceilings Plastering and Decorating

As soon as you walk into the room the first three things you notice is the size of the room , wall colors , and styles that ceiling . Instantly you are either welcome , or discouraged by the look of the room . Often , the best and most looked inviting rooms are those that have been professionally painted , stuccoed and molded crown . Many try to do home improvement projects on your own , but to achieve the best results it is best to hire a professional who specializes in this type of finish .

Bland to beautiful

The worst part of any room is the lack of creativity and style . White walls and ceiling white unfinished drywall has no character or charm . Rooms like this often feel too boxy and uninviting . By adding pattern stucco ceiling , the room we could see improved dramatically , giving the appearance of finishes , along with creating the illusion of higher ceilings and larger rooms . Applying stucco ceilings no easy task and should be left to the pros . The contractor has the specialized tools and know how to achieve the best design . In addition , applying stucco ceilings can be very messy ! Professionals will clean areas that underlie , and make sure there is no damage or mess caused by the installation .

Varieties of Custom Stucco Ceiling

There are many different styles such common stucco ceiling :

- Popcorn

- California Knockdown

- Swirl Pattern

- Crows feet

This is done most commonly applied cement found in homes today . In addition , many professionals are able to develop custom cement design and texture that matches the customer's personal taste .

Highlighting Cornice Mouldings

When adding plaster ceiling finish to your home , or if you already have a stucco ceiling to begin with , you may want to consider adding cornice moldings to accentuate the room in your home . Also known as the crown molding , the addition of a ceiling lined the edge between wall and ceiling . When installed , they effectively separating the two regions while continuing to define the room looks . These molds come in a variety of styles to match the personal preferences of the owner of the house and can also be custom made .

When it comes to renovating a room or the whole house , stucco ceilings , cornice moldings and paint schemes all work together to improve the look and feel of any room . It is important to hire a professional to apply cement cornice moldings and frames . The last thing you want to do is get on top of your head , and have less than the desired finished look. Even the painting should be left to the professionals , they have experience in many different wall surfaces , so that a perfect paint job without the inconsistencies and bulge . Overall, having a professional stucco ceilings , cornice molding and paint job not only make your home beautiful , it is also a sound investment in improving the value of your home .

This Home Improvement Article is written by Logan Shaw.If you want to read more , Mr. stucco is the recommended site for more info on the cement .

Top 5 Tips to Organize Your Wardrobe

Cabinets is one of the problem areas in the home when it comes to organizing . The frequency with which items are stored here and removed to use very high so it can be a bit frustrating to try and create some semblance of order . However , with the right set of tips that can be a closet organizing maestro . Here are five of the best tips we have to offer on how to get your closet organized properly .

1 . Use ventilated wire shelving

Ventilated wire shelving rack is a new take on an old design . Instead of having a shelf made ​​of wood , you can opt for a special rack made ​​of wires spaced well . It is usually mounted on the wall in the corner to the ground . They make your closet organization easier for a number of reasons . First , ventilated wire shelving allows you to see where each item . This makes it easier to get a particular item that you need. Second , this shelf is thinner and therefore they do not take up too much space in the closet . This maximizes the space you have .

2 . Have racks installed as needed

There is a common misconception that the more shelves you have the easier it is to organize a closet . The reality is that the number of shelves you have to be determined by your needs . Determine what the shelves will be used to so as to get an accurate idea of ​​how many racks should be installed . Keep this number low to ensure that the rack does not take up too much or cause chaos .

3 . Save items at eye level

Your wardrobe will have some shelves that are at eye level and the rack should be used for the items you need every day . Shelves higher should be used for items that are out of season or rarely needed . Consider the eye level shelf in the closet as a primary need and use it to ensure that you do not need to disturb the whole arrangement every day .

4 . Invest in some hooks to closet

Install a few hooks on the closet door for use in hanging items such as belts and jewelry storage bag . This will de - clutter the main rack and ensure that the items commonly required as a belt that is easily accessible . Furthermore , by using the latch on the door helps you to increase the size of the cabinets without the need to buy more shelves .

5 . Install some cubby holes for shoes

Shoes can be a challenge to manage in any wardrobe . The best way to handle them is to have installed the cubby hole shelves . Small as flat shoes can be paired into a cubby hole while larger shoes can be stored separately . Boots can be stored on the top shelf or in a basket at the bottom of the closet .

Use these tips to get organized and keep cabinets functional and aesthetic .

Decorate Your Home With Creative Ideas

Everyone needs to decorate their homes with royal and comfortable way . One can create an impressive lifestyle by bringing unique changes in the interior of their homes . It is not necessary that they should decorate their homes with expensive products , they can create a beautiful look for their homes with creative products . Delivering unique and make decoration items will really change the mood of the house . One can also apply a variety of interior decorating tips to make their homes seem larger . Here are some tips that will help in changing the outlook house in an affordable manner .

Playing with color

Creativity is in the hands of people who lived in the house . Only the home owner can build his dream house . One can experiment with colors to give a dynamic look to their homes . This can be in the form of wall paint , rugs , cushions or furniture too . Many people prepare their dark color on the walls to create a warm atmosphere in their room . Dark paint colors are mainly used to make a large room look smaller . Soft bright colors and can be used to make a small room look bigger . It is important to branch out the right color . This will not only improve the look of the room but it will also give residents a pleasant experience .

Furniture and floorings

Floorings of a home must be selected in accordance with the colors which are used while painting the walls . Using a light wood floor will help in improving the look of the room by making it look bigger . Furniture also plays an important role in home decor . It is important to see that not one of these things with a home they do not need furniture . This will make the house look smaller . In order to keep chaos at bay , it is important to choose furniture that has storage space . This will help in saving things and maintain the look of the house .

Decorative window

The beauty of the room will be improved only if the window decorations are done properly . Most of the decorated windows with shutters , curtains and blinds . It is important that one uses really important for window decoration . To get the look contemporary curtain used . Curtains or blinds give a cozy look to the room . This window decoration not only change the look of the room but also protect outer space from other elements .

Home decor is a skill . Various means can be used to create a modern atmosphere in the house . One of the best ways to improve the look of the room is by adding Venetian blinds to the window .

How Qualification Perfect Home Renovation

How do you know if the old house you have your eye on is not going to be a big disappointment ? Simple . Your Realtor will be qualified candidates in an older neighborhood so we will find the right home for you .

First , he would ensure that the money you will invest in your project is supported by the environment . Is keeping with the nature of their neighbors and with their landscaping ? Are they adding new windows , addition or garage ? Is the environment in a convenient location to shopping , major roads , hospitals , restaurants , theaters , and other services such as doctors , dentists , salons , etc. ? And lastly , is a quiet neighborhood , while still being 10 minutes away from everything ?

Second , after he had identified your ideal property , he will prepare the purchase contract that states the terms of the loan will be FHA 203K Renovation Loan ( both Streamline or Consultant ) . The clock starts ticking after the seller agrees to the terms and then you need to get with the contractor and / or consultant to complete the HUD estimate and scope of work . A knowledgeable inspections will minimize your risk . Where he will need the help is through the negotiation process so that you set the cost for the renovation loan if you need to repair the roof , termite damage repair or updating the HVAC system .

Third , he worked with leading and well-established contractor providing certain documentation that they specialize in plumbing, electrical , HVAC , carpentry work , etc. For $ 25,000 FHA 203K Streamline loan , it will help facilitate a complete contract package so everyone will be true and evenly replaced . For example , he would pay $ 5,000 a roofer with two party check ( from $ 10,000 ) for start , ordering materials and the same thing will happen to GC / handyman carpenter / painter , who will receive $ 7,500 ( from $ 15,000 ) . Within two to three weeks of the closing , each contractor will receive their balances . Once all work is completed , the assessment will then be returned to the property , and verify that the work was officially done in accordance with the offer .

I suggest having a contingency of 10-20 % of the cost of the contract , so that your loan will be $ 30,000 renovation , instead of maxing out at $ 35,000 as your upper limit for FHA 203K Streamline loan . This contingency of $ 3 to 6.000 will help improve safety termite problems , dangerous , fungi , or . And if you come in under the price of your repair , you can reduce the time of the loan .

Of course there is a lot of fear of the unknown when you want an older home , but with a good realtor as your guide , you can focus on your pace and not at scary things behind your walls .

4 Simple Steps to Improve Your Home Drainage

A house that does not have sufficient drainage will be visible when the big rain storm occurred . When the water will not be able to drain away , the house is expected to have a pool of water and a wet basement around the foundation . However , you can take some steps to improve the drainage of your home .

1 . Do a Proper Inspection

You need to check the downspouts and gutters so that you can be sure they will work well and they are clean . When the home fails to drain , sewer clog with dirt or leaves . When this happens the water that falls on your house will not be taken out .

2 . Making Sure the Gutters Free of Debris

You have to clean up the debris that can be found in your gutters . You can do this by using a small trowel . Make sure that all gutters checked for clogging the drainage system tends to result in improper drainage .

3 . Change Sloping Land surrounding the House

You will do this when you continue to see poor drainage in your home while downspouts and gutters are functioning . The surrounding area should be added to ensure that the fill dirt will flow down the rain away from your home . This will prevent the collection of the land around the house foundation . Even the dirt will not seep into your basement when you perform this procedure .

In order to improve the drainage of the house , you can also use the exterior exhaust system . However , this option may require a higher amount of money and work more intensively than simply changing the slope of the land by using additional dirt .

4 . Build a Bog , Water Garden or pool

You can do this construction in wet areas in your home . With this , you may need the help of a professional because you have to carefully carve out the land to ensure that the water supply would be resumed . Has a small pond in place will allow wildlife to be interested in a natural way to wet areas in your home as a place to drink .

Birds such as mocking birds , grackles , cardinals and catbirds will find a wet park . Additionally , you can put a catch basin should you hide behind the bushes so that runoff water will be stored . Lastly, your home may have some areas that are moist . You just have to put in a lot of plant moisture - loving and has transformed the area into a park swamp .

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

How to improve every room in your home

Home improvement is all about adding value to your home, and it really can if you know what you are doing. Revamping your property is a great way to make it more attractive, more comfortable and more appealing to buyers, if you are considering selling.

It is about making the most of where you live and to do this you should look at ways to improve each and every room. If you look hard enough ideas will strike you as to how you can make a bathroom more pleasant, a bedroom cosier or a kitchen fresher. For more inspiration, simply read on…

Living room

A living room can be upgraded with stylish furniture such as leather sofas, or for a more dramatic change you could add a fresh wall treatment. This could be a new coat of paint, kitsch flock wallpaper, wood panelling or crown moulding.


Kitchens have endless potential and what you do should be based on your taste, of course. Replacing a standard worktop is a great way to spruce up your kitchen. Simple stone gives a lovely finish, as does treated reclaimed wood if you are going for a rustic aesthetic.


A stunning bathroom must have a wonderful bath. There is nothing better than an extravagant freestanding bath as a focal point in your room. If you have the skills and the right tools you could plumb it in yourself and save some cash while creating a luxury bathroom.


While the bathroom is all about the bath, the bedroom should be focused around a fabulous bed. Getting out your toolkit will allow you to construct a flatpack bed and there are some very nice ones available. If you have a little more disposable income a solid wood sleigh bed would most likely improve your space considerably.


If you have a subterranean space then add some extra lighting to make it more pleasant and appealing as a place to spend your time. Spotlights are a good idea in basements as they do not compromise what may already be limited headroom.

The list of things you can do to improve your home goes on and on, so embrace your creative side and add real value to your property.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Engineered Flooring in a Kitchen or Bathroom

One thing you don't see so often in the world of wood flooring is a wooden bathroom or kitchen floor, this finish is generally avoided for one simple reason.. moisture.

Despite the natural beauty of solid oak flooring and the durability a solid oak floor can offer it still has an inability to cope when laid into areas of high humidity as the natural wood can act a little like a sponge. This can in turn cause the floor to expand and contract as the moisture levels rise and fall.

Solid oak flooring when sealed correctly with the right finish can cope most admirably but in some cases mainly due to being poorly laid or badly finished, the flooring can let in moisture either through high humidity or when liquid is spilt onto the flooring.

What Makes Engineered Flooring Different?

To combat these problems engineered flooring is designed to keep the inherent natural beauty and durability of it solid oak flooring counterpart, while offering increased stability in bathrooms and kitchens. This is achieved by having a solid oak flake usually 4mm or 6mm thick as a top layer, laminated onto a thick multi laminated plywood backing.

Cross lamination of the ply gives the flooring its structural strength and greatly reduces the effect of humidity and moisture levels normally found in bathrooms and kitchens.

Engineered flooring can be fitted exactly the same as its solid oak flooring counterpart either by laying as a floating floor, nailing or glued down with flexible adhesive. It will give the same finish and feel to the touch, under foot and the difference won't be noticeable when comparing the look.

This post was provided by Heritage Doors and Floors LTD who are experts in engineered flooring and can take your flooring product from concept to completion, they can offer a wide variety of finishes to seal in the look of the floor which will provide a stunning canvas for any room including the once troublesome bathroom and kitchen.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Fern Star in Yellow in a Reader's Living Room!

This weekend, I received an email from a reader, Nichole, who had purchased yards & yards of our Fern Star in yellow:

{Lauren Liess Textiles' Fern Star in Yellow, available here}

I originally drew Fern Star in pencil, a look inspired by antique botanicals:

Nichole was writing to share a photo of her beautifully decorated living room with me -using Fern Star- and I was so thrilled to see it!!  I asked if I could share it on Pure Style Home & she graciously agreed.  I love how Nichole dressed up the curtains and brought in another shot of blue with the banding:

{work room services by Bill and Mario with MBP Interior Design Work Room Services in Dallas}

I also love how Nichole's style comes across so clearly in her living room, which she decorated herself.  It feels so cheerful& pretty & freshly traditional.   I was glad to see how versatile the pattern is.  Nichole's mix of elements like the modern parsons table with traditional ginger jar lamp really gives the room a collected vibe.  It's interesting and has an energy about it...  it feels like it was put together over time

Here's Fern Star in my friend, Helen Norman's guest barn.  (Guest Barn??? Yes Please!!! :)

That's Grizzly in the bed:

We've also used Fern Star on curtains in our clients' home, but they were very different from Nichole's more tailored curtains,

We paired them with matchstick shades for a relaxed look:

Now that I've seen Nichole's banded Fern Star, I'm itching to try it out!! :) :)

Thank you so much to Nichole for sharing and for using our fabrics in her home!!! It's so exciting to me that something that started out so small a year or two ago is now a part of others people's lives!! :)

And finally, I am MOVING THE BLOG very soon!!! (wahoo!!!)

The new blog address is www.laurenliess,com/pure-style-home
and soon this blog will automatically redirect you to the new address.  I'll be posting instructions shortly on how to update your RSS Feed and email subscriptions.  

I made the switch because I wanted to condense all of my websites into one cohesive site.  The new website incorporates the blog, my professional website, and fabric shop all in one.  We worked with super-talented Emily Thompson of Indie Shopography who created this:

See you over there soon!!

If you'd like help creating a home you absolutely love, contact me about our design services.

Friday, August 2, 2013

Doing the Wave with Petunias

I'm so glad that someone figured out how to come up with Wave Petunias, because I love them!! 

I had some trouble finding them this year.  The planting date that everyone goes by here is Mother's Day.  We were going to be out of town right around there, so I waited until Memorial Day to buy them. Boy was I shocked that they were really hard to find!  Luckily they had just put some out that morning at my favorite nursery.  The colors were limited to purples and whites.  I would've preferred to have more pink flowers, but beggars can't be choosers, right?! 
I have them in pots on my driveway and on my back patio.  They are blooming like crazy and are just so much fun to look at!
Here's Bailey doing his wave!  "Hey, I just came in 20 seconds ago, but now I must go outside again!"  :)
What are your favorite flowers for pots?
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