• Don’t Have a Dowdy Living Room Replace Your Sofa Each Decade

    Design mirror

    Does your home look like a page from a magazine? No, of course it doesn’t. It’s not an empty house, but a well-loved home. If you didn’t know already, the difference between a house and a home is that you actually live in the second one, with the result being that things tend to accumulate. The average family’s day to day grind results in piles of mail, random pieces of clothing, and toys accumulating on every surface.

    Even a fair dedication to reducing the clutter in one’s house will not be enough to make things look like a magazine spread. Tidying up really is something that needs to be done everyday, if only for a couple of minutes. A day or two of letting things go can have disheartening results, with you wondering why it always ends up the same.

    You’re not alone in your skirmishes against laundry Continue Reading

  • Many Choices Available When Picking Flooring

    Natural bamboo flooring installation

    When it comes to the type of flooring you have in your home, you have a wide range of choices. There’s carpet, tile, hardwood, laminate and vinyl. There are disadvantages and advantages to each, and which one you choose likely will depend on a number of factors.

    Hardwood flooring is a top flooring choice for a number of reasons. For one thing, hardwood is very high class, and it improves the look of just about any room. Hardwood also is very durable and it doesn’t cost that much more than other flooring options. When you are considering hardwood, there are a number of different materials you can choose. Maple, pine, oak and cherrywood are among common hardwood flooring materials. If you want something more exotics, you can go with bamboo flooring. Continue Reading

  • What’s Wrong With My Septic Tank? A Guide to Symptoms and Solutions

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    With proper care, an average septic tank can last between 20 and 30 years. If your home seems to be experiencing septic issues, it is important to take action right away. By identifying and addressing damage or inadequacies right away, you can prevent more serious septic failure. Luckily, septic tank problems are easy to spot. This guide will help you identify and treat some of the most common septic tank problems.

    Symptoms Of A Faulty Septic Tank

    • Strong odors
    • Gurgling sounds in the pipes
    • Drains working slowly
    • Toilets not flushing at all
    • Standing water near the tank
    • Sewage backup

    Septic Tank Problems and Solutions

    If your home is showing any of the above signs, you might have a problem with your septic tank. These are some Continue Reading

  • Roof Repairs Versus Replacements What’s Best For You?

    Window installation

    Being a homeowners comes with many different responsibilities. All homeowners know that they’re eventually going to have to invest in certain types of renovations — new coats of paint, new vinyl siding, window replacements, and sometimes even new floors. But a lot of homeowners don’t consider roof repairs. This is because roofs are a part of a home’s exterior, and often seem so sturdy that we don’t notice that they need repairs until they’ve gotten completely out of hand. Lots of homeowners feel like they can handle roof repairs on their own, or sometimes hire non-professionals to handle the problem. The thing about roof repairs and replacements is that they’re best handled by roofing contractors. Roofing contractors are not only more professio Continue Reading

  • Three Additions That Can Revitalize Your Kitchen

    Modern kitchen cabinets

    The kitchen is where we spend a lot of our time in this day and age. Once upon a time, people often used their kitchens as utilitarian spaces. People didn’t linger in the kitchen. They cooked there, and that was it — for some members of the family, cooking wasn’t even a concern, as the kitchen was once considered the domain of women more than men. Luckily, we’ve come a long way since then. Men cook just as often as women do, and kids often like to cook with their parents. Entire families congregate in the kitchen, and for many people the kitchen is a place where they can both talk and eat. With that being said, the kitchen can be a centerpiece of your house — and therefore, you want it to look its best. Many people now consult with kitchen designers about how best to remodel their kitchens. Continue Reading

  • The Path to Home Ownership Newly-Constructed Homes

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    In 2015, general contractors started building 109,000 single-family homes. The average price for these was $271.300, which tends to place them within the category of affordable housing construction.

    By the end of 2015, however, there were 648,000 single-family homes completed with the following features:

    • Air conditioning: 600,000
    • Two or less bedrooms: 66,000
    • Four or more bedrooms: 307,000

    Recent homeowners have reported that their construction costs were $305,372. The specifications for this price range are for a house that is 2,000 square feet at roughly $150 per square foot. When having a new home constructed, Continue Reading

  • Four Important Spring Cleaning Tasks

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    Spring is almost here and winter weather will be replaced with rainy, warm weather. Spring is a common time for home repairs or spring cleaning tasks. We complete many of the tasks that we put off over the long, cold winter. We prepare our houses for the summer months. Some of these tasks are completed to prepare the house for summer weather, while others are done in preparation of summer entertaining. Either way, be sure you take care of all of your home?s necessary spring tasks.

    Window cleaning

    The windows remain shut for most of the winter. The air is simply too cold to let in. This also means you have probably not cleaned your windows since last summer. They are probably pretty dirty now and may have streaks of snow melted across them. As soon as spring?s warmth arrives, open Continue Reading

  • Water Filtration Systems Understanding The Basics

    Commercial ro system

    Did you know that the typical American uses about 100 gallons of water a day in their own home? You should feel able to use whatever amount of water you need — after all, we depend on water. But the fact is that many of waste water on a regular basis, or drink water that we shouldn’t, all due to a lack of efficient water filtration systems. Some people do in fact have home water treatment systems, but those systems might not be what they should be. Many people don’t even have whole home water filtration systems, simply because they believe that city water is already properly filtered. (And most Americans do drink city water in this day and age; though well water certainly isn’t immu Continue Reading

  • Why Are More Homeowners Renovating Their Home Cable Rail Systems?

    Design rail for decks

    Safety is an important element no matter where you find yourself. Little additions are regularly crafted and maintained throughout every layer of society to reduce the risk of injury and death, from handrails on bridges to textured floors in public spaces. A cable handrail system is designed to be as durable as possible throughout the year, withstanding constant pressure, shaking and even unforgiving exposure to the elements.

    Material Requirements

    A cable handrail system needs to be as durable as possible first and foremost, whether it’s a cable deck railing or cable railing posts. Stainless steel is still an industry standard — it contains at least 12% chromium, ideal for preventing the build-up of rust, and forms a thin as well as invisible protective film on the surface t Continue Reading

  • 8 Maintenance Tips for Your Ductless HVAC

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    An HVAC is a heating, ventilation, and air conditioning unit. In most climates, an HVAC is essential to maintaining your comfort and health at home.

    If your home features ductless heating and air conditioning, you may wonder how to take care of your system. As with any HVAC system, maintenance is key to ensuring the effectiveness and longevity of your units. With regular maintenance, a new HVAC unit could last you an average of 12 to 15 years. Here are 8 maintenance tips to keep your ductless heating and air conditioning units running smoothly Continue Reading