When your child is home during summer vacation, it can be tempting to crank up your air conditioning. You want your kids to feel cool and comfortable, but you do not want to spend a fortune on your utility bill. Finding a balance is the solution to this problem. Set your AC at a reasonable temperature, and explore some thrifty way to keep your children feeling comfortable. This post offers three simple tips for staying cool without breaking the bank.
27 June 2016
Every business that caters to health-conscious and green-oriented clients must be careful to integrate sustainable practices in all areas of their facilities. This means using people- and pet-friendly cleaning products that don't rely on toxic chemicals or allergy-triggering perfumes to clean surfaces. If your spa, restaurant or retail shop has a lot of tile and stone features, this can pose a challenge. You should know there are nontoxic, safe ingredients you can use on most tiles and stone, and many "
6 June 2016
If you are having a tiny home built by a contractor, the layout of the home is important. One of the most important areas of the home to plan well is the layout of the kitchen. You need to be sure that it is as functional as it can be when the construction is complete. The guide below walks you through a few things to consider when designing the kitchen layout for your tiny home.
19 May 2016
Older homes will typically have single-pane windows since designers were more concerned with letting light in than completing your home's insulation envelope to create a separation between your home and the outside world. But window technology has evolved a lot over the last few years. In order to reduce your heating and cooling costs, you need to install windows that are designed to be energy efficient. Look for multiple panes and reflective window films.
13 April 2016
If your private asphalt road has developed a pothole, then it is important to fix it before the asphalt suffers additional damage from the weather. Left exposed to the elements, a small pothole in your asphalt road will lead to severe cracking and the formation of additional potholes. Follow this simple procedure to repair the pothole in your property's road: Chisel Out the Damaged Area of Asphalt Using a hammer and chisel, chip out the pothole's edges to create a square-shaped void.
3 March 2016
A beautifully laid asphalt driveway can go a long way toward helping with the overall curb appeal of your home. The stark darkness of the asphalt often serves as the perfect contrast to the colors on the exterior of your house. However, just like an asphalt driveway can help your house look more aesthetically appealing, it can also detract from the attractiveness of your property if it is not well maintained.
9 February 2016
A shed can either be a plain storage unit plopped down in your yard or an interesting architectural addition to your home. Erecting a shed with a home-style roof can help blend the shed in with the existing structures and make the small building look like a more purposeful, stylish addition. Sheds with gambrel roofs offer an interesting visual addition to your yard. Gambrel roofs, which are also called barn roofs, have a nearly vertical side wing on each side of the building that lead up to shallow sloping roof segments that meet at a low point.
18 January 2016
Established countertop materials like granite, laminate, wood and composites certainly have their place in the kitchen, but homeowners looking for the latest in kitchen countertop trends may wish to consider fiber optics. Simply put, fiber optics consist of fine strands of spun glass, which are capable of transmitting light. When woven through concrete or certain other materials, these strands can illuminate kitchen countertops. The effect can range from subtle to dramatic depending on how the system is designed and the preferences of the homeowner.
30 December 2015
If you are looking for the right heating option for your home, your first instinct might be to install a furnace. Although many people use furnaces to keep their homes warm during the winter, there is one option that you might not have considered yet -- radiant floor heating. These are a few reasons why this might be a good choice for your home. 1. It's Quiet One thing that you might love about radiant floor heating is the fact that it is quiet.
13 December 2015
Have you ever looked at a pothole and wondered how it got there? Have you ever wondered why they always seem to pop up during the spring? There are actually some very simple answers to those questions. It has to do with weathering and how the weather affects the asphalt and the ground beneath it. Here's what happens to cause those potholes that you try so hard to avoid. The Rain Comes Down
6 November 2015