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Landscaping Your Garden

Everyone knows that one of the key elements to having a beautiful home is having a great landscaped background. Planning your landscape design definitely requires making a plan. There are plenty of common landscape design ideas and features available for you to gain inspiration when beginning an attractive landscape project. With a few helpful tips, you can save money on your landscaping without...

Do-It-Yourself Arbors

Lets begin with foundations for garden arbors: digging post holes, plumbing the arbor's posts, and pouring the concrete that will hold them in place. Dig 2 holes, spaced as far apart as you want the main posts of your garden arbor to stand. Make the holes about 1' wide and 3' deep. Place about 1/2' of gravel or crushed stone into the holes for drainage. Set one 4x4 arbor post in one hole, the other in the...

Staging the Kitchen

Staging is about illusions. It's beyond decorating and cleaning. It's about perfecting the art of creating moods. Staging makes your space look bigger, brighter, cleaner, warmer, more loving and, best of all, it makes buyers want to buy it. Ask most people which room is the most important room in the house, though, and they will answer: the kitchen. Kitchens also tend to cost the most to remodel. It's not...

Decorative Molding

Decorative moldings are architectural details installed to trim floors, doors, windows, walls, and ceilings. If carefully installed, they can enhance any décor and increase the value of any home. They will help to express your sense of style and give a finished look to your room. Made of hardwood, soft wood, molded wood product or of resin materials, moldings are used to hide shoddy construction, give...

Lawn, Patio and Garden

Inhale the scent of freshly mowed grass and intoxicating flower blossoms. Exhale the stress of a busy week. Relax into the comfortable patio furniture that's even cushier than your living room. What's that you say' You've spent all that time on your garden design and yard and are still making your guests sit on squeaky plastic chairs. Well, you've come to the right place. We can help make lounging on your...

Organize Your Closets

No matter how much closet storage you have, chances are you could probably always use more space. But while building new closets may not be a practical option, you may be able to use the space you have more efficiently. In this document you will find information about: Planning Closet Storage and Building Closet Storage. To make the most of your closet space, you first need to know the sizes of the things...

Lower Your AC Energy Usage

While fans cannot replace air conditioners, they can provide supplemental cooling, especially on comparatively cooler days. Substituting fans for air conditioners can reduce energy use by 60% or more. Here are some tips: Consider installing a programmable thermostat if you do not have one. You can save as much as 10% on your cooling bill by simply turning your thermostat back 10 to 15 degrees F for 8...

Planning Your Space

How well do you know your room? In order to shape and dress it, you need to know and understand your room as well as you know yourself. Go to the room you need to organize or rearrange and ask yourself these questions: What are the dimensions of your room, and what is its basic shape? Is it square, rectangular, L-shaped? What are your room's problems? Does it have a ceiling that's too low? Is it overly...

Planning Your New Kitchen

Now comes the fun of really planning your new kitchen. Layout is a three-part process that includes weighing basic options; blocking out storage, countertops, and work centers; and double-checking efficient heights and clearances. There's no perfect sequence&mdashthe trick is to work back and forth. In very small or oddly shaped spaces you'll certainly need to compromise. Consider the work...

Choosing Paint Colors

Begin with colors suggested by your roof and masonry. Consider the color schemes used inside your home - Exterior colors should harmonize with the interior. Don't clash with your neighbors! Choose colors that coordinate with the buildings around you. Large surfaces make paint look lighter. Consider selecting darker shades. Remember that very bright or very deep colors will fade. To emphasize...

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