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Summers Are More Fun with a Backyard Deck

When I was growing up, my family home had a backyard deck. I didn't realize how much I loved it until I later moved into my own home that didn't have one. We used to have family over for outdoor gatherings and cook out on it. It was covered, so if it rained, it never ruined the party! As a teenager, one of my favorite ways to relax was to go outside onto the deck and listen to the rain fall on its roof. The sound was so soothing. After enduring one summer in my new home with no deck, I was determined to have one installed quickly. I found a local contractor who got the job done quickly and accurately, and my house now feels like a "home!" I decided to start a blog to share what I learned during the deck construction process along with some other tips!

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4 Tips For Purchasing A Newly Constructed Home

22 July 2016
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog

There are many benefits to purchasing a newly constructed home—you typically have a warranty, everything is brand new, and you won't have to worry about making immediate repairs. But buying a new home can be just as complicated as buying an older home. If you are in the market to purchase a newly constructed home, use the following tips: Hire an Experienced Realtor While the negotiations involved in buying a new home are a little different from buying directly from a private seller, it is still essential to have a real estate agent working on your behalf. Read More …

Design A Dream Kitchen For Your Custom Home

5 July 2016
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog

The kitchen is the hub of the home. It's where you cook and clean up. However, it also tends to be a meeting place for the family and friendly gatherings alike. As such, you want your kitchen to be beautiful as well as functional. As you make plans for your custom home, design a dream kitchen. Customized Island As you're planning your kitchen, be honest about the tasks that will take place there as well as the needed storage. Read More …

7 Ways To Keep Energy Costs Low While Using The Air Conditioner

30 May 2016
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog

As the weather heats up, so will your home's energy costs. Keeping your home cool can take a toll on your energy source and air conditioning units. Here are some tips you can use to keep your energy bills within reason.  Service your air conditioning system. If your system is running inefficiently, it will work harder to cool your home. As a result, your bills will be higher. Before the extreme summer weather hits, have a HVAC technician perform maintenance,, such as checking the refrigerant. Read More …

Resuscitate The Wood Luster On A Salvaged, Painted Mission Arm Chair

30 May 2016
 Categories: , Blog

If you've found a wonderful Mission Style arm chair at your local flea market, but are dismayed that the previous owners painted it, then take action and bring the original wood back to life. The Mission Style was known to take advantage of the beautiful grain of the wood that was being used to make furniture. So, it's best to use a stain and not a paint. Paint hides the grain of the wood, whereas stain helps to bring out the natural beauty of the oak, maple, or pine. Read More …

Tips For Helping A Tree Recover From Bark Damage

11 May 2016
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog

An injury to the trunk of your tree does not mean all is lost. There are many ways for a tree trunk to develop a wound-- such as from scratching or feeding of an animal, blunt force trauma that tears the bark, or from a branch being torn from the tree. When a tree suffers a wound it works to seal it, as opposed to healing it. It grows specialized callus material that eventually covers the wound and creates a barrier that doesn't allow disease or decay to spread into the undamaged parts of the tree. Read More …