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May 2019

Properly Prepare Log Cabin for Winter

Clean The Outside

The first step is always getting the exterior of the house prepared, because it is what will be most impacted by inclement weather. Scrubbing it down and washing off dirt with a hose is a good idea. If dirt is trapped under snow it could remain there all winter, which isn’t good for the wood and could lead to damage later on down the road.

You should also clean out the gutters, which can become logged with water and cause the wood to rot through the Winter. Consider getting snap on gauuter covers and an extender that releases the water further from the house. These are an inexpensive investment that will keep you from much costlier repairs or lumber replacements in the future.

For your garden it is worth getting everything cleared and prepared for the next year, such as laying down special soils to heal the soil through the coming months. It may even be a good time to get some landscaping done, as many companies have lower prices during non-peak months.

Clean The Inside

Getting the inside cleaned is just as important as the outside. Why? Think of it as pre-Spring cleaning. Washing walls and … Read the rest

Home Staircase Design Options

Wood staircases are the most common and cost effective. They can either be made from framing lumber and covered in carpet, or the stair treads and risers are made from higher-quality hardwood. Solid high quality wood includes oak, maple, and walnut. Stairs made from framing lumber are the most cost effective type. If you are dealing with a higher end home, then you will likely have the option of hard wood stairs. These stairs can also incorporate wrought iron balusters for the handrail. The biggest downside to wooden staircases is that they make a bit of noise due to the wood changing size (depending on the season and humidity).

Concrete stairs are a great option for outdoor stairs or industrial style homes and areas. Concrete is very strong, solid and quiet. It can have a multitude of textures added to it, and a variety of color to provide even more design options.

Finally, metal stairs are the safest, strongest and the most versatile from a design point. There are two types of metal staircases, metal-only, and metal with accent materials. Metal-only stairs are what most people think when they hear of metal stairs. Metal-only stairs are very common for outdoor … Read the rest

Selecting the Right Roofing Contractor

  • The first and foremost thing you should look into when you are looking for a roofing contractor for the due work is validating the insurance claims of the contractor and subcontractors because in no situation, you would want to be held responsible for whatever happens during the period of the signed bond. Liability and insurance policy certificate is one of the primary concerns and hence always before you take any ultimate decision, ask for the insurer’s number and confirm the policy details.
  • The second tip is to look around your own locality for fostering the assistance in your home improvement vendetta as a roofing contractor. This decision is wise and smart because it becomes convenient to track down the quality of work the prospecting roofers actually do and it will help you narrow down the best roofer for your home, depending upon the referrals of other community members. Whenever needed for whatever trivial or non-trivial job, you can easily find them and though nowadays everything is written in the contract, it is always helpful to get a background check and that can be done and re-done when it is a local roofing contractor.
  • It isn’t always about the money you
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Finding Qualified Homebuilders

Define Your Needs

You don’t have to have the floor plans in place, but you should know what size and type of house you want to have made. This will help you narrow your search by focusing only on professionals who have completed similar projects. For example, if you want a Tudor home, you would only consider, or at least have a strong preference for, contractors that specialize in that architectural style.

Consider Experience

Some new builders offer substantial discounts because they’re just starting out and they need to get their name out there. Unfortunately, this can cause problems if they make rookie mistakes and go over budget on your project. For these reasons, and many more, we strongly suggest that you find a contractor with a long and respectable track record. This should include experience in the type of abode you want to put up.

Always Check References

Experienced homebuilders should provide you with a list of customer references and referrals soon after you meet them. If they do not, simply ask for one. Find a way to follow up with their previous customers to ensure they have good reviews. You should contact at least a few former customers … Read the rest

Flat-Front Cabinets

Raised panel doors have been around for centuries. They are characterized by the middle section being raised and making a groove in the middle of the frame and middle panel. A clear rectangle is created via that groove and helps to define each panel of each door. The shadows and lights that come from the cabinets give a feeling of depth. Many prefer this traditional styling or the American Colonial era.

Shaker style, or recessed panel doors are truly timeless. Dating back to the 1700’s, they feature a simple raised frame and are wildly popular today. Whether traditional or contemporary style, kitchens gain a lot from the straightforward design of recessed panel doors. The best part is, if the homeowner decides to switch up the style they can do so easily with Shaker cabinets.

No frames or detailing are visible on slab cabinet doors in the kitchen. They are becoming more and more common when it comes to modern design. Anyone who wants a clean and contemporary design can’t go wrong with slab cabinets. Pairing them with sleek hardware makes them even more attractive. Since minimalist styles are all the rage, slab cabinet doors are the top choice for many.… Read the rest

Ideas for Using a Sunroom

One way to take advantage of your sunroom is to use it for dining. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner can be a lot more enjoyable when you’re surrounded by nature, or if you have a great view of your backyard and other yards in your neighborhood. Depending on where your sunroom is situated, you could be eating breakfast or dinner while enjoying a sunrise or sunset. This is a nice change of scenery from the traditional dining room environment.

Another way you can use your sunroom is as a playroom for your children or grandchildren. Many sunrooms have direct access to the outside through a door, so young kids can enter and exit as they please. When they’re in the sunroom, they can play board games or watch TV with the sights of your outdoor landscape in clear view, and enjoy the feeling of being outdoors even when the weather might not be cooperating.

Finally, your sunroom is a great place to hold small get togethers, such as cocktail parties. The open, windowed nature of the room can make it feel bigger than it actually is, and the reflection of the lights off of the glass can gift the room an … Read the rest

Deadbolt

Many designs are available from manufacturers. Different manufactures have various designs which offer solution to defend the lock from being picked or opened with force or any other method. However, most manufacturers offer product lines of deadbolts that promise higher levels of resistance to break and entry and defeating than other product lines by the same manufacturer

For a deadbolt installation, a locksmith will charge about $125. You yourself can buy and install one for only about $35. Given that the exterior door is made of wood, then deadbolt can be installed quite easily. In case you have a steel or fiberglass door, hire a locksmith to do the job. This is because machines such as takes heavy-duty drills and bits are used to cut into these tougher materials.

Deadbolt installation involves the drilling of two holes in the door. One hole goes in the edge of the door which receives the lock assembly. The other hole goes in the face of the door. This hole accommodates the lock cylinder. Deadbolt installation then involves drilling another hole in the door jamb which is for the strike plate. The¬†deadbolt¬†lock” comes with paper templates. You tape these templates to the … Read the rest

Crafting a Simple Gazebo

The first part of the construction process is getting the area clean and leveled. The best part about the canopy style is that it is portable and can be constructed with little woodworking knowledge.

The first thing you will need to do when installing a canopy style structure is to review the plans and directions carefully. Ensure that you understand all the steps that are needed to install the structure. Verify that all the items that should be in the kit have been included. Organize the parts in order from the first piece that will be used to the last one.

Next, we will be laying out the position the building will be in. Try to get the area as level as possible. Remove all the trees, stones and anything else that may be present in the area. Use a shovel to move the dirt from any of the high spots and place it into the lower areas. Ensuring the area is leveled will make your construction process run more smoothly and also lessen the possibility of your gazebo falling.

One important aspect of crafting a simple gazebo is ensuring that you are using the simplest techniques at all time. … Read the rest

Natural Stone Cladding

Stones are not only beautiful construction materials, but also investments as they enhance the resale value of your home. You may be surprised that even tenants look for homes with modern amenities and trendy designs. However, using natural stone veneers excessively is also not advised as they make your home look crowded. Installing only where they are required is a sensible option which saves time, money, and also makes your home look exquisite.

Stone claddings help you access luxury at lesser cost and keep up with the times. Here are some advantages that go along with these revamping materials.

  • Protection from weather. Constructions made of concrete are vulnerable to the action of environmental agents such water, heat, and microorganisms. Covering the walls using stone veneers shields your wall from degrading agents and makes it look exquisite.
  • Beautify walls affordable. Numerous color combinations and features make stone veneers the attractive choices for homes. Stone wall clads are an inexpensive way to give your walls, the most beautiful revamp.
  • Heat resistance. Natural stones absorb radiation and release them gradually, keeping the room temperature constant, helping you avoid dependence on room heaters. When used outdoors, they resist temperature well and remain strong for
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Ways Water Enters Basement

The Footer

(A Footer is a 12-Inch-Deep by 16-inch-wide slab of concrete around the bottom of you Foundation) From a bird’s eye view the Footer looks like a side walk around your basement. It is place in the hard pan clay of the bowl in which your home’s foundation is built.

Cracks in the footer are caused by pressure from water forcing its way underneath the footer washing away the clay and gravel surrounding the footer. As the earth beneath the footer moves the footer cracks and moves.

Floor

(Floor is a slab of concrete poured after the Footer and Walls are placed in the home.)

Newly poured concrete and dry concrete do not bound together. Since the floor is poured separately after the footer and walls are built there is a natural seem between the wall, footer and floor. This is where water first appears. Usually you will see water in the corner near the where the wall, footer and floor meet.

The reason this occurs is due to the hydrostatic pressure that is created when water forces its way around the walls, underneath the footer and pushes on the floor. Hydrostatic pressure is pressure that is exerted … Read the rest