The First Steps in Your Landscaping Escape
July 24th, 2014
The cost of your utility bills can add up quickly, and you may want to cut back on the amount of energy and water you use to save money. There are a few things that you can do today to help you save money on your electric, water and heating bills.
1. Replace Your Water Heater
Your water heater uses a lot of energy each day as it maintains the water in your tank at a specific temperature. According to Energy.gov, a [...]
July 22nd, 2014
One of the problems you may face when trying to improve the energy efficiency of an older home is keeping the existing window frames and glass. Older homes, especially if listed as “historic,” lose some of their charm and value if modern, vinyl replacement windows are installed. Here are a few options that can help you maintain the look of your home, and also conserve energy.
The Existing Windows
If you are going to be keeping the existing frames and glass, the [...]
July 21st, 2014
Do you have a septic tank in your yard? Is the tank’s drainage field starting to deteriorate? That’s a common problem with septic tanks, especially when the drainage field isn’t really large enough to handle the volume of discharge coming from the tank. If you don’t address the problem, the septic waste may completely overtake the drainage area and start to accumulate in a way that is noticeable. If that happens, you’ll have to drain the field and replace the [...]
July 4th, 2014
Before you call the plumber to connect the faucet in your kitchen, you should consider more than just style and price in your choice. If you are like most people, you only want the plumber to make one appearance at your home to hook the faucet up. To help make this happen, here are three things to consider when choosing your faucet.
Size Matters: Height of the Faucet
The height of the faucet you choose is going to depend on the amount [...]
June 27th, 2014
One reason that more homeowners are choosing interlocking metal roofing is because it requires very little maintenance. It also happens to be one of the very few roofing materials that can add to the structure of a building rather than just being used to prevent water from getting inside the building. The way you maintain your roof depends largely on the type of roofing you have.
Structural and Architectural Metal Roofing
If you have a metal roof on your home, it is [...]
June 20th, 2014
Septic tanks are usually the strong, silent type. When properly installed and maintained, they can handle a home’s waste disposal needs for decades. In fact, they may be so reliable that homeowners are lulled into a false sense of security, and forget to have them serviced or inspected on a regular schedule. Here are some tell-tale warning signs that your septic tank may need to be serviced.
Check The Calendar For The Last Date of Service
Most septic system experts recommend having [...]
June 3rd, 2014
With summer cooling season upon us and the price of electricity rising higher and higher, it’s more important than ever to make your home as energy efficient as possible and to get the most out of your air conditioning system. Fortunately, there are several things you can do to help your home stay cool this summer without spending a fortune.
Ways to help your home stay cool this summer for less
1. Turn up the dial. According to This Old House magazine, you’ll [...]
Landscape designers and architects have some brilliant ideas, but (to my knowledge) none of them are psychics, so be ready to tell them what you want them to do with the space. He or she can tell you if your ideas are feasible, but he won’t (unless you know him personally) know that you want an Asian-inspired gazebo and koi pond unless you tell him.
You Want That?
Once your landscape designer or architect has it in mind what you want, he’s going to do everything in his power to create a vision you’ll adore. So, first off, don’t pretend to like a theme more than you actually do. It’s in everyone’s best interest for you to love it. The best designers will work with you in stages, so you’ll have plenty of time to get what you really love.
Once you’ve found the landscape designer or architect of your dreams, you’re going to want to get your project going ASAP; however, since you love him so much, you can rest assured that others will love him that much too. In fact, it’s common for a landscape designer to have his calendar booked several months in advance, and if you’re really unlucky, you should think a year or so ahead.