Cleaning Up Your Home After A Flood

post3__Flooding is one of the most common types of natural disasters to strike homes in America. It may be caused by heavy rains, storm surges or tidal waves caused by larger events out at sea. While in some cases, homeowners may be able to defend their property from the resulting water damage, but in others, it is unavoidable. In the event that a home is damaged by a flood, it’s necessary to clean and repair parts of the home that have been affected. These parts include the basement, furniture, appliances, the ceilings, walls and the floors.


In a flooded home, the basement is likely to be one of the first areas hit and the most heavily in need of cleaning. If there are windows in the basement, open them up to let fresh air in. If there are no windows, place fans in the basement to help the air circulate. Fans can also be used to help the room dry quickly. Turn off the electricity before entering and take a flashlight if needed. Remove any standing water from the area using a sump pump; ideally, one that

The Ideal Front Door: Because First Impressions Matter

post2__Your front door serves many important purposes, but sometimes gets lost in the shuffle. Your entry door is one of the first things guests and neighbors see when they drive past or visit your home. Take a good look at your front door and ask yourself a few key questions. Is it serving its purpose and tough enough to withstand wind, rain, hot sun and possible intruders? Is it aesthetically appealing? Is it dated and time to buy a new one?

See why your front door is an important part of your home and the ROI of replacing it. There are a lot of different styles and colors to choose from, so we’ll make some suggestions about what you should be looking for in a new door.

Importance Of A Front Door

What’s the first thing someone sees when they come to your home? Yes, the entry door. Everyone must walk through it to enter your home. It’s important to make sure it’s sturdy and stylish.

Replacing the front door can easily enhance the appearance of your home exterior. Curb appeal is something buyers and neighbors

The Education of a Gardener

ON A BRIGHT SUMMER MORNING, Luciano Giubbilei can bepict1__ found elbow-deep in a living mille-fleur tapestry in Sussex, southeast England. He is transplanting dahlias into a border in preparation for a burst of late-season color that will be accompanied by tall grasses, which are now diminutive but will be burgeoning by September.

This is not the kind of habitat — nor the aesthetic — with which the 44-year-old Italian garden designer is usually associated. Born in Siena and trained in England, Giubbilei’s signature look was, until recently, one of sharp lines — dignified topiary forms in clipped boxwood and hornbeam with mowed lawns, still pools and smooth limestone terracing. For the past 15 years, the gardens he created for clients in wealthy neighborhoods like Holland Park and Belgravia have been more architectural than horticultural.

His were designs that are antithetical to the place he’s experimenting in:Great Dixter, a six-acre oasis designed principally by the parents of Christopher Lloyd, whose stewardship of the garden made him a cult figure in the world of plants. Here, old

Outdoor Storage Sheds: The Perfect Solution To Little Storage

One of the most evident problems Americans face is storage. Oftentimes, it doesn’t even matter how big or small your house is. One way or the other, storage issues creep up, whether it be in the garage, kitchen, bathroom or living room. It’s time to broaden your horizons and look outside the home for functional and creative storage options.

Outdoor storage sheds are the perfect solution for anyone who needs to clear out space within the home. But that’s not all outdoor storage sheds can do for owners and renters alike. Below are four benefits of outdoor storage sheds, as well as shed basics, including types, costs and designs.

Types of Outdoor Storage Shed

The trick when choosing the right storage shed is figuring out what you need it for. Some homeowners love to garden. It gives them peace of mind, but sadly, when it’s all said and done, there is nowhere to put everything. Others just need to clear out space in the basement or garage and start using both for their original purpose.

There are numerous types of outdoor storage sheds:

Storage (Original) Shed: This is your all-inclusive storage shed. Homeowners

7 DIY Ways To Make Your Patio Awesome

Besides enjoying the outdoors or hosting the next family BBQ, outdoor patios have an endless array of benefits, including increasing your home’s value. On top of the classic or standard patios, there are numerous ways to really make your patio stand out. The best part is that you don’t need a professional contractor to make yours the most talked about patio on the block. As such, here are my seven DIY ways to make your patio awesome.

Convert Your Patio Into A Movie Theater

Patios were made for the spring and summer and you should take every chance you get at enjoying the sights and sounds of the outdoors. Let’s take it a step further by enjoying one of America’s very pastimes; outdoor movies.

Everyone has enjoyed a movie or concert in the park. Now, you can bring that experience and relaxing night to your patio and backyard. You will have to build the base of the screen in your backyard, but feel free to convert your patio into movie-theater seating. You can add raisers for additional seating or just set up lawn chairs. The entire process may be long, but when completed, you know

Plastic Wood for Decks

Thinking about building your deck from plastic wood instead of real wood? Here are some facts about plastic wood to take into account before you go to build the deck.

Plastic wood has several good qualities. Recycled plastic wood is sustainable, long-lasting and is very consumer-friendly. It is the leading alternative to wood for a reason. It can be used over and over again, and no trees going into the production of this product. There are no toxic chemical or greenhouse gases that are released when it’s created.

It’s resistant to decay and can withstand severe weather, meaning it lasts basically for a lifetime without compromising the way it looks. There’s no maintenance required. It will cost you more in the beginning, but the benefits in the long-run seem to outweigh the initial investment cost. Its tongue and groove form gives it greater rigidity over longer spans. It doesn’t require finishing, won’t crack, warp or splinter. It comes in more sizes than other decking choices.

The chief drawbacks include the plastic appearance. Also, if a damaged board must be replaced, all boards up to that one will have to be removed because of the tongue

7 Small Patio Ideas For Creating The Ultimate Urban Oasis

After such a long winter, the weather is finally getting nice. Now is the best time to redesign your patio so you can spend more time soaking up the sunshine. Don’t assume fancy patios only belong in the suburbs. Although your city condo may have a tiny patio, you can still transform the space into an urban oasis. Below are seven design ideas that will help you make the most of your small patio.

Create Indoor-Outdoor Connections

Before adding any furnishings, you should determine how you could make your small patio look bigger. Given that an urban patio is usually next to the house, I suggest decorating it with the same style as the adjacent room. This way, your small patio will feel like an extension of your indoor space and appear much more spacious. For example, you can paint a featured wall with the accent color used in the room. Or, integrate your interiors and patio by installing the same flooring type (FYI, parquet flooring is a perfect indoor and outdoor solution for a small patio.). No matter what your final decision is, make sure every material is waterproof.

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Landscape Timbers: What You Need To Know

Landscape timbers give every homeowner the ability to turn their eyesore exterior into a landscaping masterpiece. Landscape timbers present a challenging DIY project, but one any determined landscaper can handle.

To simplify, landscape timbers are used to build planter boxes and raised beds for gardening. They are also used to separate plants from other common areas of the yard, to build a retaining wall, reinforce a slope, make garden steps or build a picnic table and landscape paths.

The possibilities are endless, but before you go and purchase landscape timbers, make sure you read all there is to know about this highly attractive landscaping feature.

Landscape Timber Basics

There are certain landscape timber basics all must know before embarking on such a landscaping project. Like many other home materials, landscape timbers come in a variety of colors and materials. They are similar to wood planks in that many of them come in 4-foot or 8-foot lengths. However, the primary difference is that landscape timbers are flat on the bottom and top. As you can imagine, this makes landscape timbers ideal for building or stacking.

There are two main types of landscape timbers; natural and