Image via http://www.mycarheaven.com Running a household is no walk in the park.  You have to think about a multitude of expenses ranging from your everyday food to your monthly mortgage.  So although the prospect of owning a new car may seem like a solution to your family’s commute woes, think again. When you check out sites like toyotacostofownership.com or even review sites for various vehicles, you will notice that there is more to owning a car than just paying for it up front or paying off your car loan. You have to consider all of these other costs as well, before buying a new vehicle, soRead More →

Image: gazebo by our place As the world turns its back on those warm summer days, homeowners like you are scrambling to make sure that they have everything ready to confront the oncoming cold.  From blankets and coats to sealed windows and gas heaters, there are quite a few things that are necessary when good old winter comes a-calling.  For newcomers to the area or people who have found themselves as homeowners for the first time, there are a few very important things to keep on your list. Outside Considerations Depending on the type of home you have, you may also need to winterize yourRead More →

  A balcony can either be one of several things depending on the size of your home. For instance, a balcony in a special room of a big house is reminiscent of a personal sanctuary. It’s usually where the lady of the house takes her breakfast or it’s where some members of the family escape to when they want some peace and quiet. On the other hand, for small homes, a balcony becomes somewhat like an extension that attempts to blend the outdoors and the indoors. As a wing of a bedroom, a study, or a family room, one can use the balcony as anRead More →

  An old proverb advises that “anything worth doing is worth doing well”, implying that lasting value is an important aspect of most projects. A temporary fence usually requires replacement, making it a less desirable option than one that can last for years. Utah State University suggests these considerations for building a fence: safety of animals, people and property appearance function life expectancy installation and annual maintenance costs Vinyl, privacy wood, chain link and wire are typical types of popular fence options that satisfy the requirements recommended by the university. Six reasons that give property owners a basis for deciding against installing temporary fence areRead More →

Image via http://tumblr.com When it comes to infestations, the last thing you want living in your attic are a family of bats. Farmers like bats because they eat up all the insects which would otherwise destroy their crops, however there’s a lot of mess they can make if they’re setting up shop in the dark corners of your home. Providing you live in a country where these methods are legal, then here are some of the best ways to get rid of bats that are nesting in your attic. Signs of Bats You may have your suspicions that bats are living in your roof orRead More →

  Plants are very important to humans. It is vital as a source of food, textile for clothing, medicine, wood and other materials that are needed by our modern civilization. Without plants to provide those materials life as we know it would simply not be possible. Important Plants There are many different kinds of plants in the world. Some have practical uses to humans while others have no value to us. Still there are some plant species that are still waiting to be discovered. Even in today’s modern world there are still some plant species that remain unknown. So that you can gain more informationRead More →

  Most homeowners don’t pay as much attention to the appearance of their garage as they would in any part of the house. But, replacing any other door in the house is quite easy compared to replacing a garage door. The garage itself may not require much aesthetic interest or maintenance but it’s a different story when it comes to its door. Choosing the right type of garage door to suit your home requires careful consideration of the design, materials used, durability and efficiency. There are four types of garage doors that homeowners can choose from. These include roller doors, sectional doors, Up-and-over doors, andRead More →

  Family reunion picnics, outdoor parties, late afternoon business meetings and graduation celebrations are just a few types of events you can hold on your patio. Granted, every patio is not the same, in shape, size or structure, some patios being constructed of stone, others of plain or colored concrete. However, the one benefit patios, regardless of their shape or size, have in common is the way they make it possible for you to entertain outdoors on and around stylish patio furniture.  Before you select patio furniture, measure the width and length of your patio. For example, some patios are as large as a traditionalRead More →

  Individuals who want to turn their homes into a green or eco-friendly one may find themselves faced with a challenging project. This may entail a lot of changes in both the physical environment and the lifestyle of a person, particularly if one has just started getting into the green habit. There should be a conscious effort to ensure that every product you use and that every choice you make is aligned with your eco-friendly home objective. To make it easy for the whole family, one can simply begin “greening” their home from the outdoors. Working on your garden is a good place to startRead More →

  Keeping the front lawn and the backyard neat with regular mowing, trimming, and cleaning is a basic home maintenance task that every home maker shouldn’t neglect. The outdoor areas of the house create the initial impression for the property which can affect its market value. Adding these areas in one’s home improvement plan can increase its property value and create some use for your extra lot area. Getting a trained landscaper to fix your yard can transform it into versatile areas where family members can rest and relax, entertain guests, or host parties. Doing the landscape for one’s property can be quite simple, ownersRead More →