When you have an old Arts and Crafts home, preserving the beauty and simplicity of the design can be top priority. Many Craftsman bungalows feature nicely crafted windows, subtle front arches, and low roof pitches that hearken to a natural, low maintenance design philosophy. Preserving a Craftsman exterior is part of a greater mission to preserve the ideals that inspired Arts and Crafts design: embracing natural materials and colors that work with the world instead of against it.
1 November 2016
If you are building your home or adding a fireplace to your current home, you will be faced with a variety of choices. For example, you will have to choose between a custom masonry design or a factory-built fireplace box. Perhaps even more confusing, a masonry fireplace and a fireplace box can both be utilized in a custom design, so both can be part of a custom fireplace. Because of the many options you have and the many services a fireplace provides, it is important to consult with a fireplace contractor and determine the best fireplace solution for your specific needs.
15 September 2016
If you need to get a survey of your property, you may be looking for ways to cut costs, such as gathering your own documents to help the surveyor begin your property assessment. However, the easiest way to save money is to avoid these common pitfalls that clients make when it comes to ordering a land survey. Ordering the Wrong Survey One mistake made by some clients when it comes to ordering a land survey is ordering the wrong type of survey.
26 July 2016
Basement flooding often occurs due to hydrostatic pressure, which is the force exerted by water contained in the soil surrounding the basement. That is why it is important to drain away this water as quickly as possible before it pushes through your basement walls or beneath the footer. While most homes with basements should have drainage systems next to the exterior walls, these systems are prone to deteriorate over time due to silt or root infiltration.
22 June 2016
If you own an above-ground swimming pool, you are probably familiar with the sickly green water that appears any time there is an algae bloom. Algae can be a frustration for pool owners and difficult to combat. However, it is important to understand that removing algae from an above-ground pool does not need to be difficult as long as proper cleaning procedures are followed. Below is a step-by-step procedure for removing the green, murky appearance and restoring the crystal-clear water of an inviting pool:
5 May 2016
If you are purchasing a home that has junk in the yard or inside the home, then you may be concerned about having the junk removed before or after you purchase the property. Whose responsibility it is to remove the junk can cause debates among buyers and sellers and, in some cases, put your bid at risk of being rejected. For that reason, it is important that you are informed about your options for junk removal when it comes to purchasing a used home.
7 April 2016
You lock the doors and install a security system to protect the valuables inside your home or commercial property, but what if thieves are after something that's attached to the building? A combination of fewer opportunities to earn honest income coupled with high scrap metal prices has some thieves getting creative and stealing metal from roofs to sell to scrap recycling facilities. Here's more information about this issue and what you can do to protect yourself.
25 March 2016
When it comes to creating a private road for accessing your residential or recreational property, you'll likely share the responsibility with other land owners. Choosing a professionally constructed gravel road over an asphalt or concrete access road can pay off in the long run if there is limited traffic on the road. Find out how well-made gravel roads outperform paved ones when it comes to private ownership. Easier Maintenance First, it's not hard to keep the gravel road surface smooth and the drainage ditches cleaned out with a simple tractor or a truck-pulled scraping blade.
29 February 2016
Moving into a new residence is always exciting, but the purchase of a home may involve making repairs and necessary updates. While you may focus your time and energy on the house's interior function and décor, spending some time inside the garage is also important. You may solely park your vehicle in your attached garage or utilize it for storing lawn care equipment and holiday decorations. No matter why and how you use the space, updating your garage interior and garage door is imperative for your home's value and safety.
5 February 2016
If your business uses large barrels of water to cool the products being made, it is likely that at least a portion of the water needs to be stored outside. While this is your best option to minimize spacial concerns within your plant or manufacturing building, the water outdoors may end up freezing if you do not take necessary precautions to prevent issues ahead of time. One of the best ways to prevent a freezing issue is to make sure that each barrel contains an immersion tank heater.
19 January 2016