Category Archives: Home improvement

The Three Main Areas of Landscaping

Whether you are selling your home or simply trying to make it more pleasant for those who already live there, the landscape can have a huge impact. The following are the three main areas of landscaping. 

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Cleanup

Cleaning up your yard is the first place to start. Rake the leaves and pick up any trash. If necessary, pressure wash the driveway. Pressure washers are often available to rent from hardware stores. Consider moving bikes, scooters and other sporting equipment to the garage or a shed. Most play equipment can be cleaned with dish soap and a water hose. If you have a swimming pool, skim it regularly and make sure the water is clear and clean. When the pool is closed, don’t forget to remove debris from the cover.

Hardscaping

Your yard’s hardscape consists of all its hard elements: walkways, patios, fences, etc. Make sure all of the existing structures are in good repair. Replacing cracked paving stones and painting the fence are fairly easy ways to freshen up an outdoor space. If you would like to add to your yard’s hardscape, a service such as masonry Avon MA can help you choose practical and decorative structures that can enhance your yard’s usability and appearance.   

Softscaping

The softscape of a yard includes all of the living elements: grass, trees, flowers, etc. Keep your grass cut and your shrubs trimmed. Remove weeds as needed. Choose plants that complement your overall landscape and thrive in your area. The USDA Hardiness Zones map can help you determine which plants will do well in your yard. 

Any yard can be beautiful. The key is to begin with a clean and tidy area, then strike a balance between the hardscape and landscape. Too much hardscape can make your yard feel cold and commercialized, while too much softscape can make it seem overgrown. 

Home Improvement – Getting Organized

Whether you’ve been in your home for 25 years or just moved in last week, there are likely some things you want to change about it. Here are some thoughts to help you stay organized and make the process easier.

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Decide What You Want Done

When you are working on remodeling your home, there are so many things you can do! You may want to make a list of all the things you’d like to have done and then prioritize the list into items that have to be done right away, those that need to be completed soon, and the things that can wait for a while.

Create a Budget

Whether you have a few small things that need to be changed or you want to do a whole-home renovation, you need to know how much money you have available to spend on the project. Some of the big-ticket items will be the amount you pay a contractor to do the job and the materials needed for it. Of course, things like permits cost money and can take time, too. If your contractor works with a DOT permit expeditor, you may be able to get started sooner rather than later.

Shop Around for a Contractor

Unless you do remodeling for a living, you are going to need to hire someone who does. Get at least three bids and be sure to ask questions. Don’t just take the reviewers’ words for things. You should ask directly about how long it will take, when the contractor could actually start, and what the cost will be. Be sure to find out if they will be taking care of permits for construction or driveway repair so you are sure everything is being done properly.

No matter what type of repairs or revisions you are making, having someone who knows what they are doing can give you peace of mind. Then, when it’s all completed you can sit back and enjoy it.

4 Ways To Use Concrete

Concrete, when created correctly, is hard and durable. It can take any form and its practical uses are endless. Concrete can be used for the foundation of a giant building or to hold up a simple fence post. Here are four other ways to use concrete. 

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1. Hangout Area

In your backyard, it is important to have different areas to add variety. You can have flower beds and grass but it is also nice to have a hard surface to play on. After a concrete slab installation Shreveport you can have a place for basketball, tennis or even a patio for relaxing. Take it to the next level of relaxation and pour a slab for a spot for a nice cozy hot tub. 

2. Furniture

Concrete is not known for being comfortable, but it is long-lasting and effective. If you want a table or bar stools outside but don’t want the paint to chip off wood ones after a year or so, try making or buying outdoor furniture made of concrete that will withstand all the elements. 

3. Countertops

You need kitchen countertops to be hard and resilient. Concrete countertops are a great option. Not only will countertops made of concrete last forever they will also look great in your space. Adding the element of cool rock that can be colored to any color you want will finish off any kitchen.

4. Decor

Concrete easily takes the shape of wherever it is. If you have molds in a fun shape you can use that to make concrete casts and turn it into home decor. Depending on your mold shapes, you could create cylinders for vases or spheres for cabinet knobs. 

Concrete is a great way to add variety to any space. No matter how big or small, its strength will make anything last for as long as you need it to.