Archive for May, 2016

PostHeaderIcon How To Install A Privacy Fence

Privacy fenceFence is not just for the sake of adding beauty to your property; fence allows you to have privacy and even safety. While you are searching for fence, you get plenty of options in wide range. You can get options of fence in every type of budget and every type of aesthetic taste. Here is a small and useful guide as to how to install your privacy fence.

  • Check neighborhood rules

Before you install a privacy fence, it is important to check out whether you are allowed to install a privacy fence at all. Installing a privacy fence in an unapproved way can make you uninstall the whole thing down and also pay fine on addition. Thus before installing a privacy fence, it is advisable to check out the local neighborhood rules and also the home owners association rules about installation a privacy fence.

  • Check city codes

Cities also have their own rules about installing a privacy fence, thus you need to check them before you install a privacy fence. There are several cities which needs permit to install a privacy fence of any height, while there are some cities which need to get permission for installing a privacy fence only above certain height. Check out whether you require permit or if there is any other restrictions on your fenced installation.

  • Obtain a permit

If you get to know that you require a permit then have a permit before you install a privacy fence. Obtaining this permit can cost you bit of money and then it can be availed from planning department or local city hall.

  • Choose your material

It is really essential to determine which kind of material you want for your fence. There are various types of materials for installing a privacy fence; all of them come with different pros and cons. While choosing the material for installing a privacy fence, you also have to keep your focus on how much time you will be able to spend on the upkeep and also how much time you will be spending to build up the fence and also pay focus on how long the fence has to be remained on its position.

  • Wood fence: Wood fence is one of the most common among all types of fencing. Durability of wood fencing is between 5 years to 20 years depending upon the type of wood you used to install a privacy fence. Wood fence is relatively inexpensive but yes you might find difficulty in cleaning them. You can paint them after certain period to make it look new again.
  • Vinyl fence: As compared to wood fences, vinyl fence will last for much longer period of time. It can last up to your lifetime if qualitative vinyl is used. There is variety of colors available in them and fading is not usually an issue and cleaning them is also quite easy and painting them will solve every issue if you face any.
  • Brick fence: Brick fence is an option when you don’t like the look of wood or fence. If you want to install a privacy fence with sturdy look then you can go for brick fence. You can either use actual brick while installing a privacy fence or you can also use block. Brick fence will last for a longer period of time as compared to wood fence.
  • Growing or green fence: Green fences will be a great material for installing a privacy fence in your city if it has issues of permits or on a either case permits are very costly. This can be an advisable option if you are willing to look at more greenery instead of looking at fence.
  • Find the location of post

Try to use string which is tied to stakes and after that decide the perimeter of the fence and after that mark the location of the corner along with measuring and marking the location of the intermediate post. The distance between each post is your own choice but the normal spacing which is suggested is about 8 feet from center to center. Mark each and every location with stake holes and spray paint.

  • Dig post holes

Take a post holder and dig holes which should be at least ¼ or 1/3 of the height of the fence you want. Don’t forget to follow the rules given in the permit as there are many cities which have rules regarding the depth of the hole. These while installing a privacy fence, take this thing into account. While installing a privacy fence, and especially while digging a hole make sure you don’t hit a water main. You can either use a manual digger or you can also use a motorized auger. Both of these things can be rented from the local hardware store nearby.

  • Place gravel

After you are done with digging the holes, for installing a privacy fence, you will have to put some few inches of gravel in the bottom of the hole. This will provide drainage and make sure that the posts do not rot. After placing gravel, you must place the posts. You should use 4/4 posts at your preferred height and place them one by one at a time. You might need a helping hand for this task.

  • Pour in quick set concrete

Before you set the concrete for installing a privacy fence, you must make use of a post level to make sure that the post is properly plumb also verify the height twice to make sure that it is exactly what you want. Pour in some of the concrete and mix with right amount of water as suggested by the manufacturer’s instructions and carry on to use the level which makes sure that it will stay straight. Another alternative is that you should mix the quick set concrete in one bucket or the wheelbarrow and then pour this. Make sure you continue to use the string to make sure that the post is in line with each other.

 

 

 

PostHeaderIcon How to Select Shower for your Bathroom

selecting shower for your homeShower is considered to be one if the important thing which we want to install in our bathroom. As we all know that bathroom is such a place in our whole of the home where we feel to be somewhat private space which we can spend for ourselves. There are many options which you can go for at the time of selecting shower for your bathroom. There are many important factors which you need to take in to consideration at the time of dealing with the process of selecting shower for your home like the size, the material of the shower you are going for, and most importantly the type of shower which you are going for in your bathroom at the time of selecting shower for your bathroom.

The further discussion will help you in knowing for the type of shower and the things which you need to keep in mind at the time of going for selecting shower for your bathroom. There are many things which you need to consider at the time of selecting shower for your home like the size which you want to install of the shower, type of shower which would be working best for your bathroom, getting all the information regarding getting better knowledge of types of showers at the time of selecting showers for your home, etc. and many more of the things which you need to keep in mind ta the time of going for the process of selecting shower for your home.

How to select shower for your home

  • See, there are many types of showers available in the market which you can go for but for selecting the best amongst them is your jam which you need to comply with in your bathroom at the time of selecting shower for your bathroom. There are many criteria like the shower flow, you want it to be fast or slow, the size of shower which you want to select is whether in round shape or in square shape, etc. are certain things which you need to take in to consideration at the time of dealing with the process of selecting shower for your home. Not only are this but the budget, the possibility which will be more selective in your bathroom, etc. also taken in to consideration when it comes for the question of selecting shower for your home.
  • selecting shower for your homeAs we were discussing about the types of shower for your bathroom than let me help you in this process so that you can get better ideas about the types which are prevailing in the market and for which you can go for in your bathroom. The first one which you can go for at the time of selecting shower for your home is the Digital Shower which are available in the market. If you want to go for such type of shower whereby you can get everything in one than mark my words digital shower is considered to be the best choice which you can go for at the time of selecting shower for your home. It provides you with unbeatable powers, with all the stylish looks, and the freedom to use it in any ways which you want to, etc. and many more of the things which can make you emphasis more on using it and installing it in your home. Not only that but it is considered to be amongst the most loved shower of the Britain’s. They offer the simplest way to use it with all the instructions added to it like.
  • The shower is being controlled by the power unit which is being fixed to the panel who works for controlling of the shower which is being installed in your bathroom. It is dependent on the shower that it is installed on the wall or at the ceiling i.e. the water is coming from the walls or from the ceiling. Not only are that but there wireless models of it are also available in the market which can help you in encouraging for the matters of installing it in your bathroom. Let us further discuss about another types of shower which you can go for at the time of selecting shower for your bathroom is the Electric Shower. I know it’s working is not a cup of your tea to understand but the functioning of this shower is being directly attracted to the unit and the cold water will result it in generation with the hot water which you are ion need of.
  • selecting shower for your homeA connection is given to the geyser and this will lead the cold water to convert in to hot water at the time of taking the shower. Going for selecting shower for your bathroom and selecting electric shower can be considered to be the right choice by the home owner’s which they can go for in their home. It is considered to be very quick and the installation process of electric shower is very easy which you can comply without taking the help of the professional at the time of going for it in your bathroom. It is also considered to be economic in nature which can help you in lesser down the wastage of water in your bathroom. Not only that but there is different colours and schemes available which can help you in selecting it which will be suitable in your bathroom.
  • Mixer Shower is other types of shower which you can go for in your bathroom when you are selecting shower for your bathroom. The specification of this shower is it provides the facility of hot and cold water at the time whenever we are in need of. Well, there are many benefits of installing it in your home like it is considered to be ideal for that house where by the constant flow of hot water is being needed. In here the hot and the cold water is being mixed in the unit which attains from the shower. It also helps in providing with the diverter which can help you in multiple functions of getting it in your bathroom.

PostHeaderIcon How to Choose the Right Flooring

Choosing flooringChoosing the right flooring for your home is on a whole a process of confusion. You are availed with plenty of options while choosing the right flooring for your home and hence taking the decision becomes even more difficult. Choosing the right flooring becomes even more difficult when you have many persons in the family and hence matching the style and need of each of them is tough job. For choosing the right flooring you need to take into account certain things ahead of the time like how the room will be used by seeing the lifestyle of your family. While choosing the right flooring you must think about your priorities and also have a thought upon what would you prefer aesthetics or ease in maintenance. It is a definite thing you want to choose the right flooring with each and every factor in it like ease in maintenance, good appeal and long lasting ability along with the durability. While choosing the right flooring, you can be practical and also experimental it is not necessary that you have stick with the same type of flooring which most of the people have in their home and think that you choose the right flooring because everyone else has the same. There are many options prevailed in the market, check them out, you can take your time and then choose the right flooring which can be totally different from everyone else’s. While choosing the right flooring, you might have some preconceived notion about the types of flooring which might prove wrong when you are exploring the options. Here are some of the points which you should consider while choosing the right flooring for your home.

  • Which rooms or room are you thinking about?

The location of the room and the function of the room play a significant role in choosing the right flooring. Say for example if you want to install carpets in the bedroom it will prove a good choice but if you are thinking about the carpet in the kitchen it is totally a wrong idea. Carpets are also not a good idea to be installed in the dining area as the liquids or food is spilled on the carpet and it is not proper for such kind of dirt. If you are thinking of installing floor in basement as you know wood is the best type of flooring and you want to install it in the basement then it is a wrong choice of flooring. Wood is not very compatible with moisture and basement is such a place which has too much of moisture issues hence wood is not the right choice of flooring. Thus choosing the right flooring also depends upon the area where you want to install your flooring. The rooms and spaces which are connected with entry doors will be having more dirt and dust and hence the maintenance of such floor is more. Thus to choose the right flooring for such places you must search for the one which is easily maintainable.

While choosing the right flooring, don’t forget about the garage. Garage is also a room. Garage is also place where you need to do more upkeep and hence for choose the right flooring for your garage instead of good looks you must go for durability and easy maintenance. The bottom line is that choose the right flooring according to the function of the specific room.

  • Consider status of your family or your lifestyle

The style of living of your family makes a lot difference in choosing the right floor of your family. If you have children’s in your home this means the floor will have to bear more wear and tear as they keep on banging or running or scratching up the floor with toys. The right type of floor in this case would be laminate flooring. Laminate gives you the look of wood and thus it will avail you with nice aesthetic appeal and it is also more prone to rough use when you have children’s in your home. There is several engineered wood coating which is developed to compete with laminate but laminate is better.  Laminate flooring is scratch resistant and also very durable. If you are having pets in your house especially large dogs then you definitely need hard flooring as they have nails and claws which can scratch up the surface. If you opt for carpet when you have pets then it will be scratched very son and your floor will lose its look. Hence for choosing the right flooring, it is also very essential to pick one according to the members present in the family.

  • Does anyone suffer from asthma or respiratory issues?

Having carpet floors in the house is prone to insert more allergens in the house. If you have any of the family members who is allergic to chemicals or allergens or have any respiratory problems like asthma then such flooring is not at all advisable as it can create more health issues. Thus you should go for wood flooring in this type of situation.

  • How much maintenance you are ready to contribute for your floor

There is several flooring which needs high level of maintenance if you are person who cannot give much maintenance then such flooring can be troublesome for you. Hence before choosing the right flooring you must know about the maintenance needed on the floor. You might be liking wood flooring as it gives such astonishing look but make sure before you opt for installing it the amount of maintenance it need.

 

PostHeaderIcon How To Choose A Roofing Contractor

Roofing contractorWhen it comes to home there are many people who believe in doing it yourself concept. But there are certain things in your home which definitely need a professional or contractor. Roofing is one such thing which needs a professional or roofer. Roofing is an important aspect of your house and it cannot be given in any hands. When it comes to choosing a roofing contractor, it’s very essential to choose a roofing contractor who is having enough experience in this field. Not only experienced, while choosing a roofing contractor you must also check that he must be such who can give your roof proper quality and strength. While choosing a roofing contractor, you must check out his reputation in the nearby areas and along with that before you choose a roofing contractor you must also see his license. You must check out multiple candidates before choosing a roofing contractor. Here are some of the tips as to how to choose a roofing contractor.

  • Contact three roofing contractors

Before you choose a roofing contractor, you must contact at least three roofing contractor. The process of choosing a roofing contractor is just like selecting or hiring a new employee. Thus don’t to the first roofing contractor you meet. If in any kind of hurry during choosing a roofing contractor, if you opt for the bad one you will have to regret a lot and this decision can be quite painful. Thus give yourself the opportunity of choosing a roofing contractor which is reliable and best and for that you need to review options. Compare the services of each of the roofer and also check the prices offered by each of them. By this way you can have the clear idea as to what is best for your roof.

  • Check that the roofing contractor you choose has license or not

Before choosing a roofing contractor, it is very important whether the roofing contractor you choose has a license of the state or the local area for doing his business. Roofing contractor without license is very risky. While choosing a roofing contractor if you are not sure that he has the license or not then you can contact department of professional regulation of your area or your state or you can also contact the licensing board. Different types of license are needed by different states and areas of different states. Thus before you choose a roofing contractor ask him about the license and also take a proof of him having it.

  • Verify the roofing contractor

Before you choose a roofing contractor, it is very much necessary to verify him in real. You have to check the business of the roofing contractor. You have to check whether the details given by the roofing contractors legitimate or not. Also ask for the tax identification number of the roofing contractor you choose. Before you choose a roofing contractor, ask for the business address or business website or contact number or email address. This information is very important before you choose a roofing contractor.

  • Ask for insurance, liability coverage and workers compensation

It is not a compulsion in all the areas or all the states that roofing contractor should have the insurance but it is advisable for our safe side to choose a roofing contractor with insurance to keep you away from any kind of law suits if any injury happens to the contractor while working on your roof and property. Make sure with the contractor that the insurance is covering the entire time span during which your roofing work is going on.

  • Check for references

Before finalizing any roofing contractor, you must check for his past records and details about his work. You can contact the past clients of the roofing contractor and can get reviews from them as to how be the work and is he reliable or not. This can give you more surety and satisfaction about the roofing contractor you are going to hire. Also ask them whether they were satisfied with the result or have any complaint or problem with the roof. You can ask the roofing contractor himself about giving you with such references where he has worked earlier. You can also check out the reputation by contacting the state’s department of professional regulation.

  • Ask about the details

It is important to take all the details about the work before you hire your roofing contractor. Ask him about the time he is going to take for the completion of your roofing work. Also ask him how much people are going to work on your roof and also ask how much time of the day they are going to work on your roof. Ask your roofing contractor about the modes of payment. Also ask him how the work of your roof is going to be supervised and by whom.

  • Check for warranty

Check out the information about the warranty for your project fully. Also ask the circumstances, possibilities or situations which can make the agreement of warranty void. Also ask if there are any exceptions to this contract of warranty or not.

  • Take information in writing

Oral communications cannot be trusted in today’s time. Words can be altered at any point of time hence it is a safe step to take all the information in writing from the roofing contractor. This will not let him change from his agreements and words. Decide the projects length, also decide the startup time of the project and also decide the end up time of the project. Not only this also take all the information about the material to be used in your roofing and know about the safety procedure. Make sure regarding the cleanup methods and also regarding the schedule of payment.

 

PostHeaderIcon How To Decorate Your House

Decorating your houseEach and every person has some or the other thought or idea of decorating your house. Whether, it is a new house or your old house after renovation, all have some or the other fantasies as to decorating your house. While decorating your house, you are having the opportunity to transform your space the way you want it. It depends upon your choice and preferences as to how you want your home to look and decorate your house that way. Some might have decent and sober choice while some might have funky choice thus it all depends upon choice and personality when it comes to decorating your house. Decorating your house will add up some new charm and coziness to your house and your space will be lively and active. If you want the best results out of decorating your house, then you can try changing the big details of your home along with changing the small and minute details. Here are some of the ways of decorating your house.

  • Make use of Creative lighting

You must have generic shades and covers of lighting but this does not give any creative effect to your house. Such generic things lack personality and interest. You need to create a new mix of lighting and install it in your house. Purchase new and trendy lighting options and create a nice blend of colorful and decorative lighting in your home. Hunt for such items which match up with the general style of the room and can also work as primary source of light. But make sure that such items are not too much bold. You can install small and interesting lamps throughout your home for adding a flick of flare to your style. Using creative lighting is one of the best ways of decorating your house. If you are such a person who is interested in doing DIY things and that too in creative manner then you can try purchasing old lamps from any of the thrift store and then renovate it by spray paint and give it a total new and fresh look.

  • If you are making use of multiple lighting in one room ,then try to differentiate the sizes and shapes or the color of the such lighting unless and until it is not the whole set. This will show more creativity while decorating your house.
  • Don’t be afraid of being experimental while using several lights even if the room is small or area is also small.
  • Hang new curtains

Curtains are one of such tools which are most unused while decorating your house. But this underestimated item for decorating your house can add much beauty to your room and can transform the look. By using little bit carpentry work you can install curtain rod in your room and then install curtains which suits with your furniture and beatify your room. Try to search for such curtains which have lots of color and pattern which can light up your room and make your room more bright and lively. If you want your space dark then try installing dark colored curtains and on a contrary if you want your space to look bright and cheerful try to install light colored curtains through which light can pass and make your space look bright. Thus decorating your house with different form of curtain is a great way to make it beautiful.

  • Add matching rugs

The basic objective of installing rug in your house is dual one objective is to cover the dirty or unattractive flooring and another objective is to add some pattern and interest to your simple and boring flooring. But having rugs for fulfilling any of the objective is one of the nice ways to decorate your house. Use rugs for filling up empty spaces in your house, it might be possible that your house lacks furniture so in this these case rugs are the best way to make your house look full of furniture even if it is little bare and empty. Make sure to hunt for such rugs which blend in with your furniture, décor or your flooring otherwise it can look odd. Rugs are such things for decorating your house which can be nearly in any room including your bathroom and kitchen thus you can take many at same time. If you want cheaper option for decorating your house then you can purchase whole carpet and make rugs from it on your own.

  • Add up some of the floating shelves

One of the clever and useful ways of decorating your house is to have floating shelves in your house. Floating shelves are those which are attached directly to your wall and are in small rows. You can create your house by adding photos and hang prints around these floating shelves. These types of shelves are best for adding up small and tiny decorative items to your house like flowers, vases, bottles and such unique and antiques which you have collected from your travel. You can also add up other things which suits and match up with your interior décor. These shelves are also a great way to flaunt your art and pictures without having to make holes on your wall. Thus floating shelves are very useful idea of decorating your house along having storage facility.

  • Add up memories and photos

If you want your house to look appealing and add touch of your personality then you could hang your photos and memories on your wall. You can create one such wall which showcases all your memories at your travel any birthday or any other occasion. You will love seeing your home filled with all your memories and also people visiting your house will also get a glance of your life and beautiful memories. You house can depict you as a person with such pictures hanging on your wall. You can place your painting or any of your valuable art work in such wall.