Create an Entrance with an Outdoor Water Fountain

When I was a child, one of my favorite television shows revolved around a wealthy family. On occasions, someone would drive up the long entryway to the characters’ massive mansion. While I will never own a multi-million dollar estate, I would like to recreate part of the magic of the long entryway that I remember from the show.

I feel that the best way to accomplish this task is to install a breathtakingly beautiful outdoor water fountain in front of my stately brick home. As soon as guests start driving down the straight path to my home, they will take in this lush regal water feature! On this blog, you too can learn how to create an unforgettable entrance to your estate with an outdoor water fountain.

Be Prepared For A Disaster With The Help Of A Rented Self Storage Unit

Disaster can strike in many forms, from an unexpected blizzard hitting your town to a fire that has damaged your home. While it can be difficult to prepare for many of the effects that these disasters can come with, a stocked self-storage unit can be very helpful for preventing any serious problems while you are waiting to get back into your home. For ideas of what to store in your climate-controlled self-storage unit, consider some of the following emergency supplies that will help you considerably in the case of the unexpected. Gas-Powered Generator If the power is out in your home due to a blizzard or other weather event, you may find yourself without power for the unforeseen future. Instead of making do without power, you can look into buying a gas-powered generator. Since these generators can provide the necessary wattage output (usually anywhere from 2,000 to 10,000 watts) for powering up anything from your laptop charger to the freezer. While it may be convenient to store the generator at home, it can take up a lot of space and may not be kept maintained in a warm garage or shed. A rented storage unit can keep the unit in good condition and stored out of sight until you need it in an emergency. Non-Perishable Foods and Drinks One of the biggest problems people face when worried about the power going out or another emergency at home is food. If there is no way to keep your food cool, you are going to run out of food very quickly—especially if the disaster has hit your entire town, running the...

Three Easy Ways To Make Floral Arrangements At Home

You can instantly update the look of your home by creating a beautiful floral arrangement with a bouquet of flowers. Many people think that it is difficult to create a floral arrangement at home, but it is actually much easier than you may think. The following guide walks you through a few tips and tricks for creating a beautiful floral arrangement quickly and easily. Use Tape If you want to make the floral arrangement in a vase, use tape to create a grid on the top of the vase. Cut the stems on the flowers an inch longer than the height of the vase. Place a flower in each of the squares you created with the tape and you will instantly have a beautiful floral arrangement to display in your home. Be sure to add the water to the vase before applying the tape though. If you were to get the tape wet, it would peel away from the vase and not work properly. Use Floral Foam Floral foam is an amazing type of foam that will absorb the water you put into the container you are using for your arraignment so that the flowers get the water they need, while still being held in place. Using floral foam is quite easy to do. Simply use a nail to push holes into the foam. You can then trim the stems of the flowers so that they will sit directly onto the top of whatever vessel you are using as the base of your display. You can place the foam in a glass bowl and put it into a basket,...

When To Repair Or Replace A Garage Door

Because of their plethora of moving parts and the fact that they have to withstand extended weather exposure, garage doors can become damaged over time. While proper maintenance can extend the lifespan of your garage door, there will come a time where it will either have to be repaired or replaced. Understanding which problems can be repaired and which ones require a replacement door to be installed can help save you money. Repairs Heaviness: If your garage door suddenly feels much heavier and is harder to open, it is usually an issue with the tracks for the door or the torsion springs loosening over time. In this case, a contractor will either replace the springs or apply lubricant, making the door much easier to open. Stops Opening: If the door has become stuck and won’t open manually or automatically, there may be an issue with either your garage door opener or the tracks themselves. This problem can usually be handled by a contractor, though it may take more time than a simply heavy door, as there are many potential causes for this issue. Damaged Panels: If the panels on your garage door have become scratched or dented, they can usually be repaired either through a replacement of the panel itself, which is much cheaper than replacing the entire garage door, or by simply applying pressure to pop the dent back into place. Repairs should be done as soon as possible, as cuts and scratches can allow rust to develop on metal garage doors, and rot on wooden doors. Replacement Aesthetics: If your garage door has become dated looking, or...

Four Choices For Installing New Windows In Your Home And The Benefits

Installing new windows in your home can be a valuable investment. It can help improve the look of your home, reduce energy loss and add value. Some materials can even be low-maintenance. If you want to have new windows installed in your home, here are some of the options that you may want to consider for these improvements for your windows: 1. Choosing Different Materials For New Windows There are many different materials to choose for the new windows in your home. Wood is still one of the most common choices because it is easy to maintain, repair and manufacture windows with these materials. If you want a more durable window, you can also choose from materials, such as vinyl and metal, which will cost a little more than wood. 2. Using Replacements When Possible To Update Windows There are also many choices when it comes to replacing windows. You can use a special replacement window in some cases. This is a window that is designed to fit inside the existing window casing when it is installed. It can be a lot less work to install these windows, which can help you to reduce the costs of your window replacement project. 3. Adding Window Film To Glass And Windows That Cannot Be Replaced Window film is another option that you want to consider for improvements to your window. This can be done with the replacements for things like glass and custom windows in your home that cannot be replaced. The window films can have additional benefits, such as reduce glare in a home theater or office.  Window film can...

Two Tips To Help You Get Affordable Outdoor Power Equipment

If you own an outdoor landscaping or lawn business, you understand that the name of the game is getting the equipment that you need without running up unnecessary costs.  However, riding lawnmowers, blowers and hedge cutters can rack up a stiff tally if you get these items through the ordinary channels.  Use this information to learn more about how to get affordable outdoor equipment without breaking the bank. Consider Refurbished Equipment Considering anything other than brand new equipment to be substandard is a tremendous fallacy.  You would be amazed at the kind of gently-used equipment that you can purchase that will be both well within your budget and also of great quality. Refurbished equipment is valuable, because it gives you all of the bang without the additional buck.  Although this machinery is used, it was sent back to the manufacturer so that it could be restored to as close to the original condition as possible.  Some manufacturers stand behind the refurbishing process so closely that they even offer a warranty on these items.  This means that if you buy these outdoor lawn products and they happen to perform in a less-than-ideal manner, you can get either get your money back or obtain a replacement device that will help you keep your lawn service in operation. Contact a professional distributor such as Joe’s Tractor Sales Inc to see if they offer refurbished equipment. Yard And Garage Sales Are Your Friends Another great place to score the best deals are garage and yard sales.  There are a number of people who upgrade their lawn equipment to include the latest devices, leaving them...

How To Survey Your Own Property To Settle A Land Dispute

Land disputes are fairly common among neighbors. One neighbor may feel that you have encroached on their property by putting up a fence, or placing a stack of firewood on their side of the property line. The best way to settle the dispute is to clearly mark the property boundaries around your land. Here is how you can survey your own land to make sure you didn’t encroach on your neighbor’s land if a dispute arises. Review Past Surveys The first thing you should do is review your property deed. In the property deed is a written description of your property and your property’s boundary lines. You should also go to the county clerk’s office to study past surveys on your property and neighborhood to make sure those surveys match up with the information you found in your property deed. Perform New Survey You should do a new survey utilizing the data you’ve collected from your property deed and other sources to make sure the property boundaries have stayed the same over the years. You are going to need the following equipment in order to survey your land: Measuring Tape Compass Level Survey Tripod Plumb Bob Stakes Twine You need to begin your survey at a known spot on your property line. For example, if a property marker still exists on your property from past surveys (and you are sure no one has moved the marker over the years), you will want to start there. Markers can be colored stakes driven into the ground, or a pipe or rock that would take a lot of effort to move. Otherwise,...

Common Questions About Maintaining Outdoor Metal Plant Stands

If you are an avid plant lover, you likely want to have plants throughout your yard and patio. Placing these plants on the ground may expose them to a higher risk of suffering damage, but you can minimize this risk by placing the plants on a plant stand. However, this stand will be exposed to various conditions that can damage it. After you understand the following answers to questions about common problems outside metal plant stands encounter, you should be better able to address these issues.  How Do You Safely Remove Moss From A Metal Plant Stand? As time passes, you will likely notice a layer of moss growing on the plant stand. This may seem like a harmless issue, but it can actually cause extensive damage to the stand if it is not removed. The moss will trap moisture, which can cause the stand to start rusting.  While there are many chemicals that can be used to kill moss, some of these substances can be harmful to your metal stand because they will weaken it or make it more susceptible to corrosion. To minimize this risk, you can mix baking soda and water to make a paste that will neutralize the moss. A few days after you have evenly applied this mixture on the moss, it should be dead and easy to pull off of the stand.  Is It Possible To Repair Rusted Portions Of The Plant Stand? Whether the rust is caused by unchecked moss or years of exposure to the elements, it can ruin the appearance of your plant stand as well as cause structural problems...

Charming Ideas For A Cottage Garden

Country cottages conjure images of rustic getaways. Central to that idyllic tradition is the garden. The essence of the cottage garden is a sense of artful disarray that stems from its informal design and dense plantings. No matter your home’s style, create a traditional cottage garden to add elegance and charm to your landscaping.   Bench A cottage garden should inspire you and your guests to linger awhile. A bench helps your garden achieve this purpose. While a rustic wooden bench is the classic in such a space, any garden bench will do. The idea is to surround the bench with beautiful, fragrant blooms. For instance, consider locating the bench next to a fragrant shrub such as mock orange or classic gardenia. Next, include traditional flowers around the bench such as daylily, daisy and iris. If desired, include hardy thyme as groundcover to release scent with every step. Arbor One of the hallmarks of a cottage garden is a rose-covered arbor, according to This Old House. Your arbor can be located over your bench for shade. However, the arbor can also serve as a gateway between flowers and an herb garden. While climbing English roses are the traditional plant for training over the lattice sides, don’t discount the charm of morning glory or honeysuckle. Herb Garden Cottage gardens were initially developed in England as a counter to the formalized gardens found at manor houses. As such, they commonly included practical plants. Most cottage gardens featured medicinal herbs since that was the most useful. However, consider planting a mini-garden with the herbs that you love to cook with. Bay laurel...

6 Memorial Gifts For The Garden

Funerals and memorials are difficult. You are dealing with your own grief while trying to comfort those closest to the deceased. Sending flowers or giving a monetary gift to the requested charity is a way of expressing your feelings, but there are more personal, and long-lasting ways to communicate this.  Gardens are often a quiet place to contemplate. If the deceased or their loved ones enjoy gardening, the suggestions below may bring some joy into this difficult time in their lives.  1. Tree: Giving the gift of a tree is special. Each year, as it grows, the family can reflect upon the life of their missing member. Eventually they can even relax under the shade of its branches. A tree is a special gift that reinforces the message that life goes on. 2. Fountain: Many people love the sound of running water; it has a calming effect. The gift of a garden fountain is a good way to enjoy this soothing sound. Fountains can be wall mounted, or you can order a free-standing unit for the center of a walkway.  3. Decorative Cross: Adding decorative crosses to a garden bed can be a subtle reminder of the love between those left behind and their lost loved one. It can have a place of prominence, or be tucked away in the corner of a flower bed.  4. Perennial: If the deceased had a favorite plant or flower, gift his or her family with one. Peonies, hydrangea, and even a pergola with wisteria to trail up it all make lovely gifts that bloom year after year and add beauty to the...

Reasons You Should Install Quartz Countertops Instead Of Granite

Stone countertops are very popular now. Many new and renovated homes list granite countertops as a selling point. However, engineered quartz may be even better. It has the same beauty as granite, but it doesn’t need as much maintenance. Here’s why you should consider having quartz countertops installed instead of granite. Quartz Isn’t Porous The big difference between engineered quartz countertops and granite is that quartz isn’t porous. While granite is hard and durable, it stains easily since it soaks up fluids if it isn’t sealed. Even water can leave a stain. That doesn’t happen with quartz. Quartz countertops are made from a mix of quartz and resin. This makes them hard and durable without the drawback of soaking up fluids. Since it isn’t porous, quartz doesn’t need to be stained every few years, which reduces the amount of maintenance required. And since fluids don’t seep into the countertops, they are more sanitary since germs won’t have a breeding ground. Quartz Comes In Many Colors Granite has a very distinctive look. It is available in natural stone colors such as brown, blue, red, and black. Quartz, on the other hand, is available in about any color you can imagine. That’s because the color is added when the countertop is manufactured. You can be more creative with your décor when you choose quartz. You can pick countertops that blend in well with your paint scheme, appliances, and decorating style. One point to consider is that the overwhelming popularity of granite in the last decade may cause it to look dated in years to come. You can avoid this by choosing...