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.

Tips For Designing Your Custom Cabinets

If you are remodeling your kitchen, chances are good that you are going to want to install new cabinets. This is important because this allows you to determine exactly how you are going to be organizing your cooking supplies, spices, and pots in the future. You have the opportunity that many do not, namely to determine exactly where the inner shelves of the cabinet are going to be placed. Here are some tips to make the most of that opportunity. 1. Figure Out the Corners First You should start with determining what you are going to do with the corners of your kitchen first. You want to do this because it is going to determine how you set up the rest of your cabinets and how well they are designed. Some options for corner storage include small shelves that hold bottles of wine, recipe cards, or spices. You want to be sure that you are making use of this space in order to avoid finding yourself in a position where you don’t have enough storage space. 2. Size Out Your Pots and Pans Pots and pans can be difficult to store because they can be oddly shaped and not stack neatly. This can be very frustrating for you if you don’t have custom cabinets because you might have shelves that leave too much unused space when you start stacking items or not leave you with enough space.  In order to properly size the shelving within your cabinets, first take all of your larger, unstackable items. These could be mini-grills, donut makers, panini presses, or crock pots. You want each...

Key Adjustments To Make To Your Office Chair For Better Posture

If you’re the type of person who spends long stretches of time sitting at your desk, it’s important to make sure that you’re doing so in a comfortable chair. Sitting for prolonged periods of time can aggravate your back and put strain on other areas of your body, especially if your chair isn’t comfortable to begin with. When you’re shopping for an office chair, try to buy one that’s as adjustable as possible. While a chair can feel comfortable for a minute or two in the store, you need to know that you can make tweaks to it to keep your body feeling right during long periods of sitting. Here are some specific adjustments to make. Moving The Seat Up And Down It’s ideal if the chair has a lever that allows you to lift and lower the actual seat part of the chair to suit your height. This is a common attribute among office chairs, but make sure that any chair you’re considering has this capability. You want to be able to adjust the seat so that your legs are bent at about 90 degrees. Place both feet firmly on the floor, sit back in the chair and note the angle of your legs; if they’re not positioned at a right angle, you’ll need to make this adjustment for optimal postural support. Adjusting The Armrests Many office chairs are equipped with armrests that not only support your elbows and arms, but also allow your shoulders and upper back to relax. When the armrests are too high, your shoulders will be elevated unnaturally, which could lead to pain. When...

Repurposing Wooden Items For Outdoor Flower Beds

Spring is fast approaching. But it’s never too early or too late to plan out your flower garden for the first planting of the year. Repurposing and reusing items in the garden is a great way to cut down on consumption and reduce your overall carbon footprint. When it comes to garden beds, wooden planters are a popular choice by gardeners. Here are a few ways to repurpose and look for items to create cheap wooden planters in your backyard space.   Pallets Upcycling wooden pallets that can be found at area businesses give you an opportunity to reuse them in your garden area. In many cases, these pallets are low-cost or free. Pallets can be taken apart, stripped from their nails and used for re-cutting and recreating a garden planter or container suited to your needs. When using pallets, keep a few precautions in mind, such as: Avoid gathering pallets from chemical companies Select pallets that used to carry and transport dry goods or canned foods Keep in mind that many pallets have been chemically treated Pallets are lightweight and easy to cut and restructure. You can stain or paint them to create an attractive wooden planter that matches your outdoor decor. Chairs Scouring antique shops and barn sales for old wooden chairs offers a unique style that is inexpensive and easy to put together. Wooden chairs can be painted, stained or left with their existing chippy paint to create a shabby chic look. Some chairs that already have a hole on the seat allow you to easily add a mesh screen or planter to create a foundation...

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...