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 To Choose Stones For Your New Tropical Freshwater Tank

Although most people think of saltwater when they think about tropical fish, there are many tropical fish that thrive in freshwater, too. If you’re looking to create a freshwater aquarium, tropical fish can make it bright and vibrant. Knowing which rocks are best to put in the tank with these fish is important. Here’s a look at what you need to know to avoid releasing harmful minerals into the water while still giving your fish rocks to swim around and make part of the habitat. Slate Pieces Slate is an ideal stone for freshwater aquariums because it doesn’t release any chemicals into the water. It’s pretty heavy, which means that if you plan to build a structure of any kind, you’ll need an aquarium-quality sealant to keep it together. It’s best to use it solely for tank-bottom decorations so that it can sit flat on the bottom of the tank. When you use it this way, the smooth texture of the slate surface provides an ideal environment for fish to nest and lay eggs.. Quartz Stone Quartz stone makes a great addition for a freshwater tropical tank. The stone is inert, so it won’t alter the tank chemistry at all. You can find it in many colors, which is ideal when you’re putting it in a tropical tank because you can find colors that complement the fish you put into your tank. It’s strong, stacks well and stays where you put it, so it’s a good rock choice if you want to build any kind of stone structure in the tank. Lava Rock Lava rock is wear-resistant and durable,...

What Is The Difference Between A Water Conditioner And A Water Softener?

If you live in a rural area, then you may have minerals in the water that make normal home functions difficult. If you live in the city, then the water from your tap may taste like it comes from a swimming pool. In either case, you have to take matters into your own hands to improve the quality of the water coming into your home. In some cases, a water conditioner is the way to go, and in others, you will need a water softener.  Water Conditioner Recommendations A water conditioner removes chlorine to improve the taste of water. If you live in the city, your water is most likely free of hard minerals thanks to the city’s efforts to preserve a clean drinking supply to its citizens. On the other hand, the chlorine that municipalities use to kill germs, bacteria, and algae in the water can leave the water tasting like chlorine. If you live in a municipality, then you really don’t need anything more than a water conditioner to improve the taste of the water in your home. Water Softener Recommendations A water softener uses salts to remove magnesium, calcium, and other minerals from the water. How would such minerals get into a water supply? As water moves through deposits of limestone and other rocks in the ground, it picks up minerals from the formations it moves through. These minerals can interfere with the function of soaps and detergents, insulate water in water heaters so that ti doesn’t heat up like it should, and coat water fixtures with a thick layer of chalky film. Thus, if you...

Three Tips For Caring For Your Granite Countertop

Granite is a popular choice for countertops because this stone is durable and aesthetically pleasing. However, there are some homeowners that may make mistakes when it comes to caring for this type of countertop, and this can result in the stone sustaining unsightly damages. Fortunately, you can help to minimize these risks to your granite countertops by making sure to use the following three tips. Avoid Cleaners That Contain Ammonia Or Bleach Over the course of cooking, it will be possible for you to spill a number of substances on your countertops. However, you should never use cleaners that contain ammonia or bleach. These substances can discolor your stone and leave etchings in it. Rather, when you are cleaning your granite countertops, you should only use a mixture of water and dish soap. This should allow you to remove any substances that have spilled on your countertops without causing harm to the stone. Clean The Countertops With Microfiber Cloth When wiping down the countertop, you should avoid rough sponges or bristle pads. While granite is very strong stone, vigorous scrubbing with these rough materials can leave minor scratches in the stone’s surface, which can make your countertops appear dull. To minimize this risk, you should consider always using a microfiber cloth for this task as these cloths are very soft, and this can allow you to vigorously scrub stubborn spots without having to worry about scratches or other forms of damage impacting the surface of your countertops. Regularly Inspect The Backsplash Granite can be a remarkably heavy stone, and this weight can put pressure on the supports of your...

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...