Posts Tagged ‘home improvement’

Creating the Perfect Log Cabin Style Home

LOG CABINWAre you seeking the perfect and charming log cabin style home? Have you saved up to find the perfect place to relax and spend your days reveling in the smells of pine and hardwood? But how can you get from the unknown to dream log cabin style home? Follow these steps to help create the perfect log cabin style home. Continue reading “Creating the Perfect Log Cabin Style Home” »

What is a Sump Pump?

Sump PumpRain has been pouring down in sheets all day. You’re inside and tucked under a warm, snuggly blanket, safe from the storm. This weather doesn’t bother you at all! You don’t live in an area prone to flooding, but you’ve heard from your neighbors that water can seep through tiny crevices in poured cement walls. Aren’t you afraid that your basement will flood from all of this rainwater runoff? NO – because you have a sump pump!

Sump pumps are small pumps installed in basements and crawl spaces. Their job is to keep your basement dry by pumping out excess water that accumulates through various means. They are usually installed in a pit area, and the water is directed towards the pump by a drain or through natural water drainage patterns in the soil.

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Take Back the Basement!

Cluttered BasementHas your bottom floor gotten the best of you? Is it a monster, running out of control below your home? Your basement has the potential to be more than just an unfinished, bare-bones home gym – or worse, a stuffed-to-the-gills storage room! It might be a dirty, messy dumping ground today, but it could soon become a family room, a playroom, an office, a bedroom, or even a home spa! With just a few special touches, that forgotten floor of your home can become a relaxing oasis or a hub for family activity. Read on for some decorating and renovating suggestions from HGTV and This Old House.

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Price Tags of Professional House-Cleaning Services

Keeping a full-time job and having to maintain a clean house is a difficult combination for busy homeowners. A more problematic scenario is having kids or pets tracking mud on the living room carpet right after it’s been vacuumed. In this hectic world we live in, it seems that housekeeping becomes even more unfavorable as we try to balance work and family life, as well as personal relaxation. This is why many have chosen to hire professional house-cleaners like ServiceMaster of Charleston to do the dirty work for them. How much do these services cost and how do we make sure that we get what we pay for?house cleaning services Continue reading “Price Tags of Professional House-Cleaning Services” »

DIY: Tile Backsplash

recycled backsplashWhy pay lots of money to have someone work on your home if you can do it yourself? If you’re like a lot of homeowners in the digital age who have Internet access and want to save some cash, you might head to YouTube or another DIY site when it’s time for a new home project. One great way to add a unique touch to a kitchen or bathroom is to add a tile backsplash.

What’s so great about a backsplash? Well, as the name suggests, they’re great to have in areas where water, food, or other substances are likely to splash on the wall. Rather than scrubbing something off of a painted surface, you just have to wipe down tile instead. They also double as great decorations, as you can make them match the wall or choose to get pretty creative with the colors. And, as cool as they look, surprisingly they’re not to difficult to install if you have the right tools and guide.

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Firewood for a Wood Heater

wood burnerWithout a fire, is a wood heater worth much? Well, it definitely can look nice whether or not it is burning, but if you need your home warmed up this winter, you pretty much want a raging fire! Wood heaters help save you money if you can make them work, especially since you don’t have to use an expensive heating system to get your home toasty warm.

If you want a quality fire, however, you will need to add firewood to the mix, but you’ll want to add quality firewood. If you have a lot of acreage, it may be easy for you to go chop down a tree and use that. However, if you don’t have a lot of land, don’t want to cut down trees/split wood, or are worried about termites and other critters getting into your home via wood piles, you’ll have to purchase the firewood.

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Upgrade Your Bathroom by Adding a Steam Shower

steam showerApart from drinking, and its daily uses, water is also used for our relaxation. After a stressful day or before the day even begins, the foremost thing that you probably desire is a hot bath or shower. Showers allow for complete relaxation of the body as well as mind. In addition to stress relief, there are many other benefits of steam showers.

With the growth of technology, steam showers have become common among lots of people. While steam showers have been common in different luxurious hotels and resorts, these days, you can find them inside residential homes. Through steam showers, homeowners can experience spa treatment without having to set foot outside their front door. Steam showers enhance energy levels and soothe the senses.

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Real Estate Tip – Tuscan Design Is Hot

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As you look for home decorating ideas? Are you looking for a way to spruce up your home as a summer project? Many other people in the Corvallis Oregon area have started to do just that, and one style you should strongly consider, if it is all in your line of taste, is Tuscan decor.

What is Tuscan decor?  Tuscan decor originates from the Italian region of Tuscany.  Tuscany is a region of North Coastal Italy that is known for its incredible landscapes and is the place considered by many to be the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.

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