Any successful construction project has to begin with a sound foundation. Once you’re confident that what’s underneath is solid, you can rest easy knowing that the entire structure is much more likely to stand the test of time. The same principle applies to the process of planning it. Without the right amount of thought put into the earliest stages, your project will be much shakier than you want it to be. Poor planning at the beginning results in being caught off-guard by delays and cost overruns.
If you’re wanting to spend more time in your backyard this summer, then what you need is a patio. The patio can serve many functions – it’s a great hosting area for parties and entertaining guests, it can provide the perfect location to put your garden furniture to avoid damaging the lawn and once fall and winter rear their ugly heads again, it offers you an area you can use outside without running the risk of getting wet and muddy.
The best thing about patios though is just how easy they are to build. In fact, you can quite easily design and build one in your back garden within a handful of weekends. Here’s a seven-step guide to building your own patio.
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Replacing old, damaged unattractive siding can help transform your home by refreshing its appearance. New siding can even make your home more energy-efficient and comfortable throughout the year. In fact, if you look at Remodeling Magazine’s Cost vs. Value Reports in the last several years, siding replacement has been on the list of top home improvement projects in terms of value, as it is among the few projects that can promise a significant return on investment.
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Guest post contributed by Ashley Kinsela
Most of the home renovation projects begin with excitement. However, it is only in the halfway people realize that it is one nightmare unless it is well-planned. Therefore, when you are thinking even of the simplest job like house painting, you should have a guide ready. It might be simple at the outset but when you begin moving things, you will know the importance of planning things. This becomes urgent when you choose to stay in the house while getting it renovated or painted. No matter how many officials are working on your home project, you have to involve in the process to get it done on time.
Here is how to prepare yourself and plan for the house painting project
#1. Painting Ideas for Rooms: Unless you want every room painted in the same color, you should be looking for some interesting ideas to paint your house. For instance, you will want lively colors for your kids’ room and a charming one for the living area. When it comes to the kitchen or other rooms, you will want the colors to match the décor. You will certainly need new ideas if you are planning to change the look of your home. Hence, you will have to come up with a good plan by researching on the house painting.
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Have you ever pinned a bug? 🙂 I admit it – I was not looking forward to our upcoming insect study.
We attend a co-op class on Fridays. There, we meet with other homeschoolers for a science class. Initially we were told to catch bugs and kill them. Well, we couldn’t go through with that plan! 😉 It wasn’t like smashing one with your shoe or the fly swatter. No, we needed them intact to study. 🙂
Luckily a friend of mine found some insects that were already dead and saved them for me. (True Friend!) Other brave souls caught them and placed them in a jar with an alcohol saturated cotton ball. Some even froze their bugs to kill them. If you choose the freezer method – beware! They may just wake up after thawing out. 😉
The kids identified the insects, studied them, named them, and then we pinned them. One super nice lady even had extra insects and gave one to my son. My only advice to you is make sure your insects are dead before you pin them! Once we got home my son realized the bee that the super nice lady had given to him was still alive! Yes, pinned and alive! The only thing I could think of was to put the container of insects into the freezer!
After a couple of hours we peaked inside the box and didn’t notice any further movement. Whew! Let’s just say it is a study we will never forget! 😉