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Common Mistakes to Avoid When Hiring a Pool Contractor

Not everyone is lucky enough to have their own private swimming pool. In some areas the winter weather makes the prospect of an outdoor pool downright ludicrous. But even if you live in a region that enjoys temperate climes year-round, you still need yard space large enough to accommodate a pool, as well as the cash or credit line to build and maintain this pricy aquatic structure. That said, if you’re keen to beat the summer heat with the aid of your own... ❯❯❯

Building a Natural Swimming Pool: 5 Things to Consider First

If you’re someone who loves to swim, so much in fact that you’re seriously considering building one in your backyard, have you ever considered forgoing a conventional swimming pool design and going with a natural swimming pool instead? By taking this approach, not only do you end up exposing your body to a lot less chemicals but natural swimming pools are better for the environment overall. If this seems like something you would be interested in doing... ❯❯❯

Is It Better to Rent or Buy Your Dream Beach Home?

Owning a beach home is a dream for many people. While living in the city can certainly offer you access to amenities, and life in the burbs provides a lot of bang for your buck, you may be ready for something a little different. And a beach home can offer you the gorgeous views, lilting water sounds, wildlife sightings, and general ambience that you won’t find anywhere else, all in one neat package. The main downside, of course, is the cost. And if you’re... ❯❯❯

Horse Stable Design Tips for Equestrian Property Owners

If you’re someone who owns horses and you have enough property to build some stables for them, you might be curious about the types of designs that will be attractive on your land and more importantly, suitable for your horses. That’s actually what this article is all about. So, before you look into hiring a contractor to start building a stable for you, we wanted to take out a moment and offer you a few suggestions on what you should consider when... ❯❯❯

Should You Resurface or Remodel Your Swimming Pool?

If you haven’t noticed – the weather is getting warmer. This means that the painfully long winter is over and it is time to enjoy some fun in the sun. It also means that you will be spending time in your swimming pool. But what happens when you pull back your pool cover and realize that your swimming pool suffered through the winter worse than you did? If this is the case, you are in a bit of a predicament, because now you have to make a decision – do you... ❯❯❯

Tips For Those Planning to Self-Build

In the modern technological world where things are constantly changing, evolving and trying to improve to become better, it seems like you can’t own a phone or a laptop for three months without it becoming obsolete. It seems like in the past few years the same rule of ‘newer is better’ seems to apply to houses as well. There has been a rise in popularity of buying run down old homes in ideal locations, demolishing them and then building entirely new,... ❯❯❯

Preparing for a Renovation

When it comes to a large scale renovation of an important room in the house, such as a kitchen or bathroom, it is important to remember that you will not be able to use that room for the next few days or even weeks while renovations are taking place. It may seem like common sense, but in reality many people do not seem to realise how long full scale renovations actually take, particularly if you are making home improvements like knocking down or building... ❯❯❯

Effective Ways to Keep Your Home Warm in Freezing Weather

When it’s freezing outside, the last thing any of us want to do is come home to a house that is chilly too. Yet depending on the temperature outdoors and how tight our budget is, sometimes it can be a bit of a challenge figuring out how to stay nice and toasty without spending our entire paycheck in the process. Luckily, there are some effective ways to keep warm in bitterly cold weather; ways that can still keep some dollars in your pocket. If you’d... ❯❯❯

Common Mistakes Homeowners Make With Their HVAC Systems

When it’s burning up or freezing cold outside, one thing that we find ourselves being extremely thankful for is our HVAC system. After all, that is what helps to keep the rooms in our homes at a comfortable temperature all year-round. And since we’re pretty sure that you don’t want to go a day without being able to use your unit, it’s important to know about some of the common mistakes that homeowners tend to make; just so that you can avoid them and also... ❯❯❯

How to Reduce Heat Loss Through the Roof of Your Home

Anyone who paid attention in science class in elementary school knows that heat rises, so it should come as no surprise that your roof is one of the primary areas in your home where the heat you pay for can escape into the outside air. Unfortunately, this can lead to reduced energy efficiency in your home, as well as rising utility bills. And if you do nothing to pinpoint or correct the problem, your costs only stand to increase. However, you can find... ❯❯❯

Top 5 Tips and Tricks to Make the Ceiling in Your Home Look Higher

When you were first in the market for a house, one of the things that you might have found yourself looking for was a place that had high ceilings. Not only does it help to provide the illusion that the rooms inside of a house are larger than they may be, but high ceilings also bring about a lot of elegance and charm as well. Of course, if you’re reading this article, then it’s a pretty safe assumption that you didn’t get ceilings that were as high as... ❯❯❯

The Art of Home-improvement and the Practical Side of Refurbishment

Whenever you begin a home-improvement or domestic remodelling project, there is a tendency to become preoccupied with your choice of contemporary design trends. While this is an important aspect of the project, however, it is important not to lose sight of the practicalities involved with refurbishing a home or commercial property. These need careful consideration and attention to detail, as otherwise you will create a sub-standard quality of workmanship... ❯❯❯

Do You Really Need a Step Ladder?

The ladder is quite obviously an essential of any construction professional. Whether you’re a builder, window fitter, insulator or even cleaner, ladders are a crucial piece of equipment. The issue is, there are actually a number of different types of ladder, and you might need one set of ladders for one job, and a different pair for a different job. Ultimately, this could be quite costly, so you might start to wonder, do I need step ladders, retractable... ❯❯❯

Spring Spruce on a Shoestring

It’s the time of year when most homeowners are rifling through their possessions in the throes of a Spring clean out, throwing away the dust-gathered clutter of Winter and opening the windows to let the new season penetrate through the home. Along with this large scale cleanout often comes the desire to redecorate, giving a new look for the year ahead. However, particularly with our economic climate being as it is, redecoration is not always that easy an... ❯❯❯

5 Tips for Staying Warm at Home Without Turning Up the Heat

If you look outside your window, there is a good chance that you are still seeing snow or rain falling – even though it’s officially spring. Your first instinct may be to turn the thermostat all the way up on your furnace and let the warm air flow. However, not only can this become quite pricey – especially after such a long winter – but it can also start to negatively impact the environment and the atmosphere. Luckily, there are many ways to stay warm... ❯❯❯

5 Benefits of Buying Land to Build a New Home

Have you been thinking about buying a new house? If so, have you ever considered purchasing some new land to go along with it? Although you might initially think that it’s expensive investment, the reality is that there are actually several benefits that come along with taking this particular approach. If you’re curious to know about some of the advantages that come with buying land in order to build a new house, we’ve got five of them for you below: It... ❯❯❯

How to Design a Professional Style Kitchen in Your Home

If you’re someone who truly enjoys spending time in your kitchen, have you ever thought about giving it a bit of an upgrade? We don’t just mean changing the walls to another color or purchasing a new kitchen table; we mean actually renovating it so that it appears to be a professional kitchen. If initially this sounds like a huge task, we can understand why you might feel that way, but actually it’s simply about knowing the steps that you need to take in... ❯❯❯

5 Basic Home Security Tips for New Homeowners

When you buy your first home, whether it’s turnkey or a fixer-upper opportunity, there’s probably some work to be done. With an older home you may need to do some major renovations, but even new homes need some personal touches with paint and flooring. So one thing you might not immediately hone in on when it comes to your property is the level of security. And since you definitely don’t want to experience a home invasion robbery, it’s a good idea to look... ❯❯❯

5 Tips for Dealing With Plumbing Issues in a New Home

A new home will have its unique kinks that you need to work out. Inevitably, things will crack, break down or show signs of misalignment. This is simply par for the course. Once you work through these issues, thought, things will become more normal and equalized. However, when it comes to plumbing issues, you need take extra special care – mainly because your plumbing and drainage system is such an integral part of your home’s ability to operate efficientl... ❯❯❯

An Essential Guide to Circular Saws

Circular saws are an invaluable piece of equipment for all serious DIYers. With a single, sharped-toothed metal blade, they are capable of high speed precision sawing which yields fantastic results. For people looking to cut through large sheets of plywood or make long linear cuts – without spending an arm and a leg – circular saws are invaluable. Whether you choose to buy a cheap one from a budget hardware outlet, or if you invest in a quality, long-lasti... ❯❯❯

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