I inherited my garden and landscaping from the previous homeowner. While some of the choices bloomed beautifully, especially two bright and exotic hibiscus plants, much of the existing backyard landscaping got removed when we redesigned our backyard to create a home office/gym by bumping out our freestanding garage. Looking to make the garden my own I considered multiple options but ultimately decided to create two different gardens.
First, I decided to attempted to seed a wildflower garden. There are many seed kits available to plant a wildflower garden, and I admit the prospect of a self-renewing garden indigenous to our climate appealed to me. Since most wildflowers grow by the side of the road as weeds, planting wildflowers meant less time on hands and knees and more time grilling out and surveying the land–in my imagination.
In reality the first year of a wildflower garden requires just as much care and keeping to produce a full bed as a traditional perimeter garden. I essentially had to brutally destroy the existing plantlife by mowing it short and then solarzing the area I wished to plant under plastic sheeting for several weeks. Seeding was easy, but encouraging growth was a lot like waiting for a newly seeded lawn to develop. The garden grew up hungry for sunlight in some areas, and slowly started in others. After a few supplemental seedings and weeks of patience, the wildflower garden finally started to look like a garden.
Fortunately the plants grow densely preventing the less need for weeding, and the wildflowers do no seem to be invading the rest of the yard. Because I used a seed mix its been fun to play wildflower identification with my garden. I am always learning something new–and the newly cultivated knowledge makes me the go to expert when our gang goes hiking. My dining room table and foyer also benefit from the gorgeous assortment of flowers and greenery I cut from the garden and place in vases.
In addition to my wildflower garden, I also decided to build an herb garden. I love to cook, and having fresh herbs on hand beats having to run to the store or using less aromatic dried varieties. A lot of different versions of herb gardens exist, plenty of people are satisfied with a flower box or even a lonely basil plant on the windowsill.
Always up for a challenge and seeking something with more visual impact, I opted to build spiral herb garden. A spiral herb garden while visually dramatic, also allowed me to create different growing conditions for needy herbs within the same structure. Soil conditions vary from bottom to top and certain parts of the spiral offer needed shade while others open up to ample sunlight. I spent a weekend marking out the spiral, building up the walls will cinder blocks and other rocks. Then I incorporated soil and planted the seedlings accordingly.
It is so nice to be able to walk out to the garden to clip some rosemary or thyme for dinner, or even just step outside to get a whiff of the beautiful aromas of the garden!
I am going to be moving to a new house in the near future, and I really do not think I have the time or desire to try to move all of my stuff on my own. I think I would probably end up hurting my back if I tried to do the move on my own, so I am going to want to hire a moving company to help me instead. I just need to make sure that I hire a company that is right for this move, and I am looking for nationwide moving companies that will be able to help me move for a reasonable price.
I am going to be moving from my current location in San Diego, California all the way to the east coast and the state of South Carolina. Continue Reading »
Spring and summer are the perfect time to work on your landscaping and home exterior chores. The warmer temperatures and longer hours of daylight make it easy to knock out small chores here and there, or to devote a weekend to a major project. As I mentioned in my earlier post, DIY Spring Home Renovation, sometimes the simplest and easy to execute ideas have the most impact. This is true for indoor projects but also for outdoor projects. I’m thinking about installing a new front door.
If it has been more than 4 or 5 years since your home’s shutters and entrance doors have been painted, or if you live in a harsh climate that takes its toll on your home’s exterior, this is a good time to start planning that project. You can easily prepare an average home’s window shutters in a few hours one evening, then paint them the next day.
Painting exterior doors is also an easy to do, less than a one day project. Just be sure you paint them in the morning, after the dew has dried but before the sun heats up the surface and causes the paint to dry too quickly. In this part of the country, 9:00 am is the perfect time to start painting, but the climate zone for where you live may be different. The surface needs to be dry and not hot for best results.
When I bought my house, the front door was painted a dark, cranberry red, to match the window shutters and complement the red brick veneer. The original owners had removed a storm door from the front for some unknown reason, and although its absence is not all that noticeable, it has always bothered me. So, one of my projects this summer will be to replace the front door, rather than paint it, and to install a new storm door.
If the door jamb is in good shape and all you need is a new door, it is just a matter of measuring it correctly and deciding on the type and style of exterior slab door that you want to buy. There are many things to consider in choosing a new door, some are practical and others are person preference, such as
· Type of material – wood, fiberglass, steel, glass?
· What kind of hinges and hardware?
· Energy efficient? Insulated?
· Any special security concerns?
· Budget to include the door, hardware, paint/stain and any extras such as kick plate, doorbell, peephole, etc.
Obviously, if this type of DIY project is beyond your skill level, get estimates from at least three contractors for the installation. And don’t forget to allow for delivery charges and any disposal or take-away fees related to the old door.
Storm doors can help with reducing heat loss, privacy and security. Self storing storm doors will have both glass and a screen to allow for air flow and the change of seasons. Since my door jamb was damaged when the original storm door was removed, I will be shopping for both an entry door and a storm door, with new jamb.
The current style trend in my neighborhood is to replace the old, painted panel doors with more natural looking wood doors with a glass insert, which is actually called a windowed door. The wood is stained and often matches the color of the wood floors in the entry way or living area. The glass inserts come in a variety of shapes and styles, from square panels to ovals that are etched with floral designs.
I’m looking forward to this home renovation project and have already started shopping for the right door style and type for my home. When this project is completed, I will be welcoming visitors to my home with a new, attractive and energy efficient front door.
My wife and I are going to start making our home improvement plans in the next few days. Last year we took care of the front of the house, putting up a hedge in the front yard and doing a lot of landscaping. We cut down six trees, or at least we hired a guy who cut down a bunch of trees for us. That is a really difficult job and while I can use a chainsaw pretty well, I do not take chances on dropping big trees. That opened up the yard a lot and now we need awnings on the back patio and the side porch. Continue Reading »
The HVAC community is always in need of more technicians to handle the many jobs that are out there. There are multiple HVAC companies in every city and millions of homes in this country that need to have their central heating and air systems worked on. While looking for jobs can be difficult, it is best to look in a place where only the jobs that require the HVAC skill set are listed.
There are many different types of companies and many different types of jobs in HVAC that must be filled.
For the worker who prefers to be with a local HVAC company, there are jobs out there driving a van or truck and completing repairs and service appointments every day. These jobs are the most common in the industry, but they are not the only jobs in the HVAC industry that must be covered.
Individual companies sometimes prefer to have an HVAC technician on staff to ensure that their buildings and facilities are taken care of. This is especially true in the medical industry because patients cannot be properly cared for if they are in a hospital or medical facility that is too hot or too cold.
Also, large businesses prefer to have an HVAC tech on their staff to handle entire office buildings. These jobs with larger corporations still offer a salary and benefits, but they often do not require driving around town to get to appointments.
Finally, there are jobs in the HVAC industry that are at housing complexes and communities. In apartment communities, an HVAC technician must be on staff to ensure that all of the complaints about the heating and air conditioning can be handled in a day. Also, the people who manage the property are not necessarily qualified to complete repairs.
When looking for the best HVAC jobs, it is easy to assume that there is only one place to go to work. However, HVAC technicians are needed in many different places to ensure that workers, tenants and patients are kept warm or cool depending on the seasons. Don’t stop searching until all of the possible options have been considered in the HVAC job hunt.
Home maid service is the best one which helps you to clean your home in an effective way whenever you want to clean it. Before hiring a service it is necessary to find the advantages and disadvantages of it. Even though if you do not have the need for someone to clean your home regularly you can hire them for some special occasions, because they are offering you many different types of services.
You people knew that before moving into a new home you are in need to do lot of works, but in this busy world people don’t have time to clean their home in an effective way at that time home maid service providers helps you greatly. A home service will help you to shift your things and make all the arrangements as per your wish. They help you to get the walls, rugs, floors completely sterilized and clean. Then you can easily move in start living comfortably.
They will effectively help you at the time after party. People all knew how fun it is to have a party but it is very difficult to clean a party hall after a party. Spending a full day with your friends’ and family in order to celebrate your party and at the end of the day you may feel tired so it is not possible to clean the hall by yourself. It is the correct time to get the help of maid service. They will never feel guilty of removing strains from floors and carpets because it their profession. They can also help you to clean your home regularly even they would clean the entire appliance in your home as well. They can able to perform different task in different manner. Before selecting a maid service make sure that they have a skilled professional and can help you in a great way. Homejoy maid service is one of the best service providers among many service providers. You can get their service in an affordable rate and gives you cent percentage result in the quality of work and even it is best to select the one who is trustworthy.
Commercial laundry equipment is put through an incredible amount of abuse. Customers are notorious for being harder on equipment they don’t own, and laundry machines are no exception. If you own a Laundromat or provide laundry equipment to your tenants, then you should prepare for the abuse by investing in quality equipment.
Customers Will Overload the Machines
If customers are paying for each load, then they want to get the most out of the money. They will put more in the machine than should really be loaded in, and that puts strain on the system. However, commercial units are built to withstand the stress. While the customers’ clothes won’t come as clean, you won’t have to worry about your machines breaking every other week. It costs a little more to invest in the high quality, but you will save in the long run with fewer repairs and less downtime.
Dropped Lids and Slammed Doors
People aren’t always gentle with their own belongings, and you cannot count on them being gentle with yours. Look for machines that are sturdy and can handle the abuse. Delicate machines will break quickly, but industrial strength units from Speedqueenlaundry.com.au will last longer. Choose machines that are made for use in mine sites if you want the most durable, tough equipment available.
Security is Important
Coin operated machines are a temptation for people who are short on cash and willing to damage property. The coin basins must be secured inside the machine for safety while also being accessible for you. Look for machines that are difficult to move around and keep the coins secured from criminals. The loss associated with any theft will go far beyond the coins in the machine if the system is damaged and needs to be repaired afterwards.
Home-Style Equipment for Comfort
Perhaps you have a busy family that puts your machines through the works. You can enjoy the durability of commercial equipment in your own home. They can handle larger loads, active families and regular use, but they have the home-style controls that make them feel more residential.
Whether you are investing in equipment for a commercial laundry facility or you want a heavier machine for your family, look to industrial washers and dryers. They can be used by multiple operators, and they are built to last through regular use and even a little abuse. Made for commercial applications or your own home, you can trust that heavy duty machines will last longer and help you avoid costly repairs in the long run.