The Guide to Home Gardening

Article by Buddah Lounge

Establishing a home garden proves not only therapeutic for the person doing the gardening, but also for every person living in the house. Since gardens are full of fresh flowers, plants, trees, thick green grass and other outdoor decorations, it is a good place for meditation and relaxation. Some invest much on their patio, especially those who love outdoor barbeque and retreat activities with friends.

To start and or enhance a garden, it is necessary to consider the space and design of the garden. The amount and type of decorations to be used depends on the size of the area that will be developed. The design tells how much an ideal garden would cost. And contrary to many beliefs, putting up an elegant garden need not be expensive. What is only needed is creativity, a little bit of cash, and practical design. [Read more…]

Do you need a locking mailbox?

Article by Best Businesses

When you come around, for whatever reason, to change your mailbox, one of the biggest decisions is if you should get a locking mailbox. The process of locating, buying, and installing a mailbox is both costly and time-consuming, and is not something you want to repeat. Ideally, you want to make the right decision, the first time. Here are some factors that will govern if you need a locking mailbox:

Mail theft risk

Have you had any mail stolen or go missing in the recent past? Even if you don’t know, but never got something you know was sent, chances are that it was theft. Is your mailbox or house in a location that makes it easier for someone to steal your mail? Then, if so, you need a locking mailbox.

Mail volume

Measure your mail volume and incoming packages. Do you get a lot of letters or do you get package deliveries from online orders? Also, can you check your mailbox once or twice a day, or do you go several days before you can check for mail? The longer you need to go without checking, or the more high-value items you get, the more you need a secure mailbox.

Be aware that any change to location or type requires approval from your local USPS rep. Also, if your mailbox is in a row with your neighbors, then you will need their permission to make any significant changes.

Introducing Glass Pool Walls

Article by FRG News

Pools can be a great addition to any home. Not only do they raise the property value considerably, but they also make for a fun way to get the family together outside. Of course, pools need to be fenced off to mitigate the risk of children falling in. It’s also important to keep wildlife out that can drown and cause a mess. Until recently, options were relatively few for fencing a pool in. That was until now.

Glass swimming pool fences are the new trend in home design and it doesn’t look like it will be going away. They provide the necessary safety all pool owners are looking for, but do it an extremely fashionable way. Owners can choose from numerous options like round power coated posts to anchor the enclosure. Of course many opt for the frameless glass fences.

Not only do they look great, but glass pool walls don’t impede your vision of the pool, so you can always keep an eye on what’s going on. This is a safety advantage not afforded by traditional pool fences. But it could end up saving someone’s life.

When purchasing a glass wall for our pool, you will want the builder to confirm the structure meets Australian standards AS1926, AS2829 and AS1288.  Otherwise, your barrier will actually lack the safety precautions you bought it for.

Tips on Buying a New Garage Door

Garage Door

Article by Rich Bitch Itch

When you look for a new garage door, there are several different factors that you need to consider before purchasing one. Approaching the process can be confusing at first but here are some tips to get you started.

The Insulation Factor

Garages aren’t known to retain a lot of heat. Today’s doors have improved and now include better insulation techniques. Not only do they protect from the elements, but they also keep the temperature inside cool which makes for a more comfortable environment.

Consider what direction your door is facing also. If it’s directly facing the sun, you would be better off purchasing an insulated door for its temperature regulation.

Make Sure Your Garage Door Protects You

If you live in an area where hurricanes or natural disasters can happen, you would want as much reinforcement as possible. On the market there are storm-ready garage doors that have a reinforcement system built into it.

When you purchase a quality garage door, most of the time it will come with the installation of a garage door opener so you do not need to worry about a separate purchase.

How Much Does A Garage Door Cost?

Depending on the size of your garage and the quality of materials put in to your door, you can expect to pay in between $700 to $1600. If you are looking for an automatic door opener, tack on another $300. This is not including contractor costs or taxes.

Look around for different contractors offering you a better deal. It would be best to get multiple quotes and narrow down your options based on quality of work and professionalism.

Stop tolerating sagging cushions! How to replace your sofa cushions

Blog by The Foam Factory

When you first buy your sofa or couch, it might look perfect in your eyes. Maybe it complements the rest of your decorations, fits in with your color scheme, and is just the right size. But over time, you probably started noticing that the sofa isn’t as comfortable as it used to be, because there are spots where it feels a bit lumpy and the cushions have started to sag. You might not feel like buying a new couch when the one you have right now still looks good next to the rest of your furniture, but you can still enliven your couch by replacing your seat cushions.

You can start by removing the seat cushions and measuring them with a tape measure. First, lay the cushions flat in front of you. Measure them from Justify to right to find the width, and from top to bottom to find the length. Then, you can measure the cushion’s thickness by measuring the height of its padding. Once you have your measurements, you can order new cushions customized to your measurements from companies like The Foam Factory. For many couch cushion covers, there is likely a zipper on its exterior you can find and unzip. When the cushion covers are open, you can remove the old cushions and replace them with the new ones. It’s as easy as that.

This process works for any cushion or couch shape, as craftsmen at The Foam Factory can cut almost any shape you can think of. Even if you don’t see your desired cushion shape from their selection of seats and cushions, you can always contact them to work out details and pricing for your custom shape.