2016

Create The Ultimate Lakeside Guest Entertainment Area With These Private Dock Upgrades

When you have lakeside property the odds are definitely in your favor when it comes to keeping guests entertained because there is already a lot to see and do without a lot of effort on your part. However, having your own private dock means you can take your entertainment endeavors to the next level—especially with a few upgrades. If you want to ensure that guests get the ultimate experience because you are the host with the most on your lakeside deck, there are a few dock upgrades you definitely need to consider.

Make Holiday Roof Decorating Easy And Safe Using These Tips And Tricks

If you love decorating your roof for holidays throughout the year, there are several things you can do to make the process easier and safer. Consider implementing the following tips and tricks: Have Professionals Lay the Ground Work One of the best ways to make holiday roof decorating easy is to have roofing contractors get some basics set up for you. They should start by inspecting the entirety of the roof to ensure that it's safe for you to walk on when you head up there to put up your various decorations.

3 Cool Ideas For Reusing Old Residential Windows

Residential windows come in many shapes and sizes, making them perfect for DIY projects. Here are a few fun ideas for ways to use windows that you have had removed from your home, so they don't go to waste.  Create a Greenhouse Depending on how many windows you have available, you can actually build your own greenhouse from windows that have been replaced in your home. The windows, which likely have a wooden frame, simply have to be screwed together to create a house-like structure.

What Are Your Best Insulation Options For A Manufactured Home?

Purchasing your own gently used manufactured home and placing it on raw land you already own can be a great way to achieve homeownership at a low cost. In other cases, you and your family may move into a manufactured home for a year or two while your dream home is being constructed. However, manufactured homes are designed to be much thinner and lighter than stick-built homes, making them less thoroughly insulated -- and more prone to heat loss during winter and stifling temperatures during summer.

Flower Options For Xeriscape Gardens

A xeriscaped garden doesn't have to depend upon cactus plants, yuccas, or other succulents to provide a touch of color. There are many flowering plants that can grow well in low water conditions. The key is to pick plants that grow well in your natural climate with little outside irrigation. The following list can help you select a few options.   Seasonal color For color in spring, few options beat the flowering bulbs, which include daffodils, tulips, and hyacinths.

3 Ways Your Neighbors Can Damage Your Driveway & What To Do About Them

In a perfect world, everyone would get along with their neighbors. But since the world is far from perfect, there are times when neighbors have relationships that could rival the Hatfields & McCoys. Sometimes, feuds between neighbors stem from one neighbor doing something to cause damage on the other neighbor's property, such as their driveways. Here are three examples of how someone can damage their neighbor's driveway and what you can do about it if it happens to you.

Hiring Painters for Your Home? What Type of Protective Equipment Is Required?

If the spring thaw has revealed your home's exterior paint to be chipping or cracking, you may already be getting quotes on a new coat of paint for your siding, gutters, and trim. While a new interior paint job can usually be tackled by most homeowners, painting the outside of a multi-story building can be a potentially dangerous prospect for anyone who doesn't have the proper training or safety equipment. Read on to learn more about the fall-protection equipment and other safety equipment your painters will need, as well as any obligations you may have as the property owner to ensure that the individuals with whom you contract are operating in a safe and responsible manner.

7 Kitchen Accessories For A Camper, Motorhome Or Recreational Vehicle

Do you own a camper, recreational vehicle (RV) or motorhome? If so, food preparation space may be limited. Kitchen accessories geared towards RV use can maximize the space you have. Rather than choose traditional sized gadgets and appliances, you might want to choose compact accessories that offer the same benefits and features as their full-sized counterparts. In addition, look for convenient kitchen helpers such as add-on drawers that fit underneath a counter or table, as well as food preparation toppers that fit over the stove.

What Are Your Best Heating Options For A Detached Garage?

Whether you're planning the construction of a new detached garage to store tools, vehicles, and sports equipment or already have a detached garage that you find difficult to use for much of the year due to its lack of heat, you may be wondering about the most cost-efficient ways to provide warmth to this detached structure. While modern technology has helped make timeless heating systems even more efficient, the right purchase decision often depends on your current setup and the availability of certain natural resources in your area.

How To Revive A Dying Lilac Bush

Lilac trees are beautiful, with their bountiful blooms and fresh, green leaves. Unfortunately, they have pretty specific requirements when it comes to care, soil quality and water availability. A lack of care or a drought can cause a lilac bush to wither away. However, you should never give up on a lilac bush that appears to be dying. If you follow these steps, you might be able to bring it back to life.