10 Elements of a Spa-like Master Bath

Are you longing to create a serene retreat in your home? Perhaps you are envisioning a relaxing, spa-like atmosphere for your master bathroom. Once you have this tranquil space at home, you can eliminate the hassle of driving to the spa after work or on the weekends. Fortunately, many of the same amenities intrinsic to a luxury spa are now available for your home. Let us help you custom design your perfect master bathroom sanctuary, integrating several of the following elements:

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Create your Outdoor Oasis

OutdoorKitchens_site4_32Think of your deck or patio as an extension of your home. A comfortable outdoor space that acts like a magnet to pull you outside to read the morning paper, curl up with a favorite book or relax with the setting sun.

  1. An outdoor copper thermometer and clock or decorative wall sconces with candles that cast a warm, inviting atmosphere at night make good accessories for outdoor rooms. Continue reading

The ‘Greener’ Side of Ponds: Environmental Benefits of Owning a Pond

PondSpring is around the corner and as the days get longer and weather gets warmer you’ll soon be thinking about outdoor projects. And perhaps you might have thought about adding a pond or water feature.  There’s no doubt the primary driver for homeowners to add a pond to their landscape is to create a place of beauty and relaxation where they can escape this hectic world. Another benefit is increasing their home’s living space by adding an outdoor living room around the water garden.

 

By replacing some or all of your lawn with a pond or water feature, you can conserve energy, save money, support the environment and have a beautiful place to relax! Continue reading

Ten Reasons to Remodel

Reading RoomRemodeling allows you to customize your home to meet your needs and desires without building a new home or moving and giving up a familiar neighborhood and schools.  More than ever, now is the time

  1. Interest rates are at historic lows, so now is the perfect time to invest in home remodeling before rates increase again.
  2. Homes need regular maintenance and repair to stay in top condition. Simple things such as repairing siding to eliminate drafts or repairing the roof to stop a leak can drastically improve your home’s performance. Continue reading

How to Lower Your Utility Bill This Summer

MeterDid you know as much as half of the energy used in your home goes to heating and cooling? As the warmer months approach, you can take these steps to help reduce your utility bill this summer:

1. Get your HVAC system tuned up now.

Just as your car needs regular maintenance to run smoothly, you can help ensure your HVAC unit is in peak condition by scheduling an inspection. Do it now, before you switch on the A/C on a warm day and find that it’s not working properly. Continue reading

Money saving projects, tips & tricks

Below are a few DIY maintenance projects to help you save some money.  If you are unsure on how to do an item, please contact a professional.dollar sign

Dryer Vents: Cleaning out your dryer vent duct yearly and making sure it is only as long as it needs to be will help your clothes dry faster and reduce a fire hazard. First, pull your dryer out from the wall, disconnect the duct from the dryer and vacuum it out. If you had a lot of slack in the duct after pulling it out, then trim the duct length so that it’s just long enough for you to pull the dryer a few feet out from the wall.  Be careful not to crimp the duct pushing it back in.

Refrigerator Coils: You should clean off the coils on your refrigerator at least twice a year. Continue reading

Tips for Surviving Christmas!

redballsOHSA probably will not be coming around this holiday season, but maybe they should. Hundreds of people are hurt every year installing holiday decorations. Cuts, broken bones, strains, electrocution, and falls from ladders, falls from roofs, tripping, slipping, and sliding are the things that will do it every time putting a big damper on your family holiday. Here are six ways to make life easier and longer lasting.

  1. Moving Heavy Boxes – Don’t carry too much weight. Bend your knees when picking things up. Use a dolly or cart to move items around. Be extra careful when carrying up or down stairs. Get help for the big awkward boxes that you can’t get your hands around. Continue reading

Fireplace Maintenance and Safety

home-fireplace-free-desktop-wallpaper_1920x1200_81871As the season changes and a chill is in the air, we retreat into the comfort of the warm glow of a crackling fire.  While a properly installed and working fireplace can provide years of enjoyment, some maintenance and precaution is necessary to keep it that way.

•Before making a fire, open the glass doors, pull aside the screen curtains, and place the kindling, newspaper and logs inside. Next, open the damper and a window. The window needs to be open only a few inches. You can check to make sure the smoke will go up the chimney properly by lighting a match, quickly blowing it out and watching the smoke to see whether it’s going up and out. Continue reading