Tuesday, November 05, 2019 / by John Schlanbusch
It can be difficult to provide enough light to your houseplants due to seasonal changes or lack of window space.
Incandescent lights are good for lighting up a room or growing low-light houseplants, such as vines, ferns or dracaenas. They have limited utility for growing plants with higher light requirements. These lights put out only about 10 percent of their energy as light while 90 percent is heat. So, unless you want to cook your plants, they aren't ideal for light-loving plants like many tropical, cacti or succulents.
Fluorescent lights are ideal for plants with low to medium light requirements, like African violets. They are also good for starting vegetables indoors. These lights typically come in long, tubelike bulbs in a range of sizes including T5, T8 and T12.
The narrower the bulb, the more efficient and brighter it is, due to the smaller surface area. In addition to this, fluorescent bulbs use 75 percent less energy th ...
Tuesday, October 29, 2019 / by John Schlanbusch
Whether you’re styling a new room, renovating an existing one, or simply hoping to bring some fresh style to your home, putting together an aesthetically pleasing space can be a challenge. That’s when some people will start to consider hiring a professional to help them out. If you’re looking at working with an interior designer, here are four questions to ask yourself first to make sure it’s the right decision for you.
What’s your style? Do you want a Scandinavian style? Industrial? Shabby chic? Mid-century modern? Your interior designer can provide guidance if you’re not sure what kind of look you’re going for, but knowing what styles you like and dislike can offer some important guidelines to make sure you end up with a finished product you’re happy with. Here are 10 interior design style quizzes to help you narrow down what you like!
What do you need help with? You can do it yourself or you can hire a full-service interior designer ...
Tuesday, October 15, 2019 / by John Schlanbusch
Your home may have been perfect for you when you moved in, but everyone’s needs change over time! Thankfully there are plenty of changes you can make to your home gradually to ensure that you’re happy living and being active in your property for many years to come. Here are a few accessibility upgrades to consider working into your furniture and décor.
Opt for lever-style door handles. Regardless of your age or lifestyle, lever-style door handles are just more convenient! No longer will you need to worry about not being able to get a door open if your hands are slick or you’re carrying something.
Have a ground-level bedroom. Many homes have a master bedroom at the top of a flight of stairs, but if mobility becomes an issue for you or your family members, it’s smart to put the essentials (like the bedroom!) on the main level. Swapping out your guest room or home office for the master bedroom is a good way to prevent issues if stairs ...
Monday, September 30, 2019 / by John Schlanbusch
Maybe you’ve heard horror stories about people who invested thousands in a home project only to be required to tear it all down because they didn’t have a building permit. Unfortunately, it’s an all too real possibility if you don’t get the paperwork right. The insights below will help you better understand just what a permit is, when you need one and how to get it.
Building Permit 101
A permit is official, written permission to move forward with your home project. Depending on where you live, a permit may be issued by a state, county or city government agency, such as the building division or permits department. Permits — and the related inspections — help ensure that home and yard updates meet local ordinances and other requirements. This helps ensure the safety of your home’s current and future occupants. Permits may address everything from zoning and fire protection, to water and sewer lines, to electrical service, to structural integrit ...
Monday, September 23, 2019 / by John Schlanbusch
For homeowners, fall is the last chance to lock down all your home maintenance tasks before winter comes, and with it threats of weather-related inconvenience and damage. With a little preventive maintenance, you can spend your winter cozy and secure in your home with no worries about freezing pipes or drafty windows. Here are a few things to do this fall in preparation for winter.
Make sure your house is sealed. If you’re not quite ready to invest in new windows, weatherstripping and door sweeps can prevent drafts and keep heat contained. If there are any weaknesses in your roof or gaps in your siding where water, air, or animals could enter, now is the time to seal them up!
Prep your plumbing. This is a good time to check to make sure that all of your pipes are properly insulated! Frozen pipes don’t just prevent you from accessing running water, but they can lead to pipes bursting, which makes for an expensive repair. Before the season turns, make sure to drain and stor ...