Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Things To Consider When Sourcing Suppliers For Your Roofing Needs

In a high-risk business such as the roofing industry, it becomes imperative for potential buyers, whether they are professional or first-time home buyers, to know what they are in for before signing on any dotted line.

Following below, are given several tips of advice that may help either a professional buyer or residential buyer navigate the sometimes stormy seas of roofing. While there are many seasoned, professional firms such as Southshore Roofing found  easily online, choose wisely before making one of the most costly investments in a home.

Peace of Mind

While we tend to think of the Better Business Bureau (BBB) as a one-stop source of reliable information, let the buyer beware that not all BBB listings are updated regularly, and some may have even paid for top page placement as a form of advertisement.

Better yet, a careful pre-contract search of your local zoning and building boards may help reveal the company with the most pulled permits--a very positive sign in many cases. Further search may reveal any issued citations.

Other Factors To Consider

Hopefully, a potential residential customer for roofing services will also consider the four below points before signing on the dotted line, and consider word of mouth recommendations of family, friends and co-workers as well.

1. Timeliness

Have all projects or jobs been completed in a timely manner and on schedule as promised?

2. High Quality Products

One of the most important factors to consider: who backs the products used in a roofing project. Does the roofing contractor have certification from a reputable manufacturer?  If so, proceed then with more assurance of job satisfaction.

3. Care For A Customer’s Property

Checking to see if the roofing crews are equipped with proper clothing, equipment and appropriate gear to protect an owner's property. Such gear may include plywood boards, ropes and tarps. A most vital consideration is whether they leave the premises as they found it before their arrival, especially during the dismantling or tear-off part of the project.  

During the most destructive tear-off phase, the protection and safety of a customer’s property should be one of the company's top priorities. 

4. Fair Price 

Careful researching of industry prices, especially among other local competitors is vitally important as well. After all is said and done, choosing wisely is most vital before deciding on the right roofing contractors. 

Thanks to the dynamics of today’s internet, all of the above have now become more easily done by visiting various online roofing companies and checking out their features and prices. Call now, and ask for more information as to what their company can offer the customer now.

Monday, June 12, 2017

How to Increase the Lifespan of Your HVAC System

The quality of your HVAC system will influence the comfort of your home in each season of the year. Over time, the appliance can begin to break down and have issues that develop. Here are a few tips that will allow you to maintain the product and increase its lifespan.

Get an Inspection

Hire a professional to inspect the HVAC system to find any areas that need to be repaired. The appliance should be inspected and cleaned once a year to maintain the parts and keep it running well. Most experts recommend cleaning it in the spring season to make it run at its peak efficiency during the summer months ahead. An HVAC expert can also reduce the energy bill by 15 percent, which can save hundreds of dollars on your electric bill throughout the year. The professional will also give you recommendations on how to increase the efficiency of the product when it's in use.

Avoid Overworking the System

Many homeowners make the mistake of overworking their HVAC system when the temperatures are extremely low or high outdoors. Setting the thermostat to 65 degrees can cause it to work overtime during the day, and it may never reach the temperature. The home should also be insulated to prevent the system from working too hard. Inform your family members to avoid leaving a window or door open in the home, which can cause the HVAC system to work harder than necessary. You'll also need to inspect the home to find any leaks that are present to prevent air from escaping from inside of the building.

Clean the Ducts

Cleaning the air ducts is an important step to take due to the buildup of debris and dust that should be cleaned out. Use a vacuum cleaner to remove the main parts of the debris and brush out smaller pieces that are left behind. If you need to clean the entire system, hire a professional to perform the job and can usE motorized brushes and commercial equipment to complete the task in less time. 

Evaluate Drainage Pipes

Determine where the pipes are located in your HVAC system to look for any issues that may develop. It's common for leaves to block the pipes or for damage to occur from ice during the winter season. If you notice any issues, hire a professional immediately to perform AC repair Tomball Texas.

When you want to increase the performance of your HVAC system and add extra years to its lifespan, you'll need to perform regular maintenance to keep it in good shape. With the right steps taken, you can avoid replacing the appliance sooner and keep your interior setting comfortable.

A New Addition To My Garden

For those who frequently visit my blog, you would already know that I am into gardening.  I don't have the luxury of space in my yard but I managed to build plant boxes to accommodate some of my collection and I have gone to container gardening, as well.  Just recently, I have developed a special interest growing succulents. I had my first batch delivered last month but I haven't figured out yet how to take good care of them. Succulents are low maintenance plants but it requires a full knowledge dealing with them if you want to be successful at growing them, like the amount of sunlight they need, amount of water, type of container and soil that you are going to use.  Too bad, I am just too busy right now to do really look into all this, but I am planning to learn more about succulents.  I also wanted to know what are the different varieties and how could I propagate them.

One thing that I like most about succulents is that these are very decorative and do not occupy a lot of space.  I could also play with the design and make them more appealing.

Here are some of my collection:

I am planning to get few more varieties. I hope I could also propagate what I currently have now since these succulents are a bit pricey.

Will post more of this in my future posts.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Decorate With Stones

Natural or engineered stone adds a sophisticated beauty to any home. Stone can be used for counter, vanity, island, bar or peninsula tops, floor or wall tiles, fireplace surrounds, shower enclosures or fire pits. The beauty comes with durability, for the stone has already been in the ground for millions of years. Stone is found in so many colors and patterns from pure black to pure white and nearly every color in between. They can show swirls and clouds of violet, brown, gold, green, blue mized with white and gray. Because of this, there’s a perfect stone piece to complement the decor of any room.

Granite is a tough rock formed in the depths of volcanoes. Besides the familiar salt and pepper coloring, granite can come in many colors and color combinations, including green, blue, violet, marble and solid black.

Marble is prized for its beauty, its coolness and its seeming ability to absorb and refract light. It is much softer than granite and is often an insert in a granite countertop. The marble insert is used by cooks to make and roll out pastry because of its coolness.

Limestone is a lovely, porous white or beige stone made of the calcium in the skeletons of prehistoric marine animals such as coral. Travertine is a type of limestone that’s deposited by mineral springs. 

Mother of Pearl
Mother of pearl isn’t a stone, but the lining of the shell of a marine animal called an abalone. It has a breathtakingly beautiful luster that reminds people of a pearl. Mother of Pearl can be part of mosaic tiles or added to engineered stone.

Like marble, quartzite is a metamorphic rock, which means it was changed over eons from one type of rock to another. Quartzite countertops are often not slabs of the actual stone but powdered stone mixed with pigment and a resin and formed into a slab. This allows the slab to be extremely strong and nearly perfectly reproducible in case it is badly damaged, for it was made according to a formula. Some countertops are a mix of ground quartzite and granite. Click here.

Mosaic Tiles
These tiles are tiny squares of stone or another material arranged on a mesh. Because of this, they are easy for a layperson to install.

Stone and mother of pearl are wonderful ways to brighten and beautify a home. With proper care, stone can last a century or longer.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Why Is the AC Not Cooling the House?

The heat of summer is the worst time to experience problems with your HVAC unit, but it is the most likely time for it to be noticed. Many times the problem is simple, but you need to call in a technician if it seems to be a deeper, more serious issue. 

Dirty Coils

The overall efficiency of your AC unit is reduced when the coils are dirty. A technician can use an acid-based solution to remove built up dust, grime, dander and pet hair that clings to the coils. You will notice a difference right away.

Blocked Vents

Check the vents in all of the rooms to make sure items have not been inadvertently placed over the openings. You may need a technician to check for blockages in the vents. Holes in the vents can also leak the cool air out before it ever reaches the needed areas of your home.

Low Freon Levels

The substance that helps create the cool air can leak out, even with a pinhole size intrusion. This will cause ice to build up on the coils when the unit is working. You will need to have the unit repaired and recharged.

Constant Traffic

Having doors to the outside opened and closed frequently can make it seem as if the ac is not doing a thing to chill the environment. Limit the traffic, when possible, during the hottest parts of the day. You should quickly notice a difference.

Dirty Filter

The filter for your HVAC unit should be twice a year. Once at the beginning of the hot months and again before the cold sets in. You need free air movement for the unit to function properly. Dust and dander can make an ac filter dirty in a short amount of time. Check this more frequently if you have a full house and lots of pets.

Parts Breakdown

There are a few parts that can break down and need replaced on an HVAC unit. Some are more expensive than others. It is best to bring in a qualified technician to get the proper diagnosis if the unit has stopped working. trying to repair it yourself can cause more damage. 

Contact specialists like CC Air and Heat for all of your ac repair Williamsburg VA.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Roof Replacement or Repairs For Your Home or Business

When you are faced with locating the best roof installation or replacement company or the best roof repair contractor, you want to find an expert and well-experienced company that is well established and well trusted to do a superior job for a cost that will fall within your proposed budget. You want to know there will be knowledge and efficiency and that each staff member that is involved will easily and efficiently do his or her tasks. Further, you want to have any questions answered and be assured that there will be a complete and careful follow-through in each phase as well as no damage to the building or landscaping and ending with a thorough cleanup which will leave the work area tidy and all construction debris picked up and removed. 

Replacing a roof is an expensive project that requires an honest assessment, a thorough and straightforward explanation of all materials and labor costs of the entire process, and a written estimate covering everything involved so that you can give an educated decision as to what is needed. It is even possible that a roof can be built to your individual specifications.

Regular upkeep, replacing shingles, repairing leaks, and doing routine maintenance is a sound investment to keep your home or business from being damaged and eventually requiring expensive fixes. 

A Crown Roofing is a locally owned and operated roofing company in Jacksonville, Florida, that specializes in commercial, residential, industrial, and government roofing in that surrounding area.

They have a unique way of expressing a roof as “A Crown for Your Home”, and they are proud of being one of only three percent of exceptionally proven roofers that are designated as a GAF Master Elite Contractor which has proven itself to be the best of the best with its use of the finest roofing materials and providing exceptional workmanship and a GAF Golden Pledge Warranty.  

A Crown Roofing has received numerous honors and awards from professional organizations along with face-to-face thank yous and written testimonials from their customers.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

DIY Side Table

I have thought of transforming my terra cotta pot into a side table. I have not done pretty much thing except for painting it with my chosen shade of color and decorating the inside of the pot with some souvenir cash notes that were acquired from our trips abroad. We have placed some garden pebbles and painted twigs, too.

As for the top glass, I just went to a glass supply shop and have a piece of thick glass cut into my desired shape and size and voila! An instant side table.

This turned out nice as I placed it in the corner of our living room with a matching stand lamp beside it.  See that tiny blue tooth speaker on top of the side table? That was enough for me to sit, relax and chill beside that tiny table and listen to my favorite songs.  Who would need a grand hartke anyway? Lol.  

Well kidding aside, simple pleasures are always made possible with simple things. I am enjoying DIY projects recently that I am always scouting for more fun ideas to decorate my home and garden.

Until my next project!

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Ladder Organizer

I've been wanting to try the ladder storage solution as I've seen a lot of designs online and I find all of them so cute. It can be used for a lot of things too, not only for storage but also as interior decor. I guess it's not also very hard to do and you would not even spend too much to come up with one.  Best of all, it's space saving, too!

I've compiled some of the best designs that I really love and I am hoping that I could come up with  a piece or two.  The ladder storage design could keep a lot of your home stuff like bathroom essentials, towels, linens, shoes, books and some decorative pieces, too. I hope it could also hold the tube amp at musiciansfriend.com and in case it can't, there's nothing to worry as you would never have enough of things you could store in your stylish ladder storage.

Here are some of the design inspiration:

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Amber Rose and Wiz Khalifa Throw Star Studded Baby Birthday Bash

Amber Rose and Wiz Khalifa threw a huge birthday bash for their son Sebastian recently, and it was a huge backyard blowout birthday party that included some big name guests on the list! Blac Chyna and Lamar Odom were on hand to celebrate with Wiz, Amber, and Sebastian in a superhero themed bash! Sebastian was turning four and the party looks like it was a blast!

The party looked like a ton of fun, however, there was no sign of Blac Chyna's on again/ off again love Rob Kardashian, as rumors swirl that the two, who have an infant daughter Dream together, have split for good this time. Also no sign of Val Chmerkovskiy, after he and Amber Rose split after five months of dating.

The Dancing With The Stars pro revealed on social media that he still cares for Amber, despite the fact that the relationship did not work out the way that either had planned. Amber, for her part, also took to social media to clarify rumors that she and ex husband Wiz Khalifa are back together after they were seen kissing on the red carpet at Clive Davis' Pre-Grammy party a few weeks ago. The gorgeous star revealed that she and Wiz are still very much divorced, but they are great friends, get along well for the sake of Sebastian and that the kiss was definitely “no big deal”. 

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

My New Pantry Area

If there's one thing in the house that I would like to fix with a little work of art, that's my pantry area! I am a person who hates clutter and I am a big fan of  jars and almost all storage containers. Whenever I have a free time, I used to DIY some storage bins or containers out of recycable materials.  If not, I would normally visit dollar stores or thrift shops for some cute jars made of different materials.

We had the chance to do a "little make over" in our pantry area. We don't have a large space so we are only limited to installing open shelves just enough to hold some canned goods, snacks, baking and some gourmet ingredients.  Normally, when you want to improve a large space, you would have no limits as regards to your creativity, but challenge begins when you have a very limited space.

I have measured the area and requested our handyman to maximize all space available.  Open shelvings would be good for this small space, so that's what we did, however we've managed to have 2 additional shelves with doors at the bottom of the cabinet.  That's good enough for storing additional grocery items like sauces and dips that normally come in large bottles or containers.

I really love this chalkboard art which  we've personally made.  It's good to have artistic kids who could help me out with all the art works.

This is my humble project which we are able to pull off with just minimal expenses. I really love DIY projects, not only it could make your home uniquely presented, you could also save a lot on unnecessary expenses.

I heart DIY!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Home Maintenance: Improve your Curb Appeal

Whether you’re thinking about selling your home or simply want to improve its exterior appearance, you will need to up your curb appeal game. Curb appeal is how your home looks from the street, which is the first impression visitors have of your home. Thankfully, improving your home’s curb appeal is don’t not a difficult task and the following tips will help you get started. 

Make It Pop

One of the easiest and least expensive way to improve the overall look of your home’s exterior is to paint the front door and shutters or time. Choose a bright and bold color to make the area stand out and draw the eye in. Just make sure to properly prepare the surface before painting.

Add Some Plants

The simple action of adding greenery – such as bushes or trees – and flowering plants is one of the most common ways that homeowners increase their curb appeal. When choosing plants, make sure to pick native species, which makes them easier to grow and care for in your area’s environment, and consider the size and affect it will have on your home.

Think Flower Boxes
To go along with the tip above, consider installing flower boxes as a way to add color to your home. The area below windows and on the railings of your front porch are the best locations for these nifty and inexpensive items. Just remember that, no matter where or what you plant, you must maintain them to keep your curb appeal up. Dead or dying plants only reduce the overall look of your home.

See to that Driveway

An asphalt driveway is a wonderful addition to your home, but it doesn’t come without its requirements. Unfortunately, too many people think that, one the driveway is installed, they can leave it and forget it. This isn’t true and any asphalt driveway will need regularly maintenance. If you find that your driveway is in the need of some TLC, consider hiring driveway pavers Arlington TX to get it looking its best. 

Upgrade the Exterior Lighting

Those old, weather-worn exterior lighting does nothing to help the look of your home. Because of this, you should consider upgrading the exterior lighting. Look for light fixtures that are both functional for your needs, which means they provide adequate amount of light, and compliment the style of your house.

A Sudden Transition Of Our Lanai

My creative mind and the overflowing ideas from my kids when it comes to home decorating resulted to the sudden transition of our lanai.  The time difference between the last one and the new one is just about 2 months I think...too soon, right?

Luckily, the first time, I just decorated it with lots of potted plants so giving up some of those plants does not really cause me a lot of pain.  Well, kidding aside, I just actually relocated most of the potted plants in the garage to give way to a tiny display shelf inspired by what we saw from one of the cafes that we have visited more than a month ago.

Actually, the sudden change was also due to our plan of fabricating open shelves for our pantry area. Since we are hiring someone to do this for us, we've decided to have the all the shelves done together for both the pantry area and the lanai.  I thought that that was a good idea, so without much thinking, we have the shelves done and the result was great.

Here are the photos of the lanai before and after.



We'll I''m happy with the final outcome as we get to put some of our unused stuff on display instead of just collecting dusts inside the cabinet. :)

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

The Benefits Of A Good Ventilation

Good ventilation is crucial to having a comfortable home. With proper ventilation keeping air pollutants at bay, you can protect you and your family's health. Not only this, but the right airflow gets rid of unwanted smells that come from cooking and having pets. If this concerns you, consider looking into ventilation services Newport News VA to ensure the airflow is pure and uninterrupted.

Prevent Moisture from Lingering

One of the primary reasons ventilation is so important for your home is it will control the moisture that lingers. If there is adequate airflow throughout your home, including walls and floors, no moisture collects and everything stays dry.

Wood and drywall are prone to rot when exposed to moisture. When this occurs, you run the risk of destroying the integrity of the structure. Not only can this cause structural problems, but this could also lead to mold build up. A negative impact your family's health is likely after long-term exposure.

Ways to Provide Ventilation to Your Home

There are several ways to have proper ventilation. One is natural ventilation that comes from air entering your home. Open windows and doors as often as possible. Even the cracks and holes in walls can help bring in natural ventilation.

Another way to bring ventilation into your home is through spot airflow. This occurs when exhaust fans are used to push air in or out of your home. In most cases, this happens by turning on the exhaust fan in the bathroom or above your stove.

In addition, you can have air ducts professionally installed to provide airflow. Placing these throughout the home provides several ways of ensuring air flows safely and consistently. One part of the airflow system pushes air outside. Another part brings fresh air into the house. There is also a balance between the two where air moves in and out. Use of this system also requires keeping it maintained to avoid the lurking of pollutants.

Although you might not think too much about how well your home is ventilated, it does not change the fact that this could become a problem. Since most people spend a majority of time indoors, you should stay ahead of the situation.

Being exposed to poor air quality due to molds, allergens or even smells introduces harmful substances into your home. Too much accumulation from not having a good ventilation system presents health problems for you and your family. Avoid this by getting a quality system installed today.

My Favorite Comfort Food

When it comes to home cooking, I am very particular about the preparation and cooking time not to mention the cost of the ingredients.  My objective is to be able to prepare foods that are easy on the budget and could be done in less than  no time.  For a busy Mom who takes care of everything in the house and doing freelance works at the same time, it is rather helpful to have ready cooked meals in the fridge whenever you need it.  I am not a fan of instant noodles and although I used to eat canned foods once in a while, I am not keen to having these on a regular basis.  Aside from the fact that this is not healthy, I also crave for something fresh with all the natural ingredients and do you know what is my answer to all these requirements?  Pasta! 

I find that pasta are easy to cook and prepare and its not very hard to stock up on the ingredients. Best of all, you can have a lot of variation, too.  I used to prepare different kinds of pasta dishes...Spaghetti, Tuna pasta, Italian pasta, Pesto Pasta, Chicken and Garlic, Ham and Cheese, Shrimp Pasta, Carbonara, Alfredo, Pasta salad and even Baked Macaroni. I am good at experimenting and this led me to discover a lot of pasta dishes which would suit my taste, and budget of course. :)

Here are some of the pasta dishes I've made at home:

So whenever I do my grocery shopping, these ingredients are always on top of my list:

cherry tomatoes, onions, garlic, bell peppers, parsley, tomato sauces (different kinds), hot sauce, soy sauce, canned Tuna, ground beef, cheese, ham, bacon, parmesan cheese, mushrooms, all purpose cream, milk and all available herbs that are available in the supermarket.

I hope to create more pasta dishes as this is my favorite comfort food, really. :)

5 Tips for a Better Fireplace

If you're anything like most homeowners, you don't even think about your fireplace until something is wrong with it. But why wait until it's damaged or outdated to pay attention? Why not give it a little extra love and transform it into the centerpiece of your den? Here are just a few tips for a cleaner, safer and more stylish fireplace.

1. Replace Your Screen

Did you know that fireplace screens can become less effective over time? They get bent out of shape, resulting in less protection from flying sparks and embers, and they accumulate rust and grime that turns them into a real eyesore. If you're serious about improving the safety and style of your fireplace, replace your screen every now and then.

2. Clean Your Chimney

It may sound like a no-brainer, but this is another thing that homeowners tend to shrug and forget. Experts recommend cleaning your chimney at least 1-2 times a year to remove dirt, dust, cobwebs, bird nests and other animal infestations. Your smoke channel will be much safer without these roadblocks in the way.

3. Replace Your Fender

Fenders are the first things that your guests will see when they look at your fireplace. Make sure that they're attractive enough to merit the attention! An antique fireplace fender will look grand and sophisticated; a minimalist one will look sleek and modern; a crafty one will showcase your DIY skills.

4. Pick Better Wood

You don't have to spend a bundle on high-quality firewood, but you can also do better than the wet, weak branches that you scavenge from your backyard. Aim for a happy medium where your firewood burns bright and hot. You can also buy accelerating agents and special fluids that will give your wood a boost even if it isn't the best.

5. Build Better Fires

Last but certainly not least, a roaring fire will make all of your fireplace decoration worth it. But you'll need the right tricks to build it first! Look into things like andirons that can help you by circulating more air between your logs and improving the intensity of your blaze.

These are just a few tips for a better fireplace. With the right decoration and maintenance, it can become one of the biggest selling points of your home, so stop neglecting it! Take your time, give it a makeover and reap the benefits of a stylish interior design element.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Wooden Shelving Inspirations

I am fascinated lately with wooden shelving especially those that come in natural wood color.  I have visited several cafes in our place and most of these cafes have incorporated the use of woods in their storage solutions as well as in their interior designs.  I think this is the trend now when it comes to decors and interior design.  As to the cost, I think if you know how to source for good materials and you will have these custom made with the aid of a skilled carpenter, then you will find that this is not really expensive.  You may even find some nice wood pallets that could be made into such cute shelves and those are even available on a dollar or thrift store

Proper lighting of course, would be another consideration as this will definitely add elegance to your finished design.

Photos above are some of the nice inspirations when you wish to custom built some for your homes.  the best thing about wood shelving is that, it could be very flexible and easy to do. It could be made to fit every corner in your house without wasting much space.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Lanai's New Look

We've been hopping from one coffee shop to another since my son came from China last December. We both love coffees and we both love to try new things and on one of our cafe visits, we saw some nice wall decors and one thing that caught our attention is the open wooden shelves. We've thought that that would be a nice idea for our lanai and our pantry area, as well, so we immediately started with our weekend project.

The above photo is the final outcome of  the project, you will notice that we have incorporated some string lights for an added drama and effect.  As for the decors, we did not spend much on this as we just gathered everything that we have around the house. We have lots of cute little decors sitting inside the cabinets so we just made of these rather than purchasing new ones.  My son and daughter took turns in completing all the decors on the shelves and it was also a good bonding for the family.

Next will be our new pantry corner. :)

Thursday, January 12, 2017

TLC for Your Refrigerator

A family refrigerator can hold hundreds of dollars of food at any given time. If this appliance fails, your food investment can spoil within hours. Avoiding any refrigerator failures is critical so try some tender-loving care provided by you and the professionals.

Wipe Down the Gaskets

Your refrigerator relies on door gaskets to seal in the cold air. If these gaskets become warped or damaged over time, cold air escapes and the motor must work harder to cool the appliance. Ideally, wipe down the gaskets once a month. Use a damp cloth with some mild detergent. Keeping the gaskets clean will encourage them to remain supple while maintaining their structure over the years.

Be Observant

Although most refrigerators seem to work without any issues for several years, you shouldn't ignore them entirely. Be observant about your appliance so that any small problems are caught early on. Look for condensation on the exterior of the unit or a build up of ice in the freezer. Contact professionals when the appliance seems to work differently than before.

Consult With Professionals

Once or twice a year, contact sub zero repair professionals for a basic checkup on your refrigerator. Any minor issues can be repaired with a small fee compared to major problems costing a lot of money. Professionals will normally clean off the coils in the back of the unit along with testing the electrical components. You can always contact the professionals between appointments if there's any issues that arise. In many cases, the appliance will last for a decade or longer when it has constant care.

Keep it Full

A clever way to maintain a strong, refrigerator motor is by keeping the appliance full. Because there's less space in the appliance, the motor doesn't have to work hard to cool the interior. A nearly empty freezer or refrigerator requires more cooling action, which wears down the motor. To further reduce strain on the motor, only add room temperature or cold foods to the appliance's interior. Storing hot food only forces the appliance to cool the interior even more in response. 

With the exception of a basic hum, refrigerators shouldn't have any major noises emanating from them. If you notice a chronic sound coming from the kitchen, ask the professionals to look at it as soon as possible. These sounds may be easily fixed in their early stages. Waiting for them to subside will only cost the family more in time.

Celebrating Christmas In Our Home Sweetie Home

Just like last year, there are only 3 of us who celebrated Christmas in our home sweetie home.  Last year hubby was here but my son wasn't able to join us due to his job overseas.  This Christmas 2016, my son was here but my hubby wasn't around. It seemed like it's very hard for us to be complete on this very special day due to their commitment at work, nonetheless, we still managed to celebrate Christmas happily.  After all, this is the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ and remembering Him on this very special day and sharing the sweet moments with our loved ones is what matters most.

Our celebration was just plain and simple, we had just prepared a simple Christmas dinner at home and invited few relatives to come over to hand in their gifts especially the kids.  After that, we had our traditional exchange of gifts and just spent time together trying to catch up with each other especially with relatives whom we do not used to see at this time of the year.

As my kids love to take photos, we just spent the rest of our time taking our photos around the house. here are some of our happy moments last Christmas. 

I know this is quite late but I would like to wish each and everyone a blessed Christmas and a Happy New year.  

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

How to Find a Roofing Contractor

Making sure the roof of your home is in good condition is essential for the safety of your family. The roof of a house must endure a lot of harsh weather conditions. Therefore, this wear and tear will require your roof to be repaired or replaced eventually. This is why it is essential that you hire a very experienced roofing contractor to oversee any repairs that you are going to be making to your roof. It goes without saying that a roof job that is not done properly could be very dangerous for the people living in the home. Unfortunately, not all roofing contractors have the same level of skill. This is why you need to be very careful when you are searching for the right man for the job. Here are a few tips that will allow you to hire the ideal roofing contractor.

Make sure that any roofing contractor you consider hiring has been doing that job for several years.

You should make experience the most important factor that you research when you start looking for contractors in MN. Some people are tempted to hire roofing contractors who do not have a lot of experience because these people charge less. However, doing this would be a huge mistake. Less experienced contractors are more likely to make a serious mistake that could lead to significant damage being caused to your house and injuries to your family members. The extra money that you will pay to an experienced contractor will be a worthwhile investment in the long run. You should never hire a roofing contractor with less than six years in the business.

Always verify that your roofing contractor is insured and has a valid license.

There are many people who assume that the contractor they hire has a license and insurance. However, this is not always the case. There are some people who work as contractors without any license. Why is it important for your contractor to have a license? It basically tells you that the person has received the necessary training required by your state to perform the type of construction project you will be hiring him for. There is no telling how much training an unlicensed contractor has received. Insurance is also crucial for a contractor to have. This is because damage could be caused to your house by the contractor or his workers. Therefore, you need to be sure the contractor has insurance that will cover the cost of any damage that is done.

Loft Living

We have officially started with our new project for 2017.  This has been in my goal list since last year and although it is not very easy to raise funds needed for this project, me and my family really worked hard to have this thing happen this 2017. We long wanted to convert our idle land into something that could provide us with an extra source of income, and so we came up with an idea of constructing a 2 units of small apartment.  Our budget is tight and we wanted to make full use of the small piece of extra land that we have, so we have decided that rental units will only be on the second floor and the empty space on the ground floor will be utilized for another project.  Because of this, we are challenged to come up with a design that would maximize the use of space, maybe something simple but complete and functional. Because of this, I thought of coming up with two one-bedroom units with loft for extra sleeping space so that each unit could cater for at least 3 to 4 people.

The following designs seemed to be attractive for me:

I am really a big fan of space saving ideas and when it comes to maximizing space, I always challenge myself to come up with something extra ordinary that would give me endless possibilities.

Investing in a Generator Is a Wise Decision

A generator is something that the vast majority of households do not have. However, it can definitely come in handy in a wide variety of situations. Unfortunately, most people do not begin to think about the advantages of owning a generator until it is too late. The trick is to be proactive and install a generator before an emergency happens. You might be on the fence about installing a generator. Perhaps you are not completely convinced that you need one of these machines. Here are some reasons that will prove the value of a generator beyond the shadow of a doubt.

1. The installation of a generator is an improvement that will increase your home's value.

It never hurts to do something that will make your home more valuable. The installation of a generator will definitely fall into that category. The value of your home will go up whenever you add a popular feature to your home. It always helps if this feature will be desired by potential buyers who might be willing to pay more because of it. Having a generator in your home will make it more desirable to potential buyers. A generator will eventually pay for itself on the back end when you eventually decide to sell your home.

2. Losing power because of a storm will not be a a traumatic experience in the future.

It goes without saying that the main reason you will be getting a generator installed in your home is to be better equipped to deal with power outages. Losing power for an extended period of time can be a huge inconvenience and ruin your quality of life. It can also cause all of the food in your fridge to become inedible. Having a company that sells Generac generators Houston come to your home to give you an installation estimate would be a smart move on your part.

3. The security of your home will be increased.

Having a generator installed will give you less of a reason to worry about the security of your home the next time you decide to leave on vacation. Criminals prefer dark places where they cannot be seen. This allows them to perform their criminal activities much more easily. However, a generator will be able to supply power to your lighting system during a neighborhood blackout to keep the burglars at bay.

Dream Vanity Dresser

We just had constructed a new room on the second floor of the house and I am now thinking of how would I design the interior of the room.  I want it to be minimalist with only the basic furniture and all must be functional rather decorative.  You know...as you get older, you prefer more simple things. 

Meanwhile my daughter is requesting for a vanity dresser in her room, so while I am scouting for a design for her, I also tried to look one for myself.

I love the first two designs below, while the third and the fourth designs are the ones I am considering for my daughter's bedroom.  While I could settle for one without the lights around the mirror, my daughter was requesting for those lights.  Well, you know younger people are so vain now a days and a great fan of make up.  I am not a "make up" person.  I am good with just a powder and a bit of lipstick and eye brow liner.  So I don't need much of the drawers for such stuff. 

If I would be needing some shelves, maybe it would be intended for something else like colognes and perfumes and other facial cleansing products and lotions.   

My daughter would definitely love to dress up seeing her entire outfit in whole body size mirror, so I think the design below is a perfect choice for her.

This design is also nice although I find it having too many drawers which can be lessened in number, but I love the fact that it has some shelvings which would be good for "girly things". 

I need to find a good furniture maker who could come up with customized vanity dresser based on our specifications.  I am really excited to have one for myself and for my daughter's room, as well.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Qualifications to Look for in a Contractor

Renovating your home can be a great way to add value to the property and let you have the freedom to make your home reflect your style. The key to getting a good renovation project completed within budget and within the right time frame is to find the best general contractor for the job. Before you start the hiring process, it is important to know what a contractor does and how you can tell if you are hiring a good one. 

What a Contractor Does
The first thing you should do before any construction project on your property is to know what a contractor does to get the job done. A contractor is the person who takes your ideas and turns them into projects. They are responsible for acquiring the materials, labor and specialized experts to get the job done. The contractor oversees the whole project and lets you know if problems arise. 

What You Need to Know
Hiring a contractor is more than just finding a name and a phone number. It takes research to understand not only how they work, but whether they have the right right licensing and skills to do the job. Asking friends and family for referrals is a great way to get a few names to consider. Once you have that, you can begin looking into whether they have all the certifications, licenses and insurance to legally do the job. 

Finding the Best for the Job
Once you have all of your research completed, you will need to contact a few of the best contractors you have listed. They will then be able to talk to you about your project, look at the property to see what the job entails and provide you with an estimate. At this point, it is important to ask for a detailed estimate with itemized lists of costs, especially with the materials. If a contractor refuses or presents any other problems when you meet with them, they can be removed from your list. 

Hiring a contractor is an important decisions and shouldn't be made without the understanding of what you need from them. With the right research and asking plenty of questions, you will be able to find a contractor that best meets your needs. Then, you can get started on your renovation project to make your home better than it was before.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Ways To Decorate With Terra Cotta Pots

I have this hobby of going to cheap shops (dollar store) selling assortment of terra cotta pots. I so love plants and I always find ways and means to decorate my home with potted plants of different varieties.  A house that is full of plants, to my opinion is always pleasing to the eyes and always bring a cool and fresh environment.  Even if the house is plain and simple, once you get it decorated with beautiful ornamental plants, the house will instantly transform into a haven. 

Here are some of the cool ideas using terra cotta pots as an excellent decorative piece:

Clay Pot Bird Bath

Claypot Light House

Minion Pots

Attractive Planters

Terra Cotta Table Top Fountain

Terra Cotta Lamp Holder

This is a very easy DIY project and could be an attractive way to decorate your garden, porches or backyard. Take your pick! :)