What Is Hardscaping And How Do You Use It?

June 29, 2010  //  Posted by: qwcdirect  //  Category: Home Decor

Hardscaping is a branch under landscaping that is carried out on paved areas such as streets and sidewalks. It is a nice way of making you home attractive. It incorporates different design elements to enhance the appearance of any yard. It usually is the foundation of softscaping as it deals with non-plant design elements. It should be properly planned before embarking on softscaping.

Lawn hardscaping not only provides aesthetic but has some useful and practical functions. It makes an outdoor space livable by enhancing privacy, creating boundaries, leveling topography, providing shelter as well as minimizing lawn maintenance. Fences or walls are the most common styles of hardscaping and gazebos and overhangs can be also included in any hardscaping design as they allow the user to maximize space in the yard in addition to providing shelter in severe weather conditions. Many hardscaping designs are geared towards balance by use of variety of materials in different sizes and designs. It should try to blend the hardscaping structures with their surrounding to create an enhanced and attractive look.

Do It Yourself Weatherproofing

June 24, 2010  //  Posted by: qwcdirect  //  Category: DIY Home Tips, Home Decor, Home Improvement

When it comes to extreme weather conditions many homeowners suffer greatly but with easy weather proofing ideas, they will no longer have a hard time come these times. There are many ways in which the homeowner can weatherproof their homes.

The homeowners can install a new door threshold which seals the opening as well as improve the doors appearance. They should also consider insulating pipes ducts and water heaters to obtain maximum efficiency in keeping warm and minimizing energy loss. To keep the out the homeowner need to install doors that not only keep the breeze out but also cushion the door to prevent slamming. The wind can also be kept away by applying self-sticking weather strip tapes of foam or rubber or by nailing on strips and gaskets. Some of the most important part of the home to weather proof is the basement as they are exposed to different weather conditions.

Common Home Odor Causes And Remedies

June 19, 2010  //  Posted by: qwcdirect  //  Category: Home Care, Home Improvement

There are odors generated from the home to signify that either the house is not clean or is in need of thorough repair. Many homeowners do not know that their homes smell and one of the ways to find this out is to install an odor detective by asking friends and family members to tell them the smell of the house.

There are various sources of odors and they include cooking odors and to take care of this the home owner need to check their vents and replace or clean them accordingly. Pets are another cause of smells in the home. To get rid of these smells the homeowners need to keep the litter boxes clean and confine the pets in easy-to-clean areas. Cigarette smoke can be eliminated by avoiding smoking in the house and cleaning or replacing materials that reek of cigarette smell. Body odors can be avoided by scrupulous cleaning of the body and clothes. The owner should also invest in products that will leave the home fresh and pleasant.

Caring For Hardwood Floors

June 17, 2010  //  Posted by: qwcdirect  //  Category: Flooring & Ceiling, Home Care, Home Decor, Home Improvement

Hard wood floors are a common household design for many homes. They not only function effectively but also provide aesthetic value to the home. To make these benefits last, homeowners need to take god care of the hardwood floors. Caring for the floor goes beyond the daily cleaning. Daily cleaning should be carried out using a soft bristle broom or dust mopped or can be vacuumed so as to remove grit and dust from the surface.

Homeowners need to know the type of flooring and finish they wooden floor has and rely on the specific instructions availed by manufacturers. They should avoid dragging furniture and leaving water and other spills for long because this will damage not only the finish but the wood itself. Close curtains and blind or use sheer drapes to prevent the sun damaging the floor and also avoid using oil soaps as they will build up and create problems when you need to put a maintenance coat.

Tips For Baby Proofing Your Home

June 15, 2010  //  Posted by: qwcdirect  //  Category: Home Care, Home Decor, Home Improvement

As they grow, babies are exposed to some risks in the home and thus the homeowner need to make the home safe habitat for the new addition in the family. Homeowners should first carry out an assessment of the home to find out the various areas which are potential hazards for their baby. All sharp items should be removed and kept beyond the baby’s reach and all sharp edges of any furniture in the house should be covered.

Have smoke detectors installed in the home and also a first aid box should be made easily available. The other important way of making the home safe or baby is to but a baby cot that is safe, the mattress should fit the frame snugly without any space and elevated corners. Al items that can be swallowed by baby should be kept in safely locked cabinets or drawers. Kitchen should be made sparkling clean and all cabinets should have a safety latch. Electrical sockets should be sealed and cables should be tied up.

Tips For Keeping Your Bathroom Organized

June 15, 2010  //  Posted by: qwcdirect  //  Category: Bathroom & Fixtures, Home Care, Home Improvement

When it comes to bathrooms, there are many aspects a home owner has to look at so as to get this room organized so as to make the morning and evening routines faster and hassle free. They need to carry out a quick assessment of the bathroom for the various problems that are encountered.

The most important tip to follow is to de-clutter the bathroom. The homeowner has to get rid of all the items in the bathroom. Some of the materials would need to be stored in a different area especially for small bathrooms. Have a convenient location to place the various items such as baskets for towels and other bathroom utilities. Make some room if there is not enough. The homeowner can use walls as a place to store some of the accessories as well as build cabinets that fit between the bathroom walls. Enough lighting is also important as it makes the bathroom bright and therefore easy to organize.

How To Keep Your Teenage Boy’s Room Smelling Fresh

June 15, 2010  //  Posted by: qwcdirect  //  Category: Home Care, Home Decor, Home Improvement

The first step towards ensuring clean air circulation is through having all the windows opened soon after he wakes up. This will go a long way in ensuring that air circulation is kept at the best levels. Make sure that you get rid of his smelly practice clothing soon after he arrives home. This will prevent the build up of unpleasant odors, which lead to the air in the room becoming stale and spreading inside the whole house.

If need be, it will be pretty important for you to enlist the services of an air freshener as well, considering that it is bound to give your teenager’s room a fresh appeal when it comes to the room smelling fresh. It is often said that cleanliness is second to godliness, which means that keeping the room as clean as possible is enough to ensure that the air inside is clean as well.

Misting fans – how they are useful

June 07, 2010  //  Posted by: qwcdirect  //  Category: Home Appliances, Home Care, Home Improvement

Misting fans are a cheap, cost effective way of cooling the area during scorching summers or warm sultry days. The high pressure misting fans sprinkle a fine mist of water into the air that is spread out with the fan. This fine mist helps to give a cool feeling similar to what one gets with an air conditioner or air cooler. A big advantage of misting fans is however their portability which means one can carry them anywhere they go during the summer unlike in the case of the air conditioners and coolers.

The other big advantage of misting fans is their power consumption which is almost negligible helping to keep the bills down a bit. A misting fan is ideal to cool the air around when one is sitting in the patio, deck, garden or terrace or even working in the garage. One can also use these misting fans, releasing water droplets that cool by evaporating quickly, in a gym while working out.

Flea Treatment Using Flea Bombs

June 05, 2010  //  Posted by: qwcdirect  //  Category: Home Care, Home Improvement, Reparis & Renovation

Fleas can affect both human beings and the objects around include fabrics, carpets and curtains biting people every now and then. A flea bomb is a very good way of getting rid of the fleas. IGR is an important ingredient that is present in the flea bomb and helps to prevent the flea from getting to the reproduction age. Before you use the flea bomb, you need to look at what area they cover and then effectively close down all cabinets and shut out food and dishes.

Carpeted areas are the ones you should really target, so move out all the furniture away from those areas, including beds. Leave the bombs on newspapers and leave the house after setting it off. You need to come back after an appropriate time, open the windows and leave again, to ensure you don’t breathe the air. All the exposed clothes should be washed and the carpeted surfaces should be cleaned by vacuum.