The Five Elements In Your Outdoor Living Space This Spring

April 19th, 2014

When planning any home improvement project, and then being happy once a project is done, achieving a certain amount of balance in our homes is often the deciding factor in how we feel about our spaces for years afterward. This is because as we balance the elements in our spaces outwardly and that very often leads to greater balance inwardly, too.

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This isn’t just some lofty spiritual idea. There is practical real world value to be found in how you feel in your space once you’ve completed a project. So, with that in mind, what’s a good way to achieve this balance when you’re planning to re-invent an outdoor space?

Let’s take a look at the Five Elements as they are represented in Japanese philosophy, and how using those elements in your outdoor space can help you create a sense of well-being while you’re in it. (more…)

Household Tips & Tricks: 5 Ways to Free Your Home from Fruit Flies

April 18th, 2014

Where there is fruit, there are flies – fruit flies. These tiny flies can be found in close proximity to fruit in your home – whether you’ve hidden it in your pantry, or elsewhere. Fruit flies have a strong olfactory sense- they can detect the presence of fruit from afar. So what do you do to get rid of this nuisance from your home? Here are 5 tips, that really work, to free your home of fruit flies:

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Top 10 Questions to Ask Siding Contractors

April 16th, 2014

Francis Bacon once said, “A prudent question is one-half of wisdom.” Knowing what questions to ask siding contractors will help you choose the firm that is best suited for you and your home. If you fail to ask these questions, you could end up making the wrong choice, and getting less than ideal results.

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Your final decision involves much more than just choosing the lowest estimate. Sad to say, some siding contractors perform shoddy work and quickly go out of business. If you choose a contractor that incorrectly installs the siding or takes shortcuts, the warranty provided by the manufacturer may become null. (more…)