Thursday, January 03, 2019 / by Brian Ness
Which Home Repairs You Should Avoid Doing DIY — and Why
With all the DIY shows on tv these days, people are taking on more home repair projects than ever. While that can sometimes save you a bundle, there are other times it can lead to bigger problems and added expense. Here is important information on common jobs better left to the pros.
While bathrooms typically are not big rooms, the skill and knowledge involved with a proper bathroom remodel is huge. Sure, most people can replace a toilet themselves with some decent step-by-step instructions, but as This Old House points out, the plumbing alone for a full remodel requires specialized expertise. There is building code and residential design concepts involved, and on top of that, the workers need to be able to accomplish their tasks in a finished house without causing damage. To hire professionals for a bathroom remodel in Rochester, MN, expect to pay between $4,875 and $8,466.
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Wednesday, October 31, 2018 / by Brian Ness
Factors to Consider When Cleaning Your New Home
You’ve done the homework, picked the right home in the right neighborhood, and have gone through everything else in the home-buying process. However, your work is not done. Before you move into your perfect new home, you need to make sure it’s as clean as possible. There is no better time to deep clean and make your home a relaxing place than before you move in. It is a lot to think about, and it takes a lot of work, but taking it step by step and looking forward to the reward of a clean home will help keep you from becoming overwhelmed. Here are some factors to consider during the process.
Indoor air quality is often neglected by homeowners, but it is an essential part of a healthy home. There are several possible culprits of poor air quality, such as tobacco smoke, outdoor pollution, volatile compounds in manufactured furniture, and fumes from cleaning and pest control products—just to name ...
Tuesday, September 18, 2018 / by Brian Ness
How to Make Your New Home Pristine Before You Even Move In
As soon as you have access to your new home, your task of making it move-in ready begins. While there may be plenty of decorative and structural projects you are considering, it’s vital that you don’t forget about cleanliness - true cleanliness. A quick vacuuming and some bathroom scrubbing isn’t enough. Here is what you need to focus on to ensure your new home is perfect before moving day.
Think about what you’re bringing in
You wouldn’t want to get into a recently-detailed car with muddy boots. In the same vein, you don’t want to bring dirty things into a new home. That transition period between moving out and moving in should be the time to consider what old, dirty items are beyond cleaning and need to be replaced. Take your mattress, for instance. If you’ve had it for more than five years, it probably harbors dust mites, bacteria, and other microorganisms. It may ...
Friday, June 01, 2018 / by Brian Ness
4 Gardening Tips for the Lazy Landscaper
Keeping up with landscaping can take a lot of time and energy. Between weekly mowing, picking weeds, and tending to all of the plants it can be a lot of work for those who are busy. Check out these easy gardening tips for those who simply don’t have a lot of extra time for a jungle inspired garden.
1. Plant a Xeriscape
If you live near a metro area surrounded by a natural flush of trees, or if you simply like the look of plants but don’t want the hassle of watering them, consider planting a xeriscape. This kind of landscaping is composed of plants that require little to no irrigation and are easy to take care of. Plants that do well in a xeriscape include lavender, ornamental grasses, and coneflowers. If you don’t live in a drought prone region, consider planting those native plants that already do well in your area. Native plants will need less attention as they are used to the conditions of your area and gr ...
Monday, May 07, 2018 / by Brian Ness
With summer on its way, we are taking a look at what’s trending in high-end pool design. From large fire pits to unique water features, these innovative pools — designed by California Pools & Landscape — exude true luxury.
Bring the Fire — While fire has always been an important element of a backyard space, fire pits now often merge with pool design. An abundance of fire makes this well-lit pool perfect for night swimming.
Goodbye to Blue — Historically pools have been blue, and while most are continuing this tradition, some homeowners are getting creative. Gray, navy or even black bottom pools bring a more dramatic look to any backyard.
Blending In — Whether it’s using huge rocks or lush greenery, pools are increasingly blending into the natural aesthetic of their location.
Infinity Pools — While infinity pools are not a new addition to luxury pool design, they ...