Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Simple Home Improvement Tips and Advice

Everyone could use some home improvement tips and advice for their next remodel or repair project. Whether you are looking to fix a sink, spruce up a bathroom, remodel the kitchen or maybe even add an entirely new room to your current home. This article will help you discover many home improvement tips and advice resources available online and at your local building supply stores that you may not have thought of.

Can you say Google?

By visiting the search engine giant, Google - simply type in the words Home Improvement Tips and Advice and you will find a few thousand results. You could even narrow your search down a little and find several thousands more results, but this should give you a great start to begin with. Now let’s see what there is available for your next project.

Holiday or seasonal themes

Perhaps you have never considered making home improvements that are theme based. I know of many people who have specifically used home improvement tips and advice to redo an entire room in an outdoor theme, or antiques only themed room. This is more common than you may think. Perhaps you do not want to do anything too radical at this time.

Some home improvement tips and advice are specially designed for those not so glamorous projects; like unplugging drains, sewer lines or gutters. As we all know, these types of home improvements must be completed as well to preserve the value of our homes, but once you have a few items fixed around the house, you will want to seek some home improvement tips and advice that will add even more value to your home.

There are several simple projects that you could consider for increasing your homes value greatly, however; it is very important that you first set a budget and then create a basic idea and layout of what type of style you like best, based on the available funds you have set for your next home improvement project.

You might add a door to the spare bathroom and then some paint to make a substantial value increase to the over all homes value. Think of it like adding new tires to a car. You might be surprised how a few little home improvement tips and advice projects can make a huge difference in your home value.

Visiting your local building supply store may be one of the easiest ways to get some good home improvement tips and advice. I personally like to visit my local building supply stores, and simply explain to them what I need or maybe I should say what I want to do. They usually offer some very valuable tips on how to repair or fix up something that I had not even considered.

Last but certainly not least you need to consider the tools to do the job right. By doing a few searches on line using the terms home improvement tips and advice you will find many pages to see the various tools and ideas used. Now you have some basic knowledge when visiting your building supply or hardware store. Between the two sources you should have a winning project next time you need to do some work around home.

Water Gardens Made Easy

(ARA) - The love of the trickling sound of water dates back to early civilization when settling near naturally-occurring water sources was needed to sustain life. Once cities began forming away from oceans, rivers and other water supplies, the appreciation for its innate beauty, calming effects and salubrious properties were longed for. Today, the long-standing art of water gardening thrives among homeowners eager to maintain these aesthetic benefits.

With spring in full bloom, now is the perfect time to augment the natural beauty of a well-manicured lawn or one in need of attention. Ranging from a simple tabletop fountain to an elaborate pond, water features become focal design elements for any yard or garden needing an added touch of movement, life, and tranquility. Most high-impact, visually-stimulating water features are budget-friendly and easy to do yourself whether a novice gardener, seasoned green thumb or any skill-level between.

“Backyard ponds create a sanctuary for the senses, from the soothing sounds of running water to the eye-pleasing sight of a beautifully crafted project,” says Larissa Gleason, marketing manager of Beckett Corporation. “The whole family can enjoy the process of building a pond together and, with the wide array of pond kits available at national retailers, even first-time water gardeners can successfully complete a project.”

Beckett, a leading manufacturer of water gardening products, offers the following tips for creating a pond. Before heading out to the yard with shovel in tow, take some time to design and plan the project. Look through past vacation pictures and peruse magazines for inspiration. With a vision in mind, begin scoping out a place to incorporate the pond. Avoid choosing a spot directly under a tree. While picturesque, falling leaves and bark would require that the pond be cleaned frequently. Also, be sure to check for underground wiring and other utility lines when looking for the pond’s location. After finding the perfect area, prepare to embark on your pond adventure!

Based on the shape of the pond, begin the project by choosing an appropriate liner. While flexible liners afford greater versatility in regards to shape and size, preformed liners take much of the guesswork out of digging a hole. Installing a Beckett 35-gallon Preformed Pond Liner can be achieved in just a few easy steps. First, dig a hole to accommodate the liner that is slightly deeper so it sits level with the ground. With the liner in place, be certain that it fits tightly into the hole, and use loose dirt to backfill any gaps. Place a level across the top of the liner, checking that it’s even in all directions.

With the base of the pond complete, additional embellishments such as waterfalls and streams will further enhance its visual appeal. Beckett offers a Waterfall Kit that is complete with all parts and step-by-step instructions needed for constructing a flowing cascade and stream. For a natural flow of water and an eye-catching drop, the waterfall should be elevated at least 10 inches above the surface of the pond.

Lastly, complete the project by adding the final touches. Use artistic creativity to fulfill the vision by securing slate, rocks and pebbles using high-quality waterfall foam from Beckett. Bring the pond to life by adding plants, such as water lilies, floating moss or water ferns, and fish such as goldfish or Koi. With the last component in place, sit back and enjoy the soothing sounds of this flowing oasis.