Are you dealing with a soggy lawn and not sure what to do? It’s hard to enjoy your outdoor space if your yard feels like you’re walking across a soaked sponge. But don’t worry. You can correct the problem with proper grading and compacting.What Are Grading and Compacting?
Grading is a method of “reshaping” your lawn so the soil slopes, allowing water to run off instead of saturating the ground around your home. This is of great importance to NOLA residents, who live in a low-lying area that receives a high amount of rainfall each year. When done correctly, grading will divert rainwater away from your home’s foundation and toward an approved [...]
Whether you’re planning a roof upgrade or total replacement, one thing is certain — you’re about to make a significant investment. Luckily, current roofing options allow you to understand the benefit of your investment immediately, and perhaps even increase it over time.Types of Roofs Consider a Cool Roof
Cool roofs reflect sunlight by design, allowing for decreased heat absorption. Depending on the type of roof you choose, cool roofs can >decrease surface heat by as much as 50-60 degrees. This effect trickles down into the home, creating more comfort inside with less energy usage and subsequent cost.
What are the most cost-effective cool roof [...]
If your pool is getting too expensive to maintain or you just don’t have any use for it anymore, you may think the best thing to do is fill it in with dirt and plant some grass. But, this is not necessarily true. With a little creativity, you can transform that old, useless pool into an area you and the family can use without the ongoing expense of pool upkeep.1. Turn Your Pool Into a Deck
You don’t have to bring in the jackhammers and dirt to fill in your pool if you transform it into a deck. A deck is a great idea if you would to like use the space for outdoor gatherings or a peaceful area to sit back and enjoy the outdoors.
The process includes [...]
When you rent a home or an apartment and get the itch to start planting, it can be disappointing to always have to grow plants in pots. Some plants you may want to grow might even need more space than a pot allows. If your gardening options are limited, raised floral beds are soon to become your new best friend. You’ll be able to grow almost any plant you’d like without committing to a permanent garden. The following tips will help make your first experience a successful one!Know Your Motivation
Besides giving your plants a place to grow that’s easily removed when the lease is up, there are other reasons for wanting to build a raised floral bed as well. [...]
Removing grass from any area can be a big job. This goes double if the area is large or if you’re unfamiliar with the process. There are some situations where you may want to remove a small patch of lawn to put in a garden, and others where you might just want to rip it all out.
Even for a small area, there are plenty of things to take into consideration. Time invested, the environmental damage, noise for the neighbors, local laws and potential underground utilities all factor into any project. You want to make sure you have a solid plan in mind as well, knowing the area size and preferably mapping it out with a laser to get straight lines — and always, always mow [...]
If you’re thinking about improvements to your home, some home improvements raise potential resale value more than others. The key consideration, of course, is that you and your family will get use out of and enjoy the improvement, but it never hurts to think strategically. A home project you enjoy every day that will hike your home’s resale value is a terrific two-fer. But what projects improve resale value the most? Projects that add curb appeal can raise a home’s value by as much as 20 percent.
“Curb appeal” refers to what potential buyers see when they drive up and park. Landscaping, hardscaping and home exteriors all count. Hardscaping, by the [...]
While April showers may lead to May flowers, unfortunately, they can also lead to one more sign of spring: Flooding. If you have a lot of rain during the time when the winter snow is melting, it can simply be too much for the existing systems to handle. In fact, a lot of rain can cause basement flooding all by itself.
Floods can happen for a variety of reasons, including rising groundwater, backed-up sewers and septic tanks, clogged gutters and sump pumps. Sump pumps can be heroic in times of heavy rain, keeping water out of a basement like an army repelling the enemy. Unfortunately, a heavy flood can also cause the power to go out. And if the power goes out, so does an [...]
Spring is almost here! The days are staying lighter longer. The birds are chirping in the morning. Have you seen your first robin yet? Depending on where you live, these are signs of spring. Naturally, we begin to think about spring cleaning and projects we have been putting off.
What you probably aren’t thinking about is your electrical wiring and the demands you and your appliances put on it. Overloading your electrical circuits can damage your appliances, cause power outages or even a fire. Here are a few things to consider to prevent overloading your circuits.What Is an Overload?
An overload is when you have too many things running on one circuit. More [...]