Living in a busy city like Washington, D.C. means you’re probably at work all the time, focusing on building your career and putting other aspects of life aside for later. Growing your career can be a great thing to do, but at some point, you’re going to have to think about progressing in your personal life. The big question is figuring out when that point is for you. Most of the time, people can begin to advance to the next stage of their lives when it comes to their apartment. Apartment living in D.C. can be the preferred option to those struggling with home ownership responsibilities and fees, but there will come a time when you might want to move. How will you know [...]
Construction and renovation options outside your home structure are often overlooked in the general scheme of a property upgrade. However, there are many options, such as hardscaping.
What is it exactly? Hardscaping refers to the use of “hard” material such as brick, stone and concrete to incorporate permanent structures into your landscape design. Hardscape construction includes the addition of pathways, patios, fences, steps, etc.
If you are searching for ways to make your Jacksonville home stand out, consider thinking outside the box! Check out these creative and unique renovation tips:1. Design While You Drain
Does your home sit on a relatively [...]
Everyone who has ever been to Florida knows there’s one decor style to rule them all. Beach themes make sense for both locals and those who rent out their Jacksonville properties to vacationers heading south throughout the year.
Due to its popularity, beach decor is a great way to style your home before you put it on the market, too. If you’re not sure where to start — there are so many options when it comes to making your home look and feel Floridian — here are the dos and don’ts of beach-inspired interior design.Do: Keep Things Light and Airy
Selling your home often requires you to present a more neutral color palette so that potential buyers have [...]
New Orleans: your dreams of buying a house might include the sound of jazz wafting from French Quarter streets along with wrought iron balconies and the glint of the mighty Mississippi. Then there’s also great food — gumbo, Cajun and beignets for breakfast — and Mardi Gras to brighten the winter. Once spring has sprung, magnolias and dogwoods grace the parks. Buying a home in New Orleans’s historic districts might be a dream that makes all these site-specific fantasies come true. The Big Easy has some of the most beautiful historic districts in the United States and a lively preservation community. Well-maintained historic homes generally keep their property values well, [...]
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. [...]