Archive for April, 2017
“I need a day at the spa.” It’s a common enough sentiment. After all, Americans are working longer hours at more stressful jobs. But what if you didn’t have a whole day to focus on your wellness? What if you could relax and unwind in the comfort and convenience of your own backyard?
The majority of people view their backyard as a place to entertain guest and dazzle neighbors. As fun as is to host the perfect cookout, you aren’t using the space to its full potential if that’s all you use it for!
By following these simple steps, you can transform your backyard into a soothing, relaxing environment to help you unwind from a stressful day at the office.
Step One: Shape your yard!
The first step to transforming your yard is to declutter it! Have you ever come home from a long day of work—or worse, a nice long vacation—to find you forgot to clean before you left? The same goes for your lawn-spa!
Practice good care for your yard, pool, and hot tub. Keeping them well trimmed, skimmed, and clean will mean less work you have to do when you are ready to unwind.
Step Two: Decorate!
Backyard spas aren't just about hot tubs and pools. Treat yourself to some comfy outdoor seating with plush pillows. And don’t forget about screen enclosures! Adding one of these handy safeguards means that even if it’s drizzling, you can still escape to your outdoors paradise for a little light summer reading.
Step Three: Fine Dining!
If you are feeling particularly luxurious, why not build yourself an outdoor kitchen! Aside from the simple advantage of not having to cook inside on a hot summer day, and outdoor kitchen can do wonders for your home spa. After all, you wouldn't want to leave the spa to stop off at home for supper. An open flame grill and a small fridge can keep you well fed and well relaxed on a hot summer night.
Step Four: Exercise!
Who says you need to go to the gym? Swimming is a great way to stay in shape, not only does it help with endurance and core strength, but it is also better cardio that running thanks to the water's resistance.
And once you’re done with your swim, you can cool down with some yoga on your freshly manicured spa. Just roll out your yoga mat!
Step Five: Relax!
After a long day of work, eating right and exercising, what’s better than a good soak in your own hot tub? After all, you've earned it.
Is your lawn ready for spring? You may want to give it another check-up. Americans care deeply about the quality of their lawn, spending hours every week tending to it and encouraging it to reach its natural green splendor. When you start noticing brown spots or wilting, it’s easy to become frustrated by what can seem like a complex art form. Lawn care services can help with everything from environmentally responsible lawn care techniques to reversing common problems such as wilting and yellowing. Even better, there’s no need to spend excess money on harmful chemicals that do more damage in the long run.
Simple Grass Facts
Let’s get down to the proverbial roots and learn
More and more homeowners are looking for ways to make renovations that improve the energy efficiency of their home. The good news is there are a lot of ways to make a home more environmentally friendly and make it a healthier place to live at the same time. Here are some tips to follow when you want to remodel your home to make it healthier and less expensive to run and manage.
- Take some time to inspect your home before you start. Go around your home and look for things such as condensation, excess moisture and water intrusion. If you make sure you address these issues in your home remodel project, you will do a lot to help make your home a healthier place to live. Mold thrives in wet places. This is bad. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has identified literally thousands of kin
Water is vital to life
We know this in a general way, but often forget how it applies to our daily lives. Most people don’t remember to drink enough water each day, even though dehydration can have an adverse impact on the brain’s functioning. Even a small level of dehydration, losing as little as 2% of your body?s water content, can have a not
Not every extinguisher can be used in commercial buildings. Likewise, residential buildings require a spe
Some Historical Facts on Air Cooling Systems
Were you aware that the first air conditioner was invented for use in the publishing industry?In 1902, Willis Carrier invented it as a means to keep his paper from expanding and ink from running while working at a publishing company.
By 1929, the Oval Office had its first air conditioner installed. Herbert Hoover was the first United States president to enjoy cool air while conducting business within his office just a few months after the stock market crashed. If you’re curious how much he spent, you may be surprised: $30,000.
During the 19402, in-window air-conditioning units were available for homes. However, they
If you’re looking to accomplish a home remodel, it would be wise to carefully plan what rooms deserve an updated look before deciding on which interior design services you need. Considering the whole house? Then you may be surprised to learn that only 35% of remodeling jobs involved the whole home (i.e., whole home renovations). Looking around you may notice that furniture is usually the
Depending on the situation, occasional roofing repairs may make sense and be anticipated; however, the if you have a need for constant roofing repairs, this may point to the need for a sturdier and more energy-efficient roof.
Have you contacted a roofing repair company recently? If so, what type of repairs have you needed? Did the roofing contractors need to remove standing water? Did they need to take care of wind damage? Or perhaps your roof was damaged due to fire and smoke.
If you’re curious about the price of roof repairs, on
For most U.S. homeowners, heating and cooling are among the biggest expenses. In fact, about 48 percent of energy use in a home comes from the central heating and cooling unit, which is why it’s one of the biggest household expenses. By contrast, around two-thirds of American homes have an air conditioning system.
However, while some home heating and cooling systems work throughout the home, they may not prov
While drafty doors and windows can decrease a home’s comfort level, they also lead to higher utility bills. Just a few drafts, for example, may increase your bill by 10% to 25%.
If you’re curious about what window installers charge, the cost of replacing a window may run between $300 to $700. The price will depend, however, on several factors that will usually include the type and style of window.
When you replace your windows, however, the National Association of Realtors reports that you may be able to recoup up to 80% of you