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Jason Horton

Latest Posts & Articles

Differences Between Solid and Engineered Hardwood Flooring

Differences Between Solid and Engineered Hardwood Flooring

Hardwood flooring looks great - in fact it's my favorite flooring surface. To my way of thinking wood floors look and feel warmer than tiles (although they have their place in the bathroom and kitchen) and wood is certainly easier to maintain than carpet.

But when it comes to choosing a genuine wood flooring material (note that I'm not including laminate which is a synthetic product), you have two choices - you can go with Solid Hardwood or Engineered Hardwood. In this article I'll outline the differences between these two types of wood flooring.

Is Rent to Own a Good Idea for Buying a House?

Rent to buy a house

I recently published an article by Nicholas Brown who works for JustRentToOwn.com and it got me thinking, why do buyers enter into rent to own arrangements, and are they a good idea?

Before we delve into the question it would probably help to ensure you know what I'm talking about so I'll briefly explain what Renting to Own actually is...

10 things that have no place in your home, yet you’ll want to buy them all

10 unneeded household items

We all have those random items in our house that just sit back quietly, gathering dust and basking in the fact that we actually decided to purchase them. However, when we need something, we need something, right? Here’s a list of 10 things which I guarantee you’ll want in your house after reading about them, no matter how much you don’t need them.

What Home Upgrades Will Increase Home Security And Comfort At The Same Time?

What Home Upgrades Will Increase Home Security And Comfort At The Same Time?

When you think about making home improvements, you may initially think about ways to make your home look better and improve its value at the same time. However, you should also consider practical improvements. Some improvements may help you to increase home security, which can give you more peace of mind when you are relaxing inside your home with loved ones. Many of these same upgrades can help you to feel more comfortable at home as well. If you are looking for some great home improvement ideas, these should be at the top of your list:

Accenting with Lighting Fixtures

Accenting with Lighting Fixtures

More than just providing light in a room, choosing the right fixtures, floor and tabletop lamps offers you marvelous scope when it comes to curating your look. Creatively choosing your home lamping offers the opportunity to either softly accent the general aesthetic of your decor or cut against the grain for an edgy look. Furthermore, the way you light a room--where you focus light and how strong--will make all the difference when it comes to defining atmosphere and highlighting important design elements.

Sustainable Living For Your Apartment

Are you an apartment dweller? Interested in adopting a greener lifestyle? As a renter, you can’t control every aspect of your home, but there’s a lot you can do to make your living space greener. Here are some room-by-room suggestions:

Pencil Pleat or Eyelet Curtains?

Pencil Pleat or Eyelet Curtains

As I've mentioned before, my house has a guest apartment which I'm slowly trying to improve, and now it has come time to select new curtains and the decision come down to choosing between pencil pleat and eyelet.

I've tried to illustrate the difference between the two types of curtains in the picture to the left. Pencil pleat curtains have pleats at the top which are tightened or loosened with strings and then hung from the curtain rod, while eyelet curtains simply have holes in the top circled with metal rings which you slide over the curtain rod.

A Look at the History of Modern Air Conditioning

Although the Romans used their aqueducts to run cool water through the walls of rich people's homes, and Emperor Elagabalus even had a hill of snow built in his garden during summer to help keep cool, modern air conditioning has only been with us since 1902. Willis Carrier is a fine example of American science and engineering - he only graduated from his engineering course at Cornell University in 1901, and the very next year he invented modern air conditioning.

Building a Small Organic Farm in Australia

Organic farm in Australia
If you're a dedicated follower of this blog, thank you, and you'll also be aware that I visited my brother Daniel's property inland from the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia last Christmas and I brought back photographs of his outdoor bathroom in the bush.

Should You Redecorate Before or After You Move?


Moving into a new home is a trying process, but decorating that new home can prove just as taxing. Because of the time and energy that accompanies both moving and decorating a new home, many people wonder should they redecorate their new home before or after they move in? Well, what works for one person may not always work for the other. However, I will give you my personal experience and hopefully you will be able to decide if you should redecorate your new home before or after you move.

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