Exterior

Articles about things you can do around the outside of your home from exterior repairs, improvements, painting, to outdoor improvements such as landscaping and gardens.

Why Should Your Home's Windows Be Tinted?

Tinted vs Not Tinted Windows

Owning a home is expensive enough as it is; upkeep can be difficult and people's priorities can feel scrambled when they are faced with several necessary improvements or upgrades that cost tons of hard-earned money. Even beautiful, new homes could always benefit from certain improvements. Commercials, magazines, and the amazing house down the block constantly push people to improve their homes with similar dedication to optimistic self-improvement.

Glow in the Dark Paving

Pavers that glow in the dark

I was recently sent an email about Bonita Stone so I took a look at their website and I was immediately captivated by their Glowpave pavers.

As you can see from the picture on the left and in more detail below, these pavers glow in the dark like something out of the movie Avatar.

Outdoor Radiant Heaters

Outdoor Radiant Heaters

Last month I wrote a piece called Outdoor Entertaining During Winter in which I mentioned outdoor radiant heaters as being a good option for keeping your guests warm. The article featured a picture of Heatstrip heaters on the patio ceiling, so I thought I'd go into a little more detail to explain what these types of heaters are.

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.

Pool Shade Structures: Adapting the Sun to Your Own Preferences

pool umbrellas

The absolute best thing you can have in your garden when it comes to long hot sunny days is a pool – it will not only make your garden more stylish, but will provide you, your family and friends a place to cool down, make a party and swim. If you, on the other hand, prefer to keep the sun only semi-present, there are some great ways to equip your beloved pool with some shade.

Let's Take a Look at Eco Roofs for Homes

Mowing an Eco Roof

Eco roofs, or turf or green roofs as they're sometimes called, are ones which have plants growing on them - usually grasses and/or flowers for residential roofs but they can extend to having shrubs and trees on large commercial buildings.

There are many benefits to having a living roof, they're largely self-maintaining and can last twice as long as regular roofs as well as providing a great deal of heat and sound insulation, as well as other environmental benefits which I'll go into more detail below.

Should You Repair Your Roof Before You Sell?

roof needs repair

Selling a home can be a daunting task for any homeowner, regardless of what condition the home is currently in. So many different factors go into the real estate market that it’s often difficult to say which will be the biggest influence on your home’s ability to sell. Yet, if you’re like most, you’re not simply looking to sell. You want to sell your home quickly and be able to generate a good profit from the transaction.

How Wood Rots and How to Prevent It

Protecting your wood

Finally your new porch is done. Your hard work is about to pay off both aesthetically and financially as home improvements add to your home’s value. You’re proud of your work. Are you taking steps to protect it? No?! You really should. While it’s true that home improvements will add to a home’s financial value, damages to any part of your property will highly downgrade its value. Unprotected fences, posts, or beams will start to rot and bleed out money. What exactly happens when wood starts to rot? How can projects and money be protected? Let’s find out!

A Fish Pond Could be a Relaxing Addition to Your Yard

fish pond

My mother used to have an amazing fish pond at her previous house which had a waterfall at one end, then a 20 foot stream into a small pond at the other end. It was extremely relaxing to sit outside by it while reading a book - the sound of the waterfall and stream were more calming than I can put into words.

I will soon be going to my brother's country property in Queensland, Australia to spend some time there over Christmas. He's thinking about adding a fish pond to his small organic farm and he sent me some videos to look at.

A Look at Some Different Kinds of Windows

windows

If you're thinking about installing new windows then have a look a some of the different types of windows here and maybe they'll help you with some ideas you hadn't yet thought of.

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