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Bathroom cleaning tips and ideas

Bathroom cleaning tips and ideas

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Keeping a clean home is no easy task and bathrooms are one area that require plenty of attention. Clean bathrooms are not just aesthetically pleasing but also hygienic. Here are some simple cleaning tips and ideas for homeowners to spruce up the bathroom by getting rid of dust, clutter and dirt. Bathroom Cleaning Products and Supplies Before starting on sprucing up the bathrooms, do stock the cleaning caddy with the right bathroom cleaning products and supplies. Here is a list of items that may be needed during a bathroom cleanup. Step-ladder Dust mop (preferably with a long handle), broom, mop Cleaning cloths or rags, sponges and brushes Small bucket with handle Disposable gloves Cleaning sprays – choose from natural cleaners or commercial ones Trash can liners Dusti...
Most popular homes of 20s captures architecture

Most popular homes of 20s captures architecture

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Based on a popular catalog of house plans for primarily smaller to mid-size homes, The Most Popular Homes of the Twenties includes a variety of looks from southwestern style to Dutch Colonial Revival. Daniel D. Reiff Supplies New Introduction Originally published in 1925 as The Most Popular Homes in America by American Builder, Daniel D. Reiff has written a new introduction and added supplementary drawings of period homes to the book. Reiff explains the advent of catalogs from which prospective homeowners could order their plans, materials, or other necessities with the most famous being the Sears, Roebuck and Company catalog homes. The purpose of this particular book was not to sell homes but rather to encourage readers to build homes using the enclosed plans. With each dr...
6 Things to Consider Before Adding a Rooftop Deck

6 Things to Consider Before Adding a Rooftop Deck

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Roof decks are a great addition to partially or completely flat roofs. Their popularity stems from the privacy as well as the view of the surroundings that they give you. Rooftop decks can also save you precious space and help lower your energy bills due to their insulating properties. While you may find the extra space great for entertaining guests, others may find it great for adding some greenery to their properties. However, before you can get your rooftop deck constructed, here are a few things to think about. Check Local Building Laws Before you start planning or call a contractor, it is important to check if you can actually construct the rooftop deck. There may be building laws that determine whether you can do so, with some localities even having laws that determine the type...
How To Properly Maintain Your HVAC System

How To Properly Maintain Your HVAC System

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When you invest a lot of money in an HVAC system, you want to make sure that it is going to last for quite a few years. If you don’t maintain it properly, however, you could find that you need to get it repaired relatively often or replaced entirely, sooner than you had hoped. The good news is that it is possible to maintain your HVAC system easily enough, as long as you know what you are doing. Here are some of the steps you need to regularly take after you’ve had your Dallas HVAC installation process complete. Change the filters Step one to maintaining your HVAC system is to change your filters regularly. It doesn’t hurt to invest in a large supply of filters to make sure that you always have some to hand if you need to change them quickly. You should aim to change your HVAC fil...
Tips to garage conversion for better use of house garage

Tips to garage conversion for better use of house garage

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The use of a garage differs from individual to individual. Some use the space as a storeroom, something similar to a mini junkyard. Some use it as car parking. However, it can be used for something better. A garage conversion is a mantra towards doing it. It can be converted into a decent playroom or a new home office and surprisingly within a week or two. An added advantage towards garage conversion is that the needs of moving can be met without moving to any other place to get an equivalent house. This will also save the stamp duty, solicitors and other such related fees. It is important to note that a garage conversion increases the value of the house and even a well-considered project may enhance the return by about 10 or 20 percent. Garage Conversion Designing The first s...
Rainwater harvesting and collection systems: Barrels and diverters

Rainwater harvesting and collection systems: Barrels and diverters

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Rainwater is free, doesn't contain chlorine, doesn't strain freshwater supplies, and doesn't violate municipal restrictions on water use. A downpour on a 500 square foot roof can fill a 50 gallon rain barrel in a few hours. The roof might be covered with dirt, such as bird droppings, so the collected water should not be used for drinking. Watering the garden and washing the car, are common uses. We look at how to choose a rain barrel and matching rain diverter, rain barrel sizes, leaf filters, and first flush diverters. Some of the information in this article is based on consumer reviews of rain barrels and rain diverters, on the Amazon.com website. Introduction to Rainwater Harvesting Methods Practical rain collection systems make use of the house roof to collect water. A ...