The best outdoor tiles

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Outdoor patio tiles allows you to transform your backyard into a beautiful space using easy to install flooring with the ability to withstand extreme temperatures.

When installing outdoor tiles it’s important to use tiled manufactured specifically for outdoor use. These tiles need to b able to hold up against all the elements.

Characteristics to Look for in Outdoor Patio Tile

  • Durablity Choose a tile that will withstand the elements. Some ceramics and slates are too soft and porcelain and solid stones are harder and more durable.
  • Not too absorbant If you live in an area that is exposed to a lot of freezing and thawing then you’ll need to find a tile that is not too absorbant. If your tile s exposed to freezing and thawing then it ay cause the tile to crack over time.
  • Slip-resistant surface Smaller tiles become slip resistant regardless of it’s texture because they are of a smaller size and the groit in between breaks up the smoothness of the tile and makes it slip resistant. Outdoor tiles however are larger and the grout lines areof farther apart, therefore you need to look for a tile that has some form of abrasion so, when, it gets wet it won’t be too slippery.

Choose wisely!

Why You Should Have a Garden Shed

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If you have a garden then you should also have a garden shed.

Having a garden shed shelters your tools from harsh weather and it also provides an organized storage space.

Here are 4 reasons why you should have a garden shed:

1. Organization & Efficiency – Garden sheds have shelves and storage spaces specifically designed for the organization of your tools. Everything has its place and it makes it that much easier to find the right tools when you need them.

2. Quicker Access to your Tools – This will definitely speed things up as you’ll know exactly where to find the tools you need.

3. Manage Clutter – You can customize your garden shed exactly how you want it; meaning that all your tools will have its place and doesn’t have to be mixed up with others of disorganized.

4. Freeing Up Space in Your Garage – If you didn’t have a garden shed, chances are you were storing your tools and supplies in your garage. With the implementation of your garden shed, you’ll now have more space in your garage.

A Garden shed can make your life so much easier and organized. And when you take better care of your tools you’ll see the results in your garden and every home deserves a beautiful garden right?

Build your garden shed today!

Turn Your Garage into a Bedroom

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There comes a point when you might need an additional bedroom in your house.

Based on your home’s setup there might be various ways to accomplish.

One of the easiest ways to do this is to convert your garage into a bedroom.

Your garage already has 4 walls and enough space to build a small bathroom.

It is also an open space that you can design however you want.

To learn more about converting your garage in a bedroom we found an article that will give you everything you need.

Whether your family has or is expanding or you just need an extra bedroom this might be just the fix you need.

Another great reason to have an extradiator bedroom is that it gives you the opportunity to earn extra income by renting your extra bedroom or joining airbnb.

Converting your garage can also prove cheaper than taking on the task of constructing a new bedroom on your house.

 

 

Drywall vs Plywood

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Drywall has been the wall of choice for homes in the U.S since the 1940’s. While using drywall has numerous benefits there are other options you can use for your wall and plywood is one of them if a less than perfect finish is ok for you.

Here are a few comparisons that will help you to decide whether drywall or plywood is best for you:

Structural Strength:

Drywall – to hang heavy objects on drywall you’ll need to locate the studs on the drywall and screw the object there.

Plywood – You can screw anywhere on the plywood and hang your object. It offers alot of structural support and can withstand dents and damages that drywall is more susceptible to. So a popular place to use plywood s in your garage or storage spaces.

Ease of Installation:

Drywall is approximately 20-3- pounds more than plywood and due to this the installation process is a bit longer than applying plywood. Installing drywall involves taping, applying joint compound and sanding joints smooth after hanging. This is not only time-consuming but difficult for the average person to complete successfully. Plywood walls, however, require no taping or joint compound, most installers simply caulk the seams between the boards to complete the installation.

Fire Safety:

Drywall is more fire resistant than plywood and it meets the building fire requirements for homes for most states. Homeowners might choose to use drywall regardless of it plywood meets the required fire resistant requirements just for added security and safety in the event of an emergency fire. Check with your local building authority for rules on using plywood as the sole interior wall finish.

Finish:

Using plywood gives you a grainy finish while drywall provides a smooth ready to paint surface. Furniture-grade plywood finished with a clear topcoat will give you a sleek modern look while drywall is a bit more conventional and has many options for texturing.

In the end, the choice is your whether you use drywall and plywood (where it meets your state’s building safety requirements.

6 Ways to Cover Your Emergency Home Fund

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If you’re a homeowner, then chances are you’ll have to fork out some serious cash to fix a costly repair.

No one likes to think about it but that doesn’t mean it’ll never happen.

In the event that it does and you’re not prepared. Here are a few ways you can cover the cost of your emergency home repairs:

  1. Financial Triage – this is simply reallocating funds that you would spend on something else to offset the cost of your repairs. Delaying your mortgage or car payments or any other payments that you might have to cover the cost of your repairs is one way to go.
  2. Credit Card – If you don’t have the cash upfront use your credit card to cover the cost and you can take your time and repay it. It has been shown where 38.8% of homeowners with unexpected home repairs prefer to charge it to their card and pay it off over time.
  3. Insurance or Government Help – Your repair might be covered under your insurance plan. Check with them first before making any decisions. You can also reach out to FEMA if your house was damaged by a natural disaster. You may be eligible for assistance.
  4. Family Members – You can ask family members for help. Just be sure to pay it back as soon as possible.
  5. Personal Loan – Now getting a personal loan has become hassle free and no collateral is required you can easily apply for one and get it wired to your bank account without leaving the comfort of your home.

We hope these were helpful and if you ever need emergency home repair fund you can access it quickly and easily!

Emergency Home Repair Fund

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If you own a home it’s important to have an emergency home repair fund, you never know what may stop working or need repairing suddenly and you’ll be thankful that you saved some money for a rainy day. It is estimated that on average home repairs normally cost between 2-4% of the home’s value. So if your home costs $200,000, it’s safe to say saving anywhere between 4,000 – 8,000 is a good idea.

But you don’t burden yourself too much, decide on a figure you can afford on a monthly basis and put that aside for your emergency home repair fund but you need to be vigilant with it.

Maintaining your home can reduce, but not totally eliminate, the cost and frequency of repairs. On average, monthly home repairs cost $25.00 and varies based on your location and the type of repair. According to an Angie’s List analysis of Census Bureau figures. Generally, areas with harsher climates have higher labor costs when it comes on to home repairs.

How much your home repairs costs depends on what breaks and how badly it’s damaged. As a rule of thumb reserve 1% of your home’s purchase value every year for home repairs. At the end of each year, you may have some left over that you can roll over to the following year. Eventually, you may have repairs that will wipe out your savings but you can a take advantage of a home equity line of credit can be a low-cost way to afford your home repairs.

5 Most Costly Home Repairs

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It is estimated that on average home repairs and maintenance cost approximately 2-4%  of the home’s value.

With this in mind, here are 5 of the most costly home repairs:

1. HVAC Repairs: $100 – $1,100

average: $336

 

2. Water Heater Repairs: $100 – $1,400

average: $529

 

3. Electrical Replacements: $125 – $3,000

average: $1,109

 

4. Driveway Repairs: $300 – $4,500

average: $1,553

 

5. Asbestos Removal: $500 – $4,500

average: $1,791

If any of these needs repairing be prepared to spend a pretty penny. This is where your emergency home repair fund would come in handy!

Best Color Choices for Spring

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Spring is upon us and for those of you who wouldn’t mind touching up your walla with some lively spring colors; here are the top 10 picks for 2018:
1. Acid Green & White
2. Lavender + Violet + Green
3. Spring Green + Gold
4. Sherbet Tones
5. Blush + Coral
6. Yellow + Tangerine + Gold
7. Salmon + White
8. Grass Green + Hot Pink
9. Yellow + Mint + Orange
10. Hot Pink + Salmon + White
What colors will you choose to paint your walls this spring?

Bold Tile Ideas for Your Bathroom

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Are you renovating your bathroom and not sure what tiles to use?

It’s always good to renovate your home to keep it modern and updated.

The bathroom is one of the places most persons renovate and here we’ll share with you some bold tile ideas to upgrade your bathroom.

Using certain accent pieces to bring your home to live and show your personality can definitely be done through your choice of tile.

We scoured the internet and according to Elle Decor, these 29 tile choices made the pick for bold tile ideas for your bathroom:

  1. Harmonious Shades of Green
  2. Mixed Textures
  3. Soft Warm Pastels
  4. Patterned Blue Tiles
  5. Navy Bordered In White
  6. Vivid Multicolored Graphics
  7. Navy & White Motif
  8. Ocean Ombre Accent Wall
  9. Mustard and Liberty Blue Floors
  10. Cheerful Mint Green
  11. Clean In Lime Green
  12. Contemporary Spotted Blue
  13. Yellow Mosaic Floor
  14. Blue Retro Cubism
  15. Blue-Green Bath
  16. Red & Burnt Orange Stripes
  17. Dark Blue Pattern Play
  18. Floor-To-Wall Baby Blue Tiles
  19. Rustic Glam Agate
  20. Mellow Yellow
  21. A Mosiac Runway
  22. Blue & Feminine
  23. Graphic Seashell Shower
  24. Silver Blue Rainfall
  25. Olive & Hazel Fusion
  26. Baby Blue Floors
  27. Bold & Romantic Red
  28. Blue Shaded Sections

Are you ready and willing to take on the challenge and be BOLD with your bathroom?

Let us know…are there other bold tile ideas that you know of that can be shared with others?