Tips for Finding the Right House Plan

Identify your outer style – what homes styles are you drawn too? French Country, Traditional, Spanish , Cape Cod, Colonial or Craftsman. When searching for the right house plan it is important to choose one that not only meets your individual needs but also keeps in mind the style of home that is most appealing to you.

Identify how your family lives -will you need formal spaces, recreational spaces, informal spaces, indoor-outdoor spaces, Determine if you prefer a one story or a two store home. Also determine the number of bedrooms and bathrooms will you need. This will help narrow your search for the right house plans. Keep in mind the lot characteristics including dimensions, natural landscaping and future marketability of the home. Your lifestyle is a key consideration in selecting a house plan. Do you entertain frequently? Consider a formal dinning room and traditional living room for large formal entertaining. Are you nearing retirement? Consider a one story to limit stair climbing. Are you starting a family? Be sure to include enough bedrooms to allow for your expanding family. Do you love to cook? Be sure you have ample room and amenities in the kitchen to accommodate.

Walkthroughs – Walk through houses under construction in your area to see what things you like and don’t like about each plan. During these walkthroughs take careful notes about what you like and don’t like about the features in each home. Request floor plan samples from the various builders. Attach your notes to each floor plan so you can quickly recall the features of each house plan that you liked. Check with your local homebuilders association for the location of new home builders in your area. Visit each builder, walk their models and review their available house plans.

Careful note taking – Make a folder of ideas and pictures from magazines that you like. This will help you identify your style and keep a record of the features that you might want to incorporate into your home plan. As you perform your walkthroughs, take a camera so you can take pictures of the various homes you visit and key features of each home that you want to remember.

Search through stock home plans – Research styles and plans on the Internet. You can also purchase house plans on the web or in books at your local new or used bookstore. You should be able to get hundreds of home plans through these sources for little or no money. These house plans can be modified to meet your needs. Also visit new home builders in your area to get great house plan ideas.

Can’t find that perfect home floor plan? – Find a reputable architect who can custom design the perfect house plan for you. Make sure to research the architects in your area and visit their work if at all possible. Using the notes, magazine clippings and photograph you’ve collected the architect should be able to design a home that is a …

Pest Control Advice (How to Kill Cockroaches)

If you live in a warm climate, you know that roaches can be everywhere and that they can enter your house at any time they want. And it is very disgusting to see cockroaches crawling on your wall, floor, and any part of your home. Cockroaches have been around longer than we have and so getting rid of them won’t be easy. You will need the assistance of a pest control professional in dealing this kind of problem.

There are simple rules which you can follow in dealing with the cockroaches. First thing you should know about cockroaches is that they breathe through their skin. Cockroaches need oxygen and they cannot breathe if their shells are covered. An easy way of killing them is by putting oil to their skin. You can use olive oil or any kind of oil would do just fine. All you need to do is spray them with water mixed with the oil. This method will suffocate the cockroaches.

Another thing that many people recommend is vinegar. Spraying vinegar will suffocate the roaches as well, according to experienced home owners. Vinegar is known to work not just in cockroaches but in spiders as well. Rubbing alcohol is also another suggested cockroach killer. Mixing rubbing alcohol in water and spraying them with the roaches will be effective. Any way in which you can put a cover on them so they can’t breathe would be an effective strategy.

You really have to address the issue why these roaches are hard to find and look for ways to eliminate their food source, shelter, and other ways that they can survive. Seal any food source in your home properly. Make sure you clean the kitchen, the floors, and all areas which would be potential for roach infestation. Also make sure that there’s no water or moist area waiting for them.

These methods are very common and you can adopt them on a daily basis. But if you have tried all these tricks and still found roaches crawling in your house, then it would be high time to call your local pest control company for quality assistance.…

Building a Custom Boat Seat

Boat seats are often very expensive and it is not so easy to find them cheap. I spent a lot of time surfing the internet to find seats for my last boat building project. I am a big DIY fan and there is quite a lot of things that I already built for my boats.

I started looking for an online tutorial on building a custom boat seat but had no luck finding it so I decide that I will try to build seats for my boat on my own. I had drawn a few sketches of how I wanted my seats to look like and started to calculate the amounts of materials needed for the job.

I planned everything very well so at the and I came up with this great tutorial with all the answers provided for those of you who would like to build you custom boat seats. Not only you can save a lot of money by doing this yourself but you will find out that the same skills are used to make yourself new kitchen or bar chairs.

I used some marine graded plywood to build a frame for my seat and additionally protected it with some marine paint and this presented a basic construction for my seat. I bolted an aluminum rod to the bottom side of the seat that is later used as the seat’s leg. I then bought some artificial leather and cut out a shape of my frame and an additional 8 cm wide tape.

I then used a normal sewing machine and some polyester thread to sewn the top seat cover. Between the plywood frame and the seat cover I put a 5cm green seating foam. I then used a stapler to attach the foam to the seat frame with stainless steel staples an also to attach the final top seat cover to the frame.

To give my product a final touch I stapled black artificial leather cover to the back of the seat frame to hide the painted plywood.

I took my about two days to make two custom boat seats for my new boat I was rebuilding at the time and they came out very nice.…

An Information Guide To Maintaining Limestone Fireplaces

Limestone is very durable and is an extremely good choice for a fireplace!

However, limestone is also rather soft and reliably porous, so it does require care from the householder to prevent stains and grubby marks spoiling the surface – especially for new limestone fireplaces!

A few important points for first time buyers!

Your limestone fireplace should be chemically sealed with a good quality sealant. The better sealants do not change the color of the limestone to any degree, but prevent easy penetration of possible stains from getting into the stone. Your fireplace supplier should either seal your fireplace for you, (probably at extra cost) or provide a tin of liquid sealant for you to paint over the surface yourself (also probably at extra cost). These sealants cost around £ 20 or more per tin, so if you see one for much less, do not use it, as it may not be good enough, and could darken your limestone fireplace color!

If you have a limestone heart, this should be sealed twice. Leave the first coat to completely dry and then add the second. Make sure you do not apply too much sealer, as this could cause a change to the surface if soaked!

You may have to repeat the complete sealing process after about six months or a year, especially if the fireplace is for solid fuel. After that, your limestone fireplace will probably not require any further chemical sealing.

Cleaning Limestone Fireplaces

The best way to clean off a grubby mark from your limestone fireplace is simply to use a clean cotton cloth dampened with very dilute washing up liquid. Do not soak the stone though!

If you have coffee or wine etc, spill onto your limestone fireplace surface do not panic, just clean it off thoroughly with a dampened cloth and everything should be fine.

A number of things not to do:

  1. Never use wax or spray polishes on a limestone fireplace, as these products can darken the surface of the limestone and create patches.
  2. Never use kitchen or bathroom cleaners, as they could react with the limestone surface.
  3. Never allow cigarettes to be placed on the stone surface, the heat could cause a brown scar.
  4. Never stand vases with flowers directly on the limestone surface, as this could cause a permanent ring mark!
  5. Never stand red wine, tea or coffee etc, directly on your limestone fireplace -stains and ring marks could result!
  6. Never stand coal or logs directly on the fireplace surface – damage and stains may result!
  7. Never plaster down to, or on to a limestone fireplace – the stone will take up color from the plaster.

The above list of " do not do's " for limestone, can also be found here on the Money Saving Expert Forum, as I posted it there in the first instance, prior to writing this article!

Real Fires, Limestone Fireplaces and Cracking caused by heat! It is important to be aware that limestone can crack from the heat …

Weymouth Holiday Cottages – Doggy Cottages

If you are the one who likes to take their pet each time you go for a vacation, then the Weymouth holiday cottagesare the place for you. This is the perfect break for you and your pet. There are over 100 cottages in Dorset. The Weymouth holiday cottage properties range from traditional thatched cottages to the contemporary newly designed houses.This will certainly be a great place to be for you and your dog. The facility provided in each set has a colored television; The kitchen has an oven with hotplate, rings, a gas burner and a microwave, a toaster a kettle and an iron. Duvets and pillow have been provided in all bedrooms.

There are many cottages available available for you and your pet. One of them is the Lulworth Cove. This is set up in an elevated position, surrounded by territories and lawns. Its a beautiful walk across the hills to the various bays. Within walking distance once can find the Village Inns and shops.

As far as the accommodation is concerned on the ground floor, in bedroom one, there is a king size bed. In the second bedroom, twin beds have been placed. There is a large lounge with an open fire. The dining table has a seating capacity of ten people. On the ground floor there is a bathroom with a bath shower and a separate kitchen. In the third bedroom and the fourth bedroom there are twin single beds, without any wardrobe. There is a double bed in the fifth bedroom.

Standard facilities have been provided in these Weymouth holiday cottages like a dishwasher, washing machine, and a dryer, fridge, freezer, a pay phone, DVD player. A garage is a also present with unrestricted parking on the road. There is a large garden on the sloping lawns. A garden table with chairs has also been placed. Internet access has been provided for, only for recreational activity and not for business related purpose. The speed or service may vary as per the package obtained by the owner of the property

For booking purposes reservations for these Weymouth holiday cottages are made upon the receipt of a deposit which is one-third of the total cost of the holiday or full payment incase the trip is for less than eight weeks away, plus an additional of twenty pounds, Along with a booking form signed by the applicant who has to be over 18 years of age, and he also signs on behalf of all the people who will e staying in the property. Only the number of people specified at the time of the booking will be allowed to stay during the trip. Once the payment has been received and the conformation has been made, any changes to the booking can not be done. In case the payment is made by a credit card, then an additional charge of 2.5% as the processing fee will be also charged to the guest at the time of the booking. Guests have …

Professional Mice Extermination Methods

Is your apartment located on the first floor or above the grocery store? Are you tired of waking up at night from the vile clutches of the stamping of the rat and in the morning to find unpleasant “surprises” in various places and kitchen corridor?

In addition, rats and mice can cause harm to not only food but also the electric cables, wires and even domestic buildings.

Rodents – These creatures find a loophole in the most remote places. In addition, sometimes struggle with rodents can become a real headache. You start to think that rats and mice become, day-by-day, more intelligent, uniquely avoid the mousetraps? Then you should consider purchasing a more efficient means to fight the hated rodents.

It is known that cats – good rat-catcher, and if t s presented in the house, than you do not have to be afraid of rodents. However, not everyone has the opportunity to have a cat, for example due to an allergy to wool, or due to lack of time to care for animals.

Traditional methods of struggle are also not always effective, and the use of poison to kill mice, rats, is very unsafe. In addition, mice are able to adapt to various poisons, and their rate of reproduction will quickly emerge new isolates resistant to your poison. Just rodents have very acute hearing and smell, which allows them to bypass a variety of lures. Therefore, the extermination of the rodents has to be approached professionally.

Apart from the fact that rodents cause discomfort, they also are carriers of various infectious diseases. Everyone knows that a rodent bite requires immediate medical attention to avoid serious consequences. Therefore, the destruction of rodents should be carried out immediately after their appearance.

Professional wrestling against mice and rats – this is professionals’ task. Qualified specialists offer sophisticated methods to eliminate these unpleasant creatures without risk to the health of the inhabitants of the apartment.

Destruction of rats and mice requires a preliminary assessment of the numbers of these rodents and complex sequential events – rodent. The drugs used by professional mice removers will not harm the apartment; do not leave marks on the interior, and the total time for the destruction will not exceed 30 minutes.

Rodent control requires two options for pest control – its preventative methods and complete annihilation.

Preventive methods protect food and water from the access of rodents, as well as blocking the ability of rats and mice to choose a good place to create nests. Prophylactic disinfestations treatment involves different kinds of holes and sealing them (out of communications, pipes and the like.), as well as the installation of metal grids in place of the holes.…

Common Stomach Problems and Their Treatments

Many people today suffer from a variety of stomach problems. You may be one of them. If so, you know how a case of diarrhea or nausea and vomiting can ruin your plans for the entire day. Heartburn can torment you in the late night hours as well as spoil the enjoyment of a good meal. While most of these are temporary annoyances, persistent stomach ailments should cause you to seek out medical intervention. Sometimes these are symptoms of much more serious conditions.

Diarrhea is a problem with loose, watery stools that sends you flying to the bathroom, often at the most inopportune times. It can be caused by food poisoning, or bacterial infections such as e-coli. If you are lactose intolerant you may also feel the unpleasant results of enjoying those dairy products. More serious issues that cause these stomach problems are Crohn’s Disease and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). In the case of food poisoning or bacterial infections, your symptoms will usually lessen by consuming only a clear liquid diet within 24 hours. Drink as much fluid as you can because dehydration can be a real concern. To avoid this problem in the first place, always practice good food safety habits in the kitchen, insist on well-cooked food, and return food that is served to you looking as though it has been sitting out for some time, especially if mayonnaise is involved. If mucous or blood shows in your stools, consult a doctor immediately.

Nausea and vomiting are stomach problems that are rarely life-threatening but can also cause dehydration and even shock if unchecked for too long. The typical causes are an upset gastrointestinal tract, pregnancy, vertigo (dizziness) from inner ear problem or motion sickness, food poisoning, brain injury, carbon monoxide poisoning, and reactions to medicine. It seems that whenever the brain is affected by injury or illness, nausea and vomiting will also be present. Taking slow, deep breaths helps settle the queasiness, as do Vitamin B6 and ginger supplements. There are OTC antihistamines that will also ease your distress.

Heartburn is a burning sensation in your upper abdomen or chest that often mimics the effects of heart disease. Because of this, a doctor should be made aware of your condition if it does not respond to OTC acid buffers and H2 blockers. To reduce acid reflux you should quit smoking and drinking carbonated drinks. Raising the top of your bed, eating small meals, and avoiding coffee, chocolate, fatty foods, and whole milk has also been shown to help. Most stomach problems can be improved with lifestyle changes such as these, but more serious ones will need medical treatment including possible surgery.…

The Beatles Best Four Psychedelic Albums

These are the four Beatles albums you need if you are into psychedelic music. I will not put them in order (other than alphabetical) because you really need all four of them and I don’t want you thinking you can get away with leaving any of them off your list.

Magical Mystery Tour (1967)

This is probably The Beatles most purposefully trippy album. Almost every song on the album is bursting with mind melting madness of some type or another whether it be experimental production, unusual song arrangements, and/or unusual songwriting. “I Am The Walrus” & “Strawberry Fields Forever” are arguably John Lennon at his most “mad.” These are the songs where he went full out with the “kitchen sink” production, the bizarre lyrics, the unexpected song arrangements. It’s all there. “Flying,” “Blue Jay Way,” and the title track “Magical Mystery Tour,” these are songs designed to melt minds and they do just that.

Revolver (1966)

What brililant songs. And what an amazing variety in music in such a compact album. There’s more variety in this 35 minute album than in most band’s whole careers. And it’s all done so incredibly well. And then there’s “Tomorrow Never Knows” which could very well be the most far out song The Beatles ever recorded.

Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967)

This is a trip. Sure the “concept” isn’t really all that tight, but I think that’s why it works so well. It’s like you are in a carnival going around hearing these different incarnations of the same band. Again a wild selection of different styles of music but unlike Revolver, each of the songs somehow sounds connected to each other as well. It’s an amazing trick to make “Within You Without You” & “When I’m 64” make sense together on the same album.

This is an album that has become so legendary that sometimes I think people don’t properly appreciate how great it is. It is not overrated. It really is that good. If you think otherwise, you may have not got out of that stage where you want to be different just for it’s own sake.

The White Album(1968)

I talk a lot about variety in this article because that’s one of the things that I love most about The Beatles music and it’s one of the things that I think makes listening to their albums so trippy. Well this is the peak of that variety. There’s 30 tracks here and a vast majority of them are completely different than the other 29 songs on the album. In many ways this is the ultimate Beatles trip and I think it’s their best album ever (psychedelic or not.)

And then there’s “Revolution #9.” It’s hard to get much more psychedelic than that. If you really listen to this track closely on headphones you are likely to get yourself quite a scare and I think that makes the song quite a successful piece of sound art.…

What You Should Know Before Flipping A House

Many individuals believe they can flip properties effortlessly, however it is likely they will be dissatisfied with the preliminary outcomes. A profitable flip is one that you generate income and there are many steps you must follow to help you to become successful.

For house flippers, there’s recently been a great deal of news of late, since houses flipped throughout the first half of 2016 produced a median gross revenue of around sixty thousand, the greatest median gross flipping revenue since 2005, the highest it has been in 10 years.

However gross revenue does not contain the expenses to rehab the home, which generally contributes an additional 20% to 30% on top of whatever the preliminary purchase price of the house for the flipper is. Flippers are competing for business with not just additional flippers, but additional homeowners who would like to renovate their residences that they plan to reside within as well.

Although it appears backwards to believe the money is created on the front end of the offer instead of the backend, that’s merely how an experienced home flipper tackles it.

You should fully understand precisely what the home will sell for once it’s fixed up, the expense of enhancing it, as well as the permits, contingencies in addition to your lowest profit so you may proceed to the next offer. The moment you have that worked out, only then may you recognize exactly what to offer the seller..

Capital for home flipping is available, however you may pay much more as an investor

Presently there are a great deal of loan providers available which focus in home flipping. The crucial factor to keep in mind is, you’ll be an investor, not necessarily a home buyer. As a consequence, your interest charges, even if you possess the finest credit rating, will certainly be many percentage points above even the greatest rates, at times towards double numbers. You furthermore may only be capable to finance merely 60% of the property, although many loan companies may finance as much as 130% of the purchase price in order to assure there are funds with regard to the renovating.

Get your team together

In order to be a profitable house flipper, you’ll require plenty of close friends, specifically friends who are building contractors, house inspectors, accountants as well as attorneys and real estate agents. It normally takes a crew to construct a home, and it requires a crew to flip a house. Simply because you have purchased a house, sold a house or even painted a house, does not suggest the expertise to flip a house is there.

You’ll require to operate with a reliable builder to be an effective flipper, as well as a qualified home inspector which can point out items which will need to be repaired that you’ll expect to talk down into the sale price, or it will cut into your gains once you sell. You will also need a competent Realtor which can price the residence appropriately …

Durastone Tile – Congoleum’s Alternative to Natural Flooring

Durastone tile by Congoleum is a luxury vinyl tile product. Luxury vinyl tiles are a superb alternative to natural tiles such as ceramic, slate, stone and marble. There are multiple reasons that luxury vinyl tiles are a great option to consider for kitchens, bathrooms and any other part of the house. Durastone tiles are extremely durable, easy to clean, provide warmth under foot, are extremely stain resistant, and can be replaced relatively easier than other natural tiles. Congoluem’s Durastone tile series should be a flooring option to consider for your next flooring project.

Durastone vinyl tile’s major advantage or natural tile products like ceramic is its’ durability. The tiles are totally different that traditional, sheet vinyl construction. Durastone has a much thicker, denser wear layer, a stronger, commercial rated backing system and a composite vinyl core. These design features make it extremely resistant to cracks, dents and scratches. If you were to drop a heavy pan or object on ceramic tile, it stands a good chance of chipping, breaking or cracking. Durastone holds up great compared to natural tiles when it comes to drops, scratches etc. If you have pets, children or heavy traffic in an area of the home, Durastone luxury tiles will out perform virtually any other flooring choice.

When it comes to cleaning and maintenance, Durastone wins out again. Simple dust mopping with an occasional damp mop is all that is needed. There is never a need to clean or reseal tiles and grout lines. Cleaning and sealing grout lines once a year is a task many of us have learned to despise. Durastone tiles are available with or without integral grouting. The grouting in the Durastone tile is vinyl so it stays clean just as the rest of the tile.

I have heard people complain that they love the look of ceramic or stone floors, but they hate the cold feeling natural floors can give. Durastone tiles and other types of luxury vinyl flooring tend to be warmer under foot than natural floors. This may not seem to be an important feature but to some homeowners it ranks highly. The warmer feeling Durastone gives may also eliminate the need for several rugs throughout the house or room.

Stain resistance is very important in kitchens, bathrooms and even other areas of the home. Ceramic and stone hold up adequately when something is spilled, but if the sealant is older, stains can occur. Durastone vinyl tile has a finish layer that is impervious to almost all stains with the exception of oil and gas based liquids. Hopefully, you will not have too many gas spills in the kitchen! The stain resistance of Durastone does amazing with pet accidents. Not only will Durastone resist stains from pet urine, but it will not absorb the smell either. If you have pets, a luxury vinyl tile or plank is something you need to strongly consider. Durastone carries a lifetime warranty against stains.

If a Durastone tile were to ever become damaged, …