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Stairs with Shelving and Drawers for Bunk Beds

Posted by mandy on March 24th, 2011

Traditionally people associate bunk beds with young children. And they almost always associate access to the top bunk with a metal or wood ladder. And while these associations are definitely common and rooted in reality, there are actually a number of other bunk bed users, and additional options for making your way to the top bunk. No-one has yet developed an elevator for them, but one of the great access devices is a small staircase. There are miniature stairs to help small dogs climb up on furniture, why wouldn’t there be stairs for bunk beds? And actually, this serves more than one purpose and is an extremely space efficiency options.

Bunk beds with stairs are a great way to access the top bunk while also serving as a quality storage space. The stairs are frequently able to open into drawers where pajamas , sheets, etc. can be stored. In addition, it makes access to the top bunk safer and easier, which also expands the bunk bed user population, it might even entice the family dog up to the top bunk with you.. There are a variety of staircase designs for the bunk beds, and whatever the needs or aesthetic priorities are for you and your family, there is a model that will suit you. The possibilities with bunk beds are endless, and the options are limited only be individual space, or more appropriately creativity and design inspirations. Bunk beds are great for any room, including a spare or guest bedroom.

Outdoor Lighting for Your Garden and Yard

Posted by mandy on November 27th, 2010

Few people think about lighting when they begin planning a landscape project or any other exterior home improvement. They think about installing a deck, planting a garden, or redoing a walkway. Many forget to consider outdoor lighting until the very end of the project.

There are a variety of outdoor lighting systems available for gardens, yards, patios and even pools. They are related to the type and amount of power used. Conventional lighting is the most expensive option and may require a professional installer in order to ensure that the lights meet city safety requirements. These lights are much more susceptible to moisture and water, which severely limits where and how they can be installed.

Solar lights have become very popular in recent years. Their green factor combined with the elimination of the risk of electrocution make them attractive options — but only in climates with enough sunshine to generate the necessary power. These lights require more maintenance than conventional systems, though installation is much easier.

The best options seems to be low voltage systems. These combine the best of all worlds: lower installation costs, less maintenance required, and less expensive to run and safer than conventional lighting. It provides the most flexibility in where and how lights are installed and offers the added benefit of providing more illumination than solar lights.

Chose the Right Safe

Posted by mandy on November 19th, 2010

If you’re worried about the safety of your family, you will likely install a security system with alarms, motion-detection lighting and possibly even a neighborhood guard service. If you want to protect your money and valuables, you’ll probably want to take the additional step of buying a safe, installing tracking devices on your computers, and keeping a good, up-to-date inventory of all valuables.

The concept of buying a security safe seems simple enough, but the actual variety of models, sizes, and ratings on safes can make the process confusing. The best thing to do is to start by considering exactly what you need from the safe. Is it for documents and money or do you have a large amount of jewelry, heirlooms and other valuables? How big is the biggest thing you want to store in a safe? Do you have a spot picked out in your home for the safe and, if so, how large a safe will fit there? Are there alternative spots that may be more suitable? These types of questions will help you determine what type and size of safe you need.

You’ll also want to consider what you’re trying to protect your valuables from. Most people want to secure valuables from thieves, but safes are also rated for fire protection. How much protection from the elements, heat, water, and even the collapse of the building, do you need? Figuring out how much and what kind of protection you need is the other half of the equation. Once you know both, then you’ll know which is the right safe for you.

Planning a Pool

Posted by mandy on November 11th, 2010

Now that the long, hot Houston summer is over, it’s time to plan for next summer. For many people that means finally putting in that backyard pool. The idea of a pool that’s available any time the temperature and humidity gets too high is hard to resist. Home owners who are seriously considering installing a pool need to realize that now is the time to act. If they wait too long, there’s a good chance their pool won’t be ready for next summer.

The main problem is that demand is still high and Pool builders in Houston can only take on so many projects at a time. Since projects can take several months to complete, it’s important to choose a builder and get started right away. There will likely be a gap between the planning stage and the actual construction time, especially if the installer is one of the better, and therefore more popular, ones.

Before contacting a builder, it’s important to make some initial decisions about the pool. These include size, purpose, and location on the property. Home owners who are willing to do their research can also begin to look into different materials, pump systems and additional features they may want. Once they have their idea in mind, they need to get some estimates, choose a builder, and get their project scheduled — with any luck it will be ready before that first really hot day of 2011 comes around.

Avoiding Common Pool Building Mistakes

Posted by mandy on October 17th, 2010

Choosing from the plethora of Dallas swimming pool builders to find the right one to build your pool can seem like a minefield of mistakes. To keep the process from turning into a horror story, remember that a pool is a construction project. It’s not like buying a car or other major investment. These builders will be coming to your home and working for weeks, if not months to permanently alter your yard or home. If you follow these tips, you’ll have a better experience.

Don’t be afaid to ask questions. This is the number one mistake homeowners make. Thinking that the builder will know what’s best is a close second. Do your own research and ask lots of questions before hiring a builder. This includes asking for references and then actually contacting the references and asking them questions too.

Don’t shop by price. The lowest price is not automatically the best. You need to balance the time costs along with material costs. A more inexperienced builder or a sloppy one may make mistakes that end up costing you more in the long run. Look at the big picture as you would with any construction job.

Don’t look only at looks. While you want your pool and surrounding area to be aesthetically pleasing, remember to consider safety issues as well as the mechanics of plumbing, electricity, heating, and filtration for your pool. All these factors should trump what looks best.

Outdoor Built in Grills are Perfect for Entertaining

Posted by mandy on December 14th, 2009

Tim and Kyla were looking to remodel their backyard. Tim was extremely interested in building a large deck and adding some sports related equipment and accessories to the main yard area. Kyla was not opposed to this and even liked many of his ideas, however she was much more interested in establishing a nice kitchen and dining area into which she could invite guests for dinners and parties. The couple had originally planned to add these new elements on an item by item and theme by them basis, though as they were making their plans they quickly realized that they were going to end up with a complete overhaul of the backyard and decided it was best to have their full design elements completed before beginning.

Ultimately it took the couple two months to create all of their plans and decide on what all they would like to include. Kyla was thrilled that Tim agreed not only to add the kitchen appliances such as the counter area that would include a popular model of the built in gas grills but also to include a nice dining area with a built in fireplace for both ambiance and adding warmth to a cool spring evening.

After six months their entire backyard was finished and they were ready to host their first dinner party for friends. They decided to make it rather informal and cooked barbeque chicken breasts with potato salad and fruit. They had a small fire going which created a great atmosphere and after eating they planned to have a croquet tournament, which was one of the sports elements Tim thought would be most fitting for their area. They had both wine and beer and a strawberry cheesecake for desert. Ultimately the party was a huge success and everyone had a great time. This was just the first of what would become an ongoing event. And it was only the tip of the iceberg on activities that would occur in their new backyard paradise.

Heat Us Up Stove

Posted by mandy on December 7th, 2009

Have you been looking for a new stove for you cabin in the woods. There are so many heating stoves to see. If your going to put it in the get away cabin up north do you want it to be a new modern style or and old classic vintage style. it is really fun to look through all the history of stoves and see the designs and ideas that made them morph into what they are today. Every country has their version of a stove so unique to its local heritage. Who were some of the inventors of these progressing stoves?

Benjamin Franklin was a contributor of the American twist on the stove. He created the iron furnace stove which many call the Franklin Stove but he called the Pennsylvania Stove. The first kerosene stove was designed by Frans Wilhelm Lindqvist. Finally a soot free option was available. Coal stoves came around in 1833 with Jordan Mott’s design ideas. This stove had good ventilation so that the coal would burn more efficiently. The British contributed with the first gas stove. Patented and idea holder James Sharp us the first gas stove which hit the market in 1826. Then there came the big Carpenter Electric Manufacturing Co with the first invention of the electric stove in 1891. William Hadaway was the first person to get the patent on the electric stove in June of 1896. Mr Hadaway was a real inventor. He came up with the first toaster as well. Westinghouse made the horizontal toaster.

The industrial revolution gas us all even more stoves. By the 1920 most people had gas stoves in there homes. They had top burners and deep ovens. By the 1930s the electric stoves were giving the gas stoves a run for their money. It took a while for the electric stoves to compete with gas because they were available in the 1890s. Now we can just pop a quick dinner into the microwave oven and hit start.

Benjamin Franklin and the Cast Iron Stove

Posted by mandy on December 1st, 2009

While the hearth and fireplace has been with us for tens of thousands of years, it took one man to make a major improvement in this simple technology — two hundred and sixty seven years ago, in 1742, Benjamin Franklin, in a life noted for a veritable inventing spree, created in addition to bifocals, the public library, and the use of electricity, the reinvention of the fireplace.  Of course, I’m talking about the cast iron stove.  He called it the Pennsylvania Fireplace, and today we know it, more simply, as the Franklin Stove.

In Franklin’s time, the fireplace was a dangerous thing, using a lot of wood and wasting a lot of heat.  The Franklin Stove allowed people to cook and warm their homes with a little less danger and with less wood.  The cast iron stove looks like a fireplace but it contains metal baffles and this increases its heating efficiency to such a degree that it has been used now to warm homes and farm houses for over two hundred and fifty years!

Here are some of the highlights of this amazing device.  Two years after he invented the stove, he wrote a pamphlet titled, “An Account of the New-Invented Pennsylvania Fireplaces.”  Then, in 1744, twenty-eight years later, a man named David Rittenhouse made the first real improvement to the stove: He added the L-shaped chimney.  By 1790, the stove was considered a vital part of America.  In 1895, the design was adjusted again, adding a flue damper you could adjust as well as a slanted fireback.  In 1800, several manufacturers strove to improve the design, making the stove even more popular.

The state’s governor offered Franklin a patent, which would provide Franklin with the sole right to make and sell the stoves.  Franklin turned down the patent, believing, as he said, that the appreciation of his invention was better than financial reward — a selfless act that would one would find hard to replicate here in the 21st Century.

The All-Natural Sleep Aid: The Hot Tub Nightly Soak

Posted by mandy on September 28th, 2009

Studies conducted throughout the country reveal that many people, over one million of those living in the United States alone, experience some form of sleep disorder.   This can change over one’s life time depending on current situations one may be going through at any given time, the amount of work and/or stress one is dealing with at a particular moment in their life.  These studies have also shown that when one takes the time to organize their schedule, to create a nightly routine one will find it easier to fall asleep.

One addition to the nightly rituals that would prove helpful is to incorporate a brief soak each night in a warm bath,spa or hot tub into that routine.  At, one will find that there are so many different kinds of hot tubs to choose from, and there will be one that is perfect for each individuals needs.  One of the theories behind this is that while the heat of the water will cause the body temperature to rise while in the tub, when one gets out of the hot water the body temperature will then begin to fall.

This is an indication to the body that sleep is near.  Another aspect, and one that is great for sore and achy muscles, is the buoyancy that is experienced while floating amongst the bubbles relaxes the body enough to bring the relaxation necessary for sleep to be easily attained.  Combine those two factors that the hot tubs simply relax one and relieve stress, and sleep will be found quicker than one may realize.

The natural aspect of this kind of sleep therapy, is what draws many people to giving the hot tub a try.  Sleep medications may have ill effects on some people.  Another “sleep aid” some may use is a couple of drinks before bed.  Not only does alcohol serve to interrupt good sleep during the night, one should never combine alcohol and hot tubs.  Many people claim that in soaking before bed, they slept soundly throughout the night, for the first time in months, and for some people the first time in years.  It’s the natural remedy that is well worth a try.

Hot Tub Selection

Posted by mandy on September 25th, 2009

Wow, I can not believe all the different hot tubs styles and sizes available in the market place today! Stationary lap / hot tub pools, one, two , three, four and more person hot tubs. All the different jet types available and on and on it goes.

I am looking into a hot tub because of the benefits of hydrotherapy. The deeply relaxing experience of soaking in hot swirling water. The release of muscle tensions from the massaging action of the water jets on the body. The improved blood circulation due to the dilating effects of the hot water on the vascular system. The improved nights sleep from relaxing in the hot tub before retiring to bed. All this and more are the reasons I am looking into getting a hot tub installed at home. I am hoping the hot tub can provide relief from the occasional head aches I have been having later and release the muscle tension as well as sooth my over worked muscles when I hit it too hard at the gym. In researching the benefits of hydrotherapy all this and more should be the net benefit to having regular use of the hot tub.

Placement and landscaping will be key to this project as well. I don’t want it to look like the tub was just set there, I need it to be placed in an appropriate location and then landscaped with plants and flowers giving it the look of having been there for sometime, not just dropped there yesterday. With careful planning this will not be very difficult. A low platform build around the side of it with pots of plants will help to get the hot tub blending into the existing landscape. Then planting low growing shrubs on the far side will provide the necessary screening and privacy we will want.

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