Home Improvement Resources (02)
Working with Contractors
Get the basics for hiring contractors in ten simple tips. Then click to general consumer information on forced-air heating and cooling, home ventilation, log furniture, basement finishing and porch swings. For details on upkeep of property, read about building a waterfall, planting a vegetable garden or view the listing of used snow blowers, lawn mowers, tillers and cultivators for sale. Details on home financing and insurance rounds out the facts relevant in the universe of a homeowner made available through this site.
Fountains are Definitely Part of Hardscaping
You may have heard of landscaping, but are you familiar with the term hardscaping? In a nutshell, hardscaping refers to features other than flower beds that can make your outdoor living space attractive. It can include a patio or deck, a walkway, a gazebo, or a decorative screen. Outdoor fountains, ponds, and waterfalls also add interest to your backyard, since people are drawn to this type of feature and find being around them to be very relaxing. Why not add a barbecue pit or a grill while you are at it? Food cooked outside always seems to taste better than what you prepare inside!
National Association of the Remodeling Industry
Under the "Home Owners" tab of this official site of the NARI are basic tips for selecting a professional, finding a contractor, recognizing warning signs, and distinguishing between the different type of design professionals. Along with general remodeling tips and answers to commonly asked questions, users will find articles on contracts, on how to protect yourself legally and on how to live through remodeling with tips for managing the expenses. Links to two key environmental Web sites, Energy Star and Lead-Free, help to encourage health safety as well energy-conscious decision-making.
Fashioning a Backyard Fire Pit
A backyard fire pit is a natural gathering place when you are entertaining family and friends in your back yard. This informative site covers the basics you need to know about installing a fire pit in your back yard. You will also find suggestions to keep in mind when cooking over your fire pit. Download a free rotisserie cooking chart so that you have this helpful information ready when you decide to use your fire pit as a barbeque.
Home Building Directory Points Consumers Toward Home Building, Home Improvement Contractors
From BuilderCentral.com offers a directory of home improvement and building links on architecture, builders by region, cabinetry, concrete, consulting, conveying systems, doors and windows, electrical, engineering, finishes, coverings, inspection services, masonry, metals, sitework, special construction and more.