Indoor Flooring Idea: Brick

Got Dirty Floors?

Have you been looking around your house and thought that your floors look dingy? Is your carpet pulling up or your vinyl peeling? Do you have cracks or chips in your tile? These can all be issues with floors, especially if you have a household that is hard on them. You know what kind of floors that you don’t often hear about these issues with? Brick flooring. [Read more...]

Highlight of the International Contemporary Furniture Fair

Half a Decade of Innovations!

This year’s International Contemporary Furniture Fair was held on May 18-21 at the Jacob K. Javits Center in New York City, NY. It was a large multi-industry event that proved to be as lucrative for the tile industry as it was for the kitchen, home furnishings, and bathroom specialists that attended as it was for the thousands of attendees to the event. This was the 5th year of the event and for the 5th year the Italian Trade Commission was present to show the new fashions and trends in tile flooring available from Italy. This event showcases some of the newest styles and designs available for the upcoming year and what can be seen at this convention are usually new designs that will be seen entering the market for the next few years. [Read more...]

Do It Yourself Countertop Resurfacing

Countertops Looking Old and Worn?

Resurfacing countertops is a project many of us must consider at some time or another. Our countertops have deteriorated to a state that makes them unsightly, pitted, dull, or simply impossible to keep sanitary. Or we just want to change the appeal of the countertops. It becomes a popular DIY project because it is relatively simple, once you get the feel for how to do it, and resurfacing can make quite a difference in the overall aesthetics of the room once the job is complete. You can do this project yourself with the right tools and know-how. [Read more...]

Garden Water Fountains Will Make Your Garden into a Zen Paradise!

A Place of Peace

Take yourself to a tranquil place. Birds singing, green foliage and brightly hued flowers, softly babbling streams. The sunlight is warm on your face and the grass is lush beneath your toes. A peaceful paradise.

The goal of any garden is to be that tranquil place, quietly growing life and beauty and possibly even beautifully growing delicious foods for you and your family. It’s a place to escape the hustle and bustle of city life both through peaceful relaxation and the sweat of hard, honest work. [Read more...]

Introduction to Countertop Resurfacing

Countertop resurfacing is a better option than just replacing your countertops

Countertop resurfacing is how one repairs or restores the kitchen or bathroom counters that they already have in order to extend the functionality of the countertop. The reason this is helpful is because resurfacing is always going to be less expensive than replacement. [Read more...]

Hardwood flooring = Elegance and luxury

Improvement That Will Last

An element of home improvement which should not be overlooked is refinishing your hard wood flooring. Yes, it’s true, there is a lot to focus on every day but if your hard floor is damaged or aged, it can really take the overall look of the house down a notch. This can be a problem when trying to sell the home or can simply be an eyesore to look at. Either way, there are options that you can do to resurface and replenish the look of the wood. Unlike carpet, hardwood can be easily restored and even the most worn of hard wood often will have a better look than shabby carpeting! It truly is a long term investment for your home.

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Why worry grout repair?

Don’t Neglect the Small Things!

Grout repair technicians help to prevent small problems when they are small to prevent larger problems in the future by fixing missing grout, as well as removing or replacing cracked tiles. Instead of ignoring the aesthetic issues in your bathroom or kitchen, you can easily reach a specialist to give you a free estimate for grout repairs in tile and in stone.

Much of the time, a professional can complete the job in one day so that you can get back to using your bathroom or kitchen, front porch or back deck, right away!

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Landscape Maintenance increases Property Value

Want to Effectively Increase the Value of Your Home?

When you are attempting to increase the resale value of your home, you should consider landscape maintenance. You would be amazed to learn the value of a simple back yard pond or even a fountain.

 

If you were to go with a Japanese themed meditation rock garden, you could add thousands to the value of your home when you are ready to sell. Any amount of landscaping can on average increase the value of your property by up to 20% which is substantial if you think about how easy and even pleasant landscaping is.

 

Bring the Peace of Gardening to your home

Landscaping professionals specialize in working with customer to help you with whatever design you have in mind. They are flexible and very capable.

 

There are numerous benefits which are not associated with money. Consider the peace of mind you will acquire from a nice, landscaped lawn. You could have summer gatherings, barbeques and other parties or celebrations.

 

  • You could be the envy of your friends and neighbors. In addition, a properly and professionally landscaped home can help to reduce stress. If you have enough trees or bushes in your lawn it can also help lower temperatures during warm seasons.

 

  • When you have a properly maintained lawn, full time services are likely going to be essential. Not just for the initial installation or design, but also to maintain any kind of plant life so that it doesn’t die if it’s too hot.

 

  • You need someone to handle the trimming, the watering as well as the weeding. Professional landscapers will need to be equipped with an understanding of soil types and what needs to be done in your particular climate.

 

Are you hoping to find the right professional to help install that fantastic bird feeder water fall that you have always wanted? No problem. Our professionals can offer assistance no matter if the job is big or small. And apart from fixing current issues, landscaping maintenance technicians can help set you up with a maintenance program where you pay a certain amount either monthly or even yearly to preserve the integrity of your original design.

 

Need to Hire A Professional?

When you hire quality landscaping services through ThisHandyMan.com you can trust that you will find resources available to help keep your landscape maintained as well as beautiful, new and refreshing!

Deck staining is Good Medicine for your floors

Looking to Have Your Floors Stained?

When you hire a professional to stain your floors you create a sealant that is going to keep your floors strong for years to come. In addition, the color and texture of your wood, from cherry to oak is going pop out and be more beautiful than ever before.

 

Don’t neglect your deck!

 

Having a deck expands your living area so that you have somewhere to go in the summer for your family and friends. Because they are so important to everyday living, it is crucial to take good care of them to make it possible for them to live for many years.

 

Because of their normally long shelf life, and because most decks are made of wood, they can easily become worse for wear as a result of constant weather exposure. If your deck isn’t properly stained it could begin to mildew, warp or even crack which could make it dangerous if you aren’t careful.

 

Keep moisture in check

Deck staining is the best solution to keep the moisture out of your deck and make it long lasting. To keep your deck strong so that you can enjoy it for year, you should make sure to have a professional not only install it, but maintain the proper staining throughout the years.

 

Deck cleaning, is also very important and even if you just hire a professional to come out once a year to handle the deck water proofing, staining and cleaning, you are going to be doing well by your deck and your family will thank you!

 

Need Professional Help Today?

To find a professional in your area click on ThisHandyMan.com site to find a professional that you can trust. The best way to get started is to click on the link to the left and enter in the job specifications for your deck.

 

Colorado, Iowa, and Oregon first to Tax for Water Drainage from Property

New Developments Around the Nation

Heads up those of you in Colorado, Iowa, and Oregon! You may be seeing a tax increase that is quite large and the reason may shock you. Adams County is one of the first that is going to be tacking on a water drainage fee that essentially charges you for run off from storm water. They are calling it run-off fee, which is going to reflect an increase in rates by 0.00167 per square foot of your home or office building that you own. Each individual will be charged for the footage of “imperviousness” property owned. While Adams County is the first to enact this fee, more counties across Colorado are likely to see this fee coming in the next few years. Now is the time to invest in better water drainage solutions for your property!

While you will be assessed the fee based on your own property size, water drainage solutions are a way to cut down on the costs that can be accrued when the government steps in and charges you. If you can show that you have made improvements on the property to cut down on the water run-off then you can help the state to comply with federal water regulations and be in line for credits at tax time.

Iowa and Oregon are also seeing counties that are beginning to charge for water run-off. While surface water run-off has been a taxable act since the Public Act 40 of 1956, most counties across the nation have not seen increases in these government fees in over 20 years.

Some states with more water drainage issues, such as those with high water tables and swamp like conditions have always had to pay their share to counteract additional water drainage in their living areas, federal mandates are causing more and more states to push on a county basis to foot the bill. Chances are because this is prompted by the federal EPA mandate, the Clean Water Act that many other counties across the nation are going to see run-off taxes to help cut costs to county coffers. Take steps now to protect yourself and save some money by talking to a water drainage specialist today. Consider lawn sprinkler designs that can reuse the water that drains from the lawn or low water designs such as rockscaping. Environmentally friendly solutions are available and there are a number of water drainage specialists standing by to discuss your best options for your home today.

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