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DIY Fire Pits
By: Admin    June 27 2018 , 08:00 am
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Category: Hardscape , DIY
Gathering around an outdoor fire is a summer essential. How else can you roast marshmallows, enjoy s’mores, and tell great ghost stories? If buying a fire pit is not in your budget, try making one yourself! DIY fire pits can range from just the basics, to incorporating pricier add-ons. The best part is that you can be in complete control of the process, customizing it to your desires and budget. Getting Started The first step to building your fire pit is gathering your supplies. For a basic fire pit, you will need stones to build around your fire, lava rock, a shovel, and a level. If you are looking for the most inexpensive fire pit, you can potentially gather and use large river stones. Otherwise, visit your local hardware store. After getting your supplies, use your stones to make a circle or square into the desired size of your pit. Use your shovel to mark the ground....
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Choosing Between a Wood Stove and a Fireplace
By: Admin    March 23 2018 , 05:28 pm
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Category: Home , Ideas
Wood-Burning Stoves vs. FireplacesWinter is a perfect time to get a crackling fire going in your house. But is it better to have a fireplace or a wood stove to warm your home? Here are some comparisons to help you decide! Aesthetic BeautyThe way a fireplace or a wood-burning stove looks can be a huge decision-making factor for a homeowner.Nothing says “cozy” as successfully as a warm crackling fire in the winter time. Most people love fireplaces for their aesthetic charm – and of course, being able to have a decorated mantel above a fireplace is a beloved Christmas tradition! Here are a few beautiful fireplaces:This eye-catching stone fireplaceThis fireplace mantel all decorated for ChristmasAn ornate mantel on displayWood burning stoves tend to be bulky and awkward-looking, although with the right elements they can be stylish additions to a home. Here are some ideas for a wood stove from Pi...
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Choosing the Perfect Christmas Tree
By: Admin    December 05 2017 , 03:28 pm
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Category: Seasons , DIY
How Lovely Are Your Branches...Choosing and cutting a live Christmas tree is a beautiful holiday tradition for many families across the world. Here is a helpful guide to help you find the perfect tree and get the best out of this tradition!Selecting Your TreeIt is important to have a few ideas of what you are looking for before heading to the Christmas tree farm. Consider basic measurements, such as how much space the Christmas tree room in your home will accommodate and how high your ceiling is. Taking into account the assortment and number of ornaments you have is helpful as well. Do you have just a few, light ornaments, or many heavy ones? Have these questions answered to make choosing your tree a smooth and stream-lined process.Many cut-your-own Christmas tree farms are far-removed from urban areas, so you might need to be prepared for a longer drive into the countryside. This is a great ...
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A Guide to Wood Flooring
By: Admin    October 17 2017 , 04:29 pm
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A Guide to Wood FlooringHardwood floors are rustic, timeless, and aesthetically pleasing; this explains why homeowners seek out houses that possess this classic wood style. Whether you currently own a home with hardwood floors, or are looking into a wood floor installation here is an instructive guide.Types of Wood FloorsThere are three different types of wood floors: laminate, engineered, and solid wood.Laminate: Invented in 1977, it has come a long way from its Swedish beginnings. Initially the poor man’s floor, laminate now has a better appearance and performance, making these floors widely recognized and used. Laminate is the layering of material (usually fiberboard) with a top layer of a wooden board and stain. Although not real wood, laminate is the most inexpensive “wood” floor and great for those on a budget and still in want of a pleasing look.Engineered: Not quite the real deal, but a s...
Tag: indoors , wood , design
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How Robotics are Aiding Growth in the Green Industry
By: Admin    October 17 2017 , 02:40 pm
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Agricultural Aid from… Robots?Robotics offer promising new innovations that are making waves in agriculture and landscaping industries. Farmers and greenhouse owners are using robotic innovations to help with labor shortages, maximize production, and save money. Take a look at popular crowd founding websites for a glimpse at what the future holds.Picking and Harvesting ProduceThese robots use vacuums to pick apples, and are able to gently remove them from trees in large quantities.A firm called Abundant Robotics is building a robotic apple picker with the help of a $10 million investment from GV (formerly Google Ventures). Here is a YouTube video showing their robot vacuuming apples off trees.In an article for Tech Crunch, CEO Dan Steere explained: “It’s very difficult to locate fruit that’s ready to be picked within a canopy and then retrieve it without turning it into apple sauce.” Yet, tha...
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