• Fencing Fact Sheet: Aluminum and Steel

    Updated: Sat, Nov 29, 2014

    Aluminum and steel are two metals commonly used as fencing materials. While both are attractive and long-lasting, there are some significant differences between the two. Read up on the facts about aluminum and steel fences to see which one is the right choice for enclosing your property. Aluminum Fences 1. Aluminum is one of the most corrosion-resistant metals. It will never rust, crack, peel, or bubble. Not only does aluminum stand up to the moisture generated by rain, snow, and lawn sprinklers, it is not affected by lawn chemicals or salty beachfront air. 2. Aluminum is malleable, meaning it can readily be shaped into decorative designs. 3. Aluminum fences can be welded, rather than screwed or bolted, for strong

  • Fabulous, Functional Cabinet and Drawer Design

    Updated: Thu, Nov 27, 2014

    Today's kitchens are more fabulous-looking and functional than ever. And well they should be, since they're the room where families spend a large number of their waking at-home hours. New trends in kitchen cabinetry, reflecting current usage patterns, emphasize organization, universal access, and an outstandingly attractive appearance. Here are some of the latest cabinet and drawer designs. Organization The cluttered countertops of yesteryear are as out of date as dress-for-success shoulder pads. In the 21st century's fast-paced lifestyle, organization is key, and kitchen cabinet fashions duly reflect this mindset. Think ingenious features that are tucked out of sight but can be accessed in a jiffy, such as an up-to-date appl

  • Decorative Concrete Finishes: a Picture Glossary

    Updated: Tue, Nov 25, 2014

    Concrete is not just for sidewalks these days. In fact, with the development of special decorative techniques, concrete is revolutionizing home decor. This durable and affordable substance can be used for a multitude of applications indoors and out. Strikingly handsome concrete patios, pool surrounds, garden paths, flooring, walls, and even kitchen or bathroom countertops show off just how versatile concrete can be. Here is a glossary explaining the most popular finishes used to create decorative concrete. Acid stained -- treated with permanent, durable color, usually in earthy shades like greens or browns. A solution of inorganic salts, acid, and water is applied to poured and cured concrete. The resultant translucent stain gives

  • Know Your HVAC System Components and How They Work

    Updated: Sun, Nov 23, 2014

    An efficient HVAC system is important to the comfort of your family throughout the seasons of the year, because this climate control device is responsible for Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning your home. Learn the basic facts about essential components of your HVAC system andfind out the role each one plays in keeping the household and its members warm in winter and cool in summer. 1. Thermostat. The thermostat is usually the most visible part of your HVAC system. Set on a prominent, easily accessible wall, it may be either programmed in advance or set manually to keep the home at a desired temperature.