Category: Moda

My Backyard is As Gorgeous As the View Now

I have a gorgeous view from my back porch. I don’t see any houses at all. What I do see is a nice mountain range in the far distance, with fields closer to me. I suppose I could be content with just seeing that, but I wanted to see some of the beauty in my own yard. I have a pretty large back yard, but I had never done anything with it because I don’t have a green thumb at all. I decided to contact a North York landscaping company to see if they could give me some ideas as well as a quote.

When the gentleman came out, the view is the first thing that caught his attention too. He understood why I wanted my yard to look nice, and he told me that there were so many ways we could go with it. If I wanted to just have flowers, bushes and trees, he could design something with that in mind. He told me that we did not have to limit ourselves to just that though. He could incorporate a new patio, retaining walls, paths and much more into it as well. Read more… »

Sticky post Needed Help with a Refrigerator Issue

Our refrigerator went out recently, at the most inopportune time, an incident that required us to seek out major appliance repair in Sacramento. In most circumstances, this issue wouldn’t have been too much of a problem. It’s just me and my husband and we keep surprisingly little in the refrigerator. Nothing that couldn’t be easily replace, that is, until recently. We had a church dinner to go to and I’d made mountains of special sandwiches that were currently sitting in a rapidly warming refrigerator. Of course they had mayo and mustard on them so you know that was going to go bad quickly.

While my husband called the company we found online, I moved the sandwiches to the sink and tried to surround them with ice and towels in order to make sure no one was going to get sick eating these darn things later. It was a special dinner and we’d assumed the food detail so skipping out with a lame excuse wasn’t going to cut it. We had to get the refrigerator in working order so the sandwiches could keep overnight. We called the company and prayed they would have an available service tech who could make this situation right.

Not only did they have someone available, he showed up in a jiffy and got right to work. He laughed when I offered him a plate of sandwiches and said we would have them back in the refrigerator shortly. I thought we’d need to buy a new one but what happened is a short in a control panel. He had the part in his truck as it was apparently a common problem with this brand, and in no time at all he had the machine up and running. He did such a good job and was so friendly that I know I’ll be calling these people first with any future issues.

Everything Looks Great on Our Home Now

Sprucing up our home’s exterior is something my wife and I have wanted to do for about 20 years. When we first moved into our place, it looked nice enough. We had big plans to make it better, but that did not come about because we had so much going on. But a new roof, paint job and some coloured gutters have really made us proud of our home. We both wish we would have done this long ago.

My wife has always been the one who spruced things up indoors. And because we are both really thrifty and do not like to buy things at full cost, she was able to do this relatively cheaply by getting things at thrift stores or at yard sales She has even dragged me a long to an estate sale or two. Lots of women finding good deals there, and you can easily see a husband or two who stand around finding some goodies, too. Read more… »

Getting This Done Really Saved Me Lots of Time

Tired of working harder year, I decided to make some changes in the way that I took care of our house. This meant that I needed to be proactive. One really great help was to put a gutter guard up all around our home. Ten years ago, I would have wondered if that was something that was really necessary, but now that I have one, I realize that I spent a lot of hours of unnecessary cleaning, when I could have stopped that from needing to be done in the first place.

When I say that I had to be proactive, this means that I stopped just working hard around he house, and put in some helper products that would minimize or eliminate home maintenance issues. I used to spend at least one full weekend per year going around my house by myself to clean out the gutters. The, I had to spend a shorter amount of maintenance time on them every four months or so. Every four months, I would spend a little over a half of a day getting out all the debris that had shown up because of storms or wind. It really was not something that I looked forward to doing, but it had to be done.

Now that I have a guard that has been installed, it keeps out about 95% or more of all the things that used to collect and fill up all the drains and gutters. I would say that maybe once per year I go up on top of my roof and do a little surveillance to make sure everything is okay, but that’s about it. And so far, everything has looked great with minimal maintenance time on my part. This is one of those things that you wonder how you ever lived without it previously.

New Door Looks Like Real Wood but Insulates Better

We reshingled the porch roof and replaced the wooden deck of the front porch. It looked out of place with our old steel door that had been painted a dozen times. We wanted a new wooden entry door, but we were concerned about its insulative capacity. We decided to get a fiberglass door that looks just like wood, but is a much better insulator for the cold Montana winters. We found one at a place that deals in entry doors in Billings, Montana. They have pretty much anything you might want for a front door on any house. You can get basic ones to those fancy models that are about a big as a wall once they are installed.

We did not need the big double doors with the side windows. We just needed a nice woodgrain look door with a decorative oval glass center. Read more… »

Sticky post I Wanted Plantation Shutters in My Bathroom

I like to spend my time looking at different sites on the Internet that deal with houses. Whether it is new flooring or windows, furniture or housewares, or something else, I just like looking at different sites to get ideas for my own house. When I saw some bi-fold track plantation shutters, I immediately fell in love with them. Normally, I just look and dream, but I knew that I was going to do my best to make this a reality. The picture I saw was of a bathroom with a large garden tub surrounded on three sides.

One wall was blank, another wall had block tile, and the third was a large window. I have a garden tub that is in a similar setting, but I just had curtains and blinds for the single window. Read more… »

Helping Dad with His Lawn Work

My dad had a stroke last year. While it was a significant health crisis at the time, he has nearly recuperated from it. We thought we may need to put him in a nursing facility at least for a short period of time, but he and my mom both insisted that he go home to recuperate. There were a lot of things he was not able to do, but we filled in for everything but his yard work. That has always been his pride and joy, which is why we hired Emerald Lawn Care Inc to help us with taking care of it.

My neighbor uses their service, and her yard is absolutely gorgeous. Read more… »

Reliant Energy is the Only Choice for Energy

I knew that I was going to go with Reliant Energy in Waco when I purchased a house there, mainly because it was the company that has always provided my folks with their energy needs when I was growing up. There is something comforting about sticking with companies that provide good service at a great price. I wanted to find out a few things about them though, and I was able to do that on a website that details the history and practices of all the different utility companies that provide energy to households in Texas.

I knew that Reliant Energy had been around for a long time, but I wanted to learn a little bit more about their history. When they first started, they were the only company that lit up Houston. They were the first energy company in the area, and they only charged citizens three dollars every month for this luxury. They have made a lot of strides since then, particularly in the green market. Read more… »

Having Radon Detection Done Could Save Your Life

You know how they say carbon monoxide (CO) is odorless, colorless and tasteless but is a gas that can kill you? I’m sure you have heard of it. You may know of someone who died from exposure to it. It happens a lot when the cool season starts and furnaces come back on. CO can kill you quick at low levels of exposure. However, another odorless, tasteless and colorless gas may be in your house. One that may kill you slower through lung cancer or other cancers. It is radon gas. And radon detection kits are made to help you discover if it is present in your home.

It gathers in the lowest parts of the house. Basements are the place where it accumulates and gets trapped. Crawlspaces too. If there is plenty of ventilation with adequate air movement, it may not be detectable even if it is seeping up from the ground. It is the radioactive decay of rocks that exist under your house. Read more… »

Finding the Right Machine for My House

With a house full of pets, it is important to keep things extremely clean. You would think that it would not be all that hard to clean up after a lot of dogs and cats, but I have to continually clean to keep things as perfect as I want them. I decided to delve into some robot vacuum cleaner reviews that I found online after getting frustrating with my current house cleaning products and equipment not getting up all the hair as they should. My quest was to find out if the newer robot products could do a better job or not.

I found numerous people stating that the price is very much worth it for the amount of time that you will save not needing to push a vacuum around yourself. That made perfect sense to me considering that it takes me over an hour to go over every inch of our home in the hopes of getting most debris and allergens picked up. Read more… »

My Condo Has Never Been This Clean

When my work increased from 40 hours a week to 60, I knew that it was going to pay off in the long run for me. I did not get stressed out from having to work more hours each day as well as one of my days off because I had a promotion I was striving for. Instead, I changed other things in my life so I could still fit everything in. I am a neat freak, so the first thing I did was do an online search for Tampa cleaning services.

I knew I would be too tired coming home every night to do what was necessary at my condo as far as housecleaning goes. I usually dedicate one day a week to the heavy cleaning, but I still do things on a daily basis as well. That was the first thing I wanted to make sure I had covered because I did not want to live in a dirty condo. People may not realize but rooms need cleaned every single day. That is why I wanted a company that was going to take cleaning as seriously as I do. Read more… »

Great Remodeling for Kitchens in Chicago

I do not like my kitchen right now. It is too small, and it is not conducive to getting things done. Plus some of the appliances are pretty old. One of the coils for the electric stove actually snapped the other day and shot up and punctured the bottom of my kettle I use for coffee. It was freaking crazy, and i am glad that I was not hurt. I am looking for a Chicago kitchen remodeling because I am ready to have a better kitchen.

Cooking is a big part of my life, and it hard to really enjoy cooking when you do not enjoy the kitchen that you are cooking in. There are a lot of improvements that could be made in order to make it a lot easier to cook in here. One of the things that I want is to have a commercial deep fryer installed into an island in the middle of the kitchen.

I am thinking that we need to knock down a wall in order to make the kitchen larger in overall size. That would give me more room to work, and one of the things that I need in particular is more room on the counters. Counter room is very valuable in my kitchen, and right now there is far too little of it. I also want to get one of those infrared stoves. They look like they work better than the traditional electric stoves. If not the infrared, then I would like to get a gas stove. Those are fun and I have a good bit of experience with cooking on gas stoves as well. I am not sure on the appliances yet, but that is one of the main things that is going to have to change in the process of getting this remodeling job taken care of.

Moving Down to Texas Next Month

I have my stuff all packed up pretty much and I have started to plan the big move down to San Antonio. Of course these efforts are going to be a strain on my relationship with my current girlfriend, but there is not a lot that can be done to solve that. In fact it is not as though the deal was going that smoothly to start with. So it is not as though I am going to be all that downhearted if it does fall apart on me. It was not as though we were going to last forever at any rate. She is not really all that easy to get along with and she seems to expect me to give her more than I am able to give her. Read more… »

Started Spending My Tax Refund Money Already

I have been thinking about what to do when I get the tax refund back, which should be any day now. I got it in early and I am going to be getting a pretty nice one back. I already talked this Barrington driveway contractor about getting something done. I want to put up a shed like thing for the RV. Of course there is no real need to pave every thing, but I want to set down a pad that is a lot bigger than the footprint of the RV. Read more… »

Making My Patio Look Much Nicer

I thought I would be able to make the pavers on my patio look better on my own, but I found out that I took on more than I could handle on my own. I thought a bit of elbow grease would have them looking nice, but I spent hours and could not really see a difference, and that was just on one small section of the patio! That is when I knew that I needed to look into a paver cleaning service company. I knew that I could just let it go, but I was tired of looking at a drab patio.

I had no idea who to contact for this, so I simply did a search for paver cleaning services on my favorite search engine. Read more… »

Thinking About Getting Some Stuff for the House

So I have been thinking about this for a while and I think I am going to switch to satellite for a couple of reasons. The big one is that I have a little camper and I can put a little TV on it pretty easily. The simple fact is that you can get two satellite dishes and take one of them any place you want. I am also thinking that I can use it with home security systems. Of course the theory is going to be that you have however many receivers in your house. I have five TV sets in my house now for example. Read more… »

We Had Bees Living in the Wall of Our House and Getting Inside

We had bees that took up residence in the exterior wall of our home. They were finding their way inside through some small hole or space we could not locate. They were not aggressive, but they would sting if touched. My mother, who lives with us, had one get in the blankets of her bed and it stung her. I could see the tiny hole outside at the top of the wall where the roof overhang is where they were coming and going. I called Fox Valley Environmental Pest Control to help. They sent out an exterminator that morning.

He used a tiny puff of powder from a little bottle to treat the hive. Read more… »

You Did a Great Job

I did a Google search for water damage in Valencia after we had water damage from a storm last year. I guess you never really can plan for damage to your home after a storm, but having someone to fix it right away really helped us move past the scary storm.When I was young I lived in an area where there was a lot of severe storms and I would always be scared during those storms, so my parents tried to make it a game for me and my brother when the storms would come. We would all go down to the basement and my mom would say it was to play together. I knew it was because it was the safest part of the house to be in during a thunder storm. My brother and I had so much fun because we would eat cereal and play board games with my parents. Read more… »

Had to Get the Basement Dried Out?

I remembered what we did when I was a kid. One time we got a hurricane that stalled out over our area of North Carolina and after a bit there was no place for the water to go. The ground was completely saturated and so it started to come in to the basement. We got this guy who had a steam cleaning company to come and suck it all up. I had to look up this guy called PhD in Clean and he came by to vacuum up all of the water. In this case a water main broke at some time during the night. Unfortunately for us the storm drain got stopped up by a bunch of trash and after that it started to run into our yard and into the basement. That was just bad luck for us, but it was the way that it was and it was not all that bad.

We had to throw away a few things. There was a lot of stuff down there that we could not save, but none of it was all that big of a deal. Read more… »

Doing a Big Renovation Job

Ian and I bought this old house last summer. We rented it out for a littlewhile. It is about a half of a mile from the campus of UCLA and so it is pretty easy to rent the rooms to college students. They were a great big pain to deal with though. I was young and irresponsible once, so it was not a big surprise to me. We started the renovation after they all moved out. I had to make sure that Los Angeles Shutters had the stuff that I needed, because it was not sure that they would have this sort of stuff. It was an odd house, about seven decades old and it has been renovated before. Read more… »

Tips on How To Select The Best Portland Remodel Company

Achieving the look and feel of you home require use of professional remodeling company. In Portland, the demand of a Portland Remodel Company like is quite high. Because there are many contractors offering remodeling services, it may be tricky or difficult to select the best contractor. If you are looking forward to refurbish you home, here are tips on how to select the best Portland remodel company.

Contractors Portland OregonMake a budget.

Making budget is the first step in determining the best contractor. Obviously, you will work with a contractor who will work with your budget. The quality of work should never be undermined.


Contractor’s competence is a basic factor that you need to consider. Always go for a qualified and experienced contractor. Company that has been handling projects similar to your work will not be intimidated by your project. Understand that even junior contractor may claim to be experienced. Thus you need to do a lot of research before hiring remodeling company.


Hiring a company without negotiating on price can cause a lot of disappointment. Before job commencement, ask for a written contract. If a company cannot provide a written contract, always avoid them. In addition, use a company liability and compensation coverage.


Always work with a company that listens to you. You are very important to them and thus you have every right to be listened. Don’t waste your time with a company that is not ready to take your opinion. Good Portland remodeling company should offer enough attention to their client. Advisably, use a company that is ready to visit you property, advice you on what needs to be done and also do free estimate.


Use a company that is available and will complete your project within the agreed time. Not every company will complete you project within the specified time. You need to inquire on the time they will take to complete you work. Avoid firm that uses subcontractors. Hiring such company is very risky because they may end up delegating work to incompetent contractors who may not understand you agreement.

Check customer’s reviews.

When you decide to remodel your home, your main goal is to make it perfect and also last for long. You need to use professionals who will give highest quality work at a fair price. If you are searching for the best remodel company online, always ensure you go through customers reviews before making any deal with them. Avoid a Portland Remodel Company without customers reviews. They will end up frustrating your efforts to have a perfect home you want.

Check the technology and techniques they are used.

It is always noble to use a company with the latest technology and techniques. For example, it is good to use a company that adheres to green technology. If you want to save and regain money that you have used to remodel your house, consider using a company that fully understands you needs and can implement some techniques and technology that will enable you to save some money at long run.

No doubt, if you implement these tips, you will use the best Portland remodel company that will truly give value to your money.

Finally Decided to Landscape My Backyard

After living in my home for many years, I was starting to get tired of my backyard. It was plain, and I knew it would be a problem before I even bought the place. The yard was fairly square with a metal chain link fence around it, with very little landscaping. Having virtually no experience with gardening or landscaping, I knew that I would need to bring in a barrington landscape design contractor in order to make sure it was done well. I was completely out of ideas for what I could do, and ideally I wanted to bring in a professional with a lot of experience to come up with ideas for me.

I had a local area landscaper come out to my home to give me an estimate on how much professional landscaping would cost. In order to get an accurate estimate, I was told I would need to narrow down my focus on what kind of work I wanted to have done. Read more… »