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Posted by Heidi Mahoney on 5/15/2017

If security in your home is a concern, you can consider stepping things up a bit with steel entry doors. While you may think of steel doors as something that you’d find in an industrial type building, they’re not just for businesses anymore. Many homeowners are turning to steel entry doors in order to capitalize on their many benefits. 


You’d be surprised that many new construction homes can be found with steel entry doors, and the prices aren't bad. A basic door will run somewhere between $100-$150. You’ll still need to buy the installation hardware for the doors, but these prices are fairly reasonable. 


Benefits Of Steel Doors


There are many benefits to steel entry doors. The first of these perks is that they are incredibly secure. Break-ins generally occur either on lower level windows or through a front door. Thieves have a slim chance of getting into a steel door that has been properly installed. 

The next benefit of steel doors is that they’re very durable. Steel is known to be quite a weather resistant material. These doors are also energy efficient and help you to keep the cost of your utility bills down. 


Fire Resistant


Be careful when choosing your steel doors. Not all steel doors are fire resistant. A fire-resistant door can block high levels of heat and flames for about 20 minutes. You can check on your specific door of choice for how extensive the flame retardant material is and how long it will last. 


Maintenance 


Steel doors don’t require much maintenance. Because of their resistance to rust, cracking, and bending, these doors will last longer and keep your home looking sharp for longer periods of time. Steel doors are especially favorable if you live in an environment with high amounts of precipitation and humidity. The moisture won’t affect the condition of the door. If the doors happen to need any repairs, know that steel doors are just as easy to repair as a standard wooden door is. Your steel door will rarely require a replacement. 


Painting


When you think of a steel door, you may picture a cold, metal door that’s quite unwelcoming. This couldn’t be further from the truth! You’re able to paint these doors any color that you’d like. First, you’ll need to remove all of the hardware from the door. Then, you’ll need to sand and prime the door. Next, you can move into the painting phase. You can use many different methods to paint a steel door including brushing, rolling, or spraying the door.




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Posted by Heidi Mahoney on 5/8/2017

Out of all the rooms of a house, the children's room is the one that can be the most fun to decorate. Bright colors and creative decorations are fun to plan for a children's room whether you're an expecting parent or if you and your child want to change up their room a bit. A children's room is also the room in your house that will see the most change as your child ages. Sure, it will be sad when they tell you they're too old for baby decorations, but it just means you get to make more fun changes to their room together. You can be creative in decorating just about every area of a child's bedroom. So, here are some fun ideas, from the floor to the ceiling, that your kids will love.

Floors

A children's room floor sees a lot of wear and tear. Spilled drinks, crayons, and other forms of destruction are sure meet the floors of a child's play space. So you probably don't want to leave exposed expensive hardwood flooring; at least until they're older. There are, however, a number of creative ways to floor a children's room that are fun and kid-friendly. Foam puzzle tiles are a classic example. They are colorful and can be placed in any order you and your child decide. They're fun to build together, plus they're soft and squishy enough to help you avoid some crying fits when your child falls down. When one of them starts to get worn down or stained, just pop it out and replace it with another.

Walls

There are a lot more fun things to do with your kid's room's walls other than just painting them a fun color. Painting is a good place to start, though, so pick some bright, pastel colors that are fun but also easy on the eyes. You could stick with the same old pink and blue for girl and boy, but a more creative option is to go with green, orange, or purple hues. Plus you might get more use out of them if you have a second child who will eventually move in to that room. For other creative wall ideas you could...
  • Build a whiteboard or chalkboard into the wall
  • Make a super-hero changing station where you hang your child's costumes
  • Hang a wall-sized map to get them interested in learning
  • Paint or buy a tree decal that they can turn into a family tree
  • Paint the walls white or light blue and buy a sticker kit to make the room look like an aquarium

Ceiling

There's no need to stop the fun once you reach the ceiling in your children's room. It may seem like there's not much you can do to make the ceiling interesting but you might be surprised. You could...
  • Buy glow in the dark stickers like stars, moons, and space ships
  • Buy a projector that shoots lights onto the ceiling
  • Hang lights and fans that fit the theme of the room (like clouds, for example)
  • Paint the ceiling to be an extension of the scene on the wall
  Now that you have some ideas for your kids room, try to make them your own by adding something unique. Have fun!  




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Posted by Heidi Mahoney on 5/1/2017

Refurbishing or replacing the flooring in your home is a monumental undertaking and not an activity that you will likely do again for years. If you have decided to replace worn floors, you have a diverse array of options in flooring and floor covering materials to choose from including concrete, ceramic tile, granite, marble, hardwood, laminate, linoleum, cork, or carpet. The challenge is in choosing flooring that is the optimum choice for your individual circumstances and not just settling for a flooring material that is currently fashionable or trendy. Choose what is right for you and break tradition. Lifestyle Several factors come into play when it comes to choosing the flooring material that is the best choice for your lifestyle and budget. Climate plays a significant role. Will you be tracking in mud, snow, or sand several months out of each year? Will the floor receive heavy traffic? How much maintenance is required? Do you want to create a warm and cozy ambiance or a cool and relaxing atmosphere? Do you have children or pets? Does anyone in the household have limited mobility? What is your favorite color? Tile If you are inspired by the décor of Europe, tile is noted for ease of maintenance. A quick mop down and tile is clean and sparkling. Ceramic, granite or marble tile floors are ideal for entryways, laundry rooms, pet areas, kitchens, and bathrooms. Use your imagination and consider tile for any area subject to spills and tracked-in dirt that would harm carpeting, laminate or hardwood floors. A hard surface such as tile is much easier to navigate with a cane, walker or wheelchair and does not trap and harbor germs and bacteria the way carpeting tends to do. If you are ready to swap your old carpeted floors for a new tile floor but worry that tile is cold in winter, thermostatically controlled heat tape, installed under the tile can warm traffic areas that might encounter bare feet in winter. Over tile floors, area rugs showcase a conversation area or add warmth to tiles floors throughout the home. Hardwood Flooring When it comes to choices in hardwood flooring, again there are many. The straight lines of hardwood flooring home compliment a contemporary décor. If you have a smaller home such as a condo, the long and wide plank design of hardwood flooring will make the space seem larger. A third style, strip flooring, uses narrow strips to create unusual patterns. Hardwood flooring comes in a wide range of types of wood and stain color. Light colored wood like oak and birch brighten a dark room or choose the darker shades like cherry or walnut if you wish to make a dramatic statement. The color of your flooring has a major impact on the ambiance of the home. Carpet As one of the best flooring insulators, carpeting saves energy and is one of the best ways to reduce your utility bill. Carpeting doesn’t just seem warmer; it insulates up to 17 times better than other flooring materials by reducing the transfer of cold or heat from radiating up through the floor.




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Posted by Heidi Mahoney on 4/24/2017

People from a diverse range of backgrounds may live in your neighborhood. Unique differences could open you to new, rewarding worlds. Celebrating the uniqueness of each person in your community can help you to live in a peaceful neighborhood. So too can the following steps:

  • Create a neighborhood garden – Designate a vacant lot as your community garden. Check with city officials to ensure that the space can be used for communal gardening purposes. Ask people to volunteer to plant vegetables and fruit, to care for the garden and to take in a harvest that is shared among every neighbor, either by giving out the food or by cooking the food during a neighborhood social event.
  • Participate in a charity event once a quarter – Signup to receive volunteer event alerts through a local or national charity database. Select a charity event for neighbors to participate in once a quarter.
  • Hold a neighborhood block party – A summer cookout, school year kickoff barbecue or autumn harvest are great neighborhood block party events. Get necessary permits, create and put up signs and decorations. You could even put up positive motivations and slogans. Be sure to play everyone’s favorite music while you relax and have fun.
  • Greet new neighbors – Introduce yourself to new neighbors. Welcome them to the neighborhood.
  • Look out for each other – Let your neighbors know if you see a strange vehicle or person in the area. Help neighbors if you see them struggling with grocery bags, walking on an icy sidewalk or climbing down outdoor steps. Report criminal offenses like child abuse and domestic violence.
  • Speak to neighbors - Speak to your neighbors when you see them. A smile and a simple hello go a long way.
  • Create a neighborhood emergency response team –Identify people in the neighborhood to complete actions like calling first responders, directing people to the nearest shelter and stocking cars and vans with non-perishables. Encourage each family to create their own emergency response team and practice emergency evacuation procedures at home.
  • Plant neighborhood trees – Plant one to two neighborhood trees to strengthen the environment.
  • Carpool to work – Join a neighborhood car or van pool and chip in and help pay for gas, saves gas and builds comradery.
  • Buy from merchants who support in your neighborhood – Shop with business owners who live in your neighborhood or who help to sustain your neighborhood.
  • Encourage your kids to play together – Playing with neighborhood kids can put good friends within reach for your children.
  • Support youth sports, science and creative art steams – Attend neighboring children’s school, arts and sports events.
  • Sit on the front porch and play board games or chat and relax – Enjoy relaxing and chatting on the porch with neighbors. You could play cards or board games and listen to good music. This old pastime is long due for a comeback.

You and your neighbors can add wonderful memories, excitement and a powerful sense of community to each other’s lives. Live three or more years in a neighborhood and you may start to feel as if the people who live near you are like relatives.Who knows? You might develop the type of friendships with your neighbors that last forever, keeping in touch even as people move into other homes and communities.





Posted by Heidi Mahoney on 4/18/2017




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