Monthly Archives: February 2018

Brighten up the Home and Garden with Cedar

There are various types of wooden railings and cedar is one of the options you can choose. Not many people consider cedar due to the fact that it is not widely advertised. However, as well as adding a natural color to the home, cedar railings are also lower maintenance than other wood railings are.

Cedar Railings and Their Many Advantages

Cedar is derived from the cedar tree and they are grown in various different parts of the world. The trees grow to around fifty meters and the leaves grow to up to three feet long. There are various different types of cedar and they include:

o Cyprus cedar

o Turkish Cedar

o Deodar cedar

o Lebanese Cedar

Cedar railings have a natural color and it comes in either red or white. This means that you get more of a choice when it comes to which type of wood you would like to use to brighten up the home.

The main advantage of course is that cedar railings do not need as much maintenance as other types of wood railings. Usually you only really need to add a little lacquer once every three years and that only usually takes just fifteen to twenty minutes for every one thousand square feet. Apart from that the cedar looks its best for years before maintenance is needed.

So Easy You Could Do It Yourself!

Cedar railings are so easy to create you could literally do it yourself as long as you had the right tools. Due to the fact that cedar is fairly common, it shouldn’t be a problem finding some cedar and most of the time the railings are pre cut so all you have to do is install them wherever you want to. You can inform the supplier of where you are buying the cedar from what the measurements of the area you are installing it into are and the design which you would like, and they could then send that off to the manufacturer and you could have your own, specially designed cedar railings to fit your home.

The only thing you may need to do if installing the railings yourself, is to chip certain parts of the wood away.

Overall cedar railings not only look good, but they are also easy to maintain compared to other wood railings and they also have a nice, sweet smell to them too. You really cannot go wrong with cedar railings if you are looking for wood railings to make your home complete.

Warm and Inviting Lighting Style For Home and Garden

Mission style lighting is a straightforward style of outdoor lighting characterized by its bold yet simple geometric shapes, its use of organic, earthy materials like Oak and Cherry wood; copper, brass, pewter, and iron; stained glass, slag glass, and mica. The Mission style of home design and home decorating was originally associated with the Spanish missionaries living and working in the North American Southwest.

The hallmark features of Mission design are straight lines and simplicity of design. Mission style homes typically have architectural features such as textured stucco walls, twisted columns, and rounded design of its windows and doors. Decorative touches might include patterned tile work around windows and on the walls, stone carvings, and elaborate grillwork. In contrast to Victorian decor, the Mission style is basically simple, not ornate or super detailed. The Mission style is a uniquely American offshoot of an English and American design philosophy known as the Arts and Crafts Movement.

The Arts and Crafts movement began in England in the late nineteenth century when a group of painters and craftsmen vocally criticized the mass produced, machine made furnishings and decorative products of the Industrial Era. Artists and architects rebelled against the dehumanizing effects of industrialization and mass produced products. Artist colonies were founded to explore individual craftsmanship and creativity.

American designers picked up on the style and it became very popular by the early 1900s. The Arts and Crafts Movement emphasized creating harmony between the furnishings of the inside with the surroundings of the outside. “William Morris, Gustav Stickley, and Frank Lloyd Wright are among some of the most well-known designers who produced furniture and architecture in the Arts and Crafts style, while many others produced ceramics, glass, textiles, wallpaper, and silverware in the same vein.”(Barbara Mayer)

Mission style outdoor lighting is widely available on the market today. The many beautiful choices include wall sconces, chain hung chandelier and pendant fixtures, post and column mounted fixtures – all perfect for your deck, porch, or outdoor living room and kitchen. These light fixtures are of strictly geometric design, featuring stained or slag glass, or translucent mica, set into a frame made of wood or metal. Lighting fixture color schemes are earth tones such as cream, amber, deep greens and browns, burnt yellows and oranges, dusty rose, sapphire blue. These outdoor fixtures will look and feel hand crafted even if they are not. Tiffany style glass panels in geometric, right angle designs are also easy to find. Because Mission lighting is made for inside and outside, you can coordinate your interior and exterior decorating. Great, because that holistic design approach is a main tenet of the Arts and Crafts philosophy!

Creating a Mission style for your deck, patio or outdoor living room means you can also use design ideas from styles such as Art Nouveau, the Prairie Style of architecture, bungalow style houses, Mission oak style of furniture, Tiffany stained glass, Mexican rustic, and most definitely the English landscape designers Gertrude Jekyll and Edwin Lutyens. Mission style is simple and accepts a eclectic mix of elements, as long as all the elements together create squares and rectangles, strong earthy colors, and rustic, handcrafted look.

Saving While Enhancing the Beauty of Your Home and Garden

So what are solar lights? They are basically lights that are being powered by the sun’s energy or solar energy. Not only are they quite great in decorating your house with it (may it be in your deck, porch, walkways, garden or terraces), they are also helpful when it comes to easing down your electric bills. It is known to be economical and it enhances the beauty of your house and even outdoors. This is best for those who are too conscious about their electric bills and ones who are concerned about safety. Did you know that these solar lights are known to be the best and safest type of lighting equipment? Whoever will install this; will not need to be afraid about the safety of their pets or children or themselves when it comes to wiring it up and getting it connected. Moreover it is basically easy and quick to install.

With every solar light bulb, it has its own solar collector pane or panel that converts the sunlight to energy, electrical energy that is. If there is a thing that you must bear in mind, it is that these types of lights perform on the amount of sunlight it received during day time. The more sunlight it gets, the better it will perform when used. These types of lights also do require a good and unobstructed amount of sunlight for it to be able to recharge its batteries. Said type of light is quite ideal for places that is still out of the reach of electric companies, or places which barely has access to electricity. However, solar lights are not that useful for all applications that we need for lighting. Basically it is ideal to accent the design of our indoors and outdoors, this is because these types of lights does not necessarily produces that much light compared to regular bulbs that are powered by electricity. But then again, if you do not have an access to any light at all, this is the best one for you.

Today’s lights are way better and superior to first batch of solar lights. Again, they are way efficient as they do not use electricity and they are powered by their solar rechargeable batteries (solar panels or cells). They may be quite expensive, but they are sure worth it. In addition, most solar lights now use the latest Light Emitting Diodes or LED as their main and only light source. This is of course, compared to the ordinary solar lights. As most LED powered lights are ever reliable. Also, they are now more popular today, most especially the white colored ones.

You can also easily find your own solar lights online. There are lots of vendors that are now selling through the internet. You can choose from their vast selection of solar powered lights. Whether you want to enhance your outdoors or indoors, or you want to save on your electric bills, or you simply want the benefits of having a light, then why not try solar lights now?

Spare Parts for the Home and Garden

REPAIR and DIY are scary concepts to many of us but with the world economy in a downturn it is a clear and obvious way to save a great deal of money.

The average labour bill from a garden tool repair workshop can be £30 HR plus call out plus spare parts and this can quickly add up to a large bill.

The best time to check your lawnmower for wear and tear is out of season when not in use (winter).

Think of your lawnmower as two units, the chassis and the engine (or electric motor), you need to keep and eye on both. Common engine faults often relate to the fuel and oil. Common chassis faults are often related to physical damage.

The lawnmower engine:

  • Always use clean fuel from a clean container – any dirt will break your engine
  • Always check your engine oil – it is quick and easy to check your dipstick to see the oil level is between the high and low marker lines
  • The lawnmower chassis:
  • The common parts are the blade, push handle, control cables and wheels.
  • Blade – this must be sharp to otherwise it will strain your engine and pull at the grass rather than making a clean cut. You can resharpen your blade with a file
  • Cables – you can squirt aerosol light oil like WD40 onto the cables to help them last longer.

What if i find something that is worn of broken?

1- Identify your lawnmower – what is the make and model of the Engine? (engine powered mowers only) – what is the make and model of the Lawnmower?

2- Identify the part as Chassis or Engine component

– the Engine will have its own unique identifying data plate showing model code and serial number. This is often stamped into the engine metal work.

– the Chassis will have its own unique identifying data plate showing model code and serial number. This is often on a silver badge or sticker near the rear wheel.