Why fall is one of the best seasons to build a deck
Here are five reasons fall is one of the best times to build a deck, according to ChoiceDek:
1. Use fresh summer memories to plan to perfection: Fall is the perfect time to evaluate your outdoor lifestyle and plan a deck that fits your needs.
2. Avoid project delays: As fall approaches and construction demands slow, homeowners can often secure top-rated contractors and negotiate a convenient start date.
3. Take advantage of seasonal savings: There are plenty of seasonal opportunities to save on decking materials and installation costs.
4. Protect your existing landscape: Grass, trees and plants start to go dormant as temperatures drop and the ground freezes, making it easier for you or your contractor to build a deck without harming your landscape.
5. Extend decking season: With the right decking material, you can create an indoor-outdoor space that spans multiple seasons.
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Integrate accessories for added luxury
Accessories bring a sense of purpose into a space and can transform a room into an elevated experience. Focus on the following ideas from Brizo:
A balanced perspective: Choose accessories featuring a variance of shapes, sizes, colors and textures for visual and spatial equilibrium.
Sophisticated hardware: Complete a luxurious design with sophisticated fixtures that serve as anchoring details. Incorporate an element of surprise by adorning a kitchen space with a towel bar, for example.
Harmonizing accents: Find the perfect blend of tones and textures by sourcing contrasting, but complementary accessories to finalize a design. Contrast an industrial coffee table with an acacia wooden bowl, or a sleek, modern shelf with coarsely textured relics.
An elevated update: From a one-of-a-kind sculpture to a tasteful timepiece, small-scale updates have the unexpected potential to make a large-scale impression.
How to make sure your door hardware makes the grade
Before shopping for a new door lock, know what type of lock you need. Consider the following:
* How much security do you need?
* Will the door be used frequently?
* Will the protective aesthetic finish be exposed to the elements?
When you are ready to make your selection, it is important to check the ratings. Once a lock or deadbolt is tested to ANSI/BHMA standards for security, durability and finish, it is given a rating of Good (C), Better (B) or Best (A) in each area based on its performance during testing. The rating system is defined by progressive levels of performance requirements. Be sure to select the lock or deadbolt that is rated highly in the area(s) most important to you.
How to keep pests out of your chimney
Here are some tips about pests and chimneys, according to Terminix.
Keeping pests out: Installing a chimney cap can help keep birds, raccoons and other large pests out. With pests like rats and mice, focus on sealing smaller entry points, as a rat can squeeze through a hole the size of a quarter. It can be difficult to spot these access points from the ground, so have a professional inspect your roof and chimney for possible holes.
If pests are already in your chimney: The general rule is you shouldn’t light a fire or try to smoke the animal out. Pests like raccoons can attack when they feel threatened, and rodents can spread ectoparasitic insect pests like ticks and fleas, so you don’t want to come into direct contact with whatever animal has decided to seek shelter in your home. Leave the removal to professionals.