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Atlanta isn’t known as HOTlanta for nothing. The heat can be intense here and air conditioning units run overtime. To keep your home’s unit running efficiently and effectively, try a few of these easy tips. The best time to service an air conditioner is before it's actually needed. Change the filter monthly. Other than the regular filter, there are additional ones that can be used, but check with an air-conditioning maintenance person first. You can get a cap from a hardware store to put on the end of your air-conditioning drain. After capping it, find the end of the drain outside and use a...
Looking for some summertime fun? Take a look in your own backyard. With a bit of work, you can transform your own lawn into a “staycation” worthy spot for leisure, socializing and maybe the smallest hint of exercise. Horseshoe, bocce, volleyball or croquet courts are all within reach with a reasonable amount of space and elbow grease. Now the amount of time and landscaping involved is up to you, your wallet and your level of commitment. For a horseshoe feature, you can go beyond metal stake driven into the dirt and create an all-out landscaping feature. Sand pits can sit in the center of two...
Spring rains in the South make it imperative your gutters are clean and functioning for proper home maintenance. Here are just a few steps to follow in order to maintain gutters yourself. First, climb a ladder and clean the goop out of the gutters. The decomposed leaves make great mulch or compost. Pay particular attention to the downspout. If leaves and debris are clogging it, water won't drain properly, and along with mildew and mud you'll end up with sagging gutters.  Next, check all the spikes that are supposed to go through the gutter, through the fascia board and into the rafter...
The main entrance of your house can set the stage for your home’s presence on your street. It is the ultimate “best face forward” and a small entry renovation can be just the facelift your home may be looking for. The entryway itself can be more than just a pretty face on your home. It can provide shelter from the , a spot to welcome guests out of the rain, a space to get the dog on the leash, grab the bags and go.  Entryway additions can be a more extensive project by become a small mini addition with three walls, a door, roof and windows. This provides your home with a truly separate...
Traditionally, built-in bookcases are made with solid wood boards, carefully routed to make tight grooves that accept each shelf. But sawn lumber is expensive — enough oak for a 8-foot bookcase, for example, could run into thousands of dollars. Plywood that has a hardwood veneer is not only less expensive but in many cases stronger than solid softwoods like pine. Most lumberyards stock the basics: birch, maple, and oak veneer plywoods. Birch is the best wood to use if you plan to paint your bookcase, and maple lends itself to a variety of stains. But there are also special-order lumberyards...
Have you spotted this trend? Like all things popular there is a life cycle, beginning, middle, and end. Chalkboard paint is having its popular moment now. Some of us are saturated with this one already and some of us still can’t get enough. Wherever you may fall on this popular trend, chalkboard paint is worth looking at. So many uses, all for a quite small investment.Not all of us are artistically inclined but don't let this stop you from thinking about chalkboard paint. Everyone can write out a grocery list or note to a loved one. Chalkboard paint has so many applications and locations for...
It's one of the highest-traffic spots in your house. It's no wonder you cringe each time you open your pantry to reach for an ingredient. Make cleaning and organizing this kitchen workhorse a priority. The good news is that it can be a fast, relatively painless job if you take small, manageable steps. Clean First and Organize Second Here's how to clear the way. Begin by throwing things out. It feels great and alleviates a big part of the task. Start by grouping items in one of two piles. The first pile? Items to throw out - including products that are past their expiration dates, stale...
Are dog leashes, sports equipment, rain boots, and backpacks overtaking more than their fair share of space in your home? As many of us look to spring as a time to clean up and organize, the gear that comes with this wonderful season can pose a problem. A mudroom may be the answer for greater seasonal storage and organizational improvement in your life.  This space, no matter how large or small, can add value to your home by making it a warm invitation and improved first impression through expanded space and organization.  With a little bit of work, we can create a mudroom that can...
Pergolas can be an attractive way to add interest to your landscape as well as add some important shade in the warmer months. A pergola can be a free standing structure placed in the yard, maybe a reward at the end of a stroll down a garden path. This can be a lovely spot for a few chairs under a canopy of climbing plants or flowers. Other pergolas can be built to attach to the existing facade of your home, creating an architectural feature as well as shading a sun-filled room or covering an existing patio. Pergolas are fairly easy to build, quick to assemble and generally not too tough on...
In and out. In and out. Do you feel like a doorman for your pet? Install a pet door, and relieve yourself from being on door duty. This intermediate-level project can be completed using the most standard tools. The most important step is cutting the right size hole in the door. Just to be safe, we recommend taking the following measurements twice. Cats and dogs vary greatly in size. Make sure you purchase the proper door size for your pet. Pet doors come in sizes ranging from 5 inches by 8 inches to 13 inches by 23 inches. The opening width should be 2 inches wider than the widest part of...

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