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Type of Fences

Great idea for new homeowners in choosing fences. Or if you simply want a change in your home, try upgrading your fence.

The type of fence you choose will not only play a key role in your home’s exterior design, but also provide one of the most important benefits of all homes; security. Privacy and security are two of the most common reasons Americans look to buy homes. A professionally installed fence gives every homeowner that true sense of home we all desire. Fencing, whether it be wood, chain link or wrought iron, will greatly affect your sense of home.

Fence Types

Before we jump into all fencing types, you have to know your options. The most popular types of fences are:

Aluminum Fencing

One of the most basic and attractive fencing types is aluminum. While it does not provide the amount of security many homeowners look for in a fence, it’s relatively maintenance free and can essentially look like any other type discussed in this article. The only maintenance will come during installation when you choose to paint and decorate it. However, along with the security, it’s not as strong as you may think and we do not recommend it for areas with severe weather.

Wood Fencing

Wood is the most popular fencing type across America. Not only does it give homeowners a sense of privacy with the height wood fencing provides, but they are also one of the more attractive options on the market. They give homeowners a warm and welcoming feeling and without the headache of breaking the bank. Beware that the height and size of your fence will greatly impact the price. The more lumber you need, the more expensive the project will be. On top of that, like all fences, they take awhile to install. Therefore, a smaller fence will clearly be cheaper than a larger one.

On the plus side, wood fences can easily last the lifetime of your home. Just like hardwood floors, the quality of your fence will greatly depend on the type of wood you choose. Needless to say, you have plenty to choose from.

PVC Fencing

Hands down, the cheapest way to fence in your yard is by using one made of PVC. These fences use PVC to replace wooden stakes and pickets, and although not nearly as sturdy, they can certainly serve their purpose. The posts are PVC sleeves that go on top of wooden posts to add stability to the fence, but also cut down on material costs by using less wood. Sometimes, the PVC stakes are attached with an adhesive to the cross bars and other times, they are fastened with screws. This type of fencing comes in a variety of different heights and colors. Because of its PVC makeup, the fence is very resistant to the elements and can last for years.

Wrought Iron Fencing

When you see homes with funky designs on top of their fences, oftentimes, those homeowners chose a wrought iron fence. While wrought iron fences are both strong and beautiful, they do require constant upkeep. If you want to maintain its beauty, wrought iron fences need to be sanded or repainted every two to three years.

Furthermore, going back to the security portion of the conversation, wrought iron fences are not popular choices for the more conservative homeowner. On top of that, wrought iron fences are custom made and therefore, will not be cheap.

Vinyl Fencing

Other than cost, vinyl fencing is elite when it comes to any other category. In fact, according to our friends at HomeAdvisor, some manufacturers claim that vinyl fences are nearly five times stronger and four times more flexible than comparable wood fences.

Vinyl fencing is maintenance free and resists paint, allowing you to easily clean graffiti or any other unwanted stains. All you will need is a hose and soap to make it look as good as new.

Installing a vinyl fence may have a higher upfront cost, but given its low maintenance costs and long lifespan, vinyl fencing is cheaper than many other fencing types.

Chain Link Fencing

Chain link fences do not add much privacy to the home, but perform the other basic functions of a fence quite well. Homeowners, as well as school administrators (very popular), will be delighted to know that they are cheap, durable and need very little maintenance (like many of the other options).

Oftentimes, homeowners add a good amount of shrubbery, flowers, vines or even privacy slates on the outside of chain link fence. Not that this would add any more security to your home, but it would add a pinch of privacy. Any homeowner can cut off their neighbors’ views with a little bit of creativity.

Electric Fencing

Invisible fences are mainly used to contain dogs through an invisible field of electricity. Typically, the installation involves placing a wire in a trench dug along the boundary the owner wishes to fence off. A wireless transmitter is also set up nearby to activate the wire. The final item in the fencing is a battery-powered collar to receive the signal from the wire. The collar warns the animal when it’s near the boundary with a sound pitched only to the animal’s hearing. If the animal tries to cross the boundary, the collar delivers an electric shock.

Bamboo Fencing

Like hardwood flooring, bamboo fencing is starting to hit its stride in the market. It can be grown naturally, so many of our green readers will be happy to hear that it’s one of the most environmentally friendly and attractive options on the market.

There are three styles for bamboo fencing: live bamboo, bamboo cane and rolled bamboo. Rolled bamboo and bamboo cane use poles linked together that are a bit sturdier than live bamboo. Live bamboo can grow up to a foot a year. We would not recommend this style in colder climates.

Farm fencing

Farm fencing certainly doesn’t apply to everyone, but it plays a vital role across America. Just like all non-farm homeowners, you have many options, such as wood, electric, barbed wire, woven or high tensile. No matter what fencing type you go with, beware that installation is expensive and timely. Given the amount of land farmers own, you can imagine the manpower it takes to put up an entire fence.

Conclusion

While security and privacy are certainly the top two functions of all home fences, design and creativity should never take a back seat. With all the fencing choices available, no home in America needs to sacrifice looks for security.

 

DIY Removal of Popcorn Ceiling

A popcorn ceiling, also known as a cottage cheese ceiling, a stucco ceiling or formally an acoustic ceiling, is a term for a spray-on or paint-on ceiling treatment. It was the standard for bedroom and residential hallway ceilings for its bright, white appearance, ability to hide imperfections, and acoustical characteristics.

 

Frankly, it’s pretty simple. It’s messy, but it’s simple. Let’s go over the steps.

First, you remove everything from the ceiling. We’ve already removed the fan and the AC vent in the video. If you’re not comfortable removing the fan, please consult an electrician. It’s safe, it’s not expensive and it’ll save you some heartache.

There’s only a few tools that you need in this process and that’s a:

– Garden sprayer
– Drywall knife. We prefer 6 inch.
– Some tape and plastic.

As you can see in the video, we have not taped and plasticked the wall off, or the floor. One reason is for lighting. The other is that this floor is getting removed and we’re putting tile down. We really don’t have to worry about covering it, but usually, you’ll drape the walls, drape the floor and it makes an easy clean up.

When you’re plasticking, there’s two types of tapes you can get, that’s the regular masking tape and the blue tape, painter’s tape. We prefer painter’s tape.

When painter’s tape gets wet, it doesn’t leave a residue, so you don’t have any issues later with it pulling paint of the wall, or painting over the adhesive that’s left behind. A little more money, a lot less headache.

There’s some talk about dry scrape vs. wet scraping. We wet scrape. We don’t dry scrape and here’s why:

When you dry scrape, it’s dusty. It’s messy. You don’t get that clean look that you want. We wet scrape because It’s cleaner, easier, and all you have to do is pump it up a little bit, and spray it on there.

Depending on the weather you’re in, 5 minute wait, maybe 3 minutes, and then, all you’ve got to do is scrape.

You’ll get a clean scrape with hopefully no issues. Then, once that’s all done, you really can do the whole ceiling. Just spray the whole ceiling and then do it at once.

We’ve just done this section to show you. Then, once all the popcorn has been removed from the ceiling, you roll your plastic up, haul it off to the dumpster. That’s it.

5 Tips on Raising The Value of Your Home

Having a home is a huge investment. You constantly have to pay for bills, the mortgage, renovations, and improvements. In fact, more often than not having a house is a total nightmare, especially during the selling process. However, if you know what to do you can get a great deal for your home. To sell a house the buyers have to be comfortable enough to see if they can live there, so having a presentable house is a must.

  1. The kitchen is one of the most important areas of the house. It is the first place they will see when they get up in the morning to eat breakfast, and most likely the last thing they see before they go to bed. The kitchen is where people get together for meetings, parties, and other household events. Upping the value of your kitchen can be pricey but in the end it is worth the cost. You can try upgrading the countertop, replacing cabinets, and even altering the tiles.

  1. Bathrooms are definitely one of the all-time bonuses. Having a sparkling clean sink, and a great scent in the air won’t do the trick when attracting buyers. Remodels that include a new toilet, sink, and bathtub will. You might also want to pick new tiles for the bathroom as well. Adding a small bathroom would also benefit you and the buyers likewise.

  1. Repair what is broken. There are always areas around the house that can use repairs, whether it be the backyard fences, the porch lights, or even sliding doors. Make the necessary repairs at the right time. Making repairs to random things around the house does significantly alter the value of the home itself by quite a bit. Even repairing the electrical wiring, or the roof, will raise the value of your house by a great amount.

  1. Make space. One of the most important things to do when selling a house is to make extra space. If you have a garage or attic try moving things around, or converting the attic or basement into a room. Having more space would definitely be a great attribute to both you and the buyer. A house always seems more appealing when there is more space that can be used for a bedroom or entertainment room.

  1. Install a deck. Making a deck in front or behind your home can be the difference between a win or a bust. Decks are useful and look very attractive to buyers. Decks provide a play area for kids, and a get together area for adults.

Making other small tweaks such as improving the landscape, adding new paint, and getting attractive appliances also boost your house’s value by a great amount. When it comes to your home every detail counts. As long as you make the right improvements and renovations you’ll make a good amount of profits and see a shortened selling period. Regardless, you have hundreds of options to add value to your house, so the opportunities are endless.

Designing A Log Home

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A Guide To Designing And Creating A Custom Log Home

Home buyers interested in building a custom log home seek to mend the rustic charm and sturdy construction with the modern styles and amenities of contemporary log homes. In the first part of this series, home buyers were encouraged to research log homes for information on construction costs, log home styles and options, as well as to get financing and work with a realtor to find a vacant lot to build on. This series continues with the focus on the design aspect of building a custom log home to suit the needs of the home buyer.

Design Options For A Log Home

Once the decision has been made to move forward and build a custom log home, the next step is to visit a log home dealership. Log home dealerships supply the needs of log home owners and buyers. They offer log cabin building kits, construction plans and supplies to either build or expand an existing log home. These log cabin kits can be built alone or with hired professional. Further, log cabin kits can be customized to the buyer’s specifications. Many log home dealerships have their own building teams or can provide references of local contractors.

log cabin building

The design options for log homes are truly endless. The exterior of the home has a myriad of looks and designs that are affected by the style of log chosen as well as the tongue and groove technique used to stack the logs. Options like the pitch of the roof, size and shape of the home, use of porches, decks and verandas also contribute to the unique look of every log home. The style options for the interior of log homes are as countless as any other home. Home buyers will have an array of choices to make based on model construction plans and home styles that can be customized to fit their tastes and needs and the sales specialist will help to make the process easier.

Shop Around For The Best Deal

Still, a home buyer should not rush to make a deposit on any construction plans until they have shopped around. It is best to visit at least two log home dealerships to compare prices, construction plans and services. It is also a good idea to visit the homes of actual customers to see the quality of the home before making a final decision. If possible, take a contractor or someone familiar with log homes on these visits. Based on these visits and a comparison of the prices and options, decide to work with one of the log home dealerships.

Decide On A Construction Plan And Vacant Lot

Decide on a construction plan or cabin kit that fulfills all the needs and falls within the budget. Look at all of the options and styles offered by the log home dealership. Consider the wish list that has already been made and discuss with the sales specialist the costs and options of construction plans. Home buyers will want to know the final costs of a turn key home which includes hardwood floors, a basement, exposed beams, rafters and installation of kitchens and bathrooms.

At the same time a vacant lot should be found that best suits the needs of the log home to be built. The lot should be appropriate to fit the size and style of the home. For example, if the log home will have a walk out basement, the lot should slope away from the house as opposed to a flat lot. If possible, choose a vacant lot that is based on the construction plan to avoid altering the construction plans.

Finally, a deposit may be required on the construction plan or log cabin kit. However, the full purchase price should not be paid until after the vacant lot has been purchased. The reason for this is, the construction plan or log cabin kit chosen may not fit the lot purchased. If it does not, the construction plan or cabin kit will have to be adjusted to fit the lot. If the cabin kit or construction plan cannot be adjusted, it may be best to choose another kit or construction plan.

The process of planning to build a log home is a long and tedious one. Conducting thorough research,working with a realtor to find a vacant lot and designing a log home are all part of this process. The final step in the process is building the log home, which can be found in the third article of this three-part series.