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EXPOSED BRICK: TRENDING NOW

Exposed brick is an interior design element that has captured the likes of urbanites for years. But now it's finding its way from the inner city lights and into the suburbs and rural areas across the country. Brick was commonly used in the mid-20th century because of its relatively cheap construction costs and now that these aging buildings are due for renovations and repairs, many business owners and homeowners alike are deciding to go with exposed brick for their interior walls.


HOME SECURITY

Home security systems are only as strong as their weakest link, and if you set up equipment that's too complicated for household members to use, they are likely to ignore the equipment or work around it. Remember that the people in your home are part of any security arrangements you make, so you have to be realistic about how much hassle they are willing to accept in the name of security.


AVOID HOME REPAIR RIP-OFFS

Here are the answers to some of the most common concerns consumers have on home repair rip-offs:


AWNINGS, BY MIKE FOURNIER, TULSA

There are lots of ways we protect ourselves from the sun, wind, and rain. We wear sunglasses to save our eyes, hats to safeguard our heads, and visors to shield our face. So why would we expect less for our house, the ultimate example of shelter from the storm. But even our house sometimes needs a little sheltering when it comes to the weather. Outside surfaces get damaged, faded, or sustain heat buildup due to unnecessary exposure to the elements, and these problems eventually spread to the homeowner as well. So to protect certain open areas of the exterior, you may want to invest in an awning to act as a screen against the climate.


POURING NEW CONCRETE OVER OLD

Concrete is one of the most popular construction materials in the nation. It is strong, durable, and versatile enough to be used in many applications. Additionally, poured concrete can be made to have many different appearances, making it suitable for everything from sidewalks and roads, to living room floors. One of the benefits of pouring concrete is that it can take whatever shape you want it to form. This makes it a perfect material for creating a flat, solid surface in almost any situationĂ¢€"even when poured over itself!


CEMENT VS. CONCRETE

Technically, cement is the major ingredient (along with sand, gravel, water, and other possible additives) used to make concrete mix. So when you refer to the finished product, "concrete" is the proper term, though people often say "cement" to mean the same thing. Different types of cement mixes are used to form different types of concrete, which can be used in different construction applications.


FLAGSTONE PATIOS

Some major home renovations can be frustrating, expensive, time-consuming, and in the end, not give the best returns on your investment. However, something as simple as a new patio can be reasonably-priced, add more resale value to a home than the construction costs, and will provide immediate enjoyment to the homeowner and his or her guests. The organic look of flagstone fits nicely with any residential environment, matching the more rural setting of a home or adding a cozier quality to a more urban setting.


FAST FIXES FOR FALL

Wash Away the Elements


RETRACTABLE SCREEN DOORS

As a popular porch and patio option, retractable screen doors show the many benefits of using this type of door. Homeowners are noticing the importance of a retractable screen door and are beginning to use them in different areas of the home. What makes this popular door an ideal option for any type of home?


PORCHES: 4 TYPES

Back Porch: Usually more informal than a front porch, a back porch offers more flexibility. A back porch can be a great way to connect your kitchen to the garden outside, a place to enjoy water or nature views, or a protected spot to watch the kids play in the yard.

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