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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.


HISTORIC HOMES: PRESERVATION AND RESTORATION, BY MIKE FOURNIER, TULSA

Every state has a federally designated historic preservation office (HPO) that is the clearinghouse for a tremendous amount of information about preservation activities. There is no cost or obligation for their assistance. They will be able to provide you with:


GARAGE SOLUTIONS

Garage Solutions: Build It, Remodel It, Organize It


CARRIAGE HOUSES

Before automobiles were popular and garages became standard fare in American homes, there was the carriage house. Historically it was a structure set off from the main home on wealthier estates that included a place to park the family carriage and a stable to house the horses in. With the rise in popularity of automobiles, and the fact that cars didn't need to be housed quite as far away as the horses for aromatic reasons, these structures dropped out of favor as garages rose in prominence. Lucky for today's homeowners, however, the basic idea was not forgotten. And like so many traditional building styles, these homes are now enjoying a revival of sorts.


CARPENTRY GLOSSARY, BY MIKE FOURNIER, TULSA

Air-Dried Lumber: Lumber that's been stored in an enclosed area for any length of time. The minimum moisture content of this lumber is 12 to 15 percent, though in the South it can be no lower than 19 percent.


DECORATIVE CONCRETE: TURNING CEMENT SURFACES TO STONE

When installing a floor, patio, or driveway, many people would love to have the unique colors and warm textures of natural stone. Slate, tile, brick, and even marble are some of the hottest materials on the market due to their sophisticated look and irreplaceable charm. However, any kind of natural stone comes at a heavy cost. Since they're rare, difficult to manufacture, and harder to work with, they are never cheap. Therefore many people invest in cement: it's easy, inexpensive, and effective.


CONCRETE FLOORS: ROCK SOLID

Concrete Floors: Rock Solid


ORNAMENTAL IRON FENCE

Ornamental Iron Fence Offers See-Through Protection

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