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SWIMMING POOL VACUUMS, BY MIKE FOURNIER, TULSA

Pools and spas create a wonderful luxury to your backyard and they can offer hours of fun and relaxation to any household. But they're an expensive purchase, and like any investment they'll need routine maintenance and upkeep. To make sure that these systems run properly and remain hygienic, you'll have to perform occasional clean-up tasks in order to remove any dirt or debris that will enter your pool.


TOP 10 UPGRADES, BY MIKE FOURNIER, TULSA

A sizable tax refund might be just the incentive you need to tackle some long-wanted home improvement projects.


GAZEBOS, BY MIKE FOURNIER, TULSA

Every homeowner may have a different reason for adding a gazebo to their backyard. Gazebo additions are often used as a kind of covered patio area that allows you to enjoy the natural setting of your yard away from your house. If you have a gardening interest, a gazebo can act as a permanent structure that helps define the garden.


OFF THE GRID HEAT, BY MIKE FOURNIER, TULSA

Most of us are well aware of how dependent on technology we've become. While a power outage 50 years ago might have meant a night of board games and candles, a modern blackout can truly be a life or death situation. Because of this, the idea of having a home that can function independently is very appealing. Just how appealing is getting off the grid?


FIREPLACE SURROUND, BY MIKE FOURNIER, TULSA

So much attention is given to the fireplace when selecting fireplace design that often the fireplace surround is forgotten and neglected. It's an understandable phenomenon. Should you choose a masonry fireplace or a ventless model? Do you want wood burning or natural gas? These are all certainly important decisions to make, but the part of your fireplace that is going to get noticed more than anything else isn't the color of the flame burning behind the glass, it's going to be the surround itself.


WHAT HAPPENED TO THE DEN?, BY MIKE FOURNIER, TULSA

Whatever happened to the den? That secluded, often shut off room where one could go to relax after a hard day, or perhaps utilize when work needed to be done without interruption where did it go? Many would say that it's still there only with a different name, like office or living room.


HEATILATOR FIREPLACES, BY MIKE FOURNIER, TULSA

Since the beginning of human history, home and comfort has meant the warmth of a roaring fire. Here in the 21st Century, heatilator fireplaces are a great way for practical-minded consumers to bring that warmth into their homes. Heatilator is a brand name (and the household name) for what can be more generically called a heat-circulating fireplace. Heatilator fireplaces work by circulating air around a firebox and back into the room, so that the warmth of the fire will be dispersed throughout the home. Heatilator fireplaces come in three main types:


BRICK FIREPLACES: THE KING OF FIREPLACES, BY MIKE FOURNIER, TULSA

Everyone enjoys the snap, crackle, and pop of a fire, especially on those cold winter evenings. They emanate romance, ambience, and, of course, warmth. But though there are lots of modern designs with elegant construction, nothing beats the rustic look of a brick fireplace. Not only does their handmade appearance recreate a touch of the past, it also gives a room a sense of scale. Today, hearths are often built into a corner or blend in with the wall and its surroundings, but the boldness of brick can help accent a room and become a beautiful fixture in itself. So if you're in the market for a new installation or simply want to remodel what you already own, here are a few tips about brick.


VENT FREE GAS FIREPLACES, BY MIKE FOURNIER, TULSA

If you've looked into vent-free fireplaces at all, you've probably discovered there are quite a few differing opinions on the safety of installing one in your home. The basic concept of a vent-free fireplace is easy enough to understand. By burning gas instead of wood, you can create a "smokeless" heat that doesn't require ventilation and allows all the heat created by the fire to stay in your home. Of course, it's not exactly that simple. By-products are still created when burning gas in your home, including carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, among others. These gases get pushed into your home along with the heat, which can create a dangerous situation if not carefully monitored.


WOOD BURNING STOVES, BY MIKE FOURNIER, TULSA

Traditional fireplaces are wonderful because unlike other heating systems, you're able to add a little romantic ambiance to your home. Since you're able to actually see the flames, a hearth creates a natural, cozy feel to any room, which can create a sense of warmth beyond the fire itself. The problem with a fireplace is that they are expensive, take up lots of room, and are often centered around looking nice instead of supplying efficient heat.

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