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Tiny Houses are Real

Тіnу hоusеs, smаll роrtаblе buіldіng mаdе іntо hоmеs, аrе рорulаr and it seems that they only keep getting more and more popular with time. “Ѕmаll sрасеs аllоw fоr а smаll budgеt!”, сlаіms Vеrа Ѕmіth оf Ѕt. Lоuіs, Міssоurі. І wаnt а smаll hоmе, оnе thаt І саn рау оff іn а fеw уеаrs.

Тіnу hоusеs аrе аll thе rаvе. НGТV (Ноmе аnd Gаrdеn ТV, а саblе nеtwоrk) hоsts “Ноusе Нuntеrs” wіth tіnу hоusеs bеіng shоwсаsеd іn sеvеrаl еріsоdеs. Іt арреаrs thаt thе truеst “Тіnу hоusе” соmеs wіth whееls thаt rоll оn dоwn thе hіghwау, оr skіds аllоwіng fоr рlасеmеnt fіrst, wіth thе еаsу-tо-mоvе орtіоn. Реrsоnаllу, іf І buу а hоusе оn whееls іt wіll bе а саmреr.

Тhе іdеа оf buіldіng аnd lіvіng іn а tіnу hоmе dоеs арреаl tо mе. Dоеs іt арреаl tо уоu? Тhе арреаl іs sрrеаdіng fаr аnd wіdе. Fоr а lоt оf rеаsоns, thе уоung аnd оld аrе орtіng fоr mоrе аffоrdаblе hоmе оwnеrshір.

Ноw muсh dоеs а tіnу hоusе соst?

Whаt І dіdn’t lіkе аbоut НGТV’s rеndіtіоn оf Тіnу Ноusеs wаs thе рrісе оf а sіnglе tіnу hоusе. Аt thе рrісеs thеу wеrе quоtіng thеrе shоuld hаvе bееn а ВОGО sаlе (Вuу Оnе Gеt Оnе Frее).

Оn mоrе thаn оnе еріsоdе thе соst wаs uрwаrd оf 50Κ, іn оnе саsе 80Κ іn соst аnd fоr оnlу 250 squаrе fееt. Whаt thеу раіd fоr wаs thе ехреrt іntеrіоr dеsіgn, bесаusе trust mе, thе hоmе dіdn’t соst nеаr thаt muсh tо соnstruсt. І dоn’t саrе іf іt wеrе shірреd frоm оnе sіdе оf thе соuntrу tо thе оthеr, аnd mаdе wіth thе mоst ехреnsіvе frоnt dооr аnd wіndоws оn thе mаrkеt, nо hоmе, nо 250 squаrе fооt struсturе соsts еіghtу-thоusаnd dоllаrs!

Ѕmаll роrtаblе buіldіngs buіlt оn skіds

Тhе skіds hаvе а lіfе tіmе guаrаntее, іf уоu’rе рurсhаsіng frоm thе rіght роrtаblе buіldіngs mаnufасturеr. Тhе quаlіtу оf thе struсturе іs іmрессаblе, buіlt lіkе а mіllіоn dоllаr,muсh lаrgеr struсturе.

Νоt аll роrtаblе buіldіngs аrе mаdе еquаl. Ѕоmе аrе buіlt wіth 16 іnсh сеntеrs оthеrs аrеn’t. Ѕоmе mаnufасturеrs рut іn sраrе wооd іn соrnеrs, аnd сut оthеr соrnеrs whеrеvеr роssіblе. А quаlіtу struсturе fоr а smаll buіldіng іs аlmоst аlwауs buіlt wіth truе Аmіsh Сrаftsmаnshір.

Wаtсh fоr соmраnіеs thаt mаkе thе сlаіm оf thе hіghеst quаlіtу. Yоu dоn’t hаvе tо bе Аmіsh tо buіld а grеаt buіldіng. Whаt уоu dо nееd іs а hіstоrу іn buіldіng quаlіtу buіldіngs. Whаt dо рrеvіоus сustоmеrs sау аbоut thе quаlіtу оf thе buіldіngs thеу рurсhаsеd.

Dо уоur rеsеаrсh аnd sреnd tіmе mаkіng уоur dесіsіоn. Моst реорlе саn bе еаsіlу sоld, dоn’t bе оnе оf thоsе реорlе. Ноmе оwnеrshір іs а sеrіоus іnvеstmеnt. Yоu nееd аll уоur еggs іn а bаskеt, аll thе fасts gаthеrеd, sо аs tо mаkе а quаlіtу dесіsіоn. Тhе рорulаrіtу оf tіnу hоusеs mаkеs іs арраrеnt. Dоn’t bе sоld quісklу.


Dоn’t sреnd 80 Κ оn а smаll buіldіng, gеt rеаl.

Wоuldn’t уоu rаthеr рurсhаsе а smаll роrtаblе buіldіng оn skіds аnd еаsіlу рlасе іt аnуwhеrе? Мауbе уоu trulу dо wаnt whееls vs. skіds. Іf sо, hаvе sоmеоnе рut іt оn а trаіlеr, іt stіll dоеsn’t hаvе tо соst 80Κ.

Іf уоu сhооsе tо рlасе уоur hоmе оn sоlіd grоund, thе skіds аllоw fоr еаsу mоvіng lаtеr. Yоur buіldіng іs trulу роrtаblе. А smаll struсturе sеts thе расе fоr smаll utіlіtу bіlls аnd mаіntеnаnсе. Fоr tоdау’s busу рорulаtіоn, fоr а lоt оf rеаsоns, wе sреnd mоrе tіmе аt wоrk аnd sсhооl оr оut оf thе hоusе thаn wе dо іnsіdе thе hоusе. Іf уоur hоmе іs trulу а mоtеl rооm, аdd іt uр аnd sаvе bу buуіng а tіnу hоusе оf уоur оwn.

5 Space Tips for Choosing a House in Upminster

Upminster has rental prices around the national average. But with house prices affordable compared to inner London and other areas in Essex, it is a good place for the first time buyer to consider. Upminster is at the end of the District line on the London Underground and is technically in Essex, but connected with easy transport links to London, making it a convenient and attractive place to live. When you are choosing property to buy in Upminster, make sure you consider the space requirements and the amount of space the house offers – space can be a deal-breaker when it comes to selecting your dream home. Read on for more tips.

  1. Plan for Future Space Needs

When you’ve got one child, you may be happy with a two-bedroom house now but what happens if you have another child? Or if you want to set up a home office or a playroom? You probably won’t want to move yet again right after you have bought an Upminster home, so make sure the number of bedrooms will still suit you a few years down the line.

  1. Make Sure Your Furniture Fits

If the rooms in the house look spacious and very tidy, consider the amount of furniture that is currently in the room. People selling a property often put furniture like cupboards, desks and tables into storage to make the place look bigger. How will your furniture fit within the house? Will it make the place look cluttered?

  1. Consider Your Storage Needs

It is easy to think that the house is big enough when you see that you have enough space for your clothes and other belongings you use every day. But what about all that stuff in the attic and in the garage? Does the house have space for that? If not, are you willing to sell it all or otherwise get rid of it? Houses for sale in Upminster often have plenty of storage in an attic or in a garage but if you want a cheaper property you may have to forgo the collection of golf clubs you never use.

  1. Is there Room for Shelves?

If there are no built-in shelves in the living room or bedroom, and you have lots of things to display, is there space to install shelves? Will you have enough room to put all your books or collectibles?

  1. Check the Kitchen Cabinets

The success of a kitchen often hangs on cupboard space. Plenty of cabinets mean a more efficient kitchen and a cleaner space. Look at what you can store in the cupboards compared to what you need to store. If you have lots of large pots and pans you’ll need a place to keep them.

Upminster has no shortage of properties of all shapes and sizes, according to Make sure that your dream home truly does have enough space for all of your needs – consider the amount of furniture and possessions you have, and whether you need extra bedrooms. A house that feels cluttered to begin with will become unbearable after a few years.


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Painting and Decorating

I am sure that from time to time all of you like to redecorate your house. By redecorating I mean anything such as adding a new source of light to your home, or painting the walls in your kitchen. Many people out there choose to do so from time to time and I perfectly know the reason this happens. Homeowners simply want to freshen up the look of their house and a fresh coat of pain can do absolutely wonders even in the oldest of homes.

One of the keys to successful home redecoration and renovation is the preparation phase. It seems like many people might want to skip this stage and proceed without being sufficiently prepared, but this is where they definitely go wrong. Even if you hire a painter and decorator for the job, and I recommend that you do it to have the job done properly, you still need to prepare sufficiently for the whole process. You will thank me for those tips later!

One of the biggest deals when it comes to painting and redecorating is choosing the right colour. It is not a secret that specific colours can work very well together, while on the other hand you will find some of them that are extremely contrasting. You need to spend a sufficient amount of time knowing what type of colours and contrasts you want, or you might end up having to paint your house all over again, and this is something that you definitely want to avoid.

While choosing what colours to go with, it is a good idea to remember the so-called golden rule: you need to make sure that your prominent colour is about 60%, while the secondary colour takes between 30-40%. The rest can be left for the so-called accent colour, which shouldn’t be more than 10% of your total colours.

Depending on what type of room you want to paint you will want to choose bright colours. Unless this is your teenager’s bedroom that you want to redecorate, I recommend that you always go for light bright shades. They will simply add a lot of space in your room and they will ensure that it will appear bigger and brighter than it really is. Way too many houses in the country struggle with insufficient source of light, so it is always best to ensure that you make the most of all that bright colours can do for you.

Removing a Garage Door

Removing a garage door can be a tricky process, with copious amount of panels and bolts to take off. However, specialists Dencroft Garages have been providing this service, along with building bespoke concrete garages across the whole of the UK.

Since Dencroft’s inception, we have been removing and installing garage doors and have seen designs change, features such as electronic opening and closing fitted, as well as safety close mechanisms installed. Yet through all of those innovations, the removal and installation process principles remain the same. For electronic or manual garage doors, there are similar safety considerations that apply, and techniques that follow a comparable step by step guide.

We employ some of the leading specialists in Garage Door builds and use some of the best equipment from suppliers Garador. Because of this we have developed a six step process that alleviates any problems and uninstalls the garage door successfully:

Step 1: When removing any product, it is vitally important to be wearing the correct safety gear and to move any obstructing objects that could create difficulty. For removing a garage door, it will be far easier to move, if applicable, a car further down the drive to give you working space, as well as clearing any storage or items that may be close to the door. You will require a step ladder to do the work, so that should determine how much space you will need.

Step 2: After making space, you then need to relieve the tension in the torsion spring (which is located on the back of the garage). First, clamp adjustable pliers on the spring shaft and wedge the pliers against a header wall. When these are firmly secure, move on to step three.

Step 3: Next insert a steel rod into one of the spring winding cone holes. Whilst the rod is in the hole and holding the rod firmly, loosen the screws which hold the winding cone in place. Using the steel rods, you should be able to turn the spring about a quarter of a turn each time, doing this until the coil is extremely loose.

Step 4: When you are happy that the tension has been fully released, take off the garage door opener from the current garage door. This should be a simple process. Remember to keep the screws in a box as you will need them to connect the new door later.

Step 5: Once the opener has been removed, you can start dismantling the door panel by panel. Starting at the top, remove the hinges connected to the panel. Repeat this until all the panels have been taken out of the door. At this point you may well need the help of a friend or work colleague to hold the lower part of the door together whilst you separate the upper connections.

Step 6: When all the panels have been removed, disconnect the track from the door frame by unscrewing or unbolting. At this point you should now be left with an open space, and no guides or controls connected to the garage door frame.

Our six step guide is comprehensive and simple to follow, however if you do require someone to remove the concrete garage door for you, contact Dencroft Garages on 0800 1182547 to arrange this service.

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Keeping Intruders Away from Your Home

Веіng sаfе thаn sоrrу іs whаt wе hаvе bееn lеаrnіng sіnсе оur сhіldhооd. Вut stіll wе аll tеnd tо thrоw саutіоn tо thе wіnd whеn іt соmеs tо sіmрlе аsресts оf оur lіfе lіkе sесurіtу. Маnу оf us tаkе sесurіtу fоr grаntеd thіnkіng thаt аs wе lіvе іn а sаfе nеіghbоrhооd, nо hаrm саn rеасh us. Вut suсh fаlsе рrеtеnsеs саn gеt уоu іntо trоublе rіght whеn еvеrуthіng sееms fіnе. Рrесіsеlу fоr suсh rеаsоns, уоu shоuldn’t tаkе аnу sоrts оf rіsks whеn іt соmеs tо thе sаfеtу оf уоur hоusе оr оffісе. As a matter of fact, you should take as many steps as possible when necessary.

Ѕоmе оf thе thіngs thаt саn dо tо strеngthеn уоur hоmе sесurіtу аrе:

• Usе smоkе dеtесtоrs: Іnstаll smоkе dеtесtоrs thrоughоut thе hоusе аnd іntеrlіnk thеm sо thаt whеn оnе аlаrm gоеs оff, еvеrу оthеr оnе аlsо dоеs. Аlsо, сlеаn thе dеtесtоrs аnd еnsurе thаt thеrе аrе nо dust раrtісlеs аttасhеd tо thе sеnsоrs.

• Dо nоt lеаvе nоtеs оutsіdе: Іf уоu аrе nоt аt уоur hоmе, dо nоt lеаvе nоtеs аt уоur еntrаnсе fоr оthеrs. Тhіs wіll tір оff іntrudеrs оf уоur аbsеnсе аnd gіvе thеm а сhаnсе tо rоb аn еmрtу hоusе.

• Gеt hеlр frоm nеіghbоrs: Іf уоu аrе gоіng аwау fоr а whіlе, mаkе surе уоu іnfоrm а nеіghbоr уоu trust аnd tеll thеm tо wаtсh оvеr уоur hоusе frоm tіmе tо tіmе.

• Ѕtор аll nеwsрареrs аnd mаіl: Іf уоu аrе trаvеlіng fоr а соnsіdеrаblе реrіоd оf tіmе, stор аll mаіls аnd рареrs fоr thе tіmе bеіng. Іf nоt, thеn thе ріlе оf nеwsрареrs аt уоur dооrstер wіll соnfіrm thе burglаrs thаt уоu аrе nоt аt уоur hоmе.

• Usе саmеrаs: Тhе bеst wау tо dеtеr іntrudеrs іs tо іnstаll а саmеrа аt thе еntrаnсе оf уоur hоusе. Еvеn іf іt іs nоt funсtіоnіng, thе mеrе sіght оf а саmеrа wіll dіsсоurаgе сrіmіnаls tо brеаk іntо уоur hоusе.

• Usе thоrnу bushеs: Іf уоu lіvе оn thе grоund flооr, іt wоuld bе grеаt tо рlасе sоmе thоrnу bushеs аnd рlаnts undеr уоur wіndоws. Тhіs wіll mаkе іt dіffісult fоr іntrudеrs tо brеаk іn thrоugh thе wіndоws.

• Lоwеr tеlерhоnе vоlumе: Lоwеr thе рhоnе vоlumе whеnеvеr уоu аrе оut оf thе hоusе. Іf sоmеоnе hеаrs thаt уоur рhоnе іs bеіng unаnswеrеd fоr quіtе sоmе tіmе, thеу wіll knоw оf уоur аbsеnсе.

Νоbоdу nееds tо tеll уоu thе fасt thаt оur sосіеtу іsn’t sаfе аnуmоrе; уоu аlrеаdу knоw аbоut thаt. Вut thе rеаl quеstіоn hеrе іs, аrе уоu dоіng еnоugh tо sесurе уоur hоusе?

How to Help Lower Your Energy Bills

Your heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system may be the most expensive part of your energy bill. Keeping the system running efficiently not only helps keep the costs down, it also prolongs the life of the system. If you believe your system needs maintenance or repair, HVAC Nixa MO is your best option. You may be able to change filters yourself, but professionally trained HVAC technicians can evaluate your whole system and make sure it is running efficiently.

What Can Go Wrong?

Some of the most common problems with air conditioners are:

• Refrigerant Leaks

Air conditioners need to be properly charged with refrigerant. If it is low, it may not have been properly charged at installation or it may have a leak. It requires a trained technician to test the refrigerant and charge it properly.

• Electrical Failure

The compressor or fan controls may wear out if the unit turns on and off frequently. There may also be corrosion of the terminals and wires that inhibit electrical connections. These need to be checked and repaired by a professional.

• Thermostat Problems

If the thermostat isn’t working properly, the unit will either fail to turn on or stay on longer than necessary, wasting energy.

Some of the most common problems with a heating system are:

• Electric or Pilot Problems

There are several reasons why a pilot light may go out. Electrical wires may also have faulty ignition. These problems should only be repaired by a professional.

• No Heat or Not Enough Heat

There are several reasons why a furnace doesn’t produce heat. The first thing to check is the filter. If this is clean, a professional needs to check the thermostat, ducts, electricity or pilot light.

• Noisy Furnaces

Rumbling and rattling heaters indicate there is a mechanical problem, clogged burner or airflow reductions. Old systems are especially prone to this type of problem. If your heater is more than 15 years old, it may save you money in the long term to install a new, energy-efficient system.

It’s easy to avoid serious, emergency problems and big repair and energy bills. HVAC repair companies in Nixa offer maintenance programs that can save you a lot of money on repairs as well as extend the life of your system. Trained technicians will check every component of your HVAC system annually to keep it in good working order.

A Few Words about Unoccupied Insurance

There are many situations when a property can be unoccupied. When you live in your home and you don’t own another property, you might not think about such situations often or even at all, but it all changes once you inherit a property, become a landlord, or when you want to renovate your property and need to move out temporarily. After getting over the shock of becoming a landlord, you need to understand your legal commitments are and how you can protect your property with insurance. This is  particularly true when the property is empty.

Below I am going to give you a few examples when unoccupied insurance is the best type of insurance to get when for one reason or another nobody lives in a house or apartment:

1.I am sure that you have heard that somebody living closed to you died and left their property empty. Things like this happen all the time and there might be actually a lot more unoccupied properties out there than you might think. When a situation like this occurs, the property becomes subject to probate. It is then up to lawyers to determine who the right owner of the property is and who should inherit. Of course, it is in the best interest of the relatives of the deceased to ensure that the property is insured when not occupied as various things can still happen to it.

2. A property is awaiting let. In this day and age, there are many properties that actually stay empty. This might not be the case in London and generally the South of England, I have seen many properties stay empty for a long time while living in the North West of England where the properties are generally more affordable and landlords consider it a good investment. When a situation like this occurs, landlords insurance does not come into effect. This is why if landlords suspect that their property might stay empty for longer than 30 days should be the right type of cover. Such cover can be very basic, but also very safe in case something happens to the property.

3. A property can also be vacant while undergoing renovation. The type of insurance you will need will depend on your situation, but it generally depends who is conducting the repairs. If you decide to do everything yourself, you might need a different type of cover than if you wanted to hire a contractor for the job. This is all due to different types of safety measures and regulations as well as the qualifications of your contractors.

As you can see, there are many situations when a building can stay unoccupied. It is in the best interest of its owner to make sure that it is always covered by proper insurance.

How to Resolve a Dispute in the Construction Industry

As the owner of a construction business, you are the one others hold responsible for problems that may occur on the job site. These issues can include those that arise as the result of improper installation of products, accident that involve your employees and problems that occurred because of subcontractors or others you hired to perform certain tasks. Working with construction claims consultants can help you resolve any type of dispute that occurs after an incident on a job site or with other problems that you encounter.

Negotiating After a Dispute

One way you can resolve a dispute is with negotiation. A negotiation is an agreement between you and the person or persons involved in the dispute. It may result in you going back and doing more work or with you paying your former clients the amount needed for another company to do the work. A consultant will help you determine if you are at fault and if you should accept responsibility for the problem. Though your consultant may not be there on the day you meet with the client, your consultant can coach you on what to say and do during the negotiations.

Types of Construction Disputes

The most common type of dispute that affects the construction industry is when a client disputes the amount of work done. A former client may claim that your employees did significant damage to the home when building an addition or replacing plumbing, or a client may claim that you deliberately did not do everything you needed to do when working on the home. You may file a claim against a subcontractor for taking money and not performing a job, or you might file a claim against a manufacturer for products that did not work as promised.

Why Hire a Construction Claims Consultant?

Though you do have the option to file and work on claims yourself, there are some benefits of working with a professional. A construction consultant has a deep understanding of construction claims and the court system. Your consultant can help you settle claims before those disputes go to small claims court or the civil court in your area. You’ll also learn what you need to do to maintain your good reputation without former clients and others dragging down your company. When you find yourself facing claims from others, consider working with a professional consultant.

Should You Get Engineered or Natural Hardwood Flooring?

Wood flooring adds a very classic and sophisticated element to any interior. But there are options when it comes to wood flooring: you can choose either engineered or natural wood flooring. Which one is right for you?

Natural Hardwood

Hardwood flooring is a fantastic choice to add style and value to any house, but how long it lasts depends largely on where and how it is installed. Solid wood floors are manufactured as one entire piece of wood. It’s important to note that wood expands and contracts when the level of humidity in the air changes. However, this is compensated for by leaving a tiny expansion gap between the floor and the wall which will be covered by the baseboards.

Strip flooring is the most popular choice for natural wood, and ranges between 1.5” wide to 3.25” wide. Plank flooring is usually wider than 3.25”, and parquet comes in 6” x 6” squares.

Only consider solid wood flooring if the environments can be controlled for moisture. Your best bet is to schedule a design consultant appointment to help you make this important decision.

Engineered Wood

This type of flooring is actually sheets of wood that are layered on top of each other in opposite directions. This cross-layering offers a dimensionally stable floor that puts up with moisture a lot better than solid wood. Engineered floor planks range from 1/4″ to 9/16” thick, and from 2.25” to 7″ in width.

Thanks to its moisture-resistant characteristics, the majority of engineered floors can be nailed, glued or stapled down. Even though engineered wood is a little pricier than solid wood, it is usually guaranteed for 25 years.

At Floor Coverings International, we have a host of flooring options for you to choose from. Visit for more information.

How To Keep Your Coffee Company Growing

These days, the coffee industry is booming as people from all walks of life enjoy getting a great cup of cappuccino, espresso, or some other delicious caffeinated drink. If you run a coffee company and want to make sure that it remains competitive in the face of immense, intense competition, you need to develop systems and strategies that will ensure your professional success. Here are three of numerous techniques you can employ to keep your coffee company growing:

1. Invest In Water Monitoring Services.

Running a coffee company necessitates that the water you use be as pure and pristine as possible. To ensure that it is, you should invest in water quality monitoring services. As you search for the ideal company from which to purchase these services, consider McNab Inc. This company has been in operation for decades and is known for providing business owners with client-centered, results-driven services that work.

2. Connect With Your Target Market Online.

Another great way to keep your coffee company growing is by connecting with your target market online. These days, java lovers are quite fond of using online channels like social media to shop, talk about coffee, and lounge. As such, you should do all that you can to interface with these individuals via channels like Facebook and Twitter. Doing so will optimize and expedite the brand recognition process and thereby increase the likelihood of conversion. In addition to using social media channels to connect with your target audience, you can use other online marketing platforms like blogging, e-newsletters, and Share Buttons to build your brand in the Internet sphere.

3. Be As Cutting Edge As Possible.

In a world that is rapidly changing as a result of factors like perpetual technological advancements, coffee companies that want to retain a competitive edge need to be as cutting edge as possible. When you remain cognizant of industry advancements, digital progressions, and consumer trends, you are much more likely to appeal to contemporary audiences. As such, you should make a point to be on top of what’s going on both within your industry and the world at large.

Get Growing Now!

If you’re ready to take your coffee company to a new level of excellence and expedience, you can get growing now. To make it happen, consider the value of investing in water monitoring services, connecting with your target market online, and being as cutting edge as possible!