Friday, August 5, 2016

70th Birthday of Nanay Alice

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Four Things You Can Do to Improve Your Patio Area

If you have a backyard patio that simply consists of a concrete slab, you may have thought about doing something to improve it. There are many things you can do that range from simple to complex. The following are four ideas for you to consider. 

Have an awning installed

This is a relatively low cost way to improve your patio. You will have less sun during the daytime, and you will also be able to sit outside during the springtime when there is a light rain. You can store things outside without worrying about the sunlight damaging them as well. There are different types of awnings available, some are more complex than others, offering more options to the homeowner.

Enclose the patio with screens

Instead of an awning, you can have a more permanent structure built. This will be something that is far short of an expansion of your house, but you can have something more akin to a roof than an awning. You can also have three sides attached to the roof that rise up a few feet, then have screens installed the rest of the way up. They can be permanent or a removable screen. The latter will give you more options. 
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Create a greenhouse

Short of actually building a room addition, you can convert your patio to a greenhouse. This is perfect for a person whose loves gardening, but doesn't have the room in their yard, or perhaps the seasons are such that you can't grow what you want to grow, when you want to grow it. There are different ways to convert your patio to a greenhouse, but the fastest is to use prefabricated panels. 

Convert your patio into an outdoor room

This is the most expensive thing to do with your patio, but if you want more room in your home, but don't want to build an additional bedroom, you can create an expansion area using your patio area. You will need to have both design and construction work done on your home, but when you are finished, you will have a larger living room to enjoy. 

The ideas listed above are only four of the possibilities that you can consider for the future of your patio area. Some of these ideas can become expensive, but there are often low cost designs available for each of the four items list above.

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Sunday, July 10, 2016

Reasons to Get Your Driveway Professionally Paved

The driveway at your home might have seen better days. It might have quite a few pieces of concrete missing that cause a bumpy ride every time you drive your car over it. You have been wanting to do something about your driveway for quite some time. However, other expenses always seem to get in the way. You have reached a point where you can no longer tolerate driving over a driveway that is in a terrible state of disrepair. It is damaging your car and it needs to be fixed as soon as possible. The good news is that there are many benefits to repairing your driveway. Here are just a few of them.

1. Increased property value

Home improvements always add value to homes. The value is greater when the improvement is very significant. The value of your home will go up considerably if you decide to make a major home improvement like having your driveway completely repaved. This will be very important if you ever decide to sell your home in the future. Trying to sell your home with the driveway in a serious state of disrepair will be very difficult. Potential buyers will know that they will have a major repair expense if they decide to buy your home. Therefore, they will make a lower offer on your home than they would have if your driveway was perfect.

2. Improved driveway appearance

A damaged driveway is certainly no fun for you to drive over every day. However, it is not very thrilling to look at either. Seeing those holes created by missing chunks of concrete is a major eye sore that no homeowner would be proud of. This is why you should try to get it fixed if you have the financial means to do so. You might also want to consider having some sealcoating in Minneapolis performed at the same time.

3. Less damage to your car

Driving over a driveway with major potholes in it will eventually take a serious toll on your car. This could eventually lead to many expensive car repairs. These are more headaches that you do not need. Simply crossing your fingers and hoping that your car will not get damaged is not the way that you should handle the situation. Being proactive and having your driveway repaired before your car gets damaged is the smart thing to do.

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Sunday, June 19, 2016


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Friday, June 10, 2016

Gregory's Summer Scool Adventure

Tutoring toddlers on how to read and write requires ample amount of patience.

Thanks to Teacher Ems


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