One way you can improve the appearance of your property is by doing a front porch renovation. A front porch can be an open verandah style, screened, or in colder climes fully enclosed; and each type presents its own challenges for the DIY home enthusiast. We’ll leave aside things like re-painting doors, windows and even walls; as these are all things that aren’t specific to front porch renovations. However, hopefully you’ll find the following ideas both useful and practical.
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If you’re currently thinking of replacing your fireplace with a cultured stone one, you might like to consider the following tips on cultured stone fireplace construction. Cultured stone isn’t a euphemism for a particularly refined or expensive stone. Cultured stone could also be referred to as faux or mock stone, not being a naturally occurring substance.
To the observer cultured stone will look perfectly natural but it is in fact a composite, usually made from a natural rock that has been ground to a powder and mixed with cement and possibly sand, to make an artificial stone.
As 1960s architecture introduced open plan living spaces the need for longer and longer wooden joists became apparent, resulting in the development of engineered wood I joists in 1969.
Although conventional lumber joists over 16 feet long were available they were both cumbersome to handle and, for most domestic buildings, prohibitively expensive. With more and more people wanting to build homes based on large open plan designs the market was ripe for the introduction of a cheaper joist to support floors, without compromising the integrity of the floor.
Engineered Wood Joists
Most gardeners consider whether or not to add a greenhouse to their backyard at some point. This is a common choice for all gardeners. Whether you want to add a few weeks to your growing season in the fall or be able to start your tropical species over winter, there is a greenhouse that is right for you. A greenhouse kit might be just what you are looking for.
Choosing the Best Greenhouse
Cost and size are both primary considerations when shopping for a greenhouse kit. You must consider the space that you have available to dedicate to your greenhouse and the amount of money that you have available in your budget.
Spalling is the deterioration of concrete by crumbling or flaking. The main cause of spalling is water. When brick is exposed to water consistently, some of the water is absorbed through the porous material of the brick. When this water freezes and thaws repeatedly, it causes the brick to fall apart.
Other sources of spalling are high pressure washing, water hitting the wall directly by driving rains, water from downspouts, gutters and roofs and water seeping up from the soil. Vapor air escaping through the wall from inside the building, chemical cleaning and non-breathable brick sealers are additional causes.