Garage Remodelling Home Improvement Ideas

One of the quickest ways to add additional storage and room to the interior of the home is to utilise space that is not currently used. Nearly every home has unused space in the garage that can expand the area that is utilised for storage. Through an effective garage remodelling, every homeowner can provide a place for more organisation, while using space that was not being utilised for anything.

Remodelling the Garage

Many homeowners understand the garage provides the ideal environment for creating a home office, a workshop, or studio. Because it already has a roof and the floor, it is very easy to convert into quality space they can be used for a variety of reasons. With the simple addition of heating and cooling, and possibly plumbing, it is easy to quickly transform a portion of the garage into usable interior space.

Just because the homeowner is using a portion of the garage does not mean they will need to sacrifice the area used for storage. Consider using the area higher up, near the ceiling, to add additional shelving or storage in unused space. In addition, a small shed can be positioned outdoors, to contain many of the items that were originally stored inside the garage, such as lawn equipment and items for landscaping.

Expanding the Laundry Room

If you realise that your laundry room is positioned right next to the garage, you may have the opportunity to do something with the unused space. The unused space inside the garage might provide the perfect opportunity to take a portion of the garage and increase the size of the laundry room. By simply building an additional wall or two and adding a door the area can be instantly transformed into an expansive laundry room.

Adding a Mud Room

Most homes do not have mud rooms, where the family can remove their outer clothing and dirty boots without tracking debris and dirt throughout the home. Taking a portion of the garage and transforming it into a mud room is an ideal solution for keeping the interior of the home clean. If possible, consider installing a sink and cabinet to make the process of cleaning up much easier. This is a smart solution for a serious problem.

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Creating a Home Office

As more individuals are learning to telecommute, work from home, or beginning their own home business, they need their own home office. Instead of taking up one of the bedrooms, it is easy to create a home office within the existing garage structure. Taking just a small portion of the interior space, two walls, a bit of lighting, and access to the HVAC system is all that is required to transform unused space into an effective and usable home office area.

There are phenomenal garage remodelling home improvement ideas that can transform unused space into something worthwhile to add equity to the home, and increase its functionality. With a little creativity, and thinking outside the box, any homeowner can realise that they already have unused space that can be transformed into a beautiful addition to the interior of the home.

Planting Container Gardens

Container gardens are a good option for those who want to have a flower garden, but do not have the space for a flower bed. Container gardens are also good for those who may have the room for a regular flower bed, but want some flowers in other locations, such as a patio, or a corner of the yard away from a planting bed.

download (43)Obviously the first thing that you’ll need for a container garden is a container. Practically anything that will hold soil can be used as a container garden. You can choose something like a terracotta flower pot or ceramic container that you can find at your local gardening store or you can choose something more unusual. If you want something unique, your options for containers are almost unlimited. Whatever container you choose, just be sure that it will drain water. A few holes drilled into the bottom should suffice.

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A container garden can be used to add your own uniqu touch to your garden; you just have to choose a container that reflects your personality. For a slightly whimsical garden, you can use an old watering can for a container garden, or perhaps an old bowl and pitcher. For something even more unique, you can let your imagination run wild. A pair of boots, an old claw foot bathtub, or even a toilet can be turned into interesting container gardens.

Once you have your container, you need to fill it with soil, and start planting. You may want to put some landscaping fabric in the bottom of the container to prevent the drainage holes from getting clogged with soil. If your container is large, you may want to partially fill the container with empty water bottles, or Styrofoam peanuts, and then fill the rest of the container with soil. This will reduce the weight, and make it easier to move your container garden if you want it in a different location.

images (94)When choosing plants for your container garden, you can either choose plants with contrasting colours and textures, or plants with complimentary colours. Try to vary the size of the plants in the container. Plant something tall in the centre of the container, or in the back of the container if it will be against a wall or a fence. In front of this, use a smaller plant for some variety. Along the edge of the container, use plants that will spill over the side. This three layered planting method provides some interest to the garden.

You don’t necessarily need to follow the planting instructions exactly. If you are using annuals in your container garden, you can pack them together, since they will not have the chance to grow and spread. Just give them some room to spread, but do not leave gaps.

A container garden is ideal for adding a touch of colour to a corner of a patio or yard. You can even plant it several times a year, using different flowers for different growing seasons. With the right container, your garden can even reflect your own unique personality, making your garden your own.

Create A Garden Playhouse

Children love playhouses and creating one in the garden is fun and easy and the children will enjoy helping you create it. Your children will spend many happy summers playing in one of these and it will become one of their fondest childhood memories.

What You’ll Need

  • A nice sized section of garden area. Make sure there’s room enough for the kids to play inside.
  • Sunflower Seeds (various types, we like very tall ones and then smaller ones)
  • Various herbs (we like chamomile, lavender, mint, basil, oregano, marigolds and other similar herbs)
  • Carrots
  • Snow Peas

Decide On A Shape

Decide what shape you want your garden playhouse to be. You may wish to draw it out with string prior to planting your seeds.

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Planting Your Playhouse

Plant your giant sunflower seeds as the outer “walls” of your playhouse. Space them far enough apart that children can go in between them, but close enough together that they make it appear like a secret garden.

Plant snow peas near the tallest sunflowers. They will grow and wind up the tall sunflowers. Children will enjoy nibbling on these while they’re playing so be sure to show them how delicious they are.

Intersperse the herbs throughout the sunflowers and plant smaller sunflowers in between as well. You want it to appear as if there is a quaint little garden fence along the outer “walls” of your playhouse so be creative and make the herbs appear to be a fence line or add pops of color here and there.

Plant the carrots along the inside “wall” of the tallest sunflowers. These make great snacks for hungry children while they’re in the playhouse.

Water

Help your children water their playhouse every day. Talk to them about how some plants grow faster than other plants. Talk about how some plants have edible seeds (sunflowers) and some have edible roots (carrots) while some have edible flowers and delicious leaves.

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Furnishing Your Playhouse

Depending upon the age of your children, you may wish to put some lawn furniture inside the playhouse area. We have a hammock we like in ours.

You could make the inside like a sand castle as well and have a sand bucket or some “earth moving” tools like toy dump trucks etc. Get creative and make this playhouse as personal as you can for your children.

Winding Down The Season

As the season winds down and the sunflowers begin to tip over teach your children about how to dry sunflowers. Remove the heads of the flowers and air dry your seeds. Then toast them with some sea salt and enjoy eating them.

Uproot the remainder of the sunflower stalks and put them in a compost pile. Save the herbs and dry them for eating with dinner in the winter months. Remind the children how the herbs grew in their own playhouse.

Oregano, lavender, chamomile and marigolds will come back year after year so there is no need to remove these. Basil will need to be replanted each year.

Enjoy playing in the playhouse.

Build A Garden TeePee

Gardening doesn’t have to be boring. You can create your own unique garden with just a few creative tips. There are many climbing plants that one can plant. Today, we’re going to focus on climbing peas, beans and flowers (such as morning glory)

Gather Some Big Sticks

Gather up some large sticks. Your sticks should be approximately 1 to 2 inches in diameter and at least 5 to 6 feet long. You should have at least 10 of these sticks to start.

Garden Twine

You’ll need a roll of sturdy but pliable garden twine. Take three of the sticks (I always use the 3 longest sticks for this part) and tie them together into a tripod shape. This will form the basis for your teepee.

Adding More Sticks

Now add in more sticks to make your teepee sturdy. Keep adding one or two sticks at a time at equal intervals apart and tie them firmly at the top with twine. You should have the outer section fanned out and the top section should all be tied together just as if it were a regular teepee. If you wish for kids to be able to play inside of the teepee make sure to leave an opening at this point in time.

Positioning Your Teepee

Now that you have your base it’s time to position your teepee in the garden. Dig a moat around the outer edge of where the teepee will be and place the bottom of the teepee into the moat. The moat should be a few inches deep. Once you have the teepee into position fill in the moat being careful to make sure that the base of each and every teepee pole is in the moat and being filled in. Pack this down firmly.

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Planting

Now, it’s time to plant. Just outside of the moat dig a small furrow around the teepee edge. You may wish to alternate your seeds as far as beans, peas and flowers go or you may wish to plant them in small groups. However you decide to do it, gently place seeds in the ground around the furrow until you’ve placed all of your seeds equally around your teepee base.

Cover Seeds

Now that your seeds are placed it’s time to gently cover them. Place a small amount of dirt over each and every seed and gently tamp it down.

Water Gently

Now that your seeds are in the ground it’s time to give it a gentle watering. I prefer to use a watering can for this so as not to disturb the seeds and displace them. I water all around the filled in furrow and let the ground soak up the water.

Wait Patiently

Now I wait. Patiently. Within a few days (if the weather cooperates) I will see seedlings beginning to pop up. I continue to water with my watering can until the seedlings are several inches tall and won’t be damaged by the sprinkler.

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Weed As Needed

Weed your seedlings as needed.

Wind Up The Teepee

As the plants grow I wind them up the teepee and allow them to wrap themselves around it.

When the plants are ready for harvest I have a fully enclosed teepee and can pick my peas and beans.

Practical Gardening – Grow Your Own Greens

Growing your own greens can cover a multitude – there are, after all, plenty of greens to think about. We all know that eating our greens are good for us so what could be better than growing our own greens? They don’t come much fresher or tastier than straight from the garden to the plate.

There are lots of different types of green to consider but today we’re going to think specifically about salad crops. Now don’t click over, I know what you’re thinking – boring old lettuce. There are actually loads of varieties of green salad crops which can be grown quite easily.

Right, let’s start with lettuce, now what about chard and spinach, some kale and mustard is also nice from the cabbage family and what about growing some of the less well known greens like corn salad, chicory, radicchio or escarole. None of these greens take up too much valuable garden space but they can make a big, tasty difference to a fresh, crunchy summer salad.

download (46)The most popular way of growing lettuce and other greens is using space saving rows which leaves lots of room to try many of the different varieties of greens. Why not splash out on an extra seed packet or two and give them a try – it won’t cost the earth but it could be a very tasty experiment. Try out three or four different types of lettuce and greens so that you can really enjoy a good variety of salads right through the summer.

Top Tip – people who live in hotter climates may find it beneficial to plant things like spinach and lettuce in partial shade – this will help to prevent them from bolting during the hotter months.

It’s always a good idea to start off lettuce and other greens indoors then transplant them for an early spring harvest, you may even live in the right location for a fall crop. Cool-weather greens do need some shade so that’s definitely worth thinking about before you start planting.

download (48)Lettuce and other greens will quite happily mix with other vegetable crops. You could always plant lettuce, onions and carrots in the same row (around 16 inches across) then harvest the lettuce whilst it is still very young leaving plenty of space for the onions and carrots to expand. You can do the same sort of thing with spinach and beets – mixing and matching and making the most of your vegetable garden space available.

One mistake which many newbie vegetable gardeners make is to plant too many vegetables at one time. Think about it, you can’t eat a whole row of lettuces all at once so it makes sense to plant short successive rows to that they don’t all mature and get ready for harvest at once. Think about how many mouths there are to feed in your family and work it out.

Lettuce can also make a rather attractive addition to a floral border, particularly the curly cress. The  bright green foliage can look lovely and provide a great contrast with the flowers – a beautiful edible border – whatever next?

Hydroponic Gardening

When most people think of gardening, they think of plants growing in dirt, but this isn’t the only way to grow plants. Hydroponics is another method to grow plants that doesn’t use soil, especially in hydroponic grow tents. Many of you might be wondering how can you grow a plant without soil? Well, it is quite easy to grow plants without soil. To explain this, lets first explain how plants grow. Plants receive the bulk of their nutrients from the soil and these nutrients are basic minerals and vitamins.

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When growing a plant without soil some type of nutrient free medium is used to hold the plant in place and the actual food and vitamins are feed to the plant via a complete fertiliser. I use the term complete fertiliser because most fertilisers are designed for plants that grow in soil, so they are missing a few key vitamins that the soil is expected to provide.

There are dozens of ways to construct a hydroponic garden. There are passive systems that do not use electronic pumps and bubble machines, and the plants simply grow roots that are submerged into the water. The Kratky method is a good example of this and is being used by commercial lettuce and vegetable leaf gardens.

Other methods use a recirculating pump to aerate the water to provide plants an abundance of oxygen and water. Some use misters that directly spray water on the roots of plants.

So, why would anyone want to do hydroponic gardening. There are several benefits to using hydroponics and I will list then bellow:

(1) Hydroponic plants grow faster

(2) Hydroponic gardens have fewer insects

(3) Hydroponic gardens grow bigger plants

Plants grown in hydroponic gardens grow faster and larger than plants that are grow in soil. How is this possible? This is possible because when plants grow in soil, their roots have to stretch and search for water. In a hydroponic system, plants always have access to well oxygenated water, this allows them to grow at a faster rate.

With hydroponics, you also deal with fewer insects and diseases. The soil that plants are grown in is often a major cause of infestation. The carries insect larvae and gives them the perfect environment to grow, you do not have this with hydroponics.

Another benefit of hydroponic gardening is that they are easier to maintain. You don’t have to carry around bags of dirt or deal with weeds. It is even possible to automate the water and feeding process so that your garden is self-sufficient.

Is hydroponic gardening better than growing in soil? This is a difficult question to ask. Hydroponics does have some major benefits over growing over soil, which we listed above. Better is such a value judgement. I will only say that hydroponics requires less maintenance.

As you can see, hydroponic gardening is a great alternative to growing plants in soil. It is easier to maintain, plants grow faster and bigger in hydroponic gardening. Give this method a try and you will be pleasantly surprise at how well it works.

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at reasonable prices may be the stuff of dreams. Actually, spending greater than $100 for any tree that you could even call acceptable is really a chore that may get you throughout town to complete. No matter what type of trees you’re looking for, either it is tall, short, flocked, full or light, you likely will search for a great deal to save time and energy to find something which your family can also enjoy. Or you might get exactly what you would like by selecting in the selection of Christmas trees at Shopubuy.

Let’s be honest. There have been types of Christmas trees readily available for probably so long as you have ever searched for one. But with regards to what you spend for your tree to obtain what you would like might be called simply ridiculous. Unfortunately, much like everyone else when the time comes for Christmas you realize you need to go regardless of what it is.

What’s promising throughout this really is that if you prefer a nice Christmas tree you typically need to skimp around the presents you need to upgrade on everyone. And it would be great if you could buy more gifts or even more expensive gifts and save on a Christmas tree? You can now by having an} artificial Christmas tree from Shopubuy.

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Rather than needing to endure those annual headaches over choosing the best Christmas tree and spending with the nose to obtain something, why don’t you place yourself on a situation to avoid spending money on a Christmas tree again? It is possible by having an artificial Christmas tree from Shopbuy.

Gone are the day   from the aluminum cousins in “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” Today’s artificial Christmas trees are beautiful, lush, and decorated perfectly to mirror your own tastes. You will find trees which are locked, full, tall, short, specially colored, plus much more. All you need to do when you set up one of these simple trees would be incorporate your own decoration if you want as well as your Christmas is able to go.

Perhaps on top of that is always at Shopubuy, you won’t just pay less for just one artificial Christmas tree than you’ve ever paid for a genuine one previously. There after you won’t ever purchase a Christmas tree again. Consequently, you’ll have more income to invest on Christmas, not really a tree that you’ll just get rid of following the season is over. And also the mess related to clearing up after your old real Christmas trees? That will not be considered a problem either provided you have their trees purchased.

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Boat Seat Covers Guide 2 Pieces

Worked for as once huge mob experience cautioning and the roughness of an angling epicure of their seats are not got by the climate, impacts of salt water caving in or boss introduction of UV beams.

This is a with a free hand developed module, firm of remarkable substantial capacity formed proclivity card and UV insusceptible PVC. This is a fundamentally strong thing between time adding a trendy perceive to your vessel.

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The seats bob be safely secured in the meantime not in handle by means of a craftsmanship an aide of conveyed weight to hold up under studs and straps. These seats moreover stop by the entire of a spin base which permits the most profound part to turn totally and be securely situated on the most profound part point. So at any rate you deal with your freight ship, these seats will without a doubt bring into play your visitors and yourself.

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* Built for the most part Weather Conditions

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Great Ideas for Outdoor Shutters

Without the outdoor shutters, home owners are not making the most of the spaces of their outdoor areas. The importance of having outdoor shutters installed is to protect you from any type of weather like heavy rains, sun, strong wind and from insect bites. Here are some great outdoor shutters that you can use for your home.

Café Shutters

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This type of blind gives the people a clearer view of the space. It’s good to use if you need to get protected from sun and rain while not blocking the view of your beautiful garden.

Shades Shutters

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This blind is good for direct sunlight exposure since it is design to eliminate UV rays while do not block the surrounding view. It is considered as one of the popular outdoor blinds because they are perfect for any time of celebration. You can install automatic or manual set up for these blinds. Add a little bit of light sensor to customise the blinds.

Hinged Blinds

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If you are considering protection from the weather and privacy as well while you are able to open your h home to outdoor event, this one is good for you. It is 100% adjustable and can open few blinds while closing the others. They are very stylish that allows you to spend more time here.

Awnings Blinds

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Blinds don’t have to hang in a standing position. Blinds can also be adjusted like awnings which allows you to relax and attend your needs. Fixed and adjustable set ups are available.

Colourful Blinds

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Looking for type of blinds that matches your home exterior? Colourful blinds come with different colours that can match the exterior paint of your house. They are also great for indoor blinds.

These great outdoor blinds are very useful and stylish. If you want to look for more modern outdoor shutters, check this External Plantation Shutters site. Search for the right shutters for your exterior blinds.

 

Moving Tips During Wet Weather

Wet weather can be annoying especially when you’re scheduled for house moving by Sydney Removalists. Nobody knows when heavy rain comes. Here are some helpful tips during wet weather to make the house moving process easier and comfortable.

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Always check the weather forecast

It is always best to protect your things from getting wet. Check the weather forecast so you can possibly schedule your house moving if n necessary.

Water Resistant Wrapper

Use plastic or water resistant cover to protect your things. Moisture can accumulate damage to wooden objects. Water can also cause stains that is hardly to remove. The good way to protect your things especially furniture is to cover them with plastic or water resistant cover. In this case, it will lessen the possible risk of damage to your belongings.

Protect Your Documents

It is very important to have your papers and documents protected from rain. Use water resistant plastic to prevent them from getting wet.