Spring and summer are a beautiful time. Those with a green thumb get to garden and watch their plants grow. Aspiring gardeners give growing a try. Some grow vegetables and herbs to eat and cook with. The rest of us do what we can to have an attractive yard. With all this yard work and gardening come a number of garden tools that need storing.
Finding space for your garden tools and an organized way of storing them is essential to making the most of the growing season. Here are some garden storage tips that will keep everything in its place in your garage or shed.(more…)
With dry hot summer weather comes wilting grass and plants. If necessary during droughts cities throughout Metro Vancouver and the Lower Mainland introduce watering bans. Recently water levels in reservoirs have been dropping and more and more places are either banning residents from watering their lawns and yards or calling on residents to limit their water use.
During watering restrictions and generally when planning your landscape design you can make a number of strategic choices that reduce the amount of water your yard needs to look its best. This means when there is no drought you’ll spend less time worrying about watering. During a drought a watering ban will have less of an impact on you and how good your yard looks.
Here are some tips on how to landscape your yard for water efficiency. (more…)
In medicine fascia refers to connective tissue. Unlike ligaments and tendons they surround muscle groups instead of connecting them. When it comes to your home fascia plays a similar role. It is an important part of the drainage structures of the exterior of a building that include soffit, eaves and your gutters. (more…)
Did you know that the City of Vancouver has a program called “Green Streets” which provides residents beautifying guidelines for the green space near their homes?
Most homes have a patch of grass that lies between the sidewalk adjacent to your home and the street curb. This space is called the boulevard. And although it’s normally planted with grass by the city, residents are encouraged to add some character to their neighbourhoods by planting flowers and plants. (more…)
Living by the coast has its benefits. Proximity to the Pacific Ocean, cool summer breezes, and much more. However, living by the Ocean has its downside as well and can take a toll on the exterior of your home. If you’re looking to maintain your home’s exterior yourself, be sure to take these tips into consideration. And if you’re looking to hire a professional to paint your home or do the upkeep for you, make sure you vet them thoroughly to see that they know what they’re doing. (more…)
Addressing the issue of your home’s curb appeal is a big one, especially when you’re thinking about selling or renting your home. You want to make sure the exterior is as inviting as the interior and that your house isn’t the sore spot of the neighbourhood. After all, curb appeal does affects home prices in your community.
Here are a few simple ideas to dress up the outside of your home. Some can be done in an afternoon, while others may take a little more time. Regardless, they will all help add value to your home, and in the end, you might not want to leave. (more…)
Be it a gentle mist or the much more dreaded rain that is coming at you sideways that makes you scared to leave the house rain is a fact of life in Vancouver. You do your part to keep your home dry during rainstorms. If your gutters are clean and well maintained your home should be dry. They will move water away from your property and into the street. Here it meets rain gardens and storm sewers maintained by the city.
Usually they will be in good shape. Sometimes they can get blocked by debris like leaves that litter the streets during the fall and that water begins to pool. Storm drains can clog creating havoc for the homeowners nearby. If the water has nowhere to go it can damage your property. (more…)
As a building owner keeping the exterior looking good and in nice condition is an important part of maintenance and retaining value. It’s also an important part of how you are perceived by neighbours, people walking by, and the community in general.
If there is a problem with graffiti appearing on your property it makes you look bad and can cause additional damage to your property. There are a number of strategies you can adopt to help keep graffitists away. (more…)
In wet and rainy places like Vancouver rain chains are becoming increasingly popular. They are a great addition to any drainage system and have the advantage of being beautiful. In climates with a lot of rain they can be a great addition when paired with traditional downspouts. The chains can also sound quite nice because they make waterfall like sounds as water winds down them. (more…)
Rain chains are great features to have in homes today, owing to their beauty and functionality. Rain chains are in the market to replace the gutter downspouts, which are the traditional ways of getting water from the gutters to the ground. Rain chains are great in homes with modern architectural designs though designs look great even in cabins and other traditional looking homes. These chains work perfectly both with heavy rains as well as in a light drizzle and because the water is visible, they look beautiful.
The cups in the design of the rain chains add on to the efficiency and performance of the chains because their bottoms, which are open, act as funnels and focus water beautifully to the drains. Although the splashing involved here is minimal, here are the top reasons why these chains are worth having in any home: (more…)