2019 National Hardware Show showcases its Lawn, Garden & Outdoor Living section – Garden Center Magazine

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The Lawn, Garden & Outdoor Living section will offer the latest product innovations from several brands including American Fire Glass (Booth #10125), Daisy Rain Garden Systems (Booth #10167), Kent International Inc. (Booth #11436), KidKraft (Booth #10352), Miracle Wheelbarrows LLC. (Booth # IS9225) and Zingz & Thingz (Booth #11259.

The Southern Nursery Association (SNA) has announced plans are underway for the 2020 SNA Conference to take place at the Baltimore Convention Center Monday, Jan. 6 to Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020. Once again, the SNA Conference will precede the Mid-Atlantic Nursery Trade Show (MANTS), which takes place from Wednesday, Jan. 8 to Friday, Jan. 10, 2020.

The SNA Conference provides a platform for sponsors to engage with customers on a personal, one-to-one level. Sponsorship packages for the 2020 SNA Conference will include all-access passes to the conference to allow face-to-face engagement throughout the two days of keynotes, plant conference and research conference sessions, and roundtables. The sponsor package will also include tabletop display space, as well as other promotion before, during and after the event.

“Collocating The SNA Conference at the Baltimore Convention Center two days before the opening of MANTS offers many advantages to the audience of both events,” Karen Summers, SNA executive vice president says.  “Participants have the convenience of attending the industry’s most widely-recognized conference for new plants and quality research plus attend one of the industry’s largest trade show.”

More details of the 2020 SNA Conference will be released in the coming weeks. For more information, contact the Southern Nursery Association, Inc., PO Box 801454, Acworth, GA 30101, 678.809.9992, mail@sna.org, or visit the SNA website at www.sna.org

DIG Marketing has launched a contest called “Save My Garden Center” for independent garden centers in the U.S. or Canada who want to refresh their websites, boost their content marketing tactics, and kickstart their social media initiatives. The package is valued at $12,000.

“Our team leaders work in the industry so we can work for the industry. We understand the importance of a good first impression and have the experience to convey a company’s best assets through several marketing tactics,” according to a press release from DIG Marketing. Rob Sproule, co-owner of Salisbury Greenhouse in Alberta, Canada, is the IGC owner behind DIG Marketing. “DIG is looking for garden centers embarrassed by their website, looking for a brand revival, interested in showcasing their knowledge through email marketing and eager for some social media guidance.”

Garden centers can enter at SaveMyGardenCenter.com now until April 15, 2019, when a winner will be selected.

Gard’N-Wise has signed a deal with Marketing Garden for The Perfect Plant’s problem solver. The agreement combines synthetic and organic control products offered through Gard’N-Wise with The Perfect Plant’s technology for a ready-to-use problem solver for retailers.

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“Retailers face challenges with staffing, education, and having necessary information at their fingertips to help customers quickly and effectively,” John Bruntzel, sales manager for Gard’N-Wise said. “Tying the products we offer into The Perfect Plant allows retailers to offer staff a solid level of product knowledge from day one of employment.”

Gard’N-Wise will offer a base package to retailers providing a problem solver preloaded with solutions from manufacturers. Once the user identifies his problem, the system recommends products based on the application site like a vegetable garden, home interior, houseplants, landscape, etc. from the retailer’s product offering. It’s accessible by staff and customers from a retailer’s website and also throughout the store from the interactive shelf talkers. If desired, retailers can expand the platform to include the plant finder and/or instore kiosks based on their needs. 

Retailers are encouraged to reach out to their Gard’N-Wise rep for more information or they can contact Marketing Garden directly at info@TheMarketingGarden.com or 888-85-PLANT. 

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Lofts at Cherokee Studios | James Colin Campbell

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751 N Fairfax Ave | Lofts at Cherokee Studios


Lofts at Cherokee Studios
751 N Fairfax Ave
Los Angeles CA 90046

Are these stairs conjured up from MC Escher?

751 N Fairfax Ave is a mixed-use 12 condos + 1 Retail space development in Hollywood. Built-in 2010 by REthink development who is a firm that specializes in LEED development the project incorporates green design and creative live/work loft space. There are a number of green building techniques utilized in the construction- there is a 30KW Rooftop solar panel (this project has an amazing rooftop deck) and drought-tolerant landscaping.

The architect for this project was Pugh + Scarpa. One thing you will notice right away is the building’s perforated anodized aluminum panels that screen condos from public view.

These panels are adjustable and can be opened and closed. The different configurations of open and closed panels create an ever-evolving facade.  The Architect was inspired for this design by British artist Patrick Hughes, whose mind-bending prospective paintings challenge the viewer’s perception of reality.  

Can you see Patrick Hughes influence?

The building has an art mural that features famous recording artists that recorded at this sites former location- Cherokee Recording Studios. You can See Michael Jackson, Elvis Presley, Jimi Hendrix and ole Blue Eyes! 

David Bowie infront of Cherokee Lofts in 1975 when it was Cherokee Records

This site is music history holy ground. Former site of MGM Studios and then Cherokee Recording studios. There are 300 Gold and Platinum recordings here from Frank Sinatra, David Bowie, Barbara Streisand, Aerosmith, Dave Matthews, Michael Jackson, Elvis, Lenny Kravits, Paul McCartney, and a whole lot more. 

Cherokee Lofts are blended into a vibrant urban market. Fairfax district has had a rapidly growing restaurant and shopping scene. The Melrose flea market is every Sunday in the parking lot of Fairfax Highschool. You can do many of your daily tasks on foot. 

Real Estate

Most floorplans are townhouse style,  only #4,#5 are a single story (with 10 Foot ceilings). 

#6 and #8 are big units 3 bedrooms 2000 sqft, #2 is small 1 bedroom 950 sqft, the rest are 2 bedrooms 2 baths ranging from 1,200 to 1,400 sqft. Prices are $1m-$1.1m

 These condos have very high 17-foot ceilings. Informal entry into a combined open kitchen with living room and dining room. There are lots of windows.  Hardwood flooring throughout the living areas. Bathrooms are sleek and modern. Really cool screened in balconies. Kitchens are stocked with Bertazzoni range and Bosch refrigerator & dishwasher. Features in-unit washer and dryer, and 2 tandem parking with an EV charging station. Master bedrooms have a separate tub and shower double vanity and walk-in closet.  tankless water heater. 

Each condo has in unit laundry. A stacked washer and dryer in a closet. 

Each condo gets 2 car tandem parking in an underground level gated parking. Guest Parking?

Home Owners Association

HOA dues Monthly Cost? $500-$800/mo.

HOA dues cover?

Owner Pays?

Special move in instructions?

Can you have BBQ on the balcony?

Property Management company?

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Acclimating Raw Hardwood Flooring Before Installation

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Solid Nail Down Hardwood Flooring Requires Acclimation, Engineered Wood Does Not

Dallas Flooring WarehouseInstallation of solid hardwood flooring with a custom finish in place is truly a contruction project.  Unlinke engineered hardwood floors , raw finish in place nail down hardwood flooring requires what is called “acclimation” of the wood before the installation process begins.

It is important that the moisture content of the hardwood flooring match the moisture content of the subfloor. Ideally it should be a difference of 4% or less between the subfloor and the wood. Acclimation allows the wood to spend time in the install environment for a period of time prior to the installation so that it will be better balanced with the subfloor.

For hardwood flooring humidity in the hom should be regulated between 30% and 50% and the temperature should be kept between 60 and 80 degrees.

“Homeowners can regulate the humity of their home using their HVAC system.  Optionally a humidity control system can be added to your heating and cooling system to keep your indoor humidy at optimul levels.  We commonly install humidity controls in our Texas customers’ homes.”, says Michelle Solis from Superior AC & Heat, Crowley, TX HVAC professionals since 1980.

Solid Hardwood Finished in Place is a Construction Project

While engineered hardwoods can be installed in a single day, this is not possible with solid nail down custom hardwood.  The acclimation process can take weeks and the installation process is time consuming also.  First the floor is prepared, moisture is tested, plastic is installed, the subfloor is installed and then the wood is nailed down onto the subfloor.  It is the sanded and stained.  Finally multiple coats of poly are applied.  Each coat must dry before the next is applied, so this takes days also.  A hand scraped hardwood finish will also add time for the techncians to manually scrape the floors.  Solid hardwood is certainly among the most desired and long lasting flooring materials available and it has so many advantages, but be prepared for the installation process to make it the best experience for your family.

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Before embarking on any large home improvement project, calculate what the payoff is — now and in the future

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The mind of a homebuyer is an elusive thing. Which is why it’s so
difficult to figure out what home renovations might convince them to sign a
contract, and how much those renovations can impact your selling price. Here is
the projected value of five of the most popular choices.

Keep in mind that the real merit of any upgrade should be the
satisfaction it brings to the homeowner.

Kitchen cabinets

When thinking about a renovation that can increase the value of
a home, or the day-to-day pleasure of living there, the first space most people
turn to is the kitchen. A major kitchen renovation requires a substantial commitment
of time and money.

But to bring yourself a little joy, or catch the eye of a
potential buyer, keep it simple and update the cabinets. You can have them custom
designed for tens of thousands of dollars. Or for far less, and almost the same
effect, get them resurfaced with a permanent veneer of wood or laminate;
according to houselogic.com it’s about half the cost of replacing them outright.
(Resurfacing cabinets in a small 10-foot by 12-foot kitchen with wood veneer
should cost under $5,000.)

More cost effective yet, especially if your house is about to go
on the market, is a coat of paint in a universally popular color and an update
of hardware to whatever’s trending.

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Zero-threshold shower

Bathrooms rank just behind kitchens as the most popular and
worthwhile area for home renovations. Yet while a down-to-the-studs bathroom
remodel can be a big ticket item costing substantially more than you’ll get
back from it (somewhere around 55% return on investment is a number commonly
used), tackling something less ambitious, such as replacing the old shower-bathtub
combo with a zero-threshold walk-in shower, makes a lot of sense.

Zerothreshold showers not only give the bathroom a contemporary look
but also eliminate worries about accessibility for older homeowners and
potential buyers. Removing the old tub and shower and getting the new shower
pan to slope into the drain isn’t a do-it-yourself job, so expect to pay up to $5,000
for the work.

The cost is substantially offset by the value you’ll add to the
house and the length of time you’ll be able to comfortably live in it.

Repair or replace windows

Among home improvement projects, replacing windows with modern,
more energy-efficient models is always popular.

You get an updated look, a reduction in your utility bill, and environmental
cred. However, windows can be expensive to replace: Top-end models can cost as
much as $1,500 or more apiece. And since it could take decades to see a return
on investment in terms of energy cost savings, most experts agree that it
usually makes more sense to repair old windows rather than replace them,
especially if their style contributes to a home’s character.

There are good arguments to the contrary, such as if an old
window frame is rotted beyond hope of saving, or your overriding concern is to
be as green as possible. But often, a bit of caulking, a little sanding, and a
coat of paint will allow an old window to look nearly as good and function nearly
as well as if it were new.

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Hardwood flooring

Hardwood floors have been eye-pleasers for centuries and remain
hugely popular.

Its initial cost is high, about three times the cost of
carpeting. So if you’re about to put your house on the market, installing
hardwood floors (or somewhat less expensive engineered wood) to boost the
selling price might not be your best investment.

If the original flooring is a liability and needs to be
upgraded, a better solution is probably carpeting or even laminate flooring, a manufactured
product that can do a good job of mimicking hardwood, but that has nowhere near
its lifespan.

However, if you’re not planning to go anywhere for a while, the
initial cost of hardwood flooring should be less of a concern. Not only because
of the pleasure its natural beauty can bring, but also because it’s easier to
keep clean than carpeting, and if refinished every 7-10 years, can outlast the
life of the house.

A fresh coat of paint

You can add stainless appliances, quartz counter tops and
gold-tone bathroom fixtures, but almost nothing will increase the appeal of any
room in your home more than a fresh coat of paint. Zillow, the online real
estate database company, even says that the shade you choose can make thousands
of dollars of difference in what a house goes for. Popular choices tend to be light,
soft hues such as pale beige and taupe.

According to homeadvisor.com, the cost to paint an average 10-foot
by 12-foot room will be between $380 and $790, not including ceilings, trim or the
paint itself.

And keep in mind that while a competent homeowner can often do
the job themselves, usually about half way through the significant prep work
required, almost everyone decides it’s a task for professionals, after all.

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Replacing Carpet With Hardwood Floor: Which Has a Better Resale Value?

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Thinking about a remodel of your hard surfaces by putting in flooring made from hardwood? You’re not alone. Flooring options abound, with numerous types of hardwood on the market, plus synthetic choices that look like the real deal. And heavy foot traffic can’t hurt flooring made from hardwood the way it can new carpet.

So replacing carpeting with hardwood floors is probably a smart idea. Hardwood flooring is preferred by home buyers and renters across the United States.

But consider carefully whether hardwood floor is the right choice for every room in your home—and what type of wood flooring you might want to install for the best resale value.

Here’s more about flooring made from hardwood and using it instead of wall-to-wall carpet in the home.

Replacing carpeting with hardwood floor

As you weigh investing in hardwood for your floors, you’ll need to evaluate your budget, the preferences and traditions in your community and your own taste.

Some people only want to step on soft carpeting or area rugs in the living room and family room, while others prefer hardwood flooring surfaces. In some warm climates, such as Florida, wood flooring won’t fly. In the Sunshine State, ceramic tile flooring rivals hardwood flooring in popularity.

In more traditional markets, tastes still lean toward oak wood flooring, but some owners of more contemporary homes are choosing to refinish and stain their wood floors in different colors.

Other flooring trends in hardwood include wider planks, the use of reclaimed wood or hand-scraped wood that looks antique, and exotic species of hardwood such as hickory or walnut.

Homeowners on a tight budget may want to skip hardwood and consider laminate flooring, which offers the look of wood floors at a lower price point.

Keep in mind that a flooring choice for people with allergies typically leans toward a hard flooring surface that won’t hold dust. With flooring made from hardwood, there’s often less dirt and fewer allergens than what’s trapped in the fibers of carpet flooring.

You should also think about the care and maintenance of hardwood required for your floor surface, since you’ll need to take care of it for years. Hardwood floors last longer than carpet, can be easier to keep clean, and can be refinished.

In the end, though, the decision about whether to install hardwood floor or carpeting in a bedroom should be based on your personal preference, at least if you intend to stay in the home for a few years.

Hardwood flooring: It’s what buyers want

According to HGTV, the top request of home buyers and renters when looking for a home is hardwood floors. In fact, a study of home buyer preferences by USA Today using data from the National Association of Realtors® found that 54% of home buyers were willing to pay more for a home with hardwood flooring.

Installing hardwood floors can cost between $9 and $12 per square foot, compared with about $3 to $5 per square foot for carpet—so some homeowners opt to install hardwood floors only in some rooms rather than throughout their home.

However, carpet typically needs to be replaced if it becomes stained or worn out. High-end quality carpet can last about 10 to 15 years, while high-quality hardwood floors are long-lasting, even forever!

The return on investment for installing hardwood floors will vary according to your market and other factors, but hardwood flooring can often help your home sell faster.

Reasons to install carpeting

Don’t count out carpeting so fast! While many buyers and homeowners prefer hardwood floors throughout their home, some people prefer durable carpets with padding in the bedrooms—because they like a softer surface.

When you live in a two or three-story home, carpeting also helps muffle noise. If you would still prefer hardwood floors throughout your home, you could use area rugs in your bedroom (this way, your wood floors can be seen along the edges of the area rug).

This story was rewritten from an earlier version on realtor.com®.

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outdoor living in california. / sfgirlbybay

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i know this post could cause a major migration to sunny california, but you must trust me when i tell you we photographed my friend, artist kim schoen’s home it was during a much-needed break in some winter rainstorms that have been keeping all us wimpy Angelenos tucked cozily inside. so it was such a welcome pleasure to see the sun come out and to share with you kim’s terrace makeover, overlooking the beautiful san gabriel mountains and angeles national forest. we partnered with Article to complete kim’s newly tiled outdoor space, designed by her partner, architect marc frohn.

kim chose article’s gorgeous Oscuro Dining Table in a black finish with brass legs and paired it with the Sala Graphite Dining Chairs which are great-looking but also incredibly comfortable. the black furniture contrasts so perfectly with the pale green patio tiles and california landscape. i know it’s still chilly in most parts of the country and most certainly in canada, where Article is based, but hey — we’re almost through winter and spring will be here before you know it, so it’s the perfect time to be giving your outdoor space a little love. In addition to their modern and Scandinavian designs meant for inside, Article has tons of outdoor furniture that have got a bohemian, mid-century flair. Article also carries all kinds of beautifully designed modern furniture for the inside of your home, too — from sofas to beds, made with outstanding attention to detail, and at very fair prices. and, they’re lovely people to work with, so if you’re looking to update your space i would highly recommend having a peek at their lovely collections. i have their outdoor chairs in my backyard, too and love them!

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Eternity Laminate Flooring Review

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Hardwood flooring adds a touch of classic beauty to any home. But what happens if you’re worried about children, pets, or the high costs of purchasing and installing hardwood flooring?

One great alternative that more homeowners are turning to is laminate flooring. It is less expensive than hardwood.

It has also gained a reputation for being durable in the busiest households. One brand that may come up in your search for the perfect flooring for your home is Eternity laminate flooring.

For years, Eternity Floors has marketed its flooring as beautiful, innovative, easy to install, and inexpensive. But does this flooring really stand up to these claims by the manufacturer?

Adding new flooring to your home can be an expensive, time-consuming project. So you want to make sure that you buy the right product the first time.

We’ve done the research to create this guide, which gives you the inside scoop on Eternity laminate flooring. We’ll explore how it compares to other brands in terms of factors such as pricing, ease of installation, and durability. Our goal is to help you make the smartest purchasing decision for your next home improvement project.

Is Eternity Laminate Flooring Durable?

Laminate flooring has become a popular choice with consumers because of its durability. When compared to other brands of flooring, Eternity laminate is durable enough for the busiest households.

Unlike hardwoods, , and other hard flooring types, Eternity laminate is scratch-resistant, so you don’t have to worry about damage occurring from typical use, heavy traffic, kids, or pets. That’s not the only way that Eternity laminate outperforms other flooring, though.

Eternity laminate flooring is resistant to fading, stains, and fire. It is also slip-resistant and easy to clean and maintain. It’s a great choice for allergy sufferers, since it’s hypoallergenic and also resistant to mildew.

Eternity laminate flooring is non-toxic and has received a FloorScore certificate for meeting indoor air quality standards for all of its current laminate flooring collections. This means a cleaner, safer home for you and your family.

One problem that may occur is that laminate flooring may chip if something heavy is dropped – a characteristic not uncommon to all brands of laminate flooring. This is why it’s important to take care when moving heavy objects. If your flooring is chipped, the manufacturer provides instructions for single plank replacement.

All Eternity laminate flooring products come backed with a manufacturer’s warranty. Residential AC3 laminate products are protected for 25 years, while commercial AV4 laminate and quadruple moisture laminate products are backed with a 50-year residential warranty and a 5-year commercial warranty.  These limited warranties protect you from manufacturing defects and ensure that your flooring will not show wear, stain, or fade when properly maintained.

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Is Eternity Laminate Flooring Affordable?

If you’re like most consumers, you don’t have an unlimited amount of money in your bank account to tackle your home improvement project. If you’re installing new flooring in your home or office, you likely have a budget in mind. When compared to other laminate products, is Eternity laminate flooring a good choice for the budget-conscious consumer?

In general, laminate flooring costs between $1 and $5 per square foot. High-quality flooring that is thicker and can be used in commercial or high-traffic areas is priced on the higher end, while lower quality residential flooring is priced on the lower end. Most Eternity laminate flooring products are priced somewhere in the middle.

On average, you should expect to pay around $2 to $4 per square foot for most laminate in Eternity’s flooring collections. Of course, prices vary based on the specific product you choose, as well as factors such as the retailer you purchase from. However, for the quality of the product you receive, Eternity’s laminate collections offer exceptional value.

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Can I Install Eternity Laminate Flooring Myself?

The cost of your materials isn’t all that you have to consider when purchasing laminate flooring. Installation costs can easily add another $2 to $7 per square foot to your total project costs, which is why many homeowners are choosing to take on the job themselves. If you’re considering Eternity laminate flooring, is it easy enough for the average person to install or would you be better off hiring a professional installer?

Fortunately, Eternity Flooring makes it easy for most consumers to install their new laminate flooring. The company provides a laminate flooring installation guide that outlines every step of the process. This includes prepping your subfloor, taking proper measurements, and installing your new flooring.

This step-by-step guide makes it much easier for you to install your laminate, helping you potentially save thousands of dollars in professional installation costs. However, be aware that you do need specific tools and materials to get the job done. It can also be very time-consuming to install laminate depending on the size of your project.

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Where Can I Install Eternity Laminate Flooring?

You can install eternity laminate flooring in any room of your home. This flooring looks great in foyers, hallways, living rooms and dens, dining rooms, and bedrooms.

You can also install eternity laminate flooring in wet areas, including laundry rooms and kitchens. However, excessive exposure to moisture can result in buckling and other damage to your laminate floors.

Eternity Flooring does not recommend installing its laminate flooring in bathrooms. In fact, installing your flooring in a bathroom will void your warranty.

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Is Eternity Laminate Flooring Easy To Care For & Maintain?

Another reason that people turn to laminate flooring over hardwoods is because laminate is so much easier to clean and maintain. With Eternity laminate flooring, you don’t have to devote hours to cleaning your floors or spend your money on expensive cleaners and polishes.

Basic maintenance of your flooring is easy. You can sweep, dust, or use a hard floor vacuum to remove everyday dirt and debris. It is important to never use a vacuum with a beater bar, as this can damage your floors.

You can get a deeper clean by spraying a laminate floor cleaner over small areas, then cleaning it with a terry cloth or microfiber mop. You should never use abrasive cleaners, strong chemical cleaners, or steam mops on your laminate. It is also important to avoid using waxes and oil-based detergents.

If ink, lipstick, oil, or paint spills on your floor, you can remove it using an acetone-based nail polish remover and a damp cloth.

If a spill occurs, blot it up immediately. Allowing liquids to stand on your floors can cause damage that is not covered under the warranty.

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Are There Many Colors & Styles Available?

Eternity Flooring has a wide selection of laminate products in its collections. Whether you prefer a sleek and modern style or you’d rather turn your home into a rustic and chic oasis, Eternity Flooring has the laminate you’re looking for.

Eternity has multiple collections, including the Charleston Collection, Megacore Collection, Brilliance Collection, Nordic Collection, Grand Heritage Collection, and Barnwood Collection. In total, Eternity Flooring has over 30 collections to choose from.

Eternity laminate flooring is available in many different shades, from bright white to dark ebony. There are plenty of options to perfectly complement any home or office.

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Final Verdict

Eternity laminate flooring is a great choice for the budget-conscious consumer that wants the look of hardwoods without the hassles of the expense. Eternity Flooring produces high-quality flooring and offers one of the best warranties in the business at a very affordable price.

Another standout feature of Eternity laminate flooring is the large selection. You can easily find the color and style of flooring that looks best for your space in one of the manufacturer’s collections.

Not only is this flooring affordably priced, but you can also save even more money by installing it yourself. Eternity’s detailed flooring guide offers step-by-step instructions that make it easy for even the most inexperienced homeowner to install their own floors.

Despite its low price, Eternity laminate flooring perfectly mimics the look of hardwoods. With this product, you can easily upgrade the interior of your home or business at a fraction of the price of solid hardwoods.

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Discount Hardwood Flooring | Unfinished Wood Flooring | Tigerwood

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Hardwood flooring adds beauty and warmth to any space. When purchasing hardwood flooring, you are making an investment in your home, which you want to protect. Get the most out of your hardwood flooring by maintaining it. For tips on how to properly clean your hardwood floors, just keep reading.

When cleaning hardwood flooring, start by vacuuming or dry mopping the surface to get rid of any surface dirt or dust. Then, use a damp mop to clean the floor. Mop along the grain of the wood with a water-based cleaning solution to safely clean the floors without chemicals. After you’ve washed the floor, don’t forget to dry them with a soft cloth.

There are several things you want to avoid when cleaning your hardwood floors. For one, you don’t want to use any oils, waxes, or furniture polishes. These solutions can leave behind a residue that is slippery and streaky. They can also damage your floors if they are too strong. You also don’t want to use ammonia or alkaline products either, as these are too abrasive for hardwood flooring. Finally, don’t use too much water. Excess water can seep between the cracks of hardwood flooring and cause permanent damage or mold.

With a little bit of water, cleaning solution, and elbow grease, you can maintain the high quality of your hardwood flooring for years to come. Following these tips can protect your floors, while also keeping them clean.

If you’re considering hardwood flooring for your home, you can find an outstanding selection of choices at flooring.org. Shop for hardwood flooring for your kitchen, living room, bedroom, and so on by visiting our website today! If you have any questions, feel free to call us at 800-689-9006 or email us at sales@flooring.org.

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Bellawood Hardwood Flooring Review

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What do you do when your house just doesn’t feel like a home? Look below to see the answer – no, seriously, look below at the flooring under your feet.

Whether your flooring is old and dated or just doesn’t match your style, replacing it with high-quality is the perfect way to add beauty and value, turning your house into the home you deserve.

The key to transforming your home is selecting the right flooring product. If you’ve ever visited a Lumber Liquidators retail store or the company website, you’ve probably seen the brand Bellawood. Is this flooring the right choice for you, or are you better off scouring home improvement and flooring stores for other brands?

In this guide, we’re going to explore the benefits and drawbacks of Bellawood hardwood flooring. We’ll help you determine if this flooring will work for your lifestyle or if it’s better left on the store shelves. Read on to learn more about Bellawood hardwood flooring.

Is Bellawood Hardwood Flooring Durable?

One of the most common complaints about hardwood flooring is how easy it is to damage it. Someone knocks on the door, your dog takes off, and suddenly, your floor is covered in scratches. Or your child dropped a glass of water, and your new floor is ruined.

We’ve all heard the horror stories, but how does Bellawood stack up when compared to traditional hardwood flooring that’s not waterproof and is easy to scratch or dent?

What makes Bellawood stand out above other flooring brands is the manufacturer’s claim that it is twice as scratch-resistant than other top brands. According to the manufacturer, it also is four times more resistance to wear than other hardwood flooring.

Of course, it’s not uncommon for manufacturers to make these promises. However, Bellawood flooring is so durable, it has a 100-year warranty. And if you sell your home, the warranty is transferable to the new owner.

However, it’s important to note that Bellawood hardwood flooring isn’t completely immune to damage. You will need to take some care to reduce the risk of damage and ensure your floors look their best for years to come.

Some owners of the flooring have complained about scratches and dents from furniture legs, children dropping toys, and pets. However, other consumers that have used this flooring brand report being happy with the durability when they take proper precautions.

To protect your floors from damage, avoid sliding furniture or appliances. Keep pet nails short and use leg protectors on your furniture to prevent scratches.

While Bellawood makes big claims about the durability of its products, it would appear through consumer reviews that you need to take the same precautions or scratches, dents, dings, and other damage will occur. While Bellawood flooring doesn’t appear to be less durable than comparable products on the market, it appears that some of its durability claims fall flat.

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Does This Flooring Fit My Budget?

One of the most common factors a homeowner considers before purchasing new flooring is the price. Most of us don’t have million-dollar bank accounts, and for a home renovation project, the majority of consumers have a flooring budget in place. When compared to similar hardwood brands, is Bellawood competitively priced?

Before breaking down the pricing of Bellawood, let’s take a look at the average price of hardwood flooring. Now, it’s difficult – if not impossible – to get an exact price due to different factors, i.e. the brand selected, the type of wood, the retailer you purchase from, and the pricing in your local area. However, we can look at a range of prices to get a general idea of the costs of hardwood flooring.

The most affordable hardwood flooring generally costs around $3 per square foot. Higher quality flooring such as exotic woods may cost as much as $14 per square foot. For mid-grade woods, expect to pay around $5 to $10 per square foot.

On average, most Bellawood hardwood flooring costs around $4 to $6 per square foot. There are some species that cost around $12 per square foot, but for the most part, expect to pay around $5 per square foot. This pricing makes it one of the more affordable brands on the market.

However, don’t forget that there are other expenses with your hardwood flooring. You’ll have to purchase trim, underlayment, tools, and other supplies if you’re installing the flooring yourself. If a contractor is installing it, expect to pay an additional $3 to $8 per square foot for professional installation.

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Can I Install It Myself?

As mentioned in the previous section, professional installation of hardwood flooring runs around $3 to $8 per square foot based on where you’re located, the contractor you select, and the complexity and size of the job. If you want to save money and prefer to take on a DIY project, is Bellawood hardwood flooring easy to install?

Like other brands of hardwood flooring, it takes skill and the right tools and supplies to install Bellawood hardwoods. The good news is, though, the manufacturer provides detailed instructions on how to get the job done through its website.

There are three ways to install Bellawood hardwood flooring. You can glue it down, nail it down, or install it as a floating floor with no nails or adhesives required.

In its instructions, Bellawood also provides a list of tools and supplies required to do the job, including a drill, hammer, compressor, miter saw, and table saw.

While it’s certainly possible to install this flooring yourself, particularly with the detailed instructions, it is important to note that if you don’t already have the tools required, the job could be quite expensive. You’ll also need to follow instructions closely and take your time if you’ve never installed a floor before.

While Bellawood flooring is no more difficult to install than any other hardwood brand, if you don’t have the experience and right tools for the job, you may want to hire a professional in order to ensure the job is completely correctly and in a timely manner.

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Are There Lots Of Styles To Choose From?

When choosing your new flooring, it’s likely that you’re taking into consideration how it will look in your home. Will it match your paint, furnishings, and décor? Will it have a style that’s right for you?

The great news about Bellawood is that there are lots of colors, styles, and wood species available.  Go light with White Oak, achieve a rustic look with Distressed Sorrel Ash, or stick with a classic like Brazilian Cherry. Light to dark, sleek and modern to chic and rustic … Bellawood has it all.

In all, Bellawood has 140 stains and styles. Whatever color and style you need, you can find a Bellawood flooring product that fits your needs.

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Is It Easy To Clean & Maintain?

Not many of us want to spend hours on our hands and knees scrubbing our floors. However, with any flooring type, you have to spend some time each day keeping them clean so that they look their best. With Bellawood flooring, how difficult is it to keep hardwood floors clean?

Bellawood is no more difficult to clean than any other hardwood flooring. You can do daily cleaning with a broom, dust mop, or vacuum cleaner for bare floor use. If you do use a vacuum cleaner, make sure you use the right type, or you could risk scratching and damaging your floors.

Bellawood makes it easy to clean your floor by creating its own floor cleaner. You don’t have to worry about picking the wrong product that ruins your floors. Instead, you can simply use this all-natural cleaner to keep your hardwoods looking their best.

You can use Bellawood All Natural Floor Cleaner to clean your hardwood floors, as well as , ceramic, and vinyl plank. This cleaner has natural ingredients and is excellent at removing dirt, grease, and oil. You don’t have to worry about harsh odors, and it’s safe to use around children and pets.

Even better is the cost. For a gallon of the cleaner solution, expect to pay less than $10. This cost is far less expensive than many other hardwood flooring cleaners on the market. Best of all, consumers give this cleaner a high rating, stating that it leaves their floors without streaks or residue.

One thing to note is that you should never get your Bellawood floors too wet. Using water or even too much cleaner without wiping it up immediately can result in staining, buckling, and other damage. Never oversaturate your floor with cleaner, avoid spills, and wipe up any liquids as quickly as possible with a microfiber cloth to prevent damage.

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Final Verdict

Bellawood flooring has some positive features that makes it stand out above other brands of hardwood flooring. Its wide selection of finishes and styles and its competitive pricing in particular make it a flooring brand worth considering.

However, the manufacturer makes big claims about this flooring that just don’t hold true for many consumers. These consumers say that despite the promises of more durable flooring, Bellawood flooring still has many of the same issues as other brands, such as scratching easily.

If you live in a busy household with lots of traffic, children, or pets, precautions will need to be taken to prevent excessive wear and tear on your flooring. If you don’t want to take the risk, consider purchasing a harder, more durable wood flooring product that is more resilient to wear and tear.

Do you have Bellawood hardwood flooring installed in your home? Do you have another brand that you recommend over Bellawood? Let us know in the comments.

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Lansing Board of Water & Light Features a LiveWall® Outdoor Living Wall on its New Central Substation

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Outdoor Living Wall Greens Up the New Central Substation and Enhances the Landscape in Lansing, Michigan’s Historic REO Town

Grand Rapids, MI. (November, 1, 2019) – The Lansing Board of Water & Light’s new Central Substation in the city’s historic REO Town neighborhood features a two-sided, 425-square-foot living wall installed with the LiveWall® Outdoor Living Wall System. Completed in July 2019, the living wall greens up the exterior of the new substation and establishes a visual link to the Scott Sunken Garden.

“The Central Substation provides more reliable, affordable power to downtown Lansing,” said Dick Peffley, general manager, Lansing Board of Water & Light (BWL). “The green wall is a vital part in fulfilling our commitment to the community that the design of the new substation would revitalize the area’s landscape, establish an inviting gateway to REO Town, and reconnect the area to downtown.”

“We envisioned the living wall as a green focal point that softens the view of the Central Substation’s brick façade, which people see as they drive into or exit downtown.”
Bob Ford, ASLA, principal,
Landscape Architects & Planners, Inc.

“We envisioned the living wall as a green focal point that softens the view of the Central Substation’s brick façade, which people see as they drive into or exit downtown,” said Bob Ford, ASLA, principal, Landscape Architects & Planners, Inc., the landscape architecture firm for the project. “It also serves as a prominent landscape feature that visually connects the substation to the historic Scott Sunken Garden, which was saved and relocated as part of the project.”

“As seen from the Sunken Garden, the living wall is an extension of the garden landscape and unifies the overall landscape,” said Paul Toaz, landscape manager, Lawn Sprinklers Sales, Service & Design, Inc., the project’s landscape contractor and living wall installer. “For example, when you exit from the Sunken Garden parking lot, you face the west section of the living wall and see its natural beauty.”

The LiveWall Living Wall was installed in two sections on the north and west walls of the Central Substation. Each section measures 21’-4” x 10’-3 3/8” and fits into specially recessed frames built into the substation’s brick walls. In total, it includes 330 LiveWall modular planter boxes, which are high-impact, UV-resistant, architectural quality moldings. Manufactured in a cedar color to complement the color of the bricks of the substation’s exterior walls, the planter modules contain re-usable inserts that hold the growing medium for the plants and contain a mix of six different annuals.

The Lansing Board of Water & Light (BWL)
The BWL is a municipally-owned public utility that provides safe, reliable and affordable utility products and services to more than 97,000 electric and 56,000 water customers throughout the greater Lansing, Mich. area. The BWL owns 2,000 miles of overhead and underground power lines and more than 800 miles of water mains, providing 2.7 million megawatt hours and 7 billion gallons of water to customers annually. To learn more about the history and mission of the Lansing Board of Water & Light, visit http://www.lbwl.com.

Link to Project Photos: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/442yfr7dctiug3o/AADIZj9zom-MWiAewFAfkxpEa?dl=0

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Toll Brothers home in Gilbert blends indoor and outdoor living

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Zen area and cozy nooks bring indoor living outside in Gilbert home. Take a peek


Georgann Yara


Special for The Republic
Published 5:00 PM EDT Oct 31, 2019

After a hectic week, some seek relief at a spa, retreat to a yoga class or hike a mountain to find some peace.

For Ross and Erin Murray, however, the opportunity to decompress is just a few steps from the master suite of their Gilbert home. A private Zen area sits just off their bedroom, complete with plush seating, meditation pillows and a pergola overhead. Yoga mats are nearby. An outdoor shower flanks one side of the space and a hot tub on the other. At night, serene lighting adds to the vibe.

“We have a lot of kids so it’s a good place to sit, meditate and enjoy the outdoors,” Ross said, referring to his and Erin’s daughters, ages 8, 9 and 13. “It’s our place to unwind.”

The peaceful domestic getaway is one of the ways the Murrays’ new home in the Toll Brothers at Whitewing luxury development has brought the comforts of indoor living to the outdoors.

‘Grown-up area’

The Murrays moved into their new build four-bedroom, 3 ½ bathroom home in September 2018.

The single-story main house is 4,400-square feet and an accompanying casita is 600-square feet.

The backyard boasts and an aggregate wall made of boulders in rebar. There are multiple lounging areas, a love seat and umbrellas. A modern swimming pool is ideal for both laps and relaxed wading.

A rock wall supports three stone fountain bowls that provide visual and audial ambiance. This spot is the obvious star of a backyard tailor-made for hosting.

If the Murrays feel like a relaxing soak, the Zen area features a hot tub.
Georgann Yara/Special for the Republic

But the sprawling half-acre property feels cozy almost on demand thanks to several nooks around the home that exude indoor comfort amidst the elements.

“We wanted the opportunity for a lot of outside living spaces. That’s one reason why we loved this house,” Erin said.

The Murrays requested the Zen nook, seeking a reenergizing spot that wasn’t in an area their kids would routinely spend time in.

“We call it our super-secret grown-up area,” Erin said of the space. “It’s where we recharge our batteries.”

They worked with Phoenix-based Sonoran Landesign, one of two preferred landscape companies that Toll Brothers collaborates with, to make it happen. The outdoor shower concept is a popular amenity with homes, Daniel Benson, project manager for Toll Brothers, said.

A floor-to-ceiling fireplace runs on electricity but includes a heated fan to provide warmth without the fuss.
Ross Murray

But, the little touches like tiling, artificial grass and easy entry between the space and the bedroom were customized and ready upon move-in.

“We allow the landscaping to begin in tandem. We’re able to do really cool things with interior and exterior materials to create seamless indoor-outdoor spaces that’s customized with everyone’s unique taste,” Benson said.

Big structural features such as 16-by-8-foot pocket doors off the living and dining room create that seamless access to the back patio when open.

A pivot front door provides security needed for the recessed street-facing entry but also elegantly allows indoor and outdoor to meld when opened at every degree to their ranch-style design.

“They did a very cool front entry door that’s very modern and opens up to the front courtyard and tied with theirs being a modern ranch house,” Benson said.

Cozy nooks bring indoor comfort out under the sky

Exterior furnishings beg to be functional and lived in rather than just practical décor. This is clear with the first steps onto the property.

When arriving at the home, a walkway leads the Murrays’ guests through an idyllic desertscape scene accented by a boulder and rebar wall that resembles the one in the backyard and boasts two large fountain bowls.

After a few steps through the courtyard, a seating area is comprised of two facing sofas, pillows and a fire pit between them all on paver pads and artificial grass. It implores to be the site of evening conversations, cuddling and drifting off at midnight beneath the sky.

Past the front pivot door, a stroll leads through the living room that flaunts a floor-to-ceiling electric fireplace and cushy seating. Open pocket doors lead to the spacious backyard filled with alcoves that bring indoor privacy and intimacy under the sun and stars.

Pavers and artificial grass work in tandem to pull spaces together while defining a pathway to the front door.
Ross Murray

Among them, a corner spot with a sofa and two hammock chairs under an oversized adjustable umbrella. Two Adirondack-inspired chairs look right at home in a Baja shelf in the pool and are shaded by another umbrella based underwater.

“We spend every night out here and watch the sunset,” Erin said pointing to the two chairs. She gestured to the corner seating area and said, “And we look at the moon from there.”

Ross, a mortgage lender who runs his own Homebridge Financial Services branch in Gilbert, said he and Erin eyed a Toll Brothers home for the amenities and options available to them. And they are pleased with the result.

“Toll builds an amazing house. It’s the best builder when it comes to a higher-end home,” he said. “We fell in love with the house. We wake up every day and we pinch ourselves.”

Know of a unique home in metro Phoenix that is not on the market that should be featured? Email carrie.watters@arizonarepublic.com.

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Myths About Energy Efficient Windows

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Saving energy. Easier to maintain. Lasting a lifetime. These are all the things replacement energy efficient windows are supposed to do for you. There are a lot of myths out there about energy efficiency and replacement windows benefits. We’re clearing some of them up here.

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Window Energy Efficiency Myths

1. Replacement windows help you save the most energy.

According to ENERGY STAR, you can save an average of on your energy bill by installing Energy Star windows. This changes depending on the windows you’re replacing and what kind of climate you live in.

According to the Department of Energy: “Storm windows will produce similar savings at a far lower initial cost. Some types of storm windows are also a good option for those living in apartments. Storm windows can help reduce air movement into and out of existing windows, helping to improve comfort and reduce heating and cooling costs.”

Indow window inserts, for example, save an average of 20% on energy bills annually. This combined with their lowered cost means a dramatically shorter ROI.

graphic of energy benefits of replacement windows vs indow inserts

2. New windows are easier to maintain.

Most new replacement windows boast an easy maintenance system. A sash pops out for easy cleaning. One of the benefits of replacement windows is no need for touch up paint on vinyl frames. Newer windows though, are complex with many moving parts, if any one of those parts breaks, the entire assembly could be compromised. Even if you can get a replacement part, the damage done in the meantime by nature could make it too late. How long do vinyl windows last? Only until the seal is broken.

Window inserts have no moving parts. If the seal is broken, you simply remove the insert and reinstall it.

exterior of house with benefits of replacement windows

3. Replacement windows last a lifetime.

Lifetime warranty. That’s one of the huge replacement window benefits, right? If you look closely at this warranty it’s generally . And that’s usually for just the glass, other parts of the assembly of the window could be warrantied for less.

So, how long should vinyl windows last? Professionals agree 15 – 20 years for new, quality windows. That’s hardly a lifetime. It used to be that homes, including windows, were passed down through generations. Now, it’s acceptable to call 20 years a lifetime.

4. Replacement windows add resale value.

Many new homebuyers are looking for green homes, those that will keep utility costs down and create a smaller carbon footprint. New windows will do this and provide improved insulation and comfort. 

Retrofitting windows with inserts will do all this while prolonging the life of the original windows and maintaining the curb appeal of your home. New windows will look out of place with the rest of the home design.

benefits of replacement windows don't outweigh window retrofit technology

5. Only New Technology of Replacement Windows Can Provide Better Energy Efficiency

New replacement windows can seal gas between the two panes that further help with thermal insulation. The gas, usually argon, helps with heat gain and heat loss because it is less convective than air. The inserted gas does leak over time. In most cases, the leak follows the same timeline as the window, remaining effective for 20 years. In some cases, the seal will break, releasing all the gas (which is non-toxic) at once. With a window insert, you would just remove and reinstall to recreate the seal.

Other replacement window benefits include Low-E coatings. Low-E coatings come in a variety of choices. They all can lower the solar heat-gain coefficient (a lower SHGC means less heat passes through the window). The benefits of replacement windows with Low-E coating are hard to argue with, but window inserts can provide the same thing. Indow Shade Grade has a SHGC of .49 (reducing solar heat-gain by 51%), 57.5% visible light transmittance, R-value listing of 1.96 and UV reduction of 90%.

There are so many myths about windows out there, we don’t blame you. The good news is, we’ve done a lot of research and can talk you through it. You probably don’t have to replace all your windows, maybe only some and add storm windows or inserts to others.

Whatever window issue you are facing, we’d love to help! Give us a call and we can talk about what the best option is for you.

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Starting a New Book (Reading or Writing!)

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LUCY BURDETTE: Recently a line from a blog post by editor/author/former agent Nathan Bransford caught my attention. (And yes, he’s the namesake for my Detective Bransford.) He talked about the idea that it takes a lot of energy to begin reading a new book—with new characters, new setting, new stakes, new style, new everything. It’s a leap of faith for the reader to trust her/his investment will be worthwhile. This is why a book’s opening is so important—something about it must draw the reader in quickly. 

I’ve noticed that choosing what to start reading next can also depend on my mood. If I’m tired or discouraged, I would rather pick something familiar.  Last week I chose The Glass Room, an Ann Cleeves Vera book and Many a Twist by Sheila Connolly instead of Barbara O’Neal’s When We Were Mermaids or Ryan Stradal’s The Lager Queen of Minnesota. I know I’ll love both of the latter, but I wanted the bar for entry into the world of the book to be set low. Hence, picking up series books where I’d already met the characters, rather than everything feeling new, like a foreign country. 

Readers, does this ring true in your book choices? Writers, do you think about this when beginning a new book?

HANK PHILLIPPI RYAN: Reading one? Or writing one? I’m very fond of standalones, so everything is new most of the time. I have very few series that I’m devoted to–so my book choices are more like to be whole new worlds.  (Ask me about J Ryan Stradal, Lucy, I just shared a signing table with him and he is adorable) When it come to writing ,I’m doing standalones, too, so my goal indefinitely to get the reader instantly intrigued and situated. You could also look at it, I suppose, that the bar for entry to a standalone is LOWER, because you’re not required to remember anything. Hmm. VE-ry interesting. 

HALLIE EPHRON: I’ve written both standalones and series, and they each have their bonuses. For me a book sets its own ‘bar for entry’ in its opening pages... not in the previous book. Having said that, I’ve been having so much fun the last few weeks rereading ALL of the Harry Potter books. Now I’m dawdling along near the end of the final one, reluctant to be on the exit ramp. 

RHYS BOWEN: I love writing standalones, knowing I’m going to create a whole new world, and when I’m done to walk away from it (however many letters I get demanding a sequel, which happens each time). But starting a new book in my series is like a reunion with old friends. So comforting to be back where I know everybody, I know my way around. The challenge is always to assume there will be new readers, and how to fill them in on back story without becoming boring to established readers. As a reader I go through the same emotions, excited to start a new book in a beloved series yet sometimes wanting to try something quite different.

JENN McKINLAY: I’ve just written my first stand alone. It has been quite an experience. All that world building for one book just seems so exhausting. Then again, I am currently working on the next book in my library lover’s series and while revisiting my old characters and setting is comforting, I also get impatient trying to think of new and different ways to describe the familiar. As a reader, series are my jam. I love the comfort of revisiting characters that are near and dear to me. When I am feeling more adventurous, I’ll reach for a stand alone.

DEBORAH CROMBIE: I have always loved series novels. So much so that when I got the idea for a novel, it never occurred to me that it should be anything other than a book in a series. I also read standalones (just finished Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, which I adored) but I have to admit it takes more mental and emotional energy to dive into a completely new world with new characters. When I’m feeling a little overwhelmed I will turn to the comfort of familiar characters and settings.

So far, at least, I haven’t felt driven to write a standalone, because I get to explore so many new places and characters in my series books.

Red readers, do you find that it takes a lot of energy and commitment to begin a new book? Does this change depending on whether it’s a series book or a stand alone?

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If You Have Pets, Hardwood Flooring is Still a Great Option!

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If you have pets, you may think that hardwood flooring is not an option for your home. Pets and hardwood flooring don’t always mix, but this isn’t always the case. Some hardwood flooring choices are ideal for pet owners. To learn about hardwood flooring and pets, continue on with this blog post.

First, know your woods. Learn which woods are appropriate for pets and which are not. Soft woods are not compatible with pets because they are more prone to scratches and dents. Solid hardwood flooring is more durable and can stand up against the wear and tear provided by pets.

Once you’ve found the perfect solid hardwood for your home, you can now learn how to minimize damage. One way to minimize scratching is to cut your pet’s toenails. If you can hear your pet’s toenails touching the floor as they walk, it’s time for a trim. Your pet’s toenails should be short enough to where they don’t drag on the floor.

Another way to minimize damage is by laying down rugs and runners. A rug can help your home feel cozier, and it can also protect your flooring from scratches, dents, spills, and dirt. If you have a cat, consider putting a rug down by their litter box. Litter can scratch hardwood flooring, but a rug can prevent or reduce damage.

Accidents happen, so if you have a puppy or aging animal who has an accident on your flooring, minimize damage by tending to the accident as soon as possible. Clean their accident by blotting with a paper towel and then dropping a small amount of vinegar on the stain for several minutes. Use a soft-bristled brush to clean the stain, then wipe dry with paper towels. Ammonia can track your pet back to that area and they may repeat their accident.

Now that you know how to properly pick and care for hardwood flooring as a pet owner, you can shop for hardwood flooring at flooring.org! Visit our website to browse our inventory or give us a call at 800-689-9006.

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Preparing for Football Season – Proper Lawn & Paver Maintenance – Outdoor Living by Belgard

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With football season ramping up and fall’s cooler temperatures and falling leaves, it’s the perfect time to start thinking about preparing for autumn with proper lawn and paver maintenance. You can do more now to impact how your lawn will look next year than at any other time of the year.

Fertilize your lawn with a winterizer fertilizer before the first heavy freeze to encourage strong, vigorous root development. This step allows grass to get off to a better start in the spring and increases resistance to disease and insects.

While nobody likes to rake leaves, it’s an important step in autumn lawn maintenance. If you have a lot of leaves, mulch them and apply them to your lawn where they act like a second fertilizer application for the grass.

Luckily, with Belgard pavers on your patio, walkway and driveway your job is easy. Our pavers require very little maintenance. Thanks to a manufacturing process that ensures quality, colorfastness and weather resistance, our unique Colorgard technology evenly disperses colors throughout each and every paver, wall, and curb unit we make. Belgard products resist UV rays, maintain their original color year after year, and hold up to stressful weather extremes.

Additionally, stained or broken pavers can be easily replaced without patches. Ants and weeds in joints can be prevented with sealers or herbicides.

You can still enjoy your outdoor space even during upkeep – involve the whole family and make it a fun activity. The chores will get done faster, and you can get back to watching the game on your beautiful, leaf-free Belgard patio.

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1212 Hemingway Drive, Unity Twp, PA 15601 | Unity Twp Real Estate

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Property Description

Breathtaking views from this Regis Pisone crafted, 4 bed, two-story, boasting a fulling landscaped private yard backing on green space in Glenn-Aire Phase II. This home was built for the entertainer. An impressive two-story family room with a gas log burning fireplace is adjacent to the to the exquisetely appointed kitchen, with leather finish granite counters and stainless appliances. The generous eating area opens to the large oversized screened porch & very spacious deck. Both overlook the back yard with in-ground saltwater pool & Laurel Highlands view. On summer evenings, fireworks from many areas can be seen from the back yard. Every detail was designed with convenience in mind – with a 1st-floor laundry, 1st-floor den and a first master suite featuring a luxurious bath & 2 walk-in closets. The walk-out lower level features a 2nd kitchen, massive game room with fireplace, a hobby or exercise room & a full bath. Hardwood flooring and molding accent each of the rooms.

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How to Create an Outdoor Living Room in Your Neighborhood

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Lifelong friendships often start with a simple conversation with a stranger. BenchesCollective, a grassroots community organization, wants to spark those conversations by inspiring and teaching people how to create outdoor living rooms. The initiative, which originated in Amsterdam in the Netherlands, has more than 1,000 registered benches throughout the Netherlands and several other countries, including Brazil, Turkey, South Africa, and the U.S.

The project is a reminder that our sidewalks are shared spaces. It also reinforces the notion that having a sense of ownership of our public spaces is vital to creating thriving neighborhoods and cities. The benches connect people who might not otherwise be brought together.

BenchesCollective is organizing the “largest open air café in the world” on July 1 and 2, during which time people are encouraged to create their own outdoor public space and offer coffee, tea, snacks, or — as one bench host did, salsa lessons. Throughout the year, the organization will facilitate local open air cafés together with citizens social organisations, housing associations and municipalities.

Shareable connected with Mischa Woutersen, who coaches BenchesCollective ambassadors, about the best way to open a local bench.

Here’s his advice:

  1. Choose a good spot in your street to hang out with your neighbors.
  2. Arrange a nice bench of seating area to host your activity. This can be a private bench or a public bench on your street.
  3. Make a Facebook event, share your bench on Nextdoor, and inform local press.
  4. Invite your neighbors to enjoy a fun afternoon.

“People can open their bench on any day of the year,” Woutersen said. “However, we encourage everyone to join our movement on the 11th of June. Then, we organize the biggest open air café of the world.”

The BenchesCollective team is currently working on tools, including a poster generator, to make it easier for participants to promote their benches. Woutersen encourages people to become ambassadors for their town or neighborhood.

Contact Woutersen for more information and guidance. Header photo by Melanie van Zweeden. Follow @CatJohnson on Twitter

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