Making A Guest Room With An Outside Entrance

Filed Under (Kitchen Home Improvement) by 5C6bgX on 27-05-2019

By Alyssa Davis

Some people have guest rooms that are only used on occasion. However, if you are in a situation where you have a guest who is staying long term, such as an adult child, it may make sense to add an outside entrance to the room. This gives your long-term guest more privacy and causes fewer interruptions of your own life. If you are thinking of adding an outside entrance to your guest room, there are some things that you may want to consider before knocking out the outside wall.

Location of the Guest Room

You have heard it said that location is everything, but when adding an outside entrance to a guest room, that saying has never been truer. If your guest room is on the third floor of your home and sandwiched between other bedrooms, adding an outside entrance is probably not going to be the easiest or most practical course of action. In most cases, a guest room on the ground floor in an easily accessible corner of the house is going to be the best candidate for adding an outside entrance. Not only will this make it easier for guests to enter and exit, but if you decide to turn the room into a home office at any point, it will also make it easier for clients to come and go.

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Knocking out a wall and adding a door to your guest room is not as simple as it may sound. Such renovation will require the work of a certified contractor who can ensure that the exterior wall remains properly supported. It is also important to think about how adding a door will impact the rest of the room. Is there enough space to accommodate a door opening and closing? If there is not, you may want to consider adding sliding glass doors instead of a traditional entrance door. You will still have the benefits of outside access, but it will take up less room space than a traditional swinging door.

Safety of the Guest Room

Another important point to consider is the safety aspect of adding another entrance to your home. While it may make it easier for your occasional guests to come and go as they please, it also becomes another potential point of entry for burglars. This is especially true if you opt for sliding glass doors, as they pose a much greater security risk than a steel door. If you do not go in the guest room very often when guests are not in town, you may want to install motion sensors and secure locks on the door.

Adding an outside entrance can be exceptionally convenient for out of town guests who need to come and go without disturbing you or your family. If you have visitors who stay for any length of time, an outside entrance can make everyone’s life more convenient. However, be sure that you address all security and construction concerns before jumping into such remodeling.

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Filed Under (Kitchen Home Improvement) by 5C6bgX on 16-03-2019

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3 Tips For A Successful Container Herb Garden

Filed Under (Kitchen Home Improvement) by 5C6bgX on 01-03-2019

By Theresa Goodman

If you are like me, I absolutely love the smell of fresh herbs. However, buying fresh herbs at the grocery store would often make my wallet cry, so I would pass them up. Often times I didn’t buy enough or they would spoil before I used them all. So like me, Container Herb Gardening can give you an abundant, readily available supply of fresh herbs. It doesn’t matter if your living quarters are small because you can put the containers inside in the kitchen within reach. Even next to the coffee pot.Growing herbs in containers is the perfect gift for gardening friends, as well as for cooking. Take into account these 3 tips for the successful container herb garden, for some flavorful and or smelly results.

Tip #1. Select the herbs you want to grow. Choose from basil, oregano, rosemary, sage, thyme, parsley, mints and dill. All are easy to grow in containers, require very little maintenance, and are adaptable for a wide variety of dishes. Plants such as lavender and yarrow spread quickly and can take up all your space, so these are ideal for container herb gardening in small batches.

You will want to grow herbs that you will actually cook with. Because your fresh herbs are full of flavor and not diluted, you only need to use half the amount of fresh herbs as store bought herbs in recipes. In fact, when substituting dried herbs for fresh herbs, one tablespoon of fresh herbs equals about one teaspoon of dried herbs. You might even consider growing a container full of organically grown herbs. It’s safer for you and less expensive because you aren’t using pesticides. Organic pest control is a comprehensive approach instead of a chemical approach.

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Tip #2. Seeds or budding plantings’ are viable options. Growing herbs in a small garden is quite affordable especially if you start from seeds. Don’t skimp on seeds of good quality, go ahead and spend a little more. Remember seeds can spoil just like other natural food products. I typically don’t get my seeds from plants, but it’s your choice. In doing that, you just need to understand how to properly dry out and store the seeds. Remember to check the dates on the package, to ensure your seeds are fresh.

If you are using plants to start your container garden, plant the plants at the same height. If you plant them too shallow, some hair roots may be exposed. If you plant them too deep, they may choke or suffocate due the all the soil overhead. Also, check to see if your plants have become root bound. If roots start coming out of the drainage holes, replant them in a larger container. Roots have feelings too. Have you ever worn a pair of pants and have gotten a wedge. Ouch. !

Tip #3. Where are you placing the containers (pots, etc.)? Mother Nature will not provide the right amount of water and sunshine. Container herb gardening provides the mobility necessary to protect your herbs from bad weather and seasonal conditions, as well as hungry animals and insects. Inside, you can place your containers in the right location for the herbs they contain. Most herb plants require similar growing conditions: a minimum of six hours of sunlight per day. Plants may need full sun, partial sun or partial shade. For example, parsley and thyme like to be in a sunny spot. Plants will only receive what you give them; therefore, you will be able to regulate the pH, nutrients, nutrient strength, water amount, and light amount. This makes it important that you research the plants you will be growing so you know what they need to survive.

Now that your vision has been expanded a little, you can see that the possibility of creating that special herb container garden that can happen now. You will be able to incorporate all of your 5 senses; touch, taste, smell, feel. What you will hear is everyone applauding the wonderful flavor or smell you create. Using these 3 tips for a successful container herb garden will have you well on your way to herb heaven.

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Optional Ideas For Low Cost Bar Stools And Discount Seats

Filed Under (Kitchen Home Improvement) by 5C6bgX on 08-01-2019

By Trevor Price

Discount bar stools are always available at big retailers like Wal-Mart and Target. Unfortunately, these same stools aren’t very well made and are about as comfortable as their $5.99 price tag would suggest.

Instead of throwing your bar stools out, keep reading for some creative uses for your collapsible and non-collapsible bar stools.

Flower Stand

If your bar stool has a flat top rather than padded vinyl, it can make the perfect plant stand. For a great DIY project, simply buy a few cheap bar stools and refurbish them to create a floating, tiered plant oasis. Start by cutting each stool down to a different length, taking care that all the legs are even and level.

When you’re ready, strip each stool, sand it down, prime it and paint it with your own custom colors. Take your plant stand customization further with some beading or funky fringe.

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Bar stool customization doesn’t have to stop at paint and plants. You can take it up a notch with decoupage collages, mosaic tiling or impressive beaded seats. Your funky design will instantly take that stool from discount to diva.

Bedside Table

Discount bar stools make fantastic bedside tables. They’re small, sturdy and unobtrusive. If you’re worried about how it will blend in with your dcor, throw some fabric over it or a tablecloth to give it a softer look. If you like to keep a glass of water by your bed, you should use a hard-topped stool rather than the vinyl-topped models.

For the really crafty, try picking up a cheapie bar stool at your local discount store and then reupholstering it with your own fabric. You’ll take that discount vinyl stool and turn it into a masterpiece with leopard-print fun fur or a prettily printed floral pattern.

Camping Chairs

Have you ever tried to pack a stack of folding lawn chairs in your car for a family camping trip? They’re awkward and take up way too much space in the trunk. In contrast, a lightweight, aluminum-core discount bar stool will stack easily, doesn’t weigh much and is much more portable. They’re also great for watching football games or family picnics.

Guest Seating

One of the best uses for discount bar stools is as extra seating for guests. For family reunions, local events, games nights or even as children’s seating for dinner parties, those stools can go a long way.

However, why take up all your valuable storage space with cumbersome plastic chairs? Instead, find some folding discount bar stools and either hang them on the wall or stack them in your basement.

The ability to make practical or aesthetic use of low cost items in your home is not just a money saver, but also shows a bit of creative talent. Rather than simply tossing out items that on the surface seem to be junk, you can often make relatively minor adjustments to these same items to transform them into something attractive. It makes sense to do the same with old bar stools.

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A Garage Conversion Project Starts With A Garage Conversion Plan

Filed Under (Kitchen Home Improvement) by 5C6bgX on 21-12-2018

By Mark Donovan

A Great way to add Living Space to Your Home

A garage conversion project is a simple and great way to add 200 to 400 square feet of living space to your home. Frequently garages are converted into bedrooms, bathrooms, and family rooms. Due to the fact that a garage already consists of a foundation, four exterior walls and a roof it is relatively an inexpensive solution for adding more living space to your home, compared to building a brand new home addition.

A garage conversion project has some of the same concerns and problems as finishing a basement. There are cold concrete floors and various protrusions and obstructions in both a garage and a basement that must be worked around.

When developing a garage conversion plan there are a number of items you should first consider before actually moving forward with such a project.

Check first with your Local building Inspector

Local code requirements may vary on garage construction versus living space construction. You may want to first check with your local building inspector to determine if there are any structural or zoning issues with converting your garage into a completed living space. For example, it may be okay for garage roof trusses to be spaced 24″ apart in your municipality, however local building codes may also specify that these may need to be 16″ on center for formal living space. It is worthwhile talking to your building inspector first before completing a garage conversion plan and hiring contractors. You will need to pull permits anyway, so you might as well learn up front any code issues / restrictions before submitting plans to the building inspector and beginning your project.

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Garage Conversion Projects and Plumbing

When considering a bathroom, kitchen or wet bar as part of your garage conversion project special upfront attention needs to be paid to plumbing. Most garage floors are concrete, and as a result, you typically only have a couple of choices to address plumbing requirements. You can either cut out swaths of concrete flooring to run drainage pipes or elevate the floor. Elevating a bathroom or kitchen floor is typically less desirable, unless of course you plan on elevating the entire garage floor. I will discuss this issue/concept in more detail later.

The alternative to elevating the bathroom / kitchen floor is to cut out swaths of concrete flooring. This task is extremely messy, dusty, and requires a great deal of hard manual labor, but in the end you will achieve a better product. Consequently, my recommendation is to first consult with a plumber before you develop detail floor plans of your garage conversion project. He can help you decide where the best location is for your bathroom / kitchen / wet bar, and recommend a layout. Ideally you will want to locate the rooms requiring plumbing near each other and near the existing sewer/septic drain pipes within the main home to minimize concrete cutting.

Once you have completed your garage conversion floorplan, have your plumber mark the locations for where the concrete needs to be cut away. Remove the concrete prior to beginning any other work on the project. Cutting concrete is an extremely dusty and noisy endeavor so make sure everything is out of the garage prior to cutting. I would also recommend hiring either the plumber or another subcontractor to perform this work.

Framing in the Garage Door Openings

When converting your garage into formal living space you will probably want to frame in the existing garage door openings. You may want to consider locating a standard door or windows in one or more of these openings as you frame them in. Cutting new door openings and windows into existing walls is a more expensive effort, as external siding and potentially interior sheetrock will need to be disturbed that may not otherwise be required. If aesthetically and functionally it makes sense, replacing a garage door opening with a standard door and/or windows can potentially save some money.

Also, when framing in the garage door openings, first build up the base of the openings with either concrete or concrete blocks to the same height of the adjacent foundation walls. This will help to ensure a finished external appearance that blends in well with the rest of the home’s siding.

Garage Floors

Garage floors can be cold. Garage floors typically consist of just an un-insulated concrete pad. Also, frequently garage floors are sloped so that water runs toward the garage door opening(s). To address both these issues it may make sense to raise the entire garage floor using 2’x2’s, 2’x4’s or 2×6’s depending how much floor insulation is desired. Shims can be used to level the raised subfloor. Alternatively the 2’xNs can be trimmed to level the floor. If there is sufficient ceiling height in the garage the use of 2’x6’s could eliminate the need for concrete cutting for installing drain pipes. Using 2’x6’s can frequently provide enough height to support sufficient drain pitch. Again, you may want to discuss this with your plumber if you plan to elevate the entire garage floor.

Ducts, Pipes, and Other Obstructions in a Garage

Like a basement there are frequently air ducts, pipes and other obstructions in a garage. Unless you want to spend significant time and money moving the ducts and pipes, you will want to box these obstructions in using either 2’x2’s or 2′ x 4’s. The boxed in areas can then be easily sheetrocked. Aesthetically it is better to box in clusters of obstructions with one large box rather than having several small boxed in areas. Many small boxed in areas will make a finished room look chopped up.

Garage Wall thickness

Frequently exterior garage walls are framed using 2’x4’s, where as the rest of the home’s exterior walls are framed with 2′ x 6’s. The 2’x6′ walls allow for additional insulation. You may want to add furring strips to your garage exterior wall studs to enable additional insulation thickness. As a matter of fact, your local building codes may mandate this.

A garage conversion project is a great and inexpensive way to add formal living space to your home. The only real downside is the loss of a sheltered place to store your vehicles. As outlined in this article develop a solid garage conversion plan first before beginning work.

About the Author: Over the past 20+ years Mark Donovan has been involved with building homes and additions to homes. His projects have included: building a vacation home, building additions and garages on to existing homes, and finishing unfinished homes. For more home improvement information visit and


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Growing Your Own Vegetables From Seed

Filed Under (Kitchen Home Improvement) by 5C6bgX on 17-06-2017

By Ric Wiley

Growing your own vegetables from seed is very easy. It is great fun to watch the tiny seedlings emerge from the soil mix and of course is a great deal cheaper than buying ready grown plants. It is not as quick though. The reason why it is cheaper is that you are doing all the work yourself.

So what do you grow them in? Well it all depends on what type of plant you are growing. Before we discuss what type of container you need, you also need to think about what type of soil mix you are going to grow them in.

My father used to just take some garden soil, put it in an old dirty plant pot and grow his seeds. It used to work but it was only his experience which allowed him to be able to identify which was the seedling he was after and which was a weed seedling. Why, well the soil he used was full of weed seeds. He also did not clean his pots which is never a good thing.

There is no reason why you cannot reuse pots year after year, and in today’s Reduce, Reuse, Recycle world we live in it is a good idea. I use some pots year after year, not because I am too cheap to buy new ones but simply because there is nothing wrong with the old pots that have been cleaned and sterilized. I simply soak them in a tub of water to loosen any old dirt, wash them in warm soapy water using a stiff bristled brush, rinse in clean water and finally soak in a disinfectant solution. I have used diluted bleach, diluted medical disinfectant, gardening disinfectant and specialist organic gardening disinfectant. They all work, but remember to wear waterproof gloves for this last stage as many of these chemicals are strong and could do some damage your skin. I also buy new cheap disposable pots each year as I can more or less assume these are sterile so there can be no danger of transferring diseases from old dirty pots to new seedlings.

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There are not just pots though, I also use trays or flats as they are known in some countries, little plug trays where the seedling can grow in its own cell and old plastic coffee cups which have been washed out. You will need drainage hols though. I have even started larger seeds off in the discarded middles of toilet rolls. These are planted out as they are into your soil mix and the roots grow through the cardboard. The toilet roll eventually degrades into the soil.

Let’s start off by assuming we are sowing into trays. Fill the tray with whatever compost you are using and gently firm this down until you have a fairly level surface. At this stage you need to water this so that the seed will be surrounded by moisture. You then need to sow the seed. Very small seeds should be gently sprinkled, not too thickly, on to the surface of the compost. Larger seeds such as tomatoes can be placed individually on the surface of the compost. A tip here, to help you get them in the correct place, is that you can move them with a small artists paint brush.

Cover the seed to the correct depth with sieved compost or fine grade vermiculite. The back of the seed pack will let you know what depth to cover with. This is important as too much compost will make life difficult for your seedling. Gently water the surface of this compost.

That’s it. Just keep the tray somewhere at the best temperature for the seed. I usually find that my kitchen window is fine. I often cover the seed trays with plastic sheeting until the seedlings start to emerge then take this off.

If you need to water the seed tray, I usually do this by standing it in a small try of water and letting the compost act like a sponge and soak that water up. I find this does not disturb things as much as using a watering can does. Let this water drain away though as the compost needs to be moist but not wet

Finally, when the seedling is large enough to handle and has developed some true leaves not just seed leaves, I transfer it to its own pot of compost and let it grow larger. When you do this you need to be gentle and only hold the seedling by a leaf. Holding by the stem can crush it as the stem is very fragile and this crushing will kill the seedling.

A final point, remember that many seeds can be sown direct into the ground where they are to grow. Make sure the soil is warm enough before you do this and protect your seeds with some form of cloche if it is early in the season.

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