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ROOF ALGAE - Streaking and Staining
How to build a backyard firepit
Organic Weed Killer
MUNTINS vs MULLIONS - guide to window jargon
UGLY ALGAE on your roof/shingles?

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ROOF ALGAE - Streaking and Staining

Does your roof look dirty or stained. And maybe it's pretty new - might not even be over 3-4 years ago you had it replaced!  The culprit is ALGAE growing on the shingles.  The 'dirty' look on your shingles is NOT dirt, but rather a living organism that is growing, forming black discolorations that mask your shingle's color.  These streaks make your roof look old and worn.  This is particularly a big problem in our area (Coastal Virginia) where the humidity is high.

How to build a backyard firepit

Build a backyard firepit -
I recently saw this online and wanted to share with you.  I think it is a very innovative use of inexpensive materials providing a great outdoor entertainment area. Easy to build and Easy to enjoy!

Organic Weed Killer

NATURAL killer without poisons.   We all need to be extra careful about using any type of chemical that could end up in the water.   Most of us feel that way - but what to use?  The following recipe works without risking out waterways -

Recipe
1 Gallon white vinegar
1/2 cup salt
1/8 cup liquid dish soap
Mix and saturate the weeds.  Using it in the morning on a hot sunny day speeds the process along.
This is great stuff, super easy to make, inexpensive, and good for the environment..  

MUNTINS vs MULLIONS - guide to window jargon

Do you know the difference between a "MUNTIN" and a "MULLION" when it comes to windows? 

Mullion: A large vertical member separating two casements; the vertical bar between coupled windows or mulitple windows; the central vertical member of a double-door opening. 

Muntin: one of the thin strips of wood used for holding panes of glass within a window. Also called: munnion, bar, sash bar, glazing bar, window bar, division bar, munton bar (sounds like they can't remember the name either!

UGLY ALGAE on your roof/shingles?

Are you tired of seeing that ugly streaking on your shingles?  Algae is the cause. When black algae streaks take over, it not only looks terrible, it also makes your house appear old and dirty, and reduces the curb appeal and value of your home.

Coastline Construction llc is proud to say they are now offering the ATLAS Roofing System .
Select Atlas shingles are manufactured using the latest in algae-resistant technology, so you will never need to worry about streaking again–ever. Atlas shingles featuring Scotchgard™ Protector is the best assurance of built-in long-term algae and stain resistance.

Kitchen Cabinet storage under Sink

Adding this post as I thought this was a particularly good use of the space under a kitchen cabinet.  Often underused space - this allows you to reach all those things that tend to get lost once you close the door.  This image is from HOUZZ website  where you can get many wonderful ideas for DIY or other projects for your home.  

Let's talk about upgrades before marketing a home -


Which home improvement projects provide the best return on the dollar at time of sale?
The best, easiest and least expensive home improvement project a homeowner can do would includefresh, updated, and relevant paint colors.Updating light fixtures, fans and hardware make a huge impact as well. Not only will it look more aesthetically pleasing a buyer won’t focus on the “dated” look of the house which then in turns allows them to start thinking about all the other “dated” items such as roofing, 

Cabinetry Lingo

Cabinet Confusion?  This great article will provide you with information to understand the "lingo" of cabinetry.







Updating your kitchen

Updating your kitchen and trying to decide the color of your cabinets?  There are so many to choose from.  Should I go with the warm maple, or a dark walnut, or maybe somewhere in between?  It is a difficult decision - But, you can never go wrong with WHITE!

KITCHEN FADS, COME AND GO, (remember Harvest Gold and Avocado Green - Just had to have them) but when it comes to enduring value, the white kitchen is always a winner.

Since it began keeping records, the Home Appliance Manufactures Association says White Appliances have always outsold all other colors (yes, even Stainless)

Winterizing to prevent frozen pipes

WINTERIZING TO PREVENT FROZEN PIPES

Winter weather brings the opportunity of freezing pipes and plumbing. Water expands as it freezes.  No matter the strength of a container, expanding water can cause pipes to break. Pipes most likely to freeze are those that are exposed to severe cold like outdoor hose bibs, swimming pool supply lines, water sprinkler lines and water supply pipes in unheated interior areas like basements, crawl spaces, attics, garages or kitchen cabinets. You also need to be concerned about pipes that are against exterior walls that have little or no insulation as they are subject to freezing as well.