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Renovating Your Phoenix Landscaping?
Top Budgeting Tips When Planning Your Phoenix Landscape Design Project

How To Budget Your Phoenix AZ Landscaping Design ProjectA desert landscape usually invokes images of barren brown sand and spots of dying or dead grass, with sharp cacti thrown in for effect. As all native Arizonans know, landscaping here in the Southwestern desert is tricky and challenging and not for the weak of heart.

That does not mean it is impossible however. If you …

Dishwasher Options and Features

 Dishwasher Options and Features - By Budget My Build“Going green” or being environmentally conscious and aware does not mean sacrificing convenience and modern technology. It may seem like an eco-friendly choice to hand-wash your dishes rather than have a dishwasher but the fact is that may not be safe. This is according to research from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Washing dishes by hand can waste thousands of gallons of water, because many …

Microwave Options and Features

microwave-options-and-featuresParts of every microwave oven are recyclable such as the metal and glass. When you get rid of your old microwave for a newer model, be sure to contact your town’s solid waste disposal bureau so that it is properly recycled (unless of course you are passing it on to a friend or family member in your own way of recycling).

Microwave ovens heat food by …

What Types Of Wood Make For Good Kitchen Cabinets?

What Types Of Wood Make For Good Kitchen Cabinets?When doing a renovation on your kitchen, one of the biggest expenses is generally the cabinets. Your cabinets take up much of the overall wall space and the type of wood, style, color and layout will determine the look and feel of the most important room in most homes: the kitchen.

Hardwood is the most common material for cabinets. Many of …

A Look At Wood Floors:

Solid Hardwood Flooring or Engineered Hardwood Flooring…Which is best?

An increasing amount of homeowners are installing or replacing their flooring with wood. So the question is: Which is better-solid hardwoods or engineered hardwoods? Anyone considering hardwood floors should look at the pros and cons of each type of wood flooring and investigate how each is constructed. This will help the homeowner decide whether solid hardwood …

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Stone Tile 101

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Limestone

Created from corals and shells that have settled on ocean floors and consolidated to form into calcite. Typically, there are visual fragments of corals, shells and other fossils in limestone. The density, hardness and subsequent characteristics of limestone varies widely. The most durable, dense limestone can withstand heavy airport terminal traffic (John Wayne Airport) and may be even be used in some wet areas. Others aren’t …

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Safety Tips For Do-It-Yourself Projects

 Safety Guidelines For DIY Home Construction ProjectsFixing up your home can be a fun way to express your creative side, but do-it-yourself projects can often be tedious and time consuming, as well. Taking your time and taking measures to ensure your safety while working on the project can get you great results.

Safety is just as important as getting the finished product that you want. Here are some easy steps to …

Gene Blackburn Explains Air Conditioning Planning in the Frame

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Gene Blackburn, Budget My Build:

The trusses allow these open cavities that you can see for the air conditioning ducts to run through as well as all the other mechanicals which will be coming in here. And plugging a little for insulation and everything else that’s required for this particular house. The first subtrade that’s in after framing is

Gene Blackburn From Budget My Build Explains Batt Insulation During Framing

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Gene Blackburn, Budget My Build:

Generally, batt insulation can be utilized in a small situation. I mean it’s easier to install if you want to buy a little bit at Home Depot or some place like that to insulate, it does a good job. Usually, that’s going to be probably fiberglass or mineral wool. You can get

Benefits of A Green Roof

Today, a roof can do more than just protect your home and family against the elements. A green roof can go so much further, such as help insulate, save energy, and prevent urban heat islands.

A green roof, sometimes called a garden roof, or eco roof, is a roofing system designed to grow maintenance free plants on top of a specially prepared roof. You may …

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Pool Supplies – Brand Name VS Generic

Once the weather starts to warm up, it’s time to make sure that your swimming pool is in great shape for the months of use ahead. To start, some serious pool cleaning may be in order.

Unless your pool is heated, you probably did not use it in the cooler months. If you have not been consistent in your pool maintenance, it

Planning For Bedroom Furniture And Space

Platform Storage Bed by Lift & StorWhen building or remodeling your home, bedrooms often are not considered as important as the more public areas. Anyone who has had to remove everything from the bedroom to remodel knows that the amount of items stored in there can be quite surprising.

Bedroom floor space is often taken up by closets, dressers, chest of drawers, night stands, and armoires, and still no one …

Roofing & Extreme Weather

Proper Nailing for Roofing ShinglesDo you live in a wild place like tornado alley or Alaska where you experience extreme weather? If you do, then at some point I’m sure you have stumbled upon some of the stricter building codes. Drastic situations require drastic measures. The same principal applies to construction, especially roofing. Here, we will address proper nailing to preserve roofs in extreme wind areas.

High Wind Areas & …

3 Tips For Making The Perfect Storage Bed

Three Tips For Creating Storage BedsApartment or even townhouse living, sometimes means being creative and finding new and better ways to stash important items. Creating a living space that is clean and tidy can be made easier with some innovative storage techniques. By far one of the best and most convenient places to create additional storage is under the beds. This is a space that is not …

Is Your Home Ready For The Summer Months?

In the summer months, no one wants to be caught without an air conditioning system, so it’s a good idea to see that it is in good working order before you actually need it. Though there are some things you may feel comfortable attempting on your own, such as changing the filter at least once a month to maintain good air flow …

Three Types Of Mounting Faucets

Types of bathroom faucets
Depending on what sink basin you have, you should select a faucet that fits and accents the sink properly. If you are getting ready to remodel your bathroom or you feel it is time to upgrade your design, there are several options to choose from. Here are some of the three most popular types of faucets for the sink you are using in your bathroom.…

Signs of Well Made Kitchen Cabinets

One of the most important rooms in the house, in terms of appeal and value, is the kitchen. The kitchen is often the center of entertainment, family dinners and an absolutely critical room to everyday life. You may look in a kitchen and see the shining counters, slick appliances and other features and think you’ve seen the most important parts of the room. However, …

A Few Tips For Getting Your Perfect Kitchen Cabinets

Guide to perfect cabinets for your kitchenYou’ve found the perfect house, now the only area that needs updating is the kitchen. Find a seasoned professional who has been in the business and has earned a great reputation. With modern technology, contractors today have their own websites that are filled with loads of information for consumers to get a feel for what each has to offer.

A great …

Purchasing Cabinets

Purchasing cabinets for your kitchenThere are many choices in choosing cabinets for your home. All can be custom designed or fitted to your needs.

You should first contact a cabinet manufacturer to get a basic design. That doesn’t necessarily mean that you need to use them for the cabinets, but they can help you understand all of the options available to you to make your cabinets work optimally in your space. You …

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How New Hinges and Knobs Enhance Home Improvement

How cabinet knobs enhance your homeAnyone who has chosen to invest in real estate understands the importance of home improvement. Home improvements increase the appeal of your property, as well as boost it’s value. Often, when individuals consider home improvement, they associate it with high-cost upgrades and full remodels. For the homeowner on a budget, one small way to enhance the property is to invest in new …

Scheduling Cabinet And Flooring Installations

Reality television has brought a new confidence to homeowners that they can turn their home into an elegant and custom space. Many tips and do it yourself aids exist, but there are many renovators or new builders wondering which should be installed first: the cabinetry or the flooring? Looking at a completed home, everything seems to fit so nicely, and scheduling the right order for …

What Types Of Countertops Are There?

Plenty of Choices in Countertop Materials

Since the new economy has altered the construction industry, some of the construction norms of the past are getting re-evaluated. What standards constitute the best or the most elegant are getting recast now, with considerations of the green economy, natural product availability, and of course cost. Here’s a look at some of the most used countertops options out …

Backyard Budgeting: Stone Fireplaces On The Cheap

Building a stone fireplace in your backyard allows for a cozy outdoor space for friends and family to enjoy year round. Before jumping right into building your dream fireplace however, sit down and decide what your building budget will be. Will you hire a professional to do the job, or do it yourself?

If you decide to do it yourself, keep in mind …

Home Remodeling: Many Parts Make The Whole

The idea behind remodeling any room in a home is to refresh and update what is there. The parts that are added or replaced should not only enhance the area, but fit in with your design aesthetic. A remodel does not necessarily mean tearing down walls. It can be as small as changing out some of the materials or fixtures to give an …

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