Landscape Lighting Design

December 27, 2010 by · Comments Off on Landscape Lighting Design 

Who does not agree that the garden is usually the best part of the whole home layout design? Each room in the house can sure be made into a magnum opus; but the garden, when properly landscaped, will bring out the feeling of ease, calmness and beauty. Garden landscapes come in different designs and formats, depending on what the homeowner wants. And the best part of garden landscaping is the landscape lighting design. Proper lay-out, beautiful designs and strategic placement of the lights will make the garden magnificent. Any landscape lighting parts can be found in brick-and-mortar shops or in online stores.

In choosing the best outdoor lights, it is advised that any consumer will consider the layout of his or her garden as well as the cost of the light being purchased. Many shops offer a wide selection of landscape lighting supplies that come with different shapes, designs and prices. Choosing the ones that cost less but with high usability is always a good buy. To know more about landscape lighting design, it will be good to browse through home magazines or look over the internet for more ideas and information.

Landscape lighting costs can be expensive; however, it should not be. Creativity is how a person turns a simple object into a masterpiece. While high-end lightings are available in the market, one can customize his or her garden lighting design by buying retail parts like bulbs and wires separately so that the design and placement of each light will just depend on the creativity of the landscaper. Cheap lightings are not necessarily less brilliant. They only mean cost-effective products.

Remodeling now more practical and profitable

December 1, 2010 by · Comments Off on Remodeling now more practical and profitable 

For Kitchens by Diane business owner Diane Feuillerat, timing is everything. Having worked for two remodeling and construction companies, and having built a 400-strong client base, she was quite hopeful that her business would experience a bountiful first year. And as fate would have it, her company has worked on two to three times the forecasted deals in spite of the looming negative trends in the housing industry. For the year 2010, there will be more remodeling projects than construction of new homes for the first time ever in 26 years.

This year will be one of the worst periods ever for the real estate industry, whose local sales have been falling for three years in a row pulling down average sale prices as well to 2001 price ranges. Since 2004, construction of new homes has dwindled each year when Boone and Winnebago county builders handled permits for 1,865 new houses. The time period from January to October this year has only seen 169 building permits for new houses, which is a negative turning point in the real estate industry.

Now, more homeowners choose to remodel their house instead of investing on building a new house. Rock River Valley residents have invested as much as US$27 million in remodeling permits alone for the month of October this year, followed shortly by US$21.3 million 6 years ago. Fueillerat knows that her customers are aware of how hard it is to sell their house under current real estate market conditions. That is one of the main reasons why her clients need to remodel their houses where they’ll be staying for at least the next five or so years.