So, the heat index yesterday was 108 degrees F, for our international friends that’s 42 degrees C. It was stifling. The afternoon ended with an epic thunderstorm that rattled windows and blew the tops of the trees around magnificently. I think I have digressed, though. The point I was making was that it was way too hot to cook inside. So, what’s a mom and wife supposed to do? Get out the grill! We’re eating al fresco! (Does a couple of lawn chairs and some paper plates count as al fresco?)
I think one the of the modern rights of passage is to have your own space to grill and cook out. It should be like in the top 5 things that make you an adult. Like the list should go something like paying taxes, having to deal with a billing mishap, dealing with in-laws, doing emergency repairs, and having your own space to entertain and/or grill out. Yeah, I didn’t like the rest of that list either. Let’s look at some house plans and feel better, ok?
It’s that time of year again! Cookouts, swimming pools, watermelon themed treats and celebrating our independence. Yes, folks, it’s the 4th of July. Everyone has their own tradition for this holiday. Some people travel and go see their family and friends. Some stay at home and cook out. Some like to go outside and watch the people playing with fireworks. And waiting to see if that bottle, they stuck in the ground is going to make it the entire time.
Maybe that’s just me.
The United States will celebrate 243 years of independence this year on July 4th. Our country is a unique and beautiful place that has been influenced by generations of innovators, immigrants and pioneers. There is no way to boil down the American identity into just one picture or sentence. We have always and will continue to be a melting pot of ideas, cultures, languages and beliefs. Our homes are no different. The house plans that we have in the U.S. have adapted from years of necessity and creativity.
Just over 18 million acres of prime, old growth forest are destroyed each year. This level of destruction is incredible and can be prevented by changing simple things about our lives. One of the major contributors to deforestation is the need for lumber. This is a huge industry and it is slowly destroying the beautiful country that we live in. One of our favorite companies and corporate partners wants to help decrease this amount of deforestation with an innovative solution. Bingham Lumber is a leader in reclaimed wood and new lumber.
You’re back at the worksite this week. The basic structure is there. The roof is on, the doors are in and the windows are installed. It still looks unfinished. It looks like a kid who has all of their clothes on, but the buttons aren’t done up quite right. Let’s get this home looking ship shape. Time to look into Siding.
Siding is the exterior covering of your home. There are a variety of different materials that it can be made out of and many different ways that it can be put on your home. You can even mix them up to create different looks!
It’s summertime and that means time to find the pool floaties, noodles, life vests and swim shoes. So, you go through your house hunting these like Elmer Fudd. After hours of searching and the kids asking every five minutes, “Can we go swimming, yet?”, you finally uncover them. They were under the Easter decorations and on top of the Halloween decorations. And you realize something. You just don’t have enough space. So, what do you do?
We’ve all had that moment. You’re walking down the hallway to check the thermostat and you trip over 3 stuffed animals, 2 naked barbies and 4 hot wheels cars. Frustrated, you start opening closet doors desperate to find a place to store the overabundance of kid stuff that your home seems to grow like a strange crop. Each door you open is something to add to the nightmare. This closet is full of holiday decorations. This one is full of winter coats and boots. And this one is full of kitchen appliances for some weird reason. Alright, that’s enough!
Coming out to the job site today, your home is starting to look more like a house and less like a kid’s clubhouse. You actually have all the doors installed and the roof looks good. Now its time to think about the windows. Let’s take a look at the different types of windows and their options.
You might think that you could just go into a hardware store and just say, “I would like 6 windows, please,” and they would be delivered just like that. Like many things in life, this purchase comes with as many choices as buying clothes.
Now that summer is in full swing, it’s time to kick back and relax. Enjoy some swimming. Slather on the sunblock. Drink some of those fancy coconut drinks with the little umbrellas. It’s that time of year when we all start having dreams of Florida and the beautiful sandy beaches. So, let’s look at some plans that are so perfect for The Sunshine State that we named the collection after them.