Svetlana Sheinina


Posted by Svetlana Sheinina on 5/15/2018

A three season room can be an extremely beneficial home investment. While many different kinds of improvements allow for the enjoyment of the outdoor spaces of your home, a three season room provides protection from the elements, giving maximum value. 


There’s a few different things to consider when it comes to estimating the cost of building a three season room. The amount you’ll need to spend can vary widely based on the material used, the finishes that have been chosen and where you live.  


Get Estimates


It’s really important when undertaking any kind of home improvement project to obtain estimates. You’ll get ballpark figures of how much it will cost you and you’ll be able to get a few ideas from each professional as to how they will go about completing the project. You’ll be able to create your ideal model this way, just by asking for input. The cost will depend on other factors like whether demolition needs to be involved, or how much site preparation is needed.


Use What You Have


Existing structures on your home may be used to build a three season room. A porch or deck may have the ability to be closed in. As long as the condition is good, or the structure is sound, it’s easy to use these parts of your home that are already there to build an area to enjoy the outside. A three season room needs a combination of glass, windows, screens and a sturdy floor.


Roofing 


It’s important that you match roof of your sunroom the existing roofing materials on your home. You can choose from a variety of different kinds of roofs from simple to more elaborate styles. For even more light in your sunroom, think about adding a skylight. 


What The Estimate Should Include


The estimate of your three season room should include all of the following areas:


  • Foundation
  • Framing
  • Electrical
  • Moldings
  • Doors and windows
  • Drywall
  • Skylights
  • Screens
  • Ceiling fans

The cost of labor will also be included in the estimate. Carpenters charge around $70 per hour. Electricians range in their charges from $65 to $85 per hour. It will most likely require many different contractors in order to complete the job of creating your three season room. When your building, the most important thing is that you add the aspects that you’ll enjoy the most throughout the year. Another important point to remember is that the room will be exposed to the elements, so it is possible that dirt and dust will build up quickly in the sunroom. You should plan accordingly to make cleaning a breeze.  

No matter where you live, it’s always great to maximize your enjoyment of the outdoors! Building a three season room can give you the ability to to do just that.     




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Posted by Svetlana Sheinina on 1/9/2018

Your outdoor lighting is perhaps one neglected area of your home. For both safety and beauty, the outdoors deserve a certain amount of attention when it comes to lighting. There are plenty of ways that you can make your outdoor lighting both welcoming and practical.


Layer It


Just as you would inside your home, you should try to layer your lighting. To do this, you should include many different kinds of lighting especially lighting that brightens the outside walls of the home, highlights landscaping elements, and even some overhead lighting.


Use Decorative Lighting


Decorative lanterns and lamps are an easy way to add lighting to your outdoor spaces. You can let them stand on their own, spread them out, or you can group them and line them up in certain areas like a wall or a table. Candles are also a great way to multi-purpose practical lighting with decorative lighting. 


Light Your Steps


It’s important to provide adequate lighting on stairs and decks. Anywhere that people can trip is a place that needs adequate lighting. Solar powered lights are perfect for these uses.


Use String Lights


String lighting hung overhead can be perfect for courtyards, decks, roofs, or even trees and shrubbery. If you don’t have anything to hang string lights from, you can always get creative using posts and planters. This is a great non-permanent solution for you to have some pretty lighting available.


Don’t Draw Too Much Attention To Your Property


While you want adequate lighting on the outside of your property, you also don’t want to draw attention to an area of your yard. The whole neighborhood doesn’t need to know that you’re out on your deck, hanging out. Choose lighting that provides an inviting glow without an overpowering brightness.            


Use Table Lamps


You may have thought that table lamps are only for the indoors, but think again. Your outdoor setup can be the same as your indoor setup. Put table lamps down on your outdoor tables for adequate illumination. Be sure that the lamps you’re using are rated for the outdoors. 


If you use the right techniques and always be sure that you’re following safety protocols,  you can find success with your outdoor lighting scheme. When your home is properly lit, the best part is that you’ll be able to enjoy the outdoors of your home much more thoroughly during seasonable times. You’ll also have an increased sense of security and comfort in and around your home. It’s well known that burglars are deterred from intruding on well-lit properties. Set up your outdoor lighting right and get the outdoor season off on the right foot.




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Posted by Svetlana Sheinina on 6/20/2017

When the nice weather finally arrives, many of us look for any excuse to get outside to enjoy it. I've even been known to mow the lawn every once in a while just for the pleasure of being outdoors. But you don't have to put yourself to work to enjoy the nice weather. Finding a new hobby can be an excellent way to get outside. But that doesn't mean you have to spend a ton of money on a swimming pool or a membership to your local tennis courts. So, if you're used to spending your afternoons and evenings with Netflix on your couch but want to take advantage of the nice weather while it's here, take a look at these frugal outdoor hobbies that will help you get outside without breaking your wallet.

Fitness

Every time I buy a gym membership I go in with great intentions. I'm motivated and excited to start working out. Then a few weeks go by and slowly my gym bag begins to collect dust. The terrible music, the crowded treadmills, the bros grunting into the mirror... it all adds up to a bad experience. We lose interest in our hobbies when they stop being fun. Fortunately, there are a number of ways to get fit outdoors that are fun and cheap.
  • Run. The simple act of running has been spreading joy since Pheilippides ran from Marathon to Athens to spread the news of victory against the Persians. Once he arrived, however, he supposedly dropped dead. Use that as a reason to start slow and remember to buy a decent pair of running shoes to protect your joints.
  • Bike. Cycling is a great workout and a great way to go sightseeing. Your first thought might be "cycling isn't frugal" but that's only true if you aren't willing to hunt down the great deals on Craigslist and at yard sales, of which there will be many this time of year.
  • Hike. Odds are there are dozens of parks and trails in your area that you've never explored. Throw a sandwich and a water bottle in your bag and go exploring.

Relaxation

If you don't feel like running a marathon just to get outside there are several other hobbies that can help you expand your level of chill while still working on your tan.
  • Meditate. This is truly the master of frugal hobbies in the sense that the only thing you need is yourself. Go out into your yard and the woods, sit or lay down in a comfy position, close your eyes, then notice the sounds and the smells around you.
  • Read. Grab your lounge chair and your library card--that's all you'll need to keep your brain busy all summer outside.
  • Yoga. Even if you don't want to admit it your body needs to move, at least a little bit. But that doesn't mean you can't still be relaxed while doing it. Bring your cell phone or laptop outside and watch one of the many great beginner yoga videos on YouTube.
  • Gardening. Not only is gardening frugal, but you'll actually save money once you start harvesting all the vegetables you've grown. Gardening allows you to play in the dirt, learn new things, get outside, and enjoy food you've grown yourself. It's an all-around awesome hobby.




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