How to Maximize Your Garage Space

Too often garages are black holes of missing sports equipment, busted gardening tools, and vague ideas of home renovation. It doesn’t have to be that way though. You can not only have a garage that is well-organized, but one that looks great as well.

Your Car

It’s probably best to start with the biggest item on the list: your car(s). It is not an uncommon occurrence to see people forced to park in their driveways or on the street because of an overflowing and clutter-filled garage. That is simply not acceptable, especially if you are sporting a new ride. Being able to park in the garage will keep your car cleaner for longer, and help it avoid the dings and scratches that inevitably come with street parking. Parking in the garage will also add an extra layer of security to your vehicle. So, if you can, envision the area you would like to park your car or cars in. Dead center or off to the left, once you do this you can then begin the task of organizing everything else around it.

Think Vertical Not Horizontal

Much like the packed downtown’s of cities, sometimes the only way to expand is up. This can go for garages too. Maximizing the vertical space in your garage can free up space in other areas of your garage. One of the easiest ways to do this is with shelving. Wall-mounted shelving can free up tons of space while creating a system for you to organize things sensibly. One shelf can hold old toys, another can hold old photo albums, and so on and so forth. Shelving is cheap, and relatively easy to do yourself if you wanted. Pair your shelving with some magnetic strips to hold metal object like gardening equipment or power tools. Other easy DIY ways to expand your spatial capabilities include installing hooks to hold your bikes, creating a “fake” attic with overhead storage units, and cubby hole shelving for other miscellaneous items. The important thing is to maximize the space you have vertically. This will lead to more open space you can utilize for other purposes like parking your car.

The Chopping Block

Invariably you are going to run across some junk in your garage that will make you scratch your head. No, aliens have not been using your garage as a storage unit for the earthly artifacts they find, it’s just a lot of things get thrown into the garage and are then promptly forgotten about. While some of these finds might fill you with some joy (I mean your chances of finding some long lost toy or valuable photograph are pretty good) most of it will be just junk. So what to do? Well as the saying goes one man’s trash is another man’s treasure, so print some flyers and have yourself a good ‘ol fashioned garage sale. Nothing remedies a hard weekend’s worth of cleaning like some cold hard cash. Be ruthless and donate what you don’t sell to a charity if you can.

Wrap Up

Look at you now, you have a garage nice enough to sleep in! You’ve turned your nightmare of clutter into a work of organizational art. You might even have room for a couch and TV, perfect for Sunday afternoon games with the boys. Mission accomplished… now about that tool shed…

 

 

Home Improvement Strategies that Increase the Value of Your Home

Not all home renovations are created equally. Some home renovations have a primary focus of making a property more pleasing to its residences. On the other hand, there are some types of renovations that add value to a residence, which can be important if a homeowner is considering placing the property on the market for sale. There are some improvements that result in both an enhancement of the property for an existing resident’s enjoyment and benefit and that also increase the overall value of the property.

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Tips and Tools for an Injury-Free Garden Makeover

Undertaking a garden makeover is no easy task which requires a lot of physical exertion. Something many DIY garden enthusiasts don’t often consider prior to embarking on the task is their safety and how to prevent garden based injuries. Knowing the importance of a safe working environment, we’ve prepared some easy to follow tips along with information about available tools to help you keep your garden makeover injury free.

Moving Your Equipment
Your Wheelbarrow is likely to be your best friend during your garden makeover due to its multitude of uses. Along with moving your dirt, soil and plants around be sure to utilize it when moving multiple heavy garden tools.

Be Mindful of Your Tools
Once you have finished using your garden tools, put them in a predetermined space that’s out of the way. While it may be an amusing comedy skit, stepping on a rake and causing the handle to spring up and connect with you is a serious injury risk and one which is easily avoided. Additionally, stepping on the blade of shears or even a shovel can cause real injury, so if you aren’t using them, put them away.

Prepare Yourself
A serious garden makeover requires a lot of bending and stretching, something many DIY gardeners may not be accustomed to doing. If it has been a while since you undertook such exercises, get in a few sessions at a local Pilates studio in Denver before your project. This low impact workout can help to prepare your body for the work ahead and prevent you from feeling sore throughout your work and the next day.

Stay Smart and Stay Hydrated
Working outdoors for long periods of time is going to take its toll on your mind and your body, so be sure to take care of them both. Take regular breaks where you adjust your line of sight and take a step back to make sure you’re on the right track. Be sure to keep snacks and water handy and stay hydrated throughout the job. Small breaks in between tasks can be the best way to avoid getting exhausted and causing yourself unnecessary injury or stress.

While these are great tips to helping you undertake a safe DIY garden makeover, nothing beats common sense. If it looks like a certain task is going to be too hard, don’t risk it and ask for help from a neighbor or family member. There’s no point in preparing a beautiful new garden if you’re too sore to enjoy it.

How to be a responsible pet owner

For most Americans pets are simple a way of life that people expect to see on a daily basis, this makes it so important for pet owners to be wary of the impact that irresponsibility with their pets can have on others

Clean up after your pet

This a basic principle that applies to any aspect of life and is relatively self explanatory. Despite this there are some that do not properly clean up after their pet or at all, and this is extremely irresponsible. Nobody wants to deal with dog waste on the street and there is nothing worse than stepping on some. It is a great idea to invest in a pooper scooper, which makes it very easy to pick up any waste and means that there is a minimal amount of mess.

 

Many people cite a lack of plastic bags as an excuse for not cleaning up after their pet on the street, this is a poor excuse, but a good tip if you are going for a walk is to leave plastic bags next to the dog lead or even tie them to the lead itself. This way you can never forget them again!

 

Play with your pet

A pet in a lot of ways is exactly like a human, pets crave entertainment and want to keep active. This is crucial for the happiness and health of your pet. Think about when you don’t get enough exercise and you start to feel more stressed out and just don’t feel as good in general. Playing with your pets is a great way to help level their behaviour

 

Desexing

One of the most important things to remember when it comes to pets is their ability to reproduce. This can be a very sensitive issue for a lot of people and there are some that are opposed to it, however it is important to consider this option as a part of being a responsible pet owner. With the huge number of homeless animals it is the obligation of pet owners to manage their pets exposure to other animals and the fact that they may reproduce. It is important to think about what would happen if your dog or cat were to have a litter and what you would do.

 

Feed your pets at regular intervals

It is important that your pet is fed at regular intervals and that they are given a combination of food. This will prevent your pet from going elsewhere for their food and potentially disturbing your neighbours.

Construction, building and architecture

=&0=&Construction, building and architecture is as old as civilisation itself. From the first mud huts built by primitive people to ancient monuments like the pyramids in Egypt and the genius of the modern sky scrapers, which are now dotted across the skylines of many major cities around the world. However all these structures have one thing in common, they all needed to be designed and built.

Whether you’re building an extra room on your house or constructing a complex building it all starts with a designer or an architect. Although they all work together as a team the roles of the architect and the builder differ in many ways. However, in the end the goal is the same to design and construct a building.

Although there are many phases to designing and constructing a building the three main categories are always the same according to OSC who specialise in large-scale construction and design.

To understand the process a little more let’s takes a look at each one a little more closely.

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Typically a building is a manmade structure with roofs and walls such as a house, factory or office block, which more or less has a permanent fixture. Buildings can appear in many shapes and sizes but the principle and function remain the same, to serve the needs of society by creating shelter, living space, security and privacy whether this is at home or work.

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Architecture or an architect is a person whose main concern is the planning, designing and the overall construction of a building from start to finish. Not only does the architect have to have sound technical knowledge in the construction of buildings, but also in structural engineering, public safety, business management and design concept. The architect also works closely with the client making sure that every stage of the build goes smoothly and to spec.

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Once all the designs are completed construction can begin, construction is the process of creating the infrastructure of a building, although the architect is the main man and overall manager he will closely work with a project manager. The project manager’s job is to organise builders, set the schedules and make sure all the materials used for the build are on site ready for construction to begin.

 

Tim Aldiss writes for OSC.