Porch Ceiling and Roof Options

When you begin to think about roofing projects on your home, have you ever thought about roofing over your porch? This design concept can really improve your relaxation or entertaining space while protecting the longevity of your porch. Protect it while protecting yourself from the elements. Depending on where you live, this can be needed. While your regular roof repair is being done in Dexter, Michigan, consider adding or improving the roof over your porch.

http://www.hgtv.com/remodel/outdoors/porch-ceiling-and-roof-optionsPorch Ceiling and Roof Options | HGTV The right roof gives you the shelter you need for your porch, while the color, height and texture of your ceiling adds to the overall look and feel of the space from the inside.

Many homeowners like a classic drop ceiling with painted or stained beadboard for a traditional look. An open ceiling is another option, where the rafters that support the roof are left exposed. This is a more rustic choice, and you can use contrasting planks with the exposed rafters to add dimension and visual interest to your porch.

A vaulted ceiling follows the roof pitch, with finishing materials applied to the rafters. This ceiling can make a porch feel larger, add drama to the space and keep your porch cool in hotter climates.

You want a well-built roof that will protect you from the elements, but you also need to give thought to the shape, size and style of the porch roof. Choose roofing materials that work with the slope or pitch of your porch roof.

For example, asphalt and cedar shingles are generally not considered a good choice for shallow-sloped roofs (a metal seamed roof would be a better choice). But if you have a steep-sloped roof, you have more options. Asphalt, concrete and clay tiles, cedar and slate are materials that are candidates for this type of roof.

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Things You Should Know About Roof Additions

Warm weather is upon us, which means more time spent outside. That also means it’s time to start those Spring/Summer house projects. Maybe you’re considering adding onto your house. If so, it’s important to know and follow these tips so that your new addition looks like it was part of the original house all this time.

Here at Colorado Superior Roofing we’re happy to assist you with any roofing project you have. Have more questions? Call your local Littleton roofers and we’ll work things out with you.

http://www.hgtv.com/remodel/mechanical-systems/designing-a-roof-additionDesigning a Roof Addition | HGTV If you want your addition to look like it could be an original part of the house—instead of an afterthought—focus on the roofline. No matter how well the rest of the design blends and materials match with the house, unless you get the roof right, your addition will look like just that: An addition tacked onto the side of the house.

Roof Extension. If you’re adding to the gable end of the house (the side wall that goes up to the roof’s peak), it’s fairly easy to extend the existing roofline over the new space, says Curt Schultz, a Realtor-architect-builder in Pasadena, Calif. That’s a simple, low-cost solution that can tie in well with the main house. But it’s also pretty unusual because most additions are in the front or back of the house—where there’s yard space—rather than on the sides. “And when you’re building at 90 degrees to the gable,” says Schultz, “things get more complicated.”

Shed Roof. This is the simplest solution—a single slope that’s attached to the original house at the high point and slants down to the outer wall of the addition. It’s easy for the contractor to build and easy on the homeowner’s budget, says Schultz, but it makes the new space look like an obvious add-on. That can diminish the value of your improvement, especially if it’s visible from the street, he says. A growing number of affluent communities now have building codes that ban shed roofs over living spaces.

Gable Roof. Rather than a single slope, a gable roof consists of two slopes that meet at a peak running down the middle of the roof. When matched to the angle and proportions of other rooflines on the house, your gable roof will add visual interest and character to the home, making the addition look like an asset that belongs with the house.

Dormers. A dormer is a small gable roof that projects at a 90-degree angle from the main roof, usually to house one or more windows. That’s useful if you’re expanding the top floor of your home, because a dormer effectively raises the ceiling where you otherwise have low eaves. And one or more dormers can be used to dress up and tie together the roofs over both a house and its addition.

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Mila Kunis Surprises Her Parents With a Condo Makeover

Before and afters are so much fun, especially when they’re a surprise! This before and after is so great not only because it’s Mila Kunis, but also because of the thoughtful consideration of each piece of furniture they used.

You can do the same thing for your parents or any significant person in your life. Our expert staff in each of our showrooms can help you design the perfect makeover. As one of the premier furniture stores in Denver, we strive to provide each customer a personalized touch. Visit one of our locations today!

Mila Kunis Surprises Her Parents With a Condo Makeoverhttps://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/82192712

Recently, Kunis decided to surprise her parents with a renovation of the living, dining and kitchen areas in the home. That way, when the growing extended family got together, her mother, who loves to cook, wouldn’t feel isolated in the kitchen from the group. The renovation is part of the latest episode of My Houzz, a video series documenting public figures as they surprise a close family member with a home renovation. The pilot episode of My Houzz featured Kutcher, who is an executive producer of the series.
For the project, Kunis used Houzz to search for a designer in the Los Angeles area and found Breeze Giannasio. “She had incredible reviews, and I loved her style, everything about her, and knew she was right for this project.” Kunis and Giannasio bought almost all the new furnishings and accessories from the Houzz Shop.

 

Creating the Perfect Sitting Area in Your Yard

With springtime upon us, every yard deserves that special touch. There are so many ways to turn you lawn into a place of tranquillity. One easy way is to create a sitting area.  In the following article you can learn how Adirondack Chairs can be the perfect addition to your yard.

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Spruce Up The Yard with DIY Adirondack Chairs and Double Sided Pillows – Close To Home

“My 10-yr-old was home for spring break so I had the perfect helper for the project.  These DIY Adirondack Chairs from Wayfair.com are reasonably priced but you do have to put a little elbow grease into the project.  But if a 10-year-old can put these together with a little help from mom, anyone adult can!

Here he is ready for the project and while it looks intimidating with all the pieces…. Once you lay the pieces of wood out, the chair becomes a more realistic project.

Just be careful, the DIY Adirondack Chairs are made of pine and very soft.  Not sure if this piece came like this or we accidentally damaged it.  Either way before you start building the chair, lightly sand all the edges.” Read full article here…

Remember to fully enjoy the view of your yard it must have a lush green lawn and there is no better way to achieve that than with Revive organic lawn fertilizer.

Porch Ceiling and Roof Options

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When you begin to think about roofing projects on your home, have you ever thought about roofing over your porch? This design concept can really improve your relaxation or entertaining space while protecting the longevity of your porch. Protect it while protecting yourself from the elements. Depending on where you live, this can be needed. While your regular roof repair is being done in El Paso Texas, consider adding or improving the roof over your porch. 

Many homeowners like a classic drop ceiling with painted or stained beadboard for a traditional look. An open ceiling is another option, where the rafters that support the roof are left exposed. This is a more rustic choice, and you can use contrasting planks with the exposed rafters to add dimension and visual interest to your porch.

You want a well-built roof that will protect you from the elements, but you also need to give thought to the shape, size and style of the porch roof. Choose roofing materials that work with the slope or pitch of your porch roof.

For example, asphalt and cedar shingles are generally not considered a good choice for shallow-sloped roofs (a metal seamed roof would be a better choice). But if you have a steep-sloped roof, you have more options. Asphalt, concrete and clay tiles, cedar and slate are materials that are candidates for this type of roof.

Read more about porches here. 

 

Activities that Slow Cognitive Loss

Keeping active and social is one of the most important things seniors can do during their day-to-day activities. We know social activities like arts and crafts exercise the mind while things like daily walks help with physical movement. Encouraging our nursing home residents in Odessa Texas to achieve good mental and physical exercise is important to us. Sometimes it can be hard to design a plan for each resident, but below we have found a great list of ideas to choose from.

Mental Activity

  • Keeping the brain active seems to increase its vitality and may build its reserves of brain cells and connections and may actually generate new brain cells
  • Higher levels of education appear to play a role in protecting against dementia, possibly because brain cells and their connections are stronger, symptoms may still appear but later in a person’s life
  • Stay curious and involved – commit to lifelong learning
  • Read, write, work crossword or other puzzles
  • Attend lectures, plays, movies
  • Enroll in courses at your local adult education center, community college or other community group
  • Play games like checkers, dominoes, Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy
  • Garden, cook, work mechanically
  • Perform memory exercises
  • Challenging the brain with new activities wakes up new areas
  • Try things you don’t already do – an accountant might study a new language
  • Challenging creates new pathways that appear to become alternate routes when neurons die off in middle and old age.

Social Activity

  • Engage in social interactions
  • Stay socially engaged in activities that stimulate the mind and body
  • Stay active in the workplace
  • Volunteer in community groups and causes
  • Join clubs (bridge, art, square dancing) and other social groups
  • Travel, experience new places, make an effort to learn about the place and it’s culture

Physical Activity

  • Exercise helps maintain good blood flow to the brain and encourages new brain cell growth

  • It significantly reduces the risk of heart attack, stroke and diabetes which are risk factors for the development of dementia

  • It doesn’t have to be strenuous or require a major time commitment

  • It is most effective when done regularly, and in combination with a brain-healthy diet, mental activity and social interaction

  • Walking bicycling gardening, yoga and other activities for about 30 minutes daily get the body moving and the heart pumping and has been found to reduce brain cell loss

  • Leisure activities that combine physical, mental and social activity are the most likely to prevent dementia

  • Sports cultural activities, emotional support and close personal relationships together appear to slow the onset of dementia

Read more tips about cognitive exercise here.

National Workers’ Memorial Day is April 28

It’s so important to take a minute to recognize and honor our fallen comrades. We all take every precaution to make sure that everyone on the job site is working safely, but accidents do happen.

At Neighborhood Restoration Company, we are fully committed to being OSHA compliant, keeping your Chicago roofers safe, and ensuring your home is safe as well.

Take a moment on Friday and thank a construction worker for putting their safety on the line to improve our communities. It’s not an easy job, but we do it because we love it!

If you’d like to attend an event to thank even more workers, find one here.

http://www.roofingcontractor.com/articles/92209-national-workers-memorial-day-is-april-28National Workers’ Memorial Day is April 28 | 2017-04-24 | Roofing Contractor Companies and employees working in the construction trades around the country will honor those that were lost due to on-site job fatalities over the past year on Workers’ Memorial Day, Friday April 28.

National Workers’ Memorial Day is observed on April 28 annually to honor those workers who died on the job, and to recommit to the ongoing effort to ensure safe and healthy workplaces. The day also marks the 46th anniversary of the establishment of the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), under the OSHA Act of 1970.

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Efficiently Pack Your Moving Container

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The company you rent from will deliver an empty storage pod to your home and leave it at ground level for easy loading and unloading. A storage pod can stay on your property for as long as you need it, unless local regulations prohibit doing so. This gives you plenty of time to pack your storage pod. When you are ready to move the unit, the company moves it for you to your new home or to a storage facility. Storage pods are waterproof and weatherproof, and most hold one or two rooms of stuff.

Are you getting ready to move? Maybe remodel? Using a portable storage unit for your Denver area home might be your space and storage solution. But what happens after the container arrives? Since this unit will be moving once it is packed up, you will need to be a little more strategic when loading your belongings into it.

Before you pack the storage pod, you’ll need to prepare your stuff properly for this type of storage container. In order for your items to best fit in the unit, use as many of the same sized boxes as possible. Don’t overload boxes, but aim for a firm pack for greater protection and reinforce the bottom and top of the boxes with tape. That way you’ll have strong boxes you can build sturdy walls with throughout the storage pod.

Be sure to plan out what will be going into the unit and what will not be. Trying to use the same sized boxes will make creating walls or walkways through the unit a bit easier. Since it will be moving, constructing your boxes in a way that won’t move much is important.

“Most damage occurs from people rushing to load or unload a container. When people are packing or unpacking after a long and stressful day, they can get a little clumsy or careless,”. Taking the extra time and planning to pack your storage pod carefully will make unpacking easier and quicker while eliminating the unnecessary stress caused by dealing with broken, damaged items. Read about How to Pack a Storage Pod Efficiently here.

 

A promising new treatment for Alzheimer’s

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Drug trials are underway on a potential new Alzheimer’s solution at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. After 190 drug failures for the disease, will No. 191 be the “silver bullet?”

Senior living in Denver, unfortunately, understands all too well the struggles that come along with Alzheimers. This devastating disease takes memories away from our loved ones and research to combat it, is still ongoing. Researchers at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus are conducting studies and tests on a new drug that has shown promising results in the fight against Alzheimer’s.

One hundred and ninety other drugs for the treatment of Alzheimers have already failed in medical trials. But this one—called Leukine — is beginning to show encouraging results. A team of doctors there are conducting studies on a drug that could be the first in a new “class” of medications that could actually reverse the course of the disease.

“We found so far that Leukine is safe in people with Alzheimer’s disease,” Potter said.  “That means that it doesn’t have the side effects that so many other Alzheimer’s drugs have had, which are swelling in the brain and bleeding into the brain.”

Read more about the research here.

 

 

4 Tips for Choosing the Best Fence for Your Yard

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Homeowners have various fence options to choose from and many things to consider before building a fence. Make sure the fence you pick meets the needs of your home: Is your goal is to keep kids and pets contained, increase privacy or simply boost property value by giving the yard a nice look?

When you are considering a fence for your home, you must take into consideration more than just the initial reason for why you want it. Yards are all built differently and some may contain more hills or corners than others, this is something to take a look at. Each requires different maintenance plans and things like HOA regulations may affect the fence installation process in Denver as well.  Are you installing the fence for security purposes? Aesthetic? This is a decision that has a lot of different moving parts. Read below to help make the decision a little easier.

Homeowners install fences for privacy, visual appeal, or for the safety of pets and children. If done well, fences are one of the key landscaping features that increase property values. Ask yourself why you need a fence and let that answer guide your decision making, Pickens says. Prioritize your needs over your wants, not the other way around, he suggests. Read more suggestions here.