Home Security – 3 Fast Steps to Burglar Proof Your Home Today!

Sometimes the best home security is implemented when you are the one making the assessment and any corrective action- a do it yourself home security plan.

Here are home security tips to think about that will definitely discourage or flat out stop a potential intruder from entering your house. It is not an all inclusive list but one that if followed will certainly go a long way toward making your home more secure.

1. Take a critical look at your house from the outside. Is your house well lit? Are there hiding places near doors and windows? If you can spot a potential weakness in your home’s “look” you can bet a professional burglar can exploit it. Remember that light is a burglars’ enemy-darkness a friend.

2. What could slow down a burglar from entering your home? Simple home security devices such as locks on doors(deadbolts are best) and windows, bars, grates-items that are visible from the exterior of the house will not only act as a deterrent but slow down an intruder should he decide to try to enter. The more time it takes to break into a home, the more discouraged a burglar will become. Time is the enemy of the burglar.

3. How noisy can you make it if someone gains entry? Noise is also the enemy of the burglar. There are many home security alarms activated by doors or windows opening or by motion. The sound of a barking dog, real or recorded, are very effective and will scare most burglars away.

Lights, noise and time-they are the three biggest enemies of an intruder. If you implement these home security tips to fortify your house you may well avoid a lot of potential break-ins. But there are some other things that …

Affordable Backyard Remodels a Matter of Simplicity, Creativity

In economically challenging times such as these, Flowing Wells Landscape Construction would like to remind you that while a complete overhaul of your landscaping may not be in the cards presently, a remodel built around the twin concepts of simplicity and creativity can redefine a backyard in an equally dramatic way.  As an experienced Arizona landscaper, we can say the good news is that such a wonderful yet simple transformation can be achieved by incorporating elements you might not have previously considered.

An inviting patio area is a must-have for entertaining family and friends throughout the year.  And while bigger ticket items such as patio decks may be on the to-do list one day, there are simpler, more affordable ways in which you and your local landscaper can make your patio a centerpiece of your backyard.  The incorporation of Flagstone, for example, can change the entire feel of a patio area and create an entertaining surface that is both beautiful and durable.  Likewise, the addition of something as simple as patio lights can create a variety of moods, all controlled by you, when entertaining friends and family after the sun goes down.  In this and many other ways Scottsdale landscaper Flowing Wells can help transform the look and feel of your yard.

Outdoor barbeque grills and outdoor fireplaces can also add a great deal of style to your patio.  In the case of outdoor fireplaces the right choice, combined with the existing design elements, can quite literally create an extension of your living space.  Or bring a campfire feel to the proceedings by installing a fire pit in your backyard.  Sitting around a fire on a cold winter night is one of the great joys of life, and instills a sense of community and friendship that can’t be beat.  Plus …

Adding Colonial House Stylings to Your Exterior

Colonial house plans have made a resurgence over the last decade and are now as popular as contemporary house floor plans. Colonial home styles have evolved from the merging of various cultural traditions and so there are no defined parameters within which a Colonial house can be styled. Today’s urban and suburban Colonial homes often blend various traditional floor plans, like the Federal, Cape Cod, Georgian, Saltbox and Ranch.

However, there are some easy ways to ensure that your house has a distinct and very palpable Colonial styling element to it.
Using Colonial Sidings

One of the easiest ways to establish a true Colonial feel is to add Colonial sidings for the roof. These are a practical and graceful alternative to the more conventional roof claddings.

One of the most common sidings is the Dutch Colonial siding that is installed along two layers. The siding could be made of shingles, wood clapboard or the more traditional choices like brick or stone. These sidings can be easily fastened over wood or steel backings, and most of them are retailed with matching trims and moldings to unify the entire décor. A house with Colonial sidings, a Gambrel roof and flared eaves looks typically Colonial.
Coloring Ideas for the Colonial Effect

A house that has few Colonial design elements can still attain this charming appearance through color coordination. If you want to make your house look a bit larger, use siding in lighter shades. For 2-storied homes, multi-color sidings are ideal wherein the darker shade is used along the lower-end of the walls, the medium shade on the second floor and the lightest shade is used for the top-most part of house. The siding’s color should blend with the overall styling of the house and your personal preference. Some popular examples in this …

Home Security Monitoring: Your Electronic Watchdog

In times past, people didn’t have electronic home security monitoring systems to watch over the security of their homes and families. They relied on a more primitive means of monitoring their home’s security, the watchdog.

The watchdog was more than just a home security monitoring system, however, it was a trusted member of the family. Homeowners knew that so long as their loyal and faithful watchdog was monitoring their home’s security, they were safe, and so were their families and possessions. When an intruder or suspicious person was about, homeowners were confident that their living home security monitor would raise a quick alarm.

Times have changed, but the fundamental necessity of trust between a homeowner and his or her home security monitoring system has not. Homeowners need to feel the same unshakeable, unquestionable, faith and trust for their home security monitoring company as past homeowners felt for their loyal watchdogs.

Home security monitoring can cost anywhere from $10 to $100 per month. Selecting a company you can trust to provide quality home security monitoring is vital to ensuring the maximum return on this investment.

Modern home security monitoring generally works like this: when a home alarm system is tripped, a central home security monitoring station sends an alert to the central home security monitoring station via phone. Within just a few seconds, the central station will contact the homeowner over the phone or through the security keypad to determine if there is a threat to the safety of the home.

If the home security monitoring provider reaches someone in the home, the provider will ask for a passcode to ensure he or she belongs there. If the contact can’t provide the passcode, or if no one answers, the home security monitoring provider will call law enforcement to the scene and …

The Natural Beauty of Bamboo Garden Water Fountains

Bamboo is one of the most popular materials for outdoor garden fountains.  Not only are these Zen-style water fountains very naturally appealing, they are known to attract positive energy as well.  If you are interested in transforming your garden into an oasis with Japanese flare, a bamboo garden water fountain is the right choice.

Types of Bamboo Garden Water Fountains

There are two basic types of bamboo water fountains.  The traditional stationary bamboo fountain consists of multiple hollow bamboo chutes with one chute typically placed upright or angled along the edge of the fountain reservoir for water flow.  The other type is the shishi-odoshi (or deer chaser) bamboo fountain.  In this type of fountain, a hollow bamboo chute moves back and forth as water flows through it.  This creates a melodic sound in addition to the calming sound of flowing water.  It is called the deer chaser because it was originally intended to scare deer away from gardens with the sound of the moving chute.  There are many shishi-odoshi bamboo garden water fountain designs, with the most common one consisting of two vertical bamboo chutes inserted into the ground, and a central bamboo stick sandwiched between these serving as the water tube.

Creating Your Own Bamboo Fountain

Bamboo garden water fountains are an elegant and natural way to enjoy the soothing sound of flowing water in your garden.  While you can find these fountains complete with a pump, you can also add a pump and bamboo spout to any container to create your own bamboo garden water fountain.  There are a number of bamboo spout kits available on the market.  Some bamboo spout kits are quite simple while others incorporate several bamboo sticks and figurines.  There are also bamboo water wheel accessories available.  By adding an adjustable bamboo spout, the …

No Cost Landscaping Ideas

The Internet has a great many sites dedicated specifically to free landscaping ideas, thereby enabling people to initiate their own landscaping projects, at their own pace, without the cost of engaging a contractor.

Generally, these sites offer easy to understand instructions, and are presented in such a way as to make it easier to achieve your desired result. Therefore, should you be looking to start a landscaping project of your own, having never done so previously, the internet would be your best bet as a starting point place of reference, for no-cost landscaping ideas.

This too, will give you a good idea of just what is involved, considering materials; space and perspective; step-by-step procedures and approximated time needed to complete each task; estimated costs; detailed elements of landscaping including patios, front and backyards, water features such as swimming pools, and other decorations, that previously you may not have considered – had you even been aware of them.

Here are just a few free landscaping ideas available on the web.

Keep in mind, that you can chop and change most of the elements in any free ideas you view on the internet, nothing is “carved in stone” as far as ideas go, AND, you will not be wanting your particular outdoor-space, to be looking exactly like everyone else. So, mix it up a little.

1. Trees.
Apart from the fact that most trees are “set and forget”, i.e. plant them, water them, but largely leave them to their own devices; trees, whether a single specimen tree, or a stand or copse of them, add a focal-point to a garden.

Depends on what it is you are after – somewhere to sit in the shade; something to contemplate – a particular tree of beauty; somewhere for the kids to play; maybe as …

Meal Ideas For Outdoor Fire Pits

There is absolutely nothing that brings back the great memories of bygone times like roasting hotdogs on outdoor fire pits. For most of us, a traditional campfire built on the ground in the forest is practically impossible to recreate but an outdoor fire pit is an easy addition to any backyard. It allows you to once again enjoy the taste of food cooked outside over an open fire and the ambiance of a cozy fire on a chilly night.

A fire pit can be a great place to do as much or as little cooking out as you want to do. In addition to just roasting hotdogs on outdoor firepits, you can also cook corn on the cob, fish, meats, vegetables and much more. The list of foods and dishes you can make on a fire pit is endless.

One thing you must keep in mind is that you do need to have the right tools in order to be able to cook out easily and with the least amount of fuss and mess. A grate to put over your fire pit is essential to any cooking you want to do on it. Without a fire pit grate, you will have tired arms from holding things over the flames, not to mention how warm it gets when you stand within arm’s reach of the fire for a while. A mesh basket is another great investment for fire pit cooking. It is the perfect way to cook vegetables, fish and shellfish. You’ll never have to worry again about dropping good food into the fire and watching it incinerate. Last, but not least, when you’re doing those marshmallows and roasting hotdogs on outdoor fire pits, you need extra long metal skewers with stay cool handles.

A great idea for an outdoor fire …

Back Yard Designing

Where to find new, original yard landscaping ideas for your next design? If you’re into landscaping, at newbie or expert level, you’ll end up out of ideas sometimes. If you’d like to make your next yard project unique and original, you want to think out of the box. Read on to learn a few ideas and tips that will put the ball rolling and you can come up with a novel design!

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Tip one – Tree planting

Ok, it does not sound fascinating or unique, right? But in reality, tree planting is brim-full of creative possibilities. As claimed before, think out of the box : you may use trees in a suggestive, unique way, using them as ornamental ornaments, or in certain shapes or lines that might draw the notice to a certain feature in your yard.

If you go for planting trees on the fringe of the swimming pool be careful to choose evergreen trees that won’t fill your pool with leaves.

You can give more dimension if you plan your flowerbeds when planting so to have rows of flowers descending in height.

How to do it? Separate your flowerbed into 3 or 4 sections from back to forth. The back row will be used to plant the highest flowers and plants. This way, your flowers will stand out and your flowerbeds will go out of the regular horizontal plan.

Tip 3 – Use water!

There are masses of things you can do with water. Include a few water features like pools, fountains and even fish tanks. Water features will make a great focus in your yard, and they’re not that difficult to create. Water fountains …

Garage Remodeling And Organization

Garage remodeling is when you transform that almost neglected part of your house that your wife and children do not even dare to enter. Remodeling of garage is more efficient today because of recently developed garage organizing and storage systems. Remodeling of your garage is very important aspect of the home remodeling. It is probably the quickest way to add much needed space to your home.

If you are considering any sort of home repair this may just be the one that should be first on your list, because it is often the most visible exterior element of a home. Its no wonder that garage remodeling is getting a closer looks from homeowners. How to deal with a cluttered garage is an issue faced by every family at some point and garage remodeling and organization are among the most popular solutions. Therefore, the first important step in garage remodeling is to empty out the garage completely of its contents.


The garage door is beginning to get more attention from todays homeowners as garage remodeling is becoming more important to them. To give you some idea of what you might be looking at, a new garage door usually costs somewhere around $1,000, and a garage storage system is another $1,000. For garage door tips, consider changing your old garage door. Newer garage doors are more secure and make better use of technology for safety and security.

An old door and opener could be a real threat for your children playing near the garage. The door needs to be maintained every now and then to ensure its continued safe use. When a door and opener gets really old, periodic maintenance gets even more expensive as some worn out parts would have to be replaced. The best way to go is to …

Solar Power Motor Homes For Sale

If you are wondering what solar power and motor homes for sale have in common, you might me pleasantly surprised. Solar power can be the difference between boondocking or tailgating in style and roughing it.

Why You Want Solar Power
Let’s face it. You get an RV so you can travel and play without limits. While this works 90{cc4c0f41df947dcf89440097a971836e5349577156fc397a0a7b175f1b8e4086} of the time, you are still limited to places that have pedestal power or that allow generators. But what do you do when you cannot use either?

That is why solar power is such a great option. Whether you are boondocking, tailgating, or just stopping at a place without power, solar power is the perfect option. It is quiet, efficient, and has the capacity to power all of your appliances.

Additionally, solar panels last for 20+ years. They actually pay for themselves in the energy saved. Not to mention, going green is good for the planet.

How Solar Power Works
Solar power has been used for decades. Everyone has owned a solar powered calculator or other solar powered item at some point. There was even a big wave of adding solar panels to houses a few years back.

The reasoning is simple. Everyone has access to the sun and the sun has an infinite supply of energy. Photovoltaic (PV) systems take the sun’s energy and turn it into usable electricity. It does this by capturing photons and passing it through the PV material. This allows the electron to escape from its normal position and become part of a current.

How Big are the Panels
The sizes of the panels vary depending on how much energy you need.  It is a process that involves calculating watts per hour appliances used and adding different stuff up. You can find a solar calculator on …