Where to Install Your Seawall

When building a seawall, your first impulse may be to simply followyour property line. However, building a strong barrier with good erosion resistance requires a more deliberate approach.

Local laws may significantly impact where and how you add a seawall. Seawalls always have some level of impact on the marine ecosystem, so their designs and locations are sometimes tightly regulated.

The slope and weight of your land must be considered. The barrier must be located where it can adequately hold back the mass of your property’s soil. In some cases, regrading may be necessary.

The nature and density of the underlying earth must be suitable. If it’s too hard, it might not be possible to dig deep enough for adequate support posts for the seawall. If it’s too soft, it may not be able to withstand the energies of the water or keep your land from washing away. It may even erode right from under the wall.

The question of where to build a seawall is more complex than it may initially seem. However, if you consider the law, the terrain, and the supporting earth, you can identify optimal locations for a sturdy barrier that will protect your property for years. Click here for more information about concrete seawalls in Oak island to make your project a success.

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Artistic View of HGTV Urban Oasis 2015

Want to see more of the HGTV Urban Oasis 2015? Explore every amazing nook and cranny with over 70 up-close-and-personal photos of this beautiful bungalow…..read more

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If Only the Doghouse Were So Strong

Even man’s best friend can appreciate the time-tested strength and clean, modern lines of concrete design.

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Big Mistakes to Avoid When Hiring a Contractor

Hiring a contractor to do home improvement projects is a very big deal. Here are some of the biggest mistakes that homeowners make when choosing a contractor.

Getting a variety of estimates is key. Because you are not an expert, the estimates will indicate whether or not you are getting a fair deal. The contractor should know that you are shopping around and comparing estimates. A good contractor will be competitive but fair, and he will give you the bid in writing. Be sure to insist that the bid is detailed.

Don’t waste time chasing down an unresponsive contractor. If a contractor won’t make the time to return your phone calls or emails, he probably isn’t worth your time or consideration. Additionally, if he can’t return calls before the project begins, imagine how frustrating it could be if he is unreachable during the project. Take him off your list.

Pay attention to your first impression. Does he communicate well? Is he willing to listen to you? Do you feel like he cares about the project and wants to do a good job? You basically need to discern whether or not his heart is in his work.

A professional that asks for a large down payment should be avoided. A standard deposit is typically 10%. The stability of the company should be questioned if a larger amount is asked for.Other warning signs are being asked for cash or to write checks to the contractor personally and not the company.

Hiring an unlicensed contractor is not a good idea. The license proves that he is qualified. When state or city permits are called for, he needs to conform. Having an inspector sign off on the work the contractor performs is protection for the homeowner. If the contractor isn’t licensed and won’t pull permits, walk away.

Do your own research on products and materials. Be sure that you are getting the exact fixtures, materials and supplies you want. A story was once told of a contractor who switched out the homeowner’s selected paint to a cheaper brand. The homeowner didn’t find out until the project was complete. By that time, the homeowner was fed up with the contractor, and kicked him to the curb. That indiscretion left the homeowner with a low-grade paint job and no patience to have the work redone.

Lastly, a great contractor will be pleased to provide you with many references. Don’t be afraid to check the Better Business Bureau for information regarding the professional.

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HGTV Dream Homes of the Past: Kitchen Inspiration

HGTV Dream Home kitchens feature Sub-Zero & Wolf, the leaders in kitchen appliances. Family owned and made in America for 65 years…read more

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4 Signs that you need Slab Foundation Repair

Your home’s foundation is important, and significant foundation damage can lead to major issues later on. In the end, if left untreated, a poor foundation can leave your home inhabitable. While you may be taking care of your house, foundation can simply corrode over time due to changes in soil and natural climate. Make sure that you are looking for these signs to solve the problem quickly and avoid future issues.

Cracks

While small cracks may seem harmless or insignificant, they can be important signs that your foundation is changing and needs to be repaired. Inside your home, look for cracks that begin to appear in your drywall or floor and tile. These indicate damage due to the house shifting. You will also want to look for cracks in your garage and on the exterior of the house.

Slanting

Typically, you may not noticing slanting floors, but pay attention to small details. First, notice if your furniture seems straight or tilted, and definitely pay close attention if things frequently roll off of surfaces. You can also investigate floorboards or trim. If they seem misaligned then you likely have a foundation issue.

Sticking Doors

If your doors are difficult to open or shut, it is likely due to a shift in the floor. You can also look for this in cabinet doors, as they will be affected in the same way.

Gaps

Notice pieces of your home like floorboards, gutters or doors begin that have pulled away from the rest of the home leaving gaps. It is very likely that shifts in the foundation are causing connections to break.

It is important to notice these signs in your home to catch problems before it gets too late. You want to make sure and protect your home by getting foundation issues repaired. For information on foundation repair solutions in Poway click here.

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50 White Kitchens That Are Anything But Vanilla

Bright, cheery and timeless, white remains the kitchen color of choice. And, it’s easy to see why with these 50 traditional, modern, cottage and contemporary white kitchens that are far from boring….read more

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