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Sep 25, 2013 : 03:09 AM

  • Common outdoor lighting mistakes and their solutions

    Common Outdoor Lighting Mistakes and Their Solutions

    Upgrading your Edmonton home's exterior lighting is a surefire way to increase your home's curb appeal and resell value. And a well-lit front lawn can also deter would-be burglars. Most of  the outdoor lighting of one's home adds a welcoming touch for family and guests. Here you can learn about outdoor lighting trends, common lighting problems and their solutions, and things to consider when selecting outdoor lighting fixtures. 
    First and foremost, it's important to give a considerable amount of thought to the placement of your outdoor lights. Just as you would not place several lighting fixtures like table lamps or wall sconces in a single area of your living room, you don't want to place exterior fixtures too close together either. This is a common problem when integrating pathlights into your outdoor lighting solution. Too many pathlights, too close together can make your walkway look more like the runway at an airport. Instead of placing the lights directly opposite one another on either end, try a staggered approach. The light will flow less harshly.

    Another common mistake in selecting outdoor lights is in finding the proper lighting direction, or limiting "light pollution". Outdoor lights should not obstruct one's vision or interfere with one being able to see the entire landscape of a yard or area clearly. On a similar note, the lights should not shine directly into the road or an Edmonton neighboring yard either. To avoid such issues, look for spotlights with glare guards.

    Just as it would be boring to find the same exact lamp in every room of one's home, it's boring to see the same outdoor lighting fixture repeated throughout the yard. It can make the home appear institutional as opposed to personal. Use a wide variety of fixtures to light your yard; it will enhance the character and charm of your home.

    Be sure to balance your home's exterior lighting. Another common mistake in outdoor lighting placement, is to inadvertently divide the yard by placing too many lights in one area and too little in another. You want to evenly distribute light throughout the canvas of your home. You don't want your yard looking like a parking lot.

    Finally, like most things in Edmonton home décor, less is more. Outdoor lighting should call attention to the beautiful and unique features of your home. It should not be intrusive. Proper outdoor lighting calls attention to various parts of your home's exterior, not the entire surface area. Over illumination is never attractive indoor or outdoor.

     

    If you have further outdoor lighting tips, please share below or thru my contact page.


Aug 28, 2013 : 01:08 AM

  • Power Tool Shopping for the Edmonton Man Who Has It All

    Power Tool Shopping for the Edmonton Man Who Has It All

    Edmonton home owner working some yard tools for his home picture

    Every year, women spend countless hours trying to come up with creative gift ideas for their fathers, husbands, and brothers, but it is always the same story – Edmonton men are hard to buy for. Surprise.....we are not! Here's a little tip to help you with your shopping: Studies show that after personal responsibilities like car payments, repairs and gas, guys spend most of their dough on clothes, eating out, electronics and booze. What's missing from this list is the ultimate guy present – power tools!
     

    Husqvarna Canada, reported to be the world's largest producer of outdoor power products, helps rev up your gift-giving this year with a list of the most in-demand power products for your man (Woot!):
     

    • Leaf blowers: Truly the tool for the man who has it all, we are not talking about your father's leaf blower. Modern varieties are ergonomically designed with lots of power for clearing leaves and debris. Plus, some double as a vacuum for lawn and garden.
    • Chainsaws: Millions of chainsaws are sold every year and millions of men drool (we do!) over those millions of chainsaws every year. It doesn't matter if he lives in a condo. He will be the envy of his neighbors, his friends, his brothers, his co-workers. Just get him one!
    • Snowblowers: Shoveling snow results in hundreds of thousands of injuries each year, and a snowblower might be just the answer (yes!). Plus, pretty soon he'll be competing with the neighbors to see who gets to plow the little old lady's driveway down the street.
    • Trimmers: Most homeowners have a trimmer for those hard-to-reach spots and for finishing touches, but it is amazing the difference quality makes. When purchasing a trimmer, look for something that's light and comfortable, easy-to-start, and high-powered with rapid acceleration.
    • Lawnmowers: Many mowers are hand-me-downs, but at some point, it's time to invest in the real deal. Whether that's an eco-friendly manual, a tailor-made push mower, or the big kahuna – a rider – new models are better for your lawn and gentler on the environment.  

    If you got anymore manly power tools for Edmonton home owners, let me know thru my contact page.

Aug 28, 2013 : 01:08 AM

  • Underground Irrigation for Beautiful Edmonton Gardens

    Underground Irrigation for Beautiful Edmonton Gardens

    Edmonton irrigarion for beautiful lawns inmage

    An Edmonton garden is a glorious thing. Regimented flower beds, perfect lawns, riots of color, scent and shape. So why spoil it with trailing hosepipes, unsightly watering cans or even lengths of visible irrigation piping? Underground irrigation is simple, effective and affordable – the perfect way to ensure every plant in the garden receives all the water it needs, without marring the look of the place.

    Underground irrigation is exactly what it sounds like: a network of tubes and feeders running under the soil, which carry water to all the right places. The tubes in an underground irrigation network rise to the surface at predetermined points, where they eject water through nozzles, spray heads or pop up sprinklers: which not only hides the workings of the garden's watering system, but also enables the gardener to pinpoint exactly where water is needed and deliver it efficiently, without spilling a single drop. Excellent!

    The true beauty of underground irrigation lies in this two-fold use. No-one likes to see a beautiful place covered in hosepipe and drag marks – and no-one, in our resource-impoverished world, wants to waste water. By tracking water exactly to where it is needed, underground irrigation can save up to 80% of the water a person would need to use when watering the garden using hosepipes and watering cans: and by being hidden, underground irrigation ensures that nothing upsets the layout and design of a domestic outdoor space.

    Underground irrigation is as flexible as it needs to be. The network of piping used in underground irrigation can be added to at will, which means that any underground irrigation system can start simple and develop in perfect step with the garden it has been installed to water. Controlling an underground irrigation system is equally easy: the watering nozzles and pop-up spray heads are driven by water pressure, so there are no power issues. In the simplest form of underground irrigation a gardener just turns on a tap and watches the water pop out at all the stations along the chain.

    Gardeners who require more control in their underground irrigation systems can add electronics – a range of keypads and control centers can be bought, which allow underground irrigation systems to deliver different amounts and rates of water at different times of day or year. In this model, underground irrigation systems can be sectioned into programmable areas, whereby differing amounts of water or types of delivery are activated at nominated times of day and night.

    Underground irrigation offers a perfect combination of invisibility and control, suitable for any garden. And with its water-saving capabilities way beyond any other method of garden feeding, it's an ideally sustainable way of keeping domestic outdoor spaces blooming.

    Just want to add, don't forget to clear any water in your lines when preparing your house for our Edmonton winters. This will save you grief for the next spring.

    If you have anymore tips for underground irrigation for your Edmonton home, please get a hold of me thru my contact page.

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