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Finding The Right Contractor For Home Repair

Hello, my name is John Chase and if you're like me, you enjoy doing home repair projects yourself. I'm far from being a professional, but I can do minor repairs on the outside of my house such as painting and repairing the gutters. If there's a big project to do and I know that I shouldn't tackle the task myself, I always hire an experienced contractor to do the job. As you read through this blog, you'll learn how to hire the best contractor for home repair. You'll also find out what types of jobs around the house that you can do yourself and when you should contact a qualified contracting company. I think that you'll find my blog informative and I'm supplying this information so that all of your home repair projects will be successful.


Finding The Right Contractor For Home Repair

Part Of The Family -- 3 Steps To Creating A Well-Loved Outdoor Room

by Nicholas Jenkins

If you've added (or are planning to add) an outdoor room to increase the usable space in your home, you want to make sure that people actually do use it. Many outdoor rooms end up being used only on certain occasions, wasting the space and time invested in them. 

Here are 3 steps to making sure your outside room gets all the everyday use it can. 

Create an Inviting Entrance

The first step in getting people to use your outdoor room is to make it easily accessible and inviting. A regular back door placed off a little-used part of the house may not be sufficient. Consider widening and opening up the entrance with double doors that swing rather than slide. French doors from a company like Fas Windows and Doors make an excellent choice, as these are attractive and can be thrown open to allow guests to come and go from your outdoor space easily. While sliding doors may be wide and allow lots of light, their single-side entrance may hinder traffic flow. 

Lay It Out Like a Room

Thinking of your outdoor room as just another part of the house starts with proper layout. Rooms have entrances and exits. They have defined traffic flow areas. They have logical layout that encourages the function of the room. With your outdoor area, think in the same way. Determine where you want users to enter and exit the space, then lay out the furniture and borders with this in mind. Faux "doors" can be created, leading to the rest of the yard by placing a border around the other walls using things like a low stone or poured concrete wall and rows of trimmed hedges or columnar trees. Use the furniture placement to define the "walls" of the room and help guests understand what the room is for. 

Make It Cozy

Lure guests and family members into your outdoor space by making it seem like a fun and comfortable environment. You can do this in much the same way you would do with an indoor room. Large, oversize pillows on deep sofas invite relaxation. Throw down a plush rug and place upholstered furniture around it in a conversation grouping. Add a fireplace or fire pit, since fire is a big draw for most people when using outdoor areas. Add amenities like a mini-refrigerator, a small bar space or a large work table. 

Give some forethought to these layout suggestions before purchasing furniture and materials to help ensure the most successful launch of your outdoor room. The earlier your family develops the habit of using the outside space, the easier it will be to think of it as part of the family.