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My Love of Remodeling

Hello I'm Risa Lee. When my husband and I bought our first home, it was with the intention of doing some major remodeling. We liked the basic floor plan, and it was cheap, but other than that, nothing was right about the house. It took us a while to get started because neither of us had the time or the knowledge. Finally, there was a summer when he had a three-week vacation. Instead of going on a trip, we used our time and money to finally get started on our remodel. To our surprise, we both fell in love with amateur construction! We have since bought and remodeled a few other homes because we love it so much. We're in no way professionals, but please feel free to join in our love and experience in basic construction. Maybe you will learn something!

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How to Get Year Round Use From Your Fireplace

Whether you already have a fireplace, or you're considering having one added to your custom home, you'll soon see that a fireplace is a tremendous, but often underused asset to any home. It provides a centralized hub where the family can be together, an additional source of heat, and a stylish accent to the living room, bedroom or even the kitchen. But if you're only enjoying your fireplace on a handful of days or nights, you're missing out on all the other ways you can get extra value from this beautiful home amenity.

In winter

Using your fireplace during cold winter months doesn't take a lot of imagination, right? But with the right fireplace accessories you can make it easier to have a roaring fire in minutes. Store fire starter bricks and kindling in handsome baskets or metal buckets that can be left on display. Keep your fireplace tools polished and hung after each use so they are handy for the next time. Mitten trees add a whimsical but practical feature for families with youngsters who play in the snow.

In spring

Bring the spring indoors by decorating the inside of your clean fireplace with beautiful staggered vases or pots of silk flowers or flowering plants in brilliant colors. This brings attention to your hearth and gives your home a designer look.

In summer

Consider adding a fireplace to your outdoor living environment. Outdoor fireplaces can be used year round to emotionally warm up a space. Choose a stone or cultured stone chimney breast façade to make your fireplace blend in even more with nature. Place comfortable seating like a loveseat and chairs around the outdoor fireplace, and you have an area where people will congregate outdoors even on the hottest days.

In fall

Whether you have a gas, gel, wood or electric fireplace, you can get plenty of use out of it in fall time. No one says you have to have a giant roaring fire every time you decide to have a fire. The flames of a fire symbolize life, movement and purity. You can keep a low fire burning in your fireplace just to take the dampness out of the air and to add life to an otherwise static room.

However you use your fireplace, don't neglect to decorate your mantle, changing out the décor from season to season. Items such as family photos, a set of miniature antique books, candles, boughs and other trinkets add personality to both your fireplace and home. For more information, contact a business such as Southwest Brick & Fireplace.