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Doug's Home and Garden Development Blog

Hello, my name is Doug and in this is my home and garden development blog. On this blog, I will be passing on everything I have learnt about designing, building and maintaining your dream home and garden. And believe me, I know a lot. I am not a professional contractor, but I have spent the last 2 years working with a range of different contractors to develop my home and garden. The guys have done a fantastic job and I am really pleased with the results they have generated. I hope you find this blog useful and enjoyable to read.

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3 Services Hardware Stores Provide that Make Your DIY Projects Easier

30 July 2015
 Categories: Home & Garden, Blog

The concept of a hardware store brings to mind lumber, pipes, and tools. In some cases, you may think of a small amount of mercantile being housed in a hardware store as well. The truth is, most hardware stores offer services that every DIY project enthusiasts wish they had. If you are a DIY projects enthusiast and you want to make them easier, consider these following hardware store services you should know about: Read More …

Renovate Your Small Kitchen to Make it Appear Larger

22 July 2015
 Categories: Home & Garden, Blog

People choosing to renovate a smaller kitchen often want to make it seem a little bit bigger than it really is. This makes it feel more comfortable to cook in, as well as more inviting for visitors and potential buyers. Here's how to make it happen: Lighten Up If you want to make a kitchen look larger, start by making it lighter. If your renovation can cover the cost of enlarging a window or adding a skylight, you'll swear that you've actually added square-footage, but other tricks can be utilised to a similar effect. Read More …

Couch Turf Care in Winter

6 July 2015
 Categories: Home & Garden, Blog

When winter arrives, couch turf grass suffers more than any other lawn varieties primarily because it has a very fine leaf blade. By having an understanding of why couch turf loses its colour during winter or dies off in some areas, you will be able to provide proper care to it. Here's some general information about couch turfs as well as how to properly take care of them. Sunlight requirement Read More …

3 Essential Care Steps for Cleaning Curtains and Blinds

1 July 2015
 Categories: Home & Garden, Blog

Your window dressings are a major part of your interior d├ęcor. The curtains and blinds you have in each of your rooms are no small investment. The standalone cost of purchase is high, and it's even higher if you have had them professionally installed. The last thing you need is to damage them during the cleaning process. In light of that, follow the tips outlined here and your blinds and curtains will last you longer. Read More …

What Are the Benefits of Using Engineered Exterior Products When Building a Home?

21 May 2015
 Categories: Home & Garden, Blog

Today, homeowners have an unlimited choice of materials to use when finishing the exterior sections of their new homes. They can use natural products like hardwood or they can use engineered (manufactured) products like faux stone. This article discusses some of the benefits you can get when you use engineered products as finishes for your new home. Better Fire Resistance Many homeowners would like to use natural wood as an external finish, but they are wary of the fire hazard that wood presents. Read More …