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28 May Posted by in Blog, Demolition | Comments Off on Recycle, Repurpose, Deconstruct

Recycle, Repurpose, Deconstruct

House DemolitionPreparing for home demolition goes beyond removing the furniture and fixtures. There are actually several steps that should be taken to salvage potentially valuable items from the property before the structure is torn down. Whether you are planning a home demolition or commercial demolition, here are a few demolition preparation tips to keep in mind.

Recycle

Copper tubing is one of the interior valuable items that may be recycled before a structure is demolished. Check with local recycling companies to find out what they are paying for this commodity and any others that may be found inside the home.

Repurpose

Inspecting a house before tearing it down can reveal some valuable treasures. For example, historic doors or intact windows can be removed and either refinished or reused in their current condition for redecorating your home or selling online. Buyers love finding older items like these that can add a piece of history to a house from a similar time period or simply function as a decorator piece.

Deconstruct

A deserted structure may still have a few valuables to take apart or deconstruct, such as antique bricks from the basement or chimney and sidewalk slabs from a bygone era. Old faucets that are still in good condition can be removed, along with wall sconces, stair rails, and other odd pieces that are serviceable for other locations. Light fixtures and floorboards can be removed, along with wall tiles and fireplace mantels. Many people are looking to buy things like this that are otherwise hard to find.

It is always a good idea to take a final walk-through in a home or office that is slated for demolition. Although at first glance it may seem bare and empty, a second look may lead to the discovery and recovery of valuable commodities.

22 May Posted by in Blog, Land Clearing | Comments Off on More Than Just a Pretty Face

More Than Just a Pretty Face

Fall LanscapingTo create a natural setting for homes and increase curb appeal, planting a mixed variety of landscaping shrubs and plants including flowering perennials will add much beauty and value. The greenery and color provided by these plants, add visual impact throughout the year and, as an added benefit thorny shrubs can be used as a barrier to deter thieves. Both commercial landscaping and home landscaping will have this added advantage when thorny shrubs and bushes are incorporated in the foundation planting near windows.

Rose bushes are a diverse group of shrubs that the homeowner will enjoy for the myriad of colors, scents and thorn barrier that provides a natural home safety feature. The most popular and easiest to grow roses are called shrub roses. They are hardy to zone 5 and some thrive in the colder zone 4. The popularity of the shrub roses lies in their ease of care. Most of the newer rose species have been bred to be mostly disease free, they bloom throughout the growing season, and color and fragrance choices abound.

Barberry is another shrub that is both attractive and, with strategic placement outside ground floor windows, this shrub will act as a deterrent to burglars. The foliage of the Barberry bush is attractive with colors from the commonly seen purple to lighter green. It is easy to find the perfect variety of Barberry for your home or commercial landscaping project. These bushes require very little pruning and are very drought tolerant.

A few other options for thorny or prickly bushes are Pyracantha and Flowering quince. The lovely Pyracantha shrub boasts both gorgeous berries in the fall and lovely flowers in the spring. Flowering quince will burst forth with a profusion of flowers in the spring and is a fast growing hedge.

14 May Posted by in Blog, Land Clearing | Comments Off on A Truly Green Landscape

A Truly Green Landscape

landscaping stonesThe concept of green landscaping today has a different connotation than its counterpart of several years ago. The green landscapes that were popular among homeowners featured velvety soft lawns and lush, verdant shrubs, trees, and perennials that were raised in hothouse environments and needed significant babying in order to retain their vigor and good lucks. Today, however, green landscaping means using energy saving plants that have drought-resistant properties or are otherwise acclimated to the specific growing conditions in the region where they are planted. This most often means using native plants rather than nursery-grown hybrids.

Energy saving landscapes have become extremely important in parts of the world that are experiencing serious water shortages. For instance, homeowners in California rely on energy saving ground cover plants to take the place of resource-intensive lawns that need to be well-watered on a regular basis. If you are curious about what types of plants might work best in your particular area, your local landscaping professional should be able to provide you with inspiration and assistance.

Besides providing you with significant savings on utility costs, green landscaping will help create a healthier environment, particularity if you use native plants. Native plants are already accustomed to your local soil and precipitation conditions, and they will also have a natural resistance to area insect pests and plant pathogens. Because of this, there will be no need for chemical fertilizers and pesticides, which will help prevent your groundwater from becoming contaminated. It will also provide food for beneficial insects and birds, contributing to a vibrant and diverse local ecosystem.

Landscaping with energy saving plants will also decrease the amount of work that you have to do in order to maintain and attractive outdoor living space, leaving you with more leisure time in which to enjoy your home environment.

06 May Posted by in Demolition, Home and family | Comments Off on Safety Before You Dig

Safety Before You Dig

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Planning a home improvement project can be very exciting and there’s the excitement of something new, along with the anticipation of making your current home even closer to your dream home. However, your excitement and anticipation should always be tempered by the thought of demolition safety. If you have to dig, you should always be wary of digging close to utility lines.

When you have to dig for your home demolition or improvement project, you should always have your local utility company come out and mark on the ground the location of all the utility lines in the area. This will allow you to avoid cutting the lines. It will keep you and everyone working with you safe.

Also, it will keep your project on schedule. If you cut the utility lines, your project will likely be called to a halt while the utility company takes care of the repairs. You may also face a fine or a penalty from the company for the damages.

It is probably a good idea to have the lines marked prior to planning your project. This would allow you to plan around the location of the lines completely. Any project that involves digging, even if you think there couldn’t possibly be any utility lines anywhere nearby, should not be attempted before you have the lines marked.

You should also not assume that you know how deep the lines are buried. You may think that you shouldn’t need to worry about the lines because you are only digging six inches into the ground. However, it is still a good idea to have the lines marked as a precaution, and to avoid the lines even if you need only a small hole. In matters like this, it is always better to be safe than sorry.

29 Apr Posted by in Blog, Home and family, Land Clearing | Comments Off on Is It Mold?

Is It Mold?

Laying Garden Pavers PatioSpring is here delivering the beauty and bounty of green grass, fresh flowers, and numerous other wonders of new life and it is also the time for excessive water from melting snows and spring rain showers. Although this is beneficial to the growing things around a home, it is also the makings for problems with flooding and mold & mildew growth. To ensure safety of your structure and the health of your family, it is important to know what mold and mildew are and how to eliminate these dangers.

Mold is a type of fungus that thrives and grows in moist dark environments on organic materials. You can find this along walls, floors, window sills, corners, and ceilings in areas where dampness is problematic. The color of this growth may be white, orange, green, or black.

When a home mold detection uncovers any of this discoloration, it is imperative to eliminate this threat immediately. It is important to hire a professional mold cleanup specialist to ensure the complete removal of the mold detection issues.

Mildew is the condition caused by excessive moisture resting on natural materials such as plants, wood, leather, or paper. This type of mold often produces a musty smell when in a closed in room or area. This type of home mildew detection is often easily cleaned with commercial mildew cleaners or bleach.

The cleaning agents for treating mildew are effective, but often messy and they may discolor the area. Professionals in the area of mildew detection are able to remove this health threat easily and safely.

For complete and guaranteed removal of all of the unhealthy components that a technician finds in a mold detection check, it is important that a professional mold detection specialist treat the affected areas. A quick mold detection check of the damp areas of your home will keep you on top of the situation.

23 Apr Posted by in Home and family | Comments Off on It’s Planting Time!

It’s Planting Time!

LandscapesNow that the Earth has come back to life after a long winter, it’s time to get that home garden started. Whether you want to grow a vegetable garden, a flower garden, or a mixture of both, you’ll need a few basic supplies to get started.

Besides basic gardening tools such as a spade, a hand trowel, and a good shovel, you’ll need to properly equip yourself for working in the outdoors. A good pair of gloves is a gardener’s best friend, with a sturdy sun hat coming in a close second.

The first step in planting a thriving, bountiful garden is siting it successfully with regards to sun exposure. Most vegetables and many flowers won’t fare well if they receive too much shade. Tomatoes, for instance, will rarely even set fruit if they don’t get at least six full hours of sun per day, and flowers such as roses, asters, dahlias, and marigolds will languish if placed in a shady area.

Others, however, need a certain amount of shade in order to thrive, such as impatiens, fuchsias, hostas, and certain types of begonias. Before you put your shovel in the ground to prepare your garden space, investigate the sunlight needs of each of the plants that you intend to grow thoroughly and till your ground accordingly.

Amending the soil before you plant will help give your flowers and vegetables a good head start on the growing season. The type of soil for a vegetable garden will vary somewhat from the type of soil for a flower garden, so be certain to keep the nutritional needs of the various plants that you plan on growing in mind. Flowers, for instance, may not bloom if their soil contains too much nitrogen, but vegetables thrive on this element, so do your homework before you plant your seeds and your garden will thrive.

16 Apr Posted by in Blog, Land Clearing | Comments Off on Environmental Hazards and Your Business

Environmental Hazards and Your Business

Working in heat
For anyone who owns a commercial property, you know just how important it is for you to keep the entire area as safe and secure as possible. If you’re dealing with a lot of hazardous waste, it is absolutely essential that you get rid of these things to provide your workers and clients with a safer place to visit. The truth is that hazardous materials can cause a lot of problems, from slips and falls to issues concerning your workers’ safety and health.
Considering the overall removal of hazardous materials will help to clean up your property and keep it entirely safe.One of the first steps you’ll want to take as someone who owns a commercial property is to consider an inspection for hazardous materials on commercial property or building. The inspection will be done by a professional who can specifically look for things on your property that might pose a risk or danger to anyone who happens to be working or walking around it. Once the inspection has been done, you will have a list of anything there that should be removed in order to prevent problems and a possible lawsuit on your own part.The disposal of hazardous materials means more than just getting rid of something that might just look bad, it can help to make your property safer and even prevent you from being hit with a lawsuit if someone gets hurt while they are on the property itself. The most important thing is to have that initial inspection done to find out exactly what is on the property that should be removed. Once this is finished, you will want to consider having the disposal of hazardous materials done by a professional company in a quick, efficient and highly affordable manner in order to benefit from them.

09 Apr Posted by in Blog, Land Clearing | Comments Off on Home Safety & Land Clearing in Melbourne, Florida

Home Safety & Land Clearing in Melbourne, Florida

land gradingWhen it comes to projects around the house, homeowners must consider whether it makes more sense to do the work themselves or hire a contractor. Often, the decision comes down to whether the job can be done safely without special skills and equipment. One of the best home safety tips when clearing land may well be to turn the job over to a contractor whose expertise includes land clearing services. If the project involves tree removal, it is important to keep in mind that logging is one of the most dangerous occupations in existence. Homeowners must keep in mind that using conventional land clearing methods will expose them to many of the same hazards found in the logging industry. This makes a good case for outsourcing the work.

One of the most obvious concerns when clearing land is the potential to be struck by falling tree limbs or even trapped under falling trees. In addition, without a sure method for ensuring the tree falls in the right direction, significant property damage could occur. Once the tree is on the ground, it must be cut into smaller sections and removed. Even relatively small sections can be heavy enough to cause a back injury without the proper equipment.

Other issues with which homeowners may be confronted include insects and snakes. This issue is even more concerning if one of the individuals doing the work is allergic to bee stings. Bees are known to have nests in trees, bushes and even in the ground. An encounter can easily turn into a very unpleasant surprise. Land that needs to be cleared is also good habitat for snakes. While many snakes are harmless, there are a number of poisonous ones that could be present as well.

Clearing land can also expose individuals to vegetation like poison oak, poison sumac or poison ivy. These plants are often found around trees or bushes and can easily go unnoticed because they blend in with their surroundings. Consequently, one of the best home safety tips may very well be to hire a contractor.

02 Apr Posted by in Land Clearing | Comments Off on I Want Low Maintenance!

I Want Low Maintenance!

landscapingFor many people, their yard is their sanctuary. It is a place to sit and unwind or to look out and admire. It can be easy to get sucked into to an ornate landscape with the need to water, weed, prune and maintain.

Yard owners in hot places may have the added concern of needing to conserve water or protect delicate plants from the drying sun. Having a low maintenance yard does not mean having to resort to a plant-free environment.

There are plenty of low maintenance options that go beyond rock and concrete jungles. Planning a low maintenance yard all starts with choosing the best landscaping shrubs and plants.

There are a variety of heat tolerant and low water plants that can add variety and interest to a garden without taking a lot of time and resources to keep looking good. Succulents are one kind of plant to consider when planting a garden that’s easy care. Many people think of low, fat leaf, flower-looking plants that are nothing but green, but succulents actually include a wide variety of shapes, colors, and sizes.

Look to yuccas to add some height. Many resemble palm trees or spiny, over-sized sea urchins, and others spike out from a squat base that looks a bit like a palm tree trunk. Other taller plants include the easy-grow and beautiful jade bush, an elegant and graceful plant called a ponytail palm (which is actually not even related to palm trees), and colorful crown of thorns.

Low growing sedum, flowering kalanchoe, and spiky aloe are good choices for the base of a low maintenance yard. And do not forget the wide variety of cacti.

With proper planning and a little advice from local landscaping professionals, anyone can have a beautiful, low maintenance yard.

26 Mar Posted by in Land Clearing | Comments Off on To Mulch or Not To Mulch?

To Mulch or Not To Mulch?

landscaping stonesThe benefits of mulching are numerous. For instance, less water is needed when land is covered with mulch. Mulch provides a barrier between the soil and the sun, which allows the soil to maintain its moisture content. Not only is less water needed for plants and trees, but plants and trees receive a steady supply of water because it does not evaporate.

Nutrients from mulch may benefit the soil, but it depends on the type of mulch that is used. Tree bark may not give off many nutrients into the soil; however, mulch made from leaves will. Using mulch from the surrounding plants and trees provides the yard with the precise nutrients it needs. Mulch can hasten or inhibit the amount of weeds that grow in the yard, which means people spend less times tending to their yards.

It’s best to speak with a contractor about land clearing services. Conventional land clearing methods usually requires the use of heavy equipment. It’s not advisable for the average person to attempt this without proper training. There are several things to consider as well, such as the best method for clearing land. For instance, trees can have stored up energy after they’re cut down. They can move suddenly. This can potentially hurt someone. It’s best to let a trained professional to handle clearing land. In addition, there can be regulations on clearing land. People often need timber permits.

Clearing the land and using mulch as a method of water conservation and yard beautification is a good solution to yard care. Obtaining mulch for the yard provides several benefits, but being able to use mulch from the plants and trees in the yard is better because it’s cost-efficient and it gives back to existing plants the right amount of nutrients they need.