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What is Porcelain Tile?

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Porcelain floor tile - Design Build ProsThe market has a wide range of tiles today and every one of them comes with certain advantages and disadvantages. While choosing tiles, most people go for an option that is not only beautiful, but is also affordable. Further, certain issues like cleaning them and maintaining them also must be considered when it comes to choosing flooring options. Some people love to go with stone as it looks aesthetically superior to several other factors irrespective of its cleaning and maintenance issues. Conversely, there are people who love to enjoy the uniform look of porcelain. Also, there are no hassles in porcelain as are usually seen with stone tile floors when it comes to cleaning and maintaining them.

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Log Cabin Construction

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Log CabinLog cabins or log homes are getting a revival now with more and more people showing interest in building their own log homes or log cabins. Historically, log cabins were first built in Eastern Europe and Scandinavia. When Europeans settlers came to the United States, they used logs to build their first homes as it was quicker. Traditionally, whole trees were cut down and shaped to make log cabins. They were originally stacked one on top of the other, eliminating the use of nails. They did utilize dowel joints. Gaps in between the logs were filled using mud and straw, a mixture known as chinking. These logs naturally settle into each other in a few years.

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History of Memorial Day

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Trumped Salute Fallen ComradesMemorial Day is a United States federal holiday that is celebrated on the last Monday of every May and honors the men and women who have died serving the country’s military. Originally the holiday was known as Decoration Day and started as a way to honor the 620 thousand Union and Confederate soldiers who died in the American Civil War. It began as a way to honor the soldiers and heal the wounds between the two regions. It shifted in the twentieth century to commemorate all Americans who died in the armed forces. It is a day for visiting grave sites and memorials, and it’s common for people to place American flags as well as flowers on soldier’s graves. It is also traditional practice to quickly raise the American flag to the top of the flagpole and then slowly lower it down to half-staff, remaining like this until noon. At that time the flag is then raised again to the top of the pole as a symbol of the country’s strength and as a reminder that the soldier’s sacrifices were not in vain. Parades are also held on this holiday, on large and small scales, featuring marching bands and servicemen, from the National Guard to military veterans. In smaller towns it’s common for the parades to feature students in the band. The famous auto-race, the Indianapolis 500, also runs on Memorial Day, or the Sunday before, and has been doing so since 1911. Continue reading

What Is A Butler’s Pantry?

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Butlers Pantry - Design Build ProsWhat Is A Butler’s Pantry?

A butler’s pantry is a utility room that is also called the serving pantry. The butler’s pantry is usually found in large houses that had the luxury of having space between the dining room and the kitchen, where items for serving food were stored. Sometimes it is also located at the back of the kitchen.

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What Is Tempered Glass?

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What Is Tempered Glass?

saftey tempered glass for windows and doors - Design Build ProsTempered glass is a kind of safety glass that has a variety of applications. It is especially used in situations where ordinary glass cannot be used because of its potential danger.

Tempered glass is manufactured under conditions of controlled heat and controlled cooling or sometimes controlled chemical treatments which lead to a significant increase in its strength. This compresses the outer surfaces and creates tension in the inner surfaces, which is what creates tempered glass, or “safety glass”.

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What is Painter’s Tape?

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What is Painter’s Tape?

Applying Painter's TapePainter’s tape, as its name denotes, is tape used specifically by painters in order to keep specific areas of the surface that they are painting free of paint. It is an adhesive tape that is designed to keep the lines of painting trim, neat and crisp. It can be used to protect different types of surfaces, from wood, glass, metal, ceramics, etc. from any potential spills from the paint.

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TruScene Screens

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Andersen Tru-scene screen - Design Build ProsTruScene Screens

Managing a home and keeping it clean, hygienic, and well protected is definitely a daunting task. You might struggle with various issues that will make it very uncomfortable for you as a homeowner. Insect infestations are one among such problems. When insects barge into your place, like it’s their property, it becomes very frustrating. Continue reading

Tools and Accessories Needed for Spackling

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spackle drywall - Design Build Pros (1)Tools and Accessories Needed for Spackling

Unaesthetic gouges or holes in the drywall are not easily avoidable. Whether moving into a home that was previously lived in by someone else or you are planning to move wall art into your own home, there will come a time when you would need to repair the walls in your home. Most drywall repairs require only a joint compound and a few other tools in order to spackle drywall. Continue reading

Low E Insulated Glass for Windows

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Low E Insulated Glass for Windows

Low-E glass for energy efficient windows - Design Build ProsGlasses are the most preferred materials for windows. Many even go for French windows, which are made of full-length glass. Since glass facilitates good light from the outside, it is the favorite of many. However, at times, the light which comes in through the glass windows can become overwhelming, to the extent that you need heavy curtains to keep your space cooler. Especially during summers when the heat is too much, huge glasses add on to the discomfort. That’s the reason people employ insulated glasses to check the amount of heat that is being absorbed and the light that is coming in.

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