Ceiling fans first appeared in the United States during the late 1800’s. In the beginning, to run the fans, a stream of water turned a turbine which turned a belt. The belt turning would turn the two fan blades.
In 1882, Philip Dieli invented the first ceiling fan that was powered by a motor. He used the same engine that was used to power the Singer Sewing Machine. By the time, the First World War started most fans were equipped with four blades. More blades on the fan caused it to circulate more air. The fan was also quieter than they were when the fan had two blades. Continue reading →
Bringing the outdoors inside is a frequent request from homeowners considering an addition project. One of the most efficient ways to accomplish this is by adding a screen room to your home. There’s more to it than just the extra space—it’s the privacy you have, the additional functionality while being able to ward off the sun and rain (the two season screen room) and still being able to enjoy the beauty of nature. A screen room is often considered not only as a ‘home improvement’ but also as a ‘life improvement.’
The Design Build Pros team has a new project on tap: designing an outdoor living space that includes a patio, portico over hang, and fire pit. Like most homeowners, the new DBP client wants the project done as soon as possible. The difference? This project is more along the lines of a necessity. The existing area is hazardous, and the homeowner’s have a young child.
The overall objective for the Design Build Pros: have the outdoor living space project completed, by a DBP Network Remodeler, before the end of the year and do so within a modest budget.
If you’ve ever envied your neighbors’ pool and you’re thinking about investing in your own, start your research months ahead of the actual construction day. For custom pool building, nothing is more important than proper planning. This will be one of biggest additions to your house; it will impact how the exterior looks, and how your family passes the free time. Also, it will add up some costs to your regular budget, for cleaning and regular maintenance, so it’s vital to make sure you don’t bite more than you can chew.
The first thing you would need to do when going for an outdoor fire pit is to select the perfect location where you want to install it. When choosing a location to place your pit, you should mainly consider how safe the location is since even a small spark can sometimes cause problems. As another option, a gas fire pit can help provide warmth while complementing your landscape perfectly.
A raised deck is a wonderful addition to any home. It gives you additional outdoor space that would otherwise have been left underutilized. You can use it as a haven outdoors for relaxing with a good book or music. An outdoor raised deck can be used to host barbecue parties or tea parties. You can use it as an extra storage room, perhaps for your sports equipment or gardening equipment. You could even have a nice hot tub in your new deck. The next time you host an outdoor party, you don’t have to pray to the rain gods to avoid your home! No matter what the weather, entertaining need not take a break!
There is a new trend going around both in the United Kingdom and here in the United States. It’s one that is seemingly so simple, but many overlook it. It is the backyard pub shed. Yes, that’s right. It’s a shed that you have outside your main house just for you and your friends to relax and enjoy a drink. It’s the perfect getaway from all that life throws at you on a daily basis.
Folding patio doors are the hottest trend at this moment in time. This can be vividly illustrated by the sheer number of Andersen folding patio doors and LaCatina doors are being sold to eager home owners each quarter. However, new ways of doing things has made the production of folding patio doors easier and consequently more affordable to the common man on the street. The following are the advantages that you will get from having folding patio doors in your home: Continue reading →
A vegetable garden in your own yard is a great way to obtain fresh vegetables, spices, or fruits without having to pay high prices for them at the grocery store. In addition, you can freeze your goods in order to eat them throughout the winter for that fresh out of the garden taste in your dinners. A vegetable garden can also be a captivating family experience, and it can show children the understanding of the natural cycle of growth. Continue reading →