August 2012 Home Renovation Newsletter

August 2012 Home Renovation Newsletter - Read this home renovation insight now.

In this issue of reVISION's Renovation Newsletter:


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Ribs and Relaxation - Outdoor Kitchen

A celebration of friends, family, and shared good times. Savour formal al fresco dining with garden view or pull up a barstool for casual ribs'n'beer hockey nights - cheering strongly encouraged. A perfect après Grouse Grind reward? Watch dusk fall and let muscles relax in the fireside hot tub. Contemporary stainless steel, glass canopy, and granite offset traditional ledgestone and rustic timber post architecture. Unique, welcoming, dramatic.[image_frame style="framed" align="center" alt="Before - A plain backyard which needs some style" title="Before - A plain backyard which needs some style"][/image_frame][image_frame style="framed" align="center" alt="After" title="After" width="480" height="280"][/image_frame][image_frame style="framed" align="center" alt="After" title="After" width="480" height="320"][/image_frame][image_frame style="framed" align="center" alt="After" title="After" width="480" height="320"][/image_frame][divider_top]

3 Tips to Designing Your Outdoor Space

  1. Plan the entire outdoor entertaining space as part of a single functional plan. - Dining, lounging, cooking and pool areas often coexist. Think of these as outdoor rooms and consider the flow of traffic between them as part of the design. Try not to isolate the outdoor chef from the rest of the party. Create opportunities for interaction within the floor plan.
  2. To cover or not to cover. - When creating an outdoor kitchen, one of the first things to consider is whether or not to have the space covered. Unless covered, you should expect to experience significantly more wear and tear on your surfaces and appliances than if under some form of protection.
  3. Create a comfortable entertaining space in your backyard oasis. - Help to extend the seasonal life of your outdoor kitchen by placing natural gas or propane patio heaters in the area for chilly summer evenings and as the weather begins to cool. Remember to include adequate lighting for after-dark cooking and entertaining.


Tips to Secure Your Home During the Holidays and Vacations

Put your mind at ease while on vacation with these 6 simple tips:

  • Security system - Install a monitored security system.
  • Doors and Windows - Lock and bolt all doors and windows while you are away.
  • Avoid being a victim - Leave something in plain view outside to give the appearance of family activity -- gardening tools, toys, or water hose can all send a message someone is home.
  • Set timers - Put devices such as a radio, interior and exterior lights on timers set to your normal schedule so intruders think someone is home.
  • Mail - Stop your mail and newspaper deliveries. Ask a neighbor to remove the free regional newspapers and flyers from the front of your house. They don't take long to accumulate
  • Ask a neighbor... - Get a family member or trusted neighbor to mow your lawn, move your vehicle occasionally and place a bag of their household trash in front of your home on collection day.



Malibu Low Voltage LED Tier Light

[image_frame style="framed" align="right" alt="Malibu Low Voltage LED Tier Ligh" title="Malibu Low Voltage LED Tier Ligh" height="150" width="150"][/image_frame]The Malibu Low Voltage LED Tier Light has a stake-mount design and can be installed easily next to walkways and other outdoor living areas. It is an energy-efficient solution that also looks attractive and is waterproof and weather resistant for durability.

  • Rugged cast-metal construction
  • Frosted plastic globe creates a diffused effect when illuminated
  • Stake design installs easily in the ground to illuminate paths, walkways and low-lying ground cover
  • Waterproof and corrosion resistant for durability
  • 1.4-watt, warm white LED bulb is as bright as a 7-watt incandescent bulb and uses up to 80% less electricity
  • Brightness - 15 Lumens

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