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Are your kids clamoring for their turn on the Slip ‘N Slide? It’s official, summer is here and the temperatures are climbing! Your yard can take a beating this season if you don’t take good care of it. Our suggested summer to-do list includes installing a sprinkler system for your lawn.  Find the right system for you and watch your votes for “Yard of the Month” pile in!

See below for some front yards that take the cake…

 Source: http://www.hgtv.com/landscaping/lush-landscaping-ideas-for-your-front-yard/pictures/page-5.html
Source: http://www.hgtv.com/landscaping/lush-landscaping-ideas-for-your-front-yard/pictures/page-2.html
Source: http://www.bhg.com/gardening/landscaping-projects/landscape-basics/front-yard-landscape-secrets/#page=9
Source: http://thinkfreetime.webs.com/
Source: http://www.bhg.com/gardening/gardening-by-region/northeast/lawn-care-calendar-for-the-northeast/

When you are ready to implement an irrigation system, check Kudzu to find the right pro for you.



Remodeling Your Kitchen and Bath

When doing a kitchen or bath remodel, plumbing fixtures can be a great design element to consider. While custom countertops and cabinets are also essential to your new room’s design, unique plumbing fixtures can be a great way to bring some appeal to your space.

Some fun sink options for your kitchen:

 

Source: http://www.bhg.com/kitchen/sink/farmhouse/#page=7
Source: http://www.bhg.com/kitchen/sink/farmhouse/#page=10
Source: http://www.bhg.com/kitchen/sink/farmhouse/#page=12
Source: http://www.kitchen-bathroom-cabinet.com/design/shopping-guide-to-kitchen-sinks.html
Source: http://studioglassworks.com/our-products/residential/glass-sinks-tiles/

Sink with built-in cutting board…

Source: http://www.kitchendesigns.com/blog/index.php/2010/04/30/party-prep-blancos-sink-in-the-round-with-built-in-cutting-board/

 If you are upgrading your bath, take a look at these freestanding bathtubs…

Source: http://www.visualremodeling.com/2011/02/09/sculptural-freestanding-bathtubs/
Source: http://obsit.com/important-suggests-for-choosing-the-best-freestanding-bathtubs.html
Source: http://christinasthoughtoftheday.blogspot.com/2011/04/wishful-sinking.html
Source:  http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/freestanding-tubs-traditional-156334?image_id=2871864
Source: http://www.coastalliving.com/homes/decorating/beach-house-baths-bathrooms-00400000051904/page8.html

As with any remodeling project, it is best to set a budget to see what you can afford. Once you have your budget set, browse Kudzu to find the right remodeler for your kitchen or bath!

 



Light Up The Night

With Independence Day next week, perhaps you are getting ready to celebrate with some outdoor entertaining and a nighttime fireworks display. If your outdoor living space is lacking, you may want to consider wowing your guests with some impressive lighting. Outdoor lighting for your home is necessary for the safety of your family and guests.  Less accidents will occur and you can count on your property value to increase with the added security.

Our favorite lighting ideas may spark your interest…

Source:  http://www.creative-lighting-blog.com/exterior-lighting/boost-homes-curb-appeal-exterior-lighting/

Lights around the pool… 

Source: http://clevelandlighting.outdoorlightsblogs.com/2012/05/22/outdoor-lighting-perspectives-of-northern-ohio-water-feature-lighting-photo-blog/
Source: http://clevelandlighting.outdoorlightsblogs.com/2012/05/22/outdoor-lighting-perspectives-of-northern-ohio-water-feature-lighting-photo-blog/
Source: http://blog.outdoorlights.com/2012/02/outdoor-lighting-perspectives-helps-partners-build-their-business/

Lights illuminating outdoor walkways and decks:

Source:  http://www.outdoorlightingmichigan.com/
Source: http://blog.arcadianlighting.com/selecting-outdoor-lighting/
Source:  http://blog.arcadianlighting.com/tag/hanging-lantern/
Source: http://www.indohomedesign.co.cc/2010/05/outdoor-lighting-idea-romantic.html
Source: http://www.solarsnob.com/archives/2010/03/versatile-solar-path-lights.php

Outdoor lighting products range from path lighting, outdoor lanterns, post lighting, and more. To find out what outdoor lighting works best for your home, contact a pro on Kudzu today!



Roofing Choices

Say hello to Summer! According to our Summer Maintenance Guide, now is the perfect time to have your roof inspected. Your roof needs to be checked for leaks and your vent covers and shingles, shakes, or tiles should be examined.  If issues are found, you will need to make repairs or (hopefully not!) replace it altogether. A qualified professional can help you spot the warning signs in case your roof needs replacing. Take a look at the different kinds of roofs you can choose from:

Source: http://myhomeguys.com/news/tag/gaf-roofing/
Source: http://www.futureroof.com/
Source: http://www.futureroof.com/
Source: http://lgcroofingnj.com/rooftypes/wood-shake-roofing.html
Source: http://www.daytonabeachroofingcontractors.com/
Source: http://prestigesupply.com/MetroRomanTile.php
Source: http://www.bestbuymetals.com/standing-seam-photo-gallery.html
Source: http://greenisglobal.net/metal-roofing-sometimes-has-to-share-but-it-is-always-the-star
Source: http://s742.photobucket.com/albums/xx69/waylonbrian/?action=view&current=nest_03ashx-1.jpg
Source: http://lrhomesolutions.com/roofing/cedar_shake_roofs/main.htm
Source: http://www.venhome.com/04/06/home-designs-shingle-style-family-vacation-retreat-house/

Still scratching your head as to which roof works best for your house? Leave your worries behind and check Kudzu to find a trusted roofing expert in your area.



Updating Your Garage Door

We know it may not be the first or the most glamorous thing on your home’s to-do list, but your garage requires proper maintenance just like the other spaces in your home. If you are looking to upgrade, take a look at some of the designs we envy below…

 Source: http://www.houzz.com/rustic-garage-door
Source: http://trendslidingdoors.com/garage-door-ideas-be-selective-in-choosing-garage-doors/contemporary-garage-door-with-frosted-glass-and-alumunium/
Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/16782093@N03/3421401645
Source: http://www.clopaydoor.com/blog/post/2011/06/22/Part-2-How-to-Buy-Garage-Doors-Garage-Door-Construction-Materials.aspx
Source: http://www.stonegatemtg.com/blog/?p=2775
Source: http://www.houzz.com/rustic-garage-door
Source: http://www.anaheimdoor.com/artisan_lite_wood.html
Source: http://www.garagedoorcenterinc.com/amarr-garage-door-custom-wood-carriage-house-doors.html

Did you know that June is Garage Door Safety Month? It is an excellent reminder to call your garage door pro to make sure your garage door is working properly. Search here for a trusted pro in your neighborhood.





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