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7 Examples of Beautiful DIY Wedding Pergolas

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Tue, Aug 19, 2014

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An outdoor wedding is all the more beautiful when the ceremony takes place under a pergola. If you're responsible for decorating a pergola for a wedding, you may be looking for some ideas. Fortunately, this week's blog is all about that very subject! Consider these seven suggestions that will help your pergola to look its best on the big day.

Seven Examples of Beautiful DIY Wedding Pergolas

  1. Wedding by Candlelight: Create a memorable setting for a wedding ceremony by draping long pieces of white tulle across the outer edges of your pergola. Also, wind lengthy pieces of tulle around each of the support columns of the structure. Use white ribbon to secure the lightweight fabric to each column. Next, use wire to suspend six or seven white lanterns from the top of the pergola. Remember to hang them high enough so that people can walk beneath them. Put a white candle in each of the lanterns and light them just before the ceremony begins. The soft glow of these lanterns combined with the gauzy fabric creates a peaceful atmosphere for a wedding ceremony.
  2. A Flowery Pergola: You can transform your pergola for an upcoming wedding with the help of just a few simple materials. Cloak your pergola in white billowy fabric and decorate its main beams with bunches of hydrangeas, eucalyptus, pink gomphrena, and tillandsia. These delicate blooms contribute to the romantic look of your pergola. By the time you finish your intricate work, you won't recognize your own pergola!
  3. A Ceremony with Autumn Flavor: If you're decorating a pergola for a fall wedding, try suspending several small wreaths from the cross beams. Choose wreaths that are made with fall leaves featuring brilliant oranges, yellows, and reds. Also, place pumpkins of different sizes at the base of each support column. Corn stalks arranged around the columns also add another fall-like touch to the picture.
  4. A Gathering of Chinese Lanterns: A simple way to create the perfect wedding décor for your pergola is to hang Chinese lanterns from the crossbeams of the structure. You can choose Chinese lanterns of different colors and sizes to add more interest to the scene. Or you might prefer to stick with one color for all of the lanterns. Either way, a pergola full of glowing Chinese lanterns makes a wedding ceremony and reception all the more special.
  5. Roses and White Lights: This idea is simple but is sure to leave an impression on your wedding guests. Get several strings of white lights and wrap them around the top and columns of your pergola. I recommend you look through your boxes of Christmas lights: You may find you already have some white lights you can use. Next, make some rose flower balls and suspend them from the main beams of your pergola.
  6. Ivy Vines and Flowers: Get some friends together to help you drape dozens of silk sage ivy vines over the crossbeams of your pergola. Also, twist the vines around the support columns. You can purchase artificial ivy vines at a craft store. In addition to the vines, gather several bunches of your wedding flowers and secure them to each of the columns with long white ribbon.
  7. Sparkling Curtains: If you want some especially unique decorations for your pergola wedding, try some beaded curtains. These curtains are made of various types of glass beads. Purple butterflies, blue raindrops, white pearls, and pink hearts are just a few examples of the colors and shapes that are available. You may need to put a few hooks into the top of your pergola to hang the curtains. There are also hooks that may fit over the top of a main beam. These glass beads reflect sunlight as they move in a soft breeze, creating a lovely atmosphere for a wedding ceremony.

Good luck with your do-it-yourself decorating projects! Thanks for reading. - Alan

Topics: diy pergola kits

How To Convert A Garage Into A Home Office

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Mon, Aug 18, 2014

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Have you ever imagined your garage as a home office? If you have bicycles, old furniture, sports equipment, and trash cans along with stacks of boxes in your garage, it may be hard to picture it as anything besides a convenient storage space. But hiding beneath all of those boxes and other items, you may have the perfect space for a home office. Consider how you can convert your traditional garage into a pleasant home office.

Clear Away the Clutter

One of the first steps of converting your garage into a home office is to get rid of the boxes, old furniture, and other clutter there. You may want to donate your old furniture to a charitable organization or throw it out if it's in bad shape. Of course, there are some things that can't be thrown out, such as trash cans and boxes of valuable items. You can either create a small corner in the garage for those things or put them in a storage shed. (By the way, I have some quality storage sheds if you want more storage options at home.) The goal is to end up with a reasonable amount of space for your home office.

Set Up the Right Lighting

Lots of natural light is ideal for a home office. If you have a big window in your garage, be sure to put your desk near it so you can enjoy all of that sunlight. If you don't have enough natural light, add a floor lamp or several table lamps to the space. You may be surprised at how much light you can create by putting a floor lamp in one corner of your home office. A desk lamp is also useful if you want to make sure you have enough light to work as you sit at your desk.

Choose Furniture That Suits the Space

I recommend that you assess the size of your garage, then choose a desk and other furniture for your home office. This helps you to avoid getting furniture that is too big for the space. The type of furniture you get depends on your needs and the atmosphere you want to establish. Maybe you want to be able to take a break from your desk and sit in a comfortable easy chair. Or you may want to have separate tables for your fax machine and printer so there is plenty of space on your desk or worktable. A small refrigerator may be something you want to put into your home office so you'll have enough snacks and refreshments to keep your energy up during work hours!

Put Your Personal Stamp on the Space

Plants, a rug, curtains, pictures, and bookshelves are just a few examples of items that help you put your stamp on the unique decor of your home office. If you have a favorite print, hang it up on the wall of your home office. Or put some colorful flowers in pots on a window ledge. I think you'll be surprised at just how much a few personal details can jazz up the atmosphere of your office. Thanks for reading! - Alan

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6 Well Known Historical Gazebos

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Sun, Aug 10, 2014

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Look at the history of gazebos and you'll find these structures in all shapes and sizes. Marble, cast iron, wood, and steel are examples of materials used to construct gazebos throughout the centuries. Some gazebos have a plain design but provide dependable shelter for a variety of outdoor gatherings. Other gazebos are strictly decorative, featuring a design with lots of intricate details that can't help but earn a person's admiration. Check out six historic or famous gazebos and get a taste of the imaginative designs of these outdoor structures through the centuries.

Six Historical Gazebos

  1. The Gazebo in The Sound of Music Movie: This gazebo, seen in the 1965 film The Sound of Music, is now in the palace park gardens at Schloss Hellbrunn in Salzburg, Austria. The white exterior of this gazebo along with its glass walls and circular arrangement of benches served to make it a romantic setting for a famous scene featuring Rolfe and Liesl. However, the famous dance scene had to be done in a replica gazebo on a sound stage in California: The real gazebo was too small for the elaborate dance number. I can't think of a better setting for that dance scene: Can you?
  2. A Gazebo of Cast Iron. A 19th century gazebo sits next to the Bay of Naples in Italy. It is made of glass and cast iron. In addition, near the ceiling of the structure, there are flowers and other shapes designed in stained glass.
  3. A Pre-Civil War Gazebo. This gazebo was built in the pre-Civil War days for the practical purpose of sheltering a natural spring. It is located in Mineral Spring Park in Williamston, South Carolina. This gazebo sits across the street from the original site of Williamston Girls College, founded in 1872. It has a traditional design with the exception of an opening in its floor for the mineral spring. Students of the college enjoyed picnicking and socializing in the cool shade of this 23-foot-tall structure.
  4. The Seville Gazebo. This wooden gazebo is located in historic Seville Square in Pensacola, Florida. Spanish explorers settled in this area in about 1559. The area is on the National Register of Historic Places thanks to the efforts of a group of preservationists in the 1960s. Today, visitors enjoy picnicking and hosting celebrations in this historic gazebo.
  5. An Italian-Style Gazebo. This gazebo stands in the Italian Garden area within Sonnenberg Gardens in Canandaigua, New York. It has a unique roof that features grapevine-style designs fashioned in cast iron. The Italian Garden was established in 1903. This gazebo is one of the most memorable structures in Sonnenberg Gardens.
  6. A Classic Roman Gazebo. Centuries ago, Romans relaxed in their gazebos just as people do today. The basic design includes a tremendous dome roof and thick pillars made of marble. They were built in private gardens and considered symbols of a family's wealth. Beautiful flowers were grown all around these beautiful gazebos in celebration of life.

I hope you enjoyed our tour of historic gazebos! - Alan

Topics: Gazebos

9 Amazing Backyard Gazebos

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Fri, Aug 1, 2014

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A beautiful gazebo can be the highlight of any backyard. It's the perfect place to read, chat with neighbors, or enjoy a glass of iced tea in the shade. For this week's blog, I thought I'd inspire you with some backyard designs that revolve around a gazebo. Enjoy!

Nine Amazing Backyard Gazebos

1. A Poolside Gazebo: Start with an octagonal gazebo made of white wood featuring a black shingled roof. Then, picture it sitting in a backyard next to an in-ground swimming pool. The gazebo is screened in so friends and family can sit without being bothered by mosquitoes. I can't imagine a better place to dry off after a relaxing swim!

2. A Garden Gazebo: Imagine a small, oval gazebo with a double roof design set in the middle of a lush rose garden. Red, white, and pink roses grow all around the borders of the gazebo while ivy vines are twining themselves around its posts. All of the greenery around this gazebo makes it a vital part of this garden.

3. A Wrought-Iron Gazebo: This gazebo would definitely be a standout in anyone's backyard. Its dome "roof" consists of an intricate pattern of designs done in green wrought iron. Six slender, ornate pillars support the roof. There's plenty of room for an arrangement of a few chairs or even a settee. Trees, ferns, and even a little waterfall surround this beautiful structure. This gazebo is more decorative than practical, so I suggest you take an umbrella along just in case it starts to rain!

4. A Hot Tub Gazebo: Picture a hot tub gazebo situated out in a spacious backyard filled with mature trees. The roof of the gazebo provides protection for people enjoying the warm, bubbling water, and the trees offer privacy.

5. A Gazebo for Dinner with Friends: This gazebo has a stone floor and a small table and chairs in its center. A comfortable sitting area is available for after dinner, and there is even a light fixture above the table for those late-night gatherings.

6. A Gazebo with a Swing: Imagine an intimate backyard featuring a classic octagonal gazebo with a wooden swing hanging inside it. Two people can enjoy a chat while gently swinging under the protective roof of a lovely gazebo. Two large palm plants sitting on the floor and hanging pots of ferns could decorate the interior of the gazebo.

7. A Gazebo by the Pond: Check out this gazebo that looks like it's surrounded by a small fish pond. It's the highlight of this serene yard that has been transformed into a home for fish, frogs, and other pond life. Imagine reading or chatting with friends while watching a group of lily pads float by!

8. A Classic Gazebo in a Lively Backyard: Consider a simple octagonal gazebo surrounded by a garden full of flowers and plants that attract hummingbirds. There are a variety of colorful flowers that appeal to hummingbirds, including azaleas, red buckeyes, flowering quince, and cardinal flowers. Envision yourself relaxing in your gazebo while watching an Anna's hummingbird or ruby-throated hummingbird drink nectar from a nearby flower!

9. A Bridge to a Gazebo: A gazebo in a picturesque garden is connected to a bridge. Beneath the double roof of this white gazebo are several lush hanging plants and flowers. Family and friends who want to spend some time in this gazebo must walk across a small footbridge to get there. It's a secret hideaway in the backyard!

Good luck with your designs, and thanks for reading! - Alan

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5 Reasons to Stain Your Wood Horse Barn

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Mon, Jul 28, 2014

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If you're a horse owner, you know how expensive it can be to feed and otherwise care for a horse. You also know how it feels to open the door of your barn in the morning to a chorus of excited neighs: Breakfast time! Maintaining the condition of your wood horse barn is just one of the many responsibilities of a horse owner. Staining the walls of a wood barn in a shade of red or maybe honey gives them extra appeal. It can even transform the structure into one of the highlights of your property. But did you know that there are several practical reasons to stain your wood barn? Take a look at five of those reasons:

  1. Stop Rot Before It Starts: The bare walls of a barn are vulnerable to rotting because moisture is able to seep deep inside the fibers of the wood. Thunderstorms, gentle rains, and snow can all take their toll on the wooden walls of your barn. After a time, bare wood begins to rot, prompting mold and mildew to form. The stain on a wooden wall acts as a barrier to moisture and protects the condition of the wood.
  2. Prevent Insect Invasions: A wood barn with unstained walls can be an appealing invitation to termites, beetles, and other wood-loving insects. Unfortunately, insects that chew their way into a wooden wall can do a lot of damage in a short amount of time. Staining the wooden walls of your barn can prevent termites and other insects from burrowing their way inside and weakening your walls.
  3. Protection From the Sun: Depending on the location of your barn, its walls may receive several hours per day of harsh sunlight. Sunlight can cause bare wood to fade, giving it an uneven, blotchy appearance. A coat or two of stain on a wood barn protects its surface from persistent, harsh sunlight.
  4. Staining is More Practical than Painting: If you don't purchase a pre-stained wood barn, it's a good idea to stain the walls instead of painting them. Over time, paint begins to chip and crack, making a structure look very unappealing. Alternatively, if the stain on your barn begins to fade over time, you can re-stain it before anyone notices a change in its appearance!
  5. Prevent Cracks: When moisture seeps into wooden walls, dries, and then the wood becomes wet again, it can cause stress in the wood. This stress can result in cracks that appear near the ends of the boards. A small crack can grow and splinter the wood, eventually causing damage to a large portion of a wall. Waterproof stain can protect wood from moisture and stop it from seeping in.

Whether you purchase a wood horse barn with pre-stained walls or you decide to buy some stain and take on a DIY project, staining certainly helps to maintain the condition of your structure. And after all, don't your horses deserve to enjoy their hay in a well-maintained home? Thanks for reading! - Alan

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Preparing Your Garage for All Kinds of Stormy Weather

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Fri, Jul 25, 2014

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Have your ever noticed lines of snow on your garage floor after a big snowstorm? Or maybe you've seen moisture on the floor near the base of your big garage door after a powerful thunderstorm. If you have, it means that your garage could use some weatherproofing. Luckily, there are some simple things that you can do to keep the snow and rain out of your garage when the weather turns bad.

Take a Close Look at Your Garage Windows

Rain and snow have a knack for finding their way into a garage through small gaps around the windows. One way to prevent this is to apply weather-stripping around your windows. This fills in any gaps that you can see as well as those you can't. Weather-stripping is available at any hardware store and even some grocery stores. Make sure that you purchase enough weather-stripping to cover the entire border of your window or windows.

Don't Forget the Side Door of Your Garage

If your garage has a side door that allows rain or snow to leak in, you may want to install a threshold seal. This seal is usually made of vinyl and attaches to the floor beneath the door instead of the door itself. Threshold seals can be trimmed to fit the area beneath your side garage door. The only drawback with a threshold seal is that you need to work a little harder to sweep dirt and other debris over it and out of your garage. If your side garage door has windows in its design, you can carefully install some weather-stripping around them to prevent any moisture from slipping in.

Inspect the Main Garage Door

Even the smallest of gaps beneath a main garage door can allow snow and rainwater to blow into the structure. If you have an old seal on your garage door, it may be damaged or worn out. You may want to purchase a new seal to put on the base of your garage door. Putting on a new seal is a relatively easy process, and, once again, a seal can be trimmed to fit your door. I suggest you ask someone to help with the task to make sure you correctly line up the seal on the base of the door. In addition, you can put new seals on the sides and top of your garage door. These serve as other lines of defense during snow and rainstorms.

Sealing the Shingles on a Roof

If you want to weatherproof your garage roof, you can put sealant on it to prevent leaks. A sealant can take the form of a spray that goes on top of the shingles. Be sure to check out the instructions on any roof sealant to see if you have the correct type. Also, if you want to take on this project, you should enlist another person to help you to make it as safe as possible.

Try a few of these suggestions and keep the elements outside your garage where they belong! Thanks for reading. - Alan

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Tips On How To Properly Store Pool Chemicals

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Sat, Jul 5, 2014

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'A Place to Store Pool Chemicals'

If you're lucky enough to have a swimming pool in your backyard, you know how much fun it is to have your friends over for a barbeque and a swim on a hot summer afternoon. You also know the amount of work that goes into keeping a pool clean and free of algae. There are several types of chemicals used to maintain the quality of pool water. These are hazardous chemicals that require proper storage in order to avoid chemical reactions and accidents. Check out some basic tips to follow when storing your pool chemicals.

Tips on How to Properly Store Pool Chemicals

Store Your Chemicals in Their Original Containers

You may be tempted to take your chlorine tablets or algaecide out of their original containers and put them into different ones. Perhaps you have a bucket or a plastic container that fits better into your storage space. This is not a good idea. Pool chemicals of all types need to stay in their original containers with the safety instructions printed on them. This way, you know how to handle the chemicals and what to do if something spills. Also, if you put a chemical in a different container, someone may mistake it for another type of solution. This can lead to injury or a bad chemical reaction. Remember that the original containers are designed to store whatever is in them.

Choose a Cool Place with Adequate Ventilation

Your supply of pool chemicals includes chlorine and other solutions with oxidizers in them. These hazardous chemicals can release gases that may become a fire hazard if they are kept in a hot environment with little to no air circulation. In addition, a person who walks into this type of storage environment may become dizzy or nauseous from the fumes. A cool, dry place with plenty of air circulation is your best bet.

Secure the Lids of All of Your Chemicals

It's important to make sure that the bottles and buckets that house your pool chemicals are securely closed. A container that is partially open can be spilled on the floor or even on someone's skin. Also, containers that are left open can be accessed by small children who may poison themselves or sustain a serious injury. I recommend that you take a few extra moments to ensure that all of your containers are closed.

Invest in a Set of Measuring Cups for Your Chemicals

Using a single measuring cup for all of your chemicals increases the risk of a chemical reaction. I suggest that you purchase a separate measuring cup for each chemical you use. Put a label on each cup so there is never a mistake about what it's for.

Don't Stack Your Chemicals

Stacking your chemical containers on top of one another can inadvertently cause a chemical reaction if there is a leak in one of them. For instance, if you stack a leaking container of algaecide on top of a container of chlorine, a chemical reaction could occur if the algaecide gains access to the chlorine. Try to find an area in your storage structure for each type of pool chemical.

Finally, once you have your pool chemicals stored in the proper way, you can enjoy your pool with friends and family or have a pool party for one instead! Thanks for reading!-Alan

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Making Your Garage Energy Efficient

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Wed, Jul 2, 2014

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Most people do what they can to make their homes energy-efficient. But do you ever think about the energy efficiency of your garage? Is it pleasant to work in your garage, or do you find yourself shivering from the cold? Does a portable heater help, or does the warm air just seem to disappear? Okay, that's it for the questions! Here are several simple things you can do to make your garage more energy-efficient and save some money on your energy bills at the same time.

Check for Leaks and Seal Them

I suggest you take a few minutes to run your hand around the edges of the windows as well as the door you use to enter your garage. If you feel air blowing on your fingers, it means you have some leaks! Sealing these leaks can help make your garage more energy-efficient. One idea is to apply weather-stripping around the border of your door and windows. After you finish your work, try putting your fingers near the door frame and windows again to see if you cut off the flow of air. Another place to look for leaks is where the wall meets the garage floor. You may want to caulk this area with a caulk gun if you feel air leaking into the structure. Be sure that you purchase enough caulk to complete the entire project.

Insulate Your Garage Door

An automatic garage door can be the source of a lot of leaks. If this is the case with your garage door, you may consider putting in insulation to prevent leaks. You can purchase an insulation kit that includes a roll of insulation, tape, and even gloves. Of course, I suggest you read all of the instructions before starting the project. Leaks can also occur around electrical outlets in your garage. Once again, try putting your hand near the outlet to test for a leak. If you do have leaks around your electrical outlets, you can put some insulation around the outlet to stop the flow of air. You can also buy insulated outlet covers to install in your garage. A light switch can also be the source of a leak. Insulation can help to stop a leak of that kind as well.

Maintain Your Garage Door

Take a close look at your garage door. A garage door should have a rubber strip covering its bottom edge. The rubber strip or seal is supposed to sit evenly on the garage floor when the door is closed. If you notice a gap between the floor and the bottom of the garage door, you know that air is entering the structure. An automatic garage door can be knocked out of alignment for any number of reasons. It's a wise idea to call a garage door repair person to get the door back into alignment and close the gap. If the garage door has windows, you may want to check them for leaks as well.

Whether you've turned your garage into an awesome man cave or it's just the place where you park your car, you can make it energy-efficient. Thanks for reading! - Alan

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9 Plant Suggestions to Grow on Your Pergola

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Sat, Jun 21, 2014

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When I look at a new pergola, I see dozens of creative possibilities. A well-built pergola deserves to be decorated with beautiful blooms. What's more, choosing the perfect plant is the fun part! Luckily, there are many types of plants that are ideal for growing on a pergola. Here are some ideas to kick-start your creativity.

Nine Suggestions for Plants to Grow On Your Pergola

  1. The Mandevilla Vine: The Mandevilla vine features flowers that will remind you of the tropics. Some of the most popular colors are white, pink, and deep red. Not surprisingly, this type of plant thrives in warmer climates. The Mandevilla vine grows quickly and needs a strong structure, making it a perfect choice for your pergola plant.
  2. Climbing Roses: This plant is a traditional favorite with many flower enthusiasts. The climbing rose is pliable, so it can grow fairly easily up the side and across the top of a pergola. Some lovely colors include dramatic yellow, light pink, deep red, and "Joseph's Coat," which is a combination of brightly colored blossoms. Keep in mind that these roses need to be pruned on a regular basis to ensure that there is fresh growth.
  3. Bougainvillea: If you're a fan of purples and pinks, bougainvillea may be the perfect option for your pergola. It can be trained to climb the posts of a pergola by planting it next to a large wooden stake. Use gardening tape to gently attach the vine to the stake. This will guide the plant as it grows. Once the bougainvillea vine reaches the top of the stake, carefully wind its end around a post of your pergola. It will know where to grow from there!
  4. Bower Vine: This plant features delicate white or pink flowers and loves the sunshine. They grow very quickly and can loop around the twists and turns of your pergola, bringing it to life!
  5. Clematis: Clematis is a popular choice for many pergola owners because it's available in different shades of pink and purple. Also, the fragrance of the plant differs depending on which type you choose. It can be found with small, delicate petals or large ones that will make your pergola the highlight of your backyard!
  6. Wisteria: Wisteria plants have a sweet fragrance that you can enjoy every time you sit beneath your pergola. Its blooms are an appealing pale purple. This plant loves to twirl itself around the corners and posts of a pergola.
  7. English Ivy: If you're a pergola owner who appreciates a gathering of classic green vines, English ivy might be the best choice for you. Don't be surprised if your English ivy grows as long as 50 feet! It's a hardy vine that's a great option if you're a beginner at decorating your pergola.
  8. Jasmine: I recommend this pergola plant to folks who appreciate a strong fragrance! The elegant white or pink blossoms of this plant need warmth to flourish. It needs very little maintenance with the exception of some minor pruning work. Jasmine helps to transform a pergola from a peaceful place to sit into a charming attraction in your yard.
  9. Red Passion Flower: A pergola bursting with red passion flower vines is a butterfly's paradise. This plant originates from the tropics and needs warmth to flourish. There's nothing subtle about the large red petals clinging to this vine. If you want to make sure your pergola stands out, the red passion flower is for you! Keep a close watch on your pergola because you're sure to get a few visits from some hummingbirds.

Have fun decorating your pergola with beautiful blooms! - Alan

Topics: decorating your pergola

Tips for Turning Your Garage into a Workshop

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Thu, Jun 12, 2014

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In this picture a customer turned a metal garage into a workshop

Setting up a workshop inside a garage appeals to many individuals for a variety of reasons. For one, you don't have to be an expert woodworker or a dedicated do-it-yourselfer to thoroughly enjoy a garage workshop. You may want a place where you can make simple repairs on household appliances. Or perhaps you want a workshop for building and painting birdhouses. A garage workshop can serve any number of purposes. In addition, a workshop in the garage is a great place to retire to when things get a little too noisy inside the house. This week's blog takes a look at how to turn your garage into a workshop.

Figure Out a Floor Plan

The first thing to do when creating a workshop is to measure the floor space in your garage. It's wise to know how much space you're working with before dividing the area into sections. Plan to put your workbench against a wall of the garage that has an electrical outlet. If you use an electric drill or another power tool, it's convenient to have an outlet within arm's reach. Make sure that you leave plenty of space to move around in front of your workbench. If you have a smaller garage, you may want to invest in a small workbench: Buying a workbench that is too big can overwhelm the space. You must also decide where you want to store your tools. Some people like to have a rolling tool chest so they can put it wherever they need it. Other people install cabinets above the workbench so all they have to do is reach up to get a screwdriver, wrench, or a hammer. Create an area for any other equipment you have, such as a table saw or a jig saw. In addition, there needs to be space set aside for a wet/dry vac, large garbage can, and wood storage rack (if you plan to work with wood). I suggest you make it your goal to set up a workshop that has everything you need including a lot of breathing room.

Work in the Light

Create a workshop that has plenty of light so you'll have no trouble working there at any time of the day or night. If you have cabinets over your workbench, you may want to install lighting beneath them. This allows you to work on repair projects that require you to see the smallest springs and screws inside an appliance. Some people go with battery-powered LED lights that can attach to the bottom of a cabinet. These simple lights require no professional installation. Chances are good that you already have overhead lighting in your garage that supplies you with even more light for whatever project you're working on.

Take a Seat

Choose a stool for your workbench that is made of solid material. Also, measure the height of the workbench so you can choose a stool that is neither too high nor too low. Ideally, you want a stool that allows you to sit comfortably for long periods of time. There are some stools available with an adjustable height mechanism. I suggest you get a stool with some padding and maybe even a backrest so you can lean back and admire your work.

Finally, take some extra time to plan the perfect garage workshop. Create a place that inspires you to be on the lookout for your next exciting project! Thanks for reading. - Alan

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