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The Many Benefits Of Custom Residential Steel Windows

There is nothing more appealing when it comes to home improvement than giving your house a brand new look, with a new set of windows. Window replacements are an ideal investment in a newly constructed or an existing home. They offer an array of benefits, which we are going to take a look at later on in this read, but there are options that you need to consider. Windows come in an array of sizes and types, which offer different degrees in terms of durability and resiliency. In this article, though, we shall be taking a closer look at custom residential steel windows, what they offer and why you should choose them for your next home improvement project.

The best thing about installing custom steel windows instead of premade ones is the fact that you have the option of choosing the design, the size, and style that will suit your house. The manufacturer and the builder as well, will check out your house, and discuss with you the ideal design and size of the steel frames that can be fitted in the house. All the manufacturer needs is the measurements of the windows and the design that you prefer to come up with steel windows that are custom made for your house. Through custom installation, you can easily achieve the appearance you were looking for and the value of your home will have increased significantly.

Did you know that custom steel windows offer added insulation?  Modern galvanized and thermally broken steel windows come with an insulated breaker or spacer in the steel frame which makes them over 50 percent better insulated than the conventional non-thermally split ones. The common steel windows have the steel frame going continuously from the inside to the outside of the window, whereas the modern ones have an insulation breaker. Ideally, they are comparable to wooden frames. With such custom made windows, it becomes easier to control your home’s temperature. Your home becomes even more comfortable, and you spend less on heating and cooling.

Steel is also durable and does not rust easily. Moreover, it can be easily crafted into any size you want. In addition to being durable, it is ideally pliable and can be made into any shape you wish, making it perfect for regular and accent windows as well. When you choose custom steel windows, you don’t have to compromise on beauty either.
Even though the steel windows are more expensive than wood window frames, they have excellent versatility, and they can be placed in almost every design, from traditional to contemporary.  

An investment in custom residential steel windows is one that will last for a long time. It helps increase the value of your home in addition to insulation and keeps your energy costs down.  When looking for manufacturers or suppliers to install steel windows, it is wise to check out the reviews of the companies and ensure that it has a satisfied client base. This will ensure that your investment is a true one.

Is Building a Custom Home More Possible Than You Think?

When it comes to dream homes, everyone’s vision of the perfect home is going to be different than everyone else’s opinion of an ideal home. Although most people will never get to live in their idea of a perfect home, a custom home builder can help make their dreams a reality. One caveat when talking about building a dream home. Most people will have to make some concessions when it comes building a dream home; however, a custom home builder can help you achieve your dream of the perfect home. Continue reading to learn the numerous benefits of building a custom home and what to look for in a custom home builder.

Custom Home Construction - House Frame

What are the Benefits of a Custom Built Home?

There are numerous benefits when it comes to building a custom home. For example, you will not have to try to search for the perfect home, you get to design it! Because everyone’s version of their dream home is different, the chances of finding the perfect house is minute. You may find homes that have many of the features you look for, but none will have the benefits of building your own custom home.

Another benefit of a custom home is you can save money. Oftentimes, building your own home will cost no more than purchasing a newly built home in a similar neighborhood. Building a custom built home is a great way to save money and get an amazing home.

Video credit: – Professional custom home builders based out of Orlando, FL.

What to Watch Out For

Although there are numerous benefits of building a custom built home, there are also several things to look out for. First, assume that the final cost of the home will be 10 percent higher than the quoted price. There may be issues that arise during construction that can increase the overall cost of the construction. For example, during construction, there may be problems with the foundation or construction permits that can increase the price of the home.

You also need to find a contractor that can complete  the project in a timely manner. It is important to realize that homes do not go up in a day. The concrete work must have time to cure, it takes time to install the plumbing and the electrical systems and finish out the interior.  There are so many pieces that go into completing a new home. If a builder suggests that your home can be completed in a matter of months only using a couple of workers, you should consider it a red flag. You want a custom home builder that has the staff and experience needed to complete your home within a reasonable amount of time.

Life is always better when you are living in your custom built dream home. By defining everything you want in a dream home will help the builder ensure you get the home of your dreams. There is no reason why you should settle on a home that is second-rate when you can have the home of your dreams.

Research to find a custom home builder who will get the job done right the first time. You will be rewarded with an amazing home that you will love for years to come.

Characteristics of a Strong Tattoo Artist

Tattoos have become more mainstream. Along with their popularity comes a rise in tattoo artists; people see the potential to make a lot of money by tapping into their creative side. However, too many people purchase tattoo equipment and start working on friends and family members; this is not a safe practice. Beyond that, these individuals usually do not establish a career in the field or advance enough in their skills to make it big in the business. Why is this? They do not take the time to educate themselves before they begin. If you want to be a tattoo artist and are willing to take the time necessary to learn what to do, the following characteristics are essential.

Tattooing a chestpiece

1. Interest and Skill

The word “artist” is in the name “tattoo artist” for a reason. It takes a special kind of skill to be able to put a tattoo on another person’s body (and to do it well). You also have to be invested in the process and interested in what you are doing if you want to find success. You must have an innate artistry to do well, too. Finally, you must practice. Having the skill required is not enough. You have to figure out how to apply that skill to actually drawing and inking tattoos.

Tattoo portrait on arm

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2. Flexibility

In order to become a well-known name in the field of tattoo artistry, you must be flexible. You cannot rigidly adhere to a certain way of doing things, but instead, you must be willing to try anything that comes your way. For example, there are cultural expectations that come along with tattooing that you need to find out about in order to find success and become known as a trend setter. There may be some educational requirements, and there is certain to be an apprenticeship requirement as well. In addition, you may find the job hunt a little daunting, so you need to be flexible in order to get started and get your foot in the door.

Advanced tattoo outlining

3. Perseverance

If you want to be involved in this field, it is important to remember never to give up. The career itself can be difficult; you have to figure out how to make your way and establish a place for yourself. If you do not have perseverance, you will not get very far. This applies both to when you are training to become a tattoo artist and when you actually are one. Your path may be challenging, but you can do it if you are committed to seeing things through and working in a job that you love.

4. A Discerning Eye

It is important to pay attention to what you are doing; this is a crucial skill when it comes to working with tattoos. Most tattoos require a number of details, and if you can keep them all straight, you will be more successful. Obviously, the design itself requires attention to detail. However, you also have to sketch out the design before you apply it. You have to come up with the color scheme and application. If you have a discerning eye, you will find that all of these tasks come much more easily to you.

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Adding a Nursery: How Temporary Walls Can Help

I lived in the Big Apple for a short time and you quickly start appreciating the bang for the buck that you get when you live somewhere else. It is not easy to find a great Manhattan apartment. As a result, when you are getting ready to expand your family, you may not be willing to give it up to find something bigger. There may not even be anything bigger available. In addition, you may not have the funds to secure a larger space.

sliding french door temporary room divider in NYC apartment - door closed

As a result, you may try to rework your current space to make it usable for your new family. Babies do not need a lot of room; they just need a small area to call their own. As a result, you do not have to upgrade your living quarters just yet. There is no reason to take on unnecessary debt if you can just work with what you have.

New parents typically want their little one to have an area that is outside of their bedroom. They still want to enjoy their private space, even with their expanding family. As a result, temporary wall partitions are often the best solution.

When you put up temporary walls, your home instantly feels bigger. Best of all, you do not have to pay any extra money in rent. Your bedroom is still your own, which is very important for new parents. The reason, though, that temporary wall systems are so important is that your landlord likely does not want you to make permanent changes to the space. Temporary walls let you set things up to your liking, but you have the ability to remove them when you decide to move.

Temporary room dividers are simple to put up and simple to take down. You do not want to remove any walls in your place; this is because you can’t be sure which ones are load-bearing. Load-bearing walls hold up the ceiling. With everything you have to take into consideration, temporary walls are your best option.

sliding french door temporary room divider in NYC apartment - door open

In addition, by putting up temporary walls, you do not have to move. This means that you do not have to get a more expensive place, one that will surely make it more difficult for you to afford all the things that you need for your new child. You may eventually have to move; however, you do not have to worry about that until some time in the future. For now, you can simply enjoy your new family, in the home that you have made for yourselves.

Do you already work on projects around the home? If so, putting up temporary walls will not be difficult for you. If you are worried, you can speak to a contractor about the process to get some advice. You will, of course, have to pay a little bit of money to get these walls set up. However, that cost is minimal compared to what a bigger apartment in New York City would cost you.

Some people are not comfortable with the process of putting up temporary walls. However, if this worries you, just look at what options are available to you. Search through the rental options and check on the price of larger apartments in the city. You are likely to realize that the cost is astronomical. As a result, you may then decide to tackle the project of putting up temporary walls.

A Little Monday Motivation From Allen Weinstein

This morning I found this wonderful quote from Allen Weinstein which really hit home so I thought I would share.

“The Worst Day of Your Life is a Welcome Substitute for Your Last Days”

Think about this quote for a second. I’m sure we can all recollect moments in our lives where we thought things simply couldn’t get any worse. We thought it was practically the end of our world. Whether it was a financial situation such as losing your job, a bad business deal, or your money being stolen. Whether it was a relationship situation such as a divorce, a bad break up, or loss of a loved one. Either way, I’m sure the pain that was felt inside was immense and at the moment it simply seemed like no matter what was said or done, nothing could have made you feel better. Now think about your present moment. Did you make it through that “worst day of your life”? In most cases we all did. And this is exactly what Allen Weinstein is referring to in this quote. I’ll let you listen to him for yourself…

It is important to not let our problems rule our life. We have full control of our outcomes. We just need to change our mindset, confront our issues head on, and truly believe that WE can overcome anything!

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Considering the Tesla Powerwall

Being that I live in sunny Florida, solar power is something that I have been considering adding to my house for a few years now. I have been hearing some pros and cons so I have not jumped the gun until I know it is 100% worth my investment. My electric bill is not outrageous, but the concept of solar power is something that has always intrigued me. Not to mention being more environmentally friendly is a big plus. Right?

Though I do live in the sunshine state, something that always made me wonder was what happens when there is not enough sun (sometimes it is overcast for days you know). The ideal scenario would be to have a system that was able to store the energy and have it available for use not matter rain or shine. This would most likely be using batteries as your storage medium, but prices have for the most part been extremely expensive and batteries lose their efficiency as time goes by.  As most of you have probably experienced at one point or another in your life, laptop and car batteries don’t last forever and eventually they are no longer able to hold their charge. So what would this mean? Would I have to buy a whole new set of batteries every  few years? So when you look at the big picture, would I really be saving any money?

tesla powerwall

Enter Elon Musk and his incredible electric technology advancements, and the near future might be looking a little brighter for battery powered homes. In case you missed the reveal of Tesla’s Powerwall early this year, you can watch the video below to see what I’m talking about…

Seems pretty awesome, right? I sure think so. Let’s see what further improvements 2016 will bring and maybe I might be closer to making the switch!




My Visit to Bulow Plantation Ruins in Flagler Beach, FL

This past weekend I went to visit some friends in Flagler Beach and felt like doing a little hiking while getting to see a little Flagler history at the same time. We decided to visit Bulow Plantation Ruins where the Bulow family grew sugar cane, rice, and cotton in the early 1800s. We pulled up to the entrance and we immediately knew we were in for a fun adventure. The actual road that takes you from the main road to the actual plantation was awesome (just recommend you don’t go in a car with race tires or else you might risk getting stuck – luckily we were in my friend’s SUV so the bit of sand was no big deal).

Once you make it to the actual plantation entrance they have an honor box where you pay the fees (only $4 per car) and you park your car. They had a nice picnic area and even rented canoes to go down the river. We immediately found the hiking trail and began our way towards the ruins. It was very nice and easy to navigate with tons of beautiful trees and plants I had never seen before.

Here are a few pics of the actual ruins.

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DIY Repair for Your Scratched and Guttered Rims

Beautiful rims take a beating after a few bumps and scratches that come along with everyday driving and parking your car near curbs. Here’s a cool video I found showing a few pointers on how you can give your rims a facelift and get them looking like new again. Best part, is that you can do this all on your own.

Unfortunately some rim damage is beyond fixing in your garage and will require you to take it to a professional. I personally hit a pot hole and caused a major dent to my front driver’s side wheel. The damage was so bad that the tire wasn’t even holding air anymore. Luckily I found a local wheel repair shop in Jacksonville that was able to get my rim not only functional again, but also looking like nothing even happened.


Apple Reveals to the World the New iPhone 6S

I don’t know about you guys, but I think this is a whole lot of hype. Yes, the 3D Touch feature looks cool, but definitely not running to the store to upgrade any time soon. Just don’t think the new features are worth it. Besides I just upgraded my iPhone about 6 months ago – we’re still in our romance stage, lol!

What do you guys think?


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