August 2012

The Complete Modern Guide to Basement Waterproofing

A helpful home improvement book by Scott Gallawa

Water leaking into a home’s basement is a complicated problem having to do with the composition of  the soil around the home as well as the home’s construction. Solving it will require a little learning on the part of the homeowner. The dangers of water seepage in a basement generally fall into two categories: damage to the structure and the potential for the growth of mold and bacteria.  The Complete Modern Guide to Basement Waterproofing by Scott Gallawa attempts to solve all of the homeowner’s problems with regard to a wet basement.

The first question dealt with is why basements leak in the first place. Understanding the cause is crucial to being able to solve it. The author points out that this is often due to the type of soil on which houses are built. The weight of water and the type of soil, combined with hydrostatic pressure are often to be blamed for water seepage. 

Small Space Organizing: A Room-by-Room Guide to Maximizing Your Space

A home improvement book by Kathryn Bechen.

 

What the homeowner needs to maintain an organized and clutter-free life is not necessarily more space. The same efficiency and tidiness that most people want will not necessarily come from having a larger living space, but can come from making the best use of the space they have. Most people will never live in a mansion, but they can have organized and spacious homes with the help of Small Space Organizing: A Room-by-Room Guide to Maximizing Your Space by Kathryn Bechen.

In her introduction, the author directs the book squarely at those who live in small dwellings like apartments and cottages. She points out the benefits of living in a small home as opposed to “McMansion;” those benefits include eliminating the cost of cleaning and maintaining a large house. In other words, while these homes may look good, they may not improve the quality of life for those who live in them.

Ridiculously Simple Furniture Projects: Great Looking Furniture Anyone Can Build

A home project book by Spike Carlsen

 

One of the most basic places to start learning about hand tools and how to use them is with wood work. For those who have thought about doing more repair projects around the house, or even building something with their own hands, carpentry is an excellent form of craftsmanship to take up. The tools are usually easy to find and can be very affordable, the materials are also often very inexpensive.

The problem is often to find that perfect beginner’s project that is simple enough to accomplish with limited ability, but that also results in a quality item. Ridiculously Simple Furniture Projects: Great Looking Furniture Anyone Can Build by Spike Carlsen, attempts to solve that problem. It includes a variety of different projects that are both simple and yet can produce functional, good-looking craftwork.

The Naturally Clean Home: 150 Super-Easy Herbal Formulas for Green Cleaning

One of the supposed benefits of using chemicals to clean a home is their supposed superior effectiveness. What if there are equally effective ways to clean without having to use potentially toxic products? According to Karyn Siegel-Maier, the author of The Naturally Clean Home: 150 Super-Easy Herbal Formulas for Green Cleaning, there are.

Her point is that a homeowner can clean everything they have in their home, using only homemade natural ingredients. These natural cleaning products are not complicated to make. As she points out early on in the book, even commercial cleaning products recognize the value of essential oils when it comes to cleaning. Think of all the products out there that advertise the fact that they have citrus oils as one of their main ingredients.