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Putting a hot tub in the backyard is like having a spa at home. Is great reason to do it backyard landscaping redesign or improvement project. You can enjoy the relaxation almost anytime hot tub without the hassle of driving anywhere. However, hot tubs are not exactly the low-end budget, do it yourself type of home upgrade. Luckily, there might be a very good reason to make that project happen sooner than later on.

Of course, hot tubs add value to your home. Especially if it is installed along with a nice landscaping or garden design plan, any next homeowner would be happy to have one that is reliable and required low maintenance. To purchase and install a hot tub for home improvement could take a little financial planning. Unless, you were given the spa for free!

bullfrog_spas_logoBullFrog Spas is giving away a free spa with their patented JetPak Therapy System. The spa features their 100% wood-free durable construction, energy efficient operation systems and overall high quality production. That is over $3,000 in value, absolutely free.

To enter the competition, you can easily sign up at the competition page.

After you enter, be sure to share the competition with your family members. It could increase your chances of getting that backyard you always dreamed of. You can bet on your kids helping out right away for this one. Everyone would love a spa in the backyard.

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Simple Guide To Terrific Tableware Care

by Admin on November 14, 2014

Do you have beautiful tableware but never use it for fear of damaging it in the dishwasher or by polishing it incorrectly? This shouldn’t be an excuse for your carefully selected tableware to gather dust in storage. Instead, read our guide on how to properly care for your tableware so that it looks like new for years to come.

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Wash sterling silver in the dishwasher using only a small amount of detergent, and polish it using silver polish and a silver nitrate treated cloth. Careful- silver reacts to sulfur, which is found in rubber and wool, so keep that in mind when storing sterling silver.

Gold vermeil should be hand washed with mild soap, and instead of polishing it, dust it regularly with a dry cloth. Gold is a soft metal and scratches easily, so store gold vermeil in a soft-lined flatware case for protection. Gold plated flatware also requires hand washing, but it can be polished using general metal polish and a gold polishing cloth; gold plated flatware should also be stored to avoid scratching.

Silver plate is dishwasher safe and can be polished with silver polish and a silver nitrate treated cloth; avoid washing silver plate next to stainless steel in the dishwasher, because the metals will react and damage the silver. Stainless steel flatware is also dishwasher safe, but if you choose to hand wash it, don’t use hard-bristled brushes or scouring pads, which can wear away the chromium oxide film. Stainless steel polish will restore the flatware to its original shine.

For tableware, white porcelain and decal or under-glaze porcelain is safe for both dishwashers and microwaves, and these items don’t even require polishing. Hand painted and metallic porcelain, though, cannot be put in the dishwasher or the microwave. Hand painted porcelain doesn’t need polishing, and neither does gold-coated porcelain; silver-coated porcelain can be treated with silver polish and a silver nitrate treated cloth.

Glassware is generally dishwasher safe, unless it’s blown glass, and should be dried on the lowest setting to avoid spots. Crystal should be hand washed, unless your dishwasher has a crystal setting. Glass polished can be used on both glassware and crystal to remove the film that forms with regular washing.

Your tableware was meant to be used, and with these tableware care tips, you’ll be able to use it for years and still have it look as flawless as the day you bought it.

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How To Integrate Wheel Chair Accessibility Into Your Home

October 31, 2014

When you’re building your dream home, you probably aren’t thinking about making your home wheelchair accessible. However, if you want to stay in your home as you age, it pays to think ahead and make your home wheelchair accessible for the future. Here’s a list of modifications and home access products you should consider for […]

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Staining Concrete: How To Do It

September 23, 2014

Not everyone is enamored with the natural light gray/white color of concrete, especially when it comes to concrete floors in their home. Fortunately, it’s possible to give your concrete floor a completely different color and look by staining it. That way, you’ll still have the great durability and long life span of concrete but with […]

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5 Part Tile Style Interior Design Guide

September 4, 2014

There are so many different materials, patterns, and styles for tiles that your decorating options are essentially limitless. You can also bring tiles into pretty much any room in your house—from your stove’s backsplash to your bathroom’s walls—or use them to add character to an outdoor space like a patio. But with all the options […]

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Tips for Storing Just About Anything

July 29, 2014

It’s a truth universally acknowledged that you never realize just how much stuff you own until you have to pack it up and store it. Dealing with your stuff may seem like a daunting task when it comes time to move to a new home or transfer some of your household items to a storage […]

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Have a Quieter Home with Duette Blinds

June 5, 2014

There’s nothing better than having peace and quiet when you need it most. Relax in comfort with stunning Duette® energy saving window blinds, as they absorb up to 45% of unwanted noises. Whether it’s passing traffic, people talking loudly outside or even road works, the Duette® unique acoustic properties help to reduce the impact of […]

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Creating a Backyard Oasis for Summer Fun

June 4, 2014

School is out and the temperature is rising fast. Summer is here and it’s time to prepare for backyard parties and cookouts. Is your backyard ready? If not, do not panic, there is still time to make your backyard look fabulous before you host your first summer bash. Backyard landscaping can be very expensive and […]

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How Building Has Changed with Technology

May 13, 2014

As lifestyle demands change, technology changes with them. Technological advances have created innovative ways to reduce building costs, conserve energy and create healthier lifestyles. The building industry has creative software applications to manage building costs. Energy-efficient products conserve energy and save money. Recycled building materials and green products create a healthier living environment. Constantly evolving […]

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Designing For A Purpose: Security 101

April 11, 2014

Home security is a prime concern for homeowners in many parts of the country. However, security improvements can be complicated to install after the house is already built. When designing or remodeling a home, consider incorporating some of these elements into the design. Built-in Safe Burglars often look for small valuables such as cash, bonds, […]

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