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Home Buying Is Easier When You Know Your Remodeling Options

While I am not a professional contractor, I have a good friend who is. He often calls and tells me about his days and I have learned a lot about home renovations and remodeling options just listening to his stories. Knowing my home remodeling options greatly aided the shopping experience when I was ready to purchase my first home. I wanted to live in a location close to my family, and there were limited homes on the market in the area. However, due to knowing what changes could be made to an existing home, I was able to find a good house that I knew I could make great with just a few changes after I bought it. I was recently inspired to create a blog to share what I have learned about home renovations with anyone who would like to read it!


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How To Create A Great Outdoor Play Area For Kids

Do you have memories of times spent playing outdoors with your siblings and your friends? If you have decided to enhance your own yard with a play area for your own kids, here are some ideas that might inspire you to do something fun and unique. You might get some good ideas by visiting city parks and by checking out restaurants that have an outdoor play area for kids. Other good sources for ideas are gardening books, home decorating books and magazines.  

Enhance The Lawn Area - If you haven't already established a lawn, consider talking to somebody at your extension service. That individual will tell you which grasses and ground covers work best in your part of the country. One good thing to do would be to make a concrete border around this area, separating it from the rest of your yard. If you use ready-mix concrete the job will be relatively easy and the work will not take a long time to complete. This would be a great place for playing croquet or miniature golf. Next to that area, think about making a concrete island that will hold different sizes of plants which will become a miniature secret garden for fairies. For extra fun, another section could be planned to hold a pond for turtles or fish. Ready-mix concrete is also good material for making the base of the pond.

Add More Fun With A Planting Area - While you still have your concrete mixed, consider setting up a section for a flower bed and a vegetable garden, dividing them with an attractive concrete border that you pour yourself. The kids will not only have fun planting and tending the fruits and vegetables, but they'll learn along the way as they see that their hard work produces actual results.

Establish A Concrete Area - As you draw up the design for your outdoor play area, think about using the ready-mix concrete to establish a hard space where the kids can play games like hopscotch, Tic-tac-toe and where they can even use colored chalk to do art work that can easily be hosed off.  Contact a local outlet, such as Corey Co LLC, for further assistance.

The great part of ordering ready-mixed concrete is that it can be prepared at a central plant and then delivered to you on the day that you'll be doing your project. Of course, you can combine it with water and other additives and mix it yourself, but that form of concrete will set up faster, so be ready to do your work soon. 

Another good idea is to buy weatherproof storage shelves where balls, croquet sets and other sports equipment can be stored.