As You Were: How To Preserve Neighborhood Continuity, But Build Your Dream Home

The option to have a home built to your precise specifications from the ground up opens up a whole new world. Whereas most people on the market are selecting from homes that are premade, being able to build a home means that you get just what you want. When you are dreaming up and building your brand new home, it is important that you remember that maintaining some sense of continuity in the neighborhood may be to you and your neighbors benefit. Here are some ways to have home builders construct the home you want and keep the neighborhood similar.  Go with the same amount of home stories If you are building a home in a neighborhood with ranch style houses, the last thing that you want to construct is a three story home with a turret. If you have your heart set on a particular plot in a particular neighborhood, make sure that your home has the same amount of stories as the rest of the houses. This means that the neighborhood will have continuity and that no one’s Continue Reading →

Solitary Student Housing: Co-Living As An Introvert

The notion of being social comes with the territory of college living. You’re expected to become besties with the roommates, attend a countless amount of parties, and network to establish life long connections. But this isn’t the ideal for the introvert who’s most comfortable being self-contained. Attending class with several people is pretty much unavoidable while at college, but living among two or more strangers may be somewhat overwhelming to a reserved individual. Consider these points to help make the transition to college living less of a force and more manageable for you. The Search Seek out apartment communities with single bedroom options. Those with on-suite bathrooms are a plus as they allow for even more personal, private space. Consider sharing living quarters with an acquaintance from high school or someone you’re familiar who understands your desire of being alone. Consult with the school’s student housing office regarding its roommate matching procedures. Are you enrolled in a program of study that appeals mostly to introverted people? If so, request to be roomed with others enrolled in your specific major or Continue Reading →

5 Ways To Naturally Control Termites

When it comes to termites, an ounce of prevention is worth several pounds of cure. However, you might not be comfortable with the various chemicals used in termite prevention. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to keep termites at bay using safe and natural materials. #1: Diatomaceous Earth Diatomaceous earth (or DE for short) is a very common and highly effective go-to for natural termite control. It’s a mildly abrasive powder that comes from the fossilized remains of diatoms, a common form of algae. Although it feels soft and crumbly to the average person, DE’s sharp, jagged edges can cut through a termite’s exoskeleton as it makes contact. DE also works as a desiccant, removing moisture from the termite until it dies from dehydration. #2: Orange Oil Concentrated orange oil can also help naturally control termites. Orange oil contains d-limonene, an active compound that’s capable of killing termites on contact. You can spray orange oil on wooden surfaces and other areas where termites are likely to either be present or be attracted to. However, multiple treatments are often needed to Continue Reading →