Easy Create A Gutter Garden Tips

Creating your own gutter garden is a great way to re-purpose worn out gutters to create a beautiful garden within a limited amount of space. Gutter gardens have been growing in popularity as city dwellers search for new ways to bring plants into their backyard. The best news is that this DIY project won’t cost you a ton of money and it’s a great way to take advantage of vertical spaces by securing your gutters vertically on a trellis or fence.

Whether you choose to fill your gutters with flowers, or edibles like strawberries and herbs, a gutter garden is sure to be a great addition to your patio, deck or backyard. Let’s get started!

Materials You’ll Need:

  • Gutters cut into equal sections
  • Gutter end caps (both right and left end caps!)
  • PVC glue
  • Mounting brackets and screws
  • Handsaw
  • Electric drill and drill bit, screw
  • Potting soil, flowers, and edibles of your choice.

 

Steps to Take:

  1. Clean out your gutters and clear them of any grime, dirt and flaking shingles. If you think that your gutters were painted with lead paint, do not use them as a planter for any edibles.
  2. Cut your gutters into equal sections using a handsaw.
  3. Glue your end caps on the right and left sides of your gutter.
  4. Drill a series of small holes down the length of the gutter. This will allow water to drain.
  5. Repaint the gutters. If you prefer the weathered look, feel free to skip this step. We think that adding a fresh coat of paint adds character to your project. If you are painting your gutter, apply a plastic primer beforehand. This will help the paint stick to the PVC gutter. You may need to give your gutters two coats of paint in order to really seal the deal.
  6. Select a suitable hanging spot (see below).
  7. Wherever you choose to put your gutter garden, make sure there is ample sunlight!
  8. Mark space for your brackets. We suggest using two brackets per channel. If you are arranging your gutters vertically, leave at least a foot between each row to allow your gardens to grow and to ensure that there is ample sunlight hitting your flowers or edibles.
  9. Fasten the gutter garden to your selected area with mounting brackets and screws.

For a suitable hanging spot, consider:

  • Mounting the gutter garden to the side of your deck.
  • Hanging gutters vertically on a fence or trellis.
  • Using your gutter garden as a window planter.
  • Attaching the gutters to the side of your home.

The Finishing Touches on Your Gutter Garden

Fill your gutters with potting mix just below the lip. We suggest filling your gutter with the lightest soil you can find. If you are concerned about moisture retention, add a bit of peat moss too.

Consider adding plants that give a burst of color to your backyard. If you can grow it in a 4” pot, you are most likely able to plant it in your gutter garden since it’s a shallow area. Here are some plants to consider:

  • Lettuce, salad greens and spinach
  • Radish and other small root vegetables
  • Strawberries and other small fruit
  • A variety of cacti
  • Herbs like mint, thyme, parsley and chives
  • Marigolds, violas and pansies

Your new gutter garden is sure to add charm to an otherwise uninteresting area! Thanks to their elevated existence, rabbits, bugs and other pests will stay out of your garden. And, remember to water your gutter garden regularly at the soil level!

How to Choose Right Roof For You

If you’re inside right now, reading and relaxing in a comfortable environment, you have a roof to thank for that. Not only does it keep you from the outdoor elements, but a stylish roof can add curb appeal to your home.

Don’t overlook what’s overhead. The overall look and feel of your home depends on the condition of your roof. If it’s aging or leaking, it might be time to replace and repair. There are many styles and types of roof you can upgrade to that will enhance your overall ROI. Here are a few roof types to help you decide what’s right for your home.

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Roof Installation Costs

Installing a new roof on a home is not a cheap endeavor, however, it is extremely important for the overall well-being of the home. A faulty roof can lead to lasting and expensive home damage that can otherwise be avoided, such as mold issues, staining and damage to walls and ceiling.  The average cost to install a roof is $6,364, but will largely be determined by the style, material, and size of the roof.

Shape & Size of Roof

If you’re planning on replacing or repairing, one of the first things you’ll need to do is determine the shape of roof you have. This will largely depend on the size and style of your home. Here are a few ideas of roof shape to get you started:

  • Flat Roofs: Less expensive but more difficult to maintain.
  • Gable: Triangular roof with sloping sides.
  • Gambrel or Barn: A sloping roof that looks more ridged and curved rather than triangular.
  • Hip: All four sides join to create a sloped roof.
  • Octagonal: An eight-sided roof that frames the round areas of the home.
  • Combination: A roof with two different shapes to meet the home’s shape.

Before determining the type of roofing material you’ll use, it’s best to know how much you’ll need first. It’s estimated that at least 10% of the material will be used for waste. To help plan, use our roofing calculator and estimator for your roofing project.

Types of Roofing Materials

There are many roofing materials to fit the style of your home. Flat roofs will require extra attention to materials, as the most important part is ensuring a water-tight seal for your home.

Roll Roofing

The least expensive and not very common option for roof material is roll roofing. This is generally used on roofs with a low slope pitch. As you can probably guess, this material comes as a roll and can be found in various colors. The biggest drawback to this type is the longevity, as it rarely lasts longer than 10 years. It’s also used as backup waterproofing under other materials or on flat roofs.

Asphalt Shingles

For many homeowners, asphalt shingles are a great choice. They are affordable for many and are easy to maintain. Asphalt shingles cost between $0.50 and $2 per square foot. There are many variations of asphalt shingles so you have plenty of options when it comes to finding an asphalt shingle style that best matches the look of your home.

Wood Shingles or Shakes

If you want to add a vintage look to your home, wood shakes are a great way to achieve that. If you live in an area that is prone to storms, wind and hail, this is a great option as it’s incredibly resilient to these factors. However, this style of roofing will need proper maintenance to avoid water damage. Wood shakes can cost between $5 and $8 per square foot, making it a bit more expensive than previous options. Also, be aware that this may increase homeowners insurance costs. Check with your insurance provider before installation.

Metal Roofs

As an energy-efficient option, metal roofs are making a comeback. They are durable and cost effective, due to the longevity of the roof itself. This is a roof with a ROI you don’t have to wait until you sell to see, as it helps also control the temperature in your house. However, it isn’t the cheapest option for initial installation with metal roofing costsbetween $7.50 and $10 per square foot.

House lighting tips

Holiday lighting installation is something many of us look forward to each and every year, but sadly, many homeowners run the risk of hurting themselves or their loved ones as they hang lights throughout the exterior of the home.

There are always safety precautions one should take before hanging holiday lights, but more so, a helpful guide, including tools needed and step-by-step instructions should always be referenced before attempting a new DIY project.

Continue reading to see all you have to know about installing Christmas and holiday lights.

Recommended Tools for Holiday Lighting Installation

Like any home improvement project, there are tools one needs to complete the project and tools one could use to make your lives easier. Below are all the tools you should consider purchasing (or borrowing) before you hang holiday lights.

  • Drill
  • Staple Gun
  • Hammer
  • Light Clips
  • Gutter Hooks
  • Extension Cords
  • Christmas or Holiday Lights (LED lights recommended)
  • Timers
  • Remote
  • Ladder

 

Tips on Lighting Materials

You can purchase many of these items at The Home Depot or any local hardware store. Before you go spending, make sure you take an accurate inventory of the materials you already own.

First, check out how many lights you own and the condition of each. If any are cracked, chipped or stray wires are present, throw those away as they present a safety concern while lit. Believe it or not, those lights can cause a fire. Also, before you get in the car, test your lights. Make sure you know exactly how many new lights you need to purchase.

While at the store, make sure you are purchasing outdoor lights. Indoor lights are not safe for the outdoor elements, such as rain or snow. They can also blow a fuse or start a fire.

You will most likely need multiple extension cords made for outdoor use. It’s a safer bet to go with a three-pronged extension cord, as they are safer outdoors. Also, make sure you plug them into a GFCI outlet. These types of outlets shut off when they detect a short circuit. You can even buy a GFCI to plug into a regular outlet. Either way, there should be weather protection around the outlet.

Next, and perhaps the most important piece of information I can give you, is to buy a very stable ladder. This is not a time to play acrobat and extend a reach you don’t have. Your ladder should extend at least six feet higher than the highest point of your lights.

How to Hang Christmas & Holiday Lights

As long as you follow the simple safety recommendations and precautions above, you should be able to hang your Christmas lights without any issues.

As time has evolved, more and more homeowners are moving away from staple guns and nails and instead, using light clips and gutter hooks. After all, roof repairs are not cheap, so you should always look to minimize the wear and tear on the most valuable part of the your home. If you do go with nails, make sure you attach them to fascia board.

Before heading up, make sure your ladder is firm and fully opened. To be safe, have friend at the bottom, holding the ladder in place. While it goes without saying, never place the ladder on ice or water.

If you are using hooks, now is the time to attach the gutter hooks. Do not try to carry all your lights and gutter hooks up the ladder at once. This is not a race. The gutter hooks should easily attach to the gutter. You should hear a snap once they are installed correctly. Once you have three to four feet of hooks attached, have your friend hand you the holiday lights and hang them from the hooks. Once again, do not rush. Conversely, if you are using light clips that attach to the roof, you can install those just as you did the gutter hooks.

Wall Decoration Tips

Decorating your home is a fun and yet, continuous process. Between painting, hanging frames and utilizing accessories, it’s important to make sure that no area is forgotten when it comes to the look of your space.

Everyone has that one wall in their home that they just don’t know what to do with. Maybe it’s partially covered or placed in a strange part of the room. Some homeowners don’t see large, blank walls as a clean slate to work with but rather something intimidating. The good news is that there are plenty of ideas to match your style and create a unique look for your room. Here’s 10 unique ideas you can use to decorate a large wall and turn it into a lovely focal point.

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1. Striped Accent Wall

For an easy fix to a large wall, consider creating a striped accent wall. This is a great DIY project that can transform the look of your room in just a weekend. You can choose colors that match your room’s décor and go either horizontally or vertically. To see how you can do this project yourself, read How To Paint Striped Walls.

2. Gallery Wall

Do you have a lot of artwork or photos you’re not sure what to do with? Turn them into the perfect decorative element by hanging them as a gallery wall. There are so many options when it comes to styling your gallery. You can choose photos and frames that match, for a sleek and modern look. Or, mix it up to create a chic look. Remember to always plan out your wall before beginning to hang any frames, so you don’t make any permanent errors on the actual wall.

3. Mirror, Mirror

If you have a blank wall, it’s likely windowless. If you long for a bit lighter in your room, turn your windowless wall into one full of mirrors. One option is to cover the entire wall with flat mirrors or section them off to give the appearance of a window. You could also use the gallery wall technique to hang a variety of different mirrors to change up the look. Any option you choose will not only add to the décor of the room, but also add additional light.

4. Shelving That Pops

There are so many unique shelving options today that they can be their own wall art. Triangle shelves are a unique way to decorate your wall, and for an extra touch, you can back them with fabric to add a pop of color. Floating shelves gives you the look without all the additional bulky hardware and can be arranged in whatever way meets your needs. Move them one after another to create a ladder effect, or square them off to create unique cubby shelves.