Monday, May 8, 2017

What Can an Elevated Deck System Do for Your Home's Resale Value?

Are you looking for ways to raise the resale value of your home? You may want to look into the possibility of adding an elevated deck to your home. There are many reasons why such a deck will add a sizable amount to the resale value of your property. It's a comfort and convenience that many potential home buyers in the area are bound to be looking for. It's a guaranteed value adder that gives the person who buys your home an excellent view of the surrounding area, as well as a great place to relax, sunbathe, or barbecue during a friendly social party. An elevated deck is a crowd pleasing item.
When It Comes to Adding Value to Your Home, You Don't Have to Spend Much

One of the biggest fears that prevents people from making additions to their home has to do with spending too much money on the job. Many people worry that the amount of money they invest in a project, such as the addition of an elevated deck to their home, will be too much to justify it. But this is false. You can add a brand new elevated deck to your property for pennies on the dollar of what such a project used to cost. This is partly because of several key technological breakthroughs, but mostly because of the rise of competition due to a slew of businesses being located on the world wide web.

There's No Reason to Put Off a Major Home Renovation Project

There is no valid reason to avoid getting started today on a major home renovation project. An elevated deck will beautify your home and add a sizable amount of resale value. This is a project that not only makes your own home more desirable, but also helps to increase the average amount of the asking price for other homes in your neighborhood.

It's Time for You to Think Big and Get Your Resale Value Up to Speed 

When it comes to raising the asking price of your home, you have right to be skeptical about supposedly "worry free" solutions. After all, a home is something that costs much more than a disposable item, such as a dress or key chain. When you are looking for info that can really help raise your resale value, it's wise to proceed with caution. However, there are plenty of legitimate resources on the web that can offer solid advice that you can make use of. Feel free to click here in order to learn more about what an elevated deck system can do for the resale value of your home. 

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

The City of Bridges

Pittsburgh  is a city in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in the United States and has  a total population of 304,391, being the 63rd largest city in the United States.  Pittsburgh is  beautiful but a very busy city.  Driving around Pittsburgh is scary to me (well, I get scared even driving in our  small city, so, LOL).  It's hard to find a parking space  specially when you are  at the Strip district where a lot of vendors and shoppers are.
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Pittsburgh is well known as City of Bridges.  The Bridges of Pittsburgh play an important role in the city's transportation system. Without bridges, the Pittsburgh region would be a series of fragmented valleys, hillsides, river plains, and isolated communities.  According  to a study, Pittsburgh has 446 bridges, and with its proximity to three major rivers and countless hills and ravines.
We go to Pittsburgh when we want to buy some Asian  products.  We do not have an Asian store here in Weirton so we drive  there just to buy specific things that our local store here doesn't have.  Walmart has  some Asian products but not much.  They don't really have  Filipino goodies that  we normally want to have.
You have to know what's going on in Pittsburgh before driving there because if you get  stuck in  traffic, you are doomed, lol.  The worse time to drive  to Pittsburgh is when there is an event like a concert nearby because you will surely be in the middle of traffic.
My husband used to work in the federal building in Pittsburgh and he would always  leave for work early in the morning just so  he won't deal with the heavy traffic right around normal time when everybody drive to work.
My husband is a really good  driver, he is seasoned when it comes to it but just like me, his sense of direction is not that great so whenever we   would go  some place, we would always have our GPS.  We still get lost once in a while  even with GPS!  But it is always about the journey so we try to enjoy it as much as we can.
These photos aren't  beautiful but  all of these  were taken with a moving vehicle is  it kind of hard to  find a perfect shot.  I hope you enjoy some  parts of the City of Bridges.  Here are more  photos.

Merging into this traffic is a tricky thing, if you aren't decisive enough, you will end up missing your  intended  route.  Glad our chauffeur is always ion high alert  and never missed it.
As beautiful and busy as Pittsburgh is, I still look forward to returning to our  quite  and small city of Weirton. 

Monday, April 24, 2017

3 Underrated Cities You Should Visit in Australia

One of the greatest perks in life is being able to go places. Traveling with your family or friends can make you happy and live life to the fullest. Everyone deserves to rest and take a break from time to time, so make sure to spend this time wisely.

Since there are a lot of destinations to choose where to spend your vacation, you can consider the stunning country of Australia. It offers plenty of amazing attractions and thrilling activities to all, which you will surely enjoy. Your visit in this huge country will be full of fun, especially when you are with your loved ones. Nothing compares having the time to bond with the people you love, thus, make the most out of your break.

Apparently, Australia has various cities you can visit, depending on where you want to go. Aside from the popular ones, such as Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane, there are a number of underrated cities you can check out as well, including the following: 

In case you are looking for mountain ranges and natural landscapes, Tasmania is the perfect place for you. This city takes pride in its Cradle Mountain, which is one of the country's striking wilderness regions. Its capital, Hobart, offers world-class tourist spots and a combination of heritage charm and contemporary lifestyle. In fact, you can book a DriveNow car rental in Hobart and witness the exceptional beauty of the entire city without worrying anything about your transportation. You will have a great time exploring this piece of paradise at least once in your life.

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This capital city of Australia's Northern Territory is an ideal hub for visitors who want a calm retreat from the busy city life. It features tropical breezes and numerous guided tours for nature, culture, as well as adventure. You can go to the Mindil Beach, Crocosaurus Cove, or any local rainforests to make your visit more fun and exciting. Definitely, you will have something to do while here and each of you will have a great time.

Known as the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, Cairns has a lot to offer to visitors of all ages. It has a mild tropical weather and laid back atmosphere, which you can truly enjoy. If you are in search of outstanding food then head to the city's wide range of pubs, restaurants, and caf├ęs. Numerous pristine beaches are also present here for you to loosen up and bask in the sun. In addition, Cairns is a shopping haven, too. There are plenty of specialty stores and world-class shops around the city, where you can buy anything you want.

Ultimately, there is more to Australia than its famous cities and tourist attractions. These fringe places mentioned above will make your vacation more thrilling and one for the books as they are not known to many. Take these into consideration when planning your trip to Australia and it will absolutely be an adventure of a lifetime with your loved ones.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Water Can Cause Severe Damage to Your Home

Water damage is one of the worst types of damage a building can have. This is partly because the damage can be hidden for months and partly because water can seriously undermine the structure of the building. Whether it is from a leaky faucet, leaky roof or serious flooding, almost all excess water requires emergency water damage restoration.
Carpet damaged by water at Fort Magruder

Categories of Water

Water is divided into three main categories. Category One is potable, sanitary drinking water. Category Two is often called gray water and has a significant amount of contamination. Category Three is often called black water and is grossly unsanitary, usually with sewage and can cause serious illness. The reason all water damage requires emergency removal is that even Category One water can change into Category Three water if it stands for as little as 48 hours.


Mold is one of the worst side-effects of water damage. Even when the flooding recedes, the leak is repaired and the floor or walls dried, mold can still exist and grow. Water damage restoration is essential to detect hidden mold and remove it in such a way that it does not return. Professionals have the equipment to detect mold anywhere in your home or office, remove it and thoroughly dry the area. They can also restore your property if possible and discard any carpets or upholstery that cannot be cleaned.

The Process

Emergency services will arrive at your home within two hours of your call for help. If the flooding is from a leak, you should stop the water at the source and turn off or remove electrical devises from the area. The professionals will inspect the property, determine any safety issues with electric wires, quickly develop a drying plan and, if necessary, pump out the water. The area will be dried with equipment that extracts the moisture from deep in the floors, walls and ceilings. They may also check for mold growth, depending on how long the property has been wet.

Calling emergency damage restoration services for leaks and flooding is the most cost effective way to have a safe environment. When the dampness or flooding is removed as soon as it is discovered, there is a good chance you can avoid costly repairs and renovations. Whether it is an overflowing toilet or a flooded basement, water causes some of the most severe damage to a building. 

Friday, April 7, 2017

Travel Musicians

Watching the  singing TV show, "The Voice", I learn so many stories of different musicians.  The traveling musicians  intrigued me the most because it must  be great to travel and pursue your passion but  at the same time, it's hard because you are constantly on the road and  far from family and friends.  I wonder if they ever  shop online for their   music  instruments and  accessories needs since they are constantly on the go and can buy their  stuff in places they visit.   On another note, I love this    taylor 314ce, check it out at    They have so many selections of music instrument, some are cheap and some are very expensive, it all depends of the types and brands.

I can't wait  till we can do another road trip for this year.  One thing  that makes our road trip so enjoyable aside from the beautiful view is the music.  We would turn on the radio or  put our favorite music on cd and  we  would all sing along.  

Thursday, March 30, 2017

The Amish Way of Life: Inside the John S. Yoder Amish Home in Sugarcreek Ohio

Driving to the countryside of Ohio, it always reminds me of my childhood.  I grew up in a farm where my father  took care of a rice farm for years before  we moved to  my   mother's place in a coastal area.  Planting and harvesting  rice was part of  my childhood and I kind of miss it.  We didn't have toys growing up but the simplicity of life really taught me  important life  lessons that I still value  till this day.  
One of   our favorite   road trips in the summer is going to an Amish place in  Sugarcreek Ohio.  I admire their simple ways of living.  There is an old John S. Yoder Amish Home in  Sugarcreek that is  really worth visiting.  They  preserved this home  and made it into  an educational  place for non-Amish  people to see.
Amish people are well-known for building beautiful furniture that are  handcrafted with detail ...  They are used to living simply without the conveniences of modern technology.
All of these photos were taken inside that old house .  The old couple that was giving the tour of the house said that this w house was transferred  there in the farm.
This  lamp light  reminds me of the   lamp that we used to use  growing up.  We didn't have electric and we only use kerosene  lamps at night.  Our lamp wasn't as fancy as those of the Amish ones though, ours was just made of an empty jar with a piece of cloth that my  parents tore up from an old shirt and that  was it.
I have no clue  what this is but  it seem like a bath tub or something they use  for bathing.  I could be wrong though.
These iron pans  are the  healthiest pans to cook food with.  I remember my grandfather used to have these kinds.
 This rocking chair was built by hand.  The old man  explained to us  how  it was  made.

These two Amish  people are the sweetest.  They were  very   happy to see the kids.
The clippings on the top photo explained how  the move of this  house was done.
The moving contractor estimated the weight of this house  as 70 tons but as it weighed  on the highway patrol scales, it was actually 92 tons.
They used tons of mud and straws when they constructed this house in 1869, that is amazing.
I admire that Amish people  not only live simply but they  also use  plain dress which  makes  all of them kind of equal in a way.
I am not sure what the machine was on top but the one in the bottom I think  is their washing machine of sort.
You can visit this Yoder home  on Fridays and Saturdays  from 12 to 5 pm.  We always go to Sugarcreek on weekend but we have only been to this house once.
See the foundation?  It's made of  mud.
My  son was pretty amazed of all the old tools  that we've seen there.  It reminds him of the tools that we've seen in the Wellsburg Museum.
This old sewing machine reminds me of the sewing maching=e that my maternal grandma used to have in her house.  This is the  type of sw=ewing machine that I learned to use in high school.  I like that kind of  of sewing machine as you get to exercise your feet when you use it as you have to pedal it to run.
I am not sure if this is a weaving tool but a similar tool like this  was used in the Philippines as well in weaving the abaca bark.
Exploring this place  was an exciting experience for me, I can relate to the simplicity of living that  Amish have.  The only difference was, I rid carabao  and they ride horses lol.
Looking at the corn field makes me want to go back home and experience my childhood once again.  Once in a while, it is nice to bring the kids to this kind of  environment to let them see the  different way of life that they have in the city.  

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