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If you’ve had your eye on the outdoor living industry at all, you’ve no doubt seen a pergola or ten. A pergola, or a large arbor with enough room under it for a living space, is absolutely the newest and most popular garden structure used for defining outdoor living areas. But, if you’re feeling a little overwhelmed by the amount of Home and Garden magazines, television shows, blogs, and newspaper articles featuring a wide array of pergolas in different styles, types, materials, and uses; you’re not alone! You probably know that pergolas were once used as simply an extended arbor for vining all kinds of plants, flowers, and vines. And, of course, all pergolas can still be used in this way! But, you may
have noticed that many pergolas are going bare with no plans of growing vines soon. I suppose that as women’s fashion seems to be losing more and more “coverage” with each passing year, pergolas want to show some more skin as well. But, remember, a pergola sticking to its roots and covered in plants is certainly a fashionable structure! While pergolas are at the height of fashion, they certainly don’t box you in like many passing style
trends that can only be executed one way. Pergolas come in all sizes and in pine, cedar, vinyl, as well as several other materials. You can leave the beams exposed, or decorate them with vines. Plus, you can create a sitting area, dining area, pool area, or well, any kind of area underneath it! But, if you’re looking to create a pergola of your own, it’s important that it be a true reflection of your style and personality. The best place to design your entire project is at GazeboCreations.com that features a complete step-bystep customization process and
a live project advisor to guide you through the entire development, from design to installation! Vinyl pergolas need absolutely no maintenance, but don’t really lend the rustic feel of a Red Cedar or Pine pergola. Pine pergolas can be painted if you’re looking to truly personalize your design with expert artistic skills, while a stained red cedar pergola will have a natural luster that will wow you everyday. To get started on your pergola project, visit www.Fifthroom.com or call 1-888-293-2339.
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According to a survey on homeowner and homebuyer priorities, the ideal home readily adapts to a family’s changing room space requirements. For example, the addition, growth and departure of children or elderly relatives create significant demand for flexible floor plans. Make the most of your home and use Johnson Hardware’s ingenious Multi-Pass Pocket Door Hardware to optimize existing square footage. A home that is able to evolve with everchanging families has functionality at the forefront of its design. Johnson’s Multi-Pass Pocket Door application enables up to three 400 lb. doors to glide effortlessly into the inside of the wall. Since pocket doors do not swing open or closed, you can reclaim floor space consumed by traditional hinged doors. Make high traffic areas of your home more accessible with a large entryway that won’t inhibit wheelchairs, walkers or foot traffic. Whether it’s a play room for the kids or living quarters for an elderly relative, the pocket door bottom track can be recessed in the floor for easy navigation through the entryway. With standard Multi-Pass Pocket Door Hardware, you can create up to twelve foot wide doorways, or wider openings with longer custom tracks. Reveal large open areas when the pocket doors slide back inside the wall. Now you have an expansive
space for guests to socialize and mingle, an area perfect for family game night or a safe, open area for children to play. Pull the doors shut and the large space quickly transforms into two cozy and more private settings, such as an intimate home theatre to watch the latest movie or a comfy, peaceful nook to catch up on your reading. The Multi-Pass Pocket Door Hardware allows for a level of versatility that standard doors and entryways cannot mimic. Johnson’s Multi-Pass Pocket Door Hardware is manufactured for superior performance and strength with up to 16 gauge steel components. Pre-packaged tracks made for three-door applications. Custom track lengths up to 192” are also available. Offered in both residential and commercial grades, the 111MD is capable to support doors up to 150 lbs., the 100MD handles up to 200 lbs. doors, and the heavy-duty 200MD holds doors up to 400 lbs per individual door. To ensure jump proof operation, the hardware is available with heavy-duty extruded aluminum I-beam tracks with 4-wheel ball bearing hangers or aluminum box shape tracks with convex rails and three-wheel ball-bearing hangers. Manufactured and tested to exceed ANSI standards, all Johnson Hardware products are backed with a limited guarantee.
Many people think that primers are useful only when doing exterior painting, but that’s a mistaken notion. Like exterior primers, interior primers make surfaces more uniform and help paint adhere better, but they can do a lot more, according to Debbie Zimmer, paint and color expert at the Paint Quality Institute. “Interior primers can actually help prevent a host of problems and enhance the appearance of a finished paint job,” she says. “By choosing the right type of primer for a particular project, it’s even possible to pinpoint the performance benefits you’ll get.” Here’s a quick sampling of some of the more common types of interior primers and how they can help improve your next paint job:
STAIN-BLOCKING PRIMERS Walls and other interior surfaces often have water stains, smoke residue, grease, or other contaminants that can “bleed” right through a new coat of paint to ruin its appearance. To prevent that from happening, Zimmer advises applying a stain-blocking primer before painting to seal off the stain-producing agents. “These primers come in both latex and oil-based formulations, but latex stain blockers have much less odor, which is always a plus when working indoors,” she says.
VAPOR BARRIER PRIMERS These interior primers are typically used in bathrooms, kitchens and laundry rooms to help prevent moisture from passing through the walls. By doing so, they help keep the wall insulation dry and reduce the chance of an exterior paint failure due to moisture exiting the interior. Vapor barrier primers also help maintain a comfortable level of humidity inside the home during the heating season.
KITCHEN & BATH PRIMERS These coatings are often used in the same areas as vapor barrier primers, but they serve a different purpose. Specially formulated with biocides and stain blockers, they help control the growth of mildew and mold in rooms that tend to be damp or humid.
DRY WALL PRIMERS While these coatings are called primers, they really function as sealers, which are close cousins of the primer family. As the name indicates, they are applied over drywall and joint compound to
help conceal the differences in their appearance and impart a more uniform look to the completed paint job.
LATEX ENAMEL UNDER-COATERS These primers are excellent for use under semi-gloss or gloss paint to ensure that the paint will develop its maximum gloss. After applying a latex enamel under-coater and letting it dry, Zimmer says it’s important to lightly sand off any visible brush marks before applying the glossy paint.
BONDING PRIMERS When painting a slick material like glass, tile, Formica®, or vinyl-coated paneling, it is always wise to use a bonding primer. These primers are specially formulated to adhere to slippery surfaces and help create a more secure bond between the primer and paint. Even if you’re on a very tight budget, you shouldn’t fail to apply a primer when the circumstances call for one: the primer may actually save you money. That’s because you may need fewer coats of paint, especially on a previously unpainted surface. Likewise, if you are applying a dark-colored paint, you can often get away with fewer coats by applying a tinted primer beforehand. The net effect may very well be a more economical paint job For more information on interior paints, primers, and interior painting, visit the Paint Quality Institute blog at blog.paintquality.com or the Institute’s website at www.paintquality.com.