Spring Chores at the Cabin

Written by Elly Kendall

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Something I always do as part of my spring cleaning is bug control. Our local feed store sells a battery operated fly spray dispenser. Every spring and fall I change batteries and replacerepparttar canister as needed. We still have open range in parts of Arizona and whenrepparttar 118021 cattle come in they bring flies right along with them. I have foundrepparttar 118022 fly spray dispenser helps a great deal and it has a fresh scent as well. I have one by my front door and one byrepparttar 118023 back door which helps keep them out of my cabin. Spraying pest spray inside and out is a must. Hire a pest control company or do it yourself but do spray.

A very important part of my spring chores is outside! All dry material is hauled torepparttar 118024 dump. Keeping weeds, leaves, pine needles and grasses under control is very important to help keep your cabin safer against forest fires and helps keep snakes and small varmints away fromrepparttar 118025 cabin too. We also keep trees away fromrepparttar 118026 cabin forrepparttar 118027 same reason. This is also a good time to check allrepparttar 118028 fire extinguishers and have them recharged if necessary. Make sure your garden hose is in good shape and attached torepparttar 118029 outside spigot. Yes, I am forest fire paranoid! I have a log home with all wood heat inrepparttar 118030 middle ofrepparttar 118031 forest; fire safety is always on my mind.

My husband doesn't get out of spring chores either. Tuning uprepparttar 118032 chain saw, boat and quads are on his list as well as outside furniture cleaning andrepparttar 118033 grill but I keep finding him admiring his fishing poles. "Don't let spring fever sidetrack your chores, getrepparttar 118034 work out ofrepparttar 118035 way!" As I throw out my dusting cloth and bait up my hook ready for friends and family to enjoy spring at our cabin.

Elly Kendall resides in Arizona and is editor of Log Cabin Fever Gifts & Decor (http://cabinfevergifts.com). Any inquiries or questions about this article should be e-mailed to info@cabinfevergifts.com. Copyright © 2005 Log Cabin Fever Gifts All Rights Reserved.

An Affordable Shortcut To Designing Your Dream Home

Written by J. Terrence McDermott

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-Style of home (Colonial, Ranch, Mediterranean, Cape Cod, etc.) -Square footage -Number of bedrooms -Number of bathrooms -Garage -Type of foundation

While it is unlikely that a plan will be just what you were looking for (though you never know), you may find one that is generally suitable if some modifications can be made to match your specific requirements. For an additional fee,repparttar company will allow you to present written alterations torepparttar 118020 existing plan. These changes will then be presented to a staff architect who will incorporaterepparttar 118021 modifications as requested.

Common modifications include:

-Changingrepparttar 118022 foundation -Adding or enlarging a garage -Reconfiguring a bathroom or kitchen -Adding to or reducingrepparttar 118023 size of rooms

Typically, you can makerepparttar 118024 changes right onrepparttar 118025 house plan. Written explanations are requested along withrepparttar 118026 design to insure accuracy. The altered plans are then submitted and an estimate is prepared byrepparttar 118027 design firm and returned torepparttar 118028 customer. Once satisfied,repparttar 118029 customer will receive a complete set of blueprints to forward torepparttar 118030 builder.

While you may not be able to claim that you personally designed your own home, you will haverepparttar 118031 satisfaction of knowing thatrepparttar 118032 finished product has your personal touch. And you will be able to afford a few more amenities withrepparttar 118033 money you saved on an expensive architect.

About the author: J. Terrence McDermott is administrator and webmaster for House Plans Central a site featuring recommendations and resources for those seeking information about house plans and home designs. He can be reached at info@house-plans-central.com

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