Don’t DIY – Leave these for the Pros

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In today’s world, DIY is everything. From fixer-uppers to small home projects, everyone likes the feeling of accomplishment that comes from completing a DIY project. But be careful. Sometimes hiring a professional is still the best option. Here are 10 common DIY projects that you should leave to the pros.   1.Fixing the Roof While replacing a few shingles on …

Community Gardens

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Grow Your Own Produce Community Gardens allows you to eat fresh, seasonal, and local produce. It is a wonderful way to stay healthy and support your community. Participating in Community Gardens is an entertaining way to meet new people and grow some delicious veggies, herbs, and fruits that your whole family will enjoy. Here are a few of our favorite …

Build Your Own DIY Firepit

Build Your Own DIY Firepit

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Sure, it’s fall. There’s a chill in the air, and that grill doesn’t have same appeal it did in July or August. But we do live in Southern California, and outdoor living doesn’t have to end when the leaves start to drift from the trees. Not ready for the backyard party to stop? Neither are we! Fall is the perfect …

4 Ways to Avoid DIY Mistakes

4 Ways To Avoid DIY Mistakes

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New backsplash? You’ve done it. Upgrading a faucet? No problem. You’re a DIY master. But what about that electrical issue? Or fixing a leaky roof? Even though you (and your BFF, YouTube) have pulled off many DIY projects, you know there are projects you’ve no business trying on your own. But what about those projects that fall somewhere in between …


5 Websites for DIY Inspiration

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Online Inspiration for DIY Projects It’s easy to get caught up dreaming of home improvement projects when looking at Pinterest or Houzz. There are so many beautiful rooms and gorgeous yards. But not all of us have unlimited budgets at our disposal and contractors at our beck and call. If you’re interested in rolling up your sleeves and taking a …


Painting Hacks That Will Make You Look Like A Pro

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A DIY painting job doesn’t have to equal crooked lines, besmirched floors, and ceramic sinks speckled with robin’s egg blue.Use these simple painting tips and tricks from the pros to make the process faster and less messy — and ensure a gorgeous end result. 1. Soak Brushes in Fabric Softener to Keep Bristles Soft Every DIY painter has been privy …

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Fall Home Repairs To Watch For

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Homeownership is a year-round job just as much as a joy, and for many of us, fall home repairs are the ones that need to get in before the weather turns nasty. Many of these repairs to watch for can become worse with the progression of winter conditions, and while here in Southern California we don’t experience the snowstorms and …

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Helping Your California Yard Beat the Heat

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Late summer is upon us, and for most of Southern California, that means more sun and heat where our neighbors elsewhere in the country will begin to feel autumn creeping up. On one hand, great! We like our long summers in California to go to the beach, enjoy our pools, and cool down in the evening on porches and other …

Father’s Day BBQ

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DIY Backyard Party Father’s Day is June 21st and the perfect day to entertain in the backyard. Even if you do not have an “outdoor kitchen,” moving the party outdoors is easier than you think. Create a functional and fun space for family friends with these five simple ideas. Dividers Create designated spaces. Rugs and easily define space and create …