Tuesday, October 27 2015
Remember 1997’s El Niño? Its conditions could be repeated this season; get prepared!
If you’ve lived in California for a while, you may remember a particularly rainy winter in 1997. For some people, memories of that season go well beyond just precipitation. Record breaking rainfall, large waves and mudslides wreaked major havoc costing California home owners millions in repairs.
Now, climate models and natural phenomena hint that a similar El Niño could be heading our way again this season. Are you ready? Use these tips for preparing your home and family for El Niño 2015.
Shore Up Your House. Heavy rainfall won’t pose too much danger to homes situated away from the coast, provided they’re properly maintained. Have your roof inspected, get out your caulking gun and patch up the seals of your home, install weather stripping and replace doors or windows as needed so your home can withstand the coming moisture.
Bolster Your Insurance Coverage. Did you know most homeowners’ insurance policies don’t offer coverage for flooding? You need a separate flood insurance policy—which will require 30 days to take effect—to protect your family against the financial burden a flood could cause.
Strengthen Your Evacuation Plans. Have an emergency kit ready with first aid supplies, food, water, flashlights, and other necessities so you can grab it and go should your area be evacuated. Also, map at least two routes out of town in case flooding blocks one.
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Tuesday, October 20 2015
Bring the fall season to your outdoor space with these fun patio decorating ideas.
Fall is here! If you live in California, you may not be feeling the seasons change just yet but that doesn’t mean you have to wait to welcome autumn to your outdoor spaces. Use these fall decorating ideas to get your patio and porch areas ready for the season.
Pumpkin Planter: Give your planters a seasonal feel that will require very little maintenance by swapping out your summer blooms for a fall look in a warm autumn palette. Nestle a pumpkin slightly smaller than the top of your planter in the soil, then surround with mums, calendulas and other fall flowers.
Lantern Love: With the winds autumn brings, you likely won’t be lighting any candles in your lanterns. Put them to a good alternative use by filling them instead with fall items like mini pumpkins (white ones are a great way to add interest and elegance to your patio), pinecones, squash or colorful fall leaves.
Creative Carving: Instead of your usual Jack O’ Lantern carving, give your pumpkin a professional look by using a dremel-type tool to get perfect circles and other shapes. With the differently sized rotary attachments, you can have more control with your design and create interesting patterns. Alternatively, you can paint your pumpkins with metallic or glow-in-the-dark paint. Stencil your family monogram for a classic, impactful motif. The bonus of painting, rather than carving, your pumpkins is that they will last longer and can be used as décor throughout the season!
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Tuesday, October 13 2015
Take advantage of the warm fall weather in California with these great events.
Although fall is well underway, California still continues to enjoy warm temperatures. Far from surprising, our state usually gets an enjoyable Indian summer.
If you’re hoping to take advantage of these last warm days, why not attend some of these great fall events?
Pumpkin Patches: Throughout our area, there are pumpkin patches popping up so you and your family can pick the perfect canvas for your Halloween carving. Underwood Family Farms in Moorpark is open to the public for pick-your-own produce all year round, but you won’t want to miss their great pumpkins, corn maze, wagon rides, and other seasonal celebrations this month! If you live in Northern California, don’t miss the Tolay Fall Fesitval near Petaluma for hayrides, games, a straw maze, a pumpkin seed spitting contest, and more!
Farmers’ Markets: Similarly, there are a lot of great farmers’ markets throughout California where you can bite into the flavors of our warm fall – literally! If you haven’t been to the Original Farmers' Market in Los Angeles, which opened in 1934, this is a great trip with the kids to learn about farm-fresh foods and take home some delicious souvenirs!! Alternatively, the Ferry Plaza Farmers' Market has been recognized as one of the top in the country, and San Francisco foodies love it for its organic-certified produce paired with delicious bites from local chefs.
Backyard Movie Party: Have fun in your own backyard while the weather allows! Barbecue a tasty meal, string up a sheet for a movie screen, throw down some cushions, pop some popcorn then gather your family and friends for dinner and a show!
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Tuesday, October 06 2015
What you need to know about the latest luxury home trend: Bi-Folding Patio Doors.
If you pick up a luxury home magazine, you won’t have to flip very many pages before you see a home that has opened up one (or more!) of its walls to the outside via large-scale patio doors. These types of patio doors give homeowners the opportunity to bring the outside in, taking advantage of a beautiful view, remarkable landscaping, and/or great weather.
Bi-Folding patio doors (Bi-Folds or accordion doors) have a unique design made up of individual glass door panels that are hinged together and slide on a track, stacking accordion style to completely open up the wall. This innovative configuration makes it possible for you to enjoy blending the indoor and outdoor spaces of your home and increase the usable square footage.
Choosing a Bi-Fold system with an odd number of doors gives you the convenience of a single door panel for easy everyday use when you just want to pop outside without opening up all the doors. Optional retractable screens provide protection from pests as well as giving you the added comfort of cool breezes (and energy costs savings!)
AG Millworks custom Bi-Folding door systems:
- Are manufactured and fully assembled by our expert staff to ensure you get a perfect fit
- Feature furniture-quality joinery and craftsmanship with a low V.O.C. factory prefinished
- Comes with all hardware factory-installed saving you time and money
- Are available in either all wood with 18 premium wood species from which you can choose, or wood/clad in five standard clad color options or custom clad color matching
- Are offered with optional retractable screens that are fully factory installed for ease of use
- Are produced in our California mill, established in 1986
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