We recently took an extended shopping trip to the window dressing store, and spent most of the day trying to decide what we were going to buy to put into our new windows. We completed an addition to our home, and it opens up the kitchen and adds a whole new family room.

So there are a lot more windows that need to be covered and we want to get it right the first time so we don’t have to revisit this decision in the near future. In the end, I just insisted that we go with the best quality, the highest quality is always the best option and they are going to last longer than anything else.

For us and for our window sizes, that means Hunter Douglas blinds. There are many different versions of blinds, and many different brands and quality levels, but the Hunter Douglas ones are the best on the market, and they perfectly fit our requirements and needs for the new space.

It was apparent when we first walked in that not all of the blinds on sale or on offer were going to meet our needs. We wanted a specific style of blinds, one that would be really easy to use, very functional, and would also match the blinds in the rest of the house.

We didn’t need a perfect match, but we didn’t want something that was obviously different or that would clash in some way. We have Hunter Douglas blinds in other rooms in the house, and we love the easy way that they function, and we have never had a problem with them not working correctly for any reason.

We knew that this room would get a lot more use than our other rooms, especially since it is a part of the extended kitchen, and it really just flows from the kitchen into the new living room. There is a new deck outside the back doors, and so in going in and out of the house onto the deck, the doors will be opened and closed a lot, and the blinds are going to be raised and lowered quite a bit more than in other rooms where we already have the Hunter Douglas blinds.

So we needed to be sure we were getting really high quality so that it would last through all the increased wear and tear that is sure to happen in this space. After we looked through everything they had, and we tried out all the materials and all the samples, we decided to go with the updated version of the Hunter Douglas blinds that we already have in our home.

They are going to match, and they are more durable so they will handle all the additional use that we know is coming. And of course, they are going to match the rest of the room perfectly, and the rest of the house will almost match perfectly. The color is neutral, so it won’t be noticeable if they are off a bit.

The Plan Carefully when Building a Greenhouse


If you’re considering setting up a greenhouse on your property, make sure you do some planning before you get started. There’s a vast array of styles, sizes and price ranges when it comes to greenhouses. You could purchase a greenhouse kit, or build a greenhouse from the ground up. Regardless, you’ll have to think about some essential factors before you get started. Down the road, you will have saved a considerable amount of time.

Your first step is to carefully consider the best location for your new greenhouse. You might be lucky enough to have just the perfect flat parcel of land where you can build it. Or you might have to create a level patch of ground for it. Then there are your trees to think about. You need to locate your greenhouse away from large, overhanging trees so they don’t block the sun.

You also need to take into account some weather related issues, like how much sun you get and the climate conditions in your area. If you live further north, you’ll get plenty of sunlight in the summer months. You’ll get much less in the wintertime, however. If so, you’ll have to install a system for heating and lighting in your greenhouse. However, this will require an investment of both money and time.

Another consideration is the amount of heat and moisture that your climate produces. If your climate tends to be dry, an irrigation system will be necessary. The amount of rain you receive means you need to think about how to deal with drainage. Water and mud may have a tendency to pile up around the door and outside walls.

Even wind can be issue, when you think about how a strong gust entering a door or window could damage your plants. The windows and doors will need to be sheltered as much as possible from the wind.

You also need to think about what kind of foundation you’ll use. You can choose from a variety of materials, ranging from gravel to cement. Some people cover the floor with tile or carpet. But you need to consider how much time you’re willing to invest in cleaning it before you make your choice.

You don’t have to be a professional contractor in order to have a greenhouse on your property. But as you make your plans, you should attempt to think like one. That might be difficult if you’re more inclined to gardening than building. In the end, however, you’ll have a better greenhouse gardening experience if you plan carefully before you build.

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