Swingset Installations for the Backyard

The best thing you can do for a kid is get them exercising and active.  Getting them out of the house is really hard nowadays, because of everyone’s obsession with gadgets, devices, etc.  One quick way to “fool” your kids into putting down the video games is to give them more exciting things to do outside.  One excellent example of how to do this, and preserve the look and feel of your backyard, is with a nice wooden swing set installation.

The decision to purchase a swingset/playset for your kids has a few different options to it. Knowing what fits in your yard is something only you can really do, so it’s up to you to make the decision.  Try visualizing it a bit, ask your kids what they think, as your neighbors maybe (they may have already bought one and discarded it, or went through the process of making the decision).

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You also have to decide whether you have the room.  If you don’t have enough room in the backyard, things can start to look really tight, and that throws off the feng-shui of things.  Secondly you have to make sure your backyard is very level.  If not, you may either need to get a really good professional to make sure the installation stays level (through the use of creative architecture/assembly) or you may even need to level the ground by putting in new top soil.  If these sound like too much for you it may not be the best option to get a swing set.

Finally you have to decide what type and how big your swing set will be.  They can come it all different sizes, shapes and materials, but I would recommend a medium sized cedar swing set.  The cedar has an excellent scent and looks very aesthetically pleasing.  All in all it is the best bet for maintain a decent design of your backyard setting, although it can get a little pricey.

Utilizing a company like Gorilla Playsets is one of the keys to getting the job done quickly.  They can provide you with options for swing set assembly, delivery and customizations.  Other examples are Backyard Adventures, which has extreme options for customization (I would get this if it was a really big backyard and I wanted to go all out).

Using a great swingset installation company will also make a ton of different.  A professional one that has a ton of experience will put something together perfectly, while a shabby one that is just doing it on the side might screw up your 1200 dollar playset, and you really, really don’t want that.

So after taking all those things into account, you may just have the options for putting together an excellent, well designed, well fit, easy-on-the-eye swing set (that your kids might actually enjoy too).  I hope you do, because it really does give the kids something to do, and it gets them out of the house (and my hair) for a few hours a day.

Saving Space at Home with Stackable Washer/Dryer Units

One of the biggest complaints I here from new home owners or renters is that they don’t have enough space.  This is especially true in the big cities where space is costly and priced at a premium.  Tips for saving space are numerous, including building more shelves, creative spaces for cabinets, fold in couches and beds, just to name a few.  Today we will talk about one such idea for saving space in a smaller home, the stackable washer and dryer.  The stacked washer/dryer unit is convenient because it builds up vertically (just like most compact cities and urban centers) so it doesn’t take up as much horizontal space.  Building up vertically is a principle you can us all throughout your home to make more space.  This simply takes the principle and applies it your home appliances.  The same goes with counter-top dishwashers, modular shelving units, among many other things.

This is a key component of its advantages, but there are some other key advantages which we will discuss below.

Advantage #1 – Large Capacity but Less space

As mentioned before, the key advantage to the stacked washer dryer is that they take up less space, but you don’t have to sacrifice load capacity either.  Many brands now carry a large capacity stackable washer dryer which can fit in most regularly sized closets or can get tucked away in the corner of a basement or spare bedroom, but still have high capacity load capabilities for your larger laundry loads.  This is great for a budding family or for doing larger loads, less often (a great way to save energy, by the way).

Advantage #2 – Front Loading

All stackable units have to be front loading (otherwise how would you open the unit to put the clothes in?).  Front loading washers and dryers have there own unique advantages that put them ahead of the pack from regular, top loading washer/dryers.

Firstly they use less water.  This is because they don’t have to fill all the way to the top to saturate all the clothes.  They only have to go about 1/2 way.  This saves you energy and water costs, as well as being better for the environment.  It also cuts down tremendously on the time each load takes (you don’t have to wait those intermittent minutes while the machine fills and flushes out the water).

Secondly they require less repairs over time.  The average washing machine lasts about 4-5 years while a front loader can last anywhere from 6 to 8.  This is crucial when considering the average lifetime costs of such an appliance, which is usually the most expensive household appliance a home contains.

Advantage #3 – Energy Costs

Because they are front loading and more efficient with their load capacity, stackable washers and dryers are much more energy efficient.  You will end up saving a ton of money in the long run just off energy bills alone (here is an extra tip, don’t use hot water all the time, you probably don’t need it).  Make sure your brand comes EnergyStar certified (most all do nowadays anyway), and make sure your capacity is suitable to your lifestyle needs.

Here are some tips about energy conservation that you might find useful:

We hope this has been really helpful for you. Come back next time for more helpful household tips!