Spring Home Projects in Northern New England

 


Article by: Mark Donovan

As I sit on a plane in route from Chicago to Boston this evening, I realize I have been staring out into the dark abyss contemplating the arrival of spring. , Home Improvements - The Fun Stuff Spring , Log Home Design Specialist - 3 Places to Find Designers is a time of anticipation and renewed life. A time when the snow , Living Off the Grid; Is It for You? finally abates and the Robins return to rebuild their nests. And a time when Tulips , The Ten Essential Storage Principles Of An ExtraOrdinary Home and Daffodils emerge from the ground and bloom, if ever so briefly. It is also a time for the voracious Black Fly that we northern dwellers know only too well. For me, however, it is a time to shift into a higher gear; there are outdoor , Home Improvements - The Fun Stuff projects that have accumulated over the winter , Construction - Choosing The Right Architect months and there is traditional spring , Feng Shui: Water And The Cycle Of Life tasks that every homeowner is compelled to do.

There are two main questions I debate as I compile my spring , Introduction to Gazebos "To-Do"¬Ě list: What to do and when to do it?

As always with a non-vinyl sided house, , Where Did We Get Clocks From Anyway? there is painting. , TV Lamps - A Brief History Over the years, I have come to the conclusion it is best to paint , Living Off the Grid; Is It for You? a portion of the house , The Ten Essential Storage Principles Of An ExtraOrdinary Home each year; one year the clapboards, another year the trim, and maybe in the third year the shutters. I am sure the professional painter would beg to differ with my advice, , Home Improvement - Planning for an Addition but hey, not all of us can justify the professional painter every 3-5 years, nor can we dedicate an entire week or two of our spring , Bring Summer Into Your Bedroom painting the whole house. , Home Improvements - The Fun Stuff I have found it best to do the spring , Solar Energy Overview painting as soon as the whether gets above 50 degrees. Any sooner, it is too cold , Bathtub Refinishing Failure, Be Informed for the paint. , Pre-drawn House plans the Benefits and Styles Any later, and one has to contend with the other flying insect, the hornet.

Another important job, but not so large in effort, is preparing the lawn , Where Did We Get Clocks From Anyway? for the spring , Basic Information About Trash Can Liners rains. First there is the raking. Then there is the application of the first stage of the four-stage fertilizer process, you know, the one that halts the Crab grass , Whole House Water Filter System in July and August. Usually every other year there is the additional task of spreading the pest , Bathtub Refinishing Failure, Be Informed control to prevent grubs and moles. Based on product , Two Story Homes: More Bang For Your Buck recommendations and when I actually have time, I do these tasks in mid May.

For those of us with bountiful winter , Hot Water Heating Systems: Modern Conventional Boiler / Conventional Systems snowfalls, many of us have the unique task of fixing or replacing our mailboxes for hopefully the last time, or at least for the next 12 months. This is particularly an aggravating task as we spend much of the time doing it, cussing under our breath the snow , Bring Summer Into Your Bedroom plow operator that we know had pleasure wiping out our mailbox.

Then there is the garden. , How to Choose a Lighthouse Mailbox I am not sure why I still bother. Maybe it is due to a memory of my youth, when I spent two summers , Advantages of Satellite TV working on a farm. , Choosing The Right Window It may also be some innate desire to see something grow , TV Lamps - A Brief History from nothing, that I had a part in. I think it is the latter, but regardless, every April I go out and till, fertilizer and lime the soil, , Tips in Selecting the Right Kitchen Sink while I sacrifice my body to the Black flies. By May I begin to plant , Light Up Your Life the Peas, Carrots and Onions. By June I plant , Pressure Washers the Tomatoes, , Where Did We Get Clocks From Anyway? Peppers , NEW CONSTRUCTION WINDOWS OR REPLACEMENT WINDOWS? WHICH IS RIGHT FOR YOU? and Squash. And by July, I am at war with the local , Home Improvement - Planning for an Addition Wood Chuck.

Finally, there is the changing of the machine guards; storing the snow , Pre-drawn House plans the Benefits and Styles blower away and preparing the lawn , Hot Water Heating Systems: Modern Conventional Boiler / Conventional Systems mower, or in my case lawn , Construction - Choosing The Right Architect mowers. I have the sit-down one for the main course, and a push one for the dessert. As my father-in-law always insists, sharpen the blades before the start of the cutting season , Commercial Patio Furniture and then a couple of more times throughout the summer. , Trash Can And Waste Container Information Well, being non-retired, I am satisfied sharpening them once before the cutting season , TV Lamps - A Brief History begins and I have yet to see any ill side effects.

I see the lights , Tips in Selecting the Right Kitchen Sink of Boston approaching in the distance. My flight is almost over; however my spring , Pressure Washers list is nearly complete. I am sure I have missed a few items, but my wife will surely remind me. I look forward to the warmth of spring, , Planning Permission Tips UK - Loft Conversions in UK Properties - Do They Add Value? but as I look down at my list, I think, I'll just sit back and savor the final weeks of winter. , Whole House Water Filter System
Mark J. Donovan
me_donovan@comcast.net
http://www.homeadditionplus.com
http://www.homeaddition.blogspot.com

Over the past 20+ years I have been involved with Building homes , Architect or Building Designer - Who Do You Choose? and additions to homes. , Solar Energy Overview I have completed many projects that have included: building , Choosing The Right Window a Vacation Home, , WholeHouse Water Filters Family Room , Two Story Homes: More Bang For Your Buck Additions, and a Garage. , Living Off the Grid; Is It for You? I have also finished the upstairs on unfinished homes. , Solar Energy Overview My formal education and profession has been as an Electrical Engineer and Marketing Manager.

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