April showers bring May flowers, or so the saying goes. So, to piggyback on yesterday’s post on rain gutters, here’s a way to gussy them up with a rain chain instead of a downspout. Rain chains are called ‘kusari doi’ in Japanese and have been used for hundreds of years to deposit rain water into barrels for later household use. From traditional to modern, I’ve found 5 unique rain chains that are sure to brighten any wet, gloomy day.1.
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Our metal workers were on site to fabricate and install the gutters and downspouts. Most homes have aluminum gutters that are extruded out of a machine on the truck, end caps are applied with adhesive, they are nailed up and away you go. Copper is a different animal. It is expensive, heavy and must
Home Buying Moment: 5 Essential Tips for New Homeowners
As I was walking through our first-time home with our home inspector, he asked me if I’d ever owned a home before. I told him that this would be our first. He laughed uneasily and said, “Well this will be quite the first!” We were 26 years old and full of naive energy. Our first home was a 100-year-old Victorian that had been badly renovated by some over-ambitious DIYers before us. It had wall-to-wall soiled mauve carpet on all three levels, but in my mind’s eye I could envision the…