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New Cabana Construction

Notting Hill Design Build constructing a small pool cabana to mimic the owner’s Tudor Style home. This 6×9 space is very limited, and was previously a herb garden. Construction from footers and foundations to roofing with architectural shingles was done in only 3 days. The interior will be finished with tumbled marble and teak benches and shelves. From design to completion, the whole process took only three weeks. Contact us if you want to help prevent your kids from tracking water and wet towels through your home!

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Spring Checklist For Your Home

The cold winter days of January are now behind us. Check and make sure that your prepared for the rains this spring and the summer heat by following these simple tips.

  • Check for loose or leaky gutters. Improper drainage can lead to water in the basement or crawl space. Make sure downspouts drain away from the foundation and are clear and free of debris.
  • Low areas in the yard or next to the foundation should be filled with compacted soil. Spring rains can cause yard flooding, which can lead to foundation flooding and damage. Also, when water pools in these low areas in summer, it creates a breeding ground for insects.
  • Use a screwdriver to probe the wood trim around windows, doors, railings and decks. Make repairs now before the spring rains do more damage to the exposed wood.
  • From the ground, examine roof shingles to see if any were lost or damaged during winter. If your home has an older roof covering, you may want to start a budget for replacement. The summer sun can really damage roof shingles. Shingles that are cracked, buckled or loose or are missing granules need to be replaced. Flashing around plumbing vents, skylights and chimneys need to be checked and repaired by a qualified roofer.
  • Examine the exterior of the chimney for signs of damage. Have the flue cleaned and inspected by a certified chimney sweep.
  • Inspect concrete slabs for signs of cracks or movement. All exterior slabs except pool decks should drain away from the home’s foundation. Fill cracks with a concrete crack filler or silicone caulk. When weather permits, power-wash and then seal the concrete.
  • Remove firewood stored near the home. Firewood should be stored at least 18 inches off the ground at least 2 feet from the structure.
  • Check outside hose faucets for freeze damage. Turn the water on and place your thumb or finger over the opening. If you can stop the flow of water, it is likely the pipe inside the home is damaged and will need to be replaced. While you’re at it, check the garden hose for dry rot.
  • Have a qualified heating and cooling contractor clean and service the outside unit of the air conditioning system. Clean coils operate more efficiently, and an annual service call will keep the system working at peak performance levels. Change interior filters on a regular basis.
  • Check your gas- and battery-powered lawn equipment to make sure it is ready for summer use. Clean equipment and sharp cutting blades will make yard-work easier.
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Spring Clean Those House Plants

Keep an eye on the weather, but move those house plants outside for those nice 65 degree spring days. Dust and dirt can accumulate on the leaves affecting the plants ability to absorb sunlight and carbon dioxide.  To clean smooth-leaved plants, use a spray bottle of tepid water and wipe with a damp cloth if possible. For others I like to gently spray with my garden hose, let them soak up the sun for the day and then bring back inside.

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Spring Turf Preparation

Every lawn has dormant crabgrass seed in the soil and these seeds will germinate when soil temperatures rise. It is now time to consider the application of pre-emergent weed and crab grass materials to help control the emergence of these weeds. The pre-emergent should be on the lawn before the weeds begin to germinate. Since we have had a rather mild winter we are expecting an early and abundant crop of weeds.

As many of you are aware last season we battled significant issues with crabgrass and broadleaf weeds.  We will review the best needs for your lawn and work together to make certain that we do our very best to ensure your lawn is healthy during the upcoming season. Please be mindful that many yards amy need a series of treatments, not a single application, and a full program may be warranted to yield the results you seek.

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