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A Flower Garden of Your Own

I absolutely adore flower gardens. Whenever I want to relax and view nature in one of its most beautiful forms, I sit in or near a flower garden. Smelling the aromatic fragrances of roses always instantly improves my mood. Do you have a flower garden on your property? If you don’t currently have a flower garden, consider starting one this summer. If your knowledge about flowers is limited, visiting a local home and garden center is a great idea. An expert at this kind of business establishment can help you pick the varieties of flowers that grow best in your part of the country. On this blog, I hope you will discover the easiest types of flowers to grow in a backyard flower garden. Enjoy!


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Three Things That Will Probably Need Updating When You Buy A Pre-WWII Home

by Amelia Sutton

There are many old houses out there, each with their own histories and personal charms. You may be drawn to them, reveling in the idea of something that was built around this or that era. Perhaps you even bought a home that was built circa 1940-something. While more recent owners may have made some updates on the electrical and plumbing, there will no doubt still be some projects for you to do to make this house your own. Here are three things that most homeowners of pre-WWII homes find that they need to update when they have purchased a home from this era.

Kitchen Cabinets

Taking 1940's kitchen cabinets to modern cabinets is always at the top of the project list in these homes. A lot of times, it is not just the cabinet facings or hardware that is old; the entire cabinet framing and the way they are installed is really old as well. Problems with insects and dry or wet rot as a result of really old wood present themselves. (Think about it; the wood is now eighty-plus years old!) Thankfully, it is easy enough to rip out all of the old cabinets on your own and even easier to choose preassembled or ready-to-assemble modern cabinets to install. You can either install the new cabinets yourself or hire a contractor to do it for you.


Usually, the sinks, toilets, and showers in older homes are quite a sight. The toilets may have bizarre etching or staining in the bottoms of the bowls. The sinks may be so old that their exposed plumbing or cabinetry is true to the original period. Showers and tubs may be too small. A complete overhaul of any bathrooms in the home is probably long overdue, especially if you are staring pink or blue tiles in the face around the tub and on the bathroom floor. 

Heating System

A lot of homes from this era used boilers or fossil fuel burning stoves to warm the home. While it is far less likely that you bought a pre-WWII home with a wood or coal stove still in the basement and more likely that you have a very old boiler, this is one area you will definitely want to update. Most heating appliances should be replaced every one to two decades, regardless of their age or their ability to keep working as they have before.