Exterior Projects

The first thing everyone sees is the exterior of your home. Through landscape design, siding, roofing, decorative accents and other curb appeal, upgrade your exteriors with latest ideas from those who work in the home design industry. There are incredible new technologies and color theories that can add a brilliant new look to your home's exterior. The front of your home isn't the only thing that people look at. Backyards and gardens are just the beginning for your outdoor renovation project. You can create the perfect outdoor scene for parties, entertainment, family gatherings and barbecues. Hot tubs and swimming pools aren't the only way to add an exciting outdoor oasis. Whether you want to add an outdoor entertainment area, new landscape or even a greenhouse, your exterior projects can define how your exterior flows with your home and define you as a creator and designer.

One of the biggest DIY remodeling projects is a backyard deck. These wooden structures do not have to be so traditional. You can create decks from wrought iron, wood, and even glass. Decks are perfect for creating a flow from your interior to exterior, placing a hot tub, or a safe passage to an above ground pool. These structures are also amazing for picture perfect views. Decks can overlook lakes, pools, and beautifully landscaped gardens.

Changing an exterior is an intensive project. You have to provide for structural defects and weather damage. You also want to make sure that you are choosing durable furniture, ready to outlast constant sun and rain exposure. The typical outdoor areas can still require the help of an architect to plan and direct the outdoor space that you have to work with. You may also have to change your interiors to create a better flow throughout your home. For example, if you're adding a sunroom or screened porch area, you may want to tear down a wall to make it more open and provide space to install stairs. From green landscapes and hot tubs to flower gardens and luxurious pools, your exterior designs can really improve the value and beauty of your home.

Grey Water Systems

If you have been seeking a recycled solution for saving on water and sewer costs in your home, a grey water filter can be one of the most ideal ways to help you get started. In many cases, not everything that is drained from your home's water usage can go through the grey water system if it needs more filtering. There are some regulations that also govern how grey water can be filtered and reused, so you should consider checking with your local districts for codes on how to use your water. Having taken these considerations into mind, this type of water can be an ideal water source for irrigation systems in your household.

How It Works

Most grey water tends to come from washing machines. The water needs to run through a coarse filter to remove all of the fibers in the water initially. A mesh bag is clamped over the discharge hose. Afterward, a nylon hose can be secured to help. You will need to change this every few weeks. A 55-gallon drum with a 6-inch layer of stone topped with a weed mat at the bottom, as well as a 10-inch layer of sand and a 1-inch layer of gravel is important; this helps to funnel and filter the water. When the water has been filtered inside the drum, it can be used to water your lawn.

Rules for Consideration

You should try to avoid any contact with grey water. You can use the grey water for activities such as composting, gardening, and landscape irrigation. However, you do not want the water to run off of your property. If you are planning to irrigate a vegetable garden for consumption, then you should not use any grey water; instead, you should use a clean water source. Grey water should only be used where groundwater is at least five feet from below the surface. Additionally, you will have to cover, seal, and secure any storage tanks to restrict grey water access from insects and small rodents.

A Few Guidelines

Residents must adhere to any guidelines for reclaimed water types and purchase a Reclaimed Water Type 1 General Permit in some situations. You should follow the "13 Best Management Practices" -- some of these have been explained previously, but you can read a complete list by searching for the information online. These practices were created to protect against poor grey water practices and improve public health during usage within affected areas.

Ultimately, if you are interested in developing another source of water for your home, using grey water may be an ideal option. Depending on what your planned goals for the usage of this water may be, you should ensure that gray water can be used in the areas where you need it the most around your property. However, keep in mind that using this type of water improperly can not only put yourself, but loved ones at risk. As long as you abide by the 13 practices for grey water usage and educate yourself on the guidelines for your region, you should not have any difficulty with making use of this additional water source.