Composite Decking, the new Green

Do you have a wood deck or thinking of adding a deck to your home?  Keep in mind that maintaining a wood deck is a job in it of itself. Wood decking requires annual scrubbing, bleaching, and staining-not to mention having to replace the occasional board that has become rotted, warped, or splintered. Composite decking has become a popular alternative due to its minimal maintenance requirements.

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Composite decking entry way

Considering a composite deck for your home? This is what you need to know:
When it first became available in the 1990’s, composite decking came with a higher price tag and an extremely limited color range (which was comprised primarily of grays). As technologies advanced, manufacturers were able to create a durable product that closely resembled the look of real wood. They were able to replicate the look of cherry, walnut, and beyond.

Most composite decks are made from sawdust, plastic bags, and used plastic milk jugs. They are an excellent use of recycled material. Not only is this good for the environment, it also allows the decking to last longer in the elements than wood decks. Wood decks commonly rot, mold, and splinter. Luckily, composite decks aren’t prone to these issues. A composite deck may experience the occasional surface mold or discoloration, this can be easily taken care of with a household cleaner and brush.

One of the main reasons why many homeowners end up choosing composite for their decking material of choice is due to its minimal upkeep. Not only do wood decks have a tendency to splinter or rot, they also require the addition of pesticides and metals during the pressure treating process. While this aids in pest prevention, it is harmful for the environment and can be dangerous to children and animals as it deteriorates over time. Composite doesn’t require these harmful additives since it is naturally resistant to insects, mold, and decay.

So, if  you are tired of the constant upkeep of your current wood deck then consider composite decking, it is worth the investment!  Give Adams Design Construction a call, (608-241-9009) we’d love to help you with your new composite decking!  Your home will love you for it.

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Layered Lighting Inside Your Home

Illuminating a home is more than buying light fixtures. You have to consider several layers of lighting to create a beautiful living space. Know about layered lighting and get ready to brighten up your home.

We always think of choosing the perfect colors for our home. We spend time in finding the right furniture style. But, one often forgets about lighting. Lighting is one of the most neglected aspects of a home. The right kind of lighting can make any living space beautiful and comfortable. It has the power to add sophistication, warmth and style to your home. But, lighting a room is not just buying pretty light fixtures. Just as you make a room beautiful with different layers of colors and textures; you have to create a beautiful combination of different layers of lighting. Layered lighting not only illuminates your home but also provides practical lighting solution for your accessories.

There are three basics when it comes to Layers of Lighting. You have to combine ambient lighting, task lighting and accent lighting to create a beautiful amalgamation of lighting to accentuates your home.

  1. Ambient Lighting

Ambient lighting is the first lighting layer. Every room must have at least one source of ambient lighting. You cannot avoid it because it keeps you from getting your toe stubbed against a piece of furniture. By having adequate lighting, you ensure that you do not trip and fall. An electrician can create ambient lighting with the help of recessed lights, flush-mount fixtures, panels, large chandeliers, fans with lights, etc.

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Ambient Lighting

  1. Task Lighting

The purpose of ambient lighting is general illumination. But, it is insufficient as a light source for purposes that require more light. For example, activities such as reading, sewing, cooking, applying make-up, etc. require additional lighting. Usually, fixtures used for track lighting are visible. So, it is essential that you choose fixtures that match the theme of the room. You can ensure adequate light source with the help of pendant lighting, low-hanging track lighting, under cabinet lighting, bed-side lamps, bathroom vanity lights and so on.

  1. Accent Lighting

To add drama to a living space, you require accent lighting. You can use it to draw attention towards houseplants, paintings, or any other unique accessory in the room. If you have a beautiful sculpture, accent lighting can help you to highlight it. According to a general rule, accent lighting should be three times brighter than the general light source to create a focal point. An electrician can install a variety of wall scones, track lights, pendant lights, LED tape lights, etc. to emphasize a specific area in the room.

When you are thinking of layered lighting for a room, make a planned decision. First begin with the purpose of the room. Also, finalize furniture. Once you are done with it, think of the focal point the room. After you are sure of the layout, consider ambient lighting, and then focus on task lighting and accent lighting. Remember that there is no need to buy separate fixture for all the different types of lighting. For example, you can use a large chandelier for ambient lighting as well as accent lighting. Make sure that the electrician makes adequate use of dimmer switch to provide you with versatile lighting. Remember proper planning and apt combination of lighting can illuminate your home beautifully. And, as always, give Adams Design Construction a call 608-241-9009, we’re here to help.

Entry Lighting Ideas To Boost Your Home’s Curb Appeal

One of the easiest ways to spruce up your homes entry is with new lighting.

Imagine, as the sun begins to set, you turn on a front porch light to illuminate your home. While many of us just see this as a normal routine, leaving a light on is more than just illumination. It’s a welcoming sign for visitors and gives additional safety at night. With this in mind, why just settle for any old light? By upgrading your front porch light fixture, you’re adding curb appeal and creating a warm environment for guests. So, here are three ideas to consider:

HANGING PORCH LIGHTS

Nothing compares to the elegance of a hanging front porch light. This welcoming light illuminates a front porch and if hung properly, will draw all the attention to the front door entryway. Many hanging porch lights cast a wide range of light, so it likely will not need any companion lights. This is a great option for homeowners who truly want to make their front porch a focal point of their home.

OUTDOOR POST LIGHTS

Front Lighting, photo by Tom Kraeutler

Front Lighting, photo by Tom Kraeutler

Since it’s not attached to the home, outdoor porch lights have the freedom to go where you’d like, making them an extremely versatile option for the homeowner who is thinking out of the box. Many times, these lights are placed in the entryway to the porch. These come in many classic styles either with one bright light or multiple bulb options and they stand alone. A pro electrical contractor needs to be approached for its installation as the wiring can be complicated if you don’t already have a post light installed.

LANDSCAPE LIGHTS

These are not necessarily limited to the yard, but can be used to highlight areas of your home and entryway that you want to see at night. Consider a single landscape light to shine on a tree or feature of the home, illuminating the décor and giving light to the entryway. This lighting option is subtle than most and can work to subtly highlight your front porch.

ENDLESS POSSIBILITIES

In addition, you can opt for an array of other lighting options such as porch ceiling lights, home security lights, and wall lights. An upgrade or installation of front porch lighting can transform the look of your home, and adding exclusive lighting to the front porch will definitely help boost your homes curb appeal. Be sure to give Adams Design Construction a call first 608-241-9009, we’re here to help!