Home Renovation Tips

Whether you are updating your living room furniture or tearing down an entire wall in your home, there are important home renovation tips you should consider before beginning your project.

Home Remodeling

It’s easy to focus on the exciting aspects of home renovation -shopping for new furniture and appliances, picking out new paint colors- only to overlook some crucial details that created a major headache and a not-so-pleasant experience. If you’ve recently looked around your home and decided you are long overdue for a minor (or major) makeover, there are a few important home renovation tips to consider before you begin your project and through its completion.

  • Money.  Set a budget. Whether this is a small change or a major project, you need to consider how much money you are able and willing to spend.  Many people start home renovations without a budget and realize half-way through the project that they have run out of money.  If you set realistic expectations, allowing wiggle room for unforeseen problems and costs, you will see this renovation happily to its completion. Make sure you allow a small portion of your budget for clean-up costs, waste containers and trash removal of larger items.
  • Safety.  Once you’ve decided on a budget, you need to consider how safe the home renovation will be.  You want to make sure that children and pets are kept away from any kind of toxic fumes, falling debris, dust and clutter. Plan ahead to have children and pets kept away from anything that may be harmful in advance.  Also, make sure to use appropriate masks, goggles, gloves and protective clothing if you are doing the work yourself.
  • Set a schedule.  Whether you are tackling the task alone, with a few friends, or hiring people to do the work, scheduling is crucial to smooth sailing during your project.  You want to make sure the work will be completed in a timely fashion especially if this project requires several steps. For example, If you’re having furniture delivered at a set date, you want to make sure the new carpets are installed, the walls have already been painted, etc. Also consider what preparations need to be met according to this schedule. Are you replacing your carpets and dumping your old furniture? If so, how and where are you going to dump them? Schedule your R&R containers in advance to ensure production will not be delayed.

Planning ahead ensures your project will be hassle-free with fewer disappointments and frustrations.

  • Stay calm and focused.  Home renovations, no matter how big or small, can become very frustrating if things don’t go according to plan.  Remind yourself how spectacular this project will be once completed. Setbacks happen! Do your best to be flexible (and patient) when it does. Keeping a calendar and/or to-do list can be an easy visual reminder of what needs to be done, what already has been done, and what needs to be re-arranged due to unexpected delays.

Keeping these home renovation tips in mind can help ensure a good overall experience with your project.

Do you donate it or dump it?

You determine from time to time to clean out your house. What do you do with your stuff? Donate it or Dump it?

donate itThere are several factors to consider when deciding to simply throw something away or spend a little extra time and donate it to an appropriate charity. Here are five questions to answer in order to make a determination.

  1. Do I love it? This means the item gives you a great deal of pleasure, you associate it with a happy memory or you enjoy having it in your life now. If you love it, and can’t live without it… Keep it! If not…
  2. Have I used this item recently or do I expect to use it again soon in its current condition? Even if you’re not in “love” with something it may be worth keeping because it still serves a purpose and if you go rid of it you’d probably end up buying another one. Save the money, keep it. In not…
  3. Could someone else benefit from this item in its current condition? If you answer yes, Donate it. It’s time for the item to find new life somewhere else.  Consider donating clothes, furniture or household items. Free donation pick up is available in many areas throughout the country. If not…
  4. It’s time to throw it away. Depending on the item remember that some items need to be disposed of as special waste. Tires and paint (Read more about special pickup) 

Hopefully, whatever you decide you’ve gotten great use out of your items. So often I have purchased something, thinking it would be the greatest purchase ever, and never so much as taken it out of the packaging. By the time you realize you’ll never use it, too much time has passed to return it.

R & R Containers offers delivery of large dumpsters to your home for house and yard clean up. Call for delivery today!

 

Composting for your garden

When you compost you not only create at home the best nutrients to feed your garden you also participate in reducing the waste sent to our landfills.

compost

How do you set up your at home composting?

  1. Find a place
  2. Add some stuff
  3. Turn

1. Find a place for your Compost:  The location doesn’t have to be complicated for expensive. It needs to be a container of some sort so the contents can do their chemical work. Some folks use large plastic trash cans, large wooden boxes, and store bought compost containers. Others just build in a deep hole in the ground.

2. Add some stuff from your kitchen or other parts of your landscape. The key combination is green and brown and a little moisture to keep the active bacteria hydrated. Green waste is kitchen waste and grass clippings. Brown waste is small pieces of newspaper, wood chips and dried leaves.

3. Turn your compost pile with a pitchfork, ideally, or a shovel. Air is important to keep up the bacterial activity up in your compost. Remember that the addition of soil from your garden and dried leaves and twigs from you yard are excellent additives to keep your heap aerated.

Some helpful hints to jump start your compost.

Size Matters: The bigger the pile the better. The more material you compost the more lucrative the outcome. The size of the pieces, however, need to be small. Larger pieces take longer to degrade.

Wet and Wild: Your compost is a living organism. It needs moisture as much as any living creature. Especially when weather get warmer, remember that your compost needs water.

Mix and Match: The more variety you feed your compost the more it will thrive. Imagine if you had to eat the exact same meal everyday… Boring! The diversity also will help your plants’ resistance to disease and pests.

KISS: Keep It Simple Stupid (no offense) Composting is simple science. Keep is organic, no proteins. If it keep on the shelf for more than a few days, it probably has preservatives and should not be included.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help: The do sell “Compost Activators” that make start up simple. Get help if you’re new, the goal is to make great fertilizer, not to struggle and be unsuccessful.

Happy Composting!!!

R & R Offering 12 and 15 Cubic Yard Containers

Are you going to need some extra space to dispose of trash at your home or business? How many cubic yards do you think you’ll need?

cubic yards

R & R Containers is a locally owned an operated business based in Acworth, GA. We provide roll off services and hauling within 25 miles radius from our primary location.

12 Cubic Yard Containers are perfect for:

  • Small bathroom remodels
  • Dirt removal
  • Furniture removal
  • Yard waste clean-up.

A 12 Cubic Yard Container is almost the same as 3-4 pick up truck loads.

15 Cubic Yard containers are perfect for:

  • Flooring and carpet removal
  • Demolition of interior
  • Demolition of concrete
  • Furniture removal
  • Garage spring cleaning.

A 15 Cubic Yard Container is almost the same as 5-6 pickup truck loads.

R & R Containers is a trusted Georgia small business. Let us assist you in deciding what size and types of disposal services will be most beneficial for you. Call today!

 

Green Waste to Mulch in Georgia

Garden mulch helps plants stay healthyHow does my green waste become mulch?

Green waste is biodegradable waste that consists of garden or lawn clippings, such as grass or flower cuttings and hedge trimmings, as well as food waste (excluding packaging.)

Mulch is a combination of materials spread around or over a plant or soil area to enrich or insulate the soil.  There are two types, Organic and Inorganic. Both types consist primarily of Green Waste. Both have important uses in gardening and landscaping.

Organic Mulch

Prevents weed growth, while enriching the soil as it decomposes. Organic Mulch materials do NOT consist of:

  • Weeds
  • Tree trunks and stumps
  • Lumber (plywood, chipboard, etc.)
  • Palm fibers
  • Wood pallets
  • Cactus
  • Soil or
  • Any non-biodegradable materials (e.g. rocks, metal, plastic)

Inorganic Mulch

Prevents weed growth as well as allowing for added insulation for colder climates to protect growing plants from weather and erosion. Inorganic Much materials often contain several materials not found in the organic variety to increase its endurance.

If you are planning a project at your home or business that will result in large quantities of green waste, think about recycling. Reuse of our natural resource is an important choice in waste disposal.

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LEED and Interior Lighting

Interior Lighting

The intent of the guidelines for interior lighting in the LEED system is to enhance the comfort and well being of people using the spaces. If you’re going to remodel a room or space, this certainly seems like something worth thinking about!

The LEED system looks at two different areas in which to make improvements for interior lighting.

First, they look at how easy it is for the person to control the lighting to get the amount they need for where there are physically located.

Examples include:

  • Using multi zone control of your lights with at least 3 levels, on, off, and mid-level. Of course dimmers would be a great solution for this one.
  • Lighting designed to show off some piece of the interior or object needs to have its own control.
  • The lights being controlled should be in sight of the control, good common sense here.

The second aspect they look at is the actual quality of the lights being used.

This section goes into a lot more details (you can read all of it here on the LEED site), but here’s some basic points form it.

  • Limit the brightness of lights that aim between 45 & 90 degrees up from the floor. The idea here is to not have bright lights catching peoples eyes.
  • Use light sources that are good at showing the true colors of objects in the space. We’ve all seen kitchens with regular old fluorescent lights, kinda hard on the eyes huh?
  • Make sure that for any given space, you use no more than 25% of your total lighting from direct overhead sources. Another way of saying make sure your living room isn’t lit yup like a school classroom!