Home Addition Ideas – Out Door Living Structures Bring You Closer to Nature | home improvement

Forget about “green building” for a minute. What about building a Greenhouse? We can talk about saving the earth, and that’s all well and good, but let’s not forget to pursue our everyday enjoyment of the great outdoors.
Whether it’s a Greenhouse, a porch or any other structure, a home addition that gets you “out of the house” can really add to your life as well as the enjoyment of the nature we are trying to preserve. This article will give you some ideas about outdoor living home additions that may just do more for you than an interior makeover.
A Simple Improvement or a Major Home Addition
Enhancing your enjoyment of both your home and the outdoors isn’t limited to a deck and a swimming pool. Those are great but not everyone swims and some decks can be a bear to maintain.
The ideas I’m presenting range from smaller do-it-yourself projects to major home additions. If you’re an “Owner-Builder”, with the right help you can tackle even the bigger projects. But, even owner builders are wise to use the help of licensed professionals for certain jobs. Whichever way you go, I always advise the use of a home building or remodeling coach.
Licensed Builders, Architects & Designers
Before I get into listing the ideas for outdoor home improvements, I want to caution you that without proper planning and design, even the best ideas and additions can look out of place, cheap, and even ugly if they are poorly designed and do not match with your home’s style and available space.
If you don’t have an eye for design, or if you’re just not sure, please be sure to use an architect, residential designer, landscape designer, a “design and build” builder or other professional. Good design will prevent disappointment and headaches as well as add tremendously to the enjoyment of your expansion and market value of your home.
Outdoor Living Spaces Come in All Shapes, Sizes and Functions
This is not intended to be the definitive list of ideas but it should get you well on your way to planning what you can do for your home and outdoor enjoyment. I tried to list them in order of popularity.

Sun Room: These can be purchased as kits and installed by the manufacturer or a local builder or even a handy do-it-yourselfer. These mostly glass enclosures are popular in cooler climates.

Screened in Porches and Decks: Very handy when bugs are a problem. The screens let in the fresh air, give the feel of the outdoors, and protect against nasty critters.

Out Door Kitchens: This idea basically takes the outdoor barbecue to a whole new level of convenience. You can actually create an entire kitchen and dining area outdoors.

Greenhouse: Extending your gardening season to year round is another way to extend your enjoyment of the great outdoors. A huge amount of options are available.

Gazebo & Sheds: These are also items that can be purchased already made and ready to assemble.

Breeze Way: Most often, breezeways are used to connect homes with detached garages. They can be open or enclosed. Many people expand their usage to include sitting areas, storage spaces, mud rooms, utility rooms, and the like.

Play House: Often a great way to get the kids out of their rooms, out of the house, and off of their electronic games.

Work Shop & Hobby Room: For the tinkerer, handyman, and creative genius, the privacy of an exterior addition is priceless.

Not all these ideas will necessarily connect to the home. Very often the need for building permits is contingent upon whether an addition is connected to the home or not. Every area and jurisdiction is different so it pays to not only check with your building department but get professional advice before you decide which way to go.
Take an idea and run with it. Create an out door living area that will bring the most joy into your life. Good luck!

the best business to start right now

Nearly everyone likes the idea of being their own boss. Entrepreneurship has long been a popular goal. With the current challenging economic times, this goal is even more desirable – and more difficult – than ever. Many hopeful entrepreneurs are turning to their computers, as internet based businesses typically have low start up costs and are easily managed in one’s spare time. This leads to the question, just what is the best business to open on the internet?

You have probably encountered a variety of get-rich-quick schemes (if it sounds to good to be true, it probably is), and work from home offers (usually minimal pay, and they still include a remote boss breathing down your neck). Along with these simple sounding, yet not feasible, solutions you will find a host of expert advise. If these experts claim to have a one-size-fits-all solution telling you the best business to open on the internet consider this a red flag. In truth, the best business to start online depends largely on the person starting it.

One of the first rules of business is selling what you know. We are all experts in something. Hobbies, interests, life experiences and current or previous employment can provide you with above-average knowledge of skills in specific areas. Likewise, we all have our strengths and weaknesses. Think of things you are better at than your peers, and specific strengths such an organizational skills or communication. Make a list of your own special qualifications, and use that to build your own business opportunity.

Once you have determined your skill set and area of expertise, it’s time to decide what to do with it. Here are the top three ways to turn your skills into online business opportunities.

1) Affiliate Marketing. If you have enough knowledge about a subject to create an informative website, you can easily monetize it through affiliate programs. For the cost of a web host, and the time to build a website you will be on your way. There are companies in nearly any niche imaginable, offering affiliate programs. Select the ones you feel comfortable promoting, and post testimonials or advertisements on your site along with the affiliate link. You will receive a percentage of every sale made from a click-through on your website.

To start with, you will need enough content for a 5-10 page website. Make sure you provide valuable information or insight, as this will keep your traffic and page-rankings high. Add to your site weekly at minimum. Fresh content will boost search engine traffic. Affiliate marketing can be easily incorporated into a static website, blog, or both.

2) Outsourcing. Contrary to popular belief, outsourcing isn’t all about sending our jobs overseas. Many companies are streamlining operations by contracting out work previously done in-house. If you have skills such as accounting, preparation of legal paperwork, or art that can be performed remotely, this may be the easiest and best business to start online.

There are a growing number of websites dedicated to freelance work. You can choose one of these or create a website to promote and sell your service. This is very similar to setting up a professional practice with a home office, except your clients come to you virtually.

3) Consultation and Tutoring. If you have truly expert knowledge in any particular area, you can start your online business by selling that knowledge. Whether the subject is world travel, coping with grief, or advanced algebra people in need of an advisor will typically pay good money. This option requires good people-skills, as you will likely be dealing with clients one-on-one.

You will need a website to promote your service, and allow potential clients a way to contact you. It can be a simple one-page site with a description of services and contact form, though websites including valuable information about the topic will lend credibility. Online communities and topic specific forums are often the best, free, places to advertise your business.

Depending upon your specific area of skills and knowledge, the best business to open on the internet may be some combination of the three discussed above. Whatever your choice, remember the first rule of business (sell what you know), as well as the second rule – offer value to the customer. This is always a winning combination.