DIY Home Surveillance – Where Do I Start?

DIY Home Security PhotoI always wondered what really happened at my house when I left my animals home alone for hours at a time. I knew there’d be more benefits than just catching the culprit responsible for shredding the carpet. What I didn’t know was all the factors that go into selecting a system that would be best for my needs.

Did you know you can put a camera nearly anywhere in your home and view that camera from your office computer or smartphone? And do it pretty affordably? My impression of surveillance systems has certainly changed; they can be very useful for homes large and small.

Home surveillance systems can give you peace of mind when it comes to keeping an eye on things while you’re at home or away. Before you buy, decide what you want to see and where you want your cameras. Do you want cameras to see in darkness? Do you want to view cameras while away from home? Continue reading

Low-Cost Security Solutions For New Homeowners

Purchasing a new home is one of the largest investments many people will make in a lifetime. This investment can be even more meaningful to an owner who participates in the designing of a home and commissions its building from the ground up. Home security should be a top priority as it not only serves to protect these major investments, but also helps guard items of value inside of the home as well as the individuals who live there. While home security can be costly, this does not have to be the case as affordable do-it-yourself options allow homeowners to comfortably afford devices like alarms, surveillance systems and motion detectors without compromising quality in any of these technologies. DIY installations are usually the best options for new homeowners on a budget, but savings do not end there. Other money-saving options include direct monitoring, as well as building a home with long term security in mind.

DIY Home Security Options

Pretty much, any home security device can be purchased and installed by an adult with even the slightest manual skillset. Included among some of the most popular DIY home security options currently on the market are: Continue reading

10 Creative Outdoor Living Space Ideas

As we enter the sunlit days of summer, it’s only right that we should spend some time sprucing up those outdoor living spaces. Whether you have a patio, deck, walking garden, gazebo or other outdoor living space, there are simple things you can do to spruce it up and add a different feel this summer.

Here are a few creative ways you can change your outdoor living space this year:

  1. Arrange seating for two. Fire pits and picnic tables are fine for large gatherings, but this year why not create a more romantic niche? Consider a small table-umbrella combo, set up a couple of comfortable fabric lawn chairs, and enjoy the sunset hand in hand.
  2. Create a respite from the sun. Having a large tree that provides cover is good, but most of us aren’t patient enough to wait years for it to grow. Consider setting up a simple canopy to turn just about any outside space into a living space. Continue reading