Want a fast, durable, inexpensive solution for your outside living needs? Resin patio furniture may be just what you are looking for. In this article we will discuss the types, colors, and other options of this versatile furniture. We will find the things too look for when picking out and buying and the best places to shop.
What is resin patio furniture? Typically a manufacturer uses a mold they inject plastic resin into to create tables, chairs, and a ton of other products. The benefit is this can be done extremely inexpensive and offers a large amount of choices for size, colors, and even materials. The resin material can be cheap plastic or can incorporate epoxies and fibers creating an incredibly durable product. I prefer this product in the high end line because of the looks and the longevity.
The less expensive table and chairs can be used for special gatherings or other occasional use but typically fail after prolonged repeated exposure to the elements and weight stress. It typically has a lower weight capacity than more expensive brands and I have seen more than one fold under the pressure of my 250lb frame. None the less, everyone has a few of these sitting around the house. The other great feature is the ability to stack the chairs, making storing them for the off season far more compact.
If you have ever gone to a beach resort you have probably experienced the commercial grade of resin patio furniture. It can still look sparse but the durability is amazing. The adjustable loungers available pool side offer the utmost in comfort if contoured and only have a simple beach towel draped over them. Add a cushion and you may find yourself waking up to a nice sun burn. These commercial units last for years, even the harshest of environments.
Spend the money and you can go a step further and purchase your resin furniture with simulated wood grain in colors from natural cedar to black. There are a lot of choices when it comes to patterns and colors. If you are planning on keeping your furniture for years, you may want to make the initial investment for the higher quality furniture now and change out cushions seasonally to enhance your outdoor living space. Look for quality, durability, and warranty on any of these products any you won’t have to think about it again for years.
House plans … what fun! People love pouring over one after another. And this kind of research can be helpful. But, be careful. Let me share a short story. Some time back I was working a Home Show, talking with thousands of people, and a woman who was scrutinizing several house plans I had on display approached me.
I started the conversation. “Thinking of building a home?” I asked. “Yes!” was her answer. Normally this would signify an eager prospect, so I asked, “Do you own a piece of land?” Her answer … another “yes!” Carrying the conversation a little further, I learned that she had been seriously looking for her dream house plan for years and when she found the one she liked, she was going to buy it! Some warning bells went off inside my head.
Don’t waste months or years making inaccurate assumptions.
The danger this woman was facing was that she was following a path that would lead to disappointment, time delays and wasted money. Knowing where she was intending to build, I could foresee the dead ends and aggravations she was heading towards. She was wasting time and, potentially, some money. She hadn’t done some important research.
Once you own your land and are ready to build, it’s time to get serious. It’s time to do a little research, heeding these CAUTIONS and taking these ACTIONS:
CAUTION: There may be building restrictions imposed by the city, county, local building department or the subdivision/community. These are often called CC&Rs or Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions. These can have a huge impact on what and how you build.
ACTION: Simply get a copy of these by calling your local building authority and your Homeowners Association and read up!
CAUTION: Your building parcel may be in a flood zone, earthquake zone, high wind area, or have snow-load requirements, etc.
ACTION: Check with your local building department, a structural engineer, and/or architect to find out the codes and requirements.
CAUTION: There may be a law that states that your home plans cannot be drawn or created by anyone who is not in your state, province, or county.
ACTION: If this is the case, you may have to have a local architect or residential designer draft your house plans or you’ll need to purchase pre-drawn plans from a local designer.
CAUTION: Some home plan companies do not allow changes to their plans without substantial extra costs. This can come as a surprise and run up the bill.
ACTION: Always find out if they will let you make changes. Also, determine the costs for having them make changes. Check with local architects to find one willing to alter another’s plans. Some will not do this even if it’s allowed by the plan company.
The worst case scenario might be that the plans you buy may be useless and you wasted several hundred (or thousands) of dollars and the time you spent. I’ve known this to happen to people when they didn’t do their homework first. The dream is dashed. It can be devastating.
There can be more potential dangers but as you can see, most of the problems can be avoided by just becoming familiar with your CC&Rs and talking with your local building authorities who are normally extremely helpful. Personally, I don’t like to waste time or money and I’m sure you’re the same. Do a little research. To really get that dream plan, you must learn as much as you can.
Shopping for new home appliances is rarely a fun experience. Unless you are remodeling a kitchen or have been planning the purchase of new kitchen or laundry appliances for some time, the need for a new refrigerator or washer probably came as something of a shock. Fortunately, if you are shopping for new appliances, understanding the following can make the experience a little less painful, if not enjoyable.
Plan a Budget – There is no way of getting around it. Buying new appliances for your home is going to cost money. While many people opt for used appliances to save some green, there is no guarantee that the appliance will last or what effect it will have on your utility bill. Whether you are replacing a worn range or remodeling your entire kitchen, planning a budget will keep you from going overboard when you make your appliance purchase.
Buy Energy Efficient – While many people look only to the sticker price when they purchase new home appliances, the energy efficiency of the unit is as important, if not more important than the initial cost. When shopping for new appliances you should look for Energy Star models if they are available and read the EnergyGuide Label. This will give you valuable information about the yearly cost of the appliance you are considering.
Does it Fit – One of the biggest mistakes shoppers make when choosing new kitchen and laundry appliances is picking a model that is either too large or too small for the space. Whether you are buying your new appliances online or from a local dealer it is important to take accurate measurements before making the purchase. This will save you the trouble and the cost of having to ship the appliance back to the store to get another model, or worse, construction costs to make the appliance fit.
Features Cost Money – Yes, features are nice. But when you’re shopping on a budget you need to ask yourself if that water and ice dispenser is an honest necessity. Every extra included on your new refrigerator or washer, whether it is a sliding ice bin or 19 program settings, will add on to the final cost of the appliance in question. Refer back to your budget and find an appliance that meets both your needs and the needs of your bank account.
Understand the Warranty – One factor that needs to be considered but is often overlooked when shopping for home appliances is the warranty. Before making your purchase as the retailer not only the length of the warranty and what is covered, but also what is not covered. Another thing to consider is if the retailer or manufacturer offer an extended warranty. The extra cost up front could far outweigh the potential future cost if something on the appliance fails after the initial warranty expires.
Understanding not only what is available but also what you can afford is the key to making your appliance shopping less stressful. This is especially true if your shopping because of an unexpected failure. Whatever the case, it is important to remember that everything breaks. Even the most reliable appliances. Stepping back, accessing your needs and separating them from those pesky wants can help you make a more informed decision.