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5 DIY tips for building a deck

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An outdoor deck on your home provides valuable living and entertaining space. If you’re planning to extend your current deck or to build a new one yourself, here are five points to consider. Avoiding construction mistakes now can save you both time and money.

1.     Follow building codes and obtain permits. DIYers often think they can build whatever they want because it’s on the back of their home, but ignoring decking and railing codes can be a safety hazard. 84 Lumber warns against not filing for a city or county permit: “If your project is flagged by a building inspector, you may have to rebuild significant portions, or maybe even tear the deck down.”

2.     Choose quality building materials. A large selection of woods and treatments are available at most home improvement stores. Ask an associate for suggestions based on your budget. Depending on how long you’ll be living in your current home, maintenance-free composite decking may be worth the investment.

3.     Follow IRC specs for railings and stairs. The International Residential Code (IRC) outlines the safety requirements for railings around elevated decks and handrails on stairs. For example, the IRC says that stairs longer than four steps must have a handrail on at least one side, and it must be graspable for the full run of the stairs.

4.     Use exterior-grade hardware and fasteners. Regular nails tend to pop out as wood expands and contracts in changing weather. Exterior-grade screws, on the other hand, are less likely to come loose, but can still be removed if you need to replace a board in the future. Stainless-steel, polymer-coated and hot-dipped galvanized hardware and fasteners are some of the best options for deck-building materials.

5.     Pay attention to the aesthetic details. Be sure your deck is as attractive as it is safe and sturdy. Your neighbors will appreciate the look of a well-designed deck as will future buyers whenever it’s time to resell your house.

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Lets make the most of this Oregon sun!!

 

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Creative Ways to Use Sunlight

Solar panels aren’t the only way to harness the sun’s energy. Try these creative ways to use sunlight and cut energy costs while protecting the planet.

Skylights
This one might seem simple, but skylights have many hidden benefits. If you love the ambiance of natural light, a skylight provides ample illumination with privacy that windows facing your neighbors do not. This energy-efficient window allows you to ditch the light switch and save on electricity.

Solar backpack
Low battery shouldn’t keep you from enjoying the outdoors. The ECEEN Solar Backpack allows you to hike, bike and enjoy sunlight while your backpack stores energy. The ECEEN Solar Backpack utilizes high-efficiency solar cells to provide power for your phone, GPS system or MP3 player.

Outdoor clothesline
Give your dryer a rest and hang your clothes in the yard. As long as the temperature outside is above freezing and it’s sunny, your clothes will be just fine on the line. Use clothespins to make sure laundry doesn’t blow away, and give it a few hours to dry. Once clothes are dry, use a steamer or the air-tumble cycle on your machine to get any wrinkles out, while still reducing energy usage.

Mood booster
Without enough sun exposure, serotonin levels in the body can drop. Low serotonin levels can be linked to Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), which is a form of depression caused by seasonal changes in weather and sun exposure. Phototherapy, or exposure to the sun, can help boost your mood.

 

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Some tips and tricks for you!

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Tips for Outdoor Photography

Memories last longer when caught on camera. Some occasions call for a splurge on a professional photographer. Others just call for a few snapshots to document a fun day at the lake or at a ball game. With a little planning and a digital camera, you can be snapping outdoor shots that will make your Instagram followers envious.

Pay attention to your ISO. The lower the ISO, the less sensitive the camera is to the light. For full sun and no shade, try an ISO of 100. If it’s overcast or you’re in the shade, turn it up to 400. If the sun is setting and you’re losing light, try an ISO of 640-800.

Use the flash. Depending on whether you want your subject back-lit or front-lit, using the flash can improve the results. Turning your flash down creates a more natural-looking shot while a strong flash can make your subject appear harsh. Purposefully under-exposing the background and bursting flash on your subject will create a focal point and enhance the mood of the photo.

Use natural light. Take advantage of the sun by allowing your subject to face the light. About 60 minutes after dawn and before dusk are known as the “golden hour” when light is optimal for shooting.

Check your white balance. Experimenting with the white balance before shooting allows you to color correct before editing. Depending on the light source and weather conditions, your subject may have a blue, orange or yellow hue. Play with these settings to find your desired coloration.

Change the aperture. If you’re shooting landscape photos, you’ll want to work in f/11 through f/22, where the lens is closed tighter. When isolating subjects, you’ll prefer to work with a more shallow depth of field, so set your aperture at f/2.8 or f/4.

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Rachel Sheller, Principal Broker, Realtor, CRS, ABR, GRI, SRES, MASTERS CIRCLE, Diversity Specialist, HOWNW, CSA-Certified Staging Agent, Oregon First, Realtors

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