Tips For Outdoor Pots

porch potsIn order to make sure your potted plants look good with the rest of your yard and existing plants, or to create a beautiful arrangement from scratch here are tips and things to keep in mind as your preparing to use potted plants outside of your home:

1. Keep colors in mind. Choose a color scheme that matches the plants and flowers that are already planted in your yard so that it all blends in together.

2. Choose a pot size that matches your porch. If you have a small porch and use larger pots, it won’t look right and will take up too much space. The same goes for the opposite situation, if you use small pots on a big porch it just looks out of place.

3. Make your potted plants and porch unique. Try something new. Rather than just using the simple pot to decorate your outdoor space, try furnishing your porch with a tiered look of different style and height vases and pots.

4. Use flowers that will add height to your design. Pick bigger plants that will flourish and add color and style to your porch.

5. Always water the roots and only when it is necessary. Watering your plants too much will kill them. Using pots with drain holes and watering them until you see the water come out the bottom is a good way to know when to stop watering and is also perfect to empty out the extra water and prevent over-watering.

Now that you’ve be informed of all the necessities in planning your porch pot arrangement, you are ready to create a beautiful design on your porch!

Hard Wood Floor Care

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Hard wood floors are valuable and sensitive, but they don’t need to be specially cared for. There are simple methods to cleaning your hard wood floors while still keeping them in pristine condition. Here are tips and steps on how to clean hard wood floors:

First, here are some things to keep in mind before you clean to make sure they are extra clean and sparkly when you’re done:

  • Go shoe free. Keeping shoes at the door and avoiding wearing them on the floors all the time will prevent a lot of dirt from coming in.
  • Dust the baseboards. Before a floor cleaning and after you’ve dusted a room, sweep a dust wand over the baseboards. All the dirt will fall to the ground and will be picked up when you clean the floor.
  • Work from the top down. Clean your floors last because when you clean the rest of the house, dust and dirt will fall on the floor, so you might as well save the floor for last and get it all at once rather than having to go back after you clean the floor the first time.

Now for supplies, all you need is:

  • a broom
  • a dust pan
  • a steam mop
  • steam mop replacement pads

To give your floor a really good clean, move everything from the space, unless it’s furniture you can easily get under, and sweep the entire floor. This allows you to pick up dust bunnies, dirt and larger items that a Swiffer can’t pick up.

Next, use the steam mop to clean the rest. You don’t have to use any chemicals or carry around a bucket, mop or sponge and it does a good job. It’s all natural and will only take a few minutes. You will see the steam on the floor and will see the cleaning pay off when the pad visibly collects all the remaining dirt. Another good thing about a steam mop is that you can just throw the pads in the wash and reuse them. The steam dries pretty quickly so you can put everything back in its place in no time!

For a deeper cleaning every now and then, use a wood cleaning product diluted according to its instructions. Dip a sponge or mop in the water, wring it out as much as possible so it’s just damp, mop the floor with that then rinse the floor with a clean mop dampened in clear water. Wipe up extra liquid to prevent water damage on the wood. This only needs to be done every so often, maybe a couple times a year. The steam mop is perfect for your weekly cleaning.

Easy Kitchen Storage Ideas

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Kitchens are a busy area in the house and can be hard to keep organized with all the food and supplies you store there! Here are some easy kitchen storage ideas to get the best use out of your space:

  1. Use magazine files to keep water bottles in a reachable place without them getting caught up in other kitchen supplies in a drawer or cabinet. Stack one on top of the other in the hard cover files for grab and go accessibility.
  2. Baskets can help organize anything from fruit to utensils to cleaning supplies. Hang  baskets above a sink using a metal rod or adhesive hooks for easy access. Wired baskets allow you to see what your grabbing so you don’t have to dig through everything to get what you need, or remember which items are in which basket.
  3. Store lose Tupperware lids in a wall file to avoid a mess of plastic containers. Hang the wall file on the inside of a cabinet wall, or wherever you feel it can be reached easily, with hooks to separate the lids from the bases and have less trouble finding it all in the future.
  4. Create a pot rack with S hooks. They can be hung from the wall, a ventilation hood above the stove, if you have one, or there are racks you can buy. With this, you can display your cooking pieces in style and they are much easier to find and grab then if they were all in a drawer together.
  5. Organize your cleaning supplies with an over the door metal caddy. A good place for this is the cabinet door below your sink, where they will be ready to use and very easy to access. You can use it to hold bottles of suppers, sponges, gloves, scrubbers, etc.

There are tons of innovative and easy ways to make your kitchen run smoothly. Don’t ever be unorganized again and use this simple tips for all of your kitchen storage!

Bucks County Fairs & Festivals

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Spring fairs and festivals of all kinds are coming to Bucks County next month for a chance to get outside and participate in unique activities. Make your plans to visit the ones you’re most interested in this April:

  1. Earth Day Festival is all about the environment and celebrating the beauty of nature. Spend some time outside at this festival in its Organic Garden or see the amount of emissions your car is producing and learn about environmental programs. There will be many vendors at the festival along with activities, presentations, demos, contests and more! It’s on April 16th from 10 am to 4 pm at 2877 Creamery Rd, New Hope, PA 18938. Admission is free!
  2. Sacred Arts Festival offers you to be able to experience religious art in the making. Demonstrators will use ink, glass, paint and music to create beautiful pieces. You can also learn about stone carving, see a sand mandala created right before your eyes, take in the amazing view from Glencairn’s tower and sit in the Castle Cafe when you please.  There are no wheelchairs beyond the first floor. No backpack-style baby carriers. Photography for private use is permitted. No flash, tripods, selfie-sticks or videography. Don’t miss out on a truly one of a kind experience with the impressive art! Taking place on April 24th from 1 pm to 5 pm at Glencairn Museum, 1001 Cathedral Road, Bryn Athyn, PA 19009.
    • Admission: $10 adults, $8 seniors/students with ID. Free for members and children 3 and under.
  3. Spring Fling is the perfect opportunity to enjoy a day outside celebrating the beginning of the spring season with Peddler’s Village’s gorgeous landscaping, entertainment, food, and shopping! There will be children’s crafts, local flower and garden centers, home improvement displays as well as seasonal crafters. You can also view demonstrations, live musical acts throughout the Village learn the most recent tips on how to spruce up home and garden for spring and purchase plants, crafts and accessories. Peddler’s Village shops will feature new and trendy spring fashion and merchandise. Not to mention everyone can enjoy the delicious treats from the food carts around the Village. Spring Fling will take place on April 16th and 17th from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm on Saturday and 10:00 am  to 5:00 pm on Sunday at Peddler’s Village, Rtes 202 and 263, Lahaska, PA 18931. Admission and parking are free!
  4. The 3rd Annual Bucks County GardenFest is another celebration for the spring season! Here you can view beautiful shadowbox displays made by nature centers, parks and gardens in Bucks County. You can also be apart of educational seminars and workshops and learn from the Bucks County garden experts. The fairs schedule on various days can be found on the Visit Bucks County Website. It will be taking place from April 11 to May 13, recurring daily from 9 am to 5 pm at Bucks County Visitor Center, 3207 Street Road, Bensalem, PA 19020. Admission is free to attend.

Be apart of all the spring fairs and festivals Bucks County has to offer, all located near Judd Builders’ communities Renaissance at Morgan Creek and Poet’s Walk to be able to bring family and friends to the events you please with ease! They’re a great way to get outside in the nice weather and start to enjoy the springtime. 

Flourtown Country Club

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Flourtown Country Club is a beautiful club with various activities for adults and children. Located just 8 minutes away from Judd Builders’ community, The Reserve at Creekside, The club offers golf, a pool and social events:

Golf: Flourtown Country Club has a very well-maintained 9 hole golf course right in the center of Springfield Township. It is available for club members and township residents for whenever you want to enjoy a game with friends and family. You can visit the club for a quick 9 hole game or an 18 hole game on the competitive playing field that the course offers. Springfield Township residents are allowed to play 2 times a year with payment of their guest fees, but a golf membership allows the golfer unlimited golf for the year. There are no initiations and no food minimums, making it a great price for a membership. There is also a junior golf league and membership, a junior golf camp as well as individual or group lessons for all ages!

Pool: The club’s pool is open to all members during the summers season. This summer, it’s open from August 22nd through September 5th. The main pool is 3 feet deep with an attached 12 foot diving area. There is also a separate 5 foot pool for adults to enjoy a swim and a foot gated baby pool for babies and toddlers. Other pool amenities include a volleyball court, a basketball court, and a playground.  There is also a snack bar with plenty of options of sandwiches, salads, snacks, candy and beverages. The club has a full liquor license and offers alcoholic and non-alcoholic slushy drinks. There is a small $7 weekday and $12 weekend fee for guests. Flourtown Country Club also has swim teams for various ages including one for 8 and under, one for 9 and 10, and one for 11 and older.

Social Events: You can hold various events at Flourtown Country Club that has a beautiful ballroom that looks out onto the golf course and a pond with a fountain. Events can be hosted here such as class or family reunions, proms, bat and bar mitzvahs, sweet sixteen’s, charity functions, award galas, funerals, association receptions, and more. No matter what the occasion is, Flourtown Country Club’s professional staff will assist you to make it perfect.

For all the residents of The Reserve at Creekside, Flourtown Country Club is so close by to bring your friends and family to for all sorts of outdoor activities. It’s perfect for those who don’t have a pool themselves and it offers so much more!

Making Kitchen Counter Clutter Disappear

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Do you ever feel like there’s just too much stuff on your counter? Even if it’s not messy, counters can get cluttered very easily with all of the items you use throughout the day, especially in the kitchen. Here is one simple tip to keep your kitchen counter organized and clutter free, while still being able to display the necessities for easy access:

The key is to use the wall as storage instead of cabinets, drawers or boxes. You can use this method for kitchen supplies and ingredients as well as miscellaneous items. Hang metal baskets or caddies/buckets along your wall to store items in the open, but out of the way. They can be hung by hooks attached to a metal rod or bar that runs along the wall and compliments the style and color of the baskets (as pictured below).

Items such as these can be purchased at IKEA as well as other furniture or appliance stores. You can also make them yourself! The baskets don’t have to be metal, you can use woven baskets that can be purchased at a low price, as well as a rod of your choice, and hang them up by your own hooks or even ribbon. You can also mount baskets right to the wall, without the use of a rod. There’s so much to do with this clever idea that will get rid of your clutter and look great in your kitchen!

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Flavors of Philly Food Tour

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Experience Philadelphia’s most popular food, while strolling around a city full of culture and history. Flavors of Philly is a fun and casual tour that will take you to the best local eateries along with sightseeing, history and architecture highlights. The food locations of course includes cheese steaks along with other Philadelphia favorites such as soft pretzels, tomato pie and more. Everything is included and your guide is also your server, so all you have to worry about is enjoying yourself touring Philly and eating delicious food.

It’s offered Monday through Saturday from 1:30 pm to 4 pm and Sundays from 11:30 am to 2 pm. It costs $39 per adult and $33 per child ages 10-14. It includes enough food for lunch and is perfect for visitors or locals entertaining family or friends.

Click here for the specific details on this exciting Philadelphia food tour and schedule a time to go! Don’t miss out on a great time with amazing food and beautiful sights!

DIY Cheap & Fashionable Headboards

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Headboards can be very expensive to buy, so why not just make one yourself? For a lot less money and with some simple supplies, you can make a one of a kind headboard that will look great behind your bed. Here are various ideas and styles to create your own personalized headboard in no time:

  1. The first headboard can be created from less than $100 and a trip to your local home store. On medium-density fiberboard, draw a shape/design as wide as the mattress and 40 inches tall then cut it out. With wood glue, cover the medium-density fiberboard with a beaded board cut in the same shape. Glue pieces of veneer over rough edges, use trim to put on the top edge and paint the entire headboard. Wait for it to dry, then mount it! You can use whatever color, pattern and shape you want with medium-density fiberboard to create your headboard. Play around with shapes, research some styles until you find something you like.
  2. Instead of making a headboard that’s the size of your bed, use the whole wall as a headboard. This can be done with wooden planks by measuring the wall to see how long the planks have to be and how many you’ll need to cover the wall from top to bottom. Start at the top by drilling a plank on the wall closest to the ceiling, making sure its secure. Work your way down until the wall is covered. You may have to cut a plank horizontally once you get to the bottom.
  3. An easy way to enhance a metal headboard is by draping fabric over it. You can use yardage, woven floor cloth, a blanket, etc. Clip both sides of the fabric of your choice with curtain rings and use ribbon to tie a bow around the existing metal bed frame. Now you’ve dressed up a plain, boring frame into a unique headboard in minutes!
  4. Rather than building a headboard, paint one on the wall. You can use whatever pattern, color or shape you want but one helpful tip is to use a rubber roller that is engraved with a wood-grain pattern; so easy! Line the area where you’ll be painting with painter’s tape. Paint a base coat of the color you want it to be then let it dry. Mix 4 parts glaze medium with 1 part paint of a darker color Paint on the glaze mix using the wood-graining tool and following the manufacturer’s instructions of rocking the tool back and forth as you pull it across the surface. Let it dry, remove the tape and you have a headboard!
  5. A storage headboard can be made using old dresser draws. As pictured above, you can stack them with the inside of the drawer facing outward, to be able to store decorations in them. Plan your layout on the floor until its just right, screw the pieces together. You can also cut out plywood doors like in the picture to fit a few drawer openings and screw them with hinges. Give it a few coats of paint or wallpaper the drawer backs and doors to enhance your headboard, then hang it using some 1×4-inch cleats.

If you’re up for the challenge to create your own headboard, use one of these great ideas to get you started! You’ll love your personalized headboard and all the money you save from it. For even more DIY headboard ideas, click here.

DIY Home Hacks

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There’s so much room to be creative with DIY (Do It Yourself) projects in order to save money, time all while making your life easier. Here are some home tips and tricks you would have never thought of:

  1. Use 3M command hooks to hang curtain rods. Command hooks now come in all different colors, including silver looking hooks to be able to use a cheap item and still look stylish. Just simply place the rod on top of the hook!
  2. Replace shower curtain rings with ribbon. Using ribbon instead of the typical shower curtain rings adds color, patterns and you’re own unique style! This is much cheaper and the rings can be so boring. Pick the ribbon of your choice and put it through the holes where the rings would usually go and make a pretty bow to tie them onto the rod.
  3. Here’s a super creative one, use a drink dispenser for laundry detergent! This could actually prevent a lot of mess, it’s refillable and it looks much nicer than the container laundry detergent comes in. And you won’t have to lift the bottle of detergent, just simply pour it out of the dispenser.
  4. Use caulk to make a non-slip rug. Rug pads don’t always work too well, they can still shift under the rug and this way you won’t even have to buy one. Spray lines of caulk across the rug in all areas, and it won’t slip anymore.
  5. Ice cubes can help get rid of furniture dents. Place them in the dents, let them melt and then vacuum or gently lift the spots with a spoon.

DIY projects and hacks can go a long way! Take advantage of them, especially simple ones like these to make life around your house much easier.

Creating a Patio Paradise: 7 Ways to Make Your Outdoor Space an Escape from Reality

Backyard RelaxationTransforming your backyard into the space of your dreams takes a little planning, ingenuity and creativity. The first step is to come up with a plan. What kind of patio are you looking for? What are your entertainment goals? How big is your family? How much space do you have to work with? All of these factors come into play when planning your patio paradise. Check out these seven tips.

Add Pizzazz with Greenery to Small Patios

Short on space? That’s OK. Turn your small space into a gardener’s paradise with a functional yet beautiful vegetable or flower garden. Place a variety of container sizes for depth and dimension strategically around the patio, which allows your flowers and veggies to filter and drain easily. Make sure your patio gets at least six to eight hours of bright light per day, advises Martha Stewart. Grow your own fruits and veggies in this mini-garden to add to your nightly dinners in the summer — cucumbers, peppers tomatoes, you name it.

Go Big

Got lots of space? Visualize an outdoor living space that defines your goals complete with a full kitchen, fire pit, water feature, and eating, sitting and living areas, says HGTV. If you already have a pool and hot tub, even better. Pull the whole look together with a gazebo, arbor, gardens or custom waterfall and pond. Go a step further to enhance the design of your patio with an open air structure like a pavilion or arbor, featuring sweeping vines that pull the eye to a small country garden.

Set in Stone

Create a simple stacked stone wall to offset your garden, overflowing with cascading vines and flowers. Get eco-friendly by lining a quaint garden walkway with small recycled decorative stones. You don’t need to spend a fortune on stones; scan your property for old ones for a more rustic, natural look.

Private Spa Retreat

For the ultimate in romantic stay-cations, transform your patio into a private retreat complete with stamped brick patio, fire pit, and barbecue bar with covered arbors leading to a hot tub tucked away.

Pergolas for Shade

A simple pergola with short bench right underneath for sunning or shading can be complemented with climbing vines, suggests HGTV. For historic charm, place a small stone fire pit nearby with comfy chairs for roasting marshmallows.

Secluded Spaces

Vibrant fabrics and colorful planted containers are all you’ll need to make your own simple yet eclectic patio space. You don’t need fancy pavers for your patio. Try brick, flagstone, wood chips or gravel instead.

Bring the Indoors Out

Bring the charm and coziness of your living room out to your bluestone patio with wicker pieces covered in thick padded seating in eye-popping colors. Mount a flat screen TV onto the exterior wall, add electric lights, stereo system, outdoor kitchen and fire pit for a one-stop-shop family recreation area.

Let Judd Builders create your patio paradise today. Give us a call or request more information.