Backyard Bungalos: Why Your Home Should Have A Detached Office
Jun14

Backyard Bungalos: Why Your Home Should Have A Detached Office

Florida is known for its sunshine and warm weather. With an average temperature in the mid-70s, most people who visit want to spend all of their time outside. If you’re lucky enough to live in the Sunshine State, you’re free to explore the Floridian outdoors in all its glory, year round. One of the best ways to truly take advantage of such ideal weather is to invest in a backyard office; let’s take a look at the many perks building a detached studio or office can bring to your life. Increased Storage Space Did you know that the average American home has 300,000 things in it? Considering the fact that we tend to collect more as we age, it makes sense to try to move some of the more cumbersome items — from couches to collectibles — into a separate space outside. Though you’ll need to invest an initial amount in the structure itself, you’ll end up saving more than you would if you were simply relying on a storage unit; with the convenience of being able to access your extra items in your own backyard, you’ll never be too far away from anything that you need. Home Away From Home We all need to escape from our lives every once in a while. Since most backyard studios can be transformed into fully livable spaces, you won’t have to give up the luxuries of life when you retreat to your personal haven. You can include electricity, air conditioning, and even spruce up the place with some quality window treatments (their two main uses are for functionality or decoration, and your backyard office can make use of both). When you need to recover from a hard day at work or simply get away from your bustling home, your own oasis will be waiting for you. Privacy, Guaranteed Working from home can be a nightmare. If you’ve got little ones running around and constant distractions (such as neighborly nuisances), it can be extremely hard to focus. Rather than retreating to a space across town where you may end up ostracizing yourself from your loved ones, heading to your backyard office will give you all the privacy, peace, and quiet you need; you’ll be a stone’s throw away from your family should they need to contact you, yet you’ll be able to experience the serenity of an entirely separate, private office. With an average size of 10 feet by 12 feet, backyard studios allow you all the space you need to do what matters most to you. Whether you decide to furnish your space with a cozy chair and bookshelf or turn it into the ideal office, you’ll be happy that you can enjoy...

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New Tech Might Help Identify and Forecast Freezing Pipes in Saskatoon
Jun14

New Tech Might Help Identify and Forecast Freezing Pipes in Saskatoon

Even though summer is almost here, that isn’t stopping the Saskatoon city hall from preparing for the winter to come. Only a few months ago, more than 80 homes throughout Saskatoon were left without water when the coldest winter in 80 years led to frozen pipes. Though the deep freeze primarily affected older pipes that were less insulated or less used, such frigid temperatures have the capacity to put entire neighborhoods at risk. This risk is worsened for older neighborhoods with outdated pipes. This resulted in city crews and contractors working nonstop to deliver water to households in need. But this isn’t the first time that Saskatoon’s icy winters have led to frozen pipes. The city also notes that they experienced a similar issue back in 2014, according to Mark Rogstad, the city’s media relations manager. But this winter witnessed frost reach 2.4 meters below the ground. When all was said and done, the city reported that there were 271 frozen water connections in the winter of 2019 alone. This resulted in the second-highest number of frozen pipes ever seen by the city, with 2014 being the worst on record. Fed up with the deep freeze, Saskatoon’s city council has been working hard on a new technology that can predict which pipes are most at-risk for freezing and when this problem will occur. It’s the city’s hope that this type of model will serve as a type of warning for homes so that residents can make the appropriate precautions before winter sets in. The city is accumulating data from historical records regarding past freezes to make the model. In the meantime, the city recommends that homeowners seal entry points to keep cold air out during freezing conditions. According to the StarPhoenix, the city will also purchase two more boiler trucks, bringing their total number of thawing machines up to five. This winter, one resident had to wait more than six days for the city to unfreeze her pipes. Left without water for almost a week, it’s almost enough to make a family move to a new area. It’s estimated that 45 million Americans move each year. Whether it’s because of work, family, or frustrating weather conditions, it’s not surprising for people to move in the face of recurrent pipe freezing. While pipe corrosion costs the United States more than $9 billion each year, frosty conditions have led to water main breaks and other issues throughout the city for decades. Though city hall hasn’t said how these new measures will affect their response time to such emergencies, this information may be released when the model is...

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