Landscaping tops list of outdoor DIY projects
A lot of homeowners have resolved to work on their lawnscapes in the new year, according to a recent survey from the Home Projects Council.
The most popular outdoor do-it-yourself home improvement New Year’s resolution project is landscaping in the front or backyard, according to HPC’s survey of 540 homeowners. HPC is a collection of home improvement experts from various fields.
In addition to revealing the priority outdoor DIY home improvement projects planned next year, the HPC survey also forecasts an increase in time and money spent on projects by homeowners in 2014.
“While it’s no real surprise that homeowners plan to do more home improvement projects in the coming year, it is a shift that they are taking on more projects that have traditionally been left to professionals,” said Frank Owens, VP marketing for The Quikrete Companies and HPC member. “The survey also found that homeowners are planning to make a larger financial commitment to DIY home improvement projects next year, which might suggest some cautious economic optimism heading into 2014. Overall, the survey indicates homeowners are gaining confidence in their ability to complete more challenging and complex projects.”
Homeowners selected landscaping (15.2%), planting a garden (13.5%) and building a deck (6.3%) as the top three outdoor DIY home improvement New Year’s resolution projects (see chart). Landscaping is defined as improving the appearance of an outdoor area with design elements like stepping stones, benches, fountains, waterfalls and other hardscapes features. By comparison, planting a garden pertains only to transforming an outdoor area into a space where plants, flowers, fruits and vegetables are grown.
Nearly 43% of the survey respondents plan to spend more money, and nearly 45% plan to send more time on outdoor DIY home improvement projects in 2014.
A shocking twist for birds, but safe
Fans of Alfred Hitchcock’s classic film “The Birds” might envision a different ending if the citizens had been armed with the latest Bird-B-Gone product.
Plus, the Bird Jolt Flat Track is described as a safer alternative to bird control.
Irvine, Calif.-based Bird-B-Gone introduced the Bird Jolt Flat Track, a low profile, electric track bird deterrent system that produces a mild electrical shock when birds land on its surface.
The shock will not harm birds, but will condition them to stay away from the area. The anti-arcing technology makes Bird Jolt Flat Track the safest electric track system as well as the only system on the market using the technology.
“It increases the distance on the surface area of the track, between the conductors, making it less likely to arc,” says Mike Dougherty, bird control engineer at Bird-B-Gone. “And the glue trough design prevents arcing underneath the track and helps the track stay on the surface better.”
Bird Jolt Flat Track is offered in a variety of colors: clear, black, stone, grey, red and terra cotta. Each color is available in 100-foot rolls and can be purchased in a kit that includes all the tools necessary to efficiently and effectively install Bird Jolt Flat Track.
Selwyn Crittendon to manage upcoming Miami IKEA store
IKEA has appointed Selwyn Crittendon as the manager of its upcoming Miami-Dade store, opening this summer in Sweetwater, Fla.
“IKEA recognizes the strong customer base for us in South Florida based on the success of our store in the Broward County city of Sunrise, so I am pleased about helping provide a store for Miami-Dade customers,” Crittendon said. “Also, I look forward to introducing our unique family-friendly shopping experience and wide selection of stylish, functional and affordable home furnishings to shoppers who have not yet visited IKEA.”
Crittendon, who has relocated to South Floria from Orlando, has been with the company since 2002. He initially joined IKEA as a customer convenience manager in the D.C. metro area, and after a promotion to customer service manager, was tapped to join the team opening IKEA Orlando. After three years there, he came the store’s sales manager, and eventually deputy Orlando store manager in 2012.
The Miami store will feature the requisite IKEA features and is set to bring more than 750 jobs during construction and 350 permanent positions when the store opens.
“We are very excited about opening a Miami-Dade store in South Florida to complement the presence established by IKEA Sunrise,” said IKEA U.S. president Mike Ward. “Selwyn’s commerciality and customer service experience with IKEA and his previous retail background have prepared him for managing IKEA Miami.”