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Sweet 16 Block Party

SunRiver Sweet 16 Block Party!

Come celebrate the youngest SunRiver resident with a Sweet 16 birthday party at the SunRiver Sales Center. There will be food, live music, and dancing. Mark your calendars for February 29th, more details to come!

Rok Dox Concert on the Green

What a fun turnout at the Rok Dox concert this weekend. Here’s a little video we put together of the event!

SunRiver St. George Backyard

Maintenance Tips: Give Your Backyard a Weekend Makeover

On the first day, start with general tasks like cutting the grass and pulling weeds. Then, get some pruning shears and work on any overgrown  bushes or trees. If you’ve got any overgrown areas on the ground, take  care of them saws and a mulcher. When everything is cleaned up, it’s  time to think about a focal point and some color.

On the second day, consider putting in a focal point. Backyards are just like a room in your house, in that they look great when there is a main point of focus. If your yard just has a few recliners or patio  furniture, think about getting an outdoor fire pit. It doesn’t need to  be really cold out to enjoy the look and enchantment of a fire pit, and  it will help to give a cozy feel to the area. You can purchase a fire  pit for well under $200. If your patio furniture is a certain color, you can add a few flowering plants in that color around the yard to tie it  all together.

If you want to go for a more dramatic focal point, consider a water  feature. There are some wonderful water fountains and cascading  waterfalls that make a great feature and can be really calming. If you  live near a busy street or are in a noisier neighborhood, they can be a  wonderful way to drain out the nearby noise. These can also be purchased for relatively inexpensive with decent sized water features going for  only several hundred dollars. Shop around and find a piece that reflects your style and personality.

When you’ve finished with your weekend project, consider having a  backyard bar-b-que to show your friends or family the new improved yard. You can sit back and enjoy the great backyard you’ve created in only  two days, and with a small budget.

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Rok Dox Concert

Rok Dox is coming to SunRiver this weekend! Saturday, January 23rd at 3:00 on the putting green. Not to mention delicious burgers served by Hank’s Riverwalk Grill. You will not want to miss this!

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Maintenance Tips: Caring for Your Cabinets

When you first moved in to SunRiver St. George, you received a selection sheet with the brand, style, and color of the cabinets in your home.

This can come in handy if you ever need to re-stain a spot or area of a cabinet. It’s important to note that due to the natural differences in the grain of wood, you might notice a slight variation in the wood or in the way the wood absorbed the stain. This is completely normal for wood.

To clean your cabinets, wood polishers or products which contain lemon oil are suggested. You should follow the directions on the container, and use these products not more than once every three to six months because doing so more often can lead to build-up on the cabinets. It’s recommended you avoid any spray waxes which are paraffin based and it’s important not to wash the cabinets with water. Wood will naturally absorb the water and it can damage the wood and the finish over time.

If you notice the hinges catching or the guides on your drawers moving slower than they should, apply a small amount of lubricant to help fix the problem. You can find lubricant at any home improvement or discount store.

It’s also important to remember that certain appliances can produce excess moisture which can damage cabinets. Things like crock pots should never be placed underneath a cabinet or where the heat which escapes could come into contact with a cabinet door. With just a little maintenance and a bit of prevention, your cabinets should remain beautiful and functional for years to come.

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Maintenance Tips: Doors

Doors made of wood are subject to shrinkage and warping as this is a natural characteristic of wood. Humidity fluctuates throughout the year and can cause slight shrinkage and warping.

Other factors that impact this problem are using forced air furnaces and things which use a lot of water, such as showering and using the dishwasher. To minimize this problem, regulate humidity within the home.

If you find interior bi-fold doors showing signs of shrinkage or warping, use a silicone lubricant on the tracks. This can help with proper opening and closing of these types of doors. To lengthen the life of your exterior wooden doors, refinish them yearly. Doors which have been stained and have clear finishes often wear out faster than painted doors. Treating a finish with wood preserver every three months can help to preserve the varnish and will help to counter wood drying and cracking. If you notice your outer doors cracking, reseal them immediately to prevent further damage.

Doors can often begin to ‘stick’ when you try to open them. This is often caused by higher than normal humidity and the problem should subside when the humidity drops. While you may be tempted to plane the door, this is usually unnecessary. Instead, you can do one of two things. First, apply some wax (any colorless will do) or paraffin to the part that is sticking and it should move more freely. Alternately, you can try to tighten all of the screws associated with the door, such as with the door jamb or frame. This will help to set the door back to its original position and can often alleviate the problem.

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Maintenance Tips: Locks and Hardware

As newer homes begin to settle, this can result in doors not fitting in their original latches. This problem can be corrected by making a new opening in the door jamb for the latch plate and then raiding or lowering the plate based on where the door fits.

Over time, even in newer homes, hinges can become squeaky. This is simply due to the metal pin rubbing against the metal hinge. To fix the problem, remove the metal pin and apply a silicone lubricant (found in any hardware or home improvement store) to the pin and inside the hinge where the pin fits. Try to avoid using graphite as this can cause a dark coloring to appear beneath the hinges and on the door. It can be difficult to remove.

Keeping an extra key handy for privacy locks is a good idea if you have young children staying or visiting your home. If you don’t have an extra key, many privacy locks can be opened with a screwdriver or knife.

If you need to lubricate a lock, graphite or another type of waterproof lubricant can be used. While using oil can work temporarily, it can gum up the lock over time so its use should be avoided.

To keep doors in their intended position, it’s important to not let anything hang on them. This includes things like heavy jackets or even kids swinging on them. These things can gradually pull the hardware from the door jamb and cause the door to sag over time. Slamming doors should also be avoided as this can damage the door and jambs. Slamming a door too hard can even cause cracks to form in the adjacent wall.

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Maintenance Tips: Adding Storage Room to Your Entry

There’s nothing worse than walking into your home and having a cluttered entryway. With shoes, jackets, umbrellas and everything else you may need right by the door for convenience, why not organize and add storage at the same time? There are several elegant and practical ideas to do this in any home:

  • Open Wooden Locker System

This piece of furniture looks like upscale lockers without the doors.  They are made with wood and come painted in a variety of colors to match your décor. The insides of the compartments have hooks to hang jackets, umbrellas, and purses or backpacks. Depending on the style, they can  have drawers or additional cubby holes at the top or bottom for  additional storage.

  • Wooden Storage Bench

A wooden storage bench can have either a large door on the top which  opens or have seating with drawers underneath. These benches can be a  great place to store shoes or boots, scarves, or many other items. For  additional storage you can install some classy coat hooks to hang  jackets on above the seating.

  • Unique, Narrow Tables

Searching antique and specialty furniture stores can turn up an eclectic array of unique tables which are narrow and long and can fit perfectly  in a tight entryway. These can be used to place decorative baskets on  that you can throw you keys or gloves into. Place a tall basket at the  end for umbrellas and you’ve got a clean entryway that is also  functional.

Although adding a piece of furniture may seem like you’re putting even  more in the entryway, it can actually give you a more organized space  and help to keep things off of the floor, allowing more room. When you  take a little time to see what’s available, you’re sure to find the  perfect piece for your home.

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Maintenance Tips: Countertops

There are many important ways in which you can protect your counter tops.

Some of basic ways are to use a cutting board to protect your counters when you cut or chop. Protect the counter from heat and from extremely hot pans. If you cannot put your hand on it, do not put it on the counter. Do not use counter tops as ironing boards and do not set lighted cigarettes on the edge of the counter.

Another way to extend the lifetime of your counter tops is to make sure there is a good seal. The caulking between the counter top and the wall, along the joint at the back splash, and around the sink may shrink, leaving a slight gap. Maintaining a good seal in these locations is important to keep moisture from reaching the wood under the laminates and to prevent warping.

Also, avoid abrasive cleaners that will damage the luster of the surface. Rubber drain mats can trap moisture beneath them, causing the marinated plastic to warp and blister. Dry the surface as needed. Wax is not necessary, but it can be used to make counters gleam.

By following these suggestions, you will be able to have beautiful counter tops that will last and shine for many years.

 

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Maintenance Tips: Carpet – Part 2

This is part two, for part one see Maintenance Tips; Carpet – Part 1, posted on Thursday, November 26th. This post will continue to discuss carpets and the various problems that can occur. It also will suggest some solutions to maintaining your carpet and keeping it in pristine condition.

  • Rippling– With wall-to-wall carpeting, high humidity may cause rippling. If the carpet remains rippled after the humidity has left, have a professional re-stretch the carpeting using a power stretcher, not a knee-kicker.
  • Seams– Carpet usually comes in 12-foot widths, making seams necessary in most rooms. Visible seams are not a defect unless they have been improperly made or unless the material has a defect, making the seam appear more pronounced than normal. The more dense and uniform he carpet texture, the more visible the seams will be. Carpet styles with low, tight naps result in the most visible seams. Seams are never more visible than when the carpet is first installed. Usually with time, use, and vacuuming the seams become less visible.
  • Shading– Shading is an inherent quality of fine-cut pile carpets. Household traffic causes pile fibers to assume different angles; as a result, the carpet appears darker and lighter in these areas. A good vacuuming, which makes the pile all go in the same direction, provides a temporary remedy.
  • Shedding– New carpeting, especially pile, sheds bits of fiber for a period of time. Eventually these loose fibers are removed by vacuuming. Shedding usually occurs more with wool carpeting than with nylon or other synthetics.
  • Snags– Sharp-edged objects can grab or snag the carpet fiber. When this occurs, cut off the snag. If the snag is especially large, call a professional.
  • Sprouting– Occasionally you may find small tufts of fiber sprouting above carpet surface. Simply use scissors to cut off the sprout. Do not attempt to pull it, because other fibers will come out in the process.
  • Stains– No carpet is stain proof. Although your carpet manufacturer designates your carpet as stain-resistant, some substances may still cause permanent staining These include hair dyes, shoe polish, paints, and India ink. Some substances destroy or change the color of carpets, including bleaches, acne medications, drain cleaners, plant food, insecticides, and food or beverages with strongly colored natural dyes as found in some brands of mustard and herbal tea. Refer to care and maintenance instructions for recommended cleaning procedures for your particular fiber. Pretest any spot-removal solution in a inconspicuous area before using it in a large area. Apply several drops of the solution, hold a white tissue on the area, and count to ten. Examine both tissue and carpet for dye transfer and check for carpet damage.
  • Static– Cooler temperatures outside often contribute to static electricity inside. To avoid the problem, look for carpets made with anti-static. You can also install a humidifier to help control static build-up.
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