Is your porch ready for holidays?

Porch Design Ideas
This little pumpkin proudly sits on the family’s new porch from Steadfast. It’s the first of many year-round decorations.

Get ready for decorations start to show up for the fall and holiday season. For example, this new Steadfast-built porch has its first pumpkin. Both pumpkins and porches have been an American past time for hundreds of years. But just as there are scary jack-o-lanterns, there are scary porches as well.

Whether fall, winter, spring, or summer, your front porch is a big part of your home. It is where you greet your holiday dinner guests. And it’s what you daily see to and from work. It is where you to kick the mud off your shoes, whip the rain off your umbrella, saying goodbye to your love ones, or stare with your children in wonder at the first snowfall.

And it’s the consistent decor when the other decor gets changed. Some porches will not look good no matter how many decorations its covered with. But good looking porches can stay attractive all year.

Prepare for the holiday with a new porch from Steadfast. Ask for a free quote today.

Prince William and Kate Getting a Sunroom

Sunroom DesignSunshine can do wonders, even if your royalty. Prince William and his wife recently applied for consent to hire some sunroom contractors to extend their kitchen. Not Steadfast – They must have been disappointed, but its slightly outside of our northern Virginia (USA) service area. Anyway, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been gradually renovating their 10-bedroom country second home given to them by the Queen.

The sunroom contractors can begin constructing the glass-roofed extension on the kitchen once their design and application approved by the King’s Lynn and West Norfolk Borough Council. They plan to put a 10×10 foot dining table once the project is finished. This will be perfect for dinner guests, or quiet alone time with their little son George. They plan on moving into the home in a few months. princewilliam

If would like to Steadfast to give you the royal sunroom treatment, contact us today.

Reference and photos: Daily Mail

Patio Candle Safety Tips

candleA candle’s light looks wonderful in the evening as it shines on the sunrooms, or through the night air around decks, porches, or patios. With the right precautions, home owners can stay safe and sound. Remember using these candle safety tips.  Start by trimming the candlewick to 1/4 inch.  For use during power outages or night lights, flashlights are a safter alternative.

For candle safety, keep candles from these places:

  1. from rooms without a smoke detector and an awake and responsible adult
  2. from anywhere within 12 inches from hair, loose clothing, curtains, decorations, furniture, or anything that can catch fire
  3. from within reach of children or pets
  4. from homes with oxygen tanks in use
  5. from drafts, vents, ceiling fans and air currents
  6. from candle holders that are not sturdy, uneven, unsafe with heat, cannot catch wax drops, or are placed on uneven or heat-vulnerable surfaces

Here’s when to extinguish your candle:

  1. Extinguish before the period recommended by the manufacturer.
  2. Extinguish before all the wax is liquefied.
  3. Extinguish before the flame gets too close to the candle base, when two inches of wax remains or a half inch if enclosed in a container
  4. Extinguish a candle if it smokes, flickers or the flame becomes too high.
  5. Extinguish when its not possible to keep the wax pool free from wick trimmings, matches and debris every time.

How to extinguish your candle:

  1. Do use a candle snuffer to extinguish a candle, which helps to prevent hot wax from splashing.
  2. Do use your index finger in front of the flame and blow at it if you don’t have a snuffer. Air will flow around your finger, extinguishing the candles from both sides, and preventing hot wax from splashing.
  3. Do not extinguish candles with water. The water can cause the hot wax to splash and can cause glass containers to break.
  4. Do not move the candle until it has completely cooled.
  5. Do not use a knife or sharp objects from a glass holder to remove wax from the candle.

Make your evenings both beautiful and safe with these candle precautions. This will allow you to enjoy your sunroom, porch, deck, or patio in the special candlelight glow.