Posts Tagged ‘home improvement’


Upgrade Your Older Home’s Flooring

Thursday, July 20th, 2017

natural-wood-flooringEasy and Economic Flooring Upgrade Options for Old Homes

When thinking of a home upgrade, most people tend to overlook flooring as it is not the most obvious aspect of a home interior.

However, the floor is an easy way to breathe new life into the look and feel of a home. It is also a great way to boost the value of the property without having to spend too much.

Given below are a few simple and cost-effective ways to refresh the old setting of a home through a flooring upgrade:

Installing a Floating Floor

A wooden floor is a great way to create a feeling of warmth and coziness. One of the most convenient ways to get a new wooden underfoot is by installing a floating floor.

This type of flooring differs from the conventional flooring from the aspect that the wooden strips are attached together with glue or snapped together and are not nailed. Floating floors go well with all types of flooring- concrete, sheet vinyl, ceramic tiles as well as plywood.

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Enhance Your Home with the Right Outdoor Lighting

Wednesday, June 28th, 2017

outdoor-lighting5 Popular Types of Outdoor Lighting

The outdoor light is useful for not only improving on the aesthetics of the home and garden, but also to keep it safe and secure.

No matter the size of the patio, balcony or garden, there are a wide range of lights to instantly transform the space to make it that much more welcoming.

Here are a few of the most popular types and styles of the outdoor light:

Task

The task lights are a practical choice for installing at entrance points to front porches, sheds, garages, etc. They give a useful amount of illumination to make it that much easier to enter and leave a property.

One of the most attractive styles to install above the front door is the lantern wall light which has a very inviting and stylish look. Also, the flush fitting wall lights give similar illumination, but are more cost-effective and great for installing above the back or side doors.

floodlightsFloodlights

Floodlights are a useful option to give a little extra illumination to the outside seating areas, steps, driveways and paths. Alternatively, the deck lights can help to mark out a pathway.

Accent

Accent lights are the best option to add a touch of drama and atmosphere to the garden. They are a nice way to highlight a water feature, sculpture, pond, certain plants or other focal points outside.

A single accent light placed under foliage or near a favorite feature gives a focused and intense beam, while a light placed either side of the feature creates the more flattering and soft effect.

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Secrets to a Great Bathroom Remodel

Friday, April 21st, 2017

bath-remodel-tipsTile Shops Experts Reveal the Secrets to Planning a Bathroom Remodel

Bathroom remodeling is one of the surest ways to increase the value of your home. It is also the most cost-effective, according to many tile shops experts. Apart from that, it can also improve your home and turn it into a comfortable heaven.

Still, many people find bathroom remodeling quite daunting and bothersome. If you fall in the same category, it is likely because you haven’t got a clue where to start and what steps the process includes.

One thing is for certain: once you have decided to implement a new bathroom, you must plan accordingly.

Just keep a clear vision of what you want your bathroom to look like in the end and you will get through the process with ease:

Think of the time frame – consider when you want to complete the project. There needs to be a deadline to follow; otherwise the project may take forever! Having a time frame will let you establish a plan to stick to. Aside from this, you will know what parts of your project you can possibly deal with on your own and what aspects of the work you should hire a professional for.

bathroom-remodelingWhat features are you remodeling – every bathroom remodel consists of several tasks. Are you renovating the cabinets and lighting? Are you updating the tiles and fixtures? Decide on what areas of your bathroom you want to work on so that you know what to look for. Other than that, you will be able to plan your budget accordingly.

Check out other bathrooms – every remodeling project needs its inspiration. Look for other bathroom layouts and ideas on sites like Pinterest, specialized stores and consult with experts on the matter. That way you will know better what you want for your bathroom and how to get it.

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Ten Simple Tips to Kitchen Remodeling

Thursday, February 9th, 2017

kitchen-interior-design-remodelTEN KITCHEN REMODELING TIPS

A kitchen used only for cooking means missed opportunities to create a home with special family time, or fun gatherings with friends.

After all, the kitchen is the center of much of our activities when at home. A comfortable and aesthetic space encourages human interaction and brings people closer together.

Spending some time correctly designing a kitchen will not only increase the value of your house, it will also pay emotional dividends.

Here are some tips we have gathered through our extensive experience remodeling kitchens:

1. SIMPLE IS BETTER
Most of the time less is actually more. The mark of a good design is understatement.

small-kitchen-makeover2. MORE COUNTER SPACE NEAR THE STOVE
Having plenty of space to prep food makes cooking more enjoyable.

3. MORE STORAGE
More storage means less cluttered counter-tops which means a cleaner look. Consider taking your cabinets to the ceilings, you’ll be able to store items not often used out of sight, helping resulting in a less cluttered look.

4. INVEST IN GOOD CRAFTSMANSHIP
Shoddy work simply doesn’t look good and will have to be redone. Investing in good craftsmanship will save you money down the road and fashion a more beautiful space.

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How to Save Energy & Improve Your Home’s Air Quality

Friday, November 11th, 2016

air-vents-dirty-cleanHow to Clean Your Air Vents to Increase Efficiency

People always ask me what can they do to save on their energy costs when it comes to their home comfort system or heating and cooling system.

The easiest way besides simply changing the air filter for your furnace regularly is to clean your air vents.

It’s pretty simple and doesn’t take a lot of time and it is definitely worth it. Here is a quick “How To” to make it even easier.

Before you start taking off all the grilles for the supply and returns, you should make a quick inspection of all of your vents. We want to check for air flow and the vents could be anywhere. They can be found behind couches, bookshelves, cabinets under end tables, behind desks. Most of them may not be getting air flow at all and that is bad news for your furnace.

There should be at least three inches of space or clearance around the vents in order for the air to circulate the way it was meant too. If not your furnace is working harder and therefore costing you more money to operate. If you have to move your couch out a few inches, I would do it.

air-vent-cleaningNext let’s check your dampers if you have any. They are the little levers on the grilles that you can open or close. You can set these according to how you want or don’t want the air to circulate. It is not recommended to have too many of them closed throughout the house though as it causes the furnace to work less efficiently.

Now since we are getting ready to clean the vents, let’s decide if we want to keep them as is. Some vents may be old and rusty, some may not even work. Now is the perfect time for you to change them out.

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Accent Your Home with the Right Shutter Colors

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016

exterior-wood-shuttersHow To Choose Shutter Colors That Accentuate Your Home

Are you looking for the best way to change the look of your home? Selecting new window shutter colors is a great way to make your home stand out and give it a major facelift. However, figuring out the best colors to use can be overwhelming. Here is a guide to help you learn how to pick window shutter colors that properly compliment your home.

Exterior Style

The appearance of your home will have a major part in choosing the right color. What does the exterior style of your home look like? Is it modern or contemporary? If your home is a traditional design, you want to choose something that is more of a classic style. A lot of people like to choose colors that are bright and bold. There is a lot of bright red, blue, and yellow paint options that will make a home stand out.

home-shuttersThe Color of Your Home

Your home will have a certain exterior color that you need to compliment with the right window shutters. If the color of your home has a variety of colors, you can compliment it with just about any color scheme on the market. A great way to figure out which color is best is by getting a color pallet and watching your home throughout the day. The sun will highlight different colors and this can help you decide what you like best on your home. Take pictures of your home throughout the day to compare the colors as you take it to stores to compare it with the shutter paint options.

Plan Around the Home

How much renovation work are you planning to do to your home? When you are hoping for a basic paint job, you want to plan around the way your home already looks. You are not planning to change the shingles, siding, and other colors. The best thing to do is select a color that compliments all the colors you are already using on the home.

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