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Ever Lasting Materials

Consider Old School Masonry

If you’re building an addition to your property, such as a guest house, pool house or even a garage, you should consider implementing masonry. This is an old school method that has proven for centuries its ability to withstand the test of time. Masonry involves the use of brick or stone siding. This gives the structure a more solid state, which means a higher chance of it surviving strong storms and other adversities like fires and floods. It’s a good idea to consider masonry when you hire general contractors for the construction of a new home.

Don’t Overlook Tile

Tile has and likely always will be a part of modern home designs. Home owners that are having home remodeling done oftentimes implement tile into their décor. Tile can be made from concrete, clay and a host of other materials. The most durable options would be engineered quartz or ceramic. These options are long-lasting and easy on the pocket. You’ll just need to maintain the grout, which can become stained and dirty over time.

Hardwood

Renovate Your Basement

Make a focal point

Often, most basements don’t have a focal point, especially those basements that are long and narrow. So, what you need to do is create a central point, such as a fireplace, as this will help you define the space in addition to keep the space cozy and warm.

Pay attention to the windows

Generally, basement windows are not given the importance that they deserve. Most homeowners waste a lot of light. The primary living space should be placed near the windows to get the most out of the natural light.

Look for alternatives

If you have the wall-to-wall carpeting, you should look for an alternative. People tend to make use of wall-to-wall carpeting for the floor of the basement as it’s warm and comfy. So, what you should do is ask your installer about the subfloor materials for waterproofing and insulation.

Typically, under-floor heating works great to heat up the basements. You can also lay some vinyls on the heated floors.

Use the space

Bathroom Flooring Options

Porcelain

When it comes to tiles for your bathroom, you should put porcelain at the top of your list. Made from clay that is fired and shaped at extremely high temperatures, porcelain is perfect for bathrooms. The material possesses hard exterior that resists water, bacteria, odors, and staining. Porcelain is also a great choice for your bathroom flooring as it is considered impervious to moisture. You will find porcelain tiles in a variety of shapes, including square, hexagonal and octagonal forms – this is a huge advantage if you want your remodeling contractors to personalize your bathroom and give it a unique look.

Natural Stone

If you want a stylish bathroom, consider natural stone tiles for the flooring. They offer a timeless look and feel, and if you maintain them properly, they can last a lifetime. Choose from various options like marble, limestone, and travertine. Each of these naturally occurring stones has its own unique tones, patterns, and textures, giving you a range of options to choose from. An experienced bathroom remodeling contractor will offer varied suggestions regarding which

Home Renovation Mistakes

One realtor told me, “Homeowners should reconsider a new wallpaper project. Wallpaper looks just great for about three months and then it’s dated. I hear prospective buyers say, ‘Uh, we will have to tear off that paper,’ almost every time they see flower wallpaper on a walkthrough. It’s a negative.”

Another item is when a homeowner knocks out a wall to expand a master bedroom by eliminating the bedroom next to it. “Sure, the master is glorious and wonderful, but now on resale you have a two-bedroom home instead of a three-bedroom home. Believe me, this will bring the home value down, even if you have three baths,” said the realtor.

Another contractor said, “Converting a two-car garage into a family room is one renovation project that we get that will cost more to do than you think, and on resale doesn’t add much. If the new room is in a garage without any windows, most code inspectors will not allow you to use it as a bedroom either. And folks do like garages.”

The one mistake that I saw a lot when I was a home inspector was homeowners deciding to do the renovation

Successful Basement Conversion

Talk to your neighbors

You should talk to your neighbors. As a matter of fact, tons of reports about basement conversions have been reported. The objections include noise and disruptions, tunneling out a lot under your house and so on. As a matter of fact, most of objections are related to the hardships of inconvenience and sound pollution.

If you want to avoid these problems, make sure you let your neighbors know about what you are going to do. Your basement conversion may have a negative impact on the property of your neighbor, especially if the conversion involves structural or underpinning supports.

Call Professionals

Basement conversion is not a DIY project. What you need to do is hire specialists in order to get the reinforcement and excavation done. You may want to do your homework and get recommendations from your friends, family and colleagues. As a matter of fact, good contractors are always ready to talk about the pros and cons of the job with you.

Compared to the loft conversion, basement conversions cost more per square foot. However, the benefit of the conversion is that it can increase the value of your

Fixing Nail Pops in Drywall

To repair nail pops in your drywall, you will need a few supplies. You may have most of these materials on hand already, and anything you do not have can be found at your local home improvement or hardware store. Here is what you will need:

  • Stud Finder (optional)
  • Hammer (or nail punch)
  • 2 Drywall Screws
  • Screwdriver
  • Drywall Mud
  • Drywall Knife
  • Sandpaper (200 grit is fine)
  • Paint and Primer

To get started, be sure you have all the necessary tools and supplies so that you don’t have to stop halfway through to make a trip to the store. Once you have everything you need, start by locating the framing around the area with nail pops. Use your fingers to tap the wall until you can hear a solid reverberation instead of a hollow one. You may also use a stud finder. Once you find a sharper sound, tap each side to ensure it sounds hollow. If this happens, then you have located the framing.

Next, use the drywall screws to re-attach the loosened drywall to the framing. Place each screw 2 to 3 inches above and below the nail pop. Then use your hammer to depress the nail pop back into the

Repair Water Damaged Ceilings

Step 1 – Locate

The first step involves making sure you properly locate all areas where the leak may be coming from. This step is crucial for ensuring all possible holes are located to be taken care of. Otherwise the risk for leaks in the future increases.

You should be able to identify and stop the water source fairly easy. This step is very important. Failure to do so might increase the water damaged ceiling repair cost by a big margin. If a person is not able to identify the source of water, all the repairs will be in vain.

Step 2 – Drying

This next step involves drying the water damaged areas. Before commencing this procedure, ensure you protect both your furniture and floor by spreading tarps over them. A person can use a towel or a vacuum cleaner to dry the ceiling. It is advisable to clean both the interior and exterior of the ceiling.

This step might involve stabbing through the saturated ceiling for water to pour down. This process is very crucial as it helps prevents molds from both spreading and forming. The water cleanup process is very important

Wheelchair Accessible

• At each home entrance you need to build a wheelchair ramp. Some homes have sufficient room to make a ramp but if not you could hire a professional home remodeling contractor to install a vertical platform lift at each entrance. It is a good idea to include a cover over the ramp, a non-slip surface, and handrails.
• For stairways you should install a stairway lift. This is a great alternative if you live in a two-story house because it is cheaper to install the lift than it is to move. When installing a stair lift you need to make sure that it swivels so it is easier to get in and out of. There are stair lifts on the market that will even operate when you lose power in your home.
• Make sure that the thresholds and floors are easy to get over with a wheelchair. The main problem that homeowners see when have a wheelchair bound person in their home is the thick carpet. If it is possible your entire home should have hardwood or tile floors throughout the house. You could also opt to replace your carpet with low-pile carpeting. If the thresholds

Winter Maintenance For Vinyl Siding

Keep it Clean. Regular cleaning is an important part of winter maintenance. This does not mean you have bundle up in all your winter gear and bear the cold to clean it every week; instead, wash it once a month with a power washer. When using a power washer, be sure to always put it on a low setting to avoid any damage, and if the siding is already damaged, do not use a power washer at all. As for a cleaning medium, use a mix of Trisodium phosphate and soapy water. Simply apply, and then rinse from the top down.

Check for Damage. It is important to always keep an eye out for exterior damage to your home. However, on a routine basis, you need to closely inspect your siding for damages and defects. Catching a small problem early on can save you a lot of time and money. Weekly inspections are a good start, followed by a comprehensive inspection conducted by a professional roof and siding company. When inspecting your siding, look for cracks, gaps, and water damages; but also remember to check weep holes (holes punched in the bottom of siding for drainage purposes)

Choose A Siding Contractor

Experience. It may seem obvious but this is something you need to ascertain before making the big decision. The question to ask is how many years has the company been in business. Is the statement of 20 years of experience include when the owner was an apprentice? You need a company that has been in business for years and has worked on and managed many jobs. The experience of the owner is important but all things being equal I pass on a siding company that has been in business for two or three years.

Reputation. What is meant here is local reputation. It is time to be skeptical, no more how many good reviews, of a company that operates hundreds of miles away. You need to be looking for a company that has an office within a reasonable driving distance. It is easy to check the reviews on the internet and that is one method but you should also ask for references from jobs they have finished. A combination of checking online reviews and checking references will give you a feel for what kind of company you are dealing with.

Quality Materials. Lots of experience and

When Changing the Front Door

Why?

If you are bored of the look of your old door, then a change may be a good idea. Maybe you want to create a larger opening for guests to walk in so a bigger door might be the next move. Maybe you want more light to enter the house so a glass door would be idea. Or you might want the change simply because you found a more attractive front door.

Budget

You need to have a budget for the door. Many of these features could be extremely expensive because of the design, the brand and the material that was used to create it. If you prefer a custom door, then you’ll need to budget for it.

Light

Are you in need of more light but are not interested in installing more windows and lights? A glass panelled front door could do the trick for you. Glass panels also have many beautiful designs that give any house an elegant appearance.

Quality

Some people decide to change the entire door because the material has either rusted or perished. It is important to also maintain certain materials such as wood as it does tend to absorb water. Adding a

Disadvantages of Wood Siding

Maintenance

One of the most common complaints about wood siding is the level of maintenance it requires. Siding like vinyl and fiber cement are low maintenance, and will last for years to come. However, wood is porous, making it more vulnerable to the outdoor elements, especially moisture. Mold, mildew, wood rot, and more are common issues associated with moisture problems. This means it must be stained and painted at all times, routinely re-sealed and weather-proofed, and cleaned on a more frequent basis. Not only is this level of maintenance difficult to keep up with, it can be costly and time-consuming too. This is something to think about, especially if you are not in a position to provide the maintenance yourself, nor hire a professional company to provide it for you.

Aesthetics

Another common issue with wood siding is warping and swelling, which is caused by moisture absorption. Once the panels dry out again, they do not return to their original shape. This leads to gaps, cracks, energy loss, pest infestations, and more. Not only does this affect the overall aesthetics of a property, it will cost you in the end since defective panels and boards

Latest Bathroom Trends

If you want to change your bathroom mood and character, you should install a layered lighting. Hanging single overhead lights is no longer a practice if you want to achieve positive ambience and relaxation. LED technology took the lighting a step further putting a focus on interesting details. The trend for this year is decorative pendant lights and chandeliers. Make sure they comply with Australian standards.

With years, we are witnessing a growing number of intelligent smart bathrooms. Exclusive for these bathrooms are sensor-activated and self-cleaning toilets, electronic touch-screen mirrors, seat wormers, high-tech showerheads. All these products increase the functionality of the bathrooms.

For practical and functional bathroom – the storage is everything. While stowing everything in cupboards, this year displaying your stuff in open shelves is trending. This type of storage is well-known in spas. Put some folded towels, pretty potted plants and essential oil bottles. You can even put some bigger baskets to store your personal things. Obviously, we are talking about a nice and beautiful way to storage, however, don’t forget to keep things clean and not overcrowded.

Mirrors and basins maybe have the biggest focus nowadays. Scandinavian-styled and timber-framed mirrors are

Why People Choose to Renovate

#4 Lifestyle is Important

What was once touted as “keeping up with the Joneses” is now recognized as a legitimate exercise in maintaining value and increasing happiness. In many cases, home improvements, and the subsequent lifestyle increase, tend to add real monetary value to your property, not just the intangible positive feeling of enjoying your newly renovated space. Lifestyle is important – homeowners recognize they’ve worked hard for their money – so it only makes sense they should spend some of it where they spend the bulk of their time… on their property.

#3 “Do It Yourself” Projects Are Time Consuming, Stressful, and (Typically) Done Poorly.

You may have heard the expression “you get what you pay for” more than a few times in the past. This is particularly true in the home improvement & construction industry.

Folks, don’t take our word for it… go online and look around for renovations done by amateurs and you’ll find that they almost always end up looking… well… amateurish. In some cases, home improvements not done professionally can even lead to insurance issues, or even problems with resale. On one basement project years ago, we discovered (upon

Remodeling Home Exterior

One important thing that you need to do before attempting an exterior home remodeling project is to fully research what the requirements will be to undertake the project. Some of these things can include:

• Make sure an y remodeling you do is in line with all the building codes
• Do not encroach on the neighbor’s yard, power lines, or plumbing
• Have a checklist of all the materials you will need for the project
• Purchase all your materials and supplies before you start to work on the project
• Doing some basic organizational preparation can help to make it a simple process from start to finish.

Most homes of today are not made of wood or material that requires an overall paint job. Re-paint the trim around the windows and any other trim and replace the front door. Painting the trim can be a fun weekend project along with replacing the door. You can use white to paint the trim or choose a color that would that would set off the windows and other trim such as a soft pastel color or a light color such as shades of yellow or blue. Darker

Tips for Home Upgrades

Contractor. Pick carefully and get three bids. Talk to their clients and tour their work. Ask for their insurance certificate.

Contract. Get a detailed contract and go through it with a fine-tooth comb. A general idea of the work and a handshake won’t do it unless you don’t care what you end up with.

Plan for a few surprises. Surprises are inevitable, but they should be minimal if you did your planning. Set some extra money aside for them – 10% of your remodel budget. If you don’t need to use it, great.

Don’t buy your own materials. If you think you’re going to save money by specifying and buying your own materials, you may be sorry. Contractors don’t like the practice, and they are better at choosing and negotiating than homeowners. Don’t worry; they will allow you to make all the choices but let them handle the transactions and the warranty.

Pack up as much of your stuff as you can in the areas of the house that will get the work. Contractors hate having to negotiate piles of clothes and toys, and the work makes an awful mess.

Stay out of

Renovating On A Tight Budget

1. Know Your Limits

If you don’t know your limits, you may end up wasting a lot of money on your DIY project. So, it’s important that you know your limits. For instance, you may want to leave the plumbing, electrical and structural work to professionals. Make sure you get recommendations before hiring professionals.

2. Get a Working Pee

The good news is that you can do a lot of jobs with your family and friends. A package of a BBQ and a few drinks can get a lot of things done. Given below is a list of tasks that you can do with a few helping hands.

· Tiling jobs

· Assembling of a flat-pack kitchen

· Polishing floorboards

· Landscaping

· Fencing

· Painting

3 DIY Lessons

For basic DIY tasks, you have to have a few tools and some practical knowledge. You can get both from a reputable hardware store. You may sign up for a DIY workshop as well.

Moreover, if some of your friends know the trades, you can talk to them and get their help. You may also “bribe” them

Home Remodeling Don’ts

1. Don’t Make Delays

Make sure you make your decisions before making a start on the project. This will help you avoid unnecessary delays. Actually, the majority of decisions are related to stuff like faucet selection, trim and paint. They may look tiny, but if you don’t get the faucet in time, you may have to reschedule your plumbers. Therefore, you should make your decision in time.

2. Don’t change your decision too often

Once you have made a decision about something, you should stick to it. However, you have to change your mind later on. But keep in mind that changing your decision will add to the cost of the budget. You will have to spend money to make the necessary changes. It may include new stuff you need to buy and the fee you need to pay to the professionals.

3. Don’t buy the required stuff yourself

While this may sound like a great way to save a lot of money, you should not go for this option. The builder may get a lot better price than you as far as buying materials is concerned. So, you may not want to

Inspirational Wainscoting

Wainscoting can vary in height from 36 inches from the floor to 48 from the floor, basically depending on your ceiling height. You don’t want to go too tall, leave the majority of the sheet rock above the top of the wainscoting. Covering a little over a third of your wall from the bottom up usually gives you the perfect amount for the supportive structure look.

A simple chair rail piece is simply not enough to give the effect. Adding a 6 inch or 8 inch baseboard and changing the paint color between the two to a heavier darker color is relatively inexpensive, but delivers a very drastic upgrade. Depending on your choice of paint color this can take on a wide variety of visual appeal.

While there are quiet a few to choose from a preferred #luxury inspired wainscot is the heavier style 8 inch tall base boards and ½ plywood for the wall between the bottom and top piece. Staining of all the wood will definitely take the level of #luxury up about 10 notches incorporating judges panels will put the icing on the cake.

The style we like to call #Southern Living

Use Reclaimed Barn Wood

There are many reasons that people are opting for reclaimed wood over simply going to the lumber yard and purchasing new wood. Here are but a few of them:

  1. In a world where we are constantly looking for ways to recycle, it is time to go back to the basics. So, why not begin with wood. By using reclaimed barn wood, you help preserve the forest and responsibly use the resources our environment provides.
  2. Preparing reclaimed barn wood for use takes little toll on the environment.
  3. It takes more energy to process and use new wood, than it does to prepare reclaimed barn wood for a project.
  4. Because today’s world often wants lumber from young virgin trees, trees grown commercially are rarely long enough to reach their full potential size. Consequently, using reclaimed wood allows you to have longer planks of wood cut, making it perfect for large projects.
  5. Because the wood has already stood the test of time, it is fully dried out and thus more durable than new wood.
  6. Every section of reclaimed wood is different, so you can create a unique pattern and design. This variation in patterning and color makes it ideal for ceilings, flooring, countertops and many