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Monthly Archives: July 2018

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 to get some fundamental tips and lessons to use the tools. If you don’t have the tools, you can borrow or hire some.

4. Buy Online or at auctions

If you shop around, you can save a lot on supplies, labor and other materials. You can use your negotiation skills for discontinued sales. Although shopping around will cost you some time, you will get whatever you want.

5. Long-term Savings

If you are on a tight budget, you may not give much importance to long-term savings through buying materials or technology that uses less energy. Given below are some energy saving ideas for you.

· Solar panels

· Quality insulation

· Rainwater tanks

· LED lights

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 make the mistake of buying the required stuff yourself.

4. Don’t let Your Kids or Pets Be Around the Workplace

The workers will be careful while working so that no kid or pet gets hurt. But it’s better if you keep your pets and kids a bit away from the workplace. Having kids around the construction area is not a good idea.

5. Don’t Stay in the Same home

We suggest that you rent a house to live in for as long as the renovation work is going on. Renovation costs a lot of money and moving out may add to the cost. However, if you can’t move to another house, you may stay away from the area of your house that the workers are working on.

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 is where the base boards are A 8 inch square top base and a 4 inch top chair rail, but between the two spacing wood strips at 12 to 16 inches running vertical really brings out the country look. A lot of exterior southern #home styles have this type #woodwork, hence the name. This type also really looks superb with the adjoining rooms incorporating some ship lap type walls!

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 other decorative elements in a home or office.
  7. Reclaimed barn wood is sometimes referred to as historical wood or story wood because each board tells a story. When you purchase reclaimed wood, be sure to ask about the history of the wood. After all, there’s something special about owning a piece of history.
  8. When it is used for a project where it will not be walked on, there is no need to treat it with sealants or stains. Thus, it is quicker to install. For flooring, it can be prepped with simple sanding, with staining being optional. However, in staining you don’t have to be concerned about the integrity of the wood, as the staining will only show off the imperfections that make it beautiful.

There are many sources of reclaimed wood. You can find it in salvage stores, on the property location, by visiting re-stores and even by contacting a company to make new wood look like old. But regardless of where you find, you are sure to be pleased with the finished project in which it is used. So, what will you build with repurposed barn wood? Get started today.