The bathroom is a place where you and your family members will spend a lot of time in. Many homeowners are starting to place a lot of emphasis on bathroom design. After all, they want to come home to a comfortable looking bathroom after a hard day at work. Besides, a home with a well designed bathroom is always worth more. Here are some furnishing and decoration tips to achieve your ideal bathroom design.
Tip 1: Getting measurements right.
Don’t start off by browsing catalogs. There are tons of options to choose from. Always have your measurements ready so that you know, at the back of your mind, what designs can be fitted into your bathroom, and what can’t.
Tip 2: Individual preferences matter.
If you are making decisions jointly with your spouse, try to spend some time browsing through existing designs to get a feel of what each other is looking for. For example, do you prefer a more traditional look? Does your partner prefer a more modern look? If both of you have got differing tastes, then you need to sit down with your spouse to come to some kind of middle ground. If
Paying for a contractor to take care of your home improvement projects is not something you should have to do. There are many basic home improvement projects that you can take care of on your own without anyone helping you. All you have to know is what those tasks are, what tools to use, and you are on your way. Now if you’ve already paid someone to take care of improving your home, don’t fret. This just means that you’ll be able to take care of those tasks all by yourself in the future. This will save you quite a bit of money in a number of areas.
Things to know
There are quite a few home improvement tasks that you can take on yourself. For example, do you have a crack in your wall? Some drywall, a drywall knife, and matching paint will do the trick. However, it is important that you keep certain tips in mind when you are doing any home improvement task on your own.
Here are some more DIY home improvement tips that you can use:
– Remember that no matter what you do, you are going to make a
Because the vast majority of us aren’t building contractors, it’s easier to be overcharged by some unscrupulous company or to have work done that we didn’t really need. But if you do your homework and follow the tips listed below, you’ll be in a better position to ensure that your project is completed successfully without incurring unnecessary costs.
- Avoid home remodeling financing whenever possible. One of the best ways to save money is to save interest. When interest is involved, it increases the cost of the complete project. You won’t be getting anything more for the added amount you will be paying – except a higher number on your bills.
- Make sure that you plan ahead. The better you plan and schedule, the simpler things will be. You don’t need to plan every detail right down to the second – especially because it’s impossible to predict exactly how long everything will take – but as long as you have the right order of things and a vague idea of the schedule, you’ll be able to advance forward with less effort, and without having to take a
Rubber flooring offers many outstanding benefits. It can be used in many different areas in both residential and commercial properties. The selection of rubber flooring, mats and tiles is extensive, giving everyone a chance to find the most suitable rubber products for their upgrades, maintenance, or remodelling projects.
If you are unfamiliar with rubber products and rubber flooring, the following tips may come in extremely handy. Read them carefully, especially if you contemplating a flooring project.
- Floor selection– Rubber flooring is very versatile, and can be used in many situations. Sadly enough, there are still areas in a home or business where rubber floors are not recommended. This includes kitchens, as rubber surfaces are not resistant to hot oils, fats, and petroleum based materials.
- Indoor floor maintenance– Even the most durable floors need to be maintained. By washing your floor surface regularly with the right cleaning products, they will remain beautiful longer. Your floors will also last longer. Never use harsh chemicals or steel scrubbing pads. They will damage your rubber flooring. Use a broom or vacuum cleaner to remove dust.
- Outdoor floor maintenance– Remove debris by sweeping the area, or by hosing it down.
- Shopping advice– You can buy traditional or recycled rubber flooring
You can save a lot of cash by doing some research and learning a little about housing and perhaps auctions and land values.
- If you want to buy at auction, attend a few first; get the feel for the way they work. In hot markets the bidding can be furious, but remember not all bids are genuine. Some states allow vendor bidding, this is an agent bidding up the price to try and get some momentum going.
Be very clear about exactly how much you will spend, and ensure you have your bank finance in place, because when you enter into an auction it is legally binding. You can’t be the highest bidder and then change your mind.
In a slow market the auction process can give you a sense of how low the vendor is prepared to go. In these markets most houses are sold after the auction.
- Know the area and the mean price (average price) of real estate. If you can find a house in reasonable condition that is well under the mean value, you are likely to have a good deal as long as the property is sound.
It does require some research to be clear. E.g. in one stress
A house alarm DIY installation is probably the first thing the true do it yourself homeowner considers when thinking about home security. You just plain want to save the time waiting to have a professional come do the job and want to save some money over having them do it as well. Besides, you think you are a pretty handy person and you want to be the one responsible for having done the job of protecting family and home. But there are some things you will want to think about before you buy your security system.
Begin by talking to your insurance company and seeing if they can provide you with a list of recommended burglar alarm systems. Assuming you do buy one off this list, then it’s pretty safe to think your insurance company will be happy with the product as well.
However, don’t just run right out and buy a security system off their list of suggested systems. You want to look into other products that just might do the job better for your home and circumstances. Do your own research. Even if the one chosen is from the insurance company’s list, you could find it needs to be done
Our teeth are a very small but extremely essential part of our body. Aside from the obvious function of cutting and grinding food, our teeth help maintain the shape of our face as well. It is therefore important that we take good care of them and keep them in optimal shape. A good bonus would be to keep them looking as white as possible, as this can do loads for our self-confidence and self-esteem, especially in this world where physical appearances are overrated. You can do this with some simple teeth whitening home tips.
If you think that improving your appearance would involve a ton of cash, think again. You can actually look your best without spending so much money, and right in the comfort of your own home. By using these natural techniques, you can get that whiter set of teeth without spending so much as a dime!
The first important thing to remember is to try not to discolor or stain your teeth in the first place. And if you do notice some minor discoloration, you could try to reverse it by using natural teeth whitening methods.
One of the most fundamental steps is to practice good oral hygiene. This means
Choosing how to decorate your home can be based upon the building itself. If you live in a modern new building then you might choose decorate differently than you would if you lived in a period house.
If you live in a modern, new build house then it is likely you have large, open-spaced rooms to transform into cosy and pleasant surroundings.
One of the easiest ways to add a homely feel to bigger rooms is to purchase large pieces of furniture to occupy the empty space. If you’ve always dreamed of having huge sofas or a giant coffee table then this is your opportunity to invest in them.
A second interior decorating tip that will help increase the cosiness of your large rooms is to add plenty of plants. Palm trees make an excellent choice for filling up those empty corners but be careful not to go overboard unless a jungle affect is what you’re after!
Laying a rug on the floor is a crafty way to create a snug atmosphere in a large space. Choose one that is big enough to connect all of your furniture pieces together while at the same time complimenting the rest of the colours in your room.
Fortunately, prospective homebuyers do not have to be professional home inspectors to be able to identify certain problems in a home.
Regardless of whether you are the “handy” type or more of the “book” type, you will be able to spot certain problematic areas with a little bit of guidance. Thus, if you are going through the home purchasing process and you are viewing different homes, keep yours eyes open for some of the following.
NOTE: to better prepare you before heading to your next open house, go on the Internet to look up images regarding some of the problems noted below (e.g. water damaged ceiling, termite damage, flooded basement, mold, cracked foundation).
1) Discolored Walls and/or Ceilings
Discoloration on walls and/or ceilings is usually indicative of water damage or mold. Neither one is good for the home. If you see this, make a note of it.
Water damage could result from leaky pipes, broken pipes, improperly installed window flashing, or even a leaky roof. Each of these can be quite expensive to repair. Where there is excessive moisture, there is a chance that mold will grow. This is especially concerning since mold exposure is linked to certain health concerns. Mold can also cause structural
What I do is not inherently appealing to most people – that’s why my clients pay me to do it! If you check the dictionary you’ll find Administration somewhere in there between Yawn and I’d Rather Watch ‘The Shire’.
Which makes writing a blog about it as difficult as trying to fit gravity into a Grand Unified Theory.
Holding down house and home office is a juggling act and I’m often asked how I manage to make my living from being organised and organising other people’s lives and businesses. Let me tell you – it isn’t easy, and it doesn’t come naturally! I had the fortune of inheriting the scatter brain gene so I’ve had to work very hard at creating a system of checks and balances that allow me to function with a certain degree of efficiency.
Here are my Top 5 Tips to managing House and Home Office:
- Write Everything Down, be the Crazy Cat Lady of Lists!
Some people like to go old school, write reminders down on paper, white board, the backs of their hands etc. Some people live by their electronic calendars, making tasks, setting up meetings, syncing notes on their iPhone and so on. I say: DO THEM ALL!
Sciatica is a common form of lower back pain. It can be a ‘real pain in the butt’ for you and those around you. It can limit your activities so that you miss out and so do your family and friends. Sciatica can be helped and help is here…
There are 5 essential sciatica home treatment tips. Follow these and your sciatica will ease and disappear quickly. Tip 1 – in the first 48 hours use ice. Ice will reduce the inflammation around the nerve and can stop sciatica before it starts. So put ice on the area for 10 minutes, rest for 10 minutes and then repeat the process two more times. Ice is only effective for the first 48 hours, so don’t delay using it. It can be a life [pain] saver in those initial stages.
Tip 2 – Stretch your Piriformis muscle. The Piriformis muscle has the sciatic nerve either running through it or next to it. If the muscle tightens then sciatica is common. Stretching the muscle can ease your sciatica quickly.
Tip 3 – Balance your Pelvis. The pelvis is like a foundation to a house. If the foundations are in balance, the rest of the house won’t
What are the best home inspection tips? Should you hire a home inspector? If you are new to buying a home or even if you have purchased homes in the past, it’s always easy to overlook a problem. Even professional home flippers make mistakes and find unknown problems after closing. But if you take the time to do a pre-inspection before you make an offer, you can save yourself lots of time and money.
Before you look at a house, you should arrive earlier than the Realtor and drive the neighborhood. Look carefully at the conditions of the homes in the neighborhood. Take a street photo as well as a picture of the exterior of the house you are looking at. If you look at a lot of houses, a digital photo will help you keep clear in your mind what the good and poor aspects of this house are.
Remember to bring a flashlight with you. Often empty homes do not have utilities and some areas of the house do not have adequate lighting to inspect fully.
Here’s my list of the best home inspection tips:
- Inspect the roof carefully for worn or curly shingles. A worn roof can cause lots of problems
-Write down your list of wants.
Before you start your house-hunting journey, sit down with your family and brainstorm. Think about what you’d like to have in your perfect house. You may not be able to have everything on your list. But if you know your ideal, you can better decide whether a house is right for you or not.
Getting a pre-approved mortgage is one of the most important steps in buying the perfect house. Until you know your loan amount, you’ll be house hunting in the dark. Finding out how much you can afford will narrow the real estate market for you. It’s no fun to fall in love with a house, and then find out it’s out of your price range. Or settle for a house when you can afford much more.
-Look at the square footage price and not just the total.
The real estate listing should have two different figures, the total sale price and the price per square foot. Many buyers only focus on the total. Sometimes you can find a great deal on square footage just by paying a little more in total sales price. If one house has 1700 square feet and costs $175,000, and
5 Tips to a Greener Home
Things have changed about the way we look at remodeling our homes. Green home remodeling has become the best way to improve the value of your home while reducing the cost of living overall. “Smart houses”, sustainable lifestyles” and “green building” are phrases that are appearing more and more in the housing and construction market.
Green is the new black as far as smart investments in home remodeling. We are keenly interested in keeping the cost of living down as well as making our homes “smarter” by redesigning the way they function. Alternate forms of energy like solar panels or wind turbines, energy saving appliances, windows that can take advantage of cross breezes instead of using air conditioning, using recycled building materials and even downsizing a home are all ways we can reduce our carbon footprint with green home remodeling. And, there is no better way to prepare a home for resale or to increase its value nowadays than by making it as “green” as possible.
Here are some green home remodeling tips to make any home more energy efficient and improve its value:
The design of your home remodel is crucial. Elements such as: room
Our Power Outage Happy Home Tips
– During a recent power outage, it occurred to us that not everyone out there is ready for such an event, or equipped with the items needed to lighten the sometimes stressful environment it can create.
We have put a few tips together that we hope everyone will find helpful when the lights go out.
(Keep candles handy; use them to decorate your home if at all possible. They look good and when the lights go out you can ease the tension room by room, lighting one decorative display at a time.)
A: If more light is needed, a piece of tinfoil carefully placed behind the candle will reflect the light into the room instantly doubling the candles lighting capacity.
B: You can also take a piece of tinfoil about 15″x 15″, and place a piece of tape (duct tape works great) on one side and tape it around the base of the candle. Make sure that it is a larger candle around 6 to 8″ tall, and as big around as the average sized soup can. This will allow it to burn longer without melting down to the base. Allowing the tape to remain cool and keep the
Is 2013 the year you’ll be buying a new home? Builders offer many exciting choices in house and land packages, so as you pour over floor plans to find the one with the best traffic flow, space, and general appeal, don’t forget to consider the land the structure will sit on.
Make Sure Your Floor Plan Is Right For Your Lot
Finding a lot with a view is easy, and there are plenty of designs that will look stunning there. You need to make sure the design you pick is the right one for the land. If you are looking at a home in a development, where the positioning of the units is predetermined, make sure the one you will own will be well placed on your lot so it offers scenery and privacy.
Build A Showplace, Not A Fishbowl
Open floor plans are quite popular in modern residential design because they offer flexibility and flow and can be built to be energy efficient. Even when the home incorporates large amounts of glass, you still do not want to feel like you’re living in a fishbowl. The design you choose and the positioning of your home on the lot can compromise your privacy if
Almost everybody is working on a budget. If you aren’t working on a budget you can hire a decorator to give you home remodeling tips. Otherwise, doing a little research and getting creative with your remodel can produce awesome results. There are so many excellent projects you can do by yourself to freshen up rooms, give them attitude and make them feel comfortable. There is no room in your house that is untouchable, and no project that you cannot tackle if you have the time and devotion to do it.
Whenever interior decorators are interviewed about their work, their responses are simple. They say that making the project fun is the key. That should catch your attention. Don’t start tearing a room apart grudgingly just because you feel it is time for a change. Instead, let yourself dream. And as you dream realize that whatever you can see in your head, you can bring to fruition in your home. The best home remodels are often the most inexpensive.
For example, one of the leading trends in the industry right now is called acid treatment. It’s a project you would do on a cement floor and if applied correctly can make plain old,
Are you remodeling a house? If so, you are going to end up with a lot of trash. However, you will also notice that some items are salvageable. You should consider listing these items for free on a classified website like Craigslist.org. Before doing so, keep these helpful tips in mind.
Can You Make Money?
When you are doing a large scale home remodeling project, you will end up with a lot of leftover junk. It is common to have scrap lumber (from studs or trim), but lets say you redo your kitchen and replace that “okay” stove with a brand new one. That okay stove isn’t old enough to trash and it is nice enough that you don’t want to give it away for free, so try and sell it. Whenever possible, see if you can make money. You have nothing to lose by trying. And say that old stove sells for $50. That is $50 you can use towards your new home improvement project.
If you use a website like Craigslist.org, which is recommended because it is free to post for sale or free items on the site, you have the option to upload up to 4 pictures. Take at
Are you planning to have a home remodelling session? Are you ready for the hassle and trouble? Do you feel lost and do not know where to begin from? Stop worrying and read on. These great home remodelling tips will set you straight on your path. Just plan as early as you can and give as much of time as you can as the improvement of your home is a personal prospect. You must like the changes after they are made to live in them. Your home is your own world.
Know exactly what you want. Even if you aren’t very good at drawing, make a rough sketch of your home at present. Mark areas that are problematic and need remodelling or improvement. You can remodel particular parts as well as the entire house. After you have decided what exactly needs to be changed and where, make another rough sketch of the changed appearances. This will give you a picture of what is going to be and should help you in taking decisions.
Talk to an interior designer or home designer and find out what you actually need to change. Ask details and jot theses down. Take notice of plumbing
For your next home remodeling project, whether it be a new kitchen, a new bathroom or any other home improvement job, consider the following important tips I am providing you with. It could mean the difference between a success or failure of your project.
For most home owners, remodeling work on their home is exciting but is also stressing as most people do not have experience with that sort of thing and don’t know what to expect.
The following things are what you can do to ensure the success of your home remodeling project. Please consider and act on the following tips.
Tip #1: Get a professionally designed and detailed plan made.
It is relatively easy to make adjustments in layout, materials, choice of appliances and so on, in this crucial initial stage, the design, so spend time to adjust, change and perfect your vision while it is still in planning stage. Once the job has already started it will be difficult and costly to make changes and quality can suffer as well. Get a designer to put your idea of a perfect look and functionality onto paper, with enough detail so there is no guessing later on.
Tip #2: Don’t start the job before