Bathroom Furnishing and Decoration Tips

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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 you proceed without ironing out your differences, the process will surely be hindered by disagreements.

Tip 3: Settling on a preferred style.

Settling on a preferred style makes your decision much easier. For instance, if you have already decided on a traditional look, then you can start looking a traditional vanities such as the Carrara marble top or the granite top. Traditional designs are usually preferred by more mature homeowners.

However, if you prefer modern bathroom vanities, the wall mounted vanities may be just what you are looking for. Such vanities give the illusion that you have a bigger bathroom. That is because there are no supporting legs for the vanities and they seem to be floating in mid air! The designs are sleek and simple, and you can be sure that younger home owners will love the modern looks.

Glass vanities look extremely elegant and posh. They give a look of luxury and the designs are usually rather different. The entire look and feel of the bathroom will be different from the other vanity designs. Glass vanities can be ideal if you are looking for a resort look.

Sometimes, during the morning rush, everybody wants to use the bathroom. You can speed things up by having a double vanity in the bathroom. For instance, if you have two children both going to school at the same time, they can brush their teeth side by side instead of having to wait for one to finish. In other words, besides the looks, double vanities also serve a very practical purpose.

If there is a lady in the house, having a matching mirror is a must. Vanity mirrors are available in all sorts of shapes and sizes.

Finally, you have to spend some time choosing matching floor and wall tiles. There are Travertine Tiles and Marble Tiles for flooring, and there are Marble Mosaics, Travertine Mosaics, and Glass Mosaics for the walls.

Basic DIY Home Improvement Tips You Should Know

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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 mess. Make sure you have plenty of tape and plastic hanging around. This means you are going to cover your floor or any furniture that is in your line of fire. The tape is to keep you from getting paint on those areas you don’t want to paint if painting is something you’ll be doing.

– Although you are pretty sure that you can do it yourself, you still need to keep the phone numbers of professionals close by in case of an emergency. You never know what kind of problems you may come across.

– There are tons of books at your local hardware store and even on the Internet. If you’re not sure about something, simply look it up. You can find detailed instructions on how to install that new ceiling fan or light fixture.

– Always have a plan in place, but always remember that something will always come up at the last minute. You will find that certain spot within your project in which you say, “I need this particular piece and I don’t have it.” Make sure that you are working on your projects with the home improvement store in your area is open. That way you can just jump in your car and drive there to get what you need. You don’t want to have to wait until the next day.

– Be sure you take certain safety precautions such as unplugging any appliances that you are working around. Also, make sure that your power tools are unplugged when you are not using them. This is especially important if you have children because children and power tools do not mix. If you are working around pipes and such, make sure that the water is turned off as well because you don’t want to risk causing a leak.

It’s easy
With the right tools and the right resources, you can pretty much do any home improvement project yourself. Only when walls have to be knocked out or foundations jacked up do you really need to look for a professional. Then again, you may find that you are totally insecure about a particular task. If you have to call an expert, that is fine. It is better to have someone who knows that they are doing working on your home than you not being sure about what you are doing. Just know that they don’t have to do everything, which means you are going to save money no matter what.

5 Home Remodeling Tips You Should Consider

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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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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 step backward needlessly.
  3. Inspect your foundation before remodeling your basement. Many homes have at least part of their foundation underground. Time, temperature changes, moisture, along with other factors can cause stress-fractures to the foundation that may not be obvious unless they are carefully hunted down. Examine your foundation yourself or – preferably – hire an expert to ensure that it is in good shape before you start pouring money into your basement renovation. The last thing you want is to have to rip it all up when problems start occurring.
  4. Get the best flooring you can afford for your bathroom. Since your bathroom is undoubtedly a little space when compared with other rooms of your house, you may have a bit more wiggle room with regards to the type of flooring you select. Make your bathroom into a home spa by selecting high quality water-resistant tiles in ceramic, marble, or stone, and contemplate subfloor heating coils to keep your feet warm on those hard surfaces. This will add to your enjoyment of the room and improve your home’s value.
  5. Use bright stark lighting when sanding drywall. As you go through the sanding process, either continually or intermittently check your work with a very bright light such as that provided by halogen lightbulbs. This, combined with verifying smoothness with your hand, will ensure that you don’t miss anything that couldn’t be spotted in regular illumination.

 

 

 

10 Rubber Flooring Tips

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Outdoor floor maintenance– Remove debris by sweeping the area, or by hosing it down.
  4. Shopping advice– You can buy traditional or recycled rubber flooring from a local floor supplier, or from an online vendor. Either way, always verify that the company you are dealing with is reputable. If you have doubts, ask for references.
  5. Comparison shop– Whether you are browsing for floors, mats, tiles, or any other rubber products, never finalize an order until you know you have been offered the best possible price. Some dealers will actually lower their prices to match those of their competitors.
  6. Measurements– Always measure twice. Buying too much flooring is not a real problem, as most retailers will accept returns. Left-overs can also be used in other areas around your home or shop. On the other hand, buying too little may become a huge problem, especially if the supplier runs out of stock. Your project will be on hold, and may also end up with a colour difference between the first and second batch of flooring materials.
  7. Floor installation– Installing interlocking rubber tiles is not very difficult. However, it is advisable to read the installation instruction before putting on your tool belt, and request additional information from your flooring supplier if any questions arise.
  8. Design preparations– If you want to use several colours, create your design before you order your materials. When you just guess at the amounts you need, you may end with too much of one kind, and too little of another.
  9. Floor thickness– Unless you are a professional, who is familiar with rubber flooring, consult with a flooring expert to determine what thickness your flooring should have. The more traffic and abuse your floors have to endure, the thicker they should be.
  10. Discounts – Whenever you plan a remodelling project or upgrade, immediately start a search for sales and discounts. If you know a promotion is coming up, hold off with your order until the price reduction takes effect. Waiting a few weeks can save you a bundle of money, which you can then use to buy matching drapery or wall decorations