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Basement

Tips on Decorating a Comfort Bedroom

The bedroom is one of the favorite places for many people. In addition to being a place to rest, the bedroom can also be used for other activities such as learning, working, doing tasks, playing games, and even some people use it as a gathering place with their friends.

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Already getting bored with the current bedroom atmosphere? Try to use your time by redecorating your own room. Make the room feel more spacious and make you more relaxed at rest. Here’s how to decorate a practical bedroom.

Add Fresh Flowers in Your Bedroom

Put fresh flowers in the bedroom to make the atmosphere more comfortable. Customize the flower color with your room decor. Place the flower beside the bed. Bedside flowers are a must for me because the flowers boost spirits and add a touch of romance in the room.

Change Room Lamp

According to Hill, lighting can affect a person’s mood. If you usually only use room lights white or bright, try changing with dimmer lighting. Soothing lighting will make different nuances in your bedroom. There’s nothing wrong with wearing a unique sleeping lamp with funny ornaments.

Replace the Dark Color Curtains

Many choose bright room curtains such as white, beige, to light blue. But many are trying to make the room more detailed. Actually the darker the room, the sooner you fall asleep. Therefore, invest your money in curtains or dark curtains.

Select the Blue Wall Paint

Studies conducted lighting research center in new york, united states shows that the blue color has a calming effect and relieve stress. Choose a color with a soft palette like baby blue, blue pastel or dusty blue for the impression of a wider room. Blue salted eggs give the impression of cool, but if you do not want your room look like a hospital room, combine with white furniture. Combination of these two colors gives a fresh feel.

Add Aroma Lavender

Lavender can give a relaxing effect when inhaled. Some studies also show that the scent of purple flowers can help you get better sleep quality. Lavender aroma can be presented through oil or aromatherapy candles, can also be dried flowers as a mixture of potpourri placed in the corner of the room or dresser

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General Article

Tips for Choosing Dining Table For Minimalist Home

One of the most important furniture in the house is the dining table. Here, the whole family can enjoy the delicious home cooking as well as gather and discuss the light topics.

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For that, the selection of the right dining table should you note especially if you have a house with a minimalist model, then presents a modern minimalist dining is one of the things you should apply to the dining room. Deciding where to eat according to the width of the house can sometimes be difficult if you do not know how. If someone chooses, then your house looks narrow. Here are some tips you need to consider to create a minimalist home table:

Determine Table Shape

Generally the dining table model there are two rounds and square. But because the space you have is limited, you should avoid the rectangular model. The round model can accommodate 3-6 people while the square model can only accommodate 2-4 people.

Notice the Material

If you want a wooden dining table, choose hardwood materials such as mahogany, walnut, maple, oak or teak. Do not be composite or composite, such as MDF (medium density fiberboard). MDF is a material of a mixture of hard and fine wood compressed into a board. Although durable, but not as strong and hard as the type of hardwood.

Measure the Dining Room

It is important to measure the dining table according to the area of your dining room, especially if the dining room is small. Do not let the table is too big for a small room, or too small for a spacious room. Rectangular tables placed in a narrow space will make the room look cramped.

Check the Table Dimension

Most dining tables have a standard height of 28 – 30 inches. The most comfortable height can provide enough space above the knee and parallel to the elbow as you sit. While the width, whether it is oval, square, round or rectangle has a standard width of 36 inches above, depending on the number of people. For example oval with a length of 84 inches, can accommodate up to 10 people.…

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Kitchen Renovation

Use Non Slip Flooring to Avoid Falls at Home

When you put your new flooring at home, you have so many options, sometimes it’s quite difficult to choose. There are some flooring types that are more slippery than others given the various conditions, such as water or wax. If you have an elderly living with you, using non slip flooring is something to really think about for the long term. The older a person gets, the easier it is for them to slip and fall. And elderly will have a more difficult time recovering than younger people.
You can put non skid flooring in rooms that tend to have spills or moisture, such as in the kitchen or bathroom, on your patios, around swimming pools and your veranda. These are the places that are easiest to cause accidents and need more care than others.
When you’ve decided to install non slip floors in your home, you can find them in 3 different materials: linoleum, vinyl and cork. While cork might seem a bit weird for the purpose, it is a very modern and good material to use for flooring, and it is also very easy to clean and maintain. If you are an environmentally conscious person, putting cork floors will make you sleep easier at night as this is a very ecofriendly material to have around. Vinyl and linoleum are the other two materials that are easy to maintain and clean and suitable for the purpose.
Where you can’t put this type of floor, or you already have some other type, to prevent accidental falls you can also add on your existing surface some non slip rubber flooring. Garage and basement comes to mind here. This rubber is available in big rolls and you can simply put it on top of any surface, as it’s very easy to install. Nowadays there are rubber floors that are really modern looking, so you don’t have to worry about having an ugly place when you lay it on your floor.
Non slip mats and rugs are another option for already existing hardwood floors, for example. It is a know fact that waxing your wood can get very slippery, so adding non skid mats in strategically, well chosen places might mean the difference between an accident or not.…

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Basement Renovations

Don’t Let Your House Overwhelm You

Do you love your home or does it feel more like a house that you come home to because you have to? A home is comfortable and loving. You find peace and relaxation there.

A house is just a place where you spend time. Your house may even be bringing you stress because instead of peace you just feel stress when you look around.

Do you find that sometimes you don’t even want to go home because of the stress and all the things that need to be done? There are dishes piled in the sink and laundry to do.

Get rid of that feeling by having a plan

Marathon cleaning systems don’t work for most of us. You work really hard for a day and then in as few as 2 days there is a mess again. The time for these marathon sessions usually comes from our treasured weekends as well. No one wants to devote half their Saturday to cleaning.

The plan you need is to implement a few simple habits that can turn your home around. Feel great about your home and your accomplishments by doing a few things each day.

Doing a little bit at a time is the best way to tackle any project

Slow and steady wins the race. We all learned this as kids from the story of the tortoise and the hare. Be the tortoise.

How do we become the tortoises at home? First of all, don’t tackle the entire house at one time. Make a list of five things you want to accomplish in the house today. Choose things like 1 load of laundry (including putting the finished clothes away), picking up for 10 minutes, sweep the kitchen floor, de-clutter for 10 minutes and clean the kitchen toilets. Doing those 5 items will only take about half an hour of your time.

If you spend half an hour cleaning and de-cluttering your home each day the home you love will soon re-appear. Do you have half an hour to spend? Can you afford not to spend that time?

How to find the time

Break the time up into three, 10-minute efforts.

Spend a few minutes picking up during the commercials of your favorite TV show.

Wipe off counters while waiting for your coffee to brew or for something to heat up in the microwave.

Put things away immediately rather than let them sit out.…

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Renovation Costs

Home Maintenance Projects for Fall

As the sunshiny days of summer give way to the bright gold and reds of fall, it is easy to enjoy the beautiful transition, lay back and relax. But you see, putting off essential fall home maintenance projects until the chilly winter months can not only cause a lot of difficulties but can also be costly as well. Yes, your New York home is among the greatest investments you can have in a lifetime and not taking care of it will soon take its toll, leaving you and your family to live with insufficient comfort and functionality which are important to make everyday living of quality. To avoid all the headaches brought by the inconveniences and costs, here are home maintenance projects for fall that you should not miss whether you are in Manhattan, Long Island, Queens, Brooklyn and Staten Island.

Home Inspection

The best possible start to your set of home improvement projects for fall is a thorough home inspection. Though you can do this yourself, it is advised to hire a competent contractor or other qualified professionals to handle the task more efficiently for you. The expertise and tools that they have will allow for a more detailed and accurate assessment of the property and all areas of your house. Doing this step can initially will cost some, but the results will prove to be more than your dollars’ worth. By knowing which areas need repair and other improvements, you are saved from the costs and troubles that a snowballed home damage can bring.

Clean Up

Fall means that leaves, and a whole lot of them, will be scattered all over from the roof to the grounds. These seemingly harmless piles of dead leaves and branches can be enough to do a lot of damage and causing you to end up with a broken bank. In your fall home maintenance projects focus on gutters, downspouts, and other water draining channels. Free these areas up from dead leaves and if possible, gutter guards and other such devices should be installed. Clogging of gutters can lead to standing water. When winter comes and freezing of these waters occur, not only will your gutters be damaged but the condition and efficiency of the basement, walls, foundation, and crawl spaces can be affected. Removing dead leaves and branches on your lawn is a great way to preventing snowmolds.

Roof Care

One of the foremost areas that should be the focus of your fall home maintenance projects is the most exposed to all damaging elements – natural and not, and this is your roof. Repair of any damage while the temperature is negative and piles of snow covers the expanse can be very difficult, and even dangerous. This makes the evaluation and maintenance of this part of the house done on fall, a very ideal and sound action to take. Some of the damage signs that you should be wary of include:

missing or damaged shingles

gaps along flashes, joints where the siding and roof meets with flues and vents

damp, moldy spots

broken mortar around the chimney especially at caps joints, and washes.…

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Home Contractors

The Top 3 Things A Home-Buyer Can Do To Protect Their Investment

Buying a home can be exhilarating…owning a home can be exciting. Investing in your own home is smart, too, for a number of reasons. For most of us, the financial investment is a considerable one. I haven’t heard of too many homes being given away lately, have you? So what can the prudent home-buyer do to protect that substantial investment? What does it mean to “protect your investment?”
1) First, you should arrange for the services of a professional Home Inspector to inspect the home prior to your purchase so that you know the physical condition of the property. I am often surprised at just how little time a prospective buyer, who is already under contract to purchase the property, has actually spent at the property. I have stated before that a Home Inspector is paid to be suspicious even when there is nothing particular to be suspicious that’s what you need prior to plunking down a significant amount of money for that new home…someone who is suspicious and someone who is not “in love” with that beautiful new home. A professional Home Inspection will provide you with valuable insight as to the physical condition of the property without emphasis on the floor plan of the house or the colors of the interior walls or of the condition of the wall-to-wall carpet. Having a Home Inspection will be mostly invaluable to you in your purchasing decision because the Inspection Report will identify areas of concern that you may not have yet considered. Is there any indication of damage from past plumbing leaks? What about from roof leakage? Are there any obvious electrical hazards present that need to be corrected? Is that garage overhead door operating safely? The Home Inspector should also teach you a bit about the home because homes don’t generally come with Owners Manuals. Where is that main water shut-off valve located in case you were to have to turn off the water… right now? What is the most efficient way to operate the heat pump system?
2) So now you’ve made a really good and informed ‘ve signed on the dotted line and you’re the home-owner. Not a home-owner… THE Homeowner. It’s yours. It’s your baby! Not just part of it but the whole enchilada. Your perspective of how to protect your investment has just changed. Now, you have to maintain the home and do everything that you can to make sure it’s value is maintained. And that’s a tall order and one that is often taken lightly or outright misunderstood. The maintenance of a home requires a significant general commitment as well as considerable expenditures of both time and money. Home Inspectors routinely report on various conditions that are quite costly to correct and, often, these issues could have been prevented with a good maintenance plan and some affirmative action. Anything to do with water is a recurring and prominent theme with a home. Keeping the exterior in a well maintained condition is siding and wood trim need to be periodically prepared and painted to prevent deterioration. Plumbing leaks, and roof leaks, need to be discovered as quickly as possible to prevent damage…there’s that water “thingy” again.
And what’s going on in those spaces of the home…those places into which most people rarely venture. What’s happening in that crawl space or attic space? You need to know what’s happening, and to know, you have to go there or have someone else check it out for you. Having your cooling and heating systems serviced is important to their well-being and to their longevity. And the list goes on.
3) At some time in the future, you are going to decide you want to sell your home. Maybe you need to upgrade to larger spaces or maybe you’re in need of down-sizing. Irrespective of your motivations, you’ll want to be able to fetch the most amount of money that the market will bear. Right? So pay attention to the way the home looks. Pay attention to how it presents itself. Drag out that dusty ole’ home-buyers hat, put it on, go out to the street, and take a good long, hard and unbiased look at your home. Walk around the exterior. What do you see? Do you see well-manicured shrubbery or scraggly bushes brushing up against the exterior walls? Do you see blinds hanging askew in the windows? Do you see “stuff” around the perimeter of the exterior? While a Home Inspector doesn’t pay too much attention to cosmetic items, you can bet your hard-earned money that your prospective buyers are doing just that. Do you remember how the home looked the first time you saw it? So spruce up the exterior. Clean and tidy up the interior. Know that, just as you did, your prospective buyer will …

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Basement Renovations

Saving Money While You Remodel Your Kitchen

If you are a homeowner and thinking of remodeling your kitchen then chances are that money might be a little tight. Owning a home is a wonderful thing, but it is also a very expensive thing too. However, in spite of a tight budget you may wish to remodel your kitchen anyway. This may sound impossible at first but there are many things you can do to help save some money and get your kitchen changed and refreshed.
There is one obvious way of saving money on a kitchen remodel, taking a second look at whether your kitchen really needs to be remodeled right now. It is entirely within your discretion as a homeowner to remodel your kitchen whenever you like. But unless your kitchen is in desperate need of change or fixing, it might be better to wait until you have more disposable income to remodel with.
If you decide that postponing your kitchen remodel is an unacceptable choice then a great way to save money is to handle things one step at a time. The goal might be to get your entire kitchen remodeled, but financially it is not feasible to do it all at once. It may make it easier to divide the kitchen remodel into projects and tackle one at a time. For example you can replace the kitchen cabinets first. Once this is paid for then you can move on to the flooring. In this way you are getting the remodel that you want and not spending all that money at one time.
Whether you ultimately decide to remodel in stages or all at once, the cost of supplies and materials will be a huge factor in saving money while remodeling your kitchen. Be sure that you are shopping around for your materials and supplies. Typically, national chain home improvement stores will have everything you could possibly need and will be priced competitively as well. This allows you to find your supplies, tools, and materials all in one place and at a good price.
Another great way to save money while remodeling your kitchen is to do the work yourself. Hiring a professional contractor is definitely the easier route to take but it is also very expensive and when you are on a budget this may not be possible. Even if you have never done a remodeling project before, you can always learn. There are infinite resources online as well as plenty of books at the library or the local bookstore. Look around your local area for remodeling classes and seminars as well. But most of the time, all you will need to know is what supplies you need and a set of directions. All of these resources will allow you to handle the kitchen remodeling yourself and save a lot of money.…

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Renovation Costs

Flooring Is an Equally Important Aspect of Home Decor

The one aspect that most people tend to overlook while giving a makeover to their homes is flooring. Somehow, we have an assumption that it is not a very crucial part of home renovation and there is no need to waste time and thought over it. However, that is a completely wrong notion. When you think of your home, you have to consider it in totality. Each and every aspect of it is vital and you cannot afford to ignore any part. Why do most people spend so much money and energy in decorating their bathrooms then? When a guest comes in, he would not straightaway walk into your bathroom. But, in case he does, he will definitely deduce conclusions about your taste based on it. Therefore, you can understand you have to give equal importance to every nook and corner of your house.
People have really begun to concentrate on flooring and are looking for bankable options like hardwood flooring. This particular type of flooring comes in both unfinished and prefinished has its own features and advantages. For instance,one of the most prominent qualities that differentiate pre-finished flooring from the rest is this type of flooring, you do not require for unfinished flooring, the most advantageous aspect is that the seal is much more is because the finish is not applied board-by-board but on the whole flooring surface at a time. This easily seals the minute gaps existing between the flooring boards thereby protecting the floor against moisture.
Another reason why hardwood flooring enjoys considerable popularity among consumers is that it offers so much variety in terms of stain and surfaces. It does get exciting when you have a lot to choose from so that you can settle for nothing but the best. For instance, some flooring is evenly planned at the mill so that you get a refined and smooth surface. Again, there are hand scraped ones where the plank is hand worked in order to create a seasoned, contoured is mainly done for the purpose of giving a lived-in impression. The same variety can be found in the sphere of stains as well. This flexibility works strongly in favor of this particular form of flooring.
However,if you want to be a bit different, you can go for other options as well. For starters, there is timber flooring type appears homely and that is one strong reason why it appeals to a wide range of consumers. Add to it the rich colors they promise to offer. On one hand, you have species like Karri and Jarrah which are dark-colored while on the other there is Tasmanian and Blackbutt of the light-colored ,again,the Wandoo species boasts of honey present, recycled timber are also being used for flooring purposes thereby making a positive difference to the you want to do your bit for the environment, you can go for them and install them in your house.…

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Remodeling

Varieties of Kitchen Sinks

There is no denying the fact that the kitchen sink that you choose for your new kitchen remodel is important. There are so many varieties of kitchen sink that the wrong choice for your kitchen could mean that the look you were hoping for is not the end result that you get and when you are paying a small fortune for a job of this manner, you want the results to be perfect.
Each sink differs greatly when different materials and sizes are taken into account. For the most part they are built around a framework that is generally around 22 inches in depth and 32 in width and you will find that the stronger the material that you choose when looking at the varieties of kitchen sinks, the more durability it will show.
Stainless steel sinks are considered to be one of the most popular of all varieties of kitchen sinks because of the appeal that it gives and the durability of the material. Not only that but they are also considered to be much more easier in the way of maintaining it over longer periods of time which means if you want a sink that will literally stand the test of time, this is the one for you and your new kitchen remodel.
Copper sinks, although not really that popular in this day and age, have a certain character which means in the certain kitchen style, they can perfect the look. With the added charm and almost rustic appeal that these kitchen sinks offer, the more that you use them and the more that they age, the greener/bluer that they will turn giving an extra nostalgic charm to an otherwise dull kitchen appliance.
Copper sinks do have their advantages such as the antibacterial properties that they possess. This means that any nasty bacteria or viruses that may be present within your home are practically eliminated when preparing food in your newly remodeled kitchen. There are certain advisory statements that you should bear in mind however such as the fact that repeated use of acidic foods and cleaning chemicals on this charming sink can cause certain reactions to the look and durability of the sink itself.
Acrylic sinks are another of the varieties of kitchen sinks that you may want to take into account for your new kitchen remodel and are well known to be a very durable material that will deal with most day to day hardships well. Giving a matte finish to a room that is otherwise rather shiny in appearance, it could be the one thing that you are looking for to really finish the room off perfectly. The one thing that you will need to remember with these varieties of kitchen sinks is that with heavy usage and wear and tear, they are not likely to last for a long time so with continued heavy use, they may deteriorate.
Last but certainly not least we come to granite sinks which really do add a special something to any newly remodeled kitchen. Admittedly these designer sinks are expensive to purchase but in the way of wear and tear, they will pretty much survive through anything. They can be exposed to high heat, plenty of bumping and knocking and most cleaning fluids and the damage will be slight if at all. Easy to clean and beautiful to buy, these granite sinks could be the perfect addition to your new kitchen.…