3 Ways To Make A Bold Improvement In Your Rental Bathroom

Posted by on Jul 28, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Ways To Make A Bold Improvement In Your Rental Bathroom

Remodeling the bathroom of your rental home can come with a lot of concerns since it’s likely that you don’t want to be overpaying on the remodeling work to be done or end up with a bathroom that has features potential tenants don’t want. If you want to make the biggest positive difference in the bathroom without spending a fortune, it’s best to look for bold ways to remodel the bathroom. With the following ideas, you can drastically change the way that your bathroom looks and have the approval of potential tenants that will soon call your rental property home. Add a Contrasting Color of Paint The easiest way to change the way that your rental bathroom looks at a low cost is simply adding paint to the walls or cabinets. Many people make the safe choice of sticking with a neutral color for their walls, leading to them being unsatisfied with the final look and making the rental property look uninteresting. If you want the property to stand out when potential tenants view it during an open house, it’s best to choose a contrasting color. A good example of using contrast in the bathroom is through having white tile or a vanity and using black paint on the walls or framed around the mirror or medicine cabinet. Replace the Hardware An easy way to give your bathroom an update is through the use of new hardware. The knobs and pulls in the bathroom can give the room a new look, while helping you update the space to better reflect the age and style of your home. Brushed nickel, stainless-steel, and bronze are all options that you might want to consider—mainly depending on the look of your bathroom and what your final goal for the space is. Get the Mirror Framed If the mirror in the rental bathroom isn’t already framed, it’s a good idea to start here when wanting to add the look of value to the bathroom. A framed mirror is a relatively cheap update and can give the bathroom a much more polished look, giving the tenants a nicer looking bathroom as a result. As you explore your options for remodeling the bathroom, you’ll quickly see just how much of an impact some of the projects above can make. With your focus on making the bathroom appealing to renters, you can be sure the remodeling work is done right.  Click here to visit a bathroom showroom, or do an online...

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Tired Of Your Small Dark Master Bathroom? Change It Dramatically Without Adding Space

Posted by on Jul 18, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Tired Of Your Small Dark Master Bathroom? Change It Dramatically Without Adding Space

If your master bathroom is small and cramped, and you can’t do anything to renovate the size of the space, there are some tricks you can try to make it seem like there is more square footage than there is. You don’t have to blow out any walls, or add on to your house, and instead you can give the illusion that the space is bigger than it is. Look into making the following changes for a great master bathroom in your home. Add a Skylight Talk with a window contractor to see if you can add a skylight to the bathroom. The skylight is going to open up the space to make it seem brighter and to make the ceilings seem higher. The skylight allows natural light to flood the space which is great for a bathroom where you are putting on makeup, doing hair and more. If not, different overhead lighting may be an option. Use Light Tile Take out the flooring and any tile in the bathroom and add a light tan or grey ceramic or porcelain tile instead. Use large tiles and have it go all the way up the walls if you want to bring the eyes upwards. If you currently have a tub and shower combo, or a plastic shell shower, consider taking out the shower and using tile along the walls. The entire space needs light and bright colors to bring warmth. Get a Glass Shower Enclosure With the tiled shower against the wall, use a glass enclosure to finish the shower. This prevents water from getting on the floor and around the bathroom, without closing off any views of the shower. Glass shower enclosures help to make the flow of the bathroom seem larger, they are a great modern feature, and they help to keep the space open and bright. There are a variety of options no matter how large or small the shower is, and the glass professionals can custom design a piece if needed. Changing and upgrading the master bathroom in your home is going to add value to the property, and it’s going to make the master bath somewhere you don’t mind spending time in, instead of a space where you feel trapped and cramped all the time. Look into getting these different changes made with the help of professionals in your area so the jobs are done...

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3 Areas To Add To Your Workstation Kitchen

Posted by on May 9, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Areas To Add To Your Workstation Kitchen

In the past, kitchens were designed based on the work triangle, creating easy access between preparation, cooking, and cleaning. However, contemporary kitchens tend to favor workstations instead. In a workstation-based kitchen, each workstation has its own set of cupboards, a major appliance, and adequate counter space. Workstation kitchens still have the preparation, cooking, and cleaning areas. However, they give you the opportunity to add areas to your kitchen that fit your lifestyle. Below are three workstation areas you should consider adding to your kitchen.  Coffee Station  If you regularly drink coffee, then it is likely that either a coffee pot or espresso machine is currently taking up valuable counter space in your kitchen. By purchasing a built-in coffee machine, you can save counter space and create a sleeker appearance. Besides the built-in coffee machine, your coffee station should include your coffee condiments, such as sugar or coconut oil, spoons, and cups. You will only need minimal counter space for this workstation, but placing it near your dish washing station is a good idea.  Canning Station Canning and freezing fresh foods at home is making a comeback in the United States. However, most modern kitchens are not designed to accommodate the canning process. Canning will require plenty of storage for canning supplies, spices, jars, and lids. Ideally, you will set your canning station between your preparation station and your stove, so you can easily clean and prepare your foods and then boil cans for sealing.  Snack Station  If you have children in your home, you may consider setting up a dedicated snack station for them. This station could have a microwave installed beneath the counter so young children can easily heat their own snacks. Additionally, you might consider a small refrigerator drawer to hold snack items. This way you can set aside a week’s worth of snacks in the refrigerator drawer and then allow your child to choose which snack they want each day, giving them more autonomy over their food choices. Ideally, the refrigerator door would be located directly below the microwave and you would have clear counter space above the microwave for making snacks such as sandwiches. A small cupboard to the side can hold dishes and cutlery as well as snacks that do not require refrigeration.  If you are in the process of designing a new kitchen, consider the way you use your current kitchen and decide if workstations might be more useful than the traditional kitchen triangle. Contact a kitchen remodeler, like Callier Thompson Kitchen & Bath or a similar location for more ideas and...

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4 Mistakes To Avoid While Planning Your Kitchen Remodel

Posted by on Apr 13, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 4 Mistakes To Avoid While Planning Your Kitchen Remodel

So your kitchen is a little outdated and you’re looking to take on a remodeling project that will bring your kitchen space into this decade, increasing the resale value of your home in the process. Before you decide on your kitchen remodeling plans, however, there are some common mistakes you’ll want to be careful to avoid. Failing to Optimize the Layout Don’t assume that the layout your kitchen currently has is the best one for your needs. Simply throwing new cabinets and countertops into your kitchen space isn’t going to do much if the space itself is non-functional. Consider meeting with a kitchen design contractor to figure out what layout will best suit your space. It might make more sense to shift the layout around a little in a way you never thought of in order to create additional space. Choosing a Non-Practical Counter Material These days, granite and marble countertops are very popular options. Not only are they elegant and durable, but they add that luxurious look and feel to any kitchen. Still, don’t be so closed-minded in your design that you’re not willing to consider other materials. After all, granite and marble both require maintenance in the form of re-sealing the stone every few years, whereas quartz is just as durable but is relatively maintenance-free. Not Taking Cabinets Up to the Ceiling If your existing kitchen had cabinets that stopped short of the ceiling, now is the time to change that. These days, home buyers prefer taller cabinets that extend all the way to the ceiling (assuming you don’t have 15-foot ceilings in your kitchen). Cabinets that stop short are often a waste of space and a sign of an outdated kitchen. Failing to Consider Functional Space Finally, when designing your kitchen, don’t forget to consider the functional space while the kitchen is actually in use. For example, that huge refrigerator with the slide-out freezer door might seem like a great idea, but if there’s not much clearance between the sliding door and the cabinets across from it, you’re probably better off with a standard French-door refrigerator and freezer. This is another situation where working with a kitchen design specialist can help you maximize your space and avoid potential pitfalls. By avoiding these mistakes while designing your new kitchen, you can end up with a space that you absolutely love spending time in and that’s worth your investment. For more about this topic, talk to a remodeling contractor in your...

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How To Remove Mold From Wood Furniture

Posted by on Mar 25, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Remove Mold From Wood Furniture

Wood furniture is beautiful, providing a warm and rich feeling to any room. However, it is also susceptible to mould and mildew, which occurs from excess moisture. This may be from a roofing leak following a big rainstorm, or simply having too much humidity indoors. If you find signs of mould on your wood furniture, follow these tips to remove it and save the furniture. Vacuum Loose Mould Spores If you find traces of mould or mildew on your wood furniture, you should start by simply vacuuming it with the attachment on your vacuum cleaner. Even if you don’t notice it, you likely have loose mould spores on the furniture. It may not be visible to you, or can look more like regular dust. By vacuuming up these loose spores, you avoid having them enter the air or drop onto the ground when you start cleaning the furniture. If the furniture is light enough, it is best to move the furniture outside and clean it there. This helps prevent it from spreading around your house. After you have vacuumed the furniture, empty the vacuum bag and dispose of it properly. Clean the brush attachment on your vacuum so no spores remain. Scrub Away the Mould and Mildew After you are done vacuuming, you can start cleaning the furniture. To start with, use just warm water and mild dish detergent. Other cleaners are available, but they might be too harsh for your furniture. Detergent works good on most types of furniture. However, any time you use a new cleaning product on wood, test an inconspicuous spot to make sure it doesn’t affect the wood. When you’re ready, dip a cloth into a bowl or bucket of soapy water, then start wiping away the areas of mould. Continue dipping it into the water and wiping away the mold. You may also need a cloth that is slightly abrasive, but without scratching the furniture. When you are done cleaning off the mould, use another cloth with just water to rinse it. Dry Out the Furniture As soon as you are done cleaning the furniture, you need to start drying it out. Moisture and water is what causes mould and mildew in the first place, so if you leave the furniture wet for too long, all this cleaning becomes pointless. The best thing to do is let it dry outside in the sun, but if that isn’t possible, point some fans toward the furniture to dry it quickly. To avoid excess moisture in the future, it is a good idea to use a dehumidifier in your home. Also apply a coat of wax over the wood furniture when it is dry to provide an additional layer of protection from mould and other types of damage. For assistance, talk to a mold remediation...

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Installing Window Film To Reflect Heat

Posted by on Mar 10, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Installing Window Film To Reflect Heat

The summertime means hotter temperatures, and no matter how hard your air conditioner is running, the sun’s heat can make your home feel warmer than it should. Adding a reflective window coating or film can help keep the sun from penetrating the interior of your home and keep it cooler. You can find window film at many home improvement stores, and it’s fairly easy to install. Here’s how you can apply this protective coating to make summer living more comfortable for yourself and your family. Preparation Before you purchase the reflective window film, you’ll need to measure the length and width of every window. Be sure you’re just measuring the glass panes and not the sill or trim. It’s recommended that you add a bit more to the total number of square inches you calculate to provide for any excess or mistakes. A good rule of thumb is to add one inch per side to each pane of glass just to be sure you have enough material. Before you apply the film, clean your windows using a mixture of gentle soap (baby shampoo is a good choice) and water. Do not use ammonia or other glass cleaners, as this could damage the film. Make sure your windows are completely dry before application. Application When you’re ready to apply the reflective film to your windows, be sure you choose a time early in the morning or evening to avoid the sun’s heat during the day. Too much heat can cause the solution you will use to coat the glass and apply the film to dry out before it’s completely adhered. Window film has an adhesive on one side and is applied using an additional solution designed to help it adhere to the glass. Start from the top and begin placing the adhesive side directly onto the glass. Using the included solution, spray it evenly on top of the film and squeegee it slowly and evenly to remove any bubbles for a smooth finish.  Final Steps Once the reflective film has been applied to your windows, trim the excess off any edges using a utility knife. Spray some more solution onto the film and run the squeegee over it one more time to remove any remaining bubbles. Within a few minutes, the film will adhere to your windows, but it can take several days for the adhesive to allow the film to completely cure to your windows. With this simple installation process, you can reap the benefits of reflective window film all summer long to help keep you and your home cooler.  For more information, talk to a company like Jerry Newman Roofing & Remodeling,...

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How To Repaint Your Bathroom Baseboard

Posted by on Feb 29, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Repaint Your Bathroom Baseboard

If your bathrooms need a facelift, there are few DIY projects that are as practical and achievable as a paint job. Painting the walls in your bathroom is a simple, but very effective way to completely redefine the look of the room. Homeowners love paint jobs because it is a project that can be done with minimal tools and training. With a few basic rollers, brushes and masking equipment, you can effectively paint interior walls and ceilings. One of the hardest parts of any paint job is painting the baseboards. This article explains how to paint bathroom baseboards like a pro. Taping Off and Prepping the Wood First, you cannot just paint the baseboard as it is. The baseboard is bound to have scratches and dents that need to be touched up before you can paint it. A simple high grit sanding sponge will get the job done. You don’t want to rub off the existing paint, but you should aim to make the surface smooth and consistent. If there are any holes or dents, you need to fill them with hardwood putty. This means you will need to then resand the puttied area after it dries to make it flat again. Next, wipe down the baseboard to remove any fine dust from the sanding. Then, you can tape it off. Use painter’s tape to cover the top edge. It is best it you place the tape line directly over the caulk. Taping the bottom edge will depend on what type of floor you have. For instance, you can use normal painter’s tape to cover wood, tile and linoleum floors. Rougher surfaces and carpet can’t be taped off as effectively. You can often tuck masking paper underneath the baseboard to cover the bottom edge. Painting the Baseboard Painting baseboard molding is a little harder than painting drywall. You should always use an angled, fine brush. The angled brush makes it easier to paint so near to the ground. Hardwood will not absorb paint very quickly, so you need to use a sparing amount on your brush. Use short strokes and overlap the paint so it blends in. By applying several thin coats, instead of one thick coat, you can get a smoother paint finish. Painting the baseboards is an essential part of any interior paint job. A straight line between the walls and baseboard will make the entire paint job line cleaner. For more tips or help with updating your bathroom, contact a local remodeling company like Foothill Bath, Kitchen, Window...

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Three Reasons You Should Green Your Roof Next Time You Get It Replaced

Posted by on Feb 3, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Three Reasons You Should Green Your Roof Next Time You Get It Replaced

As a homeowner, you have a responsibility to educate yourself on roofing materials before replacing your roof. You probably know that cool roof options exist and that they’re better for the environment, but why should you choose one for your house? What’s in it for you? Here are three reasons you should decide in favor of a cool roof for your roof replacement. 1. Money The real savings that you’ll get from a cool roof involves your energy bill. That may sound weird, but it’s because your roof is so important to the temperature of your house. This means that with a cooler roof, your air conditioning unit won’t have to work so hard to keep your house cool. This is great news, especially if your unit has had problems with freezing up from overwork. The energy saved can make quite a difference in your energy bill, and the wear and tear you’ll save your unit from by demanding less work of it will help it last longer than it might otherwise. 2. Convenience Another benefit of cool roofing is longevity. Cool roofs often last much longer than asphalt shingles, meaning you’ll have to replace your roof much less frequently. One reason for this is that many common cool roof materials (such as metal and tile) are more durable and have longer working lives than asphalt. Another reason is that a “cool roof coating,” which is often used on cool roofs, helps protect roofing materials by adding a layer of waterproofing so the roof can last even longer.  3. Environmental responsibility If you’re an avid environmentalist or even just an environmentally responsible citizen of your town or city, you may have heard about something called “urban heat island effect.” This is a rise in temperature that occurs in cities and towns, mainly because of the hot black surfaces of roads and roofs. The increased temperature makes the town less comfortable, increases the chances of heat-related illness in summer, and plays havoc with the local ecosystems and any relatively nearby waterways where storm water might end up. A cool roof is one step toward mitigating the urban heat island effect of your community. So if you plan a cool roof for your next roofing replacement, you’re supporting environmental efforts and adding your influence to the mitigation of your city’s heat island. These three reasons are just a few of the arguments in favor of a cool roof. Research the available cool roof options, such as slate, copper, and tile roofing, and you may just fall in love with an environmentally responsible roof. Talk with a local roofer like Angle Ridge Remodeling for more...

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Tips For Re-Staining Your Kitchen Cabinets Like A Professional

Posted by on Jan 20, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Tips For Re-Staining Your Kitchen Cabinets Like A Professional

While the thought of re-staining your kitchen cabinets is daunting, if you are careful about how you proceed with the project, then you can achieve professional-looking results. To this end, follow these tips when you are preparing your cabinets and applying a new coat of stain: Number Each Door and Cabinet Opening It is very common for older kitchen cabinets to have variations in their door size and hardware locations. To keep from having to solve a “which door goes where” jigsaw puzzle since your doors have been refinished, take the time to label the doors and their corresponding cabinet openings. If you use either a pencil or small piece of masking tape to label them, then you can easily remove them when you are done and not leave any permanent marks on your cabinets. You should also label drawers and their openings as well. In fact, sometimes drawers are the hardest to place back into their exact spot after a major project since generally they all appear to be the exact same size and shape. In reality, each drawer has worn in place and needs to be placed back into the same place from where it was removed. Use a Palm Sander with Multiple Grits of Sandpaper Before you can apply new stain to your kitchen cabinets, first you need to completely remove the dirt, grease, and previous finishes. The first step is to wipe down the cabinets well with a solution of dishwashing detergent and water. Wipe every surface and use a toothbrush, if necessary, to remove the gunk in small design cuts. Let the cabinets completely dry. On the dry cabinets and doors, use a palm sander to remove the old finish and get down into the raw wood. Start sanding with a larger grit sandpaper, and work your way down to a very fine grit. Taking your time during this step will ensure that your kitchen cabinets have a professional finish when your project is completed. Once the cabinets have been completely sanded, then you should wipe them down with a tacky cloth to remove any dust. Use the Right Technique to Apply the New Stain The best way to apply the new stain to your kitchen cabinets is to use a clean cotton rag and rub the stain onto the wood going with its grain. Wipe off any excess stain with a clean cloth as you work to keep the surface evenly toned. Seal the Cabinets with Marine Varnish Finally, once the stain has dried on the cabinets, and you have completed any sanding that you want to do on them, then you should finish them with a coat of marine varnish. Marine varnish is available at your home improvement store, and it is designed to give a waterproof finish, making it a perfect way to finish your kitchen cabinet refinishing project. To learn more, speak with a business like Big John’s...

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Three Choices Of Decking Materials To Replace Worn Treated Pine Decks

Posted by on Dec 17, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Three Choices Of Decking Materials To Replace Worn Treated Pine Decks

If you have an old deck with treated pine decking, this material is one of the most affordable. It is also one of the decking materials with the shortest life. This is why you may want to consider other alternatives for a more durable deck that will last for many more years. You can choose from materials such as tropical hardwood, vinyl, metal and composite. Here are some of the choices you may want to consider to replace your old treated pine decking: 1. Metal And Vinyl Decking Systems For A Dry Deck Metal and vinyl decking systems can be a great choice if you want a deck that is also dry beneath. These are often systems that are interlocking, which can keep the area beneath your deck dry. This can be a great solution if you want to add a sitting area or dry storage beneath your deck. Metal and vinyl materials can also be more costly than some of the other conventional decking products that are available, but they have many advantages over conventional treated lumber products. 2. The Look Of Wood With Durable Tropical Hardwood Decking If you want to have a deck that has the authentic look of wood, there are many woods that are naturally resistant to wear. You may want to consider some of the many tropical hardwoods that are available for the decking on your deck. These materials will last for years with a minimal amount of care, but they will eventually need to be replaced like any other wood product. Hardwood decking can also be one of the most expensive decking materials, which is why you may want to consider some other alternatives. 3. An Affordable Wood Replacement With Composite Lumber Decking Materials If you are looking for an affordable solution to replace your wood decking, composite decking materials are an excellent choice. These are made from recycled materials and waste products from the timber industry. Composite decking is a very low-maintenance decking solution which can outlast wood by many years. With the proper care and maintenance, you will never have to replace the decking with composite materials. These are some of the choices you may want to consider to replace old treated lumber. If you are looking for an affordable alternative, contact a Trex decking dealer and talk with them about some of the products that are available to replace the decking on your...

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