Basic Tips on What to Consider When Remodeling Your Kitchen

Posted by on Jan 5, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Basic Tips on What to Consider When Remodeling Your Kitchen

There are certain things you should take into consideration before starting any type of home remodeling project. If you have a plan in place beforehand, it will save you both time and money. When remodeling a kitchen, there are quite a few things that you may want to change during the process, such as the overall layout, appliances, and storage area. The information below provides some tips on what to consider before you tackle a kitchen remodel project.   The Kitchen Layout The most essential thing to consider when deciding on the layout of your kitchen space, is the overall functionality of the working area. There has to be enough space for your appliances and counter space to cook efficiently. Then, you have to consider if you want to have the kitchen closed off or if you want to have an open concept, where the living and dining spaces can be seen from the main kitchen area. In addition, you can open up the space by adding a half wall that separates the kitchen from the living area. In addition, you can add an island with overhanging counter space, a stove top, and a sink. The Kitchen Appliances Nowadays, there are so many more things to consider than just selecting your refrigerator and stove. There are so many variations of sizes, colors, and functions for appliances. When selecting a refrigerator, you have to determine if you would like a simple one or one that is equipped with an ice maker and provides water. If you do get a refrigerator that has the ability to provide water or ice, then you have to take into consideration the type of plumbing you need to make it work properly. In addition, most stainless steel appliances are oversized, and you should take measurements of the appliances first before purchasing. This way, you will get one that works with the type of space you have available. The Kitchen Storage The needed kitchen storage space depends on the amount of cooking and related equipment you have. In addition, your family size in relation to the number of people you have to cook for will also determine the amount of storage space required. However, there are ways to maximize your storage space without taking up a whole area. During your renovation, you can change up the island by adding rollout drawers, lower cabinets, rotating shelves, and storage racks. This will allow you to store away your kitchen tools without compromising on open space. If you are unsure of the type of remodeling project you will require for your kitchen, consult with a contractor like those at JKC Design Co for more...

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Tips For Sprucing Up The Outside Of Your Home

Posted by on Nov 30, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Tips For Sprucing Up The Outside Of Your Home

If you are determined to spruce up the outside of your home, you are going to want to consider using some of the following advice. This way, you will be able to make a large impact without having to break the bank to do so. Clean Up The Window Awnings Whether you have metal or fabric window awnings, you will need to make sure that you are taking them down for a thorough cleaning at least once a year. You can use a mild soap and a hard bristle brush to get a lot of the dirt off. Just make sure that you are immediately rinsing off all of the soap residue once you are done scrubbing the awnings. If you have metal awnings, you can use this time to give them a fresh coat of paint after you have washed and dried them. Just make sure that you are using a paint that is made for metal so it will not flake or peel off easily. Replace Old And Outdated Railings If the railings along your porch and steps are older, it might be time to have a contractor take them out and replace them with something a little more modern. For example, instead of plain straight boards for your railing, a contractor can install more decorative railings that will add more character to the front of your home. You will want to have the new railings stained or painted right away so they are protected from warping in the rain. If you end up opting for metal railings, you can also treat those with a metal sealant. This will prevent your metal railings from developing rust anytime in the near future. Add Extra Lighting You will want to make sure that your home is nicely lit up when it is dark outside for a few reasons. First, it will keep some criminals away since they would usually rather sneak around the homes that sit in complete darkness so they are not easily spotted. Another benefit of adding additional lighting outside is that it will give your home more of an appeal as people pull up to it. You can purchase solar lights and install those in your flower beds, along the driveway, and on either side of your pathway. Once you get started working on various projects to spruce up the exterior of your home, you will find that it is a lot easier than you might have once...

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The Three “R’s” Of Flooded Basement Issues

Posted by on Nov 1, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on The Three “R’s” Of Flooded Basement Issues

The sudden shock of finding your basement flooded can leave you stunned and uncertain about how to proceed. If this is the first time you’ve ever encountered water in your basement, you may not be entirely sure what you should do or where to start. The good news is that there are only a few basic things you really need to know about dealing with flooded basements. Here’s a look at the three “R’s”  of facing flooded basements. Reason The very first step in the process is identifying what has caused the problem. There are many different reasons why a basement might flood, and the response to the situation will vary based on that reason. Whether you’re dealing with storm water, a broken drain pipe or other problem, it’s essential that you recognize the source of the problem. Otherwise, you could continue to pump water out of the space while the water continues to flow in. Trace the water back to its source as the first step in the process. Look at how the water is flowing in the basement, then track that flow backward to find the point of origin. Regulation Once you’ve identified the source of the problem, it’s time to regulate the water flow. That means sealing the leak, stemming the water flow or turning off the main water supply. Either way, preventing more water from getting into the basement is the next best step. That way, when you start pumping the water out, you won’t be fighting a losing battle. With the water flow stemmed, you can pump all of the standing water out. At the same time, you’ll want to consider steps that will help you prevent the problem again in the future. If you’re struggling with water flow in from a heavy storm, for example, waterproofing your basement with sealant and creating a slope away from the house will both help you to keep the water from reaching the inside of the basement.   Resolution Once you’ve pumped all of the water out, it’s time to work on resolution. This part of the process involves drying everything out. Anything that’s saturated with water needs to be removed from the area. Carpet, clothing and other items should be placed in a well-ventilated area or outside to dry out. This is important, because you could inadvertently cause mold growth by leaving wet items in place. Once you’ve removed those items, you can increase ventilation in the basement with open windows, heat, and large...

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3 Ways To Design Modular Home Floor Plans With Your Land In Mind

Posted by on Oct 11, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Ways To Design Modular Home Floor Plans With Your Land In Mind

Instead of buying a property and moving in as soon as the sale is completed, you can invest in a modular home, which can give you a unique experience and complete satisfaction for years to come. It is important to understand that you can have a good outcome when buying an existing home, but buying a piece of land and designing modular home floor plans will present a different and worthwhile opportunity. To ensure that your home turns out exactly as you wish and has all the features important to you, take some time to follow the three tips below to ensure that your modular home turns out great. Dictate Natural Lighting When you design the floor plan, you do not have to settle for a home that has windows facing in certain directions, thus forcing you to be okay with it or invest in renovating for a change. However, you will find that it is rather ideal being able to choose where you want the most natural light to enter your home. Maximize Privacy Instead of building a property and having it extremely close to the street or neighbors, you can have a major say in where you want your home to be placed. In the case of privacy, you do not want a home that is directly next to neighbors as this may be too close for comfort, and the same rule applies for roads. Create an Ideal Property It is important to understand the design process should mainly involve following the housing code rules and making sure you are satisfied with how the house turns out once constructed. Since each person has their own personal preferences as to what they like in a home, you need to determine what it is that you like about homes and what you want to have in your home to make sure you are happy. If you really enjoy the outdoors, you should construct a floor plan that allows for great outdoor views and easy outdoor access to meet your needs. Alternatively, you may want a front porch, so planning for plenty of space in the front of the property will help you incorporate this into the floor plan. Being patient and relying on home designers to help with the floor plan can make all the difference in getting the results that you want. With their help, your home can look fantastic and you’ll be able to enjoy living in the home for a long time. For more information, contact a business such as Steven R Savino...

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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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