Your home is a sanctuary where you should feel happy and comfortable. Unfortunately, most homeowners wait until their houses start falling apart to start remodeling. Home renovations are essential to maintain a home’s stylish looks, to improve the existing structure, and to modernize it. Here are some pointers on how to go about renovating your home.
Know the Extent of the Renovations
Before commencing home remodels, it is important to consider the age of the house. This will determine the extent of the renovations because older houses may require more renovations. Your intended length of stay in the house is another factor. In case you plan to sell the house immediately, there are key areas to focus on. These include the bathroom and kitchen. Many buyers concentrate on these areas.
Consider Your Budget
Whether you are renovating the whole house or some specific areas, you need to have a budget. … Read More
Choosing a countertop is one of the biggest decisions that homeowners make during a remodel. Countertops are very noticeable and leave a huge first impression. They are an integral part of the design aesthetic and design language of a kitchen, and they’re also one of the most heavily used parts of a kitchen. In short, having a perfect countertop is a vital component of any kitchen or bathroom remodel.
Aside from being important to the design and functionality of a kitchen, new countertops can be extremely expensive. Granite countertops typically cost at least $50/sqft, before installation cost is even factored in. Quartz countertops are now a popular choice for remodels, and they are even more expensive, typically costing $75/sqft. With so much design and practical financial importance on the line, protecting countertops during construction and remodel work with surface protection is an easy decision to make.
During construction, it is … Read More
Your Mexican style bathroom is bold and colorful. It is inviting and makes you feel happy. You can have your Mexican style bathroom with just a few decorator items and bright bathroom towels all the way to a whole new vanity and new saltillo tile floors. Lets start with the whole bathroom remodel and work our way up to bathroom accessories Mexican style.
The Mexican bathroom floor. Never carpet. Mexican saltillo tile or a glazed Mexican tile will give you the most authentic Mexican bathroom floor. Saltillo tile in a range of terracotta colors to manganese, a rich brown color. Saltillo tiles are made in a variety of shapes. What you see most are squares, six, twelve and sixteen inch. Then there are rounded patterned ones. You can do your bathroom floor overall with one tile or you can create a tile rug using several shapes or sizes of tile.… Read More
There are a variety of situations that lead people to consider home additions. Maybe you bought the house of your dreams. You shopped the market and researched houses all over the city until you found one that suited your needs perfectly and you felt that there was nothing that needed to be changed. But then maybe your family grew and what was the perfect space for two people is a little too crowded for four.
Alternately, maybe you finally attained your goal of home ownership but the house you could afford did not quite meet the ideal you had in mind. Or maybe you are just the kind of person that likes to have a project and you can see your house ten years down the line fully remodeled. If you can relate to any of these ideas you are probably considering one or more home additions.
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A wall hung bathroom suite can be the ideal addition to a contemporary bathroom remodel, adding just the right air of easy to clean practicality and minimalist style. Keeping the bathroom floor clear is an especial advantage in small bathrooms, where the extended floor area on show makes the bathroom appear larger than it is.
If you’re thinking of buying a wall hung bathroom suite, think about the installation stage early on in the decision making process. You need to know whether your bathroom walls are strong enough to bear the weight of a wall hung suite and (in the case of the toilet) its occupant. Of course, structural supports will be in place – your wall hung toilet and concealed cistern will be supported by a metal hanging frame hidden in the wall or within your bathroom furniture units – but your wall has to have sufficient inherent strength. … Read More
An attic remodel is a great way to create a room without the expense of a roof, exterior walls or a foundation. Popular attic uses are a bedroom, office, children’s area, playroom and living space.
Before you start, however, you need to work out if your attic is suitable for converting and create a plan. Make sure the flooring or joists are strong enough for you to stand on for your inspection.
Ceiling – can you stand up, or do you bump into the ceiling? Building codes require ceilings to be a particular height (typically 7 feet 6 inches over at least half of the available floor space). You need to be able to stand up straight without crouching in the room. There are ways to deal with a low ceiling. If the ceiling height is too low and there are trusses, you may only be able to use the … Read More
Bathrooms are one of the smallest rooms in the house and they are also one the most costly to renovate. Bathroom renovation is a job that, if done well, can add value to a home and a great space full of design and light.
Bathroom design is the first area of your bathroom renovation you need to get right. Just replacing the existing bathroom with the same design may not be enough. The key to great bathroom design is to design it with the people that are going to use it in mind. However be sure that your bathroom design also has a general use factor as well. For example: If you were designing a bathroom for families you could still design the bathroom with easy access to the shower and bath. This would ensure that the design would also work for people with limited mobility. This means … Read More
Planning to finish or remodel your basement may seem like a large and complicated task. This checklist will simplify the process and get you going in the right direction.
I will split the process up into 3 different stages:
Water and mold inspection Designing your basement Bids and Construction
Water and Mold
It is important that you verify ANY water or mold presence BEFORE you do any finishing. This is a very common mistake that homeowners make. Once the basement is finished it is not possible to fix any water or mold problems without great expense. I have written another Ezine article titled Inspecting Basements For Leaks, Water Damage and Mold (Pt 1 Unfinished Basements) that will help you to discover any water or mold issues. Be aware, anywhere there is water and building products (wood, drywall, paint, furniture.. anything organic) there will be mold.
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All Bathrooms are incomplete without bathroom shelves. Various types of bathroom shelves are available you can select on that full fills all your needs. Medicine cabinet or mirror Cabinet is the most common type of bathroom shelves available. It is small wall mounted cabinet that can be installed over sink. It can be used to store small items. Now these cabinets are also available with larger storage space so that you can now store larger products like tooth brushes, tooth paste and teeth whitening sets. Bathroom shelves are now available in various design and sizes. Bathroom shelves offer you to organize your bathroom floor space and keep it free of clutter.
Advantages of Bathroom Shelves
Bathroom Storage is very important thing in any home. Bathroom Shelves offers many advantages to home owners. Bathroom shelves offer advantages in two ways that it provides storage space as well as also serves as … Read More
If you’re like many people, you may be looking for ways to update your home without spending lots of money. Remodeling can be costly and require time. If you aren’t sure what you’re doing, then you’ll have to hire a professional for the job and, if you’re bathroom remodeling, the job may require more than one expert, which can become very expensive. If you don’t have the extra money to sink into a costly remodel of your bathroom, but want to update it somehow, one of the best things you can do is change your bathroom fixtures, including the faucets and light fixtures. When you’re updating your bathroom consider choosing chrome bathroom accessories, which are stylish and add a high end appeal to any space.
If you’ve ever shopped for chrome bathroom accessories, though, you probably know that they can be higher priced than accessories made of other materials. Chrome … Read More