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A Guide to Vacation Rental Home Options

You might just be planning a short holiday – in which case you’ll likely be weighing up the pros and cons of staying in a hotel room versus renting private accommodation. The decision you make here is dependent on a number of factors, namely how long you’re going to be away for.

If your stay spans only two or three nights, a hotel room may be worth consideration – especially if you’re going to be out and about during the day. Hotels can provide a great solution for individuals or couples, as long as you’re prepared to eat out at restaurants or order room service.

If you’re travelling in a larger group or as a family, however, hotel rooms can be very limiting in terms of space. The same applies if you’re planning on being away for more than a couple of days, as a hotel stay can feel very … Read More

Guide to Finding a Good Online Store for Buying Furniture Online

Online shopping has grown at a very rapid rate in the past few years. The various advantages of online shopping along with increased security measures introduced in online payment options has fueled the growth of the online shopping industry. It is possible to buy almost anything online, including furniture for your home. Online furniture stores offer a variety of furniture, thereby giving customers more options. Buying furniture online is now an acceptable and much used option by people who are looking to buy furniture for their new home or to refurbish their old home.

As many options are available, it is important to exercise a bit of caution while shopping for furniture online. When you want to buy furniture, there are various things that you will want to look into such as

  • the type of wood used
  • the upholstery/fabric used
  • the quality of the finish
  • the durability of the product
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Bathroom Sink Buying Guide

The bathroom sink and faucet are an important part of any well designed bathroom. The right bathroom sink can be both functional and fashionable. Listed below are the most common styles of bathroom sinks.

Types of Sinks

Self Rimming sinks

These sinks come in a large variety of sizes, shapes, and hole configurations. They are mounted from above the counter with a visible rim and can be used with all types of countertops.

Undermount sinks

Installed from underneath a solid surface counter top, such as granite, marble, stone or man-made material, such as Corian and does not have a “rim”. Counter mounted or wall mounted faucets are common with this design; therefore the number of holes for the faucet is not a factor in this sink application.

Pedestal sinks are freestanding sinks

These sinks sit on their own bases. These sinks are a great space saver, making them ideal for … Read More

DIY Home Renovation Tips – A Step by Step Guide to Home Renovations

When it comes to investment property renovations the question I always get asked is – “how much work should I do”? The answer to this question will change dramatically depending on each person and their current situation. Are you the kind of person that loves DIY (do it yourself) home renovations? Do you love researching cheap renovation ideas? Or does the thought of a month’s DIY home renovation make you feel sick? Only you can answer these questions but believe me there are huge advantages of doing minor renovations let alone a full month’s work on a property

So let’s assume that you have 2-5 weeks to complete your DIY renovations, what is a realistic goal to try and achieve? To a certain extent this will depend on your budget but you would be surprised at how much you can get done if you find some good cheap renovation ideas. … Read More

Bathroom Renovation – A Step by Step Guide

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

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

The Responsible Builder’s Guide to Surface Protection for Hospital Renovation Projects

Although the construction industry was severely damaged by the Great Recession, there is one particular area where business is growing; hospital construction and renovation. Due to the increase demand for healthcare services by aging baby boomers, hospital construction and renovation projects have increased dramatically in the past ten years and will continue to grow in the future. According to McGraw-Hill Construction Research and Analytics, health care construction has increased six percent during 2011, outperforming the overall non-residential construction market. Although undertaking a hospital renovation project can be highly lucrative, there are many important rules and regulations that require full compliance by the contractor. Failure to meet these regulations could result in lawsuits or even worse, in the deaths of hospital patients. To avoid calamity, there are several extremely important things to know upon beginning renovation.

First and foremost, builders must meticulously contain dust disturbed by renovation activities. Allowing airborne particulates … Read More

Your Seasonal Guide to Lawn Mower Sales

Before you can properly tend to your yard, you need to have the right equipment. During the spring and summer months, finding local lawn mower sales sound reasonable. You can find holiday deals on Memorial Day and the Fourth of July. However, if you want to buy the right equipment without spending a lot of money, then you should shop during the fall and winter to get the best deals.

Finding Summer Deals

During the spring and summer months, yard care equipment is in high demand. Everyone is trimming their grass during these seasons. It makes sense for home improvement stores to keep the items in stock and ready to buy during these months.

Because it is the peak season for purchase, it means the prices will be a little higher. Retailers know you need the equipment in order to maintain your yard properly. While they are not going to … Read More

Your Guide for Finding a Reliable Commercial General Contractor

As you can probably guess, a commercial contractor specializes commercial construction. A general contractor is involved in all steps of commercial construction, and they typically handle both private and public projects, from construction of schools to buildings, commercial spaces and more. They are responsible for overseeing a number of tasks, such as obtaining permits, design, purchases, adherence to codes of the building industry and compliance to state laws and norms.

When it comes to selecting a premier commercial general contractor, you have to be more careful because a lot of money is at stake. In this post, we will talk of the things that need your attention for finding a reliable commercial general contractor.

Start With the Basics:

You cannot work any random contractor you find online. Start by looking for licensed companies that have a good name in the local market. If a company claims to be the best … Read More

A Basic Guide for Buying Bathroom Vanity Cabinets

A vanity is an often overlooked piece of bathroom furniture. It can not only increase storage in your bathroom but can add a stylish touch to your decor. You can not only hide any unsightly pipe work, but you can also incorporate drawers or cupboards for all those bathroom necessities. However, there is a massive choice of vanity cabinets available, so you may need a little help to choose the right option. Fortunately, here is a basic guide to buying vanity cabinets.

What Kinds of Bathrooms Are Suited to A Vanity?

Bathroom vanity cabinets are available in a wide range of styles and designs, which means that they can be used in bathrooms of all shapes and sizes. Even if you have a smaller bathroom, you can make use of the potentially dead space under the sink. You can fit a slimline unit that looks stylish and adds valuable storage … Read More

Guide to Bathroom Design

The first step is to plan the design – as with kitchens, your local supplier will run off a computer-generated plan based on the room’s dimensions and your particular requirements.

If you’re sticking with the same layout, measure your bathroom suite carefully before you go shopping for a replacement so that you know the new items will fit.

Re-plumbing and re-wiring will push the cost up so stick with the existing service points if possible – although this may be unavoidable if you want to change the position of the bathroom suite.

First decide on the right place for the bath and/or shower. If your loo is in your bathroom, decide where this will go and then position the washbasin.

Once the fittings are planned you can work out how to use the remaining space which, in modern bathrooms, may be quite limited. Some kind of storage, either cupboards or … Read More