No matter the size of your property, optimizing the space you have can be a challenge. In smaller properties, however, the lack of available space can become an especially difficult problem. While you can go the route of limiting the amount of things you put into each room or simply deal with a large amount of clutter, built-in furniture is an option that will save valuable floor space, while letting you keep the room fully functional.
Murphy Beds and Loft Beds
Aside from adding a unique look to a room, built-in furniture like Murphy and loft beds can truly make the difference between a bedroom that’s way too small, and one where everything has a place. Loft beds and Murphy beds can often be fitted with a mattress of your choosing, and can make a huge difference in a cramped space. These kinds of beds, since they are designed to save space, are often fitted with other features such as cabinetry or desks.
You don’t need a home office or a spare room to set up a pleasant and organized work space. Installing
No other area in the home is more costly than a kitchen. They’re one of the largest rooms in the home, and if not, we want them to be bigger. The materials we use to remodel them are not only expensive, but also wasteful, high-maintenance, and inefficient. And most of the appliances installed in this space sap a lot of energy. Of course, this is the place where you cook, eat, and entertain, so it makes sense your kitchen will use the most energy. Plus, you want it be extravagant, warm, and welcoming. But it doesn’t make sense for one family to suck up all those resources. This is why green kitchen design has become such a popular trend: it increases environmental efficiency without sacrificing luxury.
Be Energy Efficient
The biggest energy waste comes from oversized and inefficient appliances. Do you need such a big refrigerator? Sure it’s always overflowing, but clean it out one day and you may find you’ve been misusing a lot of space. And do you need that industrial-sized microwave to heat up your
Knowing the type of door or doors that need repairing helps your service professional bring the right tools for the job. Every door type has different characteristics. For instance, exterior doors are heavier and generally have more hardware. Sliding doors usually present track repair problems. If a door is painted or stained, there’s a chance that the door repair may remove some of the original paint or stain. Having matching paint or stain on hand could save you some money and hassle in advance.
Repair a Door
Some door repairs are cheap projects that don’t necessitate purchasing a new door. Wood can shrink, swell, or bow over time, causing the door to stick or an uncomfortable draft into your home. Wood doors can be sanded down to prevent the bottom of the door from catching. Door extenders can lengthen doors and when combined with new weatherstripping will eliminate your draft.
Metal and other types of doors may also end up sticking and be in need of a quick door repair. This usually has nothing to do with the door. Something has probably gone wrong
Everyone wants to have the healthy house surroundings. There will be no one who wants to live in the unhealthy place. Do you agree with this statement? We do believe that everyone wants to be healthy and in order to complete the needs of health itself, we need to make sure that we can prepare all of the ways to make the healthy house living space. When we can create the healthy house surroundings, we will have the good condition for our living. We will not feel so uncomfortable when we are in our home.
In order to make the house has the healthy surroundings, of course there will be so many kinds of aspects that we should prepare so that we will not feel so disturbed in our own home. Some of the house component system should be paid attention carefully, including for the vapor circulation in our home. When the vapor circulation is disturbed, we will feel so disturbed in our own home. Do
We do believe that as human living, we cannot live without a house. A house has so many function for every human living. For example, when the weather is so bad, we can protect ourselves in the home. We will be protected from the heavy rains, storm, and still many more. We will feel so comfortable and we will have the better living when we have a house. Besides, when we have the family also, we can protect our beloved family in the home also. In the other words, we can say that the house has so many complex needs and role for our live.
In addition, the house itself is such a complex system. What is meant by complex system here is that there are many kinds of things in our home. For example, in our home there will be so many furniture that has the significant role for our life. Besides, the home itself also has some decoration or ornaments to make the perfect and interesting look. If we really love our home, we will try to treat the home well.
As we know previously that the home is such a complex thing. Anything
Much thought is given to lighting installations in offices, retail stores and other kinds of business establishments. A lot of focus is on providing adequate lighting within the business premises. One area which is often ignored is the parking space of the establishment. While the main business area may be adequately lit up, the parking lot may be devoid of adequate lighting.
Importance of parking lot lighting
Parking lot lighting is an important aspect for ensuring the safety of the business and the surrounding areas. Adequate parking lot lighting gives the following benefits:
- Adequate lighting in the parking space can prevent crimes.
- Enhancing the sense of security in customers.
- Prevention of injuries and accidents by ensuring better visibility.
- Legal protection to the business owners in case of a crime or injury caused to customers.
Adequate lighting increases the parking lot safety. Business owners can make efforts to install energy efficient lighting systems in parking lots. While installing parking lot lights, the focus can be on reducing energy and maintenance costs.
Types of parking lot lights
Business owners may chose from the following two options of cost-effective lightning for parking lots:
- LED lights
- Solar powered lights
LED lights are cost effective do not require electrical connections, trenching and wiring for installation. Hence
Real estate industry is no becoming bigger and more promising. There are many factors that become the reasons why real estate industry is a kind of great thing that way. In case of having great experience in choosing houses and picking the right investment, you have to get deal with professionals. In this case, you can get the help from professional agency that can be found in many media, including the online media in which you will have vast choices of houses, apartments and condos. You will only need to choose the best of them and start having the information and comparisons.
There are two kinds of menus that can be used by you. The first is the menu for seller. This is a great place for you to promoting your house or other real estate products. All you have to do is just by contacting the agency and get to register your building to sell. You can post the features and facilities. Besides, you can also add up the plus points of your building, making sure that everything is on best condition. Then, you should also get consultation with Westerville Ohio realtors to make
Color in every wall will represent the soul of the owner of the house or room. A final work in the form of painting is important, because a building or a nice house just is not enough to make the building look beautiful. Required a professional finishing touch in the form of painting the walls of each house in order to become a perfect end result. Some people usually leave it to the architects of their homes to the whole, but usually occur several problems that ultimately the homeowner becomes less like the end result of the house. In Marshfield Massachusetts Painters, you will be invited to share the idea of painting your home to them in order to get home with the results that are beautiful and comfortable to live.
They will be happy to help you with the final settlement of a house, which is in the form of painting. Painting is indeed a matter that needs to be kept in every detail, because it will affect the home itself. You can choose the color you want for each room in your
While skylights are often seen as a luxury addition to the home, they can actually be a green home improvement. After all, a skylight is really just a window at heart, so all the advantages of installing energy-efficient windows apply. That includes improving your home’s looks, lighting, energy efficiency, and overall comfort. Here’s what you need to know from a green perspective if there’s a new skylight in your future.
David Johnston on Skylights
HomeAdvisor understands that it can be tough for homeowners to wade through all the “green” remodeling information out there, which is why we’ve teamed up with green remodeling expert David Johnston to provide you with the best, most accurate, green remodeling advice in the business. David Johnston is the founder of the green consulting firm What’s Working, Inc., the author of multiple books on green remodeling, (including the Nautilus Award winner Green Remodeling: Changing the World One Room at a Time), and he knows plenty about what skylights have to offer homeowners when it comes to going green. Here’s a green guide to installing skylights, and what they have to offer, drawn from the experience and wisdom of the man himself.
Energy Efficiency and Skylights
There are two
Other than side and backdoors, the garage is the second most common place for a burglar to gain entry into your home. Worse yet, you may own a home with a wraparound driveway that leads to a garage facing the rear of the home. Low visibility is a burglar’s best friend. Show an experienced burglar—who already knows that the most vulnerable place for most homes is the garage door—one of these hidden garage entrances and their eyes are likely to grow big.
Whether people are, by nature, good or bad doesn’t really matter to homeowners who know, first and foremost, that many people out there are desperate and unscrupulous. Property crime accounts for three-quarters of all crime in this country. According to the FBI, a property crime occurs every 15 seconds. Of course, much of this property crime is motor vehicle theft, but garages also have the distinction of being the one place where motor vehicle and in-home property theft intersect, making your garage, in terms of home security, the hardest button to button.
How to Button Down the Hatch of Your Home
Creating a secure garage door can’t be accomplished by any one thing. The door itself must be sturdy, the
If you like furniture with lots of curves and ornate decoration, then you’re barking up the wrong tree with shaker furniture. Unlike furniture styles that attempt to win you over with fancy millwork and detailed carvings, Shaker style furniture is known for exactly the opposite: its simple, utilitarian design. On the other hand, it’s exactly that modest, yet beautiful, look of shaker furniture that is responsible for making it so popular with American homeowners and designers alike.
Shaker Style Furniture: a History
Shaker furniture has changed little since it’s inception in the late 1700’s by a Christian denomination (the Shakers) that stressed beliefs of simplicity and efficiency. Their furniture reflected their values, as did their high level of craftsmanship. The resulting designs were functional, well built, and beautiful in their understatement. Those same traits remain the trademarks of shaker style furniture to this day, and spotting quality shaker furniture is simply a matter of knowing what to look for.
Shaker Furniture 101
If you’re interested in decorating your home with shaker style furniture, there’s several building styles and design elements you’ll want to get up on your radar screen. The first thing to look for is
Few additions to your bedroom define the space more than the bedroom furniture set you purchase. Bedroom furniture is something that, when chosen wisely, gives your bedroom character and compliments your personality and tastes. Of course, choosing the right furniture can also make a huge difference when it comes to maximizing space usage and storage, so it’s important to take into account both your needs and desires before you purchase a new bedroom furniture set.
Basic Bedroom Design
The right bedroom design for you varies depending on what you use your bedroom for. Is just a place where you sleep away the night? In that case focus on the bed and little else. If you’re like most homeowners, however, the bedroom has become a multi-purpose space. Avid readers probably will want to incorporate a nightstand and bookshelves into their design plan, while movie buffs and television addicts should explore television wall mounts or T.V. stands. Fashion devotees probably need to consider larger clothes storage needs, and purchase the appropriate wardrobes, dressers, and other storage solutions. Before you start shopping, sit down and make a list of what your bedroom is used for and look for furniture that
You’d think shopping for furniture covers for your outdoor furniture would be pretty straightforward. That’s not necessarily the case. There are, in fact, a number of things you’ll want to consider before your making your purchase to ensure your new outdoor furniture cover will keep your furniture looking brand new as long as possible.
Make Sure It’s Thick Enough to Keep Out UV Rays
While harsh weather certainly takes its toll, the biggest threat to outdoor furniture is actually the sun. Harmful UV rays fade colors, turn some materials dry and brittle, and can degrade fabrics. That being the case, it’s important that you purchase an outdoor furniture cover that is thick enough to eliminate sun damage altogether.
Is It Waterproof?
Sounds like a no-brainer, but you’d be surprised how many outdoor furniture covers are just “water resistant.” These covers perform well in a passing drizzle, but if they get hit with an all night thunderstorm or a six-inch snow that sits on them for weeks or months, they actually soak up the water and end up doing more harm than good. A waterproof cover will repel water completely so that there’s no chance of
The level of security a lockset offers depends on its construction. Any type with only a key in the knob or handle is only marginally secure; a burglar can easily foil it. For more security, a deadbolt should be installed with at least a one-inch throw-which means it should extend a minimum of one inch beyond the door’s edge and be made of case-hardened steel.
The key to getting the most out of your visit from a locksmith is understanding the different types of locks that you need to install or repair ahead of time.
Exterior entry locksets have a large, rectangular body that slides into a mortise (a cavity carved into the edge of the door made to receive the lock mechanism).
Mortise locksets contain the workings for the knob, lever, or grip handle, latch, and deadbolt in a single unit. With a mortise set, the knob generally is interconnected with a security deadbolt. Mounting a mortise lockset calls for fairly tricky carpentry work.
Cylinder locksets have a rounded body designed to fit into intersecting holes bored into the door. The deadbolt bar, which slides into a corresponding opening in the doorjamb, is
Many homeowners are familiar with the scenario of having wood furniture that would be beautiful if not for the countless scratches, dents, and dings in the finish. Similarly, classic wood furniture that has lost a bit of its original charm due to poorly applied paint or stain may also spend its time in storage rather than on display in your home. Thankfully, furniture refinishing can make old, scarred furniture look new or different. It can involve removing paint and exposing the grain of the wood, changing the color of the furniture to be lighter or darker, altering the hue of the finish to make one piece match another, and/or simply finishing raw, untreated wood.
The term furniture refinishing also applies to painting furniture and applying “faux” finishes, which is the use of special paint, glazes, and techniques to make furniture look like a totally different material such as marble, crackled paint, etc.
Traditional Furniture Refinishing
Refinishing furniture generally starts with performing any necessary repairs, such as re-gluing loose parts or peeling veneer, replacing broken or cracked pieces, etc. Then the piece is stripped of old paint, stain, varnish and/or other finishes. It may be bleached to
Any time you’re talking furniture-repair, there’s a wide range of potential projects that arise. Some of these projects there are simple, DIY, fix-it projects that can take care of the problem. For more significant issues, you’ll want to get in touch with an experienced furniture repair company to bring your old and worn furniture back to life.
A Few Easy Fixes
How much you’re willing to try to repair your furniture on your own depends a lot on how much the damaged piece means to you in the first place. Nicks, scratches, and loose legs on a set of chairs you picked up at a garage sale are a different animal than that solid oak table and chair set that has been passed down through your family for generations. If you’re willing to experiment some on your furniture, here’s a few things to try before you call the pros:
- To cover up scratches, gouges, and nicks in a finish, use a like colored crayon, filler stick, or touch up marker to hide the blemish. If you’re a real go-getter, consider re-finishing old furniture all together.
- For sticky drawers that run on wood slides, apply a
With so many different doors on the market, the fist step in any door installation is deciding which type of door is going to be the best fit for your needs. Here’s a quick primer on door types and common uses to help you get your door installation underway.
- Hollow Core Doors are lighter doors with a hollow, reinforced center. They are much cheaper than solid wood, steel, and fiberglass doors and are perfect for indoor applications. They won’t hold up to weather, however, and provide little to no security, making them unsuitable for exterior use.
- Solid Wood Doors can be used for interior or exterior applications. They are much heavier and sturdier than hollow core doors, but cost more as well.
- Steel Doors are most often used as exterior doors. They are fire and weather resistant, and by far the best option when it comes to providing security for your home.
- Fiberglass Doors can be used anywhere. These doors are popular because they are virtually maintenance free. They never rot, crack, rust or split, and are much easier to refinish than wood or steel.
- Folding and Bifold Doors are perfect for interior closets, washrooms and
Drywall is, by far, the most common wall in homes today. With the advent of drywall, homeowners quickly began choosing this less expensive and easily repaired wall material. Plaster, however, is making a solid comeback. Improved plastering techniques and plaster veneers are making plaster more affordable again with many of the former benefits still intact. Venetian plaster walls are thicker and more durable than their drywall counterparts. They receive paint more uniformly, and their additional strength makes it easier to strip wallpaper without damaging the wall. Plaster also has a short-term resistance to water, unlike drywall. More than structural superiority, plaster creates a flatter, smoother surface.
Real and Faux Venetian Plaster Walls
Real Venetian plaster walls are still uncommon in today’s residential homes. This type of plaster uses a mixture of marble dust and other materials to create walls of unmatched strength and beauty. This plaster, however, requires a highly trained craftsman and is not at all cheap. In fact, real Venetian plaster is most commonly used not as interior walls, but as a cheap alternative to marble. While the texture of real plaster can be achieved with a veneer, it will take quite a skilled artisan
Q: I have a small bathroom floor 5’x 8′ with good plywood. On the subfloor screwed down every 6″ there is a wide dip or valley in the floor about 1/8″ deep by 2 1/2′ wide. Can I do anything to level the floor for ceramic tiles?
A: When I run across this kind of a leveling problem, the first thing I look at is the underside of the subfloor. If you can access it from a crawl space or basement, that is where you should place the shims.
If you have no access, for example, a second-story bathroom, it’s best to use a self-leveling product. This product is mixed with water and raked over the surface. In a short period of time, the leveling agent will find its own level.
Self-leveling products are a little on the expensive side, but are worth it when you consider the time they save. One sack of mix does not go very far, so buy a few extra and return what you don’t use.
When your leveling is finished, install either your Hardibacker backer or wonder board. Always follow instructions on installing these subfloors. For a
Floor finish is a big part of how an entire room appears and can make or break the look of your home’s interior. Since different materials require different maintenance, it’s good to know what type of process will keep your floor finish looking its very best.
Hardwood Floor Finish
Wood is at the top of the list when it comes to maintenance. A hardwood floor finish is beautiful when properly maintained, but it takes a fair amount of attention to do it right. Hardwood floor care is highly dependent on how the floor is sealed; some products will do more harm than good when applied to the wrong surface. Some hardwood floors have a wax seal. These floors should never be wet mopped or even damp mopped. Scratches in a wax hardwood floor finish can usually be lightly sanded, then re-waxed and buffed. Stains can often be removed in a similar fashion. Wax on a floor, like wax on a car, can be buffed to a very attractive shine. Many wood floors have a very tough, very attractive polyurethane topcoat. These floors need to be vacuumed or swept frequently to make sure that grit doesn’t get embedded
While many modern homes are now equipped with that most wonderful invention, the dishwasher, a dish rack is still necessary if you want to keep your kitchen as clean as possible. Though a plate rack is generally a very simple apparatus, finding the perfect one can be a bit more complicated.
Though many inexpensive models will hold a few plates at a time, a dish rack for a large family might be harder to find. In addition, many models aren’t set up to accommodate silverware or mugs and glasses. The amount of space in your kitchen and the style and number of sinks in it will all come into play when choosing the right rack for you. Plate Racks for Small Kitchens
If you’ve already got a cramped kitchen, adding another item could seem like a bad idea. There are, however, some interesting dish rack designs that could be just the right fit. To start off, those with a fair amount of mugs or stemware should really consider an under cabinet drying and storage system. These are incredible space savers, creating extra room in the plate rack, as well as in cabinets. They are usually not very expensive and only require