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Basement Remodeling

Are White Walls Efficient?

When you think of efficiency, everything depends on the purpose you have in mind. Speaking of white walls, they may be efficient in hospitals where by their neutrality and coldness they may extinguish intense, burning pain or help one find peace, objectivity and power before being released. But when we replace the setting and move back home, everything changes for the worst: what was there perceived as soothing coolness becomes here stark indifference, and the support of reflection ‘helps’ one here just to stare as it were at utter nothingness, leaving one in despair. Therefore, no, white walls by themselves are not efficient at home.
But if you are a resourceful person, you will know what to do. White walls have an advantage by being neutral; you should not leave them to be just boring. By being neutral, they form a kind of inert material that you can work wonders on. Depending on the style you choose for your home, you may enliven them by colorful furniture, or if your furniture too is in neutral colors as it is usually the case, intensely colored accessories are the right answer. And now you turned the drabness of your white walls into your advantage: if you want to redecorate again, all you have to do is to replace the accessories, and that’s the most inexpensive thing to do, while there are still flea markets or garage sales around.
So let’s see what you can do to spice up your home. Though your furniture is in cold colors, you may always find a sofa in vivid colors. Make it the center piece of your living room, and there you have your first touch of color. Then add brightly colored pillows everywhere: they will do the job and besides are easily replaceable. Then come with colorful lamps, vases and light fittings. The draperies do not have to be white or even pastel; you may choose them too in gay nuances. Place then some nicely matched rugs here and there and if even so you still feel the need of more color and sun in you home go to the next step.
Who said that draperies were meant just for windows? You can hang them up or just cover an entire wall with them. Or if you do not want to be so radical, you can cover your walls with some large colorful pictures of plain fabric.
So, as you see, there are many ways to counterbalance white walls without paint. Paint stinks, makes a mess of your home and then if you change your mind it’s hard to remove. The same holds true for colored furniture items. They may be heavy, expensive and not so easily disposable. Therefore, just accessorize and your white walls will allow you most flexibility and dynamism in trying on your creative color palette.…

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Carpets – Bring Your Home to Life

Do you love the warm and soft feeling you get when you dig your toes into a comfy carpet? Everyone likes the plush feel of carpets because they are just so comforting. And not only that, they make your home look more sophisticated along with furnishing it stylishly.
Nothing is quite like a lush carpet reaching from wall-to-wall. Its incredibly soothing feeling gives your house a classic look. Moreover, they keep your body temperature low, keeping you warm and cozy. It gives you a cooler sensation, and superior thermal comfort, while being gentle on your skin.
Heavier carpets are usually more luxurious and with their velvety texture they feel so good to touch. As these are woven from rich yarn, they have the ability to make you feel like you are walking on petals. Good carpeting has an irresistible charm to it. It not only gives your house a comfortable look, but also makes you want to lie down and even sleep on it.
For people living in colder regions carpets can be a source of great comfort as they keep the rooms warm. Carpets are known as natural insulators, and for that reason they are always preferred by children and pets especially, who love playing on the floor.
Carpets can also help you in energy savings by keeping the rooms warm in cold weather and driving your electricity bills down. Thus, they help in cost savings through their insulation properties, while giving the homeowners comfort as well.
Additionally, research has proven carpets to be healthier than other surfaces because they act as traps for dirt and allergens. Since they are made of fibers, dust can easily settle down in them, keeping the air clean and consequentially, lowering disease rates. However, proper cleaning of your carpets is required.
To sum up, carpeting offers great value by safeguarding your family’s health and also lowering your energy bills. The icing on the cake is the fact that carpets are more durable; they last for years if well-tended to.
To add to the attraction of carpeting is the research-backed fact that it doesn’t allow dust and allergens to be airborne. Carpets have the capacity to hold considerable amounts of dust and allergens without looking dirty for a long time.
They come in myriad beautiful designs, styles and types. So that you can outfit your floors with the carpeting of your choice and revamp the whole look of your house. The only thing to be kept in mind while carpeting your house is that you should absolutely like the one you have chosen because it is going to stay with you for years to come.
If you are looking for unparalleled comfort and style then carpeting is the best way to accessorize your house. They are ever inviting and soft, and can be chosen to complement your taste and home furniture. They are ideal for medium-traffic and large family homes.
There is a wide variety of materials available for carpeting your floors, like woolen, polyester, acrylic, nylon, polypropylene, and velvet, Flooring America carpet so that you can pick whatever appeals to you. Besides that they have a fair assortment of textures as well, including, cut piles, Saxony, Frieze, cut and loop pile, level loop pile, multi-level loop pile, and Berber.…

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Basement Remodeling

Ceramic Tile Removal in a Bathroom Remodel

On this step of removing the ceramic tile it’s going to get dusty so what I did first was remove everything that I could so I wouldn’t have to clean it when I was done. Even though I was not going to reuse the tile, I wanted to be careful because I wanted to put the tile on Freecycle or Craigslist so someone else might be able to use them. The only tools I used were an old flat tip screw driver, hammer and a box cutter.
I should say that the tiles that are offset from the wall about 1/2″ with a mortar mix. The way that the mortar stays on the wall is a wire mesh that is attached to the wall with staples and nails. I started by cutting the bead of caulk around the top edge of the tile being careful not to cut to deep and into the drywall. Now the first tile off is the most critical so you have to be real careful. I just started the screwdriver back behind the tile and pried a little bit at a time at tile I could remove without damaging the wall or the tiles next to it. From that point it gets easier. I worked a line straight down to the floor and then made my way around the room.
Being how we are still using the bathroom I had to work around a few things. The first was the toilet. The tank of the toilet was real close to the tile so it made it difficult to get the tiles off around it. The next thing was the vanity. I should tell you that when they built this house they custom built the vanity and everything before they put up the tile so there is allot of things to cut around. I would have to say that when I got to the mirror I had to be real careful because the mirror was resting on top of the tile. Now I am the kind of guy that if something can go wrong it probable will. I got lucky on this part and didn’t break the mirror.
Another nice thing about doing all the work myself, I get to see how thing’s are built. I am a project engineer for a manufacturing company and I am always looking at how things are built. Okay I better get back to the tile work. Now I mentioned that the tile was about 1/2″ off the wall with a mortar mix. When I got to the door way there was the mortar mix on one side and on the other they built it up with a piece of plywood and used liquid nails to hold the tiles up. Needless to say, I couldn’t save any of the tiles that were glued to the wood. Then I found an area that the tile was glued straight to the drywall. I have to replace some drywall now. Luckily that was the end of removing the tile.
I stacked all of the good tile in a box and threw out all bad ones. Swept up all the debris and put everything back in its place. As I mentioned at the beginning I am going to list the tiles on Freecycle since they are in good condition and hopefully someone else can use them instead of them going into the land fill. As I remodel I’m always looking for ways that I can recycle materials instead of throwing them into a land fill that is already overloaded.
In the next article I’ll be removing the mortar mix and the wire that was attached to the wall.…