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Basement Remodeling

Making Your Bathroom Convenient

One of the many privileges of living in the UK involves the fact that people are living much longer than ever before. This brings about with it the need to develop and adapt our range of products to fulfil the elderly needs.
Unfortunately many elderly people are not actually aware of the fact that they can change their bathroom to better suit their comfort. Most commonly, it is not until they suffer an accident at home or fall until they realise that they are actually struggling at home. Furthermore it does not help that there is a lack of style in many of the adapted bathrooms, which does not exactly push the elderly to make the necessary changes until they are forced to.
Eliminating potential hazards in the bathroom
Many experts are trying to encourage house owners to look ahead to the future and to plan which products they would like to install in their bathrooms. This is due to the fact that by 2031 it is expected that there will be close to 27 million people aged 50 and over in the UK. It has also been claimed that the majority of the elderly people will continue to live in private households. Therefore it is strongly advised that the elderly start making changes in their bathroom now, rather than later when they are forced to.
There are many potential hazards such as steep steps, narrow doorways and inaccessible bathrooms that the elderly face in their homes on a daily basis. This is in addition to the less able not being able to comfortably turn the tap, flush the toilet, or climb into the shower.
Hazards for people with a physical disability
The bathroom is very important for our personal hygiene and grooming needs. Although we may not spend as much time in here as we do in other areas of the house, it is still vitally important to keep it hazard free. The bathroom can especially prove to be a hazard for someone with a physical disability.
Hazards can be avoided if the bathroom is created with purposefully created fittings. This will enable physically less-able people to use their bathroom with relative comfort and ease. This is all the more possible now with increasing technology. It is possible now to transform bathroom designs to include offset door hinges, and grab handles on the wall.
People often misconceive the idea that adapting your bathroom to become more practical and easy to use means compromising on style! This is actually not the case as there are a wide variety of styles to choose from which can allow for you to have a bathroom that looks both stylish and practical.
Furthermore it is not just the elderly or the physically less-able that would benefit from these changes. The bathroom will also become much safer for young children to use. Products such as hand rails and slip-resistant flooring will all aid in the process of providing maximum safety for the family. Investing in products such as a stylish chrome or white grip hand rails will provide your bathroom with that contemporary effect you are looking for.…

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Dos and Don’ts of Bathroom Remodeling

Do:
Budget your bathroom
Making a budget for your bathroom is essential. A good way to start the remodeling process is to make a list of all the components in your bathroom and research their prices. Next, decide what you’re willing to spend on each so you can effectively estimate the total cost of your bathroom. Allow for some unexpected costs in your budget as well so that there are no huge surprises when the job is complete.
Allow for ample ventilation and light
Abundant light and ventilation will make your remodeled bathroom feel fresh and new. You don’t want to walk into a space that you just spend thousands of dollars on and feel like it’s dark and dingy. A ceiling fixture is perfect for general lighting in a bathroom, but lights installed over the vanity will truly be a great addition to your space. This way there will be no shadows when you look in the mirror and the space will be bright and airy.
Ventilation is crucial because when there is static, moist air mold and mildew may make a home on finishes and painted surfaces. A bathroom fan is the best defense for this as well as a window with a screen so that air can flow in and out of your newly remodeled space.
Consider resale value
Trends are always coming in and going out so make sure to consider the possible homeowner that may purchase your home in the future. Spend money only where it is due to receive the biggest payback down the road. By covering the basics- paint, updated lighting, re-caulking, and old vanity replacement- you can surely make more than you spent
Don’t:
Rush the process
Expecting your bathroom remodel to be done tomorrow is unreasonable. To get the job done right the fist time, it’s important that everything takes the appropriate amount of time. Hire skilled contractors that will take their time and complete the job at an efficient pace. If things are done too quickly, small things can be overlooked and cost you in the end.
Planning your remodel weeks or even months ahead of time till help move things along because there is a plan being followed. Commit to a plan and don’t try to rush it.
Forget about storage
Bathroom storage is often overlooked because it is not something that comes to mind when the words “bathroom remodel” are said. Although this may be true, running from the shower to the hallway linen closet is not fun. A closet inside the bathroom is ideal, but even a small shelf or chest that houses your towels and essentials would do the trick. Also, make sure you have enough storage for all the various health-care and first-aid essentials in your bathroom.
Forget to factor in water usage
Homeowners looking to purchase your home in the future will definitely be looking for water-efficient fixtures in your bathroom. It’s easy to install a water saving showerhead or toilet. Do your research and make sure that it is affordable not only for the future, but also for you now. By purchasing water-efficient fixtures you could save on your monthly water and energy bills.…

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Finding The Best Gym Equipment For The Home Environment

Most of the people nowadays are seeking to create their own home gym as they wish to avoid the overcrowded environment and the regular lines which is found in the public gym. This is normally a brilliant idea as it would aid in expediting your workout experience and provide an environment which is available at any time of the day without concern over time or driving to another location. When you’re looking to create your own workout environment there are several opportunities available, but you want to make sure you have the right equipment to maximize your workout experience. When you start your workout design, some of the very best tools to start with are found with bumper plates and squat racks.
Free-weights are a vital component of any personal gym when an individual has any aspiration to build muscle and tone the body. When you look at your free-weight opportunities, no other product could provide you with the advantages of bumper plates. With bumper plates you’ll discover a quality product which comes in a variety of weights and is designed to prevent damage to its home environment. When you are building a home gym the feature of safety and home preservation are usually important considerations with your gym equipment. Additionally, several bumper plates come with the option to personalize your weights. This personalization is a one of a kind feature to bumper plates and as a home gym you could get your name on the weights or a personal motto to provide continuous inspiration.
With the use of free-weights such as bumper plates you ought to even make sure you have the equipment you need to support your bumper plate exercises. A major example of this requirement is found with the utilization of squat racks. Squat racks are a form of equipment that will take most of the dangers out of a crucial form of exercise.
Squat exercises require the lifting of large quantities of weight over your head and the squat rack allows you to elevate that weight without jeopardizing your head, back or spine. Additionally, it features safety features which would catch the weight if you exceed your strengths ability and latches to easily lock in the weight when your workout is concluded. Squat racks are one of the many important stations an individual should have in their home gym.
Although not every home has the space for all the equipment like bumper plates and squat racks so there are all inclusive opportunities like the power rack. The power rack is a device which is similar to a squat rack but provides additional workout options to aid condense your workout demands. Whilst this device is normally higher in price, the all in one feature for a homeowner with a confined space makes the power rack well worth the investment.…

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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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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.…