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Kitchen Remodel

Consider A Makeover For Your Bathroom

Whether your motivation is to enhance your usage experience or to enhance your home’s resale value, a bathroom remodel project is one of the best investments a homeowner can make. In terms of maximizing the benefits, few can argue that renovating your bathroom will offer the most bang for the buck in terms of payback when it comes time to sell while allowing you the extra comfort and enjoyment while you are still in your home.
Much like a kitchen, the bathroom tends to be one area where potential home buyers have strong emotions. A functional and stylish bathroom can literally make or break the deal when you put your home on the market. But resale potential is not the primary reason to consider your bathroom renovation. Sure we all would like as much money as we can get, but why not enjoy your home to the fullest while you are still in it? Plus, with the economy in a down trend, more and more people are choosing to spruce up their existing homes instead of moving to a new home. You can save a lot of money by remaining in your home and simply improving it instead of moving. For the long-term, that decision makes a lot of sense financially.
Your renovation project can be as simple or elaborate as you desire. It is amazing what a new mirror and a new coat of paint can do for a bathroom. If your budget and energy allows, you can get really ambitious and knock out walls, install a new tub or shower, add new cabinets, and a number of other things. The only limit to your project will be budget and imagination.
Before you begin any project, you need to plan carefully. the last thing you want to do is begin a bathroom renovation that renders it useless for weeks because you didn’t realize the impact of changes you made or because you ran out of funds before you finished. The best way to avoid these types of planning mistakes is to use the services of a professional contractor. A professional will know the process, know the right subcontractors, and be able to steer you towards a successful completion. If your project is relatively small, then you can probably do it yourself without any help. But when pipes need to be moved or electrical outlets need to be moved, unless you really know what you are doing, do not attempt these types of tasks by yourself. Always leave these types of jobs to the professionals.
A bathroom renovation can make a big difference in your enjoyment of your home while adding potential resale value. If you don’t have the bathroom of your dreams already, look into an upgrade. Whether you want a major facelift or just new counters and lights, you will be happy you did. And the older and more worn your current bathroom is, the more you will probably enjoy your new one. The best part is that there are many options available regardless of your budget, just get creative and enjoy the experience.…

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Kitchen Renovation

Is Your Kitchen or Bathroom Begging for Help?

Are you contemplating getting either your bathroom or kitchen remodeled? It does not really matter where you live. Maybe it’s time to bring a new sparkle of life to your bathroom and/or kitchen? Your bathroom and kitchen might be in for a big surprise when they both get a new face lift. Let’s take it one step at a time and take a closer look at just how we can give your kitchen its new shine. Then we’ll move on to your bathroom.
Adding New Sparkle to Your Kitchen
Kitchen remodeling might have been in the cards for sometime now. You might even be scratching your head right now in figuring out how to do it all. Don’t forget that remodeling of cabinetry, floors, and countertops can account for major costs in revamping your kitchen. Your flooring might be in desperate need of replacement. Besides, just how much will all this cost you?
Just remember that there is so much involved in getting the right fit for your kitchen. Not just in the correct size, but making sure your colors match as well. Knowing which supplier to turn to, in terms of getting the right material for your cabinetry, can be a real nightmare at times. Then there is also the issue of correct lighting fixtures directly on top of your cabinets, which also can be challenging.
Flooring is another area that is at the forefront of any kitchen remodeling project. If you happen to be quite well off, your butler might even agree that it is time to change your floors. He might very well be slipping around on your old kitchen floors and you wouldn’t want that. High quality laminate or Vinyl Composition Tile, could be all you need to add certain styles and textures.
Bathroom Remodeling: Why So Important?
You want to create a lasting impression by ensuring your choice of quality flooring, countertops, bathtubs and sinks, in sync with each other in style and color. If you happen to be married, your partner will love you all over again, for taking the initiative to remodel your bathroom.
Your bathroom might not be the largest area in your house or apartment. However, I can tell you this, it can become complicated to fiddle with plumbing fixtures, floors and showers when remodeling your bathrooms. Not to mention trying to remove your tub or shower in bath remodeling.…

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House Improvements

All About The Deck: Best Wood, Best Stain, Best Sealers

Well, there are many wood options for outdoor decks but if you ask me I am going to have to say Ipe!\! I hate saying because I am not one to list favorites… but for me there is little comparison, I mean yes, there are some woods such as Tigerwood and Garapa come extremely close 2nd and 3rd. But like I said, if I had to choose the best deck wood for me would be Ipe!
So, this is why
1. All 3 are naturally weather resistant
2. All 3 are naturally insect resistant
3. All 3 are extremely beautiful
4. All 3 are very easy to maintain
5. All 3 are dense, strong, durable woods
But here is why Ipe stands out to me the most.
1. It is vertically unaffected by dog scratches
2. It is unmarked by high heel scratches
So there you have it, my reasons for choosing Ipe, though, with just one glance as my quick list you can see why any of the 3 would be an amazing wood choice!
Moving on… So, still rolling with the Ipe name, the best wood deck sealer and stain could possibly be Ipe Oil. This is a great sealer/stain for anyone installing an ipe deck just adding to the already amazing benefits of this wonderful wood. U.V. ray protection, water protection, reduces cracking and warping, and in one simple statement, it keeps your wood looking new. This finishing oil is not only great for Ipe but also for Tigerwood and Garapa as well as many other solid beautiful hardwoods. Ipe and other exotic woods do take a little more with regular recoating, you will want to recoat your wood about once a year with a good sealer to keep it looking and feeling its best! Also, think about the color you choose, if you went with a clear coat to keep the natural color of you wood then that is great but remember if you choose a lighter color the stain will fade faster than with a dark color. Also, choosing a finish with a red pigment will help prevent UV fades causing the wood to fade faster.
What is the important thing to remember when staining and sealing woods like Ipe, Tigerwood or Garapa? You need to choose a stain that is designed for the exotic hardwoods of Brazil; these woods are very dense making it far more difficult for a stain or finish to penetrate than other woods. Lots of sealers just won’t work causing you to waste your time, efforts and money and leaving you unhappy with the outcome. You need to really check the brand of stain or sealer you buy they must say on them that they are meant for exotic hardwoods, they may even say Ipe, Tigerwood and other Brazilian woods listened on there. If they do not say any of this than my guess is they won’t work, you may be looking to spend a little more than if just an ordinary stain but remember your outdoor deck is not built from ordinary wood, your wood is Everlasting!…

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Kitchen Remodel

Hardwood Flooring – The Right One

If you are about to decide about the flooring of your new home, hardwood Flooring is a good choice. Before anything, we should learn some of the basics. It is a very good choice as a flooring material.
With hardwood flooring, you can be sure that your money will not be wasted. This will really enhance the beauty of your home as well as its value. Other materials surely will not give your homes a rich look and smooth feel that only the flooring can give. Unlike many other materials, the value of the flooring increases with time. All you have invested for installing flooring will not be put to waste because your house gets valued many times.
To begin with, you must think thoroughly on what colors and textures of the hardwood that you like. Hardwood has many options when it comes to colors. Some of the wood changes its color after some time. It is really important to choose the color of the wood that matches your wants and also with your home. The display of your floor counts highly on the lighting.
You can also choose from various flooring styles like the rustic, hand-scraped or smooth styles. The natural designs and textures will surely give a magnificent look all throughout your house. To avoid damages to occur due to moisture, it is recommended to use solid wood above ground level.
Now that you have some ideas about this flooring, you can now select the ones that best suit you.…

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House Improvements

Flooring in Hospitality – Do’s and Don’ts

The hospitality industry has a real mix of situations to deal with in terms of its flooring. It requires safe, elegant, and hard working flooring, and a lot of it. There are some critical Do’s and Don’ts every hospitality industry person needs to recognize. Custom modular carpet design is now a realistic option for all businesses in the hospitality industry.

The problems define the issues

Whatever part of the hospitality industry you’re in, you’ll be well aware of any problems you’re having with your d?�cor design and flooring. These problems are a map of what needs doing:

The obvious wear and tear on a carpet really does mean you need a tough, hard wearing commercial grade carpet.

The design issues are clear pointers to the need for a custom colourisation scheme.

You’ll be pleased to know you can design and buy your own colour scheme, and include the toughest, most dependable carpets on the market.

Working with budgets

Budgets don’t have to be a problem. You can start with a realistic figure, and your suppliers will be able to provide a working solution within your budget. You’ll also find the top suppliers can provide a good working installation program, with no downtime or fuss.

The important Do’s

The major things to do when working on ideas for your flooring are:

Define your needs. This is the professional approach to systematic interior design. It gives you a clear set of objectives, and simplifies design issues considerably.

Investigate all your options. You don’t need to be stuck with a limited supply of average choices. There are always design options, cost options, and custom options.

Specify your budget: Figure out the realistic working figures for your design. Professional suppliers will work with your budget, not against it. You’ll probably save money.

The serious Don’ts

The big Don’ts are all practical business issues:

Don’t try to do things bit by bit: This really will cost more over time, and the lack of an integrated plan will add levels of difficulty to your concept.

Don’t compromise on quality: This is where compromise doesn’t work. You can wind up with a half way solution which solves none of the problems, and may create more, particularly if the solution is based on inferior quality materials.

Don’t go outside your budget and over-commit: Avoid any possible financial risk from the outset. This is not only embarrassing, it’s a guarantee of failure. Running short on a d?�cor budget means everything else has to suffer.

Success defines solutions

Success means getting what you want. With an integrated design, you can have a range of real achievements with a fully cost purchase. You’ll have quality carpet flooring, custom colour, a full designer hotel carpet on a sustainable carpet material, and you’ll have dealt with the durable flooring issues as well. This is the complete set of solutions to any floor coverings situation, quick, efficient, and to the top quality standards.…

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House Improvements

The $65,000 Bathroom Remodel – Unbelievable Story

The first bathroom that I ever remodeled cost $1800. That was a new bathtub, flooring, cabinet, sink, faucet, toilet, tiled tub surround and bathtub fixtures. Oh yeah, that included all of the labor and demolition also. $65,000 for a bathroom remodel, you’ve got to be out of your mind. I know that’s what you’re thinking, but there’s more.
My dad bought his first house for $9,000 and a second house for $29,000 and his third house for $125,000. My dad’s $125,000 house is worth about $600,000 today so I guess he could afford to put a $65,000 bathroom in it, couldn’t he.
It’s hard to imagine that my dad could have bought his first and second home, plus another house similarly priced, for about the same price these people paid for one bathroom remodel. Does this mean that 20 years from now, people will be paying over $100,000 to have their bathrooms remodeled? Unbelievable and the numbers are continuing to grow as building material and labor prices keep climbing.
I didn’t work on the project, a friend of mine was telling me about it. I asked him if I could get a picture of it or actually see it. He said that he would have to get back with me on that and later on, he told me that I couldn’t see it and they didn’t want me to see any pictures of the project, because I was the competition. Whatever…
I understood where they were coming from, even though I wouldn’t have done that to another contractor. I often wonder what that $65,000 bathroom looked like, even though I never got to see it. I still can’t imagine someone paying $65,000 to have their bathroom remodeled, but I don’t think it will be long before your average bathroom remodels are ranging between 30 and $70,000.
If you’re a homeowner thinking about having your bathroom remodeled in the future, you might want to do it before the prices become astronomical.…

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Kitchen Renovation

Job Site Preparation When Floor Tiling – Removing Caulking and Residual Concrete

Normally when preparing a bathroom for floor tiling, you will usually find instances where caulking has been applied as a waterproof sealant, especially around such areas as the bath tub. To remove this you can simply use a flat head screwdriver or blunt wood chisel and scrape away at the caulking, otherwise your floor tiles may not sit properly due to the hangout of the caulking.
If some hard scraping is necessary, don’t worry too much about applying extra force which might result in scraping the tub. Bath tubs are fairly durable and their composition is made to take some abuse, and if you do happen to scratch the surface when removing caulking, then this can easily be hidden by the floor tile level when it comes to laying tiles.
With solid concrete floors as your subfloor, small bumps and raises of concrete will have to be removed also to ensure a level floor when floor tile laying. This can easily be done with the use of a cold chisel and hammer to chip away at these excessive bumps, but always be sure to wear protective eyewear when doing so. If you fail to remove any of these concrete ‘nubbins’, then you could end up with a big headache when trying to lay your floor tiles flat and level.
Any large bumps of residual concrete can also be quickly removed by use of the angle grinder with concrete diamond cutting blade attached. By simply grinding away at the bumps, this can be a fast and effective way of bringing them down to level. Again, be sure to wear your safety equipment as always when working with power tools, but as an added precaution you should also wear a dust mask when working indoors with dry concrete cutting or grinding.
Concrete dust is very dangerous to your respiratory system, so at all times, especially when not working in a well ventilated area such as outdoors, make sure you have something to protect your breathing. If you don’t have a cheap dust mask at hand, then a scarf or cloth handkerchief will do the job to filter out the heavy concrete dust particles that can eventually destroy your lungs after a prolonged amount of time. Also, by using a construction grade vacuum while grinding the dust away, you can avoid many of the hassles of concrete dust. Another one being the cleanup that will need to happen around the house after the grinding is complete.…