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Braided Rugs and Hardwood Flooring

By the time you have passed through the post wood flooring installation phase, where all you want to do is just stare at it and admire the effect it has had on the look and feel of your home, it will be time to start thinking about some area rugs. Yes, they will hide portions of your new oak or walnut hardwood flooring, but they will also protect it and tie in other elements of your d?�cor.
One of the most popular types of rug for wood flooring is the one that our early ancestors used back in colonial times, the braided rug. You may even be lucky enough to have one of these treasures that was hand-made by your grandmother or by those even longer ago. Many of these family heirlooms have been passed down for years.
Much like they did with quilts, past generations didn’t believe they had the luxury of throwing things away like we seem to think we can today, and so they used worn out clothing and bedding to make braided rugs to cover the cold wood floors of the family cabin. Women worked together, mothers, daughters and grandmothers creating the same rug.
Once mass manufacturing came along, machines took over doing most of the projects that had once been done by hand. The art of rug braiding did experience somewhat of a revival late in the twentieth century. By then the nostalgia for simpler times when quality mattered more than quantity led to many of the older crafts making a comeback. Today, while most braided rugs are manufactured using machines, there are those who braid by hand. Those looking for that perfect rug can have one commissioned in the shape, color and style that will uniquely fit their home.
If hand-made is not a priority for you, it is still possible to get find beautiful, quality-constructed braided rugs in just about any price range. There are two basic types; cloth braided and yarn braided rugs. Those made from yarn are far more common and few manufacturers deal with cloth anymore. Both types, unlike the ones made in earlier times, consist of an inner core composed of filler material around which is wrapped yarn or cloth. This filler core reduces the amount of cloth or yarn needed which brings down the cost of production. Higher-end rugs will have filler of cotton, preferably natural and pre-shrunk or a synthetic fiber. Paper or some sort of reprocessed material will be found in cheaper brands.
Something you might want to consider before heading to your local rug outlet or buying online. You may not be one of the more fortunate ones whose family passed one of these treasures along, but lots of families had them. Many have ended up in flea markets and second hand stores. In the end, we all share a common history. Who’s to say that a hand-made, braided rug found in one of these places doesn’t have a story to tell that you might be interested in?…

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Ceiling Fans: The Past, Present, and Future

Would it surprise you to learn that ceiling fans have been in existence for almost 150 years? At first, they were widely used in industrial settings although their popularity did take quite some time to catch on. Luxury homes also utilize these ceiling fans and they enjoyed the benefits of using them, long before they were common in almost every other home. During the next century or more, these items continued to evolve and to change in both their efficiency and design. What you have now, are many different choices that are available to help cool your home in the summertime and evenly warm the home in the winter.
You have a few different options that are available to you when you are choosing ceiling fans. Although you’re going to have many different choices as far as the overall design is concerned, the primary options that you have available to you are the number of blades and whether or not you’re going to have a light kit included. Some of the ceiling fans today have the option of having a light kit or not, depending upon your needs. As far as the blades that are necessary, it often comes down to a personal preference with five legs or more being considered somewhat of a luxury item.
Installing the fan is a relatively easy thing to do, providing the hardware are already existing. Today, most of the ceiling fans that are available are relatively light weight and can be installed into a standard ceiling box. Some care needs to be taken, however, if you are going to be installing the fan into a new ceiling box or if the box that is existing is not mounted properly. Having a little bit of wobble in the box where the fan is installed will result in the fan itself wobbling uncontrollably and perhaps even falling, causing the potential for serious injury.
If you are going to be purchasing a kid’s ceiling fan for installation in their bedroom, this is going to be especially important. Of course, you would want to make sure that any fan that was installed in the home was as safe as possible but you absolutely want to make sure that the fan in that room was rock solid. Fortunately, most ceiling fans that are available for children’s rooms tend to be a bit more light weight, but some of them can be quite heavy, particularly if they are themed in some way or another.
One other option that you may want to consider is getting a fan that has remote control functions. This is really going to be a convenient choice, particularly if you also have a light kit attached. If the fan that you already have does not have a remote control to it, there are kits that are available which can be installed in your existing ceiling fan to provide this functionality for you. Just make sure that you get one which matches up with your existing hardware and it is a relatively easy thing to install.…

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Tips to Ensure Your Remodeling Project Goes Smoothly

There are many different projects that can be done around the home. Some of them can be done in a weekend, such as repainting a room but others are going to take additional time. If you are planning any large-scale remodeling project, there are numerous things that need to be kept in mind so that it will go as smoothly as possible. Since part of the home is likely to be unavailable for an extended amount of time when you are doing one of these projects, you also need to plan accordingly. Here are some tips that can help you to make the most of your remodeling project and to ensure that it impacts your life the least amount possible.
First of all, you need to make sure that everything is set in advance for the entire project. The planning phase is perhaps one of the most important parts, as it will make a difference in how well things work for you and your family. Some of the things that you will want to keep in mind include the acquisition of all of the materials that are going to be used while you are doing the project. This can be anything from the decorative tile that you are using on the walls all the way down to the cabinetry or plumbing fixtures that are going to be necessary. Make sure that you don’t leave anything out off of the list as it will end up causing delays if you do so.
Have you considered the types of materials that are going to be needed? This can have an impact, not only on the project that you are doing but also on the environment. There is quite a movement that is taking many individuals towards doing things that are considered green. You would want to be environmentally friendly if at all possible in your construction project, from the demolition and removal of items all the way down to the building products that are used. Eco-friendly tile, for example, is preferred by many individuals because it is made from items that have a low impact on the environment. There are likely other forms of building materials that you can use which have a similar low environmental impact.
Are you going to be doing the work yourself or are you going to be hiring a contractor? Depending upon your abilities and the scope of the project, it may be necessary for you to hire a general contractor who will subcontract out most of the projects within the home. This can help to move the project along but you should also use some caution when making your choices. Take the time that is necessary to familiarize yourself with the contractor and their abilities. They should be able to work along with you and welcome your feedback, so that everything is going to work out to your advantage. If you take the time to choose your contractor carefully, you will find that the project goes smoothly and you are able to get back into your home as quickly as possible.…

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Options For Remodeling Your Bathroom

A bathroom remodel is a fairly large project and certainly a large investment in your home. If you are considering a remodel, taking the time to research some of the options you have for upgraded fixtures, counter tops, and tubs and showers is essential to modernizing your bathroom. This article will explore some of the most popular options on the market for the bathroom remodel.
Jetted tubs are a very high-demand item in today’s modern bathroom. They come in several sizes, shapes and colors for the perfect fit into your space. Many fiberglass models are available, there are big differences in the number of jets, and you may be willing to pay a little more to get one with a heater in it. These tubs are a great way to relax and turn your bathroom into that oasis you have been looking for.
Something consumers are also looking for as they make upgrades is environmentally friendly fixtures like low-flow toilets and eco-friendly shower heads. These items contribute their part to help conserve water, but can also pay for themselves over time.
A steam shower can be an luxury upgrade that can help you achieve a comfortable, relaxing steam bath in the comfort of your own home instead of having to go to the gym. You’ll spend over 90 hours a year bathing, so this could be a great investment.
Other luxury upgrades could include high grade faucets, solid surface counter tops, and basin sinks, depending on the look you would like to give your bath.
Make sure you shop around and become educated on the new materials you wish to use in your project. Also if you hire a contractor make sure you check his references and your local BBB before signing a contract.…

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Kitchen Or Bathroom Remodel – The Truth Not Seen on TV Shows and What to Expect From a Contractor

With all of the do-it-yourself shows on network television, most home owners fail to realize how many extras actually are required to complete a remodel. These shows which run for a 30 minute span of time can actually take well over a month or two depending upon the project undertaken. While edited television holds the viewer’s interest, it does a poor job of educating the home owner with the actual process of having a remodel. Patience and planning are the keys to an effective remodel. There is no general rule of thumb when it comes to how long a particular remodel will take. An example is some kitchen remodels can take as little as one week while others can take one month or more.
There are numerous factors to be considered. It all comes down to how well planned the design is, how the home owner makes themselves available for the contractor, what materials are to be used, where the source for the materials is located, and so on.
The first key ingredient to a successful remodel is patience. The home owner needs to understand and expect that the design stage can take several weeks alone. After sitting down with the builder or contractor to discuss what the home owner’s desires are, both the contractor and the home owner need to address potential challenges of the space to be remodeled. While the home owner will have many questions needing to be answered, the remodeling contractor should be asking a plethora of question of the owner. The more thorough this preliminary consulting is the more enjoyable the remodel will be and with fewer surprises.
Even with the most conscientious builder or remodeling contractor, occasional unforeseen snags can pop up from time to time. There are many reasons that this situation may occur. Older homes often can possess more hidden surprises than newer houses due to new building codes which were not the same as when the house was originally built. That is not to say that newer constructed homes are free of these types of situations. The solution for this scenario is to clarify the contractor’s experience.
Contractors always should have a portfolio of past projects to offer up to new clients. Many times a new design possibility may come to mind of the home owner from viewing examples of past work performed. Most remodeling contractors are more than happy and even excited to display their past accomplishments.
The home owner needs to patient once the planning and design stage has begun. It can take weeks upon weeks to decide on materials and acquire them for the job ahead. The one aspect of remodeling or even having a custom home built, which many clients fail to do, is consistently inspect the progression of work being performed and observe materials being used. The most contractors are competent and know exactly what they are doing, but an extra set of eyes will not hurt. Asking questions throughout the remodel will help to avoid any possible confusion with both parties and will yield result in a happier home owner when the job is completed.…