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Basement Renovations

Simple! Home Improvement With a New Entry Door

What do you want people to see when they approach your home? Do you want them mentally to take note that yours is a house that stands out from the rest? Maybe your desire is to let the entryway to your home set the tone for visitors to feel relaxed when they enter your domain. Whatever your motivation, the entryway door needs to be welcoming and pleasant to view. As trite as it may seem, the front door is what someone sees first when coming up to the house. If it is colored coordinated and well built, then the person arriving at the front entry knows they are entering a home of quality and value. It makes sense to have a new door and even a custom door for the entryway. So let us look at some of the reasons a new door is a value adding measure to a new home, or even one that has been around a while.
One of the true value aspects to a new door is the security issue. Hundreds of homes are broken into every year in this country. Experts’ state that sometimes the front door is the point of entry because it offers a quick entrance and many security measures is minimal at best. A well-built custom door, utilizing safety locks can be a strong deterrent to someone considering breaking in. Does having a solid new door make it full proof? of course it doesn’t. However, it does mean you may be making someone think twice before trying to enter your home.
Another value to a new door is the energy savings. When a custom door is installed, it usually is made to fit just right and have weather rated strips to go around the door Considerable heat is lost through the edges of doorways and need to have good new doors in place to retard that heat dissipation.
Now it is a forgone conclusion that the entryway door is a value adder just through the color scheme and design possibilities. Some people consider putting stain glass windows (or even frost ones) to add a little more esthetic appeal. The same thing can be done by adding good quality hardware to the door. An appealing doorknocker and gold or silver door handles make quite a statement, even to a smaller home or one that is not extravagant.
Finally, let us look at the door make-up itself. Many people love solid wood doors…whether it is oak, mahogany, or some other fine hardwood. Solid wood doors add more appeal to a home by presiding over the entryway as a portal to a fine home. Custom wood doors speak to individual tastes as well. New and custom doors create the landmark to a home and lets the visitor know they are about to step into a house that highlights taste. What do you want your home to say to say to others?…

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Remodeling Contractors

5 Simple Ways to Remodel Your Bathroom

Many homeowners like to do a bathroom remodel to boost the value of the home that they live in. However, taking on these additional expenses for bathroom remodeling might be something that homeowners hesitate with. There are ways that the homeowners can make a drastic change to update the look and feel of the bathroom without having to completely remodel the bathroom and empty your wallet. Remodeling a bathroom does not have to be an extremely expensive endeavor, it can be easily achieved with some tips on how to change the look and feel of the current bathroom situation within the home.
By changing the lighting in the bathroom, you can give the bathroom a more modern look and feel that pops. You can have more natural light come into the room without having to do an entire bathroom remodel by replacing curtains in the bathroom or removing objects that might be blocking the window. Artificial lighting can be used in the bathroom as well. You can make the bathroom more timeless with stainless steel lighting fixtures. Adding ambient lighting in the shower also makes the bathroom look more luxurious and welcoming. But, consider searching for a remodeling contractor when you have more in depth projects.
Adding mirrors to the bathroom can provide a better look and feel of the bathroom overall. You want a larger sized mirror that shows most of the upper portion of your body. These are easy to install and do not need bathroom remodeling to be done in order to get them in the bathroom.
One of the easiest ways to update how a bathroom looks and feels without a total bathroom remodel is through the color of the bathroom. Since bathrooms are generally the smallest rooms in the home, you may want to add a touch of color. You should think about the shades that you’re choosing. You may want to stay away from darker colors since this might make the room seem smaller, where bright colors such as blues, oranges, and yellows will open it up and make it more welcoming. Paint is inexpensive and can change the feel of your bathroom.
Adding new cabinets and vanities can be done, but this is a more costly fix for the bathroom if you do not know what you’re doing. You may want to think about swapping shelves or other smaller units throughout the bathroom. A lot of times when you are remodeling a bathroom, they will cut these things for you and start fresh. If you’re up for the task, then go for it, but you may want to consider finding a contractor. You could also change the handles and knobs on these things to give them a fresher look without replacing the entire cabinet itself.
When remodeling bathroom, you want to ensure that you also think about changing some of the smaller things such as the toothbrush holder, shower curtain and bath rugs. These can make any bathroom look extremely different and are extremely affordable compared to remodeling the whole bathroom.…

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House Improvements

Basic Flat Roof Leak Repair in Simple Terms

The simple fact is that at some point in everyone’s life we will all have to contend with a roof leak, and the resulting roof repair job. There’s just no getting around it, even if one doesn’t have to do the actual work themselves. After all, most roofing contractors do repair work.
What About Roof Repair for the Do it Yourselfer?
But what about if your roof springs a leak, and you either don’t have the money to hire a professional, or are simply unwilling to pay their high fee? In this case, if you don’t know someone who’s willing to climb up on your roof for you, you’re going to have to do the work yourself.
Step One is to Find the Leak
So step one, is to find the leak, and you may be surprised by how far water can travel once it finds its way through a crack in the roof. You see, the felt or tar paper is three feet wide, and the plywood that the building is sheeted with comes in 4 x 8 sheets.
Water Can Travel Under a Flat Roof
What this means, is that the water stain on your ceiling can be as much as 11 feet from where the actual leak is. Now 11 feet is definitely on the extreme end, but just the same, you can expect to locate a leak on a flat roof at least a few feet away from where the water is entering a building.
Pooling Water is Definitely Not Good
Another place to look for problems is low areas of a flat roof, where water is pooling after it rains. Often roof joists, or even trusses settle or warp to cause dips in a flat roof, and water that pools in them will eventually find its way through, unless it dries out.
The Old Stand-By Roof Patching Compound
So after you’ve located the source of your leak, the next step of course is to patch it, and today there is a huge range of products available for the task. Now there is the old stand-by plastic roof patching compound, and no doubt about it, but that it is effective. It’s even more effective if the roof patch is applied with fiberglass mesh in a three layer system that roofers call “three-coursing”.
Amazing EPDM Liquid Rubber
Still yet, if a building owner has a little more money to spend, there are several EPDM products available that not only do a much better job of patching roof leaks, but they also last longer. EPDM liquid rubber for instance can be literally poured and rolled into low lying areas to form a water tight seal that will contain water for up to a year.…

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Renovation Costs

3 Simple Must-Do Home Improvement Projects If You Want Your House To SELL

In a competitive market, in any market for that matter, there are a few basic home improvement projects that are non-negotiable. They are the ones that can make or break the sale of your home. Those who choose to take their chances and cut corners, pinch pennies, avoid to regret it. Don’t allow yourself to be one of those people.
Here are 3 simple MUST-DO home improvement projects IF you want your house to SELL!
Flooring – Many sellers think it’s a better idea to give a buyer credit to choose their own carpet when they move into the house. The problem is, the majority of those buyers can’t see beyond what’s currently in the home. That old, dirty or outdated carpet usually deters them from purchasing the home altogether OR if they do, they will low-ball the offer. This includes worn hardwood flooring, poorly installed laminate, and old, outdated tile or vinyl. Take care of upgrading these features BEFORE putting your home on the market AND ensure that the type of product you install is at a quality level commensurate with the value of your property. You wouldn’t want to put the same type of flooring in a $300,000 home that you would in a $1,000,000 property. The buyers will know and they will NOT be pleased. Remember, flooring is the foundation (literally) for the home’s interior so make it count.
Paint – Touch up paint just does not do the job. The color (even if it came out of the same can) won’t match due to time, wear, and fading. I have seen touch ups done in the wrong finish. Then your wall just looks like it has a skin condition. Do yourself a favor and invest in a fresh paint job. It will frame the rooms in a clean, fresh manner and fresh paint psychologically engages buyers in the home buying process. It feels like a new home to them and that’s what you want – for them to envision themselves in their new home.
Window Treatments – Fancy drapery are personalized items that generally don’t add a lot of value to the resale process. In fact, it can hinder it. It is usually my recommendation that drapery be removed unless it truly complements the decor and furnishings. If your drapery keeps much needed sunlight from coming through, is mismatched, and does not complement the home’s interior, I highly recommend removing it. Also, if you have blinds that are warped, dusty, and broken, it’s time to replace them. Keep in mind that there are two levels of window treatment. Blinds and shades are for light filtration and privacy and drapery is to frame the windows and add softness and color. For selling purposes, blinds are all that’s really needed. Leaving windows naked can be a negative in many cases and is not advisable. The home just doesn’t look finished and it can be a magnet for burglars.
Having helped hundreds of clients prepare their houses to sell, these 3 home improvement projects were always addressed. Hope you find these tips helpful. I would welcome your feedback.…