I Am Fixing This Place Up

This place was something of a mess when I found it, but that worked out for the better for me. The former owner had been quite old and like a lot of people who become very old they were not really capable of doing some of the stuff you need to do to maintain a house. There are lots of small things, like for example about half of the plantation shutters needed to be replaced and that is not so simple as it seems when you are paying something above a hundred and thirty dollars for each one of them. I needed six of them and so that really adds up.…

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Designer Kitchens and Bathrooms

Designer Kitchens and Bathrooms

No matter how you furnish your home styles are constantly changing so it is no surprise when you take a critical at your home and realise that it is looking very dated.

Kitchens and bathrooms seem to take the brunt more that any other rooms in the house, this would not matter so much but both the kitchen and bathroom cost a fortune to renovate.

Designers seem to constantly come up with new ideas on how your kitchen or bathroom should look and when you thought you had a really up to date bathroom or kitchen after spending a fortune a couple of years ago, they are egging you on to change it to keep up with the new styles and designs.

Think back to when the new coloured bathroom suites came out, everyone had to have one. But the bathroom designers were not content with that, every twelve months or so they brought out a new colour and it felt like your lovely new bathroom was already going out of fashion.

When all the colours were exhausted they decided that white was back in fashion and your coloured bathroom suite stood out like a sore thumb, and to make it worse you had got rid of a white bathroom suite to install the coloured one in.

Next on the agenda the old fashioned look was back, those old fashioned cast iron bathtubs that we got rid of years ago are now the in thing and they do not come cheap.

Your kitchen is also in the line of fire. If you want to look up to date and have a designer kitchen then that shiny sleek stainless steel sink unit has to go, and the old fashion white kitchen sink is back.

Keeping up to date with the appliances …

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Design-Challenged? Go From Blah to Hurrah on Your Terms

Design-Challenged? Go From Blah to Hurrah on Your Terms

A designer friend of mine lives by the motto, “White is not a colour, it is a canvas waiting to be explored,” if you saw her home you would agree without hesitation. It is a plethora of rich colours and styles integrating and working off one another to create a beautiful living space. Her rooms breathe panache thanks to imported furniture, tasteful accessories and a keen sense of who she is.

Sadly, not everyone can do what she does without turning their home into a visual assault on the eyes. Her look is successful due in part to her refusal to live by seasonal trends or dare I say, by what the “experts” say we should be doing. You know those words and phrases we kind of understand but still need to Google? Flow. Pop. Accent. Inspiration. Focal point. Statement. Room palette. The list is endless and quite frankly at the end of the day, utterly useless. Why? Because if you do not know your personal style, there is no way you will be able to give your home a personal look and feel.

So what to do about those of us who are somewhat design-challenged? Most would say, “hire an interior designer,” and some do, but that would only be living in someone’s version of what they think your home should look like. Rest assured there is a happy medium; it’s called listening to that little voice inside your head that goes off whenever you see something that catches your eye.

Define your style

There is no shortage of chic ideas. It seems just as we are settling down with one style, another is revisited causing design divas to put down their lattes and pick up the panache pace. You can try to keep up or maintain a balance …

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DIY Fireplaces - How to Choose Your Own Stone

DIY Fireplaces – How to Choose Your Own Stone

There are many choices for stone material that you can use for DIY fireplaces. Depending on the design of the stone fireplace, the homeowner must decide whether it is appropriate to use natural stone or fake stones. Of course, your final choice must be based on the style, aesthetic value, and maintenance requirements of your stone fireplace design options.

Even though there are other pressing issues that you have to overcome during your home construction or home improvement project, it is very important that you carefully weigh your choices and choices when it comes to the stone fireplace for your home.

Determine the Best Stone for Your DIY Fireplace

So how can you make sure you have chosen the right stone for your fireplace? There are several variables that you need to include in the equation, and before you head to the home improvement showroom, it would be better if you carefully go through these important decision parameters.

Carefully assess your choices when it comes to stone for your fireplace. Common choices include man-made marble, stone coatings, limestone, marble, slate and granite. These stone materials have different properties and give a different look to your fireplace. Make sure you set priorities and things that you want to achieve before you decide on certain stone materials for your fireplace.

Discuss your goals and expectations with a fireplace contractor. It is important that you get the full advantages and disadvantages of each of your choices. For example, you must remember that slate is the ideal choice if you prioritize the durability of core material. However, this type of stone might cause some degree of difficulty in terms of cutting. On the other hand, marble may not get a high score in terms of care and maintenance. However, this stone material can be …

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Different Ways in Which PVC Panels Can Be Used in Home Improvement - Other Building Materials

Different Ways in Which PVC Panels Can Be Used in Home Improvement – Other Building Materials

Most building materials and techniques have come a long way in the last decades, so it is safe to assume that more and more people are trying to learn and to apply certain information regarding some of the best, cost-effective home improvement solutions. It has never been easier to get great quality at an acceptable price, thus making it possible for everybody to have their dream house.

One of the most common materials you can come across is PVC (short for Polyvinyl Chloride), which is generally used in construction due to its cost effective and highly durable characteristics. Even if used for everything from construction to clothing, PVC is still a rather controversial material due to the chemicals used in manufacturing it (even though non-toxic chemicals are used for drinking water PVC pipes etc.) but the most relevant health disadvantage is that PVC liberates a lot of toxins when incinerated.

This material can be found in the form of pipes, isolation for electrical wires and very often as PVC panels (used for commercial signs or ceiling tiles) which, depending on their intended use, are treated with additives such as UV stabilizers, lubricants, plasticizers, processing aids, impact modifiers, thermal modifiers, fillers, flame retardants, biocides, blowing agents and smoke suppressors, and pigments. As can easily be seen from the large variety of chemicals used, PVC panels (or any kind of PVC product) can be adapted for different specifications but they are also quite dangerous for the environment (mostly due to the fact that they do not decompose).

Another highly used (can be found into everything from plastic bags to bulletproof vests) plastic product is polyethylene. Generally found in the form of polyethylene sheets (or films), this is a material used in many commercial and industrial activities. Polyethylene sheets are usually used for …

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Should I Install Carpet or Wood Flooring in My Home?

Should I Install Carpet or Wood Flooring in My Home?

Consider these situations: Family A has a ten-year-old house, and three steam cleanings and a number of other efforts have not been able to remove some of the stains eight years down the line after buying a carpet. On the other hand, Family B has recently bought a house with wood flooring, only to decide afterward that they need to convert their house into a high-traffic mini resort. These two examples will definitely demonstrate that both carpet and wood flooring have their disadvantages. Neither of them is perfect, and the type of flooring the user chooses should be determined by the intended long-term function of the floor covering. To make a logical decision on the flooring to choose, try to look at the pluses and minuses of each type of flooring.

Advantages of Wood

– Wood flooring comes in a wide variety of materials but may not come in as many colors as carpet. The natural colors of different types of wood, however, give it the advantage of blending in and complementing almost anything in the room.

– Thanks to some of the latest advancements and improvements that make the wood resistant to stains, scratches and termite destruction, the choice of wood flooring makes it very easy to keep your house tidy and neat.

– It’s really very rare to find anyone who is allergic to wood. This makes wood a safe and healthy option, especially for people who might react to some of the chemical reagents often used in cleaning detergents for carpets. Wood also doesn’t store grit or any solid particles and would thus be suitable for people with asthma or other breathing complications.

Disadvantages of wood

– Although wood flooring doesn’t require dangerous detergents to clean it, the floor cleaners used might include substances to maintain the …

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