Home Location Tips

Many of us dream of owning a home, and who doesn’t! Of course, it is a nice thing and a good feeling to own a dream home. But whether we are purchasing a ready home or building the home ourselves, a good location is of paramount importance. The question that those of us who dream to own a home should ask ourselves is how to choose a location for such a treasure. I have been to so many really nice, good homes, but some of them have had a downside of being poorly located. So, how can we be able to choose the right location for our homes? Let’s walk through the following essential tips.

 

The Quality of Neighborhood

If I’m building a 1-million dollar home, for instance, it is important to ensure that the value of other homes in the neighborhood/community where I want to locate my home have a similar worth. Living in a community where I share social status with most of the people around me is a good thing. I don’t want to be the only rich person living among poor people. As Karl Marx said, the rich have stolen from the poor, and it is not safe to facilitate a situation where the poor may come to take away what initially belonged to them. This sounds philosophical but I believe you have gotten the point.

 

Safety/Security

I cannot buy or build my home in a location where it can be raided at any time. That would amount to risking not only my life but the life of my entire family as well. Thus, I will be more than willing to choose a location where I’m sure the security is top-notch. Many of us look at the presence of such things as police posts and security guards. However, the best security are the people around us; our neighbors. If it is a location where people are successful and have a high integrity level, then that would be a nice place. I would not choose a location where most people are hustlers who live from hand to mouth, and the insecurity cases in the area are the order of the day.

Proximity to Services

Who wants to live in a place where they have to walk for well over three or so kilometers to find the first shop? What about other services such as transport? I know many people would argue that there are cars out there for us to buy, but how many of us own homes and have no cars? If the available transport services in the area are not reliable, I would advise anyone to think twice about the location. Nearness to schools is yet another aspect I will want to look at, given that I’m a father of teenagers, and my firstborn is yet to complete high school. What about my kids who are in elementary schools? I wouldn’t own a home at a location where I have to drive for more than 30 minutes, dropping my children to school.

 

Availability of Amenities

I cannot own a home in a place where there is no supply of tap water and electricity supplies. In developed countries, such amenities may not be an issue, given that they are readily available, but this article also covers people who live in poor, developing countries where electricity and water supplies are still missing, especially in rural areas. I once visited my friend who lives in a home in a place where blackouts are more than rampant. As if to get around such issues, most people tend to own homes in locations far away from rural areas, since these are the locations with minimal or no issues, as far as amenities are concerned. That, however, may mean digging a dip into the pocket.

 

Accessibility

I know of people who have homes in places, which can only be accessed on foot or chopper. No car at all. Of course, not many of us have choppers. That is because we cannot afford them. So, If I own a car, for instance, I may not be so comfortable owning a home in a hilly location, where my car cannot access. If the location is accessible by car, then I may want to know the condition of the roads. Do the roads get muddy and impassable when it rains? These are the things I don’t want to experience.

 

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4 Benefits of Replacing a Roof

A roof can be considered the most important part of a building, sheltering all its valuable content from the elements. A leaking roof can damage stock and result in considerable losses for a business. An insurer will insist that a business has a roof sufficient to protect the contents that it is insuring. So, it pays to get a roof fixed or replaced so that it can sufficiently serve a business’s needs. Roofing contractors such as Lidoran, who can be contacted at www.lidoran.com.au, will service a business’s needs as specialists at working in commercial settings. Roofing work on this scale should only be attempted by professionals, who will also guarantee their work.

Protecting Stock

The number one reason for replacing a roof is to protect stock. A good roof will also add value to a commercial property, should companies wish to upscale to a larger unit in the future. It will not be money wasted but well spent in the short term to protect stock, and then in long term, to increase a property’s worth to everyone, including potential buyers.

Health

Many old roofs are constructed from asbestos and professional companies can remove it safely and in accordance with the law. Asbestos is an extremely hazardous material to health in terms of breathing in its particles into the lungs, and more so when it is disturbed, so it needs to be removed properly by a company that is licensed to carry out the work, such as Lidoran.

It is one less worry to know that a company has a roof that will protect its stock and its workforce. A Health and Safety Executive will insist upon it. Although, it should not be for them to say, as it makes sense to protect everything that is inside a work premises for everyone’s sake.

A bad roof, as a surface that prolongingly sustains moisture, will create the perfect breeding ground for mildew or mould. It is mould, and especially black mould, that can cause damage when it enters HVAC systems, and if circulating around a workplace, can increase the risk of workers contracting infections of a chronic upper respiratory nature. Of course, if you already have a mould problem then just replacing your roof isn’t going fix it. If you live somewhere like Auckland for example, you’re going to need an Auckland black mould removal specialist to kill the mould dead and stop it from spreading. A new and improved roof can then help to stop the mould from coming back.

The Environment

Temperature is better controlled through air conditioning and heating systems such as HVACs when heat from the building is not leaking out through a roof that has holes that allow it to escape. To ensure that the building has a sufficient temperature at all times, making sure that you contact somewhere similar to Total System Services for commercial AC in Boise will be particularly important in ensuring that everything concerning this system is working as it should before it’s too late. As the workforce will thank employers for a better roof, so will the environment. Such heat loss means that more non-renewable energy sources are depleted in creating the extra heat to compensate for the heat lost through badly maintained or poorly insulated roofs.

Just taking a home situation where there is no insulation, it is thought that approximately 35 percent of heat is lost through its walls and 25 percent through its roof. Then, the remaining through windows, doors, and the floor. This is no different for a commercial set up, in fact possibly worse if doors are being opened more frequently. The heat that is lost through the roof can certainly be rectified by replacing a tire old roof with a new one that will last for years to come.

Lower Maintenance

A new roof will be lower maintenance than an old roof that constantly needs repairs. For a roofing material that is low maintenance, low weight, durable, and recyclable, you might want to consider metal shingles. It is also wind, fire, algae, and mildew resistant. It is mould, of course, that creates an unhealthy breading ground.

So, four good reasons to replace a roof. It will protect stock and the workers underneath it, be better for health in terms of unhealthy materials being replaced, be more energy efficient, and ultimately mean lower future maintenance bills. It makes sense not to neglect the roofing area of a work premises or warehouse.

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Tips for Improving Air Circulation at Home

No matter how much I try to convince myself that my home is comfortable, at some point or another, I will get that nagging feeling that maybe things should be better. The solution to this problem has been to improve the air circulation in my home.

During summer and hot days, most homes are uninhabitable due to the heat. That is, homes that don’t already have an air conditioning unit installed from a website like tsshomecomfort.com/eagle-residential-air-conditioning-services/. But airflow is still a factor to consider, even the largest homes feel small when standing in a closed-up room with no air movement, especially when humidity is cranked up. Here are ways that helped improve air circulation in my home.

Use Fans

I’ve heard many people say that if I stand in front of a fan, the hot air is blown back to me. Well, this isn’t true at all. It doesn’t matter if it’s windy outside and I have open windows; fans will still help air circulation.

Fans circulate the air through and around the room, and they don’t just blow hot air around. Since fans cool the air as they move it around, it feels cooler with a fan on than without one.

Add More Vents

I bought 10 of these for my new home. They quickly were installed by a friend in less than an hour and look great. When planning a ventilation strategy, remember to add more vents. More vents mean better ventilation! Experts recommend at least one square foot of opening per 150 square feet of living space.

Buy a Dehumidifier or AC System

A dehumidifier or air conditioner is one way to help control humidity, but it may not be enough. For larger spaces containing high humidity levels, an entire HVAC system attached to a central duct system can reduce humidity. A professional HVAC Company will install a professional ductwork system that will cut down on the humidity level in the house and make the home more breathable.

I got friends in Charlotte, NC, who have this constant gripe about the unbearable summers there. From what I have understood, it is not enough to install an air conditioner or dehumidifier. People over there may also need to insulate homes for better thermal efficiency. Additionally, maintenance of ACs and dehumidifiers by the likes of Air Care Heating and Cooling for AC Repair in Charlotte might help them get the best out of their appliances during the hot summer months.

And to be honest, AC installation alone could not improve air circulation at home. Any device, be it an AC, dehumidifier or even a fan, needs proper maintenance and repair. This can not only add more years to their life but also help in improving the indoor air circulation and air quality.

Keep Doors and Windows Open

Stuffy summer air doesn’t just happen inside; it’s because of the air outside. The key to unlocking a refreshed home is opening up the doors and windows for a couple of hours each day.

Doors and windows allow warm air to escape. Nothing beats the natural cooling power of fresh air. I open my doors and windows for a couple of hours each day. The cool air settles inside the home, and sometimes I don’t even need the A/C at all.

Check the Attic Insulation

I recommend checking out the attic to make sure there is as much insulation as possible in the attic. Make sure there are no gaping holes that allow air to escape. Check for any blockages of vents or light fixtures.

A simple roll of attic insulating foam can help keep a home warmer/cooler and save on energy bills! I used this idea to improve my house; it was a great and inexpensive way to make a difference!

Open Curtains and Blinds

By opening the curtains and blinds around the home, I can let in natural sunlight. This helps clear away any musty or stale air. I don’t have to open all the windows to get fresh air into my home, but directing a couple of windows to face east or west will do the trick!

Although air conditioning systems often do an excellent job of keeping the home cool, they remove moisture from the air, making me feel sweaty and uncomfortable. The natural elements present enable me to breathe easier.

Use “Weather Shield” Around Windows and Doors

I have been using Weather Shield around my windows and doors for over a year now. I live in an area where it gets pretty cold in the winter, so ensuring that air can’t get into the house (and out) is very important.

Weather Shield does just that. It installs quickly and fits snugly to my windows and doors. That was important to me because I don’t want any gaps or openings where cold air can creep in. The solution was a window caulking kit that can stop concealed air leaks around any venting area.

Proper indoor air circulation can help regulate temperature, remove dust and allergens from the air, and reduce the spread of airborne pathogens such as mold and mildew.

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The Importance of Home Maintenance

As a homeowner, I have realized that maintaining it requires more responsibility than a rental flat. This is because I must fix any breakage, as there is no landlord to handle the problem, and learn more about Global Cooling, or similar companies near me, should my heating system break on the cusp of winter and need repairing. Therefore, the responsibility to keep my home clean and maintained rests squarely on me. From furnishing my home by updating the carpets and rugs to those as seen here at Bazaar Velvet, to ensuring any leaks or breakages are repaired ASAP. This is the advice that I was given by mortgage lenders and realtors. The following are some of the benefits of maintaining a well-furnished and functioning home.

Saving money

My main reason for recommending regular and thorough home maintenance is that it saves money. As much as home maintenance involves hard work, dedication, and some money, it goes a long way in cutting down the costs that I would have incurred if I had failed to maintain my home. According to home care experts, for every dollar that I spend on preventative home maintenance, I stand to save about $100 in possible repairs in the future.

For example, by fixing small problems like a clogged drain and dirty filter now, I spare myself the rigmarole of fixing burst pipes and burned-out HVAC motors if the problems worsen in the future, and i consequently save myself from having to call in a professional like the ones from nanceservices.net/collierville-ac-services/! Moreover, by investing in new rugs and carpets before they become too dirty or damaged, I can protect my underlying floors.

Ultimately, bigger breakages of course attract more significant costs.

Running Efficiently

Home maintenance involves fixing a task over and over again while providing my home’s working parts with the much-needed upkeep. To maintain a desired level of cleanliness, I will have to keep sweeping it week in week out. The frequency of cleaning household items and surfaces vary. For instance, I may not clean my dishwasher’s filter or unclog my bathroom drain with the same frequency as sweeping the floor.

I clean and maintain other parts of my home to keep them usable in the same manner that I sweep my floor to keep it usable and clean. The HVAC system heats and cools the air in my home. Therefore, I must ensure that the furnace filter is always clean if I want to avoid paying more for electricity or gas. As it says on https://airmaxsc.com/, “Neglect leaves your furnace susceptible to breakdowns”. Likewise, to ensure that my food remains cold in the fridge and so that I can cushion myself against more energy expenses, I must ensure that the evaporator coils under my fridge are always clean. With outdoor aspects of my home, like the roof, I try to keep on top of that too by getting in touch with places like Division Kangaroof (divisionkangaroof.com/areas-served/gainesville/) to come and empty out the gutters for me once in a while. The secret to keeping my home running efficiently is by maintaining it well. It also helps lower my utility bills.

Increasing value

The moment a car leaves a showroom and drives off the lot, its value depreciates immediately. Consequently, my car’s resale value decreases the longer I drive it due to wear and tear. However, this principle does not apply to the home. In sharp contrast, the more I stay in a home, the more it appreciates its value. The value of a home depends on the market dynamics, but how I maintain it can also affect its value.

For instance, if I float my home for sale today yet I haven’t maintained the systems and appliances well, the home inspection is likely to give a negative review of my home citing existing or potential problems. As such, potential buyers will demand a discounted rate depending on the issues that need fixing or they might ask me to do the repairs and replacements that are likely to cause problems if they purchase the home. With such expenses, it means that I may not get as much money as I had projected should I sell my home.

But if I adhere to the manufacturer’s instructions and maintain all the appliances and systems in my home, then I expect a very positive review by home inspectors. This in turn increases the value of the home.

Warranties and Maintenance

Generally, home insurance and home warranties do not cover breakdowns resulting from poor care or lack of maintenance. I did research and couldn’t find an insurance company that can cover flooding in my attic or roof if they find that the flooding was because I didn’t clean the gutters. Similarly, a home warranty won’t cover repairs or replacements if the fan burned out due to excessive strain because I did not change the filters on my HVAC for a year.

Therefore, a warranty company will only repair or replace appliances and systems in my home if I show that I tried to maintain them but failed. A major advantage with a home warranty is that when my systems and appliances get old and wear out, I will get replacements at a flat-rate service call fee.

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A Few Tips to Improve The Interior at a Bargain Price

When I watch interior design shows, I genuinely feel that the only way to improve the interior of your home is to spend huge amounts of money. I don’t think I’m the only one having this feeling. By hiring a designer and going into whole house planning, the amount to spend will be huge. However, I realized that if we want to refresh the interior slightly, the expenses will be really minimal. This is especially true if you are in the process of remodelling then making sure you are getting the appropriate fixtures to help you save more money will help, for example, a backsplash vanity in the bathroom will ensure that your paint does not get ruined as the water will stop splashing against the wall, by visiting Unique Vanities and other places this could be a possibility for you. Just let your creativity play. Here are some tips to follow to achieve this.

1- Nothing Better Than a Little Paint to Change a House

I recommend that you use paint. Refresh colors in the living room, in the kitchen, in the bathroom, in your outside bedroom, absolutely anywhere. Personally, I don’t just stop at the walls; I do the same for the furniture. An old table you don’t know what to do with and tempted to throw it away, completely changing the look of a house if you repaint it. The same goes for kitchen furniture. Renewing all the furniture is not an easy task from a financial point of view. But repainting them all will have the same effect, without major financial costs.

2- Changing the Positioning of Furniture Can Do Wonders

Whatever the size of the room, it is possible to give it an attractive appearance by completely changing the positioning of the furniture. Of course, this is only possible in the bedroom and living room, but it will already be a free way to give the interior a new look.

3- Changing the Furniture Handles

This step may seem totally ridiculous, but only when it hasn’t been tested. After using it several times, I can guarantee that the result is very often mind-blowing. Change the handles of a kitchen, bathroom and even living room furniture. Suddenly, you will have the feeling that you have bought other furniture.

4- Add Some Accessories

By changing some accessories in the house, we give it a new look. Very often you don’t even need to buy new ones. I transform the equipment and the accessories I have at my disposal. An old car tire can easily become a beautiful armchair or a garden table. A few glass jars will make beautiful lights or decorative accessories. An old door that we thought was throwing away can easily be turned into a coat rack or a stool. When I lack imagination, I just go to DIY sites.

5- Change the Lights

There is a whole branch of interior design that specializes in the arrangement of lighting and the positioning of lighting. This is how important this aspect is in decoration. The perception of two similar interiors can be completely different only because of the lighting or fixtures used. Be careful, changing the lighting doesn’t mean you have to spend money on it, however, you may wish to visit this website and purchase something new depending on the style of your room. I make knitted lampshades for bedrooms. They bring warmth and comfort to the room. It is also possible to redecorate the lights we have or to give them a touch of charm. However, if you don’t mind spending a little extra to change the lighting in your home, you can always get in touch with professionals like those at https://www.bouldenbrothers.com/boulden-brothers-electric/ to perhaps add some decorative or accent lighting to really give your interior a unique look.

6- Add Blankets to Furniture

This technique is simply foolproof. It is possible to get a new interior every two or three years with little effort by simply changing the upholstery of the furniture. I like to make them myself; I have no academic knowledge in the field and I do it; I believe that others will do it. As long as one knows how to use a sewing machine, even at the basic level, one will have no difficulty in making it yourself. On the Internet, one can easily find models of covers. All one has to do is buy the fabric and sew the covers.

7- Change of Curtains

For some, curtains are accessories that can only be found in grandma’s interiors. In fact, they can turn any interior into a palace, so we can know how to do it. Choose the fabric carefully, pay attention to its texture and patterns. They should match other accessories and furniture in the house.

Giving the interior a new look doesn’t mean breaking the bank. It’s easy to do with a little imagination and creativity. Even when buying new furniture and accessories, it is possible to use the old ones to improve the general perception.

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How a Good Roof Will Save Us Money on Utility Bills

Most of us have the same attitude towards the roof- as long as it has no issue, there is no need to get concerned. We only turn our attention to the ceiling during a crisis like a leak or storm damage. Mostly, we fail to take care of our roofs because we do not know of its benefits, especially when it comes to conserving energy and reducing utility bills. However, you could always visit places like Beemer Kangaroof roof inspections. Getting professionals to check your roofs will ensure any small issues get noticed, and they don’t become a bigger problem in the future.

Home and building owners need to learn how we can use the roof to save money. I have discussed three ways that a roof can contribute to cutting down the utility bills.

Insulation

After several inquiries from professional roofing services, I have come to learn that the best time to address the efficiency the roof offers us is during the re-roofing project. I also understand that the re-roofing project is expensive. As such, most of us ignore it until it is necessary. A new roof, however, will help in offering insulation in the house. It can be worthwhile to look for a Castle Rock roofing company, depending on where you live, to get a quote. The money that you save on heating costs could outweigh the cost of a new roof.

However, with these tough economic times, investing in new shingles might be a challenge. Yet, qualified roofing professionals claim it is possible to improve the existing roof’s energy health by upgrading the attic’s insulation. Proper insulation by qualified experts will increase the ceiling’s lifespan and translate into energy saving for the roof.

The insulation layer will create a barrier that will help in lessening the amount of heat transfer. If so, the heating and cooling system will not strain to regulate the temperature levels.

Ventilation

It might not seem logical to go through the trouble of enhancing the attic insulation to add vents. That was my concern at first; however, experts will attest to the importance of having ducts bringing fresh air into the house. We all know that summer months can get extremely hot, and without ample ventilation, the excessive heat might cause the decking to wrap. This can, in turn, reduce the life of the shingles.

If the shingles are not working as required, it could result in the heat radiating through the insulation to the rest of the house. If so, the air conditioner will have to strain to cool the home. Having vents will help in drawing fresh air into the attic. It also helps in bringing cool air into the house and takes the warm air out.

It is essential to have ventilation in the home. Professionals can install the needed vents so that the roof can get ample ventilation. Having proper ventilation will help it last a long time and reduce the cooling costs incurred. While you are installing the required vents, you might also want to check your roofs for any leaks, shingles, or holes. Without proper roofing system, it could be tough to maintain the ventilation systems. Furthermore, a roof inspection could add more years to your vents’ life. If you are calling for a vent installation professional why not call for a roofer at the same time? If you are interested, you could know more about roof maintenance by clicking here.

Radiant Barrier

Most of us have heard about the radiant barrier, but only a few understand what it is and how it can be used to help us save on utility bills. A few months ago, I had no clue what it was and did not know what I was missing out on. Installing the radiant barrier in the roof has lead to my utility bills reducing drastically.

The challenge with the radiant barrier is that it cannot be installed on a pre-existing roof. I had to replace my roof so that I can enjoy the benefits associated with the barrier. However, this was possible since my roof was old and needed replacement. On the next roofing insulation project, ensure the experts working on it know how to install the radiant barrier.

After installing the radiant barrier, my under deck looked a thought it had silver paint. I liked the way it looked, and most of all, how it works. The radiant barrier works by reflecting heat away from the attic. Thus, this will help in reducing the amount of solar heat that gets into my home. Therefore, my cooling system does not have to strain much during the summer months. As a result, this helps in reducing the utility bills.

As I had stated earlier, the roof plays an important role in a home, other than keeping the elements outside. The information discussed above clearly states how a roof can be used to reduce utility bills. For a long time, I was ignorant, and the utility bills were straining my finances. My advice is to find reliable, roofing experts and discuss ways to save money by making the roof efficient. There are many choices of roofing Company Aurora area which are exceptional and professional in their jobs, and can get the job done properly for you.

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The Dangers of DIY Bathtub Refinishing And What to Do About It

One of the reasons I prefer to have my home remodeled rather than completely replacing various amenities is the cost-saving benefit. But this is not always my choice in some scenarios. There is one area I particularly avoid at all costs. This is none other than bathtub refinishing. I’d instead replace the entire bathtub and will explain why shortly.

 

What Does Bathtub Refinishing Mean?

It refers to the restoration of the old bathtub surface to enhance its appearance or repair minor damages. The main reasons for refinishing a bathtub include discoloration and scratches. Only a trained technician knows how to strip off the old finish before applying a new one. The process of refinishing a bathtub costs less than replacing the whole facility. The problem with refinishing is that it requires the application of lethal chemicals such as isocyanates, methylene chloride, and some acids.

 

How Dangerous is Bathtub Refinishing?

As hinted above, methylene chloride is needed to refinish a bathtub. This is a colorless chlorinated solvent that is volatile and has a sweet smell. Commonly known as dichloromethane, it is applicable in other areas such as degreasing, cleaning of metals, and paint stripping. When we breathe in methylene chloride, we may not detect it immediately. This is because it has to reach a level greater than the permissible exposure limits stipulated by OSHA. So, if I happen to smell dichloromethane, it means I am overexposing myself to the chemical.

 

Here is where the danger comes in; when the human body gets used to the smell, the respiratory system is desensitized. As such, I will be overexposed even though I can no longer smell it. Given that most bathrooms are tiny and poorly ventilated, the probability of methylene chloride reaching toxic levels is very high.

 

When a worker sprays the stripping product onto the basin, methylene chloride starts to evaporate. It will spread faster if someone brushes the surface, then evaporates rapidly due to very high vapor pressure. The vapors collect in corners and bottoms of the bathtub hence replacing the breathable fresh air. Exposure to six ounces of the chemical has the potential to kill. But how can it cause death?

 

Effects of Methylene Chloride on the Human Body

Dichloromethane enters the body through the skin or nostrils. A high concentration can disrupt brain functions, leading to dizziness, nausea, headaches, and fatigue. The victim will have a feeling of intoxication and may even stop breathing. The chemical irritates everywhere, from the nose, skin, throat, to the eyes.

 

If refinishing a bathtub is an absolute must, these steps can minimize the exposure to dichloromethane:

 

  • Reducing the amount of chemical used at every site
  • Following the standards recommended by OSHA
  • Using alternative stripping agents
  • Ensuring adequate ventilation in the bathroom
  • Using protective gear, including full-face air-supplied respirators and gloves
  • Using tools with long handles such as brushes and scrapers to minimize leaning on the bathtub
  • Leaving the bathroom immediately after application
  • Providing local exhaust ventilation plus fresh air
  • Sound housekeeping principles, e.g., leak control and personal hygiene

The Best Alternatives to Bathtub Refinishing

I am always against the use of chemicals in my house. Even my most trusted handymen know that. Here is my best advice if you are looking to remodel your bathtub or save costs.

 

  • Sand down the surface instead of stripping the old one with chemicals: I have tried this, but it takes more time, and I had to deal with so much dust in the bathroom
  • Complete replacement; while it is not a cheap process, replacing an old bathtub is the safest bet. I have a brand new tub, and I know it is going to last. I think the next time I need a replacement, I’m going to call in someone like Bordner Home Improvement to switch the bath out for a shower.

As for my family and me, we take bathtub refinishing to be the most dangerous house remodeling project. The refinishing fumes are especially dangerous at the application and curing stages. So we have never tried any DIY kits or any harsh product on our bathtubs. The risk of inhaling the gases or coming into contact with the skin is not worth it. I heard someone claiming that a dust mask can offer protection, but that’s wrong. Even professionals wear organic vapor respirators with cartridges. So, we choose professional installation all the way, and so should you.

 

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Modern Ways to Update Your Interior Walls

There are plenty of ways we can improve our interior walls whether they are made of plaster, drywall, brick, or panels. From wall treatments, natural stone, molding, and wallpapers, it is possible to prep the walls for a complete makeover in no time. If you are focusing on the outside of your home as well, you may want to check out faux stone panels for exterior to see how you can flow the inside with the outside, just a thought! Here are our best suggestions on how to enhance the interior walls.

Texture is all about going bold

When it comes to the choice of colors, we have millions of options at our disposal. Paint, for instance, is easier to change by adding texture. While caramel tan looks nice, it can give a room a new dimension when combined with a textured panel or faux painting. There has been a growing trend of textured walls since homeowners discovered that they take countless aesthetic forms with bold geometric layouts and fine linen. The greatest stronghold of using textures is their ability to spark a dramatic ambiance in any space without changing the architectural details, flooring, or furnishings. Textured wall paneling comes in sheets that are embedded on the wall and painted. The panels are available in varied colors but we have seen many people leaving them white. But bold textures can bring a unique aesthetic to an interior wall.

Touchable textures are good but a subdued appearance is a desirable aspect of any room. It allows the walls to harmonize with the room décor rather than compete with it. Walls that seem to have textures of varying palettes and highlights can be attained through faux painting. It is possible to attain a unique look on every wall depending on the chosen colors and the application pressure that has been used. An accent wall can envelop space in a distinct texture.

Artwork

We have all come across walls looking like artwork. These are often courtesy of texture techniques like trompe l’oeil, patterns, and painting murals. Trompe l’oeil is the painting of scenes and pictures that give an illusion of realism and texture. The technique adds an element of depth and character to a wall, changing the space dramatically. Such walls look like a perfect work of art and can be done by interior designers and professional artisans. Some DIY murals and modern wallpaper for walls can also be used to mimic hand-painted designs on a wall.

A large-scale art can command attention in a room. It is also a good idea for setting the tone of a smaller space. A classic black and white picture in a minimalist house looks ideal. A vibrant abstract piece may be included to add color. A bold neon light from somewhere like Neon Mama in a basement/man cave/games room injects fun and personality into a chill space. Nothing shows the personality of a house more than a gallery wall. A collection of images and art displayed on a wall speaks a lot about the owner of the house. A simple cohesive frame and ornate designs can help to mix things up. The gallery wall may be extended to the ceiling to bring an illusion of more space.

Breaking up monochrome

Monochromatic colors are easy to break with texture without creating a dull look. Good examples of materials for breaking the monotony are joint compound, wall panels, and fabrics. The room will still have its unified color scheme but attain a new personality without much effort.

Natural stone

A while ago, we used to view the natural stone as an archaic design element that brings a cold aura to a modern house. But today, we have embraced decorative natural stones in our contemporary living spaces. Surprisingly, they do not derange the harmonic and simple appeal that we need for interiors. All that is needed is a bit of creativity to make stone pieces on the walls a focal point. While the installation of stone pieces can be tricky, it can give a visually striking texture. Too much should be avoided though. In a small room, natural stone can be installed in a portion of the wall to give a desirable effect without creating a cramped up appearance.

To avoid a cold look, stone walls are best matched with knitted floor cushions, wool, fur, cashmere, and textures. We encourage warm hues e.g. red, orange, and yellow to make cool interiors more inviting. Sometimes, all it takes is a little creativity to give distinct impacts on natural stone walls. For instance, normal bulbs can be replaced with LED lights for a dramatic effect.

Textures, artwork, and natural stones are a great way to reimagine the interior walls. No matter the interior décor, there is always an option meant to fit well into a room.

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Top 6 Tips for Choosing the Right Furniture for Your Home

Whether it’s moving to a new home or making a furniture change in the current house, choosing furniture has always been a big deal. If you are moving house, picking furniture is even more important. People need to consider matching their furniture to the house itself. If it’s a luxury home, then luxury furniture will be essential. One of my friends recently moved into a luxury home. She got in contact with The Ivan Sher Group, who sell homes in las vegas, and they were able to help her find her dream home. It’s a gorgeous house and she loves it. She’s currently picking her furniture out and she needs a bit of help. Personally, I am very particular with color and feel and how the entire décor coordinates. If you are as detailed as I am, you understand why choosing home furniture can be a reason for a meltdown if things are not handled well.


Over the years, I have learned to make such changes easier. Here are the top six tips I use when choosing the right furniture for my home, plus a bonus point at the end.

1. Assess your current furniture

Just because I want new furniture, or I’m thinking of remodeling does not mean I should get rid of all the old stuff. Some furniture pieces are too sentimental to let them go. I have always found a way to make them work and you should too. In some way, making proper use of old furniture might still give you the feeling you are looking for if you just coordinate everything or move a piece to a new space.

2. Narrow down on your style

Every person has their preference but very few take the time to narrow it down. While some may be interested in rustic furniture, few others would prefer a modern look. After a couple of hitches, I realized that preferences change and sometimes it gets mixed up in one’s head. To avoid a total disaster, I find it helpful to take a bit of time to narrow down on what I want exactly. Yes, I might love that color, but will it match with the rest of the décor? Where do I need to trade off and where can I get a free pass? Such questions have helped me not to get carried away.

3. Shapes and sizes

Style goes for shapes and sizes as well. Just because my neighbor has a classical-designed sofa making her living room look ecstatic, does not mean the same couch will coordinate well with the rest of my furniture. Size is also a major factor since I never want to either crowd my space or leave an empty feel. Handcrafted pieces are an easy trade-off in this case.

4. Harmonizing colors and materials

I thought color coordination was an easy task until I brought in a seat whose fabric color didn’t seem to collaborate with the rest of the room. Color coordination is not about the furniture alone, one has to consider the wall painting and the flooring type. Such simple details can mess you up if they cause visual interruptions.

5. Is it a functional choice?

Beauty can be attractive but is the piece functional? Will it serve its intended purpose or will you have to replace it for something more functional later? More importantly, will it add to your home’s comfortability? Such questions have made me aim for a balance between feel and function always. Something like chest furniture is going to provide plenty of storage whilst adding to the asthetic in a home.

6. What about the budget?

No matter how much you want something, if you do not have the money you will have to bypass the choice or save the thought for later. Thanks to the DIY movement, you can find ways to refurbish an old furniture piece into something that matches your desire or comes close enough.

Getting something custom made might help save some money. However, this will depend on the design and your particulars. What most people fail to realize is that just because you want a new look does not mean you need to get totally new furniture. You might find a few unique items at the resale store that adds some magic to your home. Of course, if it is new furniture that you want, it might be worth heading to a department store like Macy’s to see what furniture they have. If you’re working with a smaller budget, you could always use some coupons from Raise to get money off the furniture.

Bonus tip: Take it easy

Trust me, you do not want to rush through this process. Whether the furniture is urgent or not, you need to schedule ample time for choosing the right pieces. Else, you will end up buying unwanted ones and do so in bulk.

Realize that this is a coordination experience and you need to be in the right mental place to make the right choices. I avoid being overwhelmed when I am remodeling and often do the decision making when I have the least items on my bucket list. This way, I am fully present, thus avoiding future regrets.

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