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Having the perfectly designed laundry area can help improve the efficiency of the space and reduce the time that it takes you to do the family’s laundry each week. I wanted a laundry area where I could not only sort, wash and dry the clothes, but would also be the area where I kept the family’s clothes. I wanted closets to surround the laundry area that could be accessed by both sides. I had to contact a contractor to discuss what I wanted, and when he was done, I had a laundry area that I actually almost enjoy using. See how my laundry room transformation improved my laundry experience by visiting my site.

Look Into Hiring A Handyman For Help With Brightening Up Your Kitchen

Bringing more light into your kitchen can be a must if you’re concerned about it feeling dark and, as a result, cramped and uninviting. In order to add some brightness to the kitchen, you’ll want to begin looking into what kinds of things you can do to brighten up the space with the help of a handyman. If you’re unsure of how a handyman can help out, consider some of the following projects you can take care of at home and what will be able to make a big impact in the kitchen. Get Under Cabinet Lighting Installed One of the most stunning changes you can make to your kitchen while sticking to a smaller budget is getting under cabinet lighting installed. The counters can truly shine when lighting is installed underneath the cabinets, along with providing some needed illumination in the kitchen for both the morning and evening when it’s darker outside. Under cabinet lighting can easily look sloppy if not taken care of slowly, making it best to look into hiring a professional so you can get the look you want. Replace the Windows to Bring in More Natural Light Natural lighting can be one of the best additions to any indoor space, helping you wake up in the morning while cooking and boosting your mood while spending time in the kitchen. If your windows are quite small, they likely aren’t bringing in as much light as they could. With the help of an experienced handyman, it should be an option to get the old windows removed, a larger window cut out of the wall, and new...

3 Common Areas Where Bats Can Get Into Your Home

Bats are one pest you don’t want inside of your home. Just the thought of them flying around inside of your personal living space can be enough to freak most people out. These unwanted pests could end up leaving their droppings all over the place, not to mention there is always the chance that one of them could bite you and give you rabies. Because of this, you need to find out where they are coming into your home at and get the problem taken care of right away. Check out these three common areas below. Ridge vent. Your ridge vent is one of the more common places for these pests to enter your living space. Many builders use a plastic material to cover the ridge. Over time, that material is going to buckle and bend from the elements outside. When that happens, it creates openings for any pest to squeeze through and get into your home. Bats don’t need a very large opening to get in, so one small buckle and you are dealing with a major infestation. Chimney. Chimneys are a great addition to any home. You can use them to stay warm during the cool winter months as you relax by the fire. However, they are also a welcome entrance for any bats outside. If your chimney structure is faltering or you don’t have anything up top sealing off the entrance to the chimney, bats will swoop into the flue and roost there. They could come down and at you when you start a fire because you smoked them out. This could be quite dangerous. Find...

Not Enough Counter Space? Improvise!

Small apartments and cramped homes may not be able to add a new counter or completely expand a kitchen for more space. Your counters may already be covered with appliances such as a microwave or a stand mixer, and your cutting board may take up more space than planned. When even more equipment comes out, you may be struggling to keep everything accessible and safe. With a few improvisation techniques, you could keep your appliance and other items available–or expand your clutter to other parts of the home. Rolling Counters And Cabinets Is your kitchen an entirely different room, or is it connected to a dining room or living room? Homes with connected kitchens may be able to transition gracefully to the next room with just a few stable surfaces, allowing you to add a few more items without completely overwhelming the dining room. A rolling counter top is similar to something you may see in a restaurant. Similar to food carts, these home decor-oriented carts can be wheeled in place to provide an extra surface for serving or adding equipment. Why is rolling necessary? You could use a stationary shelf or cabinet at counter top height, but what if you need to get the furniture out of the way for something else. It’s still a potential piece of clutter, and you may have to pick it up to store it somewhere else. With a rolling counter top, you can simply wheel the cart somewhere else for convenient storage–or even repurpose the storage space for another part of the home. Make sure that the rolling furniture has brakes. If...

Three Ways to Prepare Your Yard for an Eavestroughing Crew

Having a professional crew work on your home’s eavestroughs, either to clean them, fix them, or even replace them, is something that ensures the water safely flows away from your home when it rains. Although you might be tempted to tackle this job on your own, the heights and precise nature of the task make it better suited for trained professionals. You can successfully do your part, however, by taking steps to ensure that your yard is suitable for the crew by the time it arrives. Here are three yard-maintenance steps to follow. Remove the Obstacles An eavestroughing crew will likely be working around the entire perimetre of your home, meaning the crew members will need to safely place their ladders in several locations over the course of the job. You can make the working area ready for the crew—and cut down on the length of the visit, likely saving you some money—by taking a walk around your yard and removing any obstacles that could impede the crew’s progress. This means that your garbage cans, recycling bins, barbecue, kids’ toys, and any other items around the edge of your home need to be temporarily relocated. Cut the Lawn Cutting your lawn a day or two before the eavestroughing crew arrives can make the crew’s job easier, as well as lessen the risk of injuries to you and your family in the future. If the grass is short, the crew won’t risk temporarily losing its tools and can get the job done quicker. Additionally, an eavestrough repair or installation job involves the use of several small nails. It’s reasonable to expect that some of...

Add Glass Railings To The Areas Of Your Home For Stylish Safety

You have many options when finishing up your renovated porch, deck, or other refurbishments around your home. Glass is a material that you may not have considered, and glass railings bring a modern aesthetic to the spaces in your home and on your property that will benefit from this added safety feature. Some ways to integrate glass railings around your home include the following: Decks. Glass is ideal around your decks and spaces where you want to preserve the scenic beauty of the view without any interference from conventional railings or fixtures. The translucent glass railings also bring a futuristic look to your deck, giving it a modern style that may be the perfect complement to your contemporary home design. Take a detour from more traditional wood and metal railings with some crisp, clear glass; talk with contractors about the practicality of glass railings with your current structures. Porches. One of the reasons to add glass railings to your porch is ease; these are simple to clean and work well in heavy traffic areas or spaces where kids or pets may hang out. These meld well with any facade, and provide a seamless way to add safety without altering the overall look of your home. These railings won’t detract away from the facade of your home, blending in seamlessly with the surroundings. Stairways. Give your stairs or steps a crisp, linear look with glass railings, which typically will match any risers, material, or style of stairs, and provide a sturdy railing that makes your stairs look less boxy and more chic. These are also easy to clean and easy...

4 Unusual Types Of Tiles You Can Use To Customize Your Home

Tiles are an easy way to add texture and design to your floor without breaking the bank. They are also able to add an extra layer of protection so that the hard surface beneath them is not damaged by liquid spills or other problems. However, some people are not satisfied with the normal selection of tiles that are normally found in hardware stores. If you want your floors to make a statement, you will need to go to specialty tile stores in Vancouver. Here are some unusual tiles that you can use to customize your home. 1. Bamboo Tiles Bamboo tiles are made out of bamboo that has been secured together in order to make a stable, flat surface on which people can walk and furniture can be placed. This type of tile works well for people who have a tropical theme to their home or are trying to evoke a more peaceful setting. This type of tile works for both flooring and for counters. When you purchase this type of tile you are going to want to make sure that the bamboo comes from bamboo farms, rather than naturally growing bamboo because this will mean that it is more environmentally friendly and cheaper. 2. Water Tiles Another option is to purchaser a tile set that looks like the surface of a pool of water. These tile sets will usually have three or four different water designs on their tops that will enhance the feeling that anyone who is walking on the tiles is actually walking on water. These tiles work well in bathrooms and around pools. 3. Grass...

The Difference Between Prefabricated And Custom Hardwood Floors

One of the smartest renovations is to install new hardwood floors in your home. The rich style and durability of hardwood makes it ideal for flooring. However, not all hardwood flooring products are the same. This article will explain the differences between custom and prefabricated floors. Prefabricated Floors Prefabricated floors are definitely the cheaper of the two options. They are made out of thin layers of wood that are glued together. Only the top layer of the floor is made out of hardwood. This keeps down the cost of the floor, but it also serves several practical purposes. First, it keeps the flooring planks lightweight. Second, it reduces expansion and contraction issues that are common with wood. Wood can expand or swell as the moisture content of the air changes. This not an issue with most prefabricated wood products. Prefabricated floors are loved by many because they are easier to install. They are built with a tongue and groove system which makes them easy to install. Each piece simply snaps into the next, without needing any fasteners or screws. In fact, prefabricated floors are so easy to install that many customers install them on their own to make the floors even more affordable. You can find prefabricated floors at most home improvement stores. Basically, you can walk into the store, walk out with your floor, and start installing it that day. Custom Floors Custom floors are more expensive than prefabricated floors because the planks are made out of solid pieces of wood. This means they are heavier and more difficult to install. Many people love the feel of solid...

Updating Your Mid-Century Kitchen? Beware Of These 2 Things

If you are the owner of a mid-20th century home and you want to update the kitchen, have a contractor check for hazards before the project starts. There could be toxins that you are unaware of living behind the walls of your home, and they’ll need to be addressed before updating the space. Lead and asbestos are toxins that were used in construction materials throughout the mid-20th century, and could be in many materials throughout your outdated kitchen. Here are a few reasons why you want a contractor to test and remove these items before updating the space. Asbestos Asbestos was used in insulation, ducts, flooring adhesive, siding and other items. When it becomes wet, catches fire or is moved, it is airborne. Breathing in asbestos over time can cause asbestosis, mesothelioma, lung cancer and other health problems related to your respiratory system. The materials should be handled with gloves and the professionals will be wearing masks when they are removed from your home. Tell the contractor you don’t want to have it covered, but you want to have it extracted from your kitchen where renovations will take place. You can even have the contractor continue with removal throughout the entire home. Lead Your home could have layers of lead paint on the walls, lead in the drywall and plaster, and lead in the flooring materials or within other products around the kitchen. Just like with asbestos, moving the materials, or getting them hot or wet can cause the lead to be airborne. The lead can cause numerous health problems, like organ failure, infertility, physical and mental developmental problems...

4 Upgrades That Are Worth The Money

If you are planning on building your dream home, you might be wondering where is the best place to put your money. There are so many different upgrades and options available that it can be hard to choose. Here are a couple things you need to know about upgrades and how they will affect the value of your home. 1. Elevation Changes Are Worth The Money If you have hired a home builder who builds tract homes, it might be worth changing the elevation. This means that they might flip the floor plan, add more siding or brick, extend the porch and so forth. When you do this, you help to make your house look different and it can increase the resale value. The way your house looks on the outside makes a huge difference to the general public. 2. Kitchen Upgrades Are Worth The Money Upgrading your kitchen is one of the best ways that you can put your money for resale value. The kitchen tends to be the focal point of most homes. If your kitchen is subpar, then you will have a harder time selling the home, or you might even need to remodel before you move. In addition, having a nice kitchen is great for you too. You will enjoy more space, better kitchen counters, and much more when you opt for the deluxe kitchen. 3. Home Theaters Are Mostly A Good Investment There are many people who have installed a movie theater in their basement. This is a fun idea that can offer a return on your resale value, it you do it right. These...

Drilling For Answers: Frequent Questions Concerning Oil Pipeline Installation

If you are a property owner who is expecting oil pipeline installation, there is no doubt that you have a lot of questions about the whole process and how it will affect your land. One crucial part of the oil line placement process will most likely be directional drilling. When you see a large drill show up on your property, you may be a bit concerned, but rest assured directional drilling is one of the most efficient ways to install pipelines. Here are a few of the most common questions concerning directional drilling during oil pipeline placement. Why is directional drilling considered a more efficient way to install pipelines? Directional drilling involves using a flexible, maneuverable drill bit to create a pathway beneath the ground using just one opening. Once the pathway is drilled, the pipe will be threaded through the existing hole. In typical excavation procedures for line installs, the entire trench of ground has to be opened up, which requires a lot of extra time and more disturbance to the natural environment. Directional drilling requires less time, fewer man hours, and is considered less expensive in most cases. Is directional drilling always a part of pipeline installation in all areas? Directional drilling is a common practice amongst oil drilling companies. However, this is not a practice that can be used on every type of land. For example, solid rock masses beneath the ground will not allow the drill to go through as easily as it should, if at all. therefore, before directional drilling begins, a geological assessment will be taken to get a closer look at the...