I Am Doing a Side Project

It worked out pretty much perfectly in fact. I was ready to move out of my apartment when the guy showed me this place, which looked really bad although for me it was not so big of a deal to fix it up. At any rate I put a bunch of my things in storage. I got one of those things, a storage container that they bring to you and then store after you fill it up. I have been living in this place and fixing it up for the past three months. Today I installed new plantation shutters and that should tell you that I really have finished things up. Of course I was in no real hurry and I told the guy as much when I began. He gets me to do the work when I had the time and he got to pay me as I went along, in advance.…

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Basement Remodeling Basics

Basement Remodeling Basics

As their families grow, many homeowners find themselves needing extra space. While building an addition onto the home is an option, finishing the basement is often the easier and more cost effective choice. Finishing a basement can add much needed square footage to your home and give your family a new place to relax and entertain. Before beginning a basement remodeling or finishing project, consider these renovation basics in order to make sure that your project goes as smoothly as possible.

Moisture:

Before beginning a renovation of your basement, be sure that excessive moisture does not render your basement useless. Excessive moisture, defined as the pooling of water on the floor, may make your basement an unsuitable candidate for renovation. While minor leaks can be repaired, significant moisture problems cannot be overcome and a renovation should not be attempted.

Usage:

When remodeling a basement keep in mind that the space is usually dark and somewhat insular. With that in mind, be sure that your design is appropriate for the space. Certain projects such as a home theater or wine room lend themselves to a basement environment while other ideas may not be as suitable.

Walls:

While building walls in a basement can make it seem more inviting and pleasing to the eye, keep in mind that wood studs may fall victim to the moisture present in the basement. Steel studs are a great alternative and already come drilled with holes for electrical wiring.

Electrical:

Most building codes require that a basement renovation have a certain number of electrical outlets. Remember to include this requirement in your plans to avoid having to go back after the project is over and install them.

Egress:

An egress is defined as an exit point besides the doorway and is required by law for basements …

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Basement Remodel: Ideas for Maximizing Your Space

Basement Remodel: Ideas for Maximizing Your Space

If you currently have an unfinished or uncomfortable basement, you are losing valuable living space for your family. Hire a home construction expert to help you turn that non-living space into an exhibition space in your home. By remodeling the basement, you can turn a dark and gloomy basement into a beautiful room that everyone wants to spend time on.

Basements can be used for various purposes. Often, the biggest problem that homeowners have when deciding to remodel their basement is to determine what the room will be used for. Depending on the size, you might be able to add walls to create a separate area in the room. No matter what you decide to do with space, you will appreciate the appeal and value that the renovated cellar added to your home. Listed below are a few ideas for turning your cellar into a beautiful functional space.

Family Room:

Many homeowners want to have a space where the whole family can spend time together. A large open floor plan allows plenty of room for all of your loved to gather.

Exercise Room:

Getting to the gym a few days a week can be a hassle. With your own exercise facility in your home, there is no reason to put off that much-needed workout. Attach a TV to the wall and install a state-of-the-art audio system to make your exercise routine fly by.

Playroom:

If you have young children, you may need more space for all of their toys and games. A basement playroom gives them plenty of room to move around while keeping their mess out of the main living space. Your kids will love the extra room and you will appreciate the fact that your visitors will not see the mess. Add a pool table or dartboard for …

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Excellent Tips For Interior Home Decorating

Excellent Tips For Interior Home Decorating

Decorating a house can be very easy for some people, but it burdens others. Not everyone can creatively design the interior of their home. Others need expert help to get the look they want. But there are people who are very interested in decorating their own homes.

If you are the type of person who is not interested in interior home decoration, you can ask for the help of a professional home decorator. These experts can help you choose the floor, color, furniture, and jewelery that is right for your space. They will explain the plan in detail but a painter or craftsman must be employed to carry out several tasks. This option is ideal if you have money for it, but most people do not have enough funds to pay for home decorating experts.

However, decorating your home is a real joy for some adventurous people. If you are one of them, you might be able to do it yourself by looking for resources from magazines, books, and websites that offer detailed guidance on how to enhance the interior of your home. Ideas can be easily understood, and you will have no trouble if you are a creative person. Reality TV shows sometimes offer useful guides for home decor, so you must keep your eyes open and get to know bright ideas.

You initially have to decide which room you will modify when you decide to decorate the interior of your home. If you have doubts, find a good theme and follow it. With this, you can easily choose floors, colors, furniture and accessories. To mention some good themes: Cottage, English, French, Moroccan, Victorian, Southwest, Middle Ages, traditional and contemporary can be very good choices. After deciding on your theme, choose materials that strongly convey what they are. Being …

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Drink Coasters - Interchangeable Accessories

Drink Coasters – Interchangeable Accessories

Most decorative and functional items in a room are quite static. They are in space, dominating their own small area, adding color or beauty, contrasting and adjusting, but not changing. Even the most interactive items, such as books and magazines, will never be more than what they are, a square of art statically standing about the space, waiting to bed read. One exception to this rule is beverage coasters.

Coasters are tiny, functional pieces that are designed to stand between stains and other decorative surfaces in a room. As such they are generally relegated to the status of support items, like ash trays and trash bins, used more for maintenance than for any real decorative purpose. However coaster sets have a variety of properties which can make them unique elements in the beauty of a space.

For one thing, coasters can be singular, or they can be plural, or they can be a veritable plethora. Depending on the size of the set, and the needs of the situation, coasters can be spread out across a room like a net, bringing their own unique look and feel to every corner of the space. They are an army of elements, waiting for you to contrast them with the various existing structures in the space.

The other interesting thing about coasters is that they have the ability to be temporary, or permanent. They are flexible in a way which few accessories can be. You can leave an array of them out as permanent pieces in the room, or you can sequester them away in a holder, waiting for guests to arrive. Then they can be sprung upon the piece, creating a theme, introducing a new color, or just adding an extra layer to the existing nature of the space.

Coasters can add a …

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Environmentally Friendly Building Materials For Your Home

Environmentally Friendly Building Materials For Your Home

If you are planning to build a new home it is a great opportunity to make it environmentally friendly. This does not necessarily mean expensive as some materials can be even cheaper than traditional building materials. Other items like solar panels offer long term savings and upfront costs are also often subsidized by governments offering refunds for part of the costs.

Concrete and brick have both positive and negative things to consider. A good choice for areas where the climate varies greatly, concrete and bricks helps to insulate against the summer heat and also retain heat during winter.

They do however have some negatives when taking environment into consideration. Bricks and concrete is quarried from the earth and heavily processed. The burning of bricks in a large kiln also impacts on air quality.

Transport includes not just the concrete and bricks but also sand, soil and stone from a quarry to the processing plant.

The best choices for bricks are mud bricks are as they take very little processing. And for concrete products choose an aerated concrete, the finished product contain 80% air.

Timber

Wood is a natural resource and disappearing faster than we can grow it. It is important to keep to the following guidelines when choosing timber for building materials.

Seek out recycled timber wherever possible. And select certified timber from a “well managed forest”. This means the wood comes from a re-growth forest rather than a plantation.

Some alternatives you can consider instead of using timber are:

Recycled steel frames, bamboo, plant-based plastics, recycled plastic lumber and recycled paper timber.…

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