Finished Basement: Get it right the first time!

I love a basement, every home I have bought or rented I looked for a basement if it wasn’t finished I mentally tallied up the cost it would take to finish it. What kind of flooring I could put there, the lighting, furniture and built ins I can add. But finishing a basement or taking a portion and finishing it can be costly if not done correctly the first time.

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Different Types of Lighting

When we are looking for lighting options we are often provided with multiple light designs and fixtures, from recessed lighting that require contractors and tradesmen, to floor and desk lamps that need to have access to outlets. Ambient lighting, task or accent lighting are the most popular fixtures that are extremely versatile enough to be used in every room of the house.

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Cheap Kitchen Countertops

There’s no doubt that a kitchen overhaul can be pricey. From cabinets to flooring to accessories, the final cost of a remodel can be rather large, especially if you aren’t careful with your budget.

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Vinyl Flooring in the Kitchen

A popular choice for kitchens, this resilient flooring is a versatile, economical option. Vinyl comes in a wide range of colors and patterns that mimic hardwood, ceramics, and stone. The surface’s elasticity and warmth make it comfortable to stand on, and plates, cups, and glasses often won’t break when dropped.

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Bathroom Lighting

That single, small lighting fixture protruding from the middle of your bathroom ceiling doesn’t cut it by today’s lighting standards. What to do? Alternative sources of general lighting include recessed ceiling fixtures and indirect lighting that bounces off the ceiling or the walls. Adequate task lights have become a must, too.

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Outdoor Kitchen Lighting Ideas

Everyone knows that the right lighting enhances everything from colors to moods, but there are a few things you may not know about outdoor kitchen lighting ideas that can affect everything from food preparation to mosquito control.

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Tips for Taking Closest Measurements

It’s extremely important to see how much space you have to work with. Precise measurements are especially important for wood systems that require cutting, being 1/2 inch off can mean the difference between your system fitting or not fitting the space. If working in your kitchen or bathroom you need to allow room for things like the appliances, entry doors and cabinets.

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Kitchen Backsplash Ideas

If you’re looking to update an existing kitchen backsplash or install a brand new one, your first step will be to peruse the wide range of kitchen backsplash styles available.

From understated elegance to bold, intricate and eye-catching, the style choices for kitchen backsplashes are just about infinite.

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Three Quarter Bathroom

Ideal for overnight guests or as the second bathroom—or perhaps the third full bath in a house—this configuration is designed around utility. The idea is to get in, do your thing, and get out: toilet, sink, shower—keep it simple. This basic theme doesn’t mean the space has to be boring. Interesting tilework, updated fixtures, a high-drama mirror or decorative light fixture will dress up this down-and-dirty space.

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Painting Kitchen Appliances

Paint is an easy and affordable way to update a room, and it can go a long way in the kitchen. You can use paint to update just about anything in your kitchen, from walls and backsplashes to tables and even appliances.

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