How to Create an Open Living Space

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Are you feeling claustrophobic in your living space? I bet walls are taking over your home. These days’ homes are built with open floor plans. But if you have an older home you may want to start taking down some walls to open that space up. Nothing says beauty and elegance like an open floor plan. Removing walls is not something you will want to do without having a licensed contractor at least assisting. Continue reading →

5 Common Bathroom Remodeling Mistakes

Regardless of whether you are replacing an outdated vanity or renovating the entire space, bathroom remodeling can be an expensive proposition. How can you avoid some common mistakes?

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1. Ignoring the Bathroom Fan

Overlooking your bathroom fan is a huge mistake. Sometimes people don’t install one or they don’t clean the one they have. Without proper ventilation, humidity builds up on surfaces, and over time this moisture will cause paint and grout to deteriorate and mildew to form. Vacuuming the vent on a regular basis will help keep the fan clean. To determine if your fan is overdue for a cleaning, turn it on and hold a square of toilet tissue up to the vent. If the tissue stays up on its own when you let go, air is still flowing.

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2. Lacking a Clear Plan before Demolition

Sometimes people think they can figure out what needs to be done as they go along, but you need a plan in place before you start any demolition. You should have everything sketched out ahead of time, from your budget, to your materials, to the question of who will be doing which parts of the work. Planning is everything!

 

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3. Being Unrealistic about a Budget

Don’t lie to yourself and try to do a $20,000 renovation when you have only $10,000 to work. You’ll only have to cut corners at the end of the project and you won’t be pleased with the results. He suggests taking a careful look at your finances and getting a realistic number in your head. Write the number down, put that amount in your bank account, and stick to it!

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4. Overlooking Small Mistakes

As your renovation goes along, always fix mistakes—even the smallest ones—as soon as you notice them. If one tile isn’t exactly flush or your paint strokes are going in all directions, fix it right away. Don’t convince yourself you’ll learn to live with it. Those mistakes will always bother you, and if you can see them, then other people can see them too.

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5. Losing Focus toward the End

Many people, are excited about the renovation process at the beginning but lose steam as they approach the finish line. They might take forever to frame out the room, but by the end they’re so eager to see the completed room they start to rush. The problem here is that the finish work is extremely important to the overall look of the space. People should reverse the trend. Move at a steady pace at the beginning and slow down at the end to be sure everything is done correctly. Your patience will pay off!

 

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Benefits of Remodeling Your Kitchen and Bathroom

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Popular media and industry publications often analyze the return on investment of a kitchen and/or bathroom remodel. Remodeling 2015 Cost vs. Value Report, conducted by Remodeling, found that on average, a homeowner can expect to spend approximately $16,700 on a midrange bathroom remodel and will recoup approximately 70% of the cost at resale. The average cost of a midrange kitchen remodel is almost $57,000, and a homeowner can expect to recoup approximately $38,500 of that cost when they sell their home. Kitchen and bath remodels increase home value, and homes with renovated kitchens and baths tend to sell faster than those that need updating. Continue reading →

7 Common Bathroom Design Mistakes to Avoid

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Updating or remodeling your bathroom can be very exciting. There is so many design elements to start thinking about. Bathrooms, big and small, need to always be well thought out and functional for multiple users. If you can avoid these 7 common design mistakes below, you will be well on your way to a bathroom you will love for a very long time!

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How To: Make Your Home Energy Efficient

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With the intense weather we have been experiencing this winter, you may be concerned about your heating and electric bills. We have some steps for you to make your home more energy efficient and save you money on  your monthly bills.

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How To: Choose The Right Toilet

as-champion-4Size, height and function all play a role in selecting a toilet for your new bathroom. These tips will help you find the right commode for your family.

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How To: Make Your Bathroom Feel Like New

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It can be easy to overlook the bathroom. It’s a functional space first and foremost, and unless you like long hot soaks in the bath, you probably don’t spend a whole lot of time in there. But that is no reason to neglect it. So here are some simple but effective ideas for perking up a tired bathroom without ripping the whole thing out and starting over.

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How-To: Make Your Kitchen Feel More Modern

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As the hub of the home, the kitchen is the room with all the action. It’s not just the place to prepare and cook food — it’s also used for entertaining guests, storing gadgets and eating family meals. Your modern design needs to accommodate all these activities, which is why kitchen remodels are more popular than ever. If you don’t want to do a total overhaul of your kitchen, these steps can help you update your kitchen within your means.

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How to Install a Dishwasher Air-Gap Kit

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A clog in your kitchen sink drain could cause dirty water to back-flow into the dishwasher and contaminate the inside of the washer tub. Some municipalities require you install an air gap between your dishwasher and garbage disposal or sink drain to avoid such an occurrence. You can install an air gap in a single afternoon without the help of a plumber. Dishwasher air gap kits are available with everything needed for the air gap, but not the additional hose required to attach the gap to either the sink drain or the disposal.

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