Sunday, 24 September 2017

Major Benefits of Green Remodeling

Are you interested in killing three birds with a single stone? Have you ever thought of the possibility of achieving three kinds of major saving with a single effort?  ‘A green remodeling project’ is the answer to these puzzling questions; yes, such a project helps you achieve three major savings –  on energy, materials and space!

Your Eco-friendly green living can save you big bucks as well. Green remodeling opens the window to three positive outcomes: energy economy, smart use of reclaimed materials and optimal exploitation of available space. Seize your opportunity of going green!



   
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Energy saving

Start off your green remodeling with three basic changes to your existing home decor.

v  Add more electrical insulation to those already installed in the walls, floor and vents and meet the standard requirements to improve energy efficiency.

v  Fix faulty radiators and refill coolant gases in air conditioning units, which consume more power.

v  Replace high power incandescent bulbs with LED/fluorescent bulbs.

These basic changes would go a long way in saving electricity. Your remodeling contractor will be able to do all such basic remodeling works and give you an estimate of the quantum of reduction of your energy bill after remodeling.

You may consider as well long-term benefits of harvesting solar energy. It can be a standalone system or grid tied (integrated with your electric circuits).

Use of reclaimed building materials

Durable wood with minor damages can be reclaimed for your green remodeling project. You will be saving considerable amount on buying new wooden flooring and incidentally you will not share the guilt of cutting down any new trees. Make sure that you use non-toxic paints and adhesive paste without any harmful VOC’s (Volatile Organic Compounds).

Eco-friendly Terrazzo tiles, which are costlier than granite, are made from chips of glass, quartz etc. Search your garage, storage and remodel debris for old broken glass and quartz; reclaim them for use as the bulk raw material for your Terrazzo tiles. The finished product will give a lustrous look to your kitchen counters.

Space Saving

This is an integral part of a green remodeling project. Your experienced remodeling contractor will be able to draw out plans for optimal utilization of built in space of your remodeled house; no clutter will be in sight in any room. For example, a family room can serve as an office room too.

A sliding door can hide the TV and speakers. A hollow box can conceal printers and file cabinets, and this can be used as a desk in the family room. These are a few of the many possibilities, which you can explore under the guidance of your contractor for the best use of your home space.

The overall cost of the green remodeling project on completion would be slightly more than a regular remodeling project, especially if you decide in favor of solar panels. However, you will be saving a lot of money in the longer run. The added advantage of green remodeling is that you will have the immense satisfaction having constructed an eco-friendly home! You need have no hesitation to go green!

Monday, 28 August 2017

Remodeling your Garage Flooring for Hassle-free Maintenance

Rarely, if ever, you pay much attention to your garage flooring and find time to clean the garage. It is important that you give some attention to the garage flooring because it is constantly exposed to damage due to oil spills, salt deposition, dirt and grime accumulation, etc.

Remodeling your garage floor will not only give it a nice look but also make it safe from further damage. The remodeling project may vary from simple floor coatings to changing your entire floor. Here are a few suggestions on how you can remodel your garage flooring.



Resolving existing issues

At the outset, you should empty your garage and look for cracks in the flooring, oil spills, etc. Your floor may be made of bricks or concrete or even wood! Replacing them completely for small repairs would be time consuming and may cost you a fortune.
Hiring a remodeling specialist would be a wise thing to do and the remodeled floor would last for years and save you a lot of money. Your contractor will take care of the entire remodeling process and make sure that the dry walls and the electrical outlets aren’t damaged while tending the floor.

Coating and covering after cleaning

Floor coatings provide extra stability and life to the floor. After cleaning the floor, coating them with sealers or paints or covering them with mats will go a long way in preserving your garage floor. Here are some options.

v  Concrete floor paints: They are the least expensive of coatings and very tough, saving your floor from chemical corrosion. You can use them to recoat the floor and touch up minor damages in the floor.

v  Sealers: They are a stronger version of the concrete floor paint and they too can be applied over the floor quite easily. In addition, they give a glossy look after they dry up. Latex sealers and acrylic sealers sell at a very nominal price. Your expert remodeling contractor will give you the best options available to match and make your floor look luxurious at a reasonable price.
Floor coverings are typically more expensive than coatings, but they have longer life and you can customize them, suitable to your tastes and likes!

v  Rubber mats: They are available in various sizes and patterns and they can cover an entire garage or just parts of it. You can install them in a short span of time and find them easy to clean too!
v  Interlocking plastic tiles: They come in great patterns allowing you to try out your own flooring ideas and make your garage look cool. The tiles are resistant to seepage and you can replace the damaged ones quickly.

These are just a few of the coatings and coverings available in the market. Both coatings and coverings have pros and cons and it is up to you to decide the type of protection for your flooring after consulting with your much-experienced remodeling contractor.

Floor remodeling is generally the costliest part of a garage-remodeling project and spending a few hundred extra dollars will surely will take off your shoulders the bother of maintenance for a long time.

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Remodeling your House: Safety Considerations

You have made a wonderful decision to remodel your house! It is certainly a great idea! There is, however, one aspect that you need to think about carefully, before starting the project: ‘safety of your family’! Depending on the scale of remodeling, you might have to make a few related crucial decisions like the following.

To stay, or not to stay?

Major projects might require you to move out to a temporary residence until the remodeling is complete. This is advantageous in many ways for both your family and the workers.

However, you can stay at your own house by making minor adjustments if the remodeling work is confined to a couple of areas like a bathroom or bedroom. It is always a good idea to seek advice from a reputed remodeling contractor in this regard.

Moving out temporarily

Moving out temporarily to a new place will ensure complete safety of your family and your pets. You would avoid a lot of air and noise pollution and be comfortable without any hassle. Neither your family nor your pets would cause any hindrance to the work in progress and the project will take considerably less time for completion.

Major remodeling projects like roof remodeling or repainting indoors would definitely take a while to finish. It would be best for you to move to a temporary residence and leave the entire house in the care of your contractor.

Staying at home

Staying at home while the remodeling project is in progress has its advantages too. Primarily, you can save money if your option is to move to a rented place. You can observe more closely how the project takes shape and you can caution the remodeling contractor if you feel something is not right. Saving some money, however, should not be at the cost of the safety of your family and pets.

Remodeling your kitchen and bathroom would pose a problem if you decide to stay. You can of course make a few adjustments by taking out essential appliances from your kitchen and setting up a temporary kitchen in the living room or outdoors in your garden.

You can shower at the gym since water supply might be cut off for a significant amount of time. You can remodel one bathroom at a time and keep at least one bathroom functional at your house.

Keeping your family and pets safe

Having toddlers and fluffy puppies in your house running around can be an issue while remodeling your house. Moving out would be a good option, as toddlers can stumble into dangerous situations when left unattended. Keep your pets chained to the fence or kennel temporarily, although it is going to be difficult for you to see your loveable pets chained.

For your elders, air and noise pollution will indeed be too much to bear. You could buy them air masks and earplugs to minimize the disturbance. Alternatively, you could move them out for the duration of the remodel.

Just remember! Safety and security of all your family and pets should be a major consideration when you plan a remodeling project.

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Delightful Ideas for a Country Kitchen Makeover

If a kitchen makeover is in the cards, turning it country style is one charming renovation you can think of, with no big fuss! You can either redo your whole kitchen to evoke memories of big family meals in grandma’s home, or just sprinkle a few flourishes to whip up the rustic charm.

Bring on the classic rustic appeal

A good mix of hard wood/stone floor tiles, ceramic wall tiles, exposed cabinets, wicker accents, flea market finds and vintage lighting will make up an eclectic mix; together they will typify a country kitchen with an air of permanence, though imperfect. Potted herbs, botanical prints or hanging garlic strings bring the country kitchen to life.

To evoke feelings of warmth and nostalgia, fashion a kitchen island and shelves out of distressed wood to exude a lived-in look.

What’s a country kitchen without roosters, duck, or geese? Look for them on glazed platters, sugar canisters and coffee mugs. Line them up on wooden shelves coated in milk paint.

For a truly country theme, set up deep, old-fashioned, porcelain or stainless steel kitchen sinks; they would absolutely be stylish and functional.

Open shelving in white is sure to carve out the charm of a country kitchen. Make up the open cabinet space to show off your collectibles and antique shop finds.

Choose a scalloped hood for a bit of chic country charm.

Position a hanging rack above your prep island to keep things up and away, with easy access. Let your pots and pans go in there. A wrought iron pot rack can add character to your kitchen with a subtle element of drama. You get to free up extra cabinet space too.

Accent the natural look, playing with certain fabrics and patterns for curtains, table spreads and placemats. Gingham and plaid are commonly used patterns to recall fondly the farming traditions of country kitchens. Fresh floral printed fabrics round off the country flavor.

Contrary to widespread perception, country kitchens are equipped with appliances such as range cooker, double oven, vintage toaster and refrigerator for a sense of luxury; that will enhance the look of your kitchen space in truly retro style.

Go big on natural elements

Construct kitchen furniture from intricately carved wood. Cherry, maple, oak and pine are top picks. Pine is the topmost choice for its uniquely knotty and natural look.

Copper colored pots and pans blend to keep up the rustic theme.

Look for a vintage table in distressed look or an antique butcher-block countertop to serve as a prep island.

Coordinate honey colored wooden units with wooden beams on ceiling to jazz up the look.

Accent with colors

Choose colored stove to pop out against the white cabinetry. Make liberal use of your favorite color to make a happy working spot for you and for the family to unwind together. Throw in a bright patterned rug to heighten the impact to your white kitchen.

For a quirky charm in the country kitchen, choose an assortment of old, colored stools with interesting carvings.

Go for soft and muted tones in earthy colors to replicate the colors taken from a rural backdrop.

Wallpaper the back of open cupboards with folk-inspired prints. Show the world your collections of handmade ceramics and pottery in true style.

Vintage bar stools, brushed pendant shades and a mix of colorful artwork hung on the wall are fresh and fun additions to keep the rustic theme going in an instant. If you are interested in more customized ideas that suit your personality, check with a reputed professional remodeling firm.

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Redesigning Your Kid’s Playroom

A playroom is where your child spends most time in the early stages of growing up. Maintaining a neat and clean playroom is of utmost importance for the healthy growth of your child. Keeping the playroom orderly would be a mammoth task if it is not designed properly, and your child would not be comfortable there. Listed below are a few ideas to keep a playroom tidy and well maintained.

Planning the room

The first thing you are required to do is to clear the room completely of all furniture, wall hangings, fancy clothes, toys etc. It would indeed be very difficult to organize an annoyingly littered room. Once the entire room is empty, you can think of ideas for rearranging all your kid’s things.

Having your child by your side when you redesign the room would be great because your child would feel more attached to the room if involved in the setting up of the room. Repainting would make the room look new and bright; let your child choose the colors for the room and mix them up a little to suit taste and appeal.

Optimizing the room space

Before you put back all the toys and furniture into the room, you need to make a few adjustments. Throw out all the old toys that your child rarely plays with, or put them in the attic if you feel that some of them may have sentimental value. Having a mix of closed and open storage would save a lot of space.

For example, toys can be kept inside a drawer that closes into the bed, and books can be arranged on shelves that are easily reachable to your child. Having books in the open and toys stashed into drawers would make the room look bigger and brighter.

Floating shelves can also be added to the room to house books or a few toys on them. It would give the room a unique look and help the child have easy access to playthings. An expert remodeling contractor can suggest great redesign ideas for optimal use of space available in the room.

Organizing the room

Arrange artistically all the toys, other playthings and furniture in the room, but make sure that you do not ‘over fill’ it. Have a diverse mix of shelves and furniture in the room and make them all child-friendly. You could have there adjustable play tables, bean bags etc.

Wall hangings of your child’s favorite cartoon characters or food items would make the room even more appealing. The main objective of redesign is thus to make your child feel secure and comfortable in the playroom.

The cost of the redesign depends upon the extent of modifications of the existing design. Customized tables and shelves will cost a little extra but a reputed and much experienced remodeling contractor will always give you the best available options and rates. Should you hesitate to spend a little extra to make your child smile brighter and have greater fun?

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Brighten your Home with Skylights

A skylight is a window in your roof or ceiling that can bring natural light into your room and transform it completely. As the use of tube lights during the day will be minimal, you can save on your electricity bills and more importantly, your mornings will be brightened up the natural way. If you want to install a skylight, here are a few things to keep in mind.

Is your roof suitable for a skylight?

You might generally use the roof as attic space, or a channel for electrical and plumbing networks. You need to make sure that the roof area is entirely cleared before setting up a skylight. Now, your expert remodeling contractor can make necessary changes to your roof by adding required trusses, and a chase for rearranging the pipelines and electrical lines.

You need to check with him if the addition of a skylight would or not suit the architectural design of your house; in most instances, it would blend into your house naturally. However, there is a slim chance that you lose the natural look of your house.

Location is crucial

Know exactly where you are going to place your skylight. Do not use approximations; consider as many factors as possible before choosing the location for your skylight. For example, placing a skylight facing the street would make it look out of place. The skylight in different rooms will have a different effect on your house.

A window and a skylight are not interchangeable and so the placement is very important. Keep the sun as a reference and position your skylight accordingly. Remember that the sunrays are most intense during the evening and you do not want to be caught in them.

Wooden floors and cabinets can be bleached under direct exposure to sunlight. You can add certain features to your skylight like blinds to modulate the sunlight entering the house. Certain skylights also have UV isolating and insulated glasses.

Installing your skylight

Skylights come in different designs and sizes. Pick out the skylight you love and be generous with the size you choose. In many instances, the size would be inadequate, giving a very bad look to the house. It’s all about the feeling you get when you look at your ceiling and realize that there is more to your house than just a solid block for a roof.

The skylight should seem to be a part of the original design of your house. It should not give the impression of a thoughtless addition that is out of place. Seek advice from your remodeling contractor on a variety of designs to choose from.

How much would it cost?

A skylight kit with the minimum features would start at a price north of 180$. Adding extra features to your skylight would cost more and the price varies with the size of the skylight. Your contractor will provide you with the best deals and cut down your expenses, making the new addition a pleasant experience.

Bring beauty and natural light into your house with the best option of a skylight!

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Optimizing the Use of Your Terrace Space

A terrace, especially in a city, is hardly ever used in most houses, and it IS unutilized premium space! That space is suitable for conversion into a spacious room for unwinding, especially for recreational activities at low cost. The important thing is to watch the burden of additional weight on the building structure.

The foundation of any house has a maximum load-bearing capacity, which should never be breached.  A professional remodeling contractor with experience and expertise should be able to conduct a feasibility study and suggest the best designs and options. Metal fabrication forms the super structure of the room. Here are a few tips to get you started on your terrace room.

Constructing walls and roof

Bricks, the usual material for building walls are rather heavy; during masonry, they can be time consuming and messy. You may like to use instead pre-engineered lightweight structures for building walls. Insulated vinyl sidings, sandwich panels containing fly ash etc. are quite low in bulk density, and they offer an exceptional finish too.

User-friendly slabs of sandwich panels may be attached to each other, used as walls, and held in place by metal fabrication; the joints need to be filled with silicone gel to avoid seepage of rainwater. Lightweight single layer as well as multi-layer PUF-filled roofing materials of required length are available in different colors and can be easily fitted on to the metal fabrication.

Your remodeling contractor will be able to advise you on the best-customized lightweight wall/roofing materials and designs to blend with the existing fa├žade.

Leveling the floor

Typically, the sloping floor of a terrace allows rainwater to flow into the drainage/water harvesting system; therefore, the floor needs to be leveled. A paste made out of white or grey cement can be used to level the floor. Depending upon the type of flooring material you plan to use, you can either place a wooden base over the cement mixture or strengthen the cement paste, and lay your flooring material directly on it.

Waterproofing your walls and roof is of utmost importance. Suitable paints are available and you need a coating of 3-4 layers of paint. Using sealants in tiny gaps improves the efficiency of waterproofing.

There is a wide range of flooring materials: polyvinyl flooring is quite prevalent and its color options can add an aesthetic touch to the room. The major advantage of this type is that it is very light in weight. Tiles or wood can also be used, and it is all a matter of your taste!

Add-ons to your room

When your room is ready, the interiors need to be taken care of. Firstly, the room should have a stable power supply. Electrical lines to switch boards and appliances should be of good quality. You need to ensure that the room is properly ventilated. To keep the room cool, install thick blinds and keep them closed when you’re not using the room.

The entire process can be fascinating and the outcome depends, of course, on the contractor, who undertakes the work. So, discuss your ideas and needs with the contractor; sit back, and enjoy the stage-by-stage shaping of your new room!