Easy Kitchen Remodel
Home-improvement magazines and television shows have turned many homeowners into pseudo-interior decorators. They have made both men and women more interested in beautifying their dwellings. Anyone can have an amazing kitchen remodeling in a few steps.
The most important thing to have on hand is a plan, and a good one at that. It is the key to realizing your wishes can come true. This detailed plan should include everything that makes up a kitchen, such as work spaces, storage, even areas to gather and converse. Nothing should be left to chance including the hardware of the door handles, the appliances and the like.
Do not allow for anything to be ignored or forgotten. Do as much research as you can. Use all resources that are available to you including magazines and home improvement shows, home improvement or DIY centers, designer books (you can find them at your local library), and even upscale stores. Do not forget the importance of the allowable budget. The majority of the population lives with a budget.
Scrutinize your choices. Consider the style of your home and stay within that style. Do not try to force a different look unless you are aiming for an extensive overall renovation. Keep the look of your new kitchen in tune with the look of the rest of the home. For instance, an all modern home would look slightly off with an extremely traditional kitchen.
Working men, women, and busy families don’t have time for fussy cabinets. Ensure your choice of cabinets are easy to maintain. Above and beyond the style of the cabinets, think very carefully of ways to get as much storage as you can from the same space you’ve always had. Think of the best spots to place items when stored away and incorporate the proper cabinet into the plan. Even a few inches of cabinet space can serve a purpose, such as standing serving trays.
Hire a contractor with experience and references with regards to kitchen remodeling. Perhaps you should also hire an interior decorator as well. This may seem like an unnecessary cost, but more often than not, many save money when using these professionals, even with their fees! They are experts and know proper procedures. See if you can work one into your budget.
Flooring in the kitchen plays a huge role. Many things must be considered when installing a floor in the kitchen. Besides the look of it, the durability should be examined prior to committing to it. Also, the floor choice must be true to the cabinets and other elements in the room, as well as the rest of the home. There are so many different options when it comes to flooring for the kitchen and they come in all different price ranges to suit all budgets.
The countertop and back splash must be chosen wisely as well, as they have a lot of surface area that attract the eye. Whatever your choice of style or budget, try to steer clear from trends. Trends come and go and therefore become very costly to the homeowner. A wise decision would be to aim for timeless beauty.
Building a New Driveway – Concrete or Block Paving?
There are many great ideas for driveways. If you are looking to install a new driveway, yet cannot find the exact finish you need, we have written this article and added examples of driveways that may suit your tastes and your property perfectly.
Although the word concrete may not strike you with much by way of spectacular design and artwork, it can be used to add a magnificent finish to any driveway.
Instead of the matte grey finish that you expect concrete to provide, it surprisingly can be manipulated, printed and colored to all types of finish.
Patterns can be imprinted onto large concrete slabs, and the concrete can be injected with color too using acrylic stain or dye. This gives manufacturers the opportunity to recreate the effect of brick, cobblestones, York paving and other types of stone – it can even mimic the look of a hardwood floor.
What concrete provides you with over other types of material is that it’s an extremely low maintenance way to re-lay a driveway. Concrete doesn’t shift like block paving can, and you don’t risk unsightly weeds coming up in-between the bricks.
Provided the concrete is laid properly, which should be onto a suitably prepared and laid substrate, and is finished with a seal to repel extreme weather – the driveway will be very long lasting and should not crack or split in wintry or extremely hot conditions.
Block Paving Stones
Paving stones are a popular choice, and the bricks used are readily available.
All kinds of pattern can be selected to best suit your property. Should you wish to have sweeping swirls, split patterns, herringbone or a basket weave then it is achievable using block paving.
It can be a great way to create individual type of look to suit your home. Complimentary brick can be used to create steps up to your front door or a kerbs and edgings that lead to a turfed area through which paths, water features and patios can be created. Incorporating drains and channels, rainwater can be washed away safely.
Block paving large areas may require lots of maintenance. Whilst the driveway will look fantastic in its first year, moss, algae and weeds can gather in the cracks, so it is important to clean the driveway regularly.
Ask your installer if they will finish off your driveway by using a matte or glossy sealant. If they will, the sealant used should inhibit the growth of weeds and act as a stain preventative, which of course will need to be re-applied on a regular basis. This is the same for stone driveways; however, different types of sealants will be required depending on the actual stone or brick used.
Whilst there are usually many different options, you may even consider a carbon neutral bioverse option that incorporates grass for a positive effect on the environment.
There are a few things to consider cost-wise.
A skip will be required, sturdy foundations will need to be laid and excavation of the current material will be required. Weed matting or geo-textile will also be required, as well as the material that is to create the final finish, as well as sealant.
Up to a foot of earth will need to be removed to make room for foundations so that the final layer of drive can be at the same level as it currently is. The skip used will probably cost around £80-£100 and, depending on where it is to be located, a permit may be required to place it on a road or public highway. This can cost around £30.
You may be looking at around £100 for a miniature digger for a day and aggregate to create the foundations should be around £20-£35 per half tonne (approximately coverage of 1m2) which, when bought in bulk, a supplier will usually apply a discount.
A compaction plate to compact down the aggregate could be around £25 with the weed mat costing approximately 45p per metre, but they usually are supplied in very wide rolls.
Depending on the company you select, you may be charged labor at around £150-£250 per day.
Planning blocked paving properly can result in a beautiful driveway that can compliment a modern or traditionally built home.
It is clear to see that installing a new driveway can be expensive. Yet if you choose a reputable company, and are fully aware of the maintenance required on the materials you choose, it can be a real investment and a perfect addition to your home.
Driveways should be as individual as you and your property. By contacting a professional company with a good level of experience, a multitude of options are open to you.
Maintaining Your Driveway
There are a number of solutions for keeping your driveway and rest of your outdoor area clean and tidy. A fantastic driveway cleaning service we could recommend however, would be Forefront Cleaning who can literally make driveways like brand new again and the owner of the company wrote this article to help you, Tim Baylor. So take a peek at what they have to offer instead of considering renewing your driveway.
A Guest Room Everyone Wants to be Invited to
The holidays are just around the corner, and as we begin to prepare our homes for parties and get togethers, it’s a good time to cast our gaze upon the guest bedroom.
Sometimes it’s necessary for house guests to stay overnight due to bad weather or long distances to travel to their next destination, and sometimes family comes to stay for a planned visit. Whatever the reason, it’s a wonderful idea to have a warm, comfortable, and welcoming guest room prepared for these sort of occasions.
Here are some tips to help you create just such a space:
Use Neutral Tones
The goal is to create a space in which anyone and everyone can feel comfortable and at home. By utilizing a more minimal approach to paint, and bed linens, you avoid overwhelming your male guests with gardens of flowers and lace, and your female guests will also appreciate your chic sense of style.
Provide Adequate Space
No matter the actual size of the room, it’s important to make it feel as if your guests have what they need to be comfortable. It’s best to have more than just a bed and a dresser if possible. Arrange one corner of the room as a small sitting area so that your guests can work or read for a while before going to sleep, as these rituals might be part of their usual nightly routines. Place a chair and a table, along with a lamp and a small ottoman if you have enough space, to create a relaxing nook. Make sure that the closet is empty except for hangers and perhaps a set of extra linens and a couple of blankets neatly folded and stored away on the top shelf. The same goes for the dresser drawers – make sure they’re empty and neatly lined with attractive paper.
Invest Money in High End Linens and Pillows
It may seem impractical at first, but it’s actually a very sound investment. It’s important to create comfort for your guests, and as much as I dislike admitting it, being the frugal gal that I am, higher thread count sheets and comforters really are more comfortable and worth every penny of the extra money we shell out for them. In addition to being more comfortable, they wear beautifully and last seemingly forever – the more you launder them, the softer they become – you can’t beat that. Also make sure to have comfortable pillows – not too soft and not too firm.
Choose the Right Window Coverings
This is easy enough to provide. Just make sure to have blinds that can be opened or closed depending on how much or how little light your guests want to allow into the room, and if you have full length curtains, they should have tie-backs so that they can also be adjusted.
Provide table and/or floor lamps in addition to any overhead lighting that may be present in the room. Lamp light is always much more comfortable and welcoming than harsh, overhead lights. A lamp directly at the beside is crucial. Your guests will be unfamiliar with the arrangement of the room and might bump into things or -worst case- trip over something and fall, trying to make it back to the bed after turning off the light. These situations can be avoided by having a lamp right at hand that can be switched off from the bed.
While expected guests will most likely have their own reading material, unexpected guests might appreciate a selection of books and magazines in the room to help them relax. Many people are in the habit of reading before bed, and it can be difficult to sleep when you’re in an unfamiliar bed even under the best of circumstances, so, having something available to read is a good idea.
Provide a Clock Radio or Alarm Clock
It can be disorienting to wake up in a strange place, and having a clock to glance at helps to bring everything into a more familiar focus. Even though most everyone has a clock and alarm feature on their mobile phones, it’s still a good idea to have a clock in the room, and it makes things seem more home like as well.
Follow these tips and add your own personal touches and ideas to create the perfect guest room. You’ll always be ready, and even eager, to welcome overnight guests into your home.