Increase the energy efficiency of your home by increasing the insulation in the walls and ceilings. Home built 20 years ago or more have little or no insulation. Thinly insulated ceilings allow heat to escape in the winter and hot air in during the summer. Fiberglass blankets and rolls applied to the ceilings are relatively easy for the home remodeler to handle while loose-fill and blown-in materials are often left to insulation professionals. Wall insulation can be increased by blowing it in through a hole in the wall or during major remodeling when either the wallboard or siding has been removed. The U.S. Dept. of Energy lists the guidelines for homes based on region. Learn more about increasing the insulation in your home here.
Boiserie is a decorating term used to define ornate and intricately carved wood panelling. Panels were not confined just to the walls of a room but … Read More
In this poor housing market, Quonset huts are popular with new homeowners as well as with retirees looking for an affordable way to move to a warmer climate. A quonset hut is a type of arch-style, semicylindrical steel building that was used in World War II for equipment storage. Since then, Quonset huts have been used for inexpensive equipment storage in commercial and agricultural settings. In today’s housing market, Quonset-hut homes are a popular option, mainly because they’re less expensive to build or buy than other types of homes and can be built in less time.
Suspended ceilings work well in basements featuring adequate head room. These ceilings contain a hanging grid into which tiles are placed to form the ceiling’s surface. The chief advantage of a suspended ceiling is the access it affords to plumbing, wiring and ducts. We earn money from advertisers. Advertisers pay to have advertisements displayed … Read More
I have no experience with design and decorating, none-the-less we are a pretty handy family. We did an addition on our house some years ago. We certainly are not new to D.I.Y. projects.
Before pulling up stakes and moving to a new home, think about putting some effort into home improvement in the home you now have. When you renovate your home, you can customize it to be exactly what you want rather than adapting to the designs of another person. It is a much more efficient way to become happy with your home. Wooden skewer/dowel/rod, or a pencil, or a paintbrush (handle), or a crochet hook etc. – just something long and thin to put a straight, narrow hole in the clay. When I was in France a year and a half ago, I fell in love with my friend Terry’s (Antiques from France) stone sink that was in … Read More
Bathrooms have come a long way from being merely functional. If you’re considering remodeling or upgrading your bathroom, think about this – a recent survey found the average American spends more time per year in the bathroom than on vacation.
Right now, one of the biggest trends in bathrooms is also one that budget DIYers can pull off with style. The trend is using old dressers as sink pedestals. You simply cut out the top of the dresser to accommodate a sink insert, cut into or remove interior drawers as necessary, and cut holes in the back for plumbing. These dresser sinks” can sell for thousands of dollars in retail stores, but you can easily make your own with a budget dresser, some patience, and the right tools.
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Have big dreams for your basement? Here’s what you need to know to turn your basement ideas into a beautiful living space.
At Steve Jackson Home Remodelers, we understand the unique demands that basement remodeling requires. There are considerations such as ventilation, lighting and heating that we take into account. There is a lot of planning that goes into each job, since the basement is below ground level, and our experience with these types of jobs make us the premier basement remodeling contractors.
Sometimes homeowners question what might happen if the building inspector comes for an inspection, and notices something that does not comply with the building code. Will I be required to change everything that the inspector finds wrong, even if it is not part of the basement remodeling project?” The building code addresses remodeling existing buildings under Additions, alterations or repairs in the IRC manual.
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A bathroom remodel can be challenging and quickly become an expensive affair, but the results are always rewarding. Therefore good planning is essential. Whether you are planning a complete bathroom remodel or just looking to update your bathroom design, using an online home design and floor plan tool like RoomSketcher can really help you get started and avoid costly mistakes. Try out your design ideas online to see what works – before you hire contractors, purchase materials or make costly mistakes.
Mask away: I had decided to use spray primer where possible (everywhere but the vinyl wallboard which I felt was too close to too many of the other non-paint surfaces such as the ceiling and windows. For masking tape I like the green Frog Tape. More expensive but worth it in my experience. I also used plastic and cloth drop cloths over the rug and seating and paper to … Read More
Changing your bathroom to a modern bathroom style is a great option since a bathroom is one of the parts of the house that not so often changed. Different from other room that can be rearranged or remodeled easily, the bathroom needs to have full renovation in order to give it a different look. That is why finding bathroom remodel ideas for your old bathroom need to be done thoughtfully and detailed so that you get the best result.
Yes, there is: You have to apply joint compound—or Teflon tape—to all (or almost all) threaded fittings. If you don’t use one or the other of these, the spot where two pieces are screwed together will leak. I prefer joint compound, a gooey paste that acts as a waterproof glue” to keep threaded fittings from leaking. The vanity is a very deep brown but when placed next to our black and … Read More
Nothing beats the classic look of a spiral staircase. It adds elegance to any interior, and has the added benefit of saving space. Whether the staircase you prefer is a true spiral staircase or just gently curved, whether it is made from metal or oak, it will add grace and beauty to your home for many years to come.
I see you are in VA. If you don’t mind me asking, where in VA? We will be moving to Bedford, hopefully in the next couple of month. All of the houses have unfinished basements. Wondering if you could recommend any local contractors, especially an electrician. My husband is a plumber, but I will need a good handyman as well and a carpenter. Thank goodness someone was home and we bought them. Loaded them in our small car. Good thing I have an understanding, husband.
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Bathroom remodeling bathroom design examples are minimalist and modern hotel. Suitable for those of you who are looking for bathroom remodeling. With a small bathroom remodel this example possibly, inspire you in building a dream bathroom.
By ensuring certainty on cost, time and quality, we can help make sure our customers never experience a nightmare project. As you plan the space, try to come up with a design that keeps the major plumbing lines in place. Moving the toilet from one wall to another will mean relocating a 3-inch drain line in a home, which can cost thousands. If you can keep the toilet, shower, and sink where they are, you’ll save significantly on the project,” says Petrie. A glass block window, albeit one that distorts images, may not feel private enough. Consider a second shower curtain rod fitted with a short matching shower curtain for more shower privacy.
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Our house is an old 1950’s farmhouse. This bathroom and our bedroom were added sometime after 1950 and before we bought it in 2004. In 2011, we made the bedroom look original to the house and now it’s the bathroom’s turn.
the bathroom is divided into two rooms separated by a door. The front room was the toilet, sink and shower/tub combo. The back room was a dedicated laundry room with a utility sink. The paint on the wall is a sample of what we are looking at for the remodel. Enelle Lamb ancestors were English gardeners and professional landscapers. Her artistic nature is a great accent for home DIY projects.
The Grand Centre Bookcase Display Unit in this bedroom remodelling demonstrates that with a little imagination and innovative thought even laminated chipboard can be sculptured to create aesthetically pleasing and functional Dcor furniture. Depending on what style of vanity … Read More