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03/22/08

The best way to get intimate with one’s home is by filling it up with personalized items. There’s nothing cozier and more familiar than a spot filled with sentimental pieces. Invest on furniture and decorations that has been personally crafted by you or some friends. You would find that these are more appealing than the ridiculously expensive ones you can buy at shops. This will also serve as memorabilia which could provide you the much needed energy lift when you’re feeling stressed because of the feeling of nostalgia it is associated with. These things are also good conversation pieces for you and your guests.

How to survive home renovations

Having your home remodeled is a very exciting process; everyday is a countdown to a better home. However, as awesome this process is, it also means days, weeks or months sharing this personal experience with a bunch of strangers. There will be contractors, architects, interior decorators, carpenters all over your place. These people are strangers but they are your chosen team mates.

The good thing about this whole interaction is you actually get to choose which strangers you will trust your home to. The best way to go about this is to ask people’s references. Interview a lot of people before hiring the ones you feel comfortable with. Let them know your concerns. If you have rules you want them to follow, say it right away and ask them if they are okay with all of it. It is a team effort. Both parties should always be in agreement.

The people you hire are professionals. They should be given as much respect as you expect to be given to you. Keep in mind that they know what they’re doing so keep calm and let them do their work.

House remodeling ideas for the future

It is important before deciding on what house remodeling ideas would best
suit your home that you know exactly how much money you can afford to
spend. That’s why you should always plan in great detail exactly what you
want to accomplish so that you can work out a budget and stick to it.

What to do before starting house remodeling


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Do the math. Before giving the green signal to start renovations, crunch some numbers to help determine whether it is a good investment. Remember the equation should be something like renovations equals higher valuation for your property in case you sell it in the future. Determine how much fund is available for such an activity, tax benefits if there are, how much impact will it have on your budget , after all, your basic utility and other bills
come like clockwork whether you renovate or not. Acquire house renovating ideas starting from what you want changed, to the color of the paints you will use, to the shape of the room, and the accessories you will be using, etcetera. Finance your renovations. Find a good lending institution to realize your plans to renovate by using the equity value of your home. Start your renovations. Set up the work place if you are doing the renovations yourself. Remove everything that needs to be replaced. If you have hired the services of a remodeling contractor, see to it that before any work starts, you confer with the contractor and hash out even the tiniest details to ensure that expectations will be met.

Renovation Ideas

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Changes you want to make for your home improvement project. Sometimes, we just need to slow down, really look at our environment and envision how renovating will reflect our personal style and tastes. It will get a home remodeling idea is not that difficult; you have to use your imagination and plan for the take time and effort.

The Versatile Armoire

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The armoire is the cabinet for storing just about everything. It has doors, drawers and shelves to keep your things orderly and out of sight. It can be used in any room. Traditionally made of wood, it can be made of other durable materials, and comes in designs less old-fashioned as in the past. It is effective for your home office or study area. You can use it to hide your television and computer, house your audiovisual equipment, keep your files and documents. It can be used as a wardrobe and accessory keeper, pantry, display case for trophies and china, and just about everything that needs to be organized.

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Sprucing up kitchen cabinets

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Sometimes, all you need to do is spruce up your cabinets and shelves to make your kitchen looking new and lovely and more functional. There are two ways to actually do it: either you tear down the cabinet and replace them with new ones or by repainting and streamlining them to achieve a fresh look.

Once you have decided to replace your old cabinets, be careful in choosing the materials that you will use. Pick the ones that can stand the test of weather, time and use. Remodeling is a major investment therefore you have to make sure that your money’s worth can go a long way.

One Source For All Floors

When it comes to flooring, Mohawk has everything you need: carpets, hardwoods, laminates and ceramic tiles. With 125 of experience in flooring and one of the largest manufacturers and distributors in the world, Mohawk has made inroads in the environmentally friendly flooring. The company claims that 25 percent of plastic bottles recycled in North America become Mohawk carpets.

MyMohawkRoomMate, available on their website at www.mohawkflooring.com, helps you solve your flooring dilemmas with an interactive quiz that finds out your needs and suggests flooring option based on location, style, household type, pets, floor traffic, and cost. Creative decision-making made easy.

The File Folder

Starting a major project such as remodeling can be a headache. Faced with hundreds of swatches, quotations, receipts and sketches, it can be a migraine attack waiting to happen. Before anything else, get yourself a good organizer. A plastic file folder with numerous compartments and clear sleeves will be your ultimate reference source, the one thing you will bring everywhere, from the site to the hardware to the architect’s office. Using colored tabs to divide the different papers and sheets, you have instant access to the last point of discussion with your interior designer which she wrote on a table napkin, as well as the magazine cutouts of the flooring you want to copy. Plus, you save yourself a lot of time and lost invoices.

Outdoor Lighting on Low Voltage

Outdoor lighting is a good way to highlight the appearance of your home, level up its security, as well as increase the safety of the people who stroll about your property at night. You can put this up on your own and at a low voltage too. The process is fairly simple and is actually just a one-day project that includes adding about a half dozen lights, doing the wiring, and hanging the transformer. The needed materials are readily available at your local home store. Although if you want to achieve a professional look, consider purchasing at least the transformer and lights from a landscape lighting dealer. It will turn out to be more expensive but the durability and serviceability is worth it.

Keep in mind that a bit of planning is necessary. It is imperative that lighting must highlight architectural features and plants, and provide better access to paths, walkways, and steps. Approximate the areas where you will put the lights and add about 3 inches at the ends so you will be able to modify it later on. Ultimately, to buy the correct amount of wiring, you must compute the total footage of the area you will light.