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Pros and Cons of Doing Your Own Kitchen Renovation

There are a lot of considerations when having kitchen renovations. In the age of today’s technology, you can see a lot of people working on their own kitchens. Working the craft reserved for renovators is a tough job. Though it takes mastery, you can learn it if you just allot time and effort.
Kitchen renovations today can really cost a lot of money especially when you are having the help of reputable contractors in your area. In terms of the quality of work delivered into your residence, you can say that their services can really be worth the money. As an alternative to renovation when having budget constrains, you may opt to do things on your own. This decision however should include weighing the pros and the cons.
Pros
1. You Can Save a Lot of Money
You can save a lot of money when you do things on your own considering that you don’t need to pay for the labor involved. You can allot the funds for better purposes if you are going to be able to do the right kitchen renovation in your home.
2. Get What You Really Wanted
If you are capable of doing DIY renovations, you can put what you want exactly how you pictured it on your mind. This is a common problem among renovators since they may not be able to translate what is on your mind.
3. Finish at Your Own Pace
The good thing with DIY renovations is that you can do things halfway. You may choose when to finish the other half without worries especially when you are running low on funds.
Cons
1. You may only worsen the situation
Renovators undergo certification process for a reason. If you are going to do things on your own with a 10 minute YouTube instructional as your basis, this will not really be a wise move.
2. You May Lose More Money
There is a chance that you could lose more money from a DIY renovation. This is because of the fact that contractors have discounts from those brands that provide materials for construction. For individuals planning to do their own kitchen renovations, it would really be ideal if you account the possible cost of the project.
If you are going to renovate your home, you need to realize that it takes years of practice in order to master even the simplest kitchen renovation procedures. Over the years, people have concentrated on improving their blue collar skills just for them to be involved directly to the changes that they want to apply on their homes. With these pros and cons, you can now evaluate whether or not this is a good or a bad move. For you to do your own kitchen renovation needs, you need to be confident enough with your skills plus the fact that you should be able to save a lot of money at the end of the project. If not, might as well try the help of expert renovators instead.…

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Advantages of the Use of Engineered Wood Flooring

The Best Oak Flooring from a Family Business
Beautiful wood flooring gives ambiance to a room. For many years now, natural oak flooring has been the primary type of wood flooring in use across the world. It not only looks good, it is also hard wearing and stable. However, it has various limitations. It changes with weather and moisture, sometimes swelling and at other times contracting. A much better option to use would be engineered wood flooring. It looks just like oak wood and lasts as long as natural wood.
Engineered wood flooring is made by gluing a layer of solid oak onto multi-laminate plywood. The plywood should be 10 layers and 15 mm thick. Each layer is glued in opposite directions. The solid oak is then glued onto this plywood and should be 6 mm thick. Strong, efficient glue is applied to give a strong bond and proper adhesion. The result is attractive, natural looking flooring that is more stable than regular wood flooring. It is impossible with a good quality engineered floor after it has been fitted to be able to tell if it is a solid oak product or and engineered product.
There are numerous advantages of using engineered wood flooring. Its stability gives it minimal movement, if any, unlike solid oak flooring. Regardless of change in temperature, the flooring remains in position. Unlike natural oak, it is non-porous and does not soak in moisture; it does not swell nor does it require an allowance for expansion when laying it in place like solid oak does.
It is easy to install. One can use different patented methods of installation, which take a shorter time than it takes installing solid flooring. It can be installed as a floating floor, a nail-down floor or a glue-down floor. For floating surfaces, a tongue and groove system locks the planks together. With this method they can adjust in size freely with humidity and temperature change. Some people even take their engineered flooring along with them when they move house, as it does not attach permanently to the surface when fitted as a floating floor.
Similarly, engineered flooring is easier to repair. It is easily sanded in areas where dents and scratches may appear. When buying engineered wood flooring, one should only purchase the flooring with a 6 mm wear surface allowance so that during its working life it can easily be re sanded and finished if required.
Engineered wood flooring can be used in rooms with light moisture such as basements, kitchens and bathrooms. It can also be used over radiant heat systems such as underfloor heating. Natural wood flooring is unsuitable in such areas as it shrinks, buckles and cups-up. Engineered flooring on the other hand is resistant to all these and wears quite well if you purchase a quality product from the right company.
It is environment friendly. Plywood is made from softwood, which is plentiful and quickly replenishes due to their fast growth. It is cost effective too, as the boards are wider and longer; this means one uses fewer boards than natural wood flooring requires. It is easy to clean and is largely stain resistant.
The greatest disadvantage of engineered wood flooring is that it has fewer refinishing options if you purchase a low grade material that so many outlets now seem to sell. Only flooring with thicker top surface as mentioned above can be refinished with re sanding. If you purchase a cheaper 3 or 4mm top surface material exercise extra caution when sanding so that the veneer is not removed. We would always advise that you stay away from this type of product if you want a quality job that will last a life time.A�…

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Log Home Maintenance 101

Log home maintenance is very important if you want your log home to last a long time, whether you live full-time in your home or only use it for holidays and vacations.
These homes have a certain charm. They exude warmth, coziness, and laid-back comfort. They inspire a sort of lingering, as if living there somehow calms people down. To preserve its charm, it is imperative that a cabin be given the proper attention and care.
It is best to be organized when it comes to log maintenance. Keeping a schedule will allow you to maximize the care of your home, especially since it is subject to the changes of the seasons, as well as varying weather patterns throughout the year. Regularly checking your log home also allows you to keep track of its state and address problems without too much time passing by.
You can hire a professional to oversee the maintenance of your log home or you can do it yourself. Maybe in the first year or so, you can ask for assistance from a professional, if you do not feel confident about doing it by yourself. A professional company can provide services that include cleaning, and sealing, caulking, sanding, and staining. A professional can help you check for any rotting in the logs, and how to repair it. They can check if there are gaps between the wood and your windows or doors, and they can check your gutters as well. Since wood deteriorates faster under heavy exposure to water, you need to make sure that your gutters are clean and clear. You also need to make sure there are no leaks.
Professional companies can assist you with all these things. They can give you tips on what you can do yourself. You just need to find a log maintenance and repair company you can trust. You can research on which companies are reliable and dependable, most of them have websites filled with information. You can also check out blogs by other log cabin owners. If you can join a network of home owners, you can trade ideas, insights, concerns, and recommendations. The best way to find out if a company does its job well is to see proof of it. Other log home owners can help you with that. These networks are great sources of information. You can find tips, reviews, warnings and referrals among the users.
Log home repair and maintenance companies usually offer an assessment and consultation, during which they can tell you about the state your log home is in, and what repairs and maintenance measures are needed. Ask them about alternatives and options, in case your budget is a concern. Negotiate the price. If you cannot afford the full service they are offering, maybe they can tell you which repairs are most pressing and requires their services and which ones you can do yourself.
Log maintenance is hard work but it is essential. You will not regret the time, effort and resources you put into maintaining your log home.…

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Do It Yourself Kitchen Renovation: Planning for Function and Beauty

The best looking kitchens in the world can’t make up for poor planning. If the guiding principle of the “work triangle”–meaning the close proximity of the refrigerator, sink, and range–is broken, then the kitchen will always feel and look awkward. Functionality has to lead the plan, and a connection to the outdoors and nature can lead a great design. While a small window over the kitchen sink used to be the kitchen highlight, now large windows and glass doors leading onto the deck or patio is the norm.
If you are redesigning your kitchen within its existing footprint, then plan wide walkways. The pathways throughout should be at least 36 inches wide. Paths around the cooking zone should be 42 inches wide for a one-cook kitchen and 48 inches wide if two people are cooking.
Place the refrigerator in a location accessible to both kitchen guests and the one or two cooks actually working in the cooking and cleanup areas. Also, keep the cook-top out of traffic areas so guests or children don’t accidentally catch handles and cause spills when walking through.
Keep the refrigerator, dishwashers, oven ranges away from the kitchen corners. You don’t want the doors banging into each other if they need to be opened at the same time. Also, to make kitchen cabinets fully functional, plan space for the door’s clearance and the best swing direction in your kitchen design.
If you can create a separate walk-in pantry, it frees up space in the kitchen that may be used for wider doors and windows that can look out at the rear garden view. This is especially helpful as at least one wall is lost to windows and a door and there’s less space for cabinets. One handy tip, if you do build a walk-in pantry room, include an additional stand-alone freezer. It allows you to keep your grocery budget in check by buying and storing lower-priced bulk items.
And, if you can, open up the ceiling and expand the kitchen upward. It adds a sense of spaciousness and can also provide upper cabinets for long term storage of rarely used items, such as large bowls and baskets.
Kitchen Islands
Peninsulas and kitchen islands do look wonderful and provide an awesome place to gather friends and family while cooking–or even a great informal place to eat. However, plan the wide pathways accordingly. You need at least 42 inches between the island and the surrounding cabinets and appliances to maintain traffic flow, according to the National Kitchen and Bath Association, and your local building codes. While the island might be one of the most desired items, if it’s not appropriate to the scale of the room, it won’t work for you or for your home’s value.
Additional cabinet space and a prep sink increase an island’s function, but think hard about adding a cook-top. The splatters, mess and smells it creates are a nuisance. And consider the ventilation, which is dependent upon the layout. Experts have tested and found under-cabinet and wall-chimney hoods, the type commonly used over ranges, are much better at capturing smoke and steam than the downdraft systems frequently put in islands.
The Open Floor Plan
Trends will continue for kitchen designs to open their floor plans to include an informal family living space, formerly called the “den.” It is now called the “great room” and is considered to be the most likely room to be included in new homes built in 2015, according to the National Association of Home Builders’ survey.
If you can afford to expand your kitchen renovation, then break down a wall or two and integrate the kitchen with an adjacent room or family living space to create your must-have great room feature. Therefore, when it comes to your design focus of connecting with the outdoors via large windows and glass doors to the deck, patio, garden or backyard, then let the idea expand to the design of the great room as well. However, while you are letting in the light and the view, it’s necessary to keep heated and cooled air from leaking out. Pay the added expense for windows and doors with extra insulating features like heat-reflecting low-E coatings or argon gas between glass panes.
Be Practical
Find the correct height and location for a microwave oven as it may vary from the standard depending on the height of the chef or the kids in the household. For adults, the standard is at least 15 inches above the counter-top level. For kids, a below the counter-top shelf setup might be more suitable. Also, consider how and where you use items as you plan the pantries and cabinets so you can eliminate wasted steps, like locating flatware drawers near the dishwasher for ease of unloading.
Be smart and don’t sacrifice …

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Helpful Home Cleaning Tips

Many families today are constantly hustling about, trying to make sure that everyone is where they are supposed to be for work, sporting events, music lessons, and a myriad of other activities. With all of the running around from place to place, it is easy to sometimes let regular maintenance slide around the house a bit. There are some simple things that you can do to help keep your home organized and clean without having to devote an entire weekend to it.
The first thing to do when attacking a house that has gone out of control is to get rid of as much clutter as possible. This usually involves at least one day of simply sorting through the items that actually get put to use and those that are simply taking up space unnecessarily. A good rule of thumb is to consider whether or not you have actually had a use for an item over the past twelve months. If the answer is no, and there is not any strong sentimental attachment, such items should be added to your collection of future garage sale items or a box that is destined for a local donation center.
Once the clutter is gone, start getting organized. Closets can be very useful for keeping things where they belong, but if people simply throw things into a closet, it defeats the purpose. Consider getting an inexpensive closet system or other organizational aid that includes plenty of shelves and an area for storing items on hangers. Some systems include special hanger attachments which allow clothes to cascade down in an arrangement that lets you see what you have without taking up a lot of space. Just adding something like this can save a ton of space.
For cleaning chores, look for ways to simplify your life. Making a small investment in a vacuum and steam cleaner combination such as the popular Shark Vac Then Sweep can save you valuable time that would otherwise be spend sweeping by hand and then damp mopping the hard surfaces in your house. Such devices also work well at getting rid of stuck on messes that sometimes result from spills on the floor. This eliminates the need to scrub the tough dirt by hand.
Finally, to deal with the chore of dusting, consider using the brush attachment that comes with most vacuum cleaners. This makes it easier to dust around ridges or uneven surfaces and also does a better job of actually capturing the dust. Many times, when people simply dust with a dry rag, all they really do is throw the dust into the air. The result is a room that is covered in dust again as soon as things settle.
There are many more small things that you can do as a homeowner to make the maintenance of your home a bit less of a burden. It may take a while to form new habits, but in the long run, doing these things can save you time and make life just a little bit easier.…

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Earth Friendly Linoleum Floors

Invented in the mid-nineteenth century, linoleum has a long history of popularity. Made from all natural, biodegradable materials that can be recycled, such as linseed oil, wood or cork powder, and ground limestone. This earth-friendly flooring option has experienced a recent resurgence in sales as consumers have become more concerned with sustainability. Linoleum flooring can last for decades and, upon removal, is still biodegradable and toxin-free.
Linoleum is known for its vivid colors and marbled patterns, but it is available in a variety of other styles as well, including geometric patterns and subtle earth tones. One of the unique qualities of linoleum is the fact that the color is consistent all the way through the material up to the cloth backing. Because of this, if the linoleum is scratched or scuffed, the damage will be nearly imperceptible, as the color and pattern will not change. Linoleum’s durability makes it a great choice for high traffic areas, or homes with small children or pets.
Because it is resistant to moisture, linoleum is a good flooring choice for kitchens and bathrooms in the home, or hospitals, where sanitation is critical. It is also considered to be a non-allergenic floor covering, and is often used in non-allergenic homes and medical centers.
Another benefit of linoleum is the fact that it is easy to clean and maintain. Regular sweeping and damp mopping will keep your floors looking great without the use of harsh chemicals, and spills can be easily wiped clean with a damp cloth.
If you are looking for an attractive, environmentally friendly floor covering that will look great in any home, consider linoleum. It is perfect for both retro and contemporary settings, comfortable underfoot and easy to maintain. Contact a flooring specialist today to learn more about linoleum.…

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Mohawk Laminate Flooring – Eco Friendly Gleam

Flooring is one of the most underestimated aspects of a house. People who don’t take much notice of the flooring while building their house feel the difference later when it comes to maintenance. Bottom covers that are improperly designed or chosen get dirty very easily. The flooring near windows and doors lose their colour due to the natural light and get faded.
Often, dust and moisture from outside and the underside of shoes get accumulated on the base, and if they are made of bad quality wood, they might even get absorbed. This makes the floors look grimy and dirty, and hard to clean. Stains from various spills like food, oil spatter, etc make the matters worse. Most of us will have memories at this point of wildly panicking if someone spilt tea or some other drink on the floor, fearing that it would leave a stain.
Mohawk laminate flooring is the best solution at times like this. This is a simple, easy cover that can be applied to all the base of your home. This is very powerful, and makes the base take on an elegant gleam that makes the entire house shine like its brand new. Even if you have a wood or vinyl base, you can use the laminate to revamp it.
Mohawk laminate has excellent non-adhesive properties. It gives your base a sturdy, strong protective cover that prevents the bottom from getting stained. You can easily clear off any stain with just a wet cloth, or at the most club soda. There will be no marks left on the bottom. Now, you need not wince if your guests walk on the bottom or dance in parties with their stilettos on. Mohawk laminate will ensure that there are no scratches or marks left on the bottom. Pets too, can walk around peacefully, and you don’t have to worry anymore about their claws making scratches on the base. Mohawk laminate enables you to make your home easily maintainable.…