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Home Maintenance

Cement Countertops – Why Would You Want a Sidewalk for a Countertop?

If you have never heard of a cement countertop you are probably wondering why you would what to put a sidewalk on your kitchen counter. Well the truth is cement countertops can look as good as or better than granite if they are done properly. The best part is you can completely customize the countertop to meet your exact specifications. You can choose any color, shape, or thickness you want. You can even add a built in sink and drying rack. Items embedded in the countertop can also be exposed during the finishing process adding character to the counter.
The process involved in making a cement countertop starts with the template. Thin strips of wood or any light material is used to make a mock up of the final countertop shape. Then a mold is made around the template the desired thickness of the finished product. Re-bar is added inside the mold and then cement can be mixed up in the mixer with all the necessary ingredients included color pigment. The concrete is then poured into the molds and vibrated to help remove any air bubbles. The countertop is removed from the mold after approximately three days and then the finishing process can begin. Since the countertop was poured upside down it is first flipped over so the top is now facing up. This way the exposed surface of the counter is already completely smooth and the rougher troweled surface becomes the underside of the counter. The top is then polished using a variable speed wet polisher and diamond coated pads of various grits until the desired amount of aggregate is exposed and a mirror finish is produced.
Once the polishing is done the cement countertop is left to fully cure which can take a few weeks depending on the temperature and then it can be sealed and installed in the kitchen. The finished product looks absolutely amazing if done by skilled craftsmen and is a great option for a countertop instead of granite.…

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Basement Remodeling

Prepare Your Home For Resale By Replacing Outdated Flooring

When preparing a house for a sale, many homeowners choose to take on some remodeling projects to make their home more appealing to buyers and increase its resale value. If you are preparing your home for resale, you want to be sure you are choosing improvement projects that will give you the best return on investment. One of the first improvements you should consider is replacing your old or out-dated flooring. This will make your home much more attractive to potential buyers, and has the second-highest ROI, after repainting.
Just like clothes, hairstyles, or any other aesthetic statement, flooring styles can go in and out of fashion. Chartreuse linoleum and deep shag carpet are no longer in style, and potential buyers will be unimpressed by outdated flooring. These days, natural looks are in. Hardwood flooring and tile are very popular, and high-quality vinyl flooring realistically imitating these looks at a fraction of the cost is also in vogue. Even if your flooring is not out of fashion, if it is old and no longer in good condition, you should replace it before attempting to sell your home.
If you floors are covered in carpet, find out what is underneath. If the carpet is covering hardwood flooring, pull up the carpet and have the hardwood refinished for an entirely new look. Hardwood flooring is easier to clean and maintain than carpet, and is very stylish. If cement or plywood lie under your carpet, however, it will probably not be cost effective to replace all of the carpet with hardwood flooring unless you are planning to stay in your home long enough to enjoy the new floors.
If you cannot afford to replace the flooring in your entire house, there are still some steps you can take to prepare your home for resale. If you have hardwood floors, have them refinished or stained to give them new life. If you have carpet, have it professionally cleaned. Another option is to replace the flooring in just one or two rooms, such as the kitchen and living room. No matter what your budget, there are many flooring improvement options to help you prepare your home to be sold.…