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Prepare Your Home For Resale By Replacing Outdated Flooring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 Chartreuse linoleum and deep shag carpet are no longer in style, and potential buyers will be unimpressed by outdated flooring.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.…

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Help the Environment by Choosing Cork Flooring

Cork flooring comes from the bark of the cork tree. It is considered sustainable flooring, because the floor material is derived from bark that grows back quickly. In addition to being eco-friendly, floors made out of cork bring a fresh, modern look to any room of your home. Unlike hardwood, cork does not take years to grow back so you can feel good about using this flooring in your home.
Cork comes in different shades as manufacturers of this flooring tint it with various stains and finishes. You’ll find that cork flooring is very durable not only because of its natural composition but also because the floor tiles or planks are coated with a high tech coating that imparts incredible durability and sometimes a shiny or glossy finish. You can also get untreated cork, and cork floors that have a low sheen clear coating for protection.
To find the best value, comparing different flooring choices can help you narrow down the vast selection. You want to get a floor that is easy to install, meets your needs for performance and durability, is good for the environment and that fits your sense of style. Also, your price range will need to be considered to ensure you don’t pay more than you can afford.
There are so many reasons to select cork as your floor material. As previously stated, this type of flooring is beautiful. It looks exotic in any room and gives a breezy look to the area. It is easy to care for, and can stand up under heavy foot traffic thanks to the protective coating. There are different shades to match different room color schemes including the natural shade, which is a textured medium brown shade that goes with everything.
Cork flooring can make all the difference in your home. It looks stylish and modern and does not have a negative effect on the environment. It is one of the most ideal flooring materials for any household who wants to go green while keeping their personal style intact. And, there are different price ranges so you don’t have to pay a fortune for these fantastic benefits.…

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Living Through a Kitchen Renovation

So many details need to be addressed when looking into renovating any room in your house. This is especially true when it comes to a kitchen remodel. Many people are really interested in keeping their kitchen renovations within a budget. It is very difficult to make an accurate budget without doing some research into exactly what you want to accomplish with the renovation. Make sure that at the start you have a realistic game plan on what the outcome should look like and address a budget based on the completed renovation.
Each step of the way involves a new way of thinking. As you start the planning phase of your kitchen remodel think about the little details that are going to make you fall in love with your space again. Consider the natural light coming into the space. This will help to determine how dark the cupboards can actually be without closing the room in too much. Another thing that you need to look into is how much bigger or smaller you want the space. Will you be adding or removing cupboards? Is the space going to be use for cooking, entertaining and dinning? If so make sure that you plan for adequate space to move around in and space for seating. It is also important to consider how much of the renovating you want to hire out or are you interested in getting your handyman outfit on and doing the job yourself?
In order to stick within a budget it is important to plan each detail like it is the most important piece of the puzzle for your area to come together. If you are thinking about moving the appliances in the space make sure you budget a large chunk of money for gas, plumbing and electrical to be properly installed. Moving a sink, for instance, can cost upwards of two thousand dollars alone for the correct plumbing and drainage to be installed. These are things to think about ahead of time. Consider the lighting that is in the kitchen. Are you going to change this? If you are upgrading the lighting you will want to budget again for an electrician to come out and make sure the electricity that is currently being run is what is necessary for the upgrade.
When thinking about your cabinets look into having them refaced. If you are happy with the current layout and the cabinets are in good shape this option allows you to update the look. However if you are in the market for new cabinetry the best options are to sketch out your kitchen layout how you see it and take it into a cabinet installer. They will send someone out to measure will help give you tips to make the layout flow. It is also important to consider if you will use solid hardwood for both cabinet and doors or if you will save a bit and use press wood for the cabinet and hard wood on the doors.
New appliances are always a budget challenge. In the kitchen you can expect that ninety percent of what you spend on the remodel will show with the increase in your home’s value. So make sure you look into appliances that will stand the test of time and that appeal to most people. A way to squeeze name brand appliances into your budget is to look into ones that have been slightly damaged. If your refrigerator is built in does it really matter that a scratch lives on the sides hidden? Or if you are getting a dishwasher is it super important that you need to replace a roller or two on the basket but could save a hundred dollars by purchasing one without them?
Countertops are also very important but can also kill a budget. Yes everyone loves the look and feel of Corian and Granite but you pay big bucks for these options. Formica is an inexpensive alternative and with today’s options the look and feel are not that bad. Plus this option helps to keep things within reason for your budget.
Flooring renovations within the kitchen are so important. There are several options; wood, ceramic and carpet. I think carpet is not an option for most people. My parents had to settle with carpet, they choose Berber, because it was the only way to bring warmth to their area. This was of course before heated flooring became popular. Both wood and ceramic are attractive options. Consider the style of the new kitchen and make sure the floor suits the new environment.
That is it kitchen renovations complete. At least it should be that simple correct?…

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What Floor Covering Is Right for You?

There are many options when choosing floor coverings with the number of different products and materials increasing all the time. Have you ever thought about cork, sea grass, poured resins or engineered woods? Perhaps you should. If you’re looking for a new floor covering for your home or workplace and you find yourself in a quandary here are ten options to help you decide:
Solid Wood. A classic choice as wood is a hardwearing and practical material yet looks and feels high-end too. One of the best qualities about wood is that it can stand up to kids and pets and needs to be refinished only every few years. Wood, in general is more expensive to install than carpet yet the value is much higher because it will never need to be replaced. Choose narrow boards if you want a narrow room to appear wider where as wide boards help provide balance for a large rooms. For a more rustic feel choose wood with knots and colour variations. Dark woods and finishes have proved very popular in the past but over of the last few years blonde woods appear to be in vogue.
Carpet. Often regarded as the cheapest option in floor coverings. Carpet is appropriate in many settings, especially in low-traffic areas like bedrooms. One of the main advantages carpet provides is sound insulation. It also helps with energy conservation and it doesn’t necessarily require a level surface for installation. Although there’s a certain “yuck” factor in carpets as they are only cleaned rarely, they trap allergens and dust and need to be vacuumed regularly. When choosing carpets look for a loop or twist pile of 80 percent wool/20 percent nylon blend for the best look and durability. Current trends suggest more and more people are using for carpet in stairways and halls are opting for striped patterns.
Porcelain tiles. More hard wearing than their ceramic counterparts, Porcelain tiles are virtually maintenance free. Porcelain is more expensive than ceramic and usually requires installation by a professional since they need to be properly bedded and spaced, as they can expand and contract. Current trends are metallic finishes, modern weaves and wood effects.
Bamboo. If you’re looking for an eco-friendly floor choice, bamboo is the way to go, since it can be harvested every three to five years, unlike the 15 to 25 years for most wood. It wears well and comes in many colour choices. The current trend is glossy, almost black bamboo especially in rooms with an East Asian feel.
Cork. If you’re looking for a floor with anti-slip properties then you can’t do better than cork. Cork can help impede falls and is a natural fire retardant. It is also an excellent choice for those looking for sound and energy insulation but who don’t want to go the carpet route. Pale shades, greys, dark browns and metallics are gaining favour over the traditional light brown.
Laminate floors. More popular a few years ago than they are now, probably due to too many people buying cheap laminate floors that bubbled and warped. Today, high-quality laminates are the norm and are perfect for high-traffic areas. A laminate floor shouldn’t be used in bathrooms or kitchens as exposure to water will encourage laminates to warp. For a more realistic finish look for laminates with textured surfaces.
Stone. Very widely-used in Mediterranean countries. Stone floors such as marble, limestone, granite and basalt are classic and elegant. Their advantage is that they are perfect for high-traffic areas and generally can last a lifetime or two. However, stone is permeable and can stain so ensure that you prevent and protect against water with a reputable sealant. During spells of cold weather, stone can appear and feel very cold. The most popular modern look is large-scale matte tiles.
Natural Fibre. If you’re looking for something softer than stone or wood but you’re not quite ready for carpet, natural fibre floors may be your best choice. Materials like jute, sea grass, coir and sisal can be hard-wearing in high-traffic areas and classier-looking than carpet. The downside of natural flooring it can be slippery and scratchy on bare feet. As with most other flooring options the colour ranges are far broader than before.
Poured Resin. Are you seeking an ultra modern look that isn’t concrete? Consider poured resin, which is decidedly warmer than concrete but still waterproof and hygienic. Poured resin can be poured into extremely large spaces without visible joints or seams and works well in kitchens and bathroom. Although white is always in style, the hot look in poured resin is vividly-coloured lacquers.
Concrete. One major advantage of concrete is its durability and industrial chic factor. It can also be poured onto an existing floor with no need for levelling and needs resealing only every …

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Green Products

As more and more environmentally friendly products are coming to market, it seems only fair to mention the role of a few construction material products that are doing their part in helping to clean up the environment. Known as green construction or sustainable building methods, some of these innovations are quite interesting if not amazing. Goals of green building include being health conscious by decreasing pollution and toxins thereby limiting the impact on our environment. Also designed to conserve energy and valuable natural resources, many of these materials are quickly renewable such as fast growing bamboo used to manufacture flooring and paneling. Some products indirectly offer environmental benefits by conserving the water that would normally be an ingredient used to complete the final product such as cement used to mud-float showers and bath tubs in preparation for the installation of ceramic tile.
Although many building contractors and tradesmen are very negative when it comes to new products and techniques, these are usually old school veterans who are very set in their ways. You know the ones who live by the motto: You can’t teach an old dog new tricks. But in keeping an open mind, one will understand and soon admit that there may very well be superior products and techniques available today that were not available yesterday.
One product that comes to mind is a waterproof backer board designed to be applied directly to a tub or shower wall prior to the installation of ceramic tile. While there are several different manufacturers, the benefits are primarily the same and include:
A� Lightweight and easy to install over existing drywall or open studs.
A� Water conservation. Minimal water usage required.
A� No need to for a sand/cement mixture which can release toxins as bags are opened and mixed.
A� Minimal gray water or cement debris generated thereby making clean up easier both in the staging area as well as in the work area.
A� Installation options include flush surface or simulated mud-float.
A� Designs and specifications allow for soap and shampoo niches, shelves and seats, and even tub decks and bases.
If you are considering the installation of a new shower or tub ceramic tile surround and based on the benefits mentioned above, I think it would be prudent to at least investigate using a new product such as this. Not only will you be environmentally conscious and socially responsible but it just might save time and money.…

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Great Ways to Shop at a Kitchen Store

If you love your kitchen, you could probably wander through a kitchen store for days. In your mind, you’ll be trying out tile, countertops, and cabinets in your own kitchen, preparing for yet another remodel. This isn’t always a healthy or smart way to shop, though, especially if you ever want to actually get that remodel done. Before you head to the kitchen store the next time around, try one of these shopping methods to help you complete your trip more quickly and get to the remodeling part even faster.
On some trips, you really do just need to look around. This is true if you’re getting ready to do a kitchen remodel but aren’t quite sure what you want to do. In this case, take a notebook. If the store manager will let you, take a camera to snap some pictures, as well. If you’re going to paint your kitchen, grab some paint chips from the hardware store to take along, as well. On this trip, all you’re doing is gathering ideas and taking notes on the colors, textures, and particular items that you like best. Make sure you’re descriptive enough that you can actually remember what you were looking at when you wrote down your notes!
Once you know what you need, it’s time to start making lists before your next trip to the kitchen store. If you’re like a lot of people, your remodel will go in stages. You’ll probably head to the store more than a couple of times during a full remodeling session. Think through all the things you need to do and the order in which you need to do them. If, for instance, you’re painting your cabinets and replacing countertops, you’ll probably need to rip out the old countertops and then paint the cabinets before replacing the countertops again.
Either way, at this point, you should be going into the kitchen store armed with a detailed list of everything you need. Write down measurements, quantities, and as much other information as you can. This way, you get just what you need, and you don’t have to come back to the store when you aren’t ready to be back there quite yet. This will make the remodeling process work more quickly so that you can get your kitchen function and beautiful before you know it.…

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How To Have A Remarkable Home Improvement Project With These Simple Tips

Are you the person everyone consults when it is time to do a home improvement project? What kind of jobs can you accomplish? Reading this article is the first step toward becoming an efficient do-it-yourselfer.

Hire a professional to do a inspection of your new home. This way, you do not have to figure out on your own or rely on a seller let you know about things that must be repaired or replaced if you purchase the home. Enlisting a professional inspector who does not have a stake in the sale is a smart method of keeping things honest.

You have to replace filters when necessary. Not only does it make your home’s inside air healthier, but it also keeps the air and heating unit working properly. Most of the time, a unit stops functioning properly because the filter is dirty.

Use a sponge to do your drywall. Instead of sanding seams in drywall, use a sponge. With practice, a wet sponge is just as effective in smoothing out the seams of a drywall job as is careful sanding. One great thing is that sponging isn’t as dusty as sanding.

Buy metal fixtures that complement your bathrooms; that is a cheap and quick way to modernize. Attractive curtain rods, toilet paper holders, towel racks and cabinet knobs are available in various matching finishes and shapes. There are sometimes packages available that can be put up in one day.

You need PVC cement and PVC primer to attach a pair of PVC pipes. You must use these specific items, since others won’t work. Make sure the surface of the pipes is dry when you begin.

If you are updating or improving your kitchen and will be working in the vicinity of a fireplace or gas line, it is extremely important that you shut off the gas before starting your project. Be extremely careful if you are going to work near any gas installation. Getting injured or starting a fire is not something that you want to happen as a result of your work.

Smart homeowners invest their home improvement money in solid improvements to the home itself rather than decorative items and furniture. The reason is simple, decor and furnishings are taken when you move. Fixtures, on the other hand, are durable and stay in the home, adding to its value and commanding a greater sale price.

One fairly easy way to spruce up a basement is to stain the floor. Using stain on concrete is less expensive than ripping it out, and it looks great. By staining the floor, you improve its durability and cut the time needed to keep it clean. Choose one that will add a shiny finish. This will allow your floors to look great, like they cost more than they really do.

Some people may have some skills with home improvement, but true knowledge takes years of work and experience to gain. You can always learn more as new projects arise. If you have gotten this far, you are already on track for gaining the necessary information to hone your skills.…