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Monthly Archives: June 2016

Hardwood Floors Installation

Did you know there’s a place to go where you can gaze at and touch the same number of lovely blondies, tans, blacks, and mahoganies as you like? Jeez, get your brain out of the drain! I’m alluding to hardwood floors! Hardwood floors are shocking and arrive in a wide arrangement of sorts, hues, shades and wood assortment. They are prized for their excellence and uniqueness. What’s more, they are known to convey evident appeal to any room.

In the event that you are wanting to introduce hardwood floors without expert, consider the kind of floor that will best fit your way of life, the measure of room space you have, and your do-it-without anyone’s help capacities. Numerous individuals pick do-it-without anyone’s help activities to eliminate work costs that join procuring an expert. Be that as it may, proficient work cost is not by any means the only calculate to consider when choosing to introduce hardwood floors.

Doing It For Yourself

Sounds empowering, doesn’t it? But when taking on a hardwood installation project, you have to ask yourself if you are really going to be saving money (there might be hidden costs), if you have the time to devote to the arduous installation process, and if the end result will have the look of a professional craftsperson. Before you decide either way, let’s look at the pros of doing it yourself.

The revolutionary advancements in hardwood flooring make do-it-yourself projects relatively easy ones. For example, you can purchase your hardwood floors already finished. Pre-finished floors save a lot on your labor because they can be installed right out of the box, and they offer a better finish. Things like tongue and groove flooring makes for an easier installation because you can avoid the trouble of working with glue. Plus, you are never really without professional assistance as nearly all hardwood floor merchants offer customer assistance when it comes to questions and handing out advice.

That being said, there’s really no question that hiring a professional installer to do the job will save you time as well as guarantee your home beautiful, top-notch results. Installing hardwood flooring isn’t particularly doing brain surgery you can certainly do it yourself. But it takes committing yourself to long hours, and being one who pays attention to detail. However, when you consider that the professional installers come with a hefty fee of several thousand dollars or more and you’d have to shell out money for materials and tools on your own, doing it yourself may be far outweigh any drawbacks.

Types Of Wood

Once you’ve committed to a do-it-yourself installation, your next big decision is what type of wood to use. A few factors should influence your decision. For one, realize that solid hardwood flooring easily gets scratched, scraped and beaten down from everyday wear and tear, but with regular maintenance as well as getting them re-sanded and refinished, your solid hardwood floors can retain their beauty for quite a long time. Engineered wood and laminate flooring require less upkeep than solid hardwood floors but trying to repair their damage is a lot harder than it is for solid hardwood floors.

Also, consider what type of ‘look’ you are going for. That is, do you want strip, plank or parquet flooring? Each type of these brings a different aesthetic to your home; there isn’t really any wrong choice. The differences between each wood type and look are explained below:

Solid Wood Floors

Solid wood floors are milled from a single 3/4″ thick piece of hardwood. They strong, and expand and contract with changes in your home’s relative humidity. The three basic types of solid wood flooring are Strip, Plank and Parquet. The Strip type of solid wood flooring is the most commonly installed. Widths of Strip flooring range from 1 S to 3 R inches but are normally 2 R inches wide. When installed into your floor, they look like long strips of wood.

Plank flooring is a collection of wide boards about 3 inches in width. The boards can be screwed or nailed into the subfloor. Plank flooring appears to be more dramatic than the Strip flooring. But Parquet flooring is probably the most dramatic of all three. Parquet flooring comes in standard geometric patterns of 6″ x 6″ blocks.

Engineered Wood

Engineered wood is made with three to five thin layers of different woods. Each layer is stacked or glued together under heat and pressure. Engineered wood is commonly installed by being stapled down or glued to the subfloor. And because engineered wood flooring tends to not be affected by changes in humidity, it can be installed above, on, or below ground level.

Laminate Wood

Laminate wood is versatile because they imitate the look of real wood (or tile or marble). But Laminate wood is actually a plywood base topped with a layer of veneer that is a ‘photograph’ of wood (tile, marble, etc.). Strong and durable, Laminate floors are resistant to superficial scratches and moisture, but only can be sanded and refinished three times at most. You can install them in practically any area of your home. Laminate flooring will last you about 5 years.

Plastic Laminates

Plastic laminate flooring is made of a fiberboard center sandwiched between a top and bottom layer of high-pressure laminate. Plastic laminate floors must be completely replaced when they wear out as they cannot be sanded or refinished. Additionally, plastic laminate’s consistent faux-wood pattern can look unnatural across large areas. On the plus side, Plastic laminate flooring is relatively easy to install and is a wonderful surface to have in high traffic areas in your home. Plastic laminate is better at resisting abrasion, scratches, and dents than engineered wood and pre-finished solid wood flooring.

Wood Floor Species

Another factor to consider when installing hardwood floors is the species of wood you’ll use. This decision is beyond the wood’s durability and is more a matter of style. For example, choosing lighter wood shades for your home lends a contemporary feel to your home. Using darker woods in rooms creates a formal look. That being said, there aren’t any rules one must abide by. Picking hardwood floors is all a matter of personal taste and style. Choose what you like as well as what you can afford.

Some Popular Species of Wood Include: Red Oak (most commonly used), Beech, White Ash, Birch, Pine, Douglas Fir, Cypress, Sugar Maple, Walnut, Cherry

Pricing

Flooring is priced by the square foot. Better quality pre-finished floors such as birch and beech can cost upwards of $10 per square foot, sometimes even more depending on where you live.
Woods such as oak will are less expensive at about $2 per square foot. Just know that you don’t have to spend a lot of money on new flooring. Take your time and shop around. The major factors that will affect your project cost are the species, grade, installation type and finish of the wood you choose. In addition, get your measurements before you begin your search because knowing the installation area’s square footage will help you to better estimate project costs.

Room Lighting

On the off chance that you’ve recently adorned a space in your home and even in the wake of painting, putting in new furniture, and decorating it simply doesn’t appear to catch the look you were after, perhaps it’s chance you shed somewhat light on the circumstance. You might not have acknowledged it, but rather the sort of light you use in every space of your house is to a great degree powerful. The reason is that when done appropriately, lighting can really include profundity and stature, breath life into shading, and complement surface. Lighting genuinely is the establishment for the general state of mind of any room, space or zone in your home.

In spite of the fact that lighting can set up the general tone of a room, a number of us disregard to use it. We may erect a couple of lights here and there with a specific end goal to see, yet past that, we give no concession to how light position adds magnificence and show to a room. It might be on the grounds that attempting to legitimately light a space is an overwhelming errand with such a variety of lighting styles to browse.

Truly making lighting work for your home takes a touch of astute. In any case, with a few fundamentals to guide you through it, you will appreciate that recently enlivened room in a matter of moments.

The Basics of Lighting

The basics of redecorating with light are encompassed in three key tenets.

Tenet One: create general lighting. General, or ambient lighting provides bright general room light. It is the functional type of lightning that is used for ‘seeing’ and doing simple everyday tasks. Lighting of this type includes: recessed and track lights, and a torch’re (tall floor lamp with a salad bowl shaped component at the top portion that diffuses light upward).

Tenet Two: set up task lighting. Task lighting is used in areas that are designed for a specific activity such as over a drawing table, on a desk, or above a sewing machine. Most task lights are table and floor lamps.

Tenet Three: use accent lighting. Accent lighting enhances decor. Of all three tenets, use of accent lighting is often the most ignored. Why? Because most of us don’t need it’in fact, without it, we can see and complete our tasks just fine. But accent lighting adds drama to an otherwise uninspiring room by enhancing the beauty of photographs, paintings and other artwork as well as spotlighting display items so that they are shown in their best light (literally).

More on Accent Lighting

Accent lighting is best achieved with spotlights such as track or recessed lighting. You can experiment with different bulbs to play up the color and texture of your artwork and other display pieces. Good choices include low voltage halogen and incandescent bulbs. Halogen bulbs mimic the power of sunlight as they give off bright white light, and they are great for intensifying the colors in a painting or enhancing wood grains. Incandescent bulbs produce a warm, yellowish color and a controlled brightness.

Fluorescent lamps are good accent lighting choices for evenly lighting big vertical spaces. This may include lighting large wall art, sculptures, floral arrangements, bookshelves, etc. Even architecturally striking areas of your home will benefit from good accent lighting.

Tricks of the Trade

The trick to redecorating with light is understanding how altering the direction, placement and intensity of light sources can utterly transform your home. For example, before you install that overhead light, try dispersing lamps all over your home in corners, etc., where the light will come from the sides instead of directly from above, which can make for a cozy atmosphere in your home. Paper lamps can help you achieve a warm, homey feeling too because they soften as well as diffuse light.

To brighten up a large room with dark surfaces or areas, forgo paper lamps and recessed down lighting as they do a poor job of lighting the walls. Instead, use indirect fluorescent lights, wall sconces or ceiling lights, or add a few portable light fixtures. For small spaces, adding a ceiling light can actually make it appear bigger.

A great trick to of the trade is the use of dimmers. Consider attaching dimmers to lights in order to regulate their intensity, which gives you control over the atmosphere in the room. In addition to controlling room’s atmosphere, dimmers conserve energy, too.

Lighting It Up Room By Room

The best tip for effectively lighting up your Living Room is to put light sources on separate switches, thus having better control over the intensity of light overall as well as in specific areas of the home. Also, besides using general and task lighting don’t neglect to use accent lighting such as placing halogen lights behind floor plants to add drama.

In Kitchens, use ceiling-mounted fixtures for general lighting but avoid anything recessed or flushed such as glass dome-covered ceiling fixtures. When bulbs are covered it lessens the amount of light in an area. For accent lighting, however, recessed lights and pendants are good choices for enhancing wall color and texture. For tasks such as cooking and food preparation, use under-cabinet task lighting (3″ halogen recessed lighting works great), and as a bonus, you’ll have lovely ambiance at night.

For illuminating a smaller Dining Room, a down-light chandelier about 26′ or 27′ in diameter in all probability will offer enough light. Larger dining rooms with buffets, credenzas or curio cabinets will need extra task lighting sources such as a floor lamp.

Floor lamps and table lamps are common lighting sources used for Bedrooms. Putting bedroom lights on dimmer switches is a great idea, too.

In Bathrooms, recessed cans’or a combination of vanity lights and wall sconces’ provide great task lighting for carrying out everyday grooming tasks such as teeth brushing, shaving, applying makeup and other tasks.

Smaller Entryways can be well lit with a flush ceiling mount fixture; large entryways would benefit from a large chandelier.

Similarly to smaller entryways, smaller Hallways also can be well lit using a flush ceiling mount light as well as wall sconces. Larger hallways such as one large enough to accommodate an accent table ought to utilize table lamps. Suggestion: the multicolored lampshades of a tiffany lamp will not only bring light to the area but will add depth to it, too.

The Challenges In Home Remodeling

home-remodelingThe time has come to makeover a room, and you’ve chosen to turn your considerations to the lavatory. Dreams of a conventional withdraw, a nation shelter, or a wonderfully smooth and advanced washroom have started your redesigning fires. However, you can’t go anyplace with that old lavatory vanity in the way. So get energized and prepared to go up against a one-day venture of introducing another washroom vanity. It’s the initial step to making the batThere are numerous difficulties that mortgage holders confront while doing redesigning whether it is a major remodel like the kitchen or something littler like painting a room. Abstain from permitting your home enhancements to wind up an enthusiastic or money related weight for you or your family. The following are the top stressors to both temporary workers and property holders with regards to going up against any estimated home change extend.

Rolling out Too Many Improvements To The Original Plan

Understand that each time a temporary worker needs to make a change in accordance with the first redesign arrange for that it will expand the time and cash that is being spent on the venture. After the development procedure has started, any adjustment in the materials, outline or such will prompt to longer lead times and increments in expenses.

Miscommunication

Miscommunication can happen at a large number of levels amid home change ventures. Whether it is between a couple, the material provider, the temporary worker or a mix of the three, an inability to convey can bring about a lot of stretch. Before starting any home change ventures talk about the levels of leadership for the remodel. Plainly set up a way that correspondence ought to take after and hold fast to it keeping in mind the end goal to stay away from disarray and postponement with the venture. hroom you had always wanted.

Not Following A Budget and Ignoring The Cost Of Materials

Before beginning any renovation have a set budget that clearly defines the amount of money that is to be spent on materials and labor. Without a set budget in place contractors do not know the limitations to put on material costs and such. This leaves a lot of room for error between the amounts that the homeowner wanted to spend verse what the contractor is expecting. One way around this is to define a budget and meet weekly to ensure that expenses are staying in line with expectations.

Lacking a Timeline

Frustration often occurs when a timeline for the project’s completion is not in place. An experienced contractor should have a solid idea of how long a renovation should take to complete. When there is a delay in the project it is important that the line of communication is kept open to avoid any resentment about the changing time frame.

Taking On Too Much At One Time

Some homeowners try to take on too many projects at one time. If at all possible don’t take on a number of renovations all at once. It is difficult enough to manage one at a time let alone multiple different projects. Take your time when it comes to home improvement projects and don’t take on too much. Even when you hire a professional contractor, taking on more than one project can lead to big problems.