10 Quick Tips To Home Remodelling

(1) Identify your needs: Take your time recognising the exigencies and come up with the most cost-effective yet simplest solution.

See if you really need another bathroom, or a few improvements to an existing one can do well.

Determine your budget and talk to your partner, if any and start transforming your home into the space you’ve always wanted it to be.

(2) Self Analysis and Research: Collect ideas, inspirations from Home improvement magazines or simply explore the web.

Stay away from expensive constructions. If you can make an improvement or conversion of an existing room, do so.

(3) Depict a Design: Make a sketch, use graph paper and measure the room you’re building/converting. This will help better express your expectations to the Construction service providers.

(4) Talk to several contractors: Look out for Home Remodelling service providers in your region.

Ask your friends or neighbours who have done home renovations work before, talk to them about their experience with their contractors.

Make an appointment with these Contractors, discuss your plans and come up the overall construction cost.

(5) Choose a Contractor: Finally go for a contractor that will turn your ideas to reality, obviously within your budget. Make an estimate on each part of the construction changes in your house.

Show them your design plans, get a feel for how they work, and most importantly, be sure you’ll be able to work smoothly with the firm or the individual you hire.

It is important to develop a good relation with your contractor, as you will be working closely with them.

After choosing a trusted contractor, ask him to recommend an architect. Contractors work with architects all the time and will be familiar with the ones working locally. Go with your contractor’s opinion, as the relationship between the architect and the contractor can make or even break a project.

(6) Hire an Architect: If you are looking for simple updates to your house, Contractors can simply do it by themselves. Replacing fixtures and finishes like cabinetry, flooring, paint or lighting are contractors work.

However if you want to reconfigure any walls or change the overall floor plan, an architect is what you need.A good architect will understand your thinking about the project and offer ideas and suggestions you may not have thought of.

Architects will give you unique, critical and connected view of your project.

(7) Hiring a design-build firm. An alternate to not hiring an Architect or a contractor is Design-build firm. These design-build firms are companies who keep both designers and contractors on staff, thus combining the design/construction process and improving communication.

If you are not having a contractor in mind, Design-build is a rising trend.These design build firms specializes in small projects like home renovations and constructions.

(8) Fees Situation: Once you have hired a contractor, architect or a design build firm, it’s time to make a written item estimate for the cost of work, including labor and materials.

Don’t just go with low bidder, cause price is not necessarily quality.

(9) Set Deadlines: Once you have agreed on cost and fees related matters with your contractor and architect, you will be presented with a contract specifying the completion dates of your project.

The contract will have all the details of your project, For example, provisions for completing before the rains begin or at least completing the roof before the rains begin.

(10) Read the contract carefully. Once the contract is prepared, understand it well. Agree to all its provisions before signing. You can also consider having a lawyer look over the contract with you.

5 Quick and Easy DIY Home Decor Tips for 2017

It’s a new year, and with it came the call for a little shake up in your home decor. I am personally big on DIY home design projects, and I have compiled a few of my favorites for 2017.

1. Floating Leaves

If you want a little piece of nature into your home, how about going for floating leaves?

This easy DIY home design project involves making use of old clear jars. Fill them up with water and lay the leaves in the jars to create unique displays of art.

2. Plant Drapes

Want something different as a window treatment choice? Go for ‘plant drapes.’

Creating ‘plant drapes’ involves getting rid of your good old drapes and filling up your window space with assortments of plants. Not only does this open up the room to natural light, but it is a creative way to purify rooms as well as dress up your windows.

3. Reclaimed Crate Furniture

Now you can make your furniture using items you already have at home. If you have old crates lying around, you can transform them into exquisitely tasteful pieces of furniture.

You have probably seen some home design furniture pieces made out of crates including coffee tables, seats, and beds as well. Create your furniture using crates depending on your particular needs.

4. Smart Clever Cover-Up Board

Who doesn’t have dishes piled up in the sink now and then? Worse still is trying to hide the mess in your oven when company drops by. You can creatively hide up the mess using a smart cover-up board.

Creating the board involves making use of an old cutting board or any sizeable plastic board that you no longer use. Personalize it as you please, and make sure it fits over your sink to offer timely rescue when needed.

5. Jungle in your Bathroom

Love the forest; then why not take it to your bathroom?

Most of us don’t often know how to dress up our bathrooms. If you love everything to do with plants like I am, you can create a jungle in your bathroom.

Starting a mini garden in your bathroom is a bit out there, but with the humidity and a window to let in light those plants will thrive beautifully.

There you have it; with my five quick and easy home design tips you will be able to transform your home for 2017 easily.

Quick Home Maintenance Tips

If you have been looking for some home improvement tips that won’t take more than a few minutes from your precious time, you are on the right page. This article is for you, especially if you are a busy homeowner. Read on.

Fixing a chair

Are you trying to fix an old chair? If so, we suggest drilling pilot holes and driving screws via the rungs bottom and into the chair legs.

Vinyl Door or Window

If your vinyl doors or windows don’t open properly, the channels may have accumulated gunk. At times, even clean doors and windows may bind. You may spray dry spray lubricant on the target areas and then use a rag to wipe it off. Using oil lubricants is not a good idea as they can catch dirt damaging the vinyl.

Repairing a Shutoff Valve

If the shutoff value is faulty, you can get it replaced. But if you can’t, you should go to the nearby hardware store to buy a good replacement washer. Remove the grit from the valve and fit the new washer. This will fix the problem.

Loose Showerhead

If you want to fix a problematic showerhead or a wobbly pipe, you can use some expanding foam. With the foam, you can encase the pipe and fix it. This will remove the wobble.

Use a Smoke Detector

If you don’t have enough time or money, you may want to cover the ceiling hole with a smoke detector. You don’t need to patch the hole.

Cabinet doors

If your cabinet doors don’t stay shut, all you have to do is use a magnetic door catch. You can also go for a roller-style one.

Squeaky Floors

If you want to repair a squeaky floor, use a stud finder to find the floor joists. Next, you can drive in a screw via a pad, carpet and the subfloor to reach the floor joist. Just make sure that the upper part of the screw has no threads. Ideally, you may want to use trim screws since they have bigger heads. If this is the case, you may want to pull up the screw and then tighten it again.

Remove Water Stains

Before repainting the ceiling, you may want to try out this trick. You can use a mixture of water and bleach and then wait for a few days. If the stain is old, you can try a mold and mildew product. The stain will be gone within 24 hours. This trick may work both on textured and flat ceilings.

Wallpaper Seams

To fix a wallpaper seam, you can soak a rag in lukewarm water and then apply the paste around the seam. You may want to hold the rag for a couple of minutes and then open the seam a bit for more space for the seam sealer. Put the liquid into the gap and then push the paper against the wall using a roller. Then you can use a sponge to remove the sealer.

So, these are some quick and easy home improvement tips.