June122014

Essential Suggestions For Improving Your Living Space

Improving your home can significantly change the look and the value of your house, hopefully resulting in an increased value and a better look. This article can help you see how simple it is to make changes to give you a great look for a great value.

If you have little cracks in the roof of your home, just get a 3 inch roll of aluminum tape to fix it up. Apply the tape to a dry and clean surface but remember to peel off the backing first. Those cracks will be sealed and waterproofed, with little time or effort involved.

Want to save a coat or two of paint? When you paint wood or drywall that needs to be primed first tint the primer to match your final paint color. By tinting the primer you will reduce the amount of coats you need to paint the surface by a coat or two.

Install a lazy Susan in those odd corner cabinets. It can be difficult to properly use the storage space they provide, if you have to get down on your hands and knees to search for the items in the back corners. A lazy Susan will allow you to reach your items easily every time.

Throwing out an old sofa can be very tempting when it no longer looks new and clean. However, with the same effort it takes you to throw it out, you can buy some nice slipcovers and throw it on your sofa. Slipcovers are available in a myriad of designs and can spice up an old sofa very easily.

For someone working on a limited budget, there are ways to give your living space a brand new look. It’s simply a case of working with what you have. Move your existing furniture around, maybe using different pieces in different rooms. Replace any photos with updated ones. Spend a little money on a new shade for an existing lamp. It’s the small touches that make the difference.

If you are unsure how to organize the pictures on your wall, there is a simple and effective solution to your plight. Paint some contrasting thick stripes, diagonally down your wall. Then arrange your pictures in their frames within the thick stripes. This adds definition to your walls as well as organization for your frames.

Poke holes in your wall paper bubbles! Sometimes bubbles form when you are hanging wallpaper and you don’t notice them until it’s too late to pull the paper back and correct them. All is not lost! Just use a pin to pierce each bubble then carefully flatten it out against the wall.

To save on your energy bill, try changing your light bulbs. Compact fluorescent light bulbs and LED light bulbs cost more than regular light bulbs, but use less energy to light your home and last longer. You should see returns on your monthly energy bill in no time after replacing all of the normal bulbs in your home with these.

Basement Renovation Ideas

If you feel your home is too small, consider a basement renovation. In many cases, a basement can be turned into a second living room or climate-controlled storage space. If your basement has exterior access, you could even renovate it into an apartment for rental income or a mother-in-law suite for family members and other visitors.

Hopefully, this article has helped you see that home improvement offers something for everyone. Using these tips will allow you to get all of your remodeling projects done successfully.

April292014

The Most Popular Basement Renovation Ideas

Your basement can add considerable living space, but it can also add serious value to your home.Here are the most popular (and therefore profitable) basement renovation ideas of 2014: 

Kids, kids and more kids

Basements typically make for wonderful spaces for kids. If you are considering basement renovations then playroom is an idea worth your thought. These renovations are much more cost effective.

All you need is a contractor who will take care of insulation of the walls, and a painter who will paint the wall with appropriate colors. Most people also put in a new bathroom in the basement, so if you also plan on doing so, then you may need a plumbing contractor.  

Man cave

Possibly every guy’s preferred treatment of the basement, game rooms are a great place for men to be men. Setting up a game room may cost a little bit more than a playroom but it can double up as a great place to entertain friends, ala living room.

For a man cave or game room, you will need big screen TV, pool tables, gaming consoles, and a surround sound. If you have more cash to burn, you can go for a bar and even a small kitchen setup. 

My wife gave me half our basement to convert into my “man cave”. We live just outside Toronto, so when I was trying to find someone to do my Mississauga basement renovation, I found Handyman Mississauga. A great group of guys that did some excellent work.

Do you drink wine?

If you are a wine aficionado, there’s no better place for you to stash your precious wine collection than the basement. Basement is well suited for a wine cellar as the temperatures are typically cooler in the basement than anywhere else in the house, and they can go unnoticed for years, which helps in the fermentation process.

Workout from home

Another popular treatment, when it comes to basement renovations, basement gyms are versatile but cost a lot. If you live an active lifestyle, you should consider remodeling your basement as a gym. If you choose to do so, the equipment will be the biggest expense. Those who can afford it can even go for sauna, but you will need a general contractor, a carpenter, and painters to pull this off. This is definitely not a DIY project.

Make money from home

By 2016, nearly 32% of the American/Canadian population will be freelancers, so you can expect the popularity of home offices to soar. They are already very popular, and most people utilize some space within the basement as their office space anyway. This is another cost effective basement renovation.

You will need some furniture, shelves, desks, a printer, some office chairs, and a fast internet connection, and you will be well on your way. You may get the walls painted and floors redone to make it look more professional, if you expect to be meeting clients here. Either way you will need a general contractor and a flooring contractor to get you going.

Just remember this, your basement renovation boils down to your overall needs but you also need to consider cost and how much value it will add to your home.

March142014

How to Renovate Your Basement On A Budget

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The basement is often a neglected point in many homes around the country. This space in many homes is more utilitarian than functional. The sad thing is that this space could be so much more for those who are interested in taking the time and paying the attention required to change the look from functional to fabulous. In many basements this will require a little more than minor home decorating skills while in other basements around the country all that is needed is a little color and a lot of style to make the basement the most in demand room in the house.

One common complaint that people have about basements is the fact that they are so dark and dreary. The reason for this is that most basements have little natural light that is allowed to flourish due to a serious lack of windows. However, this can also work to your benefit if you decide to use the basement as a media area. In fact, with the low ceiling and low light in the basement, this is probably the most perfect area in your home to turn into an excellent media room complete with surround sound and theater style seating. The only problem in this case will be getting the neighbors to quit begging to watch this week’s newest DVD release at your house rather than their own. To pull this off you will want darker colored walls, floors, and ceiling in this room, a large screen television, comfortable seating and plenty of tables upon which you can place your beverages and popcorn.

Another great idea for basements is an artist or music studio. Basements can easily be portioned off into smaller rooms and all kinds of lighting can be installed in order to accommodate the lighting needs of many artists (keep in mind that one size does not fit all and artists that need natural light in order to work will not find most basements accommodating). By creating a smaller room, particularly for musicians, you are allowing yourself the additional option of soundproofing or at the very least dampening the room in order to save not only your ears but also the ears of the neighbors and animals that live nearby. These rooms can be simply furnished and decorated with music notes, a music stand, a comfortable place to sit, and the equipment needed to create music for musicians or an easel, art supplies, wash basin, comfortable seating, and perhaps a futon for relaxation for artists.

If you are in need of a quiet place that is removed from the family in which to work (and who isn’t really) the basement offers an ideal workspace for that provided you could get the lighting you need. Most people will need a professional to install the lights in a basement but most people will definitely need additional lighting in the basement in order to find the space tolerable for work. However, once the lighting situation is taken care of, the basement does make an excellent office space for many people. Try adding filing cabinets and photos, perhaps a fountain in order to make the area more serene and conducive to the work that needs to be done. Of course you will want comfortable seating and adequate desk or work table space as well. Design this room as you would any home office and it should do just well regardless of your home decorating talent.

One thing you need to keep in mind when it comes to home decorating and the basement is that many basements have a tendency to seep in high humidity or after heavy rains. Dehumidifiers assist with this problem but you may need to decorate with this in mind if the water and moisture is problematic. You will want to avoid mold and mildew at all cost, as they will ruin any potential enjoyment of your basement. Cork and ceramic tile are excellent flooring choices in this case and moisture barriers are an excellent idea to install before ‘finishing’ a basement.

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