Home Improvements around the Home

Friday, January 30, 2015 at 12:15 am

Home improvements can be done inside and outside the home.  Some are made purely for aesthetic purposes whereas some are designed for convenience, storage, or security purposes.  Regardless of the reason on why you have home improvement stuff done on your home, what matters is they have a purpose and that you are happy about it.  Here are some basement home improvement projects you may want to consider having.

  1. Guest Room Platform – adding a platform area on the guest room provides you with vital storage space for your home. Since the bedroom will be rarely used, you can keep many of the stuff you want to hide inside the platform storage area. This gives the room a little bit of function when it is not being used.  The best part is that it is easily usable when a guest comes in as all your stuffs are neatly tucked away inside the platform.
  2. Hidden Room – you do not have to create a hidden room during construction to have a hidden room. Simply have a door fashioned into a bookshelf with matching frames and stuff so that it gives the illusion that it is a bookshelf. Although it only goes to a regular room, the fact that it is somewhat concealed helps to keep the room hidden from regular people.
  3. Private Balcony – as the owner of the home, you deserve to have your own spot. Having a personal balcony on the master bedroom provides you that spot you need when you want to relax and feel the open air. Since the balcony is accessible only from the master’s bedroom, it gives you the privacy and seclusion from other family members of the home.
  4. Deck Bar – if your home has a deck area, why not add some planks on the rails of the deck so that it serves as both bar and eating area as well. The plank can be decorated accordingly so that it matches the theme of the deck. Basically, the plank with act as a bar table for your deck area.
  5. Baseboard Storage – most baseboard on kitchen cabinets are not being utilized. Why not turn the baseboard into pullout cabinets so you can have more storage space in your kitchen area.

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DIY Home Improvement Projects For Your Kitchen

Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at 9:17 am

homeHome improvement is the best way to make things more useful in your home or more aesthetically pleasing.  There are some home improvement projects you can do on your own.  This helps you save time while at the same time allows you to achieve the improvement you have been thinking of.  While your work may not result with professional quality, as long as you put your time and effort into them, they are definitely worthy projects.

  1. The Kitchen Cabinets

As the kitchen gets older, the paint in the cabinets shows its age as they look worn and dull.  Your project is to repaint your kitchen cabinets to give them the newer and fresher look.  Try choosing colors that is different from the current color your kitchen cabinet has.  This will give your kitchen area a much newer look and appearance, especially if the color you choose is much brighter than the previous color tone.

  1. The Flooring

As a carpet gets old, vacuuming and cleaning is not enough.  Consider replacing your old carpet with a new one.  You can buy carpets from your local home depot.  Just make sure you get the dimensions of the carpet area you are replacing right.  Having a new carpet will definitely make the area look better and more inviting.

If you are no longer into carpets, consider replacing the old carpet with floor tiles.  Do not use vinyl as these are not as durable as floor tiles and also not as aesthetically pleasing.

  1. The Faucets

As the home gets older, so does the many fixtures, such as faucets, that have been installed along with it when it was new.  One way of making your home look more updated is replacing the old faucets with new and more modern ones.  This is actually a very simple home improvement idea that can help give your kitchen area a new look.

  1. The Countertop

If your kitchen did not come with a granite kitchen countertop, consider having the old one replaced with a granite countertop as this will definitely give your kitchen a pop on its aesthetic presence.

  1. Kitchen Appliances

If your home came with kitchen appliances from the 80s or older, then it is definitely time to update the equipment.  Even if they are still in functioning order, they may not work as good as new ones and also are not as energy efficient.  Replacing these appliances will definitely give your kitchen a much newer and modern look.

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Home Improvement – The Garden

Thursday, January 8, 2015 at 9:13 am

For some, the garden is easily the most relaxing place in their home.  This is the reason why it often pays to having a garden built where you can spend some of your free time to relax and breathe the fresh air that the plants release.  If your home has a garden area but do not want to spend a lot of money hiring landscape decorators in making it look adorable and inviting, the thing is, you can actually do some of the decorating yourself to help make it a relaxing area where you can spend some of your free time at home.

house-homeHere are some of the things you may want to consider adding to your garden to make it look more lovely and inviting:

  1. Garden Lights – add some garden lights to your home to make it look great during the night. Place some of the lights behind some plant ornaments to illuminate them. If you have a tree inside your garden area, place some small hanging lights atop the tree or place one spotlight at the bottom part to illuminate the tree from the ground up.  The garden light effects will help create a cozy and inviting garden during nighttime.
  2. Garden Ornaments – one way of increasing the design elements of your garden is through the use of garden ornaments. Buy some garden gnomes, bird feeder, bird bath, a fountain, or any garden ornament you think will help complement your garden and increase its aesthetic appearance. Make sure to distribute these ornaments around the garden strategically to give it a more scattered look.
  3. Sitting Area – add some sitting area around the garden like benches or some stylish wooden planks where you can sit when you are walking around the garden. Also, make sure to add a garden chair and table where you can lounge around and have coffee during weekends or a place to sit down with friends when they are around.
  4. Patio – a patio is a great compliment for any garden. If you have time to spare during weekends, consider this as part of your project during weekends. While you may find it very challenging accomplishing this project, it will be very much fulfilling in the end once you have completed it.  Basically, all the materials you need to complete this project are available at your local home depot center.  If you are not certain how to do it, there are always videos on the internet you can view for reference.

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