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If you are renovating an existing bath or starting from zero, you need consider a few things before selecting a new vanity to avoid unwanted installation-day surprises.

1. Your bathroom floor plan and existing plumbing, are the baselines for determining where the vanity should go and how big it can be.

Width: Check that existing elements like doorways and built-ins will be able to open properly.

Depth: Leave enough space for traffic lanes so protruding corners won't catch you.

Height: Factor in faucet height if you have existing medicine cabinets, mirrors, or light fixtures.

2. The max width your vanity can be will decide how many sinks you can have: 48 inches is the common threshold for two sinks, though it's sometimes possible to fit both in smaller sizes. If you're close to 48 inches, consider how much counter space you'd like, as adding another sink diminishes the usable surface.

3. For the easiest install, pick the mounting option that matches your current vanity—so the plumbing lines will be where you need them.

Freestanding options are the most common and offer a range of foot styles. Wall mount or floating vanities skew modern and generally offer less storage given their cropped height. Corner units fill a specific need and are limited to one sink.

4. With your measurements set it's time to think about the details, including sink types, materials, and whether a backsplash or faucet is included.

 Sinks are almost always included with the vanity and come in four main styles:

Under mount: Installed underneath the counter for a seamless top.

Vessel: Sits on top of the counter; available in a variety of shapes including bowl and square.

Drop in: Top mounted so the edges rest on the counter but the basin is inset.

Integrated: The counter-top includes the sink itself in one continuous piece.

5. Vanity base: Most often wood, but varies based on the desired finish.

Counter-top: Stone or ceramic are the most popular.

Sink: Can match or vary from the counter-top.

Hardware: The cabinet knobs or pulls.

6. There are styles that include a back splash in the same material as the counter-top. For most vanities, you purchase the faucet separately. However, some vanities do include the faucets in one set style and finish.

These steps will help you find the bathroom vanity that will make your bathroom your new favorite place in the house.

 


Created 05/21/2019

See what to do to help keep your plants thriving in summer’s heat and how to tell if sunburned ones can be saved.

Most summers have a period of abnormally high temperatures that can be highly stressful for plants, resulting in wilting, sunburn and even death. Heat waves don’t arrive without warning, and today’s weather technology gives us several days in which to prepare plants for an onslaught of intense heat. 

​Plants in containers are most susceptible to extreme heat, as the air temperatures can cook the roots as well as the tops. Shallow-rooted plants are particularly sensitive to the effects of a heat wave, while most succulents are fairly tolerant.

Thankfully, there are methods we can use to moderate the damaging effects of a heat wave. Here are five ways to help your plants survive the heat.

1. Give your plants extra water. High temperatures increase the rate that water is lost to the atmosphere from a plant’s leaves, resulting in wilting and sunburn damage. You’ll need to increase the amount of supplemental irrigation that they receive. It’s best to do this the day before the heat wave arrives.  The best time to water plants is early in the morning, when temperatures are lower, which will help carry them through the day.

2. Provide temporary shade. On a hot summer’s day, we all look for a shady spot where temperatures are a few degrees lower. Unfortunately, plants can’t move toward the shade, but we can bring it to them. Nurseries and big-box stores carry landscape burlap and shade cloth, which can be placed on top of plants to screen them from the sun. Other temporary shade methods include using a portable shade canopy to shield an area of the garden from the sun. Even a single patio chair can protect a low-growing plant.

3. Mulch. Hot temperatures don’t affect just the parts of the plant that are above the ground; they also impact the roots. Adding a layer of mulch around trees, shrubs and ground covers will help keep the soil several degrees cooler while preventing it from drying out.

4. Avoid pruning. It’s tempting to prune away sunburned growth, as it isn’t attractive, but put away those pruners. Although the outer foliage may be damaged, it’s protecting the interior of the plant by providing shade. Wait to prune away sun-damaged growth until temperatures return to normal. For extra safety, wait until summer is almost over before pruning away in case of the arrival of another heat wave.

5. Skip fertilizing. Plants devote all their resources to surviving a heat wave. Because of this, they can’t spare the energy to take up fertilizer, which remains in the soil and can “burn” the plant. After the scorching weather has abated, go ahead and resume your regular fertilizing schedule.


Created 05/17/2019

There are several reasons why you should keep your windows clean. The first and most important reason is the lift in appearance they give to your home or your office. Clean windows can help you make a magnificent first impression.  If you have well-maintained, clean windows, your house will appear clean and well maintained. The same goes for your business.

Frequency

How often should your windows be cleaned? It depends on the local weather conditions and your personal preferences. If you own a business, it’s recommended that your windows be cleaned at least twice a month. If you own a home, you might be able to get away with cleaning your windows twice a year.

Your local weather conditions will have a say in if you should clean your windows more than twice a year. If you live near the sea, the salt can stick to and corrode your windows, so it’s a good idea to clean your windows once a month or so.

Your personal preferences will also decide the frequency. Some people like the dark, gloomy feel that comes with smudgy windows, while others prefer their windows to be crystal clear all the time. If you have a marvelous view in front of you and you love sitting by the window and staring out all the time, you should clean your window more often. Alternatively, if a window is occupying a corner of the house and is overlooking a dank alley, you don’t need to clean it that often.

Inside and Out

If you are cleaning your windows from the outside of the home, the inside of the windows should be cleaned first, and vice versa. This is because opening a window will leave streaks behind, which can be wiped off later on your side.

Regularly cleaning your windows will keep them sparkly, prolong their lifespan and help your house or business look clean and welcoming.

Grimy windows can be depressing, whether they’re present at your office or home. Clean windows that let you see the beauty of the garden around your house, or a view of the buildings outside can do wonders for your mood and comfort levels.

 


Created 05/13/2019

Concrete pavers are made from cement and is poured into forms, compressed, and air cured. Concrete can be formed into all sorts of shapes and sizes and pigmented in a wide range of colors.

Advantages of Concrete Pavers:

  • Less Expensive: Concrete pavers are less expensive than brick, due to the lower cost of raw materials.
  • More Choice: Concrete offers far more design and color options than brick. If you can imagine it, you can make it happen with concrete pavers.
  • Innovation: New and better concrete pavers are being designed all the time, so you might even find choices that correct the known downsides of concrete.
  • Easier to Install: Concrete pavers are precisely uniform and easier to cut, so they’re a popular choice for DIY projects.

Disadvantages of Concrete Pavers:

  • Color Can Fade: Since they’re dyed with color pigments rather than natural clay, concrete pavers can fade over time, especially in sunny areas.
  • May Need Sealing: Optional sealants can help prolong the color in concrete pavers but add to maintenance.
  • Surface Erosion: While brick tends to wear by chipping or cracking, concrete wears more gradually, eroding away the smooth finish and exposing more of the aggregate underneath. Over time, the surface of concrete pavers might look worn while brick stays retain their surface.
  • Varying Quality: Concrete varies widely in strength and durability depending on the manufacturer’s recipe, and sometimes it’s hard to know what kind of quality you’re getting. I’ve seen gorgeous concrete pavers that looked like natural stone, and I’ve also worked with cheap ones that crumbled and cracked before I even got started.
  • Shorter Life Span: While initially holding up better to traffic than brick, concrete pavers have a shorter lifespan (a couple of decades vs. generations. 

The Two Types of Concrete
All concrete pavers contain sand, gravel, portland cement, and water, but their durability and texture vary depending on how they're made.

  • Interlocking
    • Edge spacers create uniform joints.
    • Made with stiff, very strong concrete mix.
    • Thick; suitable for all uses, including driveways.

    Architectural Slab
    • No edge spacers.
    • Molded from wetter concrete to resemble stone or brick.
    • Thin; not good for driveways.


Created 05/10/2019

Staircases in your home can create some great architectural design to your atmosphere. Staircases may be small or large but are equally important no matter the size. Staircases connect the floors in your home; they act as a huge design statement for many rooms in your household.

1. Arched staircase- Because of the arched staircase's graceful appearance, it has almost exclusively been placed in entryways and foyers. This is certainly the staircase to choose when looking for a centerpiece or grand first impression of the home. The disadvantage that comes with this type of stairs is that it is the most difficult of all to plan and construct, since all of its details, including the handrails need to be curved.

2. Straight and simple- Straight stairs are by far the most widespread and popular, they are convenient, functional and the most cost-effective.  If you're looking for the most practical solution, a straight staircase will never be the wrong choice. It is especially suited to minimalist homes and interiors due to its intrinsic simplicity. It is, however, significant to note these type of stairs take up much linear space and does not create a barrier between floors, which usually creates some privacy.

3. In the corners- It is also often referred to as L-shaped stairs and can have more than one landing when more than one change in orientation is required. Quarter landing stairs are very convenient and are also safer than straight stairs, due to the landing, which provides a place of rest in moving up or down.  This staircase is ideal for corners, as it easily conforms to the space of the house's design. It is a very logical use of space, and can be much more visually interesting than a straight line. The downside is that it is more difficult to construct, and more support is usually necessary, rendering it less cost-effective.

4. Winder- Winder stairs throw caution to the wind and eliminates the landing in rotations of either 90 or 180 degrees. The rotation is compensated for by wedge-shaped stairs around the turns. This is a visually interesting type of staircase, as it produces gentle, fluent lines and a seamless transition from one level to the next. Characteristics like these make it popular in modern homes, and it can be easily installed in a variety of spaces.  The winder staircase requires less space, but is complex in design and demands very accurate calculations and planning. The tapering of the wedge-shaped treads also make the turns harder to navigate and a hazard for missing a step.

5. Spiraling down- The spiral staircase is certainly the most interesting design. It has a helical arc, resembling the shape of a spring. All of the treads are wedge-shaped, but as opposed to the winder and arched staircases, these treads are all consistent in size. There is a central vertical post around which the treads radiate. Spiral stairs are found mostly in city loft apartments, due to its economical use of space, ease of installation, and limitations of capacity. A spiral staircase is not really suited to frequent use, as it has a confined area which is difficult to move upon. Only one person can navigate the stairs at any one time, and it is difficult to carry large items up or down on it. This is also why many building codes do not allow the use of spiral stairs as primary ingress to a full-sized second floor.


Created 05/07/2019

The kitchen is usually the focus point of the home. It is a place where everyone gathers for conversations, meals and homework. Kitchens become the collect-alls of the home. It is a place where appliance and kitchen accessories sit on shelves or counter-tops and gather dust. It is time to clean through all of that clutter and reorganize your kitchen. There are many great kitchen storage solutions that you can find at any organization or home store.

Here are 10 easy steps to organize your kitchen.

1. Pull everything out of each cabinet and go through it. Most kitchens are short on storage space, so the goal is to only have things you love and use.

2. After your cabinets are all empty, consider what is best for you in terms of how to group items.

3. Now that you have groups laid out on the floor, decide where each item should be stored. This way you avoid going back and forth across the kitchen for the things you need just to make your morning beverage.

4. Containerize inside your cabinets. Use clear plastic shoe boxes to store food that is in tiny boxes such as gelatin or pudding mix.

5. Discard containers without lids, and store the remaining plastic containers either with the lids on them, or store the lids in another larger container so they all stay together.

6. Make use of vertical space. Place hooks underneath cabinets. This will free up a lot of cabinet space. Keep in mind that any space you can use to hang something will free up flat space inside a cabinet.

7. Use rotating trays to hold things such as oils, vinegars and other cooking ingredients, as well as spices, vitamins or medications.

8. Use drawer dividers for cooking utensil drawers and your junk drawers. 

9. Get a magnetic sorter box to hang on the side of the refrigerator for coupons, take out menus, a notepad and pen or other papers that tend to accumulate on the counter tops.

10. If you put your trash out at the curb one night a week, use that time to clean out your refrigerator each week to. Your refrigerator will house only

current items and will be less cluttered and it only takes a few minutes.

If you invest the time and energy into decluttering and organizing your kitchen.   It is an investment that will pay of it happiness for years to come.

Which area at your home is getting used the most? The kitchen, so if your kitchen were more organized and simple to use you would have easier life. Here are 10 easy steps to organize your kitchen.


Created 05/03/2019

You may not think about how important is the lighting inside or outside of your home. Having the right lights in the proper positions in your home can help to make it easier to perform tasks and enhance the ambiance of your home environment.

 

Determine what your lighting goals are: Direct or task lighting is focused in the space you are trying to work. Ambient or indirect lighting is used for ambiance and for overall lighting of a space. Once chosen you can begin to choose lighting options.  Each room in your home should have a mood you want to set, as well as a function you want your lighting to serve.

 

Provide lighting for safety and security on the exterior of your home: Walkways, sidewalks, perimeter of your house, and the front entry should be lit with ambient lighting.  Too dim of lighting on the exterior is a welcome sign for intruders. While too bright of exterior lighting is costly and disturbing to neighbors. Consider installing flood lights at the exterior corners of your home that are motion activated to further deter intruders. Follow the aesthetics and security lighting of your neighborhood for further guidelines as to what to implement at your own home.

 

Use exterior wall sconces for décor: Outdoor lighting doesn’t have to only be utilitarian.  Wall sconces can provide washes of light against the exterior walls of your home to create ambiance in the evening hours.  Directional sconces pointing upwards or downwards can focus on architectural elements on your home, and draw attention to exterior niches and plantings around your home.

 

Inside your home use multiple light sources for one space: For rooms like the kitchen, bedrooms, and living spaces, multiple light sources will help you achieve a variety of functions and activities in that space. In the kitchen, under counter lights can provide great task lighting. While in a living room, opt for a floor lamp next to a couch or favorite reading chair. In bathrooms the lighting at the mirror should be free from shadows and glaring light.

 

In nurseries and kid’s rooms, remember night lighting: Think about the lighting for when children sleep when planning lighting requirements.  Night lights can help small children from being scared, but can also help parents navigate through dark rooms.  For nurseries consider a dim wall sconce, or table lamp that can be used for changing diapers, or rocking infants to sleep.

 

In formal living and dining areas, research chandeliers wisely: In spaces that a formal chandelier is considered, choose one that will not date your space. Often time’s chandeliers are bought without thinking of the space and the décor that surrounds it.  Chandeliers come in extremely simple designs that include faux candles, small bulbs, or a few lights to the ornate and expensive crystal varieties.


Created 04/30/2019

Solar panels are a great way to offset energy costs, reduce the environmental impact of your home and provide a host of other benefits, such as supporting local businesses and contributing to energy independence.

Looking to install panels on your home? Here are some benefits.

Reduce or eliminate energy bills.

Even if you live somewhere cloudy, such locations typically receive more than two hours of sunlight per day, while sunny locations receive an average of 5.5 hours of sunlight per day.

Although sunny days will produce more solar energy, solar panels will continue to draw energy even when the weather is cloudy. Indirect, or diffused, sunlight will still help to power your home. Cloudy days usually produce around 10 to 20 percent of the power generated on sunny days.

Start saving from day one.

Annual energy costs can be in the thousands.  Solar power can reduce or eliminate these costs as soon as they are installed. They also offer long-term savings, because it’s basically free to capture the power of the sun.

Solar panels also extend the life of a roof, because they protect from the elements, such as rain, snow and debris. They make the house more energy-efficient in the summer because the hot sun is not beating down on the roof directly—it is instead being absorbed by the panels, keeping the house temperature lower.

Increase your property value

Homes equipped with solar energy systems have higher property values and sell more quickly than non-solar homes. Appraisers are increasingly taking solar installations into consideration as they value homes at the time of a sale, and as home buyers become more educated about solar, demand for properties equipped with solar panel systems will continue to grow.

Low Maintenance Costs

Solar energy systems generally don’t require a lot of maintenance. You only need to keep them relatively clean, so cleaning them a couple of times per year will do the job. If in doubt, you can always rely on specialized cleaning companies, which offer this service. Most reliable solar panel manufacturers give 20-25 years warranty.

Help the environment and help us all.

Solar power systems derive clean, pure energy from the sun. Installing solar panels on your home helps combat greenhouse gas emissions and reduces our collective dependence on fossil fuel. Traditional electricity is sourced from fossil fuels such as coal and natural gas. When fossil fuels are burned to produce electricity, they emit harmful gases that are the primary cause of air pollution and global climate change. Not only are fossil fuels bad for the environment, but they are also a finite resource. Because of this, the price is constantly fluctuating and can increase in a short period of time.

Are You Ready to go Solar?


Created 04/26/2019

Working from the comfort of your own home may sound like a dream. But if you don’t have all the right elements for your home office, it can have a detrimental effect on your productivity and even your health and happiness. Decisions you make about desks, chairs, and filing systems will depend on your personal work needs.

Most importantly, they should be sufficient and comfortable. Make sure your desk is big enough to accommodate the tasks you need to accomplish and that your chair is properly adjusted. Even if you already have a home office, consider whether there may be a better place for it. Two important questions to ask are: Will you actually work in this space? And will there be any distractions?

Assess your electrical needs. Are there enough electrical outlets? Is it possible to run a phone line and/or internet connection into the room or some area through the house.

Choose a place that is comfortable year-round. A sun-room might be lovely in the spring and summer, but having to pack everything up and move inside when the seasons change will not be efficient.

Be sure you have room for everything that is essential to the work that you do. If your work area is small, take advantage of vertical space by installing shelves above your desk or putting tall bookcases adjacent.

Lighting- By no means is a window a must, but a nice view and some natural light can help you work better. For overcast days and work in the evening, a bright desk lamp is essential.

Surround yourself with colors that inspire and motivate you. Pressed for ideas? Identify a favorite hue from a rug, throw pillow, or piece of art, match that shade to a paint color, and put it up on your walls.

Support- Never underestimate the importance of a good chair: Proper seating can mean the difference between productive work and an unproductive trip to your chiropractor! Ergonomic design doesn't have to be expensive; shop around for a quality chair that suits your budget.


Created 04/23/2019
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