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Sunrooms are sometimes referred as solariums, conservatories, patio rooms, and green rooms, depending on how they are being used. It can be addition to your kitchen or family room, a glass-in porch or deck, or a separate structure that acts as an extension of your home with its own entry and exit. Each homeowner has a unique set of wants and needs, there are different styles of sunrooms available to accommodate anyone's preference.

Sunrooms can also make a perfect TV room. Add a large table, television and comfortable furniture, and you will be able to spend time alone or with friends and family while watching your favorite programs. If you have children or grandchildren, sunrooms make excellent play rooms as well. You can design the room in a way that will give your children a perfect place to play while not cluttering your current space.

Here are some beneficial facts on having a sunroom in your home.

- Sunrooms can be a place of relaxation, allowing you to enjoy your surroundings, it is beneficial to your health. Studies have shown that exposure to sunlight can help with  many different illness problems.

- Adding a sunroom can be a big investment to your home, but it can dramatically improve your resale value.

- Sunrooms are one the top important aspects of a house in the realty market, as many home buyers request sunrooms so that they can enjoy the beauty of the outdoors while remaining indoors. 

- There are many different types of sunrooms that can accommodate your home such as:

*Seasonal sunrooms are constructed with single pane glass windows and screens that can be full-length or built at a knee-wall to give a more closed-in feel.

*Solariums and Conservatories This type of room uses insulated glass and can be heated or air-conditioned for year-round use in accordance with local building codes.

* Screened Room Or Patio Room, this style has walls that are meshed all the way around the room's perimeter, inviting fresh air in but keeping insects out.

* Knee-wall Rooms, A knee-wall is a short, decorative wall from the ground to the windowsill, which allows a view of the outdoors as well as some privacy of indoors.

- Knowing the types of wall structures available to you can help you decide what kind of sunroom you can afford. It can also help you determine what options you have based on local building codes.

Sunrooms are built to be properly insulated. They may even include heating and air conditioning systems to keep you comfortable through every season, making them perfect for year-round use. it can be a basic room addition that has more windows than your average room and a solid, foam-insulated panel roof that is similar to that of a mobile home. Do you consider having a sunroom in your home!



Created 07/19/2019

Fire place are more than just beautiful features for outdoor spaces, they are vehicles for bringing people together. Few things are more fundamental, or more enjoyable, than sitting around an open fire with family and friends.

Of course, a fire place can be had without spending too much. Because styles, sizes and materials abound, your choices should be based on your space at hand, budget and, of course, local ordinances. Some municipalities ban open burning of any kind.

Here’s what else to consider before planning a fire place:

Permanent or Portable?

You may want to think in terms of permanence. Do you want a fire pit that is built in a focal point in the yard or inside  something that’s lightweight and potentially portable, so you can take it where you want your gathering.

Regardless of which style you choose, you need to make sure that you’re using proper stones and materials, something that shouldn’t splinter when the fire heats up. Make it proportional to the size of your yard or in home area, and be sure you have room for seating and circulation.

Wood or Gas?

Some fire pits use gas or propane for an instant fire — maybe even powered with a remote switch — though it’s not as hot as a wood fire and you don’t get the same crackle and smoke. Some dual-fuel fire bowls and tables let you do both; and you can design a built-in fire pit to do the same.

What to Set It On?

It’s best to set a portable fire pit atop a natural surface such as concrete, stone, gravel, brick or slate or on a fire-resistant composite. Putting it on a wood deck can be dangerous if embers fly. A permanent fire pit is typically built on a base of gravel somewhere in the backyard.

Where is the Right Location for Your Fire Place?

Many communities require a minimum of a 10-foot distance from your house and neighbors’ yards. Some don’t require a permit if the fire pit fits within set size requirements; others require a site inspection from local fire officials to help make sure your proposed location is safe. And, some communities have outright bans on open fires.  Check with local officials before you purchase or start planning a fire pit.

What Safety Tips Should I Keep in Mind?

A fire of any kind — no matter the size — demands serious attention to safety.

Check wind direction before you light a fire.

Don’t use flammable fluids (gasoline, lighter fluid, etc.) to light or relight fires.

Don’t wear flammable clothing (like nylon) or any loose-fitting clothing.

Avoid using soft woods like pine or cedar, because they can “pop” and throw sparks.

Make sure to keep children and pets at least 3 feet away from the fire.

It’s also important that you know how to safely dispose of the ashes when you’re done with the fire for the night.

Ready to get your flame on?

If you are considering adding a fire pit to your backyard, there are several things that need to be considered including location, budget, fuel type, and most importantly, safety.


Created 07/16/2019

Highlighting the outside of your house with well-placed lights can make your house to look great at night, as well as during the day. It will emphasize, or even create, architectural interest and provide the best lighting for the tasks that need to be performed.

Here are examples of outdoor lighting features and the right ways to use them:

Path lights. The perfect front yard begins with a stylish pathway that draws you in. Many path lights are designed to look good but not to effectively light up a path. A great way to keep path lights low to the ground is to add LED strip lights. For a more traditional look use path lights with domes hide bulbs from view and direct light downward. This will reduce glare and put light where your feet need them most, right on the path.

Step lights. Some step lights shine light in all directions, including into your eyes. This makes it harder to see the steps and therefore more dangerous. A shielded newel-post deck lights do a much better job at directing light down onto the stairs and not into your eyes. Even better, linear LED strip lights under stair treads push light down onto the steps and keep the focus in the right place.

Lanterns. Avoid clear glass and visible candle-shaped bulbs to help reduce glare. Go for frosted shades and aim the fixtures downward so extra light hits the floor. Also consider adding dimmers or use low-wattage bulbs to set a welcoming mood.

Pendants. Pendants above the door should  avoid bare bulbs completely or use low-wattage bulbs and dimmers. Use translucent glass in fixtures, such as milk glass or amber mica. A highly shielded fixture will also work, especially if it directs light downward.

Spotlights. Direct spotlights at your home’s features, like brickwork, molding and eaves. This will provide light that helps us feel secure without making our guests feel unwelcome.

There are many good reasons to pay close attention to the lighting used at the front of your house. Nobody wants to be greeted by darkness when they reach home and pretty lights can highlight certain features of your house or garden.


Created 07/03/2019

Making the right color choices for your home can sometimes be intimidating, especially if those color choices are attached to large price tags.

Color Inspiration can come from anywhere but not all colors work everywhere. The trick is finding the right colors for you and for your room. We've put together a list of tips to consider when choosing a "no regrets" color scheme for your kitchen or bathroom.

1. Pick colors that you love and that you respond to emotionally. Juicy yellow in the kitchen might be invigorating for one person and crazy-making for another one.

2. Don't be afraid to go with brighter or more saturated paint colors in the kitchen or bathroom. Usually there is very little empty wall space and the paint color becomes a border around the cabinets, appliances and woodwork. The right paint color can make these items pop, like the right frame for artwork.

3. Be prepared to be flexible and make compromises. As you go through the process of selecting all the colors and finishes, your plan will be constantly revised.

4. Choose one element to launch your color palette, but don't buy that item until all accompanying selections have been fully researched. For example, use hand-painted tiles as an inspiration but don't purchase them until you know you have coordinating counter-tops and flooring.

5. Start with the least flexible element of your bathroom or kitchen and match others to it. It's much easier to adjust stains and paints on cabinets or walls to harmonize with granite or tile.

6. Do not underestimate lighting. Look at all your color and finish choices in daylight and in the artificial light that will be in that particular room. Soft blues and greens might look fresh in morning light, but dull in incandescent light. Color-corrected fluorescent lighting can be helpful.

7. For granite and other counter-tops, the safest approach is to keep it neutral and versatile. This is a big ticket item that you don't want to replace when the trends shift again.

8. When choosing cabinets, consider the undertones of the wood. Some woods are warmer like pine, or cooler like walnut and a stain can accentuate this even more. In addition, woods like maple can be glazed, tinted or painted for even greater variety.

9. Back splashes can make a color splash in a big way. In a kitchen, choose the counter-top first and then match the back splash. This follows our rule about selecting the least adaptable element first. There are zillions of tile choices out there, but not quite as many counter-tops.

10. Reverse the order for the bathroom. Here we go contradicting ourselves. . .but in the bathroom the tile should be selected first. That makes sense if you think about the area tile covers.

There are no rules about what colors are appropriate or not in a kitchen or bathroom, but there are some generalizations. Pink or peach is more flattering to skin tones than is green, so a soft coral is lovely in a bathroom. On the other hand, green contrasts well with wood tones and is a versatile choice for a kitchen. Finally, when nothing else seems to make sense, there's always crisp, clean white.


Created 06/28/2019

Here are a few tips to make your painting projects go smoother and faster while giving you a professional-looking finish that you'll be proud of. You'll also find ingenious tips that can cut your cleanup time in half and extend the life of your paint brushes.

1. Lap marks are those ugly stripes caused by uneven layers of paint buildup. They occur when you roll over paint that’s already partly dry. The key to avoiding lap marks is to maintain a “wet edge,” so each stroke of your roller overlaps the previous stroke before the paint can begin to dry.

To maintain a wet edge, start near a corner and run the roller up and down the full height of the wall, moving over slightly with each stroke. Move backward where necessary to even out thick spots or runs. Don’t let the roller become nearly dry; reload it often so that it’s always at least half loaded. Keep the open side of the roller frame facing the area that’s already painted. That puts less pressure on the open side of the roller, so you’re less likely to leave paint ridges.

2. Paint color may vary slightly from one can to the next. If you have to open a new can in the middle of a wall, the difference may be noticeable. Mixing the paints together eliminates the problem. It’s best to estimate the amount of paint you’ll need and mix it.

When coverage is difficult to estimate, add more rather than less. You can always pour the leftover back into cans. For large jobs, use the bucket and a roller screen rather than a roller tray. It’s much faster to load your roller with the screen than to use a roller pan. Simply dunk the roller into the paint bucket, then roll it along the screen until it stops dripping.

3. Once paint is dry, you can’t just pull the tape off the trim. Paint forms a film between the wall and the tape, and removing the tape tears pieces of dried paint off the wall. So before pulling off the tape, cut it loose.

Wait for the paint to completely dry, at least 24 hours, then use a sharp utility knife or box cutter knife to slice through the film. Start in an inconspicuous area to make sure the paint is hard enough to slice cleanly. If you cut the paint while it’s still gummy, you’ll make a mess. As you cut the paint, pull up the tape at a 45-degree angle.

4. Pros usually follow a certain order when painting a room. They paint the trim first, then the ceiling, then the walls. That’s because it’s easier and faster to tape off the trim than to tape off the walls.

When painting the trim, you don’t have to be neat. Just concentrate on getting a smooth finish on the wood. Don’t worry if the trim paint gets onto the walls. You’ll cover it later when painting the walls. Once the trim is completely painted and dry (at least 24 hours), tape it off, then paint the ceiling, then the walls.

5. If you paint over dirty, oily surfaces, the paint will easily chip or peel off. So before painting, clean grimy areas with a deglosser or heavy-duty cleaner intended for prepaint cleaning. They work well to clean painted, varnished or enameled surfaces to improve the adhesion of the new paint. They’re ideal for cleaning greasy or oily areas like kitchen and bathroom walls and removing hand marks around light switches and doorknobs.

Wipe on the cleaner in a circular motion using a lint-free cloth or abrasive pad. Start at the bottom and work up. After the surface is clean, fill in any nicks and holes, then sand them smooth before painting. The cleaners are available at paint stores and home centers. Be sure to wear rubber gloves and eye protection.

6. Corners and areas next to trim that are painted only with a brush have a notice- ably different texture than the surrounding paint. To ensure the finished texture will be consistent in these areas, brush on the paint, then immediately roll it out before the paint dries.

7. Spills and spatters happen, regardless of how careful you are. It’s a lot easier to pre- pare for them than to wipe them out of your carpeting or off your wood floor later. All it takes is canvas drop cloths in your work area. The thick canvas stays in place, so you don’t need to tape it, and you can use it to cover any surface. Plastic drop cloths are slippery to walk on or set a ladder on and don’t stay in place. Even worse, paint spills on plastic stay wet, and they can end up on your shoes and get tracked through the house. Canvas is slippery on hard floors, so rosin paper is better over vinyl, tile and hard- wood. Tape the sheets together and to the floor to provide a nonslip surface.

But even with canvas or rosin-paper drop cloths, large spills still need to get wiped up right away or they’ll seep through. Clean spills with paper towels or cloth rags. Likewise, if you splatter paint on any other surface, wipe it up immediately.


Created 06/25/2019

Your home’s flooring is one of the more expensive investments you’ll make when decorating the interior. Your choices are many, and selecting different fabrications for each room needn’t result in a haphazard look. The link between the flooring types is color. Set your interior’s color palette before shopping for flooring. Planning the remodel of your home is an exciting process that may even have you falling in love with two different flooring options.

Luckily, the beauty of home design and remodeling is that you don’t have to choose just one style. There are many ways you can coordinate different flooring options throughout your home to make your space feel a continuous work of art.

Here are 4 tips on how to remodel and coordinate practical flooring options for your gorgeous home.

 

1. When it comes to designing your home, there are many different types of flooring to choose from. Natural stone tiles, gorgeous wood flooring, carpet, and cement all have their own special place and use in your home. For example, cement flooring is ideal for your laundry room for drainage purposes. Carpeting will work great for turning cold and drafty basements into inviting modern spaces. And natural stone flooring, like marble, adds a clean and luxurious feel to kitchens, bathrooms and living areas.

2. When it comes to covering a large living space, stick with the same type of flooring. For example, if your wish is to mix marble tiles with wood floors, make sure you’re not also mixing different wood types or different marble types. Using the same two types of flooring in the appropriate spaces will add continuity to your home.

3. While you can definitely blend different textures together, be mindful of how the colors will match up with one another. For example, choosing for a dark hardwood floor to line up against a stark white tile may be a messy sight that’s better left avoided. One way to make sure that your mixed flooring options will flow smoothly throughout your home is to choose tiles and wood that have the same undertones. If you are choosing a dark hardwood, be sure that your matching tiles have a beige or brown hue that will seamlessly blend the textures together.

4. Having more than two different types of floors colliding with one another is confusing to the eyes and may make your space seem cluttered or mismatched. When making your design choices, do not exceed more than two different types of material per floor of your home.


Created 06/20/2019

Porcelain or ceramic tile can be colorful and versatile. They are a beautiful way to jazz up your kitchen with a decorative backsplash. You can select ceramic tile backsplash designs that showcase color, pattern, or texture. Whatever you choose, it will provide a unique look.

Despite the fact that ceramic and porcelain tiles look very similar, there are plenty of noticeable differences between the two. For one, porcelain tiles are known to be denser and less porous than ceramic tiles. What does this mean? Basically, porcelain tiles are better for both indoor and outdoor use, as well as hard wearing. Also, they appear to be denser, because of how they are manufactured.

Although ceramic tiles are highly recommended for interior floors and walls, porcelain tiles are more preferable, especially for places that must endure heavy traffic– this includes hallways, kitchen floors, and commercial applications. Porcelain tiles are highly resistant against chipping and scratching.

Deciding between porcelain or ceramic tile is merely a matter of choosing the colors, styles, and patterns. You just need to decide which you like best.

Porcelain Tile- for kitchen backsplash is impervious to water. It has a reputation for durability. Another benefit of using porcelain tiles is the fact that it’s highly stain resistant. That means it is capable of repelling liquid penetration that other staining agents won’t have the chance to penetrate down through the matter.

Ceramic Tile- is not as durable. The backsplash is the ideal location for a ceramic tile installation that is too delicate for countertops or flooring. A ceramic tiler will tell you ceramic tiles are known to be very versatile in nature and can be used in a wide range of environments without having to worry about it being affected with stains, water, and the like. However, for areas where a hard tile surface mush be covered, there’s a risk that it would be not suitable for specific situations as well as certain locations.

Your options for the kitchen backsplash are nearly unlimited. Mosaic tile is a popular choice for the kitchen backsplash. A variety of custom or pre-determined designs can create a unique look for your kitchen.

When is backsplash tile installed?

The backsplash is typically one of the finish items in the kitchen. It is important to have the new countetops installed before adding the backsplash. Try porcelain or ceramic tile samples that will pair beautifully with your counter-tops. Think of how to pair them with other elements of the room.

How do I choose a backsplash design?

There are several considerations when choosing the ideal design for your kitchen backsplash. Here are some ideas to consider.

• Is this the right location for bright colors? Maybe you are looking for a pop of color in your kitchen. Perhaps you want a contrast to the rest of your decor. The backsplash is the ideal location to implement your unique ideas.

• Will a busy pattern be ideal? Perhaps the rest of your kitchen includes monotone colors or simple designs. A busy backsplash pattern provides a pleasant contrast. Maybe your countertops include beautiful natural veining. Maybe your flooring is patterned. Then your backsplash may benefit from a simple design. This design will not detract from the rest of your elegant decor.

• Dark colors or light colors? Perhaps you have chosen a contrast of dark and light finishes for your countertops, cabinetry, and flooring. Then your backsplash is an integral part of this design scheme. You can combine dark and light ceramic or porcelain tile for kitchen backsplash You can also choose a pattern that will complement or contrast with the elements of your choice.

You can choose from many tile options. This is an excellent opportunity to express your personal style. Many patterns, colors, and designs give you the chance to create a unique backsplash. This backsplash can perfectly complement your kitchen decor. It can create a focal point. This can give your kitchen a custom look.


Created 06/18/2019

Your home's exterior reflects your design sensibilities and gives a glimpse into what the interior of the home may look like. Exterior home improvements are not only aesthetically pleasing, but they also maintain the structure of a home. Here are some home improvements you may need to make on the exterior of your home. 

Windows and Doors- Improving windows and doors can enhance their appearance as well as improve their functionality. Older wooden doors and windows should be checked regularly for wood rot or insect infestation. If any damage is found, consider replacing them with a more modern, weather proof model.

Lighting- Exterior lighting provides a strong sense of safety to a home. Not only do exterior lights keep homeowners safe from trips and falls when walking outdoors at night, they also dissuade would be thieves from coming near the home. Exterior lights should be checked regularly to make sure that they are in good working condition.

Motion lights are especially helpful in areas that are not used very often. Should a person walk by and trigger the motion light, the area will be illuminated immediately. All exterior lights should be rated for exterior use and fitted with the proper watt bulbs.

Security- Outdoor lighting not only provides ambience, but it can also secure your home. Make sure all entry points of the home are well lit. Outside the garage, mount a wall lantern on each side of the garage door or install a single fixture above. For added security, illuminate any side of the house in the shadows with spotlights installed on your eaves or use wall lanterns at side doors, windows, and garages.

Gutters- Gutters can be the bane of a homeowner's existence. They frequently get clogged with leaves, pine needles and debris, preventing the proper flow of water. When gutters are clogged or broken, water is not diverted away from the home and can collect on the roof or near the foundation, causing major problems. Homeowners should clean out their gutters regularly. It is often a good idea to install gutter covers meant to keep debris out of the gutters. These gutter covers save homeowners a great deal of work and will ensure that rain water is properly moved away from the home.

The exterior of your home requires as much attention as the interior does. Fix little problems as they occur so you don't feel overwhelmed by exterior home improvement projects. Spending time on these projects will give you a sense of accomplishment and allow you to further enjoy your home.

 


Created 06/13/2019

Natural stone is one of the best looks for the exterior and interior of a home. It’s beautiful, luxurious, and it last for years and years.

Quartzite is one of the hardest natural stones and is known as a cleaved stone and offers a rustic type characteristic to the stone. It has a similar look and durability to marble, but is different in many ways. One of quartzite’s greatest qualities is the sparkle that it illuminates at its surface. It’s unique in its look and extremely durable so that you can count on it being as beautiful and in as great condition years down the road, as it was when it was first constructed.

Natural stone increase your home’s value, a significant advantage when it comes time to sell a property. Here you have 5 reasons why you should use natural stone in your home or business:

1. If you are searching for the best return on your investment, this is the best choice because it adds lasting value to your home. Unlike manufactured products such as ceramic or porcelain tiles that become dated over time, natural stone endures, adding a long-term value to your property.

2. It is resistant to decay and less susceptible to damage than other materials thanks to it natural properties. For example, granite is very popular for kitchens due to its durability and strength.

3. While other products need to be sealed or painted regularly, this material keeps looking perfect for years. You won’t spend money or much time maintaining your home, only occasionally with a quick rinse.

4. If you use this natural material, your house won’t look like every other house on the street. Each stone is completely unique and different. The rich variety of colors and textures of stones cannot be duplicated by manufactured products. There is a stone product for any style, from traditional to contemporary.

5. Natural stone‘s thermal inertia helps maintain constant temperatures in your home’s interior, promoting thermal comfort and energy savings.

This natural product can add an extra touch of class to any space of your house: kitchens, bathrooms, living rooms, pathways… changing the look of your house or business. 

Installing stone in your home or business will be an intelligent choice, specially if you wish to raise the value of your property.


Created 06/10/2019
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