Jack found the place and I looked it over. When you pulled up the curb, the place looked just awful and we did not think it would be worth the effort. However when we went in and did a thorough inspection. The shutters were terrible for example, but we took them down and repaired them in no time flat. They look awesome now. I put in some new vinyl windows myself and then put vinyl siding on a detach garage. That thing looked as though it should have been burned down when we saw it, but there was not anything wrong with it that could not be fixed with relative ease. We had it looking terrific in no time. We figured out that the roof is good for about six years longer, but a big tree limb had done a little damage to one corner. I had to go up there and fix it. You would have thought that there would have been some water damage from this, but apparently it was recent enough that very little rain had fallen since.

At any rate we have to put some carpet down and now that all of the renovation is done I am going to sand and polish the hardwood floors. I am going to put up a ceiling fan and then we are going to add a few smart home features. There will be a splash to that, it is going to impress the potential buyer. It is not really going to come with a big price tag. We think that we shall be done in a few weeks. Of course me and a guy we use for carpentry are staying here. I do this all of the time. I have a camper trailer out in the driveway with all of my stuff in it.… READ MORE

I will never babysit anyone else’s kids again. I did a babysitting job for a couple of my neighbors one day, and their kids ripped the shutters right off my window. They were trying to climb on them as if they were Spider Man. I was so furious when I saw what they had done that I sent them to bed immediately. When I told their parents about their actions, they were even madder than I was. They decided to compensate me for the shutters by paying for new orange county shutters.

The parents had a specific company that they called for the new shutters. I guess they must have needed a shutter replacement in their own homes. I wonder what kinds of things those kids break at their parents homes. The parents must not discipline them enough, because if they did, then the kids wouldn’t have done it to my home.… READ MORE

Fabric can be utilized in different forms in order to add colour, finish and a decent look to your home. This can reflect your personality by using different colours, kinds and form of the cloth you choose for an interior decor purpose The dullness of an interior space can be overcome with the use of the different patterns and styles of fabrics available. Obviously, there are thousands of choices which can reflect your preference of colours and combination.

Places where you can make use of Fabric Decor

Furniture can be given a different look and appeal by using fabric. Chairs, sofas, ottomans, tables, shelves and slabs can be used to decorate these pieces. You carefully need to think about the colours and designs. Use of neutral fabrics and colours is important; this can help you reflect the latest trends and fads prevailing.

Secondly fabric can be easily used on pillows and cushions. This will add to the colour and combination in your area. Placing differently shaped and designed pillows and cushions on your sofas, beds and empty corners will add to the glamour of your room or sitting area. This is an affordable technique and can be easily replaced when the stuff wears out or is out of fashion.

Fabric used in windows is a fantastic way to add glamorous finish to an empty end. An ordinary drapery panel can be substituted by a good quality falling fabric and the optimum colour combination will make a simple place look warm and sophisticated. Similarly valance or cornice can be used to maintain colour combination and reinforce colour palate inside your room.

You can use a great variety of fabrics inside a single room. Decorating the bed covers, pillows, drapes, bed skirts, comforters and quilts can add weight and attraction to your room. It will make the bedroom look comfortable, filled and warm. You can vary the colours according to the seasonal changes as well. As the idea is affordable, you can easily change it with time.

Similarly, fabric coated lampshades or head boards can make the place look splendid. You can add fabric to wall hangings, frames, tapestries, mats, table runners and many other accessories.

It is rather intricate to combine and mix fabrics and colours. Appropriate colours and fabrics can be used by using “Rule of Three” mostly followed by interior designers. Using a small, large or medium print depends on the decorator. Similarly the pattern or form of fabric being used also should be in accordance with the colours and the budget of the decorator.

Following are a few things that you must consider:

•             For buying drapes or other fabric for decoration make a match or contrast with a sample piece.

•             Use chalks in order to mark out lines on walls for hangings drapes etc.

•             While decorating kids’ rooms make sure you ask kids for their views.

•             You can use fabrics according to the colours of the ceiling, walls and the whole room … READ MORE

Your entry hall is the first thing most people see when they enter your home. You want the first impression of your home to be positive and welcoming. The decor should also reflect your personality and your taste. It is easy to achieve a warm and inviting feel.

An unorganized, messy or shabby space is not the image you want to present to visitors when they first come to your home. Clean up clutter, fix or remove items that are in disrepair, change dead light bulbs, and freshen up your walls with a new coat of paint. These are simple ways to create a good first impression.

You want the decorating style that is in the rest of the home to also be present in your entry hall. This is easily accomplished by using finishes and accessories that compliment the decor in the rest of the house. For example, if your home has a Tuscan flair, start with a wall color in a warm, rich tone. Add wrought iron sconces and a mirror with a metal frame to the walls. Finish the look by placing a rustic console table in the entry.

There are many comfortable touches that you can add to your entry hall. First, a chair or bench will provide a good place to rest or pull on boots. A table to hold mail, keys and collectibles is also a useful addition to the space. If there is not enough room for a table or chest, a shelf will work as well. An umbrella holder, coat hooks on the wall, or a coat rack, provide an accessible place to store guest’s belongings. A clock for the wall, tabletop or shelf will advise of the time. Items like these will provide organization and comfort to the foyer.

A mirror is a great idea, for vanity and to enlarge the feel of the space. A mirror can also bring more light into a darker area. A new area rug, matching accessories, such as candle holders with coordinated candles, sconces on the wall or vases filled with fresh flowers will complete the look of the space. Large vases on the floor with arrangements will add a finishing touch.

Overall, a few thoughtful touches will bring a warm and inviting atmosphere to your entry. It is worth taking a second look at your entry hall to make sure it is reflecting the first impression you want to give to your visitors.… READ MORE

The earthquakes and typhoons in Asia, the Iowa floods, California wildfires, hurricane in the Gulf and Florida all make us wince just thinking about them. Mother Nature does not give warning nor discriminate. We can all relate to undergoing a natural calamity, know someone who had gone through it and even watched the aftermath on television.

Because of this, you might wonder if your homes are prepared when these things occur. Disasters like earthquakes, fires and windstorms usually prompt building code upgrades as people are more aware of the dangers posed by nature. Nevertheless, even the most updated building codes can still prove inadequate of protecting your home against major catastrophes. It is even worst for older homes which were often built before builders and engineers paid enough attention to strengthening them against disasters.

Below are home upgrades to be able to protect your home when natural disasters strike:

1. Flood disasters destroy your home and your homeowner’s insurance does not cover it. Give further protection for you home by purchasing flood insurance from the government. You can get the maximum coverage for $300 to $600 annually in moderate risk areas. Tell your agent about applying an inflation guard on your policy that increases the coverage amount by three to five percent yearly. Get a professional replacement value appraisal to assess the replacement value of your home accurately.

2. Have the main breaker or the fuse box and the utility meters raised above the flooded level in your home. This way, when your home floods, the water will not damage your power utilities.

3. Install hurricane straps to keep the roof attached to the walls so you will not lose them to high winds.

4. Protect windows and glass by using storm shutters. Use them when severe weather comes. They also protect against flying debris such as tree trunks and other things carried by strong winds.

5. Strap or bolt cupboards and bookcases to your walls and put heavy objects on the lower shelves to avoid them from falling on someone. Also, strap your water heater to a nearby wall to keep gas water heater from falling on someone or starting a fire.

6. Bolt your home to the foundation by using anchor bolts that costs $2 each. Install them every six feet on the outer edges of your home.

7. Put flame-retardant shingles on your roof rather than wood shakes or standard shingles. This cuts the chance of burning debris in the air catching fire on your roof.

8. Set aside a considerable emergency fund. Some states place a large deductible on claims that involve natural disasters such as earthquakes and hurricanes. Make sure that you have sufficient funds to cover your deductible with your additional living expenses. Insurance companies will pay for additional living expense but they require you to shoulder the expense first and they will reimburse you for it. Keep all receipts for eating out, temporary housing and any other additional costs for being … READ MORE

In terms of accessories, renovations and upgrades to homes and houses fireplaces rank out near in front. People seem to want fireplaces whether it’s a grand hearth in the living room to put your feet out like a country squire and read the daily newspaper or a simple gas or electric powered fireplace for the basement recreation room that is the choice for installation by many do-it-yourselfers.

Yet a lot of negative things could be said as a deterrent for installing a fireplace in one’s home. Safety. Fire hazards. An unnecessary source for lost heat in a home – resulting in increased monthly fuel bills in the dead of winter are but a few most valid reasons for not getting a fireplace put into your home or summer vacation cottage.

Still people want fireplaces, cannot be talked out of installing them no mater what a heating expert, contractor or even home insurance agent advises? Why this and what is this the apparent allure of the fireplace.

In some cases its style and even majestic style. In some cases it’s an accessory for the home in most cases and situations, after the home renovation contractor has thrown his hands in the air after trying to talk the home owning couple out of this renovation upgrade it is simply that people like fireplaces. Why is this so?

Fireplaces and especially real wood or token real wood gas propane fireplaces add an aura and ambiance that nothing else seems to fill. On top of that fireplaces fill a basic human need – it goes all the way back to early mankind, their encampments. Fireplaces were the community centers, the source of food and safety against the nighttime. They gave out warmth, nutrition and safety. Thus most human beings feel intrinsically good and comforted in the presence of a roaring fireplace or even hearth.

Though housing has changed over time from one room to a series of rooms – all very larger overall. Heating needs and systems have evolved up from a simple fire for warmth to central air furnace systems and steam water boilers the quaintness and feeling of comfort that a simple fire exudes remains the same. Hence the solid attraction of a fireplace or even fireplaces installed or upgraded as renovations in any home or household.… READ MORE