One of the things that I like about my husband is that he is willing to keep me on my toes. He is really good at coming back at me when I give him an attitude or say something sassy to him. I like that he is willing to go head to head with me about something that I may have an opinion on. For example, my husband and I were looking at plantation shutters to put on the outside of our home and he told me that if we spent the extra money, that we would get back what we invested into them. I did not think that this was possible.… READ MORE
I wanted to do something different for my living room, but I was not sure what would make me the happiest. I knew that I could paint the walls a different color, but they had just been painted not even two years ago. I considered buying some new wall decor, such as paintings, but I knew that was not the right answer either. I took my time and thought of all my options, and I finally decided that looking at a plantation shutters company might just be the answer I was looking for.
I knew that new shutters could really change the appearance of my living room, and it was the first thought that I did not disregard within 24 hours. That alone told me that I was onto something. I looked at different businesses in the area that provide this type of service, but it was really an easy decision to go with Orange County Shutters after looking at quite a few different companies. I took my time on each website, because this is not like going to the department store and buying a 10 dollar set of window blinds.
This is usually a permanent answer to window treatments, and I wanted to make sure I knew all the ins and outs of whatever one I decided to go with. Everything with Orange County Shutters seemed to be perfect for my needs. Not only do they come to my house to help me decide which shutters will look best, but they do all the other work too. They measure the windows so there is no wrong measurements taken, and then they custom make all the shutters at their business. They then come out and install them, and all of this is done at a great price too. This was definitely the change I was hoping to make!… READ MORE
Panama finally came out of a very long and rainy rainy season, and North America had a very difficult winter. But spring is near and that means it’s time to start thinking about your summer home repair and construction project.
Every winter, or rainy season depending on where you live, your home is battered by rain, snow, wind and more. Some years are much worse than others. And this means, that when things finally dry out, you are going to have some construction or building projects that you need to deal with.
Home repair comes before new projects. Or at least it should. And the first part of good home repair is a thorough inspection. One you have determined the damage, you can begin to repair it.
1. Roof Repair
There is not a lot of point to fixing a damaged interior if your roof is still leaking. Get up on top and make sure that you have no missing or cracked tiles or shingles. If you have metal roofing, make sure that all seams are still well sealed and in good repair.
2. Fix Stained Ceilings
If your roof did leak through the winter or rainy season it is very likely you will have to repair your ceilings. This could mean removing all dry wall. Or in the case of concrete or plaster, scraping the paint and allowing everything to dry. Once the old damaged material is removed and / or cleaned and dried you can start the repair.
Similar to ceilings, walls will need to be fixed up if any water has gotten in. In the case of walls, water damage is more likely to come from windows than from ceilings. Any damage around the windows could have come from leaks, or it could have come from condensation. Especially in cold and extremely humid locations.
4. Windows and Doors
Windows and doors are meant to keep the outside on the outside. Sometimes during dry season or summer it is easy to ignore your windows and doors because it is dry. But fixing a leak when it is cold or rainy outside is miserable. Deal with it now.
5. Gutters, Downspouts and Standing Water
Dry season or summer is a great time to deal with your gutters and downspouts in preparation for the next wet season downpours or snow. Also you should inspect low lying areas in and around your home for any standing water. Standing water can become a breeding ground for mosquitoes which spread disease like West Nile virus, Malaria and Dengue fever. Here in Panama, you can be fined for standing water because of this threat.
These 5 projects may not be that glamorous, or even fun. But, they are necessary areas that you have to deal with in the dry season. And they should be taken care of before you start working on all the fun summer projects you have planned.
So, think about the type of winter or wet season that you … READ MORE
The home-builder kit makes many construction mistakes; some minor, some quite large. Kit houses are designed to be built by amateurs, but not all are straight as they seem. Project design, selection and management errors are numerous, but mistakes that often occur to building owners revolve around the basics of construction. Registered are 5 common builder owner home kit mistakes and tips for avoiding them.
Mistake 1: Starting the installation of amateur metal roofing, installing wall plates and dry wall plates.
Tip: These three tasks are usually carried out by experienced professionals. Don’t try them without prior experience or prior technology learning. Upgrade skills in this field first or take out your wallet.
Mistake 2: Forgot to stick to the floor covering.
Tip: Nailing and even screwing the tongue floor and grooves on the raised floor system will not stop the floor squeaking. Apply builder level glue under all sheets to all beams and tighten.
Mistake 3: Have all the concrete pier holes poured all at once.
Tip: A concrete truck will pour 21 pier holes with concrete in one hour. It’s okay if you have 5 helpers, but if not, have a third poured every day. New kit builders have to pay extra and not have a heart attack trying to get every dock set and leveled and concrete finished and vaulted.
Error 4: Failed to dive into a jammed door.
Tip: Interior prefabricated frames arrive pretty well, but when they are pushed up and nailed they can be fine, making the door hang as an experiment. And just because the king’s buttons are vertical, it doesn’t mean the trimmers and lintel trimmers are flat.
Mistake 5: Not enough protectors on the wall frame.
Tip: Solid supports ensure the wall frame stays upright during the roofing process. The weight of the roof truss will easily slide the top plate of the wall frame when it is moved into position and fastened. Use adequate exterior and internal props and don’t remove them until the roof is finished.
For new kit home makers, mistakes are guaranteed. Limiting the impact of lack of experience is the answer, so read and reread the manual, get advice, continue to improve your skills and use professionals with large tasks.… READ MORE
Comfort is not just for Christmas. Comfort is a state of mind. Comfort is the end of the day when everything is peaceful. Comfort is a hug. Comfort is a blanket and a bright night sky. Comfort is a candle.
Of course we all describe comfort in very different ways. A minimalist will surely find one part of their home comfortable. To them. That would not be the same as my daughter’s definition, because it would not be possible to involve 27 teddy bears and Musical High School blankets.
So how do we make our home comfortable? What makes each of us feel ‘at home’?
There are a few common denominators, of course – crackling fire, great surface texture, but also less flattering lighting and intuitive design. This is an intangible factor of the house that is only considered if it is not functioning. Very rarely praise the comfortable flow of one’s home or the correct mood lighting. If they are done well, then these factors just fade smoothly into the fabric of the house.
Unfortunately, finding comfort at home isn’t always a case of investing in dozens of soft pillows. Comfort requires a personal definition, because while some are entertained by a basket of freshly cut logs, others prefer to surround themselves with stunning works of art, designer fabrics and expensive tassels to feel ‘comfort’. What does that mean to you?
Comfort at home is a fundamental part of human existence. Maslow identifies security as one of our most basic needs and I suggest that meeting this need, in the form of a home – shelter, escape – will mean that we are then more free to explore further into our more complex needs such as respect and self-actualization. Understanding home psychology requires more than investing in a pair of A350 curtain curtains.
Understanding what pleases you – what moves you, what lights your fire – is the first part of interior design. Appreciating what makes you happy or excites you – love for statues bought on a romantic weekend in Arles, paintings left by a grandparents, instruments played as a child – can inspire more than beautiful spaces. This will work far beyond coordination and design principles because it will be based on your life, your history and that personal element that will make the room extraordinary – very comfortable.
However, there are still rules to be followed that will help praise the ‘feel good’ factor of the object itself – be it an inherited Tiffany lamp or a simple patchwork pillow that catches your attention.
These rules are there to provide help – to show possible basic shapes, or color palettes. That thing, let’s say the copper cooking pot your grandmother always uses, will give you a scheme for the rest of the room. This will tell you whether to use curved or straight legs, it will suggest a traditional look or a more contemporary style. In short, this will give you a ‘feeling’ of a room. … READ MORE
You might already have cherry dining chairs or stain in your space but you just don’t know what to do with them. These pieces can be quite expensive in fact they can be some of the most expensive pieces in the furniture store. However, they can be quality and really gives you the opportunity to bring in a rich and warm color into your space and airs of traditional and a classic manner. Here are a few tips for decorating with these kind of pieces.
You really are going to want to find a paint color that will compliment this kind of style. For instance, you can decide whether you want your furniture to blend in or stand out. This probably has a lot to do with whether or not you love the furniture. Another thing to take into consideration is the actual floor space in an overall room. If you want it to blend in then go with a warm color on your walls. Of course this would be orange, red and yellow. These colors can also be very appetizing so they are perfect for a dining room. However, you might be scared of using bold colors on your walls so you may just want to go with a taupe or brown that has warm undertones still it. This allows you to keep the room neutral, while still showcasing the beauty of the wood.
Go for cooler colors if you would like to really showcase your furniture because the rich warm color will really pop. You could also just use a neutral color such as a soft gold or even a gray. This allows you to really modernize the overall feeling of your pieces just by changing out the paint color of your walls. This is perfect because you’ll have to prime the actual pieces that you pay so much money for. It also gives you the chance to showcase your work.
You can really change up the entire feeling of the space just by changing one or two pieces of the set. For instance if you have a china cupboard you could consider adding lighting to the inside or you could even put wallpaper on the back so that a subtle pattern and color just peeks through. This will really break up the appearance of a heavy set in your room and also makes sure that your furniture looks unique and different from everyone else who might have shopped at the same store.… READ MORE
To build a house, repair or remodel, you need the right building materials and tools. With the materials and tools available today, you can complete projects in less time and possibly with less money than you think.
You can download packages from the internet. You can even customize it to suit your own taste or to make your dream home.
When you are there, you can start thinking about how you want your outdoor living room to look. You can do multiple virtual landscaping, just for fun.
Of course, right now, you need the basics. So what does it take to build a house?
Wood, nails, hammers and saws, aircraft, partner boxes and levels, measuring tape, rulers and blueprints. Those are some basics. Drills, screws, walls, insulation, roofing materials, doors and windows are some of the others, all of which you can get from a home improvement shop near you. But, the first two things you need are a plan and a list.
Every experienced builder starts with a plan. A list of required items is made. A builder will often have many tools needed. You might have several of them too. So, you look at what you have and then decide what home building materials you need. That’s part of the plan.
Another part of your plan is the budget. You will want to try to get an idea of how much all this will cost. Depending on your experience, your estimates may not be exact. Even the most experienced builders sometimes “over budget.”
You may be tempted to take shortcuts, if you have a tight budget, but you will save money in the long run by buying high-quality, more energy-efficient materials. Skipping luxury items such as more expensive tiles or designer floors isn’t a problem. But, your basic home building materials must be of the quality needed to do the job.
Think about the future. If you buy lower quality wood, you may need to replace it more often. May not be resistant to insects or mold. Something like that can cause you a lot of problems and spend a lot of money in the future.
Functionality is the most important thing here. So when you compare available material and make your budget, focus on the functional aspects. That way, you will get durable home building materials.… READ MORE