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Laundry Room Organization

Foldable Drying Rack

Air drying delicate items is an ongoing challenge. Improve laundry room organization with a foldable drying rack that folds up and out of the way when you’re not using it. With a board fastened to the wall and a small ladder fastened at the bottom, it’s a simple process to fold down the ladder for horizontal drying and push it back up again when the items are dry.

Finding Hidden Space

Effective laundry room organization is often about maximizing the space in an otherwise congested room. Look for innovative ways to find extra room, such as installing the dryer over the washing machine. As long as you have a front-loading machine, this configuration shouldn’t be a problem. Use every niche in the space for storage, including space between appliances or on either side. Narrow shelves will often fit in these small areas. Shelves with casters will easily pull out and push in for access to items. Mount shelving onto

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Minimalist Home Designs

Consider the Lighting

Do you know that lighting also plays a very important role when it comes to minimalist architecture design? Be sure that you make use of only high quality lights. By using high quality lights, you can create a simple effect to your home. When it comes to picking colors, don’t forget that black and white are very common. These colors are the basic color used by many homeowners wanting to have minimalist house designs. For the floors, you can consider using dark wood. To create a simple effect, the roofs are usually flat. This is quite different from regular houses which you have seen so far. By using flat roofs, you can create a simple effect which is very ideal for minimalist home designs.

Use Bright Colors

Bright colors such as red, yellow and orange can provide an interesting design to your home. If you have decided to have a small home then bright colors will become a perfect choice.

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Repair Foundation Cracks

Epoxy Injections

The most common way to repair foundation cracks in concrete slabs and walls is to fill the crack with epoxy, a synthetic resin. Epoxy is known for its toughness, superior adhesion, low shrinkage and resistance to chemicals and water.

Before the epoxy is injected, the surface surrounding the crack needs to be prepared. This involves cleaning the area and removing any loose material with a chisel. After the crack has been filled, staples are placed across the crack for additional support and stabilization. Repairing the crack with epoxy will prevent it from increasing in size and prevent moisture from penetrating the concrete.

Strapping

Foundation cracks can also be closed and prevented from moving by installing carbon-fiber Kevlar straps. These lightweight straps have considerable strength and are easy to work with. They are used along with epoxy injections to repair walls that have horizontal cracks. Horizontal cracking is usually an indicator of too much weight against the wall. This type of

Benefits of new home construction in Portland

With a limited inventory of already built homes, increasing prices, and shorter time on the market to make sure that you are making the right decision, you might end up figuring out that purchasing an already built home is not the best option for you and your family.

Building your own home in Portland comes with its incredible positives, as well as some causes for stress that you should be aware of as well. If you do end up going this route, what is most important is that you remember that hiring the best Portland general contractor that you can find is highly important. But what are the overall benefits of building a new home in Portland, Oregon?

Here are some of the best benefits to keep in mind.

Knowing what you’re getting

Perhaps the best aspect of building a new home in Portland is that you will be present every step of the way and know what you are getting in your new home. Far too often, people purchase what they think is the home of their dreams only to find that it comes with quite a lot of

Heating Repair

On the Level

The most important step in finding a good heating repair company is making sure they are on the level. This means they have all of their licensing in order. Every state has their own qualifications and requisites for becoming a licensed contractor. Make sure any company you’re considering has met those qualifications and can show you their active license as issued by the state. If you happen to live in a state where no such licensing is required, check to see if the company belongs to any professional organizations. These organizations have their own qualifications, which will at least let you know that someone considers this company a professional service.

Consumer Reporting

In the old days, you had to ask around to find out what people thought of a particular heating repair company. There’s nothing wrong with doing that today, either, but it can be frustrating when it seems as though no one you know has ever hired such a contractor. The internet makes it easy to get this kind of information. Look around for customer reviews, but be wary of any that seem too glossy or opinionated in one direction or

Basics to Loft Extensions

The popularity of the loft conversions relate to the benefits that are gained by the homeowner. One of the main reasons is that an often unusable room is transformed into space that is fully liveable, which has the potential to increase the marketable value of a property by as much as 20%.

If consulting with a loft conversion specialist, you will likely find out that there are two main types of loft conversions, which relate to the dormer and roof window conversion. A roof window conversion is basically the process of installing a specific type of roof window, which are effective at letting in a significant amount of light throughout the daytime. A roof window is also highly aesthetically appealing when viewing the property from the outside. While the dormer conversion relates to a more extensive project and includes installing the windows, increasing the space and headroom in the attic, and creating space for permanent staircase access.

Prior to starting the construction phase of a loft extension, a specialist first inspects the available attic space to decide whether it is suitable for the type of work. It is important to decide that there is enough headroom

Creating the Perfect Home Office

Choose the right space

The answer may not be as obvious as you might think. While, geographically, that corner in the living room may seem to make the most sense, its important to consider the level of distraction you may be facing in the future. Televisions, children, telephones, and pets can all come as unexpected distractions to your productivity. Choose a space with minimal traffic, minimal use, and minimal access to distractions.

Also, its important to be able to separate work life from home life- the ability to shut a door and “leave work” is absolutely crucial for reducing stress levels and reducing the risk of “burn out”. Perhaps an unused dining room, or formal living room could be a better option than using a spare bedroom.

Compliment, not Contradict

Your home office should compliment the rest of your home. If your home has a traditional design with lots of warm tones- then stick with that. Your home office space should seamlessly blend into the design of your home, not scream “cold, soul-less cubicle”. You also want to avoid clashing design themes- you may have that great desk your mother-in-law gave you- but if

Beauty of Large Wall Art

Wall art doesn’t need to be the last bit of the riddle when you’re enlivening your space. Truth be told, it shouldn’t be. In our psyches, wall art is most vital with regards to interior decor. This is on the grounds that when it’s used appropriately, your tapestries can give a superb system around which you should have the capacity to arrange whatever remains in the room. Each space needs a touch of large wall art. Again and again in interior decoration, we see it is regarded as an idea in retrospect. It’s what remains to be done, long after the last layer of paint has dried on the walls and the greater part of the furniture has been moved in, on the off chance that it is managed by any means.

In any case, we’re here to contend that by consigning wall art to the side lines, you’re passing up a great opportunity for an astounding design opportunity. At the point when picked creatively, the right art can accommodate the whole room.

Why Large Wall Art Matters Most in Interior Design

It Provides an Instant Color Palette

Hunt down large wall art. When

Drainage Systems for Home

A well-maintained property including an attractive yard is a great asset to have; not only will you be able to enjoy it to the maximum but you will also be able to command the best possible price for it in the market. Therefore, you need to invest in proper drainage solutions for your property. In other words, you’ll need to hire a company that can offer you a comprehensive range of services that includes:

Re-sloping the ground in order to guide water flow in a particular direction, i.e. away from the foundation, flower beds etc. and towards outside drains.
Building and maintaining drainage channels to divert excess water away from the property. Drains below the surface will prevent the soil from becoming soggy.
Building retaining walls to protect certain elevated areas from collapse and erosion. In fact, the company should also put erosion control measures in place so that you do not lose a lot of soil.
Installing and managing a proper system of gutters on your building’s roof so that water is not allowed to accumulate there. While downspouts should be esthetic and durable, they should also be placed in such a manner that they do

Buying A Whole House Water Filter

I suspect that your first question will be if this type of system is right for you and your family. Also, will it fit in your house? Some home may be more difficult to retro-fit than others. If you are renting a property, you will most likely not be able to fit a whole house water filter, but check with your landlord to see if they will allow you to. After all, they will benefit in the long run. Let’s look at a few of the benefits and drawbacks of using water filters or, in particular, whole house systems.

The obvious main benefit is that they can provide clean water to your whole house, via one single filtering unit. Other systems may require that you have devices attached to each faucet, but with this type, the entire house benefits from cleaner water. This will be ideal for large houses with lots of bathrooms, showers or sinks. You might be thinking that having filtered water in your shower or bath may not be something you need – however, studies have found that chemicals commonly present in domestic water supplies, such as chlorine, will be able to enter your

Gas Safety Importance

Gas Safety Week highlighted the dangers of gas and recent and old stories of carbon monoxide poisoning surfaced, reminding everyone how lethal gas can be. Trevor and Alan Leighton died of carbon monoxide poisoning in 1992 when a landlord reconnected a gas supply to an appliance that had been already been judged as unsafe by a registered engineer. An incident like this is easily avoidable and having a day’s worth of home cooking is never that worth it.

These days, registered engineers are incredibly accessible so make sure that you hire a safe, registered engineer when carrying out any gas work inside your home. ‘Gas safe’, the legal body for gas engineers also make it easy on their website to check if an engineer is registered to their system and all you have to do is type in their ‘Gas Safe’ number and all the information will come up for you.

All registered engineers should carry their badges with them at all times so you can always check for yourself. Gas companies should also have a number so you can ask for this when choosing who to go to for your work.

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Water Heaters

Your Fuel Options

Before you make any purchase of water heaters or even compare the various options, you will need to think about fuel first. Most homes use one of three options in their current systems. This includes electric, natural gas or propane gas. Any of these can be a good option for you. However, for those who want to save bigger, it may be possible to use a solar or geothermal option too. If you plan to switch sources of fuel, be sure to factor in the cost of making such a switch.

Family Size

The next consideration in selecting a heater is to consider your family size and usage needs. In most cases, the system will have a specific chart on it to tell you what size it can handle. For example, if you have five or more people in your home, you should have an 80-gallon tank minimum to ensure there is plenty available. For those with three or four people, the recommendation is for a 50-gallon tank. Those with two or three need 40-gallons minimum.

To Tank or Not to Tank

The next question to consider is whether you

Achieve Well Balanced Interior Design

Balanced Light

The way natural light flows into your home is an important part of how you’ll perceive your space. Not every home is blessed with natural lighting, and if that’s the case with yours, it’s wise to install artificial lighting in the right locations. Highlighting architectural feats in your home, collections or just your living room can make a big difference.

Cohesion In The Home

All of the things you collect and display in your home should relate to each other in some shape or form. For example, if you’re looking to create a modern country look, there’s no reason to place a retro 1970’s couch in the middle of your living area. Whether it’s shape, era or color that brings your belongings together, the naked eye should be able to find some common ground.

Mixing And Matching

There’s no reason that everything in your home should match everything. Just because you want a leather couch, it doesn’t mean you need to get a matching leather recliner and an ottoman. You need to mix and match the items in your space and create a uniform look by bringing each piece together. It’s