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Property Decoration Work

Property Decoration Work

Decide if you want to hire or do-it-yourself

If you are feeling ready to renovate your home, there are important decisions you have to make. First, you need to determine whether you will do-it-yourself or you will hire a property decoration company. If you do not have the time or expertise, it will be wiser to let a professional decorate your place. As a person who knows nothing about interior and exterior decoration, you may skip some of the projects that would give you a higher return on investment in future.

Decoration ideas are many

Decoration work is more than the application of fresh paint on walls, floors and ceilings. You might want to upholster some pieces of furniture, order a set of new sofas in a different fabric, buy new curtains or blinds, add a wall paper, change your carpet or sew new pillows. Outside your house, you might need a secluded landscaped area with a water fountain, new plants that suit your area, more pavements and other things. There are so many other ideas that could be implemented to enhance the appearance of your property. If you just do not have time to find these ideas, let a professional interior and exterior decorator come and help you.

Selecting a good professional

When choosing a dependable and reputable property decoration company, it is good to consider the asset you want to decorate. Could this be the home you live in or a rental property? Once you know where you want to improve, choosing a good company will be easier. Some are mega companies that decorate homes, schools, factories, warehouses, shopping malls, big superstores and care homes among other area. You may be best choosing a decorator who specializes in home decorations only to get great results. The level of experience is among the most important things to consider when choosing a professional. Have they served other people in the past and were those people happy? By asking this question, you will ensure that you are giving your money to a company that cannot waste it.

Afford New Furniture

Afford New Furniture

  • Financing:
    For many people financing is the way to go. Most of the time you don’t have to put any money down which is a great plus. Financing consists of you making monthly payments until your furniture is paid off. The keys to this plan are that you can get your furniture up front, and monthly payments are easier then dropping a lump sum of money, especially because you just spent a lot of money buying your new home. This is also a good way to build credit. The downside is that you have to be approved for financing and sometimes interest rates on financing furniture can be high. Financing is a great way to afford furniture by making a large sum smaller and more affordable to you.
  • Layaway:
    Layaway is another great way to afford new furniture. If a furniture store offers a layaway plan, take the time to check out their plan. Most plans ask for a percentage upfront. This could be anywhere between 10% to even 50%. After you give them your down payment then you make monthly payments until your bill is paid in full. A downside to this is that you can not bring the furniture home until you finish paying on it. Another downside is if you don’t finish your payments you may lose your initial deposit. This doesn’t work if you need the furniture right away. If you are willing to wait though, this is a great budgeting plan that shouldn’t hurt your credit and will break up your major purchase into smaller easier amounts.
  • Save:
    If you don’t like the idea of making a contract via layaway or financing for your furniture then another option is to save up on your own. This does take some time, but in the end you fully own your furniture, and won’t screw up your credit line. A good way to do this is open an account at a bank specifically with the purpose of saving for your furniture. Then decide on how much you want to save out of each paycheck to buy your new furniture. For example, each week you decide to put $50 into your new account for your furniture. Make a plan and stick to it. This will help you afford furniture in your price range. In the end it will be worth the wait and the results of you buying your own new furniture will be a great feeling. The biggest downfall of this is having to wait for your furniture.

Metallic Cowhide Rugs

Metallic Cowhide Rugs

Cowhide rugs are available in a variety of styles. Metallic rugs are a stylish way to add some sparkle to any decor. Decorators encourage the mixing of materials in a home decor. These types of floor coverings are astoundingly compatible with any other material choices you make. You can achieve a decor theme of rustic glam when you place a metallic cowhide rug under a wood dining table or drape it across a wooden trunk that you’re using as a coffee table or accent piece. If you’re striving to create an earthy decor, a metallic cowhide would be the ideal anchor for a collection of textured metals and furnishings or accessories in copper, gold or silver.

The family room and your kid’s room are two areas where durable rugs are essential. These types of rug have the sustainability you need for these high traffic, frequently used areas. They can easily be cleaned by wiping them with a damp cloth.

These shimmering floor coverings have just the right amount of sparkle for a nursery decor. They are also an excellent choice for a bedroom where a serene atmosphere is the goal. Silver or gold metallic will add elegance to any room of your home. Black metallic rugs are exceptionally versatile. They can bring sophistication to a modern decor or be a stunning feature in a rustic decor.

If you’re looking for a way to add some excitement to a room, you don’t have to look any farther than a red metallic cowhide rug. This one accessory can transform a mundane living room, bedroom or dining room atmosphere into an energized space. If you’re decorating a kid’s room, especially a teenager’s room, this stunning rug may be just the item you need to create a personal retreat they will be delighted with.

Start of a Renovation Story

Start of a Renovation Story

The first house we looked at was a foreclosure on an acre of land. Can you say DREAM PROJECT?? After walking through it, we (more Chris than me) realized that it was more than we could take on right now. Realistically, pastoring a new church, working full time, being a mom to 3 kids, coaching two soccer teams, and doing interior design side jobs made our cup runneth ova. Sometimes too much. So we scratched a HUGE project like that off our list. (Insert ice-cream and Hallmark movies here.)

This process quickly turned into a journey toward health for our family. We had to come to terms that even though we wanted LOTS and LOTS of projects, we needed to be wise and slooooooowwww things down a bit. We wanted to live life with our kids by traveling and making memories. My oldest son, Justus, just turned 10 and (gulp) will be leaving for college in just 8 short years. (I know it’s forever away. Shut up.) So we changed our search for what “we” wanted and looked for something that would benefit our family and bring health to our already busy schedules. And so we changed our search and found our new/old house. Third confirmation.

This house had been on the market for about a year. Chris was sold before I was. It’s a “sort-of-fixer-upper”. Definitely livable, but could use some TLC here and there to make it our style. It works perfectly with what we wanted to find because we can live in it while we fix it up in phases. We can handle that (hopefully)! As we walked through it, we both knew it was our new home. The neighborhood is established. The trees are mature. The neighbors are so kind. And our backyard backs up to the kid’s elementary school yard. We are finally home.

Phase 1 started on Day 2 of possessing the keys. No time wasted here!

Here’s what it will include:

Refinish/re-stain wood floors

Paint interior

Paint trim throughout

Reno entire kitchen (cabinets, counters, sink, faucet, appliances, backsplash, custom hood, open shelving… )

Replace chandeliers on main level

Paint exterior

Punch through the staircase wall and open up a passthrough

As of today, floors are done, interior paint is done, main level trim is done, chandeliers have been ordered, and the kitchen has started its demo process. Did I mention we’ve only been in the house for 3 weeks? Yeah… Thankfully we contracted out the floors and the interior paint. Didn’t regret that for a second. My husband and I and a contractor friend will finish the rest. Our timeline is to finish the kitchen by the end of August, paint the house the first week of September and then punch through the wall sometime this Fall. Anyone want to help!!!!! HAHAHAHHAHHAHA! No really…

I didn’t want to overwhelm you with every reno project so I’ll just start with the exterior and kitchen area. Aren’t I nice.

Let’s start with the mustard and poop brown exterior, shall we.

The house has great peaks and curb appeal EXCEPT for the color. Like everything else in my house, the house will soon be dark white (including trim) with a taupe-grey shutter and a German Smear effect on the brick. Chris will be making bigger shutters as the current ones are too small for the windows.

I seriously CANNOT. WAIT. FOR. THIS. There is such a peace when you drive up to your house and it’s calming and you just want to run inside and cozy up with your family. Yeah… not getting that from this present paint color.

Now for the kitchen area. Lemme explain a little bit first. The kitchen is teeny-tiny. Our last kitchen was double this size. So this took some careful thought and vision to re-plan this space. Attached to the kitchen is the eating area and then the family room.

The floors are beautiful (and real) hardwood, but not our style. And the paint color is a taupey-peach. Not our style either. Because the space is small, and it’s broken up with windows and doors, it needed to be brightened up. I chose a dark white for the whole interior. Don’t laugh at me. There is such a thing. Technically, it’s called Aesthetic White by Sherwin Williams. I wanted to error on being too white instead of being too pink, yellow or taupe. And I love how it turned out!

One of the first things we did after the floors were done and the interior was painted was to switch the layout of the house. The family room doesn’t have to stay the family room. The eating area doesn’t have to stay the eating area. When you enter the house to the right was the formal dining room and to the left was the formal living room. Well, folks round these parts folks like us don’t use formal anything. So we decided quickly that the “dining room” would become the piano/office room. And the “formal living room” would become our family room. (More on those rooms coming later.) That allowed us to use the kitchen, eating area and family room as the new kitchen and eating area. And I don’t know if I shared it or not… but it has a fireplace. I have always dreamt of a fireplace in my kitchen. Swoon city.

For the kitchen, we ripped out the upper cabinets and open shelving will go in their place. A custom hood will go above the range, counters will be a white quartz, the island bar will be knocked down to counter height and extended another 3 inches. A farmhouse sink will go in the island too. The backsplash will be white subway tile with dark grout. Open shelving will continue on the wall above the microwave where the original eating area once was. This helps the kitchen feel bigger and continue on beyond the space it was intended for. The fireplace will get the same German Smear treatment as the brick on the exterior.

White on white on white. I know some of you want to shoot me right now, but I’m also trying to make “good” decisions with the material for our sectional, rugs and so on. Not gettin’ a white sectional y’all. You can breathe now.

Well, if you’ve made it this far in the post I should give you an award. I barely made it.

Thanks for staying the journey with me! I might need a shoulder to lean on in the near future!

Catch Basin Care

Catch Basin Care

Effective Inserts

Curb inlets aren’t designed for pollutant and sediment capture. As such, retrofitting the can substantially improve the inlets performance. Inserts can boost their efficiency. They can remove sediment, debris, trash, grease and oil. One of the simplest retrofit options are hooded outlets that capture floatable materials and prevent them from entering the storm drain system.

Filters are one of the varieties of inserts that exist for effectively filtering runoff. The filter fabric will remove pollutants as storm water flows into the system.

The second type of inserts that can be installed by plumbers are catch basin traps; these can be a series of trays or plastic boxes fitted into the basin. The tray-like insert has a top tray that traps sediment at the entry point and other underlying traps can filter specific materials. Plastic boxes can remove hydrocarbons as the water passes and all trash and rubbish is left in the box. These traps make cleaning of the curb inlets/basins by plumbers or drain cleaning experts much easier.

Cleaning Clogged Systems

The grids of basins are widely spaced and because of this, some objects fall through into the system.

The system is clogged when trash and sediments pile up onto and in the basin and as a result, water ponds are formed as the storm water can no longer flow freely into the curb inlet. Street flooding that is localized is a hazard to you and the public as a whole.

Curb inlets should be well maintained and monitored to ensure that they work as efficiently as possible to eliminate the risk of water damage on driveways and flooding of roads. If not frequently maintained the catch basin can be a source of dangerous pollutants and lead to material flowing to rivers and oceans.

Quality Composite Deck Material

Quality Composite Deck Material

When you want to have a surface added on to your home, there is a lot of planning you must first do. The first thing to discover is where would you like to add this structure. Once you have come up with a location, it is time to decide the color and type of substance you would like to use. There are many different types of composite deck material to choose from. There is the tropical design that can give your property a striking and unique look. If you want to feel like you’re on an island in your own backyard, this is the style for you. It will definitely make your place stand out in the neighborhood. The captiva decking is exquisite, with a much finer look to it. It is pleasing to the eye and satisfactory for most house styles. The marine decking is meant for locations near the water for floating docks. Having this design certainly makes for a great scene.

Composite deck material is inexpensive. All it takes is the right professional to make installations for you. You can choose the exacting decking textile that suits your styles and desires. Browsing pictures and designs can help you discover exactly what it is you may want for your property. There is a design out there that fits your exact personality.

For those wanting to install these additions to their homes, the process is actually quite simple. Installation is a do-it-yourself process that comes with easy instructions. If you want to use professional installers, this option is available as well. But doing it yourself can save you money. It can also prove to be a fun learning experience and even an adventure. You will feel a sense of accomplishment knowing that you installed a brand new part of your home all on your own. As long as you know how to read and measure, the results should turn out fine. You will be able to behold your masterpiece before you know it.

Composite deck material is very classy and affordable at inexpensive costs. There are so many colors to choose from. Your property can go from bland to glamorous in just a matter of time. You can have a brand new space to chill, entertain guests, have drinks, and lounge. It just takes the right tools and resources to have it completed the right way.

Deck Post Caps

Deck Post Caps

Vinyl

Every material requires its own solution when it comes to keeping deck post caps secured to their place. Vinyl, for instance, benefits from being secured with a specific PVC glue. Why use this adhesive? Well, not only does it work well, but it will also stand up to the elements. This, as you have probably already seen, is one of the most important aspects of any adhesive you use in an outdoor setting. Rain, wind, and hail do not represent particularly pleasant precipitation under the best of circumstances, but they can play absolute havoc with your outdoor construction projects. Brush on some PVC glue and your vinyl should stay in place.

Wood and Composite Materials

There are several big differences between using wood and using composite wood mixtures when building your patio, but for this purpose they are much the same. Wood is one of the most common choices for a homeowner looking to build an outdoor entertaining area, and for good reason. It is timeless, classic, and it just fits. Many homeowners are looking to composite materials as well, hoping to cut down on maintenance necessities. When it comes to deck post caps, both materials are usually fixed in place well with wood glue. If you have the type that doesn’t slip directly onto the posts, you may have better luck with screws.

Aluminum and Metal

This is the only type of deck post caps that doesn’t respond well to glue. You may as well put your glue gun away if you want these to stay in place. Instead, you should look for special screws intended for use with aluminum products. These will do the trick. If you purchase the type that is self-locking, however, you can dispense with the screws, as these babies aren’t coming off anytime soon. Get a mallet, hammer it down onto the rail, and you can forget about it.

Laundry Room Organization

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 the back of doors to hold cleaning products and baskets of small items.

Building Your Own Pedestals

Pedestals under washing machines and dryers are all the rage, and for good reason. They help elevate these appliances to make them easier to use. They also provide beneficial storage where you need it the most. If you’d love to experience the advantages of pedestals, but you’re not crazy about the prices, there are do-it-yourself options out there that can make this a reality. Build an enclosed shelving system out of plywood. With center supports, the shelves will be strong enough to hold the appliances. Paint the wood in a light and bright color. Use the shelves to store laundry baskets or bins when you’re not using them. This shelving might be the perfect place to stow off-season garments, too.

Horizontal Surfaces

Just as in the kitchen, horizontal surfaces are an advantage in the laundry room. Consider the benefit of a countertop installed directly above a washer and dryer. You can fold items immediately as you take them out of the dryer. Don’t forget to make the space as pleasant as it is functional. The addition of a backsplash behind a counter and colorful tiles on the floor will make this area much more enjoyable.

Storage

Install as many cabinets as you can fit for effective laundry room organization. Above the appliances, cupboards will hold virtually any household items, from off-season decor to backup cleaning supplies. A sink and cupboards work in conjunction with many clothes-cleaning activities, enabling you to tackle tough stains effectively. Open shelves are great for this area too when they hold large bins or baskets full of items.

Emergence of DIY Power Systems

Emergence of DIY Power Systems

People saw the need for something like this because of number of reasons. Primarily it’s because of the steady increase in electricity rates and gas prices in the past few years. Another reason is that people are starting to notice the adverse effects of climate change and are feeling the need to help keep the planet healthy. The DIY Power System was conceptualized because of the first two reasons and because of this third one, having a contractor install a green power generator in your house can lead to large labor costs.

Much has been said about the effectiveness of such systems when it comes to providing all the power needed by a typical home. Naysayers say that such systems are not reliable and maintenance costs can be high as well. Those points might be true a decade ago. New developments in green power technology have increased the efficiency of such systems dramatically. The cost of building one and maintaining it has significantly gone down as well. The price of setup and maintenance costs will only go down in the coming years.

There are a lot of power systems that people can install in their home all by themselves. Some, however, are not applicable in every geographical location. One example would be harnessing wave movements to generate electricity. However, this could only be done in coastal areas. Here are some examples of power systems that can be installed just about anywhere.

Solar Generators

Solar generators arguably are the most famous, and most common, type of renewable power sources out there. It works by harnessing the power of the sun’s rays and converting it into usable electricity. It basically has three parts to it; the solar panels, the inverter, and storage batteries. The solar panels are the ones who absorb and convert the sun’s radiation into electricity. The inverter then converts that electricity, which is DC power, into AC power that can be used by home appliances. The storage batteries’ job is to store excess or unused electricity so that there is power to use just in case the sun’s light is not that powerful.

Wind Turbine Generators

Windmills have been around for hundreds of years. People have been harnessing the power of the wind to make some of their tasks, like grinding corn and even fetching water, a whole lot easier. Wind turbines are just the next phase of development of windmill technology. Wind turbines harness the wind by using the force of the wind to turn rotors, which in turn rotates a mechanical generator. A mechanical generator uses mechanical energy to generate electricity. Wind turbines have been so successful in producing huge quantities of energy that commercial wind farms have been constructed worldwide to help provide the world with cleaner energy.

Mixing Colour and Pattern in Interiors

Mixing Colour and Pattern in Interiors

Lifestyle of the owners

The interiors of the house depends on the kind of family residing in it and also the lifestyle it possesses. If the family is a patriarch family that it is bound to stick with the traditional ways. Such a family loves a colourful house with brightly painted walls,draperies and curtains in bright red, maroons, orange, greens and yellow’s. Handmade tiles or Terrazzo floors which are not marble but have chips of marble and granite.

As the thinking is traditional bulbs or tube lights would be preferred to ceiling lamps. The interior requirement of a neutral family would reflect the latest market trend prevalent in the market. The colours would be black, grey or any dark tones which do not require much cleaning and dusting as the members of the neutral family would working who do not stay in the house for long.

Colourful draperies or furnishing

A well designed interiors uses a lot of cotton fabrics which is coloured using basic colouring techniques,Block printed designs using traditional wooden printing blocks to create beautiful designs and patterns on cotton bed sheets. Sometimes just by throwing a coloured pillow on grey or black sitting arrangement would pop in some colour. Using silk curtains or designer curtains would also look colourful and protect the house from the extreme climatic conditions outside. Embroidered bed sheet and table covers complete the handicraft picture. Sometimes throwing a rug or carpet would camouflage the old flooring which looked dull and inappropriate.

Handicraft product to dominate the scene

Hand sculpted figurines or bronze statement pieces in the form of god or goddesses. These statement pieces are collected over the years each product has a different story to tell. These statement pieces are used to fill in the empty spaces which would otherwise look very dull and uninviting. They also show the likes and tastes of the owner. Handmade paintings on the wall,lots and lots of them to enliven the wall and a wall art made of old tiles salvaged. The broken tiles can be assembled to form a mosaic art which would look rather creative and innovation and make a state of the art piece to put it to display and to earn praises or accolades.

Green house effect

How can you ignore the importance of greenery to colour the interiors naturally. To let fresh air and life into the interiors one must buy a of planters in various shapes and sizes and for almost rooms.

Long sized pots and planters and the urlis add glamour and lustre and make the place vibrant and bright. Planters in the living area, in the foyer area and also near the staircase gives a Mediterranean look to the interiors.