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Installing a kitchen island may bring new life to the heart of your home We’ve all dreamed of buying a “small island” on which to live out our days in beachfront prosperity. Unfortunately, only 1% of us have Richard Branson level-wealth. So we may set our sights a little lower, but we don’t have to compromise any grand ambitions. We can turn our sights to our kitchen, and turn it into an ideal getaway. In fact, kitchen islands have become in-demand over the last few years. They’re not so common that everyone has them, and they are unique enough to be...

When kitchen remodels go over budget Planning a kitchen renovation isn’t an exact science, but a little research and common sense – factored in with your budget – can produce satisfying results. But even the best of planning can’t prevent the assortment of additional costs that arise unexpectedly. On average a kitchen remodel can range anywhere from $1,500 to 50,000! Depending on where you are on that scale, try to pad your projected budget with a 15 – 20% safety net. If you are able to do this, you will almost certainly eliminate any pitfalls, allowing you to uninhibitedly continue the project...

Why your bathrooms image can affect the sale of your home It’s plain and simple, really – a dirty bathroom is a turn-off. No matter where you experience one; a gas station, a restaurant, a friend’s house… they’re likely to gross you out. So why would you ever consider buying a home where the most sacred room of them all is unkempt? A clean bathroom is profoundly important to selling your home. The more appealing it is, the greater your potential buyers’ presumption will be that the rest of the home is as well maintained or they will keep on asking...

A closer look at these cool propellers Besides helping to keep a room crisp and maybe making it possible to shut off the money-draining AC, ceiling fans are stylistic and designed for specific purposes. They’re not all the same and it’s best to have a general knowledge of the different types before buying one for a particular area. Some are engineered to be more efficient outdoors than in. Humidity and weather conditions are factored as well. Many colors and forms are produced to match the wide variety of surroundings in which they need to blend. Below is a list of the six...

You’ve viewed the options. Let’s break ‘em down informally and get to the nitty-gritty… There’s some cool stuff out there – custom, semi-custom… even the stock cabinets look pretty good. But you want to be sure. You’re gonna be spending money, so you’re gonna wanna do it right. For the most part, you like what you’ve seen. Now is the time to start limiting your options. You know your budget and you know what purpose your new cabinets need to serve. Armed with this awareness, a number of possibilities are automatically eliminated - excellent! Are you hoping to establish or emulate a style?...

Getting the most for your home with minimal effort Among primary concerns for contemporary homeowners such as you, maintaining a high resale value in the event of a move is of no little urgency. When the time to sell is distantly approaching, you may start to consider cheap remodels, or anything that will provide a real sense of value, hopefully making the asking-price look like a real bargain! You want to make your house unique, a stand-out with great appeal. Let’s start by creating the illusion of greater space than the actual square footage any certain room allows. Do not incorporate any...

There is no avoiding it, when it comes to building and construction, the right permits are mandatory. It can be a pain in-the-you-know-what, expensive and tedious, but there are methods to the madness. In this overview the basics of the nature of building permits are covered. If you are repainting or changing the carpet, you likely won’t need a permit. Nor would you need to get one for your general exterior cosmetic modifications or landscaping. But the requirements vary and change so often, it may always be best to check. If you’re doing a remodel or somehow increasing the size of...

          There has been some form of fake wood for a long time now.  For the sake of simplicity, let us suppose that the term fake wood is any wood-like material that has been manufactured rather than cut straight from the tree.         When I was very young I thought there was wood and there was fake wood.  I didn’t know anything about how or why plywood existed but I knew there was a difference between it and real wood and I simply thought all fake wood was called “plywood.”  Then my brother explained to...

Wanting the perfect vanity for the bathroom is a perfectly normal predilection. It’s a common necessity after all, and picking the right one is, well… kinda important. In the end, you’ll want your toiletries to be easily accessible. Maybe you’ll need the countertop to be at just the right height. Or perhaps you’ll find that additional storage would make life easier. There is an abundance of options. A variety of storage alternatives complements an array of traditional and contemporary designs. You want a stylistic and well-organized bathroom? Start with the vanity. Let’s go over a few types…   Offering an enduring and...

We’ve all been there – that awkward moment when you use a certain bathroom for the first time, only to find a most unfavorable placement correlation between the toilet and window. You’re further distressed to see the window open. What’s this, no curtains or blinds?! You won’t be in a rush to use the facilities here again. And that is exactly what you don’t want for your own home.  You want your guests to be comfortable. Problem is, you have a similarly unfortunate layout where a peek in the window could result in seeing something one shouldn’t. Well, the good news is...