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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...

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...

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...

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...

You simply don’t have a choice, when you’re out in public you are at the mercy of the nearest restroom. The conditions aren’t always ideal and the appliance in question often looks like its straight outta 1940’s Army boot camp. It is what it is, but at home – that’s where you have a say.Your home is your kingdom, it’s where you’re most comfortable, why not make the most of it? You have the freedom to change whatever you don’t like, to make modifications that cater to your preferences. Why not? You work for a living, you’ve earned it. And...

Creative Ideas for Expanding Your Kitchen’s Potential The days of throwing the plastic waste basket in the corner are over. You no longer want to prop your brooms or mops up over there either. You’ve grown. You have style. And it’s time for your kitchen to reflect that. And a perfect way to achieve this goal is to make use of the oft-neglected corners. It’s time for them to earn their keep, to actually be efficient and functional. “Well, how do they do that?” you ask, “They’re JUST CORNERS…”“Just corners”? No. They serve a purpose beyond being mere connectors of walls....

With old homes come many potential surprises. Classic hardware, a prolific history, a wealth of neglected antiques in the attic… these are examples of good surprises. Unfortunately, they’re not as feasible as the more crummy ones. Surprises aren’t fun when they make you aware of problems…Perhaps your home has been in the family for decades, or you’ve been alerted to a steal-of-a-deal on the real estate market, when working with an old home it is necessary to be aware of the common pitfalls that betray its safety and value - and the costs affiliated in alleviating them.     Let’s start with the...

Yup, being in your bathroom is like taking a time machine to 1982. The hardware is at least that old. The hard-to-reach places are getting moldy. You’ve already replaced the shower head, but the rest of it is a bit rusty. The tub has a permanent gray ring caused by a chiliad of baths that has slowly defied scrubbing. It’s time for a change.But where do you start? Obviously, your budget needs to be considered. Materials vary greatly in quality, from basic to very high-end. Luckily, much of the labor is easily incurred by the consumer.  Stylistically, there is a particular...