1. Pick the paint color last. I get calls all the time from homeowners who want to pick a paint color before they move in. I get the logic. Why not arrive to walls with a fresh coat of paint? Of course you can do it this way, but in my opinion it’s not ideal.
There are thousands of paint colors with various tints, tones and shades. And each one looks different from home to home, because light sources vary, meaning what looks good in your current home might not in your new one. You want the color that best complements your upholstery, artwork, rug and whatever else. You can pick that color only if your stuff is actually inside your home.
3. Hang artwork at the right height. Galleries and museums hang artwork so that the midline (center) of each piece is 57 inches to 60 inches from the floor. (The average human eye level is 57 inches.) And you should do the same.
In a room like this, where the ceilings soar, there might be a tendency to hang the art higher. But remember: It needs to relate to human scale, not the structure’s scale.
If you’re not sure, take a picture. It’s remarkable how much a photo can reveal. Print it out or use Photoshop or an app to draw on the photo. This can give you a sense of whether a larger or smaller piece of art is needed or a tall plant might be best to fill a vacant spot.
4. Know how to arrange furniture on a rug. There are basically three ways you can arrange furniture on your rug.
All on: The rug is large enough to place all of the furniture legs on top of it. This creates a more luxurious feel. For this, bigger is better. Just be sure to leave at least 12 to 18 inches of floor surface on all four sides of the rug’s borders.
All off: If you have a small room, keeping all legs off the rug is a great cost-effective choice. You don’t want to pick too small a rug, though, or it may look insignificant, like an afterthought. The rug should appear as though it could touch the front legs of each of the seating pieces. This approach is best suited when you’re layering a pattern over a larger solid or textured rug.
6. Create a focal point. There are leading roles and supporting cast members in any production. The same holds true in design. Choose your star and make it the focal point to anchor a room. Allow other items to take a secondary role. Don’t ask everything to have a leading role; it will just result in visual noise.
Your focal point might be a dramatic hood in the kitchen, a mantel and art piece in the living room or a headboard in the bedroom. Whatever it is, choose something that will draw attention. In this room the fireplace and the lighting work together as a collective focal point, bringing your eye right to the center of the composition and anchoring it there.
8. Edit your collectibles. Don’t hang on to a piece that just doesn’t fit. I don’t care if your great-aunt Sally gave it to you. If it’s not working for you, then find a new home for it (maybe in a different room).
The unifying theme here is the use of black in the utilitarian pieces. The balance is almost perfect. It reminds me of something Coco Chanel said about accessorizing: “Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take one thing off.” In design, know when to stop.
9. Vary the scale. What looks good in the store may look like an elephant in the room when you bring it home. Or it’s too tiny to be of any significance. So always vary scale and proportion.
The oversize sunburst mirror frame fills up the wall space nicely here, while the sand dollars make an interesting grouping below. They would be much too insignificant individually. Threes and fives make for more pleasing arrangements than even numbers.
10. Add layers of lighting. In this kitchen seating area, the backsplash is lit, the artwork is highlighted and the cabinet interiors are filled with light. One central lighting fixture would not have had nearly the same dramatic result.
Professionals build layers of lighting to create interest, intrigue and variety. In a room where everything is lit evenly, nothing stands out. Pick a focal point and perhaps a secondary focal point and highlight those. Add general ambient lighting and some lower lighting, like table lamps, for interest.
So it’s going to be up to you where you want things to go, how much you want to spend, what you want it to look like and how you want it to function. This step-by-step workbook will help you navigate the process through the planning and conceptual phases. Just remember to keep your eye on the prize, and seek the help and guidance of people who’ve been there before. And above all, plan thoroughly.
Eclectic Bathroom by Shotglass Photography
Step 1: What Are You Trying to Achieve?
It seems like a simple enough question that should have a simple answer: “Well, I need a new bathroom.” But when embarking on a journey that will take a good chunk out of your time and bank account, you want to get it right. And you want to be happy with the end result.
Before you do anything, think about what your ideal bathroom would be. Forget constraints of money and space; just imagine what you want and what the intended purpose will be. Who is this bathroom for? Is it a master bathroom? A powder bathroom? A kid’s bathroom? How often will it get used and what will the function be?
Traditional Bathroom by Classic Homeworks
How many people will use it?
How much time do you spend in the bathroom during the morning, afternoon and night?
What’s your routine — how does your current space hinder it and how could a new space improve it?
Do you plan to grow old in this house?
Do you have medical issues like poor eyesight or arthritis to consider?
Do you just want something that’s easy to clean?
Is storage the catalyst? Relaxation?
Or do you just want to update the look for resale?
Would your dream bathroom include towel warmers, steam showers, fireplaces or TVs? All these things will help guide you in your decisions.
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Transitional Bathroom by Stanley Photo
Why Are You Remodeling?
There are three main reasons people want to remodel a bathroom. (For some, it’s a combination of these or all three.)
Updating the look. If you’re happy with the layout of your current bathroom but feel it just needs a refresher, then you’ll be focusing your attention on material selection and perhaps new cabinetry or plumbing fixtures.
Pay attention to the age of your home and the remodels done by previous homeowners. Putting new tile over a foundation rife with dry rot or severely outdated or junky plumbing is only delaying a potentially huge problem down the road. You may want to wait until you can do a complete job right.
Transitional Bathroom by Kate Lester Interiors
Kate Lester Interiors
Resale value. If you’re updating your bathroom to sell, you’ll want to look at what potential buyers might want. While it’s hard to anticipate what a random buyer is looking for, you can do a little research on what appeals to the majority of homeowners. Houzz’s Bathroom Trends Study is a good place to start, but also talk to designers, neighbors, friends and family about what’s best for your area.
Better functionality and more storage. Perhaps you’ve always hated how the door swings open and hits the vanity, or you’re tired of stacking toilet paper on the toilet reservoir and seeing makeup on the counter. Maybe you never use the bathtub and long for a larger shower. Or wish for two sinks instead of one. Or crave more natural light.
This level of remodel will likely have you gutting the space, and possibly rearranging the elements within it and rerouting plumbing. This would result in an all-new bathroom. This category would be on the higher end too.
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Farmhouse Bathroom by Brandon Arant Photography
Brandon Arant Photography
Step 2: Research and Budget
Before you get ahead of yourself, it’s best to know what you will be able to spend. You probably already have an idea of what you can afford, so the first thing you’ll want to understand is how much a bathroom remodel is going to cost. According to Houzz data, half of homeowners will spend more than $10,000 on a master bathroom remodel.
Consider whether you’re after a basic remodel ($3,000 to $12,000), a mid- to upper-range one ($12,000 to $35,000) or a deluxe remodel ($35,000 to $100,000 and up), and always factor in a cushion of at least 10 to 20 percent more for unforeseen costs that might arise.
Remember: To keep costs down, see if you can make your updates without moving any of the existing plumbing or wiring.
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Traditional Bathroom by Luxury Real Estate Services, LLC
Luxury Real Estate Services, LLC
Step 3: Find a Professional
Whether or not to hire a professional for any part of your project is up to you. If you know what you want and where to find what you need, and are confident that your ideas will work, then the design phase could be left up to you.
But know that a professional bathroom designer may be able to think of things you may not have considered — like fitting a washer and dryer into your bathroom, adding a skylight or rearranging the space in a creative way to maximize functionality and efficiency.
There are different ways you can work with a designer. A little guidance from a design consultation or a more developed vision with a design plan may be all you need to get started. For particularly complicated jobs, full design services are probably best.
Find professionals in your area and browse their portfolios.
Mediterranean Bathroom by Allen Construction
If you’re comfortable tackling the demolition, construction and installation yourself, you may not need a general contractor. But it’s a project that can quickly get out of your grasp. If you lack experience, a bathroom remodel could take you several times as long as a professional to complete, and the result might still be of poor quality.
The complexity of routing plumbing, laying tile and flooring, installing vanities and toilets, and more leaves way too much room for error, and you’re likely to mess something up, lose money and end up with a bathroom that’s full of flaws. If you want to cut down a little on your budget, stick to straightforward tasks like painting.
For major structural changes, you may need to hire an architect. Plumbing and electrical work is almost always hired out. In some places, it’s required by law. When in doubt, hire a pro to help.
Once you’ve vetted your collection, you have one more step to complete before you start shopping. “Don’t purchase anything until you have the entire room worked out — the rug, furniture, window treatments and lighting,” says Caccoma. While it’s not necessary to identify the precise pieces, you should have a sense of what you want each piece to look like. In fact, you might even want to assemble a project board, with clippings of the kinds of pieces you’re looking for.
“People often make the mistake of buying an item, and then are locked into decorating the room around that one item,” Caccoma says.
Some designers advocate buying big pieces first. Whether you buy them first or last, it’s usually a good idea to keep those furnishings understated.“Keep your fabrics a little on the neutral side, and then bring the color in on your walls and your throw pillows,” advises Caccoma.
Comfort is critical. Don’t be afraid to sink your money into seating.
“Buy the best sofa you can afford,” advises Juestel. Try to sit or lie on the piece before you buy, and if you can afford it, upgrade your cushionsfrom solid foam to foam wrapped in down. If you do most of your sitting in the family room rather than the living room, spend the money on those pieces, instead of on pieces that’ll never get used.
Upholstered pieces are a relatively large investment, so you’ll want things that will last through changes in your lifestyle and taste. As a rule, it’s best to go with simple, clean lines. And don’t fret too much about whether furnishings will go together, Caccoma says. Generally speaking, if you like the pieces, they’ll work together.
“Pick something because you like it,” she says. “Don’t worry about why and where it’s going to go.”
Where you should shop, Juestelsays, depends on your style, budget and quality expectations — as well as the amount of time you have to devote to the project.
If you’re on a budget, consider shopping at secondhand stores, consignment shops, Craigslist and antiques stores, where you can often find top-dollar merchandise at bottom-dollar prices.
If you don’t have that kind of time, stick to trusted furniture outlets. Caccoma is not a fan of buying furniture from department stores, she says, because furniture is not their primary business, so the quality varies and the styles might not be current. Also, avoid fly-by-night operations. “Buy things from places where if there’s a problem, you know they’ll stand behind their product,” she advises.
How can you tell a good piece of furniture from one that’s not so good?
- If you’re buying an upholstered piece, lift up a corner and shake it; if it feels light or wobbly, take a pass. Likewise, the heavier the cushion, the longer it will last.
- When shopping for cabinets, look for drawers with dovetail joints in the corners.
- In the market for a mattress? Pay attention to coil count: the higher the count, the better the support.
You’ll find plenty of tips like these in Houzz’s shopping guides for sofas, sleep sofas,sectionals, mattresses, dining chairs, bar stools and dining tables.
When it comes to adding sophistication and exquisite looks, nothing could be better than casement windows because they do not only have an appealing design but are quite versatile in their performance. They can fit in any type of architectural style and increase curb appeal to entice potential buyers to purchase them. These windows are provided with beveled exterior sashes for larger outside view. Their slimness and glass appearance are the major point of difference that can stand them out among other window types.
Apart from this, experts have found out other factors or reasons that make casement windows different from other types. Let’s have a look at them:
A casement window is provided with the highly durable hinge system that offers multi-directional ventilation with ease in sliding and cleaning sashes. Its crank mechanism is quite incredible that makes its operation effortless and allows homeowners to easily open and close the sashes. Metal reinforcements are used to secure and operate the hinge system, which contains multi-point locking system for extra safety and tight fit.
Every window manufacturer offers a unique, delightful set of features that can work well with any commercial or residential property and allow people to derive benefits in the way they want. Casement windows are the latest generation of modern styled structures that are installed with sashes and welded frames. These windows are designed with the strength of 7/8 in overall and 3 ¼ in fusion sealed units that make sure guarantee high efficiency.
The design of casement windows is quite amazing and interesting. Their detailed structure and style make them an ideal piece to be installed in any type of property. They can even work well in multi-window combinations where, they work closely with bow or bay windows.
The windows are basically multiple-paned components with traditional look and are responsible for providing maximum daylight openings that give an uncluttered and clean appearance. This way, homeowners can easily maintain the balance of light and sash with contoured sashes. Another advantage of installing casement windows is that they are quite easy to maintain. With their clean-glazing technology, homeowners do not have to demand for white or black stripes to get a classic finished appearance. Their dynamic architecture is the result of perfect moldings with quality glass stops and screws that give strength to the frame and create a soft look from insider.
Reasons to Install Casement Windows
Casement windows are available with a lifetime warranty on parts but, there is a condition that homeowners should get the windows installed by a professional or expert installer. The reason behind is that these windows are a bit expensive than other window types and obviously, homeowners would not want to spend bucks on their installation after a certain time period.
The sash and frame corners are fusion welded with advanced computer formulated mechanism that gives extra strength to airtight and watertight features. The best thing about having casement windows is that they do not have weak joints and sealants.
Last but not the least, homeowners are advised to visit http://directpro.ca/ in order to make sure that they have made the right decision.
After 30 years of their introduction, vinyl windows Mississauga have managed to acquire a significant part of the window replacement market. Before their introduction in 1979, aluminum and wooden frame windows were the market leaders because there was no substitute for their benefits. But, with the passage of time, window manufacturers made innovations in their windows and ended up with vinyl windows. These windows are not only appealing but are also capable of conserving energy with low maintenance, durability and reliability.
Experts also recommend to install vinyl windows Mississauga view them here because they have the following benefits for the homeowners;
- Beauty and Strength: The best part about vinyl windows is that they can last for a longer time period and do not require staining or painting to maintain their appearance. They are less prone to peeling, fading, cracking and warping, meaning that homeowners can enjoy their benefits in the long run.
- Energy Efficiency: With high quality material, vinyl windows Mississauga are capable of offering maximum thermal protection as compared to aluminum and wooden windows. Their design is quite unique and is made in such a way that the windows can maintain their energy efficiency, no matter how or where they have to be placed. These windows are provided with various features that ensure energy efficiency, like low e-coatings, insulation and multiple glass panes.
- Environmentally Friendly: Unlike wooden or aluminum, vinyl windows Mississauga are durable, reliable and can be recycled that make them a good option to keep environment healthy and fresh.
- Increased Curb Appeal: Vinyl windows are available in two interesting forms- vinyl clad and all vinyl windows that have certain features with increased aesthetic appeal. Both window types can add sophistication and elegance to the home.
- Flexibility: Vinyl windows are quite versatile and flexible according to where they have to be placed. They can complement both commercial and residential properties, thus allowing people to make their accommodations appealing, comfortable and relaxing.
- Affordable: Apart from being beautiful and energy efficient, vinyl windows Mississauga are quite affordable when compared with other types of windows. People can log on to http://thwindowsdoors.com/ in order to find more about vinyl windows.
Installation of Vinyl Windows
After getting the aforementioned information and making a purchase decision, it’s time to consider their installation that requires homeowners to pay attention on their professionalism and experience of the company. For this, they can analyze their customer reviews and come up with the best service provider or else, they can have a look at their completed projects.
If someone wants suggestion, he/she can see the completed projects at http://thwindowsdoors.com/. The company is quite experienced and has the ability to work according to their clients’ needs.
Making sure you hired the right person is very important when it comes to hiring a heating and air conditioning contractor. You have to remember that you are inviting that person into your home and you are trusting him/her to be honest and fair when it comes to repairs and costs. With the hottest months of the year approaching, your air conditioner will be in high demand, so you will be needing to bring in someone to perform routine maintenance and any repairs that might be. You have to make sure you’re hiring the right person for the job
As the summer months approach, it’s essential to make sure your air conditioning system is up and running smoothly. If you are in need of repairs for your current system or an installation for an entirely new system, an air conditioning contractor like ac repair Ahwatukee can help you with the job. Use these tips as a guide when hiring an A/C contractor :
1. Request References
Ask the A/C contractor for a list of references you may contact. Ask the references about the services that were performed and their overall experience with the contractor. Ask if the contractor stuck to the estimated budget and completion date for the project. Find out if the references were completely satisfied with the job that was performed
2. Cost Comparisons
Get at least three written estimates to compare the cost of the different contractors. Expect the contractors to pay a visit to your home to evaluate your current system. A bigger system isn’t always better, a reputable contractor should examine your duct system, if necessary and size the heating and cooling system based on the size of your home, level of insulation, and windows. Make sure the contractors create an itemized estimate so you can compare cost, efficiency, and warranties between the bids. Don’t always assume the lowest bid is the best, it may be less efficient and result in higher energy costs.
Ask if the contractor is associated with a trade organization. Members often have greater experience and are expected to uphold to a strict code of ethics. Quality HVAC manufacturers only want trustworthy contractors installing their products. Find out if the contractor has been approved as an authorized dealer
4. Get Everything in Writing
Once you have decided on an A/C contractor, get all the details in writing. Make sure the contract includes: the contractor’s information, system model numbers, exact costs, estimated start and completion date, and details of the work being done. Ask if there is a warranty, if so make sure to include it in the contract. Be sure to read the fine print carefully and their license number is on the contract
5. Deposits and Payment
Do not pay large payments up front. Pay by check or credit card for added protection. If paying by check, make it out to the business. Paying by credit card provides some recourse should the job not be completed as stated in the contract. Make sure your contractor provides you with releases of liens from his subcontractors and suppliers with each payment and a Contractor’s Affidavit at the completion of the job. This assures that everyone involved with this job has been paid.
6. Proof of Insurance
You might be surprised to find out that services and installing air conditioning units can be pretty hazardous, which is why it’s important your service company is covered by general liability and workers’ compensation. Don’t hesitate to ask for proof when you’re talking with a customer service representative.
The installment, maintenance, repair, or replacement of an HVAC system is expensive. Follow all the suggested steps above to make the best choice and save your company money and time. Don’t hesitate to ask for copies of all necessary paperwork—such as license, bond, insurance, or other professional certificates and permits—even if the contractor is recommended by your best friend. Going back to all the listed tips above, do you think we missed anything? Share your experience with us, good or bad. Let us know in the comment section if there is something else to take under consideration when it comes to choosing the right HVAC contractor
When it comes to your house, choosing who will paint it is a significant money related decision.A good decision will see your home sporting a quality paint job that stands the test of time. A bad decision could mean walls that do not stand up to the rigours of a family.
Using a professional painting contractor takes the stress out of painting your home. But painting is more difficult than it looks. So, it is with great pleasure that many DIY painters decide that it is now time to hire a painting contractor like painting contractors Tempe AZ to take on the job. Let us find out what painting contractors do, how to hire them, and how to negotiate the best price for your painting job. So how do you choose a painting contractor from the hundreds of possibilities on offer?
In your job brief to the contractor ask what they do to prepare each surface for painting. The things they should indicate include:
• Surface preparation
• Undercoats (include type and brand)
• Finish coats (type of paint, brand, colours and number of coats.)
• Asset protection
o How will the contractor protect nearby plants when the exterior is being painted
o How will the contractor protect furniture, fixtures and fittings when the interior is being painted
2. Check references
Ask each contractor for the names of previous customers as a reference and contact those people to get their reference. Another alternative would be to ring the Master Painters Association and ask them for a reference on one or all three of your prospective contractors
3. Know what you want done
Be specific about the work that you want carried out and detail the exact areas that need painting. If you know the colours you would like, include those in your ‘brief’. You also need to specify when the work must be done by.
In order for you to accurately compare prices, each contractor must quote for exactly the same work. We always recommend getting at least three written quotes
4. Confirm start and finish dates
Ask when the work will be started and finished. They should also be able to tell you how many painters will be working on the job and what the remedy/penalty is if the job is not finished on time
5. Warranty and Quality Control
Ask the contractor if they will be providing a warranty. If a warranty is offered establish if it covers labour and materials and ensure that you receive a written copy by the conclusion of the job. It’s worth engaging a quality control specialist if you feel a little anxious about the process and quality of work that may be provided. Any Master Painter can provide this service – a service fee would likely apply
6. Review the Contract
Once you’ve settled on a contractor, ask for a written contract and review it carefully. As a consumer, you have the right to ask detailed questions about any issues you need clarified. In particular, be sure to verify the following:
• What exactly is being painted (house, trim, walls, molding, etc.)
• Details on preparation and cleanup
• Paint colors for each area to be painted
• How the contractor will protect plants, patios, furniture, or other items
• How much time the project will take, from start to finish
• When and how the contractor will be paid
Putting a roof on your home is something that most of us only have to do once or twice in a lifetime. Most folks have little experience in roofing materials and hiring contractors like roofing Chandler AZ, so it pays to take your time and do a little homework. The Better Business Bureau warns homeowners suffering damage from the hailstorms not to let disaster strike twice. It’s an unfortunate truth that con men often breeze into town after a storm, along with many reputable contractors. The fly-by-night contractors clean out as many people as possible, then blow back out of town. Here more tips for hiring roofing contractor :
- Your Roofer Should Offer Choices
No one type of roofing material is a good fit for all slopes, styles, climates, and homeowner budgets. If your roofer offers a narrow range of options, you could easily end up either paying an unnecessarily high price or getting a roof that doesn’t ideally suit your tastes or performance needs. Select a roofer that provides various lines of shingles and tiles from reputable manufacturers, with materials ranging from cedar and asphalt to ceramic and aluminum, or special options such as cool roofs for a more energy-efficient home.
- Credentials Are a Must
Some roofing companies seem to pop into existence whenever a major hailstorm blows through, while independent contractors offer their services as a low-cost alternative to established roofers. Beware of these providers — you can’t afford to risk the integrity of your roof just for sake of saving a few dollars, or just because you were willing to accept the first offer that came your way instead of performing the necessary due diligence.
First and foremost, never hire a roofing company that isn’t a member of the Better Business Bureau. This agency gives you a baseline of professionalism that allows you to check your prospective roofer’s reputation and history in detail. You should also ask for documented proof of membership in any local or national roofing associations as extra assurance of professionalism. Make sure the contractors are licensed and insured against injuries or property damage.
Last but not least, seek testimonials. Ask the roofer for references’ contact numbers. Look up reviews of the roofer on Yelp, Angie’s List, and other online sources. Don’t neglect the smartest strategy of all — asking your friends, neighbors and colleagues for referrals to roofers they’ve had good experiences with in the past.
- Roofing Requires Skill and Experience
Too many things can go wrong even on a “simple” roof repair, to trust the job to an unqualified individual (including yourself). For instance, shingles must be overhung and aligned perfectly, with the requisite five inches of exposure, or they won’t last long — and depending on the slop of your roof, you may be well advised to go with some other product entirely when installing a new roof. Inaccurate nailing, venting, or flashing can create serious problems with the roof over time. It’s just not a do-it-yourself job in most cases — and unless you hire an established roofing professional, the result you get may be dangerously amateurish.
- Insist on Warranties and Deposits
Your roof is a major investment charged with protecting an even more major investment — your home. Incompetent or incomplete installation, or use of inadequate materials, can not only result in further roof problems but also lead to extensive water damage and higher energy bills. It is therefore imperative that you cover yourself against faults in installation, repairs or materials. Choose a roofer that offers multi-year warranties against these potential issues on top of the manufacturer’s warranties on the parts and supplies used.
One sure way to spot a suspicious roofing company is to examine its payment policies. If a roofer demands full payment up front, for example, run the other way! “Storm chasers” will often pocket their money and then disappear, leaving the job unfinished. A partial deposit is the most that any legitimate roofing company should require. Select a roofer that will accept an industry-standard 30 percent deposit.
Having clean tiles is very important if you want to maintain its beauty as well as keeping them in good condition. The problem sometimes is that tile cleaning can be somewhat expensive as you would need to purchase tile cleaning products and for some even hiring the services of professional tile cleaners. For those on a tight budget, cleaning your tiles may be a bit of a financial burden and some may even just elect not to clean it that vigilantly.
You would think cleaning tiles would be easy, but think again. Tiles can be an absolute nightmare to keep clean and need regular care to ensure they always look great. There is nothing more embarrassing than having guests over and your tiles look dirty and the grout between the tiles is completely black.
The trick to keeping your tiles looking great is to use qualified tiles cleaning services. But of course you sometimes need to make a quick plan to get your tiles sparkling clean before some unexpected guests arrive.
Below are some tips on How to Keep Your Tiles Looking Great, but if not give maximum result maybe you can hire tile removal like tile removal Phoenix AZ
- Using Water to Clean Your Tiles – Yes, you don’t always need to use a commercial tile cleaning solution in order to clean your tiles. In some cases, water can already be effective in doing this task. Water is natural, eco-friendly as well as budget-friendly, which is why it is an option that you should try. Water works well in removing the dust and dirt on your tiles and can help eliminate stains. A bucket of water and a clean mop can do wonders and will clean your tiles just fine without costing you a lot of money
- Vacuum it Frequently – Tiles can become dirty and result in discoloration because of the build-up of dust and dirt over time. One way to combat this without having to spend much is by using your vacuum cleaner and vacuuming it frequently. This will help remove the dust, dirt, and other unwanted particles on your tiles as well as prevent the build-up from happening to preserve its appearance and cleanliness
- Vinegar as a Cleaning Agent – For those worrying about spending a lot of money on tile cleaning products, using vinegar can be a cheap alternative that you can use and still get good results. Vinegar not only works well in the kitchen, it has long been used as a cleaning agent for removing stains on shirts and fabrics. Making a cleaning solution out of vinegar is very simple. Just mix one part vinegar with four parts water. Be careful though not to use vinegar on natural stone flooring as it can damage it. For other kinds of tiles, vinegar can be a great and effective alternative to commercial tile cleaning products
If the above methods may not have been able to give the maximum results possible, you can contact a professional tile cleaning so that your floor will be clean as new again
Duct cleaning has never been shown to actually prevent health problems. Neither do studies conclusively demonstrate that particle (e.g., dust) levels in homes increase because of dirty air ducts. This is because much of the dirt in air ducts adheres to duct surfaces and does not necessarily enter the living space. It is important to keep in mind that dirty air ducts are only one of many possible sources of particles that are present in homes. Pollutants that enter the home both from outdoors and indoor activities such as cooking, cleaning, smoking, or just moving around can cause greater exposure to contaminants than dirty air ducts. Moreover, there is no evidence that a light amount of household dust or other particulate matter in air ducts poses any risk to your health.
The air ducts in your home have an important job, moving air throughout your house via your heating or cooling system. Over time, it’s possible that air ducts will become dirty or contaminated with mold and dust. If people in your family have environmental sensitivities, they may have health issues connected with dirty air ducts.
Visit the duct cleaning phoenix website for a comprehensive discussion about the purpose and benefits of cleaning your air ducts. Although the EPA doesn’t specifically recommend air duct cleaning, you will learn important information that will help you decide whether you need to have yours cleaned. Once you’re ready to proceed, learn five tips for air duct cleaning to make sure that you proceed correctly with the cleaning project.
- Choosing a Professional
Research any companies that you consider hiring for air duct cleaning. Get references or testimonials from satisfied customers. Check the Better Business Bureau to see if other customers have registered complaints about the company. Get an estimate before you hire anybody and make sure you have a contract for service that includes price and services provided, as well as any service guarantees.
- EPA Recommendations
Understand that if you are cleaning out existing mold or replacing moldy insulation, part of the repair process has to include remedying the environment that enabled mold to develop in the first place. If you don’t fix these issues, more mold will develop.
- Assess For Mold
Mold develops in areas where moisture accumulates with inadequate ventilation. If mold develops inside your air ducts, it can create an unhealthy indoor environment because as air travels through the ducts, mold spores will release into this air and enter your living areas. If mold develops, it will appear inside the hard surfaces of the air ducts or on other areas of a heating and cooling system. While you may be able to see areas that appear to have mold, the only way to ascertain definitively that you have mold is to conduct a laboratory analysis of a sample from your air ducts. Lacking this sample, you won’t know for sure whether you have a mold issue.
If insulated air ducts develop mold with moist and moldy insulation, the best course of action is to remove the damaged insulation and replace it.
- Get a Cleaning Estimate
Because the air duct system is likely extensive, traveling through areas of your home that may be difficult to access, it’s usually a good idea to hire a professional air duct cleaner. Supervise the estimate process so you see how the representative examines your ducts to arrive at the estimate. If the representative suggests that mold exists in your ducts, insist on laboratory analysis to confirm before proceeding with mold removal.
- Check for Clogs and Debris
It’s also possible for clogs to accumulate in air ducts from debris and even from rodents and insects. If this happens to an extreme degree, you might even notice particles releasing into the air from the air ducts. The danger from these particles blowing into your home comes from possible mold and mildew that might develop from decaying organic matter
Owning a swimming pool means that at some point you will have to be looking at swimming pool repairs due to damage or usual wear and tear. As the pool season winds down, now is the time to talk with the swimming pool contractors from pool repair Scottsdale about the potential need for repairs. Talking with us now means you can easily get on our radar and our schedule for pool repairs at the end of the season. If you notice your pool isn’t circulating water, caulking is cracking or water isn’t heating up – it might be time for some pool repair and pool maintenance. However, repairing a pool can be tricky if you haven’t done it before. Here are a few pool repair tips
- Start the Countdown
eeping your pool sparkling clean doesn’t have to be as cumbersome as you might think. All pools are different, and so are their maintenance needs. However, they all share one commonality: The secret to pristine pool health is regular, routine care. If you choose to handle common problems like murky water or broken pumps on your own, make sure to always consult manufacturers’ manuals before fixing or using equipment. No matter if you rely on a service company to take care of your pool, you still need to do a few things on your own to ensure your pool stays in good condition for years.
- Skim Debris and Clean out Baskets
Skimming the pool’s surface by hand every few days is one of the fastest and easiest ways to keep your pool clean. Floating debris will eventually sink, becoming harder to remove. Use a long-handled net called a hand skimmer or leaf skimmer to remove leaves, bugs and other unwanted items. Skimming significantly increases the efficiency of the pool’s circulation system and lowers the amount of chlorine you’ll need to add to your pool. Cleaning out strainer baskets at least once a week also helps circulation and lowers chlorine demands. Locate strainer baskets attached to the side of aboveground pools and in the pool deck of inground pools. Simply remove the plastic basket and shake it out; spraying the inside with a hose can help dislodge stubborn objects.
- Vacuum the Pool and Brush Walls and Tile
A pool should be vacuumed every week to keep water clear and reduce the amount of chemicals you need to add to it. There are many types of pool vacuums. If you have a manual design, work it back and forth all over the surface of the pool like you would if vacuuming carpet. It’s good form to slightly overlap each stroke. Check the filter each time you vacuum, and clean it if necessary.
But vacuuming isn’t the only maintenance that should be done once a week. Brushing the walls and tile helps minimize algae buildup and calcium deposits so they don’t fester and become larger problems. The material your pool walls are made of dictates what kind of cleaning tools you should use. Select a stiff brush for plaster-lined concrete pools and a softer brush for vinyl or fiberglass walls. For tiles, use a soft brush to prevent scratching or degradation of grout. A pumice stone, putty knife or a half-and-half mixture of water and muriatic acid can also work well.
- Clean the Pool Filter
There are three kinds of pool filters: cartridge, sand and diatomaceous earth. While there are different maintenance procedures for each type, all require periodic cleaning depending on the type of filter and how often a pool is used. Cleaning the filter more often than recommended can actually hinder the filtration process. A clean filter is less efficient than one with a mild amount of dirt in it because the dirt helps trap other particles, which removes debris from the water. However, you don’t want to let the filter get too dirty. A sign that it’s time to clean is an increase in flow between the pressure gauge and flow meter. Clean the filter when the difference reaches 10 to 15 pounds (4.5 to 6.8 kilograms) per square inch.
- Professionally Service the Heater
Pool heaters typically require the least maintenance of all pool equipment. Gas heaters can work fine without being serviced for a couple years, and electric ones can last even longer. Consult your manufacturer’s manual for specific care instructions. Sometimes, calcium scales build up inside the tubes of a heater and restrict flow, preventing the water from heating adequately. If this happens, recruit the help of a professional because the heater may need to be disassembled and have its tubes cleaned out with a wire brush or acid. Hiring someone to service your pool can cost $100 or more per month, depending on the maintenance your pool requires.
Artificial grass installation can be very simple and can add years of beauty to your home or business, as well as, a return on your investment in almost all cases. If you are still thinking about ordering artificial grass, consider all of the benefits of artificial turf. You can bet you will enjoy this experience, from selecting the correct artificial turf material to the finishing touches, which allow for many years of hassle and water free lawn
If you have decided that you want to install artificial grass in your home or office then you need to choose the ideal company to avail of services from. You have a ton of options to choose from so make sure that you carefully consider all of the factors which will ensure a successful venture with positive results.
Some have argued that Artificial grass is much more functional that actual grass. In some ways, it is true. In fact, people have even deemed it a much more sensible choice for lawns which are constantly being used. Dealing with real grass can be tough, especially when it rains too much or gets too hot. The living grass usually isn’t able to handle tough conditions. You have to constantly have them maintained in order for your lawn to look presentable. This is not only costly, but it takes a lot of effort as well.
Why should you choose an option that is complicated? While it is true that nothing will ever be able to beat the feel of real grass, technology has made sure that synthetic ones can get as close to the real thing as possible. Besides, you will only be wasting your money if you cannot maintain actually living grass in the best way possible.
The first thing you need to be aware of when choosing the ideal company like Phoenix artificial turf for Synthetic grass installations is the number of options that you have. You are going to have two options: either you opt for the thick kind of fake grass or the lighter and feather like material of another kind. Once you have figured that out, you can proceed to choose a company which will be able to offer you the best possible services. Check online and see if there are any reputable establishments near you. Check the comments and suggestions of customers who have also hire the company to install their grasses. This would be a great way for you to weigh your options.
Check and see if you can afford companies who have helped install turfs on sports arenas, stadiums, and playgrounds. It will always be more ideal for you to hire the services of companies which have excellent track records. You will be able to increase the chances of getting the best outcome for your venture when you consider all these tips when hiring the ideal installation services. So what are you waiting for? Get started now!
Before you add anything new (including paint), your first step should be to take away anything that is detracting from your room. Remove any furniture that’s dated or really far gone, decorative items that have lost their appeal and items that belong in other rooms and are cluttering up this one. Now is also the time to remove dust bunnies from under the couch and grime from the windows. Pare back and make what’s left as decent looking as possible.
Once you have edited the pieces in your room, it’s time to look at what’s left anew. It can help to invite a design-savvy friend over to help at this stage, but even taking photos of the space and looking at them yourself somewhere else (at a café, over a cup of coffee) can give you perspective. The goal in this step is to find at least one piece with good bones to refurbish.
A few refurbishing ideas:
- Have a chair or bench reupholstered.
- Paint a mirror frame.
- Shorten the legs of a desk to turn it into a coffee table.
- Add casters to a table.
- Paint the legs of a chair or table.
- Paint the drawer fronts of a chest.
- Change out cabinet knobs.
- Add decorative trim to an ottoman, a lampshade or curtains.
Even if you just painted last year, you can bet there are already a few spots worth touching up. Fill small nail holes and dings before covering them with a dab of leftover paint.
If it has been a while since the last time you painted, giving your room a fresh coat of color could be just what the house doctor ordered. The trend now is leaning away from colored accent walls in favor of rich color throughout the room. You could even try painting the trim and ceiling to match for a luxurious look in a small space.
After you paint is a natural time to try a new furniture arrangement, because you will be moving your furniture around anyway; use it as an opportunity to think outside the box. Try shifting the focal point of your room away from the TV to a fireplace or a window with a view.
If you have always had your couch pushed against the wall, try pulling it closer to the center of the room, or add a sofa table with lamps behind it. Move your bed to a different wall, swap the position of your chairs, move houseplants to different positions — challenge yourself to arrange things in a completely new way. And if you don’t like the new location of a piece, you can always change it back.
Right after repainting is also a great time to try something new on the walls. With all of your artwork and photos down, try shuffling them into different groupings on the floor and see if something sparks your imagination. Look around for a few found objects you could add to your gallery wall, like postcards or beaded necklaces; or dig out the childhood albums and make a family photo wall.
It’s important to hold off on shopping until you have gone through the first four steps. By this point you should have a good feel for what your room could use — so buy something new, but make it count! Go for something high impact, like a statement light fixture, bold artwork or a patterned coverlet for the bed.