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Monthly Archives: April 2017

Kitchen Renovation Ideas

– If your kitchen cabinets are old, you might want to consider changing them. In case of kitchen cabinets that are made from laminated material, use of oil-based primer can help to bring back their former look.

– Choose a small area of the kitchen that can be changed into a storage area. You can use in-built bookshelves for storing glassware or small kitchen utilities. A good way to maximize storage space is through pullout cabinets.

– When you want to give an antique or rustic appearance to your kitchen interiors, try installing soapstone. This material has a rich look which is enhanced because of coloring and also because of vein-like features that spread across it. This is a durable, but care has to be taken to maintain it so that it is in proper condition.

– Those who have large families or who serve meals with many courses, would need a butler’s pantry. Such a pantry is necessary for stacking dishes, serving wine and also for heating meals. You can opt for the walk-through design or the u-shaped design.

– Consider renovating the plumbing section and also the wiring. In older homes this is a necessary part of kitchen renovation as they could have become worn out over the years.

– Check if your existing kitchen layout offers space and freedom for movement. It is important to implement the classic work triangle with the sink, stove and refrigerator arranged in this manner.

– Having more than one workstation is good as it will enable another person to work more efficiently. You can implement an island kitchen to bring on more convenience to your work space.

– Always introduce renovation ideas by keeping in mind size constraints. If your kitchen is a galley kitchen, implementing a center island is not a good option.

If you choose to renovate your kitchen through a contractor, make sure to hire someone who is fully insured and also bonded. Get all the agreements in writing and also check out payment schedules to get full value for the money spent.

 

Tips to Fix Wet Basement

Floor

To prevent water infiltration and moisture a poly plastic sheet is used before putting concrete on the floor. But most of the time this is neglected during construction time and the concrete is put without giving the cover of poly plastic sheet. Once the floor has only been poured, the simple way to keep your basement floor dry is to use fan or dry cloth and seal the floor with sealant. Sealant is not enough to stop the water infiltration but it certainly slows down the process. If you want to fix the problem completely, the only ways is to tear the old surface of the floor and poured the new one with plastic sheet in place.

Proper Drainage System

Proper drainage system is necessary to keep the water away from the walls and floors. It is required to use 8-10 inch pipe along the footer of the wall. To prevent the water buildups cover it with gravel.

Rain gutters are necessary to keep the rain water away from the walls and the basement. Add gutters and gutter extension pipes to prevent the water buildup. Always channel the water away from basement walls. Make a slope of the pipe such away that all the draining water flows away from the basement walls to assure the prevention of moisture buildup in basement walls and floor.

Coating

In case of wet basement, some special type of coating work can help you to solve the problem. Take a roll-on tar and coat the outside of the basement. Make sure that the joint between basement wall and footer is well coated. After the tar coat, apply a coat of rigid insulation. This insulation will help to prevent water penetration and moisture from building up. For interior walls, you can use Dry-Loc (a white paint sealer). It will slow down the water penetration, if not stopped.

Fix Cracks

If you find any cracks in basement, fix them as soon as possible. The best way to fix those cracks is to use hydraulic cement or an epoxy basement patch. Make sure that you have mixed your hydraulic cement so that it is thin enough to get way into the cracks easily. An epoxy basement patch usually works well with walls. It comes in toothpaste like tubes.

 

Installing Security Doors Benefits

In order to attain maximum security for your home security doors are very crucial. Security doors can be made from wood, steel or aluminum but as far as strength and effectiveness of these doors are concerned steel doors must be preferred. They make it hard for burglars to try opening the door. The crevices of security doors are hard to be opened so easily.

Security doors enhance your home security system to a great extent. They offer security advantage not only to you and your loved ones but also provide you with a sense of unmatched relief.

Not only security but these doors come with useful features attached like you can look at the door and see who is there without opening it. Moreover, security doors come in attractive designs and features which always complement the beauty of your homes.

Security doors are more than doors to safeguard your lives so they should be treated like an investment for future. Therefore you should find the one which suits your overall decor and aesthetics. The best ones are those which come with strike boxes due to the fact that they are very strong and unbreakable.

Another aspect of security doors is the quality which is very important to be considered. Sometimes it becomes very important to appoint an expert who can guide people in designing the security doors keeping in consideration the quality desired.