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A kitchen is often seen as practical spaces for food preparation, storage and clean up, but a kitchen should match the rest of your home and feel like a home. Luckily, there are many ways to change your kitchen in a place to entertain others and energize you as you prepare meals for your family and friends.
Even a smaller scale kitchen remodel, especially redoing kitchen cabinets, can increase the value and marketability of your home, and averages a return of 72.8%. When remodeling your kitchen there are many things to think about to make it a warm, inviting place like the rest of your home.
Cabinets are more than sim (more…)
Custom made cabinets can be a great addition to any home to make it a little more classy, but few things can spruce up and set apart a living, kitchen, or family room like quality custom wine racks. You don’t have to be a wine connoisseur to enjoy the aesthetic brilliance of a fine piece of furniture that can double as an efficient holding location. The Cabinet and Vanity industry generates an estimated $20 billion in revenue in the United States annually. If you’re considering custom wine racks there are a few things you’re going to want to keep in mind before making a purchase or starting the building process if you make them yourself. Here are three of the most important as (more…)
Tile and grout cleaning can be exhausting. The grout is extremely porous making grout cleaning a tedious task. This material also attracts dirt that soaks into the grout and leaves it and your tiles looking dingy and dirty. Individuals who regularly clean their floors can ind themselves searching for simple tips to figure out the best way to clean tile floors and grout.
Take Your Time
Deciding how to clean ceramic tile floors and grout is not a job to be rushed. Once it’s dirty, getting it cleaned takes time, but an (more…)
While Southern California residents might still be sitting poolside, the rest of the country is gearing up for another long winter. And if last year’s chilling temperatures were any indication, it’s going to be another doozy. And while some homeowners and businesses are booking furnace repair appointments in the fall, others won’t even think about it until their heater suddenly stops working. That might not sound like a crisis now in the middle of Autumn, but come December, when the temperatures dip below freezing, a broken heater isn’t just a nuisance, it’s a full-blown emergency.
If it sounds like we’re exaggerating, then you either live in California, or you’ve never had to call (more…)
If you have a problem with your home’s electrical wiring, you need to call your area’s best residential electric contractor and take care of it. Here’s why.
Reduce Fire Hazard.
Of all the reasons to use a professional electrician to take care of your electrical wiring repairs, the first and foremost is the fire hazard said electrical problems present. According to the latest data available from the National Fire Protection Association, there were about 47,700 residential fires that electrical proble (more…)
“Oh that’s where it went! We wondered what happened to the fifth dart. Grandma, we swear it was an accident. I just opened the bathroom door and shot the play dart at her without looking. We’re sorry.”
Plumbers hear lots of strange stories. Like the time when no one could figure out why the toilet kept clogging and the emergency plumber found a small plastic dart was the problem. How exactly do these things happen?
Whether you need local plumbing services for a mysteriously clogged toilet, or you are in need of major commercial plumbing repairs, it pays to research and make sure that the plumber you hire is reputable, respected and dependable.
In some cases, residential plumbing damage caused by weather events can eve (more…)
Alice Springs, a remote town in Australia, might need a whole lot of new brass fittings after they ran its first ever “Leak Weak” from October 19-24 this year. Over the course of the week, 20 leak checkers found over 700 houses were wasting water and money on leaks they didn’t even know about, according to the Australian NTNews.com.au.
“One in three Alice Springs homes has a leak, with the average being around, 260,000 litres per year, and with around 6000 homes in Alice, this averages out to a staggering 80,000 litres per home,” said Power and Water’s sustainable development manager Mark Wiltshire. “The Leak Week initiative is planned as an annual event to help remind the Alice (more…)
Your home’s curb appeal is dependent on many things. Having a driveway for your home will make it stand out against other homes, which do not have one. The added space for vehicle parking also adds to the value of your home.
Concrete is the most widely used material in the word. There are over two billion tons of concrete produced each year. This makes the decision to install a concrete driveway a good choice. Professional concrete contractors are familiar and properly trained at laying superior driveways and can help you plan the size and design of your concrete driveway.
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A Maryland-area remodeling company decided it was time to give back to the community and specifically sick children and their families. Case Design/Remodeling Inc. held a food drive earlier this month to benefit The Children’s Inn at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), according to the media outlet Patch.com.
The Children’s Inn at NIH is a place where ailing children and their families can stay while the child receives treatment from the NIH. They call themselves a “place like home” where they can feel more comfortable than in a traditional hospital room or medical center (more…)
Preventing plumbing leaks is critical to many homeowners. Leaks are responsible for about 10,000 gallons of wasted water in many American households, this is enough water to do at least 270 loads of laundry. This usually equals approximately 14% of that household?s water usage for the year. If you find a client?s home is losing 12,000 gallons of water or more each month, they probably have a very serious leak on their hands. One way plumbers are addressing problems with leaks is by using brass compression fittings to join two pieces of pipe rather than using the sweating process to do the same thing.
Do It Yourself Repair
Water usage has significantly increased within the United States. From 1950 to 2000, for example, this amounted to a 200% increase. In 1992, toilet tanks were upgraded to contain 3.5 gallons of water. If this hadn’t been done, it is estimated that the average annual water usage for this essential piece of plumbing would be [...]
Remodeling your kitchen can be costly and time-consuming, but in the long run, it often proves to be a worthwhile investment. Even a minor kitchen remodel averages a return on investment of 82.7%, and that doesn’t take into account all of the time you get to spend with a better kitchen design. So, what minor [...]
Your exterior design needs a little work. Where do you get started transforming your home into something truly impressive? Hardscaping is an art form in of itself. Not only do they require a keen eye for aesthetic, they rely on a careful balance between natural materials and a cautious hand to give you the very [...]