Refurbishing Your Home? Consider These 3 Alternatives to Replacing Items

Refurbishing your home can be an exciting endeavor. But when it’s time to deal with old furniture and belongings, many people begin to wonder if they really need to toss out items that hold years of memories and nostalgia. Replacing items isn't the only option when it comes to dealing with your old furnishings nor is it the most earth-friendly. Here are several options that are not only earth-friendly but can also help inspire something new from something old.
Repurposing The key to any home refurbishment project is to stay organized. Make sure you only start one project at a time. In addition, you should know what you want to make before you start dissembling something. Repurposing your current furnishings is a wonderful way of being friendly to the earth and future generations. Recycling ideas can include simple projects like turning an empty wooden frame into a chalkboard. There are also more time-consuming projects, such as taking two old wooden chairs and transforming them in…

Why the Design of Your Roof Matters

While your home's exterior and interior design merits your design aspirations, don't forget your roof also needs the same attention. Without the right materials, design, and maintenance, at some point, your roof will start showing signs of wear and damage. A long-lasting roof is one that is designed with the future in mind and is mindful of the materials and the environment it is designed in. Impact of Material According to Roofing Calculator, roofing materials are an integral element of roofing design. Here are several options available: Asphalt Shingles: By far the most widely used, asphalt shingles are affordable roofing materials for your roof. Fiberglass asphalt shingles are both lightweight and offer some fire protection. Asphalt shingles also reflect sunlight and look good on many houses. Unfortunately, asphalt shingles will need to be replaced more often and not many recycling centers are equipped to accept asphalts.Wood Shingles and Shakes: Wood shingles and shakes ar…

4 Electrical Safety Tips You Need to Know Before Renovating

Electricity is everywhere in what we do these days. So, when it’s time to do a home renovation job, understanding the electrical system will play a big part. Considering all the areas of complication and local electrical codes and standards, you’d do best to hire a licensed contractor. However, for projects you consider worth your time, understanding safety hazards is primary.
Personal Protective Equipment The first thing is personal protection. Safety glasses are a good idea to protect vision in the event of errant sparks or arc flashes. In wet areas, use rubber boots and gloves. But take care they are 100% rubber. Any mixture with another material can be a conductor and won’t be reliable against electrocution. Insulated sleeves and fire-resistant clothing are added protection, and closed-toed foot protection is always a good idea.
Know Your Color Codes Wire colors are meant to correspond to a wire’s designated function to enable safety and facilitate troubleshooting. Treat all wire…

Renovating? Why Expensive Doesn't Always Mean Better

Deciding to renovate is a big deal. Every year, many homeowners choose to take the plunge into tearing up their kitchens and pulling up the flooring in their living rooms and bathrooms. But renovation can become expensive, and you need to determine whether it's worth your time and money. Renovating isn't always necessary or beneficial to every homeowner, and these are some of the reasons why. Quality Options for Less It's tempting to think that because something costs more that it's actually worth more, too. This isn't always true. Some products are overpriced in the stores, depending on whether you pay full price or shop the sale items. Also, there are many places to find great deals if you're willing to look around. For instance, you might be able to find some of the materials that you need at a restore, such as Habitat for Humanity ReStores. Otherwise, if you need to buy in bulk quantities, you can try to find a contractor's rate. You Might Not Get Your…

4 Proven Ways to Increase Home Value

Unlike a car, your home shouldn’t depreciate in value over the years. Instead, the value should increase following the dictates of real estate market trends. One way to ensure that the value will increase is to be proactive with improvements. Even a home in a great location can benefit from renovations and updating.  Kitchen Remodel The kitchen is the heart of any home. That means prospective buyers will always gravitate towards the kitchen area first as they are considering the property. An updated kitchen will offer a lot of appeal to those buyers especially if it opens up the floor plan of the home. If that open flow already exists, then updating cabinets, fixtures and countertops can make a positive impact on the home’s value.  Replace Windows A home’s windows serve the dual purpose of letting natural light in and keeping the harsh weather out. The older the home, the more likely those windows aren’t in the best shape. You can add value by replacing those windows to provide a cle…

Tips for Preventing 3 Common Causes of Damage to Your Home

When you buy a home, some say that the work has only begun. You still have to work to keep the house up, remodel when needed, and make sure to prevent any damage from occurring to the house. Unfortunately, there are many pitfalls that can occur to cause a house to be in a state of disrepair. This is why you should realize that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Considering there are three main causes of major home damage, here are some tips you can follow to help prevent them:
Out-of-Control Pests There are a number of pests that can wreck a lot of havoc in your home or business. Flies can carry a lot of diseases, bed bugs can feed on humans and cause a lot of medical problems, rats can cause a fire hazard by chewing on wires and termites that feed on wood and can cause thousands of dollars of damage, causing roofing and siding to deteriorate as well. There are a number of techniques to get rid of these pests, and you should talk to a qualified pest control expert for…

A DIY Guide to Making Your Own Home Theater

Making your own home theater system does not need to be difficult, nor should it set you back thousands of dollars. The smooth and satisfying installation of home theaters requires a firm budget and careful planning of electrical input and video components.
Set Up a Budget Any time you dive into a home improvement project, your first order of business should be to set up a budget. Setting expenditure limits for a home theater system will make installation more manageable. Provide a bit of a cushion because renovation can have various unexpected expenses. You can install anything from a simple organized set-up for your entertainment equipment to a full-blown movie theater.  Regardless of which way you decide to go, you will need a frame, wiring, and insulation. 

You may need to update your equipment to include an HDTV, speakers, receiver, and plenty of cables.  Limit your receiver to the features you truly need, or costs can bog you down. Carefully gauge the space you have. Expanding …