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Identify The Design Flaws In Your House

Home design is a very personal subject. What may seem ugly and ridiculous to one person may be the ideal home of another. In terms of esthetics, there is no clear cut dividing line between what is good and what is bad. But beyond looks, a home must be a comfortable place for the family to live. And for this there are some basic principles that are universally applicable. Check your home out against the common home design flaws listed below and see if they apply to you. If so, consider how much they have a negative impact on the way you live and plan to have them corrected when you remodel your home. 1. Not Planning For The Future. When planning a home it is easy to focus on the immediate family needs. But a home is an investment that will be used for many years and the family will change during that time. The family size may increase and people's interests and the space they need will change. If the home you live in now is not as comfortable as it was y

Innovative Space Saving Tips for Small Kitchens

Small, easy to maintain and energy efficient homes are going to be the trend of the future. With proper planning a small home can be as comfortable as a large one and never give the feeling of being cramped. But the most difficult place to maximize the use of space is usually the kitchen because of the type of work that is done there, the appliances that take up so much space and the need to have adequate space for people to move. A small cramped kitchen can be an uncomfortable place to be in; also the food that comes out of it is rarely as good as it should be. Here are a few tips to save space in the kitchen and make it a more comfortable place to spend time in. Remove a Wall. Do you need your kitchen to be cut off from the rest of the home? Removing a wall will open up the kitchen and also allow you to be close to your family and guests while you are working there. Put in a large single bowl sink. A big single bowl sin will appear to be larger than it rea

7 Kitchen Remodeling Mistakes to Avoid

The kitchen is the real heart of the home and is the object of a large proportion of home remodeling projects. The important thing to keep in mind when planning a remodel is that the kitchen is more than just a work area - it is a place to socialize over a cup of coffee, do odd jobs and where families meet up during the course of busy days. Because of this the kitchen has to be both functional as well as aesthetically pleasing. It is in trying to combine these two objectives that many homeowners make mistakes.  7 Kitchen Remodeling Mistakes To Avoid 1. Keep the access open. The area between the sink, stove and refrigerator is called the kitchen triangle and this is where most of the activity takes place. There must be enough open space to allow for free movement. It can be tempting to take shortcuts by installing the sink and stove close to where the plumbing and piping for the gas are. Spending a little to have the piping modified to allow for the tr

Benefits of using Plexiglass for windows

Acrylic or Plexiglas windows are finding increasing popularity among home owners who are looking for an effective safe and easy to install option instead of glass. Plexiglass is not a total alternative to glass windows - it does have a few negatives. It scratches more easily than glass and is susceptible to melting if it comes in contact with direct heat. But the many advantages it offers makes installing Plexiglass windows something that every homeowner should consider. Increased Transparency Plexiglass is more transparent than glass and allows more light to enter the house. Glass allows about 80% of light to pass though it but Plexiglass allow 90% to pass. In regions where the sunlight is not so bright and the use of natural light should be maximized, Plexiglass is the better alternative. It also makes sense in low light conditions, such as tree shaded parts of a home. Break And Shatter Resistance Plexiglass windows have a much greater resista

Remodel, But Think Of The Environment Too

Green building construction has been a hot topic in the construction industry for many years. And while the focus on green new construction is long overdue, what about the older homes that were built before the importance of green building materials and techniques were recognized? According to a study done by Harvard University, there are more than 120 million homes in America that are over 32 years old. Over $233 billion is spent each year on remodeling them. These older homes were built when energy was cheap and the environmental impact of construction was not recognized. What Green Remodeling Achieves It is estimated that about 800,000 homes are remodeled in this country every year. On an average it can be assumed that the life of the remodel will be around 30 years. One way of looking at is that each year green remodeling can produce 24 million years of green living (800,000 x30). And green living means greater energy efficiency in the home,

Kitchen Remodeling - Home Remodeling Projects

Because the kitchen is one of the most used rooms in the home and also one that suffers the most wear and tear, it is one of the most common of home remodeling projects . When planning a kitchen remodel, there are three major factors that you and your designer need to focus on. The first issue is that of the look of the kitchen. Do you want to retain the same look for the remodel? Or do you want something new and different. If so, then you need to consider whether or not the new look kitchen will fit into the look and d├ęcor of the rest of your house. A kitchen that looks out of place in the home is not going to be one where you will be comfortable and will raise eyebrows with visitors. It's worthwhile consider a new look to the kitchen because it will give this important work area a fresh feel and make spending time there more enjoyable. But the designer must ensure that it remodeled kitchen is in sync with the rest of your home. Using materials that

Smart Home Automation Tips for Your Home Security

Home automation is a big aspect of home remodeling today. New technologies are constantly emerging to make life in the home easier, more fun and more secure. While luxury and entertainment are options that will depend on the budget available, home automation that improves home security is something that should be treated as essential. Your home is, in most cases, the biggest investment you will make in your life and a major part of what you will leave to your heirs. Investing a little in protecting it makes a lot of sense. Typically, home automation is done as a part of a major home remodeling project as it usually impacts the whole house and the exterior areas. This normally involves a lot of wiring and installation work so making it part of a remodel saves both time and money. One of the oldest and most basic home automation options is that of the smoke detector. This will detect any levels of smoke above the normal, which would be an indica