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Delightful Ideas for a Country Kitchen Makeover

If a kitchen makeover is in the cards, turning it country style is one charming renovation you can think of, with no big fuss! You can either redo your whole kitchen to evoke memories of big family meals in grandma’s home, or just sprinkle a few flourishes to whip up the rustic charm. Bring on the classic rustic appeal A good mix of hard wood/stone floor tiles, ceramic wall tiles, exposed cabinets, wicker accents, flea market finds and vintage lighting will make up an eclectic mix; together they will typify a country kitchen with an air of permanence, though imperfect. Potted herbs, botanical prints or hanging garlic strings bring the country kitchen to life. To evoke feelings of warmth and nostalgia, fashion a kitchen island and shelves out of distressed wood to exude a lived-in look. What’s a country kitchen without roosters, duck, or geese? Look for them on glazed platters, sugar canisters and coffee mugs. Line them up on wooden shelves coated in milk paint. For a tr

Redesigning Your Kid’s Playroom

A playroom is where your child spends most time in the early stages of growing up. Maintaining a neat and clean playroom is of utmost importance for the healthy growth of your child. Keeping the playroom orderly would be a mammoth task if it is not designed properly, and your child would not be comfortable there. Listed below are a few ideas to keep a playroom tidy and well maintained. Planning the room The first thing you are required to do is to clear the room completely of all furniture, wall hangings, fancy clothes, toys etc. It would indeed be very difficult to organize an annoyingly littered room. Once the entire room is empty, you can think of ideas for rearranging all your kid’s things. Having your child by your side when you redesign the room would be great because your child would feel more attached to the room if involved in the setting up of the room. Repainting would make the room look new and bright; let your child choose the colors for the room and mix

Brighten your Home with Skylights

A skylight is a window in your roof or ceiling that can bring natural light into your room and transform it completely. As the use of tube lights during the day will be minimal, you can save on your electricity bills and more importantly, your mornings will be brightened up the natural way. If you want to install a skylight, here are a few things to keep in mind. Is your roof suitable for a skylight? You might generally use the roof as attic space, or a channel for electrical and plumbing networks. You need to make sure that the roof area is entirely cleared before setting up a skylight. Now, your expert remodeling contractor can make necessary changes to your roof by adding required trusses, and a chase for rearranging the pipelines and electrical lines. You need to check with him if the addition of a skylight would or not suit the architectural design of your house; in most instances, it would blend into your house naturally. However, there is a slim chance that you

Optimizing the Use of Your Terrace Space

A terrace, especially in a city, is hardly ever used in most houses, and it IS unutilized premium space! That space is suitable for conversion into a spacious room for unwinding, especially for recreational activities at low cost. The important thing is to watch the burden of additional weight on the building structure. The foundation of any house has a maximum load-bearing capacity, which should never be breached.  A professional remodeling contractor with experience and expertise should be able to conduct a feasibility study and suggest the best designs and options. Metal fabrication forms the super structure of the room. Here are a few tips to get you started on your terrace room. Constructing walls and roof Bricks, the usual material for building walls are rather heavy; during masonry, they can be time consuming and messy. You may like to use instead pre-engineered lightweight structures for building walls. Insulated vinyl sidings, sandwich panels containing fly as

Converting a Room into a Recording Studio

Putting up a studio at home would be the greatest thing a musician or a hardcore music lover would ever want. A home studio would let you record anytime, and it would be a source of income as well if you would rent it out. Building a studio requires effort and time if you do it yourself, but a professional remodeling contractor would get it done quickly and efficiently. Here is how you get started. Choosing an appropriate room When you choose a room for your studio, you need to make sure it meets certain standards. The bigger the room is, the better will be the studio. If you want to have a vocal ensemble, space would be of utmost importance. A bigger room provides space for newer equipment that you buy over the years. Choose a room that is most isolated from external noise. Microphones can pick up faint noises and amplify them a hundredfold. The room should be wholly soundproof and free from external noise to achieve complete audio purity. A lo

Is Smartphone-Controlled Home Automation the Way to go?

Maybe you already know about the amazing advancements and next generation technologies involved in automating your home. Perhaps you are aware how they can make your life fantastic. Nevertheless, do you really want to take all that trouble and get all your household functions fully connected to your cell phone? You need to consider a few issues of home automation before making a decision. Complexity Not everyone is comfortable with change! There are people who prefer everything to be exactly in the same, old-fashioned way. Connecting automated things to your phone involves some technical knowledge about the app installed and its operation. If you aren’t tech-savvy enough, you might press something accidentally, and cause unwittingly major complications that might be difficult to undo. In such a situation, you might feel turning off a light or fan with just the flick of a switch would have been a lot easier and more sensible than doing the same t

Remodeling Your House : Making Big Savings

A grave apprehension you could have when it comes to remodeling your house is managing the budget! The first step would be to get good contractor references from your trusted contacts. You can shortlist the probable ones next and ask for their prices. After that, you may consider the ideas given below for you to cut down the expenses, and complete your home remodeling project at an affordable price. Recycling your old stuff Consider the possibility of reusing materials like wooden flooring, wooden cabinets, etc of the existing house when you go in for a remodel; with just a few minor alterations of all such materials, you can save quite a significant amount instead of buying a whole lot of new materials at high costs. Moreover, some recycled antique pieces might add a unique touch to your furnishing. A golden rule of thumb in home remodeling is “Every little thing adds up”. Save a little here and a little there and soon you’ll be amazed at the good amount of money collec