Kitchen Remodeling Trends

DesignTrends are something you want to keep in mind as you remodel or update rooms in your house. The resale value of your home increases over the years as you makeupgrades and improvements. The ROI is well worth the little time it takes to research what’s hot in home renovations.

The kitchen is definitely one room in the house you don’t want to skimp on when you’re remodeling. Keep in mind that many buyers purchase a home based on the kitchen. Knowing the 2016 kitchen trends will help you understand what remodels make sense and what you should be looking for if you’re buying or selling.

 

Neutral Kitchen Colors, Natural Materials & Bright Accents

Modern designs are still at the top of the trend list in 2016. Neutral colors and natural materials are popular because they’re classy and timeless. A neutral foundation gives you more options to work with when you start decorating and stylizing your kitchen walls and countertops.

The hottest shades in the coming year will be soft whites (with white and black decorating schemes), light and dark brown colors of natural wood, light gray color tones of natural stone or concrete, all topped off with accent

Tips To Prepare Your Home For Winter

ice-on-roof-and-guttersWhether you embrace the change of seasons or cringe at the mention of that four-letter word in the forecast, it’s time to start thinking about readying your home for winter (as sad as it may sound).

There are several things you can do yourself before the first snowflake falls to save on utility bills and keep your home and family safe.

Keeping your furnace or heat pump in top condition is vital during the colder months. To reduce the risk of failure, call in a professional heating contractor for a tune up. For under $100, he’ll make sure the unit is clean, replace filters and check for any carbon monoxide leaks. Replacing an older thermostat with a programmable one is something you can take care of to save on heating costs. For hot, forced-air units, adjust dampers to pump more heat to lower levels and away from unused rooms.

Outside central air conditioning units should be covered to protect against snow and ice. Window units should be removed or covered with inexpensive, insulated liners to eliminate drafts.

Windows & Doors

Preventing air leaks around windows and doors will

How To Style A Bookshelf

How To Style A BookshelfBookshelves often become dumping grounds for the college textbooks we never returned, the trinkets or souvenirs we can’t throw away and every art and design book we HAD to have while browsing at second-hand bookshops. But, before you pull everything off the shelves in despair and build a partition wall or mini-fort from the rubble, here are some tips from Lofty to bring some style and order to your bookshelves with the help from our friends

1. Imagine A Bookcase as an Art Installation

The best way to begin any home project is to start with an overall vision of what you want to achieve. For bookshelves, this means giving yourself a good model of organization to follow, so that you have an outline (even if it’s flexible) to keep in mind as you add and remove contents. Creative minds may enjoy approaching a bookcase as the shell for an art installation – every object has its place and meaning. The overall look is a conglomeration of color, shape and style that reflects your interior. The living room and the office

Denver Swimming Pool Maintenance

While swimming pools in the Mile Hile City aren’t as popular as in Phoenix or Miami, they aren’t exactly a scarcity, either. Even without 110 degree temperatures or 100 percent humidity, the Front Range can still get plenty hot in the summertime. And with more than 300 days of sunshine per year, some would say that the Denver metro area is perfectly suited to backyard, residential swimming pools. As fun as they are, however, swimming pools do come with some responsibility ? mainly keeping up with proper swimming pool maintenance in Denver.

The Importance of Denver Swimming Pool Maintenance
While your pool water might look sparkling and clear, it can actually be home to a host of irritants and contagions including bacteria, mold, algae, sunblock and suntan lotions, perspiration, and other human by-products (how many toddlers swim in your pool each week? Can you spell p-e-e?). When your chlorine levels drop too low or high, your pH levels go unregulated, or your pool’s pumps and filters fail to work properly, these unwanted contaminants can actually build up to unsafe levels, causing everything from eye and skin irritations to actual infections. And from a purely financial standpoint, poorly-maintained pool water can

Landscape Timbers: What You Need To Know

Landscape timbers give every homeowner the ability to turn their eyesore exterior into a landscaping masterpiece. Landscape timbers present a challenging DIY project, but one any determined landscaper can handle.

To simplify, landscape timbers are used to build planter boxes and raised beds for gardening. They are also used to separate plants from other common areas of the yard, to build a retaining wall, reinforce a slope, make garden steps or build a picnic table and landscape paths.

The possibilities are endless, but before you go and purchase landscape timbers, make sure you read all there is to know about this highly attractive landscaping feature.

 

Landscape Timber Basics

There are certain landscape timber basics all must know before embarking on such a landscaping project. Like many other home materials, landscape timbers come in a variety of colors and materials. They are similar to wood planks in that many of them come in 4-foot or 8-foot lengths. However, the primary difference is that landscape timbers are flat on the bottom and top. As you can imagine, this makes landscape timbers ideal for building or stacking.

There are two main types of landscape timbers; natural and synthetic. For natural, the timber can be treated or untreated. Treated, while

DIY Halloween Decorating Ideas

Halloween is a holiday that can let your imagine run wild and when it comes to decorating your home before Oct. 31, the sky is the limit. Inspiration can be hard to come, even for the best of us, and that is why we are here to lend a helping hand. Whether it’s creating a mummy door or a witch on a broom, there are endless possibilities for decorating your home for Halloween. Below are 10 homemade Halloween decoration tips.

1. Flying Bats and Ghosts

Every Halloween needs to include some bats and ghosts. Decorate your lighting fixtures or tops of your doors with bats and ghosts simply by using the bottom of some egg cartons and leaves from outside. Cut out the bottom of the cartons and use a magic marker to color it black. Add eyes for the full effect. Go a step further by taking leaves from outside, spray paint them white, color in some eyes, and hang them along with your bats. Hopefully your final product looks something this gem from Happy Clippings.

2. Ghost Jugs

Let’s move outside so we can impress (or terrify) those trick-or-treaters. Simply take an empty milk carton and draw the face of your imaginary

Tips For How To Fix Mold In Basement Crawlspace

Basements are some of the most common places for mold to grow. This is an area where there’s a lot of dampness, old plumbing, leaking, wood that can rot after time, and a buildup of humidity from things like outdoor conditions coming in through windows and hot water heaters. That musty smell often attributed to basements is a sign of mold and mildew, which needs to be taken care of before it extends to the rest of your home.

First, you need good cross ventilation under the house so air will circulate freely. Stagnant air is holding moisture, creating condensation, mold, and potentially serious wood rot problems. Check that all of your vents in the basement are unobstructed. Repair any torn vent screens so animals don’t move into the crawl space around the basement. If you don’t have sufficient vents, you should add more.

Second, cover the ground of the basement with black plastic sheeting if it’s not being used as a living space. This will trap and hold the ground moisture under it instead of allowing it to rise to the floor joists. Tape or weight all overlapped joints down, including along the foundation, so no gaps exist.

Finally, remove

Tips For How To Waterproof Basement Walls

To keep your basement walls from getting any moisture, it’s important to waterproof them. To do that though, you must first figure out exactly where they need to be waterproofed from both the outside and inside. So look around the entire perimeter of your home to double-check that the earth slopes away from your foundation, not towards it. Otherwise, you will need to add dirt to create that effect. Also check to make sure your gutters have nothing blocking them, and your downspouts are at least five feet away when discharging moisture.

In new house construction, be sure there are drains installed at footing level, sloped between one and two inches per 10 feet, to direct water away from the house. As you backfill the trench, apply waterproof membranes to the foundation wall. That will help to prevent against moisture buildup, which can damage the basement. In an existing house, you can still dig drainage ditches and install waterproofing membranes or chemicals as above.

To waterproof from the inside, apply a coating of concrete waterproofing material, which will usually penetrate up to 12 inches of previously untreated concrete. If other waterproofing chemicals have been previously applied, it will be less