HOW TO TRANSFORM YOUR HOUSE WHILE STAYING IN BUDGET

Having your house go through a massive and dramatic overhaul can be both costly as it is time-consuming. However, there are some small, interesting and simple projects that you can do with your lovely home in a short period of time without having to spend too much effort or needing too much money. Fortunately, this do-on-your-own project can give your house a significantly dramatic makeover which will surprise not only you but also your friends and family. What are you waiting for? Roll up your sleeves and get down to business.

  • Let us beautify the entrance of your house

Your guests will first get to know your home by taking their steps through your entrance. In other word, it is the first impression your guests will get. Therefore, it is important and essential to embellish the entrance. It is definitely not difficult to spice things up at your doorway with some pop of dynamic, vibrant colors here and there or maybe a few potted plants and flowers. If the outdoor light is on your side, do not hesitate to implement iron fixtures to give your hallway a dramatic look. When it comes to paint color, you can opt to coordinate the color of your hallway with the color of your interior furniture or choose to use bold color to create an interesting contrast with your choice of outdoor paint.

  • The next step is to embellish your fireplace

Fireplaces have always been a totally great choice when it comes to adding that rustic or modern touch to any living rooms or libraries. However, the source of dirt and dust can be as well come from them. Therefore, choosing to paint your fireplace a new color might be just the thing to help you cut down the cleaning part, as well as give your room a dynamic new touch. There are a wide variety of options for you to choose from. You can consider painting it with the same color palette you have used for the whole room. Or you can go with the completely opposite direction by painting with a bold contrast color. Whatever your choice might be, it is sure to make a lasting impression. If you want to keep the original brick look of your fireplace, you can opt to use large painting or ornate mirror to stylize your fireplace.

  • It is time to organize your entrance area

Organizing your entrance area can serve many different purposes. First off all, it will make your hallway look nice because no one likes a messy and dirty entrance with stuff all over the place. Second, organizing your entrance will play a vital part in keeping you on time and getting out of the door. Have you ever spent hours after hours looking frantically for your car key or coat and then found it under a pile of magazines stacked in a corner? If you have, the re-organization project is just your thing. You can benefit from this in a lot of ways. You can simply install some new coat hangers and make a small investment in shelves or a book case to keep near the door. You can hang your coat here, or maybe putting your car key, wallet or dog leash on the bookshelf so you can easily find what you need when you need. This project is the simplest one and brings a lot of different benefits if done right.

  • How about upgrading your light fixtures?

It has always come as a surprise for many people how changing or upgrading light fixtures can change the look of a room so dramatically. Despite its benefits, many have not implemented this project yet. Why? The reason is that it can be really costly. This problem can be solved by changing the light for one room at a time. By doing this, the total cost can be spread out over a period of time and do not take a heavy toll on your home-improving budget. In addition, you can express your own personality and personalize your space by using a statement piece. The choice available for you is almost endless: from antique lamps to singular lights, you just need to choose what suit your preference. Do not hesitate to implement this plan over replacing your kitchen sink if you are able to.

  • Last but definitely not least, molding your own cabinets

You can elevate and give your cabinets a new look by adding a mold. Fortunately, the process of installing a mold is quite easy and fairly inexpensive. First of all, choose a mold that is perfect for you. You can base your decision on your own preference of how your cabinet should look like after the installation, or it can be based on what type of mold will fit the theme of the whole room, etc… After having chosen your mold, you can start measure, cut and start installing. The installation of the mold can be carried out by either glue or nail the exterior to the cabinet. Then, the molding should be clamped in a place. After the molding is dry, you can paint it in whatever color you want and varnish it to add some glossy touch to the piece. You can add as much or little as molding as you want, as long as you feel happy with your final result. By combining different kinds of molding and paints, the list of available choices for you to choose from is endless, all of which are not costly as you might think.

By doing little by little, a small project to a small project, the cost and the time you have to spend on home improvement is spread out and it seems less expensive and time-consuming. The most important thing when doing stuff like this is to remember cooperating your personal style and personality into them. Improving your home is like a mysterious adventure, and it is important to enjoy what is waiting for you in the journey ahead.

 

TIPS AND TRICKS ON GIVING YOUR HOME A MAINTAINANCE IN THE SUMMER

Summer comes means it is the time to go out-door and enjoy the warm light radiating from the sun. However, it is also the time you start to do all those maintenance and repair work needed to do around your lovely house. Not only the weather will help you to complete the work much faster than any other seasons, but also in this season you will find the problem you need to fix the quickest. By doing this, you will not have to suffer the consequences of your laziness in the winter.

  • First thing first, make a list of what you need to do

The first order of business, like any maintenance, is to create a list of what you need to fix beforehand to serve as a guideline for your course of action. Every piece of equipments, every parts of the house needs checking, you have to note them down. After finishing, you should choose what thing you should give your priority to. Having a checklist can become handy if you decide to do all the hard work yourself, or call a contractor to do the work for you, or call a handyman. It is helpful in many different situations and helps you know what need to be done and what is not finished so you can put your hand on those later.

  • Indoor finished? Then it is the time for the outdoor repair

Your house does not only consist of your interior, the outdoor is a part of it as well. It is essential for you to consider the outdoor in your maintenance plan as well. Outdoor repairs can be easily done due to the clear sky and perfect weather (no rain, no snowstorm, what can be better?). You can start by trimming your tree and repairing your fence. After that, you can check to see if your roof needs fixing, clean your pool in preparation for some quality time with your family in the water. Then, you can give your exterior a re-paint if needed or change its color so you can start fresh with your home.

Above are some tips about how to give your home maintenance in the summer. Summer is the best time for you to start preparing for the harsh winter coming in just a few months, which will help you a lot. Thank you for reading.

 

TIPS AND TRICKS ON HOW TO ORGANIZE YOUR OWN HOME OFFICE

Not many people get to work in your own home and if you are one of them, you would like to make the best out of your opportunity. Working from home can bring you a lot of positive things and different advantages. However, it is essential to organize your home office so that you have an environment where you can do your job efficiently and productively. Trying to set up your workplace in your kitchen and your bedroom is easy thing to do, but will they be good enough for you to focus on your work? The answer is no, because you will have to always be on the move. Below is some of the key factors that can make your working at home experience a successful and efficient one.

  • The first order of business is to review your need.

The first step of your journey going from office to home is to reassert your needs. You can do this by listing what item you need to have at your home so that you can complete your work. It can go from big things like desks, chairs, a computer to small things like notebooks, paper clippings, etc…In addition, there is a chance that you will meet your client right at your own home, so you need to consider some space that is large enough for holding a meeting. This is, however, not that important because you can have your meeting in a public place if needed. I still recommend having your meeting at your home to save cost.

  • The next thing is to choose your own location

The next order of business is to choose where you would want to set up your lovely home office. Avoid renting a place that is too large for your need or too small for your stuff. If you consider and think about it carefully, a cubicle in an office is not really large, only 64 square feet at most. In addition, you would want to look for those private and permanent qualities in your office. Packing up your things for other activity everyday is not really something you would want to do at your office because it affects the quality of your work, as well as the productivity and efficiency of yours. Keep in mind that this space is dedicated to work and make sure it is dedicated to work only.

  • Now you can start personalizing your office

This is probably the most interesting and exciting part of the whole process. The opportunity of personalizing your space has finally come to you. If you stay at a normal office, the choice of what you can use to decorate your space is very limited and boring. However, when you work at a home office, everything changes. You should choose a paint color that suit your business and portray who you are as a person, as well as compliment the pieces in your office.

THE LOVELY ADVANTAGES OF USING WOOD FENCES

Installing wood fences around one’s home has become more and more popular due to its durability and helpfulness. With a wide variety of tallness and how you install, you can easily find the enclosure that guarantee the needed solitude. However, in some areas and communities, they introduce a rule of how high your fence should be so you need to keep in mind these little details as well when deciding to build yourself a line of fence. The most prominent advantage of using wood fences is their suitability and being adaptable to any types of house design, may it be modern or rustic. Moreover, no matter how severe the weather of the place you live can be, wood fences can take it all like a man. You can build them on level grounds or graded landscapes; wood fences can be easily installed anywhere. In addition, wood fences allow you to express your personality and creativity on them with ease. Therefore, using fences made of wood is a great choice when you are seeking for some privacy in
a crowded place.

  • The present sees a significant increase in the popularity of this style of fencing. For traditional enclosure, you can opt to choosing hardwood as your material because it is said that it was the original one. However, you should keep in mind that, because of the limited supply of timber, hardwood can be really hard to get as the retailers run out of stock very quickly. Since the supplying source is not continuous and stable as other materials, the price of hardwood is varied: It can be really expensive or not so costly. The price fluctuates most of the time. In addition, because wood fence does not absorb water much, it is quite stable. Despite its visible advantages, wood fencing still has its downside: It is vulnerable to pest.
  • However, there is still pine which has more sufficient source of supply than hardwood or any other varieties. In addition, because it is treated with some kind of chemical, pine is not vulnerable to pest (which resolves the problem mentioned above perfectly). The idea category of ground contact is also listed specifically for future users to use as reference as well. Nevertheless, pine still has some minor issues which are the fact that it tends to dry out after a period of time. This lead to morphing or shrinking the fence, affect the overall look of the house. Moreover, fences made from pine can easily turn yellow after around a year.
  • These fences have three basic and original designs that you can choose from. The first one is the simplest design that we have seen on TV dramas and movies times after times. The other choice available is segmented panels. The distance between these panels can be as far as 15 mm in order to hide the gap which tends to appear after morphing or shrinking happen. This version has its lap and caps the same with the lapped version. The only slight difference is that the capping is installed along the top of the fences. The remaining trend is the most popular trend nowadays, involving installing timber fencing with parallel boards. You can choose your material from hardwood or pine. This modern style is noted for its versatility. You can choose to leave it like it is, or you can paint it with the color you want, or you can leave it to be naturally stained.

With the information mentioned above, I hope you have got some general ideas about whether to install wood fences for your house or not. Thank you for reading.

HELPFUL TIPS AND TRICKS TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT MATTRESS FOR YOU

It is undeniable that a good night sleep is very important for every single person all over the world (unless you are the main character in The Nightmare on Elm Street). It is vital for a person’s health and well-being; it affects one’s efficiency and productivity, etc… Therefore, it is important that you have a sound sleep and a suitable environment to do just that. And today, we will focus on one of the factors contributing to that: choosing your perfect mattress. If having a good sleep is nothing but a distant memory for you, it is the time to make some changes to your bed. However, making your decision among countless choices of mattress available on the market can be difficult, complicating and overwhelming to some. No need to mention how important this decision is because it will stick with you for so many years and if you make a wrong move, you will have to pay dearly for it. That is why we have listed some tricks that you can apply when choosing your own mattress.

  • Knowing how to find the most comfortable choice

Have you ever been to a hotel, a friend or a relative’s house and sleep like a log there? Then that is your starting point. You can find what types of mattress make you feel the most comfortable and ask them what brand they used for their mattress. The brand names you get from this little research can serve as a guideline to narrow down the choices you have to make in order to get to the mattress of your dream.

When the time comes where you have to make your important purchase, you should keep in mind to bring your loved one with you. It can be your parents, your significant others or your children. After all, the mattress you are going to buy is not going to be used by you alone. You will share it with another person one way or another. That is why you need to compromise what you like with what the other people like before buying your mattress. Moreover, since you are going to share bed, you would like to see how you will be affected by your partner when you are on the same surface. There is no need to rush. You can choose a day when everyone is free of work or school to go to the shop, Sunday for example. The reason is that you probably will spend quite an amount of time on testing different mattresses (maybe around 20 minutes spending on it. Fortunately this process is quite fun)

In addition, you should wear loose and comfortable clothes when doing your round on different stores. First of all, since you are going to move around a lot, wearing high heels or tight clothing will become a hindrance on your journey toward choosing your mattress. Second and last, you will need to see whether you can move easily on the mattress you test. By doing this, you can get a general idea of how the mattress is going to function when you decide to bring it back to your home.

To test the mattress, you can get in your usual sleeping position. For instance, if most of the time you sleep on your side; try to find out whether you can put two fingers between your waist and the model. If you can do that, that means this mattress cannot give you the proper support you need and you should move on to another choice.

  • You need to buy in your budget as well.

While you do not want to compromise yourself with the price too much, it is still essential to take your budget into consideration. First off, you should set your budget limit and try to stick to it. The way you can buy in your budget is to do research online first. With the list available, you can start comparing different price ranges of your favorite model and find out where offer the most reasonable price for what you want. The reason why I choose the word “reasonable” here is because sometimes cheap is equal to low quality. Therefore, try to balance the money you want to spend with the quality you want to get. After all, your choice will have a lasting effect on you and your family.

In addition, you can consult with a sales professional beforehand to get help. Tell him/her what you want to achieve, why you need a new mattress and how much you are willing to spend on your change. The salesperson will use the information you provided to search for the model that you are able to afford. With their help, you can easily narrow your choice to just two or three options.