Window Comparison Guide

Most of the time when you call a re-modeler to come out and give you an estimate he suggests one of the windows that he carries. For some people that may be driven more by a larger profit margin than making by the right choice for you.

Do your homework and be informed on what you need to know so you can pick the right window for you and your budget.

Learn more information in our Home Window Comparison Guide

Types of Nails with a Nail Chart

If you’ve ever wondered what the difference is between a common nail, finishing nail and a brad are you’ll be happy to know we have a simple chart that you can use to identify which types of nails you need for different projects. There is even an illustration on nailing methods and what metals nails are made from. Visit the nail chart in our Types Of Nails article

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Sealing Drafts in Laundry Rooms and Basements

When it gets cold outside you’ll begin to feel the drafts coming in through the cracks and gaps in your home’s foundation. Less obvious is when it gets warm and the cold airleaks back out. Visit our article on sealing drafts to finf out how to identify where a draft is coming from or going to and learn how to fix it.

Stop drafts in Your Laundry Room

Designing a New Bathroom

Starting from scratch is a great benefit to have when figuring your bathroom designs. A new, empty bathroom gives you all the flexibility in bathroom renovation ideas.

There are several popular trends evolving from people spending more time at home and wanting to be more comfortable within their home.

The first thing to consider in your new bathroom is size. More and more people are going with the bigger is better attitude. Even if the space isn’t there, small bathroom remodels are being designed to look and feel bigger. The bigger space is being used to include things such as furniture, a separate shower and bathtub sauna showers, and new appliances like radios and televisions.

You´ll also find homes where the bathroom has been designed to accommodate more than one person at a time. Double vanities are becoming more popular allowing you and your spouse (or your children) to get ready in the morning at the same time, or to each have your own inviolate space.

Vintage furniture is also making appearances in bathrooms. These pieces are being used as things like vanities, towel racks and sitting chairs. One good bathroom renovation hint is to design the fixtures as if they were furniture. This will give your bathroom a homier, more comfortable feel.

Using different materials and colors can be a big difference maker in the bathroom. White is a traditional bathroom color, but it doesn’t convey much character. When choosing colors and materials, you should think about what fits your personality and what fits the environment you want. For instance, if you want to shower in a natural, serene setting, then working earth tones and some type of stone into your bathroom décor ideas might be a good thought. Coordinated colors and materials can be used in nearly every bathroom feature from tiles to sinks to showers.

Keeping these things in mind can help ensure you get exactly what you´re looking for out of your bathroom design.

Remember: a bathroom addition or renovation is one of the best things you can do to increase the value of your home. Home buyers consider luxury and comfort to be a premium. Turning your master bath into a luxurious getaway might help you sell your home faster, or it might make you not want to leave at all!

Small Bathroom Renovation Hints

You probably have a lot of bathroom renovation ideas running through your head. Themes, colors and décor are all meshing together to create a whirlwind of possibilities.

Whether you want to do a small bathroom remodel or are looking at luxury bathroom designs, you need to consider things such as who will use the bathroom, what is its main purpose and what is most valuable to you. There’s a big difference between a master bath spa retreat and a cozy outdoor bathroom design for the guests at the cabin.

If you’re feeling cramped in your bathroom, there are some small bathroom design tips you might want to try.

Making sure your bathroom is well lit is the first step. Installing a skylight can accomplish this and help save on energy bills.

Another option is to install wall mounted sinks and toilets. In general, the more visible floor space there is, the bigger the room feels.

Having some sort of vertical pattern on the walls naturally draws our eyes up making the room feel more spacious.

Installing a shower stall instead of letting a full-size tub go unused can also free up space.

These options allow you to experiment a little bit without having to get into any expensive construction.

If you’re not terribly confident in your design and construction skills, you may want to consider hiring a professional. They´ll help you decide which bathroom vanities work best for your space and help you install bathroom plumbing. It’s always better to get advice from professionals before you start rather than after you realize you may not be able to do it yourself.

Using Flat Paint in Kitchen

Don’t Use Flat Paint in the Kitchen
Kitchen walls tend to collect grease and splatters from food. That’s why it’s important to pick a paint that will allow you to wash those surfaces when they get dirty.

Semi-gloss paints are a good choice here, because they wipe easily and are less permeable, meaning that contaminants are more likely to stay on the surface.

Hi-gloss paints can be even more stain-resistant, but the shiny effect of hi-gloss may be too much for a medium-to-large surface.

Stay away from flat paint on kitchen walls as you cannot scrub the surface and even a light wiping can remove some of the paint.


What is Low VOC Paint?

Low VOC Paint – what is it?

VOC stands for Volatile Organic Compounds and are the gasses emitted from paint and materials. Commonly called off-gasses, VOC’s have short and long term adverse health effects. Since VOC’s can remain in the air long after the paint has dried it is important to use products with very low or zero VOC’s.

California has a zero tolerance when it comes to VOC’s and that is where they manufacture Behr paint. Behr regular paint has a very low VOC amount and Behr’s Ultra line has zero VOC’s.


Painting Moldy Bathroom Walls

Painting Moldy Bathroom Walls

If you have mold growing on your bathroom walls use a 10% bleach solution to clean them and let them thoroughly dry before painting.

When choosing paint use a base coat primer of mildew resistant paint that is oil based such as Kilz. For your top coat you’ll also want to use a mildew resistant paint in egg shell or satin finish for walls such as Behr Ultra.

Pick paint with minimum sheen because it is more durable and if you need to wash dirty fingerprints or smears it is more scrubbable, but do not use flat paint as it will soak up and hold moisture.