Posts made in July, 2016

Kitchen Remodeling Choices That Can Boost The Value Of Your Home

If you can’t decide which room in your home you would like to upgrade first, the kitchen is usually the best bet. Upgrading your kitchen will do more to increase the value of your home than any other renovation. If the kitchen feels outdated, the home buyer is going to feel that he or she is going to have to spend thousands of dollars to renovate the kitchen, even if a kitchen remodeling could actually be much more affordable. A rule of thumb is to spend 25% of the home’s value on improving your kitchen.

Experiment With Different Paint Colors

The first step should be to determine what paint color would work the best for your kitchen. Bring home different paint samples to experiment with until you find the color that will make your kitchen the most beautiful it can be.

Add New Tile

Add brand new tile, which is much more attractive. Tiles are not difficult to lay down and classes are taught at home improvement stores on how to lay them down effectively.

Replace Outdated Fixtures

There are fortunately many replacements that can be made very cheaply. Light fixtures can be updated to look brighter. Faucet sets can be replaced. Cabinet door handles can be replaced. Each of these changes can cost less than a thousand dollars while making an outdated kitchen look new again. 

Add Stainless Steel Appliances

Add stainless steel. It looks more modern and is very popular among home buyers. As each appliance wears out, replace it with a stainless steel one.

Go Traditional

If you intend to sell your home in the future, try to make your kitchen look traditional. Add all-wood cabinets. The floor should be made from stone or wood. Add stone countertops. The more natural and traditional the kitchen looks, the more appealing it will be.

Talk To A Kitchen Remodeling Specialist

While you should definitely remodel your kitchen, you do not have to have a perfect kitchen. Think about how your kitchen compares with the rest of your home and with how your kitchen will compare with kitchens in other homes in your neighborhood. Consider whether the typical buyer in your area would pay extra for a home with a deluxe kitchen. If you are not sure of what kitchen remodeling options might work the best, consider consulting with an interior designer, realtor or a kitchen remodeling specialist to determine which modifications might be the best investment. Contact a company like Luxcucina to get started.

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Common Ways That Trees Damage Houses

Having large trees in your yard has its benefits. In addition to being aesthetically pleasing, they provide shade for your yard and house. However, it’s possible for trees to damage your home as well. So, it’s important for you to know how trees can be damaging to a house and whether the trees in your yard pose a risk.

Falling Trees and Branches

Sometimes, trees fall. If you have a tree that’s dying, it may eventually fall on its own. However, bad storms can also cause trees to break, high winds may uproot trees, and heavy snow or ice could cause tree branches to come crashing down. If a tree falls on your home, it could cause a lot of damage to your house. So, it’s important to have the trees in your yard assessed by a professional from time to time. If you’re worried about a tree’s health or think that it may not be able to withstand a big storm, you should consider hiring a tree service company to assess the risk and remove the tree if needed.

Tree Roots

While tree roots grow slowly, they can become quite large. After all, they are continually searching for a source of nutrients and water for the tree. They might need to extend pretty far. If tree roots are growing near or through something, such as a concrete walkway, sewer pipes, or your home’s foundation, the pressure they apply can cause a good amount of damage.

The good new is, tree roots won’t directly damage your home’s foundation. However, they can cause the soil that your house is sitting on to become displaced, which, in turn, results in the foundation to your home shifting. The same thing happens with concrete walkways. If the soil underneath the walkways becomes displaced, it might cause small cracks in the concrete or lifting. Unfortunately, your home’s sewage system can be damaged by tree roots. Small tree roots can grow in the small holes in the plumbing. As they grow, they become large enough to completely block the pipes, which can cause sewage to backup into your house if it isn’t caught soon enough. So, if you have large trees growing close enough to the pipes in the ground, your foundation, or concrete, you might want to consider whether or not the tree roots pose a risk to determine if you should keep the tree or have it removed.

Swaying Branches

If you have a tree that’s close enough to your house that its branches scrape against the windows when they move, you should consider calling a tree service company to have the branches trimmed back. Overgrown branches near windows could end up breaking the window glass if the wind gets strong enough. Also, trees with branches growing near electrical lines need to trimmed regularly so that they don’t catch fire.

Not all trees are large or close enough to cause damage to your home. However, if you’re concerned about a nearby tree, you should have the situation assessed by a professional like one from Smitty’s Tree Service Inc as soon as possible.    

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Earthquake and tornadoes were my biggest fear as a child. They still in someways are, but as I'm building more and more homes, I've begun learning about the different safety measures that are incorporated with the architectural designing. I think it's good to know where the best places to stand are in case of the natural disaster, and which places to avoid. As I've done research I've learned how glass can shatter and much further then what I thought –which has helped me mentally prepare myself to stay away from windows. I think the best way to be prepared for anything is to become educated on it, which is why I'm maintaining this site.