More than Just a Door Panel

More than Just a Door PanelTrying out ideas to create a personalized look for your home is fun. But it can be expensive if you don’t know where to look for materials or find source for practical alternatives. So before you go shopping for materials, check out your options by searching the Internet for smart styles and novel suggestions for your home. One of the leading decorating idea that is widely used now is using the traditional barn door to update the look of your living space.

This may sound simplistic but there are a lot of ways to utilize the lowly barn door. Take a second look at this particular piece and you will be surprised at what you’ll find. The structure is both simple and sturdy, it’s essentially a classical piece. Leaving it untouched will make you appreciate its rustic charm while updating it with simple touches here and there will make it even more remarkable. Either way, this is a piece that’s easily for keeps.

The potential of a barn door extends far beyond utilitarian purposes. Bringing it into your home will easily change the look of the space that you put it in. You can use it in any of the rooms in your house to transform and update the look. Here are some ideas that you can use to make the most of interior barn doors and convert the look of your living area:

• Mix up designs according to your need. If you want to create an atmosphere that’s reminiscent of southern style, you can simply paint a barn door with contrasting colors and install it in your living room to create the right mood. It will make the place both warm and modern.
• Use it to open up an extension room like an outdoor deck or a pergola. This gives you an option to modify your room space as you need it. For instance, you can use it to expand your living or dining room to accommodate additional guests in a party. Closing the doors afterwards allows you to revert back to a more contained space and gives you a pleasant background to your living area.
• Combining the form and structure of the barn door with contemporary building materials is a novel idea. Frosted glass and steel accents for hardware are good additions to the piece and can make it unique and modern.

• Incorporating a window to the barn door can transform it into an elegant room divider in large rooms. It also serves as an alternative to the more traditional French doors. 

• Using authentic barn doors as dividers gives added architectural interest to an area. You can adjust the style to reflect the design of the room like using simple hardware to create sleek, clean lines or using steel borders to reflect a more modern design.

• Barn doors also make great headboards and goes with white flowing curtains.

• These pieces are also great additions to walk in cabinets so you can hide all your treasured pieces and create a cleaner look for your room. In the same way, you can use them as pocket doors for your pantry cabinet to keep things out of sight.

The possibilities are endless. You can create barn doors out of leftover pieces of wood to give them a more rustic feel. They are great space savers because the sliding bar is located on top which leaves the floor clear for you. It’s also perfect for limited spaces because you can easily divide a small room into two separate areas. So you might want to check out different barn door designs for your next renovation project because they’re really more versatile than you think. 

Posted by Richard Farnsworth - April 23, 2013 at 7:03 pm

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Taking on a Mailbox Project for your Home

Knowing the basics of woodworking gives you the opportunity to take on both small and big projects for your home. While it’s best to start with items that have practical purposes, like a mailbox, incorporating your personal design will give your work a distinct aesthetic appeal. There are great samples of decorative mailboxes that you can base your work on. And if you get really skilled at creating them, you can probably consider making residential mailboxes an earning opportunity later on.

Checking out the different sites of mailbox designs online will give you an idea of the different varieties that you can take on. There are specific styles that cater to different kinds of homes. For instance, suburban areas usually have curb mailboxes that are done in a lot of forms. This kind is probably the one created with the most diversity because the units are often reflective of the owner’s personality.

Decorative mailboxes have become popular in recent years and have given some artists a unique medium to showcase their talents. Creations range from whimsical cartoon and animal characters to ones that have antique finishes. Most are done in styles that complement that home. Apartment and condominium units pose a distinct need because their space is limited. This is the reason why most homeowners in these kinds of homes prefer wall mounted types. The designs are also a lot simpler than the fanfare that units for house and lot properties call for.

Wooden mailboxes are great alternatives because they can be shaped in any form. Cedar is often used to create these pieces. You can start by creating a piece in contemporary style which involves minimal decoration and calls for simple, clean lines. Adding your initials is a great way to personalize it even more. Other factors that you can take into account in making wooden mailboxes include painting the unit with several layers of paint and even varnish, to protect it from the elements. Installing a locking mechanism is also a good idea to ensure that the contents do not spill out of the mailbox. If space is not a problem, then make something that has ample room to accommodate bigger parcels.

Posted by Richard Farnsworth - March 6, 2013 at 9:03 am

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The Basic of Wood Types

You are looking to do a small project in your home, such as build a shelf, so you go to your local home improvement center only to find that there are dozens of different kinds of wood out there, at all different prices!  To choose the material that is best for your project, it is important to understand what the different qualities are in different kinds of wood.  It is also important to think about the most important factor in your project, such as durability or appearance.

First of all, there are two main kinds of wood – hardwood and softwood.  Now, softwoods don’t necessarily mean that they weaker than hardwood, and they are still a good choice to use if you are looking for a durable material.  A plus side to using a softwood is that they can generally be less expensive than hardwoods.  There are a number of different options under each main type, but first you need to factor in what you are looking to use the wood for.

Is your final project going to be used indoors, or will it be for outdoor use?  Choosing a wood type that can stand up to the elements is a key factor in this decision.  It goes without saying that if you choose a material that will rot quickly, you will just find yourself back at square one, spending more money to do the project twice.  Two good types of wood to use for outdoor projects are cedar and redwood.  While they might not be the cheapest options, they will definitely stand up to the elements for the longest period of time, saving you money in the long run.

If you are just looking for durability, and appearance is not an issue, there are a few different options at different levels of cost.  One of the least expensive of woods to use is poplar, but it also lacks the most in appearance.  Some mid-range options you can use are maple and oak.  Also known for their durability, these two choices are also generally good choices for appearance too.

If you are looking for a good choice when it comes to appearance, cherry or walnut can be good options.  While they can both be a little bit more expensive than their counterparts, they are both easy to work with, as well as durable, so you get the best of everything.

There are a number of other varieties of wood to choose from, these are just some of your typical choices in the categories listed.  Understanding what the most important factor is going into your project will definitely help you determine the best-suited material for the job.

Posted by Richard Farnsworth - September 12, 2012 at 2:10 am

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Easy Home Improvement Fixes

Home improvementHome improvements can be a lot of fun because it allows you to do things in your home that make living there better. This is a topic that I think everybody should spend a great deal of time thinking about because everybody that I have ever met has things that they would love to do in their home, or yard in order to make it the place of their dreams.

When you need to do is look at the flaws and figure out how to turn them into positive features. If you can figure out how to take the problems you have in your house and fix them you’ll find that the house of dreams you have always wanted, is actually right in front of you.

One of the biggest complaints I see people have is they complain about their inability to host parties and really get outside to enjoy the yard. People tell me they have no privacy, or they say it’s too noisy, or they say it’s too small.

If you have a lack of privacy backyard then there are two things you can do. The second thing you can do is to put in plants strategically that are designed to act as screening material in order to block off the neighbors you do not want looking into your backyard.

Once again there are two things you can do to really make your yard a quieter place, if noise is your complaint then. The first thing is to put implants that are thick like trees and hedges around your yard in order to filter out some of that noise. The next thing you can do is to install a water feature that has a gentle trickling sound in order to mask the annoying noise was a very pleasant sound. By doing this you can turn your Yard into a very Zen like utopia.

The final complaint of course is that the yard space is just too small. You can do this by adding in built-in seating, and a nice deck or patio because you easy access to all parts of the yard.

Home improvements can be a lot of fun because it allows you to do things in your home that make living there better. This is a topic that I think everybody should spend a great deal of time thinking about because everybody that I have ever met has things that they would love to do in their home, or yard in order to make it the place of their dreams. If noise is your complaint then once again there are two things you can do to really make your yard a more quiet place. The first thing is to put implants that are thick like trees and hedges around your yard in order to filter out some of that noise.

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Posted by Richard Farnsworth - January 23, 2014 at 2:16 pm

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Don’t Try to Open a Shutter Shop

Plantation Shutter - China Shutter,ShuttersThere are many types of shutters out there, and if you go to different parts of america you will see many different kinds of shutters, it is kind of strange to think about but there are as many types of shutters as there are cultures of people and even though shutters are not generally seen to be an elite item, they definitely can be. Take for instance the los angeles shutters, they are mostly made of white precious metals that just look absolutely stunning on the sides of their houses. They take the entire experience of shutters which is not something that is usually seen as a big thing and just take it to the entire next level by making them so stunning and they are definitely conversation pieces.

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Posted by author - January 19, 2014 at 1:35 pm

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My Plantation Shutters Look Great

When I bought my first house, I was happy with everything but the window treatments. The layout was gorgeous, but it lost a good bit of its appeal because of the cheap plastic blinds that the former owners had used. I wasn’t prepared to spend a fortune on new treatments, but I knew that there had to be an available option that was inexpensive and would make each room look much better. I started to research both the kinds of treatments available as well as the prices, and I finally decided on plantation shutters.

The main reason I went with them is because of how they look. I was able to look at some pictures online of homes that used these shutters, and the difference was just amazing. I knew that my new home would look so much better with these shutters too, and it was something that I could easily afford too.

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Posted by author - December 27, 2013 at 5:30 am

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Choosing a Flooring Style for your Home

Choosing a Flooring Style for your HomeOne of the biggest decorating decisions that people make involves the area that’s right under our feet – the floors. The flooring style that a person chooses creates a significant impact in the presentation and layout of a room. It can blend seamlessly into the background or become a focal point in the area. The flooring style that you choose can enhance more than just the aesthetic value of a place. If you plan to sell your home, having great floors can help you command a higher price.
Floors are indicative of just how well maintained a place is. Because it takes the full force of daily activities, the evidence of wear and tear can be easily seen in these surfaces. This is the primary reason why we people cannot just overlook the manner in which their floors are done. Prioritizing quality will play out in the long run because your investment will ensure that your floors remain in tip-top shape year after year.

There are a wide variety of styles that you can choose from and they can serve different purposes. Classic clean styles and colors will last a longer time than contemporary finishes. There are several factors that you have to consider though in choosing the flooring for your space. 

• Take note of the function of the room. This is critical so that you get the most benefit out of the style that you chose. For instance, high traffic areas like the dining room and the kitchen requires the use of not just beautiful but also durable material so that it can withstand the continuous tramping of people in and out the area. You have to choose an alternative that’s resilient to scratch, scuff and watermarks. Wooden floors are always classy but the wear and tear can show after a number of years. They are also not suitable for areas that can get wet like the bathroom and the entryway which can get rained on.

• Check if your preferred style fits the requirement for the room. Wooden floors are always classy but the wear and tear can show after a number of years. This type of flooring is also not suitable for areas that are likely to get wet like the bathroom and the entrance area which is mostly exposed to the elements. Also, try to visualize if your furniture goes along with the color of your floor. White wood flooring is quite versatile and can fit just about any type of decor. It’s perfect for the southern style homes and gives any room a calming effect with its pristine appearance. This style will work with any room in your home. On the other hand, if you are aiming for a warm and cozy cottage look, dark wood would be best for you.

• Installation. You have the option these days to install flooring materials yourself or contract them out to a service provider. There will of course be an additional service cost if you hire someone to do the floor installation but it will also mean that they can do the job sufficiently.

• Maintenance. This is another critical factor that you have to consider. It is not enough to see the excellent finished product because the true test of quality flooring comes when it has experienced the real action in your home. Tiles are relatively low maintenance although they are not as elegant as wooden floors. And compared to hardwood, the laminated variety can be easier to clean up and replace.

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Posted by Richard Farnsworth - July 5, 2013 at 2:47 pm

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All you Need to Know About South Jersey Home Inspectors

South Jersey Home InspectorsEvery home owner is aware that it is stressful to sell or buy a house, but one of the most daunting aspects of is the home inspection: final defects have to be cleared before the keys can be exchanged for money. There is something people do not understand about home inspection: many think of it as a tool of negotiation but in the real sense is meant to offer the new homeowner the opportunity to learn about their home in details: how to cater for any structural defects before the deal is sealed, how to maintain it properly and how to find a program for replacing the existing appliances. All these information is made available by the inspector during the inspection process. This piece of writing will offer you adequate information on everything you need to know about South Jersey home inspectors.

In accordance to American Society of Home Inspectors, a typical report from a home inspector should cover the air conditioning system, the state of the heating system, the interior electrical and plumbing systems, roof, visible insulation and attic, walls, floors, ceilings, windows and doors, basement, foundation and structural components. Therefore, all the above should be in your inspector’s report.

It is not mandatory for the inspection to be carried out: only about seventy five percent of homeowners do so. Inspection cost charged by South Jersey home inspectors usually varies from three hundred dollars to seven hundred dollars depending on the size of the house as well as the services to be offered including different tests of septic systems, pests and radon and underground oil wells and pools.

Finding good and reliable South Jersey home inspectors can sometimes prove to be a difficult task. Nowadays, the home inspection industry full of scammers and if you do not exercise caution, you may end up hiring such an inspector. There are numerous ways through which you can find yourself good home inspector.

You may consider asking your friends of relative who live around your area of residence whether they know of any reputable South Jersey home inspectors. While you are at it, make sure you ask if there are any inspectors out there that you should avoid.

In case this does not work, you can search for a good and reliable home inspector online. There are numerous websites where you can find these kinds of professionals. Carefully study the previous reviews by previous clients in order to have an idea of the kind of services they offer.

Good South Jersey home inspectors should always guarantee their services. As a result, you will have so much confidence in them. Additionally, hiring an inspector who guarantees their services will spare you time as well as money in case he omits something, you will not have to hire a different inspector to carry out another inspector.

During your search for a home inspector, avoid hiring the first inspector you come across. Always make you move around to have a longer list to choose from. This way, you are guaranteed of getting the best home inspector.

Posted by Richard Farnsworth - April 13, 2013 at 1:23 am

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Invest in Your Home’s Exterior with These Projects

I’m sure you are familiar with the importance of making a good first impression. This concept certainly applies to one’s residence as well. It is especially of the utmost importance when considering the sale of the property. As someone approaches your home they will certainly notice the doors and windows of the structure. Windows and exterior doors in Calgary should always meet the weather test when it comes to their energy efficiency. Proper placement, sealing and caulking of these entities afford you lower heating costs, insures against water leakage and is a great selling point when that time comes.

Along with the house itself, another important aspect of the exterior is the driveway leading up to it. This will actually be the very first thing the visitor (or potential buyer) will see as they arrive in a vehicle. So lets take a look at sealcoating equipment and the procedures for restoring a driveway to its optimum condition.

The entire process should not take longer than one or two afternoons. A good application should last at least 3 years. Some people choose to make sealcoating an annual project and there are actually sealing products specifically produced and priced with the yearly plan in mind. The first step in treating the driveway is the easiest. That would be watching the weather report. The temperature should be a minimum of 60 degrees Fahrenheit with no rain projected for a 72 hour period following the job’s completion. The next thing to be taken care of is relatively simple too. You must measure the square footage of the space so as to purchase the correct amount of sealant allowing for 2 coats.

Following are lists of what you will need in terms of products and sealcoating equipment:

Driveway sealant
Asphault for large cracks and sunken areas
Crack Filler (rubberized)
Asphault oil primer
Asphault cleaner for oil or other auto fluid leaks

Rubber gloves
Large paint brush or roller
Large squeegee
Rags and bucket for cleanup

Before beginning the actual sealcoating you must clean the driveway thoroughly. This should begin with a good sweeping. Then, utilizing the asphalt cleaner, eliminate any oil, gas or other fluid spots resident on the surface. Rinse the driveway with your hose at the highest pressure setting. It is imperative for the exterior plane to be as unsoiled as possible for the new sealant to adhere properly.

After allowing time for drying, the next step is “patching” any cracks or low spots. Small cracks can be taken care of immediately prior to the sealcoating application. Any major asphalt repairs may require up to 14 days to cure. With that in mind you can obviously take care of the larger areas two weeks prior to the coating or just wait until 2 weeks after the primary project is complete. It is perfectly acceptable to coat those sections at a later date.

Proceed with the sealing process by doing the edges first with a paint brush or roller. Then from the top of the driveway down toward the street level, pour a small amount of the sealer onto the surface and spread using the squeegee. Remember 2 thin applications are recommended. Upon completion, don’t forget to place a rope or string with a “KEEP OFF” sign at both the entrance from the road and sidewalks for approximately 36 hours.

Voila! You have just improved the look of your homes exterior, not to mention increased its market value.

Posted by Richard Farnsworth - March 13, 2013 at 10:26 am

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Installing Solar Panels with Ease

Solar panels in NewcastleSolar panels offer a reliable and environmentally friendly source of energy. Solar panel installation is a regular occurrence in most homes and businesses today. Once a person buys a solar panel, the next step is installation. Where to buy them? Newcastle solar has wide range of products. However, when one is installing solar panels, there are several steps they should follow. These steps include:

Picking the Location

One should pick an appropriate spot for installing the solar panels. This could be at the east or west side of a roof. The aim is to expose the solar panels to maximum sunlight. When doing solar panel installation, one also has look at the latitude tilt. The latitude position at which the panels are tilted must allow for maximum exposure to sunlight.

With solar panel installation, the solar panels must be mounted at least four feet apart from each other and also be on top rafters in the cases of building and house rooftops. One can look at the buildings blueprints to see where particular rafters are positioned. Once you have found the rafters, the next thing is to drill holes into them. These holes are where the steel bolts will fasten the solar panels mounts to the roof.

Securing the Solar Panels

The next step in the solar panel installation process is securing the solar panels. It is not enough just to secure the mounts of the solar panels using the steel bolts; one has also to ensure that the air around the bolts is sealed in order to keep the thermal envelope air tight. Most solar panels come with their own unique easy fastening panel which is mounted on the roof of a building. The panels must also be a 1/4 of a foot above the roof to create good airflow. Good airflow is crucial in solar panel installation as it promotes efficiency.

After these steps are done, the only thing left to do is to connect the solar panels to the electricity power supply of the building or house.

Posted by Richard Farnsworth - February 4, 2013 at 8:20 pm

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How to Use Portable Storage Units

How to Use Portable Storage UnitsMoving your items around the house can become cumbersome which is why most people prefer to store extra items and furniture in another place altogether. Storage units come in all sizes and forms to suit different needs. Mobile units are designed like a train car which can be hooked to another vehicle for easy transfer to another location. This can be delivered to your home and left on your driveway so that you can pack at your convenience. It is useful when you need to move to another place or renovate your home so that instead of carting off your things to a facility, you can just load them on the portable unit and put them back in your house when you’re done.

Using a unit at a storage compound requires scheduled visits because companies maintain a access time to ensure the safety of the properties stored in their facilities. This means that you cannot just drop by in the middle of the night to get something that you need. Mobile storage units can still be housed in a facility but your items stay put together in the unit and all you have to do to check your things is to file a request for the storage cab to be delivered to your house.

Another advantage of mobile storage is that it’s a cheap alternative compared to renting a moving truck. It also gives you flexibility in your packing time so you can be as slow or as fast as you can. The rates are not so far apart but the leisurely way that we’re

Compare prices before you sign an agreement with a storage company. Know the distinct features and services that are provided. For instance, some company might offer free assistance in packing for a limited time while another one would assume the costs of boxes, tapes and labeling stickers as part of the agreement. Evaluate what you need versus what is offered and choose the company with the most reasonable rate.

If you opt to rent a storage unit at a facility, make sure that you inquire the type of security that they maintain in the place and the number of personnel that are in the compound at any time. Ask if they maintain other security features such as laser alarms and using CCTVs to monitor the movement of people inside the compound. 

Posted by intern4u - January 29, 2013 at 1:27 am

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