Monday, 19 March 2012

Five Common Kitchen Remodel Mistakes to Avoid

It is easy to get carried away when planning a new kitchen. You want brand-new matching appliances and a $10,000 range. Here are some things to keep in mind to keep the price of your project from soaring.
  • Do not spend more than ten to twenty-five percent of your home’s current worth on your kitchen remodel.
  • Spending more money on a stove or other appliance will not make you use it more often.
  • Updating your kitchen too much can make the rest of your house look outdated by comparison.
Updating your kitchen can be a good way to add value to your home and usually provides a good return on your investment. However, be sure not to guild the lily here. Keep in between ten to twenty-five percent of the current worth of your home, and under ten if your home is on the low end for the area. This will help to ensure you get the most return on your investment.

Just because you buy a $10,000 range does not mean you will begin cooking gourmet meals every night if you do not already. If cooking is important to you and you will be in the home a while, by all means, go all out. However, if a more standard model stove will suit your needs, go with that. Your new kitchen is not likely to change your cooking habits much.

If you go all out on your kitchen remodel, the rest of your house can look out of place and outdated by comparison. Make sure your remodel keeps your kitchen in line with the design of the rest of your house to avoid a mismatch of the appearance of worth.

Getting caught up in the moment when remodeling your kitchen is another common mistake. It is important to make a design that will work over the long term, rather than filling your short-term needs. You will likely eventually sell your house, so plan a kitchen that a majority of people will want, not just one that suits your needs. An overly-customized or quirky kitchen can be a turn-off for home buyers, and can drive down the resale value of your home. This is not to say that you cannot have fun and be unique, just understand that you will need either to change your kitchen for resale or reduce your price because of your quirky designs. So, to recapture the most value from your kitchen remodel, keep the design reasonable for overall layout and other hard to change design elements.

Design mismatching
If you update your kitchen too far, it can become mismatched with the design and architecture of the rest of your home. This is a bigger issue with modern open layout kitchens. With these open layouts, the kitchen is open to at least one public area of your home. Keep this in mind when planning your kitchen remodel. Either plan on updating adjoining rooms along with your kitchen or keep the design and d├ęcor in these spaces in mind during planning. You should also consider using a custom wallpaper to add a special touch and design to your kitchen.

Changing mid-project
Getting your remodel plan right the first time and sticking with it will keep your costs and headaches down later. Do research, look at samples, tour homes, talk to your contractor and designer, and be sure to get your design set in your mind before going forward. Because while changing your mind later is possible, it will likely lead to delays, problems, and soaring costs.

Ignoring problems or settling

While you should avoid overspending and changing your mind mid-project, you should also make sure not to gloss over issues to save time or money. If a layout issue or extra expense comes up during your remodel and it is the difference of just getting it done and getting it done right, do not cut corners. Fixing these types of issues later is usually exponentially more expensive later. Also, visible issues will make buyers question the quality of the entire project if you were willing to put up with shoddy work in that area. So make sure the job is done right the first time and spend the extra time and money to iron out issues as they come up.

Author Bio: Jay Buckley is a large format printing expert and online publisher for who writes on the topics of design and printing.

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Turn your log cabin into a playroom And get some space for yourself!

How many times have you returned to a room the kids have been playing in to discover they’ve trashed it? Or heard a smash signalling the untimely demise of your favourite vase? It’s times like that we all wish there was a playroom in the house to contain all the mess and chaos in, and leave the rest of the house intact. Unfortunately not all of us have the space or funding to change a room into a play area!

An ideal way to find this extra space is to use a shed or log cabin as a playhouse for the kids, instead of trying to find space in the house. This is perfect as they can play outside with somewhere to go if it’s raining or chilly, and they can play house or turn it into a den and make as much mess as they want. Just like adults, kids like to have their own space to hideaway and play silly games, or even read a book and chill out.

If you’ve already got a log cabin in your garden, turning it into a playhouse is easy – all you need to do it clean it out, check for spiders (!) and make sure it’s safe, with no nails or other nasty things jutting out from the walls. Once you’ve done all that, you can go about collecting little things to put inside, like chairs, pillows and sheets (for making dens of course!) and a generous helping of toys from the house too. If you’ve got them lying around, toy kitchens and toy DIY kits are ideal for this, the kids can play at being grown up in their own little house!

Once you’ve got everything set up, they can have friends round to play, build dens to their hearts’ content and even have sleepovers if you’re prepared to keep an eye on them. A playhouse can keep children occupied for hours without you having to worry about where they are or who’s hanging around.

Log cabins can even increase the value of your home, providing extra space to be used as a summer house, a home office or even a gym. This will be especially handy when the kids get older and lose interested – you can reclaim the cabin as your own and create your own den, or transform it into anything you need, even if that’s just extra storage. Just like the kids, you can use your imagination to change it into anything you like!

Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Get the Best from your Home Manicure Table

Home manicure tables are a girl’s best friend. No more scrabbling about in bedroom draws for half empty bottles of nail varnish, no more precariously balancing your nail polish on a chair arm as you use a nearby table light to see what you are doing. In short, no more faffing about like an amateur; you have the equipment so now it is time to get serious!

Getting started
First things first; it’s no use having a professional manicure table if you are going to shove it in a corner and pile dirty (or indeed clean) washing on top of it. Make sure your manicure table is somewhere accessible and near a socket. Nothing is going to ruin your perfect nail art like tripping over a trailing wire. The table comes with its own cool storage compartments so use them. Get organised. Make sure you not only have your polish to hand but that you have ample nail files, cotton balls, cue tips and nail varnish remover. If you are into sparkles, diamantes and glitter, get those in the draws too. Now you have your very own manicure table there is no reason not to have everything immediately to hand.

The Perfect Paint Job
The perfect paint job is less about a steady hand (though having one inarguably helps) and more about the right lighting and the perfect painting angle. Use the repositionable lighting and arm rests on you manicure table to get comfortable. If you get cramp halfway through or suddenly need to move you might ruin all your hard work.

Make sure you use a base coat before you add bright colours to your nails. Any colour that is darker than your natural skin tone will stain your nails. Not only that, but a base coat ensures your polish stays perfect and chip free for longer.
Work from the bottom centre of the nail and use long smooth strokes. Don’t worry about a few wobbly lines in your polish – these will soon even themselves out on the second coat.

A Photo(worthy) Finish
Lots of manicure tables come equipped with UV lights and heat lamps. If you have one – use it! These help speed the drying process and ultimately help prevent unsightly smudges and dents in your polish whilst also helping it to stay bright and shiny for longer. However long you think it is going to take your polish to dry, add five minutes.

Perfect no fuss nails every time!