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The Front Door

Posted by admin on May 29, 2014

The front door is a standout feature of any home. It’s one of the first features that can grab attention and make a statement. It can also be used to serve as an introduction to the theme that carries through your entire home.

It’s no surprise then front door replacements are popular remodeling projects, and just as important of a consideration when building a new home. The hardest thing homeowners will decide upon when choosing their new door, is settling on which material to use. Different materials carry their own benefits and character.

Let’s take a look at today’s most popular options and the arguments for each one.

Wood

As a material, wood provides invitational warmth that no other material can compete with. The main benefits of wood come in the design options that are available. Wood is perfect for ornate features, and can be coupled with glass panels for an elegant yet homely look.

Where wood is versatile it’s also strong, but it can degrade over time. Exposure to the elements can cause warping or cracking of the door. In extreme cases this can lead to a degradation in the seal that the door creates, making it a less energy efficient insulator.

Composite / Fiberglass

Doors manufactured from either composite plastics or fiberglass are a more durable alternative to natural timber doors. They increase longevity and are better insulators too.

These types of doors are manufactured using outer shells that are filled with either fiber or foam insulation. They have a more uniform structure than wood and will stand up to the elements better. It’s almost impossible to dent or break a fiberglass door in any normal situation, so it’s this durability that sells many on a plastic or fiberglass option.

Composite and fiberglass doors are precision engineered. This can lead to inflated costs when compared to wood, but the investment makes sense over time due to the longevity of the product.

Metal

While many perceive metal to be a less personal building material, it can actually work wonders on both modern and period home designs. On timber constructions, a metal door can be used as an accent feature to create a striking look.

A door made from aluminum or lightweight steel alloy allows for clean looks in a durable and practical package. Like composite and fiberglass doors, metal doors contain insulation layers, making a home more energy efficient. Metal doors are another precision engineered product, so when they’re coupled with an aluminum frame they will create a perfect seal.

Metal doors can be expensive when compared to the other two options. There’s also less choice when it comes to design and finish. But for some tastes they will create the perfect aesthetic, and the durability and energy efficiency are factors that can’t be ignored.

If you’re a homeowner looking for a door for your new home or remodeling project, always keep this in mind: Aesthetics first, budget second. Make an effort to achieve the look that you desire, but don’t let yourself get too far ahead of what you can afford.

Whatever you end up choosing, your front door is what welcomes you and your guests in to your home. Make an impression that lasts.

Carpet Tiles-Squares

Posted by admin on April 10, 2013

carpet tiles used in man cave

This is a post from Best Carpet Value

Carpet tile may not be something many people think about using in their home there are applications that make sense.  They are great for a play room, a garage, a game room, media room, or a man cave.

Carpet tiles are pieces of carpet that come in a tile form, allowing them to be installed individually. In most cases, they require no padding underneath and are easily kept in place with the use of adhesive or an interlocking design. While carpet tiles have been popular for commercial use in the past, they are now becoming a popular choice for residential homes as well. Whether you are installing new flooring in a playroom, family room, home office or a bedroom, carpet tiles can work well in any area of your home. Of course, before you make your final decision, it is important to take a closer look at these tiles, their pros and cons and other important considerations.

The Pros of Carpet Tiles

If you are considering carpet tiles, you’ll quickly find that these tiles come with many great pros. One of the main pros to consider is how easy it is to replace a single tile. If a carpet tile is stained or damaged, you can easily remove that single tile, adding in a new tile to fix the problem. Traditional carpet is all one piece, so you would end up placing the entire area of carpet if you had a stain or damage to one area.

Ease of installation is another pro to consider. In fact, installation is so easy that you can easy take on this project without the help of professionals. If you go the do-it-yourself route, you’ll also be able to save quite a bit of money. Since you are installing the carpet tile by tile, it makes it easy to create unique designs with your carpet. The easy maintenance is also a big pro to consider, since you can easily keep the carpet clean with regular vacuuming and spot cleaning.

The Cons of Carpet Tiles

While carpet tiles offer many pros, a few cons must be considered too. One con is the cost of carpet tiles. They can be more expensive than purchasing traditional carpeting, especially if you have the tiles professionally installed. However, you can offset this higher cost by doing the installation on your own. Another problem is that these tiles often wear faster than traditional carpet, especially in areas that get a lot of carpet. Once tiles get heavily worn, they may begin lifting a bit around the edges, which can be dangerous and displeasing aesthetically.

Important Considerations

Overall, carpet tiles make an excellent choice for homeowners, since the pros seem to outweigh the few cons. However, if you decide to go with these tiles, a few things must be considered. Before making your purchase, always consider the density and thickness of the tiles, since the dense, thicker tiles usually last longer, although they may cost a bit more. Also, pay attention to quality when making your purchase. The cheapest tiles may not offer the best service, so it is better to choose quality over a low price.

Reused Springs for Bar-stools

Posted by admin on April 3, 2013

spring bar stools

I like ideas that reuse old items and keep them out of the trash. These old truck springs make great bar-stools and look great in this kitchen

Save On Your Energy Bill Through Simple Air Conditioning Maintenance

Posted by admin on October 23, 2012

Keeping your air conditioning system properly maintained helps your home’s heating and cooling system last longer, operate more efficiently and just as importantly to most of us, keeps energy costs lower. There is no substitute for annual maintenance by a professional air conditioning repair service, but, according to Conditioned Air Solutions (www.conditionedairsolutions.com) there are some things that you may be able to do yourself to keep your home’s air conditioner and heater working properly in between regularly scheduled service.

Change Your Air Filters

This is the easiest HVAC maintenance task of all and is one which you can (and should) do yourself. If your air conditioner sees a lot of use in the summer, the filters should be changed at least monthly; in especially hot weather where your AC is running almost constantly, you may want to check the filters even more often.

Clogged air filters force your system to work harder, which can reduce the lifespan of your air conditioner. They also mean higher energy costs, so don’t neglect to check your home heating and cooling system’s filters regularly and change them when necessary.

Clean Your Condenser Unit

Central air conditioner systems which have an outdoor condenser unit need to be cleaned as needed. Opening up the unit to clean the cooling fins may void your warranty – check this beforehand and if this is the case, leave this job to the professionals. However, leaves, dirt and other debris can and should be removed from the exterior of the condenser unit. Like a dirty air filter, a dirty condenser can’t cool your home as efficiently, placing strain on your AC system and resulting in higher energy costs. read more »

HDMI Cables for Home Theater

Posted by admin on October 1, 2012

If you are installing a home theater system than you will probably need to become familiar with cables. Your viewing and listening experience will  be affected by your choice of cables.

HDMI cables deliver the greatest picture and sound quality possible inside of a single cable. Using these cables is ideal if you want to preserve the sound quality when you convert digital to analog.

DVI cables feature somewhat of a new type of connection that provides superior visual quality. They make sure the video signal stays safely in its digital form, which ends up providing a really great picture quality. There are no universal standards at the moment for DVI cables since it’s still in development.

Component video cables  are the best non-digital choices for high-def video. While they appear almost the same as composite cables, their signal quality is better. Component video cables divide the video signal into 3 cables, thereby optimizing the sharpness and the clarity of said image. read more »

Time for Outdoor Living

Posted by admin on May 16, 2012

I love the summer. It’s such a great time to make your outdoor living space inviting and beautiful. I spent the last two weeks working on a project to make my outdoor living space much more pleasant. I improved the deck, painted the furniture, added a lot of new plants and lighting. It’s now my favorite “room” in the house.

Time for a Bright Pink Kitchen?

Posted by admin on March 17, 2012

Although I love black and white kitchens,  springtime has put me in the mood for some bright colors. It’s amazing what a coat of paint, new window treatments, and some knickknacks can do to freshen up a kitchen. I realize the attached pictures has a little more than a simple face lift but I think there are so many great ideas in this show. Look at the cabinet hardware; it’s is elegant and so simple. The pink is not my style but man it pops! No look at those lime vases in the background. This kitchen would just not be the same without that splash of lime. The chandelier is over the top great.

Look at a lot of pictures, get great ideas, and go to town this spring.

Loved the Sailbooat

Posted by admin on February 6, 2012

Found this great post with a beautiful contemporary home and sailboat in the foreground. “The owners of this luxury waterfront home were looking for a modern building design that suit canal water front living. They also wanted the house design to give the appearance of a two story home but without the price. ” I use it here as another example of beautiful design complementing the natural surroundings. Later we’ll try to take a closer look at interior designs that complement the exterior.

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