Remodeling a Holiday Home to a Permanent Home

Remodeling a Holiday Home to a Permanent Home

Understanding Different Types of Cabinet Woods

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At a time when synthetic materials are ruling the world of custom cabinets, it is still cool and acceptable to use wood as your preferred material for building your home cabinets. But before you use wood as your chosen construction material, you need to get a proper understanding of the various wood types that are available on the market today. The reason is that different wood types will give your finished product different types and degrees of aesthetic appeal and décor. Moreover, different woods will allow you to enjoy a variety of color finishes as well as different levels of strength and durability. Price, the ability to accept stain, the ease of adapting to various styles, and the ease of working with the material are some of the other features that will determine your final choice of a particular type of natural wood. With the above facts in mind, you can proceed and learn more about some of these popular wood types and the features they have. Maple This wood is easy to use with various styles and finishes. Moreover, it boasts a smooth and uniform appearance. It also exhibits resilience and sturdiness besides its great ease of staining and painting. Oak Oak is “king” when it comes to cabinet woods. It features distinct grain patterns, and it comes in various colors such as white and red. Additionally, it is a very economical material to use in cabinetry and offers you the option of either finishing it naturally or using honey. Its strength and durability cannot be debated given that it has been in use for countless generations. In addition, it accepts stain easily. Alder Alder is also another popular material you can bank on when you decide to incorporate nature into your cabinet design. The wood evokes and creates a rustic and conservative décor aura in your home. It is one of the wood options you can utilize to make a strong classic style statement in your house. Birch This wood comes with an excellently smooth surface that allows for easy staining and painting. It is another wood material that you can use to evoke and create a conservative and “old school” appeal in our house. Additionally, it is strong and working with it is easy. Cherry This wood is another excellent choice you can incorporate into your cabinet construction project. It comes with a smooth surface and offers you a broad variety of colors such as white and brown. Moreover, its smooth nature makes staining work...

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How to Renovate Your Bathroom on a Tight Budget

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Even if you’re on a tight budget, you can still make some changes to your bathroom to create a space that looks brighter and cleaner and more welcoming overall. You can also add storage for all those daily necessities without having to spend the money to knock out a wall or change the entire footprint of the room. Note a few tips and tricks for renovating your bathroom when you’re on a tight budget. Look for laminates If you have your heart set on a real wood floor for the bathroom, note that solid hardwoods are usually very expensive. A laminate refers to a thin layer of a hardwood glued over a less expensive wood, such as pine or plywood. This upper layer gives you the look and feel of the hardwood you want without the expense of solid wood planks. Paint over the shower tiles If the shower tiles in your bathroom are very dingy and dull but you’re not sure if you can afford to have the entire area retiled, look for a tile paint. This paint is applied right over porcelain or ceramic tile and covers both the tile and the grout completely; it’s also waterproof and should easily seep into the tiny pits and pores of many types of shower tiles. Repainting your tile gives the bathroom space a fresh new look without the cost of new tiles as well as the labor involved in tearing out and then replacing your old tiles. Do it yourself Creating some items for your new bathroom on your own may not be as difficult as you assume, and this can certainly save you money. One simple DIY job you might tackle is to install a mosaic of tile over the top of your current vanity rather than replacing the vanity itself; buy some used tiles to save the most money and then smash them under a towel to create the mosaic pieces. Set down grout over the vanity top and put the mosaic pieces in place. Since a mosaic is meant to be irregular, you don’t need to worry about where and how you place the tile pieces. Add sealant over the top of the tiles and you have a fresh new look for your vanity. You can also easily create a storage inset in any wall; find two studs with a stud finder and cut out a section of drywall between them. Connect a horizontal piece of wood to the two studs to create a shelf. Add drywall around this entire inset and paint it, and you have quick and easy...

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Drab To Fab | 3 Budget-Clever Tricks To Colourfully Uplift A Repetitive All-White Bathroom

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Tired of your all-white bathroom, but don’t have $15,247 to shell out for average bathroom renovations costs? The good news is you don’t have to. A few cosmetic changes can transform the look of your all-white bathroom without the need for complete bathroom renovations. Just follow these budget-clever tricks to keep your wallet intact when colourfully uplifting your all-white bathroom. Add A Mirrored Wall To Infuse Space And Create Depth An all-white bathroom can make the space seem too repetitive and dull, so you may want to introduce a full-mirrored wall to infuse depth, space and character into it. This is an especially smart idea if your white bathroom is small because the light reflecting off the mirrored glass creates the impression of more space. Mirrors are usually made from inexpensive float glass, which costs just $38 per square metre. The final cost will depend on the size of your bathroom wall, but it shouldn’t be more than a few hundreds at this budget-friendly price. Most glaziers charge between $60 and $80 per hour for installations. Change One Fixture To Add A Colourful Focal Point When you’re on a tight budget, you cannot afford to change every fixture in your bathroom. A good idea would be to pick one fixture and turn it into a colourful focal point during your bathroom renovations project. For example, you can replace a white toilet bowl with a burnt orange or blood red one to change the dynamics of your repetitive all-white bathroom. Creating this dynamic focal point can instantly spruce up the space without costing you a fortune. Toilets can start from just $150 and can go up to $1000 for more luxurious ones. Average installation costs are between $300 and $400, but you can also get it done for cheaper if the fitting is straightforward. Give Your Storage And Towel Racks A Coat Of Colourful Paint You probably have a few storage racks and towel racks in your all-white bathroom. Instead of letting these fade into the white hue you have going, why not consider vivifying them with a coat of colourful paint? For instance, if you’ve decided to change your toilet bowl to a burnt orange colour, then you could choose similar paint colours to give your storage and towel racks a new look. Paint is extremely budget friendly at just $16 to $18 per square metre for easy projects. You may even choose to save some costs by assuming this paintjob on your own. Bathroom renovations don’t always have to be comprehensive to make a difference. These budget-clever tricks will colourfully uplift your repetitive all-white bathroom in no...

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Cutting Directly on the Benchtop and Other Advantages of Wooden Benchtops

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In addition to looking fabulous, wood benchtops are the only type of benchtop you can cut and chop on without risking damage to the material. If you like to do a lot of chopping and cutting while cooking, you may love these benchtops. Here’s a look at the advantages before you start shopping: 1. No need to store cutting boards Cutting boards can be large and awkward. They take up storage space, and when they are out, they can distract from the natural beauty of your benchtops. Luckily, if you opt for a wooden benchtop in your kitchen, you can get rid of all your chopping boards and use the storage space for something new. 2. No worries about accidental damage Because these benchtops are made for cutting, they don’t flirt with accidental damage. For example, if you have a teenager who always forgets to grab the cutting board when chopping up an apple for a snack, he or she is likely to leave little chopping marks in laminate benchtops and even damage the knife if cutting on granite or other hard surfaces. With wood benchtops, you don’t have to worry about issues like that. 3. Easy to take care of naturally When you have a wood benchtop, you don’t have to take a lot of steps to take care of it. Ideally, the wood should be sealed. That protects it from water damage, stains from food and similar issues. However, if you like, you don’t need to use a chemical-based sealant. Instead, you can simply use a mineral oil. Just gently apply the oil when the wood starts to look knackered. 4. No extra risk of bacteria One of the reasons some people are reluctant to turn to wood benchtops even if they really want to be able to cut directly on the benchtop is because they are afraid of germs. However, research shows that this fear is unfounded. In one study, 99.9 percent of bacteria placed on wooden cutting boards was dead within three minutes. Plastic, in contrast, did not fare so well. 5. Ability to echo floors When you opt for wood benchtops, the benefits aren’t just functional. They are also aesthetic. In particular, your wooden benchtops can echo the wood floor in your kitchen or create continuity between the kitchen and the wood accents in other rooms of your home. Additionally, you have a lot of creative leeway on the type of wood you select....

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Five Ways To Make Your Kitchen Splashback Utterly Unique

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A kitchen splashback doesn’t exist only to be a wipe-clean way to protect your walls: It’s also a wonderful focal point for the heart of your home, and when used effectively it can instantly draw the eye of any visitor. If you’re bored of the sheets of mosaic tiles everyone seems to have up in their kitchens, here are some ideas for a splashback you’ll love for years to come. Use glass to laminate fabric for a truly stunning effect. There’s no end to the number of gorgeous fabrics out there, and a trip to your local fabric shop is bound to result in finding something you love. By mounting it to your wall and covering it with a pane of glass cut to size, you can create a truly unique kitchen splashback that nobody else will ever have–and the options for matching colours, patterns and styles are almost endless.   Make it functional with a tin of chalkboard paint.  Chalkboard paint has many uses, and it’s particularly versatile in a kitchen. You can use your endlessly customisable splashback for shopping lists, recipes and meal ideas, as well as to let your children unleash their creativity or to create works of art that are all your own. When you feel like it’s time for a change, just wipe it clean and start again!   Mix-and-match bargain bin tiles for a look nobody else can replicate.  Antiques fairs, junk shops and hardware stores all often have ‘bargain bins’ for mismatched or broken tiles.By keeping an eye out for ones you love, you can create a mix and match selection that can be grouted in together for a truly unique mosaic. Go all out with a total mix of designs, or take a little more time to find tiles that all follow a general theme in their texture, style or colour.   Use a custom-cut mirror to maximise your space. Rather than tiling your splashback space, find somewhere that will cut a mirror to size and mount that along your kitchen wall instead. It’ll make the room look much larger, and give you an eye-catching perspective on your kitchen. If you don’t want the fully mirrored look, try using a textured or frosted mirror–it’ll still catch the eye and create light, and there are many possibilities to create the look you want.   Decoupage your walls with anything your heart desires. Using decoupage materials and wallpaper-hanging techniques, you can cover your walls in almost any kind of paper. Maps, book pages, decorative wrapping paper and posters all work well, but you could also consider using memorabilia; tickets and playbills for things you particularly enjoyed, or family photographs. To protect you work of art once it’s done, you can laminate it behind glass or use a clear durable varnish to coat the whole thing...

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6 Tips to Help You Maximize Space on Your Small Bathroom Remodel

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When building your own home, you have all the say on the size of bathroom you want, but not so if you’re buying. While small bathrooms may be a deal-breaker for some, are you going to turn down every other good quality the home has just because the bathroom is small? Likely not! Instead, use this downside to negotiate a lower buying price then pour yourself into a remodel that will leave you with a functional yet luxurious bathroom space. Below are ideas on how to work with what you have to get what you want. 1. Slimmer sink sets Instead of your traditional vanity, consider setting a slim sink in a thin countertop. This way, you still have a little storage area for your bathroom items and towels without using precious space on a huge vanity. 2. Mirrors The magic of mirrors in small spaces has been long known and applied to many rooms of the house. Consider installing medicine cabinets similar in length to your vanity/counter, with mirrors installed on all the doors. Having mirrors along that length can make the room seem larger, and help you deal with the feeling of cramped-ness in the space. If you don’t have cabinets, using mirrored walls will give the same effect, as well as enhance the charm of the space. Do not install mirrors too close to the shower area to avoid unsightly splashes – or the work that comes with removing them. 3. Hung toilets with in-wall cisterns Instead of your traditional floor-standing toilet and cistern which takes a little more space, you can have a wall-hung loo with the cistern installed inside the wall. This is not only remarkably edgy, it frees valuable space in a small bathroom. 4. Smaller showers Shower doors are a complete faux-pas if you have small bathrooms. Slightly bigger showers can still have the glass shower screen fitted with sliding doors that occupy less space. However, if you space if extra-small, do away with the screen completely in favour of a curtain rod and attractive shower curtain or a frameless glass panel. The effect is mostly visual: making a cordoned-off shower area disappear allows the eye to see the room as being much larger. The curtain/panel will still protect the area from shower splashes. 5. Bathtubs If you really want to have a bathtub in a small shower, shop around to find out what options there are apart from the standard five-foot tub length. You can order one to fit your measurements, but remember that this will take more time so start searching early. A frameless glass panel can help to keep splashes away, and because it’s completely transparent, does so without taking valuable visual space. 6. In-wall storage If you have only enough room for a pedestal sink (no vanity), you have to get creative with storage. Consider getting in-wall shelves which are not only beautiful but can also provide the storage you need without eating into your bathroom space. These can be done in a variety of shapes and sizes depending on what you want. You can have sliding glass doors to protect whatever you store on the inside, if you want. Tile them to make them more attractive and easier to...

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Tips a More Eco-Friendly Bathroom Renovation

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When you’re ready to renovate your home’s bathroom, why not consider how to do this in the most eco-friendly way possible? This means considering how your choices and work will affect the environment before, during, and after the renovation. This is possible every step of the way with a few simple, eco-friendly tips. 1. Recycle Your Old Materials There are very few things you might rip out of a bathroom that cannot be recycled, so call ahead to a scrap yard or salvage yard and ask what they accept. Very often this includes all the porcelain fixtures, faucets, showerheads, pipes, flooring, drywall, mirrors, shower tiles, and cabinets. Don’t throw away anything until you’re exhausted all your leads for recycling or salvaging these materials. 2. Find Salvaged Materials You may be a bit hesitant about using a salvaged toilet or tub in your new bathroom, but very often you can find floor tiles, vanities, wood for shelving, mirrors, and many other pieces that have been salvaged and which are in like-new condition. Shop around for salvaged pieces your contractor will use to keep these pieces from winding up in landfills and to cut down on the virgin materials you’ll need to purchase. 3. Collect Scrap During any renovation project, there is usually a large amount of scrap created as contractors need to trim wood for studs and floorboards or trim pipes for plumbing. These materials can easily be collected and recycled; get a skip bin for the project and collect the materials during the renovation so nothing gets wasted. 4. Install a Window Why run a bathroom fan for hours every day as everyone takes their showers? Install a window in your bathroom if possible so you can just keep it open a slight bit and let out condensation, keeping you from having to use the fan throughout the day. 5. Install LED Lights When thinking of conservation in the bathroom, you may be thinking of how to save water. Certainly low-flow toilets and showers can be an eco-friendly choice, but consider the power used by all the bulbs in the bathroom. Switch to LED lights, which use less electricity. 6. Get a Solar Hot Water Heater To make a very eco-friendly choice in your home, consider adding a solar hot water heater to your renovation plans. A solar panel can provide quite a bit if not all the power your water heater needs for daily showers and the like. You’ll reduce your usage of electricity with a solar panel and, in turn, the pollution created by electrical plants as they operate. For more information on how to make your bathroom renovation more eco-friendly, consider contacting a local...

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Home Renovations Tips to Increase the Resale Value of Your Residence

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If you are looking to sell your home, chances are you want to increase the resale value by opting for home renovations. However, home renovations can cost a pretty penny if not executed budget-consciously. Additionally, there are a number of renovations that homeowners opt for simply for the wow factor, but these may not bring any added value to your property. If you would like to make the most of home renovations in an attempt to increase the resale value of your home, here are some handy tips that you can keep in mind. Concentrate on the long-term savings of the home renovations When people are looking to purchase a new home, they would like a residence that has the lowest maintenance costs. One of the ways of making your home appealing to potential buyers is by concentrating on making it energy efficient. Granted, investing in energy-efficient solutions such as double glazed windows may seem exorbitant on the offset. However, you get the chance to incorporate this cost into the pricing of your home. Since these additions greatly reduce the utility bills of the residence, potential homeowners are more likely to opt for your home rather than a less insulated property. Concentrate on the efficiency of the home Efficiency is another factor that will make your home more appealing to potential homeowners. One of the rooms that would most benefit from these types of renovations is the kitchen. Since the kitchen is the heart of the home, potential buyers would likely want it to be convenient and easy to navigate around. This means you have to create space without compromising on the kitchen’s storage. To do this, your remodelling contractors could eliminate all shelves that hog your kitchen’s space. These should be replaced with pull-out drawers that come incorporated with racks. Not only do they take up less space than the shelves, but they also provide additional storage space within them. An organized yet space-saving kitchen is more likely to attract potential buyers than a congested kitchen space is. Concentrate on lighting solutions One of the biggest selling points of a home is the amount of natural light that penetrates the house. However, the addition of new windows can prove quite costly for you. Instead of opting to knock down walls in an attempt to bring in more light, your remodelling contractors could opt for light tubes. These light tubes are installed in between the rafters of your roof and work toward funnelling sunshine into whoever room they have been installed in. Not only are they cost effective, but also they are less labour intensive when compared to adding new...

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How To Choose The Right Stone Bench Top For Your Kitchen Remodelling Project

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Stone bench tops are a popular choice for people who are remodelling their kitchen. It’s not hard to see why; stone bench tops are solid, hardy, and timelessly elegant. However, with the huge variety of materials and colours available on today’s market, it can sometimes be difficult choosing which stone bench top will be the right one for your kitchen. Here is a guide to help you make your decision. Natural or reconstituted stone? The first big choice you’ll need to make is whether to choose natural stone or reconstituted stone for your bench top. Natural stone bench tops are made from a single piece of naturally occurring stone, such as marble or granite. They look beautiful and can increase the value of your home. They are also the more expensive option, so may not be within your budget. Reconstituted stone bench tops are a composite material comprised of small pieces of natural stone, powdered stone, and bonding agents. Often, aggregates such as pebbles, glass, or shells can be added to the mix to create a more attractive finish. These elements create a durable and attractive finished product. Which colour? There is an enormous array of colour choices available for stone bench tops. This is especially true of reconstituted stone, which can have pigment added to the composite mix to create bright and modern bench tops. Natural stone colours are generally more muted and neutral than the reconstituted style, but the variety is still substantial and ranges from pristine white through to jet black. Choosing a colour is largely dependent on your personal taste and what will work well with the other elements of your kitchen remodelling. It’s worth taking a look at several kitchen showrooms to get a better idea of which materials complement each other. Showrooms also offer an opportunity to see the stone products in large pieces. It’s sometimes difficult to accurately imagine what your bench top will look like from a small sample, and you may find that your favourite samples look less appealing when viewed on a larger scale. Which profile? The profile of a bench top refers to the shape and size of your bench top. Things to consider are how large you would like it to be and whether you’d like the bench to be flush with your cabinets or have a slight overhang. You can also add different heights to the profile to accommodate breakfast bars or serving platforms. The other thing to consider is whether you want a square or rounded edge to your bench top. Square edges look sleek and modern and are very popular for use in kitchen design. However, the square edge is sharp and unforgiving, which may make a rounded profile a better choice if you have young children who are likely to bang their heads on the bench edges. Whichever style of stone bench top you choose, you’re sure to end up with a beautiful and stylish addition to your home. Stone bench tops will also stand the test of time and will function perfectly more many years to...

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Why You Should Consider Adding a Dividing Wall or Partition to Your Bathroom

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If you’re thinking of renovating your bathroom with a company like Ray Browne Joinery, one of the most advantageous changes you can make is adding a dividing wall or partition. These are relatively easy to install, and come with a number of benefits. If you have the space, then you should seriously consider adding one. Here are just a few reasons why. Provides Additional Privacy A large percentage of people who add a dividing wall or partition to their bathroom are those who share it with another person. Couples who live in one-bathroom properties are particularly attracted to the idea since the addition provides a welcome level of privacy. Adding a wall or partition which separates the toilet from the shower or bath means that one person can use the toilet while the other is washing themselves. This makes a welcome change for most couples, especially during times when the bathroom tends to be busy. It isn’t as nice as being able to add a whole other bathroom, but it’s the next best thing. Breaks up Larger Spaces Most homeowners find that their bathrooms are too small, but some are faced with the opposite problem. A larger bathroom doesn’t often feel as intimate or as cosy as people might prefer, and it’s often hard to achieve a sense of balance. The room can end up looking bare and uninviting, but a dividing wall or partition provides an effective way of breaking it up. You’ll be able to create an intimate nook for your bath, shower, or toilet, and the added wall-space means that storage becomes more convenient – no more reaching across the room to grab a towel. More Outlets, Enhanced Visibility An added wall or partition can be extremely simple, with its only aim being to divide up the space in your bathroom. However, you can also opt to have lighting fixtures and outlets installed. If you place the wall next to your vanity or sink, you’ll be able to hook up all your bathroom gadgets conveniently, without the wiring running dangerously and unattractively across the room. You’ll also be able to add lights exactly where you need them, creating a brighter bathroom in which it will be far easier to preen yourself.   Adding a dividing wall or partition in the bathroom is a lot easier and less expensive than you’d think, and can drastically improve the room’s functionality and appearance. It might not be something you’ve considered before, but it can be one of the most appreciated elements of a...

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