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Give Your Dining Area A New Look

January 28, 2019

You may have been aware that there are some homeowners to consult Feng Shui experts when it comes to their home remodeling and decors before they ask their home remodeling architects to do their job. So what is the purpose of it? To invite peace and tranquility into your home. FENG SHUI AND THE DINING ROOM But when it comes to the room which Feng Shui finds it more important is the Dining Room. Because it is where the entire family usually dine and spend a genuine time together, either every day or whenever there is a chance to be complete. However, in most houses, the dining area is not being used that often and instead, it becomes a dumping area for different stuff and in Feng Shui, this brings negative energy to the entire room. As a matter of fact, piling clutter anywhere in the house or in the office decreases the positive energy Feng Shui has for that space and it is believed that it restricts the flow of Qi energy. THE (FENG SHUI) DINING ROOM TIPS Feng Shui aims to make the dining room in every home an area where harmony, prosperity, wealth, and the strength of the family bond be more centered and focused. And here are the dining room tips that will change the way your dining room looks. Set your dining area to be calm, instigate hunger, comfortable, and inviting. Keep the balance of colors in your dining area; avoid having it too bright or too plain. Determine whether your dining room is well-exposed to sunlight and has proper ventilation. Hang a mirror that will reflect your dining table to attract prosperity It is optional to place a wash basin in the Eastern or Northern part of the dining room. Your dining room should be very close to the kitchen. The kitchen and dining area should be situated on the same floor area. If you have a big kitchen, utilize a portion of an area of the kitchen to be your dining spot. If the dining area is arranged to be part of your living room (which is also common in most homes) install a curtain or place some indoor plants to set a division. As for furniture, choose an oval, square, rectangular or circular dining table. Choose a dining table that is made from high-quality wood material. The dining table should have enough space for every member of the family. The number of dining chairs should be even. As much as possible no one’s back should be facing the door or window when seated because it can cause insecurity. The head of the family should be facing East when dining, while the rest of the family can be seated facing, North, West, or East. Maintain being polite and gentle to every family member when dining and if possible – always. Always be happy, calm, relaxed and stress-free while dining. It should be a habit. Keep the following on your dining table: Apples to develop friendship; Pears to attract positive energy; Peaches for good health and; Oranges for prosperity and richness. If you are […]

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Turn Your Basement Into A In House Bar

January 18, 2019

Most basements are like scary underground spaces that are usually dark and creepy. You can change the norm of it nowadays by giving your basement a totally different character. A home remodeling addition is a key and there are great interior designers and contractors out there who can guarantee a 360 degrees transformation of your underground space. It could be a challenge for most homeowners and is going to be an overwhelming scenario, but it’s going to be a relief to see a space well utilized. One great makeover idea is reinventing your basement area into a basement bar. Although that would also require a bit of strategy and creativity, it’s going to be an awesome nook to hang out with friends and for a small party gathering. SOME BASEMENT BAR IDEAS Okay, so making a basement transform into an in house bar will always depend on how big or small your basement area is. Here are some styles that might interest you. The Whites and Warm Wood Using white subtle tiles can add a distinct style to your basement bar together with your collection of colorful liquor bottles which will totally break the ice of fashion needed. Matched with warm wooden bar chairs can completely set a tone. Custom Pullout Drawers Another way to utilize your basement space is by customizing pullouts for your bar drawers that can perfectly hold bottled upright and will avoid them from tipping. Adjustable dividers are a smart idea for bottles with different forms and sizes. Unique Seating Any exceptional and quirky furniture design and other ornaments that you can incorporate in your basement bar project can go a long way in constructing a cheerful, inviting and bright mood. A booth-style seating is just one of the many styles that you can adopt. It adds a different kind of flair and friendly atmosphere within your basement bar space. Vintage Plank Countertop for A Tiny Corner If you have very limited space in your basement for a full-sized bar, you can make use of any corner and still enjoy the perks of having a personal bar hang out area in your basement. Using a vintage dark-stained plank as your countertop can already set the mood. Just place it over a simple cabinet and place all your bar necessities and accessories and voila! You already have your very own luxurious bar right at the corner of your basement. Under-Shelf Lighting Using undermount lighting in your basement pod can work wonders. From the simplest to the most complex lighting, from a hardwire or sticky lighting installation, you have the freedom to choose what suits you best. Whichever way you want it, your main goal is to provide the proper illumination into your bar area. MAKE USE OF YOUR CREATIVITY Kitchen and Basement Bar When you choose a longer cabinet and open wall shelves can only make your basement bar space look more like a kitchen, yet this design can even make the area more inviting and homey. Adding not only bar drinks, but as well as coffee choices and sodas are great ideas too. Unique Lighting Features If […]

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How To Choose The Right Sink For Your Bathroom

January 8, 2019

The bathroom is one of the places in the house you consider to be your personal space. Next, to your room, this is where you find refuge and relaxation. One of the home remodeling addition is a bathroom that presents a personality that reflects you and what you really wanted. However, as visually pleasing as you wanted your bathroom to be; your sink should not fall second best. CHOOSING YOUR VERY OWN BATHROOM SINK Just like modern technology, bathroom sinks nowadays have a wide range of options where consumers like you will surely be overwhelmed with its vast, broad spectrum of styles, types, and colors. But if you make yourself open to all the available options the decision-making process can be easier and less confusing. Plus, being specific with what you really wanted can assure you that your bathroom sink will be the perfect match with the rest of your bathroom items.  THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF BATHROOM SINKS Self Rimming The Self Rimming Sinks are also known as the Drop In Sinks which are being installed above the bathroom counters. Sinks such as these have a rolled and finished rim that secures the sink above the countertop keeping it all in place. Actually, the self-rimming is the easiest sink to install because it can also be replaced anytime without the need of altering your entire countertop. It also blends well with all kinds of bathroom materials, making it a sink of all styles. Undermount The Undermount sinks are being installed on a solid surface countertop like granite, concrete, and marble from underneath. This kind of sink can be customized where the sink is exactly the same size as the hole cut into the counter. However, replacement of this sink can be a bit challenging since it’s customized. Pedestal The Pedestal sink is a freestanding unit that is supported by a small columnar set that is fixated beneath the sink itself. A sink like this is not to be installed in your vanity area. The pedestal sink type is the top choice for a small bathroom as it gives more room in the area and does not need any space for storage. Vessel The vessel sink is what you need for your vanity countertop where the bottom part of the sink is aligned with the entire countertop. This kind of installation is called the above-counter. At one point, this sink type can partially sit on the counter, although a large space above the countertop which can be your advantage if you have a lot of personal bathroom stuff. You can choose from glass, stone, ceramic, and a lot more materials of this type of sink. Console The console sink is a wall-mounted sink that is supported by 2 to 4 legs. However, the plumbing drain and water supply line is exposed so try matching your faucet with it for a more unified look. Wall Hung The wall hung sink is also a wall-mounted type that is designed to save bathroom space if you have a smaller room. They are not matched or bundled with any vanity or counter. This type of […]

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Choosing The Best Stove Or Oven For Your Kitchen

December 8, 2018

Having a home remodeling addition project is both rewarding and such an achievement. The kitchen – for one – is just one the most important part of the house every homeowner wanted to look inviting and nice. It is the same reason for having a piece of cooking equipment which is the workhorse of every kitchen. It’s a plus if you were able to score a stylish stove or oven because it will not only inspire you to cook but can also be your kitchens’ focal point. Choosing the right cooking device is based on what suits your lifestyle and needs. And for that, you have to do your homework for you to be able to take home the right cooking range or stove. Tips Before Purchasing A Stove Or Range Measurements Finding out the dimensions of your space is important to make sure that what you will be purchasing will fit. Consult with installation and stove expert regarding the right dimensions of your prospect item and your kitchen space. Kitchen Cabinet Spaces There are 3 kinds of ranges: the drop-in, slide-in, and freestanding. The drop-in can be supported by cabinets since it’s fueled by electricity. The slide-in is a perfect choice for in between cabinet spaces, while the freestanding should be placed where there are no cabinets beside it. Instant Or Gourmet Style There are a lot of homeowners who are experts when it comes to the kitchen. It’s like they own the entire space. Therefore, they are in need of a durable and high precision cooking equipment which could be a gas or induction. For daily chefs, they would prefer a convenient and versatile cooktop that is multi-functional in all aspects. Burner Quantity Matter If you think that a cooking top with 2 to 4 burners is fine, consider how big your family is and your lifestyle.  Choosing more professional and flexible equipment is what you need, 5 burners or more will work well with you. Choose A Power Burner A burner that easily heats up and is easy to control can be your kitchens best friend. It can flawlessly do anything you wish in your cooking. May it be for sauces, main courses, high or low heat requirement, big or small pans – you will always be in control. Consider The Right Type For You Buying is easy, but you have to decide well in what type of range or stove you want. There are three types: electric, gas, and dual-fuel (a gas top and electric oven in one). Whether you opted for an electric or a gas cooktop they separately have their own advantages. The Electric Smoothtop When it comes to style and modern look, the electric smooth top is a top choice. They usually come with an exceptional burner, at least. Other burners have dual expandable or triple components that allow you to change from large to small components or even a lower-power control. There are some ranges that can keep dishes warm through their centralized warming component. The excess heat of some burners takes time to completely cool off even when you have already […]

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Fireplace Remodeling Project

November 27, 2018

Looking at your fireplace area gives you the feeling that you need to call your home remodeling architects. It’s like giving you a message that it needs a refashioning, but you just don’t know where to start. Especially this winter season, fireplaces are the best source of heat within the household. It is also where you mostly spend time with your cup of tea or coffee while relaxing. If you happen to have a big space by your fireplace it is also where you gather around with family or friends and share some good laughs, chats and sometimes fun games. There are also other homeowners who also add an outdoor fireplace either by the patio or at the poolside area. With a lot of fireplace designs coming out its flexibility is can already give you the assurance that there is no “right” place for it for as long as it can serve its purpose. Now, with the need of your fireside to be remodeled, you have to find inspiration from the following ideas that will guide you on how you can give a new look to your common-looking fireplace. SOME FIREPLACE DESIGN IDEAS – Use An Attention Seeking Mantle. Every plain-looking fireplaces need an element that can draw the crowd’s attention. An antique or vintage-looking wooden mantle can set a warm tone within the area and can transform your living room into a focal point. By doing that it will not only be your furnaces that will be a head-turner but the fireplace most especially. – Try A Stylish Hearth Screen. You may not notice it at first, but a fireplace screen can really add a statement to the area where it is standing. It creates a scenario where it is being protective of the people that will be gathering close to the hearth while at the same time shows how attractive it become. – The Contrasting Color Approach. Painting the surrounding area of your fireplace can compliment the fireside and furniture around it. Like if your fireplace is black, you can paint the walls with the shades of gray while everything else in the room is wearing blue and white tones. – Surround It With Artworks And Paintings. If you’re a lover of the arts and everything else about this craft, then placing some abstract paintings over your fireplace can instantly draw attention. Anyone who enters the room can have their attention fixated on the attractive colors and design of the artwork itself. Prices of an artwork vary so you really have to be a wise spender if you wanted to keep your makeover on the less costly side. – Make Use Of Rustic Wood. Using reclaimed wood can transform any place or furniture into a vintage piece that tells so much story. And if you use it to remodel your fireplace it will definitely bring out a different character and drama. Keep the entire room in style and your fireplace can already take care of itself. GIVE IT A DIFFERENT CHARACTER   – Stick To Black And White. Modern homes never set aside the B&W color scheme and […]

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Ways To Choose Your Dream Bath Tub

November 17, 2018

About bathroom home remodeling addition plans, you definitely have on your list getting yourself a new and stylish bathtub, especially if you’ve always wanted to have one. Although having a shower is enough to get clean whenever you are really in a hurry, the bathtub can really give you a relaxing feel if you have extra time to dive in. Bathtubs are like mini pools that are not only space where you can wash but is also a place that gives your entire body a soothing and refreshing aftermath. It lets you ease down and meditate while enjoying the little “me” time. But before you give your bathroom a renovation go, you have to make sure that what you are replacing it with or installing is what you really need and is compatible with your space. TYPES OF TUBS Aside from the cleaning function, bathtubs can also do other things which you should be aware of. Standard. The standard bathtub is the basic built-in shower and tub in one. It’s the most affordable type and can be purchased from local home depots and centers. Air Tubs and Whirlpool. If you wanted to experience a bath-massage with a therapeutic effect the air tub and whirlpool is what you need. The whirlpool blasts water through the tub jets while the air tub reinforces soothing air into the water. The whirlpool alone happens to be more expensive than the air tub so together they are a bit pricey. Soaking. The soaking tub gives your body more room to be submerged as you bath. It can also be freestanding or built-in depending on your preference. Walk-In. If you have kids or elderly family members in the house, it would be risky for them to climb in and out of the tub as it can be slippery. The best option is the walk-in tubs to keep your family safe. BATHTUB MATERIALS Bathtubs can really be a focal point in any bathrooms, especially if it is uniquely designed. However, tub materials can also play a big role in how you can enjoy the benefits of having a bathtub for the price that fits your budget and lifestyle. Acrylic This light-weight-glossy plastic material looks like a cast iron that can be easily formed which is used for air tubs and whirlpools. It’s also easier to repair compared to the porcelain tub material. Fiberglass This material uses gelcoat in order to make it look more glossy. The fiberglass material is also known as the fiberglass-reinforced plastic or FRP. It’s easier to clean and is much cheaper than the acrylic, though it’s not as durable as the other materials and can easily crack once hit by a hard element. Composite This genuinely-engineered enamel coated material is resistant to heat just like the cast iron tubs. Because of this, it makes it one of the best choices by higher-classed household. Cultured Marble The cultured marble is a solid element that was formed from crushed marble with resin and coated with gelcoat. Although scratches and stains can easily be removed from this type of material, cracks could no longer be repaired. […]

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The Right Lights For Your Rooms

October 27, 2018

When installing a lighting system in your home, your home remodeling architects will be deciding the right bulbs and lighting style that is perfect for the different rooms in your house. See, each and every room in your home has different personalities plus, the character of the one using the room and the family that is living in it. There are various bulb styles and fixtures that you can choose from that will really make you feel like you wanted them all, yet just like what they say “you simply can’t have it all”, why? Because a lighting style is specifically designed for a specific room type and area. THE DIFFERENT KINDS OF BULBS When it comes to bulbs there are three types that you should be aware of: The Incandescent The known traditional bulb that everyone has used for ages. This bulb, however, is slowly being phased out to give way to the more energy-saver ones. This type of bulb produces a yellowing warm light. The Compact Fluorescent Bulbs This bulb uses less energy than incandescent bulbs and can be used longer. Their lights are cooler though varies in brightness and temperature levels. They do contain mercury, which means you have to dispose of them the safest way possible. The LEDs The most used bulb nowadays because they are as adequate as CFLs, but they last longer. They are commonly used as task lighting before because of their harsh light emission, but now they can look like incandescent and have other bulb styles too. They are more energy efficient and can be touched as well. THE RIGHT FIXTURES Now that you are aware of the different types of bulbs and the level of brightness that you wanted, it’s time for you to choose the kind of room fixture together with where you can and should be using them. The Ceiling Mount A common ambient lighting that is best in hallways, foyers, work areas, bedrooms, and stairways. The Chandeliers Used as ambient or general lighting, this fixture is ideal in bedrooms and dining rooms. Remember that a lighting fixture with an intricate design will automatically appear larger or bigger. Its grandeur will stand out when used in high ceilings. The Wall-Mounted This wall-mounted fixture is like a candlestick design lamp or sconces. They are used in any room as ambient, task, or accent lighting system. This kind of fixture is used in bathrooms in the vanity area. The Pendant You can often see this fixture style in dining room areas, countertops or workstations. It works efficiently as a task or general lighting because since it’s hanging its glare focuses directly on what you are doing. The Recessed This fixture can be installed anywhere and its brightness depends on where you will be installing it. Recessed lightings are used as general, accent or task lighting. The Track Lighting It works like a spotlight and is versatile enough to be rotated in any direction you prefer. It can also be installed anywhere to just illuminate your room or any specific area in the house. It is often used to highlight an artwork […]

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The Various Types of Lights For Your Home

October 17, 2018

A home renovation is not complete without the lightings that will illuminate the beauty and success of the aftermath. Your home remodeling architects are trained and experienced enough to supply your home, not only with the stylish set of lighting there is now in the market, but the right and appropriate lights that will complement your home and your needs. The Main Types Of Lighting That You Should Know Okay, so if you go out to a home retailer store or a home depot only to find a handful of unique and amazing lighting designs there is definitely that part of you that wanted to take them all home and use them in your newly renovated turf. However, that is not always the same, which is also a mistake made by most homeowners who do not seek a home remodeling expert and prefers to apply their DIY-ing skills. With the many lighting out there in the market, you will really get confused what and which to choose that will fit the rooms in your home. Luckily, here is a guide for you that will explain the three (3) major lighting types you need to know in order for you to pick the right lighting fixture to achieve the desired brightness inside your home. AMBIENT LIGHTING (Universal Lighting) The ambient light is considered the most common lighting type that emits a gentle glow around your space without establishing a blinding light. The “natural” light from this system is what cinematographers and photographers prefer in their subject space. When it comes to the aspect of ornament, the ambient light is just basic, although you can create it by having the room’s flare as flat and as rustic as you wanted it to be. Yet, the ambient is not suggested for working area or if you wanted to point up things around your area. Atmosphere: The moment you have figured out the right way of using the ambient light, you can easily create a relaxing environment within your abode to overcome stress or just to have a great conversation with family and friends over a hot cup of tea or coffee. It’s a mood lighting since it gently emphasizes the shape of your face and lets your pupils dilate naturally which is a sign of affection. Even yoga studios are starting to use ambient lighting to help clients curb off their stress.   How to Achieve the Ambient lighting environment? Use the following lights: Recessed or Tracked Lights Chandeliers and Pendants Wall Sconces and Wall Lights TASKING LIGHTING The task lighting is a more centered lighting system which is used around a working area. Others call it an “office lighting” because its purpose is to create a glow that can help you see the work you are doing like reading, writing, sewing, cooking, and other things which requires your visual attention. To achieve a productive task lighting, you have to set it up as a contrasting light. Like if you are in a barely lit room, turn on a table lamp and it will illuminate the entire room with less glare but is […]

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Things You Should Avoid When Doing A Home Renovation

October 7, 2018

Your independence and responsibility to your family had already reached another level and that is having your current abode undergo a renovation. You have sought the expertise of a home addition builder, and so far is going through some details. However, there are some blunders that a homeowner like you make before, during, and after the remodeling process. These personal lapses greatly affect the total outcome and renovation phase and experts would like to condone themselves for not providing enough reminders and pointer during the “pre” renovation negotiation. But the fact of the matter is, home remodeling experts could no longer stress enough how a homeowner can avoid certain “oversight” in renovating their homes. SOME HOME REFASHIONING ABERRATIONS YOU SHOULD NOT DO Because having a home remodeling can really be overwhelming, there are decisions and actions that you may or might do as your “project” progresses. Below you shall encounter tips about the things that you should be avoiding when undergoing a home refurbishing –  which basically applies to both new and old homeowners. IMPULSIVELY GIVING THE RENOVATION A “GO” Renovation experts and real estate gurus advise movers and homeowners to experience a bit more about their homes before finalizing any renovation plans. You may be too stoked to get that living room overhauled, but get a feel of the actual area first as well as the entire house. Because once the renovation starts, there is no more turning back. UNDERESTIMATING THE NEEDED BUDGET You might think that because it’s just your kitchen that is being remodeled, you will just be spending for that particular work alone. Well, sorry to surprise you, but you have to anticipate that there is more job to be done than you can imagine. So experts advise to always add an additional 20% to your actual budget to be prepared for whatever surprises you may encounter. TOO MUCH EXPECTATION Not all reconstructions are smooth sailing. Especially if you are planning to renovate an old house there could be more unforeseen cases that are beyond your workers’ control. Always expect the unexpected, because although your contractors would try their utmost effort to make everything work according to the original plan there is always the chance that nothing will. So always expect less. HIRING A DESIGNER IS NOT A PRIORITY Some people think that it will cost them more if they acquire professional assistance from interior designers and architects. But the truth is, they will be spending more out of their pockets without any experts help. Therefore, avoid making the same mistake as most have because hiring their services will actually help you save more than you can imagine. CHOOSING THE LOWEST OFFER Another mistake by many homeowners is going for the cheapest contractor bid. In fact, you will be getting more out of your money if you vouch for a skilled and experienced professional. So invest in hiring the best services rather than those who offer a much affordable service and can work with you right away. NOT ALL PROFESSIONALS ARE COMPATIBLE TO WORK WITH This is the other side of what is stated in #5. […]

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Time To Spice Up Your Bathroom

September 16, 2018

So you have already set your heart on pushing a home renovation project this year with the help of the trusted architects’ builder in your area. You’ve got your kitchen, living room and probably the bedroom on your checklist, however, there are amazing and cool bathroom designs that might fit your taste. Imagine preparing for the day in a stylish bathroom like it has transported you to a different place, nothing beats that experience. So if you wanted to have an awesome mood and an inspiring spirit before you head out your bedroom try giving your bathroom the kind of twist that you will surely be proud of. Give Your Bathroom A New Face-lift Reshaping some parts of your home is like opening your doors to new beginnings and experiences. Trying out the latest bathroom designs will give you the opportunity to embrace a fresh start as well as for the rest of your family. The Secret Of The Misty Interiors Many had believed that once you’ve used darker hues in your interior it will make the room smaller and it never worked with bathrooms as well. But that belief has changed now and it was a good overturn. You just have to make the right blend of light and dark combinations where the darker colors are used in smaller areas and amounts. One great effect is the small dark wall and wooden floor combination while everything else is white or chestnut colored bathroom furnishings. The Rose Gold Effect Thanks to the rose gold version of the latest iPhone many designers have seen the glamour in this hue. Incorporating this color in your bathroom revamp will definitely give your space a different personality. Just imagine how limitless colors can be when used in your indoor façade. The Classis Grey This color scheme may seem laid back, but it’s actually a trend this year. Needless to say, the grey bathroom will just provide you with elegance in a subtle way. It offers you both the traditional and modernized bathroom setting that will last for years. It means you don’t have to worry that your bathroom fashion statement will just soon be a fad because it surely is too vogue to become one. Make Way For the J-Shaped Theme Have you heard of the J-shaped bathroom design? If not, then you can probably opt to this bath fashion if you wanted to give your bath space a trendy, millennial look. The common bath shapes that have been overused in the market are the L-shaped and the P-shape baths, but now with the J-shaped pattern, your bathroom area will instantly give out a fashionable and an up-to-date charm. The Old-School Patterned Tiles Another classic, but surely have stood the test of the interior fashion industry, patterned tiles continue to make an impression in such an improving way. If you’re aware of the Victorian, Moroccan, and the Spanish tiles then you can already picture how the patterned tiles look like. One way of providing your bathroom a statement is by using plain hues on the walls and patterned tiled as your bath flooring. There […]

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