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When remodeling, or making over, a bathroom, larger items, like bathtubs, showers, toilets and sink basins, tend to receive the most attention. It’s important to choose those items with care to be sure they look and function the way you want in your new bathroom, however, the smaller components that make up a bathroom should not be overlooked as, together, they make a big contribution to the overall look and feel of the room.

Bathroom MakeoverBathroom Accessory Sets : Nothing looks worse than a newly remodeled bathroom with old accessories. When you install new fixtures and fittings for your bathroom, don’t forget to get new towel racks, cup and toothbrush holders and curtain shower rings. These small accessories make a bathroom more convenient to use, and they can also compliment the colours and style of your new look bathroom. Chrome is an attractive, durable and affordable material for bathroom accessories.

Bathroom Wall Cabinets : Though it’s possible to paint old cabinets whilst making over your bathroom, replacing them is so easy and inexpensive that it might be a better choice. Bathroom wall cabinets come in a wide variety of styles and shapes. You can choose some that perfectly compliment the look and feel of your bathroom.

Storage Cupboards : These are another great accessory, which are both functional and stylish. They are perfect for storing cleaning supplies and extra towels. Bathroom storage cupboards come in a variety of sizes and materials. You can easily find one that perfectly fits your bathroom’s space as well as style.

Bathroom Mirrors : A mirror is a crucial element in any bathroom. It’s important to get a good quality one, and one which is the right size and shape. These days, you can choose from square, rectangular, oval and circular shaped mirrors. Innovative mirror lighting options make mirrors more functional as well as more attractive.

Toilet Seats : A new seat can spruce up an old toilet, and it can also personalize a new toilet. Soft bathroom seats provide an extra level of comfort compared to ordinary seats. Seats especially designed for families with young children are something else to consider. These are placed in the top lid of the regular toilet seat, and can be easily and safely pulled down by kids.

Bathroom Carpeting : Unless you install under floor heating, bathroom carpeting is perfect for keeping your feet warm in the bathroom. It can also add warmth, colour and texture to your bathroom’s design. Choose a bathroom carpet that’s easy to clean and designed to be used in moist areas. Regular carpeting usually doesn’t stand up to the additional wear and tear for very long. Bathroom carpets usually have a special rubberized type of backing that prevents water damage.

You don’t have to be a genius to give a new shape to your kitchen. All you need is a little bit of reorganization and structuring for the transformation of your kitchen. The idea here is to make use of some of the most productive and attractive components that would come to add the element of serenity into your kitchen. You can even hire a professional for giving you some of the most innovative styling ideas about making the proper use of DIY KITCHEN CABINETS and other materials.

In addition, you would also be able to incorporate all such ideas keeping in view your budget and other requirements. Surely, one of the most distinctive and crucial elements in a Kitchen is the cabinetry. Bringing out the overall theme plus style of the kitchen is determined primarily by the kitchen cabinets. At the same time, the present condition of the cabinets also helps a lot in deciding whether a re-upholstering of the entire kitchen is required or not.

Kitchen ToolsKitchen Cabinet Remodel

Remodeling all your cabinets can prove to be a good idea only if you are willing to make a reasonable amount of investment and commitment into the process. Now here, yet another misconception exists i.e. the costs of the entire remodeling procedures may be very high. It is due to this false conception most of the people are forced to postpone the idea of remodeling. In fact, the process is not as expensive as you might thing.

Fortunately, the prices are much more competitive and affordable than before. This is because of the large number of companies are offering their services. In addition, there are also a number of local companies and improvement stores who also offer their services. Their staff is always ready and more than willing in helping you out with this not so easy task.

At the same time, you can also have information about such stores and companies on the websites or have an overview of their offers and services. But try and be meticulous in making this selection. So, in order to make the selection it is better to consult a relative or friend who has some experience in installing or remodeling of the DIY KITCHEN CABINETS.

Enjoy your Work

Now, the next thing you need to do is to relax and think about the paint color you would like to have on the cabinets. Always prefer to have a combination of various paint colors in order to give the kitchen an enthralling look.

If you do not want to replace your DIY KITCHEN CABINETS, then painting them all over again may be the right thing. For example, if the current theme of your kitchen is vanilla, then indeed you would love to have colored in red. Or you might prefer to have the ocean theme for your kitchen which is quite a trend these days. No matter, what color or remodeling method you use, always remember that it is your kitchen comes to define your home.

Learning how to make concrete countertops is not that difficult. Proper planning and good design is key. I always visualize the entire process, step by step, before I take my first measurements.

Concrete Countertops | Step by Step

First, draw a sketch of what you have in mind for your countertop. Explore all of the design options concrete countertops has to offer. Determine what other materials (if any) you will incorporate and understand the methods of adding integral drains, decorative inserts and other opportunities to get creative.

Inspect the structural integrity of your cabinets to ensure they will hold the weight of concrete

Remove your existing countertop and prepare it for your new one by fastening plywood to the top of your cabinets. This will distribute the weight of the concrete and also give you a surface to use while you build your new concrete countertops.

Make your template. If you have an existing wall that is out of square or bowed taking measurements with a tape measure and writing them down leaves room for error. By making a template, it will ensure accuracy and make life a lot easier for you.

Concrete CountertopBuild your Mold

When you’re learning how to make concrete countertops this is the part where patients and good design play a big role. Your mold is the negative image of what your countertops will be. Concrete molds can be a work of art in themselves. It breaks my heart sometimes to tear them apart after I’ve completed the pour. Here are the most important things to remember when building the mold:

Melamine is what I typically use. It is a 3/4 inch plywood with a smooth veneer on both sides. The concrete will form and take on the mold’s texture to the finest detail. So if you use a smooth surface for your mold, your concrete will have a smooth surface. If your mold has a rough surface, your concrete will have a rough surface, which is fine as long as that is the look you are going for.

Your mold has to be water tight. Concrete dehydrates as it cures, this is how it goes from a liquid material to a hard surface. We want our water to escape from the top of the mold evenly, but if your mold is not sealed water will escape were ever it can leaving a discoloration in your countertop. Making your mold water tight can simply be done with applying silicone calk at the seams, this will also round your corners for you so it’s a win win.

Use your template to make your mold. We already talked about the importance of accuracy, and besides, that’s why we made it in the first place. Simply put your template down on your melamine and form the side to it.

The bottom of your mold is the top of your concrete. So remember when you are looking at your mold you are looking at the negative image of your countertop.

Mixing the Concrete

Mixing the concrete. There is nothing wrong with buying a premixed countertop mix. There are many, very good products available. Or we can mix it from scratch. Whichever route you decide to take concrete needs a certain amount of water to properly hydrate. The water you use beyond that will weaken your concrete. If you buy a premixed countertop mix do your homework and pay attention to the water amount you put in. If you mix it from scratch, Pay attention when adding the water.

After cleaning with a shop-vac or wiping your mold clean you are ready to pour. If you have placed decorative inserts be careful during the pour, use your hands and gently place the concrete into the mold if you need to, this will ensure that you do not dislodge anything that is glued into place. Use a vibrator or gently beat on the bottom of the mold with a rubber mallet, this will work all of the air bubbles out from the face. Then simply float to the top of your edge forms, which should be cut at the thickness of your countertop. Cover with plastic and let it set up.

Strip and Polish

Gently pull the forms and, with the help of a friend or two or three, flip your countertop over. Using diamond polishing pads and a variable speed grinder start polishing. It’s just like sanding wood with sandpaper. You start with 50 grit, then 100 then 200,400,800,1500 they even have 3000 grit. By that time you should be able to see yourself.

Sealing your countertop will protect what you have worked your butt off for. Remember that sealing your countertop is not the same as sealing your driveway. You must pick a sealer that is safe enough to eat off.

Installing your countertop can sometimes be a chore. By planning this step out before you get started you can determine how to break it up into manageable sections when you install. If you think it will be too difficult to install, you have the option to pour the countertop in place instead. Pouring a countertop in place can be a messy task. Consider this before you make you decision. After you have dry fit the pieces into place to ensure a good fit, raise the pieces up, one at a time, and spread adhesive on the plywood the countertop will set on as well as to each other. Once this is done to all of the sections you can use clamps to keep everything secure while the adhesive sets up.

What Does Building Your Own Home Entail?

Building your own home is never an easy task. First of all it is costly and second, it will require a lot of patience and some excellent budgeting skills. This is also one reason why some people choose to purchase an existing piece of property and have it renovated to their liking. Do not just fall into making quick decisions as to whether or not building your own home or contacting someone to make the necessary arrangements in buying a pre-owned house.

Build Your Home

The Dream Home

The “dream home” desire is what drives most people to take on a project of this magnitude. Simply put, you will designing, planning and building your own home. Floor plan, exteriors and interiors, and even the landscaping – it’s all for you to decide on. Keep in mind safety, feasibility and the final appearance of your home when brainstorming on its details. You definitely don’t want to be building a home that would endanger the lives of anyone who lives inside.

Building and Planning

At some points in planning you might really need the advice of experts, such as an architect or engineer, to determine the feasibility of your building your own home. This is when they should not modify your design and preferences, unless structurally required. Not only is this method cheaper than hiring an architect and engineer do the designing and math, you also make sure your home’s appearance is the product of your own imagination and innovativeness.


Now that you’re done with the planning, budgeting should take place. In this part, it is necessary for you to seek the advice of an expert as you wouldn’t have a single idea on how much materials you will need and how much the dream of building your own home will cost. Always take into account for unexpected or surprise expenses, by adding a padding to your budget of approximately at 10%.

At this point, you should be receptive to the idea that you will need to hire laborers in building your own home, as obviously you and your home consultant won’t be doing the all the labor! Choose a team that is honest, reliable and will put a hundred percent of their effort in realizing your dream house. Always ask for references and follow up with them for feedback. In no time, the dream of building your own home will be a reality, full of satisfaction and fulfillment.

Buying a home isn’t a small decision, especially when it involves a great financial commitment. Therefore it is imperative for one to consider getting an inspector to carry out a “Pre-purchase Building Inspections Report” prior to committing to buying a property, as many problems may be exposed during a building inspection with possible defects only a trained specialist could detect.

For peace of mind and to ensure the home you are purchasing is structurally sound it is advisable to hire a licensed inspector for a Pre Purchase Inspection.
Your inspector will visually inspect all accessible areas of the property including the interior and exterior of the house, the sub floor, roof cavity, roof exterior, all out buildings, grounds, retaining walls and fences within 30 meters of the main dwelling.

A comprehensive but also easy to read written report of all the accessible areas inspected stating the condition of the building. The inspector also provides you with valuable knowledge and sound recommendations should defects be found.

You’re encouraged, if it’s possible, to attend the pre-purchase Building Inspection during which time you can ask your inspector any relevant questions. You should also organize for the pest inspection to be carried out at the same time.

Pre-Purchase InspectionProcess of Building Inspections

Some of the more common problems inspectors encounter during building inspections are:

High moisture content to masonry walls due to rising or lateral dampness problems.

Cracking to internal and external walls due to foundation and footing movement or failure.

Bathroom shower leaks into subfloor area causing decay damage to floor framing timbers.

Spalling concrete due to rusting concrete reinforcement.

Fretting brickwork, brick mortar joints or terracotta roof tiles.

Rusted roof gutters, roof sheets, steel window and door lintels and roof valleys.

Termite or borer damage to timber floor, walls and roof framing.

Wet subfloor area’s due to insufficient ventilation, which leads to decay or mold problems to floor framing timbers, footing movement or termite problems.

Areas Pre-Purchase Inspections focus on

From the list below you can see inspection reports cover a great deal of subjects during the inspection. Reports will indicate any defects or poor workmanship. Your inspector will carry out a full internal and external inspection looking for:

Structural defects; Maintenance items; Damage that may cause Environmental and safety issues

Internally your inspector will focus on:

  • Floors, Walls
  • Ceilings
  • Windows
  • Doors
  • Ventilation
  • Dampness
  • Plumbing Fixtures
  • Water Pressure
  • Showers – Shower Screens
  • Electrical – where possible

Externally a pre-purchase inspector checks:

  • Walls-Brickwork
  • Sub floor vents
  • Weatherboards
  • Cement sheet
  • Roofing-roof tiles
  • Corrugated iron
  • Metal tray
  • Flashing
  • Gutters
  • Downpipes
  • Drainage
  • Cracks
  • Rust
  • Dry rot
  • Asbestos

Outbuildings that are also inspected include Garages, Carports, Sheds and Bungalows. Finally a general overview of the site will be performed which includes Driveways, Paths, Paving, Trees, Fences, Gates, Surface Drainage, Retaining Walls, Steps.

How to Make Your Room Look Awesome

After putting ourselves through a lot of stress as a result of our day-to-day activities, we all look forward to retiring in our room for the night. However, the room should be more than where you just sleep, wake up, and dress up. Your room also deserves fascinating designs and décor.

Just like every other part of the home, it is important to make our room look elegant and fascinating. In this post, we will give you a couple of design tips to make your room look awesome.

Select the Paint Color Last

Today, you can find lots of paint colors with different tones, tints, and shades. “The variation of light source will affect how the paint will look in your home.” According to A.D. Hays Real Estate.  A paint that looks attractive in a previous room you’ve been may not look attractive in your new room. It is very important to choose a color that compliments your artwork, bedroom floor or rug, upholstery, etc. Hence, the paint color should be selected last after observing the color of the bedroom stuff.

Use Proper Lighting

Lighting your room should be more than just hanging light bulbs. There are various lightings out there that can complement your design. Dim lights with awesome designs are fascinating during the night. Seamlessly fit the lighting into your room décor. You will be really impressed with the new lights.

Hang Artwork on the Walls

Another way to can make your room look awesome is by hanging artwork on the walls. Incredible works of art can make your room more beautiful. There are various designs out there you can go for, including nature, weather, landscape, lush greenery, fountain, beach, and so forth. Careful hang these artworks on your room walls and watch how the place will turn to a center of attraction. However, ensure that the color matches your interior design.

Space out Your Furniture

Unfortunately, the majority of individuals are in the habit of leaving their room untidy. Chairs, tables, clothes are scattered all over. In order to make your room look awesome, it is important that you space out your furniture and give them some breathing space.

Your bed must be probably taking enough space already, it may not be ideal to stuff up the other space with lots of furniture. When choosing your room furniture, go for quality and not quantity. A high-quality sofa will make your room look fabulous while leaving your room spacious enough.

There you have it! The above are some design tips that will make your room look awesome. However, it is important to go for something personal that will make you happy and comfortable anytime you retire for the night. With a pillow collection, art arrangement, and a flawless finish, you can simply transform your room from ordinary to extraordinary.


Noise from flights

Question: I am selling my condo. Am I legally required to disclose that my home sits under the flight path of a moderately busy airport? – Louis

A: A 1985 Florida case set the precedent when it comes to home sales and “caveat emptor” (Let the buyer beware).

Based on the outcome of Johnson v. Davis, I advise sellers to disclose everything not readily seen that can affect the value of the property. You could face a lawsuit if you fail to disclose something important to your buyer. If there is any doubt about whether to disclose, you should do so.

Most real estate agents will have a seller fill out a detailed disclosure form to give the buyer. Make sure you fill out the form completely and accurately. Material defects, such as roof leaks or sinkholes, are obvious to disclose, but some issues and reviews, such as airplane noise, can be more subjective.

It’s really a judgment call and depends on how much noise the planes make. If your windows are routinely rattled at 5 a.m. — when a typical buyer would not be likely to discover it — then definitely disclose. If the planes are flying over every 15 minutes during normal business hours when people are viewing the house, it’s not as important to disclose.

Every situation is unique, and adding another sentence to the seller’s written disclosure form is free and easy, so I recommend disclosing every possible defect to avoid problems later. Because you think the noise is enough of an issue for you to be concerned, you might want to let the buyer know.

– Info via Homes for Sale in Minnesota