Your porch is exposed to the elements on a daily basis and this exposure can lead to the need for constant repairs on your porch. This can be avoided by regular maintenance. Here are a few tips on how you can properly care of your porch:
Regularly check for termites. A lot of porches are made of wood, so it can be a tempting meal for termites. This is especially so with the porch being easily accessible. This is why regular checks for termites can be useful so that early treatment can halt the problem in its tracks.
Wind damage. Strong winds can ruin a perfectly good porch. After a strong blow, you’ll want to clean up the mess that’s been made. Replace any damaged fixtures and take a look if any damage has been done to the roof or flooring.
Do Regular Cleaning. An unwashed deck can invite rot and mildew into the wooden floor. Regular cleaning helps prevent this and can help identify any emerging problems. You can remove debris that’s stuck to the porch’s flooring with a putty knife. Use the appropriate cleaners for the type of flooring you have; wooden floors need standard cleaners, while composite and vinyl decks need some special formulas and applications.
As a homeowner, remodeling your home is a huge decision you will make several times in your life. If you are planning to remodel your bathroom, the most ideal time is now. Any time is a good time to start work on the bathroom, however, don’t be too hasty in deciding and consider the following important factors:
Fund and Emergency Fund
Expanding your bathroom is a good idea, especially if your main objective is to increase your home’s resale value. A large and chic bathroom will definitely entice a potential buyer. This project will be pricey, so you have to prepare accordingly. In the process of the remodeling, there may be some unexpected issues that could add to the estimated cost, so you have to set aside an emergency fund.
There are a plethora of bathroom designs that you can choose from. However, you have to pick one that suits your budget, matches the architectural features of your home, and makes you feel more comfortable. Discuss your ideas with the remodeling contractor because he’s the one who knows all design options that could meet your needs.
Materials and Furniture
The reason you’re remodeling your bathroom is that you want to make it more comfortable and beautiful. This can be achieved by removing and not merely replacing pieces of furniture that are causing obstructions. You also have to consider which materials for flooring and walling are safest to prevent accident.
Using large patio doors or French doors allow for easy passage. Installing a stairwell is also a good idea to provide guests with easy access. For everyone’s safety though, the stairs should be built with sturdy materials and equipped with appropriate railings.
“On June 29, 2003, the wooden porches on the second and third floors of an apartment building in Lincoln Park served as the venue for a great party among law school students and young professionals. Celebrations were supposed to last on and on—but stopped when disaster struck. The porch on the third floor collapsed, bringing the second-floor porch and the party down to the ground. There were enough casualties to bring the tragedy to national attention. As the Chicago Tribune recalls:
The early morning disaster 10 years ago — June 29, 2003 — became news nationwide and a flash point for controversy in Chicago, sparking lawsuits affecting victims, family members, city officials and property owners.
“”It is certainly the most catastrophic single porch collapse in Chicago,”” said Francis Patrick Murphy, a partner at the Corboy & Demetrio law firm, which represented a number of victims.
While people don’t normally entertain guests in the bathroom, it does not mean that you should neglect its design and appeal. Just like any other room in your house, the appearance of your bathroom can significantly add value to your home’s aesthetics. At the same time, though, it has to remain functional.
One of the important fixtures in the bathroom is the countertop. Not only can it serve as a repository for toiletries and accessories, it can also be the focal point of the bathroom. During remodelings and renovations, in fact, choosing the bathroom countertop proves to be a strong point of contention between couple homeowners. Picking out a new countertop for a bathroom remodel can be tricky if you’re not thorough, that’s why research should first be made, especially on preferred materials.
Solid-surface countertops are perfect for homeowners mostly concerned about mold and mildew buildup. The synthetic material is engineered to be hypoallergenic and can be custom-molded. Ceramic and porcelain tiles are also a good choice, especially for those who would like to have that classy, sophisticated theme. Larger tiles, meanwhile, reduce the need for many grout lines, but simple household detergent products can be used to clean them.
Discerning homeowners in the market for a top-quality remodel may aim for granite countertops. Already a prime choice for kitchen countertops, granite works just as well in the bathroom. The material is also easy to maintain with a mix of liquid detergent and warm water, plus periodic sealing.
Today, being gainfully employed no longer means being confined to a cubicle. More and more people are working from home, either because they have a home-based business or their employers allow them to work out of the office a few days per week.
Goodbye to Commutes
Employees spend an average of 50 minutes per day just commuting to and from work. Work-from-home, meanwhile, only takes effort as simple as walking up to your laptop and turning it on. The time you save from commuting allows you to get more work done or be used as “me time.”
Hello to Family Time
Sure, work is important. Howe else will you pay for groceries, utility bills and tuition fees? Still, the most important thing in life is family, and working from home allows you to spend more time with your spouse and children.
Many a time, employees complain about how small their office cubicles are. When you’re at home, however, you need not worry about competing for that much-coveted floor space in the office.
You can work in your bedroom, den, or even have your basement completely remodeled to accommodate your new office space. Now, there should be no limits to the space you can use for your work. You can even customize your basement finishing by adding your own mini-pantry, so you won’t have to make multiple trips to the kitchen. Not only can you make your basement look better and functional, you can also increase your home’s value.
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