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How to Budget for Home Improvements

Home improvement projects often scare people away. The typical homeowner will believe that it will cost thousands of dollars to remodel one room since they often lack the skills to do the job themselves. They may also feel that the project is too expensive since many materials and tools are needed.

On the contrary, home improvement does not have to be expensive at all. Of course, if you hire a contractor or subcontractor to do the job, you will pay a fortune but if you have the patience and the ability to read and follow directions then you can remodel an entire room in your home for less than one hundred dollars. Of course, this will depend on the type of remodeling you want to accomplish and your definition of remodeling. If you believe painting a room is considered “remodeling” then your costs will be inexpensive. If you want to expand a room or redesign it then your costs will rise. So to help you save money, you will need to decide the type of remodeling then you will need to contrast and compare materials.

Before starting the process of improving your home, you will need to set up a budget and a plan to get started. You will need to consider various notions when considering and planning home improvement. For example, do you intend to paint your home? Do you intend to tile your home? Do you want a carpet and/or hardwood in your home? How many rooms do you plan to remodel? What material will you need? How much material will you need?

Asking questions is part of analyzing and planning for home improvement. One of the best tools to have when considering home improvement is knowing what you like and knowing what you want. When I improve my home, the first thing I want to do is to roam around my brain to search for my favorites and what excites and appeals to me. Thus, when I go to the home improvement stores I already have in mind what I am going to purchase, thus this relaxes my quest to improving my home.

If you are lacking the cash to improve your home then setting up a budget will help you get what you want as well as save you cash. You may even consider purchasing materials and tools for home improvement at the stores that offer discounts and/or purchases with no payments until a particular date. This notion will give you time to get your home improved while saving the cash to pay off the improvement materials and tools. If you have more then one hardware or lumber store, then look for the best possible deals. Sometimes if you purchase at a local hardware store instead of a large brand name, you may be able to work out a nice deal.

Unfortunately, many people go for secondary home loans, i.e. home equity loans, to improve their home. Getting loans from lenders often leads to debt, and secondary home loans for improvement only lead to paying off your home twice. Thus, avoid those high-interest rates and loan payments and learn to budget to improve your home. It may take you longer to make those home improvements but it gives you less stress and will help keep you out of debt.

Let me give you an overall view of what one room could cost you for repairs. Say you want to paint a room in your home. You will need plaster, sealers, primer, paints, paint thinners, scrapers, screwdriver, paint opening (often comes with your paint purchase), patches, paintbrushes, tray, and so forth. Now you may think this is going to cost you a fortune to improve your home, but to the contrary, you are wrong.

The paint and tools will cost you the most while the other items will cost less. Primer, sealers, and plaster could cost around fifteen dollars if you go to the right store.

Paint thinners, trays, brushes, and screwdrivers will cost around fifteen if you visit the right store. Thus, the patches should be purchased with a plaster kit, which will save you a few pennies. The paint will cost around twenty per can, depending on the type of paint purchased. Therefore, for around a hundred bucks you could remodel a room in your home without hiring anyone to do the job providing you follow the instructions.

What about the bathroom? Can you remodel the area on a budget plan? It will depend on the size of the area and the type of remodeling but if you wish to tile your bathroom and paint the walls you could get the job done for around a hundred bucks give or take a few dollars. If you visit the right stores and know what you are doing, you could remodel a small bathroom or medium bathroom for around fifty bucks.

How To Find Quality Log Furniture And A Trustworthy Retailer

The great thing about looking for a retailer or manufacturer of rustic log furniture is there are plenty of sellers out there these days, especially with the age of the world wide web.  Since the birth of the internet everyone and their brother seem to have tried to start making and selling all types of rustic furniture online, but what I am sure that they found out is that making log furniture the right way is a hard task to achieve. Now don’t take me the wrong way there are some great builders of this style of furniture and you will notice they are the craftsmen that have been around for a while. So, knowing this let me tell you how to make the right decision on choosing your rustic furniture.

    One of the first things you need to decide is the species of wood you would like to go with, there are dozens of them out there, but only a couple of good species that will stand up to the elements outside. There is hickory, cypress, pine (not recommended), aromatic cedar, eastern white cedar, Northern white cedar, etc. As for the species I mentioned I can tell a little about each, hickory is a nice species but I noticed the furniture I see made is that the diameter of the wood is always small and I get a little suspicious of the strength of it. Cypress has hardly any grain that I see compared to the rest. Pine is absolutely not for me; it is sappy and soft and it is not very durable. Aromatic cedar is a beautiful wood but when it weathers if turns dark in the elements untreated. Eastern white cedar people will say it is the same as Northern white cedar, but let me tell you it’s not, I know from working with it. The wood is really knotty and hairy compared to the Northern white cedar. The looks are similar in color and the aging process is the same. As for Northern white cedar, it weathers to a beautiful silvery gray if untreated and exposed to the elements. Northern white cedar can withstand the elements for years, some say that it will last for 50 years outside untreated, but I can tell you by experience that it really only lasts for 20 years. White cedar is not sappy at all, making it easier to stain or varnish, unlike other species, like pine that will actually have the sap come out years later, right through the paint or varnish that was on there.

    Once you decided the species the next thing to do is find the retailer out there selling the log furniture with that wood. When you locate this seller, keep in mind that if that seller is just a middleman, you will not get the service you will get from the actual manufacturer. More than likely, if that person is not the manufacturer and is just a website owner or guru, it is probably just a drop-ship situation and they will surely tell you they can get you the furniture right away when they have no idea of the inventory or how busy the manufacturer really is (don’t be fooled with factory direct, sales pitches). Second, just how much can that person really know about rustic log furniture if they are just an order taker. Dealing with the person who is actually handcrafting your furniture and can tell you exactly when it will be done, is by far a more reliable way to purchase your furniture. Trust me, there are more websites out there selling log furniture then there are manufacturers of it.

    Now we can get to the construction of the log furniture. Some log furniture is sanded smooth, some are skipped peeled, some have the bark on and some are completely peeled.  As for which one is better, I can only tell you what I think. The sanded log furniture definitely takes away from the rustic feel, skipped peel is a nice look, but I wonder about the smoothness of the wood with just a peel on parts of the log. The furniture with the bark left on definitely has to have some sort of finish on it to keep the bark on, and sometimes I have seen where the bark will peel off over time.  Completely peeled log furniture is smooth

without splinters and can easily be treated and has the true rustic look and feel. Getting past that you should then take note of how the log furniture is actually connected together. Some furniture is just butted up together and is nailed, I do not recommend that style of construction. Most have a mortise and tenon connection, which is extremely durable. Things to watch out for with this is the size of the dowels, some out there will go with a smaller diameter dowel meaning their logs are usually smaller too. I recommend asking the diameter and make sure it is at least 1.25” since that is the weakest point of the furniture. The diameter of the logs should be no less than 3” as far as I am concerned. Most of the rustic log furniture I see on the internet does not meet that size on a good percentage of their lines of furniture, even though it looks large in the pictures I would definitely ask the sizes of the logs to get a good comparison from one builder to the next. The hardware that is used on the log furniture is a big factor also because if you are going to have your furniture exposed to the rain and snow or whatever you don’t want the hardware starting to bleed or rust, all the hardware should be zinc coated on all parts of the furniture.

How To Find Kitchen Remodeling Instructions Online

Have you recently made the decisions to remodel your own kitchen? Do it yourself kitchen remodeling has rapidly increased in popularity over the past few years.

Have you recently made the decisions to remodel your own kitchen? Do it yourself kitchen remodeling has rapidly increased in popularity over the past few years. One of the reasons for that is because of the internet. Online, you can not only find the materials, supplies, and tools that you need to remodel your kitchen, but you can also find detailed instructions on how to remodel your kitchen, whether it be all of it or just a part of it. For that reason, if you are looking to remodel your own kitchen, it may be a good idea to take advantage of the internet.

One of the many reasons why you should use the internet, to obtain a detailed set of directions on how to remodel your kitchen, is because it is free to use. When purchasing materials at your local home improvement store, you may not be provided with a set of directions. While many kitchen cabinets sets come with a set of directions, not everything else does. If you are purchasing a set of something, such as cabinets, you are more likely to get a set of directions than you were if you were just purchasing supplies. For instance, if you are interested in retiling your kitchen floor or installing new lighting in your kitchen, you may need to find directions elsewhere. It is always possible to purchase how-to books, but why would you want to, especially when you can get the same information for free online?

In addition to being free, you will also find the amount of information amazing. As previously mentioned, whether you are looking to remodeling your entire kitchen or just a part of it, you can easily find the directions or instructions that you were looking for online. For example, online, you should be able to find instructions on how to reinstall a kitchen countertop, install a set of kitchen cabinets, replace your kitchen flooring, as well as install new light fixtures. Essentially, whatever you are looking to do, you can find a detailed set of instructions online. You may also enjoy the fact that many of these directions come with step-by-step drawings or pictures.

Now that you know why you should find kitchen remodeling instructions online, you may be wondering how you can do so. Online, there are, literally, an unlimited number of websites that offer you information, as well as instructions for most kitchen remodeling projects. One of those websites is likely to be a home improvement store. If you know the online website of one of your local home improvement stores, you are advised to visit it and look around. In addition to finding a detailed set of directions on how to remodel a particular part of your kitchen, such as your sink, you may also find the products, supplies, and tools that you may need or want to have.

If you are unable to find one of your local home improvement store’s online websites or if they did not have the information that you were looking for, you are advised to perform a standard internet search. That search should produce a number of results; results that you may have been hoping for. When using an internet search, to find kitchen remodeling instructions, it is best to tailor your search to exactly what you need. For instance, if you are looking for instructions on how to install a marble kitchen countertop, you may want to search using the words marble kitchen countertop installation. As previously mentioned, countertop installations instructions are just one of the many sets of kitchen remodeling instructions that you can find online.

In addition to being free and full of information, the internet is also easy to use. That is why you are advised to get the information that you need, as well as for instructions, for your next kitchen remodeling project online. Why guess or pay may money for a how-to book, when you can get exactly what you need free, with the click of a mouse?

How To Choose The Right Home Bar For You

Whatever your lifestyle requirements and party dreams, there is a home bar to suit your space, style, and budget needs. Here’s how you choose the home bar that is right for you.

Do you want to enjoy a relaxing drink with friends in the privacy of your own home bar – away from the noise, jostling, and smoky interiors of crowded clubs? Do you want the quiet simplicity of a basic home bar to mix a few drinks or maybe have a saloon-style outdoor home bar to add sizzle and excitement to your summer parties?

Drinking in moderation can bring people together and add an element of celebration to most social and family gatherings. And in this age of open plan houses and home entertainment systems, the home bar is becoming more popular as a focal point for partying and socializing.

Whatever your lifestyle requirements and party dreams, there is a home bar to suit your space, style, and budget needs. But how do you choose the home bar that is right for you?

How to choose the home bar that is right for you

The most important question to ask is: How much space can you allocate for your home bar?

If you have a big space, you may choose a home bar that will be permanently located in a large recreation room, den, or covered patio. Most permanent home bars have separate serving counters, storage space for bottles, glassware and bar accessories, including bar stools.

If you have a medium-sized space, then you may choose a semi-permanent home bar resembling a cocktail cabinet. Most semi-permanent home bars have pullout shelves or cabinet top space to mix and serve drinks. They also usually display bar equipment, glassware, and bottles.

If you have a smaller space or want the convenience of entertaining guests in any part of the house – both indoors and outdoors – you may choose a mobile home bar on wheels. Just make sure that your mobile home bar has enough space on top of that it has a pullout counter to lay out glasses and prepare drinks.

The next question is: What would be the best location for your home bar?

Do you want your home bar indoors or outdoors?

Can you put your home bar in a corner to save space?

Is the location convenient for you, your guests, and other family members living at home?

Do you want your home bar tucked away in the basement for privacy and so as not to disturb other family members when you are partying with friends?

Do you want it in the living room or your study?

Or if you often entertain outdoors, do you want an outdoor home bar in aluminum or wicker in the covered patio?

How much storage space do you need for your wine glasses, vintage bottles, and other bar accessories?

Will you need a roomy countertop to mix and serve your drinks? And what countertop material do you prefer?

If you love the natural grain and beauty of wood, then you may opt for a mahogany, dark cherry or oak countertop.

If you are partial to the elegance and easy maintenance of natural stone, then you may opt for a marble or granite countertop.

What home bar material, design, and style would fit both your décor and cleaning maintenance requirements?

Most home bar shops whether online or brick and mortar stock a wide range of styles from traditional, to contemporary, kitsch to old western.

If your taste is more traditional, then you may opt for the American colonial or old-world European designs in dark woods with elegant flourishes and intricate carvings.

If contemporary, then the cleaner lines of Swedish organic minimalism might be for you.

If Hollywood glamor and old western, then you may opt for a saloon-style rustic timber home bar in your backyard or game room.

And last but not least, what is your budget? There is a wide range of home bars to suit every budget – from the lower-priced $600 bar cabinets to the $1000 mid-range mark, and up to the classical timber home bars that cost $2000 and above.

If you have $600, you can get a home bar in the bar cabinet style with a beautiful wood carved front in a lovely oak finish. Some bar cabinets have removable wine racks – holding