Thursday, May 21, 2020

Kitchen Remodeling Trends That Increase Your Property Value!


This post is provided by Matt Lee.

Kitchen remodeling projects involve redesigning the kitchen’s layout, creating new forms and updated, energy-efficient functionality. Whether you are actively looking to sell or plan on staying in your home for many years to come, kitchen remodels can have a significant impact on your home’s value.

Many kitchen remodeling options that maximize the resale value of the home deal with the materials used for countertops, wall backsplashes, and floors. Just how much a kitchen remodel will add to the value of your home depends on many factors, including the materials used for countertops and flooring, the quality and functionality of the appliances, and the overall energy and cost efficiency of the remodeled kitchen.

Countertops

Countertops set the tone and character of your kitchen and can make the most significant impact on prospective buyers. Modern technological advances have opened up the options for high quality, durable materials to give your kitchen countertops strong and attractive surfaces for your most important room. Upgrading kitchen countertops as part of a comprehensive remodeling project is an essential element to increase the value of your home. Granite and solid surface kitchen countertop ideas in your remodeling project design will bring added beauty and functionality to your new kitchen.

Granite kitchen countertops are constructed from ground quartz and binding resins to provide a durable surface that is resistant to heat, stains, and moisture. Available in standard and waterfall countertop edge options, granite countertops come in just about any color or finish and are spotted with unique veining in each slab. Granite countertops will retain a pristine appearance for many years of regular use and serve to increase the value of the home.  

Updating Kitchen Floors

Using the same flooring material throughout the entire level where your kitchen resides will make the home appear larger and add resale value. Installing the right kind of flooring material can result in a direct return on your investment when it comes time to sell.

Hardwood floors in kitchen remodeling projects are a rising trend that will add a classic look that is easy to maintain and will last for many years. Grey tone wood flooring flooring has become an extremely popular kitchen flooring option that looks great and is becoming a standard to help increase home values through kitchen remodeling projects.

Updating Windows

Replacing or adding windows as part of a remodeling job provides beauty and adds natural light to the ambiance of your kitchen. There is a wide range of kitchen window types and styles on the market that will match your décor and needs. From a garden window above the sink to an expansive picture window showing off your view, energy-saving windows that help to keep utility bills low will also add resale value to your home.

Cabinetry

Updating kitchen cabinets during a remodel will define the look and style of your new kitchen and can have a real impact on your home’s resale value. Great looking and functional cabinetry designs make a kitchen look excellent and practical at the same time. Prospective buyers will not just look at the outside of your kitchen cabinets; they will want them to be well organized and plotted out to make the best use of the kitchen as a whole during meal preparation and storage.

Lighting

When designing a kitchen remodel the lighting plan can make a major impact on the way your new kitchen will look and work. Properly designed and installed ambient, accent, and task lighting can make a big difference in the look and functionality of your new kitchen. 

Kitchens are most often a central hub of the house where people gather to cook, eat, and socialize. It is the most-trafficked area of your home, and the first room prospective buyers typically inquire about when looking to buy a home. Remodeling your kitchen is one of the best investments a homeowner can make. 

Matt is a contributor to Innovative Green Building Materials. He is a blogger and a content writer for the building materials industry. Matt is focused on helping fellow homeowners, contractors, and architects discover materials and methods of construction that increase property value, maximize energy savings, and turn houses into homes.

Sunday, May 10, 2020

Happy Mother's Day!










Today is the day to celebrate all wonderful and hardworking moms! May your day be filled with lots of love, laughter and kisses.

Thursday, April 30, 2020

Sponsor- Thank you!


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Thursday, April 16, 2020

The BIG 4-0!




Guess what? Yesterday was my birthday! I can't believe I just turned 40! 

Despite the circumstances, this year's birthday is a very special one for me. Besides the arrival of a baby, my mom is also here with us. Although there is no expensive dinner, no birthday cake, no birthday card, no birthday gifts and no flowers, my heart felt full, thanks to two wonderful meals lovingly prepared by my mom. 

She made my favorite dish, the braised pork ribs. It is my mom's signature dish and it was delicious. 


It may look simple but it took my mom tremendous effort to prepare this dish (chopping those thick pork rib bones was a backbreaking chore). And for that, I am thankful. During this difficult period, I feel blessed to be healthy and to be at home celebrating my birthday with my loved ones.

My birthday wish this year is for our world to become healthy again so nobody gets sick anymore. I hope everyone continue to stay well, stay safe and stay healthy!

Sunday, April 12, 2020

Happy Easter!


Happy Easter, my lovely readers!



Photo credit: Pottery Barn



Photo credit: Rifle Paper Co.

Wishing you and your family a fun and delightful Easter celebration!

Thursday, April 9, 2020

Simple Tips To Make Your Bathroom Look Larger!


This post is provided by Andrew Simmons.

Most homes have small bathrooms. When this is the case, it is difficult to create a room that is functional and stylish at the same time. Chances are you only think about plumbers to take care of problems like blocked drain Canberra cases when hiring professionals, so hiring an interior designer to make changes is often not considered. However, this is always a good idea. 

In a smaller bathroom, you need to use design tricks when you want to make the room look larger. Some great tips you can use are presented below. 

Use As Much Natural Light As Possible

Natural light is highly beneficial for a smaller bathroom. It always opens up the space and when the color scheme used is light, it creates a snowball effect so that the entire room appears to be larger than it is. As an extra tip, use a window shade that is translucent so that even more light enters the room. 

Go For An All-White Bathroom

If there is a style for your bathroom that is always relevant, it is the all-white bathroom. By simply using a white-based color scheme you make the room look larger because white is the best color to reflect light. When most bathroom fixtures are white, the overall look becomes seamless and is not broken. 

Obviously, the ceiling should be painted with the same color as the walls. This is true even if you do not use white and you prefer another color. 

Add Tiles Right Up To The Ceiling

Whenever possible, use the exact same tiles all throughout the bathroom. This means installing them on the entire surface of the wall, up to the bathroom’s ceiling. This makes the bathroom look larger because it removes horizontal lines on the walls. The space is instantly opened up and makes it seem as if the ceiling is placed higher. 

Create Longer Lines

When you want to make it look as if there is more available space, an important thing is to draw the eye of the viewer towards the room’s widest point. This can be done with the use of the room’s longest line, like a wall that does not have an attached window. Create the horizontal line there with the use of a shelf so that the small bathroom looks larger

Use Clear Glass For The Shower

Patterned glass and shower curtains practically create one more wall. This divides the bathroom into new sections and makes the entire space look much smaller than it is. 

You want to use glass shower screens because they effectively reflect light and manage to easily open up a space. If you want the look to be more seamless, use frameless shower screens. They remove the visual barriers.

Use Large Mirrors

As you already realized, when you can reflect more light, the small bathroom looks bigger. This is why you should not just use the standard smaller bathroom mirror that is placed over your sink. A much better alternative would be to mirror the entire wall or as much as you possibly can. The effect will be very similar to having a window as more light is brought into all the corners of the room. 

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Sponsor- Thank you!


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Thursday, March 12, 2020

Things To Consider Before Buying Land!


This post is provided by James Fitzpatrick.

According to recent housing statistics, there are about 1.2 million new homes built each year in the United States. While many people often buy their homes from a company, some people may choose to work with a real estate developer to build their own home with them. For the aspiring business leaders, some may choose to build their home completely on their own and research how to become a real estate developer. If you want to become a real estate developer and create your own home with the land that you purchase, there are some things that you need to know before purchasing land. Here are some of the main questions you need to ask before you buy anything.

1. How Can You Get Utilities?

One thing that people must know before they purchase a piece of land to build a home is if they will have access to public utilities. You should always make sure that you can have access to electricity, water, and public sewer, if wanted. You must also ask how much these things will likely cost. The further away you are from people, the more materials these companies would need to run the electric or pipes to your home. You should always get a rough estimate of how much it would cost to access these utilities.

2. How Much Has The Area Grown?

Another question that you should ask and research independently is the growth of the surrounding area or county in the last few years. If the area around you is growing, you may be at risk of living in a neighborhood one day if everyone buys up the land around your home. You should try to imagine what other people might want in an area and determine if the location you want may be similar to what other people also want.

3. Are There Any State Parks Nearby?

Knowing the location of any state, local, or national parks in the surrounding area will give you an idea of how much the area may change. These parks are often unable to be touched, altered, or developed in any way. If you can purchase a piece of land near a park, it may be a little more expensive, but you can have peace of mind knowing that it will never be developed. You can have the same view for hundreds of years.

4. How Is The Soil?

Some people may purchase a piece of land for the view without taking into consideration the soil and ground. If the soil is especially rocky, the cost to build your home may be much more expensive than you have budgeted for. If you understand the condition of the soil, you will have a better understanding of how long and how expensive it may be to build your dream home.

5. Will Construction Crews Work Here?

Depending on where you choose to build your home, you may not have any trouble finding a construction crew to help you build your dream home. If you are looking to build your home off the grid, you may have difficulty finding a construction company willing to travel that distance every day. Ensure that you can find construction companies, interior designers, plumbing workers, electrical contractors, and other tradesmen who are willing to work at your location for a reasonable price. Depending on the area that you want to work, it may be difficult to drive heavy machinery up there so the companies may charge more money for the job. Be sure to get a quote from the different companies so that you know how much you should budget for each job that needs to be completed. You may need to find a different piece of land that is closer to people if the price gets too high.

Building your dream home is an exciting and memorable journey, but it is best to ask all of these questions before getting started on your project. If you want to make the project a little bit easier and stress-free, you may want to hire an experienced real estate developer to help you make the right decision. They can help guide you through the difficult process of finding the perfect plot of land to build your dream home.

Saturday, February 29, 2020

Sponsor- Thank you!


Today, I would like to take the opportunity to thank my sponsor, Latest Bedding for supporting my blog.



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Thursday, February 13, 2020

Happy 9th blog anniversary and a little announcement!


Believe it or not, my little blog just turned 9 today! Time really flies when you are doing what you love and sharing what you are passionate about (interior design)! I want to take a moment to say thank you to all of you who continued to follow and read my blog. I would also like to thank my loyal readers who take a minute of their busy lives to drop me a positive and encouraging comment from time to time.

I would also like to use this opportunity to apologize for the lack of quality contents these days. Since vacationing in Malaysia during the end of 2018, I have been suffering from a terrible jet lag (Malaysia is about 12 hours ahead of United States) for almost 2 months. My waking and sleeping hours was totally messed up so I wasn't feeling like my old self, thus, putting my blog in the back burner. 

When I felt better and was ready to start blogging again, (here comes the huge announcement), I found out that I am PREGNANT!


We have been trying for a while so we were thrilled when we learned about the good news! Perhaps of my age, this pregnancy is much more difficult than my first pregnancy (more than 13 years ago). I did not feel well and I am always feeling tired, sleepy, uncomfortable (lot of minor aches here and there throughout the day) and frankly, not feeling productive at all. There are many gorgeous interiors I wanted to share on this blog but I couldn't get myself to do it. Sigh...

As my due date is getting nearer and nearer (it's March 6th, by the way), my thoughts are often revolved around the baby. The truth is, besides not feeling well, I also spent way too much time shopping online for baby stuff and making decorating choices for the nursery! Speaking of the nursery (more like a nursery nook), it's now 90% done (I am just waiting for a few items to arrive) so I hope to share pictures of the nursery nook with you once it's 100% done.

Thanks again for your support. I hope you continue to stay with me, my lovelies! You guys rock!