Thursday, July 9, 2020

The 6 Living Room Items You Need to Make Your Home Complete!


This post is provided by Jenna Salter.

The living room is one of the most essential areas in your home. It serves many purposes - a bonding space for your family, an entertainment area for guests, a place of relaxation. It only makes sense then that you invest some time furnishing this area. If you do not know where to start, here are the top living room essentials that you should have to make it complete.

1. Couch

No other furniture defines a living room better than a couch. It is the main item that will get used most in this area so you should definitely invest in a good one. Find the best sofa from reviews and do not just go for style, think of comfort as well. There is no use having a couch that looks great on Instagram but is not so great to sit on. Take your time looking around for a couple of couches before settling on one. Choose wisely because this will most likely dictate the rest of your living room decor.

2. Accent chairs

For the living room to truly feel complete, a couch is not just going to do it. You need additional seating in case you have more people coming into your home. Consider your current color scheme and pick accent chairs based on that. If you are going for an eclectic style, do not be afraid to deviate from the usual theme. Most importantly, it should be just as comfortable to sit on as your couch!

3. Rug

Rugs feel good on your feet but they are also for defining the space in your living room. The right-sized rug can really tie everything in the room together making the area feel more cohesive and spacious. Your rug should at least cover the front foot of your furniture; the bigger the rug, the better. Do not be afraid to play with different patterns and textures as well. It is an easy way to enhance the theme of your decor without spending much. 

4. Shelves

The living room is not just a place to hang out but also an area where you can express your personal taste. This is where shelves come in handy. Most people like to display their books but you can really go with anything here as long as it does not look very cluttered. Here, you can display your other home accessories and personal mementos. Keep it to a minimum making sure there is space between each object. Avoid putting too much and reserve the other knick-knacks for the hidden storage.

5. Coffee table

The coffee table is another essential in the living room which can have many purposes such as a food and drink holder, magazine display, vase holder, or storage. It should at least have the same height as your sofa seat so you can easily access the items you need. Ideally, it should also have some storage underneath so you can put away clutter easily.

You can choose different shapes for your coffee table. They are usually rectangular in shape but do not be afraid to opt for oval shaped ones as well. Curves add softness to a space and they are safer to have around if you have kids in the house.

6. Lighting

Lighting is key to creating the perfect mood in the evenings. Nothing is worse than trying to have a nice relaxing read and there is harsh light beaming at you from above. Instead of going for the standard white light bulb, choose one with a warm, soft glow in orange or yellow tones. These are less harsh on the eyes and they do a great job at setting the mood. Then, place the lamps with these lightbulbs in areas where you need the most illumination like the couch, shelves, etc.

Which of these items don’t you have yet in your home? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Friday, July 3, 2020

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Sponsor- Thank you!


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Thursday, June 25, 2020

Find The Perfect Commercial Foundation Contractor For Your Project!


This post is provided by M Zahid.

As a construction business owner, you will already know the importance of staying within budget, being reliable, and getting projects completed on time and within budget. However, there are many things that can impact your ability to do this, one of which is the contractors to use to help on your project. It is vital that you find the right contractors to work with you on your project, as this can have a direct impact on your success and reputation.
One type of contractor you may require for your construction project is a commercial foundation contractor. The person you choose will be working in a hugely important aspect of your project, so you need to ensure you find the ideal professional to carry out this work. In order to make your choice, there are some key factors you should take into consideration. In this article, we will look at some of the ways in which you can find the perfect commercial foundation contractor for your project.
Tips To Help With Your Choice
If you want to increase your chances of making the right choice when it comes to your foundation contractor, there are some tips that can help. Some tips to help you to make the right choice are:
Confirm The Rates And Costs
Staying within budget is very important when it comes to construction projects, so you need to look at affordability when it comes to taking on a foundation contractor. With this in mind, you need to ensure you check the rates and costs involved in using the contractor you are considering. However, you also need to ensure you take other factors into consideration rather than basing your decision on cost alone.
Check Availability And Flexibility
It is also important to ensure that the provider you choose can accommodate your needs in terms of the dates and times they are needed. So, you need to check their availability and ensure they can work on the project at the required times. In addition, check how flexible they are with regard to availability in case you need to keep them on for additional days or want to use them again for an up and coming project.
Look At Others’ Reviews
Finding a contractor that provides excellent service, a high level of reliability, and great quality workmanship is essential if you want the project to run smoothly. One of the best ways to learn more about the reputation of the provider is to look at reviews from other construction companies that have used the same provider. You can then get a better idea of what to expect, and you can make a more informed choice.
Consider Experience Levels
Finally, make sure you look at how long the provider has been working on foundation projects, and learn more about the past projects they have worked on. This will enable you to find out more about their experience levels.
These factors will help to make your choice far easier.

Sunday, June 21, 2020

Happy Father's Day!






Happy Father's Day to all wonderful dads who made huge sacrifices for their families! Wishing all dads a fantastic day filled with lots of love, smiles and happiness!

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Home Office Interior Design Tips To Maximize Remote Working Productivity!


This post is provided by Matt Lee.

Remote work can be a challenge. Distractions are abundant, and staying on track can be tough. If you are new to working from your home office, you are probably wondering if it gets easier. 

With a few interior design tricks, you can turn your home office into a productivity sanctuary. 

Here are eight interior design tips to maximize your remote working productivity. 

Interior Design Tip #1: Carve Out Your Space

If your current home office also serves as a guest bedroom or if you are working from the kitchen table – it is time to carve out your own space. 

If you have an empty room, consider using it exclusively for your office. However, if you do not have the extra space, do not fret. Use decorative screens or room dividers to create a blocked off area just for work.

Interior Design Tip #2: Adapt A Minimalistic Aesthetic

Minimalism is all about reducing clutter to clear your mind. Get rid of everything that is taking up space in your home office. Add in extra storage if you need to, but be sure to eliminate any visible clutter. 

It is impractical to try to stay focused if you are surrounded by chaos and clutter. 

Interior Design Tip #3: Go For Low Maintenance 

Do not add extra work to your workday. Choose easy-to-clean materials and surfaces. For instance, instead of a solid oak desk, go for white solid surface countertops, which you can clean with plain old soap and water. Rather than buying a clunky, shag rug, get an easy-to-vacuum, jute rug.

Alternatively, instead of bogging yourself down with tons of little knick-knacks to dust, choose a couple of focus décor pieces to cut down on dusting time. (You get the picture.) 

Interior Design Tip #4: Choose Shades Of Blue

If you are stuck on a color scheme, go for shades of blue. There are plenty of scientific studies that show that shades of blue can increase calm and focus. If blue is not your thing, green is also an excellent color for improving concentration. 

If your job requires you to think creatively, be sure to add splashes of yellow, too. Yellow can increase creativity and inspiration. However, too much yellow can frustrate you, so do not overdo it on the yellow. 

Interior Design Tip #5: Play With The Lighting

If you have access to natural lighting, be sure to keep those windows open during the day. Natural light can improve moods and boost overall productivity. If you do not have access to a window in your home office, focus on choosing lighting fixtures that illuminate your office evenly. 

Stay away from harsh lighting, but be sure that you are not trying to work in an office that is too dim. Both can reduce productivity. There are plenty of unique light fixtures, from hanging lights to standing lamps to boost the lighting, while improving the overall aesthetic. 

Interior Design Tip #6: Add In Natural Elements

Greenery can make you happier and improve your productivity. So, consider adding a few low-maintenance plants to your home office. Plants are also back in style in the interior design world, so they not only provide benefits, but they are chic, too.

Cacti, succulents, ferns, and bonsai trees are all fantastic, beautiful choices. 

Interior Design Tip #7: Create A Distraction Space

When you are at home, taking a break can be dangerous, because it is way too easy to get pulled into Netflix or family activities. Be proactive and set up space in your office for you to step away without actually having to leave your office. 

You can include things like books, a yoga mat, brain puzzles, hand weights, or any other productive distractions in your distraction space. 

Interior Design Tip #8: Custom-Tailor Your Space

The most exciting perk of working from home is that you have full control of your space. Custom-tailor your office to work for you. If your chair is not comfortable, then change it out. If your desk is not the right height, get a new one. If the decoration is making you feel apathetic, get some new décor.

Take note of the parts of your office that cause you the most distraction. Then, work to improve them. Transform your office into a productivity zone specially built for you. 

Start Improving Your Productivity Today

These eight tips are tried-and-true interior design techniques for boosting productivity. If you commit to doing them, you will be on your way to crushing your work goals in no time. You might find that you are more productive at home than you are at the regular office! 

Matt Lee is the owner of the Innovative Building Materials blog and a content writer for the building materials industry. He is focused on helping fellow homeowners, contractors, and architects discover materials and methods of construction that save money, improve energy efficiency, and increase property value. 

Sunday, May 31, 2020

Sponsor- Thank you!


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Thursday, May 28, 2020

How A Home Can Be Beautiful And Functional!


This post is provided by James Fitzpatrick.

When it comes to decorating your home, you want the aesthetic to match your personality. However, a home does need to be functional, especially if a household emergency comes about. Here are some items you should consider splurging on that will provide a great aesthetic but also provide functional benefit when it comes time for a household emergency.

1) Bulk Medical Supplies

At any moment, there could be a medical emergency in your household and you will want to make sure that you are prepared. While many bathrooms have Band-Aids in a drawer, what you really need is a fully stocked first-aid kit. Not only that, but you should also consider spending a little extra money to make it an emergency survival kit. There are many items to consider. Go to usamedicalsurgical.com to find out more about bulk medical supplies. This site has almost everything you would need for an emergency.

2) Toilet Plunger

In most households, a toilet plunger tends to be placed right next to the toilet. But if you are about modernizing your bathroom, do not spend two dollars on a piece of plastic that brings an eye sore to the bathroom. Instead, go a little crazy and buy something that looks stylish. Go for something in chrome and bronze and consider buying something that comes with a holder. That way when it is time to use the plunger, any drip off can go right into the holder instead of on the floor. Sometimes you can get a set plunger paired with a toilet bowl cleaner.

3) Keypad Entry For Homes

It is always a problem when a key breaks or gets lost and you get locked out of your home. When this happens, it is not a pleasant experience to have to call the police or your spouse to find the spare. To solve this problem, consider something higher-tech, like a keypad entry system. Not only is this a secure way to protect your house, but it can make your door a little flashier. Most keypads tend to be in some metallic form, so you can go for a stylish chrome or bronze, or a black painted keypad.

4) Security Cameras

Speaking of security, you should consider some form of external surveillance for your household. You can either set up security cameras above your key entry points or consider investing in doorbells with cameras. A company called Ring sells doorbells that also act as a camera so a person can see on their phone or any installed video screen in their house who is at their door. They can also keep track of visitors when they are not home in case a break-in is attempted.

5) Solar Power Panels With Built-In Generator

You do not want to be caught in the dark when the power goes out. However, if your house could run on solar, then it is possible to avoid any power outages because your home would generate its own power as well as be able to store it for emergencies. Tesla is a great company to choose as they provide both solar panels and solar wall generators. While these tend to fall under more expensive investments, they are worth having in any household to withstand any disaster that could typically leave your house without power.

6) Space Heater And Fan

While many homes have HVAC already installed for the elements, you may come across a scenario where your furnace or AC goes. You will want to make sure you are prepared by investing in a space heater for the wintertime, and an oscillating fan for the summertime. Oscillating fans are saturated in today's market, so do not always settle for the cheapest model. Fans come in all sizes and colors so you should be able to find one that matches your decor and wall colors. Also, space heaters are no longer just these big bulky items, but are compact and come in neutral colors like black or white. These space heaters are good to have on hand and can pack a nice heat punch when your furnace temporarily goes.

Consider these items in your house that are so much more stylish now than they used to be. They can preserve the function of your home when there is an emergency.

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.