DIY Tips for Remodeling Your Bathroom

Posted on 26 October 2018 (0)

Bathroom remodeling is the trending task in present days. Many homeowners pay particular attention to bathroom structures. Everyone loves renovating bathrooms more than kitchens. There is money concern also; the space of bathroom is smaller as compared to the kitchen, so typically one will have to spend less for a bathroom renovation project. Moreover, we all want a bathroom, a reflection of our style or status and deliver the comfort we need at the same time.

 

Following are some basic bathroom remodeling tips to aid you in best renovation:

 

  1. Recess outer holdings – To get the classic look within small space, consider built-ins for all external holdings like recessed soap dish holders, medicine cabinets if any, and even sanitary roll holders, etc. It will upturn the space for vast remodeling.

 

  1. Sizing with Color and Lighting – We all want to give a more significant look of a small bathroom; this is possible with the right choice of color and lighting.  Make sure your color palette stays in the white-to-cream color, this color in spectrum aids to give a more significant look. Likewise in lighting, usually we use ceiling fixtures. For the more significant look and vintage look consider lighting around the bathroom mirror in sconces.

 

  1. Dim Lighting & Extra Pieces for Mood – Dimmer switch a simple device will add mood to your bathroom. It’s perfect for late night relaxing baths. It should at the top of your remodeling tips list. For more relaxing mode add extra pieces to give an appealing look to your bathroom like a cute cupboard with vibrant color, a beautiful chair in a corner, the freestanding section as a design element, only if space permits.

 

  1. Bath Tub & Commode Position – Make sure a toilet/commode or bathtub should not be positioned as facing the door. This makes the bathroom space messy; set the position at sides and far from the door, also get the rounded rod of the shower, to give a quirky look of the bathroom.

 

  1. Wall Protection and Beautification – The decorative beading has two great functions or benefits. First, it provides a distinctive antique look, and it is so easy to add during remodeling. Secondly, it is helpful in protecting the lower section of the walls from splashes of water that occur from tub and shower naturally.

 

  1. Fixtures makeover with Paint – During bathroom remodeling make sure to change the fixtures according to the paint color selection. If you want the soothing appealing look of the bathroom, then take time to think over the fixtures selection. It should be either matching to present color or in contrast of same.

 

  1. Plan for shower storage – In case you have a separate shower section in place of a bathtub then plan storage in the shower. This will not only build up space around but will also give a modish look. Placing all body foams and gels in the area under shower will also make bath easier without much mess.

 

So, through careful planning and choosing the right design, paint, lighting, and structure, you can have it all.  The tips as mentioned above could turn your bathroom remodeling dream into reality.

 

 

Refurbish Your Window Shutters

Posted on 05 May 2018 (0)

If you are looking to paint your shutters, removing them can be a little tricky. Special fasteners are used for most shutters, they look like screws but they can’t actually be removed using a screwdriver or standard drill.  I recently helped my cousin refurbish his home, including his windows and shutters and trim.  He did all his own interior and exterior painting, which only makes sense, as he is the owner of a local painting company (Mesa Painting Pros).  Here are the steps we took to replace the window shutters on his stucco home.  And, there is a short video below that we used to paint them. 

Removing shutters

  1.      Inspect the shutters’ face to know where fasteners are located.
  2.      Use a screwdriver or a drill to attempt to remove the fasteners. Remove all the screws and bring down the shutters.
  3.      If standard screws weren’t used for your shutters, pull the edge of your shutter away from the wall so you’ll easily identify where the fastener passes into the wall.
  4.      Place a sharp chisel behind the shutter and tap it in sharply with your hammer to break the fasteners into half. Do the same for all fasteners, then you bring the shutters down.

 

 

Painting the shutters

  1.  Carefully check for wasps or other insects
  2.  Clean the shutters
  3.  Scrape any loose paint
  4.  Determine if a coat of primer need to be added
  5.  It is recommended not to paint in a color darker than the existing color
  6.  Use a 100% acrylic paint because they are durable, resistant to fading, adhere properly, dry fast and can be washed off the brush with just soap and water
  7.  Mildewcide can be added to the paint if there is a problem of mildew growing on the shutters
  8.   Use a good quality firm brush, do not use a stiff polyester blend brush
  9.   Paint in the shade

Re-installing the shutters

  1.      Place the shutter next to the window
  2.      Using a ¼ in. drill, predrill into the shutter before attaching to the wall
  3.      With the shutter against the wall, drill through the shutter into the surface of the wall 3 ¼ in. deep. Ensure the holes are deep enough as to prevent the shutter fasteners from shooting out. Normally, the fastener will be less than 3 in. long.
  4.      Hold the fastener supporting shank and then push it through the hole in the shutter and then into the surface of the wall. Tap the fastener gently using a hammer. Do not over tighten the hammer because it caused the shutter to dimple.

With these steps, you have successfully removed, painted and re-installed your shutters without breaking too much sweat in the process.

Tips For Installing Crown Molding

Posted on 28 April 2018 (0)

 

Installing crown molding is a pretty much easy thing to do as all you have to do is follow the following steps:

  • What type of crown molding do you intend using? A lot of factors should be considered when making this decision such as where you intend to install the crown molding.
  • Cut the corners of the molding. This is arguably the hardest part of installing a crown molding. Due to the fact that the crown molding’s position is the angle between the wall and the ceiling, the corners can’t be cut anyhow.
  • Measure and mark the wall. Measure the wall to ascertain the length of molding to use. Mark the wall to signal the bottom edge of the molding and prevent errors.
  • Cut the first measured piece. After you might have ascertained the length, cut the molding at a 90-degree angle so that both ends of the molding rest against the side walls.
  • Cope the joint. You want to be sure the moldings cope with each other. This is done by using a coping saw to trim out any lines that prevent them from achieving that coping status.
  • Check the fit. To show any gaps that might need to be trimmed, check the fit of the molding against a scrap piece of molding. The coping saw can also be used here to make sure they fit perfectly.
  • Attach the molding to the wall. Once you are certain you got the right fit, proceed to the wall with the molding. For a molding of length, you are going to need the help of another individual in the holding aspect. Attach the end of the molding to the corner, pushing it to make it fit as perfectly as possible as you try to attach it to the wall.

Once the molding has been successfully attached to the wall, you are done. All that is left is finishing touches; you can decide to make use of little pieces of molding and a gum to cover up openings that might appear between the corners and the moldings.

 

 

 

Installing New Kitchen Cabinets

Posted on 23 April 2018 (0)

Here are some pro tips you’ll need to successfully install cabinets:

  • Mark Up the Wall

A great cabinet installation begins with a good layout. Start your measurement from the highest point in the floor, then draw a line marking up the top of the lower cabinets. Measure 19-1/2 inches from that line and then draw one more line for the base of the upper cabinets. Put a label on the cabinet to identify their locations on the wall. Draw a line straight down to line up the edge of the cabinet that will be installed first.

  • Remove the cabinet shelves, drawers and doors

The next step to take is to remove the shelves, drawers, and doors. This makes the installation process easier and also prevents any form of damage during installation.

  • Start with the upper cabinets

It’s easier to hang the upper cabinets first when you’re not hanging over the bottom cabinets. You should rest the upper cabinets on a ledger board— this is to ensure a straight alignment and to nullify the frustration and stress of holding the cabinets in position while screwing them to the wall.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Clamp, Drill, then Fasten

When connecting a cabinet to another, align the face frames, and then clamp them together. The two cabinets should be properly fastened to the wall at this stage, but you will probably have to loosen one cabinet or another to get the face frames to align perfectly.

Hand-screw clamps don’t flex, and the lesser the flex, the tighter the grip.

Pre-drill a 1/8 inch hole before you screw them together using a 2-1/2 inch screw.

Scribe with a block of wood and make use of good screws, preferably R4 screws. Do not use drywall screws.

  • Level the back of the cabinet, then level the sides using shims.

If you don’t want your eggs rolling off a slanted countertop, then it’s important you carry out this step.

  • Secure the cabinets to the floor using 2X2s

Firstly trace an outline of the cabinets on the floor and then screw 2×2 woods to the floor about 1/2 in. on the inside of the line so as to account for the cabinets’ thickness. Anchor the cabinets to the 2x2s using good screws. If need be, you can place flooring blocks beneath the 2x2s.

If you are planning to tile the kitchen after installing the cabinets, raise the cabinets off the floor.

  • Cut oversize holes

Cutting the exact hole size for drain pipes isn’t advisable. Larger holes allow for sliding the cabinets easily.

Four Signs you need a Flat Roof Repair

Posted on 17 April 2018 (0)

Despite being one of the most important and valuable parts of a house, the roof is often neglected and ignored until when a serious problem is discovered. As a homeowner, you should realize that this is the part that protects your family, valuables, possessions, and the entire property from the elements. You should keep up with regular maintenance and inspect your commercial or residential flat roof so you can determine potential problems and fix them.

It’s important to know how to identify or rather spot different problems that are likely to occur on your flat roof over time. This will help you know when to contact a roofing contractor to help make the necessary repairs. Be sure to hire a roofing contractor who’s not only licensed and insured but is up to date with the new codes in your local area. If you see any of the following five signs on your flat roof, it’s time to contact a trusted roofing professional for repairs.

Extensive Pooling of Water

One of the issues you’ll face with your flat roof is pooling of water. The fact that you have a flat roof doesn’t mean it is okay when water pools on it. Any signs of water pooling on your roof, at least on a regular basis, should alert you to have it checked and repaired. At times, the solution to this problem could be to have your roof replaced. However, a professional roofer can use some specialized products to add a pitch to your commercial or residential flat roof to stop water from pooling. The extent of damage is what determines whether to repair or replace the roof.

Rips and Tears in the Roofing Material and/or seams

Tears and holes are common on flat roofs. You’ll notice this problem along seams in your roofing, especially where pieces of roofing materials were joined together. Whether to replace the entire flat roof or repair it depends on the extent of the damage. Large, extensive rips and tears may require replacing the entire roof while a slight damage may only require repair.

Decaying Underlay

If your underlay is worn out, the only way to fix it is to have it replaced. Remember the underlay works together with the tiles to protect your structure by preventing water from seeping into your home. While a tear in your roof’s underlay can be easy to fix, a decayed or worn out underlay needs replacing. Well, you may need to install a new roof when replacing the underlay since you must remove the tiles first.

Mold Growth

Mold grows and thrives in moist and dark environments. In most cases, mold will grow on your flat roof as a result of pooling. If you notice large amounts of mold on the outside of your commercial or residential flat roof, it’s time to have your roof treated using the right chemicals. This may also mean fixing the pooling problem so water can flow off your roof. If not fixed, the mold can force the tiles apart thereby causing water to leak into your house.

Other signs include a leaking flat roof, tears in the membrane, broken shingles, and blisters on the surface of your roof (for a tar and gravel roof). Don’t ignore a simple flat roof repair as it may get out of hand and lead to a complete roof replacement.