Repairs, Improvements, Upgrades And Resale

The approach of spring typically encourages owners to start considering dwelling improvements and repairs. GmaGoldie, I really liked this text and photos and concepts, I have been in the building industry for over twenty years doing framing, cabinetry, and inside trim, so once I decided to rework my own residence I addes two bay home windows , one in the dinning room for the additional lighting effect and a much bigger one in main bedroom for the additional gentle and storage beneath the seating , they make a wonderful adddition to any residence.

Additionally, as we talked about if the replacement window matches in measurement, the fee is much much less and if the foundation is already there and you may forgo the added cost of the cable to support the bay window – all of those play an essential role in your home improvement price range.

Alternatively, reworking a kitchen, adding a few rooms, building a garage or installing a swimming pool can be classed as improvements. His design is known as a two-bay bow tie antenna with a reflector. Tremendous Sports” for instance has made some huge cash from making these matches accessible to people on account of improvement on this planet of know-how, by sending signals of the football leagues performed by way of cables.

Many individuals neglect to truly put together their homes for the winter season, and consequently, they pay for it massive time in sky rocketed utility payments. Finally, I ought to add that Kyra was the skeptic who bought lots of us to think twice about what Esther and Jerry had been saying.

For ours, it was $25 further for each window – very expensive however the colour of the home demanded that added expense which within the overall scene of issues was …

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Karl Lohnes: Easy bathroom upgrades so you can pamper yourself

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I love the trend of small round penny tiles. They add a graphic element, especially when the grout is different from the colour of the tile, and pay homage to the classic water-closet tile. Make it modern and fresh by using it with a punchy colour (like fun pool blue) or black to add drama.

Want to add wallpaper? Textured vinyl is super-hot in prints of stone and marble look. And don’t forget the ceiling: wallpapering the ‘fifth-wall’ can make a tall room feel more intimate for that spa-like experience.

White grout will give penny tiles a traditional feel, while dark grey or black grout will lend a modern edge. Hudson Penny Round Matte Black Porcelain Mosaic Tile, $15.98 /sft., homedepot.ca
White grout will give penny tiles a traditional feel, while dark grey or black grout will lend a modern edge. Hudson Penny Round Matte Black Porcelain Mosaic Tile, $15.98 /sft., homedepot.ca

Add a little tech

Technology has infiltrated every area of our homes and the bathroom is no exemption. Look for mirrors with built-in lighting or hidden television monitors to create a streamlined look. You’ll also want to incorporate sound into the bathroom with built-in speakers hidden in the exhaust fan — perfect for a relaxing bath. Or energize yourself with your favourite dance music playing from a shower head that is also part waterproof speaker.

Of course, micro technology gadgets can make life easier, too: auto-pump soap dispensers, weight scales that talk to you (not sure I need that kind of pep-talk these days), and sensor taps all make life easier … and if you get lonely in the bath, you can always talk to Siri.

Listen to your favourite music while showering. Moxie 2.0 Showerhead with Wireless Speaker (shown in Oil-Rubbed Bronze), $393, homedepot.ca
Listen to your favourite music while showering. Moxie 2.0 Showerhead with Wireless Speaker (shown in Oil-Rubbed Bronze), $393, homedepot.ca

Do you have a decor dilemma or want to give feedback? You can contact Karl on Instagram at Karl Lohnes.

Karl has worked as a home decor expert and product designer

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21 Home Upgrades That You Can Do Yourself for $50 or Less

Are you dreaming of improving your home, but you don’t have the budget to do major remodeling? If so, there’s still plenty you can do to scratch the home-improvement itch — and make your home look great.

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Here are some cheap ways to spruce up your home for $50 or less.

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1. Paint the front door

Painting your whole house? That’s an expensive project that takes time. On the other hand, painting the front door gives your house a fresh, new look in one afternoon. Choose a fun, contrasting color, and don’t agonize too much over it. If you decide you don’t like the new color, paint the door again next summer or next month.

If you want to try out a few colors before committing, Home Depot offers you free delivery of paint samples, with thousands to choose from. 

In total, the project — including painter’s tape, a good paintbrush, a quart of primer and a quart of exterior paint in your favorite color — should run you less than $50.

2. Add a bird feeder

Add a bird feeder for your feathered friends to visit near a kitchen or living room window. You will find a range of options and price points. Amazon sells one by Perky-Pet that promises anti-squirrel features — and that is key. After all, if left to their own devices, squirrels will consume all your bird feed.

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3. Add path lighting

Add a little romance to your sidewalk or garden path with some solar-powered lights, and make the walkway safer for visitors in the evenings. You can find path lighting at Amazon.

4. Replace the porch light

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The Property Brothers Show Off Their Grandest Kitchen Upgrades

“Property Brothers” stars Drew and Jonathan Scott are at it again! On this season of “Brother vs. Brother,” they’re competing to see who can renovate the better home in Los Angeles. And in the latest episode, they’re facing off over (arguably) the most important part of the house: the kitchen.

In the episode “A Tale of Two Kitchens,” a lot is on the line. Drew hasn’t won a single kitchen challenge in all six seasons of “Brother vs. Brother,” so he’s determined to get lucky with No. 7.

However, his plans may be dashed since Jonathan has plans for some show-stopping features, including a custom barrel ceiling and double kitchen islands.

It’s up to judges Maureen McCormick and Dan Vickery from the HGTV show “Frozen in Time” to decide which brother’s kitchen and dining space is better—and they have a tough decision to make.

Read on to find out how Drew preserves the history of his home, and how Jonathan creates character in his. Who knows, you might see some design ideas you’ll be inspired to try in your own home.

Bring attention to your ceiling

This barrel ceiling is cleverly crafted with false brick panels.


Jonathan’s kitchen and dining area starts out looking pretty bare-bones, so the pressure is on to add style and character. Of course, he comes through, starting with a stunning new ceiling.

Jonathan knows Drew has a barrel ceiling in his house, so he decides to one-up him with a barrel ceiling (with four barrels) that’s decorated with brick veneer panels.

While Jonathan first tries to get the brick look with a printed wallpaper, he realizes he’ll need to step it up to beat Drew. So he gets the panels custom-made from a shop that

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The Top Ten Tips for Home Upgrades

Are you planning on doing some upgrades to your current home or a home you just purchased? Here are ten tips and tricks to improve the chances you’ll be delighted when you move back in.

Resale. Even if you’re planning to stay in the home, think of the next owner. Making sure your upgrades add resale value will give you all the options. Think kitchen upgrades, opening up spaces, adding a deck, installing hardwood floors, and upgrading windows.

Planning. Spend plenty of time planning what you want. Go to IKEA to look at storage options and spaces and go online to Houzz to look at ideas. Get your planner or contractor to show you exactly what the upgrades will look like in 3D. You don’t want to get to the end of the work and say, “Ah, I wish I had… “

Contractor. Pick carefully and get three bids. Talk to their clients and tour their work. Ask for their insurance certificate.

Contract. Get a detailed contract and go through it with a fine-tooth comb. A general idea of the work and a handshake won’t do it unless you don’t care what you end up with.

Plan for a few surprises. Surprises are inevitable, but they should be minimal if you did your planning. Set some extra money aside for them – 10% of your remodel budget. If you don’t need to use it, great.

Don’t buy your own materials. If you think you’re going to save money by specifying and buying your own materials, you may be sorry. Contractors don’t like the practice, and they are better at choosing and negotiating than homeowners. Don’t worry; they will allow you to make all the choices but let them handle the transactions and the warranty.

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