How to Prep for Stress-free Cleaning After a Home Renovation

A home renovation is typically an extremely messy affair. After having new bedrooms added upstairs to accommodate your growing family, or having your kitchen completely redesigned to suit your lifestyle, construction dust and debris will have settled over the entire space. And not only are they unpleasant, but they can also be harmful to your family and pets.

You don’t want those to linger any longer on your property than they need to, so deep cleaning is in order.

Extensive cleaning would not normally be a part of the contractor’s job. Once the renovation project is complete, and the tools and equipment have been hauled away, it will be up to you to clean up remaining clutter, smudges, debris and dust.

To avoid the stress brought about by cleaning up after your home has been fixed, here are the best things to do.

1. Clear the area

If you want to manage and control what  and how much to clean post-renovation, make sure that you remove anything in your house that is detachable. You should preferably accomplish this before the renovation project starts so that the items don’t unnecessarily collect dust in the process.

Lamps, ornaments, curtains, and the like can collect dust and add more to the must-clean list. Make sure to take them down and put them away or out of the house.

If you are unable to remove them before the renovation, you can at least remove them before you begin the clean-up. This way, you can ensure that you eliminate all dirt and dust by cleaning them separately.

2. Hire a cleaning service

Be honest with yourself. Could you really handle a thorough clean-up after staying on top of the frenzy of activity involved in a home renovation? Why not relax and avoid putting yourself through a fresh bout of stress by opting to hire a house cleaning service instead?

In most cases, you have work, family and many other commitments to attend to. So if you can, don’t shoulder the burden of cleaning the whole house yourself. Get industry experts to do the heavy lifting so you can focus on more important matters.

3. Prepare the essential cleaning tools

If you’re quite determined to do some of the cleaning yourself (perhaps while waiting for the professionals to arrive), then you should be prepared with the right tools so that cleaning can be done more effectively and with less effort.

For efficient cleaning, you’ll be needing the following:

  • Brooms
  • Towels
  • Air Filters
  • Tape
  • Cleaning Fluid
  • Dryer Sheets
  • Vacuum Cleaner
  • Mop

4. Have a strategy

You surely cannot enjoy your newly upgraded home without dealing with the aftermath of the renovation. But on the brighter side, having a good strategy will help you clean quickly and efficiently.

  • Remove large items first

Before you start dusting or sweeping, take all the big items outside of your house first. These include large pieces of furniture, boxes, sheets of metal and pieces of wood.

After the “big mess” is removed, there will be more space in the rooms to be cleaned, you will be less cramped and overwhelmed, and it will be easier to start with smaller cleaning tasks.

  • Clean light fixtures and fans

Don’t even think about tackling the messes on the floor without dealing first with what’s above your head. You should primarily clean any dust-coated light fixtures and fans to prevent dust from landing on clean floors.

By doing so, you do not have to face the consequence of sweeping and mopping the floor all over again because they got dirty.

  • Use a damp cloth

With the amount of debris and sawdust that’s most likely to accumulate on the walls, using a damp cloth will be efficient for removing dust and not spreading it around.

For places that are hard to reach, you can make use of a broomstick or dust mop and secure the cloth over it.

  • Sweep, vacuum, then sweep again

One sweep isn’t enough to make your floor look clean, shiny and new. To get the best results, start by sweeping large debris and thick dust, then vacuum the rest. Follow it up with one more sweep using a dust mop to remove the remaining dirt.

  • Opt for mild cleaners

If the right cleaning tools and damp cloth aren’t enough to get the work done, you will need the help of cleaners and detergents next. Opt for mild and eco-friendly ones to avoid ruining your newly renovated home. You can also stick with water and vinegar if you want something 100% safe and affordable.

5. Review your work from time to time

Dust can take several weeks to settle after the renovation, so make sure to check back and do a brief cleanup every few days. Doing short sessions of light cleaning more frequently will help prevent dust build-up and save you from the hassle of doing a deep clean that takes longer.

You’ll be doing a lot of cleaning, but after you’ve removed all the dirt and dust, you’ll be able to truly enjoy your new, spotless home.

Doing a thorough clean after a home renovation is tough work. But with the right tools, strategy and enough patience, plus the assistance of experienced professionals, in no time you’ll be able to sit back and relax, look around at your beautiful, clean home, and say that it’s all worth it.

                                                                                               

AUTHOR BIO

Mohamed Samad is the Founder & CEO of Matic Services. He started the company in 2016 after a series of small start-ups within the home services sector. Prior to that, Mohamed was Vice President at Greenstone Equity Partners, where he spent 24 months building the UAE business from 2011-2013 with its founder.

A Guide to What Parents Should Do With a Knocked-Out Baby Tooth

Most parents do not worry much about their children’s milk teeth. After all, they will lose them all in a few years. But it is always a big concern when the little one’s tooth gets knocked out because it’s usually due to an accident. In addition to that, a child can easily freak out and wail loudly at the sight and taste of blood from his or her mouth.

To take control of the situation, below is a step-by-step guide below that parents can follow in the case of a knocked-out tooth, as they prepare to take the child to an emergency dental clinic.

1. Stop the bleeding.

To reduce bleeding:

  1. Clean your child’s mouth with cold water for bleeding to cease.
  2. Apply a cold compress on the affected site to control the swelling.
  3. Alternatively, get a piece of sterile gauze. Ask your child to bite down hard on it for a minute or so. The pressure will reduce the blood flow and eventually also cause blood to clot.

Stopping the bleeding first is important because it will be so much easier to replace the tooth in a mouth that’s no longer bleeding. And if your child is crying, seeing the bleeding stop may prompt him or her to calm down as well.

2. Find the knocked out tooth.

You do not do this so your child can get a visit from the tooth fairy. It’s important to find the tooth so you can preserve it properly for “replacement.”

When you find the tooth, be sure to not touch the root to ensure its survival. You want the tooth to still be alive when it’s put back in place.

3. Rinse the tooth if it has dirt on it.

If the tooth landed on the ground and dirt attached to it, clean it right away. Do this by holding it by the crown and dousing it with either milk or saline solution (the cleaning agent for wounds and contact lenses).

There’s no need to wipe the tooth clean after – better keep it wet.

4. Try putting the tooth back in the socket.

This can prove tricky but try anyway. Gently insert the tooth into where it used to be. The gum flap usually can keep it in place.

5. If you can’t replace the tooth in its original location, store the tooth.

Sometimes clotted blood in the socket makes it difficult to put the tooth back in its place.

If this is the case, do the following:

  1. Prepare a small container with milk. Make sure that the amount of milk is enough to submerge the whole tooth.
  2. Ask your child to spit the knocked-out tooth into the container.
  3. Keep the tooth in this container until you get to the dentist.

6. Head to the dentist for the replacement of the knocked-out tooth.

Everything will be completely under control once you get to a children’s dentistry clinic where the dentist can take over. The dentist will not only be able to reattach the tooth with a splint, he will be able to assess the true condition of your child’s mouth as well.

Prompt professional dental treatment is always required in this emergency, for at times, the damage may go beyond the knocked-out tooth. The gums may have sustained an injury as well, and the injury may actually compromise the condition of the permanent tooth that will come out in the same location one day.

It’s crucial to have a good assessment of what happened, so the most appropriate treatment can be carried out. The assessment also helps parents prepare for potential complications to keep an eye on.

Knowing the right things to do in this type of dental emergency can save your child’s tooth and prevent further problems. So, arm yourself with the guide provided here. With this, you can be sure to do the smart thing when you find yourself dealing with such dental emergencies in the future.

 

AUTHOR BIO

Dr. Michael Letham is the owner and dentist at 24/7 Dental and Bayside Smiles. He graduated from Sydney University in 2000 with Honours, receiving the R Morse Withycombe Prize for Proficiency in Clinical Periodontics (gum treatment). Striving to provide a modern, holistic approach to dental care that is tailored to each individual’s requirements, Mike’s focus is on being thorough and meticulous whilst being caring and compassionate.

Top 5 Common House Pests to Look Out For

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Despite what many non-Australians may think, Australia is not the haven for deadly animals that it’s often made out to be. Unlike other countries, we don’t have many large, natural predators. What we do have, however, are several other types of pests that can put your comfort and safety at risk.

They may not have claws, vicious teeth or a venomous bite, but these five pests can cause major destruction to your property and wellbeing when given the chance. Luckily, if you know what sort of common household pests to look out for and how to combat them, you can reduce the overall level of threat to your property.

The following five pests are by no means the only creatures capable of causing a nuisance, but they are the ones most likely to affect Australian homeowners. Keep an eye out for them so that you can minimise potential problems before they escalate.

  • Termites: Did you know that termites don’t sleep? Given their 24-hour schedule, it’s no wonder they can so easily cause thousands of dollars of domestic damage if left untreated. Australia has several varieties of wood and subterranean termites that can affect the health of your home and surrounding property. It’s important to know the warning signs of termites (such as sighting wings, droppings or mud tubes) so that you can exterminate them before structural problems occur.
  • Rats and Mice: Despite popular opinion, not all household pests are insects, as anyone who has dealt with mouse or rat infestations can attest. While quite different in size, both rats and mice are similar vermin that can cause quite a disturbance in your property. Not only will they give you a scare, but they can also chew through electrical wires, ravage your dry goods, leave droppings, transport disease and damage other belongings.  
  • Cockroaches: These insects are durable enough to withstand harsh environmental conditions and even certain pest control methods that would deter intruders. They are attracted to warmth and moisture as well as crumbs and spills, and they typically come out in the dark. Make sure that your food is properly sealed and your rubbish bin lids are on tight to detract these crawly insects from being drawn to your home.
  • Ants: Ants may be small, but they can have a large impact, from carrying disease and eating your food to potentially nesting on your property. Where there is one ant, there is usually a whole colony (but if there’s not, there may be soon). Ants are quite prolific, meaning they may breed within the confines of your home and lead to a much larger problem than you ever anticipated.
  • Bees and Wasps: In Australia, adorning one’s yard with lush gardens and bountiful fruit trees is quite common. What you may not realise is that, despite being beautiful, flowers and fruit plants can be a beckoning call for bees and wasps. If you see swarms of either of these stingers around your property, you should seek help immediately, as it probably means there’s a hive nearby. That being said, bees and wasps can still pose a threat even if they are not in a group. They tend to be quite aggressive; which can pose danger to you and your family.

Knowing which pests pose a threat to you and your home is the first step in combating infestation; The next step is taking appropriate steps to exterminate these creatures if they’re around. If you spot any of these five pests within your property or nearby, seek the help of a local pest control technician to help you get them out and keep them out for good.

Moving in to a New House? Here are Security Tips You Shouldn’t Ignore

So, you have recently moved in to your new house. You are looking around thinking what color your living room walls will be or how you will make your kitchen stylish yet functional. You are already thinking of the artworks you will hang on your walls and where to place your collections.

Decorating may be the fun part of having a new house, a new blank space to work with. But do not ever take for granted the one thing that will keep your home and your loved ones safe and sound: security.

For your sake and your family’s, and for your peace of mind, take note of these home safety tips when moving to a new house.

Change the locks

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This is one of the first things you should do. Whether it is a brand new home or previously owned by someone else. The reason is that you never really know who has keys to your locks—caretakers, workers, realtors, etc. For all you know, a person who is up to no good has access to your new home. Never take that chance. Hire a reliable locksmith to change the locks in your entire home.

Install a security system

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This is one of the best investments you’ll ever make. Times have become more dangerous and a home security system is a necessary expense these days.

Several studies have shown the correlation between a home alarm and reduction in crime. A survey among convicted burglars by the University of California found that 83% of burglars would think twice about breaking into a home with a security system. Another study revealed that at least 43% would discontinue the attempt.

There are many types of security systems that are available in the market, depending on a homeowner’s needs and preferences. DSC security products offer a wide range of alarm systems that are easy to install and offer flexibility with multiple covered zones. Adding motion sensors on your entry and exit points is a must. There are also add-on features that allow you to control your security system remotely, receive real-time alerts, and manage your home wherever you are.

Be secure with lighting

Lighting is an integral part of security. One way of deterring burglars is to install lights on your house’s exterior. As much as possible, install lights before moving in. Burglars want to operate in the dark and lights would surely intimidate them.

Choose lighting that you can set with a timer or can control remotely especially if you are routinely out of your house at a certain time. For all you know, a burglar is recording your routines. It is advisable to keep lights on your doorstep, for example, when you are away to create the impression that someone is home.

There are also motion detector lighting that you can invest in. You can install motion detector flood lights on the front, back, and sides of your home. If the light goes off in the middle of the night, chances are that some burglar tried to break in.

These security lights may be connected to certain security systems for as long as they are compatible with each other.

Ensure integrity of doors, windows

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Add a layer of security to your home by ensuring the integrity of your doors. Are they strong enough to frustrate burglars? Check locks and jams, too. Make it harder for criminals to enter your home.

Another helpful move-in tip is to check your windows. These days, sliding glass windows are very in demand. They do make a house look truly modern and stylish. But evaluate whether the glass is of good quality or whether you need to install grills in your windows. You may also consider installing glass break detectors that notifies when someone tries to break your window.

Check your neighborhood

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Like when signing a contract or entering into a negotiation, you must perform due diligence when moving in to a new house by checking your new neighborhood. You have probably done this already before deciding to buy the property, but it wouldn’t hurt to take a look around again and maybe even meet new people.

Locate the nearest police and fire stations in your area. This is a good time to also familiarize yourself with the surrounding, and see for yourself whether the neighborhood or community has a good vibe.

Test your detectors

You wouldn’t want to discover that your smoke detectors aren’t working after a fire incident. Before moving in your furniture, test your smoke detectors first. You must also test your carbon monoxide detector, if you have one. In some cases, these detectors can be wired to a security system so that emergency teams may be alerted in case of fire or any other emergency.

Check electrical system, pipes

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Do you even know where your electrical circuit box or fuse is located? Adults in the family must be familiar with it and must at least know how to shut it off in case of an emergency.

You must also check the pipes for rust and leakage to ensure a smooth move-in for the family. You must also learn how to shut it off when you need to do so.

Tried and tested deterrent: Get a dog

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If you think old-fashion crime deterrents such as a guard dog do not work anymore, think again. A 2017 survey revealed that loud barking dogs put off burglars as effectively as security cameras. If you think you are capable enough of taking care of a dog, then maybe this tried-and-tested way to deter burglars should be something you should seriously explore.

By applying these home safety tips, you can be assured that you are going to have a safe and smooth move-in. And most importantly, you can sleep soundly at night knowing your home and your family are safe.

5 Ways to Relax This Weekend

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The weekend is a time to relax. It’s a mini vacation so you can unwind from the stress of work. Even though it’s only two days, you can still relax during the weekend. There are different ways you can do that. Some take this time to read a book. Some go to the park to unwind. Some people go on weekend road trips and others go on binge watching. How about you, what is your way to relax this weekend? If you don’t have any idea, here are five ways to relax that you can try the next weekend.

  1. Family Bonding Time

Bonding with your family is a great way for you to spend your weekend, especially if you’re not always at home because of work. A great way to make an extra memorable family bonding time is going on a small road trip to a local attraction or even just to your favorite ice cream parlor.  Just to be with each other is enough to rejuvenate you after a stressing weekday.

  1. Hang Out With Your Friends

If not with your family, hanging it with your friends is a great way to spend your weekend. During the weekend, it’s a nice way to relax to change your scenery. From being with you usual coworkers, it will be great to be with your friends, especially those you haven’t seen in a while. You can catch up on how’s life has been to each other.

  1. Have a Massage

The weekend is also a great time for you to pamper yourself. The stress from work can wear you down, both mentally and physically. You can relax and release those tensions in your body by getting a massage. Go to your favorite salon and have your favorite masseuse to take care of you. I like to go monthly to the best spa in Charlotte.  Surely, after a nice massage, you will feel better and more relaxed so you can enjoy your weekend well.

  1. Take a Hike

Do you love the outdoors? Are you close to nature? If you are, then taking a hike will be a nice way to spend your weekend. If a trail is around your neighborhood or maybe in the town over, go get your circle of friends for an outdoor adventure. It’s not stressing and though you may get tired a little, it is fun and exciting way to spend your weekend.

  1. Start a New Movie or New Series

With Netflix, Hulu and other streaming services, it’s never been this easy to discover a new TV series, movie or any other show that would fit your entertainment wants. Today, you can just sit down and binge watch a whole season of a show for a few hours. If you want to, you can watch a long series of movies too. You can do all these all the while comfortable and relax in your couch and under the covers.

These are just simple things to help you relax during the weekend. Some without getting out of the comfort of your home while some you need to be outdoors, but they all are easy, quick and effective in de-stressing.  

Should We Choose a Kitten or a Puppy?

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So you are taking a decision on either a kitten or a puppy. Prior to choosing, it is very important to look over the different characteristics, personality, physical attributes, care requirements and time. The physical attributes of kittens and puppies are hearing, sight, coat, eye color, smell, personality and temperature control.

We visited a veterinarian clinic in Weddington, which is by our home to learn more about the differences between puppies and kittens, but ultimately, which one really depends on your personality.

Puppies are color blind in which they can’t see green and red. They have 16 to hertz range of hearing which is far better than a human being. They can be born with specific hair color markings and eye color; however they could change when they grow older. Usually, they have blue eyes which change to brown as they grow up to be an adult.

They shortly develop temperature control. If the puppies are hot they can perspire in their paws, and they want to cool off. Usually, there are two kinds of personalities. Equally to a human being, there is the active, busy as well as self-centered sort. The other sort as you can think is the laid back forgiving form. They need a set schedule for easing themselves and fed two times a day. They need that their caregiver or owner always be around giving need. Puppies require time.

Kittens, on the other hand, are born sightless and cannot see clearly and do not have a functioning or clear eyesight until the 35th day. They are color blind and can’t regulate body heat until they are seven weeks old. Kittens hearing is totally developed at four weeks and sense of smell is refined by three weeks, however, compared to puppies that have 220 million of smell-sensitive cells, kitten only have 67 million. This aspect, puppy wins out. Kitten eye coloring could alter as they grow older; however, this is in the initial couple of weeks. The color of their eyes stays the same as they become an adult. Kittens are very energetic. This is a sign that kitten is fit and well. They require physical activity as well as enough space to develop properly. They need physical touch for warmth and to establish a hierarchy in the family. The more you intermingle with your kitten the more you’ll have a happy and active member of your family. After they have been developed to work on its own, you might leave it for longer hours with only a litter box, foods, as well as water, not like dogs or puppies.

To sum up, after comparing the personality, care requirements, physical attributes as well as time in this hectic and busy lifestyle the clear and the best choice is to get a kitten instead of a puppy. We all know that puppies and kittens are adorable, loveable as well as cute as they are small and young; on the other hand, the time factor alone decided which kittens are far better than puppies. Still, it is all up to you to decide which one you should get. This article will just serve as your guide on choosing the best pet. The choice is still yours.

5 Ideas For Turning Your Backyard Into A Tranquil Retreat

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It is quite easy for homeowners to design their indoor space. Regardless of personal style, most homes include some combination of lighting fixtures, vases, throw pillows, some pieces of furniture, wall art, and area rugs that can all be mixed, matched and updated to create a cohesive look and a comfortable vibe. However, not as many homeowners may be spending as much time taking advantage of their outdoor space.

Remember that your outdoor space is more than just a few square feet of balcony space and yard. The opportunities are limitless when it comes to transforming your yard into an excellent outdoor living and recreational space.

Reputable landscaping professionals share some ideas for creating your own backyard retreat.

1. Plant Shrubs and Flowers

Plants can bring yards to life. By strategically placing shrubs, herb gardens, and flower beds, any outdoor area can be transformed into a lively space that is perfect for parties with your family and friends or for meditative personal moments.

Choose plants with a soft color palette. Avoid planting those with hues that are too bright because they can alarm and upset the senses instead of lending to a serene experience. Aside from green plants, you can also go for dark or pale shades, like burgundy leaves instead of red.

Moreover, choose different plant heights, including small shrubs, trees, ground covers, and clumping perennials. Use the taller plants as a backdrop with the small plants in front. Different heights will make your landscape appear softer and more relaxing.

2. Set Up Comfortable Seating

Hard metal furniture without cushions can be less inviting to guests. Instead, opt for chaise longues, cozy chairs, and benches with washable cushioning.

Furthermore, landscape designers recommend adding a small café table with a couple of small chairs. This will create a perfect spot for an elegant and intimate breakfast or an afternoon tea.

3. Add Accessories and Statues

Give your backyard more personality by opting for some garden statues and accessories with character. For instance, you can add elaborated painted birdhouses, large colorful rocks, recycled metal sculptures, and unique planters.

You can also add weatherproof art like garden plaques, plates, and decorative wrought iron.

Similar to your interior spaces, your exteriors should also reflect your personal taste and preferences.

4. Use Water Features

Flowing water has an excellent calming effect. It is for this reason that fountains have existed in sacred spaces and gardens for centuries. Aside from fountains, a simple birdbath, and a small pond with man-made streams, a swimming pool can help you achieve your own backyard oasis.

Pool landscape is crucial when creating a backyard retreat. Swimming pool contractors can build the most suitable pool for you and your family. Even if you have a small backyard, these experts can add a petite pool. All it takes is smart planning, a hint of ingenuity, and enough space to squeeze in a small swimming pool.

These professionals can make the pool seem like an extension of your home, shaping it like a lovely deck that will act as a transitional zone between the pool and the edifice.

But beyond the classic rectangle, there are other options to consider. These include circular pools with semi-circular designs. When these pools are combined with the right canopy and natural stone, the whole scene can mimic the dreamy mood of a tropical retreat.

With some amazing lighting, you can look past the fact that your swimming pool is small. Just like in the fashion industry, curves are sexy in the world of petite pools.

5. Plan Outdoor Lighting

Include outdoor lighting so you can enjoy your yard even after the sun sets. Porch lights can provide ambient lighting as well as illuminate access to your house.

In addition, you can install low-voltage lights and solar-powered accent lights to add interest and drama to your landscape as well as to highlight paths. Make your backyard a magical place after dark by combining different lighting sources.

Be careful in choosing the landscape for your home concept. Indeed, there are plenty of things to think through to improve the appearance of your home’s exterior. Remember that small space is not a hindrance in creating a tranquil backyard. Reputable landscape designers know exactly what must be done to transform your yard into a calming and beautiful oasis.

 

Planning A Bathroom Remodel? 8 Luxury Upgrades To Consider

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The bathroom is typically one of the first areas that homeowners aim to remodel because it is among the first ones to easily show signs of wear and tear. And as design experts say, investing in luxury bathroom updates offers many benefits, regardless of whether you wish to stay in the home for a long time or are planning to sell it in the future.

So if you’re planning on renovating your bathroom, consider adding some of these luxury features. From beautiful tile accents to radiant-heat flooring, these upgrades will only require a reasonable investment.

Here are some bathroom luxury upgrades to consider so you can reap the rewards of a stylish and restful home.

1. Steam Showers

Installing a shower that doubles as a steam shower is the best way to enjoy a spa experience without leaving your home. Custom home builders recommend equipping your shower with a door that will seal tightly on all sides to make it steam-ready.

Moreover, have a vapor barrier installed on wall framing and ceiling to prevent moisture from reaching joists and studs. Outside the shower, a steam generator should be included to heat the water from your water system with an electric heating element.

Having a seat in your shower is also a good idea as this encourages a slower pace while in the area. You can either add a bench made of glass or tile the bench to match your bathroom’s aesthetics.

2. Fine-Looking Tile Accents

Tiles are an affordable luxury bathroom upgrade. Install a backsplash of glass mosaic tile over your vanity to add a bit of sparkle and glamour. If not, you can tile the entire wall of your bathroom. Consider using colored tiles to craft an accent wall without investing in paints and paintbrushes.

3. Radiant-Heat Flooring

Avoid shivering as you step out of the shower with a radiant-heat system installed on your bathroom floor. Luxury home builders can install this under cold materials like stone and ceramic tiles. Add another layer of comfort and style with soft area rugs.

Aside from heating the floor, another cozy idea is to install heated bars where you can hang your towels. This way, you can wrap yourself in warm cloth after a warm shower or bath.

4. Soothing Sounds

It would be more relaxing to listen to your favorite music playlists while rejuvenating. Whether you opt to stash an MP3 player on the shelf or install a sophisticated sound system, music will have a great impact on your mood. It is recommended that you place two speakers in opposite corners to maximize sound quality.

If possible, custom home builders can also install a small TV in your bathroom. This way, you can keep up with the news as you get ready in the morning. Individually designed homes usually feature water-resistant, low-voltage televisions that are meant for areas near water. Just make sure to keep the humidity levels low to protect your television.

5. Freestanding Tubs

A deep soaking tub can wash away stress. You can invest in a whirlpool tub that is roomy and does not strain your muscles if you lean back. Remember, though, that plenty of hot water is required to fill the tub, which can add to both your electric and water bills.

6. Smart Storage

Adding pretty and practical storage will take your bathroom’s aesthetics and functionality to a higher level. Often, your bathroom gets cluttered with grooming products and cosmetics. With smart storage, you can put everything in one place. Combine open and closed storage to add more interest to the room.

7. Skylights

Brighten your bathroom by adding a skylight. The size will depend on your room’s features and proportions. A skylight is a better option than windows if you have limited wall space. Sky windows will offer light and ventilation. Also, its frames can match wall windows.

8. Comfortable Seating

Lastly, a cushioned chair will give you a place to sit down while toweling off or a spot to lean your back and relax for a few minutes. This will also increase the comfort level in your bathroom.

Bathroom remodeling is more than just a trend – it is a necessity. How you want your bathroom to look and feel will depend on your taste and lifestyle. Since a bathroom remodel project will involve different areas of expertise, including construction, electrical, lighting, and plumbing, working with reputable custom home builders is a smart choice.

The work of these experts, such as demolish and build remodeling services, will be backed by a guarantee or warranty, and they will make sure that you get the best value for your money.

 

AUTHOR BIO

Robert Allam is the Finance and Sales Manager for Trendsetter Homes. Through his journey from being a Sales Consultant then Office Manager, to assuming his current role, Robert has seen the company grow and has guided many clients through the process of developing their dream of a unique luxury home.

Basement Renovation Ideas for your Family

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Do you intend to maximize your basement? Often, the basement is the most underestimated space in a house. Some renovations were done, a couple of changes all over the place and you’ll end up improving your living area, and make a cool new addition to the aesthetic of the whole house. Here are 5 basement renovations ideas you can follow:

  • Converting it into a Bar

You always want to throw a party at your home but don’t have a specific space for it? Well, when you have renovated your basement and turn it into a bar, you no longer have to worry about the space. In an isolated portion of your home, no one is about to care how much you drink and party all night with friends and family. Keep it as open and roomy as possible for the dances, together with subtle light from the dance floor for that lively bar ambiance.

  • Using Basement for Additional Bedrooms

Some unexpected visitors turn up! You do not have enough space in your home. But, you sure can provide them with accommodation in a comfortable suite down in your basement. Complete the area with TV and fitted bathroom and it turns out to be a relaxing place to stay in. Sufficient lighting with a sleek functionality makes a great difference.

  • Renovate it into Storage Area

You can renovate your basement into a storage area. Get rid of the junk you’ve been storing for many years now from your living area and store it in the basement. If you have a garage that is filled with old items, you can’t bear to throw away, then a basement storage area is the best. This allows you to free your garage from unwanted stuff for more useful things.

  • Build a Home Office

A lot of people want a calm private area for work. So, what can be better than the basement? Away from any types of distractions and you can concentrate on your job. Nevertheless, make sure it doesn’t turn into a drab little coop for you. You must add bright lighting all over the place to make it look like a real office. Put some nice paintings, photos or posters on the walls and put your work desk beside the window, if there is.  If you do not have the designs skills, you can call in a professional organizer for your basement office.

  • Renovate it into a Playroom

Your little ones complain how you’ll not allow them to play outside due to bad weather or inside the house as they may accidentally break an expensive collectible or ruin the walls. You can renovate the basement into a playroom for your little ones. Private, safe and cozy, they can do no matter what they want in this place.

However, you have to take care of a number of basic things which make the basement into a great office, playroom or bedroom for your family.

Build a good snug bathroom with adequate plumbing and draining, test out the lighting and ensure the electricity is working well, etc. Remember, renovating sounds so easy and lots of adventurous D.I.Y. inclined person set out to carry out the project themselves. However, it is always advisable consult an expert basement contractor for some sound advice.  Nusite Group is basement waterproofing experts in Toronto and can help if you are in the GTA.

In spite of your present circumstances or your personal tastes, basement renovating ideas are almost endless. Find out the use, which suit best your needs as well as research basement design ideas that fit your budget. Select a basement renovation idea that fits the taste and preference of the whole family and compliments the rest of the home.  You can seek professional advice when necessary to make sure that your basement isn’t just inviting but also safe for everyone.

3 Features That Add Life to your Patio

beautiful patio with fireplace

A well-designed outdoor space will help you make the most of every free minute you get during the warm summer months. Fortunately, there are lots of different options available for features that a contractor can install in your backyard to provide more entertainment and life for you, your family and you friends.

Here are three popular features to consider:

Outdoor Fireplace

Interested in adding a bit of light and warmth to your patio? Outdoor fireplaces give a distinct focal point for your backyard and provide a cozy place to spend long summer evenings with friends and family. Both beautiful and functional, an outdoor fireplace can add a touch of class and elegance to a patio, or it can be the center of attention when roasting hot dogs and marshmallows!

Outdoor fireplaces come in many different shapes and styles. You can find a natural stone look that incorporates smoothly into the landscape of your yard – or try a modern design that calls attention to itself. Regardless of what style you choose, you’ll be pleased with the natural warmth that an outdoor fireplace provides.

Outdoor Kitchen

Summertime is meant to be enjoyed outdoors. It’s the perfect time to invite over friends for a fun barbeque on your patio. Take these evenings a step further with your very own outdoor kitchen, with all the accessories and space needed for the perfect meal – right from the initial preparations to when the last crumb disappears.

An outdoor kitchen can be installed by a patio contractor or landscape designer. Once again, there are a way variety of styles available to choose from when you select your grill, chairs, stools, countertops and whatever else you need. The perfect outdoor kitchen setup adds value, interest, and functionality to your backyard.

Pool Cabanas

There are lots of different types of pool structures you can invest in if you want to make your patio more lively. A cabana is a structure with three walls, with one side open facing the pool. It’s the perfect choice for providing some shade for swimmers looking to lounge around on hot summer days. A cabana can also give some privacy, or can simply be a place to enjoy the breezes of summer.

Take the time to plan your backyard patio and to make the most of the available space with the different features available. You’ll thank yourself for it later!

 

Author Byline: Jason Mitchell is the owner and operator of Pool Craft, a full service swimming pool company based in Richmond Hill, Ontario. Pool Craft’s work in designing and installing custom inground swimming pools has earned the company multiple awards and a consistent tide of positive customer reviews.