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Posted by Kathy Foran on 11/22/2015

front doorThe quickest and easiest way to spruce up your house’s exterior appearance is to paint your front door, or even all outside doors. An eye-popping bright red (provided it doesn’t clash with your siding) draws the viewer to a welcoming entryway, and flaws elsewhere may go unnoticed. You may be surprised at how easy and satisfying an hour of work can bring about such a change in your house’s looks. Not a fan of red doors? Other bright colors that contrast with the color of your house will work as well. The colors are endless; just go to a reputable paint store and collect some paint samples and bring them home to try them out in the bright sunshine. You may be surprised how different the colors look in the real light as opposed to artificial light. Just make sure to buy outdoor paint; ask the salesperson for advice if you are not sure. Get all the supplies while you are there: painter’s tape to tape around the windows of the door(s) and knob, small rollers and paint brushes that are suitable for the type of paint you select and a paint tray. Protective gloves will help keep your hands clean and paint free, too. After completing the job, you will be pleased with your work and you can sit back and relax. Just remember to check periodically for peeling and chips. The sun shining brightly on your door can cause fading and peeling. Touch up as needed. If you are tired of the color, it’s quick and relatively easy to change colors. This is a nice way of making your outside doors look clean and attractive.





Posted by Kathy Foran on 2/22/2015

Do the rooms in your home make you feel depressed? Do you feel they need to be completely refurbished? Every home can be transformed with  little touches, making it an abode that you always desires to be in. Here are some tips on how to spruce up your home.  

  • Maintain Simplicity: Some people have the habit of leaving furniture and items they have not used in ages in the home. This clogs the home, making it less desirable. Look around, can you find anything that you have not used in a while? If you have no use for one of your belongings, dispose of it, sell it, or simply give it away.  Simplicity is fundamental to sprucing up your home.
  • Painting: This is the first idea that comes to mind as it is the one improvement that if done right, would transform the look of your home completely. All you need to do is get the right colors. Light blue, cream and peach are great colors that inspire. A little touch here and there would transform the entire home.
  • Replace The Furniture: The home can be given a complete face lift by the total replacement of the upholstery or furniture. Be careful when selecting new furniture or fabric as the colors need to match or blend with the walls and window blinds. If this is done correctly, the room will get a perfectly new and rich look.
  • Flowers: Adding a few plants at strategic locations lights up the home in a manner that can seldom be explained. They add visual appeal, style and allure to the home. Some have an aroma that makes the environment smell pleasant. You can find a great variety of house plants not far from your home. Visit your local nursery, florist, or even  the big box stores. Place the plants throughout your house, in the sitting room, veranda and even the bedrooms. Remember to water them regularly as they are most enjoyable when healthy and vibrant.
  • Wash The Drapes: Depending on the size of the drapes, this could be tedious. However, you would be amazed by how a simple washing can restore brightness to the drapes and add freshness to the room.  Whether you wash the drapes yourself or have them professionally cleaned, it will still be less expensive than purchasing new ones.
Finally, for your home to have the look you desire, you must get the arrangement right. Place furniture in a manner that inspires ones thinking. Do not just place things anywhere for the sake of placing them. There must be a function attached to the positioning of every item. Sprucing up and refreshing your home does not require a huge budget, simple changes can make your home feel more desirable at a minimal expense.





Posted by Kathy Foran on 7/20/2014

If you are looking to increase the living space in your home, the answer might just be right under your feet. Remodeling your basement has the potential of uniquely transforming the look of your home. Although this has a unique set of challenges, with proper planning, it can be achieved. Here are some tips on how to remodel your basement into a functional living space. Make a Family Room The basement is a great place for casual social activities, a perfect spot where the entire family can get together and relax with a board game or a big screen television. Make it inviting and alluring, just like any other room in the home. Some new furniture, a great sound system and excellent lightening would be a great way to start. Include a Bath and Bedroom Adding a bedroom and a bath makes the basement an ideal suite for guests. The dimensions should be determined by who will use it. For a double bed, you will need a minimum of 125 square feet, for twin beds, 150 square feet will serve your needs. When adding a bedroom, be certain there is an emergency exit that leads directly outside.  A professional will need to be consulted in regards to adding a bathroom as specific regulations will apply. Add a Kitchen With a mini kitchen in the basement, entertainment gets easier. This would require access to hot and cold water, electrical outlets, exhaust vents, a small dish washer, under counter refrigerator and anything else that would allow for more comfortable living. Design a Safe and Attractive Staircase In most homes, there is a staircase leading to the basement. When remodeling, take the opportunity to improve the look of this entryway to your new living space. If it is not properly positioned, consider moving it to a better location. Consult with a designer or an architect for guidance on redesigning your stairway. Add Windows Adding windows is great for basements, but this task is better left to the professionals. If this is properly done, it will improve the ventilation, add light, and make it very comfortable. Adding windows may require digging a window well. A retaining wall made of masonry, limestone blocks, or treated landscape timbers should be added to the well. If properly done, it could also serve as an emergency exit. Finish the Walls. The walls of the foundation are usually made of poured concrete and reinforcement materials. Cover the walls with materials of your choice. Plywood, paneling or any material that would make the area more inviting.  For example, covering the walls in the living area with sheets of maple-veneer would add an arts and crafts feel to the room. There are many options and trained professionals that can help you achieve the look you want. Finish The Ceilings Basically, there are three options available to you when remodeling the basement ceilings, leave the pipes and duct work exposed, conceal it with a dry panel or hide everything with a suspended or drop ceiling. Choose Comfortable Flooring In most cases, basement floors are made of concrete, unless plywood sub-flooring has been installed. Concrete works with most floor finish choices like tile, carpet, vinyl and paint. For below grade installation, solid wood flooring is not recommended as it shrinks and expands causing gaps.   However, engineered wood flooring is recommended as it shrinks less.  





Posted by Kathy Foran on 4/27/2014

Selecting the perfect color can be difficult. Using a color wheel is a good idea when trying to come up with a color scheme, or colors with confidence. When using a color wheel remember opposites attract, each one of these opposite colors complement each other. When using complementary colors make sure one color is more subtle than the other. Another way to use the color wheel is to use colors next to each other. These are related colors which create a less contrasting effect. Using the color wheel you can also choose a monochromatic scheme. This is created by taking any one of the 12 color hues on the wheel and repeating it in various shades, tints and tones. Using the color palates base on one basic color gives you the monochromatic effect. Choosing this style can make the process of coming up with a good color scheme in your home a little easier by having one general color in mind. This style helps to create an elegant look for your home because all the colors flow so smoothly together. Incorporating colors into the home can be over whelming for some people. A good way to see what colors work well together is to look at wrapping paper and gift bags. In the gift wrap isle you will see unusual color combinations that you may be able to bring into your home. Your color scheme can also be inspired by simply pulling colors from the furnishing in the room. No matter how you decide on a color scheme don’t be afraid to take a chance. Remember paint is very forgiving it can always be changed if you are unhappy with the results.





Posted by Kathy Foran on 4/7/2013

Updating your home can be costly. So any home improvement that you can do yourself will help save money. An easy update that doesn't cost too much and that you can do yourself is replacing your moulding. Whether you have basic trim, or common colonial style, there are a variety of new looks you can give to your home. To start, you'll need these tools:

  • a miter box or miter saw, for those angle cuts
  • a coping saw, for thin cuts so moulding meets flush to each other
  • finishing nails
  • a hammer, or finish nail gun
  • a nail set to sink nails below the wood surface
  • a tape measure
When making cuts, where the pieces of wood join together will determine what type of cut to make. Mitering allows for to pieces to join, like around the window. Splicing is used for long walls where one piece of wood is not enough. The moulding joins together by creating 2 45 degree angle cuts, cut opposite, creating a scarf joint, which is less noticeable. Coping is used on inside corners, where only 1 piece of wood is cut at a 45 degree angle and butts up against the other piece of wood. Your moulding doesn't have to be just the style bought at the store. Layers varies types of trim can add a more elaborate and dramatic touch. Home improvement stores will often have free booklets that give you ideas. Just remember to choose a style that matches your home. Something too dramatic in a home that is modest may look out of place. And don't forget there is more to moulding than your baseboard and window casing. Chair rails and crown moulding can really transform a room. There are a variety of decorative trims to choose from to add your own personal touch. Moulding tends to be around $1.00 a foot so depending on your room size, whether you layer trims, and if you add on elements such as chair rails, you could redo a room for a couple of hundred dollars. And make a big impact at the same time.