Few things match the luxury of a hot bath or steamy shower on a cold day. However, undressing in a freezing bathroom for that luxury or stepping out afterward onto a cold tile floor isn’t very apealing. Bathrooms can be one of the coldest rooms in the winter because of all of the porcelain, ceramic and metal.
Sure, adding a fuzzy bathroom rug helps, but these won’t take away the chill in the air and they get messy fast. If your cold bathroom leaves you shivering, consider these helpful ways to warm things up.
Install Radiant Flooring
Imagine stepping out of the shower onto warm tile. That is what will happen if you install radiant flooring in your bathroom. Radiant flooring consists of tubing or wires that heat the flooring from underneath.
Flooring materials can be made of almost anything, but ceramic tile is often recommended because it conducts heat well. One of the best things is that radiant flooring won’t just keep your feet from freezing. Since heat rises, it will help keep your whole bathroom warmer. Other benefits to this type of heating include that it is silent and it
This apartment is located on the top-most floor of a building developed in the mid 1960’s. It is located near Venice, in San Dona di Piave. The penthouse studio flat faces a beautiful view of the Piave river in the distance behind the tree-tops. It also has a large terrace with a gorgeous south-easternly view.
The dwelling offers fully upgraded technological programs and are in term with the most up to date power effecienecy standards. This offers both all-season comfort in a wide range of temperatures. It was designed from the get-go to be an open space with the outdoor terrace in mind. In summer or springtime, the terrace turns into an extension of the viewing room, allowing even more breathtaking views of the Piave river.
We can see the interior environment utilizes the natural concrete structure quite well and blends it in with the overall theme of the decor. The colors match well with what one would normally assume to be ugly concrete pillars. The hardwood floors even accentuate the look to make it appear more sharp. Overall, everything blends together to make an absolutely beautiful indoor penthouse.
Windows are typically thought of as just something that a house has, that goes unnoticed in our everyday lives. However, with a little bit of creativity, you can turn your window sill into a fashionable yet functional piece of furniture via some simple interior decorating!
By constructing a boxed in area (that will serve as the frame) beneath a window sill that has enough space, you can then add molding and paint it to match the color of your decor. Next, you can buy a cushion that fits the top of this frame, or if you are even more creative, you can create the cushion yourself!
Not only can you turn the window sill area into a comfortable sofa-type seat, you can even add additional utility by having a storage space underneath it, or even use it as a toy chest for children!
Here are some photo examples of custom window sill cushioned seats that our readers have submitted to us to give you inspiration:
Mark Kujawski is a Force Load Manager with AT&T by day and a DIY furniture builder by night. He’s a veteran homeowner who lives in Pewaukee, WI with his beautiful wife, Michelle, and their two lovely children.
Mark is a busy man with many personal and professional responsibilities, but that doesn’t stop him from doing what he loves, and that’s to build furniture. Woodworking has become one if his beloved hobbies over the years, and he’s here to share his knowledge with homeowners everywhere. See how Mark builds his own furniture and what tips he has for any DIYer.
It typically takes Mark about an hour to make a plan of attack for each piece of furniture he builds. As you’ll see, Mark and his wife are both big fans of the Restoration Hardware style. The kitchen table you see is a take on another piece of furniture he and his wife saw in an online catalogue. Eighteen hours and $150 later, Mark was on his way to applying the finishing touches to his new table.
He builds each and every piece custom to the space it’s going to be displayed. The kitchen table is 54″ in diameter instead of your standard
The value and price of your home varies depending on your location. There’s no right or wrong, I just thought it’d be interesting to see what this price tag gets you based on where you purchase a home.
I searched the country to bring you five homes priced at $300,000, but that differ in style, size and location. I think you’ll find the differences between the homes quite fascinating! Take a look at what we found. I’m curious to hear your thoughts in the comments section below.
Saco, ME (Northeast)
Quick Facts: 3 beds 2.5 baths 1,540 sqft
This single family home located in Saco, ME is a nice size. It’s also just a short distance to nearby beaches and golf courses.
The kitchen has beautiful hardwood floors and matching wood cabinets. The stainless steel appliances and kitchen island make the smaller size not seem so bad.
A quaint but bright sunroom with beautiful green paint and white window trim. This looks like the perfect room for getting lost in a good book!
There’s plenty of room in this backyard for doing just about any sort of activity. It sure is a lot of lawn to take care of, but luckily there’s a nice patio to enjoy after
Organizing kitchen cabinets is not difficult. It takes a little creativity, a lot of determination and a small budget to organize your kitchen cabinets with the best of them.
Just like any kitchen cabinet project, it helps to see what others are doing to solve what seems to be a never-ending problem. See what clever individuals are doing to organize their kitchen cabinets with the nine clever and inexpensive ideas below.
1. Declutter & Throw Away
The first step in any kitchen organizing or storage initiative is to always declutter, throw away and clean. Many of us have those old pans that we have not seen the stove in years, old water bottles we never touch or spices that expired in 2010.
Before you organize your kitchen cabinets, go through all your cabinets and throw out what you don’t need.
2. Look Behind Cabinet Doors
One of the easiest ways to organize your kitchen cabinets is by installing racks, cabinet door mount holders, command hooks or adhesive towel holders. There are plenty of everyday kitchen tools and accessories you can hang on the back of your cabinet doors. Some items include:
Fall weather means lattes, football, apple picking and one of my personal favorites, Halloween. Decorating your home is a fun and festive way to get you in the spirit of the holiday.
Anyone who is a DIYer knows that half the battle is coming up with what project you think you can manageably tackle. Forget the orange plastic pumpkins and artificial cobwebs. These DIY Halloween decorations are spooky, sophisticated and sure to impress.
Grab some spray paint, pumpkins, your creativity and get to work! Use polka dots, patterns and solids to make stylish and flashy pumpkins to display in your home or front porch. As you can see in the image, the upgraded pumpkins turned out fabulous.
A coat of metallic spray will spruce up your stark orange pumpkins in no time for a warm and inviting appearance. Don’t be afraid to layer paint and mix and match colors.
After your pumpkins are done, find your paint supplies and get ready to make some beautiful wine glasses. FolkArt Enamels is a water-based paint that is best for painting glass. It’s available in many colors in just about any craft store. When dried and set, it’s even top-shelf dishwasher safe!
The paint manufactures have spoken and as it currently stands, off-white is the clear frontrunner for winning the color of the year title. While this may excite some of you who are talented interior designers, it may also make others nervous about how they’re going to decorate their home in 2016.
If done right, decorating with a neutral color scheme can bring your home to a whole new level of sophistication. We’re going to make sure you’re prepared for what’s to come in home design, by outlining off-white décor and painting tips for every room in the house.
An off-white or neutral bath is a very classy and sophisticated way to go. You’ll have no trouble finding décor ideas and pieces for a traditional or modern style bathroom using these colors. Incorporate an off-white color scheme by simply using linens, towels, glass canisters, mirror frames, soap dispensers and shower curtains to brighten the space. Start small and build from your accessories.
There are a few different approaches you can take when designing your bath with an off-white color scheme. Either you can leave no stone unturned and design your bath so every single item in the room is off-white, or you can approach
Holiday lighting installation is something many of us look forward to each and every year, but sadly, many homeowners run the risk of hurting themselves or their loved ones as they hang lights throughout the exterior of the home.
There are always safety precautions one should take before hanging holiday lights, but more so, a helpful guide, including tools needed and step-by-step instructions should always be referenced before attempting a new DIY project.
Continue reading to see all you have to know about installing Christmas and holiday lights.
Recommended Tools for Holiday Lighting Installation
Like any home improvement project, there are tools one needs to complete the project and tools one could use to make your lives easier. Below are all the tools you should consider purchasing (or borrowing) before you hang holiday lights.
Christmas or Holiday Lights (LED lights recommended)
Tips on Lighting Materials
You can purchase many of these items at The Home Depot or any local hardware store. Before you go spending, make sure you take an accurate inventory of the materials you already own.
First, check out how many lights you own and the condition of each. If any are cracked, chipped or stray wires are present, throw those away
Moving into a new home is a significant life event that deserves to be celebrated with a housewarming party. Throwing yourself a party right after a move may sound intimidating, but fortunately, you don’t have to wait until your home is magazine-worthy to host one.
Here are nine simple, low-budget projects that can get your home party-ready, long before the last moving box is unpacked.
1. Give Your Home A Deep Cleaning
Help your new home look its best by giving it a thorough cleaning. For starters, remove cobwebs, wipe down woodwork and wash the windows. Then, move on to the floors. Whether your home has carpet, hardwood, tile or a combination of materials, cleaning the floors will freshen it up instantly.
2. Get Organized
If you don’t have time to put all of your things in their place before your party, creative storage solutions can help you tidy up your home quickly and affordably. If moving boxes and miscellaneous items are scattered throughout your home, consider consolidating them into one room and keeping the door closed during the party.
3. Add Personality to the Walls
Don’t stress out by trying to repaint every room in the house before your party. Instead, focus on sprucing up the
There are those of you who remodel based solely on your own interests and others who renovate based on the popular trends in housing. Each side has its pros and cons, but for the purpose of this article, I will focus on the hot housing trends that are sure to be popular in 2016.
Remodeling based on current and future trends vastly improves your odds of recouping the cost you put into the home. While very few projects recoup 100% of the total cost you put into it, some retrieve more than others. Therefore, I analyzed data from the three most recent Remodeling’s Cost Vs. Value reports to find the most ROI-friendly remodeling projects.
If the past three years are any indication, the following 10 home remodeling ideas are sure to remain valuable in 2016.
1. Entry Door Replacement
Surprising to many, but the most valuable remodeling project for the last three years (in terms of cost recovered) has been entry door replacement (steel) and the value is only going up. From 2013 to 2015, the cost recouped was 73%, 97% and 102% respectively.
According to our entry door replacement cost guide, the average cost to replace a front door ranges from $400 to $850.
It’s time for homeowners everywhere to decide what upgrades they’ll be making to their homes in 2016. No matter your taste, it doesn’t hurt to know what the designers and experts are cooking up for us in the coming year. You’ve come to the right place because I’ve got all the home designs, colors and trends that are going to be hot in 2016.
You don’t have to follow the trends exactly, but it’s likely they’ll help enhance and improve the ideas you already have in mind for your home. Keeping your home updated and on trend will not only provide a fresh look for you and your family to enjoy, but it’ll increase the resale value. Enough with the small talk, let’s get down to business. Brace yourself, I’ve got some very interesting and exciting home design and color trends that I just can’t wait to share with you!
Animal & Tropical Prints
Don’t be surprised if you see more jungle themed patterns and designs in 2016. Animal prints are everywhere and they’re fantastic. You might be thinking, what goes best with animal prints? The answer is fun tropical bursts of color and patterns! From your furniture, to your walls and even
Hanging a picture is perhaps the most simple and common DIY home remodeling project. Nonetheless, hanging pictures can go wrong if you don’t have the proper picture hanging hardware or steps needed to hang pictures straight and at the proper height.
Mark and Theresa of MyFixItUpLife are back showing you how to properly hang a picture, no matter how small or large that photo or mirror may be.
Tips for Hanging Pictures
For DIY art, a clip and wire hung over a nail or screw is recommended.
For heavier art, use a picture hanger to accommodate extra weight.
Picture hangers do the least damage to the walls.
Try to hang your picture 60” from the floor.
Use a torpedo level to make sure the picture is straight.
You can use a laser level to make sure pictures are equal heights across the room.
For items heavier than 50 Ibs., use professional picture hangers.
What’s the first thing you see when you walk into any kitchen? The cabinets of course, because they’re eye-level and usually take up a lot of real estate. Installing new cabinets will make a positive impact in your overall kitchen design and it’s a smart upgrade that’ll increase the resale value of your home.
Each year, it’s a good idea to check in with the industry trends to see how your kitchen compares and determine what changes (if any) you want to make to your home. I did some digging and came up with what’s hot in kitchen cabinet design, by highlighting some of the key trends that have the experts talking. I think you’ll be interested in what I found.
Flashy Hardware & Under Cabinet Lighting
If you’re not totally satisfied with the look of your cabinets and know your budget can’t handle a complete remodel, then I suggest considering a hardware upgrade. Switch out your old handles with something a little more contemporary such as a brushed-nickel finish or square knobs in an elegant copper tone. These little details will make a big difference. Replacing your hardware is a cost-effective way to spruce up your cabinets while you save up for
Whether you’re thinking about remodeling your entire bathroom or making a few upgrades, my guess is that the idea of replacing your bathroom countertops has crossed your mind. Homeowners not only want their bathroom counters looking great, but they want to know the durability grade, maintenance requirements and material costs of their favorite picks prior to making a final decision.
I’m not only going to dive deep into what materials are top-rated, but I’ll also cover edges, colors and design styles that are trending. It can’t hurt to just see what’s out there. Who knows? Maybe these recommendations will inspire your next bathroom upgrade!
I’m sure you’re familiar with granite because it gets talked about a lot over the years, but you might not be aware of everything it has to offer. Sure, it’s a little pricier than some of the other choices out there, but I think you’ll see why many homeowners consider this material well worth the investment.
Granite is a popular stone with luxurious qualities. You don’t have to worry about its durability or shelf-life because it’s resistant to stains, water and heat, and it’s known to last years. At the end of the day, it’s a practical countertop material
Tile styles transform and evolve every year, and at some point we all get sick of looking at our old tiles. You’ll be glad to know that there are some hot new designs, styles, colors and shapes entering homes in 2016.
It’s likely you have tile installed somewhere in your house, so it’s good for you to know what features interior designers are endorsing as the latest trends. See below to check out what tile trends are currently making a big splash.
Chevron is having yet another comeback and this time it’s in homes. The design consists of inverted “v” shapes that mold together to form a unique and attractive pattern often used for floors, walls and as an eye-catching backsplash.
The interesting part about chevron is that it’s both a trend and a tradition. What I mean, is that when something’s hot it spreads to homes everywhere very quickly and is sometimes overdone, but at the same time it’s a safe look that won’t go out of style. When the pattern is used properly and sparingly it has a dramatically wonderful aesthetic appeal, as displayed in the image above
Each season industry design experts select a favorite shape and this year
Colors are everywhere, but you might not realize the dramatic impact they can have on your feelings, behaviors and moods. Warm colors include shades of red, orange and yellow. Cool colors include blue, green and violet hues. When you decorate a room with warm colors, it tends to feel cozier. Spending time in this room may create feelings of excitement and vigor. Choosing cool colors for a room will make the space feel larger. When you are in a room decorated in cool colors, you may feel calmer and more relaxed.
Everyone has unique color preferences, often based on personal experiences. The way a person perceives and responds to color is also impacted by culture. People in various cultures have unique associations with different colors. When embarking on a home improvement project, choose colors that fit the purpose of a room. When you want people to feel energized in a room, such as a living room or an office, use warm colors. When you want people to relax in a room, such as a bedroom, use cool colors.
Continue reading to see how you can affect one’s mood based on paint colors.
Height isn’t everything, but it sure is nice to have it when you’re talking about ceilings in your home. Tall interior spaces trigger a sense of grandiose we’re used to seeing in old churches and famous buildings. High ceilings create an open and airy environment to move around and spread out without feeling crammed.
If you’re dealing with small spaces or low ceilings in your house, then you’ve come to the right place. Even if you have high ceilings, maybe you’ve always wished they were just a few inches higher. No matter your situation, I’ll share six techniques and design tricks that’ll allow you to create the illusion of higher ceilings and wide open spaces.
1. Install Transoms
This image is the perfect example of how a transom (window) above a door elongates the doorway and lets in additional light. Transoms can also be installed above other windows to create the same effect.
The extra light you get with transoms will make your room look bigger and brighter. They’re also very pretty additions to any door or window. Pay attention to your doorways and corridors and dress them up where you can. If you’re someone who doesn’t like the look of transoms, then you
Many people get the deep-cleaning bug each spring, but is spring really the most important time to give your home a complete scrub-down? While you may track plenty of dust into the home in the spring and summer, you spend the most time indoors in the winter months. Trying to keep heat from escaping also means the same stagnate, dirty air recycles through your home all winter long.
Follow these 10 pro deep-cleaning tips to remove dirt from hard-to-reach places, make sure your home is well-maintained and improve indoor air quality this winter.
1. Replace Air Filters & Clean the Furnace
According to the EPA, you should change your HVAC filters at least every three months to ensure your air stays clean. After replacing the filters, soak dusty ventilation covers in a hot water and soap solution. Filters work to pull dust particles out of the air and create cleaner, healthier air for you to breathe. They also keep your floors and furniture from gathering dust, helping keep your home looking its best.
If your gas and electric bills have started to rise, your home is not a consistent temperature in all rooms, or the burner flame on your furnace is yellow instead of
With the holidays just around the corner, homeowners are busy buying those last minute gifts, decorating the house and preparing the home for family and friends. Schedules tend to get more hectic as we get closer to the New Year, but nonetheless, homeowners need to always have home safety at the top of their minds. Whether it is hanging Christmas lights, setting up the tree, cooking a big holiday dinner or leaving for vacation, there are imperative safety precautions we must all take during the holidays.
To ensure our fans keep their homes as safe as possible during the holiday season, we have come up with seven home safety tips all homeowners need to consider. In addition, if you have any home safety tips, please let us know in the comments section below.
1. Turn Christmas Lights Off at Night
I know they look so much better at night and that is the real reason you bought Christmas lights. However, it is not only expensive to leave your Christmas lights on at night, but it is also dangerous for you and your entire family. In addition, you need to turn off the lights you put on your tree as well. The