“I like my money right where I can see it…hanging inside my closet,” says Sara Jessica Parker. In new house construction, money hanging inside your closet starts with taking advantage of the structure contractors storage allowance. Shelving and closet allowances tend to be overlooked and after that added being an afterthought causing financial and emotional stress on the property buyer. How difficult would it be to advance in a home without shelving or hanging capabilities in the closets or pantries? Important steps to consider are: 1) engage with your builder regarding all storage space requests; 2) enquire about the allowance for storage spaces, and 3) discuss the different storage options including builder preferences.
Discuss using your builder any special requests you will probably have for all your storage areas for example drawers inside the closets, pull-outs or baskets inside the pantry and extra shelving inside the garage. By adding all the special details and order inside the beginning stage of construction your entire project will run more smoothly and it is more affordable by eliminating last-minute decisions.
Before the designated time for you to finish the storage areas, it is usually smart to ask the builder or contractor what type of goods are being budgeted on your project. Since there are many storage variations and numbers of quality to think about, the builder may have a preference. Often the contractor will select the lowest-priced storage option. To get essentially the most bang on your buck, it is essential to communicate in your contractor your requests so that you can adequately meet your storage needs.
If you happen to be unsure about your storage needs or perhaps the cost of the special details you are considering, it would be useful to consult a specialist closet and storage designer. These professionals are … Read the rest
My cellular phone is capable of every little thing,
from GPS directions to star-charting, digital pictures, video…. and today my
iPhone actually predicts me.
So why can’t Americans build re-build stronger/better
homes so they can survive the storms, floods, mold wood rot, etc. If the
climate is getting worse every decade why aren’t the house construction
techniques keeping up?
Remember the story of The Three Little Pigs? The crew
of pigs built house # 1 beyond straw, house # 2 beyond sticks, then on house #
3 they used bricks – looking to outsmart the big bad wolf who kept destroying
their houses. We could all learn something from those 3 little piggies- which
is it pays off eventually to look at time to make a house right.
Some in the homes built after Hurricane Katrina where
created to withstand higher wind loads and to be more mold resistant which is s
good start. When you live along the coast why aren’t house already built to
withstand category 5 storms and on some kind of pilings to hold the structure
off grade level and outside the damaging water? This could be building smart.
Building homes in relationship for the specific region
and climate will be another smart move to make. Home construction will not be
“one size fits all”. In low flood plain or areas prone to flooding,
how come we building homes with basements that aren’t properly drained or
protected from the ceaseless moisture? Seems in my experience it might make
more sense not to develop a house with basements in areas that flood regularly.
In regions that fire wildfires are regular along with frequent droughts, why
aren’t we building fireproof homes and earn it part of the International Residential
Building Code to have all building material fire resistant?… Read the rest
The classic home style is one of the most difficult (and potentially
expensive) styles to achieve in home decor because it relies on creating
formal, symmetrical, elegant spaces using quality decoration, furniture and
accessories. This style draws a little inspiration from history and this is not
the history of poor farm laborers or factories, but the style of the
aristocrats and industry leaders at that time. Because it costs.
The classical style, of course, is more easily achieved in large rooms
with high ceilings by lending themselves to fine furnishings and architectural
details. Here are some elements to consider in achieving this style.
In the classic style, the quality of each element is important.
Furnishings will generally be heavy and made of wood and may be intricately
carved. Curtains and window nets must be in a formal style and heavy fabrics
and other soft furniture must be in luxury fabrics such as silk or thick cotton
damask. Solid wood floors with expensive oriental area carpets will help
achieve a classic look on the floor.
If you have some original antique furniture then this will elevate your
room and help your classic look. If it is worn out it can be returned to its
Classic rooms are normally symmetrical in arrangement so you might have
a hall table with two matching lamps, a bed with two matching bedside tables
and a living room with two chairs, one on either side of the fireplace! You can
of course have different non-matching elements in a room but it is important
that they are all in proportion to each other. So you would not have a giant
slouchy sofa to go with two upright formal fireside chairs for example.
If your house is lacking this you … Read the rest
Spanish design is about
highlighting great architectural elements. Unusual for California, Texas and
Southwestern, Spanish-style houses are usually made of stucco with heavy wood
trim and red clay tile roofs, have large terraces and open windows and support
arches over a square design. The front door is often more than a porch into a
small yard, as opposed to opening right into the house.
An important element of Spanish
home design is the seamless integration between inner and outer space. Floor
plans are usually open to a large outdoor area with French doors and arches
designed to allow abundant natural light. These outdoor spaces are meant to be
inhabited as an extension of the house. Many designs will be centered on the
main page, which was originally intended to offer the Spanish aristocracy a
private garden protected from public view. This protected and intimate space is
perfect for relaxing and entertaining on warm summer nights.
Distressed wood is very important
for the Spanish style. The most traditional flooring choices in Spanish-style
houses are hardwood and full carpeted rooms are rarely found. Terracotta tiles
are another popular choice of flooring material, especially if it has a rather
rough texture or a pressed surface. Sometimes bright tile accents in the
corners or the center of the engraved tile are added for more drama and color.
Adding hand-painted tiles to the kitchen table or backsplash is another great
way to combine Spanish colors and designs.
Interior walls are generally
finished with stucco textures in warm earth colors such as taupe, burning
orange, brown chocolate, and mustard greens. Warm poppy red, cobalt blue, olive
green and golden yellow are popular accent colors that bring a Mediterranean
feel to your home. Design elements such as earthenware vases, jars, and bowls
in unique shapes can make … Read the rest
Getting the best funeral home services is the first thing
that comes to mind after knowing the immediate loss of a relative or family
friend. This is a critical decision especially if the person who passed away
does not have a funeral plan at the time of his passing.
Who Will Benefit The Most?
In this time of mourning, the family of the departed is the
one who will benefit the most as soon as they know the lineup of services that
will be executed throughout the wake. This will save money as they already have
planned activities to implement. The family can give their full attention on
their deceased loved one as soon as they are aware that someone is already
taking care of all the needed accommodations for the wake.
What Are The Common Funeral Services?
If the person who died was in another country, most funeral
home websites inform their clients that they can take care of the arrangements
needed for the transfer of the body to the home country. This provides huge
assistance for the surviving family in making sure that they will provide their
deceased loved one the immediate care that they deserve.
The funeral director can also inform the surviving family’s
relatives and friend’s details about the wake and what they can do to extend
their sympathies. This service also extends to contacting the proper
authorities as needed. By doing so, this frees the family for having to go
through all the troubles of handling these formalities. After all, they are
already grieving, so might as well give them some slack.
They can also assist the family in getting the necessary
document and paperwork like death and insurance certificates and benefits
processing. They can also prepare and submit an obituary in behalf … Read the rest