Archive for April, 2011

Benefits of Siding

There are various times that homeowners need to take a look at doing some outdoor home remodeling. Perhaps the wooden areas are in need of replacement or the outside just needs a general overhaul. Maybe you are thinking of adding another room and are looking for something different for the exterior portions. Siding can be a good choice as it can complement other areas. Whatever you are considering in the way of home remodeling there are several benefits that make home siding a great option.

One of the main reasons designers and homeowners choose home siding over other options is that it is very low maintenance. It is very easy to keep clean and never needs painting. Because the color is sort of built in, it will not begin to peel. Siding will not rot and termites are not the least bit interested in it!

Low maintenance is just one of the many benefits of siding; durability is another. It will usually last 50 years or longer. If there is a need to repair it is very inexpensive to fix. It is also less expensive than stucco, wood or brick when installing or maintaining.

Another benefit is the wide variety of styles in which it is available. There is a huge selection of textures and colors. The assortment of textures makes it easy to match and blend with other housing materials. The many colors ensure that any tone or hue is easily matched. This makes it an excellent choice to replace existing wood gables and shutters. But siding can also be a wise economical choice when adding a room on to the house. It is easy to match existing brick, stucco or wood on the rest of the house.

Home siding is available in four materials: vinyl, steel, wood and aluminum. Each type as key advantages but vinyl is the most popular choice. It adds a layer of insulation to the house as well as helping to reduce utility bills.

Home siding is a valuable choice when doing outside home remodeling. It is less expensive than other materials and very easy to maintain and clean.

Types of Bathroom Flooring

There comes a time for every homeowner to consider several aspects of home remodeling. These considerations will eventually work their way around to the bathrooms. There are many choices including fixtures, storage, painting and lighting. But you will also have to find what you believe to be the best bathroom flooring.

Other remodeling options are pretty easy to find solutions to. There are also many various options for fixtures and indoor lighting for bathrooms. But when it comes to the flooring very careful consideration must be given. For instance, carpet works great in other rooms of the house, but in the bathrooms it can be disastrous. It can get wet and moldy. There’s nothing welcoming about those kinds of trapped odors!

But there are some viable options for bathroom flooring. It is up to you to decide which the best is for you. Tile, laminate and vinyl are the most popular choices for covering bathroom floors. Each of these has their own set of benefits.

Ceramic tiles can look wonderful in the bathroom. It is a super durable choice. Not only will it last as long as the house if it is damaged you only have the expense of changing out the particular tile that is stained or broken. You don’t have to replace the entire floor.

Vinyl flooring is available in tiles or sheets. Sheeting is installed easily and quickly. Vinyl is durable but it will begin to wear out in high traffic areas. The trouble with that is that when it begins to wear down the entire floor will have to be replaced.

Laminate is another alternative in bathroom flooring. It’s been used in home remodeling for years, but not so long for bathrooms. The advantage is that it is much less expensive than ceramic tiling. When it is installed it has a special overlay that will help it be a little softer on the feet and also help alleviate noise.

Laminate and vinyl come in a wide variety of styles and designs. Some styles can look like other types of floors such as wood or stone. But the advantage is that the cleaning and maintenance is much easier!

Lighting for a Modern Kitchen

There are a few ways to brighten up your kitchen, and changing the kitchen lighting is only one of them. Contemporary lighting styles have changed much in recent years along with more modern kitchen design. There are many alternatives to use when remodeling kitchen lighting. Recessed spotlights can be added to help illuminate key work areas. Adding lighting over key kitchen features like a sink or a work island can help lighten up the kitchen. Changing the lighting is a great option, but don’t over look a couple of other choices when considering home remodeling.

When redecorating the kitchen painting the walls a bright, but neutral color can brighten up the entire space. Choose a solid taupe, white or other pale tones which will help the room seem much brighter. Use bold and warm colors to accent.

Changing the kitchen countertop by selecting one that will reflect light will help lighten the kitchen. One of the newest choices in modern kitchen design is stainless steel. Not only is it easy to clean and maintain as a countertop, but it will tend to reflect light upwards which will make the kitchen area much brighter. Another choice in countertops is granite. It has a type of glossy shine that will give the same effect. These types of features will add to the quality of your kitchen as well as increase the overall value of the home.

Another way to brighten up the kitchen is by changing the kitchen cabinets. White is one of the more popular colors in modern kitchen design. It works well to use on the cabinet doors. It will improve the light in the area. Taupe, or other neutral colors, on the wall will cause white cabinets to stand out. Using bright and bold colors for fixtures and fittings can be used to add contrast.

If it is possible adding even a small window can lighten the area as well. It can be over the sink or near the door but it can let some natural light in the room. A skylight can be added if a wall window is out of the question. This can save space and add some ventilation.

Best Color for a Modern Kitchen

One of the most important considerations in modern kitchen design is the blend of colors. The desire is always to make people feel welcomed and relaxed. Using fast food colors will give guests and family the sense that they need to eat and run. Developing a warm color theme, however, will achieve the opposite effect. Kitchen guests will feel comfortable and want to drink another cup of coffee, relax and visit awhile. The perfect color combination will use a balanced blend of traditional hues and a splash of modern colors.

When choosing the best colors for kitchen space there are factors to consider rather than just the cook’s favorite blends. Kitchen lighting and flooring must be considered to achieve the desired effects. These are some things that may need to be discussed with contractors so that great colors do not disappear into dark flooring and vice versa.

As a general rule kitchen appliances tend to be silver, white or black. This allows for the use of bright colors on walls, flooring or countertops. Usually, there is not a lot of wall space that will need painting, so it may be the perfect place to add that big splash of bolder colors so that it won’t end up being so intense that it overpowers the rest of the room.
Bolder colors on the walls can be very complementary of dark cabinets. Rich colors like copper, ginger and even gold tones can be a winning combination.

Modern kitchen design typically uses a three color combination to achieve the desired effect. One color, such as the bold choice, may be used on the wall. The secondary color may be an accent used in the design of kitchen flooring. And the third color will simply be an accent. This accent may be one of the most modern colors that were not used traditionally in kitchen designs. For example, throw in a nice cool pink as an accent when using a conventional rustic décor. It may add just the right touch.

Discuss options with interior designers and don’t be afraid to experiment with some unique color combinations.

Remodeling the Bathroom

Sometimes the most overlooked area in home remodeling can be the bathroom. We think a lot about how we want rooms rearranged, color coordinated and how to maximize the space. We forget that these are all viable options for the bathroom in our home as well. How do you know when it is time to remodel your bathroom?

Sometimes the fixtures will let you know that it is time to consider remodeling. If it’s a struggle to turn the water off and on, the faucets drip or the toilet sways while in use it is time to think about remodeling.

Perhaps it is the poor condition of the walls that first turned your attention toward a full bathroom remodel. Struggling to store all the necessary bathroom items may be what first got your attention. Or it may have been the lack of decent lighting.

Any or all of these can be indications that it is time (or past time) to begin major renovations. The bathroom, just like any type of home remodeling, can be done all at once or a little at a time as finances allow.

For the most part fixtures must not be moved since they are hooked into main water supplies. This makes it difficult to move them. One option if room allows is to keep the water supply where it is and turn the tub a different direction. This allows for minimal movement of hookups but can provide additional room or just change the aesthetics of the room.

If you are tired of the lack of storage in the bathroom areas of your home there may be some easy solutions when remodeling. A top shelving unit can be extended the length of a wall, or a small cabinet can be made into a full closet that extends from ceiling to floor. This can add storage space as well as change the looks of the room.

There can be many signs that it is time to remodel your bathroom. It certainly should not be the most frustrating room in the house. Talk to your contractor to explore options in home remodeling.

Paint Versus Wallpaper

So you’re considering doing some home remodeling projects and it is difficult to decide which the better choice for a particular room is. Would it be better to use wallpaper or to paint it? There are certain advantages as well as disadvantages with either choice.

The advantages of painting are that is it is very easy to do even if it is done through a contractor who does commercial painting. It’s done and over with and ready to enjoy in just a short amount of time. It is a very quick way to instantly make a difference in a room. Using paint can help accentuate fine details and can also cover some of the less appealing parts of a room. Painting is one of the most preferred decisions for quick home remodeling as it is generally the less expensive option as well as being done quickly.

There are some disadvantages of choosing paint too. Even though it is quickly applied, it takes time to dry; the actual length of time required for it to dry will depend on how much oil is used to make the paint. It has to be done perfectly to avoid runs or other marks. Some paints have a “bleeding” quality that makes them very difficult to paint over effectively. Painting has to be done in solid colors, even though some texturing is possible. Painting has to be redone frequently to keep it fresh looking.

Wallpaper has several advantages. The main thing is that it can last as long as 10 to 15 years when it is applied properly. This can make it more effective economically than paint. Since wallpaper is available in a wide variety of prints it can bring character to the room. Wallpaper can help accentuate angles or key features in a room such as a fireplace or built in shelving units.

There are only a couple of disadvantages associated with this option. In areas where there is high humidity the paper can begin to come unglued. It can be more difficult to clean if it gets stained and it is expensive to replace.

Options for Kitchen Flooring

When remodeling and trying to achieve the best available modern kitchen design, kitchen flooring can be one of the most challenging decisions that have to be made. There are several different types of kitchen flooring and you will want to make the best choice that can be made. Of course you will want to consider the type of traffic is most common in the kitchen areas as durability is one of the key issues that must be considered. Durability is important because it is the most traveled room in the house and the flooring must be able to withstand everyone passing through.

Vinyl flooring is one of the easiest types of flooring to install. It is also a surface that tends to be nice on the feet. There are many different patterns from which to choose and it can compliment almost every décor. It is also relatively inexpensive and tough. The downside of vinyl is that it can be easily damaged by water if it is installed as tile pieces. It is also susceptible to stains if spills are not cleaned up immediately. Linoleum is slightly more costly than vinyl but is also an option.

Wood is a beautiful selection, but has more disadvantages than other types of flooring. They are wonderful to look at but much more difficult to care for. They require a lot of maintenance. Wood floors stain way too easily and can be damaged very quickly. They are expensive to purchase and repair.

Laminate is an alternative to natural wood floors. This allows you the look of wood but saves a lot of money. It is also very easy to keep clean. They are durable, don’t fade and resist stains. The only downside to laminate is that if an area gets stained or particularly worn the entire floor must be replaced.

Another great durable choice in kitchen flooring is tile. They are available in ceramic, quarry or porcelain. The wide variety of colors and sizes leave options wide open. Tile is also very durable and if it gets damaged only the tile(s) that is broken has to be replaced. If you purchase tiles with glaze they will be very stain resistant as well.