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Monthly Archives: July 2018

Inspirational Wainscoting

Wainscoting can vary in height from 36 inches from the floor to 48 from the floor, basically depending on your ceiling height. You don’t want to go too tall, leave the majority of the sheet rock above the top of the wainscoting. Covering a little over a third of your wall from the bottom up usually gives you the perfect amount for the supportive structure look.

A simple chair rail piece is simply not enough to give the effect. Adding a 6 inch or 8 inch baseboard and changing the paint color between the two to a heavier darker color is relatively inexpensive, but delivers a very drastic upgrade. Depending on your choice of paint color this can take on a wide variety of visual appeal.

While there are quiet a few to choose from a preferred #luxury inspired wainscot is the heavier style 8 inch tall base boards and ½ plywood for the wall between the bottom and top piece. Staining of all the wood will definitely take the level of #luxury up about 10 notches incorporating judges panels will put the icing on the cake.

The style we like to call #Southern Living is where the base boards are A 8 inch square top base and a 4 inch top chair rail, but between the two spacing wood strips at 12 to 16 inches running vertical really brings out the country look. A lot of exterior southern #home styles have this type #woodwork, hence the name. This type also really looks superb with the adjoining rooms incorporating some ship lap type walls!

Basic Home Maintenance

1. Resealing: Nearly every driveway, uses some sort of paved surface, and most rely on blacktop, because it works well, and is relatively, cost – effective. This tar – based, surface, is what, nearly every road, uses. Because of weather changes, chemicals (such as salt, etc), we generally witness, a degree of wear – and – tear, which begins with slight cracks, and irregularities. Rather than let this go, and hope for the best, or try to ignore it, an effective, cost – efficient way, to proceed, is to seal, this area, on a regular basis. In areas, where there is a significant difference in weather, and temperatures, on a seasonal basis, especially, doing this in the fall, will often prevent further damage, etc!

2. Leaves: Commit to regularly clearing, and removing leaves, both, from ground surfaces, including gardens, lawns, and other surfaces, as well as from roof areas, including leaders, and gutters! Doing so, significantly reduces greater challenges, and potential expenses, such as deterioration, and damage to leaders and gutters. Depending on one’s comfort level, this can be done, by the homeowner, himself, or, by hiring someone, to do it for you!

3. Paint chips: Whether on the inside, or the exterior of a house, addressing paint issues, sooner, rather than later, is the most cost – effective, approach! When there are exterior, paint – chips, scrape and repaint, before it gets worse!

4. Clear drains: If you hope to avoid ground water, issues, it’s important to, commit to clearing the exterior drains, so they can do their job, as designed. Remove leaves, and other obstructions and/ or impediments, so you aren’t faced with unwanted flooding, or excessive, avoidable icing, etc.

5. Seal windows and doors: Is air leaking from below, beneath, or the side of exterior doors, etc? Are your windows keeping the cold out? Paying some attention to this, and using items, such as caulk, door – sweeps, etc, will save energy costs, and keep your house, far more comfortable.

DIY Murphy Beds

Piston mechanisms are used to operate them by using two of them. The less common use air pressure to raise and support in order to lower the bed frame. It has the ability to lock when the bed is vertical up hidden in the wall. This lock is a safety feature, however a very accurate installation must be achieved. Old traditional Murphy bed systems use steel springs. Springs are the only mechanism that the Murphy beds should use because they are heavy duty and bring measured balance. These make the lifting and lowering of your wall bed lightweight.

So let’s talk about the benefits of owning a Murphy bed. To name a few:

  • More space available instantly for your bedroom
  • More free floor area
  • Different decor for your room
  • Choose from different styles – horizontal or vertical
  • Simplify your life, less time making up the bed
  • Many options such as, bedrooms, den, living room, tiny houses, guest houses, vacation homes, rental homes, shipping container homes, houseboats, cottages, etc.

Save lots of money by building your own Murphy bed. A ready to install Murphy bed could be more than $2,000 easily. On the other hand, a DIY Murphy bed is going through the trouble of building it, but many people are very handy and have a talent doing these kind of projects. There are hardware kits that might be found for $500 approximately, but others that include the wood and hardware could be around $1,000. So there is a variety of options and prices.

Some people have the money to do it full blast custom made, but many others prefer to make it happen on their own while saving plenty of money to use for other needs. Don’t be frightened by the wood work as you can have these cut to the required measurements by your local hardware and lumberyard store. The same construction details that go into a twin, double/full or queen size Murphy bed are identical except for the sizes. Funny to say, that no matter what the size is, you will find the cost for any of the sizes to be the same.

One of the best options is that they are available in a vertical or horizontal setup. Very convenient for planning well the available floor space that is available.

Picture the place to install your Murphy bed, whether in a room or in a living room inside a tiny house and enjoy the comfort and great space saving setup. Underneath your Murphy bed you can also install a desk shelf that will appear as you close up your bed into the wall and have a working desk, then add a chair and you’re good to go with another advantage and now you’ll have a double-duty bed and desk.

There are many ideas and images you can look up by using Google images and trigger your thoughts as to a variety of things you will be able to do by using a Murphy bed.

Interior Colours

As you start to research the many themes and look that will sit well with your personal style, have an idea of what you are inspiring to achieve and work your way through each individual rooms and decide if you are going to blend the elements or have each room play out a different story. Colours are all about bringing life to an environment so choose from the thousands of colour options available when shopping for paint and always seek the expert advice of your friendly colour consultants and sales people.

When setting up your space what do you consider as the easiest option when cleaning up and tidying up after a project? Do you use a bucket of soap and water or do you chuck everything in the bin? By the use of the right cleaning agent, you will prolong your brush life span so that it is not an additional cost on your next DIY and how can you save money when buying your resources? Colour mixing is a great way to cut cost as combining two shades can give you a completely different feel for your next room. If you have three areas you want to work with then it will be much more cost effective to get creative and combine the two remaining paint!

Once you start learning about colours and how to identify their variations, how to avoid common problems and equip yourself with correct gear and tools, it will be easier to do it every year when redecorating and you only need to learn these steps in the beginning and as you become more in tune with your colour preference you will be able to show off your skills at dinner talks. A few themes that are popular today are your sleek and minimalist look, bohemian styles and many others depending on your personal touch. So enjoy painting and I hope your walls will reflect the best in you by the end of your new project.