Eight Little Things Not to Forget When Building a New Home

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Building your own home can be exciting yet nerve racking experience. Paying attention to detail throughout the construction process will help streamline the process and increase your ultimate satisfaction with the home. Here are eight little things not to forget when building your new home.

Ample High Performance Lighting – Be sure to install ample high output energy efficient lighting in high use areas. This rule absolutely applies to kitchens and bathrooms. If installing recessed lighting, be sure to several lights through out the kitchen or bathroom to avoid shadows. Chandeliers, track lighting, fluorescent lights or under cabinet light will all work fine. Just be sure to install plenty of them in high use areas.

Insulate Your Garage – Most builders only install insulation within interior walls of the home that face the outside of the house. Generally, builders do not insulate the exterior walls of your garage. Forget this tip and your garage will be hotter in the summer and colder in the winter. Have your builder insulate the exterior facing walls of your garage before the drywall is installed. Better yet, do it yourself to save some money.

Electrical Outlets Under Eaves – If you like to install lights during the holiday season on your roof line, be sure to install electrical outlets under the eaves to simplify installing the lights. Also be sure to install a switch to turn the lights on or off from inside your home near the front entrance. When you are up on that ladder on a blustery winter day, you will be thankful you can just plug the lights in with minimal extension cords and flip the lights on or off with a switch from inside your home. Speaking of holiday lights, install an outlet near the mantel of your fireplace too.

Double Coaxial Connections in Wall Jacks – Given the popularity of high definition televisions and digital video recorders, be sure to run two coaxial cables into each wall jack where you may want a TIVO or DVR unit. This will allow you to record one show and watch another simultaneously. Forget and you will need to drop that second coaxial line later which can be very tricky after drywall is installed.

Gas Line In Utility Room – Even if you plan to use an electric clothes dryer, it may be prudent to install a gas line into your utility room to allow for a gas clothes dryer in the future. Although gas prices are on the rise, if you have a large family and do many loads of laundry each week it may be cheaper in the long run to use gas. If you do not add a gas line in the utility room, an electric clothes dryer will be your only option.

Seal Your Garage Floor – Consider sealing your garage floor before moving into the home. Concrete sealer is available in do-it-yourself kits that will protects your garage floor from deterioration caused by road salts and prevent stains … Read More

How to Remove an Aftermarket Wood Dash Kit From Your Car

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You’re right to expect that this will be quite a bit of work, but it’s something you can definitely do at home if you have some time and patience. Bottom line, it can get messy and it is time consuming, so there are a few ground rules that we need to set first before you begin this project.

Here’s what you’ll need –
1. Plenty of time
2. Heat gun or hair dryer
3. Goof Off (or similar glue remover)
4. Lots of clean rags
5. Replacement dash trim kit (maybe)

First, the big question. Are you absolutely sure its an aftermarket wood dash kit? These instructions only apply to an aftermarket installed wood dash kit. These type kits are overlays, (usually installed at the local car dealerships) and can be removed with some persuasion. However if you have a factory installed dash kit, and by factory I mean installed at the manufacturing plant level (not the dealership) you can not remove the kit without replacing the entire dash part. The wood will not separate from the dash in this instance. If you are sure its an add-on aftermarket dash kit then we are good to go.

Second, be sure to pick a day when you have a good block of time open because this is not something you can rush. So that means that you need to pick a day that you are off from work, and no doctor or dentist appointments. Also, you need to be prepared to (more than likely) reinstall a replacement dash kit to cover up any markings left by the old kit that you are removing. Sometimes you can get lucky and it wont leave any marks, but most of the time there will be some type of markings such as outlines or discoloration of the dash.

To begin, you’ll want to use a hair dryer and try to heat up the wood dash kit as much as possible. That will soften the glue to some extent, and you can try to start pulling up a corner of the dash piece slowly and lifting it off. and it is important that you really warm it up good or it will be very hard and brittle, making it tougher and more time consuming to remove. I wouldnt use any sharp tools here, though you will be tempted to do so. Try just using your fingers to pull, as anything sharp used will likely damage your dash.

Take your time! Once you get a piece off you will more than likely be left with some glue or adhesive. Warm that up again and try to remove that best as you can without any solvents (just the first step). Then, when you do need some solvent, try a glue remover like goof-off (available at home improvement stores such as Home Depot) but be very careful where you wipe it. If you get that on any of your new surfaces you may get some discoloration. Just be careful … Read More

Kitchen Remodel: Part 15: Breakfast Bar – Part B

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I have built the bar top of the breakfast bar. It is made from khaya, a type of mahogany. The design idea for the bar is that the top surface wraps vertically at the …

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Rustic Home Decor

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Rustic Home Decor

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Primitive Country Decorating – How to Decide Which Wall Treatment Works Best For You

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If you’re ready to begin your primitive country decorating experience with wall treatments, but aren’t sure how to get started, here are some things you ought to know. Knowing more about these 5 high-impact wall treatments is going to help you increase your overall satisfaction and create an area you can’t wait to come home to.

Paint – Whether you’ve decided to paint the majority of the interior of your home or just one room, you need to first decide on the color you want for any particular room. Do you want the simplicity of one solid color or do you want to create a decorative faux finish?

The creative possibilities using paint are endless. For instance you might choose to paint the walls in your room one solid color or you might choose to use only one wall as an accent wall that is of a different color. You also might choose one of a multitude of faux finishes.

Wallpaper and wallpaper border – These days your options for wallpaper and wallpaper border are everywhere. You can go to many local stores to pick up sample catalogs and purchase right from your area. You can also find an unlimited amount of options available to you on the Internet.

With this option you are able to mix and match to your heart’s content. You might also choose to paint and then add some wallpaper border. Some people prefer to put the border at the top, near the ceiling and other people choose to put the border at chair rail height or half way down the wall.

Stencils – Many people have chosen to create their own borders and designs with stencils. You can find a multitude of options available to you for stenciling to create the outcome that you wish to achieve.

You can create a personalized border with stencils. You might also find a word phrase that speaks out to you and you might wish to stencil this on your wall.

Wood – Oftentimes when people think about country homes they think of log cabins. While this option may not fit within your budget, it is still possible for you to bring some wood into your décor.

Wainscoting is a beautiful option with an amazing look and feel. You might also choose to use a paneling that looks like wood. Another great option, if you’re wishing to add wood to your décor, is your trim. Baseboards and window and door trim can make a huge impact in the overall outcome of your decorating experience.

Paneling – These days the paneling section of your local home improvement store has grown by leaps and bounds. You can easily find the paneling that will fit the design you wish to accomplish.

Paneling now comes in almost any design you could dream of. You can choose from white to wood to floral to paneling made to go in a moist area such as a bathroom.

So, now that you’ve got a better idea … Read More