Shower-Liner or Bath-Fitter Vs Ceramic Tile Replacement

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If you live in an older home, you typically have ceramic or porcelain tiles on the shower walls of your bathroom. While you may not like their present condition or color, the truth is that these ceramic tiles have stood the test of time, often lasting 40-50 years or more. When you consider the typical life expectancy of many materials, that’s a fairly good track record.

In the last decade, bathroom remodeling companies have started offering alternative materials when providing bathroom designs. Sadly, the reason for the shift away from traditional materials is often for the sake of saving money and increasing contractor profit, not in order to enhance the quality and durability of a bathroom remodel. The shower-liner is one such product. It has reduced bathroom improvement costs, but has also had the effect of reducing the quality of many completed bathroom projects.

Quite simply, a shower-liner, or bath-fitter as they are often called, is a molded fiberglass or vinyl sheet which is installed over a homeowner’s existing tiles and bathtub. No plumbing beneath the bathtub or shower is replaced. Many times in an older home the ceramic tiles have mold growth on and underneath the grout lines between tiles. The shower walls themselves may be unstable and dry-rotted. Unfortunately, once the liner is installed over the tiles homeowners don’t see the conditions that exist behind it. While on the surface things look all right, no one can be certain what’s lurking beneath the surface. Of the many bathroom ideas contractors have come up with, the bath-liner is among the worst.

Instead of saving a few dollars and purchasing an inferior product, homeowners would do well to use the services of a qualified bathroom contractor who will completely replace their shower walls and install new ceramic tiles. Whether yours is a small bathroom or a large one, a custom-designed ceramic tile scheme will add beauty to your new bathroom and value to your home. Instead of simply installing a white or almond-colored sheet over the shower walls, we can design an attractive pattern of angled tiles with interesting borders and glass mosaics.

Very often, the cost for the services of a professional bathroom contractor is not much more than taking the cheaper route and installing a bath-liner. That’s especially true when you consider that it’s likely you will ultimately need to rip-out the shower-liner or bath-fitter in order to replace damaged plumbing and eventually install new walls and ceramic tiles anyway.… Read More

Directbuy Provides Tips on Setting Up Your Home Office

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To that end, the six DirectBuy franchises of greater Los Angeles— West Riverside County, Burbank, Thousand Oaks, Long Beach (Signal Hill), South Orange County (Costa Mesa) and NE Orange County (Anaheim Hills)—the leading members-only showroom and home design centers, have some helpful tips on setting up your home office.

For starters, DirectBuy recommends drawing a floor plan of the room or area where your home office will be. Your floor plan should include markings of where the electrical outlets are and accurate measurements of the heights of the windows, doorways and any closet space to give you additional design options.

“If you’re going to be spending significant time in your home office, from eight to 20 hours a week or more, you’re going to want a space that’s a little more comfortable, functional and aesthetically pleasing than the spare room or corner of a room that’s passed for a home office in years past,” said Jani Sedaker, co-owner of DirectBuy of West Riverside County. “Many of our members work with our designers to create not only a comfortable workspace for one or more members of the household, but also a room you’ll want to show off to guests.”

Some of the things you may want to consider in planning your office space:

? Ergonomic chairs, desks, and other office pieces.
? Lower shelves so you can reach for books, folders and other items without strain.
? Lighting under workspace shelves to make it easier to read.
? A mount or platform for your computer monitor so you can look at the screen without tilting your head up or down.
? Neutral soothing colors for your walls like teal blues, soft cool grays and warm Tuscan colors to create the work atmosphere you’re looking for.
? How much natural light does the room get and how much do you want? Do you prefer curtains to blinds? There are a wide range of innovative blinds, sheers, louvers and shutters to achieve the look you want.
? The depth of the pieces you’re putting in your office. There’s nothing worse than trying to add a desk to spot that fits length- and width-wise but leaves no room for the chair.
? Installing additional outlets to give you more layout and design options.
? Avoiding wall-to-wall carpeting if possible; offices are high traffic areas and wear will show on your rugs the more time you work at home. Use carpet tiles for the areas you want carpeting, so that you can replace them if they fade or show stains, and use hardwood or ceramic tile for the rest of the space.

DirectBuy carries a large selection of brand-name office furniture at wholesale prices direct from the manufacturers and their authorized suppliers. In addition, DirectBuy also employs product specialists and designers who can help members create the home office that works best for their individual needs and for family members if it’s a shared workspace.

Since 1971, DirectBuy has helped consumers enjoy enormous savings on … Read More

Gopro Time Lapse Construction, Full Bathroom Remodel

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Flipping Real Estate or Flipping Paper?

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Flipping real estate properties is not for everybody but it is the fastest way to make a buck in the real estate business. Most everybody has heard of someone buying a “run down” house for a good price well below market value, fixing it up and selling it at a fair market price. Flipping a “fixer-upper” is definitely one way to turn a reasonably quick profit. I know some people who do it this way but they are more into the contractor and renovation business than they are of the investor mindset.

Some of these “fixer-upper” properties are in need of extensive repair and will involve electrical work, carpentry work, etc. If the investor gets involved and does some or all of this work then there could be enough profit there but if the investor farms out the required labour, profits could get eaten up quickly. For these types of flipping real estate investments, the purchase price needs to be at a huge discount and normally would be found somewhere in the foreclosure stage.

For the person that is in the mindset of investing rather than being in the renovation business then flipping real estate will only involve flipping the paper contract of the property without even taking possession of it. You can flip by entering an agreement to buy a property then sell the contract to another investor before close of escrow.

Using this technique won’t even require you to put your name on the title. Profits will generally be less than the fixer-upper investor but involves much less work and the whole process is much quicker. A fixer-upper investor would not be happy in making a profit of a few thousand dollars for a few months work on renovations but an investor that can just flip a contract for a few hours or days work would be.

Avoid disclosure of your profits to the new buyer by using a double closing.

After making a sweet deal and flipping a contract involving a juicy profit you may not want all these details to be revealed to your buyer. The solution is a double closing, transferring the property to you initially and then reselling immediately at the same lawyer’s office just an hour later to your buyer.

There is a drawback here and that is a double set of closing costs so you would have to weigh it out to see if it’s worth it to your particular situation or not. Further, you can use a title insurance company for the actual closings. For the issuance of the title insurance policy, the title insurance company will prepare the closing documents and close the transaction usually without an addition charge.… Read More