some thoughts about my studio to share with you all:
since i write a lot, and i enjoy getting to know flickr artists and have you know me i wanted to share my studio with you all….and…i love my studio (which i designed myself) and wanted you all to see it.
background: i have always had a studio. when i was very young i painted on the kitchen table (i’m sure we all did…and maybe still do!). in every home we’ve had, i have had a studio. in our first apartment i painted on the floor in the t.v. room. i was more "supple" then, so down on the floor worked for my knees! when we lived in italy and twice in germany our apartments were large enough for me to have my own room for making art. when neal and i first bought our house here (years ago) i was creating 2d art, mostly acrylic painting. i also was a part owner/artist in a gallery on conn. ave (in washington, dc, usa) working in stained glass. since i was cutting glass i needed a hard floor surface (easier to clean up). the downstairs of our house lent itself to this and i was happy there. then off to heidelberg, germany for 12 years. when we returned to the states i was no longer doing stained glass and david (our son) was off at college, so i turned the small upstairs bedroom into my studio and again spent many happy years in that room. but….i out grew the room! i was making many art pieces, acquiring more objects to use in my art, etc. neal and i had renovated our house twice (i did all the design) and now it was time for the third renovation…turn our huge attic, with very high ceilings, into a studio for me (by the way…we renovated another time after that…the kitchen. four renovations in all! i think we are done now).
so..back to the attic renovation: i knew exactly what i wanted……a studio that would look like a (french) artist atelier…..i did the design, found a contractor and viola! my new studio! when i look at it (it stretches across the entire house) i am amazed that i was able to work in the small room below. i removed the ceiling in the small bedroom…now i have a wide open space in part of my studio which affords me access to the window below (since i do not work from nature natural sunlight is not that important to me, but i do like to be able to see the beautiful maple tree that is outside the window. i used the framing for the original attic stairs and made a glass block floor…now i can see down below and light filters up into my studio. the cat was very cautious when she first saw the glass block floor. she wouldn’t walk on it because she didn’t realize that there was a "floor" … Read More
The sooner you fix a moving foundation, the less damage it will cause. Sometimes these problems are hard to diagnose and foundation repairs many times should be left to the professionals.
Check off which symptoms you have below. Some obvious foundation movement indicators are:
1. Are there cracks in your foundation?
2. Do you have bulging concrete walls?
3. Do you suspect any type of foundation movement?
Any or all of those above can be cause for alarm!
4. Do you have any floor and wall cracks?
5. Do you notice any doors that bind and do not open or close correctly?
6. Do you have any floors that are not level? Do your windows bind or do not open or close correctly?
7. Is there any water intrusion in your home?
8. Do you have any mold growth?
9. Are there cracks in your exterior brick?
10. Do you have any cracks in your beams and joists?
11. Are there any separations of wood either on the interior or exterior of your home?
If you feel you need residential foundation repairs, — you MUST act quickly! Things could be so much worse if you wait. It isn’t worth risking your life as well as the lives of your family members. This type of problem isn’t for the “Do It Yourselfers” either. You are going to want a reputable experienced company. Many times a husband or a relative mean well and think they can go ahead and try to resolve it on their own. Say NO!… Read More
The kitchen is the center for cooking or long talks over drinks, and kitchen cabinets are the first things people lay eyes on. Although it can take up nearly half of a remodeling budget, updating kitchen cupboards will ensure that the most popular room in your home looks good and stays functional. Here are some reasons why cabinet renovations should top the home improvements list.
Constant Wear and Tear
Kitchen cabinets get a lot of use throughout their lifetimes. From fishing out ingredients for a meal to grabbing an extra snack for the party, these lockers are opened and closed frequently, accelerating wear and tear. Even the sturdiest materials can buckle under heavy use. Eventually, the doors will begin to malfunction and become harder to close and open. Before reaching this point, homeowners should replace and upgrade to newer models. Specialists know that price is the biggest concern for homeowners and therefore tend to offer financing, making replacement easy on the wallet. Not only will it add to the convenience of the room, but it will also save money and time on constantly repairing the older ones.
Give Your Home a Value Bump
If selling one’s home is a future possibility, restoring or replacing kitchen cabinets is a must. Renovated and modern cookhouses are at the top of the list for factors regarding home pricing. Since cabinets are such an important part of the kitchen, it is important to create a proper aesthetic by choosing the correct style for the area. Home improvement specialists can help homeowners choose the correct model of lockers that will yield the highest value for the kitchen, getting one the best price for his or her home.
Show off Your Space!
Everybody wants a beautiful home. To maintain a pleasing aesthetic, one must continuously clean and update the abode. Kitchens are one of the most frequently visited rooms in the house. Cabinets are the face of the area, and since they take up so much space, they must serve as the thread that brings the space together under a common aesthetic. Working with a home specialist will not only ensure the greatest deal but will also guarantee finding the best choice for your home’s most important room.
Renovating the home takes a lot of time and decision-making. There are many different types of wood and styles to consider when updating one’s kitchen cabinets. It can also is a pricey endeavor. From financing to consultation, a galley specialist will help one find an affordable style that works. Working with a home specialist will help even the inexperienced homeowner create a professional and stylish look with the correct cupboards for his or her home.… Read More