Improvements

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Improvements

Just a slight improvement to my Mk1.

Posted by Ultramarine. on 2010-07-29 03:02:15

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Some Interesting Facts About Granite

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Granite is a truly unique type of material that many homeowners choose to get for their home because it is strong, scratch-resistant and resistant to heat. Not to mention the stone has some amazing designs in it that can dazzle your eye and really make your kitchen look amazing. So, here are some interesting facts about a truly amazing material.

1. Granite is one of the hardest substances in the world. In fact, the only thing that is harder than granite is diamonds. This is what makes granite so sought after as a countertop. For the simple fact that it is extremely durable and it cannot be damaged by scratching. You can cut on a granite countertop because it is so hard and durable.

2. Granite comes in many different colors thanks to the composition and minerals within the rock. Colors range from pink to gray and black. There are no two slabs of granite that are alike, making each granite countertop something completely unique.

3. Granite is found all over the world and is one of the most common minerals that can be found in the Earth. Some of the most common areas where granite is harvested include Brazil, Norway, India, Spain and the United States.

4. What many people may not realize is that granite is actually radioactive. Since granite is a natural stone, it has a small amount of radioactivity to it, but it is so small that it poses no threat or health risk to humans. Don’t worry, if you have a granite countertop you won’t suddenly see your food mutating into something else.

5. Granite has been used for thousands of years. As far back as the Ancient Egyptians, granite has been harvested and used in a variety of structures, including pyramids in Egypt.

6. Granite is one of the most highly sought after types of rocks for rock climbing because it is very strong and there is very little chance of it breaking away while climbing on it.

This is a truly an amazing material that can make your kitchen look amazing. With a granite countertop, you will have something that no one else has. Yes, there are other granite countertops but others will not have a countertop that looks like yours. Each granite countertop is unique, as well as resistant to scratching, heat/burning and they are very easy to clean. Go with granite when you are getting a new countertop put in.… Read More

Kitchen Remodel – How To Design or Remodel a New Kitchen

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In this video we talk about how to get started in designing your new kitchen. This is part 1 of 11 video series Part 1: Kitchen Remodel – How To Design or …

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Fix it and Flip it – How I Lost Money on Real Estate

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I’ve known a lot of people who have lost money when they sold their homes. In fact, I’m one of those people, and it’s happened to me more than once.

There are a number of factors can cause a financial loss when you sell your house, including the need to sell at the wrong time due to divorce or an impending foreclosure, or a downturn in the local real estate market. However, it’s also common to lose money simply by making too many expensive changes to the house before putting it on the market. This is how I lost money on real estate, before I wised up.

My most resounding failure in the fix it and flip it market was a house I bought in Spokane, Washington. Knowing what I know now, I would have restricted myself to replacing the carpets and the kitchen and bathroom fixtures, painting inside and out, and buying new appliances. I probably would have replaced the old-style windows, too, to make the place look nicer and appeal to the energy-conscious buyer. These fixes could have been done easily within the two years I needed to live there to avoid capital gains taxes.

Since I didn’t know what I know now, I made major renovations, which included moving the bathroom. I did most of the work myself, but the materials alone cost more than I could get back when the house was sold. With the exception of repairs done to the house to make it eligible for an FHA loan and watering the grass, I doubt that any of my major projects really helped me sell the house or increased its value.

If a house is actually sound, with no structural damage or insect problems, the biggest reason it will sell for less than its worth is usually cosmetic. This was certainly true of the house I bought in Spokane. Dirty carpeting, and a wall in the living room covered with mirror tiles, kept most buyers from going any further into the house. I could see past the cosmetic problems and see the home’s full potential – but my imagination went a bit too far.

The floor plan was odd, and slightly inconvenient, but leaving the bathroom where it was would have been far more rational, financially. Why didn’t I do that? Because my emotions and my nesting instincts took over, pushing aside all thought of future gain or loss.

Let’s face it – most people don’t buy their own homes with the intention of making a profit, although they certainly hope the house will be a good investment. In fact, the emotional stress caused by the process of buying a house and moving into it can be enough to completely erase any thought of moving again a few years later. However, I know several families who have made a very good living by buying underpriced homes, living in them and fixing them up, and then selling them when the IRS will allow them to do … Read More

Just Real Construction1

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With over 10 years experience in the construction industry, Just Real Construction is the Brooklyn general contractor to call for your next renovation or construction project.Operating from 1349 East 38th street, Brooklyn NY 11234, Just Real Construction specializes in both residential and commercial construction. We offer quality painting, kitchen and bathroom remodeling, basement refinishing, room additions, installation of interior and exterior doors – including French doors – and full historical renovations. Just Real Construction provides plumbing services, flooring installation, including all types of hardwood, laminate, tile and carpeting. We can fix your windows – whether it is replacement windows for broken or damaged windows or complete new window installation with energy-efficient dual-paned windows. The bottom line is there is no job too large or too small for Just Real Construction – from installing hardwood, laminate, tile or carpeting flooring in one room or the entire house; creating your drinkitchen or bathroom; or a Brooklyn brownstone renovation – we will help you every step of the way to design your ultimate dream home.

Our design team works with customers to choose flooring, appliances, floor layout, texturing, fixtures and cabinetry. From the design phase straight through to completion, Just Real Construction offers quality workmanship and attention to detail, ensuring a completed project that exceeds the dreams and expectations of the customer. For a full list of services, please visit www.brooklyn-contractors.net.For quality construction in Brooklyn, NY and the surrounding areas- call Just Real Construction. You’ll have complete peace of mind when Just Real construction is on the job – we’re fully licensed, bonded and insured, and we offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee on all workmanship in addition to the manufacturer’s warranty on all building materials.Call 646-319-3470 today for a free estimate. Just Real Construction serves New York City (Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Long Island) and the surrounding areas for all your general contracting and construction needs.

Posted by Just Real Construction1 on 2011-08-15 20:42:04

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