Antique furniture, what are they?

February 28, 2009  //  Posted by: House Xpert  //  Category: Furniture, Home Accessories, Home Antiques

antique furnitureModernity has brought its own sweet trends and the funniest modern trend to have emerged is to get back to the olden times. This has brought the concept of antique furniture and worn-out home decorating objects to the fore. The idea is to give the home an antediluvian look married to the current accent. Antique does not look too good all alone; It becomes quite important to sync it with a contemporary theme. What then is antique furniture?

Antique furniture are depressed at the periphery, they have worn and jaded look. With a rugged edge that’s shorn of a stylish frame, they aim to look vane in their simplicity. Today, antique tapestries, carpets, wooden frames, bed work, lights and a lot more is available. An example of setting the antique with modern is getting an antique mirror put together with a glitzy table-set.

What are the right selection of colors?

February 26, 2009  //  Posted by: House Xpert  //  Category: Colors & Paints, Home Care, Home Improvement

colorColoring a home is one of the primary objectives of a home owner. At the same time, it is important to color it in a manner that it can last long; look good on the eyes and at the same time create an impression of being trendy. The first objective can be met by using perfect distempers, primers, acrylic or oil sheets and an anti-rust and anti-weather coat. The last variable is important for painting done on the exterior surface.

Second point is the feeling of tranquility that a color shall generate. For the purpose, neutral earth shades can be used. In fact, it is quite an idea to use sober stuff for bedroom as it is a place ideally meant to retire. For the bathroom, you can use light colors that create an illusion of space. At the same time, living room connects formal traffic and hence it becomes important to give it a garish look.

Adding a dumbwaiter for home

February 24, 2009  //  Posted by: House Xpert  //  Category: Dmbwaiters, Home Care, Home Improvement

dumbwaiterAmerica is infused with the concept of dumbwaiters at home. These are vertically movable trolleys that help in carrying loads from one floor of a duplex to another floor. These are electrically mobilized and attempt to make the scope of carriage easier between distant floors. The idea is to shy away from carrying human loads. In this regard, they are to be treated in a different light than elevator. Their capacity to bear load is a lot less. More generally, they are good enough to take up some 100 pounds of load.

The dumbwaiter is an ideal instrument for duplexes. It helps in connecting the floors so that easy object navigation between them is made possible. In the absence of such technology, it becomes really stressful to carry something all the way to a different floor. Dumbwaiters use an electric motor and intertwined wire cabinet to operate.

Making a duplex for family extension

February 22, 2009  //  Posted by: House Xpert  //  Category: Duplex houses, Home Improvement

duplexA family might be undergoing a phase of extension. It can be due to three principal reasons. Either the children are growing and need space for themselves. Or you might be planning to start work from home and need an office to set it. Or still, you may be looking for assisted living for your parents. It’s quite a concept when parents can live together yet separated by a partition so that they can maintain seclusion.

A duplex is a perfect answer to all such problems. First, you can look to make a duplex horizontally or vertically. The last addition to the existing home shall be in a pattern that it matches the framework and color combination of existing home. This is important for the needs of homogeneity. You can follow similar or contrast colors. Both provide the same effect. It is significant to use an attaching lobby that can connect the two duplexes easily. This way, the connection can help with easy mobility around the entire duplex.

How to correct a leaking basement

February 20, 2009  //  Posted by: House Xpert  //  Category: Basements, Home Care, Home Improvement

Leaking base might be a result of roof drainage. Whatever might be the reason, it’s quite a horrendous scene watching your basement water run up to the general quarter. If you have a sloping roof, nothing better than that; in other cases, keep gutters adequately checked. Correct installment of roof gutter system and checking the gutters for leaf remnants is must. Have a team check and perhaps replace your current gutter or downspout system. Leaf remnants block gutters and sewer is automatically disturbed causing basement dripping.

gutter systemYou can also link the downspouts of the roof some distance away from the basements. This can help in keeping the basement clean. Soil around the base of the house must also be bent on the side facing away from the house.

So if there are pungent odors, minor drippings and the phenomenon of efflorescence, get working on the leaking basement. If you do not pay heed to it, you might just have to pay over 20000 USD for French sump pump and waterproofing.

Home decoration-the DIY way

February 18, 2009  //  Posted by: House Xpert  //  Category: DIY, Home Care, Home Decor, Home Improvement

DIY homeDIY stands for Do It Yourself; today, home decoration and improvement measures have become an integral part of home dynamics. But it is not always easy to hire the services of a decorator. At given times, they are quite expensive and at still other times, they do not keep the promise of keeping up to the customization measure they talk about.

We can attempt to be self-constructors and improve and decorate the home ourselves. There are quite many things that can be tried all on our own. From removing the wallpaper to treating the home for ventilator ergonomics and from clearing the blinds to putting wall dots in the child room, a little bit of discipline and creativity can help us improve our home.

The idea is to take help from few of the top DIY sites in the market. They look thoroughly at our entries and then suggest practical modifications to it.

How to remove stern wallpaper

February 16, 2009  //  Posted by: House Xpert  //  Category: Home Care, Home Decor, Home Improvement, Wallpapers, Walls and Ceilings

wallpaperToday, putting and removing wallpaper involves fair amount of technique and hence it turns out to be an easy process. On a past day, it was more about power and hence those wallpapers which were applied some while back are difficult to be removed. For removing such wallpapers, you need to use steamer first. The idea is to roll the wallpaper with steamer and try removing the rolled part. If it does not help then you can use scraper and grease board simultaneously with the steamer. This forms formidable force and makes the process of removal easy.

Once the wall paper is removed, some adhesive still might find itself on the wall. It can be removed by applying sandpaper. If some grease still sticks to the surface then you can try a power sander to completely eliminate it. Once, the wall becomes as good as residue-free, you can think of applying wallpaper or some different paint.

Winter repairs you cannot do without

February 14, 2009  //  Posted by: House Xpert  //  Category: Home Care, Home Improvement, Repairs & Maintenance

home repairSummer can be a great time. You do not have to indulge in too much home remodeling. Come winter and the DIY bag is put. There is just so much wind, snow and its related monstrosity can do to you.

First you should look to put in storm windows. This is to prevent yourself against the gust of chilling wind. Next, you should look for ad-hoc slanting roof (if you do not have one). This facilitates brushing away of snow. Such snow can pile up and create a lot of issues.

Window AC’s must be removed from the windows. Snow and wind can tighten the boards at the back and make it ineffective.

Drain the water hoses effectively. If you do not do so, chances are that they will suffer cracking once water freezes inside them. Also, clean any leak or remnant in the outside gutter, this will prevent blockage. Insulate water pipes with effective lagging measures.

Unique tips on extending your home

February 11, 2009  //  Posted by: House Xpert  //  Category: Home Care, Home Improvement

Home extensionWe love our homes the way it is. Small repair and renovation suits it fine. Then our children grow, parents get aged and require separate assisted living, we might look for home based income and think of fitting an office room in. For all these purposes, we will require to have an extension of our home.

Homes should ideally be extended in a way that it looks a blend of the old and the new. Homogeneity is very important. For instance, the color code should be either in contrast shades or identical shades. The tapestry, rugs and furniture work should be definitive but look like an extension of the main home.

It should be cut out in a way that it can be properly linked through archway or common gates. If we are planning on a duplex, we should think for a dumbwaiter that brings the new part within the ambit of the old.

Some tips on choosing house blueprints

February 09, 2009  //  Posted by: House Xpert  //  Category: House Plans

home printA home blueprint must be dealt with carefully to cut down on chances of regretting. First, you should pen down you needs of space. Are you extending as a family? Do you wish to allot the parents separate space for assisted living? Are you planning to fit in an office room for some home based earning or are the children growing older and need a secluded unit.

Choose a plan that tackles land characteristic. Dirt and grade is difficult to be overhauled and transported from far off place, it’s nice to build with dirt that is available over a short radius.

Look to keep a cost aside for landscaping and additional furnishing. Without furnishing, a land might look like a barren track. Landscaping is just as important to give it the right feel.

There may be constraint of square footage so look to build the rooms accordingly keeping a reception area or a living room and a small area for porch (preferably).