Height isn’t everything, but it sure is nice to have it when you’re talking about ceilings in your home. Tall interior spaces trigger a sense of grandiose we’re used to seeing in old churches and famous buildings. High ceilings create an open and airy environment to move around and spread out without feeling crammed.
If you’re dealing with small spaces or low ceilings in your house, then you’ve come to the right place. Even if you have high ceilings, maybe you’ve always wished they were just a few inches higher. No matter your situation, I’ll share six techniques and design tricks that’ll allow you to create the illusion of higher ceilings and wide open spaces.
1. Install Transoms
This image is the perfect example of how a transom (window) above a door elongates the doorway and lets in additional light. Transoms can also be installed above other windows to create the same effect.
The extra light you get with transoms will make your room look bigger and brighter. They’re also very pretty additions to any door or window. Pay attention to your doorways and corridors and
Whether decorating a newly constructed home or updating an existing structure, many homeowners don’t know how to create the style they want through paint colors, furnishings and layout. In these cases, the best option might be to hire an interior designer or an interior decorator. These trained professionals typically have degrees or certifications in the field, and they can help with everything from choosing the right color palette to buying the perfect furnishings for the entire home. These tips can explain the benefits of this service, as well as how to hire an interior designer or decorator.
Benefits of Hiring an Interior Decorator/Designer
Not every homeowner necessarily needs to hire an interior designer or a decorator, but understanding more about the benefits of these professionals can help determine whether they are the right fit. Some of the benefits of interior decorators and designers include the fact that they can help upscale shoppers save money, they create a realistic budget for design ideas, they create a cohesive look throughout the home and they have the best resources and contacts when sourcing materials. In addition, decorators can be an invaluable
Every winter, I find myself slouching in the couch, trying to think of fun things to do that don’t require a million layers and hideous winter boots. Sadly, it usually ends with a bottle of wine and a sappy rom-com movie on Netflix. Now that I’ve become a Pinterest addict, that also takes up enough of my time. It was during one of my Pinterest binges that I came across the accent walls section featuring a striped wall DIY project.
Painting in the winter time, who does that? Turns out a lot of people save their paint jobs for the colder months because, well, there isn’t much left to do. Also, paint dries better and gives your wall that finished look painters dream of. Keep in mind, this depends on the brand and type of paint you decide to use. Check your paint cans to see what it says about painting in cold temperatures, or, feel free to ask the guys at the paint shop to get their professional advice.
So, of course I pinned a ton of designs for inspiration. I found one that seems simple enough
If you love to study design magazines, but freeze when it comes to trying those ideas in your own home, then you’ll warm up to this simple, step-by-step approach to home decorating.
Rather than trying to tackle the whole room at once, the pros start by breaking down each room into its basic building components: floors, ceilings, walls, doors, windows, and architectural details. Determining the selections for each of those components will set the tone and character of the room. That, in turn, will dictate the style of furniture, lighting, window treatments, and accessories needed to complete the room’s point of view.
Start with the Floor
Along with the ceiling, the floor represents the largest share of space in the room, although it’s actually more important, since we come in direct contact with the floor. Any steps and staircases in the room should be included as well. How will the room be used? Are you looking for soft carpet so you can get down and play with the kids, or elegant parquet flooring? Once you determine the type of flooring that will work best in the space,
The classic American farmhouse can be chic while embracing a simpler style in décor. With a mix of rural living and relaxed and modest design aesthetic, farmhouse designs are making a strong comeback. While I may like the design and feel of a farmhouse, I still prefer the convenience of living in the city. Because of this, I’ve found a way to incorporate the vintage appeal to my city home. Adding these design elements to any home can transform it into a southern haven.
Reclaimed wood is a great addition to your farmhouse-styled remodel. What makes this piece unique is that you get to choose just how rustic your space can be. I prefer worn out wood but you can go either way with this and use polished wood. A farmhouse design tends to look best with eclectic pieces.
To incorporate this décor aspect, try a reclaimed wood coffee table in the living room or a worn out sliding door that separates the dining room from the kitchen. You can also make your bedroom a bit more eclectic with a reclaimed wood dresser. To add
The foundation is the most important — yet most overlooked — component of your home. Out of sight and out of mind, it’s easy to forget that it’s even there. Yet, it works tirelessly around the clock to support everything in your home, including all of the rooms, furniture and occupants above.
Even still, most homeowners only think about their foundations when something goes wrong. Though by then, it’s too late to do any preventative maintenance. Fixing the problem will be costly. In most cases, foundation repairs will be well beyond the scope of traditional DIY intervention.
However, you can avoid this situation with a few common sense strategies. Below are five of the most effective ways for maintaining your home’s foundation.
1. Annual Plumbing Checks
One of the most important steps involves conducting yearly inspections of your home’s plumbing system — both inside and out. Leaks behind the walls and under the floors aren’t just bad for the foundation; they can also destroy other parts of the home. Of course, you can expect to pay a fortune in water bills.
This is why annual plumbing
Despite not cooking the meal, when we go out to eat, many of us like to know what ingredients are being used. Well, just like eating out, it’s good to know what ingredients went into framing your house.
When it comes to framing, no product has a longer history than timber. Timber framing has been around for thousands of years and yet, still remains one of the most popular framing options on the market. If your house was built before the 1830s, then timber framing was almost certainly used.
Continue reading to see all theadvantages of timber framing and why it is such a popular ingredient for homes across the country.
Timber Framing 101
Timber frames are large wooden beams that are put together without metal or nails. On the contrary, they are connected via wooden pegs. The pegs essentially snap into place and hold the entire structure together.
Timber Framing Benefits
Quick Erection Times
When compared to other forms of building, the actual time it takes to build a timber frame house is less than that of steel or masonry. However, when
One of the most affordable and versatile siding options on the block is vinyl siding. While the cost and low maintenance may attract most homeowners, others with a design focus are largely attracted to the wide range of colors vinyl siding offers.
There are dozens of vinyl sidingcolor combinations out there. While tans and grays are still the dominant colors of choice, bold homeowners are choosing to vastly upgrade their curb appeal with colorful vinyl siding.
If you are thinking of upgrading, painting or installing new siding, see our vinyl siding color guide below.
Vinyl Siding Cost
According to our vinyl siding cost estimator, the average price of vinyl siding ranges between $3.50/sf and $7.50/sf and as such, is the most common type of siding in the U.S.
Vinyl Siding Color Combinations
The siding color you choose will largely depend on the manufacturer or the siding professional you use for installation. However, there are some handy homeowners who can install vinyl siding without a service professional. Fortunately, there are plenty of color combinations at your local Home Depot or Lowe’s.
Vinyl Siding Colors
We are moving towards a greener earth and solar energy is leading the charge. Instead of using costly energy from your electric company, many homeowners with ample access to sunlight are going the green route and installing solar panels on their homes.
Like any movement, there are certain advantages and disadvantages of solar energy. All pros and cons will be discussed so you can decide if solar panels make sense for your home.
What Is Solar Energy
The idea of solar energy can be confusing, but in simple terms, solar power is the conversion of the energy from the sun to usable electricity. Instead of using electricity from ComEd or your local electric company, solar panels take energy from the sun and convert it into energy that powers your lights, appliances and more.
Most residential solar systems use photovoltaic cells to convert sunlight into electricity. To learn more about the science behind solar, please see how solar works.
Advantages of Solar Energy
In addition to the earth’s benefits, there are plenty of pros to installing solar panels.
Solar Energy is a Renewable Energy
You have just moved into your beautiful new home and your kids are dying to play outside in your large backyard. The only problem is your house didn’t come with a fence! Whether you have young kids, a dog or just like the idea of privacy in your yard, you’ve probably considered installing a fence at one point or another.
If your house doesn’t already have one (or doesn’t have one to your liking), a fence is a great addition to your home. It can provide safety for your children or pets, conceal a swimming pool or hot tub, protect landscaping and much more. As a bonus, it is a desired feature by many, so when it comes time to sell your home years down the line, your new fence may be a deciding factor for potential buyers.
Whether you are replacing an existing fence or enclosing your yard for the first time, it’s important to properly plan for your new fence installation. Read on to see what you should consider before jumping into your fencing project.
1. Check Local Fencing Rules & Regulation
To help your pool blend with the natural landscape of your backyard, it’s important to accent it with décor. Pool lovers can choose from any number of decorations and landscaping items to give their fluid addition just the right form and function for their needs. Find out what kinds of pool landscaping are available and what fits into the design plans you have for your backyard pool area.
A major step to blending your pool in with the backyard is to add some natural décor like plants and stones. Adding trees and shrubs a good distance away from the pool will accent it. Planting some perennials or annuals in flower beds around the pool will also help it blend with the landscape. Boulders and rocks that circle the flower beds or the area around the pool can help it stand out or remind you where it is if you happen to be walking around in the dark.
You might also consider installing a walkway or sidewalk in the backyard that leads from the back door to