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Posted by Diane Horrigan on 3/7/2018

The American home is rapidly changing. New technologies like rooftop solar and smart home security systems are quickly becoming the norm in neighborhoods across the country.

If you’re thinking of taking on some new home improvement projects, it’s a good idea to be forward-thinking and choose projects that will be sought after into the future.

In this article, we’ll talk about some trending home improvements you can make that will help bring your home into the future.

Automation

Smart home technologies make life easier, and they’re not going out of style anytime soon. Being able to lock and unlock doors, adjust the temperature, and turn off lights all from an app on your phone has never been easier. If you plan on selling your home in the coming years, having these perks could be a selling point for potential buyers.

Green energy

When it comes to energy prices, you can count on them continuing to rise. As a result, many homeowners have installed money-saving features like rooftop solar, connecting to off-site green energy grids (such as solar or wind), and utilizing less expensive heating alternatives like pellet stoves.

Energy-efficient appliances are another up-and-coming trend that buyers are likely to be looking for. They tend to come with the latest technologies and styles, but also save money in the process.

You don’t have to take on a big project to make your home greener. You can also perform small tasks like replacing all of your light bulbs with newer, energy-efficient bulbs.

These projects will attract two types of buyers: those who are environmentally-minded, and those who are looking to save on utilities.

In-duct purifiers

As people become more concerned with the effects of pollution on the human body, many homeowners will see air purifiers as a necessity. An in-duct purifier requires little maintenance and improves air quality throughout your entire house.

Temperature-controlled shower head

You would think that in this time of amazing scientific and technological advancements that we would be able to get into the shower without fiddling with the controls for ten minutes. With a temperature controlled, digital display shower head, you can set the temperature and let the faucet do the work for you.

This one will save you time in the shower, help you avoid getting scorched, and will pique the interest of potential future buyers.

Materials that last

Home advancements haven’t just been made in the area of electronics. New building materials have made some objects last much longer than they did just a few years ago.

New roofing materials have exponentially increased the lifespan of roofs. New metal roofs can be made to look like traditional shingled or tiled roofs. Similarly, there are currently roofs being developed that have hidden solar panels built-in. Those too will be available in different traditional styles.

Aside from roofs, siding and decks are also being made with materials that last much longer than was previously possible. Having a durable house is something that any potential homebuyer would want to see.





Posted by Diane Horrigan on 12/16/2015

Painting the interior of your home is an inexpensive way of increasing its value. It improves the overall look of your home, while adding style and allure. It is not uncommon with residential home owners to take on this task themselves.  Do it yourself projects such as painting can be fun, while saving money at the same time.  The following outline will help you get started. Have a clear picture Having a clear picture of what you want the end result to look like is very important. Visit each room in the house and note the look and feel you desire for each area.  Keep in mind that the new wall color should coordinate with the current  furnishings in each room. Assuming you are painting the home for resale, keep the colors neutral, and consistent throughout the house. Discuss with others Talk with all the members of your household, and share your painting plans with them. Ask for their ideas, discuss your choice of colors, and listen to their input. It is important to be open to new ideas, you never know who might come up with the perfect solution to a problem area. Calculate Paint Needed At this stage, you need to determine the area to be covered and the quantity of paint required to completely cover each area. You need to take into consideration how many coats of paint will be needed to produce your desired finish on each wall.  Estimating the amount of paint needed is quite simple. Measure the height of the wall and multiply it by the length. This will give you the area to be painted. Calculate the area of windows and doors present on each wall and subtract it from the overall area. Make Your Budget The price of paint varies depending on the quality.  A professional can best guide you to  the type of paint and the finish that will best meet your needs.  You will also need to allow money in your budget for the equipment needed to complete your painting project.  Much like the paint, the quality and price will vary on items such as brushes, rollers, painter's tape and drop cloths.  Again, a professional can recommend how to best utilize your equipment budget. Planning and Preparation Planning is key, it is best to estimate how long the job will take before you get started. You will need to plan your household activities around your painting schedule.  Leave a little extra time in your work schedule for those unforeseen circumstances to avoid over whelming yourself. Clear the room:

  • Remove all furniture from the room to be painted, clearing out as much as possible. For rooms that have very heavy furniture, move them to the center of the room and cover them with a drop cloth to avoid accidental paint spills/spatters.
Wall preparation:
  • Prior to painting, walls need to be prepared.  Use a scraper to remove old paint or a steamer to remove old wallpaper.  Holes should be filled and the wall surface made smooth.  Seek the guidance of a professional on how to best prepare the surface of your walls as the technique will vary based on the construction of the wall.  Tape off the trim work around the doors, windows and flooring, and use drop cloths to protect the carpet and floors.
Prime the wall:
  • The purpose of priming is to prepare the wall for the application of paint.  Priming covers irregularities and stains, making the paint adhere to the wall much more effectively. Priming makes the surface uniform for the application of the new paint,  basically giving the painter a clean canvas to start with.
Start painting: When you are ready to paint, it's recommended to start in the more difficult areas or larger rooms first.  Apply paint consistently with even vertical strokes of a brush or roller. Be certain to complete a wall before moving on to another area to help ensure the paint dries evenly. Observe as you go how well the paint is covering and drying.  This will help you to determine how many coats of paint you will need to apply to achieve the look you desire. Once the painting is done, the equipment put away and the furniture back in place, you can sit back and admire a job well done.




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Posted by Diane Horrigan on 11/11/2015

Many homeowners paint their homes the same: 1 color per room on the walls. Ever wish you could do something different? Maybe you just don't know what to do, or are not sure about the ideas that you do have looking good in reality. Well there are a few ways that you can spice up the walls (and ceilings!) of your home without needing to be an interior decorator. Accent Walls Adding an accent wall can give a room a focal point, help with the flow of color from room to room or add a bit of fun. You can either use a bold color on your accent wall or use a deeper tone of the color on the other walls in the room to create a more subtle look. Having an accent wall in the same color as the adjacent room's furnishings or fabrics allows for a smooth transition. Your accent wall can also be used to showcase an item, such as a built in bookcase, a piece of art work, or an architectural feature. Ceiling Color Not many people think about painting their ceilings but its really a place with a lot of potential. Adding deep warm colors can make a large space feel more cozy, while adding a lighter shade of the wall color can open the space up. You can even add drama to your space with a variety of finishes, glazing and even pattern! Chalkboard Walls Get creative with chalkboard paint on a wall, or section of a wall. It can be used for a child's room to promote creativity, in the office as a calendar, to do list, or message board, or in the kitchen to make a shopping list or menu for the week. However you choose to use it, it's a fun new way to use paint with a functional use as well. Wall Finishes Adding a wall finish is simple and requires little to no artistic ability. Using sponges, paper, cheese cloth, or even specialty paints, you can create a textured look to your wall. Go a step further and add some textured wall paper to the bottom half of your wall with a chair rail above, and paint. Instantly you create a unique look to any room. There are a variety of ways to create a new look with a little paint, time and creativity. Spicing up the look of your home can be as easy as a texture on a wall, a splash of color on the ceiling or a fun new way to draw on the walls for the kids. Check out your local home improvement store's paint section for ideas and how to's!





Posted by Diane Horrigan on 10/7/2015

The weather is getting cooler but that means it is time to start thinking about spring. Bulbs planted this fall, will bloom starting in early spring.  Some of the most popular bulbs that flower in the spring include tulips and daffodils. Planting bulbs is easy and perfect for the beginner gardener. Here are some tips to get you started: 1. Plant in the fall or early winter before the ground freezes and when evening temperatures average between 40° to 50° F. 2. Prepare the planting bed by digging the soil so it's loose and workable.  You may want to add organic matter such as compost or peat moss to the bed. 3. Plant the pointy end of the bulb up. 4. Plant big bulbs about 8" deep and small bulbs about 5" deep. 5. Plant bulbs in clusters. A lone tulip or daffodil can look funny. 6. If you are planting bulbs that bloom at the same time, plant low bulbs in front of high. So before the temperature falls too low, get out there and enjoy your garden. In about six months your garden will put on a spectacular spring show.





Posted by Diane Horrigan on 7/15/2015

Painting a home can transform the dullest and mundane home into an inspiring haven where you’ll always love to be. It also increases the value of the home substantially. In some cases, you may want to do it yourself. This has its inherent benefits as not only is it fun, you would be saving some cash in the process. Here are some steps you need to follow to get it right. 1. Take a tour of your house and develop a vision of how you want the house to look like. What colors do you want and in what shades do you want the color? If you are preparing the house for sale, your choice of colors should be neutral, blending easily with the furniture. 2. Get Others To Agree: There are other family members who are surely interested in the issue at hand. Discuss with them and get their opinion before embarking on your quest. 3. Estimate: Since you are not a professional, you need to make your guess as reasonable as possible. The amount of paint required depends on the area to be painted and the number of coats per area. Be sure to include the cost of tools required for the process. 4. Plan The Budget: The budget for the project depends on a lot of factors some of which are:

  • Paint Quality
  • Paint Area
  • Grade of tools
All these must be taken into consideration. For an area of 2000 sq. with top quality paint, it may cost you $350.00 in paint alone. You can add about $250 for brushes and any other materials that may be required. 5. Plan A Schedule: Make sure you have a grip on the time and how long it would take you to complete the job. Do you have kids? It would be a nice idea to send the kids on an outing to the park or to their grandparents so you can concentrate on the job at hand. 6. Protect The Furniture: You cannot paint the house with the furniture exposed. There needs to be some protection for the furniture. They can be covered with polythene wrappers or cleared out entirely. This would allow for ample working space. 7. Prepare The House: Clean the walls and remove anything that would contaminate the paint. Cobwebs, wall papers, stickers and anything similar should be removed from the wall. Open the window to allow for cross ventilation. This makes the paint dry faster and promotes a healthy work environment. 8. Apply Prime: Dark walls, stained walls and walls which have not been previously painted would need priming before painting. This would enhance the appearance of the end result. However, not all surfaces need to be primed. Some can be painted without priming. The essence of priming is to equalize the wall to an even surface and acts as a foundation for the paint to be applied. 9. Start Painting: Start with the most difficult part, applying paint from the top to the bottom. It should be applied gradually with a brush. Look at how things turn out and adjust accordingly. With a few strokes, you will understand the application process. At the end of painting, make sure you clean the entire environment, removing and disposing all waste. Do not forget to reward yourself with a little refreshment as you have earned it.