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By Saheer Gurjot, I build custom home and offer complete home renova
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One of the biggest hurdles in home renovations is knowing where to start. If you feel stuck at the word "go," take a little time to get organized. A little planning goes a long way toward creating the home you love. Below are some ideas for where to start when launching your remodelling project. Get methodical When you want to give your whole house a face-lift, you need to go room-by-room to determine how much work this will involve. Start in your front entry or foyer and progress through each room to first note the changes each room needs. Remember to consider the floors, ceiling, lighting, walls and furnishings. Does the space need any electrical or plumbing work? Next, use this list to create an inventory of all of the materials you need and how much they cost. Hire an inspector Afte...
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By Saheer Gurjot, I build custom home and offer complete home renova
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The warm temperatures and pleasant environment associated with the summer season makes said period an optimal time for many homeowners to tackle needed home renovations. Optimal projects often tackled during the warmer months include: Power Washing Significant cleaning of a home's exterior shouldn't occur during the winter for several reasons. First, the water utilized for such purposes can freeze and potentially precipitate damage to a residence's external components. Additionally, dust, dirt and other environmental debris are more likely to accumulate in the wake of adverse weather conditions, such as snow and ice storms.   Therefore, the summer is considered the most optimal period to wash and dry the exterior of a home, multi-family dwelling or commercial property. Not only will thi...
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By Saheer Gurjot, I build custom home and offer complete home renova
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The history of houses dates back to well before humans started to record history. For thousands of years, humans have been living in shelters that we built from materials in our environment. And, we have sought to improve the quality of these shelters by keeping the elements from wearing the materials. This method is where the idea of plaster, most commonly known as stucco, originates. Over the past few decades in modern western nations, this form of plaster has seen use on millions of homes, and many of them could stand right now for a little revitalization.   This form of plaster is made of sand, water, binders and aggregates that dries into a rock-hard surface protecting against water. Also, they offer insulator properties in terms of protecting the inside of the home against extrem...
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By Saheer Gurjot, I build custom home and offer complete home renova
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Have you ever considered making the switch to solar energy? The truth is that climate change is happening, but it’s also true that a lot of politicians and media pundits are very off-putting in the way they address it. While it is a real concern, when someone stands up and insults you, implies you’re a terrible person, and speaks about wanting authoritative changes, it can cause some people to say, “No thanks!” Though forget about what anyone else says when it comes to solar power. You should only consider it insofar as it benefits you personally and your planet and environment around you.  To that end, let’s discuss here some of the main reasons that you should consider making the switch to solar. No one is screaming; no one judging. Just a calm, measured list of benefits telling you ...
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By Duane West
(3R's Construction & Remodeling)
Can You See What's Wrong With This Picture?On the surface, this home looks beautiful! It's clean and tidy, looks well maintained, and is very inviting. But, what we don't know... there is something lurking behind the siding causing great damage! After a careful inspection they discovered water had been seeping in behind the siding.Slowly and quietly this home was being destroyed by dry rot. Like cancer this decay starts small and spreads without limit until the materials are so compromised, they fail under their own weight.   Modern building methods require a number of water-routing steps to prevent this from happening. Unfortunately for these people, and roughly two-thirds if the homes in west and south Salem built in the mid-to-late 90’s, this expensive surprise is waiting for them to...
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At first glance, being a commercial wallpaper designer may seem like a relatively easy job, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. From designing the materials of the backing and ground coat layers to the artwork for the applied ink layer, every aspect of commercial wallcovering design impacts the final outcome of how the wallpaper will look, perform and maintain.Below we’ve highlighted some of the best commercial wallpaper designers making waves in the industry right now and what makes their designs stand out from the rest.Anya LarkinInspired by an eclectic mix of design sensibilities from Bauhaus to Japanese kimonos, Anya Larkin’s hand-made wallcoverings highlighted the contrast between stability and movement. Utilizing patterns of dots, lines, curves and rectangles, the late de...
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By Saheer Gurjot, I build custom home and offer complete home renova
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Windows are vital home components that perform essential functions, such as allowing sunlight to enter and protecting residents from harsh conditions like temperature extremes and adverse weather phenomena. Once windows age or fail, pre placement is often necessary to prevent the occurrence of potentially detrimental problems like leaks and excessive air infiltration.   Homeowners facing these circumstances often wonder how much new windows and window replacements will cost. Unfortunately, there is no cut and dried answer. Ultimately, this will depend upon numerous varying criteria, including: Installation Process The complexity of the installation process is a notable mitigating factor. Either one of two installations will be executed, pocket or full-window frame. During pocket install...
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By Saheer Gurjot, I build custom home and offer complete home renova
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A homeowner has far too much to worry about with regular care and upkeep. The roof, chimney, heating and cooling, wiring and ventilation systems all need to be managed and maintained. An often forgotten part of the home is the plumbing. In fact, most homeowners don't even consider calling a plumber until they already have a problem. By then, it is probably too late to avoid costly repairs. Why do you need to contact a plumbing company? Your home's plumbing works every day. The pipes in your home experience constant use from showers, toilets, hand washing, laundry and dishwashing. The average home goes through about 94 litres, or 25 gallons, of water every day. The pipes take a beating even in the best circumstances.  A professional plumber will maintain your pipes to ensure they are in...
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By Saheer Gurjot, I build custom home and offer complete home renova
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You may want to renovate your home, but how do you move forward if you have a very small budget to work with? Despite what you may have heard about the costs of renovations, there are many things that you can do to keep your costs low. Here are some tips about reducing your costs and choosing the right renovation projects.  1. Choose Absolutely Essential Renovations Are you sick and tired of the creaking or worn down kitchen cabinets? Do you live in a cold region and hate walking into cold bathroom floors in the morning? Maybe it's time to redo the walls of an old bedroom that's no longer in use.  You want to make sure that your money goes into the essential home renovations. Focus on the projects that are going to make a big difference in your everyday home life. Put the vanity project...
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By Saheer Gurjot, I build custom home and offer complete home renova
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When people think of a theatre, they most likely envision a large building with a gigantic screen and hundreds of different seats lined up, elbow to elbow, where the latest movie releases are going to play to cheering crowds of onlookers. Though with technology really increasing, more and more people have been considering a home theatre installation rather than going out to the movies.  The technology for a home theatre isn’t as new as you might think. Home projection screens have been around for quite a while, and while they weren’t 4k ultra HD back then, flat-screen TVs to hang on your wall have been around since the early 2000s. Though the technology has gotten much better, and there are some great companies out there that will handle your installation needs and give you a great the...
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By Saheer Gurjot, I build custom home and offer complete home renova
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Most people do not think about their furnace until the cold weather kicks in during the fall and winter. Then, they start up the HVAC system and wait for hot air to come pumping through the vents. At this point, some people realize they need to service their furnace. Other people wait until well into the cold season to see if something goes wrong. Only then do they invest in furnace repair. While this approach is not uncommon, it may not be the best way to go about things. In fact, the best time to think about your furnace may be during the summer. Here are a few reasons why.  You Will Get Service Appointments Sooner It has happened to most homeowners. It is the coldest day of the winter, and what happens? Your furnace goes out. You put a call into the furnace repair shop, but there are...
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By Ann Nguyen, Lake Tahoe Truckee Homes For Sale
(eXp Realty of California, Inc.)
Finding the perfect piece of furniture for your needs, especially an option that won’t break the bank, can be a daunting task. The perfect furniture to fit your style and budget may just require a little hard work and some ingenuity. These furniture items can be easily DIY’d,  even by novice crafters. Wall ShelvesWith the industrial and shabby chic trends both at their peak, creating an eye-catching wall shelf is easier than ever before. Rope shelves can be made by simply painting or staining a length of wood and suspending it with eye-hooks from a length of rope on each side. Alternatively, mounting the wood on top of galvanized pipes in the place of traditional L brackets can create a sleek and fun take on a traditional wall shelf. Coffee TablesCreating a coffee table you love can be ...
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By Saheer Gurjot, I build custom home and offer complete home renova
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Deciding to work with a contractor for your home renovations is a good move. Certain projects are complicated to do yourself, while others require a lot of skill and experience. But you may be trying to figure out how to find the right company. Here are some helpful pointers:  1. Assess the Reviews and Ratings It's common for a renovation company to have its business listings online. You may be able to find them on websites like Google, Yelp, Facebook, and even local business directories. You should visit these websites to check the ratings and reviews for the business.  A high customer rating is a good sign, but you want to read the individual reviews. See why customers are happy. Try to see what kind of problems customers have dealt with working with the company. Finally, get a sense ...
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When shopping for furniture for your commercial property, you need to consider the size of the business and what type of furniture is required. The size of the space available for the furniture will be determined by the floor area of the room or the square footage of the building. The colour and textures of the furniture should match the colour and textures of the room. Always buy the right commercial furniture for your commercial property as it can be a major selling point. It is important to choose the right furniture that matches the look of the rest of the office and decorates the entire room. Choose furniture with a sleek, clean look or something that is more adventurous with shapes, texture and design. The right design can make the office feel inviting and can create a relaxed atm...
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It’s almost time to switch leaf rakes for snow shovels, well, at least in some parts of Australia, and shove those vests back into the drawer and swap them for long sleeves and jackets. And now that winter is approaching, its time to prepare your homes for comfort and worth Rinnai hot water systems and other heating solutions.If your boiler is rusty, leaks and underperforms, it’s really time to chuck it out. And if your home is covered in cold spots across the living room and bedrooms, and that ancient tank-style water heater won’t keep up with the demand for hot showers and baths, there’s a better solution.All these situations mean that anyone who loves winter is yet to dread the season if nothing’s done to fix these issues. A long, uncomfortable winter is something we all can live wi...
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Making sure that you choose the right air conditioning unit for your home in Miranda is crucial. The unit you go for can either be an effective cooling solution or an avoidable, costly lesson!There are many points that you should consider when on the market for an air conditioner, and while no two homes are the same, there are some needs that suit all Australian homes.1.      Energy EfficiencyElectricity rates are continually rising, and running costs are now more important than ever! Air conditioners tend to consume a lot of energy. So, before getting your unit, think about the level of energy efficiency of the unit you intend on buying. Modern air conditioners come with inverters, causing them to consume around 30% less energy compared to older models.The demand for energy efficiency ...
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By Micheal John
(Micheal John)
Are you wondering how much does an HVAC unit cost? If yes, you should check out our informative guide here on the prices you can expect. According to a recent Residential Energy Consumption Survey (RECS), more than 87% of homes in the United States now use HVAC equipment. While central air-conditioning systems continue to grow in popularity among new single-family homes, individual air- conditioners are still common in many older homes. ACs serve a multitude of purposes in the home or the office setting, including regulating temperature and sustaining air quality. Most Americans assume that the cost of buying and maintaining an HVAC system is over the roof. Have you been wondering how much does an HVAC unit cost? If yes, this information guide is for you. If you’re expecting a direct an...
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We all know how important first impressions are and, as a business owner, how perception can either draw new customers or drive them away. When was the last time you paid attention to the state of your current driveway paving Peterborough and parking lot? What does it say about your Peterborough business?Making sure that your driveway paving and parking lot are clean and free of debris, cracks, and potholes could help save you stress and money. Installing asphalt parking lots and driveway paving is an excellent investment you should consider making a lasting impression. The process of installing new paving or parking lot can seem daunting, but with careful research and knowing as much as possible about asphalt driveway paving and parking lots can be very beneficial.As experienced asphal...
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Asif Ali Gohar has recently created a floribunda rose variety named Gohar and it was rather spectacular. Features like great resistance, flowering till late autumn, the big leaves and long stems are things that a lot of people passionate about flowers love to see and they really enjoy this type of content. Now that Asif Ali Gohar saw the roses are in high demand, he is focused on creating new rose varieties and expanding the current ones. This was expected considering the demand, and it’s definitely bringing in something different and rather amazing to the table. Asif Ali Gohar is now looking to find some new distribution partners and he is working very hard to ensure that more and more people get their hands on these roses.The demand is very large, especially since the Gohar option is ...
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By Duane West
(3R's Construction & Remodeling)
How Many Problems Do You See With This Siding?TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE!We found five problems that need to be addressed: Possibility of Lead Paint (CAUTION… lead paint is hazardous!)Bright colored thick paint applied before 1978 may contain lead and should be tested before any work is done.The EPA has established guidelines on the proper removal and handling of lead contaminated paint. Any surface containing lead paint is not to be disturbed without the proper safety precautions, including collecting all chips and dust must be collected and disposed of properly. Be careful hiring a contractor that isn't certified for lead, your job can get shut down by the government and your neighbors could hold you liable for contaminating their property.  No Primer Coat (Without primer… the paint won’t st...
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