Tips On How To Carry Out a Kitchen Remodel Project

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One of the most important spaces in a house is the kitchen, and one of the best ways to add value to a home is to make sure the kitchen is not only a functional space, but also a beautiful one. Updating a kitchen can be done in many ways, but it usually involves adding attractive flooring, changing out the cabinetry and countertops, updating lighting and replacing old appliances with modern energy efficient models. If renovations must be done, its important to hire qualified professionals with references. Here are a few things that will help your kitchen remodel project go smoothly.

First and foremost, you are going to want to hire professionals. No matter where you live, kitchen projects involve a lot of electrical wiring, natural gas lines and water pipes. If you are re-doing cabinets, there can also be a lot of heavy lifting, cutting, and mounting. These are just a few concerns you may run into which is why hiring competent and reliable professionals is a good idea. Select a contractor who has similar project experience or specializes in the work you need. When searching for a construction company, ask for references and past work. Any good contractor … Read More

Permits For Home Renovation

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If you are planning home renovation, it would be advisable to find out whether you would need any permit from the city and if so, what type of permit would be needed. Each municipality has its own set of rules for obtaining permits for home renovation work. Moreover, the rules of the municipalities stipulate that certain types of renovation work need permits whereas other types do not need them. Its, therefore, necessary to make proper inquiries and abide by the statutory requirements of the local building codes and ensure the safety of your home and maintain its resale potential.

Abide By Municipal Rules

The stipulations governing the parameters of the distances, sizes, heights and other items vary from one municipality to another. Whereas some of the approved measurements are based on safety and structural considerations, others are merely arbitrary. In spite of that, you should make sure that you become aware of the same and abide by the stipulations before undertaking your home renovation work.

Certain types of home renovation work such as electrical or plumbing work in a wall necessitate that the work is inspected before you can cover it with drywall. You can get the permit for such … Read More

my art studio

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my art studio

updated photograph of my art studio.
my art studio is an "organic being". it grows and changes as i continue to work.

my art studio

some thoughts about my studio to share with you all:

since i write a lot, and i enjoy getting to know flickr artists and have you know me i wanted to share my studio with you all….and…i love my studio (which i designed myself) and wanted you all to see it.

background: i have always had a studio. when i was very young i painted on the kitchen table (i’m sure we all did…and maybe still do!). in every home we’ve had, i have had a studio. in our first apartment i painted on the floor in the t.v. room. i was more "supple" then, so down on the floor worked for my knees! when we lived in italy and twice in germany our apartments were large enough for me to have my own room for making art. when neal and i first bought our house here (years ago) i was creating 2d art, mostly acrylic painting. i also was a part owner/artist in a gallery on conn. ave (in washington, dc, usa) working in … Read More

How to Make Your Husband Want to Come Home and Be With You – Advice For Wives

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Have you ever wondered how to make your husband want to come home and be with you? Many of us feel a bit frustrated and rejected when our husband spends too much time with his friends or at work. It’s also beyond unbearable if your husband has decided that he needs a bit of time away from you and is bunking with a friend or has taken to staying at a hotel.  If you love your husband and you simply want to spend more time with him so you can rebuild the relationship, there are things you can do, on your own, to make that happen.

Learning how to make your husband want to come home begins with letting him go. As much as you want to nag your husband into spending more time with you, that’s not going to work. Typically when a woman pressures a man into something he’s going to resist. Sometimes in a relationship one partner just needs a bit of room and that can be very difficult for us, as women, to understand. Your husband will feel more respected and loved if you give him what he needs. Some time apart is not going to … Read More

Decorative Concrete – What You Should Know About Cracks & Color Variations

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Although I normally espouse the wonders and joys of decorative concrete applications, I feel I should also inform about the other side of the coin: no matter what the color or stamp design reflects, it is still concrete. Your new patio may look like a gorgeous slate, but it is not. It is concrete. What does this mean? Well, it means that although concrete has limitless design options and can me formed into almost any design, mimicking many other building materials; It does have minor limitations. A seasoned decorative concrete contractor knows this, and will install the concrete according to industry standards in order to best prevent cracks or color mishaps.

That said, these issues do arise on occasion. Let us begin with cracks in your brand new stamped concrete pool deck. Firstly, expansion joints are cut into the concrete to prevent cracks from occurring. However, everything from heavy loads traveling on the stamped concrete to land settlement underneath the concrete can cause a crack regardless of expansion joints. Proper cutting of the joints should alleviate this issue, and more often than not, it will. Secondly, when concrete cures it shrinks. This can cause cracks as well and even the … Read More