Senin, 15 November 2010

Home Remodeling Tips: Protecting Existing Fixtures While You Work

17.31 by eko sulistioni · 0 komentar
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Save yourself some heartache and hassle by taking steps to protect historic fixtures before you start your old-house remodeling project.

Remodeling an older home is usually a major undertaking. You need to work around all of the nonstandard parts and delicate features of your home, you need to try to find acceptable replacements for the fixtures that are not repairable, and you also need to try to protect the fixtures that you plan to keep. This last item is often overlooked until it is too late and something has been broken or damaged. Save yourself some heartache and hassle by taking steps to protect those fixtures before you start your remodeling project.

Fixtures That Can Be Removed

For some fixtures, protecting them can be as simple as removing them from the scene and placing them somewhere safe for the duration of your project. Small fixtures like light switches, light fixtures, and plumbing fixtures most easily lend themselves to removal, but larger items can be removed and protected, as well. Radiators, sinks, bathtubs, and even windows can be removed and safely stored out of harm’s way.


When removing fixtures, labeling is absolutely mandatory. Draw a map of each room in your house, noting the exact location of each item you remove. Devise a labeling system that will work for your purposes and stick with it. During a recent project, we simply labeled each item with numbers (1, 2, 3, 4, etc.) and noted where each numbered item belonged on our room maps. Taking a few extra minutes to label will save you time later when it’s time to reinstall your fixtures.

It’s also important to keep all of the parts together and labeled. You want to label each part not only to keep them together, but to remember where each part belongs. For example, if I were removing a window, I would label the window and each part (each hinge, each screw, each latch) with the number that coordinates with the window’s location on my room map. I’d also label each part so I knew where it belonged on the window. Particularly with old houses, the hinge that fits one window perfectly may not fit as perfectly on another window. Again, save yourself time later by labeling now.

Last, you need to find a safe place to store your fixtures. Wrap the items to protect them, if necessary. If they are small enough, place them inside a sturdy, well-labeled box. If there is enough space in one of the parts of your house that will not be affected by the remodel, store your fixtures there. Otherwise, it will be necessary to store them off-site. Be sure to choose a location that is safe from water or other damage.

Fixtures That Cannot Be Removed

Perhaps the fixtures you want to protect cannot be removed, or at least cannot be removed without a lot of time and expense. Maybe you have an antique boiler that you would like to preserve while you finish you basement, for example. The type of protection your particular fixture will need will vary with the type of damage it may incur.

Generally, wrapping the item with a layer of plain newsprint then a few layers of bubble wrap, then another layer of newsprint or even a drop cloth will be enough to protect the fixture. If the fixture is in an awkward place and subject to being bumped into with equipment, consider erecting a temporary blockade of the area. Protecting historic fixtures is an important part of remodeling in any old house. Taking the time to protect your fixtures on the front end will ensure that your remodeling project is satisfactory, and will save you time and money in the end.

(Featured article by: essortment.com)
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Senin, 01 November 2010

Organizing Tips for Small Houses

00.06 by eko sulistioni · 0 komentar
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My house is a palace. The phrase is indeed true, sometimes when away from home feeling of longing for that comfort of home is often blanketed. But if our house is too small and simple, is it still able to give comfort?

Having a small house that does not mean you do not feel comfortable to occupants. Feel spacious and neat still be obtained if you can work around this.
In order for the little house looked comfortable, spacious and beautiful, try to arrange the tips apply a small house the following:

Take advantage of every room seefesien possible. Utilization of the empty spaces in the house to put the goods, such as room under the stairs which can be used as storage. But avoiding the accumulation of goods that are not useful, because it will make the house more and more narrow land.

Notice the lighting of lamps. Take advantage of two types of light, yellow and white. Yellow light to give the impression of more warm, fresh, natural and romantic. While the white light will give effect to the cold, formal and unnatural.

Settings window is also very important, because it should make sure when building a house dipasangan window with the right position. This also affects the installation of glass, which will provide significant benefits in comfort and home health. Incoming sunlight into the room will provide warmth and expand sweeping views.

Selection of wall color. We recommend that you select a paint with warm colors because dark colors tend to make the room seem more cramped. If you want to install the wallpaper, choose a striped thin, lightweight with a soft color or pattern of small boxes which can rest the view and relax the mind.

If your house has two floors, choose a ladder made from lightweight materials, for example, metal.

For household furniture, use simple designs furniture with soft colors or a color close to the wall so as not to seem heavy and narrow.
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