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Monthly Archives: January 2017

Some Reasons to Renovate Basement

If you too are contemplating on getting your old basement renovated or remodeled, but are not able to convince yourself completely if it will be feasible for you or not, read on…

Basement  Renovate Allows You to Add More Space to Your Existing Home

It might happen that the number of people living under your roof has increased over time and the available living space might feel a little congested. In order to fulfill the needs of a growing family, a basement renovation or remodel can be the right solution. From adding one or more bedrooms, bedroom suites, living rooms, guest room, or an entertainment area, your basement can be a lifesaver in such situations.

Renovating Basements Increases the Value of Your Home

If you seek to sell off your home in the coming years, you should consider revamping your basement- the reason for this is that potential buyers will be attracted to a finished and functional basement area, thereby giving you a legitimate and justified reason to increase your asking price.

A Renovate Basement Adds Up As an Entertainment Area

With simple changes as replacing old flooring for a new one, opening up the available space or changing the lighting, your basement can be reworked into a nice and cozy entertainment area where you can not only entertain your guests, but also host family get-togethers and parties, depending on the area available.

Rustic Luxe Design

In the kitchen a sliding barn door is perfect to close off the pantry, but the rustic luxe design doesn’t have to stop there. The kitchen is the perfect place to implement this design because it is easy to mix masculine and feminine decor. The cabinets are usually where the feminine design comes in play. Most commonly rustic luxe cabinetry is glazed in a distressed white finish. To add a little flair you can add glass doors on either a few cabinets, which would create an accent, or all cabinets, which creates a more open and airy feel. The same white distressed material is often brought to the fridge with custom doors, fit to match the cabinets. This is a great way to hide your appliances, while also adding more femininity to your kitchen. The back splash in a rustic luxe kitchen ranges greatly with some designs being more masculine than others. If you are looking for a more feminine look it is common to go with lighter tiles, such as subway tiles, if you are going for a more masculine look darker more earth toned back splashes are commonly used. To tie in the masculine design, counter tops are often darker earth tones. Rustic luxe kitchens most commonly use granite counter, which not only bring in masculinity but they add the luxurious feel as well.

Continuing through the home, it is important to carry out the rustic luxe design. Living areas are no exception. This include; living rooms, sitting areas, and bedrooms. The most important thing to remember when decorating living areas is the furniture. Rustic luxe design revolves greatly around your choice of furniture. Purchasing a light colored couch, this can be of any textile, and placing it with more industrial home furnishings is a great way to achieve this look. Industrial modern pieces are often used to bring the rustic flair to living areas. This includes coffee tables, which feature a natural wood top and metal legs and accents. It is important to keep a neutral or natural look in your living areas. Throw pillows and blankets often feature different textures to draw the eye, instead of having different colors and patterns.

Some Eye Catching Bathroom Ideas

The pool with a view

Bathroom designed with marbles is all time favorite among the homeowners as these are easy to maintain. Here you can opt for the floor to ceiling glass windows so that your bathroom can get an abundance of sunlight.

The natural bath

This is a conventional way to design a bathroom. The periphery of the shower can be designed with greenery and the bathtub will be flower covered. This will give a Caribbean feel.

The travertine bath

For every penthouse bathroom, marble is known to be the best designing tool. This will separate the wet area within the bathroom with frameless glass door with a frosted look.

The library bath

The louvered windows here will surely make the way to enter more sunlight. The bathtub can be placed on a wooden platform which will no doubt give an extraordinary look to the bathroom.

The ensuite bath

This style is catching up very fast and people are loving it hugely. The best thing about this style is that these are open ensuite which covering the bedroom and the bathroom.

The eclectic washroom

This type of washroom can easily be designed with a soft gray wall and ultimately this bathroom will develop into an elegant place.

The vintage powder room

This type of washroom is decorated with antique mirror and mini bathtub like a basin. This design is just awesome and will give you extreme refreshment.

The freshly whitewashed bathroom

The ultimate freshness you will get from this design. You can add bold color and exclusive hand painted walls with yellow shade. Here you can place triangular wall pocket for the lamps so that it will become completely contemporary in look.

Some Types of Outdoor Lighting

Floodlights

Floodlights are a useful option to give a little extra illumination to the outside seating areas, steps, driveways and paths. Alternatively, the deck lights can help to mark out a pathway.

Accent

Accent lights are the best option to add a touch of drama and atmosphere to the garden. They are a nice way to highlight a water feature, sculpture, pond, certain plants or other focal points outside. A single accent light placed under foliage or near a favorite feature gives a focused and intense beam, while a light placed either side of the feature creates the more flattering and soft effect.

Security

The dedicated security light is a high visibility and cost-effective deterrent to the would-be intruder. They are useful to install on the main property, outbuildings and boundary walls. Most of these lights are motion or heat activated to instantly light up the area that has attracted undesirable attention.

Plus, the lights are designed with a stand-alone detector or a built-in PIR detector. The placement of security light is critical to avoid tampering. Ideally, the light should be placed at least two meters from ground level. Also, a manual override feature is a practical feature for those that occasionally want the constant source of illumination.

Solar

Solar lights are an energy-efficient and eco-friendly option for the garden. They have the potential to save nearly 80 perfect in day-to-day running costs. These lights rely on a solar panel to pick up energy from the sun which is stored in a battery. Most of the lights automatically active when dusk arrives and provide a soft and warm glow.