Ideas For The Basement

Posted by admin in House and Home, House Tips, Repair and Maintenance on 10-10-2017

If you have a basement in your home, then you know that there can be few things to do with the space if it’s not designed to be a functional area. Most basements are used for storage, where the hot water heater is located or where the heating system of the home is located. However, if you don’t have these items in the basement and the structure is supportive, there are basement remodeling Northern VA companies that can offer ideas about ways to improve this room in the home and perform the work when you’re ready to get started.

Most basements are dark and dreary. Remodel the room by installing windows that will allow the sun to shine through. Paint the walls white or a neutral color that is bright so that the space will feel comfortable and attractive instead of like a dungeon in the home. Transform the space into a family room where everyone can enjoy watching television, spending time on holidays or gathering to talk about the day. Another option for the basement is to turn the room into an office. The office can be used to get work done or for your kids to get their homework and special projects for school finished. You’re going to want to use white or bright colors on the wall when creating an office as well.

If you have family members or guests who frequently spend the night, then consider making the basement a guest bedroom. You can get a remodeling contractor to add a bathroom with a toilet, shower, and sink as well as a closet or a wall so that there is a living room and bedroom. It can be designed to look like a small apartment so that your guests don’t have to stay at a hotel when they visit. The room could also be used by an older child who is in college and doesn’t want to stay on campus but wants his own space in the home. A benefit of using the basement as a guest room is that there is usually a private entrance or enough space where an entrance can be made.

5 Perfect Uses for Marble Slabs

Posted by admin in House and Home on 10-10-2017

Marble slabs are a versatile stone material that can be used in a surprising number of projects around the home. The most difficult part of deciding to use marble is pocking from the wide selections of color and natural vein design. Below are five of the best used for a quality marble slab.

 

Fireplace Surrounds

Your living area, family room, or den might have a fireplace that has a less than desirable surround. Adding a touch of marble can make the room and fireplace stand out. It can add a real touch of class and contemporary style. You can also use a matching portion of marble slab for the hearth. This might become your favorite area of the home for entertaining.

 

Kitchen and Bathroom Counters

Outdated laminate and tile counters in the bathroom and kitchen have to go if you are trying to complete a facelift of these areas. Each marble slab offers a different color, vein pattern and overall feel. This means every room where marble is used, it will be unique. You can match the existing decor, or go for a complete change.

 

Sunken Tub Surrounds

Sunken tubs and glass-encased showers are perfect for a bold veined slab of marble. You can completely transform your bathroom into a virtual oasis of relaxation and splendor. You can have the same sensation experienced on the best of vacations right in your own home.

 

Kitchen Islands

Having extra space to prepare meals in the kitchen will increase the value of your home. One of the important areas looked at by home buyers is the kitchen. The more modern and updated it is, the better the potential is to sell if there is ever a need. Using a perfectly cut marble slab will provide ample space for a center kitchen island and will offer lasting beauty for years.

 

Patio Entertainment Areas

Marble slabs can be used in outdoor entertainment areas for things like stationary tables, benches and bar counters. You will enjoy spending as much time outdoors as you do indoors. The marble material will last for years and provide many opportunities to impress family and friends with barbecues, birthday parties, and other get-togethers.

 

Contact a trusted source in marble slab Los Angeles like Stonemart and select the perfect design for your next project today!

Finding the Right Luxury Home Builder

Posted by admin in House and Home, House Tips on 09-10-2017

Imagine that the time has finally come. You have enough money to have your dream home built. Your budget is big enough to spare no expenses so you’re in the market for a luxury home builder. You’ve never had a luxury home built before. You wonder how to start the whole process. Fortunately, finding the right luxury home builder is more dependent on you and what you want in your luxury home. It doesn’t have to be a difficult process.

What do You Want?
It may be arduous to determine what you want right away. However, once you decide what you’re looking for, your search for the right builder can begin. This is the vital first step. This step will determine what type of builder you need to seek out and will allow you to explore your options.

Don’t Forget Your Homework
Once you’ve clarified what you want, don’t trust a builder for all of your information. Go online and start looking for information. You can always compare the information you find to the info you get from a builder. Plus, the research you conduct on your own will help you form questions and get more information.

Make Value & Quality a Priority
Pay attention. It’s nice to walk through a model home and absorb the ambiance, however, it’s important that you pay close attention to the details of the home while you look. Observe the cabinetry, flooring, and paint job. These are all strong indicators of the craftsmanship of the builder. Does the builder provide high-quality finishes? Is the cabinetry well made? Is the builder offering any value-based incentives? These are questions that should be ruminating in your head. However, these are all questions that will need answers in order to make good decisions, when it comes to selecting a builder. Pay attention, you don’t want to make the mistake of hiring a builder that specializes in metal storage sheds.

Once you determine what you want in your luxury home, the search for the right builder should become an easier process. You’ll want to do your own homework as well as talk to different builders to gain information. Enjoy your search but pay attention. You’ll want to hire a builder that provides both quality and value in their homes. Leave no stone unturned and ask plenty of questions. If you take your time, the right builder will emerge from all your search efforts.

Murphy’s Law Does Not Apply Here

Posted by admin in Air Conditioning, House and Home, Plumbing on 09-10-2017

Over here at the House of Maria, we have an old saying that holds so true. If you are a homeowner especially, then “Murphy’s Law Is In Effect.” In other words, if anything can go wrong, it will at your home, thereby forcing expenses that you’re never really prepared for in any way, shape or form.

Electrical needs, air conditioning, heating, or whatever, you just name it! And among the most vital for any household, especially one with children is having a good, reputable plumbing contractor on hand at all times, well, at least within phone reach.

But just what makes a good plumbing contractor? Well, at St Charles Heating and Cooling, or other professional superior plumbing companies easily found online, you’ll quickly see what a contractor of quality does and should be responsible for in providing you top quality service.

What You Can Expect From A Good, Superior Plumbing Contractor

Today’s air cooling systems and heating systems are a lot different than the days of old radiators and old-fashioned ice boxes. Being a science to itself, technology has advanced to optimal levels that requires knowledge beyond what anyone imagined before.

– Having a thorough knowledge of condensing units, knowing how to repair old units and how to install them as well is crucial.
– Keeping coil systems clean, doing seasonal Freon checks and recharging with Freon, cleaning condensers and checking T-stats all form part of keeping a smooth-running cooling system and heating system going.
– Naturally, having a full-working knowledge of the latest energy-efficient Energy Star® equipment available is tantamount to having the best and most reliable service when you need it the most.

Guaranteed Service When You Need It: 24/7

Did anyone say guarantee? Well, if the firm you deal with is professional indeed, they are as good as their word when they give it. Providing estimates and quotes before you approve a job comes with the proverbial territory.

A superior service should be up and running to your house or business at a drop of the hat on an around-the-clock basis including holidays. Being able to quickly diagnose the problem in your heating and cooling environment is another sure give away indicator that you’re dealing with pros and not just with inexperienced novices.

In addition, being transparent is all part of being a good, quality cooling and heating contractor and being easily accessible day or night is all part of the job. A quick phone all, or a visit to an online website, will give you more information that comes with a lasting peace of mind.

Three Tips to Get Your Home Ready for the Winter

Posted by admin in House and Home on 09-10-2017

As temperatures become cooler and nights grow longer, it’s time to get your home ready for winter. Winter is an exciting, festive season, and you will probably spend lots of time at home, enjoying your family and friends and filled with the holiday spirit. It’s also the season that’s responsible for bringing a good deal of potentially damaging weather, including snowstorms, hail, and freezing ice. Before you start putting up your holiday decorations and planning for your family reunions, take a few hours to prepare your house for the winter. Here are a few tips to help you get started with prepping.

Make Major Repairs Now

Don’t wait until disaster strikes in the form of severe winter weather before making major repairs to your home. Taking care of problems before they get worse will save you a lot of money and trouble in the long run. For example, if you need waterproofing exterior foundation walls, don’t wait until it’s too late. Instead, hire a reputable local contractor like A-Proseal to get the job done right before the winter weather kicks in. This way, when the snow starts falling and the temperatures drop, you’ll be confident that your home can withstand the weather.

Check Your Roof

Even if you don’t think your home has any major problems, be sure to check all of the areas of your house, especially your roof. It’s easy to forget about your roof because, unlike your siding or foundation, you rarely see it. However, it’s roof damage that can most quickly destroy your home, especially once the rain starts falling. A leaky roof will not only damage your home, it can also introduce moisture into your home, which can lead to dangerous black mold. Checking on your roof and making sure it’s in good shape can prevent mold damage, saving your health and, potentially, your life.

Clean Up from the Fall

Make sure you’ve collected and dealt with all of the leaves that come from the autumn weather. This includes cleaning out your gutters and making sure they aren’t clogged with leaves. Ideally, you should collect those leaves and compost them, since they are excellent mulch for lawns and gardens. Otherwise, check with your city to see if they offer pickup options for leaf debris.

Get ready for winter now. You’ll be glad that you did.

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