How To Create A Man Cave Garage

Did you know that garage man caves are therapeutic? I’m just kidding, but in all seriousness, a man cave garage is sure to be the talk of the town and your home within your home.

Man caves give us the freedom to express ourselves. It gives us the personal space we sometimes need in the middle of the weekly grind we go through 52 times a year. The benefits are endless, but converting a garage into a man cave is certainly easier said than done.

That is why I have researched and gathered all the steps one must take to convert and remodel a garage into a dream man cave.

Garage Man Cave

Cleaning

To truly design and create the best man cave possible, you need a blank canvas. Many of us use the garage to store bikes, winter clothes, drinks, cleaning supplies, etc. Well, if you’re going to use this garage to the fullest, you need to get organized.

Rummage through all the junk you have in your garage and make sure each item is something you and family needs. If not, sell it on eBay or throw it out. For the items you do need, you better get smart at organizing. Move it to the basement, below the sink or in the laundry room. Do whatever you can to clear out the space before you turn it into the garage man cave everyone will be talking about.

Too much junk? Get some professional cleaning help.

Insulation

If you’re going to be spending every Sunday in this man cave watching football, then you better have it insulated. That means you need the floors, walls, ceiling and garage door insulated.

No one said this was going to be easy or cheap. According to our insulation installation cost estimator, most homeowners pay $1,289 for insulation. However, this price is the average of all insulation projects around the house, including the attic. You can expect garage insulation to be less.

One way to save money is by installing the garage door insulation yourself. I mapped out all the steps in How To Insulate A Garage Door.

Iowa Man Cave

Painting

The insides of garages are not built with design flair. Man caves, on the other hand, require some color and design. That is why your new garage man cave needs a new coat paint on all the walls.

I don’t care if it’s red, blue, green or even white, if you’re converting a garage into man cave, it needs paint. If you need help deciding, make sure you read Popular House Paint Colors For 2014.

Beware, painting an entire garage is a lot of work. There are professionals who specialize in garage painting. Click here to connect with up to four professional painters for free.

Lighting

Most garages have one light installed, but when you’re hosting poker night or your next fantasy football draft, you need to illuminate the room.

Try incorporating lights that match your style. If you’re going with an industrial look, look for pendants lights that match the color scheme. If you want a more modern touch, go with recessed lights.

Installing your own lighting can be tricky. If you have an attached garage, the project is a bit easier, but if you have a detached garage, you may want to find a professional electrician.

Man Cave With Hardwood

Flooring

For obvious reasons, the standard garage floor can get cold and unwelcoming, two feelings you would never want for your garage man cave. Concrete floors will not help the situation.

You could add floorboards or even carpet in certain areas (very risky though). Alternatively, you could buy large area rugs, but if you really want your man cave to be the talk of the town, spend the extra cash on a comfortable flooring option.

Protection

We will get into the highlights of your man cave garage momentarily, but we must address the elephant in the room that is security. If you’re going to place your 75” TV or Michael Jordan jersey in the garage, then you better have good security.

These are valuable items and after you show off your unbelievable man cave, all your neighbors will be talking about it. Make sure you purchase special garage door locks. This way, friends and neighbors will need your code to open the garage.

Likewise, make sure you put a deadbolt on the back door (if your garage has one). For more protection, you could also extend your security system.

Man Cave Garage Ideas

Furniture

Now that we have the basics out of the way, it’s time to get into the fun stuff. As I noted in 10 Must-Have Items for the Ultimate Man Cave, a recliner is the No. 1 essential item all man caves need.

The age-old picture of a man drinking a beer on his recliner in his man cave has not died. However, the modern man cave has evolved and you need comfortable seating for all your friends. Whether you add a sectional, a huge leather couch, multiple recliners or even bar seats, make sure you have enough seating for you and all your guys.

Bar & Fridge

The man cave is supposed to be convenient and it surely won’t be if you have to run inside every time you want a drink or another sandwich. If you have space, try to build your own bar in the corner of your new man cave garage. Leave space and electrical outlets for a mini fridge or a larger one if you can fit it.

Believe me when I say that without a fridge, your friends will not enjoy this man cave.

Memorabilia

No man cave can be complete without its fair share of sports memorabilia. If you have always wanted a place to show off that Derek Jeter ball or a wall to hang that LeBron James jersey, your man cave is it.

If you’re not into sports, add movie posters, pictures of the kids or anything that makes you happy. It’s your man cave. Be sure to add all the personal flair you want!

Conclusion

Garages are the perfect location for a man cave. If separates the home and your home within your home. It gives you the freedom you demand after a long week. Now that you know what you need, go out and start building or designing your own garage man cave.

Before & After Photos: A Must-Read Transformation Story

Before & After Photos: A Must-Read Transformation StoryJanis Schwartz was sick of how her outdated kitchen and living room looked and decided to do something about it. It was time for a DIY remodel. She purchased her 1981 brick ranch in 2009. It had little to no updating done to it, but it had a good foundation. Janis started out by deciding what her timeline for the remodel was going to be and chose a five-year plan with completion of a total update (and selling the property) by 2020. Most importantly, she set a firm budget, making it the biggest expense in the house at an estimated $20,000.

As you can see in the header image, Janis took what was once a red brick floor-to-ceiling fireplace flanked by dark wood shelving and transformed the room into an absolutely gorgeous and cozy living space. When Janis and her significant other decided on a design for the new kitchen, including gray kitchen cabinets, they boarded and tiled the fireplace so that the living room scheme would flow nicely with the chosen kitchen design. In case you’re wondering, the fireplace above is gas with glass rock. She’s still working on deciding what type of screen or cover to use over the fireplace. Janis had painted the shelving within the first year of moving in order to lighten the area. Molding was also added to the original mantel to update the look.

Kitchen Before Remodel

An Outdated Kitchen is A Lifeless Kitchen

Janis decided that her lifestyle required a stylish and updated kitchen because she needed a nice room where she could cook and spend time with her significant other and daughter. Her daughter is currently away at college, returning on weekends. Her significant other has encouraged her design dreams and has helped her along the way. Together, they did all of the work themselves, with the exception of professional installation of kitchen cabinets and counters.

You can see from the image above that Janis’s old kitchen was outdated and very dim looking. She made a good decision remodeling in order to get a fresh new look. The kitchen had old dark wood cabinets and flooring, and the countertop was far from impressive. Dated appliances can also make an entire kitchen feel old and dreary. Well, Janis has certainly impressed us with all of her hard work. The new kitchen turned out gorgeous!

Kitchen Remodel

A Remodeled Kitchen is A Vibrant Kitchen

The color scheme in the new kitchen is stylish and modern. Janis used Craftmade solid wood cabinets from Lowes. The new cabinets have soft close hinges and are designed with pullout drawers. The 6-foot island gives Janis a convenient workspace with lots of storage on each side. We want to point out that the island includes a pullout trash disposal and an electrical wired mixer pullout stand for her KitchenAid. These features are conveniently located across from the sink and dishwasher. Let’s not forget the shiny new appliances that were installed to brighten the room.

For the countertops, Janis wanted as close to white marble as she could get without breaking her budget so she chose Hanstone Tranquility quartz, and is very pleased with the look and durability. The tile backsplash has an insert of 1/8 inch mosaic that ties into the fireplace in the family room. Janis replaced the kitchen floor with brand new hardwood flooring. The floor is done in dark mahogany porcelain tile laid to resemble wood. Just gorgeous! Well done, Janis and team.

Conclusion

Janis is extremely proud of the new kitchen and living room remodel. We agree that it’s a spectacular and impressive transformation worth sharing. The best part is that she had fun doing it! Instead of stressing out about the remodeling project, she made a plan, decided on a budget and took action. Great job, Janis! Those pictures are proof of a successful and chic remodeling project.

How Much Does A Fence Cost?

Before installing a fence, the first thing all homeowners need to know is the average price. Fence installation costs vary based on the type and size of your chosen fence and therefore, makes research difficult and long. We have simplified the process and gathered the average prices for the most popular fences on the market. If you have ever wondered how much a fence costs, than this article is your answer.

Fence Costs

Overview of Fencing Costs

First off, installing a fence can be a DIY project, but I will warn you that it is not the easiest home remodeling job. Hiring a professional is the safer route, but as you probably expect, it is also the costlier one.

You must consider your individual needs before purchasing and choosing a fence. Higher fences will not only take longer to install, but are more expensive. The materials are heavier and more difficult to work with.

Chain link fences are the cheapest to purchase and easiest to install. Made from composed galvanized steel or aluminum wrapped with PVC, these fences not only last a very long time, but are also incredibly easy and quick to install. While a wooden fence offers more privacy and security, the costs of labor and materials will be more.

According to our fence installation cost estimator, the average price to install a fence is $2,388. No matter your preferred type, most homeowners choose a six-foot privacy fence. The average minimum cost to install a six-foot privacy fence is $3 per linear foot, with the maximum coming in at $13 per linear foot.

Security gates, for those looking for extra protection, on average, cost around $5,000. Those of you looking to keep your pets in the yard should look into electric or invisible fences, which come in at $1,070.

Privacy Fence

What Goes Into the Price of Fence Installation?

Undoubtedly, the biggest cost that comes with fence installation is materials. Whether you go with brick, bamboo, vinyl or any other fencing type, this will take up a large portion of your budget.

Next, if you hire a pro, will be labor. It takes time to install a fence and a pro has a right to charge you a fair price.

Other aspects that can fluctuate the price of your fence installation include:

  • Permits
  • Marking utility lines
  • Preparation
  • Approval from HOA
  • Concrete delivery (if needed)

Fencing Types

As you can see above, the dominant factor in fence costs is materials. In order to narrow your search, you need to know all the fence types. That is why I presented an overview of each at 9 Types of Fences, but below is an abridged version.

  • Aluminum
  • Wood
  • PVC
  • Wrought Iron
  • Vinyl
  • Chain Link
  • Electric
  • Bamboo
  • Farm

Security Gate

Privacy Fencing

Fences can be installed for security or aesthetics, but many homeowners install a new fence for privacy. While privacy fencing may not secure your yard or home as much as other fences, they do have a clear set of advantages potential fence installers should know:

  • Clearly shows children a safe place to play
  • Acts as a deterrent for burglars
  • Separates one space from a neighboring property
  • Keeps pets secure and contained in the yard or garden

Nonetheless, there are a few disadvantages that come with privacy fencing:

  • Generally, more expensive
  • More materials
  • More maintenance
  • Not as pretty

For more info, including material costs and average prices for DIY or fencing professionals, please refer to our six-foot privacy fence material estimator.

Wood Fence Cost

How to Save Money on Fence Installation

Undoubtedly, the easiest way to save cash on fence installation is by installing the fence yourself. As I said earlier, it’s not one of the easier DIY projects, but one the average to experienced home remodeler can complete. Beware that without a step-by-step guide, major damage can occur. For example, if you accidently hit a utility line as you dig your post holes, you will have some angry neighbors knocking on your door.

 

Conclusion

Fence costs vary by type, size and function. However, now that you have the ultimate fence installation cost guide, you can make the most logical and appropriate decision for your budget and yard.

DIY Tips For How To Build A Sunroom

DIY Tips For How To Build A SunroomOpen Porches

Open porches are unquestionably a blessing, especially in warm weather. They provide some extra living space in the open air that just can’t be duplicated by decks or patios. They protect you from the sun and rain and if there’s a better place to hang a hammock, it’s hard to imagine. But when the weather turns cold an open porch loses nearly all its appeal. It becomes dormant real estate that doesn’t get much use until things warm up again. In some areas of the country this can take nearly six months, which is a long time for something that cost so much to be out of commission.

For die-hard porch enthusiasts, enclosing the space or a screened in porch may not be attractive. But for the rest of us, the tradeoff can be compelling, especially if you have a large porch that would add substantially to the year-round square footage of your house. And, if you enclose the space with large windows, like we did, you can end up with a dramatic sun room that has a special appeal of its own.

Because so much of the structure is already in place, enclosing a porch is a pretty straightforward project. All that’s really required are installing some windows, adding some insulation and providing some extra heat. Unfortunately, porches come in all shapes and sizes and each is bound to have its own idiosyncrasies that can complicate the job. But the methods we show here can be applied to most designs.

Windows

In many ways, enclosing a porch like this means nothing more than installing some windows, and it pays to use good ones. The tilt-wash feature makes cleaning the windows from inside much easier, and the high-end glazing improves the windows’ energy efficiency, which is crucial since the finished room will have so much exposed glass. Because we wanted the enclosed porch to have a period feel, we also opted for full divided light grilles, in this case one vertical divider per sash. This system features an exterior piece bonded to the glass and an interior one that snaps over the glass. We also specified extension jambs for the windows to fit our 2 x 6 walls and a factory-installed white painted finish on the inside with matching white hardware. The windows sell for about $325 each. The divided light option is about $200, and the other options cost about $75.

Installing these windows was a breeze. Preparing the structure to receive them was where all the work came into play. Your goal is two-fold: create square, level and plumb openings to receive the windows, and attach these openings to the existing porch structure in a stable weather-tight way.

Wall Framing

Begin by removing any porch railings and by cutting off any overhanging porch floorboards flush with the trim boards underneath. Then locate the positions of the knee wall soleplates that go between all the posts. Because we wanted the walls to be flush on the inside of the room, we lined up the inside edge of these plates with the inside surface of the posts. Cut a 2 x 6 to length for each opening and nail it in place.

Next, build a false post on both ends of the porch next to the house. To do this, just mark a plumb line on the siding from the soleplate to the porch headers. Cut a 2 x 6 to length and lag bolt it to the siding alongside the plumb line. The width of these false posts is based on the finished openings you need to accommodate your windows. Nail additional 2 x 6s to the first one until you achieve the correct opening.

When the false post framing is complete, cut an exterior trim board to size and tack nail it to the post. Scribe the profile of the siding onto this trim board and cut the notches with a sabre saw. Test fit the trim board, and then caulk the board-to-siding joint and nail the trim board in place.

Next, nail the end knee wall studs to the posts and the sill to these end studs. Typically these studs will be different lengths because most porches slope away from the house to allow water runoff. Just make sure that the sill board is absolutely level. Then fill in underneath with the rest of the studs spaced apart 16 in. on center.

 

Nail a 2 x 4 to the underside of the porch header so its bottom surface clears the bottom edge of the header trim. Then fabricate the jack posts that fall between the windows, as shown on the drawing, and toenail them in place. Once your wall framing is complete, nail sheathing on the outside. We used 3/4-in. marine plywood for this because it functions as the flat panel in our exterior trim scheme and would be exposed to the weather. Once the sheathing is on, install the windows. First, lift a window into the opening and slide shims under both lower corners. Then center the window from side to side in the opening. Level and plumb the window from the outside and, when you’re satisfied with the location, nail one top corner of the window flange to the wall. Recheck level and plumb, then nail the rest of the flange in place.

It’s very important from the standpoint of finished appearance to keep the windows lined up between all of the posts. Once you install the first window in each bay, use it as a reference point to start leveling the next window in place.

Exterior Trim

Start the exterior trim by nailing a trim board over the ends of the existing floorboards. Then nail the shim alongside the house as shown in the drawing. This shim holds the drip cap at a 5 angle to let water run off. Next, cut each drip cap to size and shape and test for fit. When you are satisfied, caulk all the surfaces that meet the drip cap with silicone caulk. Or, use the product we did, called Marine Adhesive Sealant 5200. It’s a polyurethane-based caulk made by 3M (3M Center, St. Paul, MN 55144) that bonds and seals above and below water. We used it to seal all the exterior joints on this job. It worked great and even took paint well. Once you’ve applied the caulk, nail each drip cap into place. Continue installing the remaining trim boards using the drawing as a guide. Make sure to caulk the entire perimeter of the back of each board before nailing it in place with galvanized finishing nails.

Interior Finish

Begin your interior work by running the wiring for the wall receptacles according to code. Now is the time to deal with your heat. You may be able to warm your new space using your existing central heating system. But we opted for adding auxiliary heat in the form of a direct vent gas stove. We chose the Pinnacle Model No. PDV20, with a sand-colored enamel finish, made by Vermont Castings (1000 E. Market St., Huntington, IN 46750). This unit is rated at 20,000 BTUs and can be vented directly through the outside wall with no vertical flue required. By adding an optional thermostat, the stove works on demand, just like a central furnace. This well-made unit can be installed by a homeowner. But the gas hookup should be left to a licensed plumber. This stove and vent system sells for about $1,500.

If you chose a gas stove, now is the time to frame in the rough opening and install the vent sleeve. Next, proceed with the insulation. The side walls are a breeze. Just cut and fit fiberglass batts between the studs and staple them in place. Then cover the batts with a polyethylene vapor barrier.

The floor and the ceiling insulation are another matter. Because our porch was elevated, we could easily add polystyrene insulation between the floor joists below. (We chose polystyrene because of its high R-value per inch of thickness.) But for those who have under 2 ft. of clearance between the joists and the ground, it’s probably a better idea to hire an insulation contractor. Insulating our ceiling was also relatively easy because we had installed a fold-down access door in the ceiling when the porch was originally built. If you don’t have access to the space above your ceiling, either install a fold-down door or, again, hire an insulation contractor.

Once the insulating is done, cut and nail the wainscoting boards in place and finish up the interior trim as shown in the drawing. Install the horizontal boards first, followed by the vertical boards. When the trim is installed, sand it with 180-grit sandpaper, then prime and paint inside and out. Finish up by installing a stove vent cap on the outside of the wall.

How To Install Crown Molding

Video: How To Install Crown MoldingCrown molding is turning into the rule rather than the exception. While professionals handle most crown molding or trim jobs, active DIYers can accomplish the same, gorgeous look in just a few, easy steps.

 

 

 

 

Tools & Materials Needed

  • Wood (for Molding)
  • Miter Saw
  • Coping Saw
  • Nail Gun
  • Clamp for Saw Table
  • Caulk
  • Sandpaper

Tips to Install Crown Molding

  1. Always exercise extreme caution when it comes to miter saws.
  2. When cutting scraps, position them upside down in the saw. Pretend the back of the saw is the wall and the bottom of the saw is the ceiling.
  3. Start with the corners when cutting and adding trim.
  4. Use scraps or smaller pieces for the corners.
  5. A return is the end piece of the crown molding for walls without corners. Cut your return piece first at the same angle you use for other pieces.
  6. Coping ensures the inside pieces are flush. Do not cope with the miter saw.  Best to use a coping saw.
  7. Remember to use sandpaper to ensure coped edges are clean and even.
  8. When measuring the distance of the wall, make sure you go from one corner to another.
  9. When measuring your crown molding, measure from the cope (top edge) to the other end.
  10. When adding nails, know that there is always a stud over a door jamb.

For more tips and instructions, please see This Old House.

Trim Installation Cost

While the overall cost will largely depend on the size of your project and whether or not you hire a professional, the average price to install trim is $1,070. If you do hire a pro, the price can jump to $1,600.

Conclusion

Crown molding has turned into the crown jewel of homes across America. With the above tips, you should feel confident the next time you choose to install crown molding.

Gutter Protection Breakdown

Gutter Protection BreakdownYou may not realize the importance of keeping your gutters clear and debris free, but if your gutter system is often left neglected and abused, you can wind up with serious and costly home repairs.

Clogged and damaged gutters can lead to problems like foundation problems, structural issues, landscape erosion, basement flooding and water damage. One way to protect your home from severe damage is to invest in a gutter protection system.

A gutter protection system is a product that either attaches to your existing gutters, or replaces your entire gutter system, with the intent of allowing only debris to enter your gutters, while water is safely carried through your gutters and diverted away from your home.

From DIY solutions to professionally installed gutter protection systems, let’s face it – gutter protection can be overwhelming. That’s why, at LeafFilter, we want to educate you about the pros and cons of the different types of gutter protection systems. The following will inform you about the different type of gutter protection systems so you can find the system that meets your needs.

Foam Gutter Guards

DIY Gutter Protection Systems

DIY gutter systems are relatively inexpensive systems that are installed by the homeowner. You can find them at the big home improvement stores. While cost-effective and convenient to purchase, homeowner solutions are mass produced and usually do not include any type of warranty. Usually, these types of systems will need to be replaced within a few years. Foam, brush, metal screen, plastic screen and small hole gutter guards are typical gutter guard options for homeowners.

Foam Gutter Guards: Foam gutter guards are a homeowner solution that is relatively inexpensive. Homeowners place the foam or sponge material that is placed inside of your gutters with the intent of allowing water to drip through (while keeping debris out). Unfortunately, foam gutter guards will trap seeds, and with the abundance of moisture, weeds, plants and trees will begin to grow where they shouldn’t – in your gutters.

Gutter BrushGutter Brush: Brush gutter guards are known to be an inexpensive short-term solution that homeowners can install themselves. The brush is placed into the gutters and is shaped like a giant pipe cleaner. The system is meant to repel debris. However, brush gutter guards actually attract birds and other nesting animals, and trap other debris items like pine cones, leaves and maple spinners. These types of systems will eventually need to be removed and cleaned in order to prevent home damage.

Metal Screen Gutter GuardsMetal Screen Guards: The DIY metal screen product is made out of steel or aluminum. These types of systems are relatively low cost and easy to install by the homeowner, making them a common choice for homeowners looking for a DIY gutter guard option. It’s important to note that because of their larger openings, these types of gutter guards will not keep out smaller debris like pine needles, seeds, insects and shingle grit, so you may need to remove them and clean your gutter periodically throughout the year.

Plastic Screen Gutter GuardsPlastic Screen Guards: Plastic screen gutter guards are similar to metal screen options because they have wide openings. With the presence of larger openings, pine needles, leaves, seeds, dirt and insects will still enter and clog your gutters. So, just like with metal screen gutter guards, you may still find yourself removing and cleaning your gutters with this solution.

Small-Hole Gutter Guards

Small Hole Gutter Guards: With small hole gutter guards, debris such as pine needles, shingle grit, seed pods and dirt will enter your gutter, making these types of gutter guards an unreliable system. In fact, homeowners will routinely have to remove these gutter guards to clean out the debris that is trapped inside.

Professionally Installed Gutter Protection Systems

Professionally installed gutter guards are typically more of an investment than homeowner-installed options. These types of professional gutter protection systems have better clog protection and will last longer than the DIY options. Plus, when installed by a professional, you will typically receive some type of warranty for the product. The three main types of professionally installed gutter protection systems are louver, reverse curve and micromesh.

Louver Gutter Guards: Professionally installed louver systems feature a large opening that runs the entire length of the gutter guard system. Although larger debris won’t find its way into your gutters, smaller items like leaves, pine needles, seed pods, pests, insects and shingle grit can enter and clog your gutters.

Reverse Curve Gutter Guards: Reverse curve gutter guards feature a rounded hood that covers your gutter with a large channel that runs along the entire front edge of the gutter guard. Some reverse curve gutter systems require the purchase of an entirely new gutter systems, since the hood will not fit to your existing gutters. Reverse curve products rely on surface tension. Water is supposed to follow the path of the curve of the hood into your gutters. If water adheres to the curve, so will pine needles, leaves and other debris. This can leave you with gutters that are full of debris.

Micromesh Gutter Guards: Micromesh gutter guards are typically made of two main parts: an ultra-thin mesh material and a sturdy supporting frame. Depending on the brand and quality of the micromesh gutter guard, the supporting frame can be made of multiple materials like plastic, metal or uPVC. These types of gutter guard systems feature openings that are less than 50 microns small, keeping out all types of debris, except for water. Although these types of gutter guards offer the greatest clog protection, be sure to choose a system that does not install under your first row of shingles. Installing under your first row of shingles can damage your roof warranty and moisture can seep into your roof, too.

Conclusion

Have you had any experience with the gutter guards listed above? Leave us your thoughts in the comment section below!

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Top 10 Small Bathroom Decor Ideas To Steal In 2016

Top 10 Small Bathroom Decor Ideas To Steal In 2016If you’re the owner of a small bathroom, then you know how hard it is to make it look bigger and function better. Getting to your end goal may be a tough challenge, but it’s one I encourage you to attempt.

A new year means new must-have trends and fresh decorating ideas for your home. Don’t stress out, this is all good news! Instead of focusing on the size of your bath, you’ll be able to enjoy the beauty of it. See 10 small bathroom décor ideas you have to try right away.

Remove Clutter

1. Remove All Clutter

As a homeowner, clutter should be your number one enemy. It creates mess, stress and disorder in the home. If this is something you struggle with, then it’s time to make a change.

Every single thing in your small bath should have a place to live. Unless an item is in use or made to sit on the sink, it shouldn’t be taking up space on the counter. You have countless options for organizing and decluttering including; cabinets above the toilet, shelves, hooks, mirrors with storage and cute baskets. Decorating a small bath is a tough job. Don’t make it harder on yourself by refusing to get organized.

Natural Light

2. Add Natural Light

Natural light is a decorating tool that’s not only able to transform a room from drab to fab, but it’s also a free resource (once you’ve got the window in place)! Installing new windows is one way to open up your space and it’s a design upgrade worth the investment.

Many homeowners are opting to add a small, foggy window in their showers to draw in more light, or installing windows to fill bare walls. If you have a small budget then this may not be as practical of an option for you. Don’t worry, there are other tricks that’ll give you a similar result, which I’ll touch on in this article.

3. Be Choosy of Colors

Regardless of budget, a new paint job is a project we can all do. Whether you make it a DIY project or you hire a pro, it’s a task you should put at the top of your small bath decorating list.

Bright white, gray and leafy green paint are excellent choices for a tiny space. Your bathroom will appear more cheerful and look bigger with these hues. On the other hand, if you’re a fan of darker colors, then consider approaching your interior design with paint that creates a dramatic effect.

Floral Mural

4. Paint a Floral Mural

Paint not only comes in different colors, but also in various patterns and designs. I love the idea of adding an elegant stencil to your walls. Be daring and see how painting a floral mural brings new life to your bath.

If painting wall stencils isn’t your forte, then reach out and find a professional who can. You’ll not only be adding beauty to your bathroom, but you’ll be incorporating your own personal touch.

Accents

5. Use Accents

The use of color or décor accents is a detail that’s often overlooked. Taking the time to carefully consider accent pieces and placement will have a great impact on the look of your bathroom.

For example, the bathroom pictured above is all about the accents. When you look at this bathroom, the first thing you probably think is how beautiful the décor flows, and not the size.

6. Exude Glamour

Glamour is not only a girl’s best friend, but also a small bathroom’s bff. Your goal is to draw the eye to something other than the size of the bathroom, by using attractive décor and colors.

Create an exciting environment that pulls you in and makes you want to soak up and just enjoy the room. You don’t have to spend a fortune either. See our tips for making your home look more expensive on a dime.

7. Install Dramatic Tile

Eye-catching tile is a design feature we can all appreciate. There’s something for everyone given the array of styles, patterns, colors and textures currently offered.

Dramatic Tiles

The best part about tile is that it can pretty much be placed anywhere in the bathroom. Installing a tile backsplash and counters, large tile floors or bold shower tiles are just a couple of ways to work tile into your bathroom design.

Woodwork

8. Include Fancy Woodwork

Wood has a way of bringing a timeless elegance to any room of the house. It’s one of those materials we often only consider installing as flooring. Wood accents, cabinets and borders are simple ways to incorporate wood. Woodwork is admired for its flaws, tones and detailing, so don’t be afraid to pick out pieces that stand out and make a statement.

9. Rethink Your Lighting

Your bathroom is a special place in the home because it’s where you get ready for the day and make yourself beautiful. The one helpful upgrade we often overlook is our lighting.

Light fixtures, lighting styles and blub types are small features that’ll make a big difference in a small bath. We’ve got the perfect guide to assist you in replacing, selecting and installing your new bathroom lighting.

Focal Point

10. Pick a Perfect Focal Point

The one tip you want to make sure you adopt is to pick a focal point to build around. Mirrors, light fixtures, sinks and artwork are all viable options. People will be too busy admiring the gorgeous eye candy to worry about the size of your bathroom.

Conclusion

Small bathrooms are not going away. They’ll always exist and most of us will find ourselves dealing with how to make them look bigger and better at some point in our lives. Don’t let the size of your bathroom stop you from making your space look fabulous. All you have to do is recognize the potential.

7 Tips To Make Your House Smell Better

When you own a house, it’s easy to get comfortable in your space and fail to notice when it’s time to make changes. You get busy working, the kids and pets are running around, and before you know it, there are smells coming from places you didn’t know existed.

Odors in the home don’t have to be a common occurrence. There are ways to prevent and maintain a home that not only looks good, but smells good too. See seven easy DIY solutions for freshening up your home so you’ve got pleasant odors roaming your space.

1. Eliminate Garbage Disposal Odors

Your garbage disposal could be wreaking more havoc in your home than you might realize. Food and grime build up over time and start to seep through to your kitchen and beyond. Start by running some lemon, lime or orange peels through your disposal to eliminate any odors. It’s said that the acid in the fruit kills some of the odor causing bacteria.

Also, if you’re an advocate of baking soda, this cleaning tip is for you. Dump your baking soda into the garbage disposal, add a cup of white vinegar and let your disposal run. Voila! The hardest part of eliminating odors is remembering to actually run these items through your garbage disposal and not letting gunk build up in the first place.

Lavender

2. Fresh Scents

Budget-friendly scents such as lavender or chamomile go a long way in the home. They’ve even been known to help people sleep better when put in and around bed pillows. Lavender is a fresh, floral, clean and calm aroma that’s the perfect for making your home smell great. Mix together a DIY room freshener using lavender or diffuse it in and around the home to banish stale odors.

Chamomile is another scent that is recommended for removing unpleasant smells in the house. The term refers to a range of different daisy-like plants and has long been known for its healing properties. The odor is sweet, apple-like and herbaceous. An easy DIY chamomile room spray can be made by diluting 12 drops of the essential oil per ounce of distilled water.

3. Deodorize Carpets

Carpets are certainly to blame for a lot of the smelly odors lurking in your house. That’s why it’s recommended that you always have a carpet freshener on deck.

Instead of purchasing products with chemicals in them, you can create your own deodorizing carpet powder using a few natural ingredients. I fell in love with Jillee’s natural DIY recipe on her blog and highly recommend you check it out! This freshener is nice for anyone with carpets and a necessity for anyone who owns pets.

Lights

4. Vanilla Extract

Sprinkling vanilla extract on light bulbs is one trick to eliminating odors. This is one tip I’ve never heard of, so I wanted to learn more! Apparently, it’s an old real estate agent’s trick. Put a drop or two of vanilla extract on a lightbulb, turn on the light and smell the magic. Your house will soon smell like you’ve been baking all day. You can also opt to burn vanilla extract or any other essential oil to quickly enhance the smell of your house.

Gel Air Fresheners

5. Air Fresheners

Grab a few mason jars and your favorite essential oils or liquid potpourri and follow this DIY tutorial for making your own gel air fresheners. The fresheners will not only make your home smell good, but they’re pretty too.

Your other option is to create a mix of your favorite smelling sprays to distribute throughout the house. I found a great website that outlines several different options for you to try depending on your taste.

Plants

6. Potted Plants

This is by far my favorite DIY option for making your home smell fresh and clean. Natural air purifiers include palm trees, orchids and peace lilies. Plants not only bring energy and life to your home but they look beautiful too.

Besides the living room, think about bringing plants into your kitchen and bathrooms to brighten up the space and create a peaceful and calm environment. If you don’t want the hassle of taking care of real plants, then you can purchase fancy fake ones and switch them out as often as you’d like.

Stovetop

7. Stovetop Potpourri

Here’s a suggestion that anyone who owns an oven and a pan can tackle. It’s a quick fix too. Interior designer Rhobin DelaCruz suggests you, “Simmer water in a small saucepan and add citrus (lemon) slices and herbs, like lavender or mint.” In no time, beautiful aromas will be floating throughout your home. No need to buy prepackaged deodorizers when there’s a simple and natural DIY solution that’ll do the trick.

Conclusion

A happy home is one that not only looks put together, but smells like it too. These tips are sure to bring a delightful and revitalizing odor to your house. If you have any other deodorizing solutions that you’ve tried, please include them in the comments section below!

Everything You Need to Know About Tile, Hardwood & Carpet Flooring

Everything You Need to Know About Tile, Hardwood & Carpet FlooringBesides the kitchen and bathroom, a home’s flooring is frequently chosen as the next home remodeling project. Over the years, new options have come to life, like cork or bamboo flooring, but one preference that remains a top choice across America is tile.

Whether it’s the abundance of tile options available, their durable nature or ease in maintenance, tile floors remain the most popular selection on the market. Despite carpet’s prominence or the sudden rise in hardwood flooring, tile flooring offers unique advantages these other flooring options do not.

Based on installation, repairs, cost, durability and design, I will show you why tile floors are better than carpet or hardwood.

Tile Bathoom

Installation

Installing Tile Flooring

Tile floors work great for bathrooms, kitchens and hallways because they can withstand the everyday wear and tear that comes with these highly trafficked rooms. Installing tile may be a DIY task for some ambitious homeowners, but there is a lot of labor involved as well as materials, like a wet saw. To professionally install tile floors, expect to pay around $3,724 for 500 square feet.

Installing Hardwood Flooring

Along with it’s popularity, hardwood flooring costs continue to rise as well. The costs of materials and labor for the installation of hardwood floors will depend substantially on what type of wood is used. Solid planks are harder to install than engineered wood with tongues and grooves, so that could affect overall expenses as well. However, expect to pay roughly $4,840 for 500 square feet of materials, labor and delivery.

Installing Carpet Flooring

Carpeting adds a warm feeling to any home, but more and more homeowners are starting to associate it with a dated design. The price of carpet can fluctuate substantially depending on the quality of the material and how much carpet you need, so it can be hard to pin down the exact price. Installation is also tricky because many companies include installation in the cost of the carpet. On average, expect to pay $2,969 for 500 square feet of medium-quality carpet and installation labor.

Installing Tile Floors

Repairs

Tile Repairs

When it comes to repairs, a homeowner can’t only look at the average costs reported. One must consider the lifetime of each flooring option, the traffic the floors sees and the extent of the damage. Despite the fact that the average cost for tile repairs ($300-$600) is more than hardwood or carpet ($150-$300), tile is more often looked as a cheaper alternative.

When repairing tile floors, you or the pro must ensure that the concrete holding the tile down is level with existing tiles, in addition to maintaining the existing pattern. The more complex this is, the more the repair will cost. Because tiles are laid one by one, a professional should be able to remove just a couple of tiles and replace them. For a simple repair of a few tiles in a floor, expect to pay about $100 in materials, depending on the amount of tiles as they are priced individually. Overall, with labor, this is a $300 to $600 job for an established, reputable business.

Hardwood Repairs

Repairing a hardwood floor usually means having the floor refinished. Expect to pay anywhere from $3 to $4 per square foot for a true professional. The end result is a floor that looks virtually brand new for a fraction of what a new floor would cost. Other types of wood floors offer other options that are more cost efficient. For example, a floating wooden floor involves no glue or adhesive during installation – the pieces simply snap together. Although it can be tedious, repairing a wooden floor of this kind is much less expensive – perhaps the cost of a box of flooring plus labor – and should not cost more than $250.

Carpet Repairs

Whether you’re removing a tough stain, patching up or repairing carpet seams, homeowners can expect to pay between $150-$250 for carpet repairs. However, despite it’s lower cost, bear in mind that cleaning carpet requires much more maintenance than hardwood or tile, driving up their total costs. Additionally, carpet can seem dated quicker than that of tile or hardwood.

Repair Tile Floors

Types

No matter what flooring option you go with, there are numerous types to choose from.

Tile Flooring Types

  • Bullets
  • Ceramic
  • Porcelain
  • Terra Cotta
  • Glazed
  • Mosaic
  • Quarry
  • Stone
  • Granite
  • Marble
  • Slate

To see the full breakdown of each, please see Types of Floor Tile.

Hardwood Flooring Types

  • Oak
  • Mahogany
  • Lyptus
  • Ash
  • Hickory
  • Pine
  • Cherry
  • Brazilian Cherry
  • Walnut
  • Rosewood
  • Maple

To see the full breakdown of each, please see So You Chose Hardwood Floors.

Carpet Flooring Types

Carpet flooring doesn’t depend as much on type as it does on design. That is why I found 8 Clever and Bizarre Carpet Designs.

Maintain Tile Floors

Maintenance

No matter what floor you go with, each will need a regular cleaning schedule to maintain it’s glossy, warm or inviting touch.

Cleaning Tile Floors

Much like hardwood, a majority of homeowners will choose to clean their tile floors themselves. After all, some good TLC is usually all you need to keep your tile floors looking as good as new. However, there are special machines that pros use to clean those tougher stains caught in the tile or grout.

By using a large steam cleaning machine and a special mix of chemicals, professional cleaners will be able to restore the luster of tiles. Other pros use their hands to get to those tough stains. Either way, if you hire a professional, plan on paying approximately $401 for cleaning tile floors.

Cleaning Hardwood Floors

Few homeowners choose to have their hardwood floors professionally cleaned. Since basic care of hardwood includes dusting, mopping or vacuuming, many choose to do it themselves. However, if you go with a professional, plan on paying a similar amount to that of tile floors.

Cleaning Carpet

One of the biggest drawbacks of carpet is the challenge of cleaning some carpet materials. Although the specific costs of carpet cleaning will vary depending on the type of cleaning needed, the severity of the stain and the size of the carpeted area, most homeowners paid $167 to have their carpets professionally cleaned.

Keep in mind, carpet demands more cleaning than that of tile or hardwood, so while the average is less, the number of cleans over the carpet’s lifetime is usually more.

Other Tile Advantages

  • Ceramic tile is not that cold. Ceramic tile reflects the room temperature and holds onto that temperature for a long time. At times it can be cold. There are products out there that can be installed prior to tile installation that can warm up a floor.
  • Floor tiles are expected to be the fastest growing ceramic tiles at an estimated CAGR of 9.4% from 2012 to 2018 (Transparency Market Research).
  • U.S. demand for decorative tile is predicted to rise approximately 7% per year through 2017, reaching over 3 billion square feet (Lori Kirk-Rolley, vice president of brand marketing for Dal-Tile).
  • Tile is waterproof. However, the grout joints connecting the tile do allow water transmission. This is where an improper installation can result in a structural problem and a costly replacement. The best thing to do for the grout is to seal it and keep any cracks caulked. Simple maintenance will give your tile a long life.
  • Tile floors do not squeak, which can occur with hardwood.

Conclusion

Tile floor has been and remains a prominent flooring option for a reason. Given its durable nature, abundance of options, easy maintenance schedule and glossy finish, I expect it to remain in its prominence for years to come.