When the summer heat gets into your home, it can make you feel like you’re a melting, sticky puddle and can overload the air conditioner until your energy bill goes through the stratosphere. But a little remodeling can make an enormous difference to your comfort and your bills.
Simple Remodeling for the Exterior Walls
Some of the daytime warmth stored in your home’s exterior walls will eventually make its way inside, even through the best insulation. Heat stored in the walls will really make its presence felt after sundown and keep the day’s warmth in when things outside are cooling off.
But you don’t have to redesign or replace entire walls to reduce the amount of heat getting inside. For any area that is often baked in sunlight, consider either painting it a more heat reflective color or add exterior blinds, shades and sails to keep the sun off. read more…
Many professionals spend a great deal of time in the office. It stands to reason then that they should be comfortable and productive in it.
If Google – one of the world’s most successful companies – can turn stairs into slides, what’s stopping you from being creative with your office?
You may not have Google’s budget but you can find plenty of inspiration and office renovation ideas that are attainable and achievable.
Open Up the Office
Some of the best office areas have one noticeable thing in common: openness. Some might debate whether to go with a cubicle setting or change to an open plan where employees have an expansive view of the entire floor. But opening it up can make everyone feel part of the same team.
In addition, you could remove not just cubicles but walls to make a feature out of ceiling and roof support. Interesting designs of beams and support structures overhead, combined with new lighting fixtures, can make the space feel airy and inviting. Opening up an office can energize the room and the people in it. It also
makes the area much more versatile so you could change the furniture layout regularly to relieve monotony. read more…
When choosing a new countertop for your kitchen, weigh up the pros and cons of concrete. This type of countertop is very popular today, mainly because it’s customizable, stylish, strong and durable.Every product on the market has pros and cons, so let’s look closer.
A Concrete Countertop Can Be Stylish
Maybe the biggest negative idea people might have when they first think about a concrete countertop for their kitchen is that it would be gray and ugly. But it can look unique and amazing. Color options are almost unlimited. Staining techniques can convince people you have a gorgeous and one-of-a-kind piece of granite or marble in your kitchen. You can either match your existing motifs, furniture or appliances, or else create a standout feature.
Aside from the color, concrete countertops can also be given all kinds of shapes and textures. You could have one shaped like anything: a guitar, a boat, a sail, you name it. Or your concrete countertop could be embedded with tiles, stones or shells. It could even be a mosaic depicting a scene or image.
Concrete can also be less costly than marble or granite.
The Concrete Countertop Can Be Everything in One
There’s no need to buy a sink with drainboard. In fact, there’s no need for separate counter pieces to be cut and joined, either. A concrete countertop can include everything in one seamless piece. Therefore you won’t have to apply plumber’s putty or silicone around the sink. A backsplash may be able to be incorporated into the unit, also.
For other areas of the kitchen, concrete can be your all-purpose surface for everything from food preparation to party presentation to general workspace.
Concrete is Tough and Can Be Environmentally Friendly
Concrete can take the punishment of time and use better than other materials. It weathers and wears over time without major deterioration. A good company that makes concrete countertops will use only non-toxic materials sourced ethically and with minimal environmental impact.
The Cons of Concrete Countertops: Weight and Maintenance
Like we said, all products have cons as well as pros. The most practical thing to consider with a concrete countertop is how heavy it is. While weight can provide stability and strength, your home and your kitchen must be able to support it. An experienced contractor will know how to check if your home is up to the task.
A concrete countertop also requires consistent maintenance. First, it needs a good sealant to protect it from stains. Then it needs resealing every couple of years. If this is not taken care of, any stain can become permanent. Most sealants can handle hot things being placed on them, but it’s best to play it safe and use pads and boards for hot plates and pots.
Look around at what is happening with concrete countertops today and the options open to you. Concrete may surprise you and could be an option that is very different than what you first thought.
Greg Nelson is the owner of Nelson Construction & Renovations Inc. He is a Florida State Certified Building Contractor, creating artistry in all areas of design and construction projects. He is a musician, and artist. A husband and father, Greg appreciates all the wonderful elements of family life.
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Kitchen remodeling is one way you can put some spark back into your cooking space. As these popular ideas show, livening up your kitchen can be a huge breath of fresh air.
Sometimes remodeling your kitchen can be as easy as changing the countertops. Concrete countertops are all the rage in 2014 because they can provide a variety of stunning looks for your kitchen without breaking the bank.
The concrete countertop is very customizable. It can come in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors. Not only can you have that beautiful look of stonework, it can also be simpler because the concrete countertop can include the sink all in one piece. read more…
Best Colors for Spring and the Best People for the Job
Spring is a great time for homeowners to paint their homes because of the good weather in the season. This means fewer disruptions and issues during this time, while also having the right conditions to see which colors look best for your home.
Getting Started: Advice from Professionals
Painting a home is not as easy as you think. It has its own unique skills to be accomplished thoroughly and correctly, and this is why professionals can be very helpful.
From selecting the kind of paint and theme that suits your home to choosing the right equipment and preparing your home for spring painting, the professionals’ job is to help you and take the weight off your shoulders. read more…
One way to set your kitchen apart, more than just adding a regular island, is to have a waterfall kitchen island, which is fast becoming a trend in home styling.
Depending on the overall style of your kitchen, your budget, and your main purpose for the island, there are certain considerations that you need to look at when deciding to install a waterfall kitchen island.
What is a waterfall kitchen island?
Picture your new kitchen island with a beautiful countertop. Then continue that countertop surface flowing over the ends of the island and have it “cascading” down to the floor. It resembles a waterfall and looks sensational, almost like it’s one piece.
Does your kitchen have a modernized look?
A waterfall kitchen island works very well for a modern-style kitchen with clean lines because the (often) rounded edges give a very modern theme. Nelson Construction can read more…
When choosing a new color scheme for the kitchen, people often forget how cool, clean and sharp the color white can be.
An all-white kitchen? Absolutely! You might be amazed.
With the range of custom cabinetry available now, white can turn out to be stunning.
Clean and bright
White makes a room feel airy, bright and spacious. It can do the same in your kitchen.
Nelson Construction’s dedicated professionals can help you choose your new white cabinetry to be as simple and smooth as you like or to have patterns and dimensions to provide a sense of depth. With white, you have more choice than you might first think, because read more…
A comfortable and functional office space is not always easy to create for employees. It would be easy if everyone could have a bigger desk, but that would reduce available space or could even create the expense and hassle of looking for a bigger space. You will need to plan how the layout will work to maximize the space and comfort for employees.
There are many ways a desk can be more comfortable for an employee. The first rule in office remodeling is to consider ergonomics. It is important to make sure that desks are the right height, size (reasonably so) and width. It is a good idea to provide chairs that are adjustable, given possible turnover in job positions. And you need to make sure that workstations allow employees to work at their best.
Create divisions for better collaboration
This may seem almost contradictory, given that an open plan office seems to make everyone on the entire floor at one with each other, but read more…
One side reads practical, the other says stunning. Flipping a coin when it comes to bathroom remodels is out of the question: you need to incorporate both for the best result.
The Functional Side of Bathroom Remodels:
Not everything can be about beauty. So do some brainstorming about what will make your new bathroom fabulously
functional, as well as good looking. Safety, efficiency, and adequate storage should all come to mind.
Safety is common sense in any room of your home, but the bathroom can present its own particular set of hazards. Designs for bathroom remodels should take into account the needs and ages of the bathroom users—are there seniors or young children in the home, for example, needing adaptations that aren’t necessarily standard?
Safety first: Here are a few solid bathroom safety tips to talk to your builder about:
Surefooted – Using slip-resistant materials in and around wet areas to guard against slips and falls.
No zaps, please – Protecting outlets with a ground-fault circuit interrupter. Your builder’s electrician can easily install these for you to prevent shocks if water and electricity come together.
This grabs me – Or the other way around. These days, grab bars in bathtub and shower areas don’t have to read more…
Work environment has a major effect on an employee’s performance. It follows that creating a functional office space is a powerful way to ensure workers do their best and are motivated.
When you have a functional office space, you can expect increased productivity. If you’re thinking of remodeling your work space anytime soon, here are the reasons why you need to aim for functionality.
Reduce sick leave
Keeping the office space at a comfortable temperature can help promote productivity and decrease sick leave.
Installing under-the-floor air may allow for better airflow and less stuffiness in the workplace. If it’s possible in your workplace, individual operable windows can give workers the freedom to adjust the amount of sunlight and air that gets into their personal space.
Boost enthusiasm and work accuracy
Colors play a big role in an office space. Since they can directly affect a person’s mood, it pays to know exactly which colors promote a read more…
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