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Designs That Work for Small Kitchens

Many of us have kitchens smaller than we would like them to be, but it’s possible to have tons of storage space without giving up style. Here are some helpful kitchen decorating ideas to maximize the kitchen space that you do have. Making efficient use of the space can make your kitchen seem much larger than it is. Finding the right sized kitchen appliances Smaller and more compact gadgets and appliances are better for smaller kitchens, especially when these gadgets need to stay on top of the counter. Huge appliances can swallow up an entire counter, even when there are…

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Tips for Building a Two-Story Addition

Homeowners who might have tried to sell their houses a few years ago are staying put with the hope that they’ll fetch a higher price if they wait out the bad economy. In the meantime, some are making their homes more comfortable by adding rooms—downstairs and up. Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies notes that homeowners are redirecting their remodeling dollars away from kitchen and bath remodels, room additions, and interiors. But pros in some areas are still doing a brisk business in two-story additions, often to enlarge a kitchen, add a home office, or build a tricked-out master…

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Quartz v/s Granite- What should I use?

Whether homeowners work on it before a meal or gather around it afterward, the counter-top is arguably the most visible item in a kitchen. And according to a REMODELING MAGAZINE Reader Panel survey, homeowners are choosing granite counter-tops by a margin of about 3 to 1 over the next most popular materials. But why does granite get all the attention? Manufacturers and installers of granite and quartz weigh in on the benefits of each type of stone.   Pressure & Time After nature does its part, mined quartz is crushed and mixed with resin to create subtly patterned slabs. Beauty…

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Reducing Construction and Demolition Materials

Reducing the amount of Construction & Demolition materials disposed of in landfills or combustion facilities provides numerous benefits. Less waste can lead to fewer disposal facilities, potentially reducing associated environmental issues including methane gas emissions which contribute to global climate change. Reducing, reusing, and recycling C&D materials offsets the need to extract and consume virgin resources, which also reduces greenhouse gas emissions. Deconstruction and selective demolition methods divert large amounts of materials from disposal and provide business opportunities within the local community. Recovered materials can be donated to qualified 501(c)(3) charities, resulting in a tax benefit.

Does MHIC do anything about unlicensed contractors?

MHIC investigators actively work to enforce the home improvement law by coordinating with the local prosecutor’s offices throughout the State and by continuously educating homeowners about the risks and dangers of hiring unlicensed contractors. MHIC depends upon licensed contractors and homeowners filing written complaints against unlicensed contractors. Each month, MHIC investigators make approximately 75 appearances at criminal trials against unlicensed contractors. If you wish to file a written complaint against an unlicensed contractor, please do so and include as much specific information as possible, including the contractor’s full name, address, and the dates and location where the work was solicited…

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10 One-of-Kind Building Techniques for Decks

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Builders of award-winning decks typically don’t set out to snag honors and accolades, says Colorado deck builder Barry Streett; they aim to design structures that will please their clients and suit their lifestyles. The key: “You have to listen to them,” advises Streett, owner of Rolling Ridge Deck in Evergreen, Colo., and winner of multiple awards from the North American Deck and Railing Association. “They’re going to tell you what they want, but they don’t always know what they want. Listen in general terms, and then specifically think about how you can deliver it.” Even then, notes Justus Lambros, owner…

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Universal Design in the Bathroom

Design considerations for aging-in-place, accessible spaces and adaptable dwellings have become the rule and not the exception. With that in mind, imagine a conversation with a Millennial couple about installing grab bars in their bathroom. Although they may not have a need for this feature at this time, as a design professional one should plan for their and other occupants’ potential needs. There is an extraordinary amount of information about universal design and its application for how we design baths today. Add to that the advancements in products and technology of bath fixtures. By sorting some of that information into…

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Kitchens for the Multigenerational

To understand the design elements Baby Boomers and Generations X and Y want or need in their kitchens, Masco Cabinetry, Taylor, Mich., completed its GenShift 2016 study. The online survey was conducted by Harris Interactive, New York. Respondents were 1,027 U.S. adult homeowners aged 18 to 65. Based on the survey, it’s believed that building and design professionals who have a strong understanding of solutions that meet clients’ multi-generational needs will be more likely to create kitchens for universal living. Baby Boomers According to the study, 63 percent of Baby Boomers plan to stay in their current home for the…

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How can I prevent paint from peeling in my bathroom?

Moisture: If the paint was put on while the walls were still damp (previous leak, build-up, etc.) this can cause blistering and pealing. Ceiling fans are needed to help get this moist air out of the bathroom. Surface prep: It’s very important to get all the grease, grime and dirt build-up off the surfaces before painting. Use a strong cleanser and a scrub brush and go over the surfaces well. If you don’t, the new paint can’t grab on. De-glossing: A glossy surface doesn’t allow the paint to properly adhere. A light sanding will help give the new paint something…

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Adopt a Contractor and Protect Your Assets

If you are sitting on a million dollars or half a million dollars or even $200,000, you might consider getting advice from a financial advisor. With that kind of money, you’d want the best advice on how to grow your investment. During your first session with him you are going to go over your goals and ambitions, what assets you have, and when and how you plan to retire. With this information, your advisor will put together a plan to help you achieve your goals. You may put some of the money in stocks, some in bonds and some in…

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