Home improvements are vital, and they also add value to a house. Also, such projects are critical for keeping your house in good shape. There are so many choices when it comes to home improvement projects, and these choices can run from ridiculously easy to crazily complex. Continue reading for valuable suggestions.
Be on the lookout for any door installation sales or promotions at your local home improvement retailers. They quite often offer doors installation at a much lower cost to encourage the purchase of their doors. These offers are well worth taking advantage of; depending on the details of your home, you may find that the labor that goes into installing new door is more expensive than the door itself.
Here’s a simple way of fixing gaps at the bottom of poorly fitted interior doors. Sandwich a section of timber (cut to the width of the door) between two pieces of paneling. Leave each piece of paneling sticking out beyond the upper side of the two by two by about one inch. Slip the extension over the bottom of the door and screw each piece of paneling into place against each side of the door.
When you are deciding what it is you want to remodel ask for opinions. You want to make sure you are giving off the right vibes when you are choosing how to remodel your home. Ask for advice from neighbors or close friends and family. Sometimes other people’s advice can help you in the decision making process when remodeling your home.
Paint your floor in sections corresponding with the direction of the planking. When you paint the floor of a large room it is easy to paint yourself into a corner or to unintentionally block access to the rest of the house until the paint dries. If you paint in sections you can leave paths that run along specific boards. When you paint the adjoining section everything will match perfectly.
Make your home feel like a home by adding a doormat. A lot of people tend to overlook the addition of a doormat in front of a door. It not only serves a purpose of making a home feel complete, but also serves to keep your floors clean. Putting out a doormat where people can wipe their feet will cut down the amount of time you spend cleaning your floors.
If you are interested in changing the look of your bathroom, this space could be the perfect choice for your next home improvement project. Give your bathroom an extra special touch by installing radiant floor heat and a light-tube, which gives the space the appearance of having natural light. Both features come with instructions that are easy to follow.
A great thing about home decor is that oftentimes it doesn’t have to match. You can buy a great dining room table and mix and match chairs. This is great for cottage and country-styled homes. Buying a table second hand and adding chairs from different places actually creates a great design element, as well as a sense of accomplishment. Give those used chairs a chance to shine!
Devote some time into weather-stripping your home. Even though your house might be insulated, there are probably small crevices around windows and doors through which air will leak. That means your house will lose cool air during the summer and warm air during the winter, leading to a higher energy bill when you run heating and cooling appliances. Weather-stripping your doors and windows will keep that from happening.
If you are low on cash, but need to remodel your kitchen cabinetry, a great way to save money is by ditching cabinets altogether. Set up some nice shelving on the wall with canisters to store your items and use baskets to store larger groceries you may need. This creates a really neat shabby chic look that looks great in old colonial homes.
Bold prints will certainly liven up any space. You could add animal printed rugs, pillows or paintings.
Don’t be frightened of large open spaces because you can easily divide them. Divide large spaces with a ceiling mounted shade or curtain that you are able to pull down. It can cost effectively divide a large area and you can just pull your divider back up when you’re having a large gathering or party.
When making improvements, take a second to focus on your porch. The porch will will be the first visible area anytime your neighbors or friends pay a visit. Make sure to remove any debris. Adding foliage, furniture, and lighting all help make a good impression.
Shut the toilet lid! No, it’s not a girl boy thing! Toddlers can topple into an open toilet and drown! Why take the chance of such a horrible thing happening when all you have to do is shut the lid. Keeping the bathroom door closed is another good practice when small children are in .
“All exterior doors should have at least 1 inch thick dead bolt locks.
Although more expensive than spring latch locks, dead bolts are much
stronger and provide significantly more protection. When installing
deadbolts, make sure to leave a minimal amount of space between the door
and its frame, as this provides an opportunity for an intruder to pry
the door apart. Doors can be reinforced with plywood or a piece of sheet
metal.” – tip by ricolocksmith.co.il door and locks installer
“The first step is to harden the target or make
your home more difficult to enter. Remember, the burglar will simply
bypass your home if it requires too much effort or requires more skill
and tools than they possess. Most burglars enter via the front, back, or
garage doors. Experienced burglars know that the garage door is usually
the weakest point of entry followed by the back door. The garage and
back doors also provide the most cover. Burglars know to look inside
your car for keys and other valuables so keep it locked, even when
parked inside your garage. Use high quality Grade-1 or Grade-2 locks on
exterior doors to resist twisting, prying, and lock-picking attempts. A
quality deadbolt lock will have a beveled casing to inhibit the use of
channel-lock pliers used to shear off lock cylinder pins. A quality door
knob-in-lock set will have a ‘dead latch’ mechanism to prevent slipping the lock with a shim or credit card.
- Use a solid core or metal door for all entrance points
- Use a quality, heavy-duty, deadbolt lock with a one-inch throw bolt
- Use a quality, heavy-duty, knob-in-lock set with a dead-latch mechanism
- Use a heavy-duty, four-screw, strike plate with 3-inch screws to penetrate into a wooden door frame
- Use a wide-angle 160Â° peephole mounted no higher than 58 inches
The most common way used to force entry through a door
with a wooden jamb is to simply kick it open. The weakest point is
almost always the lock strike plate that holds the latch or lock bolt in
place followed by a glass paneled door. The average door strike plate
is secured only by the soft-wood doorjamb molding. These lightweight
moldings are often tacked on to the door frame and can be torn away with
a firm kick. Because of this construction flaw, it makes sense to
upgrade to a four-screw, heavy-duty, high security strike plate. They
are available in most quality hardware stores and home improvement
centers and are definitely worth the extra expense. Install this
heavy-duty strike plate using 3-inch wood screws to cut deep into the
door frame stud. Use these longer screws in the knob lock strike plate
as well and use at least one long screw in each door hinge. This one
step alone will deter or prevent most through-the-door forced entries.
You and your family will sleep safer in the future. — tip by http://www.crimedoctor.com
Pile your home improvement lumber behind your couch! Don’t have a place to store your long pieces of lumber while you’re working on a project? Just pile it neatly behind your couch and no one will ever know it’s there. You’ll keep it dry, safe, and ready for the next time you are inspired!
Do you know about “age-in-place” techniques? Age-in-place is a design philosophy which considers the homeowner’s age over the amount of time they own the home. Whether you plan or selling the house or keeping it for the foreseeable future, age-in-place is always a worthwhile thing to consider.
If you are renovating a small room, consider making use of built-in mirrors. The reflection from a carefully-positioned mirror will make a small room seem considerably more spacious. A mirror near the window can add more natural light to a dim room. Avoid overusing mirrors or placing them opposite of each other, however, as this can create strange lighting effects.
When improving your house, be sure to keep things always in perspective. Make a list of specific improvements and the reasons you would like to do them. Also write down the benefits for you and your family. Home improvement is going to need dedication, so you need to be confident you are spending your time, money and energy wisely.