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The Benefits Of Doing-It-Yourself

Posted on June 19, 2014
DIY

DIY

Explore the rewards of doing projects yourself and start projects as soon as right now!

These days with the busy schedules consisting of work, family, and the everyday repetitive tasks, sometimes the highlight of our week is getting to spend our hard earned money. We take our time looking for something that "defines" us. That perfect rug, that spacious bookcase, that beautiful painting that captures your character in the form of art. Then there are those pesky things we need to deal with in the process. Those things that can interrupt our escape from our own lives and bring us back into the reality that is the world around us. We have this need to have things that when we come into our space, we can rest comfortably in an environment that understands us. This, right here, is where do it yourself projects make their grand appearance into our world. To create things that even if not perfect, are closer to who we are than whatever can be purchased, simply because, well, because we created it. It was conceived in our own thoughts and born through the work of our own hands.

You might not feel that you are capable of such creativity. However, half the fun is that it does not have to be absolutely perfect. The slight imperfections that occur is what makes it custom, unique, it makes it more personal to you. The idea is just to start. Once you have completed your

first project, you may just become addicted to the concept. Your eyes will be opened and suddenly just about anything and everything you may have need of will be at your very fingertips. It becomes an adventure to create the next, better than the last. To add details that stirred in your mind during the previous project. You welcome the challenges because the rewards are much greater when you have completed something in which you have put your own time and effort.

Not creative? Have no idea where to start? There are plenty of resources out there that can guide you along the way. This project is for YOU! Who better to decide how to custom make something for you, but yourself. Take some time to look through the internet for websites, photos, and videos. There are plenty of sites out there that not only offer examples to look at, but also have step by step instructions. Books are sold on the topic of doing it yourself. The resources, and ideas are limitless.

Unique Fireplace

Unique Fireplace

Take that leap into the do it yourself world! Grab a glass of wine, (or tea). Turn up your favorite tunes and unleash the flow of creativity inside you. Build a bookcase, decorate your yard space with beautiful stones, create a unique wall piece or even add a new fresh look to a fireplace. Whatever your heart desires, conceive it, and birth it yourself.

Breathe In, Exhale, And Relax!

Posted on March 18, 2014

Our society today has placed a tremendous importance factor on being successful. The way to accomplish this, is by working hard ALL the time. There's absolutely nothing wrong with that; except that, you also need rest and sanity to fuel up your energy tank.

Relaxation with style

Relaxation with style

Picture this – Coming home after a long day at the office, kicking off your shoes, and pouring yourself a glass of wine.  Sounds great right?! Well, why not enjoy that glass of wine while soaking in your bathtub.

Cookie-cutter bathrooms can be the opposite of what you need. Let’s talk about how you can transform your old boring bathroom into a true oasis of peace and relaxation.

Consider getting a few new things for your "new" bathroom. To achieve a different feel for your space; use simple accents like a new shower curtain, photos or window treatments. A curved shower rod, a seemingly small detail, adds a surprising amount of space to your shower. The curved model looks nice and attaches to the wall with screws instead of tension, so you don't need to worry about it being pulled down. Every few months or so, have a cleaning blitz & throw out empty or expired lotion bottles & moisturizers. Getting rid of excess clutter will make your bathroom a more relaxing space.

An effective bathroom layout is designed with space to move around without bumping into things. Opting for wall hung units can make the room feel deceptively more spacious than it is. Basins that are built into cupboards are another great idea, as it gives you more storage space & hides away any unsightly pipe work.

bathroom backsplash

bathroom backsplash

Adding a backsplash will give your bathroom oasis a nice touch. It’s a good idea to order samples of the products that you are interested in; in the long run, it will save you time and money.

Finishing touches. The fun part is selecting a style that will be pleasing to the eye. Your goal here is to make your bathroom as relaxing as possible.

You bathroom is not just a place for your daily washing routine; It's more than that. These days we want a sanctuary to soothe our spirits and aid us in relaxation. Leading stressful and busy lives can be overwhelming; and we need to create a space to come home to, where we can relax and unwind. Not all of us can afford trips out to a spa, so creating a tranquil oasis in our own homes is becoming an important part of planning a bathroom.

Brick Isn’t All That Its Cracked Up To Be

Posted on October 24, 2013

Over the years people have seen many problems arise from using brick masonry. Now there is a simple solution.

This article will talk about the different reasons why brick doesn’t stand up to the test of time and climate. The main reason people still use brick is because of traditional usage and the psychological familiarity. Unfortunately, using brick is the most inefficient method there is because of its time consuming process and the lack of structural integrity. They have been incorporated within many modern designs but they still have too many drawbacks.

Bad Brick SeamLow Quality ProductUsing brick may look great but it requires a lot of complicated steps before installation and maintenance. The main problem with using brick is the drainage of moisture. Without proper drainage throughout the right outlets the life of the brick will decrease, requiring an expensive repair process.

Pictures of a broken chimney come to mind when observing the disadvantages of brick. There are dozens of brick chimneys that have not survived the test of time due to simple problems that arise with brick. There are many issues in climates where freezing may occur because freezing of water can cause the moisture trapped within the area of the brick to expand and start cracking the brick. The best way to avoid this is by using brick veneer panels.

Another problem that arises is the heat expansion of the bricks. If the builder hasn’t accounted for heat expansion then a major problem could arise in the future summers to come. Heat can cause the bricks to expand beyond a point that would cause them to crack and fall out of place.

It happens commonly, if they have not been aligned with the correct formula. Saving time and money is always important in any construction job but never at the cost of the project or else the client will have to pay twice. The most important thing that hasn't been recognized in the construction industry is the fact that without using the best materials projects will be over budget and over time. Crews could save countless hours by using the panels.

Modern Faux Stone Fireplace

Posted on September 13, 2013

Over the years fireplaces have been an iconic symbol for each generation. Although, they have changed over the years and each time they always reflect the architectural philosophy of that generation. Everybody who has had a fireplace in their home remembers the cozy feeling it inspired. It brings a warmth to the home besides the heat the fire brings. Everyone sits around the fireplace talks and laughs and shares Christmas presents or plays with their children. The fireplaces now have changed considerably with different technology.

New technology has changed the look and feel of fireplaces by making them safer and cleaner. With a whole new variety of new style of fireplaces a new contemporary design comes into play. Now many designers and homeowners are changing their fireplace by using faux stone products.

Faux Stone Fireplace

Faux Stone Fireplace

Antico fireplace

Antico fireplace

Designers are taking advantage of the benefits offered by faux stone products. The modern fireplace has been revolutionized. The trend is redefining the way the American fireplace looks by creating the utilitarian look with a contemporary edge. Faux stone products can easily go around the fireplace and even be used to create a mantle.

The versatility of this product is best explained when you examine the various methods it can be applied. In the fireplace setting it can wrap around the corners and go right up to the ceiling with any problem. But the one of the greatest things about this product is you can add fixtures such as lights through the panels. With stone you must make a sacrifice because you can’t drill straight through stone and put lamps or mirrors on it. With the faux stone panels people can easily drill through and anchor whatever they want into the panels.

Fireplaces are not complete without some form of mantle. Where else would everybody hang the stockings and put up albums of their family. The mantle plays a large role in the room due to the albums and ornaments that adorn it. When people pass by the mantle usually a long parade of smiles and hugs dot the pictures above the fireplace. This was very special to me as a child because every Christmas we always added our new albums to the mantle highlighting the fun we had that year. These important pieces of our lives should be revered. Remodeling the traditional fireplace with a modern touch is made easy when using faux stone because you can take that boring blank space around the fireplace and create a masterpiece of design in under a day.

The modern fireplace is still evolving. Many homeowners have adopted the faux stone approach because it is a cheaper way to remodel the fireplace. Most people have been purchasing the newer versions of fireplace which complements the design theory of the faux stone method because after the easy installation most people love the great look it creates. Save time and money while making your house into a cozy home. Escape from the trouble of the world and warm up by your new fireplace enjoy the great textures and colors brought on by the faux stone.

What is Faux Stone?

Posted on August 23, 2013
Reusable faux stone panels for a bar

Reusable faux stone panels in a new bar

The Dawn of the "faux stone age" has arrived. It is a new trend has taken the home improvement and construction industry by storm which is the use of faux stone or imitation stone. Essentially the products are made from a durable material known as polyurethane. This material’s versatility is what makes it ideal for any stone project. The texture and color create an earthy yet sophisticated look that can be applied anywhere from restaurants to penthouses.  This product delivers an easy to install ready to go home or business make over.

Stone Below counterThe difference is the drastic change in textures and colors brought to any room for an incredibly lower price. People and customers in any country have found that you can apply this to any project. Why though are people so truly happy with this product? Because most people most people have fun doing a project on their own and they like saving money at the same time. If you think you have not seen it take a look at these pictures and decide because they are more common than most people think.

Since the applications are endless faux stone puts the homeowner in the driver seat of their own home makeover. This is exactly the success of faux stone products those two words “Home Makeover”. Home makeover shows have been flooded the television market. In every show we see a confused homeowner not sure of what they can and can’t do to revitalize their home.  With the onset of faux stone they can visualize the project they are working and then do it themselves for such a low cost that many people have flocked to this cure all for home transformation.

Not only have many people flocked to this product for its easy to use applications but, also because of the guarantee provided by the manufacturer. The manufacturer’s warranty guarantee reflects the quality of the product and the faith the manufacturer puts in it. Credibility and reliability are important in any project which is why it is important to see how much faith a manufacturer puts in its product. Faux stone is reliable and gives the customer the ability to be creative and save money at the same time. These are just a few of the main reason why faux stone is hitting the home improvement industry with a huge splash. Take a look around your home or apartment and imagine the possibilities because with this product anything is possible.