How to Choose Lighting Fixtures for Your Dining Room and Foyer

sfBfsBfSDBSo you have your dining room remodeling project nearly finished. You have the tables, chairs, place settings and accessories but what really makes a great dining experience is the warmth of lighting. A great chandelier is the key, but how do you chose the best one to perfect your dining room?

Dining Room

If you already have a dining room table, use it as the focal point to select the correct size chandelier for the room.

Installation Height – The proper height to install a chandelier for an 8-foot ceiling is 30 inches above the table and about 34 inches for taller ceilings.

Width – If the table is rectangular or oval-shaped, then the width of the chandelier should be 12 inches less then the smallest side of the table. If the table is square or round, the width of the chandelier should be 18 inches less then the table’s width.

Height – The height of a chandelier should be about 3 inches per foot of the room’s height. Therefore, an 8-foot ceiling would have a 24-inch high chandelier.


Entrances and foyers are often the

Installing Basement Flooring on Uneven Ground

sdFBdsBdaFoundations can settle, concrete can expand or contract and faulty previous workmanship can create a host of problems with a basement floor. Uneven floors make it difficult to lay carpet, tile or other floor covering and they also affect the aesthetics of a finished basement. The main problem with a basement floor being uneven is that it’s generally made from concrete, which is a hard, unyielding material. In order to level a floor that won’t bend, you have to add material to the low spots which will balance out the high spots.

To begin, you must remove any covering from the concrete itself and any furniture, baseboards or other items on the floor. Remember, your floor might wind up being higher than when you started because the high point could have risen above the original plane of the basement.

Self-leveling compound

The material you will use in order to raise the low spots up to be level with the higher spots is called Self-leveling Compound, or SLC. It’s designed to be mixed with water and poured across the floor. It might require some raking with a gravel

Choose The Right Fixtures And Fittings For Your Dream Bathroom

sgtnhjtagnhtaChalking out the basic plan of remodeling your bathroom will not only reflect your creativity but will also save a lot of money. This is why a number of homeowners prefer to design their own bathrooms. However, it must be mentioned here that professional help puts everything the perfect way and makes sure that your creativity is not messed up. In fact, you can get your creativity perfected with professional services of bathroom remodeling.

At this point, it should be noted that complex bathroom fittings require expert knowledge and tools so make sure you are well-prepared before you start working. If you are not too sure about the entire job, calling a friend or relative to assist you is a great idea.

There are several companies providing services of bathroom remodeling MA. You can either choose to opt for a complete bathroom suite or can go for individual fittings. If the bathroom suite is not in tune with your preferences then all you have to do is go through a variety of fittings and pick out the ones you like. While this may take up a lot of

How To Convert Your Basement For A Remodeling Project

When homeowners need extra space, they often think about adding extra rooms on to the house. Doing so is a great way to get that extra space, but it is also expensive. David Frosch, a home designer based in Woodbury, MN, says that people often overlook a cheaper and better option. He suggests basement remodeling can be the best way to add a new room to the home.

Lots of people use their basements as storage areas. A lot of the stuff that is stored there could be dumped because it is never used. That would free up the area for remodeling and put the basement to more practical use. David offers advice on preparing for a basement remodeling.

  1. Clear the space

Be ruthless and get rid of stuff you do not really need. Everything will have to come out before work can start, so use this opportunity to stop hoarding.

  1. Check for problems

In many areas, basements are prone to flooding or water seepage. If your basement floods, the first thing to do is make it flood-proof. You don’t want to spend good money on remodeling your basement only

Make Your Own Stylish Outdoor Cushions

When it is time to spruce up your patio or deck for summer entertaining and family fun, take a good look at your outdoor furniture cushions. Sun, water, dirt and heat will eventually causing fading and damage. Surprisingly, making replacement seating pads for outdoor furniture is not difficult, so consider making them yourself. You will likely save a few dollars and have something unique and reflective of your personal taste and style. All you will need is a sewing machine, scissors, tape measure, thread and basic sewing skills.

Fabric stores carry material that is designed specifically to be used to cover a patio cushion of any type or size. Ask the sales clerk to direct you to the outdoor fabric department and you will find a breathtaking selection of prints and solids in beautiful colors and patterns, including plaids, stripes, florals and novelties. This fabric is easy to work with as well as being sturdy and easy to clean.

Measure your existing cushions carefully and calculate how much material you will need. Remember that outdoor fabric is usually about 54 inches wide, which is large enough to cut the fabric for both sides of seat backs and chair pads along the

The Many Benefits of Outdoor Foam

You expect your outdoor furniture to last a long time. While it may stand up to the elements and usage, the standard cushioning most manufactures rely on simply doesn’t cut it. There is a smart solution for curing this problem: foam. For instance, a foam mattress is a smart solution to outdoor lounge chairs because it can extend the life of the lounge chair, provide a dry place to lie down on and avoid mold and mildew growth.

Outdoor foam dries faster than other forms of padding. Foam allows water to pass through it quickly, which means it won’t suffer from water damage, will not cause water damage to furniture, and it will not accumulate mold. Water damage is problematic. Once an item has water damage, it needs to be replaced.

Water damage to outdoor furniture means that the entire piece of furniture would need to be replaced. Luckily, most types of outdoor furniture is somewhat resistant to water; however, standard water cushions do not dry quickly and tend to hold a lot of water. According to The Foam Factory, standard cushions can become damaged if surrounded by surfaces through constant contact with water.

Outdoor foam replacement will extend the life

Traditional Data Center Cooling

The entire purpose of a data center is to ensure those within the assigned area can effectively receive their content in a timely manner. Such environments require massive amounts of computer power, all of which tends to give off immense amounts of heat. Should the immediate area not be ventilated or cooled properly, the computers in place tend to overheat and cause a meltdown, which is costly and dangerous. In order to continue working efficiently, data center cooling technology has been developed and evolved to keep things running at the most efficient temperature possible.

A server room air conditioner is possible for a smaller environment. However, for larger data centers with numerous computer setups, something a bit more stable and larger will be required.

The majority of data centers will use an HVAC engineer to ensure the entire room is cooled. Vents are installed in the floors, allowing server racks to funnel their excess heat upwards to be sucked in through the central unit. A central CRAC Unit, or computer room air conditioner, is installed within the same room as the servers, allowing the mixed air to circulate efficiently. This same unit will also pump cool air through the flooring and

Maintaining Wicker Furniture Cushions

When it’s time to spruce up the yard, don’t forget about your wicker furniture cushions. Since they handle weather’s ups and downs, they need a bit more care than their indoor counterparts.

Remove zippered covers, if applicable, and launder them according to the instructions on the tag. When in doubt, use a gentle cycle and cold water. Next, tackle the actual cushions. Use your vacuum cleaner’s upholstery attachment and remove any loose dust and dirt. Pay extra attention to seams and crevices, and navigate carefully around any buttons.

Add a tablespoon of dishwashing liquid to a bucket of warm water. Since cushions for outdoor furniture are prone to mildew because of exposure to moisture, now is the time to check for spots. In case of mildew, enhance the cleaning mixture with ¼ cup of borax powder. Sponge the cushions down with the sudsy mixture and wait 15 minutes.

If you see dirty spots after this time has elapsed, Wicker Paradise has a few solutions. Rub them out with a soapy brush. Rinse the fabric off with a garden hose. Wrap each cushion in a towel to soak up most of the water, remove the towel, stand each cushion up and air-dry completely.

Replace Old Windows and Doors To Enjoy Your Life!

In Canada, summer is the best season to start the home improvement project and since the project involves replacement of windows and doors, it’s ideal for the homeowners to hire professional services that can finish it before the season ends. Installing new windows and doors means that the homeowners are going to enjoy numerous benefits that are not only associated with beauty and aesthetic appeal but, they are rest assured about the safety, security and energy efficiency of the home.


According to the home improvement experts, there are 3 prominent reasons to prioritize replacing windows and doors during the summer season:

Easy to Complete

When compared with full-blown re-roofing or re-siding, replacing doors and windows tends to be a less time-consuming and affordable task as it needs less labor and leave homeowners with numerous options to make a good choice. By installing new components, the homeowners are able to see a significant change in their home that does not seem good to the eyes but will keep the inhabitants comfortable and happy. The best part about replacing windows and doors is that homeowners can customize them

Our Rattan Products

unnamed(1)Rattan comprises approximately 600 different species of reed palms native to tropical regions of the world, so there is naturally something very exotic about the way that it looks. Rattans are visually quite similar to bamboo, but its stems are solid and require some structural support as they are quite vine-like in the way that they grow. Their vine-like qualities enable rattan to be shaped into all sorts of wonderful styles, making them a favourite for furniture making. The skin of the rattan can be peeled off from the core to be used as rattan weaving material, and you can usually see this decoratively on some rattan furniture as it appears as though “ribbons” of rattan are tying pieces of the furniture together.

Rattans have been known to grow to astounding lengths up to hundreds of metres long in the wild, and 70% of the world’s rattan population actually exists in Indonesia due to the tropical environment. Rattan is incredibly lightweight, and surprisingly more durable than bamboo. Like most woods, rattan accepts paints quite well, and so is popularly stained to different colours to suit the

Algae Stained Our White Gutters So We Got Gutter Replacement in Dark Gray

In the shade of some trees, the rain gutters on the back porch roof started to turn green. The gutters used to be bright white. I did not know that algae could grow on metal. The aluminium gutters looked to have an anodized or other some sort of surface coating. It wasn’t paint. I pressure washed the gutters, but the stains after the algae was removed stayed. I could paint them I guess, but they did have seems that leaked a little bit. I figured it was time for gutter replacement. I looked online and found a company that has them in all kinds of different colors. Choosing something other than white would accent our house nicely. Plus, they make seamless gutters for your house. Read more

Writing and Earning from Home: Grab Your Chance Now!

Are you someone who likes nothing better than writing? Someone who can write about anything or everything out of your head, and also, enjoy your work while you are at it? Are you also someone who is looking for ways to turn your passion into your profession? Rest assured. There are several options for you to write, as well as earn money—as a content writer—and what is more, you can work at it right out of your home, at your own time and pace, with zero overhead expenses.


The digital revolution has brought everything we desire, require, everything we search—all of it, quite literally, at our fingertips, and online businesses today leave no stone unturned to attract the potential customer. However, to ensure maximum traffic and retention on their websites, they would require premium content—and that is exactly where a freelance content writer would step in, fulfilling a much needed demand.

Content Mart, India’s ONLY virtual marketplace where content is bought and sold regularly by clients and writers, is possibly the best place for an aspiring content writer. The platform is remarkably smooth in

Split Level House Homes Of Staggering Design

Split level house floor plans consist of multiple tiers which intersect one another throughout the home. Usually, they’re designed with 3 floors, each new level beginning about half way between the other’s floor and ceiling. So, in a typical split level house, you’ll walk up a porch and enter into the main level, consisting of a kitchen and formal living room. Built off this main area, you’ll see two short staircases, one descending into a large family room and one ascending to an upstairs hallway which leads to the bathrooms and bedrooms. Though an interesting set-up, you may be asking yourself: Why cut up your home? Why go out of your way to build such a shifting blueprint?

Method in the Maze
Though a split level house floor plan may seem confused and divided, there is actually a sound reason behind the design.
First off, if you live on a small plot of land, live in an un-graded or sloped area, or are simply cramped between too many other homes, then this set-up makes for a very economical use of space: small multiple stories instead of full-size floors.
Secondly, many homeowners who feel the need to build small invest in ranch

Kitchen Lighting

Kitchen remodels are one of the most popular home improvement projects in the nation for good reason. Fewer areas of the home can benefit from upgrading old, outdated equipment and systems (plumbing, electrical, etc.) like a kitchen can. Aside from replacing old appliances with new ones that function better and make the room more pleasing to look at, replacing and reworking fixtures, workspaces, cabinetry, and other kitchen components can really turn a room into something unique and well-suited to the needs of your particular household. It doesn’t hurt, either, that homes with newly remodeled kitchens are both easier to sell and often recover a significant amount of the remodel costs in added market value!

Kitchen Lighting Basics
Homeowners who renovate their kitchens often breeze past one of the most important concerns: kitchen lighting. It’s a common oversight because many homeowners mistakenly believe they have to forego adequate kitchen lighting in order to use this room in a modern way. With good design, common sense and some of the latest lighting technology, your kitchen can remain the center of life in your house while providing plenty of light for your work.

There are three major types of kitchen lighting:

Ambient lighting is the general

Budget Leftovers Make The Most Of Your Home Improvement Dollars

Remodeling and Addition Leftovers
Any number of things can go awry with a major home remodel. Once you’ve torn down the walls, even well-maintained homes can find water damage and rot. If you’re replacing your floor, deterioration of sub-flooring can lead to an extensive and unplanned overhaul of this area before your new tile, hardwood, or laminate flooring can be installed. Kitchen designers are responsible for the measurements and materials of the remodeling plan, not the work of the installers. General contractors are responsible for the work of their subcontractors, but they may not be responsible for pre-existing damage in your home. Thus, it’s never a bad idea to pad your budget.

Here is the advice of a Boston homeowner who completed a $20,000 home renovation, “Have about 10 percent flexibility in your budget. You will likely find things you want to add/change while the work is in progress.”

Preserving Leftovers: Invest in Your Home or in Savings?
Preserving leftovers from your 19-pound turkey can be as easy as aluminum foil and a refrigerator. Preserving leftover home improvement funds are a lot trickier. As a long-term investment, the stock market looks pretty appealing, but what if you’re close to retirement or you

Finding The Right Kitchen Design

Today, the homeowner has many possible sources for design assistance. Each resource has its advantages and disadvantages, and no one option is right for everyone. It is important to discover and investigate all the different sources to make certain that you have located the right source for you. Indeed, kitchen design is the first and most important steps of any kitchen remodel. Without a great design, you can’t have a great kitchen. Without a detailed design, you can’t have a smooth remodeling process. Here’s what you need to know about the available resources and kitchen design professionals who are out there.

Free Kitchen Design Services
At some home centers, general contractors and cabinet dealers offer free design services. While getting something for free is always attractive, free design services are likely to be cursory. Typically, these quickie designers make little effort to learn your priorities. Because people now expect to use their kitchens for many different purposes, it is common to encounter conflicts among the various roles. For example, the smooth, easy-to-clean surfaces in a kitchen can seem cold. What can you do to warm up the space and make it more comfortable for entertaining, without making it impossible to clean?


Big And Small Home Renovation Ideas

Home renovation is a large, lumbering term that can encompass many different kinds of home improvement projects. While home renovation and home remodeling are similar terms and overlap in any number of different areas, there also conceptual differences. Home renovation involves repairing and/or upgrading your home to increase its amenities, functionality and energy-efficiency. Home remodeling is often more about upgrading décor, style, space and fixtures.

In the bathroom, for example, replacing your old laminate countertop with a new granite counter is home remodeling. Installing a bathroom ventilation fan is a home renovation. Major home remodeling projects often involve elements of home renovation, but neither kind of project necessarily means you have to spend a fortune. Both projects will add value to your home.

Home renovations come in many different shapes and sizes. Here’s a brief list of home renovation ideas for small and major investments in your home.

Doors and Windows
One of the most popular home renovation ideas is replacement doors and windows. Relatively cheap — replacing a door can cost around $800 — upgrading these small areas of your home can increase your home’s efficiency and décor. These projects almost always pay for themselves in a short amount of time and

To Remodel Or Not 5 Deciding Factors

For most of us, homes are not only where we live but also our single biggest investment. As a living space, a home’s design and condition impact our lives day in and day out. As an investment, we seek to preserve and enhance value in the marketplace.

When considering remodeling and improvement projects, we must consider both roles. In general, a well-maintained home yields better day-to-day service and long-term financial returns. Taking care of repairs as they arise makes sense, so problems are solved while still small, and the home remains a safe and comfortable place in which to live. Renovations, remodeling and other major home improvements are more complex.

The best starting point is your own home improvement needs. How much more do you think you will enjoy your home if you remodel or put in an addition? How long do you think you’ll stay in the house?

If you are planning to stay in the house ten years or more, most of your decision should be made based on how much the enhancements will improve your lifestyle.

If your length of stay is shorter, uncertain, or a contemplated project is quite large, you have to pay more attention to the improvement’s impact

Building A New Home Frame With Steel

Steel framing is exactly what it sounds like. Instead of using traditional wood construction to frame your new home, your contractor will use steel beams to support your home instead. Steel framing is stronger than wood construction, doesn’t warp or crack like wood, is impervious to insect infestations and is very cost comparable to boot. If you’re looking into building a new home, think about metal stud framing.

Earthquake and Hurricane Proof
Perhaps the biggest draw to using steel to frame your home is its structural integrity. You simply can’t find a stronger, more resilient framing material on the market. It’s the main reason why steel framing has become a popular choice for areas prone to earthquakes and hurricanes. It won’t split or crack under duress and can survive winds of up to 180 miles per hour! And unlike wood, steel won’t warp, crack or split over time. Be it a natural disaster or simply the passage of time, steel construction bests wood.

Termites Don’t Eat Metal
The other big draw of steel framing is that it is impervious to insect infestation. Bugs simply don’t find steel very appetizing. This can be a major selling point if you live in an area

Home Improvement Investments

Considering a home improvement? Check out the top 6 home improvements across the country.

1. Bathroom Remodel/Addition
A bathroom remodel is a smaller, affordable remodeling project that can have a great impact on your everyday life. From updating tired fixtures to adding more storage to creating a relaxing haven, any changes you make to your bathroom are guaranteed to improve your daily routine.

Bathroom remodeling wish list: New cabinetry and storage, artistic sink fixtures, jetted tub, skylight

2. Kitchen Remodel
Today’s kitchens are at the hub of family life, often serving as a dining area, home office, and gathering place. Whether you choose a major kitchen remodel or just want to rejuvenate one aspect with new lighting, appliances, cabinetry or tile, updating your kitchen can make it easier to accommodate your busy lifestyle.

Kitchen remodeling wish list: Granite countertops, walk-in pantry, state-of-the-art appliances

3. Basement Remodel
Remodeling the basement is a cost-effective way to greatly expand your home’s living space. Suddenly you could have a guest room, a children’s play room, a home office, a recreation room. The possibilities are only limited by your imagination.

Basement remodeling wish list: Media room, bar, soundproofing, plenty of natural light

4. Windows
New window installation offers a great opportunity to

DIY Tips For How To Install Home Security Lights

If you’ve ever had your home broken into, you know the sense of violation it leaves behind. Homes are private spaces, and they’re supposed to be free of public intrusion. And quite often these days, they’re work spaces too, crammed with computers, scanners and fax machines alongside all the expensive equipment and pricey toys that define our leisure hours–just the things that turn your home into a target.

So how do you safeguard against intrusion and theft? There are two common approaches–high-tech and low-tech–and both start with the understanding that if a professional thief really wants to get in, it will probably happen. So protection in the real world is a matter of degree.

The reasonable assumption is that most thieves are opportunists, and they’ll choose an easier target over a more difficult one most of the time. If it takes too long to gain entry, if breaking in will create too much noise, and if once inside, there are still further obstacles such as motion sensors and alarms, then the chances of getting caught increase. If you do enough of the right things to raise the risk factor sufficiently, the balance begins to shift in your favor.

High-Tech Vs. Low-Tech Solutions

If your

How Much Does It Cost To Paint A House

Painting has been and will remain the easiest, quickest and oftentimes, cheapest way to add real value to your home. A new coat of paint will not only change the look and feel of your home, but greatly influence its interest should you ever decide to sell.

Whether you are paining the interior or exterior of your home yourself, or hiring a pro, it always comes down to cost. Continue reading to see the average costs of the major painting projects around the country, how to limit those costs and how to get started on your own painting project.


Exterior Painting Cost

Like many projects, location and size will have the biggest cost impact on your exterior painting project. Taking into account average paint materials and supplies, the average price to paint a home’s exterior is $2,394. As we noted in our exterior painting cost estimator, this average includes professional labor, supplies and the paint itself. While it would most likely take longer to do yourself, know that you could save thousands. The only costs would be the paint itself and your time.

Factors Affecting Exterior Painting Costs

Hiring A Pro, Location & Size

There are many factors that can increase or decrease the overall cost

Home Siding Options

Home siding does not get the recognition it deserves. House siding protects your home from rain or snow, but also gives your home the welcomed curb appeal we all desire. Fortunately, there is not a one-size fits all, as there are plenty of functional and design-friendly home siding options on the market.

Below are the most popular types of siding, as well as a few different possibilities within each choice one should consider before any siding project.

Vinyl Siding

  • Wood siding
  • Vinyl siding costs
  • Local siding pros

One the most prominent and cost-effective siding options is vinyl. Additionally, compared to wood siding, vinyl siding is very easy to maintain and available in many different colors. In fact, it can even imitate wood or stone. Vinyl is also very durable and one of the easiest siding options to install without a pro.

According to our vinyl siding cost estimator, the average price of vinyl siding ranges between $3.50/sf and $7.50/sf. Given the low cost and benefits, there’s no wonder why it’s the No. 1 siding option in the U.S.

Like all the options below, there are a few different types of vinyl siding all homeowners should know.

Liquid Vinyl Siding

Liquid vinyl is exactly what it sounds like. This