July 18, 2016 by Randy Post

Best Kitchen Paint Colors

Best Kitchen Paint Colors

Painting the kitchen is a fun and affordable way to update and enhance the appearance of your home. Whether you choose to DIY or hire a professional, this simple job can easily help you fall in love with your home –and the kitchen- all over again. But, before the process of painting the kitchen can begin, you’ll need to decide the right colors to use for the project.

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Is White Right for your Kitchen?

Many homeowners prefer to keep things simple and stick with the solid white paint color for their kitchen. This eliminates any risks in the design of the room, but white paint is oftentimes considered dull and boring. These days homeowners are opting to use a more versatile color palette and enhance the mood of the kitchen. If you’re not satisfied with white and want something a bit more bold and dating, other great color choices for the kitchen are available. If white just isn’t right for your kitchen, you can find something that is better suited for your style without choosing a color that is over dramatic and overbeating, instantly creating a great look in your kitchen.

Best Kitchen Paint Colors

If you want a color bolder and brighter than white, here are some of the best choices for your kitchen.

  • Light Yellow: Don’t go bold with your yellow and you’ll add color that relaxes and calms everyone in the house while also adding charm to your space. This is exactly what you want in the room where delicious meals are created.
  • Red: Red isn’t a kitchen color that any homeowner would be comfortable with, but for those with a flair for warmth and creativity, the right shade of red can certainly add an unexpected flavor and appeal to the room.
  • Green: Another unexpected color that works wonders in the kitchen is green. While most people shy away from the darker green, light greens, including mint green, are very popular. Electing a shade of green can add a whole new ambiance to the room, but carefully choose the color or you may regret it later.
  • Orange: Another popular kitchen paint color is orange. Just as there are a variety of shades or the other colors on the list, so to will you find a variety of shades of orange. Carefully choose your shade, taking into consideration that it will darken the room.


These are just a few of the most popular kitchen paint colors for 2016 so far this year. It is beneficial to keep up with the latest trends, however, as paint color choices often change.

The Bottom Line

Do not wait another day to begin painting your kitchen in one of the fantastic color choices listed above. With this fresh coat of paint and an overall new ambiance, the kitchen will soon become your favorite room in the house!

 

June 21, 2016 by Randy Post

Outdoor Kitchens: Are you Ready to Modernize your Home?

Outdoor Kitchens: Are you Ready to Modernize your Home?

The kitchen is a special room inside of the home. Memories are created in the kitchen, as well as delicious meals and family fun. Perhaps you can add even more ambiance to the home with the addition of an outdoor kitchen. Far more homeowners are welcoming this addition to their home, with good reason. With the assistance of an outdoor kitchen, getting friends and family together is easy and a whole lot of fun, too!

The Outdoor Kitchen: Be the Best on the Block

Outdoor kitchens add appeal and ambiance to the home and certainly work wonderfully as a conversation starter. Since you’re in control of the project, you pick and choose what to add from a list of endless choices. A few ideas for outfitting your backyard kitchen include:

  • Built-in Grills
  • Fireplaces
  • Ovens
  • Lighting
  • Sinks
  • Plants/ Flowers
  • Seating/ Tables
  • In-Wall Televisions

The ideas and possibilities are endless! It is quite possible to create an irresistible living space outside of your beloved home with the addition of the outdoor kitchen. Best of all, you can create an outdoor kitchen that you can enjoy all throughout the year if you so choose. Summer, spring, winter and fall, you can do it all in your outdoor kitchen!

Cost of an Outdoor Kitchen

The cost of an outdoor kitchen varies, with factors such as size, design and materials, and appliances added contributing to the out of pocket money your project will cost.  The contractor selected for the project is an additional factor with a great influence on the cost of the job. It is always a good idea to compare options before signing a contractor. With a few comparisons, you’ll find a home contractor with the experience, expertise, and costs to provide you the ultimate outdoor kitchen -all at a price that fits within your budget. Keep in mind that you can also complete projects one at a time to reduce out-of-cost expenses.

Outdoor Kitchen Benefits

Some of the exciting benefits of an outdoor kitchen that you can enjoy include:

  • Increase the value of your home
  • Make entertaining simple, fun, and easy
  • Create a customized look unique to your family
  • Use the outdoor kitchen all year long
  • Save on energy costs during the summer and add comfort to your living space
  • Extend your living space
  • Tons of ideas and possibilities that enable you to create an amazing look that is all your own
  • Be the envy of the neighbors

The Bottom Line

The addition of an outdoor kitchen may very well be the home improvement project that you’re looking for to complete your home. The perks and benefits are certainly there, and anyone that has added the kitchen can attest to how wonderfully it works. Consider an outdoor kitchen at your home and prepare for amazing things to happen.

May 24, 2016 by Randy Post

Enhance your Kitchen with Open Space Shelves

Enhance your Kitchen with Open Space Shelves

Open space shelves change the entire outlook of your kitchen while offering a substantial number of benefits that rarely come with the usual kitchen improvements and updates. Easy and affordable, many may even be able to call this a DIY project and get it all done on a Saturday evening. If you’re looking to make a simple, yet boastful, enhancement to your home, the addition of these shelves is very much worth considering.


Open Space Shelves Benefits

The benefits of open space shelves are numerous. The benefits include:

  • You can easily add these shelves to any size kitchen. For homeowners working with limited space, they are quite awesome indeed.
  • The cost of the shelf addition is very reasonable. You are in complete control over the cost of the project. Oftentimes a couple hundred bucks is more than enough to add several shelves to the kitchen.
  • Some people add the shelves on their own without hiring a professional.
  • There is no need to tear out your existing cabinets or kitchen, saving money, time, and headache
  • The possibilities for these shelves are endless. You can find shelves in various sizes, and with your creativity in full effect, you can complete any kind of project that tickles your fancy.
  • Your shelf project can help you express your individuality and creativity. It is easy to decorate these shelves with paint, etc.

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Where to Place Open Shelves

Open shelves can be placed anywhere in the kitchen with ample space on the wall. The space should also be sturdy enough to hold the screws and the shelves, as well as the items that you intend to place on top of it. Consider the purpose of the selves when deciding where in the kitchen to place them. While shelves above the cabinets are a good idea when you want to add decorative additions, it isn’t such a good idea if you are looking for a place to store your dishes.

Many homeowners elect to place smaller shelves beside their stove or range. This added shelf makes storing herbs and spices, knives, kitchen towels, etc. within easy access and out of the way. Sometimes the best place for the shelves is underneath the current cabinets that you have in place. Again, the ideas and possibilities here are endless.

Final Thoughts

If you’re looking for a worthwhile kitchen upgrade that won’t cost an arm and a leg but will also provide you with ample benefits and usage, this is a versatile idea worth considering. Your kitchen will look amazing with the open shelves and you’ll certainly appreciate the added space that you now have available.

 

 

April 22, 2016 by Randy Post

Fun ways to Increase Curb Appeal at your Home

Fun ways to Increase Curb Appeal at your Home

Looking for ideas to increase curb appeal at your home? You’ll be glad to know that it isn’t difficult to add this extra charm that you desire and instantly create awesome curb appeal. Continue reading if you want to learn some of the most fun ways to turn an ordinary exterior into something extraordinary.

Add a Fence

A white picket fence is a symbol of Americanism. It is also very attractive, especially when you elect to also add beautiful flowers and plants in front of the fence.

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Bright Entryway

Consider the addition of a new entryway door to add curb appeal to your home. A door of a bright hue offers an appealing shot from the road or up close. Bright door entryways always provide a nice refresher to the usual.

Make it Inviting

In addition to a bright door serving as your entryway, make it even more inviting with the addition of a walkway to your entrance. A nice stone walkway is popular, but only one of the many ways that you can add a superior style to your look.

Outdoor Lights add Beauty

The addition of outdoor lights adds beauty and safety to your front lawn. Your outdoor lighting can light the pathway to your home, illuminate your landscaping or that bright door, and prevent slips and falls and other hazards. It’s a win-win for you!


Dare to be Different

Are you brave enough to choose a bold and bright color (think red, orange, blue, etc.) and repaint the exterior of your home? When you choose a bold color such as those listed above for the exterior of your home, individuality and uniqueness are two things that you can ensure that you have. Homes that stand out are the homes that people really want to look at.

Add Nostalgia to the Front Porch

Take a step back in time and add nostalgia and appeal to the front of your home with rocking chairs. A couple of lightly colored rocking chairs provide you with an awesome place to sit outside with friends and family to enjoy life to the fullest. But they also signal a charm that reminds us of times past. This is one of the many ways to add nostalgia and eccentric looks to your home.

Final Thoughts

The ideas above are only a handful of the ways that you can improve the exterior look of your home and increase the curb appeal. Put these ideas to good use and your home will get all of the looks! Aren’t you ready to be the envy of all of your neighbors?

 

 

March 19, 2016 by Randy Post

The Impact of Colors in your Home

The Impact of Colors in your Home

Look around you. Colors are to your left; to your right. They’re in front of you and behind you. Realize it or not, those colors leave an impact on your mood, your thoughts and feelings, and even the way that you behave. Because of the strong impact colors have, it is vital that you are carefully selecting them when updating or improving the look of your home with paint.

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Colors are everywhere

Most of us like the colors that we like and prefer certain hues based upon our life experiences and perceptions, or those that we’ve been instilled due to culture. Warm colors, such as orange, yellow and red, create a cozy atmosphere while cool colors like green and blue add size to a smaller room because the recede from the eye and create feeling of spaciousness. Most homes feature a variety of each of the color tones.

As a general rule of thumb, keep this in mind:

  • When you desire energy to fill a room, warm colors are required
  • Use cool colors when you want people to feel at ease, such as in the bedroom

Color schemes are developed for the purpose of helping create the perfect home. Avoid the use of too many schemes because this can easily overwhelm the eye. It is a good idea to choose at least one or two contrasting colors because this is what captures the eye.

Here are a few additional points to ponder concerning the color of your home’s interior.

  • Warm colors are intense and create like feelings
  • Cool colors create feeling of relaxation
  • Colors impact our mood. Because of this, hospitals, doctor’s offices, etc. oftentimes use cool colors like blue or green on their walls in an attempt to ease their patient’s minds.
  • More often than not, the colors that a person chooses for their home matches their personality.
  • There are many cultural aspects to colors as well. For example, the color red, in china, means it is time for celebration while in India the same color is associated with pureness and purity.


Select a Home Improvement Specialist for your Painting Needs

Many people are unaware of the effects the colors chosen for their home has, but the truth remains. When it is time to style your home, hire a home improvement specialist to collaborate on colors and color schemes if you want to create ambiance and intrigue that matches your personality throughout the home.

February 19, 2016 by Randy Post

Practical Tips for Home Improvement

Practical Tips for Home Improvement

Remodeling the home is a great way to enhance the appearance, enjoy modern amenities, and increase the efficiency of your home. No room in the home is off limits when it is time for home improvement. There are many easy and simple ways to improve the look and feel of your home. This includes those that are on a budget. Whether you want to add new appliances or cabinets to the kitchen or want to add on another room or have some other idea in mind, take a look at these tips that will ensure that you are on the right road.

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Planning Is Imperative

Do not try to rush into your project. This will result in money waste and time waste. When you take the time to properly plan the project however, the results are phenomenal and you can ensure that you get exactly what you want. Start planning as far in advance as you possibly can for the best results.

Set a Budget

Before any work begins, be sure to plan a budget keeping in mind that you might very well go over this set amount. Try to stick to the budget as closely as possible, but do make sure that you have it available.

Carefully choose your Remodeling Specialist

There are many home improvement companies in the area. Do not hire the first name that comes along. Instead, take the time to do your research and learn as much as possible about the company. Learn if they are licensed and insured (and do not hire them if they are not,) the amount of experience they have, and whether or not there is a warranty. Also learn more about the reputation of the company before you hire.

Compare Prices

Request estimates from any home improvement contactor you wish to hire after you have finished all of your research. Requesting estimates allows you to compare prices with several different companies so you always get the best price for the job at hand. There is no cost for the estimates and you are under no obligation to work with the company.

Final Thoughts

Home improvement jobs small and large are available for homeowners that want to update their home, and for every room in the house. Use the tips above and you can ensure that your project goes smoothly from start to finish. Do you really want things to go any other way?

 

January 19, 2016 by Randy Post

Hiring a Home Improvement Contractor

When it is time to renovate your home, it is imperative that you have a trustworthy, reliable contractor to handle the job. With so many different contractors available for hire, however, selecting the best for your needs isn’t always the easiest task. But, with just a bit of time and research, you can easily narrow the selection and choose a contractor that is going to rock your world.

Do your Homework

Finding a great home improvement contractor isn’t difficult and there are a number of resources available to help you. Word of mouth is oftentimes an awesome source of information. If you have a friend or family member that has recently had a home improvement project conducted, ask them who they hired and I they would recommend them. You can also use the web to learn more about various contractors in the area. The web features great reviews an testimonials of many home improvement companies out there. Use all of these sources to find a great contractor.

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What to look for in a Home Improvement Contractor

Do not settle for less than you deserve. When hiring a home improvement contractor, ensure that all of the qualifications below, at a minimum, are met.  You can learn more about the home improvement contractor by conducting small interviews over the phone. You can also learn more about the company by scheduling consultations, which are generally available to you at no cost. Make sure that you look for the following.

License & Insurance

One of the most important qualities of the home improvement contractor you select is license and insurance. These two pieces of information are vital and you should never give a second thought to hiring anyone that doesn’t carry these pieces of information. The license provides you confidence that you are working with a knowledgeable and talented company while insurance protects you in the event of an accident or injury at your property.

Experience

An experienced company is a company that is going to go out of their way to make your renovations and remodels perfectly to your expectations. The more experience the better!

Professionalism

Along with experience and expertise in remodeling, make sure that you hire a company that has professionalism. Use your first instinct of the company after you’ve talked to them. First impressions are usually right. If there is a lack of professionalism, continue your search because such a relationship could be the start of a disaster.

Qualifications

If you want one specific area of the home remodeled, make sure that you hire a contractor that is experienced and qualified to work on this particular area. For example, if you have plumbing issues, you do not want to hire an electrician for this job!

Final Thoughts

There are home improvement contractors everywhere that you turn, but they are not all created the same. Take the time to do your research and you can rest assured that you’ll hire only a contractor that is going to exceed your expectations and desires.

 

 

May 30, 2015 by Patrick Gonzalez

How to Make Sure You Have the Perfect Home Inspection

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Whenever you get a new house, you need to make sure that it is in a perfect condition, without hidden problems. It’s also important that you need to understand what is going on when a home inspection takes place.

We have gathered something that you need to do when you have called for a home inspection, to make sure that everything goes perfect.

Inspect your new construction

It won’t matter if you buy a new house, because this needs to be inspected too. It also doesn’t matter if you believe that the builders of the house have taken all the accreditations needed, because sometimes there can be hidden problems, due to different reasons.

Inspecting the new construction with an authorized home inspector will give you the peace of mind that you deserve, that your acquisition is worth the money. There can appear different problems, like missing pieces in the structure or the house might sink in the land due to a bad construction.

Don’t Go For the Cheapest

home-inspectionWe know that this can be costly sometimes, but it’s easier to prevent than to later repair. Choosing a cheap inspector will also give you a cheap inspection. Sometimes or better said, most of the times, the price will reflect the quality of the work they are doing.

A cheap home inspector might offer you a surface check, meaning the inspector will not tell you all or he will do the inspection without the proper care that needs to be done. Think about that this is a long time investment, and if you have a proper and thorough home inspection, you will save a lot of money, because you want to pay for a quality house, not for a badly constructed one.

Go With the Inspector

Home Inspection - Magnifying GlassDon’t let the home inspector go alone while doing the check up. Go with him or with her and ask questions along the way. You will get the written report in the end, but it will be much clearer what was written there if you go along with him.

It won’t take up a lot of time and this way you will understand better why the inspector writes something on the paper that you will receive. In addition, you will learn something from this “trip” and you will know what to look for in another house, if the chosen one has too many problems.

Respect the Recommendations

Sometimes, homeowners don’t take it too well on what the home inspector says. You must understand that the home inspector is a qualified person that does his job properly. If the home inspector recommends something, or says that he has found something wrong, it’s better to follow the advice.

For example, if the home inspector finds out that the water heater is badly functioning, you might want to take up on the recommendation and ask the homeowner to repair it or change it. If you choose to do this for yourself, after you have closed the deal, think about the price and if it is worth it. You might want to reconsider and follow the recommendations.

Expect Too Much

??????Don’t make higher expectations than the reality. The home inspectors will be able to give you a clear analysis on the house state, but they cannot predict what will happen in the future with one item or another. What you can do, though, is to follow the given recommendations and see what you can do about them.

Home inspectors are specially trained and their knowledge will tell you how much an item can last – for example, the HVAC system can last for 10 years, but that is only the usual estimation, based on the evaluation of the producer. If the items are older than their “expiration date” or they are pretty close, think about replacing them.