Tips for Restoring Old Homes

With some hard work, expert skill, and a big imagination, what’s old can become new again. So if you love an old home that’s not in the best condition, consider restoring it! Give it a facelift and restore it to its former glory. However, it’s important to realize that restorations can be tricky and even treacherous. When an amateur tears apart a home and replaces elements, they can damage the house, destroy its value, or both! So our first tip is to work with a restoration expert, someone who understands both the technical and the stylistic demands required. Once you have a skilled contractor on your side, check out the rest of our tips for restoring old homes . . .
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Pros and Cons of a Slate Roof

If you’re shelling out thousands of dollars for a new roof, you had better be sure that you’ve found the right roofing material. Asphalt shingles are very common, but will they hold up as well as other options? Ceramic tiles are beautiful, but do they suit the style of your home? Wood shakes are unique, but are you willing to complete all the maintenance they require? Or what about a slate roof? Slate is distinctive, distinguished, and long-lasting, but is it the right choice for your home? Scroll down to discover the pros and cons of a slate roof.
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Roof Remodeling Tips

If there is one renovation project that we do not recommend tackling on your own, it’s roofing. Unless you’re an experienced builder, DIY projects should not be attempted so far above the ground. However, you can still make a lot of good decisions from the ground before you send up professional contractors. Today we’re looking at general roof remodeling tips, from the roof’s shape, material, and structure to ventilation, contractors, and permits. So if you’re eyeing up your roof and debating potential changes, be sure to check out the tips and tricks below.
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Basement Remodeling Tips

In most homes, the basement seems to function as one of three things: (1) an untapped resource filled with storage boxes and messes, (2) a utilitarian space used for laundry or exercise equipment, or (3) a beloved downstairs nook. If your basement most closely resembles #1, we urge you to consider finishing your basement and transforming it into a space that you can use and enjoy. Plus, a finished basement will add value to your home! Before you jump into your renovation plans, take some time to think about all of the space’s functions, needs, and details. Check out the basement remodeling tips we’ve compiled below for help.

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Which Wood Is Best for Cabinets?

Paint has its place, vinyl is cost-effective, and stainless steel shines with a modern gleam, but if you ask me, nothing beats wood when it comes to kitchen cabinetry. Rich, natural, durable, and timeless, you can’t go wrong with wood cabinets. The big question is: which wood should you choose? Oak? Maple? Hickory? Cherry? Birch? Pine? These are just a few of your many options, and so many features will vary depending on the wood you choose. The color of the cabinets, the grain, and the cost will all come into play, and of course you’ll need to choose a wood that’s available for the type of cabinet you want (stock, semi-custom, or custom-made). So which wood is best for cabinets? The decision is yours, but scroll down to learn a little more about the top contenders.

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Choosing Your Kitchen Cabinets

Not to load on the pressure here, but choosing your kitchen cabinets is the single most important decor decision you’ll make in your kitchen. Don’t believe me? First, think about how much space the cabinets take up on both the lower and upper sections of the room. Second, think about the surface area and how the color and the material will affect the room’s overall style. Third, consider how important your cabinets’ functionality will be and how often they will be used. Finally, remember that cabinets tend to be quite pricey and are thus a huge investment. Counters are important too, of course, and never discount flooring or appliances, but cabinetry is truly the queen of the kitchen.
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Roof Insulation Tips

Summer is fading into fall, the temperature is dropping lower and lower each night, and before you know it, you’ll be pulling your winter coat out of storage. But if you’re cold, just imagine how cold your roof and attic will be this winter! Naked, exposed to the elements, their beams and shingles shivering every time a draft blows in . . . If your roof and attic aren’t well-insulated, your energy bills will skyrocket during very cold months as well as very hot months. So before winter rolls in, consider adding insulation to your roof and attic. You’ll improve your home’s value, energy efficiency, and comfort level. Check out the roof insulation tips below for some ideas.

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Types of Window Frames

When you’re strolling through an art museum, do you ever stop to examine the frames that hold the paintings, drawings, and photographs? Probably not, but that just shows how effectively they’re doing their job! Instead of distracting from the artwork, they complement it and fade into the background. When it comes to windows, a frame should not only be attractive and complementary but also eco-friendly, insulating, strong, and low-maintenance. Before you remodel your windows or build a new home, be sure to explore the different types of window frames available.
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Types of Glazing for Windows

Windows don’t get enough love, in my humble opinion. Not only do they fill our homes with glorious, natural light, but they also allow us to see the outdoors from the comfort of our living rooms, let in breezes on nice days, and use less electricity. But a window is a window is a window, right? Wrong! Although all windows utilize glass (or another transparent material) to let in light, there are many different types of glazing for windows. Some are quite expensive, while others are affordable. Some are energy-efficient and offer fantastic insulation, while others slack in the energy department but come with very pleasing price tags. Today we’re doing a quick run-through of some common types of window glazing, so that you can decide what will work best for your home.

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Hardwood vs. Laminate Flooring

When it comes to hardwood flooring, do you want the real thing or an imitation? The answer may seem obvious, but before you answer, take a moment and check out the hardwood vs. laminate comparison we’ve compiled below. Hardwood is beautiful, pricey, and coveted, yes, but laminate isn’t just a shoddy copy of its more luxurious older brother. It has its own merits, as you’ll see below. To help you understand these two flooring options, today we’ll be listing out the pros and cons of each. Scroll down to learn more and decide for yourself who is the victor in this hardwood vs. laminate battle.
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