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February 22, 2012 - Bathroom renovations are favorites among homeowners simply because they are more inexpensive and easier than remodeling any other room in the home.

 

Here at One Call Home Team, LLC we put together a short, convenient list of things to consider when you're choosing what you want done:

1. Assess. Decide the mood, tones, and textures you like and stick with it. Sometimes it's hard to stick with one- unless you prefer the eclectic look.

2. Flooring. For the bathroom, tile and hard wood floors are timeless. However, wood floors would need to be sealed and stained to be compatible with bathroom use.

3. Lighting. This is a feature many people overlook. In the room where people primp and prepare for their day. Bathrooms tend to be some of the dimmest rooms in the home. Make sure you have plenty of lighting. If you like the mood of low lighting, a dimmer switch is a great option.

4. Aesthetic pieces. If space permits, we recommend having at least one freestanding piece in the bathroom such as a table or chair for decor. Of course, this can serve a practical use such as holding towels, toiletries, etc.

5. Mirrors. They serve a function apart from showing your reflection; mirrors can pose as a design element- they expand the room visually and give extra lighting. So, take into consideration the size and height when you're purchasing a mirror.

 

I hope we just made your easy easier!


February 14, 2012 - All the other business are pitching sales for Valentine’s Day, but in home improvement there is only so much romance. 

This week, we’re going to do our best, it’s called:

Fall in Love with Your Closet With 6 Easy Tips. 

I know, it’s nothing to swoon over. Still, we hope the content proves to be more beneficial than a box of chocolates. 


1. Make a list of your wardrobe: pants, blouses, belts, shoes, etc. Then designate the kinds of structures-rods, hooks, drawers, and shelves- that best store each item on your list. Items such as ties, belts, and some purses can work well on hooks.

2. Double up on rods. For shirts, skirts, and folded trousers, hang two rods: the top rod at 84 inches and the lower rod at 42 inches. Reserve another area for storage of longer items such as coats and dresses. 

3. Utilize floor space. Install shelves or cubbies at the base of a closet to avoid items strewn across the floor.

4. Keep small items in containers. Corralling like objects together in bins, baskets, or boxes minimizes chaos.

5. Consider convenience. Nothing too difficult- heavy items should be stored below waist level, rarely used items up high. Stash a step stool inside the closet, especially if there are high shelves. 

6. Reassess regularly. Reexamine your closets every six months. If the types of items you’re storing have changed, rearrange the shelves, rods, and bins. 


Alright, now you’ve worked hard. Now go eat your chocolates.


February 7, 2012 - I say "paint" and envision a room transformation, you think "paint" and perhaps dread the thought of spending a weekend with a ladder and a paint-roller.

 

You say “tomay-toe”, I say “tomah-toe”.


Regardless of your outlook, a simple choice of color to a room can dramatically enhance its warmth and tone. With minimal experience, the below project can be completed in eight hours, leaving you plenty of free time to do what you love (unless, of course, you enjoy painting...) So, put on your safety goggles and an old hat, spread drop cloths to protect the floor, and begin.


It is important to prime walls and ceilings before painting. This produces an optimal finish, and it seals the paint job. If primer is not used, you're apt to see stains or discoloration bleeding through the final coat, (this could waste paint @ $30 or more per gallon).


1. Address the dings. Examine the surface and carefully repair and sand all cracks, holes, and dents (you get the idea) before anything else.

2. Spot prime. Prime all areas of walls and trim that need special attention: patches in drywall and plaster, areas of bare wood exposed by scraping or sanding, and any spots you treated with stain blocker.

3. Moisten the roller. The moisture will help the roller absorb the primer and paint.

4. Mask the trim. This prevents unwanted drips from doing any damage. Once the trim is neatly masked, prime it.

5. Mask the tops of the walls. Then prime the ceiling. Cut in the edges with a brush, and roll the rest. Always work to a wet edge; in other words, cut in a few feet along the edge and overlap the rolled-on paint onto the cut in area before it dries.

6. Roll on the ceiling paint. Unless you like catastrophes, it’s best to allow the primer to dry as per the manufacturer’s recommendation.

7. Mask off the trim if you haven't already done so. After the ceiling has dried, also mask it off with blue painter's masking tape. Cut in with the primer around the windows, doors, and corners.

8. Roll the walls with primer, getting as close as possible to the masked trim, ceiling, or adjacent wall. 

9. Begin rolling the primer at the top of the wall along the cut in strip, working toward the bottom in a series of W-shaped strokes, to avoid creating a visible pattern.

10. Move along the wall in 3- to 5-foot sections, cutting in and rolling the primer until the job is done. Work in sections you can cover with a single load of the roller, and always roll up on the first stroke.

11. Sand any blemishes on the wall, if needed, after the primer has dried. 

12. Apply the color coat, cutting in along edges and around windows and doors as you did with the primer. You should be feeling like a pro by now...

13. Roll paint onto the wall working from top to bottom in a series of W-shape strokes. The cut-in (brushed) areas have a different texture from the rolled areas. Paint into a freshly cut-in area with a roller to minimize the difference; if you have masked properly, the roller can get very close to cover almost all of it. Remove all masking tape when you finish.

14. Prime and paint the trim. Control drips to minimize mistakes: pour the trim paint into a small bucket and dip the brush about halfway into the paint. Tap brush against the sides and you'll be ready to go. 


Tired yet? Congratulations, you're done. 


January 14, 2012 - Décor Coordination-  Home décor determines the tone of your home. Is it warm and earthy? Perhaps it is cool and inviting with an ocean themed living room.

Here are a few tips on how to create the home you’ve always wanted.

1. Collect Your Favorites- Start a notebook of colors, themes, pictures or anything that inspires you.

2. Find Your Style. Review the magazine images and identify any common links between them: a similar color palette, a specific furniture style, or just an overall feel. Use these images to start building a concept for the finished space.

3. Make Your Selections- To help you see all the elements of a room in one place, build a design board like the professionals. Get a large piece of cardboard or purchase a sturdy particle board from The Home Depot. Pin up images or samples of the items you want in your space, including paint, fabric, tile, and flooring samples as well as pictures of artwork, furniture, etc. If you feel an item isn’t working in the design, simply replace it with another selection.

4. Be objective Walk away from your selections for a day and see if you still like them when you return. If you do, keep moving forward. If you are uncertain, remove the items that are not working and select replacements.


The Next Steps will be completed in next week’s installment.




November 18, 2011 - It’s almost Thanksgiving (although some people are already onto Christmas and listening to carols…but that’s another story), and chill air has officially settled in.


As if you did not have enough to do, between preparing the turkey and gift shopping, there are a few important things you should be aware of regardless of the busyness of the season.


Be Energy Efficient

Since your heating system will be running constantly throughout the winter, remember to change out your HVAC filters every month. Inspect the insulation in your attic and crawlspace. Warm air rises and leaves the house through the roof, so you should focus on insulation in your ceilings. Seal areas around recessed lights, the attic hatch, and plumbing vents that may be allowing warm air from the living space below to enter the attic. Proper attic ventilation, adequate attic insulation, and a tight air barrier between the attic and the interior of the house will work together to prevent ice dams.


Protect Your Pipes

Pipes located in attics, crawl spaces, basements, and near outer walls can be susceptible to freezing in extreme temperatures. When the forecast calls for unusually cold temperatures, let water drip from hot and cold faucets overnight. Also try keeping cabinet doors open to allow warm air to circulate in places like below sinks. If you open the cabinet doors, be sure to remove anything inside the cabinets that may pose a safety to hazard to children, such as household cleaners. For exposed pipes in your attic, basement, or crawlspaces, add extra insulation around them.


Holiday Decorations

’Tis the season to be festive, but remember to stay safe with your holiday decorations. Inspect the wires of your light display before switching them on: They may be frayed and present an electrical fire hazard.


Winter Yard Care


Before the weather outside gets frightful, give your yard some pre-winter maintenance. Make sure tree and shrub branches are well away from the house and windows. Icy conditions can cause branches to break and damage your home. Walk around your home and survey the roof to see if any ice dams have formed; call a contractor if you suspect this is the case. As you walk around your house, check the foundation for small cracks or openings where mice or other pests can tunnel in. Winter is when they seek the warmth of your house, so seal up any possible entrances. While you’re outside, clear snow off gas meters and away from basement windows and your dryer exhaust vent.

 

All these precautions may seem unnecessary, but it’s best to avoid a mishap during the most wonderful time of the year.



October 17, 2011 - It’s considered to be the heart of the

home. Of course it is, it’s where the food is at.


The kitchen is where the kids do their homework, game nights happen, and where guests are made to feel at home.


So, of course you want it to be at its best, especially with the holidays coming.


When you consider all the cooking which takes place during the holiday season, the Fall is a great time to make improvements to your kitchen. You can do minor things like replacing the hardware on your kitchen cabinets, or go big and install all new cabinetry and flooring.


We don’t cook, but we do improve.  Let us know if we can help.


 Call 852-9978 Today!


October 5, 2011 - Taking care of your home’s foundation is crucial for your safety, and for the value of your home.

Here are a few tips to make certain it is safe and secure: If your home is in a low spot or in a place which is in a high water-table area, it experiences pressure exerted by the water against the walls. To fix this, it will involve some extensive efforts. The best option would be to install a membrane. 

The easiest solution would be to install a fiber glass reinforced polyethylene sheeting that comes in rolls up to 8’ wide.  DO NOT use a standard unreinforced polyethylene sheet.  It tears too easily, compromising its function.  A single roll of this sheeting will cover the entire wall of most homes without any horizontal overlapping.  It is available at well-stocked masonry supply outlets under a variety of brand names. If a contractor is doing the job, ask if he is going to install a membrane barrier.  If he says no, find out why.  It doesn’t take that much time to install and for the extra material cost, it may well be worth it, especially if you have any doubts about the condition of the walls and the local water-table height. 

This is too important of a matter to ignore.  Deal with it now, and you’ll be glad you did. 

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