Friday, July 14, 2006

Ceramic Tile and Flooring Heating System

I mentioned in an earlier entry one of the drawbacks of having ceramic tile; the coolness of the tile surface. Not always fun first thing in the morning with bare feet or stepping out of the shower or tub onto cold ceramic tile. I think most homeowners would prefer to step out of a shower or bath onto a soothing, pre-warmed, thermostat controlled tile or stone floor first thing in the morning.

Installing a floor warming and heating system is the solution to that problem. FLEXTHERM is the leader in the electric floor-heating systems industry. First in its field, FLEXTHERM was first to introduce surface floor-heating technology as it is known today.

Check out their website: http://www.flextherm.com for more information on Surround Comfort. Using a floor heating system? Share your experience with us.




Monday, July 10, 2006

Finished Basements

Need more room in your home and just can't afford to buy a new house, typically people would think of putting an addition on. However, how about a more cost effective choice; finising your basement.

Many types of rooms can be made from your unused basement space:

  • Playroom
  • Wine Cellar
  • Den
  • Home Office
  • Media Room
  • Home Gym

Basically you can make any room your heart desires. Even do multiple rooms, adding a new kitchen and bathroom.

First thing to consider...Is Your Basement Waterproof? If it isn't you may want to check out this article on waterproofing your basement: http://www.enviroprobasements.com/basement_waterproofing.php.

Additional things to consider while planning your finished basement:

  • Budget
  • What type of room(s) do you want
  • Do you have enough square footage for your project?
  • Time frame of Project
  • Plans designed of your finished basement
  • Do you need a building permit?
  • Where to store items currently in the basement, if any?
  • Are there any limitations of your current basement design that will hinder your end result
  • Manning the project on your own or hiring contractors?
  • Safety Issues

Alot to think about initially! If you hire a contractor to oversee the whole project, all these areas of concern should be covered by the contractor once you have discussed with them your vision of the finished project. Still a good checklist to go over with them to be sure all concerns are covered.

Great site to check out before planning your finished basement: http://www.owenscorning.com/around/bfs/

Working on finishing your basement or have recently done so? We would love to hear from you!

Good Luck With Your Project !

Tags: Finished Basements, Finished Cellars, Home Additions



Thursday, July 06, 2006

How To Clean Your Ceramic Tile Floor

Do you keep washing your ceramic tile floors and they just don't seem to be sparkling clean? Are you using soap or harsh cleaners on your floor...If so STOP!! You could be ruining your floors. If soap is constantly used you will see the build up and your ceramic tile floors will actually look dirtier.

The recipe is quite simple...Water and Vinegar. Prior to mopping your floor make sure all debris are swept up, this way the debris and dirt don't mix with the water making the grout look dirty. Add water and 3-4 drops of vinegar to a gallon of water, be sure to change your water so the dirt again doesn't get in the grains of the grout. Dry the floor to avoid water marks. Pretty simple, but a must to follow. In between cleanings be sure to wipe any spills, that could stain your grout. Grout is very porous and can soak the stain up. If you have a light colored grout it is a tough task to remove the stain!

Have a light grout color, especially in a heavy traffic area, you may want to consider a grout sealer.

CAUTION: Vinegar could ruin Marble Floors! If you have Marble Floors all you need is warm water and a soft cloth to dry the floor. Marble Floors spot very easy from left behind water.

Grout Cleaning

Friday, June 30, 2006

Outdoor Kitchens - This Summer's Most Popular Home Addition

Summer brings so many thoughts to mind on what can be done to make your a home your own little getaway. I love everything about the summer (i.e. BBQs and family get togethers, pools, beaches, more hours of sunshine, etc.)! Why not create an outdoor kitchen and enjoy being outside enjoying those summer days more!

Outdoor kitchens seem to be a choice for many this year and you still have plenty of time to build your own to enjoy for the remainder of the summer. Outdoor Kitchens can be just about anything you want them to be. From grill with extra counter space to actually having just about every amenity that your indoor kitchen has. In this article I found some great ideas and tips:
http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/knowhow/kitchen/article/

A few things to think about before building your outdoor Kitchen:

  • Figure out your Project Budget
  • Location
  • Utilies Needed
  • Design of Your Area
  • Be sure things are to code and if any permits are required

The options are endless in ways to create your outdoor kitchen area! Be creative and have fun!ags:

Tags: Outdoor, Kitchens



Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Summer Here's - Beautify The Outside of Your Home

A quick note to all who are looking for ideas on how to improve the outside of their homes.

Summer's here....The best place to be is outside (unless you are like me and stuck in the house for the past five days due to rain). I have been searching around for outdoor landscaping ideas and for others doing the same, thought you might want to check out this link for ideas on how to beautify the outside of your home:



Isn't it always nice to sit back and relax on a beautiful summer day in beautiful surroundings!



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Saturday, June 24, 2006

Ceramic Tile - An Upgrade To Last a Lifetime and Add Value To Your Home!



Thinking of Ceramic Tile? Ceramic Tile is beautiful addition to any home and can be used in so many ways (i.e. backsplashes, kitchen floors, bathroom floors and walls, jacuzzis, fireplaces and just about anywhere you would like). COMING SOON: Picture Gallery Examples!!

Benefits:

  • Easy to Clean and Maintain
  • Practical and Beautiful
  • Many stones, colors, shapes, finishes, complimenting deco strips to chose from to compliment any room
  • Adds value to your interior design
  • Environmentally Friendly - ceramic tile is inhospitable to germs and bacteria, not to mention allergens.
  • Fire Resistant
  • Water Proof
  • Lifetime Span - Forever (just like a diamond!)

Now for the cons....Being partial to tile I can't think of many cons...To be fair, there is two...#1 Tile flooring can be very cold. However, there is a fix for this. Heated Floors! #2 Keeping your Grout it's true color. Grout, especially if you use a light color can be tough to keep clean. Once again there is a fix to this. Grout sealant! Check back soon on how you can heat your ceramic tile floors and how to seal your Grout to keep it's true color. Have a tile floor? Leave a comment and let's hear about your experience.