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A Tale Of Home Improvement

A Tale Of Home Improvement

Once upon time, in a quiet village, stood a small bungalow, which suffered from neglect because its owners didn’t have any money to maintain it properly. A sign "for sale" had been standing in the front garden for a very long time, but nobody was interested since the bungalow was of very modern design, which was a sharp contrast to the rest of the historic village. Day after day the wood rotted away and nature slowly took over the garden, until only a complete make-over could help the bungalow to survive…

Posted by Flitshans on 2013-05-04 19:35:15

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Basement Finishing & Theater Rooms – The Top 10 Ways to Hide Your Audio Visual Equipment

If you’re getting set to start your basement finishing project, and are considering including a theater room or at least a family room with some high-powered home theater equipment, then you might also be wondering how to camoflauge all of that fancy equipment!

Nothing kills “new home theater euphoria” quite like an ugly stack of equipment in the corner or (even worse!) equipment littering the base of your t.v. or projection screen. But what should you do about all that stuff? How can you conceal the equipment needed to create a high-octane theater room? Should you even be worrying about this with all the other things you need to do to prepare for the start of your basement finishing project?

Don’t despair! Yes, this is the right time to think about this. What’s more, we’ve come up with the top 10 ideas to help you effectively conceal your home theater equipment, without sacrificing the functionality of your equipment, or your basement.

Drum roll please…

10. Do Nothing. O.k. this doesn’t actually conceal anything, but if you are of a minimalist persuasion and don’t break into a cold sweat thinking about looking at all your equipment, then just put the equipment on a shelf near your t.v./screen. Your basement finishing project won’t be the first on the block to go with this set-up.

9. Buy a large plant. Again, for the minimalist this is probably an acceptable solution. Disguise the equipment with a large plant that will still allow the infrared signal from your remote(s).

8. Create shelving in a wall and cover the opening with a painting. While this requires a little more effort to change out DVDs and Blu-Rays, it is an effective way to conceal your equipment. Overheating could be a potential hazard with this option though.

7. Wire your basement components so they’ll work off the components from your t.v. area upstairs. Absolutely, positively, WILL NOT be seen from the basement. The big downside is running up and down the stairs constantly!

6. Cover your wall shelving with cabinet doors. If done properly, you can create stunning built-ins that will wow! your neighbors when they are over. May need to leave doors open to allow for ventilation so equipment doesn’t overheat.

5. If you plan to have a wet bar nearby in your basement finishing project, plan for one cabinet to have glass doors and shelves for your equipment.

4. Recess your t.v. or screen and your shelves on either side. Then, install curtains (very theater-esque) that will hide the equipment. If you really want to create the maximum effect with this option, put the curtain on a track with a motor that can open and close it as much or as little as you want. Who knows, maybe you can even start charging admission?!

3. Install an infrared eye and repeater. Infrared eye (about the size of a dime) goes anywhere near the t.v./screen. Wire from the eye to the repeater is hidden behind the drywall. … Read More

Laminate Installation for Countertops

The following instructions are intended to save you time, effort and money when it comes to installing plastic laminate or Formica on countertops.

Laminated plastics are available in many hardware and home improvement stores in a wide variety of colors, designs and patterns, and they have many applications, such as for countertops, tabletops and flooring among others. Sheets of laminated plastic are available both in dull or gloss finish, so you have a choice when preparing for a project. Laminated plastic is made from layers of paper that are injected with resin and bonded together under with a great deal of pressure and high temperature in order to form a strong, rigid sheet.

When preparing the surface- Laminated plastic sheets of 1/16 thickness are usually recommended when working on a flat surface. On vertical surfaces you should use 1/32 thickness sheets. Thoroughly sand and clean the surface where you plan to apply the plastic laminate, removing any paint, varnish, dirt or imperfections in the surface. Although many manufactured countertops utilize high-density particle board for their surfaces, regular particle board or plywood may be more ideal bases for plastic laminates.

When cutting laminated plastics- You can use a circular saw, saber saw, backsaw or utility knife to cut through plastic laminate. If you plan on using a saw, make sure that the saw blade is a fine-tooth blade. If you use a strip of masking tape along the cut line, it will help prevent chipping and make the line much easier to see while cutting. If you’re using a power circular saw, or a table saw, cut on the back side of the laminate to prevent chipping. Cut at a low angle from the front side if you’re using a hand saw to cut the laminated plastic. In order to allow for trimming, make sure to cut the sheet of laminated plastic slightly larger than what you will need. You may also consider using a straightedge or a steel square in order to create a smoother and even cut. You can use a utility knife to score the laminated plastic, then lift the shorter end and apply a slight pressure to snap the scored line. Make sure to choose the proper cutting implement based on the size of the job.

When Applying Laminated Plastics- You can usually use contact cement to apply laminated plastic. Epoxy adhesives can also be used but in general, contact cements are recommended. You should first roughen the surface using coarse grit sandpaper, but make sure to clean the sanding residue away with compressed air or a light brush to ensure that the surface is as clean as possible. Next, you will want to brush on the contact cement, applying it to both the counter surface and the back of the clean laminate sheet. After both surfaces have dried, you can lay the sheets of laminate down.

To finish Off the Job- Use a roller to apply pressure to the newly applied sheets of plastic laminate. Make … Read More

Why Social Media Causes Self Doubt and Anxiety & How You Can Fix It

In this technological age where everyone is constantly connected through tweets, status updates, and photos, there is this crushing weight of constantly comparing the seemingly-perfect lives of those in the virtual world to our own daily reality. In our logical brain, we know that it is irrational to assume the people we see on Instagram with designer handbags and 13k followers have perfectly unblemished lives. But, we still spiral into this whirlwind of depression, anxiety, and sadness brought on by our constant comparison of our real lives to the assumed online profiles of others.

Here’s the issue; we are in an age where technology has become deeply woven into our everyday. From cell phones to tablets, we are constantly locked into social media and the anxiety it brings on. When you are constantly checking and rechecking what is going on online and losing focus on your actual life, it is inevitable to start to compare yourself.

Your online friends are sharing the happiest moments in their lives. So, the new baby your brother just had, the trip to Bali your high school girlfriends just took, the new home your boss just bought; you compare all of those life achievements to what is happening in your real life. Even if you don’t want any of those things, it is nearly impossible to not feel the anxiety growing with every scroll.

But, how do we fix this in a world of constant connection?


Before you log on to your social media accounts in the morning, take a second to think about the good that is happening in your own life. Be grateful and fulfilled with what you have right now so that you don’t go online looking for validation for your happiness. Remember that the best moments are spent living and not posting.

Social Media Detox

Detox’s are great because they are short, extreme ways to get all of the junk out of your system. When it comes to social media, a detox can help you regroup and approach social media with a clearer mind. Simply spend a day being present in your life – no selfies, no filters, no clever remarks. Take a walk, read a book, enjoy your day without the stress of social media. Don’t value a moment based on how many likes it will get.

Everything is a Mirage

The first thing you need to understand about social media is that nothing is really as it seems. All of the photos, likes, and statuses are one small piece of a huge puzzle that you can’t see. That new car your college roommate just bought and broadcasted about is not going to include the tears, loans, and saving she had to do to get there. Understand that for every magical, perfectly posed picture on social media there are at least 50 not so picture perfect moments that got instantly deleted.

Comparison on social media is a trap that can toss you into a realm of depression, sadness, and … Read More

10 Reasons Why Sound Insulation is So Important

If you’ve ever been involved in a building project, or refurbished your home, then perhaps you know exactly why sound insulation is so important, and why it is fundamental to the design and construction of your project. If you’re not aware of why it’s so important, then here’s what you need to know.

1. Land to build houses on is hard to come by, and so houses are closer together, and so people are living closer together, which means that noise from one house can easily be heard or felt in another house, even if the noise isn’t especially loud.

2. Sound insulation affects both new building projects and refurbishments, so if you’re involved in property construction, or want to make the most of your house, then you’ll need to make sure that you take into account the fact that you’ll need to be aware of noise levels.

3. The UK Building Regulations specify how much noise is allowed, and what sort of acoustic flooring and other sound insulation products are available and suitable for your project.

4. Because noise is seen as a Health and Safety issue, it’s important that people aren’t subjected to excessive noise. Residents have a right to be able to relax during the evening and at weekend, without having to listen to the noise from their neighbours.

5. You might already have some idea as to what sound insulation products you need, or what sort of sound control you want. If you’re building an office block, or a hospital, then your needs will differ from somebody who wants to lessen the effects of drum or trumpet practice in their home.

6. If you know you need to reduce the noise in your home, then you’ll need to make sure you get the right products for your build. You’ll need to make sure that the acoustic insulation you use on your project meets the relevant UK Building Regulations,

7. Airborne sound is the sound of music or conversation, and because walls seem to be very thin in new builds, it is often possible to hear conversations and music in neighbouring rooms and houses, even though the music or conversation might not be classed as very loud.

8. Impact sound is the sound of something hitting something else, rather than music or conversation. Playing drums, footsteps on stairs or a washing machine vibrating on an uneven floor are examples of impact sound.

9. Flanking transmission is the path that sound takes, and explains how music or other noises can be heard elsewhere in the building. If you’re building a hotel or want to install a home cinema system than you’ll want to reduce the amount of noise that travels.

10. Unless you are experienced in sound reduction and acoustic flooring, it’s probably a good idea to get your sound insulation fitted professionally, so that you know it has been done correctly, and that it will be effective and meet the relevant standards, and will pass any inspections.… Read More

Interior Design Ideas For Your Living Room

Interior design is a profession that deals with the preparation and implementation of the layout, design and furnishing of an architectural interior. Interior design is basically a branch of architecture that is concerned with something like the doors, windows, walls, light, furniture, etc. The interior designers to make the environment of a house or any building, pleasant and aesthetically superb, manipulate all such elements.

Nowadays, the trend of interior designing is increasing day by day. People are now more conscious of their status and public image. As an age of style and fashion, modern age has developed an inclination in people towards the perfection and excellence of everything they own. Like the adornment of their personality, people put a lot of emphasis on the ornamentation of their lodgings. A home is a place where one lives. It is a vivid depiction of a person’s standard, his distinction, and his decorum.

In a home, a living room is a room or a place, which is the central point of the whole house. It is a place where all family members normally sit for chitchat, or anything they like. A living room is not only used by family, but also by the members of household, friends, visitors, etc. Usually, guests are made to sit in a living room.

Hence, as a focal point of almost every house, a living room should be decorated and designed in a superb manner. It should show its uniqueness and distinction in the whole house. A living room should be stylish, elegant, peaceful, neat, and graceful. It should have such an appearance to impress the guests and visitors.

A living room should be embellished according to the person’s own choice and liking. It must be a manifestation and expression of a person’s lifestyle and his personal convictions, in order to make a living room an agreeable and a pleasant spot. There are various interior design ideas for a living room that can give an excellent look to it.

One idea or style for a living room interior designing is the traditional style. This mode is more reserved in nature, as it includes elements like furniture and wall finishes with a historical influence on them. Bright and rich colour scheme is used in it.

Another striking idea is the modern style living room. A modern living room contains Asian and postmodern influence. To have a modern as well as a casual living room, furniture should be clean-lined, but fabrics and garnishes should be simple and informal. Colour scheming is usually modest in the modern living room design.

Eclectic living room design is another idea, which includes furnishing and finishes from a mixture of epochs and sources. It involves colours, shapes, texture, etc. Light colours like white, grey, etc, are used as background in this style. Besides, a rustic living room idea is a great offer for those who prefer to have a more natural, unpretentious, and warm welcoming environment. This style involves simple hand-crafter furnishing, and relaxing fabrics. … Read More