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Log Home Maintenance 101

Log home maintenance is very important if you want your log home to last a long time, whether you live full-time in your home or only use it for holidays and vacations.
These homes have a certain charm. They exude warmth, coziness, and laid-back comfort. They inspire a sort of lingering, as if living there somehow calms people down. To preserve its charm, it is imperative that a cabin be given the proper attention and care.
It is best to be organized when it comes to log maintenance. Keeping a schedule will allow you to maximize the care of your home, especially since it is subject to the changes of the seasons, as well as varying weather patterns throughout the year. Regularly checking your log home also allows you to keep track of its state and address problems without too much time passing by.
You can hire a professional to oversee the maintenance of your log home or you can do it yourself. Maybe in the first year or so, you can ask for assistance from a professional, if you do not feel confident about doing it by yourself. A professional company can provide services that include cleaning, and sealing, caulking, sanding, and staining. A professional can help you check for any rotting in the logs, and how to repair it. They can check if there are gaps between the wood and your windows or doors, and they can check your gutters as well. Since wood deteriorates faster under heavy exposure to water, you need to make sure that your gutters are clean and clear. You also need to make sure there are no leaks.
Professional companies can assist you with all these things. They can give you tips on what you can do yourself. You just need to find a log maintenance and repair company you can trust. You can research on which companies are reliable and dependable, most of them have websites filled with information. You can also check out blogs by other log cabin owners. If you can join a network of home owners, you can trade ideas, insights, concerns, and recommendations. The best way to find out if a company does its job well is to see proof of it. Other log home owners can help you with that. These networks are great sources of information. You can find tips, reviews, warnings and referrals among the users.
Log home repair and maintenance companies usually offer an assessment and consultation, during which they can tell you about the state your log home is in, and what repairs and maintenance measures are needed. Ask them about alternatives and options, in case your budget is a concern. Negotiate the price. If you cannot afford the full service they are offering, maybe they can tell you which repairs are most pressing and requires their services and which ones you can do yourself.
Log maintenance is hard work but it is essential. You will not regret the time, effort and resources you put into maintaining your log home.

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Granite Countertops: A Buyer’s Guide

Granite is an attractive stone that adds color and warmth to any room. Granite is a natural stone like marble that is as old as the planet and can be found around the globe. It is an igneous rock that is almost always massive, hard and tough, and therefore it has gained widespread use as a construction stone. It can be found in hundreds of color variations that normally have dazzling flecks of quartz crystal embedded within. Granite is complimentary to any architectural or interior design style from ultra-modern to country.
In ancient times it was utilized in public buildings such as temples. In the past few centuries it was still being utilized for the exteriors and columns of prominent buildings. Then in the 19th century, stone suppliers perfected the polishing of granite making it even more sought after to beautify not only the exterior but also the interiors of grand homes and buildings.
The use of granite for kitchen and bathroom countertops, fireplace facades and flooring has been a top tier choice of the best architects and interior designers for decades. Due to its’ perpetual allure and unwavering strength granite is now in high demand for homes of every socio-economic realm.
Although in high-demand across the board, granite remains one of the most expensive choices for a home’s countertops. The price of granite starts at $60 a square foot installed. The majority of the cost is due to the excavation and transportation as well as the cutting, polishing and installation. Since granite is the hardest stone, second only to diamonds, special equipment is needed to work with the massive sheets that must be cut to specification. This in part is why it is not a recommended task for the do-it-yourself homeowner. Cabinetry must be reinforced to be able to handle the weight of the stone. The slab of granite must be cut to precision and set exactly level. If it is not exactly level then the granite is at risk for cracking during regular use.
If you want the look and durability of granite countertops but can’t afford the cost of solid slabs then consider granite tiles. Granite tiles are made from left over pieces of granite and cost considerably less. The effect can be just as stunning. The do-it-yourself homeowner can easily handle the installation of the precut granite tiles which will also save money by avoiding the high installation cost.
Regardless of if you choose to install or have installed granite slabs or granite tiles your home value will increase. Prospective home buyers and renters are now making granite countertops in the kitchen and bathrooms a priority. Apartment complexes are having granite installed to attract renters and it’s now the number one update that people make to their older homes. Due to its’ incredible durability and beauty, granite is now becoming the norm for kitchens and bathrooms. It’s not a passing fad but a staple similar to a home having a brick exterior that will remain part of a home’s integrity to last a lifetime.…

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Final Checklist Before A Kitchen Remodel Begins

You are ready for a new kitchen and cannot wait for the remodelers to come in and start ripping out all those old cabinets and counter tops to replace them with something newer, more elegant and far more functional.
Before they do arrive though take one last look at your kitchen design plans, as there are several factors that homeowners can often overlook, especially if they have done much of the planning work themselves.
Some points you should definitely consider in your review include the following:-
Is there going to be enough room to open all the drawers and cabinets in your new kitchen properly?
Is there going to be adequate counter top space between the sink, stove and refrigerator?
Is the microwave going in right place? If there are kids in the house is it low enough for them to use safely?
How well will your new kitchen flooring match with that in adjoining rooms?
Do you have enough lighting planned? Under cabinet lights are often overlooked but they are incredibly useful in most kitchens and really should not be forgotten.
Is the work flow between all the appliances going to be smooth? Transit between them all, including the dishwasher should be as easy and clutter free as possible.
Will you have enough storage space?
Are you really happy with the overall design plans?
If, after you have asked yourself all these questions, you are still happy with the planned design that is great, let the work commence.
However if you have any nagging doubts, even if the kitchen plans were drawn up by a kitchen remodeling expert, voice them now.
Changing something mid project can be an expensive headache and derail the project’s timeline by days or even weeks. It is your kitchen, your money and ultimately it is up to you to make sure that the design is exactly what you wanted it to be.…

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Meager Kitchen Renovation Ideas

The kitchen will always be a special place in the house and one of the rooms in the house which will determine the resale and market value of your house. If you are thinking of improving your kitchen but you do not have enough money to hire a professional which will design and make your cooking room a place of comfort then you have to do it yourself, it might sound a little bit scary and difficult especially if you do have any interior design background but designing your own kitchen in a budget will not be a problem if you set some guideline and you equip yourself with knowledge of kitchen designing basic and your good to go.
The first step in successfully have a nice kitchen without breaking your bank account is for you to look for some designs online or in some magazines. Consider the space that you have, do you have a big kitchen or a small one. This is very important for you to be able to maximize the resources that you have and for you to determine what the major renovations that is necessary. You can shop for some inexpensive but yet classy and high quality materials that are needed in your kitchen makeover.
You do not have to buy new set of cabinets, you can re sand them and paint them with other color which will match your entire kitchen theme. Moving of stove and sink in a different location will be costly and time consuming, if you do not have that enough budget yet, it is better to live it behind for the mean time.
Organizing your appliances will also give your kitchen a spic and span look if that is your aim in renovating this room. The proper placement of these appliances from the most functional to the appliances which are seldom use will give your kitchen a more spacious and clean look, small kitchen appliances should be keep inside the cabinet or in a box.
Safety should also be considered at all cost, so if you are fixing your kitchen make sure that you turned off all the electric appliances and your stove.
Put some furniture in your kitchen but since you are in the meager side, go to your local antique shops or second hand store where you can find great looking furniture for a lesser price.
Renovating your kitchen should not cost you an arm and a leg. There are many things which you can do to make this part of your home clean and organize without hiring an expert to do it for you.…

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Clean Those Rain Gutters: Tips and Tricks for Getting the Job Done Safely and Well

Rain gutters are an important and very much under-appreciated part of your roofing and drainage system. If they become clogged with leaves and other debris, they will not work effectively. A clogged rain gutter will cause rain to run off your roof in areas where you do not want the moisture, including back onto your house itself, depending on the placement of the gutter.
Clean your rain gutters often during the rainy season, but particularly just after your fall leaves have dropped.
Rain gutters are at least one story high and can be difficult to reach. Home owners commonly choose either the “ladder method” or a “reaching tool” that allows you to clean out the gutter.
Ladder safety
Most home owners access their rain gutters with a ladder. They wear gloves and scoop the leaves out of the gutter. When the gutter is basically clear, they go back and house the gutter out, ensuring that it is clear and ready for rain.
The risk with the ladder method is being on the ladder itself while working. Wear shoes with good support and good treads. Have someone hold the ladder just, to be sure. Avoid long reaches. It is far safer to move the ladder more often than it is to recover from an injury.
A gutter tool
There are tools on the market that allow you to clean your gutters with a telescopic pole and tool. This is an excellent method, particularly combined with a house to clean the gutter out entirely after you use the tool.
The biggest advantage of a gutter-cleaning tool is that you can avoid the ladder. If you avoid the ladder, you avoid the risks associated with a ladder fall. You also generally save a good bit of time. You do not have to go up and down the ladder and move it every five feet or so across the length of your gutters.
Clean up
With either method, cleaning the gutters is the first part of the job. Cleaning the mess that the gutter-cleaning leaves behind is the second. You will have leaves and debris all along the length of your gutter after you have cleaned them out. Clean out the gutters then clean out the yard or decking below and you will be prepared for the next rain storm.
Gutter cleaning is inconvenient, but it is important for the long term maintenance of your house and your roof. Do not put it off. Get to it before the next rain.…

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Hire Experts Before Renovating The Kitchen

It is extremely important to renovate the kitchen after every few years so as to make it look neater and prepare great meals besides ensuring quick cleaning. But remodeling a kitchen is not for people who get apprehensive easily.
Before the old word work is taken out, you must be clear about what is it that you actually intend to place now. Despite prior planning, there will be enough details to be concerned with during the project in the complex process of kitchen renovations. For a hassle free renovation project and satisfactory results, planning is required and can actually be fun.
So where does one begin from? You can begin by making a list of what you hate about your kitchen the most. Renovation will include everything that needs to be changed, starting from the floor tiles, to the wooden cabinets, the lighting and even the appliances. After you know what has to be removed, you must draw a list of things you want to add to the new kitchen such as fixtures, the ground tiles, and the set of new appliances and so on.
Dreams should be sky-high. When it comes to budget, then one should come back to earth. It has been stressed that kitchen renovation is one of the best investments and by trying to cut too many corners you can actually shoot yourself in the foot.
Designing is the next step towards fulfillment of your dreams. This usually involves assistance from a kitchen design professional. The basic requirements like an understanding of fundamental design elements such as the work triangle which is an imaginary path that connects the kitchen’s three primary work areas which are the sink, the refrigerator, and the range or cook top is quite essential in addition to sensitivity to style and finish. Efficient use of space can be achieved by keeping the triangle suited for the way you use your kitchen.
The designer will use solid design principles to make your wish list and budget work together. After hiring the designer, do remember to work out the budget. It is no longer imperative to have all ready cash to furnish your kitchen but you can even borrow or pay in installments.
Apart from the rise in property values, the new low interest rates have meant that more people can now get their dream kitchen done while only having to pay a monthly mortgage which would be equal to or lower than their existing payment rates. In order to make your dream kitchen a reality, the final yet crucial step in the kitchen renovation planning process is to choose an installation professional to pull all the details together. The installation and designing bit is mostly handled by the same set of people. The above is generally seen in the case with a design build remodeling contractor or a home center that offers optional installation when supplying products.
Any idea what are the latest trends when it comes to the kitchen remodeling? Data collected by a by a famous appliance store reveals that the creation of a spacious, inviting atmosphere while incorporating natural, sleek design elements into the kitchen decor is the general theme that American homeowners are seeking. A walk in pantry, laminated wooden cabinet, open spaces, a decent audio visual system and of course natural lighting are the most haves for a good kitchen. When asked if they’d want their dream kitchen to feature a personal chef too, many homeowners disagreed saying that they’d rather prefer to don the chef’s hat themselves.…

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Easy Exterior Home Maintenance Tips for All

Maintaining the exterior of your home in good condition gives you comfort and security while increasing the value of the property. How do you maintain the exterior of your house? How well do you do it? Use some simple advice on how to get and keep everything from the roof and gutter guard to the walls in perfect condition.
Inspect the roof and chimney regularly and make timely repairs. Experts recommend that you inspect the roof and chimney every year in the fall. In this way, you will have enough time to fix any damage and/or wear and tear before winter comes. Make the minor repairs yourself. Strengthen the flashing around penetrations and seal any gaps. For more serious problems and damages, you should call a professional to make the repairs.
Inspect, secure and clean the gutters annually or twice a year, if you have heavy rainfalls in your area. If there is any rust or damage on walls of the gutters, you should definitely have them replaced. All gutters should be perfectly secured in place. Make any necessary repairs to ensure this. Even if you are using a gutter guard system, clean the gutters to ensure there are not any debris inside. Remove the gutter protection, if possible and use a brush to clean the interior of the gutters. If the gutter guard panels cannot be removed, use a strong water flow to do the cleaning.
Install a gutter guard system, if you do not have one. Gutter protection did not use to be very effective in the past, but with the advancement of technology manufacturers have started making sophisticated gutter protection systems that have special angled ski slope designs and flat surface that allow for the debris to fall down on the ground naturally. In addition, the gutter guard surface is made from a thin mesh that does not allow for any debris to get inside the gutter.
Repair the exterior walls and the trim, if you notice any moisture, damage or discoloration when inspecting the house. Consider placing insulation materials to deal with moisture and small surface cracks. Call a professional for major repairs. Repaint the walls every five years or at a shorter period of time, if necessary. Reseal the area around wall penetrations, such as doors, windows and vents with silicon and repair window glazing, if required.
Now you know how to maintain your home exterior without much effort and keep your property in perfect condition.…