Does Your House Need A Kitchen Remodel?

Is it time to upgrade your house with a kitchen remodel? While professionals all agree that remodeling your kitchen can dramatically increase the sales value of your house, there are other considerations to ponder. First you should consider the overall condition of your house, and that of your kitchen. Is your house a showplace, with … Continue reading Does Your House Need A Kitchen Remodel?

Is it time to upgrade your house with a kitchen remodel? While professionals all agree that remodeling your kitchen can dramatically increase the sales value of your house, there are other considerations to ponder.

First you should consider the overall condition of your house, and that of your kitchen. Is your house a showplace, with beautiful rooms, except for the kitchen? If all the rooms of your house are freshly painted and beautifully decorated, but you’ve been holding out on remodeling the kitchen for reasons of budget or time, you might want to think again. The two rooms of the house which offer the most immediate rewards in terms of increased house value are the bathroom and the kitchen. Most estimates put the value of a kitchen remodel at 80 to 90 percent. That’s a lot of potential value for your house, so it makes sense to remodel as soon as possible.

Even if you aren’t planning to move anytime soon, a kitchen remodel is a huge boon to your house for quality of living considerations alone. Most families and couples spend an enormous amount of time in their kitchen. Over and over again the kitchen is referred to as the heart of the house, because so many activities take place there-cooking, eating, homework, entertaining, to name only a few. Why not make this high-traffic room the most inviting of the house?

If your appliances are out of date or prone to constant break-downs, it is a sign you might want to consider a kitchen remodel. There are so many new energy-efficient models on the market, it makes good sense for your house budget to invest in these appliances. You’ll get more pleasure from using them, too. If you find yourself going out to eat repeatedly during the course of any given week, it may also be time for some upgrades. Not wanting to spend time in your house is a sure sign it needs some attention! If a kitchen is awkwardly laid out or inefficient, it can certainly affect your desire to cook or entertain. Who wants to invite guests to their house when it is difficult to cook a meal for them?

Another thing to consider is the needs of your family. Additions to your brood may require additions to your house, and the kitchen is going to be one of the first spaces that will show the strain of over-use. High traffic in a room wears it out more quickly. Since the kitchen is one of the highest-traffic areas in the house, remodeling it with durable yet attractive materials simply makes good sense. You’ll enjoy the bright new improvements now and reap the benefit of added resale value when you are ready to move.

Even if you’ve not actively considered remodeling your kitchen, you might want to take a look at it. The pleasure you will gain from your house and its increased value will make it worthwhile. Start doing some research today and before you know it, you’ll catch the excitement about remodeling.

Free Home Decorating Ideas

Everyone appreciates home decorating ideas when planning to make improvements to their home. You may have visions of your own about how your new home dcor would look but its always nice to have an alternative plan. Theres definitely home decorating ideas that you havent discovered. There are constantly changes being made regarding trends in home decorating. Checking out new home decorating ideas may give birth to a new home decorating plan for your space.

Being able to find home decorating ideas is a treat but having access to free home decorating ideas is a real gift. Good news, there are free home decorating ideas available to you. Often when you pick up a magazine, perhaps while waiting at the doctors office, something in the home decorating section catches your eye. Relaying tips and techniques for home improvements, this magazine is offering you free home decorating ideas. Another great source of information regarding home dcor and decorating is a catalog from major stores such as Sears, Zellers or Ikea. Advertising their products, they use illustrations of fully decorated rooms. Browsing catalogs such as these youll find many free home decorating ideas.

Taking a trip to your local furniture store or department store is sure to provide free home decorating ideas. Many stores have displays which are regularly changes to share new and trendy home dcor. The front window of a furniture store is a great place to catch a glimpse of beautifully arranged home dcor. Again, window displays such as this can be considered free home decorating ideas.

One of the best sources of free home decorating ideas is the Internet. There are hundreds of sites on the Internet related to home decorating with thousands of free home decorating ideas. There are sites which explain in depth the various home decorating designs and offer ideas to help you achieve these styles in your own home. Some sites offer step-by-step instructions for do-it-yourself home decorating and renovating projects. These free home decorating ideas are your chance to create rooms and spaces similar to those decorated by professional interior decorators. With the aid of these free home decorating ideas, youll be equipped to transform your home into something you only dream off. You may be very surprised at what you can actually accomplish as an inexperienced interior decorator.

Decorating a home or space is a very exciting activity. It does require a whole lot of effort regarding planning and the actual decorating, but the results are definitely worth it. Being able to sit back after living through weeks or renovations and home decorating is a delight. Being able to look around your home at the beautiful changes and realize you are responsible, that feeling is overwhelming. To know that you were able to achieve these results by using free home decorating ideas may be astonishing. You may feel so great about your accomplishment that youll be eager to take on another room. When you are ready to begin another home decorating or renovating project, youll be able to plan it with added confidence realizing there are thousands of free home decorating ideas to help you out.

Timber Flooring Versus Tile Flooring

The timber flooring versus tile flooring debate rages amongst enthusiasts. However awareness of some of the following facts when building or renovating your home will no doubt clear some of the confusion and make your decision easier, and better!

What you’ll learn
Timber floors have pros and cons
Tiles or other non-timber options
Classic structural floors
What are floating timber floors?
Some timber flooring tips
How to choose the best wood

The timber flooring cons
We must begin with the important issue which faces the entire earth and mankind with imminence:

Natural resources are being depleted, greenhouse gases fill the atmosphere and desertification due to deforestation is rife.
It’s at this point that you must realise: Timber flooring is made of out trees!

While this is a point on the board for tiles which are generally made from non-precious resources, there is an option for the responsible earthling who loves the soft glow of polished timber floors:

Choose flooring certified as coming from sustainably managed plantations. Better yet, use recycled timber! This adds a beautiful element of character to your home and the pleasure of knowing you’ve supported both the environment and future of our children.
(In fact, don’t buy anything unless it’s truly ‘Green’!)

The timber flooring pros
When installed by a timber flooring professional, likely one registered with the Australian Timber Flooring Association, wooden floors create a non-allergenic environment. This is essential to the health of some youngsters today (not to mention us as well!) and is a score for timber over tiles as grouting does not age well and is harder to finish non-allergenically around architrave and skirting.

Another long-term trend which is a pro for the timber flooring camp is the fact of added value to your home. Homes renovated with elegant timber flooring have consistently taken on substantial value and this trend is a long term pattern over decades, no mere fad.

Classic structural floors
Having timber floorboards laid on bearers or joists of your house foundation is the classic style of structural flooring.
The boards range usually from 100 to 150mm wide and most often implement a tongue and groove locking mechanism.
While timber boards can be as thick as 30mm, the standard thickness is 19mm.
Various tree species are used (you’ve surely heard of brush box and jarrah) however the serious renovator can have their wood oven tested before use to determine suitability.

What are floating timber floors?
This is a builders term for floors laid over the existing solid floor. So the timber floor ‘floats’ on an underlay, without being nailed to the original structural flooring.
One advantage of this style is that any movement in your floor is less likely to cause gaps in between the boards.
The floating style also allows for the use of ‘faux’ timber boards, which is an affordable option still offering the ambience and color of timber flooring.

The conclusion is yours
With pre-conceptions and misconceptions aside, you are now in a better position to decide between timber and tile floors. A mix of both in a home is often appealing, and allows you to place your choices according to room use. For instance, tiles in a laundry offer the durability and appropriate aesthetics for a room which is not usually lounged in. Just make sure they’re non-slip tiles!

Paul Vincent was born on timber flooring. He’s even done some wood flooring oven testing. However you know he’s not bias because he’s Italian, and they love their tiles! His father was a tiler and grout is in his blood. So see what he comes up with in reviewing this age-old debate.

Does Vastu Purush Dwell In Your House By-Dr Prem Kumar

Does Vastu Purush Dwell In Your House By-Dr Prem Kumar Sharma

If your answer to the above question is, “Who is Vastu Purush?”, then welcome to the club of the ‘Vastu-uninitiated’! A home without the presence of Vastu Purush is inauspicious to say the least. But, before seeking the answer as to why this figure is important for your home, let us see who the Vastu Purush actually is.

The story of this mythological being is mentioned in the Matsaya Purana. The story goes something like this:

‘Once Lord Shiva was engaged in a fierce battle with a rakshasa (demon) called Andhikasur. However, the immense powers of Lord Shiva were matched by the demon and, as the battle raged, Lord Shiva began to perspire profusely. Beads of sweat formed on his forehead and began to fall. Out of this perspiration was created a demon of such immense proportions that his body obstructed the Earth and the sky. Seeing this, the devtas (Gods) became alarmed. They devised a way to overpower this demon. A total of 45 Gods seized this creature and sat on his back, pushing him down towards the Earth. The demon, under their immense weight, crashed face down to the ground with his head towards the north-east and his feet towards the south-west. The demon prayed to Lord Brahma, thus, “Oh Lord, you have created this cosmos. This body is also yours. Why then are these Gods torturing me without any reason? Tell me what should I do to escape their wrath?” Brahma, appeased by the sincerity of his prayers, said, “From this moment you will be worshipped during every construction work, since you lie beneath the Gods. Those who offer you prayers as Vastu devta will be blessed with happiness and prosperity, but those who don’t, will suffer penury and untimely death.” From that day onwards, Vastu Purush was born. The Gods, sitting on his back, became the presiding deities of their respective directions.

Vastu Purush is the spirit that dwells in a structure or a building. It, in fact, provides us with a blueprint for the layout of the house, called the Vastu Purush mandala. This mandala is an energy grid of 64 squares on which is superimposed the Vastu Purush. From this are derived the rules of Vastu. The Vastu Purush breathes from the north-east; the reason why it should always be kept open and clutter-free. The south-west portion contains the heavy rear of the Vastu Purush and is deemed ideal for locating heavy objects. The positive cosmic energy enters from the north-east and flows towards the south-west.

Of the 45 Gods sitting on the back of the Vastu Purush, there are eight main Gods that represent the eight directions. They are:

North: Governed by Kuber, the Lord of Wealth, and Soma, the Lord of Health, this direction is associated with tranquility, relaxation and sexual relationships.

North-east: Eesh, the Lord of Energy and Knowledge governs this direction. This direction is associated with self-awareness and knowledge.

East: This direction is governed by Indra, the King of Gods. This direction provides contentment, optimism and encouragement.

South-east: Agnidev, the Lord of Fire, governs the south-east. This direction influences health, wealth and prosperity in all its forms.

South: The south is governed by Yama, the Lord of Death. This direction is most favourable for wealth, success, happiness and peace.

South-west: Niriti, the Lord of Demons and the Goddess of Destruction, governs this direction. The energy of this direction bestows tranquility and purity.

West: West is governed by Varun, the Lord of Water and Rain, and the upholder of the Universal Law. The energy of this direction is associated with success, glory, fame and fortune.

North-west: Vaayu, the God of Wind, governs the north-west. This direction bestows leadership qualities, promoting responsibility and the ability to plan, organise and lead.

So how can you invite the Vastu Purush to reside in your house? The answer is to construct and organise the house according to the principles of Vastu. The basics of these principles are:

Keep the north-east light; south-west heavy. The underground water tanks are ideally located on the north-east and heavy overhead tanks, to the south-west.

Keep the north-east open; south-west closed. Plant trees and tall shrubs in the south-west and short shrubs and flowering plants in the north-east of the garden. Have more windows in the north-east.

Keep south-west higher; north-east lower. Ensure that the flow of the drainage is from the south-west to the north-east.

Centre of the house is brahmsthal, so nothing should be constructed on it and it should never have clutter.

South-west bestows stability; north-west, movement. Make the master bedroom in the south-west; the head of the family will remain in control. Make the guest room in the north-west; guests will leave early!

A detailed explanation of all these principles is given in my book A Comprehensive Book on Vastu. Follow these principles and enjoy the benevolence of the Vastu Purush and the blessings of the Gods governing the various directions.

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