September 21, 2017 Kiara Grubb

So, you are ready to move forward in the house renting, buying or construction process, but are yet to decide on whether you want a single or a double-storey layout. Well, you are not alone: the choice can be quite challenging especially for first-time homebuyers and renters. Most people find themselves struggling to decide whether one or two-floor living would be ideal for their needs and lifestyles. However, in my opinion, single storey homes have a lot to offer that would be ideal, especially for those who want to start families.

One-storey living provides unparalleled benefits and features.

While double storey homes have gained popularity in the recent years, it is important not to overlook the many features and advantages that one-storey options have to offer, particularly homes that come with suitably installed top of the line luxury amenities. Choosing a one-storey layout has a huge array of benefits including:

Higher Ceilings

Do you like the look of vaulted and cathedral ceilings? Well, they will be hard to come by in a home with multiple storeys. However, by keeping the living space on the ground level, the sky becomes the limit on how high you want the ceilings.

More Square Footage

Depending on the style of home you want to buy, rent or build, a one-storey layout can actually deliver more room to roam that its double-storey counterparts. That is because you won’t have to sacrifice valuable space for the stairways.

No Upstairs Traffic

There’s no denying that living in a two-floor plan can mean heavy and disrupting foot traffic and upstairs noise that can be a pain for everyone downstairs. Of course, this can be negated with better construction, but living in a single-storey house means you will never have to worry about a person with a heavy tread making noise just over your head.

Safer for Kids and Pets

Most double-storey houses have bedrooms upstairs, and that means the homeowners have to safeguard and childproof the windows to protect the kids and pets from falling. However, choosing a single-storey home immediately eliminates the chances of a second level fall from happening.

Fewer Bathrooms Needed

On homes with a one-level plan, the owners actually need fewer total bathrooms as everything is on the same level. This can save you a significant amount of money when purchasing or constructing the property and even save you in annual taxes throughout the time you live in the residence. Fewer bathrooms also imply lesser time and energy spent in cleaning and maintenance.

Easier to Evacuate

Nobody likes to think about an emergency happening at home, but that doesn’t eliminate the possibility of it happening. By having everyone on a single-level living space, you increase the odds of faster evacuation, should the need arise.

Use a Reputable Contractor for Your Next House

If you plan on constructing the home, the only to ensure you get everything you want is by hiring a reputable building contractor with experience in one-storey home construction. You will have access to their architectural expertise and knowledge, thus helping guarantee excellent results.…

April 10, 2017 Kiara Grubb

If you think that you are paying too much utility bills and that your home is still not that comfortable, then you would make your home more energy efficient. You should think of reducing energy waste also. By dealing with energy losses, you will be able to contribute to the sustainability of the environment. Here are some DIY green home improvement ideas that you can implement in your home.

Insulation

Proper insulation will keep your house protected throughout the year. If there are parts of your home where the insulation is lacking, cold or hot air may get in and lead to energy loss. You should be concerned about your attic, floors, walls, basement and crawlspace. You can add insulation to your attic. If you need insulation in hard-to-reach areas, then you should call a professional contractor to do the work for you.

Solar water heater

It uses the sun’s energy to heat the water. It is very affordable and you will see the savings within a few years. As water heater accounts for about 25% of your energy bills, you can save 50% – 80% money by having a solar water heater.

Caulking and weatherstripping

Heating and cooling account for about 30% of your energy bills. If there are any cracks between indoors and outdoors, then heat will escape in winter and cold air will escape in summer. Caulking the cracks is a very economical home improvement that you can do. It will improve the energy efficiency of your home. Waterstripping also prevents unwanted air from escaping or entering the house.

These DIY home improvement ideas will contribute positively to the environment and reduce your utility bills over time. You should implement these ideas in your home and see the difference in your energy bills yourself.…

April 10, 2017 Kiara Grubb

When it’s remodeling time for your home, you find yourself in a dilemma whether to hire a professional or do-it-yourself. Well, if you have a budget constraint, then you should go for DIY projects. In order to do the works yourself, you need some essential tools. Here are the best tools you need to buy for your home remodeling projects.

Oscillating Multi-Tool

These tools have interchangeable accessories that help to do common works comfortably.It can also do difficult tasks that are not possible to do with other tools. So, this tool can be very handy.

Cordless Drill

Cordless Drills were not available before the 1980s. Though it was invented in 1961 by Black and Decker, but it wasn’t of much use until the higher powered nickel cadmium batteries were introduced. With this battery, the cordless drill is a very powerful tool and very useful for home remodeling projects.

Flat Pry Bar

You need a pry bar for your home renovating project. A claw hammer can be used to take out nails, but a pry bar can do much more tasks along with taking out nails. For example, you can use it to push two things apart by placing it in the middle. You cannot do this with a crowbar.

Side-Cutting or Lineman’s Pliers

It is one of the best tools you can have in your toolbox. It will not bend or break. The side cutters can do three things: cut, grip, and pound. This tool is essential for your home remodeling work.
So, these tools should be in your toolbox before you start your DIY home remodeling project. The tools are very useful and will make your work very comfortable.

April 10, 2017 Kiara Grubb

DIY roofing projects are trickier and riskier than other home improvement projects. You need to be extremely cautious while working. Here are five safety measures you must take.

 

Wear appropriate footwear

You should use a good pair of rubber-soled work boots when doing roof works. There are many stores where you will find special work boots that have extra grippy material on the soles and larger tread.

Check the ladder

You should make sure that the bottom of your ladder has anti-slip safety shoes. You should make sure that the tread is not worn out. Both the shoes must be well fastened. You should check the ground underneath the ladder to make sure that it’s even. You should have ladder stakes to attach the ladder to the ground.

Consider a safety harness

If the roof is higher than ten feet and you wish to spend a long time on the roof, then you should get a safety harness. A roof harness will save you from falling off the roof.

Consider the weather

You should plan your DIY roofing project based on the weather forecast. A little moisture can affect the shingles’ texture and create a risky environment to work. You will have more chances of falling or slipping. So, you must avoid bad weather.

Be knowledgeable

Nowadays, many people are going for DIY projects, whether they have the adequate knowledge or not. They do this to save money. But you shouldn’t do something you don’t know about. So, learn the things you need to know before starting a DIY roofing project.

You must remember these five points before starting your DIY roofing project. You don’t want to be the victim of a major accident while trying to save on your roofing project. So, just be careful all the time.…