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Steps To Determine Door Handing

  • First start with a fresh mind. Go back to basics.
  • Look at the door; it should be pretty easy to tell what side of the door is the outside, and what side is the inside. Outside of a bedroom door you would be standing in the hallway, if you are in the bedroom you are looking at the inside of the door. If you are standing on your front porch looking at the front door, then your are looking at the outside of the door. Know this before installing door levers and handles.
  • Door handing is always done from the OUTSIDE of the door. Whatever side the hinges are on, when viewed from the outside is the same as the door hand. If the hinges are on the right, it’s a right hand door. If the hinges are on the left, it’s a left hand door. It does not matter if the door pulls towards you or opens away from you. If you don’t know your left from right, ask someone. You only need to determine what side the hinges are on from the OUTSIDE. Forget the “reverse bevel” term.
  • Now you are ready to install your doors handles or door levers.
    Note: There is one exception to this rule…single dummies. When handing a single dummy you stand on the side of the door that you are mounting the dummy on, not the exterior side.

About Slab Foundations Primer

There are many different types of slab foundations. Most are built with footings which are thickened areas of slab located under load bearing walls. A load bearing wall is a wall that holds up the structure. If a wall isn’t load bearing, it is called a curtain wall. Most curtain walls are used for dividing rooms.

Foundation footings are wider than the foundation’s base and often reinforced with steel. They transfer the load of the building to the foundation and help distribute the weight of the building over the soil or rock.

How the foundation and footings are constructed depends on several factors, including soil and climate. In places where the ground freezes, footings are created first, below the frost line. After the footing has been placed, the building’s walls are constructed. Once the walls are in place, the slab is created.

A slab-on-grade foundation is used in locations where the ground doesn’t freeze. The slab, which oftentimes rests on gravel, is poured all at once. There is no space between the slab and the ground, and the edges of the slab are made thicker than the inside of the slab.

Some slab foundations have a portion of the foundation above the ground, also called a stem wall. Stem walls are usually made of cinder blocks that connect the building’s foundation with its vertical walls. In addition to increasing the structural integrity of the foundation, stem walls help protect the vertical walls from moisture and insects.

Before a slab foundation is put in place, the ground needs to be graded. Grading, which is done with heavy equipment, produces a level base. Grading is also used to create a slope that will ensure water drains away from the structure. Water can not only damage a foundation, but also weaken the building.

Many times, in addition to supporting the structure, a slab foundation will also serve as the building’s floor. Slab foundations also prevent pests, like termites, from getting under and into the house.

The downside of a slab foundation is loss of heat when the ground’s temperature becomes significantly lower than the temperature inside the building. There is also the potential for flood damage.

Another problem with slab foundations is foundation settlement. Most houses will settle over time. Too much settlement can cause foundation cracks and other structural issues. Soil that hasn’t been compacted properly can increase the amount of settlement and potential for foundation damage causing the need for home foundation repair.

DIY Gazebo Plans

You can choose from a variety of price ranges, colors, designs and styles. Select the piece that matches the best with the style of your house. The accurate instructions and cut out pieces of raw materials which come with the kit are quite helpful when constructing a gazebo on your own.

Assemble the frame: Start by fastening the boards together using 3 ½” screws. Now stick the joists at the corners and raise them at the center of the base. Drill holes and secure the joists to the core block. Now attach anchor cables to the joists and secure them.

Decking and walls: Layout the boards and screw the corners together and then secure the frames with 2 ½” screws. Now lay down the next circle and fasten them using screws and repeat the process for each circle of the deck boards. Stick the 1″x4″ bottom brace into the dado and the second fillet to the other end of the spindles. Raise it and flip the spindle over and staple the rail cap into the other fillet.

Now it’s time to focus on the walls. Raise two walls and attach them to each other using screws in each corner. Attach the rest of the walls and screw the corner posts into the deck boards. These first few steps are quite easy to perform.

Roof rafters: Screw the rafters into opposite sides of each other and cut the rafter’s pre-cut bird’s mouth that meets the header. Repeat the process for the remaining rafters and fasten them after the corners are attached. The kit comes with 12 short rafters which can be attached to the corner rafters with deck screws.

Attach the boards and shingle the roof: Start at the bottom and work upwards to assemble one pie wedge at a time. Secure the boards to the main and the middle rafters. Double up the shingles to provide angles for the rest and mark a chalk line from the peak to the center using a circular saw. For the remaining sections, shingles will need to be cut to match the roof angles.

Use ridge shingles to cover the seam between each pie section. Use double shingles on the first row and continue doing this all the way up the gazebo. Hold together the cupola by drilling down through shingles into the rafters.

Attach the Balusters: Set the baluster against the header and attach the screws at the top and the bottom. Now attach the corner brackets using a staple gun and drill four holes into each one of them. Screw them together and screw in the 1″x4″ kicker board.

Choosing New Home Builders

Have a Budget

Before you start perusing catalogs for the latest counter tops or visiting sites to look at demo houses, consider how much money you are truly able to invest in your property. Most contractors will have a base price that they quote to potential buyers. This price will include whatever they consider “basic” to the home, such as bathrooms, bedrooms, living space, kitchen, etc. More than likely, you’ll want to make changes to this basic model. Create a budget for all of these expenses and stick as close to it as you can.

Prioritize Pre- over Post-Construction Upgrades

Depending on what company you end up working with, your contractor will likely offer pre- and post-construction upgrades. Pre-construction upgrades are amenities that have an essential structural component to them and cannot be added or changed once the walls go up. These include things like additional rooms, bathrooms, or changes to the configuration of the layout. Post-construction upgrades can include smaller or outlying spaces, like carports or sheds, but they are for the most part cosmetic. Items such as appliances, decorative touches, special carpeting or counter tops fall into this category. Since there is no way to add another bedroom or a half bath once the timbers have been cut, it is best to prioritize the former changes over the latter ones. A few months or years after construction, you might have more room in your budget, and you can consult your new home builders about adding sconces or lighting to the kitchen then.

Resist Over-Customizing

With all of the cool options available today, you might be tempted to simply get them all. After all, you envision yourself always living in this space. But if you have even an inkling of doubt, you might want to resist adding too many personal touches to the blueprints. Although all of the choices are a fun prospect in the short term, “over-customizing” your space to your wishes might make it harder to sell in the future. Potential buyers want to have the ability to make the space their own.

Work with a Contractor You Trust

A home is one of the biggest financial duties most people undertake in their lifetime. You want to be sure that the people in charge of turning your dreams into a reality are reliable and trustworthy. Before signing anything, consult friends, family members, reputable websites, and former customer testimonials, to learn about potential new home builders and their dealings. This investment of your time will pay off tremendously down the road when you have a house that is structurally sound.

Secrets to Protecting Home From a Flood

  • Understand the risk – By reviewing your home or property, you will not be surprised when the flood does hit. Check to see if your home is in the flood zone. Ask the following question: Where can water get in our home? This applies to both what can be seen and unseen. Many times, it is the unseen damage, like what is in your crawl space, that we don’t think about.
  • Be prepared – Take the time to prepare as much as possible ahead of the rising waters. Is your flood insurance up to date? Do you have flood vents and have you checked them to see if they are working correctly? Many times, you can save a substantial amount of money on your flood insurance if you have flood vents in your foundation.
  • Understand the power of water – If the water is imminent and could be fast-moving, leave your home now and get to high ground! When it comes to fast-moving water versus humans, water will win every time. Get to high ground as fast as possible.
  • Think about Your pets – Pets are like your family. And just like your family, you need to protect them also. Make sure to bring your pet’s food, bedding, and medicine to the new location. Put them in a pet hotel that you know will not be affected by the flood. Possibly leave them with relatives or friends that will be far away from the flood area. If you need to, take them with you to high ground and away from the flood. Remember, do not allow your pets to walk through or drink the water. There are many contaminants in the water that can make your pet sick or possibly kill your pet.
  • Build your sandbags before you need them – If you have the resources to do so, sandbags are a great tool for holding back the waters.
  • Backup your data – Backup your computer data as soon as possible. You can use a variety of resources to back up your data to a free or low-fee backup service far away from water damage. Services like Dropbox, Box, Microsoft Drive, Google Drive, and many other services allow for you to never lose your data due to flooding.
  • Turn off your electricity and gas – Turn off all utilities to stop possible explosions or electrical shock or damage.
  • Move your valuables upstairs or raise them off the floor – By simply raising your valuables (this includes computer systems) off the floor can save you thousands of dollars in damage and heartache. If you can take them to the second floor, that is even better.
  • Charge your phone ahead of time – You don’t know how long the flood will last and when power will return. Make sure you charge your cell phone so that you can still have an open line of communication.

 

About the Backsplash Tiles

  • Arabescato Carrara with 1×1 Honed is a perfect pattern for your kitchen. Here you will get a perfect mixture of interlocking Pattern with keystone. This style also comes in different shades of white and gray.
  • Arabescato Carrara with a herringbone pattern is also a nice design tool to make your kitchen more attractive. This is available with 4 x 4 honed with the different shades of soft white. By using this design it will surely make your kitchen and bathroom more attractive.
  • Arabescato Carrara marble is available with hexagonal style and this style is also available with black and white shades. These tiles are just perfect for all types of floors and countertops etc.
  • For your kitchen and bathroom, you can surely opt for Arabescato Carrara with and marble and black bend glass finish. This will definitely give your kitchen a classic look with utmost modernity.
  • Arabescato Carrara Splitface is available at a measurement of 12 x 12 x 10. This is also mesh mounted marble mosaic tile. Hence, if you are opting for this tile, then this is surely going to make your light more exotic and gorgeous.
  • If you love to give your kitchen a look of brick pattern then it will be nice to select tiles known as an arctic storm with the designer brick pattern. Within these patterns too, you can get the styles like an interlocking pattern or Crema Marfil marble.
  • Another famous backsplash tile design is arctic ice subway glass design with a measurement of 2x4x 8mm. This style is also available with the interlocking pattern or marble look with silver slate etc.
  • Aspen interlocking glass with ivory travertine has become a famous design style for your kitchen and bathroom. Within this design, you will also get more designs such as Tuscany walnut, basal blue bamboo etc.

Apart from those mentioned above, there are different types of styles are available for perfect designing of your kitchen and bathrooms. So opt for those and go for the best designs today.

Installing a Home Elevator

Types

There are three main types of home elevators. The first type is a hydraulic elevator that is moved by a hydraulic piston device. They require additional space for a machine room to house equipment but are the quieter, smoother, and faster than the other types. Traction and winding drum elevators work by sliding up and down a track with a counterweight or hoist mechanism. Pneumatic elevators use air pressure tubes to move the cab. They move slower than the other elevator types but don’t need a newly-constructed elevator shaft or machine room and take up little space.

Designing It

You can design the three basic areas of your own home elevator: the door, the cab and the control panel. The steel doors of traditional elevators can be replaced by wood and you can use different door styles on different floors. Your contractor will build the cab to code but you can design it with any style of flooring and wall covering in dark or light colors. Materials for the interior space can complement your home décor with sleek metal sides or glass panels that provide breathtaking views of your home interior. The choice of lighting is another way to customize your elevator. Art deco light fixtures or modern fixtures can brighten the space and you can even add windows to bring in natural light.

Cab sizes vary with a 36″ x 48″ size practical to move someone in a wheelchair. This size holds two people or one in a wheelchair and one standing. Larger sizes are available.

Value

Installing a home elevator adds mobility options and increases the value of your home by about 10 percent.

Prices range from $10,000 to just over $30,000, with retrofitting more expensive than installing a home elevator during construction.

Making the Right Choice of Decking

TYPES OF DECKING

Wood plastic composite (WPC) decking is the most commonly preferred type of decking and is made of recycled polymers, like HDPE or PE, with the most percentage of natural product being sawdust.

Also, WPC decking has greater movements or torsions compared to other types of decking; hence you need to decide carefully depending upon the climate and the area in which the decking would suit your home.

Composite decking is considered to be the fastest growing and the most popular wood decking alternative available in the market, and it requires much less maintenance and has a longer lifespan when compared to wood decking.

ADVANTAGES OF CHOOSING THE RIGHT DECKING

Recent advancements in products for decking have allowed manufacturers to simulate the physical features of many beautiful hardwoods to provide buyers with various design options. Composite decking is a man-made product that has approximately an equal mix of recycled plastic and fibers. They are extremely durable and resistant to rotting which gives them a much longer lifespan than wooden decks.

Composite decking does not require sanding, staining, board replacement or sealing, which is necessary in case of wooden decks. Although composite decks are costlier than wooden ones, in the long run they turn out to be more cost effective due to their higher durability.

As it has the desirable properties of being insect and mold resistant and lower maintenance costs, composite decking is considered as the most durable of the decking products available in the market today. The more recent varieties of composite decking available today are also fade and stain resistant, hence, it is easier to clean them and it also has extremely high color retention properties. To maintain the composite deck, one requires for it to be cleaned at least semi-annually with a household cleaner.

Installation of composite decks requires the same tools as used in traditional wood decks, plus the added benefits of installing side grooves for putting hidden fasteners in place. This keeps the deck planks smooth, without any screws visible and allows for no splinters, warping or twisting.

Composite decking is a good investment for your home, as it stays beautiful for many years and requires very little maintenance, providing a good return for the initial investment made into it. Exotic woods can also be used for decking purposes to provide a beautiful outdoors for your home.

Creative Ideas for Custom Homes

  • Home theatre – One of the most popular room remodels today is the addition of a modern home theatre. Today there are some wonderful media chairs that are made specifically for media rooms. There are also some incredible projection screens that are perfect for watching your favorite move on. Who needs to go to the theater when you’ve got a custom built theatre in your home already? And you can design it anyway you want it to be.
  • Finished basement – The great thing about a finished basement is the fact that it is essentially a clean slate. You can build almost anything you want in a basement and make it comfortable by finishing it. The basement may be a great place for a media room because it’s nice and dark-the perfect environment for watching a movie. Other possibilities include a play room for your children, an extra bedroom, a study, or anything else your mind can dream up.
  • Dream kitchen – Speaking of dreams, let’s talk about your kitchen for a moment. If you could have everything you wanted in your kitchen, what would it include? Many people find themselves wishing that the kitchen sink was in one place and the refrigerator was in another place. Remodeling the kitchen provides the perfect opportunity for you to create the layout you actually want while changing out the décor and getting new cabinets and countertops.
  • Go green – Today there is a great movement toward sustainability and just living in a way that is less harmful to our planet. If you don’t want to redo your entire home, you may want to just do some small things that will make it more energy efficient, like adding spray foam insulation or doing other minor projects that will enhance the energy efficiency of your home.

Custom homes are a great way to put your own personal stamp on your home and create a look that you love. There is no greater feeling than coming home to a house that you designed yourself. There is literally no limit to what you can do when you decide to look into custom homes. The beautiful thing about custom homes is the fact that they are designed and built according to your specifications. We all need certain things to be a certain way, and sometimes the only way to get them the way we want them is to design them ourselves.

Avoid House Repair Nightmare

Pay For it in Cash

  • With the use of credit lines, credit cards, and loans, it is easy to afford a $25K home repair whenever you want it.
  • However, borrowing that money can cost you more in the long run.
  • Also you will have monthly payments for a long time, causing you financial stress. Pay for your repairs in cash – a percentage on the agreement to work and the rest when it is paid for.
  • Never pay for the entire job up front, as you may find your project to be a never-ending one.

Get it in Writing

  • Get everything and every estimate in writing so that you know exactly what you are getting. This helps prevent you from being scammed.
  • Make sure to keep your estimate in a safe place so that you are able to refer to it whenever necessary.
  • Ensure you hire professionals who carry the proper insurance and are licensed in their field. This will serve to protect you should anything go wrong.
  • Do a background check on any potential contractor you are considering hiring. The Consumer Protection Office is always prepared to provide crucial information on any complaints registered against a business or individual conducting services.

Do One Area at a Time

  • While you may have big dreams for your home repairs, only do one area of the house at once. If you are having too many areas repaired at once, you will be stressed out with the living conditions you must live in.
  • The only time you should consider multiple repairs or renovations is if you are not residing in the home.
  • When getting your kitchen redone, have a plan for food preparation and cooking, since you will not likely have access to your stove or oven, among other appliances. For instance, prepare and freeze different meals that can be reheated in the microwave, which you will place in another room.
  • If redoing your bathroom, ensure you have made arrangements for bathing, unless you have another full bathroom in your home. If not, it could become a frustrating time. Should this be the case, perhaps this would be best undertaken when on vacation.