ahttps://www.improvenet.com:443/aSummer 2018 Home Decor Trendshttps://www.improvenet.com:443/a/summer-2018-home-decor-trends<p></p> <p>[srform]</p> <p>Bright, bold and beautiful, is this what your summer looks like? Not only do trends change annually, but seasonally as well. You can embrace new trends every season to get the perfect style for your home. Wondering what&rsquo;s in this summer? We have the answer for you.</p> <p>Patterns, wall hangings and bold gelato <g class="gr_ gr_120 gr-alert gr_spell gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim ContextualSpelling multiReplace" id="120" data-gr-id="120">colors</g> are hot this season. Here are a few ways you can incorporate summer 2018 trends into your home.</p> <p><strong>Are you ready to make some changes to your home this summer? <a href="https://www.improvenet.com/GetStarted/Decking/1" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Contact a pro today</a> for quotes from contractors in your area, for free.</strong></p> <p><a href="https://www.improvenet.com/GetStarted/Decking/1" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" title="Contact A Decking Pro"><strong> <img width="1000" height="666" alt="Wall Art-2" src="https://media.improvenet.craftjack.io/media/Default/interior-design/Wall%20Art-2.jpg" /> </strong></a></p> <h2>2018 Summer Trends</h2> <p>When you think of summer, you might picture light and airy home d&eacute;cor with bright <g class="gr_ gr_158 gr-alert gr_spell gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim ContextualSpelling multiReplace" id="158" data-gr-id="158">colors</g>. This generally stays true each year. But <g class="gr_ gr_159 gr-alert gr_spell gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim ContextualSpelling multiReplace" id="159" data-gr-id="159">colors</g>, textures and patterns can <a href="https://www.improvenet.com/a/2018-home-design-color-trends" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">change every year</a>. Often, you can blend trends together in one piece. Incorporate these trends in smaller items in your room rather than large pieces of furniture. &nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;Throw pillows are a great way to incorporate seasonal <g class="gr_ gr_148 gr-alert gr_spell gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim ContextualSpelling multiReplace" id="148" data-gr-id="148">color</g> trends and texture,&rdquo; Ashley Dudich said, home blogger and shop owner at <a href="http://allthedesign.com/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">All The Design</a>. &ldquo;The gold trend can be found on so many accent pieces, even items that can be used every day! Pick-up a few coffee mugs with gold handles or trim, add a bright <g class="gr_ gr_149 gr-alert gr_spell gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim ContextualSpelling multiReplace" id="149" data-gr-id="149">colored</g> candle jar with a gold lid to your dining or coffee table, or update a photo collage with slender gold frames and big white mats. You can also try painting an accent piece of furniture or the back of a door in a fun <g class="gr_ gr_150 gr-alert gr_spell gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim ContextualSpelling multiReplace" id="150" data-gr-id="150">color</g>.&nbsp;This is a fairly inexpensive way to give something an updated and fresh look.&rdquo;</p> <p>Here's what&rsquo;s trending this summer:</p> <ul> <li>Bold Gelato Colors</li> <li>Macram&eacute; Wall Hangings</li> <li>Gold Accents</li> <li>Green Houseplants</li> <li>Terrazzo Patterns</li> <li>Tropical Wall Art</li> <li>Tassels</li> </ul> <p><a href="https://www.improvenet.com/a/10-of-the-hottest-interior-paint-colors-perfect-for-any-home" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" title="10 Hottest Paint Colors"> <img width="1000" height="666" alt="" src="https://media.improvenet.craftjack.io/media/Default/interior-design/Gelato%20Colors.jpg" /> </a></p> <h2>1. Bold Gelato Colors</h2> <p>One of the first things that come to mind when I think of summer is ice cream. So, it&rsquo;s no surprise that <a href="https://www.improvenet.com/a/10-of-the-hottest-interior-paint-colors-perfect-for-any-home" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">gelato <g class="gr_ gr_126 gr-alert gr_spell gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim ContextualSpelling multiReplace" id="126" data-gr-id="126">colors</g> are trending</a> this summer.</p> <p>&ldquo;Bright and creamy <g class="gr_ gr_125 gr-alert gr_spell gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim ContextualSpelling multiReplace" id="125" data-gr-id="125">colors</g> also seem to be on the scene this summer,&rdquo; Dudich said. &ldquo;I've seen them described as ice cream or gelato <g class="gr_ gr_127 gr-alert gr_spell gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim ContextualSpelling multiReplace" id="127" data-gr-id="127">colors</g>. Perfect for summer.&rdquo;</p> <p><g class="gr_ gr_164 gr-alert gr_spell gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim ContextualSpelling multiReplace" id="164" data-gr-id="164">Colors</g> like bubblegum pink, lime green and bright lavender are popular with accessories this season. Try exchanging throw pillow covers for something a little bolder to help heat up the summer.</p> <p><a href="https://www.improvenet.com/a/10-unique-ways-to-decorate-a-wall" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" title="10 Unique Ways To Decorate A Wall"> <img width="1000" height="666" alt="" src="https://media.improvenet.craftjack.io/media/Default/interior-design/Macreme%20Wall%20Art.jpg" /> </a></p> <h2>2. Macram&eacute; Wall Hangings</h2> <p>This is a trend that has been gaining popularity for the last year, but it seems to really stand out during the summer. Macram&eacute; wall hangings are a beautiful way to <a href="https://www.improvenet.com/a/10-unique-ways-to-decorate-a-wall" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">add another element to your wall d&eacute;cor</a>. Once popular in the 1970s, it&rsquo;s now making a comeback that&rsquo;s gaining momentum.</p> <p>&ldquo;I see a lot of Macrame in homes currently,&rdquo; Dudich said. &ldquo;The woven designs you'll find on pillows, wall hangings, throw blankets and beyond bring a lot of interest and texture to <g class="gr_ gr_153 gr-alert gr_gramm gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim Grammar only-del replaceWithoutSep" id="153" data-gr-id="153">a space</g>. You can find these designs in a variety of <g class="gr_ gr_154 gr-alert gr_spell gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim ContextualSpelling multiReplace" id="154" data-gr-id="154">colors</g> and designs, though lighter and more neutral <g class="gr_ gr_155 gr-alert gr_spell gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim ContextualSpelling multiReplace" id="155" data-gr-id="155">colors</g> seem to be extra popular.&rdquo;</p> <p><img width="1000" height="666" alt="" src="https://media.improvenet.craftjack.io/media/Default/interior-design/Gold%20Accents.jpg" /></p> <h2>3. Gold Accents</h2> <p>Earlier this year, I reported that metallics were back but this summer, gold is really taking <g class="gr_ gr_156 gr-alert gr_spell gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim ContextualSpelling multiReplace" id="156" data-gr-id="156">center</g> stage in a big way.</p> <p>&ldquo;I've noticed quite a bit of gold in this season's d&eacute;cor,&rdquo; Dudich said. &ldquo;I've started to incorporate small pops of gold in slender frames, candle holders and even cabinet and drawer <g class="gr_ gr_123 gr-alert gr_gramm gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim Grammar multiReplace" id="123" data-gr-id="123">pulls</g>!&rdquo;</p> <p>From table legs to <a href="https://www.improvenet.com/a/6-cabinet-hardware-ideas-that-instantly-update-your-kitchen" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">kitchen cabinet hardware</a>, homeowners are using gold to reflect the summer sunshine in their homes. Shiny gold can be added to any room by simply swapping a few outdated pieces for gold.</p> <p><a href="https://www.improvenet.com/a/incorporating-mid-century-modern-decor-in-your-home" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" title="Mid-Century Modern Decor"> <img width="1000" height="560" alt="" src="https://media.improvenet.craftjack.io/media/Default/interior-design/Summer%20Houseplants.jpg" /> </a></p> <h2>4. Houseplants</h2> <p>Houseplants are a great way to add texture and <g class="gr_ gr_136 gr-alert gr_spell gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim ContextualSpelling multiReplace" id="136" data-gr-id="136">color</g> to your home. This summer, greenery is a must have item for your living room. It&rsquo;s a way to bring the outdoors inside all year long. Don&rsquo;t forget to pair this with a beautiful <a href="https://www.improvenet.com/a/incorporating-mid-century-modern-decor-in-your-home" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">wooden mid-century modern looking</a> plant stand. Here are a few popular houseplants to get for your room:</p> <ul> <li>Areca Palm</li> <li>Calanthes</li> <li>Sword Fern</li> <li>Marantaceae</li> <li>King Anthurium</li> <li>Aspidistra Elatior</li> </ul> <p><img width="1000" height="666" alt="Terrazzo Pattern" src="https://media.improvenet.craftjack.io/media/Default/interior-design/Terrazzo%20Pattern.jpg" /></p> <h2>5. Terrazzo Patterns</h2> <p>Generally used in <a href="https://www.improvenet.com/r/costs-and-prices/terrazzo-flooring" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">tile flooring</a>, this pattern has now inspired the look of textiles and wall d&eacute;cor. Often, it can include various <g class="gr_ gr_137 gr-alert gr_spell gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim ContextualSpelling multiReplace" id="137" data-gr-id="137">colors</g> to mimic the recycled stone in the tile flooring. Now it adds pops of <g class="gr_ gr_138 gr-alert gr_spell gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim ContextualSpelling multiReplace" id="138" data-gr-id="138">color</g> to a neutral background. Bedding, throw pillows and blankets are popular items you&rsquo;ll see with this pattern during the summer time. It&rsquo;s a great way to add <g class="gr_ gr_139 gr-alert gr_spell gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim ContextualSpelling multiReplace" id="139" data-gr-id="139">color</g> to your space without making it overwhelming for you or your guests.</p> <p><a href="https://www.improvenet.com/a/2018-landscaping-garden-trends" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" title="2018 Landscaping &amp; Garden Trends"> <img width="1000" height="666" alt="Tropical Prints" src="https://media.improvenet.craftjack.io/media/Default/interior-design/Tropical%20Prints.jpg" /> </a></p> <h2>6. Tropical Wall Art</h2> <p>Does the summer weather have you daydreaming of being on a tropical beach? You can bring those beach vibes to your home with tropical wall art. Pineapples, monstera leaves and brightly <g class="gr_ gr_140 gr-alert gr_spell gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim ContextualSpelling multiReplace" id="140" data-gr-id="140">colored</g> birds are popular features in the must-have wall d&eacute;cor of the season. Using printables in beautiful decorative frames is one of my <g class="gr_ gr_141 gr-alert gr_spell gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim ContextualSpelling multiReplace" id="141" data-gr-id="141">favorite</g> ways to easily change my look for the seasons. <g class="gr_ gr_135 gr-alert gr_gramm gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim Grammar multiReplace" id="135" data-gr-id="135">Here's</g>&nbsp;<a href="https://todayscreativelife.com/tropical-leaves-free-printable-wall-art/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">a free tropical <g class="gr_ gr_134 gr-alert gr_gramm gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim Grammar multiReplace" id="134" data-gr-id="134">leaves</g> printable</a> from Today&rsquo;s Creative Life to get you started.</p> <h2>Fall 2018 Trends</h2> <p>Now, you may be already thinking about the season ahead. <a href="https://www.improvenet.com/a/how-to-make-your-home-feel-warm-cozy-for-fall" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Fall is generally decorated</a> with warm reds, oranges and yellows to bring a sense of <g class="gr_ gr_147 gr-alert gr_spell gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim ContextualSpelling multiReplace" id="147" data-gr-id="147">coziness</g> into the home. Thankfully, some of your d&eacute;cor pieces, such as macrame or gold accents, will fit right into this style. Dudich said she sees these trends.</p> <p>&ldquo;I think all of these trends can easily carry over into other seasons with a few small decor tweaks,&rdquo; she said. &ldquo;I do see the gold trend becoming more and more popular. I'm seeing it in lighting, furniture, and bathroom and kitchen fixtures. I predict continued pops of <g class="gr_ gr_144 gr-alert gr_spell gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim ContextualSpelling multiReplace" id="144" data-gr-id="144">color</g> for the fall, though obviously in darker, richer tones.&rdquo;</p> <h2>Conclusion</h2> <p>Spice up your summer with a few of these 2018 trends. Keep in mind, these d&eacute;cor items don&rsquo;t have to just be for summertime; you can transition them into fall. Keep an eye out for our fall 2018 trends to see how you can incorporate the latest into your home.</p> <p>Looking for more trendy ideas? Read <a href="https://www.improvenet.com/a/2018-landscaping-garden-trends" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">2018 Landscaping &amp; Garden Trends</a>.</p>Wed, 18 Jul 2018 09:00:00 GMThttps://www.improvenet.com:443/a/summer-2018-home-decor-trendsPreparing For A DIY Kitchen Remodelhttps://www.improvenet.com:443/a/preparing-for-a-diy-kitchen-remodel<p></p> <p>[srform]</p> <p>Are you ready to transform your kitchen? A kitchen remodel can add plenty of value to your home, when done correctly. There are a lot of moving parts that must be accounted for when starting a kitchen remodel. While some projects can be DIYed, others should be left to a pro.</p> <p>If you&rsquo;re considering DIYing most or some of your kitchen remodel, you&rsquo;ll want to be prepared. A mistake can be costly both financially and aesthetically. See a few DIY tips for kitchen <g class="gr_ gr_91 gr-alert gr_spell gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim ContextualSpelling multiReplace" id="91" data-gr-id="91">remodeling</g> to help you prepare for your big project.</p> <p><strong>Do you need help getting your kitchen to look just right? <a href="https://www.improvenet.com/GetStarted/Remodeling/Kitchen" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Contact a kitchen <g class="gr_ gr_87 gr-alert gr_spell gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim ContextualSpelling multiReplace" id="87" data-gr-id="87">remodeling</g> pro today</a> for quotes from contractors in your area for free.</strong><strong></strong></p> <p><a href="https://www.improvenet.com/a/diy-tips-for-kitchen-remodeling" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" title="DIY Kitchen Remodeling"><strong> <img width="1000" height="562" alt="Prepare For A DIY Remodel" src="https://media.improvenet.craftjack.io/media/Default/kitchen/Prepare%20For%20A%20DIY%20Remodel.jpg" /> </strong></a></p> <h2>Preparing For Your Remodel</h2> <p>When the time comes for you to remodel the kitchen, you don&rsquo;t want to do so without having a clear plan in place. Write down what you want your kitchen to look like, including a folder of inspiration and highlight what features you like most. As I mentioned, some projects you can save money on by doing it yourself, and other times it&rsquo;s a better idea to contact a pro.</p> <p>&ldquo;The biggest thing I think homeowners should be aware of is the actual scope of their work,&rdquo; Emily Hoefler, <a href="http://www.renovationsgroupinc.com/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Renovations Group Inc</a>., said. "Many homeowners will go into a project thinking they will only need new cabinets, countertops, and fixtures, and not realize they will also need drywall repair, electrical, and plumbing <g class="gr_ gr_111 gr-alert gr_gramm gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim Grammar multiReplace" id="111" data-gr-id="111">done</g>. Some projects really are as simple as taking cabinets out and putting new cabinets in, but I would say most of the time, they have at least one other trade involved&rdquo;</p> <p>Do your best to make a plan and be realistic about your <a href="https://www.improvenet.com/a/diy-tips-for-kitchen-remodeling" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">DIY kitchen expectations</a>. Evaluate your carpentry skills and what tools you may need to complete the project during the planning process of your kitchen remodel.</p> <p><img width="1000" height="666" alt="Local Permits And Codes" src="https://media.improvenet.craftjack.io/media/Default/kitchen/Local%20Permits%20And%20Codes.jpg" /></p> <h2>1. Permits &amp; Codes</h2> <p>One thing you won&rsquo;t want to overlook during your kitchen remodel is the <a href="https://www.improvenet.com/r/costs-and-prices/building-permit-cost-estimator" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" title="Building Permit Cost Estimator">local permits and codes</a>. They are an important step in the process that can be overlooked if you&rsquo;re not familiar with them.</p> <p>&ldquo;Homeowners should research their local process for applying for permits and any codes they need to follow,&rdquo; Hoefler said. &ldquo;Even minor projects may require a permit, so knowing the process upfront can save a lot of headaches in the long run.&rdquo;</p> <p>If you&rsquo;re doing a major kitchen remodel, getting caught without one can mean possible fines and could even hurt you when it comes time to sell your home.</p> <h2>2. Create A Timeline</h2> <p>When you&rsquo;re planning <g class="gr_ gr_103 gr-alert gr_spell gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim ContextualSpelling multiReplace" id="103" data-gr-id="103">your</g> remodel, you&rsquo;ll want to <a href="https://www.improvenet.com/a/home-remodeling-ideas-for-new-homeowners" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">consider every detail</a>. This must be included in the timeline of when you hope to complete your kitchen remodel. Keep in mind, if you&rsquo;re doing major <g class="gr_ gr_104 gr-alert gr_spell gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim ContextualSpelling multiReplace" id="104" data-gr-id="104">remodeling</g> work, you may be without a kitchen for some time, so setting aside time after work and weekends is important to get it done quickly! Think about how your <g class="gr_ gr_105 gr-alert gr_spell gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim ContextualSpelling multiReplace" id="105" data-gr-id="105">remodeling</g> schedule matches up with your personal schedule. Hoefler said every planned-out detail helps.</p> <p>&ldquo;Planning is everything! I&rsquo;ve had friends take on their own kitchen projects and once the cabinets are installed, they realize they need to pick out countertops and then a backsplash,&rdquo; she said. &ldquo;Once those things are finally selected, the lead times can kill your timeline. The more you have planned out on the front end, the more smoothly the project will go.&rdquo;<a href="https://www.improvenet.com/r/costs-and-prices/waste-removal-cost" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" title="Waste Removal Cost"><img width="1000" height="666" alt="Demolition And Junk Removal" src="https://media.improvenet.craftjack.io/media/Default/kitchen/Demolition%20And%20Junk%20Removal.jpg" /></a></p> <h2>3. Demolition &amp; Junk Removal</h2> <p>Getting rid of the old materials you don&rsquo;t like in your kitchen can be therapeutic, however, you must have a place to put the junk when you&rsquo;re done. The <a href="https://www.improvenet.com/r/costs-and-prices/waste-removal-cost" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">average cost to remove waste</a> is $242, with most homeowners spending between $168 to $257.</p> <p>However, larger demolition, such as wall removal, should be done by a pro. There are many risk factors that could end up impacting your entire home.</p> <p>&ldquo;I would caution any homeowner not to DIY a kitchen project where a wall is coming out,&rdquo; Hoefler said. &ldquo;Even just to pull permits, the inspector will need to see detailed engineering for how everything will be supported with the wall gone. As appealing as an open concept is, taking that on is a huge undertaking.&rdquo;</p> <p><a href="https://www.improvenet.com/a/6-cabinet-hardware-ideas-that-instantly-update-your-kitchen" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" title="6 Cabinet Hardware Ideas"> <img width="1000" height="666" alt="Cabinet And Countertop Installation" src="https://media.improvenet.craftjack.io/media/Default/kitchen/Cabinet%20And%20Countertop%20Installation.jpg" /> </a></p> <h2>4. Cabinet &amp; Countertop Installation</h2> <p>Countertop and cabinet installation projects are generally something many homeowners feel they can DIY. But, often small details are forgotten. Backsplashes, <a href="https://www.improvenet.com/a/6-cabinet-hardware-ideas-that-instantly-update-your-kitchen" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">kitchen cabinet hardware</a> and even innovative new features like slow close drawer slides are all items that should be considered during your cabinet and countertop installation.</p> <p><a href="https://www.improvenet.com/a/choosing-the-best-appliances-for-your-kitchen" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" title="Choosing The Best Appliances For Your Kitchen"> <img width="1000" height="647" alt="" src="https://media.improvenet.craftjack.io/media/Default/kitchen/Choosing%20New%20Appliances.jpg" /> </a></p> <h2>5. Choosing New Appliances</h2> <p>New appliances may be the highlight of your kitchen remodel, especially if you&rsquo;ve been living with older appliances. Now is the perfect chance to install an <a href="https://www.improvenet.com/a/choosing-the-best-appliances-for-your-kitchen" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">eco-friendly kitchen appliance</a> upgrade that can end up saving you more money in the long run. However, for appliances such as dishwashers and ovens, you may need to contact a pro to help with plumbing or electrical work.</p> <p><a href="https://www.improvenet.com/a/the-diy-guide-to-major-home-projects-you-can-do-yourself" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" title="The DIY Guide To Major Projects"> <img width="1000" height="666" alt="Know When To Contact A Pro" src="https://media.improvenet.craftjack.io/media/Default/kitchen/Know%20When%20To%20Contact%20A%20Pro.jpg" /> </a></p> <h2>6. Know When To Contact A Pro</h2> <p>One of the most important tips I can provide is understanding your limits as a DIYer. You may not have the same special skills when it comes to a pro who has been trained in remodels and repairs. If you're uncertain of <g class="gr_ gr_116 gr-alert gr_gramm gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim Grammar multiReplace" id="116" data-gr-id="116">a aspect</g> of your DIY kitchen remodel, don&rsquo;t hesitate and <a href="https://www.improvenet.com/GetStarted/Decking/1" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">contact a contractor right away</a>. It can be both costly and dangerous if you don&rsquo;t completely know what you&rsquo;re doing. I especially share this caution if you need any electrical or plumbing work done.</p> <h2>Conclusion</h2> <p>Doing a partial or full DIY kitchen remodel can be beneficial to both your wallet and self-satisfaction. &ldquo;The main benefit of a homeowner doing a kitchen remodel themselves is cost,&rdquo; Hoefler said. &ldquo;If you do everything yourself, you&rsquo;re not paying any <g class="gr_ gr_89 gr-alert gr_spell gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim ContextualSpelling multiReplace" id="89" data-gr-id="89">labor</g> costs and only paying for the materials and products used.&rdquo;</p> <p>Start planning your kitchen remodel today and use a few of these tips to help guide you along the way.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Looking for more DIY tips? Read <a href="https://www.improvenet.com/a/the-diy-guide-to-major-home-projects-you-can-do-yourself" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">The DIY Guide To Major Home Projects You Can Do Yourself.</a></strong></p>Mon, 16 Jul 2018 09:00:00 GMThttps://www.improvenet.com:443/a/preparing-for-a-diy-kitchen-remodelCommon Deck Repairs & When To Call A Prohttps://www.improvenet.com:443/a/common-deck-repairs-when-to-call-a-pro<p></p> <p>[srform]</p> <p>Decks are a popular backyard feature to have and for good reason. Many homeowners with decks have additional usable space in their backyard as well as a place to entertain visitors outside. However, like any other part of the home, decks will need repair and maintenance to look their best.</p> <p>From repairs to replacements, it&rsquo;s a good idea to educate yourself on how to best take care of your deck. Here are a few common deck repairs you should know and when you should be contacting a pro to help!</p> <p><strong>Do you need a deck repair done as soon as possible? </strong><span><strong><a href="https://www.improvenet.com/GetStarted/Decking/Repair" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Contact a decking contractor today</a></strong></span><strong> for quotes from pros in your area, for free!</strong></p> <p><a href="https://www.improvenet.com/GetStarted/Decking/Repair" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" title="Contact A Decking Pro"> <img width="1000" height="666" alt="" src="https://media.improvenet.craftjack.io/media/Default/deck/Common%20Deck%20Repairs.jpg" /> </a></p> <h2>Common Deck Problems</h2> <p>If you have a deck, you likely are able to enjoy the extra outdoor space for many months out of the year. But, you should also be performing regular deck maintenance throughout the seasons. This way, you can see any problems before they become a costly issue. The average cost to repair a deck is $1,357, with most homeowners spending between $857 to $1,408. But, this price can vary depending on what the problem is and if you plan on DIYing your deck repair.</p> <p>Like many home improvements that need to be done, if you need a repair, it&rsquo;s best to do so as soon as possible. Here are five common deck problems that most homeowners will see:</p> <ol> <li><g class="gr_ gr_126 gr-alert gr_spell gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim ContextualSpelling multiReplace" id="126" data-gr-id="126">Discolored</g> Deck</li> <li>Broken Deck Boards</li> <li>Deck Rot</li> <li>Termite Damage</li> <li>Slippery Decking</li> </ol> <p><a href="https://www.improvenet.com/a/diy-how-to-refinish-a-deck" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" title="DIY How To Refinish A Deck"> <img width="1000" height="667" alt="" src="https://media.improvenet.craftjack.io/media/Default/deck/Deck%20Discoloring.jpg" /> </a></p> <h2>Problem #1: Discolored Deck</h2> <p>Any exterior part of the home is constantly exposed to the elements. From cold, snowy winters to sunny summertime, it&rsquo;s likely that water and sunlight will <g class="gr_ gr_127 gr-alert gr_spell gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim ContextualSpelling multiReplace" id="127" data-gr-id="127">discolor</g> your deck over time. Even if you have the best deck d&eacute;cor on the block, the faded boards can make your space look outdated and run down.</p> <h3>Solution</h3> <p>If your deck is <g class="gr_ gr_109 gr-alert gr_spell gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim ContextualSpelling multiReplace" id="109" data-gr-id="109">discolored</g>, you can easily restore your deck to get it looking great again. While this could be a DIY project for you, it does take some time. You&rsquo;ll also have to continue to refinish your deck every few years to keep the deck <g class="gr_ gr_110 gr-alert gr_spell gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim ContextualSpelling multiReplace" id="110" data-gr-id="110">color</g> consistent. To see how you can complete this project, read <a href="https://www.improvenet.com/a/diy-how-to-refinish-a-deck" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">DIY Tips For How To Refinish A Deck</a>.</p> <p><a href="https://www.improvenet.com/GetStarted/Decking/1" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" title="Contact A Decking Pro"> <img width="1000" height="677" alt="" src="https://media.improvenet.craftjack.io/media/Default/deck/Deck%20Board%20Replacement.jpg" /> </a></p> <h2>Problem #2: Broken Deck Boards</h2> <p>Broken deck boards are a common problem many homeowners see. Moisture and movement of people of your deck can cause the boards to become weak and crack. While getting this deck repair is easy, it&rsquo;s not something you&rsquo;ll want to delay <g class="gr_ gr_103 gr-alert gr_gramm gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim Grammar multiReplace" id="103" data-gr-id="103">repairing</g>. A broken deck board can be dangerous for anyone using the deck if the problem is left untreated.</p> <h3>Solution</h3> <p>If you have a broken deck board, get it repaired as soon as possible. Deck board repairs are often cheaper than a full deck replacement. It&rsquo;s a good idea to get all broken boards fixed at once to get a better deal when it comes to costs, especially if you&rsquo;re <a href="https://www.improvenet.com/GetStarted/Decking/1" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">contacting a decking contractor</a> to complete the work. I don&rsquo;t recommend this as a DIY project unless you have some experience in carpentry and can make the exact cuts needed to fit a new deck board.</p> <h2>Problem #3: Deck Rot</h2> <p>Most decks are made out of wood, making them susceptible to rot. This can happen if there is standing water around your deck, extreme temperature changes, or leaves and sticks getting stuck between boards. Each of these breaks down the wood by allowing bacteria and fungus to break down the wood, ruining the structure of your deck. If you discover that your <a href="https://www.improvenet.com/a/what-every-homeowner-must-know" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">deck has succumbed to rot</a>, you must get this repaired immediately.</p> <h3>Solution</h3> <p>Much like broken boards, you&rsquo;ll need to replace and repair the broken boards or supports that have been affected by rot. It&rsquo;s best to contact a pro who can safely get the job done and help you to prevent any deck rot in the future.</p> <p><a href="https://www.improvenet.com/r/costs-and-prices/termite-treatment-cost" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" title="Termite Treatment Cost"> <img width="1000" height="664" alt="" src="https://media.improvenet.craftjack.io/media/Default/deck/Deck%20Termite%20Damage.jpg" /> </a></p> <h2>Problem #4: Termite Damage</h2> <p>The number one enemy of decks is termites. These tiny insects make their homes by creating tiny tubes in the wood where they make their homes. As wood decks are outside of the home, this leaves them vulnerable to termites. Decks with termite damage will often feel hollow or soft when touched or stepped on, making it dangerous. <a href="https://www.improvenet.com/a/how-to-identify-get-rid-of-termites" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Termites can also spread</a> to the structure of your home, if not caught in time.</p> <h3>Solution</h3> <p>If you suspect you have a termite problem, you&rsquo;ll need to call a pest control pro who can help you properly get rid of them. While there are some DIY methods you can try, for a large deck infestation, a pest control contractor can help you be sure the termites are gone. <a href="https://www.improvenet.com/r/costs-and-prices/termite-treatment-cost" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">The average cost of termite pest control</a> is $489, with most homeowners spending between $222 and $615. You&rsquo;ll then want to fix the damaged areas of the deck by replacing boards and beams once the termites are gone.</p> <p><a href="https://www.improvenet.com/a/tips-to-make-sure-your-deck-is-ready-for-summer" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" title="Tips To Make Sure Your Deck Is Ready For Summer"> <img width="1000" height="667" alt="" src="https://media.improvenet.craftjack.io/media/Default/deck/Deck%20Cleaning.jpg" /> </a></p> <h2>Problem #5: Slippery Decking</h2> <p>Have you ever walked on a deck and felt more like you were on an ice rink? Slippery decks mean that there&rsquo;s some <a href="https://www.improvenet.com/a/tips-to-make-sure-your-deck-is-ready-for-summer" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">cleaning to be done</a>. <g class="gr_ gr_105 gr-alert gr_spell gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim ContextualSpelling multiReplace" id="105" data-gr-id="105">Mold</g>, mildew, moisture and moss can cause your deck to become a tricky place to walk. But, this is a problem that can be easily remedied.</p> <h3>Solution</h3> <p>If your deck has become a little slippery, start with a good cleaning. <a href="https://www.improvenet.com/a/how-to-pressure-wash-a-driveway" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">A pressure washer</a> will help you do the job thoroughly and efficiently. Keep it on a low power so you don&rsquo;t destroy the finish. You might also want to consider adding non-slip deck paint. You can find this at your local box store. This is a great choice for boat or pool decks that see moisture more often than other areas. Regular maintenance and cleaning will also prevent your deck from getting slippery. Try to clean your deck about every six months.</p> <h2>Conclusion</h2> <p>Decks are a great addition to your home that has a lot of long-term value. However, an undermaintained deck can not only be a hazard to your resale value but to anyone using at well. Inspect your deck regularly and if you see any of these common deck problems, get it repaired immediately.</p> <p><strong>Looking for more ways to transform your deck? Read <a href="https://www.improvenet.com/a/deck-lighting-ideas" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Deck Lighting Ideas</a>.</strong></p>Sun, 15 Jul 2018 09:00:00 GMThttps://www.improvenet.com:443/a/common-deck-repairs-when-to-call-a-proVideo – Room For Opinions: Open Shelvinghttps://www.improvenet.com:443/a/video-%E2%80%93-room-for-opinions-open-shelving<p></p> <p>[srform]</p> <p>A hot topic in kitchen design and <g class="gr_ gr_92 gr-alert gr_spell gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim ContextualSpelling multiReplace" id="92" data-gr-id="92">remodeling</g> is open shelving. Some homeowners can&rsquo;t wait to remove their cabinets and invest in beautiful looking shelves. Others cant see how it would work in their homes. While there is no right answer, it&rsquo;s a good idea to consider if open shelving is right for you.</p> <p>A decision to include open shelving in your home is important. Our ImproveNet editorial team had these same questions about this trend. Watch the video below to see our opinions and thoughts on if this is a trend that will last.</p> <p><strong>Are you ready to install open shelving in your home? <a href="https://www.improvenet.com/GetStarted/Remodeling/Kitchen" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Contact a kitchen <g class="gr_ gr_38 gr-alert gr_spell gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim ContextualSpelling multiReplace" id="38" data-gr-id="38">remodeling</g> pro today</a> for quotes from contractors in your area for free.</strong></p> <p></p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/57wZYcBsz88" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <h2>Conclusion</h2> <p>While open shelving is a beautiful concept, it may not work for everyone&rsquo;s home. Consider your options when it comes to kitchen storage. You can try to incorporate open shelving with your cabinets if you like the look and see if it works for you.</p> <p><strong>Still deciding on storage for your kitchen? Read <a href="https://www.improvenet.com/a/open-shelving-vs-cabinets-what%E2%80%99s-right-for-you" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Open Shelving Vs. Cabinets: What&rsquo;s Right For You?</a></strong></p>Thu, 12 Jul 2018 13:51:09 GMThttps://www.improvenet.com:443/a/video-%E2%80%93-room-for-opinions-open-shelvingDIY Projects For A Nurseryhttps://www.improvenet.com:443/a/diy-projects-for-a-nursery<p></p> <p>[srform]</p> <p>Whether you have a baby on the way or you&rsquo;re a grandparent who wants to help out, there are plenty of ways you can get crafty in a nursery. Some cute DIY projects can even become keepsakes down the road that can be passed on and enjoyed for years to come.</p> <p>From decorating an accent wall to creating adorable wall art, there are plenty of DIY projects for a nursery. Here&rsquo;s a list of a few you can try.</p> <p><strong>Need some help getting your nursery ready? <a href="https://www.improvenet.com/GetStarted" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Contact a pro today</a> for quotes from contractors in your area, for free!</strong></p> <p><a href="https://www.improvenet.com/GetStarted" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" title="Contact A Contractor"><strong> <img width="1000" height="666" alt="" src="https://media.improvenet.craftjack.io/media/Default/bedroom/DIY%20nursery%20Projects.jpg" /> </strong></a></p> <h2>DIY Nursery Projects</h2> <p>Getting a nursery perfect for a baby isn&rsquo;t an easy job. Whether it&rsquo;s your first or fifth, you&rsquo;ll want to make sure the room is special, comfortable and dreamy for baby. However, sticking with a theme or central <g class="gr_ gr_106 gr-alert gr_spell gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim ContextualSpelling multiReplace" id="106" data-gr-id="106">color</g> is important to pull the look together.</p> <p>&ldquo;There are a lot of trends this year to look out for like incorporating new patterns like checkers or the <g class="gr_ gr_109 gr-alert gr_spell gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim ContextualSpelling multiReplace" id="109" data-gr-id="109">color</g> of the year, ultraviolet,&rdquo; Ashley Lipman, marketing specialist at <a href="https://www.bestonlinecabinets.com/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Best Online Cabinets</a>, said. &ldquo;The fun is in the details! This year, everything has been about dreamy designs! Think lots of whimsy and playfulness! This year there has been a lot of popularity with letter boards and Scandinavian furniture. However, always check the safety specifications of new design features before installing them in your nursery.&rdquo;</p> <p>Here are a few ways you can DIY a few projects in your nursery.</p> <ul> <li>Childproofing</li> <li>Accent Wall</li> <li>Wall Art</li> <li>Rugs</li> <li>Hanging Mobile</li> <li>Shelving</li> </ul> <h2>1. DIY Childproofing</h2> <p>While DIY decorating can be a lot of fun, safety should always come first in the nursery. As stated above, every project you include in your nursery should be <a href="https://www.improvenet.com/a/childproofing-your-home-how-to-create-a-safe-happy-environment" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">safe for your child</a>. Additionally, you can do some childproofing nursery tasks on your own. Securely anchoring bookshelves, dressers and other standing furniture pieces to the wall is a big safety measure you can take for your child. Wall treatments can also be a safety hazard if there is a pull cord attached. Replace these with a short curtain that matches your nursery d&eacute;cor.</p> <p>Making sure your nursery is safe should be the top priority. If you&rsquo;re unsure how to childproof a specific area of your home, contact a handyman who can help you install a safety device properly. The <a href="https://www.improvenet.com/r/costs-and-prices/install-childproofing-devices-cost-estimator" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">average cost to childproof a home</a> is $431, with most homeowners spending between $265 and $480.</p> <p><a href="https://www.improvenet.com/a/childproofing-your-home-how-to-create-a-safe-happy-environment" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" title="Childproofing Your Home"> <img width="1000" height="541" alt="DIY Accent Wall" src="https://media.improvenet.craftjack.io/media/Default/bedroom/DIY%20Accent%20Wall.jpg" /> </a></p> <h2>2. DIY Accent Wall</h2> <p>If you&rsquo;re looking for a decorative element in your nursery that will really pop, go with a bold accent wall. If you&rsquo;re worried about indoor air pollution, I suggest looking into accent wallpaper or some small stencils you can apply with non-toxic craft paint. Popular patterns in nurseries right now include chevron stripes, polka dots, vintage floral and geometric shapes.</p> <h2>3. DIY Wall Art</h2> <p>Choosing <a href="https://www.improvenet.com/a/10-unique-ways-to-decorate-a-wall" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">the right wall art</a> is important to your overall nursery d&eacute;cor. It will set the theme and help to bring the look together. While mirrors and large frames make great decorative items elsewhere in the home, they&rsquo;re not recommended in nurseries. Heavier items can fall and break, creating a safety hazard for your child. Consider making your own DIY wall art out of lighter materials such as fabric, yarn and more. I love this idea for a nursery pennant banner. Here&rsquo;s <a href="http://fromfaye.com/2012/08/17/no-sew-pennant-banner/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">how you can make a no-sew pennant banner</a> for your nursery.</p> <p><a href="https://www.improvenet.com/a/5-diy-projects-your-kids-will-love" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" title="5 DIY Projects Your Kids Will Love"> <img width="1000" height="666" alt="DIY Hanging Mobile" src="https://media.improvenet.craftjack.io/media/Default/bedroom/DIY%20Hanging%20Mobile.jpg" /> </a></p> <h2>4. DIY Rugs</h2> <p>You may not consider a rug <a href="https://www.improvenet.com/a/5-diy-projects-your-kids-will-love" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">as a DIY project,</a> but they are easy to make and a perfect nursery accessory. <g class="gr_ gr_101 gr-alert gr_spell gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim ContextualSpelling only-del replaceWithoutSep" id="101" data-gr-id="101">Pom pom</g> rugs are popular now in bedrooms, but with the right <g class="gr_ gr_100 gr-alert gr_spell gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim ContextualSpelling multiReplace" id="100" data-gr-id="100">colors</g>, it can be a great accessory to add right next to the crib or changing table. With a few balls of yarn, you can have a <g class="gr_ gr_102 gr-alert gr_spell gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim ContextualSpelling only-del replaceWithoutSep" id="102" data-gr-id="102">pom pom</g> rug for your nursery in just an afternoon. If you&rsquo;re looking for a tutorial, <a href="http://sayyes.com/2014/08/diy-bedside-pom-pom-rug" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Say Yes has instructions</a> on how you can DIY this project.</p> <p><a href="https://www.improvenet.com/a/baby-boy-nursery-ideas" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" title="Baby Boy Nursery Ideas"> <img width="1000" height="872" alt="DIY Wall Art" src="https://media.improvenet.craftjack.io/media/Default/bedroom/DIY%20Wall%20Art.jpg" /> </a></p> <h2>5. DIY Hanging Mobile</h2> <p><a href="https://www.improvenet.com/a/baby-boy-nursery-ideas" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Every nursery</a> must have a hanging mobile. It&rsquo;s a cute accessory that can be passed down and it&rsquo;s even more special if you make it yourself. Mobiles come in all shapes and characters, so it can be hard to choose if you haven&rsquo;t decided on a theme yet. Starting with the mobile might be just the inspiration you need! <a href="https://www.thinkmakeshareblog.com/embroidery-hoop-mobile/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Here&rsquo;s a great tutorial from <g class="gr_ gr_96 gr-alert gr_gramm gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim Grammar only-ins replaceWithoutSep" id="96" data-gr-id="96">Think</g> Make Share</a> that&rsquo;s a simple design but can work with any nursery <g class="gr_ gr_98 gr-alert gr_spell gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim ContextualSpelling multiReplace" id="98" data-gr-id="98">color</g> scheme.</p> <h2>6. DIY Shelving</h2> <p>Keeping the nursery neat and organized should also be a priority. But, storage and shelving don&rsquo;t have to be boring! You also don&rsquo;t need to spend a fortune to have beautiful shelves. If you&rsquo;re displaying keepsakes, photos and accessories on your shelving, you&rsquo;ll want to opt for <a href="https://www.improvenet.com/a/open-shelving-vs-cabinets-what%E2%80%99s-right-for-you" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">an open shelving concept</a>. Floating shelves are the best choice here, just make sure whatever items you&rsquo;re placing on the shelf can&rsquo;t be reached by your child.</p> <p>If you want to install your own floating shelves, see <a href="https://thefrugalhomemaker.com/2017/03/07/diy-floating-shelves-in-the-nursery/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">this tutorial from The Frugal Homemaker</a>.</p> <p><a href="https://www.improvenet.com/a/10-home-improvement-projects-for-expecting-moms" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" title="10 Home Improvement Projects For Expecting Moms"><img width="1000" height="635" alt="DIY Shelving" src="https://media.improvenet.craftjack.io/media/Default/bedroom/DIY%20Shelving.jpg" /></a></p> <h2>Conclusion</h2> <p>A nursery is a special place in the home. Many new memories will be created here for both you and baby. If you&rsquo;re ready to make your nursery one-of-a-kind, try a few of these nursery ideas.</p> <p><strong>Looking for more ways to prepare for baby? Read <a href="https://www.improvenet.com/a/10-home-improvement-projects-for-expecting-moms" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">10 Home Improvement Projects For Expecting Moms</a>.</strong></p>Wed, 11 Jul 2018 09:00:00 GMThttps://www.improvenet.com:443/a/diy-projects-for-a-nurseryBathroom Safety Tips For Young Childrenhttps://www.improvenet.com:443/a/bathroom-safety-tips-for-young-children<p></p> <p>[srform]</p> <p>For young children, the bathroom can be a fun place they can enjoy bubbles and splash around in the water. But for parents, it can be stressful to ensure your child is as safe as he or she can possibly be. There are many potential hazards in the bathroom that you want to keep your child safe from.</p> <p>However, bath time can be a fun experience for all by preventing any accidents. New accessories and innovative technology <g class="gr_ gr_105 gr-alert gr_gramm gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim Grammar multiReplace" id="105" data-gr-id="105">allows</g> you to have more control of your bathroom, so you can have peace-of-mind as well. Here are a few bathroom safety tips for children that all parents can use.</p> <p><strong>Looking for a bathroom upgrade the entire family can enjoy? <a href="https://www.improvenet.com/GetStarted/Remodeling/Bathroom" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Contact a bathroom remodeling contractor</a> today for quotes from pros in your area, for free.</strong></p> <p><a href="https://www.improvenet.com/GetStarted/Remodeling/Bathroom" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" title="Contact A Bathroom Remodeling Contractor"><strong> <img width="1000" height="666" alt="Bath Safety Tips" src="https://media.improvenet.craftjack.io/media/Default/bathroom/Bath%20Safety%20Tips.jpg" /> </strong></a></p> <h2>Bathroom Safety Tips</h2> <p>Whether you share a bathroom as a family or if you have a dedicated kids bathroom, you&rsquo;ll want to make sure the room is as safe a possible for anyone that&rsquo;s using it. Of course, you don&rsquo;t want to take away from the fun of bath time! Here are a few bathroom <a href="https://www.improvenet.com/a/childproofing-your-home-how-to-create-a-safe-happy-environment" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">safety and childproofing tips</a>:</p> <ul> <li>Never Leave Your Child Unattended</li> <li>Install A Toilet Lock</li> <li>Organize Toys</li> <li>Invest in Bath Safety Accessories</li> <li>Utilize Your Medicine Cabinet</li> <li>Install Grab Bars</li> <li>Use Non-Slip Bathmats</li> </ul> <h2>1) Never Leave Your Child Unattended</h2> <p>While it may seem obvious to many parents, <a href="https://www.improvenet.com/a/family-bathroom-safety-guide" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">the first rule of bathroom safety</a> is to never leave your baby or young child unsupervised. It does not take long for an accident to happen while a child is bathing or if they get into a cabinet they shouldn&rsquo;t.</p> <p><a href="https://www.improvenet.com/a/6-organization-rules-you-must-follow-for-a-tidy-home" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" title="6 Organization Rules You Must Follow"> <img width="1000" height="662" alt="Organize Toys" src="https://media.improvenet.craftjack.io/media/Default/bathroom/Organize%20Toys.jpg" /> </a></p> <h2>2) Organize Toys</h2> <p>Bath time toys are a must for many young children. But<span>&nbsp;</span><a href="https://www.improvenet.com/a/6-organization-rules-you-must-follow-for-a-tidy-home" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">leaving them disorganized</a><span>&nbsp;</span>throughout the bathroom is likely to cause a trip or a fall if you&rsquo;re not careful. Although, you also want to prevent wet toys from getting moldy from sitting in a closed bin. I prefer mesh-hanging baskets that can attach to your shower wall. They are easily accessible during bath time and will allow airflow to help dry off the toys</p> <h2>3) Install A Toilet Lock</h2> <p>You may be surprised to learn that your toilet is a <a href="https://www.improvenet.com/a/9-home-safety-projects-and-their-costs" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">safety hazard</a> for your child. Not only is it a potential drowning risk, but curious kids can also damage your plumbing by trying to <g class="gr_ gr_471 gr-alert gr_spell gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim ContextualSpelling ins-del" id="471" data-gr-id="471">flush</g> toys and more. Get in the habit of always leaving the toilet seat down to start. A toilet lock is a great way to prevent little from accessing the toilet until they&rsquo;re ready to be potty trained. Toilet locks are affordable, from about $10 to $20 depending on the kind you buy and easy to install yourself. It&rsquo;s a small step that could make a big difference in bathroom safety.</p> <p><a href="https://www.improvenet.com/a/9-home-safety-projects-and-their-costs" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" title="9 Home Safety Projects And Their Costs"> <img width="1000" height="664" alt="Invest In Bath Safety Accessories" src="https://media.improvenet.craftjack.io/media/Default/bathroom/Invest%20In%20Bath%20Safety%20Accessories.jpg" /> </a></p> <h2>4) Invest In Bath Safety Accessories</h2> <p>Bathroom tech is a must-have for many homes, but have you considered the ways you can use it to ensure a comfortable and safe bath for your child? <a href="https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/infant-and-toddler-health/in-depth/healthy-baby/art-20044438" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">The Mayo Clinic</a> recommends keeping bathwater warm, at around 100 degrees. You can get the exact temperature by purchasing a floating digital thermometer for the bathtub. Most come in fun animal shapes, like ducks and turtles for your toddler to enjoy as well.</p> <p>Another bath accessory you&rsquo;ll want is a bath faucet cover. If there is a slip or a fall, this soft cover will help them avoid a head injury. Much like the bath time thermometer, these can come in fun animal shapes, with water coming out the spout of a whale or the nose of a hippo.</p> <p><a href="https://www.improvenet.com/GetStarted/Handyman/ChildProofing" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" title="Contact A Handyman"> <img width="1000" height="666" alt="Utilize Your Medicine Cabinet" src="https://media.improvenet.craftjack.io/media/Default/bathroom/Utilize%20Your%20Medcine%20Cabinet.jpg" /> </a></p> <h2>5) Utilize Your Medicine Cabinet</h2> <p>Medicines and cleaning products should be kept away from young children at all times. If you have these items sitting out, store and organize them in your medicine cabinet to keep them away. Store your hair dryer and curling iron away in a drawer. You may also want to invest in a childproof lock to keep your child from getting into these spots. Most can be added yourself, but if you have a lot to add, you may want to <a href="https://www.improvenet.com/GetStarted/Handyman/ChildProofing" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">contact a handyman who can help</a>.</p> <h2>6) Install Grab Bars</h2> <p>Grab bars are not just a safety item to have for young children, but can potentially prevent slips and falls for anyone using the shower. For children who are learning to stand or walk, they might be tempted to do so in the bathtub or coming out of the shower. While you want them to learn, safety is always the top priority. By <a href="https://www.improvenet.com/a/how-to-install-shower-grab-bars" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">installing bathroom grab bars</a> near the toilet and in the tub, you can help prevent falls.</p> <p><a href="https://www.improvenet.com/a/the-perfect-bathroom-for-your-children" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" title="The Perfect Bathroom For Your Children"> <img width="1000" height="611" alt="Use Non-Slip Bathmats" src="https://media.improvenet.craftjack.io/media/Default/bathroom/Use%20Non-Slip%20Bathmats.jpg" /> </a></p> <h2>7) Use Non-Slip Bath Mats</h2> <p>While your current bathmat might look good, is it functional? A good bath mat will make it easier to enter and exit the bathtub on a wet surface. This can also help prevent falls in the <g class="gr_ gr_893 gr-alert gr_gramm gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim Punctuation only-del replaceWithoutSep" id="893" data-gr-id="893">bathroom,</g> because when a tile or laminate floor gets wet, it can become very slippery. A non-slip bath mat is a great accessory to have both in and out of the tub. Most non-slip come in rubber, so they can be used in either area. While this means you may have to forgo the <a href="https://www.improvenet.com/a/the-perfect-bathroom-for-your-children" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">cute children&rsquo;s prints and soft fabric</a>, it&rsquo;s a great safety measure to take in the bathroom long-term.</p> <p><a href="https://www.improvenet.com/a/a-child-s-room-that-both-the-parent-child-will-love" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" title="A Child's Room That Both That Both The Parent And Child Will Love"> <img width="1000" height="665" alt="Childproofing Costs" src="https://media.improvenet.craftjack.io/media/Default/bathroom/Childproofing%20Costs.jpg" /> </a></p> <h2>Childproofing Costs</h2> <p>These are just a few steps you can take to childproof your bathroom. There are many more ways you can help to ensure a safe bathtime experience for your child. From installing digital bathroom controls to safety locks, it can take time to make sure the job is done right. A pro can help you mark this off of your to-do list. The <a href="https://www.improvenet.com/r/costs-and-prices/install-childproofing-devices-cost-estimator" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">average cost to install childproofing devices</a> costs $431, with most homeowners spending between $265 and $480.</p> <h2>Conclusion</h2> <p>Bath time can still be fun, but safe as well. These bathroom safety ideas will aid in preventing accidents and make sure young children get to enjoy their bath time!</p> <p><strong>Looking for more home improvement ideas? Read <a href="https://www.improvenet.com/a/a-child-s-room-that-both-the-parent-child-will-love" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">A Child&rsquo;s Room That Both The Parent &amp; Child Will Love!</a></strong></p>Mon, 09 Jul 2018 09:00:00 GMThttps://www.improvenet.com:443/a/bathroom-safety-tips-for-young-childrenRoof Maintenance Tipshttps://www.improvenet.com:443/a/roof-maintenance-tips<p></p> <p>[srform]</p> <p>Your roof is an incredibly important part of your home that&rsquo;s utilized more often than you may realize. Roofs provide us with shelter from the elements as well as insulation for our homes. For that reason, making sure your roof is properly maintained is very important.</p> <p>Trees, moisture and weather damage can cause costly problems for your roof, so it&rsquo;s a good idea to prevent any issues before they start. Here are a few roof maintenance tips you can use to keep your roof in excellent condition.</p> <p><strong>Do you need a roofing repair or replacement? </strong><span><strong><a href="https://www.improvenet.com/GetStarted/Roofing" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Contact a roofing pro today</a></strong></span><strong> for up to four quotes from contractors in your area, for free.</strong></p> <p><a href="https://www.improvenet.com/GetStarted/Roofing" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" title="Contact A Roofing Pro"> <img width="1000" height="666" alt="Maintain Your Roof" src="https://media.improvenet.craftjack.io/media/Default/roof/Maintain%20Your%20Roof.jpg" /> </a></p> <h2>Maintain Your Roof</h2> <p>Roofs are designed to last. Depending on the type you have, you may not need <a href="https://www.improvenet.com/a/what-type-of-roof-is-right-for-you" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">a new roof</a> for another 20 to 30 years from when it was installed. But, in order to make the most of your roof&rsquo;s lifespan, you&rsquo;ll need to perform regular roof maintenance and inspection. Not to mention, catching a roofing problem before it becomes a big deal could save you money in potential damage! Performing routine inspection and maintenance on your roof should be done twice a year. Here are a few roof maintenance tips:</p> <ul> <li>Inspect for Rust</li> <li>Replace Damaged Shingles</li> <li>Inspect Your Flashing</li> <li>Clean Your Roof</li> <li>Trim Tall Trees</li> <li>Inspect After A Storm</li> </ul> <p><a href="https://www.improvenet.com/a/create-an-energy-efficient-home-with-a-cool-metal-roof" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" title="Create An Energy Efficient Home"> <img width="1000" height="664" alt="Inspect For Rust" src="https://media.improvenet.craftjack.io/media/Default/roof/Inspect%20For%20Rust.jpg" /> </a></p> <h2>Inspect For Rust</h2> <p>Depending on the style of roof you have, your roof may be at risk of rusting. <a href="https://www.improvenet.com/a/create-an-energy-efficient-home-with-a-cool-metal-roof" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Metal roofs</a>, of course, can be the most susceptible to rust. But with proper care and clean up, you can easily remove rust. It&rsquo;s important to replace any rusty screws that have rusted first. Then, you can scrub the rust off using a wire brush. This may take a little elbow grease, but it will help you stop a bigger problem before it starts.</p> <h2>Replace Damaged Shingles</h2> <p>Damaged shingles could lead to a leak inside your home. That&rsquo;s why it&rsquo;s very important to get shingles repaired or replace them when there are signs of wear, tear <g class="gr_ gr_443 gr-alert gr_gramm gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim Punctuation only-ins replaceWithoutSep" id="443" data-gr-id="443">and</g> damage. Roof repairs, such as shingle replacements, are important to get done asap. The <span><a href="https://www.improvenet.com/r/costs-and-prices/roof-repair-estimates" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">average cost to repair a roof</a></span> is $654, with most homeowners spending between $376 and $695.</p> <p><a href="https://www.improvenet.com/r/costs-and-prices/roof-repair-estimates" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" title="Roof Repair Estimates"><img width="1000" height="666" alt="Replace Damaged Shingles" src="https://media.improvenet.craftjack.io/media/Default/roof/Replace%20Damaged%20Shingles.jpg" /></a></p> <h2>Inspect Your Flashing</h2> <p>As I mentioned, your roof keeps your house dry and comfortable. <a href="https://www.improvenet.com/a/roof-flashing" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Roof flashing is the element</a> that helps to seal off cracks and bends in the roof, so water can&rsquo;t get inside. A common place where this is found is chimney flashing. When you&rsquo;re inspecting your roof, you&rsquo;ll also want to check on your flashing. Make sure no new gaps have formed or the metal is not rusting. If you notice any cracks or imperfections in your flashing, you&rsquo;ll want to get it repaired as soon as possible to prevent any potential leaks.</p> <h2>Clean Your Roof</h2> <p>Like any other area in the home, your roof needs cleaning too. Moss, algae <g class="gr_ gr_509 gr-alert gr_gramm gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim Punctuation only-ins replaceWithoutSep" id="509" data-gr-id="509">and</g> debris can not only make your roof look unsightly but also impact the quality of your roof. Neglecting this task at the most extreme can cause rot. For safety, it&rsquo;s best to not make your roof cleaning a DIY project and contact a roofer who can help. The <span><a href="https://www.improvenet.com/r/costs-and-prices/roof-cleaning" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">average cost to clean a roof</a></span> is $392, with most homeowners spending between $319 and $432.</p> <p><a href="https://www.improvenet.com/a/roof-flashing" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" title="Roof Flashing Costs"><img width="1000" height="666" alt="Inspect Your Flashing" src="https://media.improvenet.craftjack.io/media/Default/roof/Inpect%20Your%20Flashing.jpg" /></a></p> <h2>Trim Tall Trees</h2> <p>When you&rsquo;re off of your roof, take a look at the trees that are around your home. Tall trees with large branches pose a problem if there&rsquo;s a windy day or a large storm. To be safe, you&rsquo;ll want to trim any large branches that are near your roof. If an accident occurs, it can not only cause damage to your <g class="gr_ gr_519 gr-alert gr_gramm gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim Punctuation only-del replaceWithoutSep" id="519" data-gr-id="519">roof,</g> but the structure of your home as well. The <span><a href="https://www.improvenet.com/r/costs-and-prices/tree-removal-cost" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">average cost to trim trees and shrubs</a></span> is $638, with most homeowners spending between $422 and $707.</p> <h2>After A Storm</h2> <p>Hail, heavy wind and even large amounts of rain can cause damage to your roof. If you&rsquo;ve recently <a href="https://www.improvenet.com/a/how-to-care-for-your-home-after-a-severe-storm" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">experienced a large storm</a> in your area, you&rsquo;ll want to inspect to see if any damage was done to your roof. Starting from the ground, see if your gutters or windowsills are bent or out of shape. This can indicate that there is likely damage to your roof as well. This will indicate if you need to further inspect your roof. As you look at shingles, especially for asphalt, you may be able to see individual damage on the shingle. The good news here is that many home insurance companies will cover storm damage. Take photos and discuss your options <span>with your insurance company</span>.</p> <p><a href="https://www.improvenet.com/a/how-to-care-for-your-home-after-a-severe-storm" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" title="Care For Your Home After A Severe Storm"><img width="1000" height="666" alt="Roof Weather Damage" src="https://media.improvenet.craftjack.io/media/Default/roof/Roof%20Weather%20Damage.jpg" /></a></p> <h2>When To Contact A Roofer</h2> <p>While there are many DIY projects around the home you can do, I do not advice roofing repairs as one of them. During your semi-annual roofing maintenance, if you discover that you need a repair, contact a roofing pro. Interior leaks and bubbles in the wall could also indicate that you may have a roofing problem. This would also be the right time to <span><a href="https://www.improvenet.com/GetStarted/Roofing/1" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">contact a roofing pro</a></span> to help you identify the source and find a solution to the problem.</p> <h2>Conclusion</h2> <p>While roof maintenance doesn&rsquo;t need to be as frequent as other home tasks, it&rsquo;s something that&rsquo;s important for extending the longevity and quality of your roof. If you inspect and find any areas of damage, don&rsquo;t wait. Get it repaired as soon as possible so you don&rsquo;t have to worry about further damage.</p> <p><strong>Looking for more information about your roof? Read <span><a href="https://www.improvenet.com/a/how-to-find-a-roof-leak" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">How To Find A Roof Leak</a></span>.</strong></p>Sun, 08 Jul 2018 09:00:00 GMThttps://www.improvenet.com:443/a/roof-maintenance-tipsLawn Care For New Homeownershttps://www.improvenet.com:443/a/lawn-care-for-new-homeowners<p></p> <p>[srform]</p> <p>If you&rsquo;ve just moved into your first home, congrats! But, there&rsquo;s a lot of work to take care of. One place many new homeowners forget about is their yard. Unlike an apartment, it must be maintained and cared for not only so it looks great, but some cities have codes on overgrown lawns.</p> <p>Every new homeowner makes mistakes, especially when it comes to their yard. But I&rsquo;m here to help. Here&rsquo;s what every new homeowner needs to know about caring for their lawn.</p> <p><strong>For a first-time homeowner, lawn care can seem like a daunting task. Let a pro handle it. <a href="https://www.improvenet.com/GetStarted/Landscaping" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Contact a landscaping contractor today</a> for quotes from pros in your area, for free!</strong></p> <p><a href="https://www.improvenet.com/GetStarted/Landscaping" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" title="Contact A Landscaping Pro"><strong> <img width="1000" height="666" alt="" src="https://media.improvenet.craftjack.io/media/Default/landscaping/New%20Homeowner%20Lawn%20Care.jpg" /> </strong></a></p> <h2>Landscaping Tasks</h2> <p>While you may already&nbsp;<span>know</span> that mowing the lawn will be on a weekly to-do list, there are plenty of other tasks that come along with your landscaping routine to keep it looking great. Depending on where you live, the tasks might vary in timing but are certainly what every new homeowner must know. Here are a few landscaping tasks you&rsquo;ll need to do now that you&rsquo;re a homeowner:</p> <ul> <li>Invest In A Lawn Mower</li> <li>Mow Your Lawn</li> <li>Water Your Lawn</li> <li>Get Rid of Weeds</li> <li>Add Mulch &amp; Stone</li> <li>Trim Bushes &amp; Trees</li> </ul> <p><a href="https://www.improvenet.com/a/video-4-simple-tips-to-maintain-your-lawn-mower" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" title="4 Simple Tips To Mow Your Lawn"> <img width="1000" height="666" alt="Mow Your Lawn" src="https://media.improvenet.craftjack.io/media/Default/landscaping/Invest%20In%20A%20Lawn%20Mower.jpg" /> </a></p> <h2>Invest In A Lawn Mower</h2> <p>You may not have included a lawn mower when budgeting for your new home, but it&rsquo;s certainly an item you&rsquo;ll want to make an investment in. The <a href="https://www.improvenet.com/a/video-4-simple-tips-to-maintain-your-lawn-mower" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">kind of lawn mower</a> you buy can depend greatly on the size of your home. For urban homes with small yards, you can keep it eco-friendly by purchasing a manual push reel lawn mower. Prices tend to be lower but keep in mind, you&rsquo;ll be doing all the hard work yourself!</p> <p>For larger lawns, you might consider a larger walk behind lawn mower, powered by gas. However, the hot lawn mower to have right now is cordless or battery powered. For very large yards, consider a riding mower to make the job a little easier!</p> <h2>Mow Your Lawn</h2> <p>Once you&rsquo;ve found the perfect <g class="gr_ gr_229 gr-alert gr_spell gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim ContextualSpelling ins-del" id="229" data-gr-id="229">lawn mower</g>, it&rsquo;s time to mow your lawn. While it may be as simple as just mowing the lawn, there are a few lawn care tips you&rsquo;ll want to keep in mind. First, set your lawn care routine. Most lawns need to be mowed every five to seven days depending on how often it&rsquo;s raining and time of the year. You&rsquo;ll also want to cut your grass so it&rsquo;s not too short, around 2&rdquo; to 4&rdquo; high. If you cut your grass shorter, this could easily bring more weeds and pests into your yard.</p> <p>Some new homeowners find this regular maintenance daunting. Or, they forget about it when they plan a long vacation. Not to worry as lawn maintenance professionals can help. You can either schedule routine service or weekly maintenance. The <span><a href="https://www.improvenet.com/r/costs-and-prices/lawn-care-cost-estimator" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">average cost to hire a lawn care service</a></span> is $226, with most homeowners spending between $127 and $237.</p> <p><a href="https://www.improvenet.com/r/costs-and-prices/sprinkler-system-install-cost" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" title="Sprinkler Costs"> <img width="1000" height="666" alt="Water Your Lawn" src="https://media.improvenet.craftjack.io/media/Default/landscaping/Water%20Your%20Lawn.jpg" /> </a></p> <h2>Water Your Lawn</h2> <p>The summer heat can leave your grass brown and brittle, which is not a good look for any home! Be sure to water your lawn in the morning for the best results. How much you should water depends on how much grass you have. An easy way to keep your lawn healthy is with a sprinkler system. It&rsquo;s a great investment for new homeowners. The <span><a href="https://www.improvenet.com/r/costs-and-prices/sprinkler-system-install-cost" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">average cost to install a sprinkler system</a></span> is $2,317, with most homeowners spending between $2,014 and $2,682.</p> <h2>Get Rid Of Weeds</h2> <p>If you haven&rsquo;t discovered it yet, weeds can become your worst nightmare as far as landscaping goes. It seems like every time you pull one, they come right back! However, weeds tend to have deep roots, allowing them to spread quickly and regrow if they're not pulled correctly. If you&rsquo;re pulling weeds by hand, you&rsquo;ll want to make sure you have a hand shovel so you&rsquo;re sure to dig up all of the roots. If your yard has become overgrown by weeds, you&rsquo;ll want to have the lawn treated. Most home gardening stores offer DIY treatments you can use, but if you find that even that is not working, you&rsquo;ll want to <span><a href="https://www.improvenet.com/GetStarted/Landscaping" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">contact a landscaping contractor</a></span>.</p> <p><a href="https://www.improvenet.com/GetStarted/Landscaping" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" title="Landscaping Costs"><img width="1000" height="635" alt="Get Rid Of Weeds" src="https://media.improvenet.craftjack.io/media/Default/landscaping/Get%20Rid%20Of%20Weeds.jpg" /></a></p> <h2>Add Mulch &amp; Stone</h2> <p>While maintaining your yard is a huge change of routine for new homeowners, you can have a lot of fun making your landscaping look beautiful. One way you can freshen up areas where <span><a href="https://www.improvenet.com/a/landscaping-where-grass-will-not-grow" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">grass can&rsquo;t grow</a></span> or a small garden is with mulch or stone. Not only does this look great, but it prevents weeds from growing.</p> <p>Mulch is certainly the easiest of the two to lay down, however, it must be replaced at least once a year. The <span><a href="https://www.improvenet.com/r/costs-and-prices/mulch-cost" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">average cost to buy mulch</a></span> is between $200 at the minimum and $2,000 maximum. These costs depend on the type of mulch and how much you&rsquo;ll be using to cover your area.</p> <h2>Trim Bushes &amp; Trees</h2> <p>About once a year, you&rsquo;ll want to trim your hedges, bushes <g class="gr_ gr_152 gr-alert gr_gramm gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim Punctuation only-ins replaceWithoutSep" id="152" data-gr-id="152">and</g> trees. Investing in a hedge trimmer is another great investment to make and they often are not very costly. You may also decide that taking care of your trees or shrubs is not for you and in that case, you&rsquo;ll want to remove them. The <span><a href="https://www.improvenet.com/r/costs-and-prices/tree-removal-cost" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">average cost to trim or remove trees and shrubs</a></span> is $638, with most homeowners spending between $422 and $707.</p> <p><a href="https://www.improvenet.com/a/landscaping-where-grass-will-not-grow" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" title="Landscaping Where Grass Will Not Grow"><img width="1000" height="748" alt="Add Mulch &amp; Stone" src="https://media.improvenet.craftjack.io/media/Default/landscaping/Add%20Mulch%20&amp;%20Stone.jpg" /></a></p> <h2>Conclusion</h2> <p>As you become a first-time homeowner, there are a lot of new tasks and responsibilities you must take on. The good news is that taking care of your lawn and landscaping does not have to be difficult. Keep up with regular maintenance and invest in quality tools for the most success!</p> <p><strong>Looking for more landscaping ideas? Read <span><a href="https://www.improvenet.com/a/5-small-yard-landscaping-ideas" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">5 Small Yard Landscaping Ideas</a></span>.</strong></p>Thu, 05 Jul 2018 09:00:00 GMThttps://www.improvenet.com:443/a/lawn-care-for-new-homeownersLiving Room Details That POPhttps://www.improvenet.com:443/a/living-room-details-that-pop<p></p> <p>[srform]</p> <p>The living room is one of my favorite areas of the home. It&rsquo;s a place to welcome guests or relax after a long day. It&rsquo;s also where you can show off your own personal style. Living rooms come in all sizes, and generally have a few standard features such as a couch, coffee table and maybe an entertainment center.</p> <p>While these larger pieces of furniture are important, it&rsquo;s the details that are truly going to make your living room stand out. If you&rsquo;re looking to add a little extra something to your space, here are a few living room details that pop.</p> <p><strong>If you&rsquo;re looking to create the living room you&rsquo;ve always dreamed of, but don&rsquo;t quite know where to start, <a href="https://www.improvenet.com/GetStarted/Designers" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">contact an interior designer today</a> for up to four quotes from pros in your area for free!</strong></p> <p><a href="https://www.improvenet.com/GetStarted/Designers" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" title="Contact A Design Pro"><strong> <img width="1000" height="666" alt="Living Room Trends" src="https://media.improvenet.craftjack.io/media/Default/other-rooms/living-room/Living%20Room%20Trends.jpg" /> </strong></a></p> <h2>Living Room Trends</h2> <p>When it comes to your living room, staying on trend is key. The good news is that by utilizing small accessories, you can exchange them for something that&rsquo;s in <g class="gr_ gr_309 gr-alert gr_gramm gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim Grammar only-ins doubleReplace replaceWithoutSep" id="309" data-gr-id="309">season</g> when the time comes. Accent pieces are a great way to <a href="https://www.improvenet.com/a/5-pro-tips-for-accessorizing-your-living-room" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">change the look of your living room</a>, especially if it&rsquo;s not the right time for a major renovation. Here are a few places you can incorporate living room trends:</p> <ul> <li>Coffee Table Centerpieces</li> <li>Throw Pillows</li> <li>Area Rugs</li> <li>Shelf D&eacute;cor</li> <li>Table Lamps</li> <li>Mirrors</li> <li>Decorative Vases</li> </ul> <p><a href="https://www.improvenet.com/a/how-to-decorate-a-coffee-table" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" title="How To Decorate A Coffee Table"> <img width="1000" height="666" alt="Coffee Table Centerpieces" src="https://media.improvenet.craftjack.io/media/Default/other-rooms/living-room/Coffee%20Table%20Centerpeices.jpg" /> </a></p> <h2>Coffee Table Centerpieces</h2> <p>Never overlooked, the coffee table is where the living room centers, so naturally you want to have objects that are eye-catching. <a href="https://www.improvenet.com/a/how-to-decorate-a-coffee-table" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Coffee table centerpieces</a> are an important element in your living room d&eacute;cor. Currently, gemstones and metal accessories are popular in home d&eacute;cor. I&rsquo;d suggest adding a stone coffee table tray to help highlight these elements. Large candles are also a coffee table centerpiece that will never go out of style. Try adding one with a beautiful scent to add another welcoming element to the room.</p> <h2>Throw Pillows</h2> <p>Who doesn&rsquo;t love a good throw pillow? With so many colors, patterns and textures available, you may not know where to start. It's best to get a comfortable pillow where you&rsquo;re able to change out the pillowcase with the trends. Right now, mixed textures, tassels and of course the <a href="https://www.improvenet.com/a/video-room-for-opinions-%E2%80%93-ultra-violet" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Pantone color of the year, ultraviolet</a>, are elements you can keep in mind when picking out your living room throw pillows.</p> <p><a href="https://www.improvenet.com/a/6-ways-to-adorn-your-floor" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" title="6 Ways To Adorn Your Floor"> <img width="1000" height="666" alt="" src="https://media.improvenet.craftjack.io/media/Default/other-rooms/living-room/Area%20Rugs.jpg" /> </a></p> <h2>Area Rugs</h2> <p>If you want an element that really pops, try a bright and colorful area rug in your living room. Often, area rugs are an investment, so this may not be an item you change quite as often. Try to <a href="https://www.improvenet.com/a/6-ways-to-adorn-your-floor" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">match your area rug</a> to the overall color scheme of the room. If you&rsquo;re worried about having that large of an item be too bold, try mixing a pattern. Geometric patterns such as honeycomb, herringbone <g class="gr_ gr_413 gr-alert gr_gramm gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim Punctuation only-ins replaceWithoutSep" id="413" data-gr-id="413">and</g> lattice shapes are hot right now. A living room area rug in one of these patterns will certainly stand out.</p> <p><a href="https://www.improvenet.com/a/how-to-decorate-with-accessories" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" title="How To Decorate With Accessories"> <img width="1000" height="666" alt="" src="https://media.improvenet.craftjack.io/media/Default/other-rooms/living-room/Shelf%20Decor.jpg" /> </a></p> <h2>Shelf D&eacute;cor</h2> <p>Have you ever wondered how little Knick knacks stand out in a room? Decorative shelves can help highlight these small objects you want to stand out. From small succulent planters to wooden block signs, these are fun to have but often can get hidden by the larger elements in a room. Having a few shelves in your living room dedicated to <a href="https://www.improvenet.com/a/how-to-decorate-with-accessories" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">showcasing these accessories can help</a>. One rule to follow is to add items in odd sets, keeping larger sized items off center to keep the eye moving. Don&rsquo;t over clutter your shelves either, keep things spaced evenly so you can enjoy all your beautiful accessories.</p> <p><a href="https://www.improvenet.com/a/how-to-decorate-with-accessories" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" title="How To Decorate With Accessories"> <img width="1000" height="721" alt="Conclusion" src="https://media.improvenet.craftjack.io/media/Default/other-rooms/living-room/Conclusion.jpg" /> </a></p> <h2>Lamps</h2> <p>If you have side tables next to your couches, these are <a href="https://www.improvenet.com/a/dining-room-and-foyer-lighting" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">the perfect place for a lamp</a> that can make a statement in your living room. As mid-century modern styles are becoming popular once more, consider a ceramic lamp or a standing brass lamp. If this isn&rsquo;t really your style, another popular trend is a simple white lamp with a lampshade in a bold color. Don't forget about statement lighting and chandeliers that can hang over your space, in addition to your table lamps.</p> <h2>Mirrors</h2> <p>You may not have considered mirrors as a d&eacute;cor element for your living room, but they really are the <a href="https://www.improvenet.com/a/10-easy-diys-that-will-instantly-upgrade-your-home" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">perfect wall decoration</a>. Not only do they help distribute light around a room, but they also are a great focal point in the living room. While large mirrors are certainly a statement piece, if you&rsquo;re on a budget, you might want to try organizing a few smaller mirrors in various sizes on a wall. Mixing up the shapes and sizes can help you to create a unique gallery wall that&rsquo;s sure to impress your guests!</p> <p><a href="https://www.improvenet.com/a/out-of-the-box-fireplace-ideas-for-your-home" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" title="Fireplace Ideas For Your Home"> <img width="1000" height="656" alt="Decorative Vases" src="https://media.improvenet.craftjack.io/media/Default/other-rooms/living-room/Decorative%20Vases.jpg" /> </a></p> <h2>Decorative Vases</h2> <p>Decorative vases can sometimes be overlooked but are the perfect pop of color <a href="https://www.improvenet.com/a/out-of-the-box-fireplace-ideas-for-your-home" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">near a brick fireplace or bland mantel</a>. With so many different shapes and sizes, you&rsquo;ll have the freedom to choose the vase that&rsquo;s right for you. However, for living room d&eacute;cor, clustering vases can bring all the items together. Again, working in odd numbers is best. Vases that match in color and pattern in three to five sizes are perfect. You can choose to fill them with flowers but leaving them empty is perfectly acceptable as well.</p> <p>If you like vases, but don&rsquo;t have enough table space, consider adding one large floor vase. These are perfect for corners that you&rsquo;re not sure how to otherwise decorate or next to an entertainment center. It&rsquo;s a good idea to fill these with faux ornamental grasses or reeds to complete the look.</p> <h2>Conclusion</h2> <p>Finding the right living room d&eacute;cor can be tricky because there&rsquo;s so much available, but it&rsquo;s important to know what d&eacute;cor you can prioritize and place properly to add more style. Make a few simple changes and try arranging your current d&eacute;cor differently to have a living room that pops!</p> <p><strong>Looking for more living room decorating ideas? Read <a href="https://www.improvenet.com/a/9-awesome-living-room-designs" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">9 Awesome Living Room Designs</a>.</strong></p>Mon, 02 Jul 2018 09:00:00 GMThttps://www.improvenet.com:443/a/living-room-details-that-popJuly Home Maintenance Checklisthttps://www.improvenet.com:443/a/july-home-maintenance-checklist<p></p> <p>[srform]</p> <p>July is the perfect month to enjoy the summer weather and host some fun backyard BBQs. However, you won&rsquo;t want to forget about the home maintenance you have to complete to keep your house looking great.</p> <p>From making sure your basement is waterproofed to keeping up with pool tasks, there&rsquo;s plenty to be done in July. To help you make sure you&rsquo;ve checked everything off your list, here are a few July home maintenance tasks.</p> <p><strong>Are you looking for some help this month getting your checklist done? <span><a href="https://www.improvenet.com/GetStarted/Electrical" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Contact a pro today</a></span> for quotes from contractors in your area, for free.</strong></p> <p><a href="https://www.improvenet.com/GetStarted/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" title="Contact A Pro"><strong> <img width="1000" height="725" alt="July To Do List" src="https://media.improvenet.craftjack.io/media/Default/Monthly%20Maintenance/iStock-872844466.jpg" /> </strong></a></p> <h2>Tasks To Do In July</h2> <p>There&rsquo;s a lot of summer fun in the air. July is one of the warmest months of the year, with the national average at about 75 degrees, according to the latest data from the <span><a href="https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/cag/national/rankings" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information</a></span>.</p> <p>There&rsquo;s not one central area where you&rsquo;ll be checking off tasks this month, unlike <span><a href="https://www.improvenet.com/a/may-home-maintenance-checklist" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">May where much of your to-do list was outside</a></span>. Here&rsquo;s what you need to add to your list this July:</p> <ul> <li>Party Planning &amp; D&eacute;cor</li> <li>Basement Waterproofing</li> <li>Pool maintenance</li> <li>Upgrade Home Security</li> <li>Small Paint Projects</li> <li>Water Heater Inspection</li> <li>Clean Your Sink Drains</li> </ul> <p><a href="https://www.improvenet.com/a/summer-fun-a-guide-to-outdoor-entertaining" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" title="Summer Fun: A Guide To Outdoor Entertaining"> <img width="1000" height="666" alt="July Party Planning" src="https://media.improvenet.craftjack.io/media/Default/Monthly%20Maintenance/July%20Party%20Planning.jpg" /> </a></p> <h2>Party Planning &amp; D&eacute;cor</h2> <p>It&rsquo;s prime BBQ season! Not to mention the <span><a href="https://www.improvenet.com/a/fourth-of-july-decorating-ideas" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Fourth of July holiday this month</a></span>. It&rsquo;s likely you&rsquo;ll want to spruce up your home for a party or just the season. Patriotic d&eacute;cor such as flags and banners are popular for July, as well as bright colors that reflect the vibrates of the season. You can include this d&eacute;cor in your home for a party or just to enjoy.</p> <p>You can&rsquo;t ever start planning a party too early. If you have a summer BBQ coming up, start a list of what you&rsquo;ll need including food, utensils, plates and never forget the ice! You may also want to plan some fun activities for your guests. For more tips, read <span><a href="https://www.improvenet.com/a/summer-fun-a-guide-to-outdoor-entertaining" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Summer Fun: A Guide To Outdoor Entertaining</a></span>.</p> <p><a href="https://www.improvenet.com/r/costs-and-prices/basement-sealing-cost-estimator" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" title="Basement Waterproofing Costs"> <img width="1000" height="669" alt="July Basement Waterproofing" src="https://media.improvenet.craftjack.io/media/Default/Monthly%20Maintenance/July%20Basement%20Waterproofing.jpg" /> </a></p> <h2>Basement Waterproofing</h2> <p>Have you noticed that your basement has become damp or wet? This is a common problem that happens in many basements, but it's one that should cause concern. Small cracks can become big problems quickly if they are not taken care of. If you can identify the source, all it might take is a patch to rectify the problem. However, larger cracks in the walls or foundation will require more work. The <span><a href="https://www.improvenet.com/r/costs-and-prices/basement-sealing-cost-estimator" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">average cost to seal a basement</a></span> is $3,660, with most homeowners spending between $2,491 to $4,259.</p> <p><a href="https://www.improvenet.com/r/costs-and-prices/swimming-pool-cleaning-cost" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" title="Swimming Pool Cleaning Cost"> <img width="1000" height="666" alt="July Pool Maintenance" src="https://media.improvenet.craftjack.io/media/Default/Monthly%20Maintenance/July%20Pool%20Maintenance.jpg" /> </a></p> <h2>Pool Maintenance</h2> <p>If you&rsquo;re the happy owner of a backyard pool, it&rsquo;s likely been your favorite spot this season. However, to keep it functional and beautiful, upkeep is extremely important, especially in the summer. Be sure to keep up with regular weekly pool maintenance such as skimming the water for debris, vacuuming and testing the pH levels. If you find this to be a burden this summer, contact a pro who can take care of the work for you. The <span><a href="https://www.improvenet.com/r/costs-and-prices/swimming-pool-cleaning-cost" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">average cost to hire a pool maintenance professional</a></span> is $75 to $175 per month.</p> <p><a href="https://www.improvenet.com/r/costs-and-prices/home-alarm-system-install" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" title="Home Alarm Systems Installation"> <img width="1000" height="666" alt="July Home Security Upgrade" src="https://media.improvenet.craftjack.io/media/Default/Monthly%20Maintenance/July%20Home%20Security%20Upgrade.jpg" /> </a></p> <h2>Upgrade Home Security</h2> <p>While your mind may be already on your summer vacation, your home needs to be properly secure while your away. That makes July the perfect time to upgrade your home security system. Burglary rates are highest in the summer, as opposed to any other time of year, <span><a href="https://www.bjs.gov/content/pub/pdf/spcvt.pdf" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">according to the U.S. Department Of Justice</a></span>.</p> <p>A new security system can be updated to give you the peace of mind you need while you&rsquo;re away on vacation. Home security automation can be easily accessed through any device in any location. If you&rsquo;re ready to upgrade your home security system, know that <span>the <a href="https://www.improvenet.com/r/costs-and-prices/home-alarm-system-install" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">national average</a></span><a href="https://www.improvenet.com/r/costs-and-prices/home-alarm-system-install" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"> cost</a> is $650, with most systems between $441 and $765.</p> <p><a href="https://www.improvenet.com/r/costs-and-prices/paint-job-cost" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" title="Paint Costs"> <img width="1000" height="555" alt="" src="https://media.improvenet.craftjack.io/media/Default/Monthly%20Maintenance/July%20Small%20Paint%20Project.jpg" /> </a></p> <h2>Small Paint Project</h2> <p>If you&rsquo;ve wanted to give a room a new look, but don&rsquo;t want to make any big changes, <a href="https://www.improvenet.com/r/costs-and-prices/paint-job-cost" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">a small paint project</a>&nbsp;can be just what you need. Most times, small paint projects can be done in a weekend. These often include an accent wall, painting trim, repainting outdoor stairs or even a small mural. See where your imagination takes you this summer.</p> <p><a href="https://www.improvenet.com/r/costs-and-prices/water-heater-repair-cost" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" title="Water Heater Costs"> <img width="1000" height="666" alt="July Water Heater Inspection" src="https://media.improvenet.craftjack.io/media/Default/Monthly%20Maintenance/July%20Water%20Heater%20Inspection.jpg" /> </a></p> <h2>Water Heater Inspection</h2> <p>Now is the perfect time to check your water heater and see if it needs any repairs. Most need to be drained to wash out any sediment that has built up at the bottom of the tank. If you see any repairs that need to be made, get them done as soon as possible. You won&rsquo;t want to make the mistake of waiting too long and being out of luck when you need hot water. The <span><a href="https://www.improvenet.com/r/costs-and-prices/water-heater-repair-cost" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">average cost to repair a hot water heater</a></span> is $483, with most homeowners spending between $244 and $576.</p> <p><a href="https://www.improvenet.com/a/june-home-maintenance-checklist" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" title="June Home Maintenance Checklist"> <img width="1000" height="666" alt="July Clean Sink Drains" src="https://media.improvenet.craftjack.io/media/Default/Monthly%20Maintenance/July%20Clean%20Sink%20Drains.jpg" /> </a></p> <h2>Clean Your Sink Drains</h2> <p>It&rsquo;s likely you&rsquo;ve been putting off this task for a while. I don&rsquo;t blame you. It&rsquo;s certainly not a glamorous task to clean your sink drains, but it must be done. If you have a clogged drain, don&rsquo;t hesitate to contact a plumber who can help. Here are a few steps to clean your sink drain:</p> <ul> <li>Remove your sink stopper and wash in soapy water.</li> <li>Pour a half cup of baking soda down the drain and a cup of boiling hot water. Let it sit for 10 minutes before rinsing clean.</li> <li>If you have a tricky clog, it&rsquo;s worth it to invest in a drain snake that can easily remove any debris from your drain.</li> </ul> <h2>Conclusion</h2> <p>July is a great time to get miscellaneous tasks and maintenance off your to-do list. Stay tuned next month when we&rsquo;ll be showing you what should be completed in August.</p> <p><strong>Did you miss last months checklist? Read <span><a href="https://www.improvenet.com/a/june-home-maintenance-checklist" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">June Home Maintenance Checklist</a></span> for more.</strong></p>Sun, 01 Jul 2018 09:00:00 GMThttps://www.improvenet.com:443/a/july-home-maintenance-checklistIn-Home Childcare: Becoming a Nannyhttps://www.improvenet.com:443/a/in-home-childcare-becoming-a-nanny<p>It is common knowledge that a child's mind develops fastest in the first years of life. Given that is true, there are few careers that carry more weight and importance than that of caregivers and nannies. Becoming a nanny isn't easy, but it is easy to see there is perhaps not another job worth the effort. Many nannies do not become nannies because it's a job. They don't become nannies because it will pay the bills. People become nannies because it is a calling. Something within them that insists on becoming a part of this long-standing tradition of care, compassion, and excellence.</p> <h3>Wish I Knew Before</h3> <p>As with all professions, nannies can often take their first jobs with misconceptions and misunderstandings. Further, inexperience can lead to being taken advantage of by the families they work for. For instance, some clients will want you to be a housekeeper in addition to a nanny. For some nannies, this might not be a problem. They might feel uncomfortable in moments of downtime simply relaxing in someone else's home and welcome the idea of helping out around the house. For others, being a nanny is hard enough, and it the family they work for wants a housekeeper they should hire one. Know your stance before you walk in the door. In fact, know where you stand before you sign the contract.</p> <p>Further, take every opportunity to get greater training and education. Not only does this keep the children in your care, but you also have a higher chance of demanding a higher income. Certification can be a big deal depending on the state you are in, and even something like a certification as a paraeducator can help you make the case that you are worth more money than the average nanny. Also, getting a degree or two under your belt in something like early childhood education can make all the difference when you are negotiating a salary.</p> <h3>Education</h3> <p>While getting a degree is, of course, a good thing for you and the children in your care, an education does not necessarily mean going back to school. Spending that kind of money is not necessary. Depending on the state you are in, there are most likely nanny <g class="gr_ gr_90 gr-alert gr_gramm gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim Grammar multiReplace" id="90" data-gr-id="90">trainings</g> available to you. Take advantage of every single one of them if you can. They all will give you valuable information, valuable both to the children and your pocketbook.</p> <p>Not only is education not exclusive to college, it's not exclusive to classrooms at all. Nannying has a great professional community. We really are just a family of people trying to help one another. None of us get rich off being a nanny. We do what we do for a reason that is personal and undeniable. With that in mind, check out any associations you can within the profession that you can. Being a member of these organizations and associations gives you more information to use with the kids you care for, but membership also looks great on a resume. Check out the end of this article for links to some of the most popular associations in the nannying profession.</p> <h3>Let's Talk Money</h3> <p>Being a nanny is a privilege, and most days it feels that way. To watch young people, grow before your eyes and know that whoever they become you had a role in shaping that person is a feeling almost no other profession can offer. That said, it's not all sunshine and roses. Finances are a true concern for a nanny. Not only are you managing what is, at least to start, a modest salary, you are often doing it on your own. There are no Human Resources to call if your check is short. No one to take care of a mistakenly filled out W-4 form. So what should you expect financially as a nanny?</p> <p>First of all, know that the people who hire you are your employers. While they are often referred to within the nannying community as "clients," but in fact, they should be held to the standard of an employer. They should withhold your federal and state income taxes, which should be reflected in your paychecks. Never accept cash. You are both breaking the law when you do without making up for it when you file your taxes. In the same vein as demanding a paycheck, keep them. Either digitally or on paper, keep a record of your pay. Not doing so can come back to bite you in many ways.</p> <p><strong>Resources</strong></p> <ul> <li><a target="_blank" href="http://nannyknowhow.org/hello-world/" rel="noopener noreferrer">Tips for New Nannies</a></li> <li><a target="_blank" href="https://ms-jd.org/blog/article/practical-tips-successful-live-child-care" rel="noopener noreferrer">Practical Tips for Successful In-Home Care</a></li> <li><a target="_blank" href="https://nanny.org/nanny-resource-100-ways-connect-charges/" rel="noopener noreferrer">100 Ways to Connect with your Charges</a></li> <li><a target="_blank" href="https://www.kidpower.org/library/article/kidpower-safety-tips-for-babysitters-and-caregivers/" rel="noopener noreferrer">Safety Tips for Nannies</a></li> <li><a target="_blank" href="https://www.theapna.org/social-media-tips-for-getting-that-nanny-joband-keeping-it/" rel="noopener noreferrer">Social Media Tips for Getting a Nanny Job</a></li> <li><a target="_blank" href="http://www.peps.org/ParentResources/by-topic/childcare/new-nanny-transition" rel="noopener noreferrer">New Nanny Transition</a></li> <li><a target="_blank" href="http://v/" rel="noopener noreferrer">Newborn Care Tips for Nannies</a></li> <li><a target="_blank" href="https://www.berkeleyparentsnetwork.org/advice/childcare/nannysocial" rel="noopener noreferrer">Nanny Socializing During the Day</a></li> <li><a target="_blank" href="http://www.findababysitter.org/blog/10-tips-for-using-babysitting-experience-on-your-resume/" rel="noopener noreferrer">10 Tips for Using Babysitting on your Resume</a></li> <li><a target="_blank" href="https://www.bapn.org.uk/Default.aspx" rel="noopener noreferrer">BAPN - The Association for Professional Nannies in the UK</a></li> <li><a target="_blank" href="http://www.nannyone.org/services.aspx" rel="noopener noreferrer">Canadian Nanny Association</a></li> <li><a target="_blank" href="http://www.australiannannyassociation.org.au/" rel="noopener noreferrer">Australian Nanny Association</a></li> <li><a target="_blank" href="http://www.myhomepay.com/" rel="noopener noreferrer">HomePay</a></li> <li><a target="_blank" href="https://www.nannytaxprep.com/our-services-fees/" rel="noopener noreferrer">Nanny Tax Company</a></li> <li><a target="_blank" href="https://www.nannychex.com/" rel="noopener noreferrer">Nanny Chex</a></li> <li><a target="_blank" href="http://www.savvynannypayrollservices.com/" rel="noopener noreferrer">Savvy Nanny Payroll Services</a></li> <li><a target="_blank" href="https://www.homeworksolutions.com/" rel="noopener noreferrer">HomeWork Solutions</a></li> <li><a target="_blank" href="https://www.theapna.org/" rel="noopener noreferrer">The Association of Premier Nanny Agencies</a></li> <li><a target="_blank" href="https://meritnanny.com/pittsburgh-nanny-association/" rel="noopener noreferrer">Pittsburg Nanny Association</a></li> <li><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ilcte.org/index.php/helpful-links/fcs-helpful-links/115-careers/575" rel="noopener noreferrer">Childcare Workers - Bureau of Labor Statistics</a></li> <li><a target="_blank" href="https://nannyauthority.com/find-a-nanny/nanny-responsiblities-expectations/" rel="noopener noreferrer">Responsibilities and Expectations</a></li> <li><a target="_blank" href="https://nannytraining.com/" rel="noopener noreferrer">Nanny Training</a></li> <li><a target="_blank" href="https://www.redcross.org/local/new-york/take-a-class/babysitting-new-york-ny" rel="noopener noreferrer">Babysitting Classes and Certification</a></li> <li><a target="_blank" href="https://www.icieducation.com/courses/education-and-languages/nanny/" rel="noopener noreferrer">Childcare Training Online</a></li> <li><a target="_blank" href="http://www.chambercoalition.org/nanny_training_certificate_program.html" rel="noopener noreferrer">Nanny Training Certificate Program</a></li> </ul>Wed, 27 Jun 2018 09:00:28 GMThttps://www.improvenet.com:443/a/in-home-childcare-becoming-a-nannyThe Best Lighting For Your Kitchenhttps://www.improvenet.com:443/a/the-best-lighting-for-your-kitchen<p></p> <p>[srform]</p> <p>The kitchen is one of the most important areas of the home. It&rsquo;s where families meet and gather after a long day. It can also be the center of attention during a party, where all the great food is made. In order to show off your kitchen and make sure that food is cooked to perfection, you&rsquo;ll need the perfect lighting.</p> <p>There are many choices when it comes to kitchen lighting. You&rsquo;ll often need more than one source to highlight specific areas of the room. Here are a few ideas <g class="gr_ gr_129 gr-alert gr_gramm gr_inline_cards gr_disable_anim_appear Grammar multiReplace" id="129" data-gr-id="129">to</g> help you choose the best lighting for your kitchen.</p> <p><strong>Are you ready to brighten up your kitchen with new light fixtures? <a href="https://www.improvenet.com/GetStarted/Electrical" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Contact an electrical pro</a> today for quotes from contractors in your area, for free.</strong></p> <p><a href="https://www.improvenet.com/GetStarted/Electrical" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" title="Contact An Electrical Pro"><strong> <img width="1000" height="666" alt="" src="https://media.improvenet.craftjack.io/media/Default/kitchen/Kitchen%20Lighting%20Ideas.jpg" /> </strong></a></p> <h2>Kitchen Lighting Ideas</h2> <p>One of the most important areas of the home to be sure you have the right lighting <g class="gr_ gr_100 gr-alert gr_spell gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim ContextualSpelling ins-del" id="100" data-gr-id="100">is</g>&nbsp;in the kitchen. So much goes on in the heart of the home that you not only want a light that looks great, but is functional too.</p> <p>&ldquo;Not only is it important to be able to see what you&rsquo;re doing in the kitchen while preparing a meal, but it&rsquo;s also important to be able to see what&rsquo;s in your kitchen cabinets,&rdquo; Emily Hoefler, kitchen and bath specialist at <a href="http://www.renovationsgroupinc.com/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Renovations Group Inc.,</a> said. &ldquo;No one likes digging around in their cabinets trying to find the right leftover container or utensil. Proper lighting makes it easier to find what you need."</p> <p>To get the look you want with the all-important <a href="https://www.improvenet.com/r/costs-and-prices/light-fixture-installation-cost-estimator" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">functionality of kitchen lighting</a>, Hoefler suggests adding not just one light to the kitchen but a mix of various types of lights.</p> <p>&ldquo;Recessed cans would be your task lights, the lights that illuminate what you&rsquo;re doing in the kitchen,&rdquo; she said. &ldquo;Decorative lighting would be pendants, surface mounted, as well as semi-flush mounted fixtures, the fixtures that pull together the design style. Making sure both types of lighting are using LED&rsquo;s is a great way to not only save energy, but get the right color and light output.&rdquo;</p> <p>To get the right mix of kitchen lighting, here are some places to consider a fixture installation:</p> <ul> <li>Kitchen Ceiling Lights</li> <li>Kitchen Recessed Lights</li> <li>Kitchen Table Lights</li> <li>Under Cabinet Lights</li> <li>Kitchen Night Lights</li> </ul> <p><a href="https://www.improvenet.com/a/light-fixtures-that-brighten-up-your-decor" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" title="Light Fixtures That Brighten Up Your Decor"><img width="1000" height="666" alt="" src="https://media.improvenet.craftjack.io/media/Default/kitchen/Kitchen%20Ceiling%20Lights.jpg" /></a></p> <h2>Kitchen Lighting Trends</h2> <p>As you may have already guessed, popular kitchen light fixtures can change. The good news is that it is an affordable switch to make. The <span><a href="https://www.improvenet.com/r/costs-and-prices/light-fixture-installation-cost-estimator" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">average cost to install a single light fixture</a></span> is between $42 and $112, making it a budget-friendly upgrade that will make a difference. Hoefler said she is seeing two big kitchen lighting trends right now.</p> <p>&ldquo;Any sort of decorative pendants are popular right now,&rdquo; she said. &ldquo;Outdated surface mounted fixtures have given way to a multitude of can lights with pendants acting as the statement piece. The other trend I&rsquo;m seeing right now is lighting inside of cabinets. I&rsquo;m seeing glass cabinet doors with LED lights inside illuminating statement pieces or even just a set of dishes. It really makes the cabinetry pop.&rdquo;</p> <h2>Kitchen Ceiling Lights</h2> <p>When it comes to your kitchen ceiling, <a href="https://www.improvenet.com/a/light-fixtures-that-brighten-up-your-decor" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">statement lighting is in</a>. If you have a kitchen island, you&rsquo;ll want to be sure that your light fixture helps illuminate that area as well as drawing in the eye to the center of the room. Stay away from long flush lighting and opt for a pendant or semi-flush mount lighting.</p> <h2>Kitchen Recessed Lighting</h2> <p>As Hoefler mentioned, recessed lighting is what helps you achieve your cooking, cleaning and other kitchen tasks. It helps to focus the light <g class="gr_ gr_289 gr-alert gr_gramm gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim Grammar multiReplace" id="289" data-gr-id="289">to</g> one specific area without being too obtrusive. The <span><a href="https://www.improvenet.com/r/costs-and-prices/recessed-can-lights" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">average cost of recessed can lighting</a></span> per light is between $20 and $150</p> <p><a href="https://www.improvenet.com/a/5-smart-ways-to-supercharge-your-kitchen-storage-lighting" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" title="5 Smart Ways To Supercharge Your Your Kitchen Storage &amp; Lighting"> <img width="1000" height="659" alt="" src="https://media.improvenet.craftjack.io/media/Default/kitchen/Kitchen%20Table%20Lighting.jpg" /> </a></p> <h2>Kitchen Table Lighting</h2> <p>When you&rsquo;re done <g class="gr_ gr_392 gr-alert gr_gramm gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim Grammar only-ins replaceWithoutSep" id="392" data-gr-id="392">cooking</g>, you&rsquo;ll be moving over to the kitchen table to enjoy your meal. The lighting here should be softer than other areas because you won&rsquo;t be doing any cooking. Depending on the size of your kitchen table, you can play with <a href="https://www.improvenet.com/a/5-smart-ways-to-supercharge-your-kitchen-storage-lighting" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">various light fixture ideas</a> here, from small chandeliers to track lighting. Regardless of style, you should make it versatile.</p> <p>&ldquo;The kitchen is a very work-focused room of the house, but it&rsquo;s also a <g class="gr_ gr_387 gr-alert gr_gramm gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim Grammar multiReplace" id="387" data-gr-id="387">gather</g> space,&rdquo; Hoefler said. &ldquo;Having a mixture of task lighting and decorative lighting that are on different switches and dimmers can help you achieve the correct lighting for the correct time.&rdquo;</p> <h2>Undercabinet Kitchen Lighting</h2> <p>If you&rsquo;re a home chef, you&rsquo;ll need <a href="undercabinet%20lightin" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">undercabinet lighting</a> to correctly cut, chop and dice everything you need to complete a tasty recipe. Hoefler emphasized the importance of this type of kitchen lighting.</p> <p>&ldquo;I think even lighting across the whole kitchen is important, but wherever you spend the most time preparing meals or doing various tasks should be the best lit,&rdquo; she said. &ldquo;Getting better lighting in work areas can be easily achieved through undercabinet lighting. This maintains even lighting throughout the room but adds a little extra where it really counts.&rdquo;</p> <p>While some undercabinet lighting is done with a new cabinet installation, it&rsquo;s also a project you can do yourself with existing cabinets. There are many LED options that you can self-install and are the perfect way to light up your countertops.</p> <p><a href="https://www.improvenet.com/a/dining-room-and-foyer-lighting" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" title="Dining Room &amp; Foyer Lighting"> <img width="1000" height="698" alt="" src="https://media.improvenet.craftjack.io/media/Default/kitchen/Kitchen%20Night%20Light.jpg" /> </a></p> <h2>Kitchen Night Light</h2> <p>How often do you wake up to grab a glass of water? For safety reasons, you may want to find a spare outlet to plug in a nightlight. While most nightlights are plain, I&rsquo;d suggest finding one that best matches your kitchen style. It&rsquo;s often looked over as a way to update your kitchen lighting, but yet, it could be one of the most important lights in the middle of the night!</p> <h2>Conclusion</h2> <p>As you can see, the type of light you have in your kitchen can make a big difference. It&rsquo;s also an easy way to upgrade your home. Take a look at what kitchen lights you may need to add for both function and style and you&rsquo;ll see your room in a whole new light!</p> <p><strong>Looking for more ways to improve your kitchen? Read <span><a href="https://www.improvenet.com/a/dining-room-and-foyer-lighting" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">How To Choose Lighting Fixtures For Your Dining Room And Foyer</a></span>.</strong></p>Mon, 25 Jun 2018 09:00:00 GMThttps://www.improvenet.com:443/a/the-best-lighting-for-your-kitchenFourth Of July Decorating Ideashttps://www.improvenet.com:443/a/fourth-of-july-decorating-ideas<p></p> <p>[srform]</p> <p>Fourth of July is coming up quick, are you ready? Many are hosting their own parties and backyard BBQs to celebrate Independence Day, and to make your party the talk of the town, you&rsquo;ll want to have the right d&eacute;cor that helps everyone celebrate.</p> <p>To prepare for this fun time, you can make your indoors and outdoors party-ready. From DIY d&eacute;cor ideas to easy hacks you can use to make your home beautiful. Here are a few Fourth of July Decorating Ideas you can use this season.</p> <p><strong>Looking for more ways to improve your home this summer? <a href="https://www.improvenet.com/GetStarted/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Contact a pro today</a> four quotes from contractors in your area, for free.</strong></p> <p><a href="https://www.improvenet.com/GetStarted/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" title="Contact A Pro"> <img width="1000" height="666" alt="Fourth Of July Decor" src="https://media.improvenet.craftjack.io/media/Default/Food%20&amp;%20Travel/Fourth%20Of%20July%20Decor.jpg" /> </a></p> <h2>Fourth Of July D&eacute;cor</h2> <p>If you think of Independence Day, the first thing that comes to mind is likely the red, white and blue of the American flag; Not to mention the glitter from fireworks and sparklers. This is what you should keep in mind when it comes to your d&eacute;cor.</p> <p>&ldquo;Show off your American spirit with red, white and blue,&rdquo; Ashley Lipman, marketing specialist at <span><a href="https://www.bestonlinecabinets.com/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Best Online Cabinets</a></span>, said. &ldquo;That doesn&rsquo;t mean going overboard with the flag but look for unique ways to add patriotic colors into your current designs!&rdquo;</p> <p>Here are a few ways you can add red, white and blue into your already beautifully decorated home and backyard:</p> <ul> <li>Floral Centerpieces</li> <li>Flag Banners</li> <li>Mantel D&eacute;cor</li> <li>Fabric Streamers</li> <li>Hanging poufs</li> <li>Festive Party Foods</li> </ul> <p><a href="https://www.improvenet.com/a/how-and-when-to-hang-the-american-flag" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" title="How And When To Hang The Flag"> <img width="1000" height="657" alt="DIY Floral Centerpieces" src="https://media.improvenet.craftjack.io/media/Default/Food%20&amp;%20Travel/DIY%20Floral%20Centerpieces.jpg" /> </a></p> <h2>DIY Floral Centerpieces</h2> <p>In every season, there&rsquo;s a floral centerpiece that can really be the statement that impresses all your guests at the table. Whether indoors or out, you can create a simple but beautiful DIY floral centerpiece for your July 4 celebrations. Your local florist should be selling flowers in <a href="https://www.improvenet.com/a/how-and-when-to-hang-the-american-flag" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">red, white and blue</a>. I like to arrange mine in simple mason jars for an outdoor BBQ, but if you&rsquo;re keeping things inside, consider a silver vase. Arrange with flowers in all three colors, working from the inside out so they lay just right.</p> <p><a href="https://www.improvenet.com/a/7-tips-to-help-you-plan-the-perfect-party" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" title="7 Tips To Help You Plan The Perfect Party "> <img width="1000" height="666" alt="DIY Banner" src="https://media.improvenet.craftjack.io/media/Default/Food%20&amp;%20Travel/DIY%20Banner.jpg" /> </a></p> <h2>DIY Banner</h2> <p>I love banners because they are a <a href="https://www.improvenet.com/a/7-tips-to-help-you-plan-the-perfect-party" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">great party d&eacute;cor accessory</a> both indoors and out. Depending on how creative you want to be, you can simply cut your design out in craft paper, punch a few holes, and add some string. But, if you&rsquo;re feeling particularly crafty this summer, you might want to try to test your crafting skills. I love using burlap in my home d&eacute;cor, so when I saw this tutorial from Crafts Unleased, I knew I had to try it to decorate my home this season. See how you can make this <span><a href="http://blog.consumercrafts.com/seasonal/summer-projects-seasonal/fourth-of-july-diy-banner/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">DIY Fourth of July Banner</a></span> to brighten up your home d&eacute;cor.</p> <p><a href="https://www.improvenet.com/a/how-to-decorate-your-mantel" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" title="How To Decorate Your Mantel"> <img width="1000" height="666" alt="DIY Mantel Decor" src="https://media.improvenet.craftjack.io/media/Default/Food%20&amp;%20Travel/DIY%20Mantel%20Decor.jpg" /> </a></p> <h2>DIY Mantel D&eacute;cor</h2> <p>If you&rsquo;re decorating your living room, the mantel will be the perfect place to focus your holiday d&eacute;cor. I really like the idea of using rustic looking signs to spruce up this area. Adding a few faux plants and vintage items can help you get the look you want. If you&rsquo;re looking for a <a href="https://www.improvenet.com/a/how-to-decorate-your-mantel" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">DIY mantel d&eacute;cor</a> project, I like the idea of creating your own flag sign you can use over and over again. The idea room has a great tutorial on how you can make your own <a href="https://www.theidearoom.net/fourth-july-diy-wood-flag-sign/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Fourth of July DIY Wood Sign</a>.</p> <h2>DIY Fabric Streamers</h2> <p><a href="https://www.improvenet.com/a/summer-fun-a-guide-to-outdoor-entertaining" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">For Fourth of July party hosts</a>, you might be looking for the perfect easy d&eacute;cor that matches your whimsical summer BBQ style. I love mixing patterns and colors, and the Forth of July color scheme is the perfect time to play with this! Making fabric streamers is an easy DIY d&eacute;cor project you can do for your party in as little as two hours, depending on how long you want to make them. You&rsquo;ll need to go to your local craft store and pick up various fabrics in red, white and blue patterns you can mix. Here&rsquo;s a great tutorial at <a href="http://eyefuloflovely.blogspot.com/2013/09/diy-fabric-streamer-tutorial-from.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Eye Full Of Lovely</a> that you can use to help make the perfect fabric streamers.</p> <h2>DIY Hanging Puffs</h2> <p>Another great and easy backyard party decoration is a hanging flower puff. While they make a big statement, these hanging poufs are so simple to make. Suggested colors again are red, white and blue, but if you can find a metallic tissue paper in silver or gold, I&rsquo;d suggest making a few of those as well. Hang from trees, lattices or even attach them to deck posts to enhance your celebration. Here&rsquo;s a <a href="https://www.livingwellspendingless.com/2010/08/17/birthday-puffs/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">tutorial from Living Well Spending Less</a> on how you can make this simple party d&eacute;cor.</p> <p><a href="https://www.improvenet.com/a/4-steps-to-plan-the-ultimate-summer-bbq" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" title="4 Steps To Plan The Ultimate Summer BBQ"> <img width="1000" height="669" alt="" src="https://media.improvenet.craftjack.io/media/Default/Food%20&amp;%20Travel/Festive%20Party%20Foods.jpg" /> </a></p> <h2>Festive Party Foods</h2> <p>If you&rsquo;re having <a href="https://www.improvenet.com/a/4-steps-to-plan-the-ultimate-summer-bbq" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">a backyard BBQ</a> for Forth of July, you&rsquo;ve likely figured out your main course. It&rsquo;s likely going to include a burger or chicken dish, as Americans spend $800 Million on beef and $371 Million on chicken, <a href="https://www.marketwatch.com/story/heres-how-much-meat-americans-eat-on-the-fourth-of-july-2017-07-03" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">according to Market Watch</a>. &ldquo;Don&rsquo;t limit your decor to material objects and DIYs,&rdquo; Lipman said. &ldquo;Consider adding a stars and stripes element to your favorite party foods as well for an extra splash!&rdquo; You can have a little bit of fun with summer desserts to make them festive for Independence Day. Here are a few ideas:</p> <ul> <li>Make a fruit salad and slice your pineapple into star shapes using a cookie cutter.</li> <li>Make a cobbler out of blueberries and strawberries to serve as dessert.</li> <li>Sugar cookies are a great summer snack. Cover with white icing and drizzle with red and blue glaze.</li> <li>Add blueberries and watermelon balls in alternating order and top with a squirt of whipped cream.</li> </ul> <h2>Conclusion</h2> <p>Celebrate this summer holiday in style with a few DIY tips and tricks. If you&rsquo;re throwing <g class="gr_ gr_87 gr-alert gr_spell gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim ContextualSpelling ins-del" id="87" data-gr-id="87">a part</g>, you&rsquo;re sure to have a great time entertaining with a well decorated home!</p> <p><strong>Looking for more seasonal decorating ideas? Read <a href="https://www.improvenet.com/a/home-decorating-ideas-for-each-season" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Home Decorating Ideas For Each Season</a>.</strong></p>Sun, 24 Jun 2018 09:00:00 GMThttps://www.improvenet.com:443/a/fourth-of-july-decorating-ideasWhat Is Shiplap & How To Use Ithttps://www.improvenet.com:443/a/what-is-shiplap-how-to-use-it<p></p> <p>[srform]</p> <p>If you&rsquo;re a fan of home decorating shows, it&rsquo;s likely you&rsquo;ve seen shiplap appear in a few well-designed rooms. After a few episodes, it might have you wondering if you can include it in your home. Well, the good news is, you can!</p> <p>But, what exactly is shiplap and how can you make it work in your home? I&rsquo;m here to help answer all your questions about this trendy material. Here are a few questions you might have about shiplap and how to use it in your home.</p> <p><strong>Need help figuring out the perfect way to incorporate shiplap into your home? <a href="https://www.improvenet.com/GetStarted/Designers" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Contact an interior designer</a> today for quotes from contractors in your area, for free.</strong></p> <p><a href="https://www.improvenet.com/GetStarted/Designers" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" title="Contact An Interior Designer"><strong> <img width="1000" height="701" alt="What Is Shiplap" src="https://media.improvenet.craftjack.io/media/Default/interior-design/What%20Is%20Shiplap.jpg" /> </strong></a></p> <h2>What Is Shiplap?</h2> <p>If you love <a href="https://www.improvenet.com/a/7-farmhouse-landscaping-ideas-for-a-backyard-you%E2%80%99ll-love" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">a simple, farmhouse or rustic look</a>, then shiplap is worth looking into. Prior to its surge in popularity, it was commonly used outdoors as siding of sheds, garages and other structures. But, it has made its way inside the home adding texture to the walls of kitchens, bedrooms and more. It&rsquo;s now a must-have for homeowners who want to decorate their homes in a farmhouse style.</p> <p>&ldquo;For those of you who are not familiar with shiplap, it's a popular and charming building material comprised of long wood planks snapped together to create a watertight seal,&rdquo; Kristin Whalen, <a href="https://twitter.com/whalenkristin?lang=en" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">award-winning kitchen and bath designer</a>, said. &ldquo;Each shiplap board has a groove cut into the top and bottom of each wood plank so that the pieces fit together like puzzle pieces making installation a breeze. Shiplap has been around for quite some time but has really taken off over the past few years thanks to the lovely Joanna Gaines on HGTV&rsquo;s &lsquo;Fixer Upper&rsquo;.&rdquo;</p> <p><a href="https://www.improvenet.com/r/costs-and-prices/shiplap-siding" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" title="Shiplap Costs"> <img width="1000" height="650" alt="How Much Does Shiplap Cost" src="https://media.improvenet.craftjack.io/media/Default/interior-design/How%20Much%20Does%20Shiplap%20Cost.jpg" /> </a></p> <h2>How Much Does Shiplap Cost?</h2> <p>If you&rsquo;re budgeting for a project with shiplap, either indoors or out, it&rsquo;s a good idea to set expectations. The good news is that shiplap is relatively inexpensive compared to other siding options. However, if you&rsquo;re using it on an interior wall, it&rsquo;s likely going to be more costly than simply updating with a coat of paint. The <a href="https://www.improvenet.com/r/costs-and-prices/shiplap-siding" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">average cost of shiplap</a> is between $0.95 and $4.00 per board foot.</p> <h2>Where To Buy Shiplap</h2> <p>Finding shiplap is not difficult. Most local hardware store chains will carry shiplap in a variety of sizes and packs, making it easy if you plan on DIYing your installation. You can even get it in various finishes and colors to help make the work easier.</p> <p><a href="https://www.improvenet.com/a/2018-home-design-color-trends" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" title="2018 Home Design &amp; Color Trends"> <img width="1000" height="694" alt="How Can I Use Shiplap" src="https://media.improvenet.craftjack.io/media/Default/interior-design/How%20Can%20I%20Use%20Shiplap.jpg" /> </a></p> <h2>How Can I Use Shiplap?</h2> <p>One of the great things about shiplap is that it&rsquo;s incredibly versatile. You can include it in any <g class="gr_ gr_299 gr-alert gr_gramm gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim Grammar only-ins replaceWithoutSep" id="299" data-gr-id="299">room</g> the house. From an entire area to just a shiplap accent wall, it will give any room a farmhouse style almost instantly.</p> <p>&ldquo;I don&rsquo;t see this trend going away any time soon because it allows homeowners a simple way to add subtle texture to walls and is able to complement a wide array of home d&eacute;cor styles,&rdquo; Whalen said. &ldquo;Shiplap is commonly installed horizontally and painted white for a clean look. However, there are many other possibilities. Shiplap can also be used untreated or stained to a finish of your choice. It can also be used vertically to make rooms like low-ceilings appear larger. No matter which way you choose to install shiplap, one thing remains true: a wood-covered wall makes any room feel warmer.&rdquo;</p> <p>If you&rsquo;re looking to incorporate some of <a href="https://www.improvenet.com/a/2018-home-design-color-trends" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">the year&rsquo;s trends</a>, try brightening up a navy blue bathroom with a white shiplap bathroom wall. Complete the look of a rustic kitchen with shiplap. Or, cozy <g class="gr_ gr_296 gr-alert gr_gramm gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim Grammar only-ins multiReplace replaceWithoutSep replaceWithoutSep" id="296" data-gr-id="296">up</g> a guest room with shiplap adorning the walls. The possibilities are endless, which is why it&rsquo;s a popular d&eacute;cor choice.</p> <p><a href="https://www.improvenet.com/a/farmhouse-inspired-decor-accessories" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" title="Farmhouse Inspired Decor Accessories"> <img width="1000" height="666" alt="Interior Shiplap Installation" src="https://media.improvenet.craftjack.io/media/Default/interior-design/Interor%20Shiplap%20Installation.jpg" /> </a></p> <h2>Interior Shiplap Installation</h2> <p>Depending on the size and style of your project, shiplap can be installed with the <a href="https://www.improvenet.com/GetStarted/Carpentry" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">help of a professional</a> or DIYed. If you choose to do it yourself, it&rsquo;s a good idea to have a knowledge of basic carpentry skills, so you&rsquo;re able to size the shiplap and install it on the wall properly. However, if you want to get the look, but you&rsquo;re unsure if you can manage to install actual shiplap, there are now products on the market that mimic the look. Peel-and-stick faux shiplap panels have made <g class="gr_ gr_345 gr-alert gr_spell gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim ContextualSpelling multiReplace" id="345" data-gr-id="345">its</g> way into homes and apartment buildings due to how easy they are to install.</p> <h2>Shiplap Wall Art</h2> <p>If you love the look of shiplap, but not yet ready to change the appearance of an entire room, try slowly integrating it into your home&rsquo;s d&eacute;cor. Shiplap wall art is popular with homeowners who want to <a href="https://www.improvenet.com/a/farmhouse-inspired-decor-accessories" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">add more farmhouse d&eacute;cor</a> into their homes. The good news is, you can make your own wall art! I love this idea from Kennary, to make your own shiplap command center. It would go perfectly in any kitchen or office. <a href="https://www.kenarry.com/diy-shiplap-command-center/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">See the tutorial here.</a></p> <h2>Conclusion</h2> <p>As long as farmhouse styles stay popular, so will shiplap. It&rsquo;s a trendy way to really make <g class="gr_ gr_336 gr-alert gr_gramm gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim Grammar only-del replaceWithoutSep" id="336" data-gr-id="336">a space</g> feel cozy and bright at the same time. It&rsquo;s also an affordable home d&eacute;cor option that you might be able to DIY. For big projects, it&rsquo;s a good idea to contact an <a href="https://www.improvenet.com/GetStarted/Designers" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">interior design pro</a> who can tell you how you can best incorporate shiplap into your farmhouse d&eacute;cor.</p> <p><strong>Looking for more farmhouse decorating ideas? Read <a href="https://www.improvenet.com/a/how-to-create-the-perfect-farmhouse-style-bathroom" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">How To Create The Perfect Farmhouse Style Bathroom</a>.</strong></p>Wed, 20 Jun 2018 09:00:00 GMThttps://www.improvenet.com:443/a/what-is-shiplap-how-to-use-itHow To Handle A Wet Basementhttps://www.improvenet.com:443/a/how-to-handle-a-wet-basement<p></p> <p>[srform]</p> <p>Basements are awesome spaces that create more usable space for you and your family to enjoy. From basement home theaters to playrooms, there can be many different purposes for this space.</p> <p>But, basements do come with their own unique set of problems and one of them is water. As basements are below the ground, they are more susceptible to water damage than other parts of the house. Delaying on an important repair can cause permanent and expensive damage. To help, here&rsquo;s how you should handle a wet basement.</p> <p><strong>Are you looking to repair your basement or stop leaks before they start? <a href="https://www.improvenet.com/GetStarted/Remodeling/Basement" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Contact a basement remodeling pro today</a> for quotes from contractors in your area, for free!</strong></p> <p><a href="https://www.improvenet.com/GetStarted/Remodeling/Basement" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" title="Contact A Basement Pro"><strong> <img width="1000" height="669" alt="" src="https://media.improvenet.craftjack.io/media/Default/basement/Discovering%20A%20Leak.jpg" /> </strong></a></p> <h2>Discovering A Leak</h2> <p>If you have a basement, finished or unfinished, finding that your basement has a leak can be scary. There will be a lot of mystery around why it's happening and where the leak is coming from. It&rsquo;s important to find the source of the leak and get it repaired quickly, as leaks can get bigger over time.</p> <p>However, it&rsquo;s not that simple. Unlike a leaky faucet, finding the source of the water in the basement can be tricky. Start by checking for cracks in the walls and floor. Sometimes, water can get in due to hydrostatic pressure allowing water to enter in through the cracks in your basement floor. An overflowing gutter or defrosting snow might find its way in through your basement's foundation. &nbsp;</p> <p>A <a href="https://www.improvenet.com/d/c/additions-remodels" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">local basement pro</a> can be helpful when it comes to finding the source of water. Be sure to reach out to them as soon as you notice a leak in your basement.</p> <h2>Sealing Your Basement</h2> <p>One of the first steps you&rsquo;ll want to take if you have a damp basement is to get it sealed. This will cover up any of the small cracks on the walls and floor where water may be entering. Depending on the size of the crack or your knowledge of the source, you might be able to seal your basement or foundation yourself. But it&rsquo;s best to ask a contractor for help when it comes to your basement and they can help identify any other potential problem areas. The <a href="https://www.improvenet.com/r/costs-and-prices/basement-sealing-cost-estimator" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">average cost to seal a basement or foundation</a> is $3,660.</p> <p><img width="1000" height="666" alt="Basement Drainage Repair" src="https://media.improvenet.craftjack.io/media/Default/basement/Basement%20Drainage%20Repair.jpg" /></p> <h2>Basement Drainage Repair</h2> <p>Outside of leaks and cracks in your basement walls, you could be getting water in your basement due to blocked drainage. Sump pumps and floor drains can back up leaving you with excess water in your basement. It&rsquo;s important to repair your drainage as soon as you notice a problem. <a href="https://www.improvenet.com/r/costs-and-prices/basement-drainage-repair-cost-estimator" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">The average cost of basement drainage repairs</a> is between $1,586 and $3,575.</p> <h2>Basement Flooding</h2> <p>Of course, one of the biggest fears that come with owning a home with a basement is flooding. Often, this can happen due to weather conditions, so you&rsquo;ll want to be sure to prepare the best you can.</p> <p>&ldquo;When there's heavy rain, water can become backed up and flood in your basement,&rdquo; Ryan Siebert, <a href="https://sghomebuilders.com/finished-basements/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">owner of SG Home Builders</a>, said. &rdquo;The best way to prevent this problem from happening is making sure that you have a functional sump pump. You'll want to have professional checkups every year to ensure that it's working well during the rainy season.&rdquo;</p> <p>Maintaining your sump pump can be the key to a dry basement when heavy rains hit. The <a href="https://www.improvenet.com/r/costs-and-prices/sump-pump-maintenance" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">average cost to repair a sump pump</a> is $444, with most homeowners spending between $339 and $472.</p> <p>However, if you do find yourself in a situation where your basement has flooded, don&rsquo;t try to enter without shutting the power and gas off. This can be harmful to try and wade through. You&rsquo;ll need to remove the water as quickly as possible to avoid permanent damage. Depending on how much water is sitting in your basement, you may want to contact a basement contractor who can help.</p> <p><a href="https://www.improvenet.com/a/basement-window-wells-leaking-what-to-do" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" title="Basement Window Wells Leaking"> <img width="1000" height="666" alt="Basement Air Quality" src="https://media.improvenet.craftjack.io/media/Default/basement/Basement%20Air%20Quality.jpg" /> </a></p> <h2>Basement Air Quality</h2> <p>If you have a damp basement, one major concern is humidity. This can cause mold and mildew leading to air quality concerns. Mold and mildew can cause <a href="https://www.improvenet.com/a/5-reasons-to-test-your-air-quality" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">serious problems for your health</a> if found in the home. Even if you don&rsquo;t enter the basement that often, the effects can travel.</p> <p>&ldquo;With basements being humid, underground and exposed to moisture, mold and mildew are a common problem,&rdquo; Siebert said. &ldquo;This is important to keep track of because mold and mildew are dangerous for your health. Also, a large majority of the air you breathe on the first floor comes from your basement. By keeping the basement clean and buying a dehumidifier, you should be able to keep your home safe from mold and mildew.&rdquo;</p> <p>A dehumidifier can help <a href="https://www.improvenet.com/a/humidity-in-the-basement" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">keep your basement dry</a>. But, you also want to protect your basement from any outside moisture as well by caulking and insulating areas in the basement, if you haven&rsquo;t done so yet.</p> <h2><span>Conclusion</span></h2> <p>While basements are great to have, the problems you may face can have serious consequences for your home. It&rsquo;s important to get any moisture or water removed from your basement as soon as possible.</p> <p>&ldquo;If you ever notice you have any of these problems, hire a professional,&rdquo; <span>Siebert</span>&nbsp;said. &ldquo;This will ensure that the problems are solved efficiently and quickly. When your home's structure and foundation are put into question, you shouldn't wait or wonder if the problem is truly fixed. You'll rest easy knowing a professional is fixing the problem.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>Looking for more tips to take care of your basement? Read <a href="https://www.improvenet.com/a/basement-window-wells-leaking-what-to-do" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">What To Do With Leaking Basement Windows.</a></strong></p>Mon, 18 Jun 2018 09:00:00 GMThttps://www.improvenet.com:443/a/how-to-handle-a-wet-basementBig Ideas For Small Rock Gardenshttps://www.improvenet.com:443/a/big-ideas-for-small-rock-gardens<p></p> <p>[srform]</p> <p>Keeping a planter full of lush flowers isn&rsquo;t the only way to spruce up your backyard with a garden. For those who lack a green thumb, you might be looking for other options to add to your landscaping without risking another dying plant.</p> <p>If this sounds like you, a small rock garden could be a great addition to your yard. It&rsquo;s a beautiful feature that takes much less maintenance than your average garden. See a few big ideas for small rock gardens.</p> <p><strong>Rock gardens are beautiful once they are installed, but you might need a little assistance to make it look great. <span><a href="https://www.improvenet.com/GetStarted/d/Landscaping/InstallReplaceLandscaping" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Contact a landscaping contractor today</a></span> for quotes from pros in your area, for free.</strong></p> <p><a href="https://www.improvenet.com/GetStarted/d/Landscaping/InstallReplaceLandscaping" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" title="Contact A Landscaping Pro"><strong> <img width="1000" height="750" alt="What Is A Rock Garden" src="https://media.improvenet.craftjack.io/media/Default/landscaping/What%20Is%20A%20Rock%20Garden.jpg" /> </strong></a></p> <h2>What Is A Rock Garden?</h2> <p>If you&rsquo;re looking for a unique way to decorate your backyard, have a slight hill in your landscaping, or just looking for a low-maintenance gardening option, creating a rock garden is certainly worth looking in to. Rock gardens traditionally are a way to highlight unique stones and natural shapes. Many include a few small plants in between rocks but others might consist of various types of stones strategically placed.</p> <p>The good news about a rock garden is that they can easily work in any climate and size yard, making it a very versatile choice for homeowners. No wonder <a href="https://www.improvenet.com/a/landscape-architecture-and-design" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">rock garden landscaping</a> is becoming more popular with homeowners!</p> <p><img width="1000" height="666" alt="" src="https://media.improvenet.craftjack.io/media/Default/landscaping/Rock%20Garden%20Ideas.jpg" /></p> <h2>Rock Garden Ideas</h2> <p>There is no rock garden design that is set in stone. Your garden can be what you want to make it, given <g class="gr_ gr_175 gr-alert gr_gramm gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim Grammar only-del replaceWithoutSep" id="175" data-gr-id="175">the space</g> and budget you have to work with. Landscaping rock costs will vary by the type and amount you get for your garden. For example, the <span><a href="https://www.improvenet.com/r/costs-and-prices/landscape-rocks" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">average cost for decomposed granite</a></span> is between $1/bag at the minimum and $4 a bag at the maximum, while Mexican black pebbles can cost between $20/bag and $30/bag. Larger rocks and boulders can cost more than smaller bags of <g class="gr_ gr_176 gr-alert gr_gramm gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim Punctuation only-del replaceWithoutSep" id="176" data-gr-id="176">rocks,</g> and should be budgeted for. The <span><a href="https://www.improvenet.com/r/costs-and-prices/landscaping-boulders" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">average minimum cost of landscaping boulders</a></span> is $100 while the maximum price can be as high as $600.</p> <p>There are many ways to style your rock garden. Here are a few rock garden ideas that will inspire you:</p> <ul> <li>Japanese Rock Garden</li> <li>Rock Garden Plants</li> <li>Hillside Rock Garden</li> <li>Rock Garden Path</li> <li>Rock Garden Water Feature</li> </ul> <h2>1. Japanese Rock Garden</h2> <p>If you&rsquo;re looking for a space for mindful meditation and peacefulness outside, you might want to consider styling your rock garden after the traditional Japanese Zen styles. These gardens are simple, with a few very large stones to mimic mountains and stone pebbles in between to represent water and waves. If you&rsquo;re looking for a space to unwind in your yard, consider <a href="v" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">researching more on the practice</a> of Japanese Zen rock gardens.</p> <p><a href="https://www.improvenet.com/a/choosing-the-right-flowers-for-your-garden" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" title="Choosing The Right Flowers For Your Garden"> <img width="1000" height="662" alt="Rock Garden Plants" src="https://media.improvenet.craftjack.io/media/Default/landscaping/Rock%20Garden%20Plants.jpg" /> </a></p> <h2>2. Rock Garden Plants</h2> <p>Though a rock garden is beautiful on its own, many homeowners choose to incorporate <a href="https://www.improvenet.com/a/choosing-the-right-flowers-for-your-garden" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">a few small plants</a> to add a pop of color. These can be around larger stones or in between the rocks themselves. Here are some rock garden plants that might be a good fit for you:</p> <ul> <li>Hens-And-Chicks</li> <li>Lavender</li> <li>Purple Fountain Grass</li> <li>Tickseed</li> <li>Scotch Moss</li> <li>Lambs Ear</li> </ul> <p><img width="1000" height="562" alt="Hillside Rock Garden" src="https://media.improvenet.craftjack.io/media/Default/landscaping/Hillside%20Rock%20Garden.jpg" /></p> <h2>3. Hillside Rock Garden</h2> <p>If you&rsquo;re landscaping contains a slope, it could be the perfect place for a rock garden. To build your rock garden on a small slope or hill, you&rsquo;ll want the help of a landscape designer to make sure it&rsquo;s done correctly and that there&rsquo;s no risk of damage. The <span><a href="https://www.improvenet.com/r/costs-and-prices/landscape-designer-cost" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">average cost to hire a landscape designer</a></span> is $4,121, with most homeowners spending between $2,611 and $5,546.</p> <h2>4. Rock Garden Path</h2> <p>If you have a rock garden, you&rsquo;ll likely want to have space to walk through to water the plants. Installing a garden path is a great addition to your rock garden and will make it a more fluid space. The <span><a href="https://www.improvenet.com/r/costs-and-prices/patio-walkway-installation-cost" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">average cost to install a pathway</a></span> is $2,859, with most homeowners spending between $1,957 to $3,135.</p> <p><a href="https://www.improvenet.com/r/costs-and-prices/water-fountain-install" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" title="Water Fountain Installation"> <img width="1000" height="664" alt="Rock Garden Water Feature" src="https://media.improvenet.craftjack.io/media/Default/landscaping/Rock%20Garden%20Water%20Feature.jpg" /> </a></p> <h2>5. Rock Garden Water Feature</h2> <p>If you&rsquo;re looking to turn your rock garden truly into an outdoor oasis, that&rsquo;s both relaxing and eye-catching, you&rsquo;ll want to add a water feature. This is an element that looks luxurious and can really bring together all the features you&rsquo;ve installed. Water fountains come in all sizes. Some homeowners prefer a small pond in their rock garden while others enjoy the cascading waters over the boulders in their garden. However, it's an investment and water features do require regular maintenance to stay clean. The <a href="https://www.improvenet.com/r/costs-and-prices/water-fountain-install" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">average cost to install a water feature</a> is $2,428, with most homeowners spending between $1,228 and $2,710.</p> <h2>Conclusion</h2> <p>Rock gardens are a great addition to any backyard. Because rocks and boulders come in many shapes and sizes, it can fit into yards big and small. <a href="https://www.improvenet.com/a/video-what%E2%80%99s-the-difference-between-a-landscape-architect-landscape-designer" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">A landscape designer</a> can be helpful in determining what&rsquo;s the best style for your yard and make sure your rock garden is safe to enjoy if it&rsquo;s on a slope. You&rsquo;ll be surprised at what a difference a rock garden can make in your yard!</p> <p><strong>Looking for more landscaping ideas? Read <span><a href="https://www.improvenet.com/a/how-to-plant-succulents-outside" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">How To Plant Succulents Outside</a></span>.</strong></p>Sun, 17 Jun 2018 09:00:00 GMThttps://www.improvenet.com:443/a/big-ideas-for-small-rock-gardensVideo: Room For Opinions – Wabi Sabihttps://www.improvenet.com:443/a/video-room-for-opinions-%E2%80%93-wabi-sabi<p></p> <p>[srform]</p> <p>D&eacute;cor trends change constantly. If you&rsquo;ve been keeping up with what&rsquo;s hot this year, you&rsquo;ve likely noticed the Wabi Sabi design trend. This is a d&eacute;cor style taken from the anciency Japanese practice of embracing the imperfection of everyday life. Simplicity, natural materials <g class="gr_ gr_26 gr-alert gr_gramm gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim Punctuation only-ins replaceWithoutSep gr-progress" id="26" data-gr-id="26">and</g> a decluttered atmosphere is something you&rsquo;ll find in a room that has been styled with Wabi Sabi in mind.</p> <p>But, this hot trend certainly has people talking. Regardless of how simple and efficient this style may be for homeowners, is embracing the imperfect really the right trend for everyone? Our ImproveNet editorial team met to discuss Wabi Sabi and if they can incorporate it into their homes.</p> <p><strong>Want to update your home with the latest styles? <a href="https://www.improvenet.com/GetStarted/Designers" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Contact an interior designer today</a> for quotes from pros near you, for free.</strong></p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/ZR2Wsp3ktyw" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <h2>Conclusion</h2> <p>As Brett said in the video, &ldquo;whether you&rsquo;re a tidy person or if you&rsquo;re not so tidy, that&rsquo;s the beauty of Wabi Sabi. It&rsquo;s just being authentic to who you are.&rdquo; With that in mind, do you think this is a trend you&rsquo;ll try this year? Leave us a comment below to join the conversation!</p> <p><strong>Looking for more hot trends to follow? Read <a href="https://www.improvenet.com/a/2018-home-design-color-trends" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">2018 Home Design &amp; Color Trends</a>.</strong></p>Thu, 14 Jun 2018 09:00:00 GMThttps://www.improvenet.com:443/a/video-room-for-opinions-%E2%80%93-wabi-sabiLandscaping Ideas For Your Poolhttps://www.improvenet.com:443/a/landscaping-ideas-for-your-pool<p></p> <p>[srform]</p> <p>Pools are a great feature to add to any yard. Not only will it bring you hours of enjoyment, but it can improve the value of your home. However, you don&rsquo;t want your pool to become an eyesore. Pool landscaping is very important to impress your guests and improve the appeal of your home.</p> <p>For both above and inground pools, you&rsquo;ll want to plan your pool landscaping out very carefully. From privacy plants to decorative grasses, here are a few pool landscaping ideas you can use.</p> <p><strong>Need some help with your pool landscaping? <span><a href="https://www.improvenet.com/GetStarted/Landscaping/1" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Contact a landscaping pro today</a></span> for quotes from contractors near you, for free.</strong></p> <p><a href="https://www.improvenet.com/GetStarted/Landscaping/1" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" title="Contact A Landscaping Pro"><strong> <img width="1000" height="666" alt="Pool Landscaping Ideas" src="https://media.improvenet.craftjack.io/media/Default/pool/Pool%20Landscaping%20Ideas.jpg" /> </strong></a></p> <h2>Pool Landscaping Ideas</h2> <p>When it comes to your pool landscaping, you must first evaluate the type of pool you have. After all, the way you landscape for an above ground pool will be very different for an inground pool. There are special considerations you must make for each. However, you can try to incorporate various elements that can make <a href="https://www.improvenet.com/a/5-landscaping-ideas-for-pool-lovers" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">your pool landscaping</a> more attractive. Here are a few pool landscaping ideas to try:</p> <ul> <li>Landscaping Gravel &amp; Stone</li> <li>Raised Garden Bed</li> <li>Hedges</li> <li>Ornamental Grasses</li> <li>Water Features</li> <li>Potted Plants &amp; Trees</li> <li>Screen Enclosure</li> </ul> <p><a href="https://www.improvenet.com/r/costs-and-prices/above-ground-pool-installation-cost-estimator" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" title="Above Ground Pool Costs"> <img width="1000" height="683" alt="Above Ground Pool Landscaping Ideas" src="https://media.improvenet.craftjack.io/media/Default/pool/Above%20Ground%20Pool%20Landscaping%20Ideas.jpg" /> </a></p> <h2>Above Ground Pool Landscaping Ideas</h2> <p>Often, the exterior of <a href="https://www.improvenet.com/r/costs-and-prices/above-ground-pool-installation-cost-estimator" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">your above ground pool</a> needs some sprucing up. Standing alone, your pool will look like nothing special. However, with a little bit of landscaping, you can make it look like the oasis it is. With an above ground pool, you won&rsquo;t have to worry as much about debris but keep in mind other concerns, like safety and punctures.</p> <h3>Landscaping Gravel &amp; Stone</h3> <p>One of the simplest ways to add a bit of style to your pool landscaping is by adding some beautiful gravel or stone around it. Landscape rocks are a great addition and come in a wide variety of styles that can help you get a clean look. Not to mention, it will help to keep weeds from growing around your pool. River rocks are a great choice when it comes to your above ground pool border. The <span><a href="v" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">average cost of river landscaping rocks</a></span> is between $0.05 per pound at the minimum and $0.35 per pound at a maximum.</p> <h3>Raised Garden Bed</h3> <p>If you want to add a splash of color to your pool border, you can build a raised garden bed to <a href="https://www.improvenet.com/a/choosing-the-right-flowers-for-your-garden" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">plant a variety of flowers</a>. Here&rsquo;s a list of flowers that are ideal to grow in your pool border garden bed:</p> <ul> <li>Hibiscus</li> <li>Birds of Paradise</li> <li>African Violets</li> <li>Red Ginger Flower</li> <li>Mini Roses</li> <li>Cannas</li> </ul> <h3>Hedges &amp; Shrubs</h3> <p>If you&rsquo;re looking for an easy option around your pool, hedges and shrubs might be the best choice for you. Not only can they add a bit more privacy, but they will look beautiful all year long. Keep in mind, you will likely want to stay away with hedges that have thorns. With people coming in and out of the pool, you want to keep safety a priority if anyone were to accidentally run into them. You will also need <g class="gr_ gr_418 gr-alert gr_spell gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim ContextualSpelling multiReplace" id="418" data-gr-id="418">too</g> keep your <a href="https://www.improvenet.com/a/shrub-maintenance-tips" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">shrubs trimmed and maintained</a> regularly.</p> <p><a href="https://www.improvenet.com/r/costs-and-prices/inground-swimming-pool-cost-estimator" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" title="Inground Pool Costs"> <img width="1000" height="666" alt="" src="https://media.improvenet.craftjack.io/media/Default/pool/Inground%20Pool%20Landscaping%20Ideas.jpg" /> </a></p> <h2>Inground Pool Landscaping Ideas</h2> <p>When landscaping <a href="https://www.improvenet.com/r/costs-and-prices/inground-swimming-pool-cost-estimator" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">around your inground pool</a>, there are two major concerns: debris and pests. Plants that lose leaves, petals or seeds should not be around an inground pool. This could make your pool dirty faster and clog any filters. Additionally, plants that bring bugs close to the swimming area should be avoided.</p> <h3>Ornamental Grasses</h3> <p>If you want to dress up your pool landscape without worrying about falling leaves or debris, ornamental grasses are a great way to add a pop of color. <a href="https://www.improvenet.com/a/the-best-ornamental-grasses-for-your-yard" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Tall ornamental grass</a>&nbsp;can help provide additional privacy to your pool area, while also adding a bit of style to your yard.</p> <h3>Water Features</h3> <p>For the look of luxury, adding a water feature near or connected to your pool will certainly be what has all your neighbors talking. A water fountain is a great addition for you to enjoy and is a great way to highlight your beautiful inground pool. However, a water fountain is not cheap. The <a href="https://www.improvenet.com/r/costs-and-prices/water-fountain-install" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">average cost to install a water fountain</a> is $2,428, with most homeowners spending between $1,228 and $2,710.</p> <h3>Screen Enclosure</h3> <p>Structures are a great way to highlight additional landscaping features as well as provide shelter from the sun and other elements. A pool screen enclosure is a great investment if you plan on using your pool year-round. It can help you create your own tropical oasis right in the backyard. However, this is another investment you should be ready to make. The <a href="https://www.improvenet.com/r/costs-and-prices/pool-enclosures-cost" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">average cost to build a swimming pool enclosure</a> is $9,100.</p> <p><a href="https://www.improvenet.com/a/backyard-plants-for-privacy" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" title="Backyard Plants For Privacy"> <img width="1000" height="666" alt="Pool Privacy Ideas" src="https://media.improvenet.craftjack.io/media/Default/pool/Pool%20Privacy%20Ideas.jpg" /> </a></p> <h2>Pool Privacy Ideas</h2> <p>If you&rsquo;re looking to <a href="https://www.improvenet.com/a/backyard-plants-for-privacy" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">add more natural privacy plants</a> around your pool, a few trees can help you keep <g class="gr_ gr_558 gr-alert gr_gramm gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim Grammar only-ins replaceWithoutSep" id="558" data-gr-id="558">it</g> a comfortable and open environment. Evergreens are usually the best choice to include on one side, usually behind the pool deck or patio. Here are some great pool privacy plant ideas:</p> <ul> <li>Blue Spruce</li> <li>Japanese Holly</li> <li>Emerald Green Arborvitae</li> <li>Spartan Juniper</li> <li>Italian Cypress</li> </ul> <h2>Conclusion</h2> <p>If you want to make your pool a more beautiful part of your backyard, a little bit of landscaping can make a difference. Depending on the pool you have, try a few of these pool landscaping ideas to create a backyard you love.</p> <p><strong>Looking for more ideas for your pool? Read <a href="https://www.improvenet.com/a/swimming-pool-lighting-ideas" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Swimming Pool Lighting Ideas</a>.</strong></p>Wed, 13 Jun 2018 09:00:00 GMThttps://www.improvenet.com:443/a/landscaping-ideas-for-your-pool8 Ways To Reduce Energy Use At Homehttps://www.improvenet.com:443/a/8-ways-to-reduce-energy-use-at-home<p></p> <p>[srform]</p> <p>Each month, homeowners receive energy bills they wish were just little lower. Some&nbsp; customers are surprised to see that despite efforts to become a more energy-efficient home, bills are still high. Often, this can happen in the summer or winter when HVAC systems are being used the most to keep your home at a comfortable temperature.</p> <p>If you want to lower your home energy bills, you&rsquo;ve come to the right place. Here are a few ways you can reduce your energy usage at home to save money long term.</p> <p><strong>One way homeowners can reduce their energy usage is with a properly working HVAC. <a href="https://www.improvenet.com/GetStarted/HVAC" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Contact an HVAC contractor today</a> for quotes from pros in your area, for free!</strong></p> <p><a href="https://www.improvenet.com/a/kids-home-energy-efficiency-guide" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" title="Kids Home Energy Efficiency Guide"><strong> <img width="1000" height="664" alt="" src="https://media.improvenet.craftjack.io/media/Default/hvac/How%20To%20Reduce%20Home%20Energy.jpg" /> </strong></a></p> <h2>How To Reduce Energy Costs In Your Home</h2> <p>If you&rsquo;ve been researching, you&rsquo;ve probably come across many tips and tricks <a href="https://www.improvenet.com/a/kids-home-energy-efficiency-guide">to lower your home energy</a>. The good news is, they can all be helpful. But, with so much advice available, what should you prioritize? I&rsquo;m here to help you discover the best ways you can reduce your home energy, so you can start seeing those savings ASAP. Here&rsquo;s what you should be paying attention to:</p> <ul> <li>Get A Home Energy Audit</li> <li>Upgrade Your HVAC</li> <li>Install Insulation</li> <li>Choose Energy-Efficient Appliances</li> <li>Install Window Treatments</li> <li>Lower Your Water Heater Temperature</li> <li>Change Your Lightbulbs</li> <li>Turn Off What You Don&rsquo;t Need</li> </ul> <h2>1. Get A Home Energy Audit</h2> <p>Before attempting to try a bunch of tips that may or may not work, you&rsquo;ll want to discover the source of your home&rsquo;s home energy issues. This will help you invest time and money into the areas that really need improvement. You may discover that you have a few unknown air leaks or that your HVAC needs a repair. A professional can help you discover where you might be losing energy in your home and how you can improve it. The <a href="https://www.improvenet.com/r/costs-and-prices/home-energy-audit-cost-estimator" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">average cost to hire a home energy auditor</a> is $383.</p> <p><a href="https://www.improvenet.com/r/costs-and-prices/furnace-repair-maintenance-cost-estimator" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" title="Furnace Repair Costs"> <img width="1000" height="691" alt="Upgrade Your HVAC" src="https://media.improvenet.craftjack.io/media/Default/hvac/Upgrade%20Your%20HVAC.jpg" /> </a></p> <h2>2. Upgrade Your HVAC</h2> <p>If you have an older HVAC system, it could be one of the reasons you&rsquo;re spending more money on energy bills. Energy Star certified heating and cooling systems are what you&rsquo;ll want to look for if you&rsquo;re considering investing in a new system.</p> <p>Often, your HVAC just needs a repair or tune-up. It&rsquo;s a good idea to have it inspected at least once a year. A repair to your air conditioner or furnace can cost far less than a new installation. For example, the <a href="https://www.improvenet.com/r/costs-and-prices/furnace-repair-maintenance-cost-estimator" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">average cost to repair a furnace</a> is $267. Simple, annual tune-ups can make a big difference in your monthly heating bills. Don&rsquo;t forget to change your air filters monthly as well.</p> <p><a href="https://www.improvenet.com/r/costs-and-prices/attic-insulation-installation" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" title="Attic Insulation Costs"> <img width="1000" height="666" alt="Install Window Treatments" src="https://media.improvenet.craftjack.io/media/Default/hvac/Install%20Attic%20Insulation.jpg" /> </a></p> <h2>3. Install Insulation</h2> <p>Proper insulation can be a big help when it comes to saving energy at home. If you have a home energy audit, the pro should be able to tell you where you&rsquo;re missing insulation or need an upgrade. Often, homes&nbsp;lose a lot of energy through the roof via the attic. If you&rsquo;ve never had your attic insulated, now is the time to do so. You&rsquo;ll be more comfortable and retain more energy inside your home. The <a href="https://www.improvenet.com/r/costs-and-prices/attic-insulation-installation" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">average cost of attic insulation</a> is $1,900.</p> <p><a href="https://www.improvenet.com/r/costs-and-prices/refrigeration-system-installation-cost" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" title="Refrigerator Installation Cost"> <img width="1000" height="666" alt="Choose Energy Efficient Appliances" src="https://media.improvenet.craftjack.io/media/Default/hvac/Choose%20Energy%20Efficient%20Applainances.jpg" /> </a></p> <h2>4. Choose Energy-Efficient Appliances</h2> <p>An old refrigerator or stove can be using more energy than it needs. If you have an appliance that is older, you could be missing out on some of the energy-efficient benefits newer models have. In fact, an Energy Star certified refrigerator can save you up to 40% more energy than the standard refrigerator, meaning more money in your wallet, <a href="https://www.energysage.com/energy-efficiency/costs-benefits/energy-star-rebates/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">according to EnergySage</a>. Energy Star certified appliances may also qualify for a state utility rebate as well. Research to see what your state offers when it comes to energy-saving appliances.</p> <p><a href="https://www.improvenet.com/a/7-stylish-window-treatments-for-any-home" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" title="7 Stylish Window Treatments For Any Home"> <img width="1000" height="666" alt="Install Window Treatments" src="https://media.improvenet.craftjack.io/media/Default/hvac/Install%20Window%20Treatments.jpg" /> </a></p> <h2>5. Install Window Treatments</h2> <p>You may be surprised to learn that simply <a href="https://www.improvenet.com/a/7-stylish-window-treatments-for-any-home" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">installing window treatments</a> is a way to keep temperatures controlled in your home. Simply by closing the curtains or blinds, you can keep your house from overheating during the day and helping to better insulate your windows. Window treatments are also a stylish addition to any room, so there&rsquo;s no reason not to add them!</p> <h2>6. Lower Your Water Heater Temperature</h2> <p>It's suggested that to save energy, you may want to set your water heater&rsquo;s thermostat to 120 degrees instead of the traditional 140. This is an easy DIY project that you can get done without the help of a pro. To see how you can do this, follow the instructions in <a href="https://www.energy.gov/energysaver/projects/savings-project-lower-water-heating-temperature" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">this article from the Department Of Energy</a>.</p> <p><a href="https://www.improvenet.com/a/home-inventions-who-invented-the-light-bulb" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" title="Who Invented The Light Bulb"> <img width="1000" height="666" alt="Change Your Light bulbs" src="https://media.improvenet.craftjack.io/media/Default/hvac/Change%20Your%20Lightbulbs.jpg" /> </a></p> <h2>7. Change Your Lightbulbs</h2> <p>Another small change you can make to save energy in your home is to change your lightbulbs. <a href="https://www.improvenet.com/a/home-inventions-who-invented-the-light-bulb" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Old incandescent bulbs</a> generally create more heat from the energy used, really burning up those bills. Instead, choose a LED or CFL bulb that not only uses more energy but have a longer lifespan. This small and affordable change can mean big savings ahead.</p> <p><a href="https://www.improvenet.com/a/rules-to-follow-for-a-sustainable-home" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" title="Rules To Follow For A Sustainable Home"> <img width="1000" height="637" alt="" src="https://media.improvenet.craftjack.io/media/Default/hvac/Turn%20Off%20What%20You%20Don't%20Need.jpg" /> </a></p> <h2>8. Turn Off What You Don&rsquo;t Need</h2> <p>This final tip seems self-explanatory, but so often many leave a room without turning off what they are not using. One simple solution is to plug chargers, lamps and other electronics into a power strip to easily turn off all appliances when they are not in use. <a href="https://www.energy.gov/energysaver/articles/how-much-can-you-really-save-energy-efficient-improvements" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">According to the Department Of Energy</a>, this can save you $100 in your bills on average. It really is that simple!</p> <h2>Conclusion</h2> <p>Saving energy doesn&rsquo;t have to be a challenge. Change a few of your habits and make a few small changes in your home to reduce your home energy today and saving more money.</p> <p><strong>Looking for more ways to go green at home? Read <a href="https://www.improvenet.com/a/rules-to-follow-for-a-sustainable-home" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Rules To Follow For A Sustainable Home</a>.</strong></p>Mon, 11 Jun 2018 09:00:00 GMThttps://www.improvenet.com:443/a/8-ways-to-reduce-energy-use-at-homeHow To Prepare For A Garage Salehttps://www.improvenet.com:443/a/how-to-prepare-for-a-garage-sale<p></p> <p>[srform]</p> <p>After spring cleaning, you may have found older items that you realize you no longer need. You can easily turn your junk into someone else&rsquo;s treasure by hosting a garage sale. Garage sales are a great way to eliminate clutter while making some cash.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s not always just as simple as putting your items outside for sale. You&rsquo;ll want to properly prepare your garage and your items for sale if you want it to be successful. Here are a few garage sale tips you can use to have a great experience.</p> <p><strong>A great garage sale starts with a tidy garage! <span><a href="https://www.improvenet.com/GetStarted/Garage/Organization" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Contact a garage contractor</a></span> today for quotes from pros in your area for free.</strong></p> <p><a href="https://www.improvenet.com/GetStarted/Garage/Organization" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" title="Contact A Garage Organization Pro"><strong> <img width="1000" height="667" alt="How To Have A Successful Garage Sale" src="https://media.improvenet.craftjack.io/media/Default/Misc/How%20To%20Have%20A%20Successful%20Garage%20Sale.jpg" /> </strong></a></p> <h2>Preparing For A Successful Garage Sale</h2> <p>It&rsquo;s likely that at one point or another, you&rsquo;ve stopped by a garage or yard sale. A garage sale is not only a great way to <a href="https://www.improvenet.com/a/when-to-call-a-cleaning-pro" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">clean out your home</a> and make a few extra bucks, but it&rsquo;s also an eco-friendly way to repurpose old items. As the old saying goes &ldquo;one man&rsquo;s trash is another man&rsquo;s treasure.&rdquo; You may have just what someone needs stored away, ready to be used again a second time! In order to accomplish all of these goals, here are a few tips for a successful garage sale:</p> <ul> <li>Research Local Permits</li> <li>Organize Your Garage</li> <li>Sort &amp; Price Your Items</li> <li>Get Change</li> <li>Advertise Your Sale</li> <li>Keep Your Sales Organized</li> </ul> <h2>Research Local Permits</h2> <p>Before you even begin pricing your items for a garage sale, you&rsquo;ll want to make sure you&rsquo;re allowed to have one first. Some areas require you to have a <a href="https://www.improvenet.com/a/home-improvement-projects-that-require-a-permit" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">garage sale permit</a> or abide by specific policies. Often, larger cities will limit you to having only three garage sales a year, require you to pay a fee or only have a sale on a permitted day. It&rsquo;s better to follow the rules than having to pay expensive fines, so look up what your area requires before organizing your sale.</p> <p><a href="https://www.improvenet.com/r/costs-and-prices/garage-organization-cost-estimator" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" title="Garage Organization Cost"> <img width="1000" height="666" alt="Organize Your Garage" src="https://media.improvenet.craftjack.io/media/Default/Misc/Organize%20Your%20Garage.jpg" /> </a></p> <h2>Organize Your Garage</h2> <p>Curb appeal is important when it comes to a garage or yard sale, not to mention the actual condition of your garage. A garage sale is a perfect time to tidy up and sort what you want to sell <g class="gr_ gr_569 gr-alert gr_gramm gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim Grammar replaceWithoutSep" id="569" data-gr-id="569">from</g> what you want to keep. <span><a href="https://www.improvenet.com/r/costs-and-prices/garage-organization-cost-estimator" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Getting garage organizers</a></span> can be a helpful investment not only to make your garage look great for a <g class="gr_ gr_573 gr-alert gr_gramm gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim Punctuation only-del replaceWithoutSep" id="573" data-gr-id="573">sale,</g> but also for keeping the area clutter-free in the future.</p> <h2>Sort &amp; Price Your Items</h2> <p>The most tedious part of garage sale preparation is sorting and pricing your items. When people are browsing, they&rsquo;ll want to see your items for sale in categories. <a href="https://www.improvenet.com/a/vintage-decor-items-for-your-modern-kitchen" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Try to keep kitchen items</a>, bath items, yard tools and more grouped together to make for easier shopping. Speaking of grouping, you might want to create bulk buys for certain items such as books, DVDs or dish sets. Price them so that the buyer gets a deal if they purchase more than one, helping you sell additional items faster.</p> <p>When it comes to larger items, you may want to be ready to haggle. Start at a higher price point, with the expectation that a potential buyer will likely try to bargain. For pricier electronics, you may want to have a power cord handy or a way of displaying that they still work. Try to find ways to prove the value of these items so you can get the most money possible.</p> <p><a href="https://www.improvenet.com/a/vintage-decor-items-for-your-modern-kitchen" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" title="Vintage Decor Items For Your Modern Kitchen"><img width="1000" height="666" alt="Sort And Price Your Items" src="https://media.improvenet.craftjack.io/media/Default/Misc/Sort%20And%20Price%20Your%20Items.jpg" /></a></p> <h2>Get Change</h2> <p>Most people come to garage sales with the expectation of paying in cash, so you&rsquo;ll want to be prepared <g class="gr_ gr_632 gr-alert gr_gramm gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim Grammar multiReplace" id="632" data-gr-id="632">with</g> change if needed. It&rsquo;s a good idea to get at least 20 one-dollar bills and 10 five-dollar bills to help you give the right amount for customers. By pricing items at dollar bill amounts, you can help reduce the amount of change you&rsquo;ll need. For example, pricing smaller items at $5 instead of $6.</p> <h2>Advertise Your Sale</h2> <p>To ensure a successful sale, you want to make sure people actually attend! If you have a printer, make up some fliers to hang around your neighborhood and at local businesses, if it&rsquo;s allowed. There are many groups on Facebook dedicated to spreading the word for free about your local garage sale. There are also websites dedicated to listing garage sales, such as <span><a href="https://garagesalefinder.com/yard-sales/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Garage Sale Finder</a></span>. Online resources can be key to a great sale.</p> <p>You&rsquo;ll also want to <a href="https://www.improvenet.com/a/7-landscape-designs-that-will-make-your-neighbors-jealous" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">tell your neighbors.</a> It&rsquo;s not just a common courtesy, but they can also help you spread the word to other people they know in the area.</p> <p><img width="1000" height="666" alt="Advertise Your Sale" src="https://media.improvenet.craftjack.io/media/Default/Misc/Advertise%20Your%20Sale.jpg" /></p> <h2>Keep Your Sales Organized</h2> <p>When the day of the sale comes, I&rsquo;m sure it will be exciting. However, you&rsquo;ll want to keep track of what actually sells, especially if various members of the household are trying to make a profit. If you're running your sale by yourself, write down the item and quantity that sells to keep track. Another method is to use different color-pricing stickers and collecting them when the item has sold.</p> <p>Now that you&rsquo;ve <a href="https://www.improvenet.com/a/6-organization-rules-you-must-follow-for-a-tidy-home" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">cleaned out your house</a>, the last thing you want to do is bring remaining unwanted items back inside. If you have any leftover items at the end of the sale, try to donate them to your local secondhand store. Often, you&rsquo;ll get a donation receipt for your taxes and you&rsquo;ll help to keep your items out of landfills.</p> <h2>Conclusion</h2> <p>Hosting a garage sale can be a lot of fun for the entire family. By taking the time to prepare, you can ensure a successful yard or garage sale that gets you some extra cash, as well as helps to clear your house of clutter.</p> <p><strong>Looking for ideas now that you&rsquo;ve taken the time to eliminate old items from your home? <span><a href="https://www.improvenet.com/a/8-organization-tips-to-create-a-cleaner-closet" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Read 8 Organization Tips For A Cleaner Closet.</a></span></strong></p>Sun, 10 Jun 2018 09:00:00 GMThttps://www.improvenet.com:443/a/how-to-prepare-for-a-garage-sale