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Make Lighting a Priority: A Lighting Assessment Should Be Part of Every Remodeling Project

By Kenneth W. Betz

Whether it is a kitchen, bathroom, living room or bedroom, each of these spaces needs lighting during non-daylight hours and dark days. Yet, lighting often is an afterthought. This is why a lighting assessment should be part of every remodeling plan, says Lino Carosella, CR, CKBR, GCP, of Carosella Design Build in Havertown, Pa. A lighting assessment can be simple or complex, but it can help determine the lighting needs for a particular space, for its particular use and for the client Carosella believes remodelers may want to call in a professional to do lighting assessments. “In our case, we use the showroom representative at our lighting distributor, where we usually send our clients to make lighting selections,” he says. Continue reading

Tips for Surviving Christmas!

redballsOHSA probably will not be coming around this holiday season, but maybe they should. Hundreds of people are hurt every year installing holiday decorations. Cuts, broken bones, strains, electrocution, and falls from ladders, falls from roofs, tripping, slipping, and sliding are the things that will do it every time putting a big damper on your family holiday. Here are six ways to make life easier and longer lasting.

  1. Moving Heavy Boxes – Don’t carry too much weight. Bend your knees when picking things up. Use a dolly or cart to move items around. Be extra careful when carrying up or down stairs. Get help for the big awkward boxes that you can’t get your hands around. Continue reading

Thinking of selling your home?

Selling your Home

With the real estate market flooded with houses for sale and record low home prices, it’s a buyers-market. If you are planning to sell your home soon, it pays to know which renovations and additions will increase the value of your property. Knowing if the money that you spend to fix-up your current home will pay off when it comes time to put it on the real estate market can put you way ahead in the real-estate game.

When you are completing renovations on your home with the intention of selling it, make sure they are done properly and are clearly of good quality. Using a professional to do the work will not only give you the quality final product you want, but will also ensure that a building permit (if one is required) will be obtained and a warranty on the workmanship and materials will be in place. Real estate professionals agree that if you want to get the best resale value for your home, get renovations done by an expert. Continue reading

The Forgotten Room

 

Free-bathroom-3D-design-with-showerWhile many of us tend to make an effort to keep certain rooms in our homes looking attractive, like bedrooms, living room and kitchen, the bathroom can often be taken for granted. It is often the last room to be given some much-needed attention and get decorated. This is a shame as the bathroom is a great place to relax and unwind after a hectic day by taking a long soak, or to wake up with a refreshing shower. So it helps to have a bathroom that’s attractive and welcoming to spend time in.

Whatever the shape and size of your bathroom, you will find there are countless options to choose from to decorate a bathroom. Here are a few ideas to start with: Continue reading