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Spring Porch Decorating Tips
Posted on Mon, 30 Apr 2018, 11:00:00 AM  in Home buying tips
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Spring Porch Decorating Tips

Your porch and patio space is crucial to your home's decor. Not only does it send a clear image to visitors and passersby, it can help you plan out the decorations for the rest of your home if you are not sure where to start. Decorating for spring can be especially rewarding, as homeowners who decorate seasonally will find themselves reinvigorated with the raw potential their homes can offer. If you are ready to start decorating your home for the spring, it is strongly recommended for you to take a look at some of these porch decorating tips and see what will work best for your property.


Focus on the Brights and Greens

Spring Porch Decorating TipsOne of the most important aspects of the design process is to focus on colors. When you skillfully choose colors that complement the season, you invite new energy around your home. With springtime, bright, warm colors always set a welcoming tone, and implementing plenty of attractive green fixtures can be just what you need. One of the best ways to combine the two is to invest in a few floral arrangement around the patio, especially if you pride yourself on your green thumb and know you can keep the plants thriving.


Free Space Up

If your patio is cluttered and does not have much in the way of free space, it can be a good idea to free some space up. This may sound easier said than done in some situations, but getting a good energy flow around the patio can be just what you need to revitalize the area and bring in a fresh appearance for spring. The easiest way to do this is to actually repurpose some of the things that you may have lying around, especially if they fit the color scheme you have in mind for the area.


Let the Sunshine in

Find ways to focus on the sunlight in the patio. For many people, this may mean rearranging the existing fixtures and seeing where certain elements may work better when combined with the active lights and shadows on your property. Dark colors can be especially easy to work with if you have active sunlight against the area. Let the sunlight act as a backdrop and arrange fixtures in a way that will lead the eye from one section of the patio space to the next.


Play with Drapery

Billowing drapes are always a welcome addition to the patio. Not only can the right drapery lead the eye, but the natural flowing movements can be extremely soothing to see in the area, particularly when set with stronger centerpieces. Apply drapes to open areas and pay attention to the way the wind plays around on your property. You may be pleasantly surprised by some of the results, especially if you have not decorated with drapes in the past. Choose colors that will work with the central decor, and do not be afraid to experiment if you notice something catch your eye.


Invest in Some Centerpieces

What do you want your patio to say about you? Having a centerpiece on the property can be one of the most efficient ways for you to focus your decorative energy. A good fixture will not only tie the rest of the furnishings together, but it can also become a definite point of pride for the rest of the property. Tables, swings and tapestries are all attractive centerfold options that you can apply to the area, and be sure to focus on the natural shapes to determine where you want the eye to go when you set everything up.

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Seven Ways To Reflect the Summer Season With New Decor In Your Canadian Home
Posted on Sun, 15 Apr 2018, 10:55:00 AM  in Home buying tips
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Seven Ways To Reflect the Summer Season With New Decor In Your Canadian Home

When summer arrives in Canada, you will want to have a home that reflects the season. After a long and difficult winter, it is essential to decorate your home with beautiful summer-themed items. You don't need to spend a fortune to create an inviting home in the summer months, and you can store your autumn or winter items in plastic totes to protect the items. Here are some ways to create a home that has a fresh summertime appearance.


Summer Decor 1: Houseplants or Fresh Flowers

Seven Ways To Reflect the Summer Season With New Decor In Your Canadian HomeCheck the gardening area of your favorite home improvement store to determine if it has an assortment of beautiful houseplants or fresh flowers. Having a living plant inside your home gives it an attractive ambience, but fresh flowers are an excellent alternative to create a gorgeous entranceway or dining room table.


Summer Decor 2: Lighter Weight Curtains For the Windows

If you have kept the heavyweight draperies closed over your home's windows this winter, then it is time to change to lighter weight curtains. Take down the heavy drapes so that you can polish the windowpanes to permit sunlight to enter. Make sure to wash your window screens and windowsills to keep your lightweight curtains clean when you open the windows.


Summer Decor 3: Place Slipcovers On the Upholstered Furniture

Look for stretchy slipcovers that you can place over the upholstered furniture in your home's living room. Choose a brighter color of slipcover such as yellow or orange that will make your home feel more like summer. Remember that you can always remove these slipcovers in the autumn to use a darker color throughout the holiday season.


Summer Decor 4: Create a Nautical Theme In a Room

If you live near the ocean or a lake, then create a nautical theme in a room. Visit a local or online home decor store to find items that have a nautical theme, including small wooden lighthouse replicas, porthole mirrors or boat paddles. By placing three nautical types of decorative objects in a room, you can change its entire appearance.


Summer Decor 5: Decorative Throw Pillows

When you want an easy and fast way to change the appearance of a room, then buy a few decorative throw pillows. You can place these items on a bed, chair or couch to create a summer ambience with a splash of color or a bright pattern. Remember that throw pillows don't need to have a square shape because you can find pillows that are round or that are in rectangular shapes.


Summer Decor 6: New Wall Hangings

If you have used the same artwork, photographs and other wall hangings in your home for several years, then it is time to update these items for the summer. Change the artwork in your home to paintings of beach scenes or summer picnics in a park. Look for vintage-style wooden signs that have slogans about the summer season, and also, change the frames of your photographs to a brighter color.


Summer Decor 7: Replace Your Home's Lamps

You may have old lamps that look degraded, but summer is an excellent time to replace these items. Lamps are often discounted in the summer because people don't need to turn the items on as much. Look for lamps that have clear bases that you can fill with artificial flowers or seashells to create a summer ambience in every room of your home. If you have problems with invading mosquitoes inside your home, then use special light bulbs that repel flying insects.

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Prepare Your Home For Freezing Temperatures
Posted on Mon, 15 Jan 2018, 02:25:00 PM  in Home buying tips,  Home selling tips
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In the autumn, you should inspect your home to make repairs to the foundation so that snowmelt doesn't seep into the flooring. You can fill small holes with liquid caulking, or you can mix cement to cover the foundation's entire surface. Autumn is also the perfect time to place formfitting foam devices over a home's exterior faucets and to wrap adhesive insulating tape over the exposed pipes.


Have Several Ways To Heat a Home

Prepare Your Home For Freezing TemperaturesInside your home, you can prepare for winter by cleaning your furnace and fireplaces so that you will have enough heat to prevent frozen pipes. Professional chimney sweeps recommend having a building’s chimneys inspected and cleaned once a year to remove layers of creosote or other debris that can cause an internal fire. Make sure to clean your home’s ductwork and replace a furnace’s filter so that climate-controlled air can circulate optimally. It is a good idea to have an alternative source of heat in your home such as electric space heaters or stoves that burn wood pellets.


Keep Climate-controlled Air Circulating

Despite having heat in your home, you should protect the plumbing fixtures and pipes by opening the doors to utility rooms so that the climate-controlled air can circulate properly. In addition, open the cabinet doors underneath kitchen and bathroom sinks. When temperatures drop in your region, turn on the faucets occasionally so that water runs through the pipes to prevent any freezing. You should also flush the toilets in a home during the night to keep water from freezing in the sewer lines. When you are shopping at a hardware store, look for plumber’s antifreeze that is formulated for using in bathtubs and sinks to prevent clogs of ice in the water pipes of your home.


Prevent Cold Drafts

Walk through your home to verify that the windows are closed and locked to seal out cold drafts. You can apply stick-on insulation caulking around the window’s frames, and you can also apply adhesive window film to the inside or outside of the windowpanes. To prevent drafts around exterior doors, place a draft dodger at the bottom of the door. These items are made of fabric and thick fiberfill to keep cold air from entering underneath a doorway. Alternatively, you can roll a blanket, towel or rug to place at the base of a door.


Maintain Your Home’s Water Heater

Maintain your home’s water heater in the winter by making sure that climate-controlled air is circulating around the appliance. Verify that it isn’t leaking in hidden locations on the floor or along the walls. You can find a specialized insulation blanket to place over a water heater to keep the water hot and to protect the appliance from cold temperatures. If you don’t have enough hot water during the winter, then you can turn up the water heater’s thermostat a few degrees, but this will increase the cost of your monthly bill.


Use a Roof Rake To Protect Your Home’s Rooftop

Walk outside of your home to make sure that the snow is melting from the rooftop. If there is a lot of ice or snow on a building’s roof, then the weight can damage the structure, leading to moisture problems or a total cave-in. You can buy a roof rake with a long handle that you can use to dislodge a buildup of snow or ice from the edge of a roof. Use caution while removing the snow because the debris may dislodge quickly, falling on you or items near a home.

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Get Down To The Nitty Gritty When Preparing Your Home For Sale
Posted on Tue, 31 Oct 2017, 12:40:00 PM  in Home selling tips
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Every person that is truly dedicated to selling their Canadian home should be looking into the nitty gritty details to ensure that their home has its best chance of finding a new and loving owner. Below you will find a just a few ideas for what it means to get down and into the nitty gritty of home selling.

Replace The Worn Out CarpetsGet Down To The Nitty Gritty When Preparing Your Home For Sale

If you have lived in the home for quite a while than your carpets are never going to look like they were just rolled out from the carpet store. This is just a fact that you cannot avoid. If you purchased the home recently and didn’t get information on how old the carpet is, you may just wish to replace it for the sake of making the home more marketable and inviting. This is especially true if the carpet just doesn’t look nice, it doesn’t complement the home, or if you do not know what could be have been spilled and supporting bacterial growth underneath the surface. Everyone likes to read “brand new carpet freshly installed” when looking for a home to purchase.

Stain Or Paint The Doors

The doors are one feature of a home that make a big impact on new potential buyers. Still, sellers have seen the doors so many times that they are often one of the first features that gets forgotten. Make sure to slap a fresh face of paint on outside doors and garage doors to make them dazzle with a fresh and clean appearance. If the doors are inside, make sure to polish, stain, or paint these doors as well just to give them a new look on life. You know what the doors need.

Make Minor Updates

Have you ever walked into a home that looks perfectly liveable, but that you have stepped decades into the past when you really wished to stay in present day? Yes, clean and liveable are the number one priorities, but you will find that your home will sell far more quickly if you have made minor updates. This could be anything from ensuring that the appliances are stainless steel to more extensive remodeling projects.

Keep The Outside Looking Brilliant

Clip the flowers and shrubs, cut the grass on a regular basis, and pretend that you are a professional landscaper if you are not. Your yard is going to sell your home just as much as the inside of it will. If you cannot afford to decorate the yard in expensive lawn ornaments and transplanted flowers, than simply make sure that it is cleaner than it has ever been before.

Decorate Like You Never Have Before

You may not be the type of person that decorates for holidays or seasonal changes, but you should make these types of accommodations when selling your home. A wreath on the door, a vase of fake fall flowers, and even solid color bedding that coordinates to the season can go a long way in making your home look like the type of home your next potential buyer could see themselves living.

Make The Home Smell Like Home

There are certain smells that make every person feel like they have walked into their own homes. Do you have fond memories of coming home to mom’s famous chocolate chip cookies or dad’s faint cologne? Never flood the home with smells because you never know may be triggered by allergies or asthma, but give the home a faint smell of “home”. If you can make your potential buyers believe that they are home, than you have done your job.

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10 Of The Best Flowers To Plant When Moving Into Your New Home
Posted on Wed, 31 May 2017, 12:00:00 PM  in Home buying tips,  Home selling tips
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10 Of The Best Flowers To Plant When Moving Into Your New Home

Planting flowers in Canada can be one of the best ways to break in and personalize your new home. Once you have signed on the dotted line with your sales representative, then you can start planning all of the beautiful flowers that you would like to accentuate your yard with upon moving in.

Do not feel limited by the 10 flowers on this list. There are literally hundreds of flowers that grow in Canada both in the wild and those that can be planted from seed packets or small plants in yards. If you are lucky, you will get a wonderful mix of both.



If you love flowers, then you are likely thrilled that roses bloom very well in most places of Canada. Roses are actually one of the toughest flowers that you can plant in your yard, and they have one of the best scent payoffs for the price it costs to plant them. Roses are a perennial plant that will bloom every year if properly taken care of.



10 Of The Best Flowers To Plant When Moving Into Your New HomeDahlias are a beautiful flower that are sure to wow and inspire. These beauties should be dug up in winter and stored indoors to avoid freezing in the cold Canadian winter climate. They can be grown and planted outside again when it warms up in late April and throughout May. If cared for, these flowers will bloom for many years.



Foxgloves are a uniquely designed flower that is sure to draw attention from anyone that sees them. These flowers can be planted in spring as seedlings and will bloom throughout the summer and into fall. They will appear in spring the following year after planted and will hit peak bloom that following summer.


Day Lilies

If you are a beginner and want to start planting flowers in Canada than you should plant day lilies. These are very beginner friendly and will grow in a variety of soil conditions. They are easily kept and can withstand missing a day of watering every now and then. The bonus of planting day lilies is that they come in a wide variety of beautiful colors.



Many flowers grow well in the warmest months in Canada. Poppies are another very hardy flower that grow in early Spring. These flowers can also be grown by simply spreading them anywhere that you like to fill in any awkward gaps. You are sure to love this bold pop of color in the early Spring.


Purple Coneflowers

Purple coneflowers have incredibly bright color and are simply stunning to look at. These flowers also help to attract bees and butterflies so they make excellent additions to every garden while simultaneously supporting these dwindling insect populations.


Blue Flag Iris

The blue flag iris is actually the official flower of Quebec, and for great reason. These flowers are actually naturally growing wildflowers in Canada that tend to prefer the wetter conditions of wetlands, swamps, and watery meadows in lower Canada. If watered enough, these are also excellent additions to personal gardens.


Canadian Columbine

The Canadian columbine flower is another flower that is native to Canada. It was so beautiful that it was was actually one of the first flowers sent back to Europe after European settlers first arrived in Canada. It is one flower that tends to keep away deer if you have a problem with deer eating your gardens. In addition, it will attract Canada’s most unique and beautiful butterflies and hummingbirds.

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How To Fix Up Your New Fixer Upper
Posted on Sun, 30 Apr 2017, 01:20:00 PM  in Home buying tips
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It takes a very ambitious person to take a home in disrepair and make it fresh, clean, and new again. If this is exactly what you are, then keep on reading for a few tips and tricks to making your journey just a little bit easier.

 How To Fix Up Your New Fixer Upper

Look At The Foundation First

When you are looking into buying a home to fix up, look at the foundation first. Make sure to ask your sales representative what they know about the house and the condition of this very important structure. A crumbling or cracked foundation may mean that the house cannot actually be saved or used in the way that you would like it to be. Foundations that are in good or great condition can be stabilized and reinforced much more often than those that are in very poor shape.


Always Do The Research On Roofing Materials

The majority of houses that are sold and purchased as fixer uppers will need to have the roof replaced or redone. Canadian winters can truly take a toll on the roofs of houses, both fixer uppers and those sold as “ready to live in”. If you are brand new to buying and fixing up houses, then you will quickly realize that the number of choices you have to choose from will be overwhelming. Do your research on the area you live in, the different roofing materials pros and cons, and what you can actually afford to spend on the materials necessary to redo the roof.


Keep Your End Goal In Mind

If you are fixing up the house to live in, then you have very little to worry about. You will be fixing the house exactly how you would want it. If you are fixing up the house to sell, then consider what the market is looking for. Does your neighborhood need a house with antique charm, an enclosed porch, and a row of fruit trees? Do the majority of houses on the market have brand new wooden floors and multiple bathrooms? If you know what the market is looking for, then deliver on those desires to the extent of your ability.


Consider Completely Replacing The Floors

Most carpets, laminates, and wooden floors in fixer uppers are in total and complete disrepair. These floors are crumbling, moldy, broken, and incredibly dangerous. If these floors have asbestos in them or other dangerous spores and fibers, then they can cause a great deal of harm to anyone that moves into the house. In order to completely eradicate this fear and use this as a marketing strategy, simply replace all of the flooring. If you can afford to replace all of the flooring with real hardwood floors then do so. This will give new owners the option to add carpet or keep the hardwood. If you can only afford to do hardwood in one or two rooms, put this in the kitchen and bathroom. The other rooms can be reasonably carpeted for an affordable price. It is totally reasonable to put carpet in bedrooms and the living room.


Take Home Advice

Buying a fixer-upper certainly takes a lot of trust, courage, and ambition. Congratulations on being that person. You are saving a beautiful piece of architecture from crumbling to pieces and being lost in history forever. Hopefully the tips above will help you to make this process as easy as possible with the greatest amount of personal satisfaction.

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Plan Your Garden in the Winter During a Snowstorm
Posted on Sun, 15 Jan 2017, 10:00:00 AM  in Marketing strategies
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If you are stuck inside your home during a snowstorm in Canada, then it is a good time to plan your summer garden. Growing your own fruits, vegetables or herbs is easy, and you will save a lot of money when shopping for groceries at the local supermarket. If your property has a backyard, then it is the perfect place to have a garden, but you can also use a home’s balcony or deck to grow numerous plants. You don’t need to grow all of your plants in one area because adding flower beds to the pathways around your home is a great way to increase a property’s curbside appeal.

 Plan Your Garden in the Winter During a Snowstorm

Read Gardening Books and Join a Gardening Club

First, make a map of your home’s lawns and pathways to determine where you can plant flower, herb or vegetable seedlings. Next, borrow books from your local public library to learn more about how to choose the correct plants for your geographic zone. Find a gardening club in your city where there are experienced gardeners who can help you select the correct seeds and seedlings for your area. Call a few gardening stores to determine if it is possible to have your lawn’s soil tested to understand what types of fertilizers to add.


Buy Your Gardening Supplies As Early As Possible

During the winter, many stores will begin to offer an assortment of gardening supplies such as tools, flowerpots and fertilizers. If you want to grow your own seedlings, then it is good idea to begin buying packages of seeds, potting soil and small containers. It can take several weeks for seeds to grow to the correct size for transferring to your home’s outdoor garden. You can begin to fill the containers with potting soil long before planting the seeds, and you can have your container’s labeled in order to keep track of its planting date.


Choose From an Assortment of Gardening Plants

When you can’t find the seeds or seedlings that you want in a nearby gardening store, it is possible to order the items from an online retailer. Some of the plants that you can have in your Canadian garden include:

  • Lettuce
  • Tomatoes
  • Cucumbers
  • Bell peppers
  • Carrots
  • Zucchini
  • Broccoli
  • Strawberries
  • Basil
  • Chives


Plan How to Prepare Your Garden for Planting in the Spring

Before planting any seedlings in your garden, you must prepare the soil by digging it to remove the lumps and weeds. You can perform this job with tools such as shovels or trowels, but it is also possible to use machinery for this job. When you don’t want to invest a lot of money on gardening machines, hire someone to prepare your garden’s soil. The person who performs this job can also mix in the right types of fertilizer to enrich the garden’s soil so that you will have a bigger crop of produce.


Have a Daily Schedule to Care for Your Canadian Garden

Avoid planting your seedlings too early in the spring because Canada often has late winter weather that will damage the vegetable, herb and fruit plants. You can plant your seedlings in long rows with a pathway between different varieties, or you can use a square foot gardening method. After planting the seedlings, you must monitor your garden on a daily basis to pull weeds, water the plants or eradicate damaging pests. If you have problems with particular pests, then you can apply organic or man-made pesticides that will control flies, beetles and grasshoppers.

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Tips For Organizing Your New Bathroom
Posted on Wed, 30 Nov 2016, 01:00:00 PM  in Marketing strategies
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Organizing your new home is a great way to start fresh and upgrade your vibe. You can organize as you unpack and take care of both tasks at the same time.

The bathroom is a room you use every day, so it is important to organize this room as soon as possible. Here are several tips for organizing the bathroom in your new home.Tips For Organizing Your New Bathroom

Start With The Medicine Cabinet: The medicine cabinet should be used to store the items you use frequently, such as medication and grooming supplies. Start by going through your items and discarding anything that is expired or broken. You may have done this before the move, but it never hurts to double-check your items. The items you do not use frequently can be stored in a labeled bin to be placed inside the closet.

Divide Your Drawers: There is a good chance your sink has a drawer, and it may be tempting to just toss your grooming supplies into this drawer. It is better to divide and conquer so you do not have to rummage for a specific item. You can organize your grooming tools, cosmetics and other small accessories with a drawer divider.

Tackle The Hair Products: Invest in a smaller plastic container for the supplies such as combs, curling or straighten irons, hair dryers and sprays. Place the container under the sink to pull out when you are ready to style your hair.

Invest In A Shelving Unit: Invest in a narrow shelving unit or small bookcase so you can store items without taking up too much space. The top shelves can be used for items such as toiletries and grooming supplies. If there is more than one person in your household, consider designating everyone to their own labeled bin. The bottom shelves can be used for towels and extra toilet paper.

Use A Vanity: If you do not want to place a shelving unit inside your bathroom, you may decide to invest in a small vanity. This allows you to sit down when getting ready for your day, grooming yourself or removing your makeup. A vanity is ideal for smaller families or bigger spaces because you can use it to store your grooming essentials.

Over The Shower: The key is to organizing your bathroom is to maximize every space. One idea is to invest in an organizer designed to hang over the shower. Use the organizer for essentials such as your body wash, shampoo and loofah sponge.

Over The Door: Invest in an over-the-door hooks for towels and bathrobes. You can also use it for the sweater you plan to grab on the way out, or you can use it for a hanging organizer full of cosmetics.

Glass Apothecary Jars: Did you know you can organize and decorate your bathroom at the same time? All you have to do is head to the store for glass apothecary jars. Use the jars to organize your cotton swabs, toothpicks, bath beads and decorative soap. You can even create a fun vibe by looking for the jars in different shapes, sizes and colors.

Get Creative With Towels: It is always fun to get creative with the storage in your bathroom. Are you planning to throw out the wooden wine rack you used for your housewarming party? You can recycle and organize by using it to store rolled towels.

Moving into your new home gives you the opportunity to improve your organizational system. You can invest in items such as drawer dividers and over-the-door hooks, or you can get creative with a wooden wine rack or apothecary jars.

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New Trend In Home Design: Pendant Lights, Warm Metals, And LED Lights
Posted on Thu, 15 Sep 2016, 12:40:00 PM  in My services
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New trends in lighting are popping up everywhere. Warm metals, pendant lights, and energy efficient LED lights can be found dangling high above kitchen countertops, entryway ceilings, above bedside tables, and in bathrooms everywhere. These trends can match all tastes, styles, and can work with virtually any decor.

led-lightsDeciding What Works For Your New Home

Whether you are moving into a new home, renovating, or selling your current home, it is always the perfect time to start thinking about your home's decorative style. When you picture a perfect kitchen, living room, bedroom or bathroom, what comes to mind?

Likely, you pictured your home's ideal furniture, paint colors, and flooring. Did you think about the lighting? Lighting is one of the most effective ways to shape the look and feel of your home's style. The lighting is an essential part of dictating your room's mood and feel.

Deciding the lighting that you will use in your home can be difficult as you will be faced with many options. However, there are a few key factors to consider: the availability of natural light, the signature style, the function and the color of the room. You should always keep in mind these key factors when deciding your home's lighting.

LED Lighting

Modern homes are thinking in terms of eco-friendly design and LED lighting is playing a huge part in this transformation. LED lights are more efficient, help save the environment, and help save money. Not only are LED lights better for the environment and your wallet, but they can also be a very attractive lighting option. The flexible choice in lighting can be used in modern fixtures as well as new sleek designs. Newer LED lights come in a variety of color temperatures and work with the needs and styles of an array of homes.

Warm Metals

Warm metal is being used in home design in a big way. Warm metal accents are everywhere and it is no surprise. The classic look of warm metal brings elegance and style to any space. The trend can be used to add a touch of glamor when dressing up a room. Fixtures, door handles, and even lighting are easy ways to introduce the latest trend. Look for brass, copper, and even gold. For a modern take on warm metal, consider a brushed metal surface as it can modernize the look. No matter which style you choose, the use of warm metals will reflect a light and even "glow" when used in tandem with the right color palette.

Pendant Lighting

Pendant lighting can be found in the pages of home decor magazines, blogs, and Pinterest boards. The perfect lighting solution can be implemented matching the style of virtually every home. It can be purchased in white, black, gold, copper, wrought iron, or glass and can act as an accent piece when used in the right way. If you are redecorating, redefining, or renovating your home and its style, then considers replacing some of your home's current lighting with a pendant light. A pendant light is an easy and affordable way to modernize your home's interior space.

Pendants are a big trend and can be used in combinations, hung at different heights, or in unexpected places. These modern fixtures are a great way to add that surprising something that makes your home unique.

For a modern and unique take on pendant lighting, consider adding pendants to your entryway strung at varying heights, or using big bowl pendants in unique colors above your kitchen counters, or the addition of matching pendants hung low over your bedside table.

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5 Tips to Save Money on Construction
Monday, 30 May 2016, 09:35:00 AM
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Whether you are constructing your home from scratch or doing a major renovation, it is important to cut costs in the construction project. Construction can be quite expensive, and since it is not easy to get a loan these days, chances are you may have to work on a tight budget. But, you don’t have to pay more than it is necessary. Here are some things you can implement to save on your construction.

1. Review the project line by line
Most often, contractors will meet with you to discuss the work schedule and breakdown of costs. This can be an excellent opportunity to save. Some contractors will assume you want things you really don’t care about. By discussing the project, you can find elements of the construction work that you can do by yourself, or put off until you have more money. As you go through the budget, don’t fear questioning anything you don’t understand. For instance, a contractor can assume you want a crown molding on the renovated space. If you don’t, you can save hundreds of dollars by removing it from the quotation.

2. Whenever possible, do it yourself
Whether you are an experienced do-it-yourselfer or just good with painting, you can take up a few of the tasks on the to-do list. Constructors make about $25 per hour. If you do some of this work yourself, you will save all this labor cost. But, be realistic about what you can handle. If you can do it yourself using your set of skills, do it, and you will save a lot. But, if you are oblivious to what you are doing, you may spend a lot of money to have a contractor fix your mess. yourselfSome things such as installing a toilet may be more complicated than they seem. And, plumbing mistakes are harder to fix because leaks in pipes can cause water damage.

3. Find you own materials
When purchasing items such as fixtures, cabinets, and door knobs, you can find cheaper solutions on your own than through the contractor. Most contractors will work with you, and if you want to source your own material, agree with your contractor before you commence the project. For example, if you are building or renovating your kitchen, you can find cheaper counter tops at the home improvement store than through the contractor. You can also find reclaimed material for use in your project.

4. Shop around
Don’t go with the first estimate you are given. This may seem a no-brainer, but if you are eager to start on something such as replacing your roof before the next storm hits, you may be tempted to hire the first contractor. It takes about four or five quotes to get an accurate idea of the correct price range. Thus, talk to several contractors to avoid overpaying for the project.

5. Go green
The construction cost will include what it will cost to occupy the finished space. If you can save money every month on water and energy bills, you can realize the return on the upfront investment for stuff like beefed-up insulation and double pane glass windows. Efficiency exceeds the structural features. And if you are renovating the kitchen, replace the appliances with Water Sense and Energy Star models. For instance, replacing your 90s fridge and freezer with Energy Star models can save you about $100 per year on utility bills. Even choices such as water-efficient fixtures in the bathroom and kitchen will help to reduce your utility costs and make the construction work to your advantage.

With the high cost of living, when doing new construction or renovation to your structure, you need to save money. Thus, review the project with your contractor, do some things yourself, find your own materials, and go green. This will enable you to save money during the construction.

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