Thinking Elder People

Pocket doors

Mobility into and through your home. There is a very high chance that you, or someone you live with, will eventually use a wheelchair for periods of time. At the very least, as you get older you will have more difficulty getting around and steps will become a significant barrier. Even if you never need to use a wheelchair, you may wish to make better use of grocery bag carts, strollers, wheeled trash cans, wheeled luggage, and a variety of other conveniences. All these devices are stopped cold by steps and, like wheelchairs, are difficult to maneuver in tight spaces once inside the home. So there are two things to aim for: eliminating steps and creating maneuvering room. One of the simplest ways to make your home easier to live in is to make at least one entrance to the main living level accessible without going up or down steps. This may mean rerouting or regrading the front walk and porch. If you do this rerouting or regrading when you are having the walk replaced anyway, there will be little additional cost. Inside the home, there usually aren’t many steps that can be easily eliminated. If you add an addition, just make sure you don’t make it necessary to use steps to get into it! Another approach that works well is to prepare for single-level living. As you make changes over the years, seek to give yourself the option of living entirely on one level, even if only temporarily. Make sure you have a full bath, a kitchen, and a bedroom all on one level. If you have no bedroom on the kitchen level, consider installing pocket doors in your living room or dining room. Pocket doors are doors that hide away in the wall when not in use. When closed, they can convert a room into a private, temporary bedroom. Having laundry facilities on the same level is a big plus.

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Second Story Renovation

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A common problem among homeowners is when their family hits a growth spurt. Out of nowhere your current house quickly shrinks before your eyes. Bedrooms become cramped, square footage is eaten up, and privacy becomes an impossibility. The first instinct is to shop for a new home, but when the size of your family booms, so does your spending. So, financially, a new house may be out of the question, making room for only one solution: expansion. Though ground level additions are easiest, neighboring homes may butt up against one another, allowing for minimal development. But limitations can sometimes create interesting resolutions, and many times the only option is building up with a second-story remodel often referred to as a “pop the top” remodel. Before you begin though, here are some crucial steps to going vertical with your home. Since this is a large renovation, it’s vital to build it step-by-step. It’s important to determine its initial size: do you want a full bath, a bedroom, or more? Then the first step is to ask for permission. Visit your local zoning office and see if you’re allowed to build an additional story. Have in mind an estimate of the total height since most codes hinge upon the vertical length of a structure from the grade to the top of the roof. Next, visit the recorder’s office to see if your particular subdivision allows for a two-level addition: a lot of developers put restrictions on this renovation and it will usually be on the deed. If a second-story remodel is permitted, the next step is contacting trained professionals. Get a hold of a few contractors, tell them what you want to accomplish, and see if they fit the bill.

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Renovation in No Time

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The most serious issue with any home change venture is the clock. You need to spruce up the room, remodel your washroom, or change your kitchen, however where are you going to discover the time? Strangely, a principle tension among mortgage holders isn’t the amount the occupation costs or the amount work is included; rather, the boss concern is to what extent its going to take. What’s more that is a substantial inquiry: the more drawn out the employment, the more cash and work its going to require. Also, its the weekend and who needs to be stuck inside doing much more work. At first, its tricky to think about to what extent an errand will take, so here is a course of events manual for help you arrange any home redesign around your timetable. You can really do an one-day room makeovers. Room makeovers don’t need to be an errand since a few little touches can be fulfilled in a solitary day. The purpose of any redesign is to keep it straightforward and not get overpowered. So take one Saturday at once and calendar a little remodel every week. When it comes to painting, A fresh coat is a quick and inexpensive way to rejuvenate any room. For room makeovers, its best to adhere to warm, rich colors, for example, tans, maroons, or soul. Besides, to spare considerably more of an opportunity, simply paint a solitary stress divider to make some zest. You may additionally need to redesign. Use a day at the store. Purchasing a couple of knickknacks, cushions, and sheets is a quick approach to restore another feeling of style. The critical issue about this room makeover is discovering the ideal thing, so take as much time as required amid the determination process.

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Guide For Your Bedroom Lighting

Dim rooms are momentous for resting.

Whether you resign to a little niche or excellent expert suite, you most likely utilize your room for more than just sleep. Dim rooms are extraordinary for dozing, however excessively minimal light frustrates different exercises occurring there. Room lighting reaches from fundamental to striking and darkened to dramatic. To help you appropriately light your room, let me give a few tips to you. Before purchasing room lighting, first focus the extent of room. Consume your space estimations, alongside outlet areas and furniture situation to a lighting showroom. The masters there can help you fill in with simply the right light. A hearty estimation of feeling is also essential in the room. Decide what you need to do in the room, and then pick proper lighting. Home machines, sewing machines and perusing niches in the room need guided lighting. Sitting zones ask for gentler, shaded installations. Vanities request brighter light. Few things are furthermore bewildering that dull storerooms. Storage spaces oblige incredible light, however be careful so as not to put a hot light excessively close touchy articles of clothing. Lighting authorities help fluorescent lights because they give bundles of light, are cooler, save essentialness and can be secured behind the header of door. In case you use a nice shade tube, you will be better prepared to tell the color of your articles of clothing. Flexible examining lights set on nightstands offer book playmates versatility. The guiding standard in acquiring examining lights should be the ability to change the light to your taste.

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Bathroom Renovation Guide

Bathroom Tile Idea

Choose durable flooring for your bathroom.

Before you upgrade the look of your restroom, think about first as some tips that may help you to have a compelling lavatory outline, which ought to address everything your needs. When you choose to have a bathtub, make a point to sit in on it first before purchasing it. Keep in mind that greater is not generally better. Most individuals pick sixty-inch tub in light of the fact that it offers enough room to extend and gives a protected a dependable balance however in the event that you just have enough space for a little tub, purchase an additional profound one. Choose durable flooring such as ceramic, marble and stone tiles, which are also water-resistant choices for a restroom. Keep in mind that sub floor warming loops will make these hard surfaces warm. Hang a beautiful mirror in light of the fact that it a perfectly confined reflects over a sink is appealing and may include an advanced look your lavatory. On the off chance that you lean toward a shower, think about building as an open-idea shower zone that needn’t bother with a window ornament or entryway and is less limiting than a standard shower. Plan your lavatory lightning. Try to combine halogen pot lights with all sconces beside or over the mirror for lighting with no shadows. It is not necessary to spend big bucks when you buy a toilet. You can get a decent quality one-piece toilet with a low value so better check first the costs before purchasing one. Keep in mind to introduce dimmers. Humor yourself with a stretched spa-like lavatory that incorporates a changing area for security and unwinding. You may equip it with a TV, chimney, exercise supplies, cosmetics vanity and a huge agreeable intermittent seat upholstered in thick white terry-material.

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Redesigning your Home

Sketching the floor plan of your home will to familiarize yourself with what you already have, and thus helping you make a decision based on the floor plan of your home.

Now these are the things to consider when Planning to Renovate your Home.

How will the space/room be used by you (or your family)?
What sort of activity will take place in the said room, who would use it, for what activity and when?

Check out each room to see it’s potential, which activities would happily coexist and/or would conflict with each room or space.

Map out rooms that are based on the blueprints look for possible routes around your home. How much space is used for circulation? Is the amount of space being taken up by the stairs, halls, and landings excessive and if so could it be used for other purposes as well as storage and work areas?

Tips for an earth friendly renovation (3 of 4)

5. Consider using reclaimed wood for things like benches, decks and fences. Buying new ones will cost bigger while the quality is almost the same. Also do some research on what kind of wood you will be using, for example: Cedar wood ages gracefully and it naturally has an insect repelling property, by doing so you can choose the right kind of wood for the job.

6. Another man’s trash may be another man’s treasure, check out garage sales for items that may come in handy. But never buy things that you do no think would have a purpose so that they wont end up sitting in your trash bin.

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How to Hide Wires and Cables

Wires and cables make modern living possible. But they are also the most unsightly parts of a modern home. Without provision for wiring and cabling, like ample power outlets, hidden raceways, and such, these would snake around hour house and become copper eye-sores. Most of us would want to do without this problem.

There are a lot of methods of hiding wires, such as with base boards and cornices that look like the real thing, but after closer inspection actually have built-in raceways where you could route your snaking cables inside. Not only do they hide messy cabling, they also give additional good looks to a room, getting rid of the multi-colored wire bundles usually causing trips and falls.

If wires cross a pathway, or snake through the floor, metal, plastic or wood channels that look like speed bumps only with a lower profile can be used. Be sure to get them installed properly so you won’t get into accidents, if installed too tall. If you have kids, get cables routed through the ceiling to prevent electrocution hazards.

Of course, if you’re running your home computer network, you can always consider wireless!

Do It Yourself: Electrical Wiring (3 of 4)

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3.) Get the right tools

Soldering iron – For bonding wires in place. This will make wire knots difficult to undo.

Wire Cutters –The length of the wires should come out as stated in the plan to avoid fitting problems.

Wire Strippers – Wire strippers are used to strip the insulators off the wires exposing it so that it can be connected to another conductor.

Pliers – Pliers are used to bend wires so that they can fit in circuit boards.

Screwdrivers – You need these primarily for the screws that you will attach in the connection (Outlets usually are screwed tightly to the walls).

Test equipment – This will aid you in determining whether your connection was successful or not.

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Wallpaper Removal

The Tools and Materials you need if you’re planning on renovating the walls on your house:

  • Protective goggles
  • Rubber gloves
  • Utility knife / razor blade
  • Chemical wallpaper remover
  • Electric steamer
  • Wall scrapper
  • Heavy-duty detergent (trisodium phosphate)
  • Sponge / Rags


  1. To remove the wallpaper by scoring it with a utility knife in a crisscross pattern; this enables the chemicals or steam (softening agents) to soak into the paste and soften it.
  2. Chemical wallpaper remover is best applied with a garden sprayer. A sponge can also be used but the process will take longer. The chemical usually needs to be mixed with water, so follow the manufacturer’s directions. Apply the chemical until the paper is completely saturated.

    Wait a few minutes for the chemical remover to disintegrate the paste. (Always wear protective goggles and rubber gloves when using a chemical wallpaper remover)

    An alternative to chemical wallpaper remover is an electric steamer. A steamer is easy to use and may be rented from most hardware stores. Fill the steamer’s tank with water and heat it electrically.

    Once the hand held plate starts pumping steam hold it against the paper until the paste becomes soft. (The steamer will become very hot, so hold it away from your body and always wear protective gloves and goggles)

  3. When using chemicals the entire wall can be saturated before scraping off the wallpaper. When using steam only steam a small portion at a time before you scrape the wallpaper. Use a wall scraper to scrape the paper as soon as the glue has been loosened. As the surface is soft be careful not to gouge it with the scraper.
  4. To remove the excess adhesive from the walls us a heavy-duty detergent, such as trisodium phosphate and a sponge. (When working with any heavy-duty detergent, always wear rubber gloves to protect your skin) Use a clean sponge to rinse the walls.

    Do not wallpaper or paint over the walls until they are completely dry.

  5. Some wallpapers are peelable or strippable and do not require chemicals or steam to be removed. In this case remove using a utility knife to pry up a corner and pull the strip off the wall.

    Once all strips of wallpaper have been removed, use warm water and a sponge to soften the adhesive, then scrape it away with a wide wall scraper.

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