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Want to Be Better Organized? Learn How With Tension Rods Here!

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015

Staying organized everywhere in the house is hard. Learning little, cheap organization tips can be a real lifesaver. In order to help you out with that we found this article on organization ideas you can do with tension rods. We hope it helps!

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From the article:

The humble tension rod is a fantastic tool to use in your home for a number of reasons; or rather, a combination of a number of reasons: it’s cheap, it’s easy to find, it’s practical, it’s adjustable, it’s versatile, and it is so easy to install. Oh, and with no drilling, there’s no risk of ruining any walls. Whether you’re using it to help organize and store some of your stuff, or just to make things a little prettier around your beloved home, you’ll be amazed at just how handy these things really are!

Shoe Storage
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When it comes to storing and organizing your shoes, you need to ensure that your solution keeps your beauties safe, and that it’s easy to see exactly what you have on offer. Using a tension rod as shoe rack is brilliant because not only does it do just that, but it’s cheap, quick, and doesn’t require any drilling into the walls.

Window Awning
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If you want to give a room a bit of French flair then consider a window awning – it’s such a simple touch that makes a real impact. And all you really need is to position two rods and hang a drop cloth over them to achieve the distinct style.

Pantry/Drawer Dividers
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The kitchen is often the most cluttered room, simply because we have so much to store in there! If you’re struggling to store and organize things like lids, trays, chopping boards and baking sheets, then a few cleverly placed rods can make the world of difference.

Bedskirt
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The space underneath your bed is a prime storage spot, but it looks rather unsightly when you’re able to see everything stashed under there. The solution? A tension rod from which to hang some fabric to create the perfect hiding spot.

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Looking for more organization ideas? Checkout this article about organization tips that could be of interest to you.
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Read the entire article here: http://www.diyncrafts.com/14650/organization/20-amazingly-clever-ways-to-use-tension-rods-around-the-home

Trying to Clean a Floor? Learn Tricks Here!

Tuesday, September 8th, 2015

Floors get dirty. Very dirty. We walk on them after walking outside on floors with God knows what on them. If you’ve got a floor you’re trying to get cleaned then you’ve come to the right place. We found this article with you with tips to clean any type of floor you could think of. We hope it helps!

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From the article:

Don’t break out the knee pads and scrub brushes just yet. Whether your floor is laminate or tile, linoleum or cork, we’ve got the simplest and safest ways to keep them looking spotless and new.

Cleaning Laminate Flooring
Your laminate may resemble hardwood planks or natural-stone tile, but you still need to care for it as a laminate. The good news: Very few things will harm a laminate floor, says Bill Dearing, president of the North American Laminate Flooring Association. After all, the planks are constructed in sun- and light-resistant layers to maintain a like-new appearance for years. That said, it’s important to keep water from getting underneath the planks. Dearing recommends dry mopping or vacuuming the floor, making sure the machine is on tile mode (as opposed to carpet) so the beater bar is raised. Spot-clean with a slightly damp mop (or a wet Swiffer, since they aren’t sopping wet) when necessary. Dearing’s last bit of advice: Never polish a laminate floor. If the finish of a plank looks damaged, it’s best to replace it.

Cleaning a Hardwood Floor
Hardwood floors typically have one of two finishes: polyurethane or wax. Not sure what you’re standing on? Rub your finger across the surface, says Meg Roberts, president of Molly Maid. If a smudge appears, the floor is likely waxed.

Sealed wood floors typically have a urethane, polyurethane, or polyacrylic coating. This protects them from stains and water damage, says Roberts. To clean, simply mix ¼ cup of mild or pH-neutral soap (try Seventh Generation All-Purpose Natural Cleaner Concentrate) with water in a bucket. (Steer clear of acidic vinegar solutions, which can dull wood floors over time.) Then damp-mop (be sure the mop is wrung out very well), using a dry microfiber cloth to wipe up any excess moisture. Clean high-traffic areas like the kitchen once a week; for less-trafficked areas, mop once a month.

If you have waxed wood floors, you’re off the hook—sort of. Since this type of flooring can be damaged by even small amounts of water, keep damp mops away from this surface, and instead sweep, dust mop or vacuum regularly.

Cleaning a Vinyl Floor
For weekly cleaning, use Reichert’s spritz-and-dry mop technique to keep tile floors looking fresh: Gently mix 1/4 cup vinegar in a 16-ounce spray bottle with 1 drop of dish soap and warm water. Spray the floor one section at a time and wipe with a damp microfiber mop as you go. For periodic deep cleans, she likes to use a steam cleaner to clean both tile and grout—the steam does the work of removing stains (and bacteria!), so you don’t feel like you got an extra workout right there in your kitchen.

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Read the entire article here: http://www.realsimple.com/home-organizing/cleaning/tricks-to-clean-any-type-of-floor

Looking for Fast Home Cleaning Tips? Get Them Here!

Tuesday, August 11th, 2015

Cleaning your home is a never ending process. In order to help you out we found this article with with some time saving cleaning tips. We hope they help!

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From the article:

These easy habits will save you serious elbow grease down the road.

Place a couple of dryer sheets (even used ones work) in the bottom of the trash can to absorb spills and mask odors.

Eradicate hard-water stains in the toilet by pouring in a cup of distilled white vinegar once a month. Let sit overnight, then flush.

Wipe down tile walls and glass doors after showering with a small flexible squeegee to curb soap scum.[/quote]

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Looking to have a clean home? Checkout this article about missed places in a clean home that could be of interest to you.
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Read the entire article here: http://www.realsimple.com/home-organizing/cleaning/everyday-cleaning-tricks?xid=soc_socialflow_twitter_realsimple

Love the Idea of a Mud Room? Take a Look at These Ideas!

Tuesday, June 9th, 2015

Mud rooms are rooms that some people find a must have and other people don’t really give it a second thought. In order to either help open your eyes to what a mud room could do for your home or to give you ideas on what to include in your mudroom we’ve found this article for you. We hope it helps your design your perfect mud room!

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From the article:

When asked people to share their best mudrooms, we were surprised by the outpouring of love for a room whose most important function is storing and organizing boots, coats, gloves — basically, the things we shed as soon as we enter the house. Readers and design pros offered their ideas for making the room work harder by configuring it to suit everything from pets to gift wrapping.

Byron Haynes and Andrew Garthwaite of Haynes & Garthwaite Architects say that mudrooms are more than a luxury in New England — they are essential. In this one the clutter is hidden in a wall of cabinets. “The owners are very active,” says Haynes. “They ski, climb, snowshoe — you name it. The cabinets allow them to stow all that stuff and still have a space that looks tidy.” Their big idea was to outfit the doors with slatted windows, allowing air to circulate and dry damp gear.

The other life-bettering move was to install radiant heat under the tiled floor. Haynes says the heat not only feels good on the feet; it helps dry wet boots.

Designer Diane Gordon calls her new mudroom no less than a life changer. “For 10 years we trekked across the patio from our garage to the house,” she says. “I have two teenagers, and there were wet boots and coats all over the place.” The designer created an addition that bridged the space between garage and house — she describes it as a covered breezeway. “On a day like today, when the temperature is 0, you really appreciate it,” she says.

There is radiant heat under the terra-cotta tile floors, but the designer says it’s more for comfort than for drying. “The space is a bit chilly,” she says.

Right now, in the dead of winter, she puts out boot trays under the row of hooks. Old metal locker baskets in the cubbies are assigned to each family member.

The bench has drawers that hold regular shoes. One is for the designer and her husband; the other is for the kids.

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Looking for more ideas for your mudroom? Then checkout this article about mudroom ideas that could be of interest to you.
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Read the entire article here: http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/37283060/list/mudrooms-that-really-clean-up

Have You Considered Pocket Doors in Your New Home? Look at These Ideas!

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

Ensuite_pocket_doorWhen it comes to doors most people most people only think of standard doors, sliding doors, and french doors. Another option that you may not have thought of is pocket doors. Pocket doors are a great option in tight spaces. In order to give you more information we found this article. We hope it helps introduce you to the wonders of pocket doors!

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From the article:

Growing up in a century-old Craftsman home, I took it for granted that we had beautiful solid wood pocket doors. More like sliding walls, they divided the living room from the dining room, and my parents (or my older siblings) would slide them shut when having a party so I could sleep (or sneak out of bed to listen on the other side of the wall). And it’s not only old Craftsman and Victorian homes that have sliding doors — traditional Japanese homes also use a form of sliding room dividers known as shoji. Not many new builds include this useful feature, but if you are renovating or starting from scratch, why not give pocket doors and sliding walls a look?

You can find original pocket doors in many Craftsman and Victorian homes. These built-in features come in handy for separating two adjoining rooms when you need privacy or quiet. When not in use, the doors slide into the walls, leaving a wide (usually at least double-width) opening.

Since they’re made from solid wood, pocket doors are effective at blocking sound — perfect if you want to entertain without waking the little ones.

If you are renovating or working on a new build, consider adding pocket doors to a room or two. Doors with glass panels, like the ones shown here, are a good choice if you want to let light through to the rest of the house even with the doors shut.

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Read the entire article here: http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/32361135/list/pocket-doors-and-sliding-walls-for-a-more-flexible-space

New House Plan Just Added – HDC-1680-26 – Free Ground Shipping in US

Friday, April 20th, 2012

New home plan just released on HomeDesignCentral.com : HDC-1680-26 This floor plan includes 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, in a 1680 sq ft living area.

This floor plan has a great floorplan layout and no wasted space.

This house plan is designed in the popular Traditional Architectural style(s), and features a Slab / Crawlspace foundation option. Like all of the homeplans on the site, this plan can be modified to fit your specific needs.. Just let us know if you have any questions about the layout/design of the home, and we’ll be glad to help.

Be sure to check out this plan online at :
http://www.homedesigncentral.com/house-floor-plans-HDC-1680-26.html

Best wishes in the building of your new home!

Jill