10 Things to Discuss With Your Contractor Before Work Starts

Screen Shot 2014-03-31 at 7.39.13 AMHave a meeting a week before hammers and shovels fly to make sure everyone’s on the same page

the selections are made, the contract is signed, and you’re ready to start your construction project.

Not so fast! Before work begins, make sure you and your contractor are on the same page about how things will go. This often takes the form of a pre-construction meeting, which may be most useful when held at your home and at least one week ahead of construction — particularly if you have furniture or other belongings to move.

Here are a few of the most important things to cover at this meeting:


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What to Shop for in Cabinet Hardware and Millwork

Screen Shot 2014-03-31 at 7.35.47 AMLearn about finishing touches for kitchen and bath cabinets to pick the options that will work best for you

Once you’ve decided whether your cabinets will be painted or stain-grade, how the boxes and doors will be constructed, and what style of doors they’ll feature, there are still some final decisions that need to be made. The cabinets’ hardware and millwork will help determine how the units look and function — and will also have a big impact on the cost.

 

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Pure Genius Hardwood Flooring: Purifies Your Air

pure geniusThe trappings of modern home life tend to come with some rather distasteful side effects, like the carcinogens that can be released from certain synthetic materials for the entire life of the products. Lauzon Distinctive Hardwood Flooring has come up with a seriously genius way to make our homes safer: floors that act as air purifiers.

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lauzon air purifying hardwood floors

Many of us already have purifiers in our homes, but they can be noisy, intrusive, and downright ugly. The Pure Genius line of purifying hardwood floors is activated by light and actively filters out harmful elements to turn them into harmless molecules. According to the manufacturers, the smart flooring can make indoor air up to 85% cleaner.

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The intelligent flooring works using a patented system involving titanium dioxide. The flooring takes in molecules of mold, airborne viruses and bacteria, and volatile organic compounds (VOCs), then releases them as harmless, breathable air. After just 30 days with Pure Genius flooring, a home’s formaldehyde levels can be reduced to six times lower than the typical home.

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Folding Toilet Saves Water, Takes Up Less Space

WATER-TOILETToilet water accounts for more than 26 percent of the total household water use in the U.S. – more than showers, faucets or even clothes washers — according to the EPA. Humphreys and Whiteley have proven what many of us may have suspected – sending 6 liters, or about 1.5 gallons down the drain per flush for standard toilets is totally unnecessary.

 

 

Painted vs. Stained Kitchen Cabinets: Help for Deciding

Screen Shot 2014-03-17 at 7.41.40 AMLearn about durability, looks, cost and more for wooden cabinet finishes to make the right choice for your kitchen

One of the biggest decisions you will make when choosing cabinets is whether they should be painted or stained wood. The choice you make will have a huge bearing on how the cabinets will look and how they will hold up.

I went to two cabinet shops —the larger Canyon Creek Cabinet in Monroe, Washington, and the smaller O.B. Williams custom shop in Seattle — to get expert perspectives on the choices, which don’t end once you’ve settled the stain-versus-paint debate.

 


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Bathroom Workbook: How Much Does a Bathroom Remodel Cost?

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If you’re planning to remodel your bathroom, you want to update the look, increase resale value, add functionality, amenities and storage or a combination of all or some of these. Simple enough.

But the scope of the project depends on a variety factors — most of all budget, but also how long you’ve been in the house and how long you plan to stay there. As with most things, there are three levels of bathroom remodeling: good, better and best, says Leslie Molloy, a design consultant at Normandy Remodeling. In this new series, we’ll take you through the planning and execution process for remodeling your main bathroom.

Of course, the costs below are all relative and will depend on a variety of factors, including where you live, how old your home is and what kind of renovations have already been done. Remodeling a bathroom from the 1990s is a lot different than overhauling one built in the 1920s with mud-set floors and galvanized plumbing. “Older houses likely have had a series of previous remodels that we usually have to peel back the layers and see what’s there,” says Brad Little, president of Case Remodeling in Charlotte, North Carolina.


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How to Give Your Driveway and Front Walk More Curb Appeal

Screen Shot 2014-03-10 at 7.25.54 AMPrevent injuries and tire damage while making a great first impression by replacing or repairing front paths

They’re the first thing visitors see when approaching your home (even before they get to the front door), which makes the driveway and front walk the keys to maximizing curb appeal. Here we’ll give you all the details on updating your front walk and driveway, from material choices to costs.

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Make A Big Splash: Custom Glass Back Splashes

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Kitchen back splashes are typically not the focal point of the room. But these made-to-order custom glass back splashes will steal the show in the heart of any home.
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The British company Glass Splashbacks makes stunning back splashes featuring whatever color, shape or picture you desire. You also choose the thickness of the glass. The colors or pictures are printed directly onto the glass, giving the back splashes a vivid and bright appearance.

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The glass used to create these bespoke works of art is toughened to make it able to withstand kitchen temperatures up to 220 degrees C (428 F), so there’s no worrying that the meal you’re cooking is going to crack the custom work of art.

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Although they are undeniably beautiful, the products from Glass Splashbacks strike us as just a bit impractical. Unless you are accustomed to giving everything a thorough scrubbing after every meal you cook (and we aren’t), grease and other normal kitchen debris would accumulate quickly.

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A Study In Patterns: Mixed Prints Home Interiors

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Overuse of patterns in a single room can give the space a chaotic feel, but somehow, despite layer upon layer of mismatched prints, this apartment interior is peaceful and harmonious. Maybe that’s because developing beautiful prints is a full-time job for Marcel Wanders, a Dutch designer best known for his striking wallpaper patterns. This private home in Amsterdam is a virtual showroom of Wanders’ talents, with patterns integrated in ways both bold and subtle.

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Hexagonal ceiling tiles in monochromatic white reflect a similar, more high-contrast design on the floor. Sculptures and chair backs bear lace-like scrolls, leaves and flowers, while the sofas are anchored by high-impact wallpaper layered with at least three different designs in one.

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The overall mix balances intricate nature-based designs and graphic geometric shapes. This delicate balance continues into the bedroom and bathroom, where a large floral print adorns a mosaic wall just across from a textured wall in glossy black.

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Careful use of color is definitely the key here. If all of these prints were multi-colored, the effect would be dramatically different. Strong lines and subtle one-color patterns draw the eye to the more colorful and complex while periodic pattern-free areas give the eye somewhere to rest.

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