Custom Furniture

ffbmjIncreasingly homeowners are becoming aware that remodeling or renovation goes beyond structural alterations. Changing the look of your home often means you’ll need to take a new look at the furniture that adorns it as well. If you desire, custom furniture artisans can be hired to work carefully with your interior designer, interior decorator, or general contractor, to create furniture that compliments the other improvements you’re making to your home.

The Process
Generally your home improvement professional will put you in contact with a wood worker, or wood furniture retailer, who can provide you with the custom furniture services you require. Once the contact has been made, expect to work with several representatives, from the salesman on down to the craftsman that will actually be building your furniture, as you develop the right designs and pieces for your home.

Don’t Be Shy
Custom furniture is designed and built to meet the particular needs of the space you have to fill. That being the case, getting it right might mean running through several design possibilities during the process of finding

Furniture Repair Bring It Back to Life

hmjg,jAny time you’re talking furniture-repair, there’s a wide range of potential projects that arise. Some of these projects there are simple, DIY, fix-it projects that can take care of the problem. For more significant issues, you’ll want to get in touch with an experienced furniture repair company to bring your old and worn furniture back to life.

A Few Easy Fixes
How much you’re willing to try to repair your furniture on your own depends a lot on how much the damaged piece means to you in the first place. Nicks, scratches, and loose legs on a set of chairs you picked up at a garage sale are a different animal than that solid oak table and chair set that has been passed down through your family for generations. If you’re willing to experiment some on your furniture, here’s a few things to try before you call the pros:

  • To cover up scratches, gouges, and nicks in a finish, use a like colored crayon, filler stick, or touch up marker to hide the blemish. If you’re a real

Refurbishing Your Home Furnishing

fgngfnWhen dealing with aging furniture, many people are tempted to throw out the old and buy new. Sometimes, this is the most effective way to go. However, fine quality furniture isn’t meant to simply be replaced! Deciding whether furniture refurbishing is the best option for your situation can be difficult. The choice hinges on several key factors, and understanding these factors can mean a difference of hundreds of dollars. Here are a few tips to help you decide whether furniture refurbishing is right for you:

When Furniture Refurbishing Is a Good Option
Each of the following factors can indicate that furniture refurbishing is a good option for you:

Furniture refurbishing for high end pieces: Though they often go hand in hand, a high original price tag doesn’t always mean quality construction. However, if you paid a lot for a piece, it is well worth your time to at least consider refurbishing it rather than replacing it. When the original price tag of a piece is high, furniture refurbishing is simply more cost-effective; unless you are absolutely sick of looking at it, that high end piece is simply too

Protect Your Textiles with a Cedar Chest

gfmjykThe traditional cedar chest is a classic piece of furniture that also serves a valuable function. From an aesthetic standpoint, few rooms feel complete without these timeless pieces incorporated somewhere into the overall design. Whether you buy your chest from a furniture warehouse, or have it custom built by a fine furniture builder, the air of tradition and down home warmth they add to any space is hard to beat. Looks aren’t the main reason these chests have become a fixture in the American home, however. Storing natural-based fabrics in a cedar chest is one of the most sure-fire ways to protect them from insect infestation and other damage.

It’s All about the Oil
The reason cedar chests are so effective at keeping your blankets, clothes and other fabrics insect free is a direct result of the oil in the wood. The oil in cedar naturally repels insects that feast on organic based fabrics such as cotton and wool. That same oil also repels water and moisture, keeping your clothes free of fungus and other decay that can work to break

Wrought Iron Furniture for Your Patio and Home

bngngThe most common wrought iron furniture is wrought iron patio furniture. Beautiful, decorative, and sturdy, wrought iron will hold up to the elements and remain as elegant as ever. True wrought iron is becoming rare. The contemporary replacement is a form of mild steel that looks and acts very similar to wrought iron. In fact, ornamental ironwork, whether mild steel or pure wrought iron, can be still be referred to as wrought iron.

Customized Wrought Iron Furniture
The process of creating wrought iron requires hand-crafted precision. Even when you buy a piece of wrought iron furniture from a manufacturer’s brochure, an artisan still has to go through the same process as if this was the first time the chair had ever been created. You can draw your own design for your wrought iron furniture if you like. The point here is that having your wrought iron furniture designed just for you shouldn’t cause the price to suddenly skyrocket. Some companies will even trademark your furniture specifically for you, guaranteeing your furniture is one of a kind.

Recently, the ability to machine iron or mild steel into a wrought

Choosing Wood for Your Outdoor Garden Furniture

hjklyhjIf you’re searching for outdoor garden furniture, you may have discovered by now that outdoor wood furniture is not nearly as popular as it once was. For a while now, outdoor furniture alternatives have been cheaper than the traditional wood. Metal and plastic, for example, can be machined and mass produced, eliminating any expertise required of an individual craftsman. To further entice homeowners, these alternatives also require less upkeep than wood furniture. That said, though more expensive, hand-crafted wood is, well, hand-crafted. Your neighbors across the street won’t be able to go out and just duplicate your beautiful outdoor garden furniture with a quick stop to Lowe’s or Home Depot. Your outdoor furniture will be your own. Plus, while there are some reasonable facsimiles of wood furniture, nothing beats the real thing, and nobody can deny that wood furniture is second-to-none for beauty.

Outdoor Wood Furniture
By far, the most common type of outdoor wood furniture is teak furniture. Teak is the hardest of hardwoods and will hold up to outdoor conditions better than essentially every other readily available wood. It does limit your options, but if you’re thinking

Outdoor Wicker Furniture

ykjtykukWicker furniture is made from thin, slender branches woven around a frame to create variously shaped items. The wicker itself can be made from any number of materials including willow, bamboo, rattan, reed, or synthetic materials. Its soft feel is a rarity for outdoor furniture options. Wickerwork doesn’t require the same level of skill as, say, fashioning wrought iron, but it does involve intricate craftsmanship. Basic wicker furniture isn’t that hard to create, but the best pieces out there can only be made by experienced wickerwork artisans.

The Appeal of Outdoor Wicker Furniture
Outdoor wicker furniture has a lot of things going for it. It’s lightweight but sturdy, creating durable but easily moved outdoor furniture. It’s also considerably cheaper than either metal or wood furniture. Of course, you could always go with plastic, but plastic lacks aesthetic appeal. Outdoor wicker furniture has many of the same benefits of plastic, but looks a whole lot better on your patio. And to top it all off, wicker furniture is among the most comfortable outdoor furniture there is.

Outdoor Wicker Patio Furniture Maintenance
Outdoor wicker patio furniture isn’t going to fall

Prevent Wear with Fabric Protection

gngdnnIf you purchase a high-quality piece of furniture, fabric protection is something you should think about almost immediately. While some might feel that furniture fabric protection is unnecessary, the fact is, after spending hundreds (or even thousands!) on a recliner, sofa, or loveseat, it is worth the little bit extra to make sure that a spilled cup of coffee doesn’t ruin your investment. Upholstery protection is not just for furniture, either. After buying new drapes, curtains, or a new rug, a small investment in protection could save you a bundle in replacement down the road.

Furniture Fabric Protection Products
Though you can still find them, the days when the clear plastic cushion cover was the hallmark of successful fabric protection are now over. Plastic covers are certainly effective, but if you want to truly get the comfort you paid for when you bought your furniture, fabric protection needs to be a bit less intrusive. Thankfully, upholstery protection is no longer left to the unattractive, uncomfortable plastic of decades past; today, furniture fabric protection is undetectable in sight, smell, and (most importantly) touch.

Most modern upholstery is found in

Home Repairs Maybe They will Just Go Away Right

hgmhgmhgNobody enjoys honey-do lists. Nobody wants to spend their entire weekend re-roofing a house or fixing the kitchen sink. So the tendency is to let these projects go, put them off, procrastinate. There’s always that age-old philosophy: there’s nothing to do today that can’t wait until tomorrow. And it’s not because you’re lazy, but more because of the exact opposite: in this busy day and age our to-do lists always runneth over. However, these are necessary chores that have to be taken care of right away. It’s a responsibility that comes with owning a house. Don’t think of this advice as a guilt-trip, but instead a firm warning for the future. The problem won’t just go away. And the more you sit on home repairs, the worse these problems are going to get. And this means that more time and money will eventually have to be spent to put right what was once a quick and affordable fix.

Excuses, Excuses, Excuses
There are several reasons we put off home repairs, but try not to let these excuses get in the way. Here are some common ways we postpone the

The Ins and Outs of Mobile Home Repair

nbgtngfngMobile and modular homes have a very different list of potential problems and repair jobs than traditionally built homes. In fact, because they are built so differently, everything from preventative maintenance to home improvement possibilities require special consideration. If you’re wondering about any or all of the above, here’s a quick look at mobile home repair and a few things you’ll want to keep in mind before you undertake any work on your residence.

Preventative Maintenance
This is one area where it doesn’t matter what kind of home you have. The more time you take to ensure your home is in good shape to start with, the less you’ll have to bother with major repairs of any kind. However, there are several considerations particular to mobile and modular homes that you’ll want to keep on top of.

  • Seal Out Drafts and Leaks. Maybe the most problematic aspect of mobile homes is their tendency to let in the weather. Be it a cold draft through windows and doors or water getting in through improperly sealed roofing panels, this is one area to be diligent about. Perform a

How to Prevent Flood Damage

h unokFlood Facts
According to HomeAdvisor.com (an online resource matching homeowners to contractors in their area), when compared to the figures for this time last year, requests for water removal service have increased by 447.8 percent!

The Insurance Information Institute states: “Flood damage is excluded under standard homeowners and renters insurance policies.”

A 2005 article on CNNMoney.com states that: “Every year, flooding causes more than $2 billion of property damage in the U.S.” and “In a high risk area, your home has a 26 percent chance of being damaged by a flood during the course of a 30-year mortgage, compared to a 9 percent chance of fire.”

Since floods and flash floods occur in all 50 states, homeowners all over the country can benefit by making sure their homes are as prepared as they can be!

Retaining Walls
Residential retaining walls are generally meant to hold soil in place and prevent erosion. When properly placed and designed, retaining walls can also deter flood water and protect your property. Their cost (installing a masonry retaining wall averages over $5,000)

Snow Removal Tips to Keep You and Your Back Safe

jokmEvery year hundreds of people injure their backs, or worse, by shoveling snow. Snow removal may be a necessity if it snows frequently, but it is also a physical activity that should be carefully undertaken. However, there are some tips that can help alleviate this hassle and keep you and your back safe so that you might be able to enjoy the winter wonderland around you.

Shovel light snow.

  • If you receive only several inches of light, dry snow, you may be able to shovel your walks and driveway. When shoveling, always be aware of your back and bend your knees. Avoid excess twisting.
  • Always shovel lighter loads of snow, not a heavily packed shovel.
  • Don’t shovel soon after you wake up. A slipped disc injury is much more likely to occur in the morning due to the build-up of fluid in the disc from lying down all night.
  • Take breaks often.
  • Elderly should consider calling on a neighborhood youth or a snow removal professional to shovel their walks or if getting around isn’t a problem, buy a snowblower. These machines do all the work for you while all you

Transform Home Design with Interior Paint

ghyjytjyFew additions transform the interior of your home more than a new coat of paint. Interior paint adds variety, color, and a touch of your personality to any room. Different interior paint colors can also be a great design tool, making larger rooms feel cozier and smaller rooms feel more spacious. Here’s a few tips when it comes to choosing paint for inside your home, so that you can feel confident you’re making the right paint decisions for your interior spaces.

Overwhelmed by the Options?
Most homeowners do feel overwhelmed when it comes to choosing paint for the interior spaces of their home. It’s understandable, since there are literally thousands of colors to choose from. First and foremost, look for colors that are pleasing to you. Check your closet and take a long look at your wardrobe. The colors you see there are the ones you feel most comfortable in, and which best reflect your personality. Determining a baseline is always a good place to start, and makes for a great jumping off point when you pick up the color wheel at your local hardware store.

Think Design

Exterior Paint Provides Good Looks and Protection

fbdfnhmjIt doesn’t take long after one of the neighbors springs for a new exterior paint job that everybody else can soon be seen standing out in front of their homes with paint brochures and color swatches. Why? The answer is simple. A good exterior paint job transforms the appearance of your residence. It’s like getting a new home almost overnight.

Why Is Home Painting So Important?
House painting is important for many reasons. Obviously, a good paint job beautifies and adds character and personality to your home. Just for that reason it’s important to take sufficient time planning which colors, shades, and paint styles you want to decorate your home with. But paint also serves as one of your home’s primary lines of defense against weather, insects and other damage, so it’s an important aspect of home maintenance to keep up on as well.

When to Paint
There isn’t any set timeline when you should plan to re-paint your home. It varies depending on climate, the quality of paint that was previously applied, how thoroughly your home was prepped beforehand, and whether you hired a good painter.

Going Green Exterior Paint

rehnhbPainting and staining are often overlooked when it comes to green remodeling, especially when it comes to exterior projects. After all, a green exterior paint job isn’t going to improve a home’s energy efficiency, cut energy costs, or reduce fossil fuel consumption. On the other hand, going green is just as much about creating healthier homes, using safer building materials, and being good to the environment as a whole as it is about improving energy efficiency. Along those lines, exterior paints and stains can contribute to indoor and outdoor air pollution, negatively affect the health of homeowners, and contaminate ground water and drinking water supplies, making it a wise choice to go green anytime you’re painting in an exterior setting.

Introducing Green Remodeling Expert David Johnston
HomeAdvisor understands that it can be tough for homeowners to wade through all the “green” remodeling information out there, which is why we’ve teamed up with green remodeling expert David Johnston to provide you with the best, most accurate, green remodeling advice in the business. Johnston is the founder of the green consulting firm What’s Working, Inc., the author of multiple books on

How Do I Winterize a Vacant House

gnhmhmThough occupied homes can also benefit from a quick winterization, vacant houses are particularly prone to damage during extended periods of freezing temperatures. By winterizing a vacant house, you are protecting your investment, and keeping it in good condition so it can be sold, rented or otherwise inhabited at a moment’s notice without worry of unforeseen issues. If you own property in a cold climate that’s prone to long winters, here are a few suggestions that will help you in winterizing it.

Winterizing with Utilities
First of all, it is advisable to leave the heat on very low. Though it might seem like a waste of money or energy at first glance, a minimal heating bill will be less expensive than the cost of potential repairs if everything were to freeze up. There are many systems and components in a house that are meant to be kept at or near room temperature. By using your furnace or boiler at a low level, you are keeping these things secure.

Most people know that a big part of winterizing is dealing with pipes and plumbing. If you have turned off

A Step By Step Guide to Exterior Painting

hjvukjExterior painting is a job that requires you do everything by the book. Your home’s paint plays a vital role in protecting it from the elements, so doing a cut rate job means you’re effectively putting your home at risk. By following the basic guide below, you can be certain that your exterior painting project will hold up in good fashion for years to come.

Good Prep Is the Key to Good Exterior House Painting
It’s impossible to emphasize this point enough. When it comes to paint, a thorough preparation of the surface to be painted is absolutely essential. Skipping the prep means you can be almost certain that your exterior house painting project is going to fail you somewhere down the line. Keeping that in mind, be sure to check and see if any of the following preparations are necessary before your exterior painting project really gets rolling.

  • Clean your home before painting. The easiest way to get this done is to rent a pressure washer from an equipment rental company or have it done professionally for a price. This is one of the most

How to Choose Exterior Paint Colors

jhbhinknoThere are so many things to consider when repainting the exterior of your home. After you choose a painter and decide on the type of paint you want to use, you then have the task of deciding on a color. For some people this comes easily, for others, decorating or changing the exterior of their home is a daunting task. The fact is, choosing an exterior paint color is about more than just appearances. If you’re having difficulty deciding what paint color is right for your home, here are a few practical tips that might make the choice a little easier.

Practical Exterior Paint Colors
If you’re thinking about painting you home a dark color, remember that these tend to fade far faster than lighter colors, especially in direct sunlight. Dark colors also absorb heat, which may make a difference in certain climates. You also might want to choose muted colors rather than brighter tones. If, for example, you like a bright yellow or blue color, consider selecting a color in a slightly muted tone as a large area of bright color can have a bigger impact than you

House Painting Tips

nk,;'While homeowners often hope they can put off repainting their homes just one more year, such procrastination can end up being a costly decision in the end. An excessively wet winter, for instance, will increase paint failure, damage to siding, and internal water damage, that can require far more expensive repairs in the long run. In that respect, it’s best to tackle this common home improvement job as soon as you sense the need.

House Painting Tips: Siding
Perhaps the first thing to do, if you suspect painting a house might be in your immediate future, is to take a walk around your property and examine your siding. Look for areas where your siding is no longer protected by paint, and where wood rot, or clear evidence of water damage and expansion in fiberglass siding, is present. If these issues are obvious, the best thing you can do is to act as quickly as possible to head off larger problems.

House Painting Tips: The Touch Up
Always begin with an evaluation of the general state of the total exterior paint

Interior Painting Provides a Fresh Perspective

yijujkujMost homes, whether new or pre-owned, are originally designed to attract potential homeowners, and the best way to draw people into a house is to make it look like they could possibly live there. To do this, home builders and realtors intentionally create a neutral look, which means light-colored carpets, wood cabinets, beige countertops, and most importantly, there’re going to be lots of white walls. However, when you move into a new house, you want to make it feel fresh and comfortable, and there’s nothing more boring and lifeless than being surrounded by drab interior painting.

Get the White Out
As we’ve said before: never underestimate the power of a fresh coat. Though white walls can certainly open up a space, if every surface lacks color, it can also feel claustrophobic. They can be neutral and modern, but white walls also tend to look institutional and impersonal. Plus they’re hard to keep clean and they quickly reveal any imperfection. You always want your home to feel, well, homey. And the only way to do this is to give your walls a