Winterize Your Windows This Winter

 

Thoughts of curling up in front of a warm, cozy fire with a cup of hot chocolate may be something you look forward to with the change in seasons. One thing that can quickly spoil that feeling is cold seeping in from the windows of your home. According to a glass Victoria company, they’re basically, there are 2 different ways to deal with the issue: prevent cold air from coming in through cracks around the windows or insulate the glass from winter chill with temporary or permanent coverings.

Sealing and Caulking Windows – When windows are first installed they are caulked around exterior trim and sometimes around window fins to reduce air leakage. With time it may be time to repair or replace rotted wood frames and seal or replace cracked or broken glass. Inspect each window frame for cracks or gaps or signs of deteriorating caulking, rotten wood or missing glass and carry out any needed maintenance.

Weather Stripping – Depending on your skill level when it comes to DIY projects there are a few options for weather stripping. Felt is cheap, easy to install however it’s not very durable or resistant to moisture. Vinyl is reasonably priced but more difficult to install and metal may not look good when installed on older homes. If you looking for the most efficient choice magnetic strips are the more expensive option.

Storm Windows – Storm windows were popular when all windows were single pain but didn’t provide very good insulation. Plastic sheets can be used for one season even plastic panels or high quality low -emissivity glass that reduce heat transmission are available. If you can afford low quality storm windows you may want to consider replacement windows.

Thermal Window Coverings – Thermally lined drapes can provide an easy way to keep the heat inside. Hang them as close to the window as possible and let then stop at the floor or sill.

Window Film – A great choice for insulating windows to keep the sun out in summer and the house cool and the heat inside in winter is window film. You may want to consider film which provides the latest alternative to year round temperature control.

For more information about window film look no further than First Response Glass in Victoria BC.

What Are Average Carpet Cleaning Prices

 

Hiring a professional carpet cleaning Vancouver service to clean your carpets helps reduce the appearance of wear and tear and keeps carpets looking like new. Homeowners can opt to do the job themselves rather than hiring a professional carpet cleaning service fearing they may be overcharged. Here are two common ways professionals calculate pricing for their services.

Homes vary in size and often contain more than one type of flooring which means pricing is determined on an individual basis. When professional carpet cleaning services set a price they may charge per room which is a rate for each room in the house. Generally there is a maximum size for a room and based on the square footage a larger room may be seen as two rooms if it’s over the size cap. Moving furniture is an extra charge and homeowners can cut costs by moving couches, entertainment centers and other heavy objects themselves.

A list supplied by Angie’s list members reports users paying from $25 to $75 per room or an average of $51 per room depending where you live. A smaller home may pay slightly more because the company needs to offset travel and material costs.

The second factor when determining price is the method homeowners choose. Steam cleaning is the most popular method and uses hot water extraction and does not actually use steam as the name implies. It works by pushing very hot water along with a cleaning product into the carpet, the resulting moisture is then removed using suction. Carpets require at least a full 24 hours to fully dry. Carpet manufacturers recommend steam cleaning and require that carpets be cleaned using this method to keep the carpet warranty valid. Professional services may use a portable steam cleaner or a vehicle mounted unit for more powerful suction.

The other method is dry carpet cleaning known as “ low moisture “ or  “encapsulation “ cleaning. Utilizing a cleaning solution and minimal water to deliver a quick cleaning, the downside is it can’t deliver as deep or powerful a cleaning as the wet clean method.

Pricing for an average 2200 square foot home is $362 for the steam cleaning and $461 using the dry method.

When those carpets need a good deep cleaning contact us at Local Carpet Cleaning.

How to Survive Bed Bugs

Of all the household pests, bed bugs are among the most dreaded. These bugs who feed on warm-blooded animals like humans are very difficult to get rid of. These blood-suckers are tough and many pesticides that are available in the market have little or no effect on them. What’s worse is, many people detect these pests way too late to take precautionary measures.

Signs That You Have Bed Bugs

Look where you sleep.

Bed bugs normally congregate in out-of-reach areas. But, there are bed bugs in Vancouver that tend to live alone away from the infestation group. The best method of knowing if you have bed bug infestation is to check for bed bugs in areas that you normally sleep and rest.

Although bed bugs can be normally found in bedrooms, they may also infest other areas of the house such as living rooms, laundry rooms, and bathrooms.

Look for spots.

You can check for blood spots on beddings and sheets, which are an indication of feeding bed bugs. Sometimes while they are feeding, bed bugs will also excrete at the same time. This will result in brownish or dark reddish spots on beddings, mattresses, pillowcases or other areas nearby.

Do a close inspection.

Bed bugs are small insects and the have a flat body which is ideal for them to hide in small cracks and crevices. Sometimes, bed bugs can be found in corners of picture frames sandwiched between the frame and glass and even in electrical outlets.

Treatment of Bites

Bed bugs bites usually heal up within 1 to 2 weeks. Treatment of such bites aims at relieving the symptoms like the following:

  • Topical creams can help in relieving itch
  • Refrain from scratching the bite because this can lead to infection
  • If there is infection due to the bite, prescription of oral antibiotic may be given
  • Oral corticosteroids are prescribed for severe allergic reactions
  • Allergic reactions can also be treated with antihistamines

Bedbug Extermination

Although cleaning an area that’s infested with bed bugs can help in controlling them, exterminating them normally needs chemical treatment. Since using insecticides in treating your bedroom area can be harmful, it is vital that products to be used on beds and bedrooms must be safe. Do not use products on beddings and mattresses unless it says on the label that is safe to use.

Much better if you’ll employ a professional Vancouver bed bug control or pest control company to treat your home for the unwanted bed bugs to ensure that work is done correctly and safely.

Why You Don’t Want Voles on Your Property

If you happen to spot a vole around your yard, don’t be fooled by how cute it looks. They might appear to be harmless as well as cute but in reality voles are a big nuisance when it comes to maintaining your lawn during the Spring and Summer. To learn more about the vole and how to prevent them from ruining your property here’s some tips from Local Pest Control for you.

Voles are not moles

The name may rhyme but the similarities end there and they’re definitely not the same critter. Another pest  the vole is often confused with are mice and even though they are closely related they do have differences. Here are some of the voles distinctive features that will help you recognize them.

  • Short, stout body
  • Short, hairy tail
  • Small rounded  ears
  • Small, beady eyes
  • Blunt snout

Voles are often referred to as field mice or meadow mice

Problems Caused by Voles

Voles are very active, they never seem to rest and remain active day and night which spells bad news for you and your garden. When they’re active they’re hungry this means they’re going to feed on your lawn or plants constantly if left unchecked.

Problems Caused by Voles

  • Surface runway or tunnels across your lawn
  • Turned up grass and plant roots as they excavate the ground to build their tunnels
  • Damage to flowers and crops from voles feeding on them
  • Damage to the bottom of trees

How to Prevent Voles

A great deal of time and effort has gone into your lawn and garden to have it looking it’s absolute best and that last thing you want is some pesky voles ruining your property. There are a few prevention tips you can use to deter voles from damaging your lawn and plants while working towards managing their numbers from getting out of hand. Try sprinkling your lawn with a vole deterrent which will have them thinking twice before invading your property. Wrapping the base of trees with a tree guard should you notice any damage from voles will prevent voles feeding on your trees.There are also humane vole traps available so you can capture and release them however they may still return.

Often the best way to deal with voles is by contacting a Pest Control in Vancouver Company they can formulate a plan of action to rid your property of vole problems.

What Does An Exterminator Do?

We’ve all noticed a truck or van with the lettering that says Vancouver Pest Control written on the side and might even wondered what that job involves. Ridding businesses and homes of mice, rats, wasps or all manner of pests can be more interesting than most of us might imagine. They may be self employed or work for a business that does large scale pest control of government institutions, schools or food manufacturing facilities.

An exterminator’s job is a balance between getting rid of infestations and dealing with distressed customers. Part of his job is to educate clients on the various methods that are used to deal with their particular problem. Their work environment consists of places like basements, attics and crawl spaces wherever pests like to invade. It may not seem like the most glamorous career and yet the diversity in types of pests and their diverse hide outs can prove interesting. For those so inclined it can be more interesting than a desk job.

The exterminator first talks to the customer regarding the issue after which he goes to work with a specific plan of action. One of the first things the exterminator checks for is a possible source of pests, possibly a garbage or sewage issue. Next he conducts a thorough examination of the infestation which involves carefully examining all suspected areas of the building. Once this is complete the various methods to resolve the issue are discussed with the customer and they sign a consent form.  Then the exterminator gets to work completing a plan of action, the worse case scenario is sealing the house and thoroughly gassing which is required in extreme situations. Mostly it involves spraying insecticides and or pesticides in the correct amount or simply setting traps. Finally the exterminator informs the customer on steps to take to prevent similar problems in the future.

Dealing with customers who may understandably be distressed requires a lot of patience so good communication is needed. As mentioned previously it is a job that requires balance when dealing with pests on one hand and people and their emotions. Sometimes there may even be children in the home who find the idea of killing anything disturbing which calls upon the exterminator to gently explain to them the various diseases and problems that can result from an insect infestation in the house.

Thanks to Local Pest Control for explaining what an exterminator does.

To Mount or Mat Fine Art?

Great photographic fine art printing deserve to be prominently displayed. There are a variety of ways for displaying pictures – mounting or matting, for instance, either of which utilizes unique materials and have varying final outcomes. The optimum choice for each artwork or photo greatly depends on how significant they are, how they are printed and what’s the desired display preference. Knowing the various methods and their advantages and disadvantages will help you in determining what options you must take on how to prepare your work for display.

Knowing what’s mounting and matting will give you an idea on how to properly put emphasis on the print for display. Mounting or matting a printed works will aid the viewer in considering the image as more than an object and as an important artwork.

Mounting

To safeguard your image against bending or creasing, to get it ready for framing or to maintain its firmness while it’s hanging on the wall, it is important to have your image mounted on a strong backing. Mounting refers to sticking a print into a backboard. Mounting has three main methods: First, fully adhered the print to the board with the use of the dry-mount process. Second, the print is retained on the board using photo corners. And lastly, the print is adhered in place at points using hinge-mounts. If you opt to mount the image into a backboard without a window mat, then it’s vital that the image is attached in a manner that the adhesive is not visible like the folded hinges or dry-mount tissue.

Matting

Matting is commonly used on works that are done on paper, like prints, drawings, and watercolor paintings. Mats are visible all over the edges of an artwork and come in various colors and materials. Oftentimes, double-matting is used to help emphasize the colors in an artwork; one of the layers may have a neutral color and the other layer has a tint that’s in the art.
For images covered with glass and added matting layer may be recommended to offer more separation between the glass and the artwork. Paper tends to swell in higher humidity and if it makes contact with the glass it may stick to it, which may result in perpetually harming the image.

Mats have three different types. Decorative mats are the least costly and are made from wood pulp that has been reduced to a neutral pH, which means that as it fails it will not leak acids that could harm the artwork. The most used and popular mats are made from lignin-free and acid-neutralized wood pulp which are expensive but can last longer.

Be sure to contact Luminious Print for all your fine art printing in Vancouver needs.

5 Benefits of Creating a Basement Suite

Some homeowners consider the possibility of renovating their basement and have it rented; however, there are reasons that hold them back from the idea. For rent basements, also known as secondary suites, are defined as a separate dwelling place inside a single detached home. A lot of these secondary suites are basement suites. But did you know that having a basement suite can provide you a range of benefits?


Below are five advantages of having a basement suite:

Additional Income

One of the main benefits a homeowner gets from a basement suite for rent is the extra steady income they get from renters. The extra income could go to savings, bills payment or other home expenses. The income could also be used for expenses in maintenance.

Tax Benefits

Owning a rental property such as a basement suite entitles the homeowner to a number of tax breaks, which is helpful when it comes to filing the tax. This can be considered as the second most advantage of having a basement suite for rent.


The government provides owners of rental properties with privileged tax breaks like depreciation, which owners to utilize paper losses to balance any profit they make on the rental. Losses that come from depreciation can also be utilized to balance other taxable income an owner might have.

Property Appreciation


The value of a house increases once it is extended, like creating a basement. According to a number of real estate agents, creating a basement provides the best per square foot value on any renovation works. Prospect buyers will normally appreciate the value of houses with basement apartments, which in turn raise their value compared to houses without basements that are on the market.


Flexibility for Family

A lot of homeowners truly value having a basement apartment since they also allow the flexibility for accommodating other family members or even friends. Parents can lease their basement to their children, whether if they are single or married. In the same way, children can also rent their basement apartment to their in-laws. Also, a basement apartment is useful if family or friends are in town.


Security


Another great benefit for homeowners of having a basement apartment rented is the increased security level. Since there will be more people living on the property aside from the owner’s family, the chances of being somebody in the premise to watch out for burglars or trespassers will increase. And, if the homeowner decides to go out of town for a vacation, they can always ask the tenants to look after the house.

If you are looking for a basement suites contractor in Victoria BC, contact LIDA Homes.

Prevent Spring Flooding

Trees showing their new buds and the odd flower poking it’s head through the ground are welcome signs that Spring has finally arrived.  Those April showers that come along with Spring are not so welcome and a lot for your yard to handle what with the ground thawing at the same time. Improperly graded yards really create a problem as water puddles and all this moisture has nowhere to go. The soggy conditions spell disaster for lawns and plants when saturated roots lose oxygen and plants suffocate.  To remedy water pooling in your yard regrading is recommended at least 1 inch for every 5 ft of turf. If this does not fix the problem you may need to install a perimeter drainage system.

Not only is your yard and all your hard work threatened, but the next place that runoff water will go  is the cellar or basement of your home. And that water seeping  through any existing cracks or leaks in your foundation will cause even more damage. The damage to floorboards rusting appliances and soggy carpets and drywall that are a breeding ground for mould and mildew. Here’s the good news this type of damage can be prevented altogether by making some changes.

Gutters and downpipes are your first line of defense in preventing water from causing damage to your home. Of course keeping gutters clear of debris and in good repair is just common sense. To carry water away a sloped leader should be attached to each gutter and guide water at least 10 ft away from the foundation. If these measures are not enough to keep water away from your foundation there are  other ways such as installing a drywell which requires professional installation.

In regions of the country such as Calgary,  Spring rain, melting snow and the ground thawing can result in water damage to your home and belongings. Despite your best efforts you can wind up with unseen water or mold infesting your home. At Calgary Water & Flood we’re here to help with our home restoration services and get your home safe, dry and comfortable again.

During a home renovation, should painting come last?

You’ve purchased a house, and it’s a great deal. You saved a lot of bucks. Now it’s time to renovate, but you have no clue where to start.

Renovations, when done correctly, can refresh, revive and energize a small part of your house or your whole house for that matter. If you are planning to do a home renovation project that involves various works including painting, you may wonder if paint must be applied first or last during the home renovation work. So, should painting come first or last? Read on and let Paint Works help you find the right answer.

What’s best for you?

This is one great example of a “chicken and egg” question that nobody seems to have a definite answer for. The answer is, it depends on your situation.

For most people, instinct would tell them to have the walls painted first to avoid dripping paint into the newly made floors. Although it is possible to just sand away some paint stains, it is not always that easy.

One way of knowing what work must be done first is to determine the amount of dust and debris estimated to float in the air. It is important to know that paint brushes and paint mixtures can easily become soiled by small airborne particles. This will affect the quality of work as it concerns the colour and texture of the paint.

If this is the case and floor sanding is required, it is highly suggested to do the floors first. This will let you remove all the dust after sanding before you proceed to paint. Dealing with dust problems prior to the painting job will give you an assurance that everything will finish great.

Try to use paper or plastic dust sheets to make sure that dust stays off of your newly painted walls. Covering the floor must not be done hastily. It is important that such work must be done properly and patiently to have full coverage and prevent any potential problem.

Don’t Rush

Lots of people get too excited and try to finish their renovation projects in haste. Bear in mind that one must spend adequate time planning and preparing for the different stages of the renovation to prevent any issues like splattered paints on the floors or floor debris splashed on the walls.

Thank you to Paint Works for stopping be. If you are looking for house repainting in Victoria BC, please contact them.

8 Tips to Keep Your Basement Dry

As Victoria drain experts, our goal is protecting your basement from water. Here are a few tips on how to keep your basement dry.

#1 Landscape ground slope away from the foundation

This keeps water from pooling against the foundation which will eventually end up in your basement. If you slope the ground away from the house it will keep water flowing away from the foundation.

#2  Properly functioning gutter and downspouts

If you don’t have gutters they will need to be installed, this is a very important step in waterproofing in Victoria BC because of the amount of precipitation we have here. If you already have gutters clean them regularly and make sure the downspout is extended a minimum of 5 feet away from the house.

#3 Use gravel and rock surrounding your house and your perimeter drain

Many issues we see with perimeter drains Victoria BC have to do with the materials used. Unfortunately materials that hold moisture will wreak havoc with basements. It’s much better to use something that doesn’t hold water- like a gravel or rock.

#4 Use Metal Window Wells

Again it’s just as much what you do on the exterior as the interior to passing drain inspections Victoria BC. Many basement windows aren’t constructed properly and will collect and retain water. To alleviate this problem use metal window wells that have been filled in with gravel or rock.

#5 Use Water Resistant Paint

It’s very true that you get what you pay for and exterior paint is no exception. Cheap paints that are non water resistant will allow water to seep through. Don’t skimp on paint, you’ll end up spending more to repaint and get rid of excess moisture.

#6 Vent Appliances Outdoors

This may seem like a no brainer but it’s amazing to see how many bathroom vents have been installed by shady contractors and not vented outside. Ensure your vents actually go outside and you’re a huge step closer to conquering your moisture problem.

#7 Use a dehumidifier

A great tool for musty basements!

Unsure if your basement is dry? Contact Wet Coast Drainage Solutions to learn more about their drainage inspection service in Victoria BC.

7 Tips to Keep Your Basement Dry

Since basements are the lowest part of the house, they tend to draw unwanted water. Having leaks in your basement can be a pain; they pose big problems for health reasons, structural integrity, and cleanliness. Below are a few tips to help you make sure you have a dry basement. You can always have a perimeter drainage contractor in Victoria BC help install some waterproofing around the basement’s exterior. 

  1. Install a Dehumidifier 

In most environments, a dehumidifier is a great way for controlling home climate. For basements has the tendency to accumulate more humidity compared to other parts of the house. If your basement is prone to getting wet, then a dehumidifier is essential.

 

  1. Grade Your Property

Water goes into areas with minimal resistance, so if your land is inclined to your home, chances are, rainfall and moisture will accumulate at the base and slips its way inside. Land must angle away from your house.

 

  1. Ventilate the Area

To eliminate air from a wet basement, dehumidifiers can be installed. It may be important to make temporary ventilation by opening doors or windows and running fans. If you have an air circulation option in your furnace for ventilation, then this can come in handy to eliminate air from the basement.

 

  1. Use Landscaping Rocks


Landscaping using rocks or gravel surrounding your home can help in making sure the water stays out of the structure of the house.

 

  1. Attend the Air Leaks

In most houses, the part where flooring meets the foundation can be a way for moisture to get into. Small entry points such as vents, seals on basement windows and others let moisture and water in, particularly during downpours. If your vents or windows are leaky, then seal it using a silicone sealer or foam weather stripping.  You will need to ventilate through to make sure everything is dry.

 

  1. Look for Cracks

Cracks in the foundation can be a problem for many homeowners because it can be an entry point for many leaks. This problem can be sealed either inside or outside of the house, but you must ask assistance from a professional to make this repair.

 

  1. Check Downspouts and Grading Issues Outside 

If there is moisture accumulating outside the foundation, then it can be hard to keep things dry inside, and even sealants can hold it out if there is constant moisture outside the house. To ensure that water runs away from the foundation, make sure that downspouts are positioned at least four feet from the house. Another way is to check the grading all over your house for parts where water runs down going to your house and regarding such areas.

Contact Wet Coast Drainage if you need waterproofing in Victoria.

Choosing A paint Finish

The walls and woodwork can experience some wear and tear over time and especially if you have children or pets. When you go to touch up the paint you discover the paint colour looks completely different. You may be surprised to know it’s not the colour but the paint finish that’s causing this effect. Paint colours in different finishes change the sheen that is mixed into the paint. When choosing a paint finish it’s important to consider the area or room you are painting. Here are some tips from Victoria BC Painters Paint Works.

We can spend a lot of time pondering the colour we think will look good and compliment our furniture or drapes. Next you need to choose the finish that will work whether it’s durability or you need to hide some minor flaws.

Paint finishes come in four general categories depending offering a different level of reflectivity and durability.

Flat Finish

Paint with a flat finish gives the wall a well saturated, rich colour. Ideal for covering imperfections in joints for example it is the most forgiving finish. It lacks any type of sheen and the major drawback is it’s lack of durability that requires care when cleaning.

Best places to use flat paint are ceilings, low traffic areas and rooms that don’t require extensive cleaning

Washable Flat

Washable flat paints only come in Premium flat colours it’s washable and allows for easy touch ups. So it’s washability in addition to the other great attributes of a flat finish like good color saturation and hiding imperfections make it a good choice.

Best places to use would be general living spaces.

Eggshell/ Satin/ Low luster finish

Eggshell is the most popular finish for any areas that may need frequent cleaning. It provides a subtle sheen with great coloring that can hide minor imperfections as well. Light reflective it has a low angular sheen yet lacks the chalky appearance of flat paint or the sheen of a semi gloss finish. Offering the truest color match it will be the most like the swatch color when you paint your walls. Possibly it’s best feature is its strength allows it to dry just a bit harder than other finishes and it’s highly resistant to moisture.

Best places to use  are living areas, kitchens, any high traffic areas

Semi Gloss finish

Provides a high sheen is light reflective while giving off a beautiful glow this is the most durable of all the finishes and very easy to clean.

Best places to use are on wood trim, kitchen cabinets and doors.

Thanks to Paint Works for their tips on choosing a paint finish.

3 Kitchen Cabinets You Can’t Do Without

Kitchen cabinets provide storage space for food, dishes and cookware while keeping your workspace tidy and organized.  Once for utilitarian purposes your kitchen cabinets have  evolved to become a reflection of the overall design of the home. Every kitchen should have the following 3 types of kitchen cabinets to maximize its’  functionality. Here to help out is Seaside Cabinetry & Design.

Base Cabinets

The lower cabinets or base cabinets form the footprint of your kitchen are mounted to the floor with openings for appliances like the fridge and stove and house the dishwasher and sink as well. Supporting the countertops, the work surface you will use on a daily basis, contain sets of drawers and provide easier access when handling heavier items like pots and pans. A kitchen island in your design is built from base cabinets and installed onsite.

Wall Cabinets

Placed above your base cabinets and fixed to the wall are the upper cabinets, allowing convenience for storing dishes, glasses and any food items used more frequently. If storage in a smaller space or lots of storage space is needed the upper cabinets can be designed to make use of the full height of wall even to the ceiling. Kitchen design elements can have glass doors on some cupboards to display special dishes acting as a china cabinet while cabinets with regular doors will protect fragile or costly items. Primarily for food storage and items used everyday, baking supplies, flour, sugar and baking pans can be stored in cabinets that are less accessible.

Pantry/Utility Tall Cabinets

Installing a pantry or utility cupboard provides more storage than a lower and upper cabinet if you put those 2 together, with a full length cabinet from floor to ceiling you gain better storage. Small appliances kept in the utility cabinet keep countertops free of clutter and keep the kitchen looking tidier giving you more usable work surface. Great for storing extra canned goods, cleaning supplies, brooms even the microwave can be incorporated into the layout of this cupboard.

Whether you’re in the planning stages of a new build or remodeling your present kitchen the choices are only limited by one’s imagination. A kitchen designer can offer suggestions for a more functional layout, different cabinet door finishes, door hardware and countertops to suit your individual taste and budget.

Thanks to Seaside Cabinetry & Design. If you are looking for custom cabinets in Victoria, contact them today.

Trends In Kitchen Cabinets For 2016

Trends in remodeling come and go and  that’s evident in the heart of the home, the kitchen, a room that once was more functional than stylish. If you’re considering remodeling your kitchen here are some current trends in Victoria kitchen cabinets. Kitchen cabinet trends have not changed as much as other elements and some are here to stay.

Personalized Cabinets

Cabinet companies offer a variety of styles and colours to match any style and decor so adding your personal touch can reflect your taste. This flexibility has even those who can afford custom cabinets opting for the more affordable option with semi custom cabinets.

Clean Lines and Subtle Design

Cabinet door styles have evolved into simpler styles, the use of clean lines keeps your kitchen from having a dated appearance. Black and white kitchens go perfectly with the sleek design and the crisp, clean look is visually appealing.

Use of Colour

Another trend in cabinet colours is the use of gray, the subtle use of neutrals and earth tones can give a feeling of warmth. Use of a neutral palette here allows you to introduce bold colours elsewhere in your home.

Functional Design

Every room in your home should blend function with design and nowhere is that more evident than in the kitchen. Kitchen cabinets are designed to look appealing but provide storage, organization and ease of access. Utilizing every space above your cabinets,or install a drawer in your kick toe under the cabinets. A lazy susan makes good use of corner cabinets, consider pull out shelving, adding extra drawers to upper cabinets or other storage solutions.

Horizontal Cabinetry

A preferred design has been all squares and vertical rectangles, a new trend that’s emerging is horizontal cabinetry. Cabinets are getting wider so there is less need to stack cabinets to gain more storage for dishes, pots and pans. Horizontal design not only gives a much cleaner, refined look to the room but allows for greater ease of access.

High Tech Options

Today’s world is one where life is busy and we’re connected and kitchen designers are keeping up by introducing high tech options. Homeowners are adding cabinets with built in charging stations and  hands free functionality in some of the design elements. Recipes may not come from cookbooks anymore and can be researched online and tablet holders allow a convenient access. These innovations as well as other kitchen design trends have made our lives easier.

Thanks to Seaside Cabinetry & Design for their tips to help you understand the latest trends in kitchen cabinets.

What Is Gas Fitting And Who Can Do It?

Gas fitting relates to the installation and maintenance of any appliance that makes use of natural gas as an energy source. Gas, when taken as a standalone product, can be lethal for a number of reasons. For example, it can combust easily if the product is installed incorrectly or produce a substance like Carbon Monoxide that is extremely hazardous to humans and animals. As such, any appliance that uses gas must only be installed by a registered technician. Here we will look at some of the aspects of gas fitting and the people who are capable of doing it.

What It Is

Gas fitting involves any work relating to the installation or continued maintenance of a gas appliance. This includes repair work or any modifications that can be made to the appliance to extend its use. For example, the fixing or unfixing of gas pipes, ventilation systems and flue pipes will all fall under this banner.

Furthermore, it also includes the commissioning of gas-based appliances and ensuring that they run safely and will present no threat to the people using them. This often involves a wide range of tests in addition to skills related to the installation of said appliances.

Gas fitting will be required when installing almost any appliance the runs using gas bottles or a gas source provided by an energy company. As such, it can be done in locations as diverse as your home, caravans, boats, ships and other vehicles.

There are, however, some appliances that will not require you to have a registered gas fitter work on installation. For example, barbeques and patio heaters that are operated using a gas bottle will not require a registered technician for their installation. Despite this, if you are unsure of how to install such appliances it is still a good idea to have a Victoria BC gas fitter work on them for you.

Who Can Do It?

Most countries have a registration and training process that must be undertaken before a person is considered able to install a gas appliance. For example, technicians must register with the Gas Safe organization and demonstrate that they have the skills required to safely work with such appliances.

As such, it is always a good idea to check the credentials of anybody you consider for gas fitting work. Consider the organization that regulates the industry in your country and avoid any gas fitter who claims to be able to do work without being able to demonstrate their credentials, as they may put you in danger.

The Benefits Of Installing A Skylight

There is nothing a homeowner can install that has the impact of a skylight in an otherwise uninviting, drab room. From reducing energy usage  by providing natural daylight as well as other health benefits skylights offer the homeowner much worth having them installed by Kanga Roofing.  A great addition in bathrooms or other areas of new or existing homes where a window is not an option.

Health Advantages

The natural sunlight a skylight provides increases a person’s exposure to Vitamins D and B1. This leads to higher levels of serotonin, which elevates mood and helps prevent Seasonal Affected Disorder. Dark rooms contribute to the development of depression, drowsiness and fatigue. Natural light has the opposite effect and stimulates the brain, lowers blood pressure and decreases stress.

In addition the sunlight  from a skylight works against mold development, mold and mildew thrive in dark spaces. Mold invasion can lead to interior and exterior home structure damage and contribute to illness to inhabitants of the home. Plenty of sunlight flooding otherwise dark areas of the home will help to inhibit the growth of mold to the same degree without skylights.

Energy Savings

Less electricity is needed to carry out tasks due to the increase in natural light. The savings on electricity as well a heating costs due to the warmth of daylight filtering through your skylight make the addition a good reason to have one installed.

Increased Ventilation

Skylights can be regulated by means of a remote or by employing a crank inserted in the mechanism. The advantage in promoting ventilation throughout a room and the air quality, as well as providing a nice breeze on warm, stuffy days, cooling the room.

Add Value

Natural light is an important aspect when potential buyers are considering a home purchase, A The additional daylight a skylight brings to what might otherwise be a dark space, brightens and adds depth to any room. By adding this to your home it just could be the deciding factor when a buyer views your home.

Even homes in the moderate climates of southern British Columbia can enjoy the many benefits of skylights. The Vancouver roofers at Kanga Roofing are experienced in the installation, repair and replacement of skylights. A BBB accredited company, call for a free estimate.

6 Options for Basement Renos

A basement renovation can add something completely different to your home, though it can be difficult to choose what to do. Your basement could easily be used as a place for storage only, but why not change it up? Consider these 6 options to start.

Fantasy Space

Your dream space might be Hollywood-themed or related to fishing. Whatever the case for you, to get started you just need an idea of what you want to do and how much you can afford–a professional renovations contractor can make your vision a reality.

Exercise Room

You can make achieving your goal to stay more active easier by turning your basement into an exercise room. The first thing you should do is measure your doorway and the height of your ceiling to make sure the equipment will fit. Equipment that can be disassembled easily is best. A measurement of the height of your ceilings will also help you to make sure you’ll be able to use your equipment properly when you are standing or sitting on it in your new basement space.

Basement Suite

If you could use the extra funds that will come in from renting out your basement, you might be able to make this work. The most important part of the process is finding out what the regulations for multi-family dwellings are in your municipality.

We can provide you with the knowledge and expertise you need if you’re looking for a Victoria BC renovations contractor.

Home Office

Maybe you already have an idea of what a home office looks like, but you don’t have to stick with the usual–you can design a space that you’ll actually enjoy.

Wine and Bar Cellars

Your loved ones will enjoy your basement as much as you do if you transform it into a cellar. Do as much or as little as you like to create the right atmosphere. When you have limited funds, you should start by deciding what you want completed the most and then get your contractor to help you determine what is possible.

Guest Room

It’s great to have an extra space for guests in your home. What is most important here again is to follow regulations in your municipality. This could include the need to have a window that is big enough to be used in the event of a fire so anyone could exit safely (egress). The window may also have to be located high enough above the floor, according to regulations.

Steve Burgess of Toolbox Renovations would be happy to get you started on your dream basement renovations in Victoria BC. Call us at 778-677-1036 to get started.

 

Home Painting Ideas

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Is your home un-inviting? Are the colors out of date? Have your kids marked up your walls? Or have you bought a house where the previous owners had downright awful taste?

Well then it is probably about time you painted your home!

I felt this way when we bought out first home. The previous owners were in their 70’s. And the paint was straight out of the 70’s as well!

Lots of drab colors that’s for sure. This design flashback of the 70’s will give you a great idea of what our home looked like.

No matter what reason you have to paint your home, let me give you some advice.

Overall Theme

Every room in your home should have a theme. And each rooms theme should blend with eachother. You don’t want dark colors in one room and the room next to it to have warm colors.

So you need to sit down and think about an overall theme of colors. You want to be certain that the theme will be harmonious with the other rooms and furniture in that room.

Color Scheme

What you want to feel in your home can be done so by choosing color schemes for each room to fit your theme. Bejamin Moore has a great page on how to choose a color scheme. They’ve got some great tips. I especially like idea of having one color and using different shades throughout the home.

This was one idea I contemplated as I really love the color blue and all the shades. From mint blue to baby blue and navy blue, I love them all.

In the end be certain you have the right color schemes. It’s costly to have to go back over and paint everything again. So take the time and make sure you are certain you love and I mean LOVE your colors.

Paint Finishes

Who knew there could be so many paint finishes! It’s bad enough you spent more than a few hours selecting colors. The paint companies thought it would be funny to through 5 or 6 different finishes into the decision making process.

The common paint finishes are:

  • Matte
  • Flat Enamel
  • Semi Gloss
  • Eggshell
  • Semi-gloss
  • Glossy

I don’t know enough about all the finishes but we ended up going with a matte finish as we didn’t want our walls to shine.

Just to a Google search or head into your local paint store for help on all the finishes.

Hopefully I have helped you out and understanding the process of painting your home. Another suggestion is to seek out the advice of painters in Victoria BC or any city for that matter.

Their experience will help you choose the right theme, scheme and finish for your needs.

The Care and Feeding of Your Granite Countertops

Granite CountertopsThose granite kitchen and bathroom countertops Victoria, part of the pride and joy of your house, need to be cared for.  They require regular cleaning, occasional stain removal, and re-sealing.

Granite is a most obliging natural material.  It is scratch, heat, and stain resistant.  But while granite can resist scratches, heat damage, and stains, it is not impervious to damage.

Protecting your investment

Here are some simple cleaning and maintenance tips from your granite countertops Victoria specialists:

  • Keep countertops clean:  this is the first principal of granite care.  Clean your countertops with warm water and a few drops of a mild dish washing liquid (using only light-colored liquid dish soap that contains no aromatics).  Wash countertops, rinse them with clear water, and dry them with a soft cotton cloth.

NOTE:  Plain soap and water can build up on the surface over time, giving your polished granite countertops a dull appearance.

  • Sealant:  a commercially prepared granite sealant can protect your countertops from damage – up to a point.  When properly applied, sealant can reduce the absorption of liquids, oils, and stains into the slightly porous surface.

Eventually, sealant will wear off.  You can easily assess its protective condition by sprinkling some water drops on the countertop.  If the water soaks into the granite instead of beading up, the countertops need to be resealed.  Sealant can be done on a yearly maintenance basis or as needed.  You can reseal the surface or have it professionally done by a countertops Victoria stone specialist.

  • The DO NOTs:  there are several important things that you should not do to your granite countertops.

Don’t allow spills to remain: blot up all spills and smears as soon as possible using a paper towel or soft cloth; wiping them only spreads the spill.

Don’t use powdered cleansers on your granite countertops – ever: the pumice in powder cleansers is abrasive and will damage the stone.

Don’t use acidic cleaners containing ammonia or vinegar – ever.

Don’t stand on countertops:  although granite seems indestructible, inconsistencies in the slab may create weakened areas that are invisible to you.  Excessive pressure can cause the slab to crack.

Don’t place hot pans on countertops:  granite is heat resistant but an extremely hot item left for longer than a few minutes can harm the stone.  Use a trivet or mats to protect countertop surfaces.

It’s a good practice to use trivets, hot pads, mats or cutting boards:  place them under ceramic dishes to protect surfaces from scratches. (Granite may not get scratched by your knife, but your knife blade can quickly become dulled when cutting on a granite surface).

Your beautiful countertops were installed with pride by a countertops Victoria specialist.   With simple, regular care, those countertops can add to your pride of home and last through countless generations.