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Proven steps to buying a house

Proven steps to buying a house

Home & Garden
Getting ready to purchase a new home is exciting, but also stressful and nerve-wracking. Many people simply don't know where to begin or how to proceed through the steps of buying a home. Using a house hunting checklist like the one below can make the process easier. How to Buy a House Step #1: Get a Realtor It's possible to buy a home without a real estate agent, but average people without experience in real estate or legal fields will need the assistance of a good realtor. A real estate agent can get appointments to see homes, help buyers make offers and negotiate house prices, and communicate with the seller. Particularly if a person is buying a home on a tight schedule while on a house hunting trip, a real estate agent comes in handy. Buying a New Home Step #2: See Houses It...
Most popular homes of 20s captures architecture

Most popular homes of 20s captures architecture

Home & Garden
Based on a popular catalog of house plans for primarily smaller to mid-size homes, The Most Popular Homes of the Twenties includes a variety of looks from southwestern style to Dutch Colonial Revival. Daniel D. Reiff Supplies New Introduction Originally published in 1925 as The Most Popular Homes in America by American Builder, Daniel D. Reiff has written a new introduction and added supplementary drawings of period homes to the book. Reiff explains the advent of catalogs from which prospective homeowners could order their plans, materials, or other necessities with the most famous being the Sears, Roebuck and Company catalog homes. The purpose of this particular book was not to sell homes but rather to encourage readers to build homes using the enclosed plans. With each dr...
Key areas for exterior home improvement

Key areas for exterior home improvement

Home & Garden
When folks drive down your street, is it your house they notice? Or does your house blend in among the others, almost seeming invisible in the streetscape? Tons of shows on television and YouTube demonstrate how to give your home that extra curb-appealing pizzazz… so what are a few tricks of the trade to make your home the envy of the Joneses? If you have lots of money to spend, you can hire landscaping and decorating experts to transform the exterior home improvement meaningful, but it’s easy enough to accomplish an impressive level of transformation on your own. Fresh Coat of Paint Painting your entire house is a daunting and costly proposition. If it hasn’t been too long since your house was painted, sometimes you can get away with painting a few small elements of the house, l...
How to turn tiny bathroom into spacious oasis

How to turn tiny bathroom into spacious oasis

Home & Garden
Bathrooms are typically the smallest rooms in the house and often feel that way, leaving little room to move. Combat the claustrophobic feeling that some small bathrooms exude by following a few of the decorating tips below. In this article titled How To Turn Tiny Bathroom Into Spacious Oasis, we will take a look to some of the significant ways to bathroom remodel. Splurge on Luxurious Essentials Buy the softest bath towels around, splurge on the expensive soaps and shampoos, and find a bath mat that feels heavenly on bare feet. Look for ways to pump up the luxury quotient in the bathroom essentials. New Towel Rack A heated towel rack in the bathroom is one of those really extravagant extras that make each bath a joy. But not every bathroom can accommodate such a luxury so ...
Using color to design room saves money

Using color to design room saves money

Home & Garden
Interior designers are well worth their weight in gold, but in today's tight economy, gold is a little harder to come by than it once was! Money need not be an issue when it comes to creating a truly Impressive home interior, however. By understanding a few basic styling principles about color, you can create a truly beautiful interior without cashing in the 401K. The Right Color Can Change The Look of a Room Before starting an interior styling project it's important to determine a color scheme. Quite often, just changing colors in a room is all that's needed to create a brand new style or create a feeling of freshness. For many people, however, selecting the correct color is often the most daunting part of the process. How to Choose The Correct Color Color preference is as...
How fiberglass insulation works

How fiberglass insulation works

Home & Garden
Fiberglass insulation is designed to be fluffy and take up as much of a framing cavity as possible. Fiberglass insulation is also designed to be encapsulated, which means covered on all sides, like a box. For maximum efficiency of fiberglass insulation, the encapsulation should be sealed not allowing air movement. But here is the confusing part. The woven fibers that make up fiberglass is not an insulation material. The layers of woven fiberglass create air pockets that are designed to trap the air inside the framing cavities and prevent thermal changes from occurring. While most people accept this explanation, there are some major problems with this scientific explanation: Problem 1: There is no such thing as an air tight framing cavity. Air movement is imminent unless closed cell ...