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Saving Green by Going Green

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replacement windows houstonOne of the easiest ways to lower your energy costs is to replace your old, worn-out windows with new, Energy Star-certified models. With a wide selection of styles and manufacturers at our call, Wood Haven Construction can get you on the path to saving money every month right now! Schedule your free estimate with us now.

In relatively no time, you can find yourself enjoying some of the benefits of new windows, such as:

  • Better Performance. Properly-installed energy efficient windows deliver better protection against both heat and cold, and can save you considerable amounts of money on your monthly electric bill. According to the US Department of Energy, replacing your windows can save you an average of $273 a month (depending on a number of factors, including how many windows you replace, if they were single or double pane, and more).
  • A Smart Investment. Energy Star-certified windows can potentially increase the value of your home, especially when it comes time to consider selling it.
  • Protecting the Environment. Since homes with Energy Star-certified products use less energy, they help prevent greenhouse gas emissions. Greater efficiency helps us make the most of our available resources, as well, and replacement windows are a great way to increase yours.
  • Added Confidence. Newer windows are more secure windows. Why worry about older, possibly unsafe windows when new replacement windows can take that off your mind?

 

Call us today to find out how replacement windows can save you money.


Houston is No. 2 on “Fastest Growing Cities” List

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Houston is No. 2 on “Fastest Growing Cities” List

The State of TexasBy adding 34,625 residents to the total living in the area between July 2011 and July 2012, Houston bolstered its population to 2.16 million — the second largest increase for any city in the USA (only New York City had a greater increase). Texas claimed five of the top ten spots on the list, and no other state took more than one spot in the list. The Census Bureau ranked the Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land metropolitan area as “among the fastest-growing MSAs and counties” for that same time period.

What does this mean here in Houston? It means that custom home building is an in-demand industry! Growing as fast as this area is, finding housing can sometimes be difficult. There is plenty of land available, however, and a build on your lot custom homebuilder like Wood Haven Construction can help you build the home of your dreams – or remodel an existing home for you. With services ranging from replacing siding to remodeling a bathroom, putting on a new roof or building you a home from scratch, we can help you feel at home.

Finding a new home can be one of the most stressful things you can do, but it doesn’t have to be. Let Wood Haven Construction help you find a place to call home.


A CUSTOM BAR IS AN AFFORDABLE LUXURY FOR YOU AND A WORTHY INVESTMENT FOR YOUR HOME

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A CUSTOM BAR IS AN AFFORDABLE LUXURY FOR YOU AND A WORTHY INVESTMENT FOR YOUR HOME

When you decide to install a custom bar in your home, only the best will do. Whether you choose a minibar for the corner of your living room or a large full wet bar for your basement man cave, constructing it yourself gives you the freedom to personalize every inch of the installment and get exactly what you want.

Liquor and the Bar

Liquor storage is probably the most important part of your bar, for obvious reasons. For those of you who are looking for a smaller storage solution, all you really need to do is count up the number of bottles you tend to have and get a storage space big enough for them with a little room to grow. But if you’re going to go all out and entertain with a full menu, you’ll need to invest in a much bigger space. You may want to check out a restaurant supply store for professional storage solutions. Usually your storage will be built right into the bar itself, in a cabinet or shelf underneath the countertop. It’s always a good idea to install a safety mechanism on a liquor cabinet.

You can choose just about anything to serve the role of the bar, from a small end table to a huge custom countertop. You can buy or build it in any style you like, from modern metal and mirrors to traditional dark woods, or anything in between. Your available space and your needs will help you decide how big or small you need this part to be. If you are thinking of a space to store your favorite liquors and little else, a small cabinet is all you need. But if you’re looking for a set up to allow you to entertain your friends with a full array of drinks, you’re definitely going to need a larger space with room for a sink and refrigerator, and lots of storage for alcohol, mixers, tools, and glassware. If you’re more of a wine drinker, even a small bar should be equipped with an appropriate refrigerator or wine cooler.

Appliances

There are a few appliances that you may or may not need to include in your plans. A larger bar may benefit from the inclusion of a sink for easier cleanup, but this is not necessary for smaller bars. Installation of a sink will include some plumbing knowledge and may be easier to do with some professional help. If you or your guests prefer wine, you may already own a wine cooler, but if not, it’s a good idea to look into one now. A small refrigerator or cooler is also a good option to look into, especially for those who like mixed drinks. A wine cooler or refrigerator may only require access to a grounded electrical outlet and should be easy to install. Finally, you may also want to install an ice maker, especially if you frequently serve “on the rocks” drinks. This appliance (whether alone or as part of a freezer unit) will require a water source and an electrical outlet, so be careful while installing.

Glassware and Accessories

Glassware storage is another element of your bar to be considered. If you are going with a smaller option, you may choose to continue to keep your highballs and stemware in a kitchen cupboard. A larger bar, or one that’s located far from the kitchen, should have storage just for these, though. Custom hanging racks for stemware are easy to build or buy and install, putting these items in arms reach and out of harm’s way. Shot glasses and other non-stem glasses should be stored on a shelf, ideally with a shelf liner that prevents them from slipping and clinking.

Utensils and equipment are a small item on this list. If mixed drinks are on the menu, a shaker is probably a good choice, along with instruments for measuring jiggers, ponies, and shots. Special spouts are available for liquor bottles, making it easier to pour and measure your spirits. A knife and small cutting board are in order if you like to garnish with a lime, and a muddler is nice if you like mojitos. Drinks aren’t complicated, so you probably already have everything you need in this department.

A home bar is an easy and affordable luxury. With a little money and a few hours of work, you can install the bar of your dreams. With your favorite mixed drink waiting for you at home, even rush hour traffic will be a piece of cake.


SUMMER IS COMING! SET YOUR FAMILY UP FOR LOTS OF FUN IN THE SUN WITH YOUR OWN BACKYARD SWIMMING POOL

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SUMMER IS COMING! SET YOUR FAMILY UP FOR LOTS OF FUN IN THE SUN WITH YOUR OWN BACKYARD SWIMMING POOL

As Spring begins, the weather is beautiful. Winter is past and warmer temperatures are on the way. In fact, Summer isn’t that far away. And that means hot and humid, especially in the southern states. Maybe this is the year to finally beat that heat with your own backyard swimming pool? There are many different factors to consider in this choice, so read on to learn more!

Selecting a Backyard Pool

There are two basic groups of pools, in-ground and above-ground. In-ground pools cost more, but are a permanent addition to your home that will add equity and curb appeal, and be a perk for potential buyers if you ever sell your home. These are available in many sizes and shapes to suit your needs, and can be made of fiberglass, concrete, or vinyl. Each of these options comes with its own specifications (such as price point and required maintenance), so you should get the facts on each one that you’re interested in and compare them with your own unique needs.

If in-ground is not for you, there are also many different above-ground options. These pools are much less expensive and less permanent, and easier to fit into a small yard. They are also moveable, so you can bring it with you should you move to a new home. These are also available in a variety of sizes and shapes, and typically in aluminum, resin, or steel construction. These also each have different price points and maintenance requirements, so again you will need to weigh these options against your own needs.

Installing Your Backyard Pool

Installation of an in-ground pool obviously involves excavation. A very small pool could be installed by hand with a shovel, but generally you’ll want to hire a backhoe to accomplish this task. The pool itself is somewhat complex to install, especially if you chose a larger model, and you should probably contact a professional for help with this installation. It will generally be a few days or a few weeks until the pool is available to enjoy.

Above-ground pools are typically immediately available as a kit from your local dealer. You can purchase it, bring it home, and set it up yourself in as little as a few hours. Even a large above-ground pool can easily be assembled by a homeowner, perhaps with some help from the neighbors.

Backyard Pool Maintenance

A pool, whether in or above the ground, is going to require regular maintenance. Use your skimmer tool often to keep the filters clear of debris. Remember to check the filters regularly and clean out any accumulated gunk. You’ll also need to treat the pool water on a specific schedule to keep the water clean, clear, and safe. The chemicals or treatments you need will depend on the type of pool you have, so check your owner’s manual or ask your dealer for more information about your specific pool.

Decking and Accessories

Once the pool is up and ready to go, you are free to enjoy it at your leisure. Either now or in the future, you may want to complement your backyard oasis with a patio or deck and other accessories. Above-ground pools are often easier to enjoy with a raised (typically wooden) deck and stairs built next to or around it, for easier access. An in-ground pool may be installed with a small amount of border around it, but you may wish to add to it for more space to relax in. Remember to keep your patio water-sealed to protect it from damage! Combine your pool with comfortable chairs, a grilling area, or even a fire pit to create the perfect backyard party zone!

As the heat wave moves in, relax in style with your own custom backyard pool.


ENJOY YOUR BACKYARD THIS SUMMER: BUILDING THE NEW WOODEN DECK FOR FUN AND RELEXATION FOR YOUR FAMILY

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ENJOY YOUR BACKYARD THIS SUMMER: BUILDING THE NEW WOODEN DECK FOR FUN AND RELEXATION FOR YOUR FAMILY

 

Spring and summer, with their warm temperatures, are great for relaxing outside in the fresh air and sunlight. All you really need is some chairs or even a blanket on the ground, but if you’d like to enhance your backyard experience, a deck is a great place to start.

 

Designing your Backyard Deck

 

A deck can be designed individually to suit your needs and desires, and be as simple or as complex as you want, from a multi-level deck with carved railings and a complex wood pattern, to a simple rectangular platform. A good way to decide what you want your deck to look like is to browse photos in a magazine or online and just see what you like and what would work for your family. Your deck can be strictly functional, or decorative in whatever style you like. Remember to add railings if the deck surface is more than a few inches above the ground!

 

Building a Backyard Deck

 

Typically, a deck is made of wood. The most popular material choice is the common two-by-four. These are available in different species of wood, if you’re interested in special options like that. The deck is a simple construction: a skeleton frame underneath, topped with flat boards to create the surface. If the deck is raised up off the ground, the frame will need to be supported from underneath. For safety, it may be best to have at least the supportive structure made professionally, to ensure that it is secure.

 

After the support structure (if needed) and frame are built and in place, it’s time to lay the surface. You can choose to screw these boards down in a pattern, such as diagonal lines, if you prefer. Remember to leave space between the boards. This allows the boards room to swell in damp weather, as well as allowing dirt to fall through, reducing the need to clean the deck.

 

Maintaining Your New Deck

 

It is a good idea to seal your wooden deck. Commercial water sealing products are commonly available and very effective at protecting your deck from the elements. This is an especially important step to take if your deck is near a pool or if you frequently experience damp or humid weather, to prevent rotting and crumbling. Additionally, you can also stain the wood, if you want the look of a luxurious wood like cherry or mahogany without the expense.

 

Maintenance on a wooden deck is relatively simple. You will need to renew the sealant every so often, but other than that all you need to do is sweep it clean!

 

A beautiful wooden deck is a fantastic addition to your backyard, a perfect complement for barbeques, poolside parties, or just relaxing with your family.


DON’T SWEAT IT! PREPARING YOUR AIR CONDITIONER FOR SUMMER: HELPFUL SERVICE TIPS FOR HOME AND OFFICE

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DON’T SWEAT IT! PREPARING YOUR AIR CONDITIONER FOR SUMMER: HELPFUL SERVICE TIPS FOR HOME AND OFFICE

It’s still early in the year, but summer is coming! In Texas and other hot, humid climates, the air conditioner is a necessity for every home and workplace. To ensure your comfort all season long, as well as keep costs in check, it’s important to check and service each AC unit before the start of the hot weather every year.

General Services and Checks

After fall and winter, your unit may have accumulated dirt and debris. Take off the outer casing of the unit (disconnect the power first!) and make sure that no leaves or twigs are still lodged inside. If it’s especially dirty in there, brush away the dirt. Be careful not to damage the coils or bend the delicate fins. You can also remove dirt with a shop vacuum. It’s not a good idea to use your hose to clean it, as you can create mud inside the machine, or get water onto the electrical components.

Air filters are essential to the working of your machine. If the filter is clogged with dirt, air will have a harder time getting through, forcing the compressor to work harder and reducing air flow and energy efficiency. Check yours often, and change them at least once a year.

Check your owner’s manual to see if there are other services you should perform, such as adding lubricating oil, and any bolts or mechanical parts that you should inspect. When you’re done, replace the covers, and check the area for vines and weeds before you go. Carefully restore power to the unit.

When the unit is on again, check for leaks in any ductwork and in seals around doors and windows. You don’t want cooled air to escape the house, nor do you want hot air leaking in. You should also check the insulation around the coolant lines, and replace it if it is frayed or missing.

If you feel that your air conditioner is not performing properly and have done all the recommended DIY servicing, it may be time to call an HVAC professional. It’s not wise to work on the compressor or coolant system without training.

Ways to Improve Efficiency and Lower Costs

Protecting the unit from the sun can make a big difference. Try to place it where it will be in the shade as much as possible, especially during the hottest part of the day. If you can’t relocate the unit, think about erecting a structure over it to shield it, without obstructing air flow.

Air conditioner units are rated for different amounts of square footage. With a little simple math, calculate the square footage of your home and use this as an important part of the purchasing process. If your home is near the top of the size range of a particular model, you should move up to the next size. The unit may cost more, but it will perform much more efficiently and give you the cooling power you need. If you add on to your home or are stuck with a unit that’s too small, consider adding small window or wall units to supplement the output of your main unit.

Temperature settings are an important thing to consider as well. You want to be cool of course, but turning your home or office into a refrigerator is not wise. Cooler air will escape faster with each opening of a door, and it will cost much more in energy to maintain a cooler temperature. It’s a good idea to invest in a programmable thermostat that holds the temperature at an moderate range, and can change it automatically based on your schedule. You can set your office to a warmer temperature during off hours, and your home to cool down when you’re on the way home. Don’t turn the unit off entirely – the cost to maintain a moderate temperature is less than the cost of bringing a high temperature down to a cool one.

Don’t put off these important checks and services! If you need professional servicing, time is of the essence. The hotter it is, the busier the technician will be (and the higher his prices are likely to be)!


BUILDING STORAGE SHED IN YOUR BACKYARD: A BIG DO IT YOURSELF PROJECT THAT STORES BIG REWARDS FOR YOU

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BUILDING STORAGE SHED IN YOUR BACKYARD: A BIG DO IT YOURSELF PROJECT THAT STORES BIG REWARDS FOR YOU

 

Most Americans seem to be experiencing a real lack of storage in their homes. The self-storage business is booming, and hardly anybody has even an inch of extra space in their closets and garages. If this condition is cramping your style, it may be time to build a storage shed in your backyard.

 

Select Site and Size

 

Your first step will be to determine the site of your new shed. You’ll want your shed to be easily accessible and close to any activities you’ll use it for. For example, if you’re storing garden tools in it, you probably should place it near the garden.

 

Keep the size of the planned shed in mind as you scout locations. It obviously has to fit in the space you choose. Think not only of what you specifically want to use the shed for, but what it may also be used for. You may be planning it only for storing your children’s outdoor toys, but maybe you’d like to store holiday decorations in it as well? The larger the shed, the more it will cost, but a shed that’s too small will be frustrating to use.

 

Sketch out an idea of what you want the shed to look like, including a floor plan. Use resources in print or online to develop plans for the building. Make sure to check your local building codes as well! Your building plans should provide you with a tidy list of materials to buy.

 

At the Store

 

Now that you’ve got a site and a plan, you can head to the home improvement store. While you’re on the way, think about going with a prefabricated unit. Many stores such as Home Depot display a variety of prefab storage units (usually in their parking lot) that you can check out. These units are partially built in advance, so all you have to do is stand up the walls and fasten them together and put the roof on. These units greatly simplify the process, but you may pay a premium for the convenience.

 

If you’re more of a do-it-yourself person, take your list inside the store, grab a big cart, and get shopping! Your shopping list will vary depending on your choices, but your list will certainly include lumber for framing the structure, outer wall coverings, roofing material, and foundation or flooring materials. You’ll also need a copious amount of nails or screws. You may want to look at a nail gun or electric screwdriver if you don’t already own one.

 

Stabilize the Building

 

Your shed needs some legs to stand on. Prefab sheds almost always come with a floor, which stabilizes the walls and frees you from the necessity of laying a concrete foundation. (This also makes it possible to move the structure if necessary.) If you are building from scratch, you can choose either method: solid foundation or flooring. Whichever way you decide to go, make sure to follow the directions from the manufacturer and from your building plans.

 

Erecting the Structure

 

Next up are the walls. These are already built for you in a prefab unit, but you get to build them yourself if you’re following a plan. If this is your first attempt at framing, you would do well to look up a tutorial for this process. You will be building a rectangular skeleton, with the “bones” (the studs) spaced every 12 inches. Make sure to leave an appropriately-sized gap for the door!

 

You have a choice of wall coverings. Corrugated metal is a common choice because it is lightweight and simple to install. You can also choose HardiePlank, or wooden or plastic siding.

 

Arguably, the most important part of the structure is the roof. Roofs are usually framed differently from walls, so make sure you do some research and get it right! You’ll also need to pay attention to the grade or angle of your roof slope; this is important to ensure runoff and reduce the weight that snow delivers to the structure. Roofs can be built on the ground and then lifted into place and secured, and can be covered by corrugated metal or traditional shingles.

 

Last but not least, it’s time to fit the door. You’ll probably just buy a door and hinges and install it. If you’re planning to store, say, a lawnmower inside, you may spring for double doors, for easier access.

 

Extras

 

You may want to install a ramp, especially if the floor of the shed is raised, for your own convenience. You can insulate the interior of the shed to better protect your items, and you can even finish the walls if you like. You’ll probably want to install your choice of shelving and storage racks in the shed to accommodate the items you’ll be storing inside. Unless you’re certain that no shady characters will have access (or don’t value the contents too highly), you’ll want to install a secure lock on the door. If you included windows, those need to lock too.

 

Building a backyard storage shed from scratch is not a task for the lighthearted. It’s a complicated project for a skilled DIY craftsman. But it’s also quite a bit of fun and extremely rewarding.


CLEAR VIEWS AHEAD: INSTALLING ENERGY-SAVINGS WINDOWS IN YOUR HOME TO ENSURE A WARM WINTER WITHOUT WASTE!

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CLEAR VIEWS AHEAD: INSTALLING ENERGY-SAVINGS WINDOWS IN YOUR HOME TO ENSURE A WARM WINTER WITHOUT WASTE!

 

Winter is coming, and with it comes the hum of heaters, furnaces, and fireplaces in homes across the nation. Homeowners dread winter and summer, because the cost of heating and cooling a home can be astronomical. Efficient insulation is the best way to protect your home from high energy bills, but sometimes that’s not enough. Old drafty windows are a big outlet for all that expensive air. If you are still experiencing difficulty keeping your house warm, find out if your money is blowing right out your windows, and replace them!

 

Window Construction

 

Windows are a fairly simple material, constructed of a metal or plastic frame and clear panes. The panes are generally made of glass, but it’s possible to find them in clear acrylic or plexiglass if breakage is a concern. Windows can be fixed, meaning that they do not open, but the vast majority of windows open in some way. Single-hung windows are probably the most well-known; these are the kind where the bottom part of the window slides up to allow ventilation. Double-hung and sliding sash windows are also available, as well as several kinds of casement windows (these allow the window to open on hinges rather than sliders). Specialty styles of windows including bay, picture, jalousie, and hopper add interest to a building.

 

In the past, windows were constructed with many small panes of glass held together by mullions, because large panes of glass were unavailable. These small fragile panes were easily broken, and the mullions were often a source of drafts. When large panes were available, they were enthusiastically welcomed. The efficiency of the window was increased even more with the concept of using caulking to seal the window. The concept began with various kinds of gummy substances such as tree sap, but now it is common to use synthetic compounds including silicone or polyurethane. These materials fill the tiny gaps around the window and prevent air from escaping.

 

Until relatively recently, all windows were made with one layer of glass. Now, the best choice is a double-paned window, meaning that it’s constructed with two layers of glass back to back. This doubles the thermal protection of your window, and has no effect on the look of the window.

 

Energy Star and Energy Efficiency

 

Many people know that appliances get Energy Star ratings, but did you know that windows receive these ratings as well? Efficient, energy-saving windows can save you up to $465 a year when you replace your old single-panes. This benefits you immediately by reducing your heating and cooling needs, and continues to pay for itself and reduce your costs throughout the life of the window. Energy star windows are all double-paned, because the two layers of glass provide optimal thermal conditions, keeping heated air in during the winter, and keeping cooled air in during the summer.

 

In addition to choosing Energy Star rated windows, you may want to consider additions. There are a number of specialized window films on the market to help you achieve results. If you want to draw in more heat from a north-facing window (or prevent it from escaping), try a heat retention film. If you want to reflect some of the harsh summer sun on your southern windows, look for a heat rejection film. These also often aid in preventing UV rays from entering and damaging the people and objects inside. If privacy is a concern, some films are designed to obscure the window without the higher cost of specialty frosted glass.

 

Replacing Windows

 

Removing old windows and installing new ones is a pretty easy process. Unless you’re looking to remodel the room by putting in a new kind of window, you will generally choose a new window that is the same size as the old one, making removal and installation easy as pie. Windows are manufactured in a wide range of standard sizes, so it’s easy to find and choose windows that fit, as well as making it easy to exchange them, such as replacing a sash window with a casement. A skilled contractor can probably replace your windows with a minimum amount of mess and time, quickly putting you on the road to lower utility bills and beautiful views.

 

Some people are afraid of the cost of home improvements, worrying that the money they spend on their home isn’t worth it. But improvements to the efficiency of your home, such as insulation, efficient windows, and other energy-saving choices, pay for themselves quickly, and continue to save money for decades to come, as well as adding value to the home for future owners.


SELECTING APPLIANCES FOR YOUR HOME: A QUICK DECISION-MAKING GUIDE FOR LAUNDRY AND KITCHEN APPLIANCES

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SELECTING APPLIANCES FOR YOUR HOME: A QUICK DECISION-MAKING GUIDE FOR LAUNDRY AND KITCHEN APPLIANCES

 

Not so long ago, a housewife or a maid had to do all the tough cleaning tasks by hand, and the kitchen often consisted of a fire and a bucket of water. Not so anymore! We are surrounded by machines that simplify our lives. When you’re in the market for new appliances, the number of choices can be overwhelming. Here’s a quick guide to help you understand what your options are, and how to choose the item that will work best for you.

 

Laundry

 

Laundry is often the most-disliked task in the house, probably because it is never totally complete. Choosing laundry machines that suit your needs will help alleviate that problem. First, consider the capacity you need. Home improvement stores often have a simple chart aligning the number of people in the home with the recommended capacity, but as an obvious rule of thumb, bigger families need bigger machines. When you know what size you’re looking for, turn your eyes to the energy usage. Each washer should have an Energy Star rating which shows how much energy they use per load, and how that usage ranks among other similar machines. This is important information to you because you’ll want to consider the cost of using it as well as the cost of purchasing it. Dryers do not receive Energy Star ratings, but often still have energy-use comparisons. Beyond this, there are plenty of options to consider, from the looks of the outside casing to storage compartments.

 

Dishwasher

 

If there is a chore that competes with laundry for Most Disliked, it’s got to be washing dishes. Electric dishwashers have been around for decades, but are not always included in kitchens, and many people still choose not to have them. If you want to be free from scrubbing, check out your options. Dishwashers are pretty much all the same size, although you may invest in a professional-sized one if you choose, and they all work pretty much the same way. The first factor you should consider in your choice is the Energy Star rating the machine receives, so you can choose one that conserves energy and money. The other options you’ll have are largely cosmetic, such as the outside casing or the configuration of the racks inside.

 

Refrigerator

 

The refrigerator is often the center of the kitchen, whether it’s sleek and stylish or covered with children’s artwork. There are several different types on the market, with single doors, side-by-side doors, French doors, extra wide, freezer drawers, and optional icemakers – it may be overwhelming. Think about the ones you’ve had, and the ones your friends have, and how they serve your needs. Take a stroll in the appliance department and spend some time with them to decide which layout works best for you. After that, take a look at the Energy Star ratings. The refrigerator is running 24 hours a day, so you will definitely want one that is efficient while it does its job. When you’ve chosen a model, you’ll probably have a choice for the outside casing. Do you want classic white, stainless steel, or maybe retro avocado?

 

Oven and Range

 

The oven and cooking range are a part of the kitchen that isn’t usually thought about unless it’s broken. When it is, though, that may be the best time to upgrade. Did you know that you can buy the oven and range separately? Homeowners often choose to locate the range on their kitchen island, where it can be central to the cooking process, while putting the oven off to the side, inside a wall and raised up to eye level for easier baking. If that’s not for you, traditional combined stoves are also still popular. These appliances do not receive energy ratings, but the salesperson should be equipped with information to help you choose one that suits your needs.

 

Small Kitchen Appliances

 

Alongside those large appliances, we often fill our kitchens with a number of small appliances to make our cooking tasks easier. The microwave, once large and expensive, is now small, cheap, and nearly ubiquitous because of its ability to simplify cooking tasks. These are available from many manufacturers at your local mass market store, and choosing one is as simple as comparing a few specifications on each model, and picking one that fits your budget as well as your needs. Blenders and toasters are good examples of items where your personal preferences are the main concern. If you have a smoothie every morning, or your kids are really picky about their toast, you may want to invest in the high end models. On the other hand, if you don’t need one that’ll last for decades, you can choose a model with less durability and a lower price tag. Slow cookers, waffle irons, and electric griddles are another category of small kitchen appliances which are even easier to choose between. In general, there aren’t many differences between these items, so you’re free to choose one based on nothing more than looks and price.

 

There are dozens of different appliances on the market, each with dozens of different options to choose from. These machines exist to make our lives easier, so choosing one shouldn’t be difficult.


INSTALLING A LUXURIOUS SPA TUB IN THE BATHROOM: STEPS TO TAKE TO REPLACE THAT OLDER STANDARD BATHBUB

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INSTALLING A LUXURIOUS SPA TUB IN THE BATHROOM: STEPS TO TAKE TO REPLACE THAT OLDER STANDARD BATHTUB

 

Spa tubs are a fantastic invention. They are deeply relaxing – perfect for escaping the stress of daily life. The jets and ergonomic shapes are great for bodies in need of care, whether you’re suffering from arthritis, sports injuries, or just soreness from working all day. Installing a spa tub in your own bathroom is a serious undertaking, but it is within your reach!

 

Selecting A New Spa Tub

 

The first step in selecting your new bathtub is measuring the space you have to work with. Spa tubs are almost always bigger than the standard tub, so there will have to be at least some bathroom renovation. You may need or want to remove structural elements such as dividing walls. But you need to be aware of any load-bearing walls, and be sure of the amount of space you have to work with. You can’t choose a tub that’s bigger than the room it’s going into, after all. When you’re armed with your room measurements, also take a moment to measure the door into the room, as well as any other doors, hallways, or tight corners between the entrance to your home and the bathroom – you want to be sure that the tub will be able to get into the room!

 

Demolition

 

Removing an old tub can be quite a job. The tub itself may be heavy, and should have been securely sealed in place. There are also several plumbing pieces in place, around which you need to be careful. (Make sure the water to the room is turned off before beginning!)

 

Since the new tub is bigger than the old one, removing the tub is not enough. You will want to remove all the flooring (tiles, laminate, or whatever you have) from the space that will be occupied by the new tub. You may also have chosen to remove dividing walls or do other renovations. Special tools may be needed to scrape, pry, and remove the old materials.

 

Before installation, you will want to be sure that all the debris has been cleared away (contact your waste removal company to find out about disposal options) and the area is all clean.

 

Installing A New Tub

 

Installation is not a one-man job. The new tub is large and heavy and you will need help maneuvering it into place. You should also consider hiring a professional plumber for this job, to make sure that all the plumbing is properly connected and sealed. This will eliminate problems and ensure that you’ll be able to use your new spa tub right away, without fear of leaks.

 

When the tub has been hooked up, it needs to be sealed in place. A clear waterproof caulk is used for this for several reasons. It helps to keep the tub in place without wiggling or migrating. It also seals the joints between the tub and the floor and walls so that water cannot get in and cause damage where you can’t see it.

 

Reinstalling flooring and wall coverings will probably be the last task in this renovation. You may take this opportunity to replace these in the whole room, or choose to match the old choices.

 

With your new spa tub in place, all that’s left to do is lay back and enjoy the relaxing jets and bubbles. This project will generally take at least a weekend and is often too difficult to do yourself, but the results are always worth the work.