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Design, Space Savers

Tiny House Space Saving Tricks

Looking for a few space-saving, clutter-reducing, design enhancing, tips and tricks for your home? Many of the same clever hacks that can help a 200-square-foot micro apartment or shed-sized tiny house feel livable translate beautifully to more average-sized living spaces. Pack in an extra guest bed, create a movie theater in your living room, organize your kitchen and hide stuff you don’t use often like the tiny house pros! The Minim House by Minim Micro Homes puts a bunch of high-impact yet simple and affordable tricks to work. This results in a compact, portable home that doesn’t rely on a loft to save space.

Tuck Away your Sleeping Quarters

Lofts are a common feature in most small homes and apartments for a reason. They really do make a world of difference when the ceiling is high enough, taking full advantage of vertical space. A bed isn’t needed for most of the day, so there’s no reason to let it commandeer a huge swath of valuable floor space 24/7. However, lofts aren’t accessible to everyone. Even the slimmest of ladders and narrow, double-duty stairs can still get in the way. The Minim House was built to fit within the constraints of a road-legal trailer, so it has a relatively low ceiling. The solution? Tucking the bed beneath a platform that serves as the floor to a music studio. The low-profile bed is on casters, so it’s easy to pull out when you need it. This concept could easily be adapted so that home offices and studios can do double-duty as a guest room. In this case, the end of the mattress is left exposed, but you could modify it with the addition of an end panel, and even add a step that functions as a side table when the bed is pulled out.

Use Window Treatments as a Movie Screen

Think you don’t have room in your living room for a projection screen to create your own private movie theater? If you have windows, you have more space than you realize. Minim anchored this screen just above the four large windows that line one side of the tiny house. Not only is it unobtrusive when it’s not in use, it functions to block out daylight if you want to watch movies while the sun is shining. Mounted on a single pedestal, the portable table can be placed in front of the couch as a dining surface, lowered for use as a coffee table, moved to the window as a work surface or placed off to the side to free up floor space.

Mount a Shower Head from your Ceiling

The entire bathroom is clad in stainless steel. The reason for this? To fit a shower into the stall-sized space, with the shower head mounted on the ceiling. When the water is on, you just pull out the shower curtain to keep the toilet from getting wet. Able to go entirely off-grid, the Minim House has a 900-watt solar array on the roof. The home is also equipped with a battery storage system. This system primarily runs 12-volt appliances like LED lights and a marine refrigerator. It’s clad in cypress, gathers its own rainwater. The original is located at the Micro Showcase in Washington D.C., if you get a chance to check it out in person. See Pictures Here: Get Space-Saving Ideas From This Clever Tiny House  
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Cleaning

Save Time and Effort by Learning What you can Clean Less Often

Many people pride themselves on keeping their living space clean. It may be surprising that there are certain items and spaces that actually don’t require as much washing and scrubbing as some may think. These 9 things that may not need to be cleaned as often as once though:.
  1.  Pillows

    Pillow cases need to be washed once every other week. Pillows can go three to six months without being cleaned. When ready to be washed, most pillows can be placed in a washing machine and tumbled dry.

    Comforter

    Similar to pillows, comforters need only to be washed four times a year. This does not include duvet cover.

    Smartphone

    Though tempting to clean a smartphone every day, it is not necessary. Instead, washing hands before tapping on the touch screen, then cleaning the phone once a week with antibacterial wipes will be sufficient.

    Oven

    Auto-cleaning an oven takes it out of commission for a number of hours. Still, it should be done at least once a month. However, a deep clean once every three to four months is a great way to get rid of drips or drops that may cause excessive smoke or smell when using the oven.

    Pantry

    It may be common to reorganize the pantry after each visit to the grocery store. Purging the pantry once every season is a good plan. Dry and canned goods last a long time. Instead of focusing on the pantry, place more efforts on cleaning the refrigerator more often, where food tends to spoil…fast.

    Bath Toys

    Squeeze out any liquid after a toy has been used, then once a month soak the toys in a bucket filled with a gallon of water and a half cup of vinegar.

    Books

    It is not necessary to clean the spines of books as often as the shelves are dusted. A good wipe down on the book spines once a season is enough. This will help protect the condition of the books.

    Furniture Slipcovers

    Twice a year is good enough for slip covers.

    Towels

    Stretch the lifespan of towels by using the same one for up to a week. As long as towels are hung up so they can properly air-dry without getting mildewed, there should be no problems.
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Renovations
 

Beyond DIY: Tips from ‘This Old House’ to save on a home remodel

We can’t emphasize enough how critical a budget is to a successful remodeling project. Too many remodeling regrets are related to the budget. Some come in the form of “we should have gone ahead and done X at that time” as well as “we’re halfway through the project, but we have used up the entire budget already.” Getting budget and project aligned is a step that must be addressed in the planning stage to avoid those regrets. With that said, we all want to save money anytime we can, and this article offers just that. While much of the information is directed at the do-it-yourself individual, there are tips that apply to any type of remodeler. Saving money with manual labor is a given. However, not everyone has the time or skill set to save money with manual labor. Instead, we would like to point out a few of their more general tips.

Increase Efficiency

• The first way the article suggests to save money on a remodel is to increase efficiency not size. That saying is practically a mantra around our office. Less square footage will always save money on the overall budget. We always tell our clients that the basic remodeling formula is Size x Finish = Cost. If you can reconfigure existing space without building an addition, you can save a lot of money. Plus, using space differently within your home can change your life. Moving walls within your home — even structural bearing walls — is more cost-effective than adding on. Just having more space is not the answer to a home that doesn’t have a functional floor plan. When clients come to us asking for a new room out back or over the garage, we step back and discuss how they use their current space and how they intend to use the new space. Often their goals can be reached within the confines of their existing walls or with an addition that is considerably smaller than they originally imagined.

Consult an Architect

• Another suggestion from “This Old House” is to consult an architect. We love it when an outside source sees value in what we do. We can endlessly preach that consulting an architect will save money in the long run, but it will always sound self-serving. Glave writes that not every remodeling project requires the full participation of an architect. However, a homeowner can certainly benefit by at least consulting with one at the beginning of the project. An architect can help them get on the right path, and he or she can consult with them throughout the project as needed.

Make Decisions Beforehand

• Another great “This Old House” tip: Make decisions early. How often have we heard, “But we don’t have to decide that (choose that) yet, do we? Can’t we wait until we get closer to that?” One of the benefits of working with an architect is that we are great nags; we will always urge a homeowner to plan everything possible as soon as possible. This not only helps keep the budget in line, it will make for a smoother, more successful end result. If a homeowner creates accurate and thorough specifications for the project, then he or she will be able to balance the budget and schedule the project successfully. This includes listing all finishes (such as flooring, countertops, etc.) and fixtures (such as appliances, plumbing fixtures, etc.), as well as selecting all building materials (windows, doors, siding, etc.) up front.  This is a great reality check that should not wait until the project is underway
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Preventative
 

Beat the Heat with these Tips

When sky-high temperatures don’t abate at night, the heat can interfere with your sleep patterns. Here are 12 quick remedies to help you beat the heat this summer.
  1. Freeze your pillow
  2. Make Your Own Air Conditioner
  3. Dip Your Sheets
  4. Chill Beverages in a Snap
  5. Run a Fan with the A/C On
  6. Break the Ice
  7. Scale Back on the Appliance Use
  8. Cross Ventilate
  9. Keep Doors Closed to Keep Cool
  10. Run Your Ceiling Fan Counter-clockwise
  11. Harness the Use of Double-Hung Windows
  12. Circulate Basement Air
See All of the Ideas Here: 12 Hacks to Help Beat the Summer Heat
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Renovations, Uncategorized

Use These Tips to Make Living Through a Remodel Easier

Allergies will most likely be triggered when construction dust is everywhere in your home during a remodel. Demolition and drywall sanding can cause airborne dust that can be hard to keep under control. If you are planning on living in your home during a remodel, you must be prepared for due diligence and what you are willing to tolerate if you are planning on living in your home during a remodel.
Unless you are tearing your home down to the studs, most people who choose to live in their house during construction can survive the process with careful planning. Don’t wait until the job starts to assign your designated living space and get situated within your home. You also have to be prepared to get ahead of the dust before the remodel begins. Here are some of the ways I help contain the dust and keep my clients’ homes clean. Use these tips and pass them onto your general contractor.
  1. Pack Like You’re Moving
  2. Create a Zone
  3. Zip Up The Walls
  4. Set Up a Temporary Kitchen
  5. Broom Sweep Clean
  6. Spray Down The Dust
For Even More Details, Click Here: Surviving a Remodel
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Renovations, Uncategorized

Get Inspired with this Kitchen Transformation

When they bought their home, Kelly Goldman and her husband Jonathan knew that every single element within its kitchen needed updating. The Goldman’s wasted absolutely no time getting to work. In fact, they started the DIY demo the very day they closed escrow! Then they found that various portions of the project took considerable time — and they also paced everything in order to pay for it. So it wasn’t until a year and a half later that the family would be able to enjoy the fruits of their fully DIY labor. In the end, they created a spectacular transformation on a fraction of a traditional remodel budget that was so worth the wait. Read More Here: Kitchen DIY Transformation
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Cleaning, Uncategorized

Clean a Mirror

You don’t have to buy glass cleaners and paper towels to clean your mirrors.  Just some vinegar and an old newspaper is all you need to keep your mirrors shining as new. Your house will look cleaner if the mirrors are clean.

Rinse Your Plate

Cleaning plates can be tough once they have sat for a while without a rinse. I rinse my plate after dinner and have all my family members do the same and it makes washing plates so easy. It is a small and simple habit but makes a lot of trouble easier. I don’t like trying to scrub dried food off of dishes, do you?

Cleaning the Oven

Does your oven get used every day?  Someday if you’re not using your oven, give it a quick spray of oven cleaner and keep it like that till the next day. Before you turn on your oven the next day, give it a quick wipe down. The baked on stuff comes off much easier than ever.

Cleaning the Microwave

Cleaning a microwave is easy. Fill up a cup of water and put it in there on high for a few minutes. The steam from the cup will loosen any stuck-on food, and then you can just wipe it away. It’s that simple.

Cleaning the Fridge

A fridge looks big and cleaning it looks even bigger. Follow my steps and the work will be a bit easier. First toss out any bad food. Then start with wiping down the top shelves and work down. Baking soda and water make a great cleaner and won’t leave your fridge smelling like harsh cleanser. After you wipe out the crispers, line them with paper towels for easier cleaning next time. Cleaning the fridge was never this easy.

Cleaning your Bathroom

You can use lemon oil to shine the tiles of your bathroom. Lemon oil will also prevent mold and mildew. Use a false teeth bubbling tablet to avoid rings. Sometimes the problem with shower is that hard water gets build up there. Fill a plastic bag with vinegar and place it over shower head to remove hard water buildup. You can use alcohol to  shine bathroom faucets.

Toilet Hygiene

One of the most hated things to do but fortuitously, it can be done very fast if you follow the way I do, few steps to follow to get it done quickly. First pour some cleaner in the bowl to soak. Then wipe down the seat and outside of the bowl with an antibacterial wipe or spray cleaner. After that scrub the bowl with a toilet brush and finally wipe down everything again with a dry cloth to make it shine.

Bathtubs can be cleaned too EASILY

To clean bathtubs here are a few things that may help: Use a cleanser that will foam or bubble. This allows you to “soak” your tub or shower, even if it’s a vertical wall. Get a scrubber that fits your needs, a long-handled one or an extra firm one, pick a scrubber that will be easiest for you to use. Moreover, spraying the tub or shower down after each use can make deep cleaning easier.
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Renovations
A home isn’t just a place to live, it’s a canvas for personal expression, a showcase for your unique style. But as a renter, you simply don’t have the carte blanche that homeowners enjoy. Still, there are plenty of things you can do to spruce up your living space. Follow these tips and you’ll be able to make your rental feel like home sweet home, without getting into hot water with your landlord.

Check Your Rental Agreement

Before you start getting too excited about home improvement projects, it’s best to peruse your rental agreement to see what sort of alterations it allows. Some landlords are rather strict about what changes they will permit while others take a more laissez-faire approach.

Talk to Your Landlord

If your rental agreement allows you to do the projects you have in mind without consulting your landlord, then go right ahead and do them. If not, you may still be able to make improvements, so long as you discuss them with your landlord first. You never know – your property owner might be willing to make an exception if you sit down with them and present the changes you’d like to make, especially if you can convince them that your improvements will bolster their property value.  You might even be able to convince them to deduct labor and materials from your rent. Read More Here: What Renters Can and Cannot Change
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Renovations

Renovation Techniques to Help you Save

Homeowners and homebuyers alike have the struggle of deciding if they should renovate a home. A renovation can cost thousands of dollars and be very time consuming – making buyers cringe and sellers groan. How can you avoid these headaches?
When thinking of potential renovation projects it is important to consider if the costs are going to outweigh the benefits. If you’re hoping to sell your home soon – one to two years – you want to prioritize projects that are going to give you the most return on your investment. Ultimately you should make decisions based on your budget, time constraints, and the type of home you are renovating. A modern kitchen can look out of place in a historic home just as wood paneling looks dated in a newer, updated home. The projects below can be adapted to many different styles and budgets, making them a good starting point for those looking to both upgrade their home and spend wisely. 1. Entry Door Replacement/Remodel 2. Insulating the Attic 3. Adding an Attic Bedroom 4. Remodeling the Kitchen 5. Siding Replacement To Read More: Renovating your Home with the Best ROI
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