Day: January 11, 2019

Survival Tips For Your Kitchen Remodeling Project

Homeowners often report that a kitchen remodeling project is worth the hassle, but only if they’ve had a few months to remove themselves from the experience! If you’re considering starting a project of this magnitude, here are a few ways that you can make the entire experience more bearable and less stressful.

Know Where Your Water Shut Off Valves Are Before Starting Kitchen Remodeling

If you’re having a new faucet or dishwasher put in, you’re going to need to turn off the water before removing the old fixtures. Some homes have a shut off valve under the sink that enables homeowners to simply turn off the access to the sink and dishwasher. If you don’t have these, you’ll likely have to turn off the water to your entire home! Luckily, installing a shut off valve that controls the kitchen’s access to water is simple and can typically be done by a handyman before you start your project. It’s a small step, but one that can definitely make your life easier during the remodel.

Move Your Refrigerator

If you’re replacing the flooring or changing the layout of your cabinets, you probably need to move your refrigerator to another part of the home. If you can, plug it in so that it can run in another room in your house. It may be a slight hassle to have to go to another room to get a glass or milk or a snack, but having access to perishables can cut down on the meals that you have to purchase during your kitchen remodeling.

Try To Eat Healthily

You may not expect to gain weight during your kitchen remodeling, but the truth is that most people do gain a little. When you don’t have access to an oven, you may feel forced to eat restaurant foods like burgers and fries or pizza. If you can, look for healthier options such as cold cut subs with light mayo or salads with lower calorie dressings (if your fridge is working, add your own dressing so that you know just how many calories are in each tablespoon of salad dressing!). If possible, try to find a few healthy slow cooker recipes that can be cooked without using your oven. Grocery stores even sell plastic slow cooker liners that can minimize the mess.

Use Disposable Dishes

Now isn’t the time to do dishes by hand, especially if your sink isn’t connected to a water supply. To help make your life easier, buy a supply of disposable cutlery, plates and bowls. While this isn’t a very eco-friendly option, it will be temporary. Once your sink and dishwasher are connected, you’ll be able to go back to washing your own dishes instead of using disposable ones.

While it’s true that a kitchen remodeling project can wreck havoc on your home life, most homeowners report that the end result is well worth the hassle. To help your family survive, use these tips and you’ll end up with a kitchen of your …

Why You Should Use Stone Pavers In Your Bathroom

Apart from the fact that they look amazing, there are many practical reasons that you should incorporate stone pavers into your bathroom design. It does not matter whether you’re renovating your own private ensuite retreat or doing up the family bathroom, stone pavers can be a useful and aesthetically appealing addition.

Firstly, stone pavers are highly durable. They will be able to handle the general wear and tear that comes with a bathroom, especially a family one, and will not easily chip or break. Most stones also have natural salt and stain resistance, or can be sealed to do so; messy children (or partners) are no issue.

Stone pavers can be highly versatile, especially in a bathroom environment. They can be used as floors, walls, cladding – anything you want. Imagine stepping into a shower that is covered floor to ceiling in pavers so that you feel as if you’re in a stone cave or underneath a waterfall. Or think of yourself sliding into a spa bath that has been lined with smooth stone pavers in an array of natural looking textures and colors. These bathrooms look and sound fantastic and highly relaxing.

Not only do they look nice, stone pavers act as insulators without you having to do anything more than lay them. They heat up slowly during the day and release that heat at night, great for winter when you don’t want the kids walking around on cold bathroom floors. In summer, they also stay nice and cool during the day when your feet need a cool off.

If you have used pavers in other areas of your house, such as in the kitchen or living areas or even outside, you can continue the theme in your bathroom by using the same sort of stone. It’s very aesthetically pleasing and you will find that having a continuous theme to your pavers will make it an easy transition from room to room, area to area.

As well as all this, using pavers of stone in your bathroom can really add value to your home. They are fireproof, vermin-proof (meaning bugs and pests can’t get through them) and rot resistant, making your stone pavers a great selling point if you ever decide it’s time to move on.

But what stone pavers should I use in my bathroom? Pavers made of sandstone, once they have been tested for quality, are slip resistant and so make an ideal choice. Limestone and travertine pavers are also highly popular as they can be sealed and look really nice in the bathroom. Quartzite has low water absorption, making it suitable for wet areas, as does bluestone, which is also slip resistant. With the range of choices available, you’ll find pavers to suit every bathroom.…

Two Little Known Secrets of Hydroponic Gardening

The popularity of hydroponic gardening is growing by the day and this form of gardening is very easily done in small spaces, so even city dwelling individuals are able to have their own gardens in their small areas of free space. There are two secrets about successful hydroponic gardening that most professionals will not share with the general public; after all if the general public knew all that the experts did, there would be no need for experts. I am not into all that profession hyperbole, though I do have degrees in this field and have a professional experience as well. I really believe that hydroponic gardening is a very good and healthy solution for a very tight grocery budget because it works in my house. Our family enjoys fruits and vegetables all year around with our little set up and we love it that the herbs we use in cooking are fresh cut as we need them. Read on to find out two industry secrets that will have your hydroponic gardens flourishing.

You know that stuff you use when you get a splinter and it got infected? You know, that hydrogen peroxide that will bubble the daylights out of the infection? Well, it is wonderful to kill dangerous germs or bacteria in a hydroponic garden system also. When this is used properly, you will see the results as your garden flourishes. The largest problem with hydroponics gardening is keeping the nutrient solution free of contamination. A little bit of hydrogen peroxide in the water with each addition of liquid nutrients will help keep the lines free of algae and bacterial growth.

The next benefit of using hydrogen peroxide in the nutrient system is that the hydrogen peroxide is needed by the plants, mostly because the hydrogen peroxide adds oxygen to the solution and this is taken up by the plant roots. Plants breathe too, just a little different than we do.

Regular household hydrogen peroxide will work, add one cup of hydrogen peroxide per gallon of nutrient solution. No matter how small or large your system is or what you are growing, this is the combination that I have found will work the best. There is also a form of hydrogen peroxide in an industrial strength, but you will be required to handle a chemical that could burn you. This industrial strength form of hydrogen peroxide will have to be diluted much more than the household form.

This solution should be added on a schedule of one week per application, or when you add plant nutrients to the water system. The combination of the nutrients and the hydrogen peroxide will boost plant growth tremendously, but read on to learn the second industry secret to hydroponics gardening.

Remember when your grandmother soaked her feet in hot water and Epsom salts? It eased her aches and pains. Well, Epsom salts are excellent for your plants. Epsom salts are also known as magnesium sulfate. This chemical compound is a nutrient for plants …