Summer is often the ideal setting to make our homes the place we want. However, to make ideal any scenario is better to prevent, lest we later regret.
It is very easy for homeowners to identify water stains after a rainstorm, there are obvious signs people can notice in order to determine there is a problem with the roof. Ok, but what happens if it has not rained and constant leaks are still occurring? The answer to this question can be tricky sometimes as there are different reasons that can be causing such problems. Nevertheless, there is something very important you have to keep in mind and it is the fact that a slow leak is usually harder to find than a big one, this is due to the possibility stains have to migrate from their original opening.
As a new homeowner or potential home’s buyer, it will be essential for you to inspect your entire property in order to determine the different causes of leaks in any area of your home; to achieve this, your visual inspection skills will be key to identify the area above and around the stain, remember that the location of the stain will always give you an idea about where to find the possible source of that annoying water leak. What you are about to read is a list of some of the most common sources of ceiling stains.
Stains at Outside wall or Ceiling Corners
These of stains appear at the ceiling along outside walls at the corners due to ice dams leakage; which causes trouble when they melt and once ice “dams”, blocks the path of the melting water because it has nowhere to go and typically finds their way in behind your gutters or underneath your shingles. Moreover, when attic’s insulation is insufficient and there are attic air leaks, it is very likely that ice dams causes the leaking. What it takes to prevent this, is to have the attic air leaks sealed and add more insulation to the attic; this way you will have roof leakage from ice dams away.
Stains Below Bathroom Exhaust Fans
This type of stains starts when a bathroom exhaust fan is connected to an un- insulated duct, runs through the attic space and thus does not make an airtight connection to an appropriate roof cap. Furthermore, moisture gets trapped in your home without the right ventilation and insulation system, this leads to condensation to build up. In order to solve this problem, you might need to contact a qualified contractor who can determine whether or not you have an adequate ventilation based on your house’s size. Additionally, you can also run kitchen and bath fans when you cook or use any of your bathrooms, make it a habit if possible.
Stains Below Plumbing Fixtures or Radiators
Once home inspector finds a stain below a plumbing fixture, the next thing to do is to use a moisture meter to see if there is active leaking. It could happen that the stain is dry, in this case the plumbing fixture above should be meticulously tested, then the stain should be checked again.
Ceiling Stains that Appear Without Any Sign of Roof Leaks
These random ceiling stains occur due to condensation in the attic, for instance. Once enough frost builds up in this area of your home, then it can leave enough water and when it melts stains in many random places show up. This is why it would be very important to check the attic, you should pay special attention to the valleys where two roos planes come together. Also, the insulation should be dry as well as in good condition. In addition, those houses located in cold climates are highly prone to develop ice dams on the roof, this can cause water to leak into the attic from melting snow and ice on the roof.
Early solutions to water stains in your home will be always the best way to keep owning a home that not only looks amazing, but also is in great conditions; strive to avoid a frequent mistake many homeowners make which is ignoring their water stains, the prompter you address them the better you solve a minimal issue that can turn into an irreparable damage. It is true that water stains may have diverse sources which are not that easy to locate; however, deep inspection and counting on the assessment and help of a professional can save you from spending a lot of money as well as time, if you make the decision to call an expert as soon as you start noticing irregular water stains in your home. I also would like to recommend you not to try to fix any stain or damaged drywall until you are sure you have addressed the moisture problem licked that is causing the problem, otherwise water will continue to seep and all of the work and effort you have done will be in vain. In FinishBuild we are aware of the fact that your property is a huge investment, this is why we offer the best home inspection service; whether for your house’s interiors or exteriors, we will make sure your home is protected for many years to come.
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If there is something I really like love about outdoor living spaces is the idea od extending the usable square footage of any home in such a good way that allows homeowners to fully enjoy their property, and also makes backyards serve for even more functional purposes for both homeowners and family. In many cases those purposes are related to creating spaces for general uses or to enhance home’s appeal when the time to show off your property to potential buyers comes.
In addition, attractive exterior spaces can add visual appeal to a lackluster home and can also help smaller home compete better once they are put on the market, base on this I consider that improving your outdoor areas is often quite less expensive than adding interior space to your home, therefore this is a good way to expand your home’s living space with an eye- catching outdoor room that is provided with functional furniture pieces.
Outdoor furniture can flawlessly transform your yard into an incredible outdoor recreational area and since this is a considerable investment you need to make, it is important for you to carefully purchase the proper outdoor set; to accomplish such a significant task, you might want to keep in mind four key words in order to buy good quality outdoor furniture pieces: durability, comfort, easy care and of course style.
Take Good Care Of Your Wood Outdoor furniture
To me wood furniture seems to have a timeless beauty and durability that makes it the perfect choice for both indoor and outdoor settings. It is certainly true that before leaving the factory, most of the wood outdoor furniture is treated with concentrated oils that are able to repel water and also help to protect the material from the elements. However, wood furniture tends to gradually weather to a silver gray color that if you do not treat on time, will make your wood furniture looks terrible. Strive then to apply good quality outdoor furniture oil that you can apply with a soft cloth. For a more durable cleaning, you can lightly sand it after you have cleaned it, be sure to brush always any dust that remains once you have finished and do not forget to oil or paint afterwards, if needed. Lastly, try to regularly wipe down your wood furniture to remove dirt, debris and any excess water, especially throughout the summer.
Take Good Care Of Your Metal Outdoor furniture
The greatest feature of this outdoor furniture material is that does not need too much attention; this strong and practically indestructible option is the most ideal choice for homeowners who want their outdoor furniture to last in the long term. From classic wrought iron to charming bistro pieces, sleek contemporary designs are fairly heavy and thankfully, today’s metal outdoor furniture has the added benefit of a powder- coated finish that helps protect against rust or weather damage. When your metal furniture gets dirty just squirt it off using a non- abrasive wet cloth, you can make a mixture of water and mild dishwashing detergent; on the other hand you can also clean it with a pressure washer, but make sure it is on a low setting in order to avoid using it on more fragile areas such as glass tops. You should also check your metal furniture in order to watch for any areas of rust, especially at the joints and if there is any rust spots, do not panic! Use steel wool, a wire brush and rub down to the bare metal. After you do this, use paint specifically made for metal in order to patch up any spot that you previously sanded. To finish the task, apply a silicone sealant along the entire piece for added protection.
Take Good Care Of Your Plastic Outdoor furniture
Baking soda will be the best solution you will find to add extra cleaning power to your plastic outdoor furniture. Baking soda works as a mild abrasive so you can wipe it with a clean cloth dampened with a mixture of water and a mild dishwashing detergent plus a little bit of baking soda. Once you applied the solution, rinse well with a garden hose. In case you are dealing with stains, you can mix 2 tbsp. oxygen bleach/ gallon of water and scrub down the stained spot. If you own white plastic furniture, you can use 1 cup bleach per gallon of water and let it act for 10- 20 minutes before you start rinsing. In case you have colored plastic furniture, use a solution of ¼ cups vinegar to one quart water instead of the bleach and repeat the same procedure.
Take Good Care Of Your Wicker Outdoor furniture
Traditional wicker that has been painted will need a more gentle treatment, by using only a sponge or rag to avoid paint chipping. A soft scrub brush dampened with water a mild oil- based soap will be another good idea; after you apply it you can rinse by hosing down. For maintenance purposes, I recommend you to hose down every few weeks in order to prevent undesirable dirt that builds up in crevices.
Add character to your outdoors; allow yourself the opportunity to express your style and personality not only through natural tones but also with fun colors. Accept the challenge and feel free to customize your outdoor furnishings without forgetting that they need proper and frequent maintenance in order to extend their lifespan. Since your outdoor furniture is the core of your backyard, taking good care of it will be a key factor to have beautiful furniture pieces that perform at their best and also bring family and friends together under an amazing nature’s roof. To determine which type of outdoor furniture best fit your needs, my suggestion would be to make a list base on what will be the main function of your patio, which activities are you willing to develop in it, and also consider whether your future outdoor furniture will be sitting on a hard surface or on grass. You are more than welcome to visit our website and by reviewing our wide variety of outdoor items determine the type of furniture you are looking for…you dream it, we Build it!
When your little ones are already 18 or 36 months old, perhaps it is time to start thinking about the idea of replacing their cot by a toddle bed; this is an important transition which plays a significant big part in your little ones health as well as development. Moreover, providing your kids with an optimal bed can be the best way to avoid sharing your own bed or co- sleeping with your little one since this can create long term problems for both parents and children. In accordance with a report made by the ABC News, sleeping in the same bed with your kid diminishes the quality of sleep that they and you as a parent need, the results of this sleep deprivation is definitely detrimental to the whole family as yawing parents wake up in the morning and struggle in order to meet the challenges inherent in any busy day. And on the other hand, if your children do not have an adequate sleep, this may affect their physical and mental development as well.
Should you but a toddle or single bed for your kid? An innerspring mattress or latex made one? Should you place your little one’s bed on an ensemble or a slatted base? These are some of the questions you may wonder when purchasing the proper bed for your kids. And as we have already mentioned, this is a very important choice because it will allow you to give your kids a bed that supports their growing body and spine; so keep reading about the best tips and suggestions we have selected for you in order to accomplish such an interesting decision.
Explore all of the bed’s building material options and choose the proper one
Sales people, Internet research and even talking to your friends who are already parents will be good ways to get the best references from brands as well as find out the composition of the construction materials used in the bed you want to exceptionally perform over time. At FinishBuild we focus on choosing sturdy construction and so we can offer you great quality beds, that stand up to many years of bouncing and many other toddler wear and tear. Even though it might be an expensive choice, solid wood will surely endure better than cheaper bedding materials. In case you opt for a standard bed frame, one d the consideration you can keep in mind is that you might need to install bed rails or pillow- style bolsters on both sides to keep your child safe from rolling out and fall.
Considering the Size
Since not all of the beds are not created equal, when buying your kid’s bed you need to consider the weight and age of your child. The transition from cot to a regular bed should happen in a proper bed with the right mattress. Since most of the toddler beds max out at about 50 pounds, it will also be useful for you to check the manufacturer’s information, in order to check if the bed will be able to resist when you want to sit on with your little one to snuggle together.
Safety and Eye- Catching Appearance
It is very important that those gaps between the mattress and the frame of your kid’s bed fit snugly into the bed frame; otherwise they will represent an entrapment hazard for your little one. Furthermore, strive to choose attractive bed designs, that not only look beautiful but also have smooth edges so the best suggestion we can offer you is to look for a design with an even finish and rounded edges that will allow you to avoid unnecessary injuries; and remember that it is about your kid, so what can represent a traditional or conventional design for you (a bed crowned with a princess tiara or your little boy’s favorite cartoon), may be the lure your kid needs to successfully make the transition out of the crib. Another good tip is to opt of the Juvenile Products Manufactures Association (JPMA) certification seal on the packaging of your little one bed.
Your Kid Bed’s Mattress Needs to be replace
Depending on the size your child has reached and the quality you have chosen for your kid bed’s mattress, you will eventually need to replace it. For instance, good quality sprung can last as long as five years; however there is a general rule of thumb which stands that changing your kid’s bed every three years between the ages of 0 to 10 years, and every five years between the ages of 10 and 20, that you might want to take into consideration. In addition, it is important that you take cleanliness seriously when it comes to provide your kid with a healthy bedroom environment; today all new beds must be treated for dust mites before they are sold, so this should be an encouraging reason for you to avoid health problems with your kids. Prevent asthma and many other illnesses caused by the build- up of dust mites; air out the bed with no sheets on for at least two hours when you consider it is time to change the sheets, this is an ideal suggestion because it also allows you clean the room, this mean dusting and vacuuming it, remember that a clean and tidy bedroom is key in controlling the spread of dust mites.
Two years old is the average age for a child to leave the crib and get ready for a bed; of course this is a period of their lives where they are up and running the entire day; during this age of your kids’ lives there are also a lot “monkeys jumping on the bed” moments and so counting on a sturdy bed and a good quality mattress and box spring will be key in the growing process of your little ones. We are more than happy to invite you to visit our online store and find out all of the options on box springs, single bed frames and many other kids bedroom’s furniture, take them home and feel confident you are purchasing top quality pieces of furniture that provide excellent body support to your kids and attractive appealing that allow your little boo to rest comfortably…you dream it, we Build it!
According to a poll developed by the National Sleep Foundation, 92 percent of people consider that their mattresses are a determining factor in getting a coveted good night of rest. This nicely explains why the idea of counting on a comfortable surface where to spend a good night of sleep is not a recent challenge; first mattresses were invented by cave women and men, thousands of years ago. In fact (and to add a little bit of history about mattresses), we would like to mention that Egyptian pharaohs were the ones who discovered the luxury behind raising the bedding of the ground, as a result, mattresses became an essential element in the constitution of a healthy environment, where they could rest and thus, pleasantly developed their lives.
The statement that a mattress is a key element in any bedroom can absolutely be justified, due to the fact that a good or poor quality mattress directly affects your sleep; so along with good nutrition and exercise, these three elements are really relevant contributors to a good health. It is like running, we are more than sure that you would not run marathon without the right gear, would you? The main purpose of this post then is to show you how important is to make a conscious decision on your mattress purchase, and also to help you recognize those subsequent signs that warn you about considering the idea of change the mattress that is no longer make you feel comfortable on it.
Since it is a gradual deterioration process, it might be tricky to notice when your beloved mattress is declining in terms of quality, not to mention that as your body makes adjustments you can easily ignore those clues that are trying to tell you it is time to replace such an important piece of your bedroom. The following are some signs you should check in order to know if it is a good time to change your mattress.
Your Mattress Has Been Part of Your Life for over 8 years
It often happens, people tend to forget when they bought their last mattress and remembering the age of your mattress is one of the most important aspects you need to keep in mind. In accordance with the Consumer Reports magazine, a mattress should be changed every 7 or 10 years, and does not necessary believe in what the mattress’ warranty says, actually some of them guarantee your mattress will last 20 years warranty but this might refer to certain parts such as springs or workmanship, not about a mattress’ overall comfort.
Waking Up Is Downright Painful
Aches or pains in your back and lower back are common symptoms your mattress needs to be replaced. So if you wake up in the morning feeling tired or drowsy during the day, it is probable that your mattress is not giving you the right support through the night, so your body is working overtime in order to find a more comfortable sleeping position but that is not going to happen; and remember you need to make sure your mattress gives you an adequate support not only for a few minutes of napping time but for 8 hours of sleep at night.
There Are Other Places where you lie down and Feel More Comfortable
A very fairly sign your mattress is no longer suiting your needs is when you can achieve a good night of sleep in another bed that is not your own. This can be clearly proved for instance when you spend the night at a friend’s house or in a hotel, and you realize you woke up properly rested. Your mattress is suppose to make you feel refreshed in the morning, if this is not happening with the one you have at home, then it is time to replace that old mattress and improve both your quality and quantity of sleep.
If you are suffering from Annoying Allergies
Sometimes it is not enough having a mattress which is relatively new and provides a proper support; you still need to pay attention to allergy troubles that can be attribute to your old mattress. Dust mites are one of the most common causes of allergens and unfortunately they thrive in mattresses and bedding, so if you are suffering from bad allergies that get worse at night or when you wake up, this may be an indication that your mattress in making you feel this way.
Given that a good quality mattress certainly contributes to an overall health; in FinishBuild we totally support those amazing sleeping aid apps and ideas that sleep industry is launching every day in order to help us reach an excellent rest, however we still believe that noticing (in an early stage) the signs your mattress is giving you in order to replace it plays a crucial role when it comes to identify what is making you have a lack of sleep or poor quality sleep. Additionally, you need to know that any mattress gradually loses its supportiveness with time, and thus there are more than one hygiene reasons to make us reflect and decide to change our mattresses. These signs we have just shared with you will help you to detect whether your mattress is still able to provide good postural alignment, or improve your sleep quality.
Keeping in mind that we spend around the third part of our lives in bed, it might be worth for you to do some research to get the right mattress for your need. And in order to avoid simple health issues like a crick in your neck and your lower back, or what can be worse headaches, irritability or allergies; changing your mattress in a period of time no longer than eight years will be an excellent investment you will be doing, after all striving to have good quality health is something you should not leave behind, spend the time and necessary amount of money to acquire the mattress that best fits your needs…you dream it, we Build it!
Are you feeling overload? Is your home turning into a storage garage? We understand that at these changeable and stressful times, serenity and peace inside your home areas can also be affected by a huge amount of things that you not necessarily use daily. FinishBuild agrees with you on creating a heavenly space in the comfort of our own home with Zen help and your Feminine touch. Did you know that Zen refers to meditation? In interior design is synonym of equilibrium, congruence and recreation.
Though Zen is not a design style per se and does not come with step pattern, it is often associated with simplicity, plainness and purity of lines, which is more related to way of arranging home items and focused on creating an atmosphere that offsets the stress and hassle of your daily routine. If you live alone, FinishBuild guarantees you that adding Zen & Feminine touch would be not only an easy but also delightful journey.
Jumping right away on the task, with the first FinishBuild recommendation: nothing should mess your studio floor, nothing should be piled or stored on the floor. Whether you believe or not this would cut old mindsets and would clear everything on your path, literally speaking.
Basic top 4 you must take care of in your Studio
For a Zen style with your Feminine touch you must be in a deeply level of awareness on what truly makes you happy. A small home private studio does not require much space, philanthropic maturity or even a social status. It requires just what you truly need in order to be really productive.
- Unfilled your mind: The good news is that it would need your creativity. FinishBuild step one is simplifying the room, taking into account that Zen means being more with less. Take your time on this stage, check what items you truly used on working hours. Discover yourself in the process on empty not only your studio but your mind as well. Donate is a feasible choice for the things you do not want anymore, and it would be truly use by those who actually need it.
- Furniture: eliminating without sacrificing comfort, we suggest you to go for a few pieces of plain, simple furniture, a Zen private studio would only contain a few essential pieces of furniture but also a minimalist entertainment stand.
- Your tool storage: define a place for everything. If you must have electronic devices, besides your computer, take into account that these devices are most often a source of distraction and therefore do not integrate in a fully Zen atmosphere. So, if you need to have your TV set in your private studio, make sure you place it in a discrete area or hide it in a specially designed cupboard. In addition try to hide wires and cables that could distort the serene atmosphere of the entire atmosphere.
- Add some bohemian modern style: Think about photos of homes that are cluttered, and photos of minimalist Pinterest pictures. The ones with almost nothing are some of the most beautiful ones, some nice artwork, and a very few pretty decorations, are exactly what you can apply to your chic private studio. Take into account that Zen does not necessary mean cold. Explore the cozy side in combination with your feminine touch, wool carpets, for example, can provide you a real sense of comfort.
What you must have in a feminine studio
1. Light. Set your new train of thought into quality over quantity. Think of that home working area as the office you would love to have in your current job. Extrapolate the space, and own it by placing different sources of light which will allow you to control the intensity for any time of the day. Wall-mounted reading lights are a good choice since they are very practical as they can be oriented to emphasize the respective area, unlike bedside lamps which are rarely flexible.
2. Chair. A comfy chair can make the difference between an outstanding work performance and a regular one. Use this item carefully based on comfort and lumbar accuracy, remember that if it is going to be a place where you might spend more than 5 hours a day, you must state that you deserve a proper chair. In order to make it more chic & with your feminine side, try some Rose Quartz for, as we suggest on our last post. If you are not that girly type, try by adding some white flower details in the cushion on a soft tone palette.
3. Your favorite color. Try by mixing colors that make you happy with some nature items, plants are a good idea since they have a calming effect through their soothing green colors, plants also provide you oxygen. However, avoid flowers which need special maintenance, remember that the key is productivity and being fully present on your job. Bamboo or hanging terrariums, for example, make a good choice and are often included in zen décor.
4. Incense burning sticks. Create a cozy fireplace, if your private studio, try candles and incense burning sticks, or even a homemade linen spray and essential oils which are natural ways to enhance these areas with fresh scents, which can not only be calming when it is time to work, but also invigorating when it is time to be productive.
5. Metal and wood: In the case of wood, it is accurate to do not take them too seriously, if you happen to own a wood look floor that can be more than enough, in that case try to add some balance with other elements association. For adding metal to Zen but Chic studios try some lamps for lighting, and look around locally for artisans that do metal art.
One of the most benefits you will be absolutely grateful for is that, your Zen style private studio would always be easy to clean. The more stuff you have, the more you have to move to keep it clean. Think about how easy it is to clean an empty room compared to one with 50 objects in it. Have what you love and live it to the fullest.
You Dream it. We Build it!
Commonly chosen because of its elegance, durability and long lasting quality, granite is an exceptional material which has been used for thousands of year; whether for exterior or interior purposes. This favorable rock can be found in a rough cut and polished that is used in the construction of buildings, monuments, paving and bridges. For indoor purposes, it is frequent to find the polished granite version in slabs or tiles for countertops, tiles floors, bathroom walls, backsplash and many other applications which really can perform practical and decorative features at their best.
Even tough granite is not a low- price material (often costs noticeably more than any other man-made material), homeowners, architects and interior designers keep on choosing it due to the fact that is hard enough to resist abrasion, strong enough to stand considerable weight as well as resist more weathering than many other construction material and what’s more, granite is able to resist brilliant polishing. As you can see there are great characteristics that make granite such a desirable and suitable building material either for your commercial or home improvement projects.
Granite As you Kitchen Countertops or Island
This is a very popular application for this type of building material in the United States. Solid slabs of granite that are cut to custom shape and edge finished perform as kitchen countertops and islands purposes, they have increased their demands for a number of excellent reasons, including sanitary, easy to clean, resistant to water or heat and so on. Whether you own a modern or traditional kitchen, this material is available in so many colors that you do not need to worry about the look; granite will match with pretty much any décor. As it has been noticed, granite is a durable and almost maintenance free option, so there is a big chance you ruin your knife before you damage your granite countertop. The stone has been made with crystals that make up granite do not entirely develop, they rather grow into each other; this explains the unique interlocking crystal structure.
Since it is an extremely functional material, there is another use you can give to such an amazing option, and it is as a backsplash. Due to its resistance to water, granite can also resist mold and what’s more its natural resistance to bacteria makes it a really safe barrier between the wall and materials like grease. Combining your fabulous granite countertops with an eye- catching backsplash will definitely create an attractive visual impact in your kitchen, saving you to spend money and time.
Granite as Your Flooring Surface
When it comes to have elegant and durable underfoot surfaces, let us tell you that granite is obviously included in the list. Granite tiles for flooring uses can be chosen in a rich variety of colors and patterns; you can actually customize your choice by mixing patterns from different styles to make it fit with your overall décor, giving to your floors a distinguishing appearance. Kitchens, bathrooms or hallways are only some of the spaces where you can install granite, but we mention these ones just to highlight the slip resistant attribute that identifies this material and that is certainly needed in these areas of your home.
As a flooring alternative, granite is very durable and is able to resist stains, what makes it a low- maintenance flooring option; regular sweeping and mopping will be more than enough to have impeccable interior or exterior floors that will add an aesthetically pleasing look to your home. In case you are also thinking about an addition that looks awesome and unique in your home, but you still do not know what to choose; granite as a mosaic addition will be a great idea, it can be used as patterns or designs whether in your home’s walls or floors. Granite mosaic fits beautifully into a larger tile that is meant to be installed in one large piece of your floor or wall. Furthermore, the designs that you can opt for can easily be used in both interiors or exteriors, and even tough here granite functionality is not the main feature that best characterizes it, its decorative attribute is what really make people want to use it.
Granite in Your Bathroom
There is also the possibility to use granite in your bathroom; you can consider this idea as a sink or basin in this essential area of your home. This building material can be found as an under mount, pedestal, angular or modern sink. The reason why this option can be take into consideration is due to the water and heat resistance that granite can provide. So you will be purchasing a tremendous material which has good features that allow you to use this stone in your home, with the incredible attribute of making your home look beautiful and sophisticated.
Granite is a very flexible stone, therefore the uses we can give to it are vast; this outstanding material may be in and around your home, decorating those areas you want to give a new look. This quartz based stone is undeniably a gift from nature; granite is considered the queen of the stones for many home purposes and like hardwood, granite floors are greatly valued by homeowners due to the value this flooring material adds to buildings, homes, landscapes, architecture or sculptures. One last tip we would like to share with you is that since granite detergents or cleaners available in the market can gradually make granite loses its water resistant property, making it porous and dull; so a good way to tackle spills or stains is by using thick paper that absorbs them and select a polisher that does not damage your granite.
Furthermore, whatever your plan for granite is, its composition contributes to harmoniously suit in any desirable application, providing breathtaking appearance in a wide variety of colors. As we have mentioned, this amazing material is generally used in countertops, however there are several ways to use it in your home and the best part is that granite looks really attractive in any part of your house you decide to install it; a favorable choice which is certainly impressive in any capacity, so why do not give granite the opportunity to create a beautiful impact in your home’s spaces? You dream it…we Build it!
When it comes about Feng Shui, vibes and energy are an important part of the frequency of positive interactions. In Feng Shui, kitchens are considered one of most important rooms in the home. Since they represent the hearth and home, these areas should have a special approach in order to boost your time there. FinishBuild is willing to share with you a couple of secrets that would put you in a good mood for meal-cooking.
Since our healthiness is that significant and it is based on these special areas, in Feng Shui, kitchens are very connected to fortune, therefore if this areas are not well display it may be consider as poor health. FinishBuild comes with tips for you to boost the energy, to make a difference based on an ancient Chinese tradition.
Kitchen is the earth element in Feng Shui
The earth element brings in a grounding energy and encourages us to be in our bodies, a good choice for countertops in your kitchen would be earthy granites or tiles in earth tones. If you have black granite, for instance it is always good to have earthy but light colors for the cabinets.
Enjoy your the trip to Feng Shui by adding earth items, bring in pottery, mats, dishware, and other decorative pieces in yellows that might boost the earth scent. Black represents the water element in Feng Shui, therefore add some green and brown tones. Live plants and any other ornament such as, pictures from nature will always reload the energy.
1. Clear Refrigerator Door Clutter: Even though refrigerator doors are great places to celebrate achievements and display things you love, they often get out of hand. A good step to energize the vibes in your kitchen is to try a minimalism touch, or store in a shoe box and rotate the items of pictures, giving everything and everyone prominence, rotating them every few weeks.
Same procedures applies to kitchens drawers, FinishBuild assures you that the cleaners your spaces are, the cleaner your mind, therefore is if you haven’t used items in six months, it is time to say goodbye. No worries, you will become inspired and will want to continue. You might be amazed at how many of those objects just takes up space.
2.Ventilation: Make sure your Feng Shui kitchen is well-lighted and well-ventilated. The light will uplift your energy and bring liveliness whereas proper ventilation is vital for health and Ying & Yang energy flowing.
3.Clear Counter Tops: Discipline yourself to keep objects off the counters that do not use on a daily basis such as, toasters, blenders, or microwaves. Store them in your newly cleared cupboards and replace with a few lovely vases and/or objects that inspire you. Juxtaposing functional cooking objects with whimsical or uplifting ones will greatly enhance the cooking experience and bring a higher vibrational energy into the food you are preparing.
4.Avoid Sharp Items: Feng Shui encourages you to a more peaceful lifestyle, therefore items such as, knifes or any other sharp element might affect the chi in your kitchen, try by store them in knife blocks for instance and remove unfriendly hooks overhead if you have installed them to hold pans. Believe or not this small changes may set a difference regarding flowing energy. You won’t believe how changed your kitchen will feel and looks without the heavy objects hanging overhead.
On the other hand, hang dish towels away from stove and remove anything close to it that could catch on fire. Even though this is a safety measure, it is also another tip that FinishBuild recommends for keeping harmony between elements.
5.Keep it Clean: FinishBuild would like you to consider that any place inside your home are a reflections of who we are. Subsequently, in the kitchen, stoves and burners should always be hygienic and in working order, preferably be in an empowered position, where you can see the action while cooking.
So, if you are remodeling your kitchen anyway, the happiest place for the stove is on a cooking island where the important chef will always feel like a vibrant part of the family while preparing meals.
You need a good place to eat every day even if you are in a rush. FinishBuild connects you to a place we you can communicate with your loved ones. It is important to have comfortable chairs and an inspiring piece of artwork on the wall. Explore the benefits of discipline yourself to always keep noise elements such as, tv or cellphone off while you are eating.
To sum up, FinishBuild would like to remind you that these areas, should not be a downer when you are in it for a meal or snack. On the contrary, kitchen should be where you remind the happiest moments and where you would always find joy among those who’s you love. Trust the vibes you get, do you really hate your kitchen and rarely enter it even for a glass of water? In that case with small simple changes you can fix and boost your energy, Feng Shui style.
Marvelously designed home is probably the first thought that comes to mind when you are in the quest to buy a house, or contemplating a remodel of it; at this point the financial responsibility is one of the first considerations you pay attention to. Once you have reached your goal, the following aspect you should focus on is the time and labor that your gorgeous home requires in order to keep it looking as good as the first day you accomplish your dreamy home. As you might intuit, this post is about essential cleaning steps you might want to follow in order to maximize the appearance of your home as well as get all of the tasks done and still have time to create good memories with your loved ones. In FinishBuild we truly believe that the key is finding the balance between having stunning home’s spaces and minimize the cleaning time that such areas need.
When designing or executing a makeover in your home choices in layout, finishes and furnishings play an important role on the impact that a determine amount of time will be needed to clean everything; homeowners often tend to ignore this factor. There is nothing like a well- designed and functional home, with exceptional finishes and beautiful furnishings; however poorly maintained spaces ruin all the beauty that your house can perform. This is the reason why keeping up with regular home maintenance tasks is essential for you to avoid headaches or wasted money in repairs which could be avoided.
Whether you decide to do the regular clean-up of your home, or you call up your local handyman to help you out; make sure to take good care of your home in general so you will have rooms that look gorgeous for years to come. These are some steps you might want to keep in mind in order to accomplish a home that will be cleaned and happy in the long term.
Essential Steps: Exteriors…let’s start at your home’s curb appeal!
Rinsing off dirt and debris
To accomplish this task the right tool you will need is a pressure washer, this type of tool usually comes with an assortment of color coded spray and each one has a different spray. You can control the pressure, from high- pressure pinpoint spray to a wider and low- pressure spray. For instance, if you want to clean your home’s siding, low- pressure spray tip is ideal to achieve such task. Pressure washing is also a great option in order to remove algae stains from fencing, which is a typical sign of poor maintenance in an exterior.
Get the Deck Clean
Pressure washer will be your best tool to wash your deck; use a tip that produces a spray about the width of a two by four with medium pressure. The key in this cleaning task is to keep the spray moving, avoid to just focusing on one specific spot for too long, otherwise you could damage the surface permanently. As a final touch, you can apply a wood preservative; this contributes to prevent discoloration.
Clean Out Gutters
Gutters tend to especially accumulate leaves from the fall season or sediment from winter snows; as you clean the gutters, you can also check for cracks in the seams. A good way to clean them out is by using an old chisel on order to scrape the old caulking out and dry the area; then you can apply a new bead silicon sealing coat, this will keep water from getting behind the gutters and rotting the boards.
Get Rid of Faded Flowers
Removing faded blooms from your planters and container gardens does way more than just neaten things up; it actually directs your plants’ energy away from making seeds that turn into more foliage production, and thus more flowers.
Essential Steps: Interiors…cleaning them based on their prime material
As you might know, this is a terrific material either for walls or tiles. Glass is a versatile, modern and sleek choice that furthermore is non porous, this makes it nicer and easier to clean keeping stains or bacteria away from you and your family. The tight product to clean glass is white vinegar, if your spray it on your glass surfaces you can immediately notice that eats way from some mineral deposits and soap scum. White vinegar has incredible attributes, and we absolutely recommend it instead of using abrasive products. Scratches are common damages that your glass surface can suffer, so when it comes to the tool you need to use to clean glass; a supply of clean and soft cotton or microfiber cloths are your best alternatives. On the other hand in case you need to scrub, a soft bristle brush will be enough to scrub the area with causing any scratch. The best way to clean your glass surfaces up is by applying the cleaning product you have opted for, allow it to break the dirt down, wait for a couple of minutes and then take your sponge, strive to work from the top to the bottom, left to right (this technique ensures a streak- free shine).
A common choice for countertops, bathrooms countertops or showers walls or even floors, granite is well- known for its stunning colors and designs, not to mention how resistant is to scratches, stains. Even though this material is very strong, it cannot handle all of the cleaning products that are available in the market; for instance, vinegar or lemon can cause etching or strip the sealant off the stone. You rather opt for pH neutral cleaners such as castile soap or dish liquid. Regarding to the proper tool to make your granite looks awesome, a microfiber cloth to wipe, as well as a non scratching sponge are your best alternatives. How to apply the cleaning product on your granite surfaces? Shake the product and squirt it in an even pattern; then wipe off and see how the surface dries and shines.
We must start this cleaning step by mentioning that hardwood is a beautiful and elegant flooring option, however requires extra care and maintenance. Even if your hardwood floors come with a varnish, it will be needed to wipe up spills or stains in order to avoid them getting into the joints between floor planks, that will result into moisture damage. Since it is a very popular flooring option nowadays, there are obviously plenty of cleaning products for your hardwood. However a great solution that will not fail at making your floor performs exceptionally is hot water, a small squirt of dish liquid and a capful of vinegar. Of course there are many other homemade options, strive to find the one that best suits your hardwood flooring’s needs; remember that less product is better.
Furniture that Truly Shines
We cannot finish this post without mentioning what modern home design has taken as a must-have décor; high gloss furniture is here to stay and we do agree that it is gorgeous, sleek and clean. As it is made to perform its gloss, this type of furniture tends to scratch, dent or chip easily, so making the wrong decision on the cleaning product represents that the piece of furniture ends up worn or even damaged. The best product to accomplish a good cleaning of high gloss furniture is water, but do not use too much! Otherwise you can warp the lacquer. As an ideal tool to clean this type of furniture, a flat optical cloth is your best choice, this tool is able to polish and shine without basically any product as well as does not cling on to small pieces of debris which can scratch.
There are three basic aspects you need to keep in mind to properly maintain any object of your home, in FinishBuild we call it the essential cleaning triangle, and they are: the right cleaning product, the right cleaning tool and last but not least, the right cleaning technique. Whether you create an online or on paper list of your home’s tasks, you can be sure that this will be an excellent way to plan regular tasks for each weekend, so you will not end up too overwhelmed by all the cleaning activities you need to be done at home. The process of taking care of your home is quite similar to the one you do with your car; in order to keep your car’s engine healthy and performing at its best, you need to regularly change the oil, so empower yourself with these essential steps we have mention and go ahead! Upgrade your home’s spaces with the right cleaning items and ideas, enjoy of well-maintained rooms you feel proud of for years to come…you dream it, we Build it!
By letting go our last article of Feng Shui we could not resist working on how to improve your room areas. FinishBuild is very into sharing with you some health and unexpected bugs that might be sleeping with you at this very moment. In a 2011 census, the National Sleep Foundation found that 92 percent of people say a comfortable mattress is important to a good night’s sleep. However, a good sleep is not only about a firmer set up, but also a clean and odor free mattress.
Therefore, in order for you to avoid sleeping with the enemy, FinishBuild is mentioning a couple of health issues that an old mattress might cause you:
Body pain: This is number one cause of having a fluffy mattress. Mattresses do get old, they are not the exception. Among the primary rough consequences of using a weak surface on your bed we have neck and low back pain.
Mites: Dust microorganisms feed on the dead skin cells you spread naturally, and mattresses are the 24 store of death cells. As despicable as it seems, bugs are everywhere, no wonder why moms wash sheets and pillowcases frequently. And a slipcover labeled “allergy-proof” can help keep them from traveling from the mattress to your sheets and pillows going forward.
If you are thinking is not a serious issue, take for example the costs of having an unclean mattress. A whole gamma of bed bugs found across the US are known to impact human lives owing to the mental, physical and economic consequences they have. Even though some types of bed bugs only cause a mild rash in humans, others can cause us severe infestations. Furthermore, the bites of these ecto-parasites are also known to cause secondary complications and skin infections which include impetigo, lymphanigitis and ecthyma.
Types of bugs you can find in your mattress
As with all types of bed bugs, we would like to focus on types of bugs you may find in the USA. Bugs or dust mites due to this inability of flying, rely on passive modes of transportation. The Cimicids family, for instance has the characteristic of specialized organs to support their blood feeding diet. The bugs use these organs to attach to their host at nighttime and feed upon them for up to 10 minutes.
- Cimex hemipterus: This is a tropical bedbug which also feeds on humans but enjoy warm regions to survive, such as Florida.
- Cimex adjunctus: Bat bugs have also been observed in tropical regions as well as more temperate areas. This species feeds primarily on bats, however they are very sneaky and you might find it in your bed as well. Cimex Adjuntus do sometimes feed on human hosts, especially if the preferred source is no longer present.
- Haematosiphon inodora: Located primarily in North America, probably most known as the Mexican chicken bug, also closely resembles a common bed bug. However, these insects are typically found on poultry farm, so if you happen to own a farm, or have a small area with chicks, you might want to check your bed every once in a while.
- Cimex lectularius: Last but not least, the most common household bed, cimex lectularius is found worldwide. A number of other related pests resemble bed bugs in habits and appearance. However for proper identification usually you might require magnification and experience with distinguishing the different species.
- Pediculus humanus capitis: This mainly feed on human blood. They have similar structure like those of common ectoparasites; Pediculus humanus capitis mainly have ability to transmit diseases in humans. Their bodies are also divided into head, thorax and abdomen. You would definitely might not want this fellow under your sheets.
What can I do about healing my mattress?
FinishBuild is taking some valuable steps you can follow in order to check, clean or just beware that your mattress is bug-free. It is important to accurately identify bed bugs before beginning treatment of an infestation. What we recommend in any case is to contact your local pest control experts in order to arrange an inspection and consultation.
Inspect: The first step is to unfold your mattress, thorough inspection of the facility in question; you might find some traces of these unwanted bugs. Inspect includes identification of the types of bed bugs, looking for places like cracks or gaps where they usually hide.
Arrange: Preparing the infested area for treatment. What we recommend for this process it to do it in a ventilated area. Arranging the process might include undressing and disposing affected mattresses, carpets, bedding covers, drapes, moving furniture away from walls and washing all bed clothes in hot water.
Spread: The futile process for getting rid of these unwanted fellows. Spraying and dusting bed bug repellents. The efficiency of controlling various types of bed bugs will depend on how thoroughly and carefully you spray and dust the repellents.
“Cleaning and organizing is a practice not a project“
Too often homeowners fall in love in the process of creating gorgeous homes that make them feel proud of their decorating choices. In FinishBuild, we are witnesses of how people enjoy choosing their favorite picks on our amazing flooring selection, furniture, awesome lighting fixtures and all those decorating elements that make your spaces look fabulous, just as you always dreamed it! However, when it comes to clean those crumbs on the kitchen counter, dust on the TV or that unpleasant residue in the bathroom sink, there are many people who just do not enjoy the act of cleaning. The idea of spending an entire day cleaning their homes from top to bottom might send them running to the sofa for a nap. With this article we are striving to show you that even if you are not a cleaning lover, but you do enjoy having a clean house though; there are few items and tips which can help you keep up better, making the cleaning process easier and less miserable, keep your home more tidy and giving you the opportunity to spend time doing things that you really love.
Our Ideal Cleaning Products Pick
Whether you are not a cleaning fan but still would like to have an always sparkling and shining home, or have any friend or relative you know also hates to clean you could gift them with our cleaning products selection. Cleaning have never been any easier and quicker, keep reading and learn how to get a lot of use out of them.
Living Room, Bedrooms and Halls
Dusting slippers will help you feel comfortable while cleaning up you rooms’ floors; they are the ideal choice to both sweep and dust as you walk around your home.
A multipurpose cleaner is great as you need a cleaner that is versatile on multiple surfaces, making the cleaning as easier as you need.
Long life to the automatic vacuum! They do all of the work you have to; you can also look for a automatic Roomba that is able to adjust to all different types od floor and exceptionally mop them for you.
Avoid juggling cleaning tools and buy n all in one sprayer and cleaner that guarantees the windows and furniture cleaning way easier and quick.
With multi- purpose scrub singles you will achieve an excellent cleaning activity where it makes sense. They are ideal to clean any area very quickly, and the best part is that you can throw them away if you see it was a really though cleaning job.
Do not sit down on a couch where you can feel debris on the back of your legs, with a sticky lint roller hidden between the couch and the cushions you have an amazing tool that picks up crumbs and dirt, which are typical residues your kids might have left. These lint sticky brushes are great since they come in small sizes and are very easy to store; they ease the housework because if it is just a small mess, you do not need to immediately vacuum the dirty area.
For this important area of your home we have chosen stove protectors which are really helpful as you just put them on your stoves, and once you consider they are ready to replace you simply peel away the protector and the surface stays shining and clean!
Believe or not lemons are lemons are a truly gift from nature, it is incredible how many properties they have; in this purpose, lemons are excellent at disappearing hard mineral or water stains from your glass dishes or any stained item in your kitchen. Squeezing a lemon on the stained surface and let it for a few minutes will be more than enough to clean that dish or cup you have given up.
Smelly liquid that remains in the trash can could be seen as the worst cleaning experience that a person who is not a fan lover may have; avoid this by putting a thick layer of paper (old newspaper) at the bottom of the garbage can, so if the bag leaks and you cannot clean it up right away, then the paper absorbs the smelly liquid.
In order to face the toughest messes in your kitchen after a family gathering, a pair of dish gloves is more than the ideal tool you can use in order to make the washing dishes experience easier.
Ok, we have to be honest on the fact that cleaning our toilets is not the most favorite chore in a house, not to mention how gross cleaning the toilet brush can be! So what about a toilet brush which magically disinfects between cleanings? Finding this type of cleaning items in the home market is becoming so popular that you do not need to worry about touching toilets to make sure they are cleaned.
We already know you hate to clean bathrooms, and if we add to this the fact that most of the times people is running out of time, another interesting cleaning tool you need to have at home is a tub scrubber; and after you or your kids take a bath you can scrub around the tub in order to keep it clean as your body does too.
If you are still reading this post is probably because you are not one of those people who find cleaning therapeutic; however as you have read, few items can make the housework funnier. Besides these options we have shown you, you should also find ways to deal with the gross stuff that make tasks at home unpleasant for you; in this way what we would like to suggest is to do cleaning often around your home, this will end up to be a huge bonus for the clean factor of your rooms, because your objects and spaces won’t be that much unclean or messy. Try to start a new organizing schedule is another good idea you can consider, since you can address the chores you already did by dates and have an idea of when it is time to assist your home’s cleanse with the above products; you can schedule cleaning activities such as kitchen counters cleaning.
You’ve probably noticed that when it comes to home interior tips and ideas, articles and magazines that give you options and ways to improve the appearance of your spaces are vast; but have you ever wonder what are you doing in order to improve the look of your home’s exterior, for instance your lawn? This article is dedicated to this important yet sometimes forgotten area of your home; in FinishBuild we believe that unlike home interior design, which has its basis in eye- catching and great looking details, lawn care is not just a vanity project but a significant aspect that improves in a great way the environment of your home’s exterior. Lawns that are in good shape provide you and your family a quality outdoor space to use and enjoy, thus your quality of life as well as your family’s increase; not to mention how much value your property gains. Start this home improvement project by taking your time to study what your lawn needs, maybe it is about pretty simple things such as more sun, water or fertilizer, once you get those down it is time to move on all the settings your lawn requires in order to look its best.
Care and Maintenance Tips for Your Lawn
A gorgeous lawn starts with proper preparation and the selection of the right grass, so good maintenance certainly keeps it growing and looking really beautiful. These are some key tips we would like to share with you, in order to make your lawn performing at its best.
Right Soil Is Basic
Before to start this great adventure, be aware of the preparation and planning stage, they both are essential for a successful lawn project. Prepare the area by making sure to banish weeds and choose soil that won’t crust over or compact into lumpy ruts. Setting soil is one of the most important steps; test the pH of your soil in order to know if is ideal for plant growth. A soil test also determines if your soil is neutral, alkaline or acidic, allowing you to adjust the soil to the appropriate pH level for your planting purposes. Ask your local Cooperative Extension office to test your soil sample and nutrients levels, the analysis might take a few weeks but definitely will save from pouring money into the ground. As an extra suggestion, we must let you know that soil can be tested at any time; however fall or early spring are the best seasons to do so, because it gives you the opportunity to make adjustments before you plant your garden.
The Seeding Choice
In this stage of the project it is recommended to first identify the type of turf that is currently growing in your lawn; then and base on your region, select the most suited turf type, keep in mind the specifics requirements of your yard. The seeding process can be made by either hand or with a method known as hydroseeding that has become popular in the last years. This method helps to solve one of the principal problems of hand seeding which is dispersal of seeds, hydroseeding also mixes both fertilizer and binding agents thanks to a pulp made from virgin wood fibers. You can also opt for rolling out a carpet of sod, this will be the quickest way to add beauty to your lawn, but remember that sod is expensive and in case your lawn is going to cover a large area, make the numbers!
When it is time to mow your lawn, many garden experts agree on mowing height; this means to do this less and not more. Try raising the mower to its highest so you just need to mow only the top third of the grass when you cut; the taller your grass is, the better the root development will be. When you properly mow your grass, you instantly increasing the density of the lawn, and in turn weeds decrease. In this stage we need to highlight that before performing any maintenance, cleaning or inspections on your mower make sure that if you are using a gasoline powered mower, you unplug the spark plug wire as instructed manual suggest; and in case you have an electric mower, disconnect it from its power supply, all the blades and moving parts must come to a stop.
Do Not Forget About Water
They say the best time to water your lawn is the early morning due to the fact that the sun will help dry the grass. Frequent shallow watering tends to lead to lead to thatch that unsightly web of dry brown runners just above the soil. On the other hand, weekly water soaking does help roots extend deeper into the soil; watering deeply prevents annoying chinch and bugs, which is a pest that contribute to attach dried, stressed out lawns. In FinishBuild we believe that is better to water less often but for extended periods, and to test if you are watering your lawn enough, you can set an empty can next to your lawn sprinkle, when you notice that there is about a 1/0 inch of water in the can, then you will know it is time to turn off the sprinkle.
Feeding Is another Way to Show Some Love
Not because the healthiest lawns own this attribute you will think that they do not need a solid meal. Nitrogen is the most important nutrient your lawn consumes, having said this it is time for you to look for a mix of fast and slow release fertilizer which helps greening up your lawn in a quickly way. Feed it over time and remember that in the north, optimal feeding time is in fall and spring. In the south spring and summer are the best seasons to achieve a proper feeding result.
Keep Weeds Away!
Crabgrass represents the pest in any lawn gardener’s existence; however do not take wrong by thinking that herbicides are essential to a healthy lawn, actually many experts avoid their use. Focus on growing such healthy grass that chokes out the invaders naturally. Remember to regularly mowing because it tops off weeds, before they have a chance to scatter their seeds.
By taking few simple actions and regular maintenance you can make your lawn a source of pride, a focal point in your neighborhood and a place for your family to play and relax. Remember that how you care for your lawn is proportionally related to where you live; base on this we need to advise you to use the most suitable regional lawn care so you keep your lawn healthy. Stay tune and give our caring and maintenance tips a try…you dream it, we Build it!