My Three Favorite Window Types

Even a small thing can change the way we live our life. Likewise, a small change in your home can be momentous and make a big difference. In fact, window replacement can boost the value as well as the stylistic theme of your home. Furthermore, It is a fruitful investment which provides significant profits. The room decor is nothing without the windows. Sadly, a lot of people overlook this amazing decorative element. Today, I am sharing the list of my three favorite window types; as an O’Fallon window service provider, I know whats in demand and what our clients alwyas opt for and and this will surely help you choose the ideal window type.

GLIDING WINDOWS

I am a person who loves nature; that is why my first preference is the gliding windows. These windows incorporate two sashes and one of the sash slides in the horizontal direction. These types of windows are ideal for living rooms as well as bedrooms. They offer amazing viewing experience, especially the bigger ones. Gliding windows can cover the complete area of a wall. So, if there is an amazing view in front of any of your room, you can consider replacing your old windows with new gliding windows. Don't worry, they can also be installed in less space or area.

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PICTURE WINDOWS

As a already told you that I love amazing views and nature; this is why my next choice is the picture windows. You have a lot of options for window replacement, but this option will surely amaze you. The term "picture window" given to this type of window due to its feature of providing amazing views; just like a scenery outside or a picture frame.

However, this type of window should only be installed when you have a great view outside. It will provide a clear view of all the outdoor surroundings. Apart from this, you will be able to get full sunlight inside your room. These are also ideal for living room space. If you want to highlight an eye catching, appealing, attractive, and beautiful outdoor view, then a picture window is perfect for you.

SASH WINDOWS

Wondering why I like sash windows? It’s because they are capable of providing a traditional look with a modern touch. These types of windows are very popular in Yorkshire and London, especially wooden framed sash windows. You can install this type of window along with the Victorian style window to give your home a unique and classic look. The sash windows come in many different styles and unique designs.

TIPS TO RENOVATING YOUR BASEMENT

It is a pretty big feat to remodel a basement. Most houses are not fitted with basements planned to be changed into living spaces, unless you live in a newer home that is intended for a potential remodel. However, this shouldn’t be seen as a setback, it is simply a matter of understanding how to handle the situation. Here are few tips to help you on the journey to remodel your basement.

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Plan your exits

In case of emergency, building codes usually ask for safe exit routes in case of an emergency, especially in bedroom areas. One of the common requirement is that an opening window should be big enough and close enough to the ground to reach for easy escape, which sometimes has to do with reducing down the foundation and building a window well. The windows in this finished basement will let in loads of light and also will provide an easily accessible escape route in case of emergency.

Can you drain?

Many basement remodels involve installing a new bathroom and this usually involve removing part of the concrete slab in order to connect new waste lines for the toilet and shower or tub. To be able to connect those lines, you have to consider how deep your waste lines are below the concrete floor surface.

Stop the water

Do not finish a part of your basement that has water issues until the source is found and fixed. An example is when moisture or water is coming in through the foundation or slab.

Retrofit

If you live in earthquake country, make sure you bolt down your foundation and install shear wall at your pony walls to prevent or reduce risk of failure in an earthquake. Pony walls are the short-framed wall between the foundation and the floor system.

Reduce noise

A newly finished basement can affect the rest of your house with noise, especially if you create a media or play room. Install sound insulation into the basement ceiling to help this.

Look ahead

When finishing your basement, think about future projects. Since the basement is the center of most homes’ mechanical systems, you might need to get in your basement for an additional project or need to do major work on your main floor.

HOW TO REPLACE A CEILING FAN

If you can get to the ceiling where you want to attach the new fan from an overhead area or the attic, then you will have different choices in the type of box that you install. If it is not possible for you to get to the area above the box, use an adjustable hanger bar that is designed for installation through the hole left by the previous ceiling box.

If you want to replace a ceiling fixture, here are the  following i followed during the time i was working on my workshop, which i needed to fix both the  fan, work table, and perform some garage door repair too.

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1. The power should be turned off at the fuse: Because there may be several pairs of wires in the ceiling box and some may be connected to circuits that has nothing to do with the fixture you’re working on, be safe by using a circuit tester or completely turn off the power to the whole house before trying to replace a ceiling fan. This is the only way to be very sure that all wires in the box are disconnected.

2. Next is to remove any light shades and bulbs from the fixture, then remove the screws and nuts that holds the fixture base to the ceiling box.

3. Remove each blade of the old fan by unscrewing the screws holding them in place. Remove the canopy by removing the screws holding it and slide it down. Remove the screws holding the mounting bracket in place to remove it.

4. Lower the fixture base and then remove the wire nuts or electrical tape.

5. Install the adjustable hanger bar and ceiling box according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Most hanger bars can be installed by pushing them through the hole in the ceiling left that was left by the old electrical box. After the hanger bar through the hole completely, keep rotating it until it is perpendicular to the ceiling joists. You will have to attach the special ceiling box to the hanger bar, thereby locking it in place so as to provide a secure base for the fan.

6. The new fan should be assembled according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Because ceiling fans are heavy, they will need support while you are attaching the wires. Most ceiling fan models will provide you with a way to suspend them below the ceiling box as you are attaching the wires. If your fan model doesn’t, get someone to help you support the fan assembly as you attach the wires. Make use of wire nuts to attach the fan’s wires (black, colored and white wire) to ones matching them in the ceiling box.

7. Attach the fan assembly to the ceiling box with the screws provided.

8. According to the manufacturer’s directions, install the trim and fan blades.

9.Turn the power on and test the installation.

HOW TO CHOOSE RESIDENTIAL PAINTING CONTRACTOR

Okay, How would you choose a contractor, assuming you want to paint your garage door, kitchen or basement? Preferably,  you’d love to choose someone close or withing your resident. 

Before choosing a residential painting contractor, consider the following:

1. Experience

This is how long the contractor has been in business. Always hire a contractor who has been in operation for two years or longer.

2. Employees versus subcontractors

Find out if your contractor have employees and if he does, know if they are direct employees or if they are subcontractors. The workers’ compensation and insurance policies should cover them if they are direct employees. But if they are subcontractors, an insurance policy of their own should cover them. Whatever the case may be, the contractor must provide a copy of proof of insurance for their business and that of subcontractors, if necessary.garage door

3. Preparation work

Know the kind of preparation work that the contractor do. A professional painting contractor will take his time to do everything that needs to be done and what is agreed upon by both of you would be done. At the end, the workmanship will show if the work is good or bad.

4. References

Make sure your painting contractor provides references and also call the references before making a hiring decision.

5. Knowledge

A professional painter should keep up with the latest products and techniques. He should be able to suggest colors and finishes. And also have the knowledge of the latest trend.

6. Get the estimate

Have the contractor put the scope of the project, the materials that will be used and amount of preparation work in a written contract and not on a piece of paper. A good painting contractor should be able to provide their clients with written contracts and specifications.

7. Guarantee

Apart from the guarantee offered by the paint manufacturers on products, most professional painting contractors will offer you a warranty on the application/preparation process. This should also be in a written form.

8.Cost

You shouldn’t just settle for the lowest price if you want a painter with experience, skills, who is licensed and insured properly and is a good worker. Though, high price doesn’t necessarily mean good work but always make sure not to hire on price and always look at the whole picture.

Most painting contractors operate on very tight profit margins. Some homeowners hired college students, unlicensed individuals and even teachers out of work in the summer and they were happy with the work. If you notice that the price seems too good to be true, it probably is.

DIY Installation Guide For Windows

DIY replacement windows can be money and time saver, and are available in different materials; however, it is crucial to properly measure the frame before ordering DIY windows. Installation tips should also be considered which include ensuring the nails are carefully removed from the frame and the windowsill is not ruined. Another thing is to check the windows are square and plumb, as well as the new frame has the same downward slope as the current windowsill. More details below, as adviced by one of my friend who’s deals on windows in Chesterfield.

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MEASUREMENT

Why people use DIY windows? The main reason is inexpensiveness. Yes, they are less expensive to install. One can also install them from inside without trimming the exterior. Some new types of DIY windows are energy efficient. They can be built from different materials such as wood and vinyl. Apart from the material, they are easily available in different styles. After choosing the style, you need to take proper height as well as the width measurements of your current windows. Always take accurate measurements to ensure the fitting.

CLEANING FRAME AND REMOVING NAILS

Ensure that the windowsill doesn’t have any dry rot or wood decay. It is useless to set up DIY windows in a rotten or decayed frame. Inside sashes and stops should also be removed from the window before replacement. All the nails should be removed and the frame should be cleaned. You can try hammering the nails or pull them out to remove from the site.

PLACING NEW WINDOWS

Check the fitting by placing the new DIY replacement window in the frame. Uproot the window and put a perfect bead of caulk along the windowsill as well as the stop is internal edge. Keep in mind that the windows must be in square dimension. You can check whether the window is plumb or not, by measuring the sides diagonally and using the spirit level gauge.

REINSTALLING INSIDE STOPS

Use bigger nails (more than 1 inch) to reinstall the inside stops. Then, you need the caulk or seal the inside stops with frame. Now everything is done and you only need to check the installation from outside.

BOTTOM LINE

Things to keep in mind: checking the existing window, measuring the frame, selecting the right type of window, installation, and properly sealing all the openings. Proper and accurate installation is important to prevent mold growth, rot, heat loss, and keeping moisture out. Watching Youtube videos regarding the installation is also suggested, since the correct installation is crucial.

5 Types of Popular Windows

Windows are available in a wide range of frames and glazing types. No matter, your desire, it is possible to find a window that meets your need. Here are the most popular types of windows, they are the most popular i have seen during Wildwood window replacement show trade.

Awning windows

These types of windows are suitable for providing light and breeze. They are a great option for fixing in the areas of the bedroom where privacy is key but still there is a need for light. It is possible to open Awnings, slightly to create room for enable ventilation. These can also be fixed in different places such as close to other windows, above the large patio doors and also arranged in column. However, their main con is that their screens are usually set on the interior side and this makes the dust that fall into the sash to get onto the floor.

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Casement windows

Casement windows are able to open outward to enable fresh air, side breezes and light to penetrate. These types of windows are usually sealed tightly and a great options for areas that are hard to reach such as over the kitchen sinks and appliances. Rather than sliding up and down, these types of windows usually crank open and this makes it easier to maneuver them.

Double hang windows

One of the reasons why most people prefer the double hang windows is because of their ease of access, unique styles as well as better ventilation capabilities. It is possible to open the window’s top while the bottom remains closed and this is why they are a great option for children’s rooms. You can have these types of windows put in nearly every other area of your home. They are a great option for kitchens, bedrooms and even offices. However, they also have their cons in that they can leak more air as compared to the other types of windows. You should also bear in mind that only half of the window opens while other types are able to open fully.

Picture windows

Picture windows have an advantage in that they can create a great view of the outside. These types of windows are a good option for areas where ventilation isn’t a big concern. You can install them on the hallways and dark room so that they can offer better lighting. When you combine them with open & close windows or the patios doors, picture windows can create a perfect balance of ventilation and light.

The main con of these types of windows is that they are mostly made of glass and therefore, they can be vulnerable to breakages.

Bay windows

With the bay windows, it is possible to create an open and peaceful feel inside. Bay windows have multiple views that enable light to stream in from different angles. It is also possible to open the window’s side to enable air circulation. These types of windows can create style and uniqueness in any room. When you replace a flat window with a bay window, this can increase the light flow to a room. These windows are suitable for kitchens but can also help to add character to the master bedrooms and family rooms.

Benefits of Working With an Interior Designer

Having a good house with the state of the art interior design in almost might be one of your dreams that you want to apply to your house. However, one problem that most of homeowners who share the same dream like you is that they know all thumb about interior decoration, and it seems that the only way to achieve their dream is by hiring a professional interior designer. Now, if you are like me or many other homeowners, you may think that hiring a professional interior design for our home is just a waste of money simply because we have to pay. However, the truth might far from what we might have assumed. In this article, we are going to discuss the benefits of working with a professional interior designer.

You may actually save your money by hiring a professional interior designer

Yes, money is one of the most important thing to consider when homeowners want to hire an interior designer. In fact, in most cases, the fact that homeowners have to spend money for interior designer is the deal breaker, making fewer and fewer homeowners – especially the uninformed ones – hire the interior designer that they actually need to hire.

Interior Designer

The truth is actually different, based on plenty of other people experience and some research, hiring a professional interior designer may save your money. How can this happen? With the help of a St. Louis interior designer, homeowners will be able to list what they have to do and what they should not do when decorating the interior of their home. These dos and don’ts will make homeowners learn how much money that they have to spend, and what kind of items that they should and should not buy for their house.

A professional interior designer will save your time and energy

As a homeowner, I am sure that you are also a worker who, besides having a house to take care, works at an office or at any other place. Therefore, it is considered to be beneficial for you to hire a professional interior designer as that person will help you to plan your interior design and plan your budget for your home so that you do not need to sacrifice your time and your energy. With the help of a professional interior designer, you will be able to get the best interior design without sacrificing your job. So, want to hire one now?

4 Excellent Strategies For Applying Ceiling Paint

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Your  interior  will  look  so  great  if  you  can  decorate  it  well.  Ceiling  is  also  important  part  that should  be  considered  to  enhance  the  beauty  of  your  room.  The  right  selection  of ceiling  paintcolors can create great look to your room.  Are  you planning to paint  your ceiling?  You need to read these strategies before painting your ceiling.  You will find some great information to make a great painting result.

  1. White ceiling
    White  is  the  most  common  colors  of  ceiling.  Most  of  homes  have  white  ceiling.  White  is safe and  classic choice.  You  do  not  need  to  repaint  the  white  ceiling  every  couple  of  years.  White colors can  make  the ceiling  looks  brighter  and  higher  visually.  When  the  white  ceiling  is combined  with  white wall,  your room  will  be  airy  and  open.  This  is  very  great  idea  for  small spaces.  You  can  also  make  any architectural  features  as  the  focal  focus  on  the  room.  White ceiling is likely to disappear, so the attention will focus on the walls and other furnishings.
  2. Match the ceiling paint color with the wall color.
    Painting your ceiling with the same color as your wall will create a full atmosphere. You can also create a rich look. This strategy creates endless surface that is very soothing to your eyes.  There is no jolt of a color change.
  3. Small variation with the wallO'Fallon interior painterModify the color of the ceiling to be quite  a  lot of  shades  lighter or darker than the walls. You still  hold the
    soothing  look from  integrated space with   more dimension and depth touch.  If the ceiling  looks  darker  than walls,  you  can  add  some  lighter  shades  to  build  airier  room.  For  a cozier feel,  you  can  apply  darker shade  than  your  walls. This ceiling  paint  idea  will  make  and more  intimate feel.  It  is  great  for  bathroom or  bedroom  so  you  can  relax.  But,  you  need  to consider that your room should be at least nine feet tall.
  4. Different color totally
    You can build certain character and interest by painting your ceiling with totally different colors. With this strategy, you can improve the excitement of your room. Principally, low ceiling needs light color. But, you can apply darker color to your ceiling with the addition of a glaze that has same color. This glaze will soften the effect of dark color and the sheen will reflect light to hold your ceiling from overwhelming your room. Some great ceiling paint colors that often used for ceiling are pale peach, sky blue, blush-pink, butter yellow and warm tan.

Hey! Hope you enjoyed the writeup? Thanks to Greg, my Friend and an O’Fallon interior painter who helped with some of the above tips.

How Much Paint to Purchase for interior painting

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Have  you  purchased  a  house  and  want  to  save  a  few  bucks  by  doing  interior  painting  on  your own? Definitely, this is an amazing idea because interior painting can be done even by a person who  does  not  have  any  experience.  But  before  taking  a  brush  in  your  hands,  ensure  you  do some  homework  by  reading  a  few  learning  guides on painting techniques.  This  page  is  to  help  you  decide  how  much paint your need to purchase so it is sufficient to cover all of your walls.

Next  time  you  go  to  location  that  specializes  in  paint;  take  a best  look  at  labels  that  let  you know the expected number of square feet a gallon of paint will cover. Generally, you can expect to  simply  cover  around  350  square  feet  with  single  gallon of  paint.  Although  basing  your calculation on the figure is a best beginning point, you still should take it with a grain of salt. In simple words, don’t take it too sincerely because the number of square feet you can cover with single gallon of paint will largely depend on the type of surface you will be working on and how you paint.

 To  get  a  more  accurate  amount  of  the  paint  that  needs  to  be  purchased,  it  is  vital  that  you measure a room. Happily, measuring the room is not a brain breaker. Just measure the surface, after  which  you  can  change  the  numbers  into  square  feet.  You perform  this  by  multiplying  in the length and width of the surface that need to be covered with paint. Ensure you multiply the result by two if you are going to be applying to coasts of paint.

The technique of calculation described above is not hundred percent precise, but provides you with a best starting point and was also referenced in a documentary published by a St. Louis painting contractor mid last year.

An  issue  might  arise  when  you  plan  to  calculate  the  amount  of  paint  required  to  cover  the surface next to windows and doors. It is not that simple to do, so a best rule of thumb to follow is to pretend that doors and windows also need to be covered with paint. Guess that the door is the continuation of the wall. This permits you to have some area for an error. Since you are not an expert interior painter, possibilities are you may spill a bit of paint.

Below  is  a  calculation  of  an  imaginary  wall,  only  so  you  have  an  example  to  follow  when estimating  the amount  of  paint  required.  Say  you  have  a  wall  which  is  fifteen  by  twenty  feet. We multiply these numbers to obtain 375 square feet of surface. 1 gallon  of paint should be used to cover 350 square feet, and then all you need is to be two gallons of such paint.

5 Remodeling Tips for 2016

Not only will you get the best look for your house, but you also may have the chance to get a lot of money from selling it! This is the best thing that you can get from remodeling your house. Thus, if you are interested in remodeling your house in the near future, regardless what you want to do to your house after the remodeling is done, this article may suit you the most as we are going to discuss five remodeling tips that you should do in this year of 2016.

Start planning now!

One of the most commonly mentioned kitchen, bath, or basement remodeling tips is to make a plan out of your remodeling project. Planning is one of the most important home remodeling because it will give you so much time to think about what you are going to do in the process of remodeling. Planning will also help you in getting some details of your home remodeling project.

Think about how much money you can spend now and in the future

Home remodeling is not done at once because it is a process that can take months or even year to complete, meaning that your budget that you may allocate now might not be enough for the future. Additionally, you may have much more money in the future than what you have now. Therefore, when planning the budget, you need to make sure that you plan for the money that you may loss or that you may gain in the future. By planning about this, your plan will be much stronger than before.

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Considering the help of professional home designer

You may thing that hiring a professional home designer is a waste of money, but it is actually not. By hiring a professional home designer, you will be able to save a lot of money because he or she knows what you need to do and what you need to avoid doing in your project. Many have regretted not hiring one, so do not make another silly mistake!

Plan your marketing strategies if you want to sell your house

If your remodeling is for realty, then the next remodeling tip that you have to do is to plan how you are going to sell your house. To do this, you need to start making listing of future buyers that may be interested in your house after the remodeling is finished.

Make everything look clean

You may have done everything, but the most forgotten remodeling tip is about the cleanliness of the house. Most people often forget that they have to take care of the house after the remodeling is finished.