Wednesday, June 8, 2016
Windows flood a house with natural light and provide fresh air and ventilation. People want a window that is not only practical but is aesthetically pleasing. Whether a house is designed with modern or traditional style, windows in Long Island can add style into it. When shopping for building materials in Long Island, you should do your research and obtain a good understanding of the types available in the market. Awning Windows Older designs of awning windows used butt hinges along the top edge. More modern versions, on the other hand, use friction hinges. Both allow the bottom part of the window to be swung open. Because of the sloping design, awning windows can be left open even when it rains.
Tuesday, June 7, 2016
Building a new kitchen deck requires a lot of work. The good news is, if you know the ins and outs you can spend less time worrying about the details. There are a few things you need to know when it comes to outdoor kitchens. A Good Design Is All about Appeal and Space One of the most crucial elements of kitchen design is determining how much space you need and how you would want to use that space on your deck. You don’t only need to think about the dining tables and chairs but also the cooking gear you would want to have outside such as a barbecue grill or earth oven. Planters will also add to the aesthetic appeal of the deck area.
The kitchen is one of the most difficult parts of the home to remodel. There are so many things to consider regarding moving, updating or replacing existing materials. Designers and contractors in Long Island, NY can assist you as you go through this potentially overwhelming process. Set a Budget Know your budget before you do anything else. Setting a specific amount that you are willing to spend for the renovation will help you determine the scope of the project. Labor costs should be factored in if you plan to contact any Long Island kitchen contractors. In fact, getting a contractor is recommended especially when you are going to move walls or make changes to electrical outlets or plumbing. When it comes to money, you also have to prepare for the unexpected. Experts say it is best to set aside at least 20% of your total budget for unexpected situations and emergencies.
Friday, June 3, 2016
Not too long ago, the housing market was shrouded in uncertainty, with home prices tumbling sharply at precipitous rates. Fast forward eight years later, the industry now finds itself in the pink of health, with TheEconomist.com stating that home prices have appreciated by 17% over the last three years. Investing in Home Improvement Projects This bullish market is not just spurring people to spend more on new homes, it’s also encouraging them to plunk down money on the homes they already have. Chris Herbert, research director of the Joint Center for Housing Studies, says that the healthy market is “encouraging owners to invest in more discretionary home improvements, such as kitchen and bath remodeling and room additions, in addition to the necessary replacements of worn components.” "
Thursday, June 2, 2016
People often say, “Dad rules the den, mom reigns in the kitchen.” But is this stereotype still true? According to a piece on The New York Times, this cliche perception is slowly being turned on its head. As Rachel L. Swarns writes, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill published a study that found that the number of men who cooked meals on any given day jumped from 29% to 42% between 1969 and 2008. In other words, just about half the men in the country are contributing to kitchen duties at home.
Wednesday, June 1, 2016
According to data from the United States Small Business Administration (USSBA), the construction business is booming once again and contractors stand to benefit. Small businesses belonging to the building construction industry are seeing the highest growth they have seen in recent years, due to a marked increase in the demand for housing, coupled with an increase in lending activity. However, the boom also means that competition may get tougher as new businesses always gravitate towards hot industries. If you want to make the most out of this year, there are a few things you need to consider.