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Home Design Sense – New Home Decorating July 31, 2010

When decorating or making decorating decisions for new homes, it is important to remember that your decisions will be a part if the home for a long time – unless you can afford to re-decorate every few years. Before purchasing any furniture, paint colors or accessories consider your lifestyle and how you plan to live in the home. Also, throw out any pre-disposed notions of your old home; since the new one is structurally different. This is when you need to be open-minded and creative. Take your time and don’t rush and by all means don’t be influenced by friends, family or trends (unless you absolutely love the ideas).

The most important matter of concern when designing or planning interior design for new homes is to build an environment that caters to your specific needs. Creating a space that is accommodating to each person’s lifestyles is the general principle of new home design.

This may seem like very unusual advice concerning interior design for new homes especially coming from someone who is working within the design industry; but there is good explanation for this reasoning. A large, open space without viewing or visualizing any furniture content within that space is quite easy to get a little carried away with while making structural changes.

Try to get an idea of the type of furniture style you will want. If you already have a specific style be sure it will fit in the specific areas of the new home. Some furniture might be too small for large rooms.

Paint color should not be decided until you get all your items (furniture, fabrics accessories, ect.) together and finalized. Painting the wall color before deciding on the furniture could be costly if it does no work with he furniture colors.

Wallpaper is another choice that you might reconsider using while building interior design for new homes. Again, removing wallpaper and resurfacing the surface is often times quite a headache that can be avoided by using other alternatives for creative wall finishing. A great alternative for wallpaper that adds a great texture to the wall surfaces would be a finishing technique such as faux finishing, sponging, or stenciling. These choices offer you a variety of substitutes that are equally appealing and much easier to change then wallpaper. If you absolutely must have wallpaper in any of the rooms, try using a border to achieve the look you’re going for instead of covering the entire wall surface. If you prefer wallpaper be sure to follow the installation instructions fully or hire a professional.

Interior design for new homes can be a tricky process. There is a good possibility that the area pertained in your new home will be slightly larger or smaller then the space in your previous home. It is this reason that planning placement and theme of each space in your new home is so vitally important to successful interior design of new homes. Be sure to measure widths of furniture and doorways before moving day comes in order to avoid hassle while getting the furniture into your new living space. Take careful notice of any moving activity that occurs into and around your new home. Careless moving errors can disfigure floors and walls and create flaws in your new house before you have even begun living there.

Placement of furniture in new homes is one of the key aspects of unique interior design for new homes. If a room is very large you may want to consider making several seating arrangements rather than spacing the pieces out to fit the room. And separated seating groupings can give more privacy for reading and conversation away from the rest of the room activities.

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Home & Furniture Tips Provided By Experts

It is time for you to get started on your most recent home & furniture project. However, you just have run out of ideas or just do not know where to start in the first place. One thing that has helped many people is to read the countless supply of free expert interior design tips available. The following are some of the most common tips employed by top designers today:

Dare to try new decorating tips.You want to create an atmosphere in each part of your home. This is so that the design of each area of your home is as unique as possible. However, during this process, upon choosing peculiar home & furniture pieces and accessories does not does not take away from the beauty and value of other pieces or sets of furniture place in each room. Keep in mind that your theme of each room should be “simple but not boring.” No matter which period of history, or what specific them you choose it is always best to implement the simplest plans possible. Yet the end result should be effective enough to make an impact. One way you can remain from becoming “boring” is learn the art of mixing a variety of neutral-colored pieces of furniture with a variety of unusual accessories. Another tip often involves the placement of contemporary furniture along brightly-colored painted walls. Consider the lighting of the room. Whether you prefer softer or brighter lighting might have an effect on the style or type of furniture or accessories you choose. Take advantage of various types of lighting in order to create the right mood every single time. Apply room-specific themes. Planning designs that are appropriate for each area of your home is of the highest priority. This is probably one of the most important aspects of creating the right atmosphere. For instance, the theme of your shower bathroom or shower area might be very different from that of your dining area. Likewise, some areas of your home may require use of livelier cheerful colors and patterns while others might require implementation of more neutral color combinations. Never be afraid to ask for help:A large number of qualified professionals can probably contribute valuable insight regarding the choice of specific combinations of home & furniture colors, patterns, styles, etc. Take the advice of these educated individuals to heart, yet of course you always have the final say no matter what.

 

Madera Floors. Fairfax, Va. Hardwood Floor Specialists. Installation, Sanding And Refinishing July 23, 2010

Madera Floors provides professional quality wood flooring services including installation, sanding, refinishing, repairs, maintenance, and custom design. At Madera, we only use the highest quality materials/finishes and are always up to date on technological advancements in the wood floor industry. We target contractors, designers, corporate clients, and homeowners in the Northern VA, MD and D.C. areas. Madera’s goal is to meet our client’s budget and timeline while exceeding expectations, thus resulting in repeat business.

Madera Floors specializes in custom finishing, installations and material sourcing for all of your hardwood flooring needs. As flooring contractors, we are always abreast of new techniques and materials in the industry, which allows us to grow while remaining environmentally friendly. As a certified CMP installer we can also perform self-leveling concrete installations. Every project represents our organization; hence our great strides to achieve perfection on each individual project.

Hardwood floors are an investment that will last for a long time with the proper installation and care. There are different modes of installation for engineered wood strips, solid wood strips, and parquet. With all modes of installation moisture testing is imperative to ensure proper installation. Installation can be a painstaking process but we take pride in leaving your home or business looking as beautiful as we found it. Our expert technicians have seen every situation and are proficient in the three different types of installation for hardwood flooring.

Nail Down/Staple Installation In this method we nail down or staple solid or engineered wood strips to the sub-flooring (usually either plywood or plank wood). The floor is done with random length strips. A few strips are placed down and arranged prior to fastening to ensure proper placement and tautness.Glue Down Installation In this method we glue down engineered wood strips or parquet directly to the sub-floor. In these cases the subfloor is usually concrete, so we pay extra attention to moisture.

With glue down installations, it is important to consider any kind of allergies and sensitivities to smell. We use an acrylic based glue which is more mild than some of the other options. Glue down installations can be walked on the next day and furniture can also be moved in.

Floating Installation In this method we glue together the tongue and groove of every plank and the floor floats over a foam cushioned padding. If the flooring has a locking system we can lock the pieces together without glue. This can be used with either laminate or engineered wood floor, but either way the flooring is pre-finished. Not all engineered surfaces can be floated. Floating installation can also be placed over sub-flooring of questionable quality unlike the other two modes. Also, floating floors are a great option if you have multiple layers of flooring and do not want to remove them all. With floating installation the wear layer is important to consider as the thicker the layer the more times it can be refinished. Generally, laminate flooring gives a hollow feeling underfoot with this mode of installation. Remember that floating floors expand and contract as a unit because the pieces are fused together. Allow for as much expansion area as possible.

Refinishing and sanding your hardwood floors is necessary to preserve their quality and beauty. Any refinishing is done solely to enhance the woods natural color and protect it from the elements. The best time to sand and refinish your hardwood floors is when you move into a new house or apartment as all of the furniture, rugs, etc. need to be removed from the area during the process. Proper refinishing should last about 10 years. However, high traffic rooms will need to be done more often.

Pre-finished Hardwood Floors These are the new main stream products in hardwood flooring. They can be acrylic impregnated, engineered, or solid. They have a tough factory finish, which is the main reason for its popularity. They are also extremely easy to install and eliminate the need for messy sanding. Most pre-finished floors done within the last ten years are urethane finished. Test this by placing a couple drops of water on an obscure area. If the area turns white after 15 minutes, you have a waxed finish. Older floors are likely to have shellac or varnish finishes. Unfortunately these do not work well with the newer urethane finishes and must be completely removed if you want a urethane finish. There is also likely to be some amount of aluminum oxide in the newer prefinished floors.

Unfinished Hardwood This type of flooring comes in solid and engineered, and both must be job site finished. They come in varying lengths and widths. Sanding and finishing can take anywhere from a few days to a week depending on size, stain, and number of top finish coats. Generally the finishes are oil or water based. Our first priority is to protect the beauty of your home so whether you have finished or unfinished floors, we section off other areas and furniture to prevent sanding dust from spreading throughout your home. Our expert technicians also use dust containment systems to limit the amount of dust in the air. And with refinishing, it is important to have as little air flow as possible in the area as airborne particles can become embedded into the newly applied finish. Something as simple as foot traffic or turning on the air conditioner/heating system can kick up dust. So it is better to allow more time to dry to avoid problem areas in your floors.

Many things can happen to a floor over the years. Termites, cable holes, leaky roofs, sink overflows, cats, dogs and reconfigured spaces can leave holes or very odd-looking stains in your hardwood. All is not lost!

Boards can be replaced in such a way that no one will be able to tell that new wood has been added to the floors. When replacing boards, we take care to lace the new boards in with the old ones, so there is not a square or rectangle shape where the boards have been replaced.Other precautions are taken to match up the wood as best as possible. As wood ages, it darkens. This is why we purchase reclaimed wood in various sizes and species. If aged wood is not available for your floor, we take care to stain the boards that we are replacing to match the color of your existing floor as close as possible.

Custom Wood Floors are a medium of specialty floor coverings that includes, but not limited to these Types of Custom Wood Floors: Accents, Borders, Domestic Species, Exotic Species, Feature Strip, Inlays, Marquetry, Mixed Media, Medallions & Crest, Painted or stenciled, Parquet, Parquetry, Plank, Reclaimed & Recovered,Distressed, Specialty Products, Stained-Tinted or Colors Developed during the middle ages in Europe, elaborate designs, borders, inlays & medallions were crafted for significant buildings such as castles, & monasteries. Today these wood flooring styles are reflected in the modern day manufacturing and can be enhanced with something as simple as a strip border around the perimeter of the room or as ornate as a coat of arms in a foyer or a great room. Using exotic woods from around the world, these custom designs & patterns can add to and become the center focal point of any room. Giving each room a Custom-one-of-a-kind wood floor. Custom designs can give a homeowner a “one-of-a-kind” floor and is a wonderful way to put your personality and individual character in a home. The choices of pattern, design, exotic woods sources and an artistic flare can provide a limitless number of possibilities.

Floors with oil and urethane-type finishes are extremely durable. With just minimal care your floor will look beautiful for years to come. The key to preserving your floor is protecting its finish. Hardwood floors require minimal care, but it is important that you provide regular care.

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Kitchen Interior and Decoration

When experts cost a fortune just for an advice, designing your kitchen becomes your job. Kitchen interior design comes into the picture after your architect has done his job of erecting a building for you.

The kitchen interior design is very dependant on the right decor to make this design work. Unfortunately, many people mess up this very important component when remodeling their kitchen, and end up with the wrong look or feel. Here are some guidelines to help you avoid this scenario and achieve your dream kitchen.

The kitchen decor is probably the most important aspect of your kitchen interior design, because it is the measuring stick you use to decide if all your other appliances match accordingly. The décor all about choosing the theme that you want. For different people this will be different. The most important component is that it matches your personality and tastes.

• If you have a big kitchen then chances are you have probably wished for a smaller one from time to time and chances are that with a smaller kitchen you have asked for a bigger one. When you are changing the interior design of the kitchen you may be able to make your kitchen look bigger or smaller all based on the type of paint you use.

• If your kitchen is small (or any room for that matter) use light colors: off white, beige etc. but you can accent the room with bright colors if you like to brighten up your kitchen. Dark colors will make a room look smaller than it’s actual size.

• The kitchen sink, cooking stove and the refrigerator should form a work triangle where the total distance of the three stations is no more than 26 feet. The three stations should be close enough for convenience when preparing food.

• Other small things which you can do to improve the overall appearance of your kitchen includes getting kitchen accessories such as a shiny new kettle, maybe a soap dish, and don’t forget the all-important tea cloths.

• These all come in kitchen sets of course – other than the kettle – so you’re fine on cash as well, since getting things in sets does tend to be less expensive than buying things individually. Another good idea for kitchen sets is an assortment of salt and pepper shakers. The soap dish idea with a hand pump dispenser also works well if you’re leaning in the way of updating the oddments in your kitchen.

• You also have the choice of getting things like coasters and place mats, trivets, dishes, bowls and the all important cutlery. These all work well in the whole scheme of things and need not be expensive either. As long as you go about it in an orderly fashion you won’t even need to cut down on quality or quantity.

• You can also place a mirror in the kitchen. A good place is opposite the window, it will not only make the room larger but it will reflect the light and brighten the room.

• Put small indoor plants on small pots in your kitchen. Plants gives a fresh feeling to the interior design of the kitchen.

• Always make sure that there is adequate lighting on kitchen. Inadequate lighting makes the kitchen feel cramped and gloomy. Aside from the general lighting fixture at the center of the room. Put task lights under the kitchen hanging cabinets.

Follow these simple tips to finding the right kitchen interior design decor for your kitchen, and you will achieve your dream kitchen affordably and even quickly. Many people make the mistake of limiting their options in this process, such as only shopping at the local improvement store without taking in the other outlets available.

 

The FHA home loan Process Four easy steps to your FHA loan!

The FHA home loan Process Four easy steps to your FHA loan!

1. Applying for an FHA home loan.

Applying for an FHA home loan through FHAmortgageFHAloan.com is simpler than ever before. We have combined the speed and ease of the Internet with the hands on approach that our FHA home loan applicants have come to expect. Once you apply online for an FHA home loan, you are entered into our database where your FHA home loan is processed. Within 24 hours, your assigned FHA home loan officer will contact you, via e-mail or phone, to schedule your interview.

2. The FHA home loan Interview

During your FHA home loan interview your FHA home loan officer will go through your FHA home loan application to determine your eligibility. If you are unable to be pre-qualified at the time of application, your FHA home loan officer will offer you advice on how to improve your credit situation so that you may become eligible within weeks time. Within 20 minutes you will know the determination of your FHA home loan application! The FHA home loan telephone interview also serves as an excellent opportunity to get acquainted with your FHA home loan officer. Your FHA home loan officer plays an important role throughout the FHA home loan process. Good communication with your FHA home loan officer will increase your chances of FHA home loan pre-approval and speed the processing of your FHA home loan!

3. FHA FHA home loan Processing

The processing of an FHA home loan involves the gathering of documents to verify all information inputted in your FHA home loan application. This includes, but is not limited to; W2’s, paystubs, credit report, bank statements, etc. When your FHA home loan pre-qualification is sent to you (after your interview) it will include a checklist that is specific to your file. This checklist will state all the items that you must submit to your FHA home loan officer in order to receive your FHA home loan commitment!

4. Closing your FHA home loan

The closing is the “end of the line” in obtaining a FHA home loan. At the closing you will sign all FHA home loan documents and take possession of your new home. If you are refinancing, you will not take possession of a new home, but you will get a lower interest rate, cash out, or both!

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FHA loans make it Easy to buy a Florida home.

FHA loans have been helping Florida homebuyers become homeowners since 1934. How does FHA help? The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) – which is part of (HUD), provides mortgage insurance to insure private lenders against loss. The mortgage insurance allows private Florida lenders to lend up to 97% of the purchase price and allows financing with No Minimum credit score requirement for Florida homebuyers.

Easy Qualification – The FHA loan insures lenders against loss for loans made to properly qualified FHA home loan borrowers. So you’re likely to find FHA loans with terms that make it easier for you to qualify.

Minimal Down payment Requirements – FHA loan can work with as little as 3% down and those funds can come from a family, grant , or your employer. Although the FHA loan does not have a zero down mortgage option yet, you will find that there are many Florida down payment assistance programs to help you with the down payment.

Less than A-1 Credit is Okay – The Florida FHA home loan program exists to expand the pool of home buyers. Even borrowers with prior bankruptcies or mortgage loan lates get approved every day for FHA loans to buy or Refinance homes in. The FHA loan program uses credit quality, not credit score!

Lower Cost Over the Life of the Loan – Florida FHA home loan rates are extraordinarily competitive. FHA’s lower risk to the lender means a better rate for the Florida borrower.

Safeguards for Borrowers Who Get Behind – FHA loans also allow the lender more options in helping borrowers who fall behind keep their homes are get current again: special forbearance, workouts, even free mortgage counseling. Further, HUD can allow the lender to take past due payments and move them to the end of the loan and in some instance will actually pay your past due payments for you. Options to save your home you’ll never get from a conventional loan! In an uncertain world, this is another excellent reason for you to get an FHA loan.

Options for Manufactured Housing – Under certain conditions, you can even secure an FHA loan for a Mobile Home or manufactured home using a Florida FHA mortgage loan.

FHA Loans Are Fully Assumable – When you are ready to sell your Miami home, you can offer buyers FHA financing! All FHA loans can be assumed by qualified buyers.

The FHA program has evolved since it started in 1934 and now has options for HUD insured loans that fit a variety of different borrowers and situations.

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What to Look for in an Orlando Home Security Alarm System

Basically, you need an Orlando Home Security Alarm system so that you can monitor what is happening in your home even while you are not around. But Orlando Home Security Alarm systems do not fit a one-size-fits-all purposes type of model. Rather, every system is designed to perform a certain way to provide the best protection for your home.

A centralized Orlando Home Security Alarm system will allow your home system to be connected directly to the security hub nearby. This permits your home to stay under round-the-clock surveillance even when you are not there to check on the system. If the security hub staff suspect that a fire or burglary is in progress, they will call your home then ask for the secret password. Should the password supplied be the wrong one, the security hub staff will ask the right authorities to head for your home right away.

Another type of Orlando Home Security Alarm system is the type that can detect fires. This fire alarm system can react to duct, heat or smoke sensors. If manual pull stations or sprinklers are activated, then the system will also react to that.

One highly efficient Orlando Home Security Alarm system relies on Internet access between your home and the system’s security hub. This is believed to be the most efficient way for you to look into the status of your home security system.

If you fear that your standard home landline could be disconnected or disabled by burglars and other criminals, then you may need a cellular home security system instead or as a complement to your landline. This cellular home security system relies on a cellular transmitter to deliver emergency signals to the security hub, even when your landline has been cut.

Orlando Home Security Alarm systems are no longer just a luxury that the rich and famous attach to their homes to protect lives and property. In these times when so many bad things could happen to your family, you really need an Orlando Home Security Alarm system for your home.

With Orlando Home Security Alarm systems on the job, you know you’ll get alerted when your child fails to come home at the right time, someone broke into your home while you were away, a senior citizen in your home suffered an accident and cannot access a telephone, a vandal hurled a stone through your front window while you were asleep, and any other situations that may crop up that require your immediate attention.

By using Orlando Home Security Alarm systems, it is no longer necessary to ask special favors of your neighbors to watch over your property. It is easier to respond quickly to emergencies. You can warn any potential criminals that your house is being watched with various warning signs in your property. And if burglars seem very determined to invade your home anyway, the police and other authorities can respond immediately to arrest the suspects. Now that is something no neighbor of yours can guarantee – unless he happens to be an ex-Navy Seal.

 

Everything You Need To Know About Cabinets July 18, 2010

When you think about cabinets, more often than not, you think of kitchen cabinets. These are the hottest cabinet items in the market today because of their functionality, importance, and versatility. However, there is more to cabinets than kitchen cabinets, as cabinetry encompasses all facets of home decoration.

Cabinets are more than just storage. They speak of your personality, your taste, and your sense of style. The possibilities are endless, but it boils down to what your choice is. In terms of style, there are just too many different kinds of cabinets to chose from. But they are basically subsumed into common classifications such as framed or frameless, stock or custom made, traditional, country, or modern style, made of hardwood, wood veneers or other materials.

Stock and Custom Cabinets

Cabinets are generally classified into stock cabinets and custom cabinets. Stock cabinets are those cabinets that are pre-fabricated and can be bought “off the rack” in many cabinet shops. Custom cabinets, on the other hand ordinarily refer to cabinets that are specially built by cabinet makers to fit a homeowner’s very detailed specifications, and are usually done on site (homeowner’s house).

Framed and Frameless Cabinets

A framed cabinet is a cabinet with a frame attached to the front edges of its body. This is also known as traditional, face-framed or American-style cabinet. A frameless cabinet, as the name implies, is one that has no frame attached to the surrounding face of the body. This is the standard among European-style cabinets.

Traditional, Country, Or Contemporary Style

If one goes by tradition, all kitchen cabinets are made from hardwood and are fastened to the kitchen walls. But nowadays, permanently fixed cabinets have given way to standalone mobile cabinets that may come in unconventional materials such as glass or plastics. Traditional style cabinets are appealing to more people because of its’ ageless look.

Country style cabinets give a comfortable, cozy and welcoming feel to a room. Hardwood is the best material to start with if you want a country feel to your cabinets, as this can blend well with florals or nature-inspired textiles or designs.

There are countless other styles to choose from, enough to get you more confused on choices to be made. To avoid this, It would be best to know where to look in the first place. Browse through magazines, woodworking books, or cabinet shops. You can expand your search to websites on home and furnishings. But do not forget to choose a style that would naturally blend with design and architecture of your house.

Solid Wood, Bonded Wood, and Wood Veneers

It’s been a long time since having new cabinets means getting the services of a cabinet maker or getting down to your work clothes to make customary wood cabinets. As technology and skills improve through time, the possibilities have become endless. Old and new materials offer other different classifications of cabinets.

Solid Wood

Because of its versatility and ageless look and appeal, wood has become the most common material used for cabinets. It gives out a warm, homely atmosphere, and blends well with almost any kind of interior design and décor. The different kinds of wood species furthermore give more varied options, but your choice would eventually depend on your personal style and budget. Wood is the most sought after material for custom cabinets.

Wood materials come from either two types of trees: hardwoods and softwoods. Hardwood wood materials come from coniferous trees, or trees that are easy to saw. Softwood wood materials come from dicotyledonous or hard-to-cut trees.

Different wood species fetch different prices, depending on its availability and overall appearance. There are so many materials to choose from: maple, oak, cherry, hickory, yellow birch, or pine.

Oak was the heavy favorite among cabinet builders until recently, when maple became more popular in the cabinet industry. It is very adaptable to any kind of cabinet style due to its light and regular grain texture. Very similar to maple in terms of versatility, is the yellow birch variety. With its strength and wide range of colors, it is a favorite choice for kitchen cabinets.

Cherry wood colors range from pinkish to red-brown when aged and exposed to sunlight. Hickory is a light colored to reddish brown hardwood that is best for a staining finish. While pinewood is the most inexpensive variety, it needs special handling and preparations due to its east exposure to bums and scratches.

Exotic wood fetch higher prices as these are the more rare varieties. Among those belonging to this category are mahogany, ebony, and walnut. Mahogany is mostly come from tropical rainforests. Its’ reddish brown color and regular grain qualities make it a perfect alternative to old oak wood. Walnut colors range from dark brown to a purplish shade of black. Ebony wood generally refers to very dark or black wood.

Bonded Wood

Bonding refers to the process of making large wood materials from several smaller pieces of wood. Bonding processes vary. One way is cutting wide boards into narrow parts, then glued together to create the desired width or shape. Blocks of wood may also be glued together to make up a single part of a cabinet. Another process involves wood chips or small wood particles mixed with a gluing substance, the processed to make durable wood particleboards. And lastly, the process of bonding several layers of particleboards may be done to come up with plywood panels that are ideal for adding strength to softwood cabinets.

Wood Veneers

Wood veneers are thin layers of wood materials from superior species of wood. These are glued to the main cabinet material, usually plywood or plasticboard. This is the best option for a more versatile wood cabinet accented by different wood patterns and textures. Wood veneers are aesthetically effective not only for raised panel cabinet doors, but also for flat or recessed cabinet doors.

A word of caution for the budget conscious: While wood veneer as an alternative to wood seems to imply that is an inexpensive material, very elaborate veneering designs would result in more expensive work pieces.