Kids say all kinds of things and do all kinds of things, but one thing I would never expect them to do is to break shutters. I guess it’s been so long since I was a kid that I forgot just how destructive kids can be. When I was younger, I was playing baseball with some of my friends and I sent the ball flying through a window when I made a home run. With my kids, I had to call an irvine shutters company because they were playing football and broke the shutters.

I’ve often warned the kids about playing with balls too close to the house, but they don’t always listen.… Read More


Buying a house is one of the biggest investment decisions you will make, so it’s really important that you make an informed decision. Failure to do so could be disastrous on many counts, financially, emotionally and (because all these things are connected) for your health and well-being!

That may sound like an exaggeration, but it’s not. Imagine what would happen if you fell in love with a cute little cottage on the bank of a beautiful river, bought it, and then discovered it was downstream from a poorly run manufacturing plant that was spewing toxins into the river, or a neglected hydroelectric facility (dam!) that was on the verge of collapsing! Either of these scenarios could certainly affect your health, couldn’t they?a

These are extreme situations that most people could manage to avoid, but they serve to illustrate the fact that a poor real estate purchase could have dire consequences, so it pays to do whatever you can to make sure you are buying the right house for you and your family.

Right now you are enticed by very low mortgage rates, home buying incentive programs and (depending on where you are) a plethora of housing choices, making home ownership possible for many. It might be the right time for you to buy, if you have some money for a down payment, a reasonably secure income and the desire for your own place.

First time buyers should consider enlisting the help of a buyers agent, someone who can guide you through the process of choosing and purchasing a house that meets your needs and fits your budget.

Make a list of features that you require, and those that you would like but aren’t absolutely necessary. Think about things like:

  • Proximity to work (or to transit that you can take to work);
  • How many bedrooms and bathrooms you need;
  • Whether you are okay with a two-story home or require a stair-free house, and
  • Access to recreational facilities and shopping

Make another list of ‘deal-breakers’, things that are unacceptable for your family. Being right on a main thoroughfare might be one, especially if you have young children or Houdini-like pets who like to escape and explore the neighborhood. Maybe you don’t want to live right next door to a popular nightclub that features live music every weekend (but then again, maybe you do). The main point is that you need to establish your own parameters to find the right property for you and those who share your life.

An experienced realtor will be able to show you current MLS listings as well as new listings, perhaps before they have been exposed to the general public. He (or she) might also know of properties where the owners have let the listing lapse but are still interested in selling to the right buyer (maybe you!). Your agent can also warn you of impending changes in the neighborhoods you might be interested in or situations that you are unaware of that could affect … Read More


Getting up the nerve to begin your home improvement project can be exasperating to say the least. One moment you’re gung-ho and ready to tackle the  next minute you’re almost suffering from anxiety attacks.

But you shouldn’t allow these roller coaster feelings to continue to prevent you from doing what you really want to do. And besides, after almost a quarter of a century as a home improvement contractor, I sometimes still get these same feelings.

It remind me of the butterflies I would get just before kick-off, when I was playing football back in the day. So, if you are having uneasy feelings and doubting yourself, just put your foot down and make a commitment to start the job immediately and do it. Don’t get caught up worrying about making mistakes because mistakes are really nothing more than growing pains. That’s right. We all are human and we all make mistakes, but you can profit from your mistakes and turn those bloopers into building blocks.

Never give up on yourself before you even give it a try. First, take the necessary time to get all the information you can from as many reputable sources available and immerse yourself in it. Try to obtain all the knowledge you can about whatever task you will be performing and prepare to follow those instructions completely.

Remember, even if the outcome is less than perfect you still are to be commended for overcoming your fears and going forward with your project. And you are the better for it too. Let this be a spring board for future references. No matter the outcome you really have succeeded and deserves to be congratulated for it.

One note of caution in closing, always use common sense and do not jeopardize your safety and the safety of others by attempting to do a dangerous job that should only be done by licensed professionals. And always call a reputable contractor if in doubt about anything at all. And be sure to check with your local officials concerning codes, regulations and licensing permits. Thank you and good luck.… Read More


Generally, interior decorations are related to simple interior ornamentations. It’s really not that easy to give one specific meaning to this term. Home renovations may also be related to reconstructing something inside a house. As a matter of fact, the concept of interior decorations arises from the spirit of home owner’s taste and plans. Of course you have an option to hire a professional to do the job for you, but it must suit your taste and needs.

There are dozens of ways to deal with it. If you plan to spend some money on hiring a professional to do the job, then you have to ensure he or she takes some time with you and your family. This will help him or her to know your taste. On the contrary, you may want to do it by yourself as it can be an exciting experience. Nevertheless, as it happens to many people, you may lose your way within the process. In order for you to stay on the right track you should have the best plan. Try to jot down your plan, and begin with a reasonable budget. Below are few things to consider before starting your home renovation.

  • The amount of money you want to spend.
    • You may want to start with a particular part of the house.
    • You may want to decorate all the rooms in your house.
    • The theme of the room you want to decorate.
    • You may want to change color of the wall.
    • Choose between low-maintenance or high-maintenance interiors.
    • You may want to include any special theme for your kids.
    • You may want to replace the old furniture with the new one.
    • Work on stuff you actually want to change.
    • Do first thing first.

The list above will give you a real picture before you do the job. You can then estimate the budget you need and keep the process on the right track. When you are done with the plan, begin with a room by measuring its area. Then jot down the things you will be working with. After surveying the room you want to decorate and writing the list of things to be done, now match this list with your original list to see whether there is a difference or not. If you think everything is perfect, then you can continue on to the next step confidently. You can do the renovation without having to worry of losing your way within the process. … Read More


When choosing small bedroom chairs, most homeowners will probably only get one or two chairs that are comfortable to sit and have the right design, size and color. However, there is so much more to selecting and purchasing small chair than just its look. Learn to see the details if you are looking for a small bedroom chairs that will last long and provide a value.

Robustness – Before you get carried away by a favorite color or a beautiful design, be sure to check first the frame of the chair. It must be strong and balanced – it should not rock, bend or tilt due to uneven legs. Also carefully check the joints and there should be no irregular spacing or gaps or lines. The joints are usually held in place with dowels and strengthened with glue. Some manufacturers use two dowels some while some companies manufacture more robust chairs by using three dowels. The higher the number of dowels, the stronger the chair becomes.

If you want to purchase a wooden chair, check if the wood that is used had been dried before it is constructed. The wood is generally kiln-dried, a process which allows wood sap and moisture to evaporate. Drying the wood will make the frame more sturdy and resistant to cracking and warping.

Ergonomics – Although most small bedroom chairs are commonly used as home decoration, they must be functional and comfortable. This is especially important if you are going to use the chairs for long hours at a time. The chairs should provide adequate seat and back support and should allow the feet to comfortably rest on the floor.

Tailoring – This refers to the chair’s upholstery. Make sure to check the fabric and seams for evenness. You can determine if they are well constructed by checking the lines if they are straight, lie flat and not crooked. Aside from their appearance, make sure that small bedrooms chairs are also functional.… Read More


Garden studios are modern constructions that improve the quality of our life, but also our home. They are ideal places for relaxation, for parties, for practicing hobbies, for having people over and for many other things that we usually cannot find a place inside the house. In what concerns home improvements, having a garden studio built comes with the obvious advantages.

First of all, a garden studio adds value to the property. Everything that is built on the property, besides the house, can increase its total worth. So, if at one moment you consider selling don’t forget to include it in the total price. This can be a profitable business because the price of the studio is not extremely high considering that of a traditional construction and all the advantages it brings.

Garden studios are usually made out of natural materials. This is because the main aim is to conserve the balance between nature and contemporaneity or modernity. So, instead of disturbing the landscape of your garden, a studio can add to its beauty. If you are aiming for a futuristic look in your backyard, choose a futuristic design using natural materials. If instead you want a classical, traditional one, go for a simple, but extremely functional studio.

Garden studios are definitely a home improvement. If you consider using it as a storing place, imagine how much your living space would improve. You could deposit all the things that you do not use momentarily, but do not want to throw away because of their material or spiritual value. Garden studios are well insulated, so you won’t have to worry that the objects you store in there can get damaged.

Everyone wants to have a pool house. Well, you can use your garden house as a pool house. You can turn it into a guest house where you can receive guests who would certainly be positively impressed. Who wouldn’t want a house with an office? Or a house with a personal recording studio? Or a space specially destined to parties? All these add very much to the whole value of the house and turn the studio into a home improvement worthy to consider.… Read More