Recent Home Decor Articles

What To Look For When Monitoring Your Home For Foundation Problems

7565983_mYour house is undoubtedly your biggest investment, so monitoring your foundation should always be a top priority. Of course, not every bit of movement is cause for alarm. As the seasons change and your home ages, you may notice some uneven spots. So how do you differentiate between an ordinary shift and a real problem?

There are a few warning signs to always look for indoors when you are figuring out if you need house leveling. If one or more doors in your home jams or fails to latch for no foreseeable reason, this could be a sign that your foundation is in need of repair. Also, if you start to see unexplained cracks in your walls you should begin inspecting. This is especially true if the cracks appear over doorways, windows, or where your walls meet the ceiling. If your home is accented in vinyl or ceramic tile, regularly check these areas for new cracks. Furthermore, always perform a window check about once a month. If any of your windows that used to open and close easily begin to stick or just don’t seem to close completely anymore, this could be a sign that you need foundation repair.

Of course, inspecting the interior of your home is not enough. A thorough foundation inspection will always take the outside of the house into consideration. When checking out a home’s exterior, inspect from corner to corner and notice if there is any crookedness both up and down, and side to side. You can use a level to check for leaning walls with accuracy. Sometimes the signs of foundation damage are signaled outside the construction of the home. Do you notice the soil around your home is contracting and expanding? This is a sign of an unleveled foundation.

Furthermore, individual elements of your particular house should be taken into consideration. Does your home have a poured perimeter foundation? Periodically, take a poke at it with a screwdriver. If it chips or flakes, it may have been poured with dirty water or sand which leads to early deterioration. Unfortunately, there is no other way to fix this issue other than complete foundation repair.

If your home has a basement or a crawl space, check this area’s posts or concrete piers. This may seem obvious, but these elements should always stand straight and be situated directly below the beams they support. Always be aware of water accumulating on the floors of your basement. It may seem harmless, but moisture could be a sign of poor drainage. This can lead to foundation rot, and will definitely need to be repaired.

If you notice one or more of these issues in your home, don’t hesitate to call an expert foundation repair specialist. Homeowners in San Antonio rave about the services provided by the Arrendondo Group. For expert tips on foundation repair, check out their site.

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Benefits of French Door Design

French-Door-BasicsInterestingly, French doors are also called French windows. In simple terms, French doors come in varying lengths, and comprise of different panels of glass. Most French doors are manufactured in pairs, and come hinged with either an out-swing or in-swing.

It’s worth mentioning that these doors are used as both exterior and interior doors. These doors often link to rooms, like a dining room and adjacent living room. These doors also commonly provide easy access to patios, gardens and balconies.

Who Invented French Doors?
Though credit can’t be given to any individual, French doors are considered to have been invented centuries ago. It’s believed that these doors were influenced by the Italian Renaissance architecture, and laid emphasis on symmetry and light. This style migrated to France after the 16th century’s Great Italian Wars.

During this period, aesthetics were combined with dependence on increased availability of glass and natural light. This increased the demand and popularity of French windows. Over time, these windows were expanded into doors.

Since glass was expensive and fragile, it was installed in the form of small panes with standard mullions in between. The door frames and mullions were generally manufactured from wrought iron or wood for structural stability and aesthetic appeal.

Benefits of French Door Design

–       These doors offer a visual bridge between outdoors and indoors or adjoining rooms

–       They expand your warm-weather living space by simple opening out to a balcony, garden or patio

–       French doors allow sunlight in your home without letting the warmth escape. During summer months, it’s the opposite

–       They make a room look bigger

–       These doors bring in natural light to your hall or interior room, which doesn’t have any windows

–       French doors fill wide opening and create a flow between different rooms. Conversely, it enables adjoining rooms to be easily closed off from the other for heating or noise reasons.

Different Styles and Types of French Door Design
Originally, French doors could only be differentiated by their number of lights or panes. These days, they are available in a wide range of materials and styles. They range from 10-light styles to single panes set in frames manufactured from steel, wood, fiberglass and aluminium. The most common material is clear glass. Moreover, when you need some privacy, you can even use opaque glass.

Traditionally, French doors are hinged. In addition to this, you can also find louvered, pivot and sliding French doors. There’s a strong debate whether these doors can be considered authentic French doors or not. Regardless of the semantics, even these modern French doors are worth considering.

Using French Door Design
As mentioned earlier, French doors can be used for both exterior and interior. They are often used to provide you with easy access to outdoor living spaces. In most cases, exterior French doors are used as opening onto patios, balconies and gardens. Due to visibility, easy break ins and security concerns, these doors were not very common for front doors.

However, with advancements in technologies, these doors use better insulated and tougher glass. Thus, they are also used for exterior purposes. French doors can be effectively used interior as links between different rooms. Some homeowners even use them in non-traditional areas, such as bathrooms.

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Top Five Tile Trends for 2015

Custom tile is an area of home remodeling that readily lends itself to creativity and self-expression.  These five trends can be adopted for fireplaces, floors, backsplashes, bathrooms, tubs and showers, and a variety of other interior or exterior home-improvement projects.

MOSAIC
bathremodelgreenvillescThis is one of the most time and labor intensive forms of tile since every small tile has to be perfectly fit into the larger scheme.  However, the end result is always worth it.  Black and white mosaic flooring gives your bathroom a retro vibe. Especially complex mosaic tiling creates a larger graphic design to make a big visual impact— whether a geometric 3D illusion or imagery such as a floral design.

UNEXPECTED SCALE
Mixing small scale tiles with large scale tiles in the same color family creates a consistent but visually interesting aesthetic. On the other side, another trend is using only large format tiles through out an entire space— when used for bathrooms this creates a spa-like atmosphere.

COOL NEUTRALS
Gray has been a hot color in home-remodeling for a few years now and the trend is showing no sign of dying out in 2015. Neutral tiles provide a quiet backdrop for your other design elements and are great for reselling a home since they are true classic (as well as a hot trend— a win win!).

TEXTURE
Whether using one textured tile or mixing textures, this trend gives your home a modern edge. The most widely adopted texture is a wave-like tile used in showers that evokes moving water. This trend can also be adopted by combining smooth subway tile with a rougher unglazed tile in one room or area.

CHEVRON AND HERRINGBONE
These zigzag patterns are not just for floors anymore, they are  popping up on walls and exteriors as well.  What is the difference between the two? A herringbone-pattern is made up of interlocking chevrons. Many attribute the return of the chevron to the 2011 Missoni for Target launch.

As you can see, a little tile goes a long way to transform your living space.

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