Here are some of the frequently asked questions about home projects.
Question 1: We are going to change the color of wall paint. What would you recommend us to start with?
Answer 1: PaintingNo other decorating component has more power and greater effect than color. It can fill a space and make furnishings look fresh and new. Color can also show off fine architectural details or downplay a room’s structural flaws. A particular color can make a cold room cozy, while another hue can cool down a sunny cooker.But finding the color – the right color – isn’t easy.The direction and intensity of the natural light greatly affects color. A room with a window that faces trees will look different in summer, when warm white sunlight is filtered through the leaves, than in winter, when the trees are bare and the color of natural light takes on a cool blue cast.Time of the day affects the color, too. Yellow walls that are pleasant and cheerful in the early morning can be stifling and blinding in the afternoons. That’s because the afternoon sun is stronger that morning sun. When you are choosing a color for an interior, always view it at different times of day, but especially during the hours in which you will inhabit the room.Artificial light affects color rendition as much as natural light that’s why we wouldn’t recommend you to choose and judge the color in the typically chilly fluorescence of a hardwood store. The very same color chip will look completely different when you bring it home, which is why it’s so important to test out a paint color in your own home. Most fluorescent light is bluish and distorts colors. It depresses red and exaggerates green, for example. A romantic faded rose on your dining-room walls will just wash out in the kitchen with a fluorescent light. Incandescent light, produced by the standard bulbs is warm and slightly yellow. Halogen light, which comes from another newer type of incandescent bulb, is white and the closest to natural sunlight. Of all three types of bulbs, halogen is truest in rendering color.
So coloring is the matter of your choice which combines imagination, taste or following to a certain style.
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Question 2: We are building a new house and haven’t selected the flooring material for it. Our choice is between tile and wood. What would you say for both? What other floor materials are popular nowadays?
Answer 2: Flooring
Wood provides a warm look that suits any room, while such materials as concrete, natural stones compliment a contemporary look of the kitchen. Marble, granite and tile are beautiful and long lasting but can be slippery. Sheet vinyl and laminate flooring, while not as durable as stone or wood, are cost effective and easy to clean.
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Question 3: What are advantages and disadvantages of a laminate floor?
Answer 3: Laminate Flooring
Laminate flooring is the great pretender among flooring materials. When your creative side tells you to install wood but your practical side knows it just won’t hold up in the traffic-heavy location for which you’re considering it, a wood floor look-alike might be just the thing. Faux wood and faux stone laminate floors provide you with the look you want, tempered with physical wear and care properties that your family can live with. Laminate is particularly suited to rooms where floors are likely to see heavy duty – kitchens, family rooms, hallways, and children’s bedrooms and playrooms – anywhere stain and scratch resistance and easy cleanup count. Prolonged exposure to moisture will damage some laminate products, but many can now be used in wet areas. Manufacturers of laminate offer warranties against scratching, staining, cracking, and peeling for up to 25 years.
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Question 4: How to take a good care of a wood countertop?
Answer 4: Countertops
Wood is unrivaled for its natural warmth and beauty. To protect wood countertops from scratches stains and water damage, apply a film of finish of varnish or lacquer or oil it periodically. A film finish seals the wood, but it can crack and get water under it, which will cause peeling. You’ll have to sand and reapply the coating every year. When stains or burns occur, they can be sanded away. Teak is an excellent selection for a wood countertop application. It’s handsome and wears well. Eastern hard rock sugar maple resists scratches, warping and uneven wearing.
Question 5: We are considering a granite or marble countertop. What qualities should be taken into consideration?
Answer 5: Countertops
There is a great variety of countertop materials available nowadays. The choice can depend on color, pattern, texture, and decorating point, referring to a certain style of your kitchen or bathroom as well as the function the countertop is meant for and of course, expenses.
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Question 6: How long can a laminate countertop serve?
Answer 6: Countertops
Plastic Laminate is the most popular countertop material. It’s inexpensive, relatively easy to install, and available in a vast array of colors and patterns. Plastic laminate resists stains, water, and mild abrasion very well, but it can be chipped or scratched by sharp knives, and it is not resistant to hot temperature. When it becomes damaged, there is no repair option available except replacement.More expensive color-through, or solid-core, laminates are similar to conventional laminate. The color of such is solid all the way through and there are no unsightly edges at the joints. In addition to solid colors, there are laminates that offer the look of stone, leather, or wood as well patterns and visual textures. They make minor scratches and spots unnoticeable. Plastic laminate comes in various grades. The cheapest won’t last long. To get your money’s worth, select the highest quality, which won’t easily chip and stays looking good longer. To keep it clean, use a mild detergent and damp sponge.
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Selected 2009 Cost vs. Value Report Statistics - Average Nationwide Return on Investment:
Deck addition -- 80.6%
Major kitchen remodel -- 72.1%
Bathroom remodel -- 71.0%
New roof -- 60.5%
Family room addition -- 65.3%
Master suite addition -- 65.2%
Source: 2009 Cost vs. Value Report, (REALTOR® Magazine, Jan. 2010).