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Unique of Design Ideas For Your Kitchen

The unique one of kitchen design is Tile that one of the most popular and sought after materials in the home improvement industry.

Homeowners desire it and designers are continuously coming up with creative new ways to display it. There’s something for everyone given the variety of styles, materials and colors on the market.

Tile is perfect for the kitchen because it holds up against messes, stains and spills. This article will expand the possibilities and your imagination for installing tile in your home. See bold tile design ideas for your kitchen that’ll challenge you to think outside the box and pull you out of your comfort zone.

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Super Sleek

Add a modern and sleek twist to your kitchen with shiny tile in eye-catching colors. Glossy and smooth surfaces bring texture and elegance to your space. A sleek, vibranttile backsplash paired with wood cabinets and a dark countertop is a practical way to brighten up the room. Draw even more attention to the tile by installing under cabinet lighting.

 

Designs & Patterns

Shapes, outlines and patterns are back in style and they’re perfect for incorporating into your kitchen design. You don’t need to use much of it to make a difference. These unique decorations add character and color with minimal effort.

Patterns are exciting to use and with the right touches, can lift a scheme from conventional to stunning in no time. Incorporate contrasting elements to normalize the room by setting it against wood floors or adding a subtle backsplash.

 

Trendy Shapes

When shopping for tile, don’t forget to consider all the different shapes and sizes it comes in. Large and oversized squares or rectangles bring a unique style to your kitchen floors, walls and countertops. Decide if you want the shape of the tile to be the main focus before choosing your colors. This way you can go lighter or darker depending on how your shapes will influence the rest of your kitchen design.

I can’t talk about bold tile design ideas without delivering some funky concepts too. Give your kitchen floor multiple personalities with patchwork of patterned tiles. While it may not be for everyone, the interlocking and combination of different colors and patterns will bring life to a neutral kitchen with stainless steel appliances. Horizontal shapes in monochromatic colors deliver balance to a funky room with bold designs.

 

Vibrant Contrast

Make a statement with your tile by choosing bold colors that display contrast against your cabinets and floors. Although you may not ever think you would want orange tile in your kitchen, you can see in the example above that the look actually comes together nicely when done right. It’s so bright and cheery with clean lines that it’s hard to consider it tacky or too bold.

 

Colorful Countertops

Another way to work bold tile into your kitchen design is to install colorful countertops. This trend is especially fitting for those of you who live out west or in warmer climates. They’re easy to clean and patterns hide dirt and grime well. This is your chance to work in your favorite hues and add a little spark to your kitchen.

 

Combine Countertops & Walls

Run your countertop design up your walls as backsplash if you’re feeling daring and want to make it easy on yourself. A continuous design will draw the eye upward and make your ceiling look higher. This option is not only simple, but cost effective too. If you’re not feeling the look of a backsplash covering the entire wall, then consider running the same material up a few inches instead.

Roof Type Is Right For You

If you’re inside right now, reading and relaxing in a comfortable environment, you have a roof to thank-for-that. Not only does it keep you from the outdoor-elements, but a stylish roof can add curb appeal to your home.

Don’t overlook what’s overhead. The overall look and feel of your home depends on the condition of your roof. If it’s aging or leaking, it might be time to replace and repair. There are many styles and types of roof you can upgrade to that will enhance your overall ROI. Here are a few roof types to help you decide what’s right for your home.

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Roof Installation Costs

Installing a new roof on a home is not a cheap endeavor, however, it is extremely important for the overall well-being of the home. A faulty roof can lead to lasting and expensive home damage that can otherwise be avoided, such as mold issues, staining and damage to walls and ceiling.  The average cost to install a roof is $6,364, but will largely be determined by the style, material, and size of the roof.

 

Shape & Size of Roof

If you’re planning on replacing or repairing, one of the first things you’ll need to do is determine the shape of roof you have. This will largely depend on the size and style of your home. Here are a few ideas of roof shape to get you started:

  • Flat Roofs: Less expensive but more difficult to maintain.
  • Gable: Triangular roof with sloping sides.
  • Gambrel or Barn: A sloping roof that looks more ridged and curved rather than triangular.
  • Hip: All four sides join to create a sloped roof.
  • Octagonal: An eight-sided roof that frames the round areas of the home.
  • Combination: A roof with two different shapes to meet the home’s shape.

Before determining the type of roofing material you’ll use, it’s best to know how much you’ll need first. It’s estimated that at least 10% of the material will be used for waste. To help plan, use our roofing calculator and estimator for your roofing project.

 

Types of Roofing Materials

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There are many roofing materials to fit the style of your home. Flat roofs will require extra attention to materials, as the most important part is ensuring a water-tight seal for your home.

Roll Roofing

The least expensive and not very common option for roof material is roll roofing. This is generally used on roofs with a low slope pitch. As you can probably guess, this material comes as a roll and can be found in various colors. The biggest drawback to this type is the longevity, as it rarely lasts longer than 10 years. It’s also used as backup waterproofing under other materials or on flat roofs.

Asphalt Shingles

For many homeowners, asphalt shingles are a great choice. They are affordable for many and are easy to maintain. Asphalt shingles cost between $0.50 and $2 per square foot. There are many variations of asphalt shingles so you have plenty of options when it comes to finding an asphalt shingle style that best matches the look of your home.

Wood Shingles or Shakes

If you want to add a vintage look to your home, wood shakes are a great way to achieve that. If you live in an area that is prone to storms, wind and hail, this is a great option as it’s incredibly resilient to these factors. However, this style of roofing will need proper maintenance to avoid water damage. Wood shakes can cost between $5 and $8 per square foot, making it a bit more expensive than previous options. Also, be aware that this may increase homeowners insurance costs. Check with your insurance provider before installation.

Metal Roofs

As an energy-efficient option, metal roofs are making a comeback. They are durable and cost effective, due to the longevity of the roof itself. This is a roof with a ROI you don’t have to wait until you sell to see, as it helps also control the temperature in your house. However, it isn’t the cheapest option for initial installation with metal roofing costsbetween $7.50 and $10 per square foot.

Slate

Slate is a beautiful way to add style to your home’s exterior and will increase the value of your home. However, this material is an expensive option when it comes to roofing materials. Additionally, it’s important to hire a pro who has experience with slate as it must be transported and installed with great care. This is another eco-friendly option, as it works well to regulate temperatures inside the home. The average cost of slate shingle roofing is between $1.89 and $2.72 per square foot.

Learn more about the cost to move

Moving may not be fun, but as someone who has moved five times in the last five years.  As such, you must be aware of all the costs that come with-moving.

Below, I will discuss the most prominent expenses that come with hiring movers, as well as any-DIY-moving job. Later on, I will throw in some handy tips for making your move go as smooth as possible.

 

Moving Costs

According to our moving cost estimator, it costs $608 to hire professional movers. Of course, this price will largely depend on the moving company you hire, how far you are moving, how many boxes you are bringing as well as time of day and month.

Many people, if they are moving from apartment to apartment, forgo movers and just handle all the heavy lifting themselves. Even so, expect to pay at least $200 for moving supplies, your truck rental and gas.

Moving Factors

There are many factors that go into that $608 price tag. Knowing each one, as well as a few tricks, could save you hundreds of dollars in the process.

Distance to Move/Time to Move

Many moving companies charge by distance and/or the time it takes to complete the job. Unsurprisingly, the farther you move, the longer it will take and the higher your overall moving bill will be.

Before calling a professional moving company, make sure you know exactly how far away your new-address-is. Then, determine the best time of day to move so you can avoid heavy traffic. Think of it as sitting in a cab in traffic, but the fare is probably over $100/hour.

While most companies do charge by distance and time, others charge a flat rate or by weight. Some may even offer inclusive moving packages that include services like packing, loading and transportation of boxes.

If you are moving across the state, a company with a flat rate is the way to go. If you are moving close by, try to find movers that charge by the hour. To help locate a mover near you, check out our friends at Unpakt.

 

Items to Move

Along with distance, the number of items you are moving will largely affect the total time it takes to move and as a result, total cost. If you are not going far, I highly suggest you move as many items as possible before the big day. This will not only make your life and your mover’s lives easier, but could save you hundreds in the process.

If you are moving to a different state or country, some moving companies will charge based on the weight of your items. Additionally, they take physical space occupied in the truck into the formula. If you’re moving service charges by space, try cramming as many items into as little space as possible.

Moving Supplies

Whether you reserve moving services or not, you will have to pay for moving supplies. If you look hard enough, there are plenty of locations to grab free moving boxes, but if you want to simplify the process, just head to your nearest Home Depot or Lowe’s.

If you are purchasing moving supplies yourself, be sure to grab boxes, tape, newspapers, labels and markers. While this cost is certainly a small piece of the pie, it does add to overall moving cost.

 

Insurance

One aspect of moving that many homeowners and renters overlook is insurance. No matter how much experience your moving company has, accidents do happen and you must be prepared. So while it may seem like an extra $50 is not worth the cost, just know that if no insurance is included, you could lose $500 to that broken dresser.

When you hire movers, make sure you know exactly how big the insurance policy is. If it is not up to your standards, try to negotiate. If they don’t come down to a level you are comfortable with, walk away! There are other, cheap moving companies ready for your business.

Other Costs Involved with Moving

All costs above revolve around moving day, but there other expenses that pop up over the course of the moving process.

Waste Removal

Fortunately, many homeowners or renters will not need professional waste removal services, but for larger moves, it may come in handy. According to our waste removal cost estimator, most homeowners spend $262 on waste removal. You can consider a handyman for the job or hire a licensed contractor. Expect to pay at least $10 per hour for a private worker and at least $15 per hour for a professional.

 

Cleaning

This largely relates to those of you renting, but some sales contracts do add in contingencies on cleaning the property. While a little elbow grease never hurt anyone, oftentimes, the homeowner, renter or landlord hires a professional maid service. While the average cost is only $155, it does add to the overall cost of moving.

Believe it or not, this kind of help isn’t limited to the extremely affluent. Many people rely on maids to keep their homes clean when they can’t manage it themselves.

Simple Moving Tips

Even if you do hire movers, there are easy and simple ways to make your move go as smooth as possible. They include:

  1. Pack essentials in a small bag for the day of the move.
  2. Use different tape colors for boxes that go in each room.
  3. Pack materials and protect your glasses and stemware by sliding each one into a clean sock.
  4. Use available luggage to wheel heavy items.
  5. Take photos of your old and new place in case anything gets damaged.
  6. Use a garbage bag for clothes hanging in the closet. Rather than removing from the shelf, just wrap them as they hang.

Great Bedroom Decorratuion Ideas For Girly of Girls

Every parent wants to make their little girl feel like a princess. They deserve a place that is all reflecting, unique personality and interests.

A space where they can explore their creativity, learn and grow. Their bedrooms are a place to do just that.

When it comes to decorating a girl’s bedroom, you may be stumped. What if her interests change? What sort of space will she need? How do in incorporate her ideas into the overall scheme of the household? If any of these questions have resonated with you, fear not. We’re here to share a few girl’s bedroom ideas that are sure to create a space she will enjoy for years to come.

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Decorating With Your Child

When it comes to decorating your child’s bedroom, view it as a chance to bond with your daughter. This is an opportunity to let her creativity shine and allow her to express herself. After all, she will be spending the most time in this room. However, help guide her choices to best meet the needs of the home. For example, when I was a girl, my dream was to paint my bedroom lime green. Yikes! My parents worked with me to find a mutual compromise by using the bright color I loved in accessories throughout the room. They were happy with the final product and I had the bedroom of my dreams. Remember that compromise is possible between you and your child.

As a parent, you also are aware of how they will be growing and changing. Space for a dollhouse may not be needed as your daughter reaches high school. Consider this as you work together to plan for the new bedroom décor.

Girls Bedroom Furniture

When it comes to choosing the perfect bedroom furniture, you want to look for function and quality. While you can easily buy a standard bed, there are many modern options that have unique storage features. Consider a bed with drawers in the frame for shoes or toys. Or, for a smaller room, a loft bed is the perfect way to create more useable space for a desk or a play set.

Also, keep in mind furniture options that she will have use for as she grows, like dressers or added shelving. Little girls may not need all the space yet, but a teen girl’s closet might be needing more storage if she’s a frequent mall visitor!

Little Girl Bedroom Ideas

For a girl in elementary school or early middle school, they are looking for space to play! Incorporate areas for toy storage or shelving to display her prized possessions. Utilize bedding and curtains to add color to the room, which can be changed out as she gets older.

Safety should always be a priority in little girls’ rooms.  Be sure to keep everything low to the ground and in reach, so you avoid any falling object accidents. If there are shelves above her head, include stools to help her reach higher places carefully.

Teen Girl Bedroom Ideas

Teenagers will likely desire to be an active part of the bedroom décor planning, incorporating their favorite trends in to the mix. String lights and gallery wall photo collages are very trendy right now and a versatile décor option.

If possible, make space for homework and projects with a desk or study space. Try to keep distractions in this area at minimal if possible, so she is able to focus on the task at hand. Another space she may need is an area to get ready. A small mirror and table will allow her space to store makeup or accessories to get ready for the day.

Bedroom decorating is always easier if you have a theme in mind! Here are a few girl’s bedroom themes to get you thinking about what you can include in your girl’s room.

Black & White Décor

For a timeless bedroom look, that will surely grow with her, a black and white bedroom is the perfect fit. To add color, choose bedding and wall décor with unique patterns or bright colors. These can easily be changed if at some point her interests change. Pink and purple make for great accent colors in a black and white room to really make the décor pop.

Princess Décor

For younger girls, a princess themed bedroom is sure to enchant them. Pastels, glitter and frills is what this room calls for. To give the room a royal treatment, try hanging a canopy over the bed and multiple mirrors as wall décor.

Floral Patterns

Nothing says “girls room” like floral décor. But don’t confuse it old and outdated patterns. There are many bright and modern floral designs that your daughter will love. For a vintage look, choose smaller floral patterns and consider a decorative wallpaper. For a contemporary look, find big floral patterns in pink, orange and yellow.

Bold & Beautiful

It’s possible to paint in a bold color and enjoy it! With the proper accessories and right color, your daughter can have a stylish room that she will enjoy. In fact, a bold paint can even help brighten your home. A turquoise or purple can fashionably add color to a room without sacrificing style. If painting an entire room might seem too extreme, try an accent wall featuring one bold color.

Boho & Whimsical

Teenage girls absolutely love this theme because they have the ability to mix and match without clashing. For room color, choose a lighter yellow or green color. Unique light fixtures are key here to really style the space. Incorporate accents of red, gold and purple in curtains and bedding. Have her choose artwork and wall decorations to really complete the look.