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Monthly Archives: May 2018

Interior Wall Framing

The overall savings in the house framing might not even add up to $100, but if you’re project is running a little bit in the hole, you can always save a little bit of lumber this way.

The disadvantages to framing your interior walls 24 inches on center will be-

1. Studs that bow or twist can create uneven walls. If you have two studs that are bowing three quarters of an inch in their overall length, in the same direction, you’re going to have a visible curve in the wall. If you have three studs in a row and two of the studs are bowing in the opposite direction, you’re going to have a pretty uneven wall. Using 16 inch on center measurements, most of the time, this problem won’t be as bad.

2. Any plumbing or electrical running through the walls can severely weaken these walls.

I have never framed a house using 24 inch on center studs and probably never will, the cost savings really isn’t worth it in the long run. There are other ways to cut corners and still produce a nice product.

I did run into a house that was built during World War II that had studs spaced every 6 feet. Someone told me there was a lumber shortage because of the war at that time. If you wanted to build a house, you had to build homes very creatively.

Make Interiors Ready for the Summers

1. Try changing your bed sheets

Opt-for sheets which are made using breathable materials, like linen and cotton. Think of all the light and vibrant colours in the world and bring them in your room on your bed. We would advise you not to get too hung up on the thread count for a soft and luxurious feel. You should also keep in mind that this will bring the heavier sheet. A great solution for it could be opting for a layer of sheets with heavier one on the downside and lighter one at the top. This will solve the problem for the cold chilly nights.

2. Giving your windows a perfect seasonal dress code

Replacing dark coloured heavy curtains with lighter linen curtains is a perfect way to dress up your windows. Soft in appearance, these linen curtains allow air and natural sunlight to pass through it easily, giving your room a bright and breezy feel.

Note: If you can-try and create sync between sheets and the curtains with colours, this will further add up to create a unified and eclectic appeal.

3. Give your floors a vibrant look and feel with trendy rugs

Create beautiful flooring with trendy large area rugs and give your floor a cushioned feel. These rugs are a perfect way to create an x-factor in your room. They are practical, stylish and an awesome way to insulate your floors during chilly nights. There are plenty of options to choose from like the classic traditional rugs, cheeky and modern designer rugs, luxurious wool rugs, posh and sumptuous shaggy rugs and lots of others. Not just these, these rugs also come in plenty of design options. Few of the trends are geometric pattern, classic medallion pattern complimented with borders, all-time famous striped pattern and lots of others to give your floor a desired uplift.

Creative Wall Decor

Begin by assessing your decorating goals. Determine the type of look and feel you want to achieve. Perhaps you want to make the room look bigger, create a light feel, or update the existing style to something more modern and unique.

Select interesting pieces of art work or framed photographs to make the room pop. The frame, glass, colors, and type of mat board you use will add to the visual effect. These elements also create texture and provide a finished look.

Mirrors are perfect for making a room appear larger. They reflect light beautifully, creating an airy feel during the day and a romantic feel at night. They are also available with gorgeous frames, adding to the aesthetics.

Other popular options include tapestries, masks, fabric panels and wall lights. The wall is your canvas, all you need to do, is become the artist. Even simple plaster or stucco wall designs can do the trick. From vintage and traditional, to trendy, elegant and sophisticated, you can easily find decor to fit your budget.

Fire Escape Ladders For Homes

Imagine the horror of having your family caught in a 2+ story home or apartment and a fire breaks out. If you are not prepared then your options are limited to either jumping out the window our burning to death in the house fire. Obviously both of these options are not the solution you are looking for.

Recently, there was a news article about a house gone ablaze where several members of the family didn’t make it out alive. If they would have planned ahead, these poor folks might not have perished.

The truth is that every building with 2 or more floors should consider investing in at least one of these safety devices. They are relatively inexpensive, easy to store, and they may one day save a life. Investing in fire escape ladders for homes will give you and your family comfort and security whether you have a fire or not. Just knowing it’s there gives a better sense of security.

Who manufactures the best fire escape ladders for homes?

While there are many manufacturers, the two most popular brands of rope fire escape ladders are First Alert and Kiddie. Pearl is also a quality manufacturer that produces permanent ladders that install directly into your wall.

As far as what ladder to buy, that depends on your unique home and situation. Here are some good things to think about though when making your decision.

  • Are the dimensions compatible with my windowsill?
  • Is it a “one time use” ladder or can I do a practice run without voiding the warranty?
  • Is the device easy to use for young and old family members?

When you first purchase your device, it’s important to have a few ‘safety drills’ that imitate an emergency situation. This will get your family acquainted with your new safety device and make sure everyone in your family understands how to use it correctly.