I appreciate the guest post, Ignacio Phillips
There are only so many home security System options but when it comes to things like tile, the possibilities are endless. That’s what I like about renovating home, that so much of it is up to me and my own personal style who’s to say I don’t have good taste! I love being a stay at home mombut I really, really like that we’ve gotten into the property game and that so many homes in our area are actually selling right now. I know it seems counterintuitive but in our area there are some great opportunities to renovate and resell houses that’s why I love doing this. I feel like I’m contributing, I get to be more than just a mommy all the time AND I get to exercise my creativity this is actually the perfect job for me! It’s going to get harder when the houses get more expensive but for me at the end of the day, I know that there’s something to be said for this work.
My brother sent me some information from an Atlanta Kitchen Remodeling company. He told me he’s really excited to have his kitchen completely renovated. His wife talked him into ripping everything out and remodeling. Not only are they getting all brand new stainless steel appliances, but a different layout and more cupboards too.
They are having all marble counter tops installed. This is something I’ve always wanted myself. They will be perfect for food prep and all of the baking that my sister-in-law loves to do. She insisted on getting marble since the old counter tops were starting to peel up and she didn’t feel comfortable using them as a work surface for food anymore.
I told him that whatever he does make sure they put in a bigger pantry. The teeny tiny space they have right now to store their food is way to small. I also mentioned that a trash compactor might be something nice to add to the house. They have four kids and they seem to help produce a lot of trash. The trash compactor would really help them not have to empty the trash as often, and have it take up less space of course. I’m sure the kitchen will turn out great no matter what he does with my sister-in-law in charge of most of the design anyway. I can’t wait to see the final results.
Appreciating my surroundings is something I’ve always been taught to do. Sometimes I like to take a drive around the country just to look and see what has popped up around me. Occasionally, I’ll see clusters of new homes being built or even new shopping centers. The Boca Raton Architects have really produced some lovely buildings.
Driving through new neighborhoods and looking at the new homes gives me ideas of ways to add special touches to my home. Sometimes I might see some neat landscaping out front. Other times, my eye might be caught by large arch windows. Most recently, I was excited by a quaint little breeze way at the entrance to a home. It was a about a ten foot arch with lattice work. Hanging from the lattice was ivy and some beautiful pink and purple flowers.
I wish I had a grand entrance at the front of my home for something like this. The lattice work was breath taking. I suppose I could always add something similar to the backyard and patio, but I really thought it was stunning in the front yard.
Looking through some of the home and garden type magazines has inspired me to want to add a few new touches to the outside of my home. I’m thinking maybe a new address plaque out front might be nice. Right now we just have your standard boring, old, black, metal numbers. They aren’t even painted to make them look pretty or anything.
I adore the hanging address plaques that I saw in the magazines. They make me feel like my home is really something special because the sign really stands out. They do look more like they might fit better in front of a business instead of a residential spot though. That’s probably why I like them so much, because they really pop.
Maybe one of the more traditional address signs might be better for our house. Or even something in the middle of traditional and more modern. I think an oval sign in a bright color would be a nice compromise or mix right in between. Maybe a red with some scroll work or leaves and just the numbers from the street address to finish it off. I’m definitely not going with the boring old black anymore after seeing all of the beautiful signs. I can’t wait to get a new one.
Changing the batteries in all of my smoke and gas detectors is something I like to do four times a year. I usually go by the seasons and that reminds me of this very important task. Since the first day of Spring is right around the corner I need to check my detectors and alarms and stock up on extra batteries.
When checking the detectors I press the “test” button and wait for the alarm to sound. If the alarm screams with the warning then I know it’s in working order. However, I still check the date on the batteries inside to make sure they are going to be okay for awhile. If the alarm does not ring out then I take the cover off and replace the batteries with fresh batteries and try again. Hopefully the test will work the second time around.
If the alarm does not chirp after pressing the test button and replacing the batteries, it means the detector is no longer working and it needs to be replaced. You can pick them up at most home and garden stores starting around $10. It’s extremely important to not just have these detectors and alarms in our home, but to make sure they are functioning properly.