D.I.Y. tips and howtos

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How to build a French drain

Although it is uncertain if the French drain was indeed invented in France, this type of drainage became popular after it was mentioned in an 1859 book called farm drainage. The book was written by a lawyer in Massachusetts, called Henry Flagg French who is actually responsible for the name given to this drainage system. No matter if it was invented by the French or by the Massachusetts lawyer, if properly built this type of drainage can save your home some pretty serious structural damage. It is also called a curtain drain, a filler drain, a collector drain, an interceptor drain, a dispersal drain or a fin drain, but regardless the variations and the different names it carries, this drainage system serves a single purpose which is redirecting water from one point to another. This system has been successfully used for years both by farmers and by home owners concerned about the structural integrity of their houses. They are either buried around the foundation wall on the external side of the foundation or they are installed underneath the basement floor on the inside perimeter of the basement. However, if you are interested in building a French drain system you should [...]

How to build a French drain2018-06-28T01:55:18+00:00

Kitchen renovation tips for your home

If you like cooking or if you like the way a member of your family is cooking then you surely thought about doing some renovations around the kitchen, in order to have everything just the way you want it to be. However, some of us are less fortunate than others and have to deal with smaller than average spaces, which makes it quite difficult to handle storage. Thankfully, there are a few tips and tricks on how to renovate your kitchen if you don’t have that much space to begin with. Use the walls The first rule in renovating a small kitchen is to always make use of the walls. If you are struggling with storage space, they might be an excellent solution to all of your problems. However, you should not overdo it and focus too many suspended cupboards on the superior part of the walls. The rule goes like this: if you have a medium sized kitchen, it is okay to have suspended cupboards and loads of them. However, if the space is really small then you should forget about the cupboards and focus on a few shelves and some racks. This will make the kitchen seem [...]

Kitchen renovation tips for your home2018-06-18T18:11:07+00:00

Small Bathroom? Not if you know how to renovate and remodel it!

Anyone can agree that small bathrooms are the worst! Feeling cramped up in a place where you should be relaxed and at ease is not quite ideal. However, if your home or apartment wasn’t blessed with enough space in the bathroom department, there are some things that you might want to try in order to improve the situation. Not having a large bathroom does not necessarily meant that you cannot have a bathroom that looks large. Here are some things you might want to try in order to make your tiny bathroom look bigger. Color One of the first things you should consider is changing the color scheme of your bathroom. If you are dealing with a really small space then a single color should do the trick. Although two toned or even multiple toned bathrooms are in vogue, you should avoid this trend, as it makes the place look a lot more cluttered than it has to be. If you really cannot resist the urge of using two colors, try using two shades, the lighter one for the ceiling and the darker one on the walls. One other advice regarding color is to always try and use bright [...]

Small Bathroom? Not if you know how to renovate and remodel it!2018-06-18T18:08:20+00:00
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