Monday, August 20, 2012

Building Comfort Into Your Home

Looking for a house to call home often leaves many people stressed out, confused and fed up.  It is such a difficult puzzle to work out.  When you are purchasing a home you are buying so much more than four walls; you are buying your future happiness.  If the space does not make you happy pass right on by.  Because your home will take up so much of your time and money, the way you feel in it will affect how you feel outside of it. Also consider this if you spend any amount of time working from home. This could affect your work performance as well.  When you find a home that speaks to you make the purchase.  Every improvement in making the home yours will in turn boost your happiness. 

Making your home comfortable is the first part in home improvement when you purchase a home.  The first rule to remember is that home imperfections are part of home ownership.  The goal is to minimize those imperfections in each f your home improvement projects to in turn maximize the enjoyment you get out of your space.  Of course imperfections that surround the structure or could lead to larger issues should be the first home improvement projects that are considered.

When looking at homes it was easy to envision a home on the water.  Looking for solitude in a world full of neighborhoods and busy roads limits your choices of homes.  So when we found one that was in the perfect location it was easy to decide that we could make any home comfortable however the location was not something we could improve upon.  Immediately comfort was felt when we stepped into the home, imperfection, flaws and alls. 

The first thing to improve the comfort of our home was to make sure the home was sound structurally.  This started for us with the quest for a new roof.  The roof on our new river home was old, covered in mildew and ready for an update.  My first thought went to cedar shakes for roofing materials.  However that was not the maintenance free roof my husband had envisioned.  Instead of settling for asphalt shingles and blending into society I decided I would go for a metal roof to appease my husband’s need for maintenance free and by need for something different that feels like a cottage on the water.

Now that the structure was taken care of and the home was sound the next step was flooring and paint.  These two things, floor coverings and color can transform any environment. Comfort to me is maximized when I think and feel a beach space.  I decided to include this in my home to get this feeling all the time.  I didn’t want to go to the point where the house was filled with shells and fishing nets but I wanted the feel and comfort I find on the water. 

The color choices were easy.  I adore beige, greens, blues, yellows and maroons.  The choice was a no brainer for me, the walls were going to be the color of sand and I would accentuate the home with the other colors. It was starting to feel more comfortable immediately with the walls transformed into a sandy beach, next is the flooring. I love dark wood and I love frieze carpet.  I decided to combine the two so that I could enjoy the best of all worlds.  The flooring in the kitchen was transformed by adding a nature colored hardwood floor with rustic planks in various sizes. The goal was to take away the monotony that a perfect wood floor brings.  It was amazing! 

Next was the addition of extra plush, high grade frieze carpet.  This added a feeling of warmth to the space that words cannot even begin to describe.  It was as if I was walking on sand.  The colors in the carpet were all the colors that made me feel comfort.  The base was a light sand color followed with traces of green, blue, yellow and hints of maroon.  When the carpet was installed and our belongings in place I knew there were upgrades to still make but overall I knew this space would provide me with a peace and clam that would forever bring the best out in me.  The home was not perfect to begin with, that is true.  However, given the setting and some minor upgrades to establish comfort our house was quickly a home.  

Ideas In Roofing Material When Replacing Your Homes Roof

It is time to replace your roof.  You have been dreading it which led to putting it off and now there is no denying that the roof needs to be replaced.  It is time to make some key choices in regards to the new roof.  Homeowners need to consider the type of material to use for the new roof, commonly shingles or metal roofs here in the North. They also will need to check into the style, color and cost of the new roof they are looking to install.  If the homeowners are on a limited budget the choices become a bit clearer than those that can choose based on likes not costs.

The first and most commonly used roofing material for homes in the North is composite asphalt shingles.  Although asphalt shingles have very low insulation value and perhaps a shorter lifespan then other material they remain a favorite because they offer a low cost alternative, they are easy to install and are incredible resilient with the changing seasons. You can find shingles in a variety of colors, longevity options and price points. Although shingles are always the most cost effective way to go in roofing one thing to consider is environmentally they are the worst option.

Another common material is metal.  You can choose from a steel roof, aluminum roofing, metal tile roof or copper.  Metals roofs usually come from recycled content so are the most environmentally friendly option in roofing.  It offers a high insulation value and is solar reluctant, durable and lasts twice as long as asphalt shingle roof.  Another bonus with metal roofing is that it is lighter than most roofing options and resistant to a variety of seasons.  The one drawback is that metal roofing material tends to be pricier than other options.

Wood shingles and shakes are another option available in roofing materials.  They are offered in cedar, southern pine and redwood.  Wood shingles are cut from a machine where as shakes are handmade and have a more rustic rough look. The drawbacks with wood shingles are that they are not a good material against fire or water damage.  The natural material is environmentally friendly however not good against mold and dry rot. You will find the maintenance for this type of roof is high. 

For a more durable option with the same look as wood shingles opt for a rubber or plastic shake shingle.  These are made to resemble the style of the shakes shingle however offer more durability against the natural elements.

Choosing a material for your new roof should not be taken lightly.  Homeowners are often quick to settle for the exact same roof that was on the house to begin with which is not necessarily the best fit for their family.  Most of the time homeowners are looking for a maintenance free way to maintain their roof, one less thing to be concerned with.  Metal and shingle roofing materials offer this to homeowners.  However if maintenance is not a concern wood shakes and shingles offer a stylish way to set your home apart from the neighbors.  As with any decision around the house you need to consider your personal preferences along with the look of your home.