Retrofitting older foreclosed homes for profit

February 12, 2018 by · Comments Off on Retrofitting older foreclosed homes for profit 

The recent real estate bust is a boom for the innovative home remodeling contractors. A group dubbed as “eco flippers” are buying foreclosed older homes and retrofitting them with more efficient heating and cooling systems; replace with energy-efficient thermostats; improve attic insulation; install greener appliances; install new energy efficient windows, doors and skylights; plant water conserving native plants in yards and sell remodeled homes for a quick profit.

The cost of remodeling an older home varies from state to state and region to region. In Houston, Texas the cost to remodel an older home cost between $75,000 and $120,000. Due to the energy saving improvements, remodeled homes are selling much faster than other older homes available for sale in the market.

When a glut of foreclosed homes are available in the market, it seems very difficult to sell a remodeled foreclosed home. However, the Earth Advantage Institute, and the National Association of Home Builders Research Center are overseeing the verification process and issue certificates making it much more easier to sell.

The selling point for remodeled home is its energy saving aspect. An older home that is half the size of a remodeled home could cost twice the amount for gas and electricity alone.

Paint color as a decorating tool

January 18, 2018 by · Comments Off on Paint color as a decorating tool 

Article by Jerry Armen

Home improvement projects could be costly, time consuming and daunting. But it shouldn’t be that way. Have you consider changing your wall colors to improve the look of your home? A new paint color can dramatically change your intimate space, your home. Here are some things to consider when selecting a paint color.

Location: Some interior and exterior parts of your home may be getting ample sunlight while other parts may be compromised due to trees and other objects. Consider location of the intended space before deciding on a color for that space.

Light: Color behaves differently under natural and artificial light. It is a daunting task to hold a smaller color chip from the manufacturers paint fan to natural and artificial light to find the right color.

Architecture: This is more important when considering the outside paint colors. Certain paint colors are associated with specific architectural styles.

Window coverings: Accessories that will be placed within the space and window coverings need to be considered before selecting a paint color for the space.

Feel of the space: Your goal to create an elegant, romantic, calm, sumptuous, sophisticated or dramatic mood will help to decide on a color for the intended space.

Picking perfect patio furniture

December 19, 2017 by · Comments Off on Picking perfect patio furniture 

Your home is your castle. When you come home after a hectic day at work, you need a place to unwind. Some of us can relax in front of the television. Some prefer to spend some time with the nature may be in your backyard. Lot of us have patios built to unwind, entertain and for many other reasons. You need to furnish your patio for many reasons and here are some factors to consider when you pick up furniture for your patio.

  • Complement your furniture inside the house. Your patio is an extension of your home. So, try and find furniture that carries the inside theme to outdoors.
  • Consider weather exposure. Your patio furniture will be exposed to hot and cold weather. Any furniture that you pick up should be able to withstand extreme weather condition of the area you live. There are many varieties available in the market without compromising the design. Pay attention to colors that may fade due to weather conditions.
  • Type of pieces. The size of the patio and your needs are important. You and your family would spend more time at the patio than your occasional guests whom you will be entertaining. Consider the comfort of everyone.

How to pick outdoor cushions and pillows for your patio furniture

February 12, 2017 by · Comments Off on How to pick outdoor cushions and pillows for your patio furniture 

Written by Wicker Paradise

Selecting your backyard or patio replacement cushions can sometimes be a difficult task. With so many homeware stores offering a variety of fabrics, colors, and themes, finding the right one can be overwhelming. Here are some tips on how to choose the right cushions for your space.

Let your surroundings guide your choice. – Look at your surrounding and see what you currently have in it. For example, if you have a plain neutral backdrop and you want to make a bold statement, you could choose a pop of color to differentiate your space from the garden.

Decide on a theme – Themes are great, as they will help you stay focused on what you should and shouldn’t buy. For example, a minimalistic theme will look best with soft neutral shades for your wicker chairs and sofa. If you want something that is shabby-chic, you could look into a light dusty gray with white and light pink throw pillows.

Choose styles you want to emulate – If you want your garden seating to stand out from your indoor space, you should look at themes and colors that are different from your interior. On the other hand, if you’re looking to blend in your outdoor space to your indoor area, try to match your furnishings according to what you currently own.

Comfort – The fabrics and cushioning you choose should be comfortable and suitable for its use. Your selection should change if your space is for lounging, dining or entertaining.


Wicker Paradise is a provider of high-quality indoor wicker furniture. You can even find replacement cushions for patio furniture.

5 Great reasons to add a sunroom to your home

November 17, 2016 by · Comments Off on 5 Great reasons to add a sunroom to your home 

wickerparadise4Written by Wicker Paradise

Your home is your personal space to rest, relax and to spend time with your family and loved ones. It is also one of the largest single investments you will ever make.  Therefore, making your home comfortable is definitely a sound investment. A sunroom is a great addition to a home for a number of reasons as explained below.

Add space and natural light –Natural light is a great source of vitamin D and can bring your family and home to life. A sunroom will give you the chance to experience the sun, without other natural elements, like the cold and humidity that may stop you from going outside.

Bring the outdoors in  – Enjoy nature all year around without the drawbacks of pests and other intrusions.

New glass designs – New sunrooms are built with new glass technology that will keep the temperature indoors comfortable, even on the hottest or coldest days. This way your sunroom can be an additional room, which can extend your current space.

Improve your quality of life – Your family can now gather for special occasions every day of the year. Add comfortable sunroom furniture, like a dining table and a sofa and this space, can be a great way to enjoy celebrations like birthdays, anniversaries and Christmas.

Adds elegance – A sunroom can bring sophistication to your home as it brings with it an entertaining style.

To add color and style to your sunroom furniture look at visiting Lloyd and Flanders replacement cushions online. They offer a variety of cushioning options in indoor and outdoor fabrics.


Wicker Paradise is a provider of high-quality wicker furniture. You can even find replacement cushions for patio furniture.

Daybeds: a multi purpose piece of furniture

April 18, 2016 by · Comments Off on Daybeds: a multi purpose piece of furniture 

1Written by Wicker Paradise

Daybeds are a peice of multi purpose furniture that is a must have in any busy household. Daybeds are designed to function as a couch/ chaise lounge and bed. They usually are built with a back and sides. This piece of furniture design comes as indoor and outdoor pieces. They are also made as stable or hanging pieces. There are many benefits in investing in a daybed. Here are a few of them outlined.

Increase your seating and sleeping space – Daybeds can function to increase your current seating space as well as add to extra sleeping space, when needed.

Suitable for small spaces – For small homes or apartments, daybeds easily fit into compact spaces, without overcrowding the livingroom or bedroom.

Improves relaxation – Research suggests that daybeds that hang from the ceiling, can improve sleep, since the slow swinging motion aids in relaxing the body. It is also a comfortable choice for readers, who want to relax with a good book.

Stylish – A daybed can bring a sense of style and class to any space. For outdoor furniture, wicker works best, since it is durable and weather resistant. An outdoor wicker daybed, looks great beside a pool or as additional seating next to an outdoor fire or BBQ. Outdoor wicker daybeds can also be bought indoors to add to seating or sleeping space. Indoor daybed styles are minimalistic and create a sense comfort, without giving away style. To add color and interest to a daybed, play with fabric textures, colours and cushions.


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Give Your Garage the Credit It Deserves

January 20, 2016 by · Comments Off on Give Your Garage the Credit It Deserves 

2By Superior Garage Doors

No one respects their garage as much as they should. It’s true. Most people are fine going through life neglecting this significant portion of their home until something goes wrong with it.

Maybe you didn’t insulate it or maybe you let the insulation fall apart. Perhaps squirrels or some other vermin chewed through a section and got in. It could be that the garage door has been acting up.

Whatever the case, it’s time to start taking things more seriously.

For example, if your Atlanta garage door opener isn’t opening the thing on its first try, there’s definitely a problem. A simple fix will remedy this inconvenience. It could also mean saving you from the day the opener stops working all together and you are stuck outside trying to lift your garage door, much to your neighbors’ entertainment.

Understanding that your garage door is important can mean nothing more than having a professional to your property to look at it once a year or so. Garage door installation in Atlanta shouldn’t be the last time you have a certified professional on your property to help you.

So, going forward, start thinking about what your garage and garage door need in order to function properly.


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The Different Door Material Types

November 30, 2015 by · Comments Off on The Different Door Material Types 

 photo The Different Door Material Types_zps6lwrcrd2.pngWhen purchasing a new entry door, there are a variety of materials to choose from. Some of the most popular include: wood, fiberglass, and steel. Each of these materials are unique in their own way in that they each have selective characteristics that differentiate from each other. One thing that all of them do have in common however, are that they are all commonly used as an entry door due to their sturdiness and aesthetically pleasing looks.


Wooden doors are a common option for homes because of their grainy look to them. Beautiful to the eye, wooden doors can withstand lots of damage to them while also giving your home a natural finish to it. One of the issues with wood though is that they can warp and bend over time due to weather factors. Wood is generally the most expensive material for an entry door. But, many homeowners can vouch that these doors sometimes make the home. If you’re looking to purchase a wooden door, be sure that you don’t settle for the lowest price as will lead to nothing but problems.


Fiberglass doors have become more popular in today’s home because they resist denting and scratching, require little maintenance, and can look like a wood-grain if desired. Quality is important when it comes to fiberglass simply because you don’t want it to fall apart.


Steel doors are durable and a cheaper option. They are set apart from other materials by their gauge number. The higher the number, the thinner the steel will be. Because of how inexpensive they are, they have become a common choice for door replacements. Also note that they come in a large variety of styles and colors.

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Breaking Down Home and Commercial Insulation

November 30, 2015 by · Comments Off on Breaking Down Home and Commercial Insulation 

Article written by Fusion Cafe inc.

There are several different types of insulation materials that are used inside a household or commercial building. Because of the high costs that come with energy consumption, many homeowners have begun insulating their homes to try and cut costs.

By blanketing your walls and ceilings with these insulation materials, you can prevent heat from escaping during the colder, winter season. On summer days, insulation layers prevent excess heat from entering the household. This grants the homeowner relief from the changing weather patterns as well as lowers the need to leave on electrical appliances for long periods of time.

Polystyrene Insulation is one of the insulation materials used in both residential and commercial buildings. It is a “green insulation” product, meaning that it is all-natural.

A commonly used product in homes, polystyrene insulation can withstand extreme temperature highs as well as offer soundproofing capabilities. It is also waterproof, which adds an additional protective layer to the inside of your home when the rainy season comes in full force.

Breaking Down Home and Commercial Insulation.pngCertain areas absolutely require waterproof material to prevent interior damage. Homeowners living in Vancouver, Canada for example, experience heavy rainfall throughout the year, forcing insulation products to be flood-friendly.

Polyurethane is a waterproof, closed-cell foam insulation material that is commonly used in households. Because of its durability and versatility, it’s a solid choice for homeowners. One of the biggest advantages that polyurethane has over other insulation materials is that it adds structural integrity to the building that is has been applied in. It’s the only insulation material on the market that can currently provide that asset to residential and commercial building owners. It’s no wonder why the insulation material of choice is closed cell foam in Canada.

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The Top Signs That You Need a New Mattress

November 2, 2015 by · Comments Off on The Top Signs That You Need a New Mattress 


Article written by We Review Websites

If you’re constantly waking up with a stiff neck or back and end up feeling lethargic throughout the day, it might be time for a mattress replacement.

It may be tough to figure out when to replace your mattress, so keep an eye out for any wear and tear when you change your sheets. Mattress owners tend to forget to replace their mattress which only affects your sleep quality in the long run.

When was the last time you changed your mattress? If it’s been more than 6-7 years, you’re overdue for a new one. You can also think back to how your sleeping patterns were back when it was brand new. If you feel like your sleep quality varies and is inconsistent, then it’s most likely that your old mattress won’t provide the same benefits as it used to.The-Top-Signs-That-You-Need-a-New-Mattress

If you are sleeping next to a partner, ask them how their sleep quality has been. If they haven’t been sleeping well, chances are that you weren’t either. This indicates that the motion transfer of the mattress is no longer of use.

There are a variety of different mattresses that you can replace your old one with. Memory foam has become increasingly popular due its ability to mold to a person’s body – basically hugging them to sleep. You can also go with a foam mattress which provides support as well as comfort.

The best option that you can go with depends on how your body responds. Visit a mattress store to test out the different qualities of each mattress to find the one that’s perfect for you. It’s been said that a good night’s sleep will improve your quality of life, and if it takes purchasing a new mattress, you should go all in.

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