It seems like everyone is making an effort to live their lives a little greener these days. If you are looking for ways to make your home a little greener, the kitchen is a great place to start, especially if you are planning a few remodeling tricks to give the space a new look for spring. Here are a few easy to implement ideas.
Well, perhaps not literally, unless an actual green kitchen is your thing, but by having the space repainted using low VOC paints. Not only will you be giving your kitchen a face lift but you will literally be reducing the number of toxic fumes in the air as well. Replace any incandescent bulbs you still have in use in your kitchen with Compact Fluorescent Lamp (CFL) bulbs. They use 50% less energy. Another benefit is that the light they emit is of a better color temperature these days as manufacturers continue to make efforts to produce a better CFL bulb.
If you are having your whole kitchen remodeled choose natural materials instead of man made ones. Eco friendly counter top options include granite or wooden counter tops and if you really want to score green points consider kitchen cabinets crafted from bamboo. Just remember to make sure that any cabinets you choose have been finished with low VOC varnishes and/or stains.
Traditional hardwood flooring does not always work well in the average kitchen as the moisture levels and potential for water spills is a little too high. Cork is a very eco friendly alternative though and the added advantage of cork flooring in the kitchen is that it has that extra give that is so comfortable if you are standing at the stove or counter top preparing and cooking meals.
You truly love your granite kitchen counter tops. Even though they have been installed for a few years now they still look as good as they did the first day they were put in. Too bad you cannot say the same thing about your kitchen cabinets. They are, quite frankly, ruining the look of the whole kitchen because they are so old and outdated. You wish you could replace them but the thought of giving up your beautiful granite counter tops to do so is not one you want to entertain at all. The good news is that with the expertise of a good kitchen cabinet installer, one who knows their kitchen counter tops as well, you can replace your old kitchen cabinets without harming your granite counter tops.
In order for such a project to be a success though their are certain steps that must be followed. The first is that the new kitchen cabinets you choose will have to follow the same “footprint” as the old ones when installed. This may limit your new kitchen cabinet choices a little but to keep their granite counter tops this is a trade off most home owners are happy to make. The second is finding an installation company that really cares about the quality of their work and is willing to put in the extra effort and care it will take to get the project done. Some kitchen remodelers will tell you “no” right away if you ask them to undertake such a job because they simply don’t want to deal with the extra hassle.
The biggest challenge when replacing kitchen cabinets while reusing the same granite counter tops is the safe removal of the granite counter top from the old cabinets. Granite is indeed very tough stuff but if you drop a slab of it it is still likely to crack or chip with the force of the fall. Re – installation after the new kitchen cabinets are in place can be just as tricky, but not so tricky that a confident and experienced installer cannot handle the task.
You have to deal with home security the day you start paying a mortgage. Many people feel like they have hit a high point in their lives the day they become home owners, but the truth is that there is a certain level of added responsibility like deciding if you need a home security system. Making sure that your home is secure is not only a protective measure for those who will be occupying the residence, but it is also a mandatory measure that should be taken as a way to protect yourself from legality issues that could arise from a lack of home safety because of an avoidance of security. The best way to guarantee that you have a secure home is to start from the bottom and work your way to the top.
Home security is a responsibility. Owning a home is a milestone for most people, but when you take on the responsibility of a home, you become liable for all incidences that may occur because of your stance on home security. Taking the correct measures to secure your home will not only protect your family from harm, but it could save you money that would be better spent on furnishings and not legal fees. The best way to shield your home for accidents is to start with a checklist that includes all rooms of your home starting from the basement and working your way into the yard. Security is no longer reserved for commercial business because business has come into home safety in recent years.
Home security is something that can be put on the back burner right behind excitement, decorating, and house warming parties. However, checking to make sure that you have the right home safety and security issues taken care of before you move your things in could save you from potential headaches and court fees later. Unfortunately, when you take on possession of a new home you also inherit a world of accountability for every person that sets foot into your new domicile. You should be proud, but protective, of your new investment and take the provisions necessary to ensure life long happiness in your secure home.
Every house does not come equipped with a basement or a garage, but if your home has one or both of these elements, you must make sure to take precautions. Home security isn’t just about bells, whistles, and alarms. First, you should check your fuse box in order to make sure that all fuses are in accordance with their designated circuits. You may not be the first owner your home has ever seen, and a fuse that is too high for the circuit could be a potential fire hazard. Many people use their basements and garages as a means to store products, but you should make sure that hazardous materials are stored and locked out of reach from pets and children. RacorPro makes a device called the Heavylift that attaches to the ceiling and can go down and up with a remote. You can also have a retailer, like Home Depot or Lowes, come to your house and install a shed.
You must always remember that unless you built your home, someone else owned your home, and that means that you won’t know what safety measures are in place without checking. There’s more to home security than bells, whistles, and alarms. The garage and the basement areas are often ignored because they are not in plain sight. However, these areas can be the most dangerous in the entire home perimeter. If you have a basement, garage, or both you should make sure that all chemicals, pesticides, and charcoal are way out of reach. For some reason children and pets are attracted to these hazardous materials. A good option for storage is a product made by RacorPro which is a device that is connected to the ceiling and can be lowered by a remote control. Another thing that can be good is to get your local Home Depot or Lowe’s to set up a storage shed that you can lock when you are not there to supervise. Another problem area for basements and garages are fuse boxes. Make sure that all fuses are a correct fit for the circuits because if they aren’t than you will have a fire hazard on your hands.
Everyone feels different about home security; so don’t rely on a previous owner to do what is necessary to keep your home free from hazards. Many people will pay close attention to all areas of their home, and forget about the most dangerous parts. The two most precarious areas of your home are the garage and the basement. Both of these areas are home to chemicals, fuses, circuits, and other hazardous materials. When you start to organize your home, think of it being child and pet friendly. Put all of your charcoal, pesticides, and gasoline far out of reach. A good product that can help you to remove all of your risky objects is the RacorPro Heavylift that attaches to your ceiling and is lowered by remote control. If you don’t want to buy and assemble anything, Home Depot and Lowe’s both offer storage shed construction for a relatively low price.
There are also things that you can do to make the general living areas of your house safer. For instance, make sure that you have smoke detectors conveniently located throughout your home; this includes hallways and general areas. You should also check with your local health department to see if your plumbing contains lead or lead solder in order to maintain the best home security possible. Exposure to lead can be fatal, and if you suspect that your plumbing has lead in it, make sure that you run your water for thirty seconds before you drink it. Also remember that boiling your water does not take the lead out of it. Make sure that your family has a planned escape route in case of emergency, and have important numbers, like the police and fire departments in an easy and convenient location. It is also a good idea to check your outlets when you move in to see if any are excessively hot or cold. Extreme temperatures in your electrical outlets could be a hint to faulty wiring.
Having a pool is fun for the entire family, but there are necessary home security measures that cannot be ignored by anyone who has permission to swim. For instance, there should be a telephone located somewhere close to the pool in case of disaster. There should be a fence or some sort of barrier surrounding the pool, making it difficult for young children to get to the pool, fall in, and possibly drown. The fence around the pool area is required by most cities and you can be fined for not following regulation if they ever decide to pay you a visit. Your home security efforts will never be foolproof and accidents do happen, but at least you will know you did everything you could.
Owning a home is a sure fire way to know that you have reached adulthood, but you have to be willing to take the measures needed to make your home security a priority. We live in a society where a burglar can break into your home, break his leg, sue you and win. Don’t think that because you are having family and friends over that a preventable accident is going to be acceptable. Make your home security a priority when you move in, and save yourself the trouble of worrying what could happen because you ignored your responsibility.
Times have changed dramatically since the days of Donna Reed and Lucy Arnez, when home security was not a big issue. Today we find that people actually sue McDonalds for giving them hot coffee, spilling it on themselves, and they win. Therefore, don’t go on the assumption that someone won’t try to make money off of you if they slip, fall into your pool, and break their leg. Take all of the steps that you need in order to make home security a priority, as much as you can. Then you can have your pool party without any anxiety.
Just when you were thinking that home security was a lesser issue, you start to remember the woman who claimed that she found a finger in her chili. The police found out that she was lying in order to scam money from Wendy’s, she made a formal apology, and then went to jail. The point is that if there is someone who is willing to steal a severed finger in order to make a buck, don’t think that your future house guests are any different. Okay, your friends may not go to ridiculous lengths, but they may get hurt enough sticking a finger in a socket to try and get a little money from you. Do what you have to do to protect yourself, so that you can minimize potentially harmful situations.