You’re a proud do-it-yourselfer. You spend your weekends at places like Home Depot or Lowe’s choosing paint, purchasing plywood, or deciding between galvanized twist nails and screws. You feel there’s no remodel project too big for you to handle. You’re always looking for the next big thing in your projects, something that will make your home better, or your job as chief architect easier. Here are three innovations that you can chew on for a while.
That’s right, mobile apps for remodeling. There are quite a few helpful apps for do-it-yourself projects on the market today. One such app is Sweeten. Sweeten is designed to connect homeowners looking to renovate with contractors and other professionals. Sometimes for even the most hardcore do-it-yourself fanatic a professional touch is needed. A user will post a job to Sweeten and the app will suggest professionals who specialize in similar projects. The app ensures quality by soliciting feedback on the work from the user. Another great app is called Like That Décor. This app takes the guesswork out of choosing the right furnishings and decorations for a room. Users point the phone camera at a particular piece of furniture, color, or pattern they like and the app will find complimentary pieces.
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In-Wall Pest Tubes
Although almost always installed by a professional, In-Wall Pest Tubes are a great way to cap off a remodeled home which has had issues with pests such as termites or cockroaches in the walls. The tubes are installed in designated walls of your home, and injected periodically with a specific repellant depending upon what pests the system is designed to repel. What this creates is a virtual barrier inside the walls which keeps your unwanted houseguests out in the cold, unless they’re your in-laws that is. You’re on your own there.
One of the first things you’ll notice in the most classy kitchens and bathrooms is the beautiful granite countertops. Granite looks great for sure, but installation can be costly, messy, and tedious. Additionally, Granite is naturally porous. This means that if you cook a lot in your kitchen, or have the natural rock in your bathroom, spills and drips can be absorbed over time which will cause the granite to discolor and the natural beauty to fade. One solution to this problem is engineered granite. Engineered granite is a combination of Granite, stone, and Quartz and is built to last without the drawbacks of natural granite, while having all the beauty of the real deal. In addition to not being porous, Engineered Granite has the advantage of a much simpler installation process which is also less messy, and is sure to help keep your remodeling project on schedule.