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Monthly Archives: December 2016

Questions to Hiring an Architect

Is he licensed in your state?

Architects must obtain a license to work in any state. If your “architect” doesn’t have one, he is really just a designer. The difference is not just the piece of paper, it is the skill and knowledge necessary to get that license.

Can you see examples of his work?

Either on paper or in person, you always want to see your architect’s finished products. This is important not only to ensure he does quality work, but that you also like it. If a majority of his work is contemporary chic and you want traditional colonial, will he be able to handle it?

Does he carry enough liability insurance?

Any licensed architect will carry his own insurance, but you should see if it is enough to comfortably cover your custom home design. Insurance is another difference between architects and designers – the architect is required to carry it whereas the designer does not have any regulations regarding liability. Typically, it is the client who has to take out a policy on the project when a designer is used.

Does he have time for your project?

This is your dream home and you’ve waited and waited to see it come to life. Now that your custom home design is about to be realized, you want an architect who will treat it with the personal attention and time you know it deserves.

What services can he provide and what will you need?

Architects can do as little or as much as you want. He can draw up the plans and be done with the project, but it is a better idea to have him work with the contractor throughout the process to make sure his plans are followed exactly.
Your architect can negotiate contracts, manage the construction site, come up with the budget, manage it and much more. If you’re comfortable with the architect, it will be easier to give him the freedom to manage the entire project. Of course, he will discuss with you on important issues. But you don’t really have time to micro-manage, do you?

Hiring can architect to breathe life into your custom design home is a good idea. Whether you hire through a firm or an individual, always interview the person who will be doing the work, to make sure he is clear on your vision and that you can work together. Once the hiring is done, you can relax a little and know that your dream house is in good hands.

Decorating Kitchen Walls

Kitchen wall treatments are the key to decorating this busy room. Different wall treatments can be used to define a space by changing the texture, material or color. Kitchen wall treatments can create a space within a space.

It is best to decide which wall in the kitchen will be the focal point and then treat that space differently from those spaces around it. Experiment with different tones and shades and try varying the depth and texture for a truly unique concept.

A distinctive tile backsplash has the ability to create s focal point in the room. It is usually small and inexpensive. The visual impact you will achieve is hard to compare to other decorating techniques. This area gets so many splatters, so the backsplash is both decorative and functional. You can use ceramic, mosaic glass or stainless steel for easy clean up.

The colors you use in the kitchen can have a profound effect on the mood or ambiance of the room. It is important to maintain balance with your own tastes in order to create perfect harmony.

Using dark colors as accents gives a feeling of warmth and comfort. Colors such as red and orange can speed up your metabolism and make you hungry. Use these colors sparingly since they tend to also cause aggression.

Paint is the kitchen wall treatment that is the easiest to change, clean and least expensive of all. In most homes there are walls that are in less than perfect condition and it is hard to hide defects with paint alone.

There are wall coverings that offer dimensions, warmth and eye appeal with surprisingly easy care.

There are many wallpaper options that run the gamut from contemporary to traditional. There are also tiles that were once strictly used for floors that are now being applied to walls for texture and visual allure.

Wallpaper can drastically change the look of your kitchen. There is self adhesive wallpaper available which is easy to install. Vinyl material is best suited for kitchens since it is easy to clean and very durable. It comes in a vast array of colors and patterns.

Tiles can be more creative and will let you experiment with different tones. Tiles come in many different materials, shapes and styles.
Wallpaper borders can also be used to bring depth to your kitchen. If you do not like borders where the patterns keep repeating try a border that tells you a story.

You can use wallpaper cut-outs and hand painted words that will make your family and friends feel comfortable. This will also be a conversation starter when neighbors arrive for a visit. Wallpaper borders are also not expensive and you do not need any special skills to apply wallpaper borders.

Another idea for the not so perfect wall is wood wall paneling. This decor gives your wall visual interest and one of its advantages is it is easy to maintain. Smudges and fingerprints do not show up easily, so you do not have to worry if somebody drops by unexpectedly.

For a bit of comfort and attractive appeal try wall plaques. This is a simple way to increase relaxation and beauty. If you have an unused wall or nook, make this space into a functional decorative storage space. Try hanging shelves for stylish organization.

You might also try a fancy wrought iron hanger so that you can place your decorative plates along the wall. If your kitchen has a certain theme, you can purchase plates that match or compliment the theme.

Framed family photos or cooking utensils placed just right can give you that pizzazz that you are looking for.

To give you that outdoor feeling indoors, a great idea is to hang metal wall planters. They are a versatile form of art that can transform you kitchen into a room with designer appeal. The metal wall planters can be modified with different flowers and foliage. They never look tired or outdated.

Now all you need to do is grab a pen and paper, make yourself a cup of coffee and sit at your kitchen table. Gaze out at your kitchen walls and let the creative side of you come alive. Let your imagination run wild and in no time you will create the kitchen of your dreams that will fit your personality and charm.


Few ideas to Decorate Your Room

First, think of each room as a separate project. Even though you may be following a theme for your whole house, you won’t be able to decorate it all at the same time. Be honest with yourself. Are the plans for each room realistic? Have you taken into account the function of each room? Are you going to hire an interior decorator? All of these things must be addressed before you start the project. Now, on to the rooms…

Living Rooms

The way you decorate the living room is dependent on whether it’s used only for when guests are visiting or if it is used daily by the family. Family use usually rules out white upholstery and carpeting because they do not hold up well to the abuse they would get. Fabric choices are also affected by the kind of usage it will receive. Choose fabrics and furnishings that are appropriate.

Dining Rooms

Here again, the way you use the dining room will depend on how it is furnished and decorated. Dining rooms, like living rooms are usually thought of as “company” rooms, while the kitchen or dinette are more likely used only for families.


The master bedroom should, by definition, cater to the man and woman of the house. It should be designed to meet their needs. The room should be comfortable and serene, although I have seen some bright red bedrooms that have been striking. Personally, I wouldn’t get much rest in such a room. Privacy is also an important component if there are other family members around.
A guest room can be dedicated solely to guests or can be used as a combination guest room/office if space is at a premium. You may want to provide extra amenities for guests such as closet and drawer space, special towels and books or a small television for their use.

Childrens’ Bedrooms

These rooms, by nature, should be casual. I have never seen a child comfortable among ruffles and formal furnishings in his or her room. Children usually “decorate” much of their space with their toys and “treasures.” Low-to-the-floor storage and bookcases should be used to corral some of their belongings.


Kitchens can be one of the most difficult rooms to decorate unless you are willing to demolish the cabinets and countertops that are there. You can greatly change the looks of the room by using paint and buying new appliances. If funds are available, go for new flooring and cabinets as well. Many hardware stores have floor planning software that can help you get the best use out of the space available.


A bathroom can be updated with paint, new linens and fabric. Add a tall cabinet if there is space for it to use for towels and other bathroom items. Bathrooms can get messy fast when there’s no place to store anything.

Look in magazines and on the Internet for decorating room ideas. Then, use your imagination and ingenuity to replicate the look with less expensive options. Interior decorating doesn’t have to be expensive to look elegant.


Laundry Room Decorating

First, take a good look at the space available. Maybe you do just have a closet. If so, you’re options are limited. If there are no cupboards above the machines, or if the shelves are inadequate, it shouldn’t cost too much to replace them. Choose quality cabinets that look high end…even if they’re not.

If you’re lucky enough to have a real laundry room, you have a host of options. You will need cabinets of some sort to hide detergent, fabric softener and such, but you can also add other, more decorative, items. Even though the cabinets should look good, they should also have enough shelving inside to keep everything organized. There’s nothing more frustrating than having to move a bunch of stuff out of your way to reach the fabric softener.

If there’s room, provide a counter or even a small table for folding your laundry. It’s very inconvenient to have to carry laundry to another room just to fold it.

Paint can give your room a huge boost. I tend to choose more cheery colors such as yellows or a melon color. Laundry room walls don’t “have” to be white! Whatever color you choose, make it one that you can live in harmony with; you’ll be spending a lot of time there.

Choose window coverings that are pretty but make sure they are washable. The natural moistness of the room can cause dampness and dirt to stick to fabrics that remain in the room long term.

Use rugs on the floor. They can not only add bright splashes of color, but can add comfort to an area where you might need to stand for some time.

Especially, if you have an ironing area in the room. Bathroom rugs work well because they are meant to absorb water. They are available in a multitude of colors so you’re sure to find something to fit your color scheme. And, while thinking about the floor, carpet just doesn’t work where water is likely to be spilled; tile or vinyl flooring is a much more sensible choice.

Posters and pictures in the room can add whimsy. I’ve seen some very cute posters that would be suitable for a laundry room on eBay. Humorous pictures can give a utilitarian room character. Fun murals painted on a wall can also be a great way to add fun and color to the laundry area.

Make sure your laundry room has plenty of light. Lighting will brighten the space as well as make it easier to see those pesky stains.

There are also some things you must have in a laundry room. A waste basket hampers for sorting laundry, and someplace to hang delicate items. Buy pretty ones! Using colors that are appropriate to your color scheme go a long way to making the room more inviting.

Some homemakers create a kind of “family center” in the laundry area for leaving messages, and sometimes a craft area to keep children’s inevitable messes from the rest of the house. My daughter even has a small television in her basement laundry room so her kids can go watch their favorite shows when mommy has something she’d rather watch in the family room.

Decorating the laundry room is important to anyone who has to spend a lot of time in one…which is the majority of us! Why should the laundry area be dark and grungy…make it a room you want to be in.