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Affordable Home Improvement Tips

No matter how you look at it, making  home improvements is a costly endeavor.  The bottom line is when it comes to remodeling and renovating a home, homeowners are going to be spending thousands and thousands of dollars on contractors, specialists and more. The benefit of this is that you do make that money back in resale value although it can take some time to sell the home and get it suitable for new potential buyers.

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On a positive note, did you know that there are ways to improve your home  that do not require a home owner to spend thousands of dollars in initial investments or skilled labor that take a big Chunk of Change out of their wallet? Here are a few solutions that a you can do to improve their home for less than you might think.

REJUVENATE YOUR APPLIANCES WITH A FACE-LIFT

Buying brand new appliances is a great investment for a home, but it can also cost quite a bit of money. If you’re looking to spend less but still tie the room together, why not consider a face-lift? New doors and face panels on appliances can get them to match, bring the room together in a stylish way, and save you big bucks on the technical appliances while still allowing for a great look in the room and a definite upgrade in the home’s design.

SWITCH TO ENERGY EFFICIENT LIGHT BULBS

Energy efficient lighting fixtures and light bulbs are an affordable alternative that will go a long way in your home. Today, most homeowners are concerned about heating and electricity costs along with wanting to do their share to improve the impact on the environment.  Light fixtures that have earned the ENERGY STAR certification translate to quality, cutting edge design and the latest in efficient technology. ENERGY STAR Certified Fixtures: Use 90% less energy and produce about 70-90% less heat than traditional models using incandescent light bulbs. The most popular light bulbs available are halogen incandescents, compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), and light-emitting diodes (LEDs). Although they can initially cost more than traditional incandescent bulbs, during their lifetime they save you money, because they use less energy.

CABINETS AND DOORS ARE PARAMOUNT

In lieu of doing a complete kitchen remodel, homeowners can get quite a bit of use out of working through new doors and cabinets. This simple fix alone can go a long way to making the kitchen seem like a completely new and different room  without spending the big bucks on an entire kitchen remodeling job.

GET INSTANT CURB APPEAL

One of the best low-cost ways to inexpensively dress up your home-especially for potential buyers-is to increase your home’s curb appeal in a resourceful way. Hiring a professional landscaper to come by and re-design your lawn, patio and trees will help your home look cleaner, look better and more sleek. The better your home looks on the curb, the better chance you have of improving it at a lower cost to you and selling it a higher value-and you didn’t have to do anything major to the home.

SUMMARY

At the end of the day, there are ways to improve your home in a cheap and cost-efficient manner without breaking the bank. When you’re smart about where and how you improve your home, you may be surprised at how well you can sell it with minimal work being done, and your bank account and stress levels will thank you for it, too!

 

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Glass & Stone Mosiac Kitchen Backsplash Tile Install By: Don Of All Trades

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There’s nothing more exciting than adding  upgrades to your home like this Glass and Stone Mosaic Kitchen Backslash install our team at Don Of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services recently completed for our client.  These home owners picked their own choice of colour and style of tile. I have to say, the end result is SPECTACULAR!

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Product:  Glass and Stone Mosaic Wall Tiles

Up for a DIY challenge? Here’s some important steps to remember BEFORE you start the installation process.

Important Information To Remember

  • Make sure the surface is level and clean prior to installation.
  • If applying mosaic tile on gypsum, it is important to apply a coat of primer prior to beginning your mosaic wall tile installation.
  • Always check all the purchased boxes of tiles before starting. I have been in situations where clients thought what they purchased was all the same tile when in fact what they brought home was 3 different types of tile.  This step saves everyone involved  a lot of time and aggravation.
  • Inspect each tile prior to installation.
  • When installing tiles, mix and match tiles from different cartons for a natural look.
  • If you are installing mosaic wall tiles in a shower, it is necessary to install a waterproof membrane.
  • Install any trim or profile strips before installing the mosaic wall tile.
  • Modified thin-sets are generally appropriate for mosaic wall tile installations. Pre-mixed thin-sets are not appropriate for bathroom installations, and should not be used for mosaics featuring glass wall tiles.
  • Follow all manufacturer’s instructions when applying modified thin-set and grout.

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So Here’s What We Did

  1. First step was to come up with a plan of where these tiles were going to be placed on the walls.

With the plan in place, we began our kitchen back-splash install by adding the first tile in the closest centre point of the wall, keeping in mind that the last tiles in each row would be wider than half a tile.

Tip: Always stop and check to make sure your tiles are level.

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There were some moments in this installation process where we had to cut a mosaic tile sheet from the back with a utility knife. With this type of tile, a wet saw with a  diamond blade was used to cut through the tiles.

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Setting material was  applied to substrate while using the notched side of a V-Notched trowel. Using the flat side of trowel, we smoothed out all ridges to achieve a consistent, even (1/8 inch) coverage.

Now comes the fun part!

We applied glass  mosaic sheets, mesh-side down, firmly into the freshly spread setting material while mixing and matching from assorted sell units to achieve a consistent variation. Using a rubber float to gently press the tile into the adhesive to ensure  a complete contact. Spacers where also used to maintain a set distance between the mosaic tile sheets.

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We marked measurement marks on the back of the sheets of tile in order to install the mosaic tile around  the light fixtures and electrical sockets.  Once the tiles where in place, we then measured the gaps around the sockets and used leftover pieces to fill in the gaps.

Spacers were removed once the adhesive had set.  Tiles were wiped with a clean sponge to remove any residual adhesive.

A premium penetrating sealer is recommended for a natural look referred by the manufacturers instructions  and was applied onto the stone only.

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After 24 hours, a mix of non-sanded tile grout was applied with a rubber float. Afterwards, the grout was evened out by wiping the tile with a wet sponge in a circular motion. Residual grout was cleaned with a clean sponge within 5-10 minutes of grout application.

After 12 hours, any remaining haze was polished off using a dry cloth.

 

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Glass and Stone  mosaics have been used to beautify buildings and homes for centuries. They can be incorporated into many designs to produce a stunning result.

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