Basement Remodeling – Mold and Mildew Removal

February 26, 2010  //  Posted by: CTSI Home Maker  //  Category: Home Care, Home Improvement

nullMold and mildew have been known to appear in the basement area for many years now. This can be a hustle for those who don’t have an idea of how to get rid of them. Some individuals are also known to have medical problems brought about by these things. So it is important to employ safety procedures and get rid of them before they get out of hand.

The only way of ensuring that the molds will not come back is to eliminate all the available moisture in the garage. Installation of a dehumidifier can be of great help. Owning a dehumidifier is not that costly as one would think. One should try very hard to make the basement warm and dry at all times. While carrying out this procedure, remember to wear your gloves, glasses as a protective measure so as to avoid contamination among other things.

Room addition

February 23, 2010  //  Posted by: CTSI Home Maker  //  Category: Home Design, Home Improvement

nullBuying a new house is not a practical solution when you can choose room addition to your home when need arises. In order to carry out room addition to your home, you need to consider these points:

You need to chalk out the layout of your home neatly. This will determine the position where it is supposed to be added.

Secondly, decide why you want to add the room. Whether it is for sleeping, storage, bathroom or meeting.
Get hold of a plan for room addition

After making the plan, you must get down to action. You may hire professionals or simply do it yourself.

Designing your perfect room addition can be mind boggling, especially if you want it for specific needs. For a sleeping room, place a queen size sofa cum bed along with other necessary furniture. Putting the right equipments and accessories will make this room really useful.

Glass design

February 20, 2010  //  Posted by: CTSI Home Maker  //  Category: Home Decor

nullThese days, glass is also being used for different designing aspects in homes. There are many ways in which glass design is incorporated for enhancing that aesthetic quality in your home. Some of the glass design techniques are:

Sun tubes/Skylights: Sun tubes are great in congested places like the hallways and corridors to let in a lot of sunlight. They are available in plenty of sizes and designs.

Use glass strategically: You may place glass strategically in order to let sunlight flow in to your rooms that generally remain dark.

Glass in bathrooms: Sandblasted or frosted glass is great options to beautify your bathroom. You may have a complete glass shower for an amazing feel of your private bathroom.

Glass doors: A sliding glass door is an amazing way to allow excess sunlight to your rooms.

Thermal glass and solar control glass are wonderful in controlling temperature inside your home. So while designing your home do not forget to consider them.

Floor design

February 17, 2010  //  Posted by: CTSI Home Maker  //  Category: Flooring & Ceiling

nullThere are a huge variety of floor designs available in the market that will amaze you with their fashionable look and amazing texture. Lets look at some of the options in floor design:

Natural stone floor: Marble and limestone are widely preferred for floor designs. They are expensive and need no extraordinary maintenance as such. Their look is pristine, calling for appreciation.

Hardwood floor: Hardwood flooring is a common type floor design that has bettered in every respect. They come with a durable coating that may last for almost 20 years!

Ceramic tiled floor: Being less expensive and easily installable, these are always preferred for flooring. Available in a wide range of least absorbent, most absorbent and semi absorbent, these tiles have great patterns and colors that match the interiors of your home.

Different types of floorings can really transform your home. To give a cozy look, you may even place carpets and area rugs in different shades of color.

Heating, ventilation and air conditioning

February 14, 2010  //  Posted by: CTSI Home Maker  //  Category: Heating & Air Conditioning, Home Appliances

nullHeating, ventilation and air conditioning fall under the climate control system that occupies an important part in office and homes in the US. Generally known as HVAC system, they fulfill two important functions:

HVAC offers and maintains “thermal comfort”.
Secondly, it helps maintain air quality of air indoors.

Energy efficient cooling system rated with SEER 9 and above is popular in the US. By converting to SEER 13 from 9, one can reduce power consumption almost by 30 percent. This is a great thing as almost $300 can be saved every year.

Energy efficient heating systems like zoned heating, water heating and geothermal heating have become popular. Modern technology has made it possible to save energy.

Besides, some companies have also invented technology to enhance the efficiency of the already existing HVAC system. Replacing the existing one can be expensive, so you can install these. One example of such a technology is the Cool-N-Save™ add-on. So now, you can utilize your HVAC system and still save.

Waterway Pumps – What Are Your Options?

February 11, 2010  //  Posted by: CTSI Home Maker  //  Category: Home Care, Home Improvement

nullHaving tubs and spas at homes is a common feature these days. In order to really enjoy soaking in them, you need best quality pumps to fill water in them. Waterway pumps are very renowned as they are available in a great range of small to high power pumps suitable for different sizes of tubs.

There are many options available with the Waterway pumps:

If your tub is small, single-speed pumps are just right for you. This works with medium sized ones too. In case you have to fill Jacuzzi, a multiple speed Waterway pump is best.

Waterway pumps emit very minimum sound that makes it pleasant for you. They are made of anti rust material and also consume less energy. Insulated windings are one of the features of the pump.

Waterway pumps are high quality pumps and that is why preferred widely. You have many options to choose from the line of Waterway pumps.

Buying a Modern Bathroom Faucet

February 08, 2010  //  Posted by: CTSI Home Maker  //  Category: Bathroom & Fixtures

nullModern faucets are available in a wide range of prices. The price of a faucet will depend on its design. There are modern bathroom faucets that have simple designs and these are quite inexpensive. You can also find fancy looking faucets which come at higher cost than the simple ones. You need to buy bathroom facts which are of the highest quality regardless of whether you are looking for the fancy or simple ones.

You also need to consider the functionality of the faucets before you buy them. Modern bathroom faucets are multifunctional. Make sure that the faucet which you get has the units which can perform more than one task. The type of handle that you want is another important consideration when buying bathroom faucets. Modern bathroom faucets are made from different materials such as porcelain, brass and chrome. Choose the faucet material that you feel most comfortable with.

What You Need To Know About Modern Showers

February 05, 2010  //  Posted by: CTSI Home Maker  //  Category: Bathroom & Fixtures, Showers & Tubs

nullModern showers have become so prominent in the recent years. This is so because, once you purchase a modern shower, you have the option of adding additional features as opposed to other types of showers. A modern shower can also be fitted at the corner of ones washroom with huge success.

You also find modern showers with either low or high pressure. So choose wisely and get your deal taste and note that a low shower works without the help of pump. It’s mostly used in houses where the pressure is not too low. Alternatively, you can attach your low shower to a salamander pump which works perfectly well. A pump is therefore known to increase pressure when the water is flowing from a tack.

A modern shower can work with both hot and cold water. You also need to note that modern showers are known to last longer than the other types.

Benefits of Using Hot Tub Filter Cleaners

February 02, 2010  //  Posted by: CTSI Home Maker  //  Category: Bathroom & Fixtures, Showers & Tubs

nullIf you own a hot tub in your house, a hot tub filter cleaner will come in handy at one point or the other. A hot tub filter cleaner can be used to clean the filter cartridge in the tub to avoid unnecessary clogging. Maintaining a clean filter means that the water in your spa will always be clean.

A hot tub filter cleaner not only ensures that your hot tub is clean at all times, it also lengthens the filter’s lifespan. This will enable you to use the same filter over and over again without having to worry about getting another one, something that would require a lot of money. Your hot tub will have a more durable lifespan if you use a quality filter cleaner. Most hot tub filter cleaners come with anti-microbial properties. This means that your hot tub will be free of any disease causing bacteria.