10 Things To Consider Before Planning And Installing A New BathroomWritten by Bridget Mwape
Whether you want to install a new bathroom or make improvements to an existing one there are some decisions you need to make and challenges to overcome. A bathroom must be tailored to your requirements and every plan will vary depending on planner's needs.
1. Seek professional advice before planning a bathroom. You may need to consider local water regulations, existing plumbing facilities and way your house is constructed.
2. Define role and requirements of new bathroom. Planning a bathroom involves more than positioning of basic fixtures such as bath, basin and toilet. Make sure your plan allows for plenty of floor for wall space and for extras such as towel rail, mirror and storage.
3. Decide if you need to make any changes to existing services and whether structural work is required. Measure up and note position of existing services, windows and doors and work out plan to get bathroom fixtures where you want them. You’ll also need to decide if you need to move any doors, windows or walls and whether you need to make changes to electricity wiring, water and drains.
4. Draw out bathroom area on graph paper and work out how best to divide up bathroom for different purposes or tasks. You may need to consider whether to use double or sliding doors, archways or curtains.
5. Ensure that you have enough space to accommodate your chosen fittings as well as enough room to move them into position. Think about how much room will be required for toiletries, storing towels, medicines etc.
5 Steps to Protecting Your Hardwood Floor From DisasterWritten by Michael Nelson
Common knowledge states that hardwood floors are a great investment for a homeowner. They add a certain charm and character to a home that can’t be replicated by laminates, carpeting, or any other type of flooring. However, investment does not stop with decision to purchase hardwoods. To retain value, hardwood must be properly cared for and maintained. Fortunately, with a few simple, easy, inexpensive steps, your hardwood flooring will always remain in perfect shape.
1. Do not use Murphy’s Oil Soap. Murphy’s works great on wooden furniture, but don’t make mistake of using it on your hardwood floors. You won’t notice anything wrong after applying it once, but if used consistently, residue will build up and leave your floor with a dull appearance.
2. Do not use a Wet Swiffer. A Dry Swiffer is great for collecting dust, dirt, and pet hair from your floors, and it is also less abrasive than a vacuum cleaner. However, a Wet Swiffer can cause major long-term damage. The chemicals in cleaning solution can break down urethane finish on your floor and leave it dull, faded, and lifeless.
3. Place area rugs anywhere that might collect water. Prime areas are in front of refrigerator, by dishwasher, and near any sinks. Make sure that floor is protected in any spot that is susceptible to minor leaks and water collection. A pool of water is quickest way to destroy your floor.