Easy Home Improvement Ideas

Do have an older bathroom with tiled walls? If so, chances are that some of the tiles are cracked or chipped, and the tile grouting might be stained or beginning to come loose. Maybe you’re just tired of the old tile and want a newer, more modern bath. Replacing tile is messy, time consuming, inconvenient, and expensive. The old tile has to be torn out, the backer board has to be replaced, and the new tile and grout have to be installed. Much easier options lie in tub surrounds.

When you have finally decided on a particular contractor, never overlook the contract. Within each contract, remember to highlight any details in regards to permits. Also, make sure you have any warranties in writing in addition to a detailed project description along with start and finish dates. A thorough and detailed contract could save you a lot of hassle and money in the future.

Another big challenge was installing an attic access in this room. The only other attic access is in my master closet which has a closet organizer in it. Call me crazy, but I prefer NOT to take all the clothes out of the closet and uninstall the closet organizer to get into the attic. Not to mention all the loose insulation that gets tracked all though my bedroom when I go up into the attic. For the bathroom access I built a box with a regular sealed panel door and then I allowed a 6 inch drop to the actual bathroom ceiling where I have a hinged panel door to allow me to install extra insulation and another seal. THAT was a fun job, let me tell you!!

Backsplash and floors: These are almost the last things to happen. You can’t install tile back splash until the counters have been laid. And with floors, you don’t want a lot of construction activity taking place on your newly surfaced floors. In the case of wood floors, if they need to be sanded, the sanders will come close to and may bang in to your new cabinet faces. Protect them cardboard and hold off on installing any of your floor trim (baseboards, shoe moldings, etc) until the floors are totally complete.

Whether you use picture hooks, molly bolts, toggle boths, picture nails, or some other method will depend on the type of wall construction and surface, so be sure you have the right type of fasteners available – and if your home is a rental, you may be restricted to non-invasive methods such as suspending frames from a railing or keeping your artwork lightweight enough to use magnetic or peel-and-stick types of picture hangers.

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