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3 Common And Costly Ways Homeowners Ruin Plumbing

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As a homeowner, you are probably familiar with the different tasks to clean and maintain your home. From pressure washing your home’s exterior and mowing the grass to replacing roofing shingles and cleaning your carpet, it is easy to see the stressful nature of owning a home. Unfortunately, you may not be placing enough emphasis on your plumbing. While leaky faucets and pipes are common, you most likely are not prepared for a burst pipe. Repairing or replacing a burst pipe can be costly. However, repairing the water damage to your floors, walls, and other areas of your home is a large expense. Depending on the extent of water damage, restoration can cost between $5,000 and $70,000. Thankfully, preventing a burst pipe and water damage is possible. Using this guide on common ways homeowners ruin plumbing pipes, you can avoid expensive plumbing repairs and cleanup. Chronic Sink Clogs Occasional clogs in your sink drains are normal. Excessive amounts of clogs in your drains are a sure sign that you are placing the wrong things into your sink. While surprising to hear, using a garbage disposal will not completely grind up debris in your sink. For best results, be sure to clean inside your drain periodically after using your disposal. To prevent chronic clogs, avoid adding the following into your sink drains: Cooking Oil/Grease Motor Oil/Automotive Fluids Paints/Chemical Cleaners Medications Coffee Grounds Cat Litter Egg Shells Produce Stickers Large Chunks of Food In addition, cleaning with a hot water and vinegar solution will dissolve away stubborn residue inside your drains. Bring 1 gallon of water and 1 gallon of white vinegar to a boil on your stove. Once it comes to a rapid boil, pour the solution directly into your sink drains. Without taking precaution and cleaning your drains periodically, you may experience a backup in your drains, leading to burst pipes and expensive repairs. Chronic Toilet Clogs Clogs in your toilet are common issues you will face as a homeowner, but they should not become a periodic issue. Chronic clogs may stem from a broken toilet, buildup of minerals due to hard water, or the flushing of foreign objects. This issues can cause a pipe to burst or a more involved septic issue. Unfortunately, pumping out your septic tank can cost an estimated $250. If serious damage occurs to your septic tank, a replacement may be necessary, resulting in a $5000 expense. Here are a few tips to prevent chronic toilet clogs: Inspect your Toilet – If you hear a hissing sound in your toilet, remove the tank cover and check the interior parts. This sound is most likely water seeping into the inlet valve. Be sure the float is in its correct position to ensure proper flushing. In addition, an issue with your flapper may prevent your toilet from flushing completely. If the flapper is worn or damaged, water will constantly leak into the toilet bowl. Check your Water – Hire a specialist to check your water for mineral deposits. Hard water contains minerals that will build up inside your toilet drain, leading to frequent clogs and underlying septic issues. Avoid Flushing Foreign Objects – Small toys are fun for children to flush down the toilet, but they can become serious issues for your plumbing pipes and sewage...

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Prepping For Doomsday? You Need A Bunker! Here’s How To Install One In Your Backyard

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It only takes a bit of knowledge of what’s going on in the world today to come up with the idea that there may be an apocalypse in the near future. With religious conflicts, racial division, wars, proxy wars, outdated power grids, and worldwide financial instability, many people believe that doomsday is just around the corner. Some people call these conspiracy theories. You, however, see the possibilities of an apocalypse and want to be prepared. Having a substantial supply of food and water built up is one way to be prepared. But, none of the preparations will do you any good if you, your family, and your supplies are not protected in a bunker. Fortunately, there are pre-fabricated bunkers available on the market. Picking one out is the easy part. The hard part is installing it. You’ll need some help. Prepare a pathway for the equipment The pre-fabricated bunker will arrive at your property on the back of a flatbed semi trailer. From there, a crane will be needed to lift the bunker off of the trailer and lower it into an appropriately-sized hole in the ground. So, you’ll need a pathway and a parking spot for the semi trailer, the crane and the excavation equipment. You’ll need to know the dimensions of the various vehicles and equipment. You may need to remove obstacles such as trees, bushes, large rocks, and fencing. This part of the job will likely require equipment rentals. However, sometimes excavation contractors do these types of removal services as well. Keep in mind that you’ll need overhead clearance for the crane. Excavate the hole for the bunker The hole for the pre-fabricated bunker should be dug according to the dimensions given by the manufacturer. Depending on the make and model of your bunker, there may be additional requirements that will need to be compensated for in the excavation. For example, there may be an air filtration system located at the far end of the bunker, which will need to be marked at the dig site. Don’t forget that you will need to use some of that soil to cover the bunker so it blends in with the rest of the area. Ideally, your bunker should be deep within the ground, but some people choose a shallow installation with the end result appearing as a naturally-formed hill. Hire a crane service to set the bunker in the ground Once the excavation has been completed, a crane service can drop the bunker into the hole. To make sure this is done safely, it’s important that you provide the crane service with the weight and dimensions of the bunker prior to the delivery date. That way, a lift planner can do some math calculations to determine which appropriately-sized crane to send out for the job. Be prepared: the lift planner and/or crane operator may want to see the job site beforehand, for several reasons. They will need to determine what angles the crane will lift the bunker. They will also need to see the ground conditions so they know whether or not you’ll need crane mats or swamp pads so the crane is more stable on the ground. This helps to prevent the crane from tipping over. For additional info, talk to professionals. Backfilling & touching up so...

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3 Techniques Professionals Use To Perform Trenchless Sewer Pipe Replacement

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Prior to the creation of non-invasive sewer replacement equipment, professionals had to dig out deep trenches to access lines in need of service. The trenches often went straight through well manicured lawns and garden beds that owners worked hard to maintain. Sewer lines running beneath established sheds, garages and additions posed an even bigger problem for homeowners looking for a quick fix. Luckily, there are a number of ways to perform simple repairs or replacements of broken pipes. Read on to learn more information. Pipe Lining Despite the use of tough pipe materials for sewer pipes, including reinforced concrete, steel and ceramic, corrosive elements slowly break down the structure until a breach occurs. When a pipe develops a hole, crack or full break, waste products in their solid, liquid and gas forms leak out into the soil. Many homeowners initially notice the smell until enough waste leaks through, saturating the soil and bringing full attention to the location of the problem pipes. Sewer professionals will often recommend having the pipe lined from afar if the breach is contained to a specific area. To confirm the need for a pipe liner, technicians inspect the lines using camera equipment. After cleaning the pipes, sewer techs create the liner by injecting the broken pipe with felt coated in strong epoxy resin. An air filled bladder inflates the soaked felt to fit the inside diameter of the pipe until it cures. Once the liner cures, techs deflate the bladder and perform a final inspection to confirm the patch fixed the breakage. Ground Piercing Pipes that have completely collapsed at various spots throughout the line cannot support the use of patching materials. Instead, sewer line replacement technicians must install a brand new pipe in that location. Normally, techs would dig out a trench around the line to access the entire stretch of pipe in one repair session. Luckily, a ground piercing mechanism was developed to quickly break up the rest of the pipe and create an installation hole at the same time. Technicians place the piercing end at the beginning or end of the pipe to start. Using a large sledgehammer, techs ram the piercer through the ground at the specified pipe location. Once the reamer creates the hole, techs thread a new pipe through the soil and attach it to the connection joints at either end. As a manually driven tool, the ground piercer can only handle sewer line replacement below modest garden beds or patios. Directional Boring Since the ground piercing equipment can only work through a limited amount of ground, larger jobs require the use of hydraulically driven directional boring equipment. The directional boring machines have no limit in pipe size or diameter due to the various heads technicians can use for the job. By breaking up the pipe and creating an access hole, the machinery essentially performs the same task as the ground piercing equipment at a larger scale. The directional boring machine uses an exact targeting system that makes it easy to establish brand new pipes for additions and new construction when needed. Exploring The Main Benefit Of Trenchless Replacement The main benefit of choosing trenchless repair practices is cost. Even extremely large scale city projects see a 25% decrease in costs when using trenchless sewer repair or replacement...

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5 Advantages Of Switching To LED Lightbulbs

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When you think of the word LED, the first things that come to your mind are probably screens or small indicator lights. However, LED lightbulbs exist and make for great home lighting. There are a number of ways in which LED lights win out over standard light bulbs.  Lack of Toxicity  LED lights do not require any toxic material in order to properly light your home. Compare this to compact fluorescent light bulbs, or CFLs, which utilize mercury in order to light up your room. Mercury within the lightbulb is not dangerous, but it can be if the light bulb happens to break. Mercury is a dangerous, toxic heavy metal that can cause a myriad of health problems, like high-blood pressure, increased heart rate, and peeling of the skin.  On top of that, due to the fact that CFL bulbs contain mercury, they cannot just be tossed into your home’s garbage can when they have burned out. They must be disposed of properly in order to prevent breaking, which could lead to mercury entering into the ecosystem.   Environmentally Friendly Another benefit of LED lights is that they are environmentally friendly. When you use an LED light in your light fixtures, they use anywhere from  25%-80% less energy than standard lightbulbs. This means that you are spending less money on electricity to light up your house, which means less electricity that has to be produced in ways that negatively impact the environment, such as burning coal.  Works Well in Very Cold Temperatures Standard incandescent bulbs encounter a bit of difficulty when the temperature takes a dive. Temperatures below freezing or at the point of freezing can cause the light in these bulbs to weaken, or even to die completely. However, LED lights operate effectively and seamlessly in very low temperatures. This makes them a great bulb to use in your outdoor light fixtures if you experience very cold winters. Regardless of the temperature, your LED light will emit a consistent, strong stream of light.  Emits “Cool Light”  Standard incandescent bulbs emit quite a bit of heat when they are turned on, which can not only be dangerous, but can damage your belongings, as well. For example, a young child who were to touch a lightbulb that had been on all day would be badly burned, or if your lamp was directed at your couch, a decorative table runner or some other type of fabric, the heat would damage them overtime. In contrast, LED lights run very cool. They never get too hot to touch, and they do not emit enough heat to damage fabrics.  Long Lifespan  Although LED lightbulbs have a higher up-front cost, they last much longer than standard lightbulbs. Although the initial price of an LED bulb might turn you off a bit, remember that some LED bulbs last up to 50,000 hours. Compare that with standard incandescent light bulbs, which have an average life span of about 1,200 hours. That means that, in the long run, LED bulbs are actually the more affordable option due to the fact they need to be replaced less often. Not only will they save you money, but they will save you time that you would have to spend changing out your incandescent bulbs.  As you can see there are many advantages to switching the...

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3 Springtime Maintenance Tips For Your Garage Door

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It’s easy to think of your garage door as just another entrance to your home, but in reality, an electric garage door is a machine that needs maintenance at least once a year. What better time to perform garage door maintenance than the spring? A cold, icy winter is more likely to take a toll on your garage door than any other season, so checking up on the heath of your garage door once the temperatures start to rise only makes sense. Plus, you’re liable to be in the garage doing spring cleaning anyway. Take a look at a few essential items that should be on your spring garage door maintenance checklist. Remember to disconnect your garage door opener from the power before you get started, to avoid any accidental opening or closing while you’re working. Lubricate Not only will your garage door work more efficiently if it’s properly lubricated, it will also make a lot less noise! Start with the garage door opener hardware. Your opener uses either a screw, a chain, or a belt to lift the door. If it uses a belt, it doesn’t need lubrication, but if you have a screw or a chain operated opener, you should apply a small amount of white lithium spray-on grease. After that, move your attention to the door itself. Apply a light coating of oil to the hinges, bearings, and the spot where the roller shaft goes into the garage door’s bearings. Then apply oil to the door’s torsion springs. Your garage doors extension spring doesn’t need to be lubricated. This is a good time to inspect the springs – if they’re starting to look as if they’ve been pulled out of shape, it may be time to have them replaced. Replace Take the time to tighten the rail bracket bolts and the roller brackets. As you do, inspect the rollers for wear. You should have either steel or nylon rollers. Steel rollers can sustain dents and dings, while nylon can chip, scratch, or break. If you have damaged rollers, you can replace them as needed, or replace a whole set at once. Rollers are inexpensive (around $8 for the nylon rollers) and fairly easy to replace. Just remove the brackets and the old rollers, then put the new brackets in their place and replace the bolts. Spring is also a good time to replace your astragal, which is the hollow rubber seal at the bottom of the door. Cold weather can take a toll on the rubber, leaving it dry and cracked. Simply remove the seal with a flat-head screwdriver, insert a new astragal, and crimp the channel ends with lubricant to secure it in place. You may also want to check the weather strips on the sides and top of the door, and replace those if they seem worn. Test Before you reconnect the power to the garage door opener, test your garage door to see that it opens and closes smoothly. Lift it, lower it, lift it part way and stop to be sure that it doesn’t drop unexpectedly. Listen for strange sounds and look for any sign that the door is improperly balanced, like shaking as it lifts and lowers. Once you’ve tested the door without the power, reconnect the opener and perform the...

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2 Things Your Plumber Wishes You Would Stop Doing

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As a homeowner, it isn’t always easy to know which problems you are causing and which ones you inherited along with the house. On your Saturday mornings, you might find yourself going through your place and repairing issues one at a time. However, if you make the wrong decisions regarding your plumbing system, you might create more problems than you solve. Here are two things your plumber wishes you would stop doing and why: 1: Cranking Up The Water Pressure Are you tired of watching water trickle out of your kitchen faucet? If you are looking to bump up the power a little, you might be tempted to head out to your main water line and adjust the water pressure. After all, wouldn’t it be nice to spray off those dishes with a little more gusto? Unfortunately, changing your water pressure can have dire consequences on your home’s plumbing system. Indoor residential water pressure should never be above 80 pounds per square inch. However, the main water line that supplies water to your home might allow you to change it to as high as 150 psi—almost twice the pressure it should be. Although it might seem like a small adjustment, increasing water pressure can actually cause your pipes to rattle around and break. This occurrence, referred to as “water hammer,” can also create annoying noises inside of your walls. High water pressure can also exacerbate plumbing leaks. The higher the pressure, the more water will spurt out of damaged joints and corroded pipes.  To protect your plumbing, don’t try to adjust your own incoming water pressure. If you feel like your water moves too slowly, hire a professional plumber to test your pressure levels and adjust the line for you. If your water pressure is too high, experts can even install regulators to protect your plumbing system. 2: Using Chemical Drain Cleaner Too Liberally When that sink or bathtub stops draining like it should, what is your first instinct? If you are like most homeowners, you probably fish around underneath your kitchen sink for that go-to bottle of chemical drain cleaner. Unfortunately, using drain cleaner too liberally might not do anything but irritate your plumber. Here are a few reasons why using chemical drain cleaner isn’t always a good idea: Physical Clogs: Believe it or not, chemical drain cleaner is completely powerless against foreign objects like dropped hair bands, bobby pins, and small plastic children’s toys. Drain cleaner works by combining ingredients like solid hydroxide and aluminum turnings to generate heat—which boils standing water and breaks apart organic clogs. However, if your blockage contains objects that won’t melt apart, your clog might be around to stay.  Pipe Damage: Unfortunately, if chemical drain cleaner doesn’t take care of that clog, it can sit in your pipes and corrode the surrounding materials. In fact, chemical drain cleaner can soften PVC pipes and damage plumbing made from older materials. Caustic Environment: To make matters worse, sitting chemical drain cleaner can create a caustic environment for any professional that you call in. Instead of being able to work quickly to resolve the issue, your plumber might have to suit up in protective gear to avoid being burned.   The next time you encounter a tough clog, check your drain for debris first. If...

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Laminated Safety Glass: The Reason Broken Windshields Don’t Often Cause Injuries

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If you’ve ever thrown a ball through a home window as a child, you’re probably aware of the danger that shards of glass present. Typical windows often break into dozens of these sharp, dangerous pieces that make cleaning up after an accident difficult. If you’ve experienced this, you might expect that auto accidents would result in a literal explosion of sharp projectiles lacerating everything in the area. Fortunately, this isn’t the case. That’s because auto glass is made out of laminated safety glass. To understand why this is such an important safety feature in modern automobiles, you need to have a basic understanding how this glass is made. Manufacturing Traditional Glass Glass, as you may or may not know, is made from liquid sand. Even on a hot summer’s day, you’ve probably never encountered liquid sand in your life’s adventures. That’s because the melting point for every type of substance is different–and sand’s melting point is approximately 3900 degrees Fahrenheit. Fortunately, this melting point is reduced when sand is mixed with sodium carbonate. However, this also causes the resulting glass to dissolve in water–a useless material to be sure. To combat this, limestone is added to the mixture as well. When this mixture is cooled, the result is the typical glass that you use every day. Drawbacks to Traditional Glass This basic type of glass is well suited to protect homes from the elements while allowing for a beautiful view. It’s also great for the dinner table. Where it lacks is in it’s durability. Traditional glass is very brittle, and will often break when it encounters even a slow-moving projectile. This is made worse when exposed to the typical speeds encountered when operating a motor vehicle. Often, when dealing with traffic and motorways, cars moving in excess of 50 miles per hour or more encounter objects moving in the opposite direction at a similarly high speed. That’s why even a small pebble can cause major damage to your car. Tempered Glass As glass became more and more widespread in it’s use, scientists began playing with additives to change the properties of the finished product. For example, when lead is added to glass, it often tends to sparkle. Through experimentation, glass became a product that was suitable for a wider variety of uses than just home windows. Eventually, scientists began experimenting with the heating and cooling process as well. This led to the discovery of tempered glass, which is rapidly heated and cooled–making it 4 to 5 times tougher than typical glass. It also breaks into smooth round pebbles, making it ideal for constructing the side windows in your automobile. Laminated Safety Glass However, even small, round pebbles can cause severe damage if they strike your face at high velocities. That means even tempered glass isn’t ideal for the front windshield of your car. For windshields, glass that doesn’t shatter at all is required. Laminated safety glass is made by bonding two sheets of glass together with a heated plastic adhesive. When this process is repeated with multiple layers of glass, the result is an extremely durable product. More importantly, the addition of the plastic sheets prevents the glass from shattering into the jagged shards that you might expect from a typical glass window. Instead, the windshield will hold shape–even...

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How To Replace A Broken Window Pane In A Wooden Window

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The charm of an old-fashioned wooden window can add a lot of warmth to a home. However, as with a lot of things in older homes, wooden windows can present some significant challenges for homeowners. One of the trickiest repairs to make on an old window is replacing broken glass panes. In some cases, buying a new window may make the most sense depending on the age and condition of the old window. However, it is definitely possible to replace broken glass yourself; it takes patience and using the right tools and materials to be successful, but the end result is often worth the effort. Below is how you do it: Tools and materials you will need Replacement glass pane – replacement glass panes are available, cut to size, from a local glass repair or supply store. Window glazing putty – a quality, brand-name, linseed oil putty works well and can be purchased from home improvement and hardware stores. Putty knife – use a plastic blade knife for working the putty into the edges. Glazing points – these small, metal pins push into the sash and hold the glass pane in place; they are also available at home improvement and hardware stores. Measuring tape Flathead screwdriver Thin chisel Adjustable pliers Needle-nose pliers Compressed air Masking tape Cut-resistant gloves Safety glasses How to replace the glass 1. Remove the broken shards of glass – wearing your eye protection and cut-resistant gloves, use pliers to pull out pieces of broken glass from the sash grooves. Use your screwdriver to pry loose stubborn pieces, but be careful not to crack or gouge the wood or shatter neighboring panes of glass. 2. Clean out the grooves – once the glass shards are removed, scrape out the inside of the groove with a thin chisel. Pull out any old glazing points with your needle-nose pliers so the interior surface is smooth and clean. Use a blast or two of compressed air to remove fine particles of glass, but be sure that you continue to wear eye protection to prevent getting small pieces of glass in your eyes. 3. Measure from groove-to-groove – you will need to take precise measurements of the distance between grooves on both the vertical and horizontal dimension. Subtract one-eighth of an inch from both dimensions, and provide these reduced dimensions to the glass supplier for use in cutting the new pane. 4. Apply putty to the sash – after your new pane is cut, lay the sash flat on a well-lit workbench or other flat, firm surface. Make sure that the sash is lying so the rabbet, the thin strip of wood that supports the glass, is on the backside. Take a small ball of glazing putty from the can and work it with your bare fingers until it is evenly mixed with the oil. Roll the putty in your hands to form a long “rope” about one-sixteenth of an inch in diameter. Push the putty rope into the groove all the way around the interior of the sash; use more putty if your rope isn’t long enough. 5. Seat the glass pane – once you have placed your putty rope, lay the glass pane on top of the rope and gently push it down so it sits firmly in...

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3 Strange Heater Smells And What They Mean

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Of your five senses, your sense of smell is probably the most powerful. Your nose is more sensitive than either your eyes or your ears. That may be why your sense of smell is connected to your memory. Your sense of smell can come in handy when it comes to detecting problems with appliances – like your heater – in your home. Your nose is able to pick up on problems that aren’t visible and that can’t be seen, and because smell is connected to memory, you’ll probably be able to make the connection between the smell and the problem after you’ve experienced it once. Here are some common smells that you might detect from your heater, and what those smells mean in terms of heater repair. Rotten Eggs Smell If you have a gas heater, you should be on the alert if you turn it on and detect the smell of rotten eggs. This is sulfur, and if you’re smelling it, it means that somewhere in your heating system, the gas is leaking. As a matter of fact, that smell exists specifically to warn you that you have a gas leak somewhere. Natural gas is actually odorless – the sulfur smell is a chemical called mercaptan that is added in order to let you know there’s a problem before you succumb to the effects of the gas. If you smell rotten eggs while running a gas heater, don’t wait around or try to locate the source of the leak. Even turning a light on or off or using the telephone could be dangerous in a house where gas is leaking. Leave the house immediately, then call the gas company for help. Burning Smell Usually, homeowners encounter a burning smell shortly after turning the heater on for the first time in the fall or winter. Sometimes you can smell it immediately, but in other cases you may begin smelling it only after the heater has been on for a few hours or even a few days. There is good news about this smell – most of the time it only means that your heater is dusty after sitting around unused for several months. The burning smell may not be the most pleasant odor to put up with, but if you can grin and bear it for around 45 minutes, it usually goes away on its own as the dust burns off. However, if the smell persists, it may be a sign that some of the insulating material inside of the heating ducts has come loose. While this is not usually a fire hazard, because insulation is fire retardant, you might still want to have it removed in order to get rid of the smell. Fishy Smell A fishy smell might occur when you first turn your heater on, or it could come out of nowhere after you’ve been running your heater without incident for a while. This is one of the more difficult smells to pin down, because it has several possible sources. It could be that a mouse or other small animal has crawled into your heating ducts and died. Some homeowners report that a decaying pest produces a fishy smell as it goes through your air vents. Having your ducts cleaned out can eliminate this problem. However,...

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Planning A Kitchen Renovation? Avoid These 3 Formerly Hot Trends

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Is your once trendy and glamorous kitchen starting to look worn and outdated? If so, you might be considering ripping out those outdated cabinets and tired looking laminate floors and replacing them with the hottest, top of the line materials from sites like However, before you start looking for inspiration at your local home improvement store, or your friend’s kitchen you’ve always secretly envied, here are a few trends that were once hot, and are now, definitely on their way out: Making Your Kitchen Bigger Isn’t Always Better Throughout the late 1990s and early 2000s, a very popular home improvement trend appeared: oversized kitchens. These kitchens often featured large islands, tons of cabinets and oversized appliances. However, before you begin tearing down walls or drawing up plans for an addition, take the money you were planning to put toward construction and instead, maximize the space you have. For example, one of the hottest trends in kitchen is ceiling high cabinets. The cabinets extra cabinets provide all the storage you’ll need, while remaining on-trend. In addition to saving you from a major construction project, renovating your existing kitchen also allows you to concentrate your budget on quality, rather than quantity. Go ahead and splurge on the pricier, solid wood cabinets and drawer-style dishwasher, both of which will not only make you the envy of your friends, these high-quality upgrades will also increase the value of your home! Be Wary of Color Picking the right color can have a dramatic impact on any space, including your kitchen. This is why when it comes to choosing a paint color, it’s best to stick with a traditional, muted palette. For example, a slate gray works well with more modern finishes, while a traditional eggshell is a classic color that is always in style. However, according to Forbes, there is one aspect of your kitchen that shouldn’t use color to reflect your taste or personality: the appliances. Many retailers offer appliances in an array of colors, in addition to the classics, such as white, black and stainless. The color might be appealing for a few years, but once that kitchen trend is over, you’ll be stuck living with the appliances, or saving up for some pricey replacements. Depending on your taste and budget, stainless steel is generally the best option. The look is classic and if you’re planning to sell your home in the future, stainless steel is the finish of choice for many potential buyers. Little Nooks and Crannies Did you marvel at the adorable little nooks and niches in your friend’s kitchen that housed everything from their landline telephone to their cookbooks and paper towel? If so, you might be considering hiring a contractor to create a few of these handy little niches in your kitchen. The problem with these clever little nooks and niches is that, in reality, there weren’t, and still aren’t, that useful. In today’s gadget-obsessed society, these niches are completely useless, especially if you don’t even have a landline telephone anymore! Instead, update your kitchen to accommodate your family’s needs. For example, consider purchasing a small shelf or cabinet that can be used as a charging station for all your children’s favorite gadgets, including their cellphones and tablets. Purchasing a charging stand for your tablet is another...

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