Craziest Things Found During a Home Renovation

Craziest Things Found During a Home Renovation

Renovations are exciting projects that make you experience what archaeologists or relic hunters do on a daily basis when they hunt down buried treasures. Today, you will learn some of the unexpected things that people discovered that will blow your mind.

A Human Foot

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If “Pet Sematary” or “The Exorcist” are enough to scare the living daylights out of you, then I wonder what would happen if you would discover a human foot? Yes, a real human foot!

It all started when a woman was renovating her house and her friend came to help her. In the process, the later discovered a human foot under the floorboards. The bones were not separated when the foot was moved as it was all wired together. The local police were able to trace the foot back to a local university and hence it was concluded that maybe the foot was used as a teaching tool for students. However, who knows if it’s the leftover foot of someone that Dr. Hannibal Lecter ate?

War Items

Gladiator, Warrior, Gear, Weapons, Arena, Roman

Honestly, there have been so many wars around the world that I used to think that the rivalry between Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump really would unleash World War Three.

During the renovation process, a homeowner came across an old army footlocker which included contained a machete from the Philippines, detailed war documents that had the signatures of General Patton and dozens of military insignia.

Mummified Baby

Baby, Birth, Baby, Sleeping Baby, Newborn

No, you didn’t read it wrong. During the renovation project of an apartment in Paris, France, the homeowners indeed found a mummified baby from a wall’s interior.

Initially, the owners of the apartment were the main suspects and as a result, were charged with murder. However, forensics later revealed that the baby existed even way before the couple. But who was the baby? How did it die or rather who killed it? Nobody knows. This mystery remains unsolved.

Witch Bottle

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Who knows what a witch bottle is? As the name suggests, a witch bottle is prepared by a witch when she wants to curse you and this practice is believed to have startedback in the 17th century. So, what she does is she takes the victim’s hair, nail clippings, urine and some red thread from sprite traps and place them all in a bottle. Later, rosemary, needles and pins, and red wine will be added. Other types of witch bottles may also contain sand, stones, knotted threads, feathers, shells, herbs, flowers, salt, vinegar, oil, coins, or ashes. The bottle is then hidden in the victim’s house itself. Hard to believe that such things can exist, right?  Well, during a renovation project, a homeowner in Greenwich discovered one such bottle in his house.

A Treasure Map

Adventure, Treasure Map, Old World Map

Now, whether you are a kid or a grown-up, who wouldn’t like to find a treasure map hidden in a wall or under the floorboards?

But this really happened with a couple in Arizona and you will be amazed by the story. During the renovation of their kitchen, the couple found some clues to the whereabouts of a treasure which they thought was the “Fenn Treasure.” Now, for all those who never heard about this treasure, let me tell you that it is the cache of gold and jewels belonging to Forrest Fenn, an art dealer and author from New Mexico. It was believed that he hid the treasure in the Rocky Mountains of United States.

The first mysterious code that the couple found was hidden inside a kitchen cabinet and after following some other clues, they came across a safe buried under a couple of the floorboards and using the combination in the cupboard, they managed to open the safe.

Unfortunately, it was not the real “Fenn Treasure” but it was still a lucrative find. According to you, what was inside the safe? A $50,000, a bottle of bourbon from 1960, a book with circled letters, a bingo card with just three numbers and a map of the town, Mesa, Arizona, with a big X over it. There was no gold but could the X on the map lead to an even bigger treasure? Who knows?

So, whether it’s bling or some weird things, aren’t you excited to discover what lies behind your walls or under your floors? Please share your comments below!


Common Myths About Home Remodelling

Home renovations can be quite fun, but there still are many homeowners that cannot handle home remodelling projects by themselves, and often fall for certain home-improvement myths. Therefore, we will debunk some of these myths for you today.

#1. Always Go for Big Renovations and Improvements

When we think of home renovations, instead of thinking about something big and extravagant, why don’t we go for more realistic ones? For instance, what is the use of making huge renovations such as demolishing, installation of new flooring and new fixtures when these improvements only represent additional costs to your budget and do not satisfy you?

#2. Home Remodelling Is a Fast and Easy Process

What made us think that renovation is an easy and fast process? The answer is

DIY Network shows! These televised DIY shows’ illusions of reality have given viewers the impression that renovation projects can be easily accomplished and within a short range of time. However, that’s not how things usually happen. Compared to real-life situations, a reality show is scripted and along with the small crew shown on TV, a large group of people carry out the lion’s share of work when the cameras are not rolling.

Home remodelling is a complex project which requires a large amount of thinking, planning, research, time and arduous effort. Without these factors, home renovations don’t go as well as planned, more problems can arise, including higher than anticipated costs. That’s why it is recommended to hire professionals.

However, even then, you will need to discuss your budget and your expectations with them. Once they have inspected the house, they will decide where to start first, what materials will be required, what types of problems can arise and how much it will cost. So, overall, remodelling is a quite challenging project.

#3. DIY Is Cost-Saving

Suppose that with some DIY tips provided by the Internet, you have been able to unclog a toilet, repair a faucet or paint a room. However, it doesn’t mean that now you can do your home remodelling project yourself. Certain tasks require the expertise of professionals, such as major roofing projects, carpentry work, some electrical repairs, installation of flooring, and other structural work.

#4. Follow Trends

Many homeowners tend to go with the latest design trends for their home remodelling projects. No, it’s not necessary! It is not because Sherwin-Williams named naval blue as the colour of the year that you should paint every room of your house with this colour.

Instead of going with the trends, you can try to go for some more retro style. For instance, if you want to add the 1970s touch to your home, you can integrate the art of macramé in your house. And, if you still want to try trends, stick only with one room instead of the whole house.

#5. Green Is Expensive

Green living has now become a tendency in the 21st century. However, a common myth is that “green” home renovations products can be more costly than traditional ones. This is not totally true. While green living does have higher initial costs, whether you will be installing solar panels or using other green building practices, you will reap the benefits of your investment in the long run.

#6. Swimming Pools Add Value

Many people tend to think that a swimming pool can increase the value of your house. However, there are certain factors that you should consider. First, you should take into consideration your location. For example, if you live in a hot part of the country, a pool might help. But if you live in very cold regions, adding a swimming pool will be like adding a liability.

Now, do you have a more realistic view of home remodelling? Please share your comments!


How to Prevent Soil Compaction on Your Plot (Part 2)

This post is a continuation of Part 1 on How to Prevent Soil Compaction on Your Plot. Lately, we have gone through 

– Context of compaction

– Compaction events

– Sources of compaction

We will now cover:

– Preventing compaction to avoid possible disorders 

Prevention of compactions to avoid possible disorders

Soil investigation (geotechnics) and foundations are closely linked and are the essential basis for preventing compaction. Soil investigation and the study of the building’s structure make it possible to assess the pressures exerted.

Adaptation of the foundations

In a building, the foundations ensure the transfer of forces: vertical compression, the building’s weight, overloads, and they respond to the reaction forces of the ground (its bearing capacity).

The type and dimensions of the foundations are thus determined. They imply knowledge of the soil’s nature: a soil study (geotechnical) is therefore strongly recommended. Ignorance of the soil’s geotechnical properties can lead to the construction of foundations that are not deep enough or built on unstable fill or heterogeneous soils of different bearing capacity.

Foundations take various forms depending on the geotechnical study: superficial when the hard ground is close to the surface, deep when the resistant layer of foundation is at a significant depth, special to meet particular criteria such as in marshes.

Good to know:  Earthquake-resistant building regulations must also be complied with depending on the construction region.

Points to watch out for

The depth of the hard ground for the foundations should be determined in the following ways:

    • the cleanliness of the excavation bottoms should be checked to ensure that the footings are poured adequately on the hard ground (clean soil and fill falling to the bottom), 
    • the pouring of the foundations should be postponed in the event of heavy rain (stagnation of water at the bottom of the excavation).

It is also necessary to highlight a soil’s heterogeneities requiring specific adaptations (such as constructing a foundation in wells and long lines to pass an area of unstable embankments).

Good to know: when you build on a subdivision, a soil study linked to the development permit for this subdivision is available and can provide you with information.

Expansion and Compaction Joints

As soon as the masonry walls reach large surfaces, it is necessary to intersect them with joints that respond to:

    • the expansion or shrinkage of the materials, 
    • the difference in load brought by the construction on the foundations,  
    • the presence of heterogeneous ground and therefore different foundations, 
    • the antiseismic protection (antiseismic rules).

The spacing between the joints is determined according to several criteria.

The first is the building’s location: in dry regions on shores, the joints must be provided with every 20 metres, whereas in wet temperate areas, it is every 35 metres in the case of load-bearing masonry.

Then comes the building’s general design, the nature of the masonry materials, the masonry function (load-bearing or not), and the joint’s role.

Good to know: the joint must be regular over the entire height (without contact points) and at most 2 cm wide. On the facade, it must be protected against infiltration by a watertight bead and a joint cover. On the inside wall, the joint can be made with a flexible product with good fire resistance.

 That’s it. All you needed to know about soil compaction. Thank you for staying posted on our new blog posts. Hope the posts from Part 1 till here would be of any help to you. Remember to leave your comments below and share these posts in your network.


Home Renovation: What is Polished Concrete

Summary

 

 What is polished concrete?

 On which substrates should this concrete be applied?

 Laying polished concrete

 Price of polished concrete

 

 Polished concrete is part of decorative concretes such as printed concrete, washed concrete, stamped concrete or deactivated concrete.

 

 What is polished concrete?

 Polished concrete is in two words a self- polished or self-levelling mortar. Of soft consistency, it is easily spread with a squeegee.

 

 This polished concrete can be very shiny. Nevertheless, it remains relatively uniform in appearance.

 

 It is, however, possible to colour the concrete directly in the mass.

 

 On which substrates should this concrete be applied?

To simplify things, a DIY enthusiast will find it easier to apply polished concrete on an existing screed.

 

 Polished concrete can be used to create a terrace. In the context of a renovation, it can be placed on any support.

 

 The installation of concrete outdoors will be identical to the structure of polished concrete indoors. However, it can be slippery, which is why after the two passes of the installation of the polished concrete, it will be sanded less to keep a less porous and therefore, less slippery side.

 

 Maintenance will be done regularly with a high-pressure cleaner or only with a squeegee.

 

 To obtain a total harmony, it will be a good idea to choose the colour of the exterior polished.

 

 Caution: it is essential not to treat a polished concrete deck with corrosive products.

 

 Here is how to prepare your floor to receive polished concrete:

 

 – If any roughness is visible, remove it with a wire brush.

 – It is essential to dust the floor with a vacuum cleaner.

 – Then protect the bottom of the walls with strips of adhesive tape to avoid splashing when squeegeeing.

– Once your screed is dry, sound and rough:

 – Apply a coat of adhesive composed of special concrete glue diluted with 50% water.

 – Sand and cement will be added to the glue: you will have to follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

 – The mixture must be liquid enough to be applied with a roller.

 

 Laying polished concrete

 To avoid any dripping, it is necessary to make a formwork around the surface to be concreted. For this purpose, formwork boards will be fixed by clamps, for example.

 

 Here are the steps for placing polished concrete:

 

 – The polished concrete mix will be made in a concrete mixer and then poured into the bucket in small quantities.

 – Then spread the mixture with a float.

 – Pour a second bucket, making sure that part of the material is superimposed on the laid material.

 – Spread the concrete with a trowel.

 – Continue in this way over the entire space to be covered.

 – Level with a squeegee and a ruler to obtain a flat floor.

 – The polished concrete layer should not exceed 6 mm.

 – The finishing with a polishing machine will be done on the fresh concrete.

 – Finally, for easy maintenance, use a polymer resin roller.

 

Price of the polished concrete

There are two possibilities for the installation of polished concrete:

 – Either, to call upon a specialised company;

 – Or, you can lay the polished concrete yourself.

In the case of the first choice, it won’t be easy to find a company willing to work for a room or a terrace of less than 50 m2.

If you are lucky enough to find a company that accepts this work, count between $40 and $80 per m2.

In the second case, calculate the cost of materials, the rental of a concrete mixer and a polishing machine and then divide the price of the whole by the number of square meters.

That’s it for polished concrete. Remember to share this post and leave your comments below.


An Ultimate Home Renovation Guide

Have you ever decided to renovate your house but confused about where and what to begin with? Should you start with remodelling your living room, your kitchen, or your bathroom? Should you start by demolishing unused spaces, repainting your faded walls, replacing old windows or installing new plumbing systems?

If you are looking for answers to these questions, then you are in the right place.

What are the first steps you need for a home renovation?

Firstly, make a to-do list. List down all the changes that need to be carried out. Analyse all the aspects of your house which require serious remodelling. For example, if notice water stains coming from the roof, you need to repair your roof. If you are getting frequent electrical surges, you may want to check for faulty electrical appliances or consider rewiring your entire system. These issues are among the more common signs that your home needs some TLC.

Secondly, prepare a budget. House renovations are usually expensive projects that require significant investments. Taking into consideration your to-do list, try to analyse and calculate approximately how much the entire job will cost. For example, the expenses for the remodelling of the kitchen could include the cost of adding new quartz countertops, new vintage kitchen faucets and new sleek kitchen appliances. Now, compare your estimated expenditures with your actual funds to see if your renovation project is feasible.

Once you have your budget set, try to prioritise the rooms that desperately need remodelling. For example, if you have a limited amount of resources available, you might want to cross out some minor renovations for next time and focus on the most significant ones.

Who will carry out the renovations?

You can hire professionals for a home renovation. If you recruit a contractor, they will help you with the where, when and how of starting your renovation project. You can also hire an interior designer or architect to get more creative and appealing house concepts. A 2015 survey by Houzz’s staff noted how high-quality results were obtained due to contractors and design-build firms.

However, if you have some DIY skills and equipment, and if your project is small enough, you might be better off handling the renovation yourself so that you can save money.

With the high number of online interior design services and DIY home renovation ideas available to you, you can quickly develop interesting ideas for your home renovation. In addition, you can research the items that you need to buy and look for the cheaper prices. This is known as a cost-saving strategy for all homeowners.

Start the Renovations

Once you have established your priority list, budget, plan, and strategies, the work can begin.

First, it is essential to clean out all the clutter and junk to create more space. Then, as per the design crafted by the contractor or by yourself, the demolishing or remodelling process can start. New plumbing systems are installed, roof leakages are repaired, damaged windows are replaced, fresh paint is applied, concrete floor covering is installed, and brand-new furniture and appliances are arranged.

However, one vital thing to keep in mind while renovating is the budget. According to the 2017 statistics of Houzz, 46 percent of homeowners had exceeded their fixed budgets. Most of the time, it can happen that you have exceeded your set budget. Or, other unexpected issues can arise.

The only way out is to have a backup plan.

A backup involves arranging extra equipment, resources and support of people ahead of time and before the renovation project starts. You make preparations in case your ideas fail or your project turns into a never-ending nightmare. It also ensures that you do not get stuck and do not have to pull your hair out.

According to several home renovators we’ve spoken to: “renovation is like pulling a loose thread on a cheap sweater- the job keeps unravelling.”

Do you have the same opinion? Please share your comments.


How to Renovate an Old House (Part 2)

This post is a continuation of Part 1 on How to Renovate an Old House. Lately, we have gone through Facade work, Work on the walls, and the facade’s Materials.

This post will now cover:

    • Renovation of the roof of an old house
    • Renovation of the openings of an old house
    • The interior work

Renovation of the roof of an old house

The renovation of an old roof depends on the materials it is made of and its condition. From simple cleaning to the pure and simple replacement of its covering, the operation requires a professional roofer’s services. Firstly, the roof is a structural element of the house that requires the most outstanding care and because roofing work is dangerous and requires specific know-how and equipment.

Tiles

It is the most used coating on roofs in the USA. But the incomparable durability of the material means that some parts that are more than a hundred years old will sometimes be challenging to replace identically.

Suppose cleaning, defoaming, and treatments are not enough, and too many worn parts need to be replaced. In that case, one should consider completely redoing the roof and choosing tiles that respect the building’s original architecture.

Slates

Widespread in the North and West of the USA, slates also make up a very durable roof covering. Therefore, as with tiles, replacing the most worn parts with the same size models is challenging.

For maintenance, lightly leached water and an anti-foam treatment are sufficient.

Thatched roof

A thatched roof is very authentic and very insulating but less durable. It requires regular maintenance and must be completely redone every 40 years. It implies specific know-how that only a thatcher will be able to accomplish.

Gutters

Fundamental to the durability of roofs, the proper evacuation of rainwater must be the subject of particular care. Once the gutters have been cleaned and unclogged, they must be checked for water tightness, the slightest leak must be traced, and the most damaged segments must be replaced when necessary.

Note: Complete roof renovation is an opportunity to insulate it from the outside and check the roof structure’s general condition. By exposing the surface, you can access these usually inaccessible parts of the building. In an old house, it will be necessary to make sure that the structure is not damaged and improve the insulation to get closer to today’s thermal standards.

Renovating openings in an old house

This is a delicate point in the renovation of old houses. Unless you have a large budget, it is impossible to preserve old joinery without sacrificing the house’s thermal comfort.

In other words, you will have to choose between keeping your old doors and windows that are not very resistant to outside temperatures and noise or replacing them with current models that are more insulating.

Good to know: when the trees on the property are indicated on the house’s cadastral plan, their felling must be reported to the town hall, which may sometimes order them to be replanted.

The interior work

Unless your home is a heritage property, what you do with the interior is your business. It’s up to you to choose the level of comfort you hope to obtain, taking care to secure the building.

Structure of the building

 

The load-bearing walls, bracing beams, floors, stairs, and chimneys must be thoroughly inspected. Renovating an old house is often an opportunity to update its structural elements. Therefore, it is essential to take advantage of this opportunity to clean and treat them (insecticides and fungicides for wooden beams, anti-rust for metal beams) and to replace them if necessary.

Electricity

It is essential to consider the electrical network in the renovation of an old house. For example, the internal structure of cables, plugs, and switches must be brought up to current standards for obvious safety reasons.

Therefore, it is imperative to entrust this work to a professional electrician to remove the old circuit and install the new one. His intervention will also allow you to prove to your insurance company that the house is adequately secured.

Insulation

In an old house, insulation is sometimes non-existent or provided by obsolete means. To guarantee a correct comfort level without exploding your heating bill, you will have to act by reinforcing it.

If the facade is beautiful, it is from the inside that you will have to proceed by fixing insulation against the walls before partitioning them. If, on the other hand, the facade requires an exterior lining, then it will be possible to preserve the interior walls.

Heating

An old house also means old-fashioned heating. Between the chimneys open to the 4 winds and the boilers of another age, an old house’s renovation also involves replacing such equipment.

Fireplaces can be closed by inserts or even replaced by stoves for more efficient heating.

So, that’s it for the renovation of an old house. Should you have more tips and ideas, please remember to comment below and share this post with your friends.


7 Tips to Help You Choose the Right Washbasin

The washbasin is probably the most essential part of the bathroom. We use it for numerous things such as brushing our teeth, shaving, washing our hands and hair dyes, etc. There are many factors to consider before choosing the right bathroom sink for your home. Here are some tips that may ease the process for you!

1) Choose a Model That Suits Your Style and Interior Design

In general, there are two different types of washbasins: a standard washbasin or a furniture washbasin. A classic washbasin is placed separately in a room (without a bottom cabinet). In contrast, a furniture washbasin is a washbasin that, as the name suggests, should be placed on a cabinet’s base. The second option allows you to choose between a surface-mounted washbasin and a built-in washbasin. The surface-mounted washbasin is placed on top of the cabinet base, while the built-in washbasin is built into the cabinet. Therefore, the built-in washbasin often looks denser than a washbasin installed on the surface.

2) One or Two Places of Use?

The choice of washbasin depends not only on your wishes but also on your bathroom’s capabilities. Do you use a toilet with a lot of people? Then you can avoid having to wait for each other in the morning when you are in a hurry with a washbasin with two places of use. Is your space limited, or do you live alone? Then a washbasin with one place to use is enough.

3) Single or Double?

There are different types of washbasins. For example, you can choose between a single or double washbasin. While a single washbasin consists of one part, a double washbasin consists of two parts. You only have one drainer with a single sink, while a double sink has two separate drainers.

4) What Kind of Design Are You Looking For?

A washbasin can have different designs, from round and square to flat or very deep. The choice depends on your personal preference and bathroom style. For example, the elegant square model fits perfectly into a modern bathroom, while the “wavy” design is better suited to a rustic bathroom style. Do you have a designer bathroom? Then choose an additional flat washbasin.

5) Types of Materials

You can choose from different models and sizes and have a wide choice when it comes to materials.

6) Choose a Practical Washbasin

Of course, appearance is essential. But also pay attention to practical aspects such as ease of cleaning and storage. For example, dirt is more likely to get stuck in sharp corners than when the washbasin has a round design. There are washbasins with a repellent coating to easily remove dirt and deposits from the surface. This ensures that the washbasin will stay beautiful and clean for longer. Want to put a lot of toiletries on the edge of your sink? Then choose a model with enough space around the sink.

7) Complete Your Washbasin

You are not there yet with the sink alone. The water must be drained; for this, you need a siphon and a drain plug.

A Cabinet Base

Of course, the furniture washbasin is not complete without a base cabinet. Choose a suitable model from different colors, materials, and sizes.

Siphon
A single washbasin needs one siphon, and a double washbasin needs two siphons. Make sure the siphon fits. Some base units do not have adequate recess and therefore require a space-saving siphon.

Drain plug

Again, the type of sink determines how many drains plugs you need. One sink requires one drain, and a double sink requires two drainers. You can choose between a lockable and a non-lockable plug.

Let us know if these few tips have helped you in the comments below!


Renovating Your Home Over the Weekend

Feel like your house needs a makeover? Are you trying to see the same decor or the same hallway? In this case, it is essential to proceed with renovations because they will increase the beauty and value of your home. If you want to add to the beauty of your home, you should consider renovating it. Renovation projects make your home more comfortable and beautiful. If you are renovating your home to give it a modern look or change its appearance, you need to be aware of new trends that will add value to your home. You need to focus on aspects that are both fashionable and popular.

Today, there are many popular trends, such as energy saving applications, ecology and some trendy European styles. Design laminates are a popular trend in kitchen renovation, and even wood is famous for kitchen countertops and beams. Lighting is another attractive way to renovate that is also inexpensive. You can light up a certain area and use dimmers to make it look nice. And they help you adapt your home to your changing needs.

However, homeowners avoid making aesthetic changes because of the time it takes. Renovation projects are notoriously long and expensive. But don’t be discouraged. You can make your home attractive without spending several hours remodeling the kitchen and improving the bathroom.

Home Renovation Projects: Spend Less Time; Get More Results

Just as a new hair color can change your appearance, a quick renovation project can transform your home. Here are some projects you can complete over the weekend:

– Welcoming a new color

Painting a room is the easiest way to give it a makeover. You can paint the walls of the room in a trendy color to revive the area. If you are short on time, consider an accent wall. Colour a single wall in a bright color and make it the center of attention by using beautiful posters and photo frames.

– Make the floor look fantastic

In the past, homeowners were unaware of the possibilities of flooring when renovating their homes. Today, however, the situation is different. You can paint concrete floors and make them bright. You can opt for stained floors or use a stencil to create beautiful patterns. If you have a wooden floor, make sure you polish it with a quality product.

– Increase the number of storage spaces in the kitchen

Whatever the size of your kitchen, your family will welcome additional kitchen space. If there’s a corner in the kitchen that you can use for shelving, think about it. You’ll be happy to see how easy it is to install shelving and cabinets. You can paint them in a color that matches the theme of the kitchen and give the cooking area a nice look.

– Play with lighting

Lighting can make or break the appearance of a room. Feel free to use different lighting in the same place. Think about task lighting, ambient lighting and accent lighting to enhance the beauty of a room. Install an elegant chandelier or pendant to give the room a sophisticated look.

Home renovation projects don’t have to be a six-month adventure. You can take on a few quick projects over the weekend and enhance the beauty of your home. If you think your home needs improvement, don’t hesitate to undertake renovation projects. And don’t forget that if you need expert help, you can count on the services of a professional home renovation contractor.

So don’t worry about transforming your home. Unleash your creative side over the weekend and beautify your home.

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10 Home Improvements to Avoid

If you’re looking to get value for your money by investing in a home improvement project, here are 10 design trends and features to avoid.

1) Inconsistent architecture

The fact that your home contains a tangle of architectural styles can be off-putting to a potential buyer. A ranch-style home with columns on the front porch can be just as confusing as a log home with art decor accents. Each architectural style has its own beauty, so be sure to emphasize these factors. Otherwise, it’s like eating pickles on ice!

2) Oversized kitchens

Hold the rise of famous chefs responsible for it. Kitchens with every imaginable appliance and too much space can be off-putting to potential buyers who don’t engage in serious entertainment. Unless you’re planning sumptuous meetings with a team of cooks, it may be time to divide the kitchen into several parts, such as a comfortable breakfast nook and a family table.

3) False “Old World” design

By decorating or highlighting a European style on the left (for example, the right-hand region of Tuscany has a particular and popular type), we can hope to capture the elegance of this region, but keep in mind that unless you get the materials (and a vineyard to boot), there will always be something inauthentic about channeling Europe into another part of the world.

4) White cameras

If your devices are white, it’s time to upgrade them. White may at one time have been the color of choice to showcase a spotless home (everything appears on white!), but that’s precisely the problem. Homebuyers will unconsciously feel the hard work associated with cleaning each surface or see persistent stains that will never come out. In addition, plastics fade over time, turning a non-uniform yellow. Instead, choose black appliances, stainless steel, or the latest “black stainless steel”.

5) Wallpaper

Wallpaper makes a bold statement in a home. However, that same boldness can discourage buyers, especially if the wallpaper is cheap, old or familiar. In addition, removing wallpaper is a labor-intensive process that can also discourage potential buyers, especially considering that removing old wallpaper can damage walls and create more headaches. In addition, wallpaper can be a source of undetected mold growth. Use paint instead.

6) Carpeted bathrooms

There was a time when walking across the master bedroom and walking on a glossy tiled floor made a carpeted bathroom look like a brilliant idea, but that time is past. That’s what bath mats are for. Carpets and water in the same place only lead to the growth of mould or damage. Some modern homes have heated floors, a huge selling point for potential buyers, and far preferable to the hygiene nightmare of a carpeted bathroom.

7) Solid Gold Appliances and Equipment

Metallic finishes can add warmth and sophistication to your home, but if you have bright gold fixtures and hardware, consider removing them. Gold has an unnecessarily glossy, flashy look that may appeal to the nouveau riche, but most home buyers find it as old-fashioned as the 80s. Instead, choose to replace these fixtures with warmer metals such as polished brass or brushed nickel.

8) Tile Countertops

The countertops in your kitchen and bathroom play an important role in the eye of a potential buyer. If they are tiled, consider removing them. At one time, this seemed like a modern trend, but tile countertops can be disconcerting to maintain. Think about it: what to do if a tile flakes and needs to be replaced? Are you prepared to regularly clean porous grout to prevent the growth of mold and bacteria? This only makes the already unwelcome chore of cleaning the kitchen even worse.

9) Cheap wood siding

The wooden houses are beautiful. If you have beautiful wood paneling throughout your home, leave them alone. However, if you have cheap wood siding in your house for a bingo game in a church basement, remove it immediately. Cheap wood paneling will instantly date your home and scream “cheap” to those who look at it. Worse yet, it can be very expensive.

10) Taxidermy

Not all buyers will like the heads of the animals on display, so it is best to remove the moose head at the sale. That said, this may not prevent a sale in some areas of the United States where hunting is popular. Similarly, similar objects such as a bull’s skull strategically placed over a coat or in a garden will only be attractive to certain types of home bars. Keep in mind that your goal is to make your home an open model, so that a potential buyer may consider living in it.


Why Opt for Eco-Renovation?

Summary
– Eco-renovation: its key advantages
– Characteristics of an
Eco-renovation

Do you want to live in a healthy, comfortable, and ecological home? You may have decided not to remain passive in the face of environmental degradation, and you want to bring a positive impact on your environment. This post will help you understand the fundamentals of Eco-renovation.

Eco-renovation: its key advantages
Eco-renovation consists of adapting an existing construction to create a comfortable and healthy interior space, while seeking to reduce its impact on the environment, taking into account:
– the work carried out (low impact materials, heritage quality);
– the use of the house (heating, water, waste, travel).

Determining criteria
There are several reasons for this:
– To adapt the existing system to current comfort requirements.
– To reduce the loads.
– Gain independence from fluctuations in energy costs.
– To improve comfort (no more “cold walls,” no unwanted air movements, etc.).
– Reduce the risks of damage to the building (condensation on or in the walls).
– Create activity in a high-potential area (wealth creation, jobs that cannot be relocated, etc.).
– Anticipate future thermal regulations.
– Responding to environmental issues:
◦ climate change;
◦ depletion of resources;
◦ risks to health and biodiversity (waste, nuclear accident, oil spill, etc.).

Investing in what already exists rather than building something new
The reasons can be various:
– Safeguarding agricultural land: currently, more than 1,000 m² of arable land is converted to urbanization every minute.
– To preserve and enhance the local heritage.
– Non-increasing local authority charges (networks, waste collection, etc.).
– The conservation of a village or district dynamic.
– Limiting the energy consumption of a building, which is mainly due to structural work.

Characteristics of an Eco-renovation
Take the time to design the project
Above all, it’s about taking the time to:
– Carry out an inventory of the existing building: the construction system and its specificities, the possible humidity problems to solve, the strong/weak points of the existing structure (inertia, orientation, the layout of the rooms), and the heritage elements that you want to preserve.
– Define the objectives of the renovation.
– To call upon the competent people.

Take into account the energy performance
Given current comfort requirements and the environmental impact of energy consumption, an Eco-renovation must take into account the house’s energy performance:
– Aim for the low consumption building-renovation level, which appears to be the most relevant.
– Give priority to insulation, air-tightness, efficient ventilation, and summer comfort (inertia, solar protection).
– Think about renewable energies (solar, wood, especially wood pellets).

Reducing the environmental impact of the work carried out
The manufacture and use of the materials in your renovation are not neutral from an environmental point of view. To reduce their impact, choose bio-sourced (mainly plant-based) or recycled materials, and if possible local.
Find the right balance between architectural quality, heritage preservation, quality of use (comfort and low loads), and control of environmental impact.

Important: Have an air-tightness test carried out during and at the end of the work: this is one of the best ways of checking the quality of the installation.

Look for quality
Use professionals with proven track records:
– Ask for references from construction sites similar to yours.
– Ensure that the home renovation professionals are aware of the issues involved in Eco-renovation and trained in the relevant fields.

Note: in the case of an old building, do not forget to take into account the behavior of the wall with humidity (capillary rise, opening to water vapor).

Do not forget:
– Air quality: use finishing products with low VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) emissions and do not forget ventilation.
– Water management, whether it is rainwater or water consumption (use of foamers and water-saving showerheads).

To find out more about this:
– The Eco-loan is an ecological loan for energy-saving work in real estate. Find out more about its terms and conditions to lighten your budget. Hope this post helps you make your decision about Eco-renovation. Remember to leave your comments below.


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